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December Meeting

Thursday, December 5, 2013—12:00 noon

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

Pastor Eric Wester

  Photo of The Rev. Franklin "Eric" Wester

Military Chaplaincy
A Ministry of Affirming the Dignity of Humanity
in the Intense, Inhumane Context of Combat

Pastor Eric Wester, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop for Federal Chaplaincy Ministries for the ELCA, will be our guest speaker in December. Their mission is to support the chaplaincies of the church in federal agencies, institutions, and armed forces, and to provide for the pastoral care of those called to these ministries.

Historically, and in this day and age, military service stretches individuals to the limits of their human endurance. Reports of the "hidden wounds" of more than a decade of war bring to mind the occasional reports of increased homelessness, suicide risk, and isolation among veterans of military service. And yet, military service can bring out the very best in people. Our guest speaker will present some case illustrations of chaplaincy and present details about the work of Lutheran chaplains in military service today.

The Rev. Franklin "Eric" Wester completed thirty-two years of military service culminating as a senior military chaplain and Army colonel. He has over thirty years of service as a Lutheran pastor. He is currently the Director of Federal Chaplaincy Ministries for the ELCA, Project Director of Military Chaplaincy Discernment and Professional Development at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and Senior Instructor of Leader Development Education for Sustained Peace (at the Naval Post-graduate School). In 2011, he served as Interim Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alexandria, VA and from 2008 to 2011 was a Senior Military Fellow at the National Defense University.

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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, December 3. The cost of the meal is $9.00, payable at the door.


January 2 - TBD

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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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