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October Meeting

Thursday, October 3, 2013—12:00 noon

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

Fred L. Shilling

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A Healthy Soul Provides Spiritual Energy

We have physical energy which we use hourly. A healthy soul also provides spiritual energy. As we grow older, physical energy decreases while spiritual energy increases. Pastor Fred Shilling will engage us in exploring what is a healthy soul and what are spiritual energy expressions. As an active 79 year old, he continues to help churches become healthy and persons become soul healthy. He has been a religious consultant to over 600 religious groups and has served as a pastor in family, pastor, program and large size churches. He presently is serving as a part-time interim lead pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Hagerstown, MD and is in his 53rd year in leading workshops for clergy, laity and military chaplains on "Christ's Healing Ministry" and other life-giving workshops.

He serves as consultant, pastoral counselor, pastor and spiritual partner to clergy, church leaders, and organizations by leading workshops on Trauma and Healing Soul Wounds, Chronic Illness and Being Well, Healing Through Triune God Practices, and Suicide, Healing and New Life. He has written many leadership development and Christian growth manuals. Pastor Fred enjoys reading, hiking, water aerobics, sports, family life, chaos and solitude, spiritual practices, creative expressions and spiritual action research during his 70's. He has been married for 56 years, has 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren. He earned a BA from Susquehanna University and a BD from Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA. Pastor Fred has attended many continuing education events including graduate work at Wesley Seminary and UCLA Graduate School of Business Administration; two years of advanced clinical pastoral education (CPE); and was ordained as a Lutheran Pastor in 1958. His primary life-long education is the school of life.

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


November 7 - Group Discussion
December 5 - Pastor Eric Wester, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop for Federal Chaplaincy Ministries for the ELCA

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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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EVENTS last updated 09/27/2013