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November Meeting

Thursday, November 6, 2014—12:00 noon

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

John Graff

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The Ministry of All God's People: Called to What?

Owing largely to the determined effort of one man, Lutheran layman Bill Diehl, the one-time Sales Manager for Bethlehem Steel, the constitution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America contains specific language recognizing that all God's children — the laity as well as the ordained — are called to be ministers of the good news of the Gospel. The recognition was not meant to be just lip service to a noble idea. The offices of the Church are charged with the responsibility to develop forms and functions for the equipping of the laity for the tasks of living out that ministry. Some thirty years have gone by since that historic conclave acted. Some of the persons involved with Bill in this effort met recently to recognize his work and to undertake an assessment of where we are today. To the surprise of no one, it seems there is more work to be done.

John Graff is a retired attorney and association president, with a background that includes corporate law as a senior attorney for Marriott Corporation and a legislative counsel to the Subcommittee on Executive Reorganization of the United States Senate. He served on the Board of the former Lutheran Church of America and a member of the Committee appointed to conduct a study of Ministry for the ELCA. He is a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Springfield, Virginia. John has been married for 48 years to his wife, Kay, and have two grown children. He leads the adult education program at St. Mark and shares, with his wife, the organizing of the St. Mark homeless shelter program. His hobbies are reading and gardening.

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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 or by contacting Vicki Porter at 301-229-9884 no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4. The cost of the meal is $9.00, payable at the door.


December 4 - Cantor Stefan Brodd, "Christmas Songfest"
January 1 - No meeting scheduled this month, Happy New Year!
February 5 - Yvette Moy, "Bridges: Christians Connecting With Muslims"
March 5 - TBD

Click here to read July'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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