news & events
12/9/2016 What's New?
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:
Please join us for the first small group
Following worship, St. Luke will hold the Annual Meeting of the Congregation, accompanied by a delicious brunch. This important meeting includes approval of the 2017 Budget, election of a new member of the audit committee, election of representatives to the Southeastern Synod Assembly and election of the Nominating Committee who will present nominees for 2017-18 Council at the Semi-annual meeting in June.
The Lunch & Learn group looks ahead one week to read and discuss the Sunday Bible readings. See the Education page for more details.
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.
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 was held at St. Luke on Sunday, December 18 with a reception following Fellowship Hall. Memorial gifts may be made to St. Luke or the Good Mews Animal Shelter, Marietta.
Please 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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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 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.
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 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).
The Congregation Council met on Sunday December 18, 2016.
More detail is available in the January Lamp on page 5-6. The next meeting will be Sunday January 15, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
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!
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 www.elca-ses.org.
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.
The Annual Meeting was held Sunday January 24, 2016 following worship and a delicious brunch hosted by the Fellowship Committee.