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Student Affairs

Campus Ministry

Affiliated with ELCA. Open to All.

Finlandia is a learning community dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service. The office of campus ministry exists to build community while helping feed students both spiritually and physically.

AFFILIATED WITH THE ELCA

Campus Ministry is one expression of Finlandia’s Lutheran heritage and Christian identity. Finlandia is one of 26 colleges and universities affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

All are welcome

Campus Ministry is an open and affirming ministry of Finlandia University.

People of all ages, races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, educational backgrounds, marital status, physical or mental ability, theological perspective, and economic conditions share the worth that comes from being unique individuals created by God, and as such are welcome and invited to partake in campus ministry at Finlandia University.

In other words, you are welcome here.

Are You Hungry?

All Means All Community Meals

Meals will be served takeout style. Bring your Ozzi containers if you have them.

If you are craving a home cooked meal, or just need to grab a meal – the community meal is for you. Named, All Means All, this meal truly is for all Finlandia students, with the goal of building positive community among us and supporting hunger needs. While we will not be able to physically gather at tables in the Chapel lower level this year, you are invited to use a to-go box (your own, or we’ll provide), and find some green space to eat with friends, new and old. The meal is FREE and every week. Come early before the food runs out! Don’t forget your mask. 

THE TABLE – STUDENT NEEDS PANTRY

Come as you are. Take what you need.

The pantry is weekly stocked with fresh produce, pantry items, & frozen meats and breads. In addition, you’ll find school supplies, toiletries, and warm weather gear like hats, wools socks, and gloves.

What is required? Simply sign in using your first name, last initial, and class year at Finlandia. Visit once per week or as you have need.

Where is it again? On the southside of the Chapel, there is a lower level entrance. Once you enter the through that door, look for a large wooden sign reading “The Table” which marks the entry to the Pantry room in the NE corner of the basement.

 

Spiritual Growth

Finlandia campus ministry seeks to support students spiritual growth, wherever they are on their journey. Whether you are Lutheran by background, new to Christianity, or exploring other religious traditions, Finlandia seeks to meet you there.

In this year of Covid-19, spiritual inspiration and community will take place almost entirely online. Follow us on Instragram @FinnU_Faithlife  for the following opportunities:

Daily Spark – Three times per week, wake up to a brief video inspiration, provided by other students and our campus pastor.

Small Group Opportunities – Stay up to date on support groups or Bible study opportunities.

Food Ministry – What’s on the menu at the Community Meal? You’ll see it on Instagram.

NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO?

PASTORAL COUNSELING

Even in a year without a pandemic, life throws ups and downs at us all in ways that are difficult to manage on our own.

Pastor Sarah is an ordained minister trained in active listening, centering prayer & meditation methods, and the non-anxious accompaniment of others. As Finlandia’s Campus Pastor, she is available weekly, without fee, as a resource for any student.

To contact Pr. Sarah: (906) 487 – 7239

Sarah.semmlersmith@finlandia.edu

Or schedule an appointment directly below.

About Our Campus Pastor

PASTOR SARAH SEMMLER-SMITH

Originally from Minnesota, Pastor Sarah holds a B.A. is in Religious Studies from St. Olaf College and an M.Div from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. She is an ordained Lutheran pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and has served churches in Chicago, Washington State, and Wisconsin. Before becoming a pastor, she taught English in Thailand, was a backpack guide in Colorado, and counselor at summer camps. Pastor Sarah is passionate about engaging people’s stories, maintaining a curious faith, and building community. She is married and has two daughters, Meta (8) and Sybil (5).

Campus Ministry News

Find Your Center for Spring Semester with FinnU Campus Ministry Events

January 14, 2021

FinnU Campus Ministry is ready to kick off the Spring Semester with a number of great events to help students, faculty and staff find their center, reflect and search for peace.

Monday, Jan. 18 Your Monday Breath – Faculty & Staff

Move from scattered to centered to start your week. Join Pr. Sarah and Zoe Lincoln each Monday for a midday mindfulness practice to add focus, balance, and motivation for your week. Link for the semester:   https://zoom.us/j/98144199745?pwd=c2oxZjR6dm5NYzNiNEVjRlRUeEhsQT09  Meeting […] Read More

Devotions Pastor Sarah
Pastor Sarah writing daily devotions for Northern Great Lakes Synod Dec. 13-19

December 15, 2020

Finlandia University’s campus pastor, Rev. Sarah Semmler Smith, is the featured writer for the Northern Great Lakes Area Synod “Prayerfully” devotions the week of December 13-19. The entire week of Pastor Sarah’s devotions are available in video format below. They will also be shared on the @FinnU_FaithLife campus ministry Instagram account.

Sunday, December 13, 2020 Matthew 1:1-17 “Generations”

Monday, December 14, 2020 Luke 1:26-29 “Perplexed”

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Mark 1:2-8 “Bug!”

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 Luke 1:35-37 “Blue Christmas”

Thursday, December 17, 2020 Luke 1:39-40 “Hearts Leaping”

Friday, December 18, 2020 Luke 1:38, […] Read More

Mobile Food Pantry
The Mobile Food Pantry is Back at the Chapel on Dec. 3

November 30, 2020

On Thursday, December 3, Finlandia University will be hosting another Mobile Food Pantry in the parking lot between Old Main and the Chapel of St. Mattew. Organized through Feeding American West Michigan, mobile food pantries help fill the gap in hunger needs in a community, by supplementing the ongoing work of local pantries with much needed fresh produce, meat, and dairy. The truck coming here on December 3 will hold about 15,000 pounds of such items, […] Read More

Faculty and Staff

Corbin Eddy

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy

corbin.eddy@finlandia.edu

Sarah Semmler Smith

Campus Pastor; Adjunct Instructor of Religion

Sarah.Semmlersmith@finlandia.edu
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