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 ability.

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


news & events


12/9/2016 What's New?

  • New Book Club Selections (see)
  • December Lamp is Available (see)
  • New Welcome Page Pictures (see)
  • Vision for Ministry Thank-You (see)
  • Wedding (see)
  • Cookie Walk (see)
  • Christmas Services (see)
  • 2017 Flower Chart Available (see)
  • Memorial for Tim Young (see)
  • November Council Highlights (see)
  • Lunch/Learn Class for December (see)
  • Ministry Review of St Luke (see)
  • New pictures on Calendar Page (see)
  • New dates for Russell Rockers (see)
  • Latest and Past BCM Stories
  • Fire & Tornado Assistance (see)
  • Need a Ride? (see)

11/8/2016 What's New?

  • November Lamp is Available (see)
  • Pastor Karen Boda Ordained (see)
  • Sing! (see)
  • Commitment Sunday & Brunch (see)
  • Advent Suppers (see)
  • Oktoberfest Photos (see)
  • Joyous Toys for BCM (see)
  • Vision for Ministry at Russell (see)
  • Be a Russell Rocker (see)
  • Habitat Global Villages - Poland (see)


Sat 12/10 6:00pm WeddingRally day

On Saturday, December 10, Eric Hilgendorf and Bill Adams will be united in marriage here at St. Luke.  Members of the congregation are invited to attend the ceremony, which begins at 6:00 p.m.


Sun 12/11 11:15am Cookie WalkCookie Walk 2016

Our annual Cookie Walk will be held after Worship on December 11. We are asking all members to contribute a batch (or more!) of your favorite Christmas cookies to share. You will then have the opportunity to gather and purchase a plate of a variety of cookies to serve during holidays, give as gifts, or just eat and enjoy! All monies will go to refurbish the nursery and brighten up the classrooms to be more welcoming places for our children..


Wed 12/14 6:15pm Advent Suppers ContinueAdvent Dinners

The season of Advent begins on Sunday November 27, when we remember Jesus’ coming to earth as Emmanuel, “God with Us,” rejoice in his presence among us today, and wait for his coming again. On Advent Wednesdays (November 30, December 7, 14, 21), we will gather at 6:15 p.m. for supper, an exploration of Advent hymns called “People, Look East,” and Holy Communion.


Sun 12/18 3:00pm Memorial for Tim YoungAdvent Dinners

Our dear brother in Christ, Tim Young, entered into eternal life on December 9th. We rejoice that he is now at peace even as we mourn his death. Please give thanks for his life and pray for David Wilson, Tim’s beloved husband, and their families in the midst of their sorrow. Tim’s memorial service will take place at St. Luke on Sunday, December 18, at 3:00 p.m. A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall. Memorial gifts may be made to St. Luke or the Good Mews Animal Shelter, Marietta.


Flower Chart

Altar FlowerPlease sign up on the new 2017 Flower Chart to donate flowers to enhance our worship environment. Now is a great time to claim a date to remember and honor birthdays, anniversaries, baptisms, and other events with a flower arrangement on the altar. The chart is located outside the Fellowship Hall. Remember that each date has two opportunities.


2017 Ministry Review

The Congregation Council has approved asking the Southeastern Synod’s Ministry Consultation Team to come to St. Luke in February to do a review of our ministry. The Ministry Review Process is a time to celebrate the positive experiences of our congregation’s history. The Review will also help to identify some of the areas of ministry that need to be improved. At the conclusion of this process, the congregation will have a clearer discernment of God’s will for the congregation. For more details, see "Plans for 2017" on page 1 of the December Lamp.


Vision for Ministry - Thank You!Vision for Ministry

Thank you to everyone who has exercised good stewardship of the gifts God has given by pledging financial support to the ministries of St. Luke for 2017! We are trending to exceed the number of households who pledged last year and to fully fund the 2017 budget. That assumes, however, that those of you who have not yet pledged will do so before the end of the year. Please prayerfully consider your 2017 gift to St. Luke.


Reformation 500Rally Day 2016

500 Years! October 31, 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of the date Martin Luther posted his thoughts on the current state of the church on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany, and set off a series of events called the Protestant Reformation. We here at St. Luke will be commemorating the Reformation starting on Reformation Day this year, October 30, 2016, and ending on Reformation Day, Sunday, October 29, 2017. Some of the upcoming celebrations:

  • Sat 1/21/2017: Movie & Popcorn - Luther
  • Sat 10/28/2017: Reformation Concert - Alex Benford
  • Sun 10/29/2017: Reformation/Confirmation Brunch


Sundays 11:45am What Does This Mean?

The Lunch & Learn group looks ahead one week to read and discuss the Sunday Bible readings. See the Education page for more details.


Congratulations Pastor Karen!Ordination Karen Boda 2016-10-15

Good News! Our former vicar, Karen Boda, was ordained on Saturday October 15 at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Marietta with a contingent of St. Luke members attending. Rev. Karen Boda was installed as Pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Clay, Alabama on Reformation Day, October 30, 2016. She had served as vicar at St. Luke from August 2015 through April 2016. She brought us fresh ideas and ways to connect with God and our fellows: the "Gods Work, Our Hands" mobile, the Prayer Flags, the many timely Facebook posts accompanied by artistic photos by her talented husband, Alan, a Lenten class on prayer, and enlightenment for the Bible Study group. May God bless Pastor Karen and Faith Lutheran Church in their journey together!


Evangelism at St Luke

As the body of Christ on earth we have the duty and delight to share the Good News. At its core, the Gospel is the understanding that God’s love for us invites us to be closely related to God and to each other. The Gospel is about love—love of God, of neighbor, of self— that calls us into deep and committed relationships with God and each other. The world's ills are about fear that breaks and destroys relationships, putting the individual first and others (including God) last. In the coming year, St. Luke’s commitment to spreading the Good News will take an active turn in recognizing how the Gospel frees us from the burden of our sin and how we can invite others into a life of such freedom. Please contact Eric Brown at to see how you can participate more fully in sharing the Good News with others.


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.


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.



Christmas Services

We will have two services on Christmas Eve, both with Holy Communion. We will hear the beloved Christmas story, sing familiar carols, and celebrate with candles the light of God come to us. On Christmas Day we will have a service of Lessons and Carols.

  • 4:00 pm Christmas Eve - Family Friendly Candlelight
  • 7:30 pm Christmas Eve - Festival Candlelight
  • 10:00 am Christmas Day - Lessons and Carols


Sing! Sing! Sing! Wednesdays 7-8:30pm!Jonathan DeLoach & Choir on Rally Day 2015

Any and all who would like to help us make a joyful noise are welcome to sing with the choir, no audition or previous experience necessary. Lively rehearsals are 7:00–8:30 pm on Wednesday evenings, with a warm-up at 9:15 am on Sunday mornings. Please stop by the organ bench after service and speak with our delightful music director, Jonathan DeLoach, if you’d like to learn more.


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 (


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.

On Sunday September 11, 2016, we welcomed Shaun & Susan Paul by transfer from Rejoice Lutheran Church in Coppell, Texas and Britt & Josh Pitre by affirmation of baptism into membership at St. Luke. We rejoice in these new members of God's family at St. Luke.

New Members of St Luke

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


Join the Worship Team

  • Altar Guild - Prepare the Communion Elements before worship and restore the Altar Guild room afterwards.
  • 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 - Greet people, welcome visitors, assist with communion. 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.

For the Altar Guild, please contact Tina Blackney (404-812-9080). For other positions, please contact Catherine Ramsdell ( or the church office (404-237-4413) if you are interested in any of these opportunities.


Baptisms & Babies - Jiya Ashlyn Potteti

Welcome Jiya Ashlyn PottetiWe welcomed Jiya Ashlyn Potteti, our newest St. Luke family member. Her proud parents are Raj Potteti & Divya Amuthan. We also got to meet or renew our acquaintence with Jiya's grandparents and other family members. As you can see, Jiya is just beautiful. She will be baptised later when she visits India to meet additional family there. We rejoice and give thanks to God for the gift of new life. St. Luke’s baby population continues to explode with Hunter Britt Pitre (4/3/2016), Noelle Jean Thompson (2/7/2016), Lawson Jacob Powers (12/6/2015), Oskar James Sarafin-Johnson (11/29/2015), Margot Renee Davenport (baptized 9/27/2015), Adam Richard Shilander (baptized 6/28/2015), Selene Joanne Barnes (baptized 2/15/2015), Griffin Frederick Vagts (baptized 9/21/2014), Isabella Grace Kalise Michel (baptized 12/7/2014) and Conner Felix Powers (baptized 12/22/2013).


November Council Highlights

The Congregation Council met on Sunday November 20, 2016.

  • Pastor. Thanks to all who helped with Oktoberfest and Stewarship Brunch. All had a good time at the small group dinner hosted by Ken & Kim. Dinners will resume in 2017. Planning for the Synod Ministry Review to be held in early 2017 was discussed.
  • Treasurer. October had a minor slippage in incoming funds but we should catch up in November and December. Excellent response to Stewardship drive with a few more pledges likely.
  • Fellowship. Upcoming events are Cookie Walk (12/11), Open House at Pastor Ruth's (12/18), Luther Night (1/21), Annual Meeting (1/22), Chili Cook-off (Feb), Smyrna Jonquil Festival (Apr), Small Group Dinners (resume in Jan).
  • Property: Greg Kiburz & Doug Cornell fixed a whole list of items. Paul has scheduled a plumber for a more permanant fix to the water heater. Paul will contact Georgia Power to get the parking lot street lights working.
  • Technology: Comcast is in the process of installing cable so they can provide us with upgraded and less costly internet and phone service.
  • Safe Child Practices Policy. Discussion postponed to next meeting.
  • Meetings Dates: We will resume having meetings on 3rd Sunday of each month at 1:00 pm when possible.
  • Mark Engel will be resigning as Social Concerns Chairman at the end of 2016 but will help find a replacement.

More detail is available in the December Lamp on page 5-6. The next meeting will be Sunday December 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.


Blessing of the AnimalsBlessing of the Animals

St Luke Lutheran Church held our Third Annual "Blessing of the Animals" on Saturday October 1. Eight dogs, a cat and their people joined us. Remembering St. Francis of Assisi, we gave thanks to God for the blessing these animals are to our lives and recalled the gifts that God gives us in all creatures great and small. See photos!


2016 Southeastern Synod Assembly

Over Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29, Pastor Ruth, Sharon Mazna and Lindy Frietag represented St. Luke at the 2016 ELCA Southeastern Synod Assembly held in Birmingham, Alabama. The ELCA is divided into 65 synods. The Southeastern Synod encompasses all of the ELCA Lutheran churches in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Bishop Julian Gordy presided over the Assembly. In addition to passing resolutions, mostly dealing with social justice, many workshops were offered as well as beautiful worship services including jazz music from Nashville and even a hip-hop version of the Apostles' Creed. Lindy attended a workshop about commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation while Sharon attended an innovative one on youth programs. It is a great way to meet more wonderful Lutherans and see what other congregations are doing and what the greater church is up to. For more information, see the June Lamp or visit


Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting

The Semi-Annual Meeting was held Sunday May 22, 2016 accompanied by a festive brunch. Paul Powers and Ken Torrence were each re-elected to a second two-year term on the Congregation Council. Paul Blackney and Lindy Freitag were elected to full two-year terms, having completed partial terms. Lou Taylor was elected to her first two-year term. New terms begin July 1. Thank-you to Sharon Mazna and Catherine Ramsdell who have completed two two-year terms. The meeting also received reports from the pastor and council committees as well as an audit summary. At the meeting, the congregation talked about the Sunday morning schedule (and agreed to have further conversation on the topic). Ways for St. Luke to become more family-friendly and to increase participation were also discussed.


Annual Congregational Meeting Highlights

The Annual Meeting was held Sunday January 24, 2016 following worship and a delicious brunch hosted by the Fellowship Committee.

  • Minutes approved for the Semi-Annual Meeting May 17, 2015.
  • The 2016 budget was approved
  • Chris Nelson, Ruth Ann Yax, Kim Schaeffer and Kim Donina were elected to serve on the Nominating Committee along with outgoing council members Catherine Ramsdell and Sharon Mazna. The Nominating Committee will invite people to be nominated for positions on the Congregation Council, with elections at the semi-annual meeting on May 15, 2016.
  • Dale Klamforth was elected to replace Lindy Freitag on the Audit Committee and join Pierre Michel who was elected in 2015.
  • Sharon Mazna and Eric Brown were elected as St. Luke's representatives to the 2016 Southeastern Synod Assembly with Mark and Lindy Freitag serving as alternates.
  • Kelly Haddle and Kim Schaeffer reported their investigations into a congregational retreat. Susan Clark and Melissa Faulkner agreed to work with them to try to schedule one for Fall 2016.
  • The council still needs a committee chair for Youth and Family.
  • Eric Brown reported that St. Luke will have a booth at Smyrna's Jonquil Festival April 23-24.