Monday, March 22, 2010

Christian Groups/ support people on Your Campus

If you need support or encouragement from other students, have a look at these webistes of Christian groups on your campus. There are plenty of people around. If you become aware of other groups, please let me know. I've had contact with all of these groups over the years and recommend them. Some groups are more 'social' while others are more 'spiritual' yet they all have a combination of both. Find the contact person on the site and let them know what you are after.

Evangelical Students (ES)

Catholic Youth

Oxygen (Pentecostal)

Overseas Christian Fellowship (OCF)

Lutheran Students and Friends (LSF)

*Other Chaplains (and Christian Support Workers) on your campus*

Catholic Chaplains at Mawson Lakes
I spent a friendly afternoon with these people last week - if you are or know anyone who is Catholic or lapsed Catholic, I'd have no hesitation sending anyone to them. Arturo also has a heart for overseas students. They are:

Arturo Jimenea,
Sister Liz Tham
Father Roderick O'Brien

Available Tuesday 12.30 - 1.30pm during semester8258 2314 (work)Room: H1-33

Revd Father Silouan Fotineas (Greek Orthodox)
I have not met Father Fotineas yet but he is on the official UniSA site:
Available by appointment Mobile: 0438 334 370

Rev.Stephen Trautwien from Mawson Lakes Community Church has special interest in supporting international students. He does a 'bread run' to international students who live near the campus and is always brimming with new ideas on how to best support students from overseas. I've got to know Pastor Stephen a bit over the years and he has a long history of helping people out. So, if you know any overseas students who are a bit lonely or need a hand contact Stephen on phone:

8162 5108 or 0403 007 156

Monday, March 8, 2010

2010 welcome


I've just spent most of the beginning of this year moving house. The feelings and thoughts swirling around in my poor tired body remind me of what it was like being a tertiary student – the beginning of the year is all crazy with a lot of organizing, meeting with people, planning, trying to do everything on a shoestring budget. Often you need advice and practical help.

If this is you, then you’ve come to the right place. There is a lot of support if you need it. You can refer back to this page – because you never have to go it alone!

LSF = Lutheran Students and Friends

Lutheran Students and Friends
A friendly group of Christian students who organise camps, conferences, monthly worship services and guest speakers, social events and a quarterly newsletter called ‘Grapevine’. Check them out.

The overseer, the Man, the head-honcho, the big-cheese is Rev Mike Pietsch
he is very approachable - so don't hesitate to contact him if you have any questions about LSF - or, indeed, being a tertiary student:

Contact Rev. Mike Pietsch: 0409 725 573 (mob)

or LSF South Australia president:

Andrew O'Loughlin - Email:


*There’s a commencement camp coming up 19-21 March at Aldinga – great way to get to know people!

Here are a few details:

Theme: "Jesus Vs Buddha?"
( I don't think it is aggressive, but a looking at other religions from a Christian point of view)

Speaker: Rev Dr Dean Zweck

Dates: 19th - 21 March 2010

Where: Aldinga Beach Holiday Park

Prices: 1st time LSF campers= $55
"Students who already know how great LSF camps are" (I didn't write this)= $60

Contact Mike or Andrew for more details.

See also: LSF on Facebook
and/ or submit an enquiry about it on the LSF/SA site

Your Local Lutheran Churches

Don’t be shy to set foot in a church – many of the people will not pounce on you and will be willing to lend a hand if needed.

See below (last post) for all the contact details!

And I’m in at Magill on Tuesdays and Mawson Lakes campus on Friday afternoons – don’t hesitate to contact me if you need someone to talk to.

Tim Oestmann, Chaplain,
UniSA Magill and Mawson Lakes
(mob: 0404 303 084)