news & events
3/25/2016 What's New?
Please join us Saturday, May 14 for a 3.5 mile hike at Vickery Creek trail, an all-around must-visit destination. Start time is 9:15 am at the trailhead located off of Riverside Rd. at the intersection of Roswell Rd. Parking is $3 day pass. Look for a sign-up sheet on the church bulletin board so we know who to watch for before starting the hike. For information, please visit www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/roswell-mill-vickery-creek-trail.
St. Luke is happy to host Wayward Sisters, a young, award-winning baroque ensemble, on their Southeast tour. Their program "A Restless Heart: Music of Exiles, Emigres, and Travelers," will feature works by Bach, Corelli, Schmelzer, Locke, and others, performed on recorder, baroque violin, baroque chello, baroque guitar and lute. Tickets: $20 general admission / $15 St. Luke members.
We will be bidding farewell and Godspeed to our beloved vicar and friend, Karen Boda on her last Sunday with us, April 24, 2016. She has been with us since August but that seems like only yesterday. We are grateful to Karen who has 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, the Lenten class on Prayer with Tim Young and enlightenment for the Bible Study group. Karen hopes to stay in the Southeastern Synod now that she has been approved for ordination and is available for a call. May she be a blessing in her next endeavor as she has been a blessing to us! We will miss, you Vicar Karen!
Please join us for dinner at 5:30 pm at St. Luke. We will enjoy the gastronomic skills of our church members along with delighting in a literary discussion with our own Atlanta writers Ren and Helen Davis. They will share Landscapes for the People, their most recent publication and first biography of George Alexander Grant, the pioneering photographer for the National Park Services. All are welcome. If you wish for childcare, please indicate so on the sign-up sheet.
Anna Tew, former intern at St. Luke, has been called to be pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She was ordained January 31, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Ponce de Leon in Atlanta. She invited the whole St. Luke community to celebrate with her and we were well-represented at the beautiful ceremony. Anna served as St Luke's first intern pastor from July 2014 to July 2015. We at St. Luke were blessed by the wide variety of skills she shared in her teaching, preaching, outreach, faith and fresh ideas like Blessing of the Animals, Beer & Hymns Fellowships, and Ministry by Facebook!
We welcome our new vicar (seminary intern), Karen Boda (see August Lamp, p2) whose term will run August 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016. Karen graduated this past May from Candler School of Theology of Emory University with a Master of Divinity degree. She is a candidate for ordination with the ELCA and serves as a member-at-large on the Southeastern Synod Council. She has been Lutheran almost all her life and a member of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Marietta for the past 30 years where she has served in many capacities. In her previous life she worked as a director in customer support for Hewlett Packard. Her husband, Alan, is a computer consultant at Hewlett Packard. They have three mostly grown children, the youngest of which is a rising senior at Walton High School.
With Alex and Jen Benford reluctantly departing for Alabama, St Luke has found a new Music Director/Organist. Starting August 9, 2015, we are delighted to welcome Jonathan DeLoach. Jonathan has a master’s degree in sacred music in organ performance from Emory University and Candler School of Theology. He has been organist, choir accompanist and director, and music director for a variety of Lutheran, Methodist, and Presbyterian congregations. He also plays the recorder and has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra as well as with the Ritornello Baroque Ensemble, which he founded.
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 EricBrown2001@gmail.com to see how you can participate more fully in sharing the Good News with others.
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.
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.
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 new 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 (Pastor@stlukeatlanta.org).
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 February 21, 2016, we welcomed Jim and Lou Taylor into membership at St. Luke by affirmation of baptism. We thank God for sending us these people who will enrich us with their presence and their gifts.
Join us in welcoming all visitors and new members into our St. Luke family.
For the Altar Guild, please contact Tina Blackney (404-812-9080). For other positions, please contact Catherine Ramsdell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the church office (404-237-4413) if you are interested in any of these opportunities.
We welcomed Hunter Britt Pitre into the family of God through the sacrament of Holy Baptism on Sunday April 3, 2016. Hunter's parents are Josh & Britt Pitre. His sponsors are Bill Adams, Eric Hilgendorf, Laci Adams and Emily Popler. We rejoice and give thanks to God for the gift of new life. St. Luke’s baby population continues to explode with 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).
The Congregation Council met on February 14, 2016. Among the items on the agenda were the following:
The next meeting will be Sunday April 10, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Twelve of us, including two kids, enjoyed dinner at Tortugas Cuban Grill on Saturday March 19. A good time was had by all. The food was delicious, the mohitos awesome and the Cuban coffee amazing.
The Annual St Luke Chili Cook-off was held Saturday February 20, 2016. We had an amazing nine chili entries! All were really tasty creating a challenge for the judges. Congratulations to the 2016 winners: Pastor Ruth (Spiciest), Elba (Most Unique) & Jody (Best Overall). Many thanks to Paul and Tina Blackney for hosting us at their lovely home in Buckhead.
We returned for another candlelight tour of Historic Oakland Cemetery on Saturday October 24. This year's theme, "Capturing the Spirits of Halloween", featured Helen Davis as our Guide and Ren Davis as "Eternal Resident" Dr. Fred Palmer who married former slave Julia Hayes (illegal in Georgia until 1967). Facinating tour. See the photos!
The congregation of St. Luke held its semi-annual meeting on Sunday May 17, 2015 along with a festive brunch. Reports about their work during 2014-15 were received from the council’s committees and officers. The following people were elected to the Congregation Council for a two-year term, renewable once: Melissa Faulkner, David Vagts, and Janet Bartczak. Eric Brown and Mark Engel were elected to a second two-year term. Two seats remain vacant. We thank Mark Freitag, Susan Clark, Kim Schaeffer, Ruth Anne Yax, and Annette for their service. We also are grateful to those who continue to serve for 2015-16: Catherine Ramsdell, Sharon Mazna, Courtney Sarnow, Ken Torrence, and Paul Powers. A survey about preferences for St. Luke’s ministries and events was distributed, as was a wishlist for building renovations. The Retreat Committee is studying how to bring back the retreat tradition.
The Annual Meeting was held Sunday January 24, 2016 following worship and a delicious brunch hosted by the Fellowship Committee.