Thursday, November 6, 201412:00 noon
to RSVP for Luncheon
or send E-mail to
Saint Luke Lutheran Church
9100 Colesville Road at
Silver Spring, MD 20910
The Ministry of All God's People: Called to
Owing largely to the determined effort of one man, Lutheran layman Bill
Diehl, the one-time Sales Manager for Bethlehem Steel, the constitution of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America contains specific language recognizing
that all God's children the laity as well as the ordained are
called to be ministers of the good news of the Gospel. The recognition was not
meant to be just lip service to a noble idea. The offices of the Church are
charged with the responsibility to develop forms and functions for the
equipping of the laity for the tasks of living out that ministry. Some thirty
years have gone by since that historic conclave acted. Some of the persons
involved with Bill in this effort met recently to recognize his work and to
undertake an assessment of where we are today. To the surprise of no one, it
seems there is more work to be done.
John Graff is a retired attorney and association president, with a
background that includes corporate law as a senior attorney for Marriott
Corporation and a legislative counsel to the Subcommittee on Executive
Reorganization of the United States Senate. He served on the Board of the
former Lutheran Church of America and a member of the Committee appointed to
conduct a study of Ministry for the ELCA. He is a member of St. Mark Lutheran
Church in Springfield, Virginia. John has been married for 48 years to his
wife, Kay, and have two grown children. He leads the adult education program at
St. Mark and shares, with his wife, the organizing of the St. Mark homeless
shelter program. His hobbies are reading and gardening.
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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 or by contacting Vicki Porter at
301-229-9884 no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4. The cost of the
meal is $9.00, payable at the door.
December 4 - Cantor Stefan Brodd, "Christmas Songfest"
January 1 -
No meeting scheduled this month, Happy New Year!
February 5 - Yvette Moy,
"Bridges: Christians Connecting With Muslims"
March 5 - TBD
Click here to read July'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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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
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