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October Meeting

Thursday, October 6, 2011—12:00 noon

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Saint Luke Lutheran Church
9100 Colesville Road at Dale Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Deborah Rutt
Vice President for Fund Development
LCMS National Housing Support Corporation

"Mission Fields outside Our Doors;
Loving Our Neighbors as Ourselves:
The Work of Lutheran Housing Support"

For almost 15 years, Deborah Rutt has served as Vice President for Fund Development for the Lutheran Church-- Missouri Synod's National Housing Support Corporation. For 7½ years prior to that, she was the Assistant Vice President for Advancement at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN, where she helped to grow the revenues of the seminary significantly and created a strategic plan that is in place to this day. In that capacity, she designed and implemented a one-hour asking event for the seminary that proved to be highly effective. In that event lasting one hour, over $250,000 was raised. She also has held other development positions. Deborah has brought the donor base of LCMS National Housing Support Corporation from two to over 2500 donors in less than three years.

Deborah has voluntarily consulted with many non-profits, churches and schools to help them develop strong, viable fund development programs.

Deborah is married to Rev. Dr. Douglas Rutt. They have five married children and eight grandsons. She and her husband, along with their children, served for eight years as missionaries in Guatemala.

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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 by contacting Vicki Porter at 301-229-9884 or no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4. The cost of the meal is $9.00, payable at the door.


November 3, 2011
The Rev. Michael Cooper-White, President,
Gettysburg Theological Seminary Gettysburg, PA on,
"Preparing Today's Seminarians for Pastoral Ministry:
Challenges and Opportunities"

December 1, 2011
To be announced

January 5, 2012
The Rev. Dr. Maria Erling,
Assistant Professor of North American History and Global Christianity,
Gettysburg Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA on,
"What Ever Happened to Luther League?"

Click here to read September's meeting minutes

What is the Lutheran Lay Fellowship?

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 represented…” [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 congregations—friendships that last for decades!

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