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February Meeting

Thursday, February 7, 2013—12:00 noon

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

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

"Missional Congregation"

Dr. Amsalu Geleta accepted a call from St. Mark’s 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 God’s 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 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 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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