news & events
8/27/2014 What's New?
Day1.org is the voice of Mainline Churches across America and around the world. It is on over 200 radio stations, including NEWS 95.5 and AM 750 WSB, Sundays at 7:05am. Pastor Ruth will be preaching on the upcoming broadcast on October 19th. If you can't catch it live, they post transcripts in the archives. To promote the broadcast, click here to download a flyer.
October is that time of year when good Lutherans turn their thoughts to Martin Luther, the Reformation, and “A Mighty Fortress.” Come celebrate Reformation Sunday with worship, followed by an Oktoberfest dinner featuring brats and beer. Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert. Sign up on the bulletin board.
Living Generously is the theme for the 2015 Stewardship Campaign. During stewardship talks on Oct 26, Nov 2, and Nov 9 we will hear from several members what giving to St Luke means to them. We will have a family-friendly Stewardship Dinner on Saturday November 15. Everyone is invited to attend. There will be entertainment, delicious food, and lots of good fellowship. The campaign will culminate on Commitment Sunday, November 16, where we invite you to put your pledge card in the offering plate. Please let Susan Clark know if you would like to help with the dinner or by doing a stewardship talk.
Read her introduction in the August Lamp (see page 2)! After 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 2013-14, she spent a year working as a chaplain at Emory Hospital Midtown and has been a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Atlanta. She has been accepted as a candidate for ministry in the ELCA. Anna began her ministry at St. Luke with the Council Retreat on July 25-26. She will be leading us to reach 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.
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:
Join us in welcoming all visitors and new members into our St. Luke family.
We now have pagers so that Brenda, our nursery attendant, can discreetly summon parents if their child requires their immediate attention.
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.
Please 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.
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 (Pastor@stlukeatlanta.org).
Please contact our Worship Committee Chair, Ruth Anne Yax (YaxRuthie@yahoo.com) or the church office (404-237-4413) if you are interested in any of these opportunities.
St. Luke had our first Blessing of the Animals on the date when the Church gives thanks to God for the life of Francis of Assisi, renewer of the Church. We had many dog and cat guests as well as their human companions stop outside the church on Saturday October 4th between 1:00 and 2:30pm. Pastor Anna conducted an outdoor Liturgy and Eric read from Genesis. Pastor Anna bestowed individual blessings on the animals and their families. See photos & videos on our Gallery Page.
Baptisms & Babies
We rejoice and give thanks to God for the gift of new life. St. Luke’s baby population is exploding, with Griffin Frederick Vagts (baptized 9/21), Isabella Grace Kalise Michel, and now Selene Joanne Barnes joining us this past September. In addition, Connor Felix Powers, baptized last December, has just celebrated his first birthday.
Our traditional picnic took place in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the worship service. As part of our Jubilee Year, we invited former members to “come home” for worship, food, and fun. THANKS to all who made the Rally Day/Homecoming picnic such a wonderful success. A big round of applause to Sharon Mazna for organizing the whole event and to Courtney Sarnow for creating and overseeing the children’s games. Thanks to Mark Engel and Jodie Sturgeon for cooking the delicious main courses. And thanks to everyone who brought side dishes and desserts to share. It was a great time
The Congregation Council met on Sunday, September 21. Among the items on the agenda was a report from Intern Pastor Anna on St. Luke’s Evangelism and Outreach Plan. The council also reviewed the current financial reports and voted to replace four of the heating and air conditioning units, which are more than 30 years old and in poor condition. The Property Committee is developing a list of items that need to be repaired or replaced. The council expressed its gratitude to those who had contributed to the well-attended and well-received September events: “God’s Work; Our Hands” service project (9/7), Rally Day picnic (9/14), and the Vagts baptism and birthday reception (9/21).
Children and adults alike had a great time at St Luke for Game Night on Saturday evening, August 23. We munched on pizza and favorite junk foods while playing Mexican Train Dominoes, Rummikub and Scrabble. The children's game, "Left, Right, Center" was a hit with the grownups. Who knew that dominos had so many rules. Mark Freitag was suspected of making them up as play progressed invoking much laughter.
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.
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.
New Baby Baskets
For 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.