Thursday, December 5, 201312:00 noon
to RSVP for Luncheon
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Saint Luke Lutheran Church
9100 Colesville Road at
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Pastor Eric Wester
A Ministry of Affirming the Dignity of Humanity
Intense, Inhumane Context of Combat
Pastor Eric Wester, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop for Federal
Chaplaincy Ministries for the ELCA, will be our guest speaker in December.
Their mission is to support the chaplaincies of the church in federal agencies,
institutions, and armed forces, and to provide for the pastoral care of those
called to these ministries.
Historically, and in this day and age, military service stretches
individuals to the limits of their human endurance. Reports of the "hidden
wounds" of more than a decade of war bring to mind the occasional reports of
increased homelessness, suicide risk, and isolation among veterans of military
service. And yet, military service can bring out the very best in people. Our
guest speaker will present some case illustrations of chaplaincy and present
details about the work of Lutheran chaplains in military service today.
The Rev. Franklin "Eric" Wester completed thirty-two years of military
service culminating as a senior military chaplain and Army colonel. He has over
thirty years of service as a Lutheran pastor. He is currently the Director of
Federal Chaplaincy Ministries for the ELCA, Project Director of Military
Chaplaincy Discernment and Professional Development at Lutheran Theological
Southern Seminary and Senior Instructor of Leader Development Education for
Sustained Peace (at the Naval Post-graduate School). In 2011, he served as
Interim Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alexandria, VA and from 2008
to 2011 was a Senior Military Fellow at the National Defense University.
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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 email@example.com by contacting Vicki Porter at
301-229-9884 or no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3. The cost of the
meal is $9.00, payable at the door.
January 2 - TBD
Click here to read November's meeting 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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