Thursday, February 7, 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. Dr. Amsalu Geleta
Pastor and Youth Director
Mark's Lutheran Church
Dr. Amsalu Geleta accepted a call from St. Marks
Lutheran Church to become their pastor on February 15, 2007. A native of
Ethiopia, he graduated from Mekane Yesus Seminary in 1995. He served as a
teacher at Christian Education College in Nekemte, a town in Western Ethiopia.
In 2000, he earned a Master of Philosophy in Religious Studies at the Norwegian
Lutheran School of Theology; in 2011, he earned his Doctorate of Ministry at
Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
In 2002, Pastor Geleta and his family went back to Ethiopia
where he was assigned to Mekane Yesus Seminary to train ministers for the
national church. Returning to the US with his family, Pastor Geleta graduated
from the Virginia Theological Seminary with a Master of Theological Studies in
2005, after which he served as the interim director of Pastoral Care at Inova
Alexandria Hospital. As the partial fulfillment of the pastoral candidacy
process at the Metropolitan Washington DC Synod of the ELCA, he did a year-long
internship at Christ Lutheran Church (Christ Inner Harbor) in downtown
Baltimore. During his quest to become an ordained minister, Pastor Geleta has
held various positions in academia and has served as a hospital chaplain. In
2009, Pastor Geleta was elected to the ELCA Church Council. He enjoys spending
his free time with his wife Ife Choma and his daughters Deborah and Simbo.
His talk, "Missional Congregation", centers around a lesson
from one Northern Virginia local congregation, its early missional imagination,
enthusiasm of the congregation in fulfilling Gods call, and their
missional footprints. This missional conversation is framed within the larger
missio-ecclesiological theology. Come and explore what lessons we can
learn from a congregational study for missional imagination in our time.
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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 by contacting Vicki Porter at
301-229-9884 or no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2. The cost of the
meal is $9.00, payable at the door.
March 7 The Rev. Dr. Maria Erling, Gettysburg
Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA
April 4 The Rev. Clark Lobenstine from the
InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington
Click here to read January'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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