LCMS U at OU

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod - Norman, Oklahoma


Welcome College Students

The LCMS U at OU would like to thank you for stopping by. We have free dinner and Bible study every Tuesday night at 6:30 pm (Bible study at 7:00). We meet at the Vicar's house located at 419 Castro Street. Please park in the Church's parking lot and enter through "The LSF Gate." We enjoy fellowship with each other while studying God's Word and singing hymns! If you have questions or would like to know more, please feel free to email the president of LCMS U at OU, Brandon Groh, at Brandon.D.Groh-1@ou.edu

LCMS U at OU is a campus ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Norman, Oklahoma. The church is located at the intersection of Classen Blvd. & Alameda with Divine Service at 8:00 and 10:30am, with Bible Study at 9:15 am on Sundays. We welcome and encourage you to join us in worship on Sunday mornings, especially if you are unable to attend the Tuesday night meetings.


Vicar Keith Kettner

From the Vicar
Keith Kettner

My father is a pastor. My mom is a teacher. My two older sisters are teachers. Needless to say, it was inevitable that I study to become a pastor. It is a joy to be here with you this year! I am looking forward to all the opportunities (and challenges) ahead working for the church, the school, and the campus ministry.

I was born in central Illinois an hour north of Springfield, but since I was 7 we lived in a little town in Southern Illinois right on the Mississippi River called Neunert. Technically, my address is Jacob (population 60) because Neunert (pop. 12) doesn't have a post office. Used to being a half hour away from civilization, Norman is a bit of a large place for me, but I'm excited for some serious city livin' this year!

Growing up, I always wanted to be an engineer like my dad was before becoming a pastor. I guess I jumped the gun on quitting when I decided after one year of college to transfer to Concordia Nebraska, making my way slowly to declaring for the seminary. I have spent the past two years at seminary in Fort Wayne, trying to entertain myself by singing in the Kantorei choir, being the captain of the basketball team, and I'll let you imagine what else.

I am a huge sports fan, excluding soccer because it's my worst sport. My dad was originally from western Michigan, so I am a Detroit and University of Michigan fan through and through. My favorite sport is baseball (Go Tigers!), but I am more than willing to play them all. I did bring my golf clubs if anyone is interested. Other than that, I am a huge Seinfeld fan, I love modern folk music, and ping pong. If you have any questions, feel free to talk to me. I look forward to getting to know you throughout the year.

Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." My confirmation verse, I have thought many times about what Paul tells us. The world seeks love in so many ways, believing time and time again that they have found love. The world is always disappointed, and moves on to the next source of "love." Many times, we seek love much like the world. Paul reminds us what love truly is.

God does not work the way we want Him to, the way our reason tells us He should. God's love is not cheap forgiveness, what we really want. God did not say the word and take our sins away. No, God demonstrates His love with the highest cost, not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death. Love is not what movies tell us, what books tell us, what Dr. Phil tells us. God's love is never abstract. Each and every day we look to the cross to see the love of God in the wounds of Jesus. There we see the true character of our God, the God who loves, the God who dies, and continuing to Easter morning, the God who lives. Love is centered in the sacrifice of the Son of God and lived out in His people through their own sacrifices for one another and for the world.

In Jesus,
Vicar Keith Kettner

LCMS-U CAMPUS MINISTRY EVENTS:

  1. SUNDAY, AUGUST 20th
    WELCOME BACK STUDENTS!

    (OU classes begin on Mon. Aug 21st)
    • Table with LCMS-U info available
    • Refreshments on the church lawn after the 10:30 a.m. service
    • Booth at the "New Sooner Information Fair" on campus by the dorms 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  2. LCMS U BIBLE STUDIES with Vicar Keith Kettner -
    (The Vicar's student center is next door to the church.)
    • BEGINS TUESDAY - AUGUST 22
      Dinner at 6:30 p.m.; Study at 7:30 p.m.
      Note: Church families, please begin signing up for meals to be provided on the sign-up sheet in the narthex.
  3. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
    12:00 NOON - 6:00 p.m.
    LCMS-U and LYF BOAT DAY

    for all high school, college students and friends

LSF / LCMS U at OU

Our LCMS U officers for the 2015-2016 School year:

  • President: Brandon Groh
  • VP: Brigette Waltermire
  • Treasurer: Jacob Groh

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