Martin & Katharina Luther


Christ Window


In response to the call in Roman 15:7 to "Welcome one another, therefore as Christ has welcomed you.", we warmly welcome people of any race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, age and physical ability.

We invite you to join us in our worship of Christ and fellowship.


news & events


7/8/2014 What's New

  • New Book Club Selections (see)
  • July Lamp Available (see)
  • 2014-15 Council so far (see)
  • Meet Anna Tew (see)
  • Wednesday Bible Studies at 10:30am (see)
  • Book/CD/DVD Drive Results (see)

6/2/2014 What's New

  • Summer Sunday School (see)
  • May Council Highlights (see)
  • Semi-Annual Meeting Highlights (see)
  • Suggest Favorite Hymns (see)
  • We're Getting an Intern Pastor (see)
  • Join the Worship Team (see)
  • Fellowship Treats Sign-up (see)
  • 3 New Photo Gallery Albums (see)


Favorite Hymns & Favorite Liturgy!

During the summer, we will be returning to a setting of the liturgy that is a St. Luke favorite, Marty Haugen’s Now the Feast and Celebration. This is also an opportunity for you to suggest your favorite hymns to be sung. Add your suggestion to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board or e-mail Clark at We will schedule as many of them as possible.


2014-15 Congregation Council

New members of the Congregation Council were elected at the Semi-Annual Meeting on May 18. A few chair and officer positions are known but the remainder will be determined at the Council Retreat to be held July 25-26. As of July 8, the 2014-15 Council is:

  • Mark Freitag - President
  • Mark Engel
  • Catherine Ramsdell
  • Ken Torrence - Treasurer
  • Eric Brown - Evangelism
  • Susan Clark
  • Sharon Mazna
  • Annette Michel
  • Paul Powers - Property & Management
  • Courtney Sarnow
  • Kim Schaeffer
  • Ruth Anne Yax


Meet Anna Tew - Our Intern Pastor!

Anna Tew - Intern PastorAfter being interviewed in late June by Mark Freitag, Paul Blackney, Eric Brown & Pastor Ruth, the candidate recommended by the Southeastern Synod accepted our internship position. Anna Tew was born and raised in Alabama in a Southern Baptist tradition. After receiving undergraduate degrees from Wallace Community College & Troy State University in Alabama, she went on to receive a Master of Divinity at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2011. During the summer of 2013, she worked as a chaplain at Emory Hospital and attended St. John's Lutheran Church in Decatur. She has been accepted as a candidate for ministry in the ELCA. Anna will begin her time at St. Luke with the Council Retreat on July 25-26. She already is preparing to lead us in reaching out to the neighborhood and to others during the coming year. She will preach and teach, lead worship, visit the home-bound, participate in council meetings, and explore all the facets of ordained ministry. Read more about her spiritual journey and how you can help her ministry at St. Luke in the July Lamp.


Interested in Membership?

If you are interested in membership, please talk with Pastor Ruth or send her an email. You can join by Letter of Transfer, Affirmation of Faith or Adult Instruction. We would be delighted to welcome you into membership.

We welcomed the following people into membership on March 23:

  • Aimee & David Vagts
  • Paul, Connor & Allison Powers

New Members of St Luke

Join us in welcoming all visitors and new members into our St. Luke family.


Pagers for the Nursery

We now have pagers so that Brenda, our nursery attendant, can discreetly summon parents if their child requires their immediate attention.


Coffee & Cookie Signup!Cookie Fellowship

We all enjoy the coffee, tea, & treats during our after-service fellowship time. The Fellowship Committee coordinates volunteers who set this up each week. Coffee-making instructions are posted on the kitchen bulletin board. To volunteer or learn more, contact Sharon Mazna for June or Kim Schaeffer for July. Empty slots can also be seen online in the "Cookies" row on the Worship Assistants page.


Flower Chart

Altar FlowerPlease consider signing up on the 2014 Flower Chart which is located outside the Fellowship Hall. Please consider remembering a friend or loved one with a flower arrangement on the altar. Check available dates in the "Flowers" row on our Worship Assistants page. Remember that each date has two opportunities.


New Baby Baskets

Baby BasketsFor many years St. Luke has given a "New Baby Basket" to members who are celebrating the birth of their first child. The baskets are filled with new items donated by members of the congregation. With the birth of two new babies recently, we are in need of items such as baby clothing, toys, baby shampoo, washcloths, pacifiers, spoons, etc. Please place donations in the baskets in the Fellowship Hall. All donations are greatly appreciated! Please see Kim Schaeffer if you have any questions.


St Luke Communications

Our monthly newsletter, The Lamp is available several ways: Postal mail, Email, or it can be Downloaded from the Resources Page. We also have a weekly email update, This Week at St Luke. To be added to the postal mail list for The Lamp, just call the church office and provide your address. To be added to the email list for either or both publications, please forward your email address (and any other contact information that has changed) to Pastor Ruth (


Join the Worship Team

  • Acolytes - Boys, girls and even adults are welcome and needed!
  • Crucifers - The crucifer, often also the acolyte, carries the cross for the procession and recession.
  • Ushers - All are welcome to participate. Couples and families can even volunteer together!
  • Assisting Minister - Assists with the liturgy, prayers and distribution of communion.
  • Lectors - This is an opportunity for those who would like to read the Lessons.

Please contact the church office ( or 404-237-4413) if you are interested in any of these opportunities.


May 30 - Jun 1 Southeastern Synod Assembly 2014 Southeastern Synod Assembly

Leaders from ELCA congregations in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee gathered May 30 - June 1 in Chattanooga for the Southeastern Synod Assembly. Nothing gives a picture of the mission of the congregations, the synod, and the churchwide organization like an assembly. St. Luke was recognized for its 50th anniversary on Sunday morning. As synod secretary, Pastor Ruth attended the meeting of the Synod Council and its Executive Committee, beginning on Wednesday, May 28, and was responsible for minutes of the assembly. Mark Engel, Tim Young and David Wilson joined Pastor Ruth and St. Luke's official voting members, Mark and Lindy Frietag. More info on the Synod Website.


Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting Highlights

  • The Semi-Annual Meeting was held May 18 following worship.
  • Annette Michel, Paul Powers, Ken Torrence, and Courtney Sarnow were elected to the 2014–15 council. Catherine Ramsdell and Sharon Mazna were re-elected for another term. Mark Freitag, Kim Schaeffer, Eric Brown, Susan Clark, and Ruth Anne Yax will continue on the council for 2014–15.
  • Mark and Lindy Freitag were elected to serve as voting members to the 2014 Synod Assembly, with Mark Engel serving as an alternate.
  • Recent work on possible ways to address St. Luke’s accessibility issues was shared with the congregation. Each of the plans would cost nearly $200,000.
  • The retreat committee formed at the January 2014 annual meeting, which consists of Mark Hood, Kelly Haddle, Mark Freitag, and Kim Schaeffer, agreed to meet and develop a plan for a congregational retreat.


May Council Meeting Highlights

  • Set summer schedule for Sunday School 6/22-8/17 for children under 10.
  • Discussed agenda for semi-annual meeting 5/18.
  • Encouraged committees to review Time and Talent surveys and contact interested volunteers.
  • Received an update on the directory project
  • Reviewed year-to-date Income & Expenses
  • Received reports from the pastor and committees


Christ is Risen! He has Risen Indeed!Easter 2014

On Easter morning, we celebrated the Resurrection of our Lord with a festival service of Holy Communion and lots of Allelulias! After the service the children hunted Easter Eggs outside. Very special thanks to Mark Engel for his fabulous flower arrangements and to Eric Brown for his hand-woven masterpiece gold and white paraments. And thanks to all the volunteers for our Wednesday Lenten soup suppers, the Maundy Thursday dinner and other Holy Week activities. To see the Easter photos posted on St Luke's Facebook, click the photo above (no Facebook account required)!


May Picnic Fun-O-Rama at Hammond ParkHammond Park

Great fun was had by all who attended the Picnic Fun-O-Rama at Hammond Park on Sunday May 4th. The adults even joined in some of the games like 3-legged race, amoeba tag, horseshoes, Frisbee & basketball. But the kids ruled the sack race and everyone won lots of prizes, the favorite being glow-sticks! Besides that the food was great, especially David Wilson’s Apple Crumb pie!


April Game NightFed by the Spirit, Feeding Others

Children and adults alike had a great time at St Luke for Game Night on Saturday evening, April 26. We munched on pizza, wings, and favorite junk foods while trying table games like Mexican Train Dominoes, SkipBo, Ticket to Ride, Harry Potter Uno and Sorry. Who knew that dominos had so many rules. Mark Freitag was suspected of making them up as play progressed invoking much laughter.


Return of St Luke Retreats?

At the Annual Meeting, it was suggested we investigate ways to return to St Luke's long tradition of Fall and Spring weekend retreats with time for fun, fellowship, education and memorable opportunities for children and families to get to know each other. Due to rising cost and dwindling participation the last of these was in March 2012. If you have ideas to help restore this lively tradition, please see Kelly Haddle, Mary Hood or Mark Freitag. Scroll through our Photo Gallery for examples of Retreat Fun.


Annual Congregational Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation was held after Worship on the last Sunday in January. In addition to approving the 2014 Budget, we selected the Audit Committee and Nominating Committee. Lindy Freitag will start a new term on the Audit committee joining Jane VonSeggern. Kim Donina, Mary Ann Hite, Brian Ittner, Jill Rhodes, Daniel Schaeffer, and Tim Young compose the Nominating Committee. If you are interested in serving on St Luke's Congregation Council, please let a member of the Nominating Committee know. The preliminary minutes are available for download.