Thursday, January 3, 201312:00 noon
to RSVP for Luncheon
or send E-mail to
Saint Luke Lutheran Church
9100 Colesville Road at
Silver Spring, MD 20910
The Rev. Susanne Blume
Director of the Lifeline
First Trinity Lutheran Church
"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
- 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 email@example.com 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
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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