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November Meeting

Thursday, November 3, 2011—12:00 noon

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

The Rev. Michael Cooper-White, President
Gettysburg Theological Seminary
Gettysburg, PA

"Preparing Today's Seminarians
for Pastoral Ministry:
Challenges and Opportunities"

The Rev. Michael L. Cooper-White, D.D. is the 12th president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, having served in that office since 2000. He was born and raised in rural west central Minnesota and was graduated Summa Cum Laude from Concordia College, Moorhead. Prior to enrolling at Gettysburg Seminary, from which he received the Master of Divinity degree in 1976, he studied law at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., worked in a congressional office, and was a secondary school substitute teacher.

President Cooper-White came to Gettysburg with a distinguished career of service in the church. He was Executive Assistant to the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, simultaneously serving as Director of the ELCA's Department for Synodical Relations. In the latter capacity, he was chief staff person for the Conference of Bishops, and responsible for oversight of the ELCA churchwide organization's relationship with the church's 65 synods. Previous ministry experience included service as an inner city parish pastor in Los Angeles, directing an urban coalition and ecumenical council in the San Francisco Bay area, and serving as assistant to two synod bishops in California. Fluent in Spanish, Pastor Cooper-White has consulted in the development of bilingual and multicultural ministries, and taught urban ministry and Lutheran polity at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.

In addition to providing administrative oversight for the Seminary, Pr. Cooper-White teaches church administration and leadership. He is the author of the following books published by Augsburg/Fortress: On a Wing and a Prayer: Faithful Leadership in the 21st Century (2005); Church Administration: Purpose, Programs, Process (2007 with Robert Bacher); The Comeback God: A Theological Primer for a Life of Faith (2009); and of numerous articles and devotional materials.

Married to the Rev. Dr. Pamela Cooper-White, an Episcopal priest who serves as Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, Pastor Cooper-White is the father of three children, Aaron, Adam and Macrina. His avocation as a pilot and flight instructor has included serving as a chaplain with the Civil Air Patrol.

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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, November 1. The cost of the meal is $9.00, payable at the door.


December 1, 2011 - speaker not scheduled yet
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?"
February 2, 2012 - speaker not scheduled yet

Click here to read October'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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Effective June 2010, the print edition of the Newsletter which contained both the next month's Meeting Announcement as well as the previous month's Meeting Minutes was mailed to dues-paying members of the Lutheran Lay Fellowship. Effective August 2011, the previous month's Meeting Minutes will be posted in the ARCHIVE section of our website, 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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