Thursday, August 2, 2012
to RSVP for Luncheon
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Saint Luke Lutheran Church
9100 Colesville Road at
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Dr. Michael Kurtz
Assistant Archivist of the
United States (retired)
Robert B. Lantz
A Transformative Life"
Dr. Michael Kurtz's recent book, published in 2012, tells
the story of a most uncommon man, Robert Bryan Lantz. He was a complex, driven
man who overcame economic hardships and parental neglect to transform his life
into one of service in the field of pastoral counseling. Countless individuals
were assisted through the programs he established in clinical pastoral
education (CPE) and in his private counseling in Annapolis. Many other lives
were transformed through the efforts of the men who had Robert Lantz as their
CPE supervisor. In many ways, the trainees themselves were most affected by
their quiet but demanding mentor.
Robert Lantz used his outstanding financial skills, unique
for a clergyman, to provide long-term growth and stability for those Lutheran
institutions and professional organizations to which he was most committed.
Intensely loyal, rigorously principled, and determined to chart his own course,
Robert Lantz often went against accepted "norms." Though reserved and
personally gracious, he fought tenaciously for what he believed his vocation
and profession demanded.
An avid boater all his life, Robert B. Lantz had as his
banner freedom, personal responsibility, and service to God's people. He said
it all when he wrote at the top of an early resume-"No Miracle-Just Hard
Our speaker, Dr. Michael J. Kurtz, serves as associate
pastor at Magothy-Chelsea Community Lutheran Church in Pasadena, Maryland. He
is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland's College of
Information Studies where he directs the archival specialization track in the
MLS program. Prior to this he worked for 37 years as professional archivist,
manager, and senior executive at the National Archives and Records
Administration. For several years, he also served as president of the Lutheran
Historical Society at Gettysburg.
Dr. Kurtz has published extensively in the areas of
American history and archival management, including John Gottlieb Morris:
Man of God, Man of Science (1997), America and the Return of Nazi
Contraband (2006, paperback 2009), and Managing Archival and Manuscript
Repositories (2004). He lives outside Annapolis, Maryland.
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We invite all Lutherans and their friends to join us for
this luncheon meeting of Lutheran Lay Fellowship, scheduled for the first
Thursday of each month from 12:00 noon till 2:00 p.m. at Saint Luke Lutheran
Church, 9100 Colesville Road at Dale Drive in Silver Spring, one mile south of
the Capitol Beltway at Exit 30. Ample off-street parking is available.
Interested persons can make reservations for a delicious lunch by sending their
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by contacting Vicki Porter at
301-229-9884 or no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31. The cost of the
meal is $9.00, payable at the door.
September 6: Mrs. Jana Broughton, Executive Director,
Fellowship Square Foundation
October 4: Mr. Greg Roemer, Thrivent Financial
July's meeting was cancelled so there are no minutes
What is the Lutheran
LLF is an organization for women and men, both lay and clergy, active in
the Nation's Capital area. As early as 1936, feeling there was a definite
need for closer cooperation between Lutheran laity and clergy, a group of
laymen in the Washington, DC. Metropolitan area, organized to hold meetings
that would bring pastors and laity closer together. Due to jurisdictional
differences as well as ministerial difficulties, very little success was
achieved until the fall of 1941. Then the group met and decided to hold a
luncheon once a month, invite their friends and bring visitors. The first
luncheon was a success, and within three months every Lutheran judicatory was
[From a Lutheran Directory of Metropolitan
Washington, DC, published in 1999.]
Today, more than 70 years later, the Lutheran Lay Fellowship of
Metropolitan Washington takes pride in knowing that every night, 365 nights
each year, more than 700 low income seniors and disabled persons live in safety
and friendship in four high rises owned and managed by Fellowship Square
Foundation, Inc. By means of annual scholarships and grants, LLF also supports
various college and seminary students; it also provides ushering services for
major inter-Lutheran events. But most of all, LLF is known far and wide as a
place to hear stimulating speakers on timely topics and to make friends from
other Lutheran congregationsfriendships that last for decades!
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Effective August 2011, the previous month's Meeting Minutes will be
posted in the ARCHIVE section of our website, www.LutheranLayFellowship.org and
the only hardcopy available will be at the next month's meeting. Meeting
Announcements will continue to be mailed to dues-paying members who do not have
an E-mail address.
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reply to this note with a subject line of REMOVE and if applicable, specify who
in your congregation should receive notices.