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January Meeting

Thursday, January 3, 2013—12:00 noon

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

The Rev. Susanne Blume
Director of the Lifeline Partnership
First Trinity Lutheran Church
Washington, DC

"We are All Made in the Image of God"

Susanne Blume, MDiv 2008 from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, took a new call beginning July 1, 2012 as Executive Director of Lifeline Partnership in Washington, DC. Based at First Trinity Lutheran Church, Lifeline Partnership has been faithfully serving clients since 1954 and is a nonprofit organization for persons with developmental disabilities and their families. Its mission is to help people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities to thrive spiritually and socially. Started in 1954 by Mrs. Catherine Meyer as a Sunday School for children with special needs, the organization has since grown to encompass a whole range of services:

  • Spiritual: weekly Sunday school (now serving adults) held 12:00 PM at First Trinity; Gospel dramas and mimes; monthly Faith & Light Gatherings

  • Social/recreational: seasonal and holiday-themed dances; performing arts workshops; outings; picnics; and more.

  • Advocacy and resource linkages: linking persons with developmental disabilities to local government agencies or community-based service providers, according to their needs.

  • Community outreach: Speaking to local groups and churches about topics such as "Welcoming Persons with Disabilities," "Starting a Ministry for Persons with Developmental Disabilities," and "Reaching Out to Persons with Disabilities."

For more information about Lifeline Partnership, see

Prior to her position as Executive Director of Lifeline Partnership, she served as Associate Pastor for Spiritual Formation and Congregational Care at Luther Place Church in downtown Washington DC. Pastor Susanne is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California and a law degree from Antioch School of Law. Prior to seminary, Pastor Susanne worked as an attorney in DC for almost 20 years. She lives in the H Street NE neighborhood and has recently undertaken the project of walking each of the 13 Heritage Trail Walking Tours in DC.

Pastor Susanne will discuss her ministry at Lifeline Partnership serving teens and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. She will also talk about some texts regarding disability in the Bible and how we might think about disability theologically.

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


February 7 — The Rev. Dr. Amsalu Geleta, Pastor and Youth Director, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Springfield, VA

March 7 — The Rev. Dr. Maria Erling, Gettysburg Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA

Click here to read December'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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