news & events
5/21/2015 What's New?
Alex and Jen Benford will be reluctantly departing for Alabama so he can pursue further education. We will miss them so much! So now we must find a new Music Director/Organist to start in August. Download a position description and pass the word to any qualified musicians you know. Application deadline is 6/15/2015.
As we move into summertime when many people will be traveling, St. Luke is offering the community an opportunity to gather once a month for dinner and worship. The second of these will be held on Wednesday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. As before, we will enjoy a simple meal, then pray using “Holden Evening Prayer.” Just come as you are and bring a friend. The bookclub, Talking About God, will meet immediately after. New members always welcome.
We are returning to this year's "Capturing the Spirits of Halloween", a candlelight tour of Historic Oakland Cemetery. Call the church before June 29 to reserve your tickets which are $30 for the 10/24 tour at 5:45pm. See the photos from last year's event.
All Ages Welcome! Please join us Mo Mo Ya for the final fellowship event before Summer break. Mo Mo Ya serves Hibachi style authentic Japanese food and features a pleasant, inviting dining atmosphere that is perfect for family style dining. Children’s Dinners are available. Located at 3861 Roswell Road, Atlanta GA 30342.
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.
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.
The new St Luke Picture Directories have arrived! Be sure to pick yours up after church. One per family.
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.
We welcomed the following people into membership on May 17, 2015:
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 the church office (404-237-4413) if you are interested in any of these opportunities.
Last year was such a delight we are having our 2nd annual talent show May 9 beginning at 6:30 pm. We had art, music and dramatic talent as well as an intermission of tasty desserts provided by the Fellowship Committee. Click the photo to see the pictures Kim Schaeffer posted on Facebook. Thanks Kim! And thanks to all who participated.
In January, we gathered and invited our friends and neighbors to drink beer, enjoy some food, and sing some hymns (Check out the photos!). With the return of the alleluias at Easter, we had our second "Beer & Hymns" on Friday, May 1, from 7-8:30 p.m. with all of us learning a lot of "new" hymns from our hymnal!
Join us Saturday, April 18 at 8:00 pm for Joseph Hayden's masterpiece, The Creation, performed by the Emory University Chorus and Emory University Symphony. Event located on Emory campus in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, 1700 North Decatur Rd, Atlanta, 30322. Details for meeting beforehand for dinner and carpooling will appear in the April Lamp.
We welcomed Adam Richard Shilander into the family of God through the sacrament of Holy Baptism on Sunday June 28, 2015. Adam is the son of Ryan & Catherine. We rejoice and give thanks to God for the gift of new life. St. Luke’s baby population continues to explode with 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 St. Luke Church Council met on April 19, 2015. It reviewed reports from Pastor Ruth, Intern Pastor Anna, and Treasurer Ken Torrence, and heard reports from the committee chairs. Members discussed various property matters, including the possibility of new flooring for the fellowship hall. Committee chairs were asked to submit “wish lists” of building repairs and improvements. The council approved pastoral compensation summaries for 2014 and 2015 as requested by the Audit Committee. Plans for the semi-annual meeting on May 17 were discussed. The council discussed formation of a search committee for Music Director and a report on the evangelism and outreach workshop on April 12.
The congregation of St. Luke held its semi-annual meeting on Sunday, May 17, 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.
Pastor Anna Tew's term as intern pastor will be ending but we will be getting a new intern, Karen Boda (see May Lamp, p2) whose term will run August 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016. The Retreat Committee is studying how to bring back the retreat tradition.
The Annual Meeting was held Sunday January 25, 2015 following worship and a delicious brunch hosted by the Fellowship Committee.