Martin & Katharina Luther

 

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Welcome

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

 

5/3/2017 What's New?

  • May Lamp is Available (see)
  • Reformation in North America (see)
  • Book Club to be Re-scheduled (see)
  • Easter Photos (see)
  • Maggie's Baptism (see) (see)
  • Semi-Annual Meeting (see)
  • Red Wine for Communion (see)
  • Call Committee Elected (see)
  • Farewell Miss Ellie (see)
  • April Council Highlights (see)
  • Breakfast for Habitat (see)
  • BCM Client Stories (see)
  • LSG Open House (see)
  • Paschal Candle Lighted (see)

4/3/2017 What's New?

  • Welcome Pastor Beth (see, see, see)
  • Special Congregational Meeting (see)
  • April Lamp is Available (see)
  • Reformation Spreads in Europe (see)
  • Council Changes (see)
  • New Book Club Selection (see)
  • Pastor Ruth's Farewell (see) (see) (see)
  • Habitat Build Photos (see)
  • Snack Bags for Homeless (see)

 

Sun 5/7 Red Wine for Communion

We will be switching back to red wine for Communion for the first time since the completion of our altar needlepoint kneelers. The kneelers have been treated to protect them from possible stains but please be careful. Also, please restrain young children from standing on the kneelers. They represent many days of dedicated effort by several members of the congregation. White grape juice will continue to be served as an alternative to wine. Please contact Jane VonSeggern or Tina Blackney with any questions.

 

Sun 5/21 11:15am Semi-Annual Meeting

The Semi-Annual Congregation Meeting will be held after worship on Sunday, May 21st. This important meeting is when we review what the congregation has been doing over the past year and talk about what we would like to do in the coming year. The congregation receives reports from the pastor, the officers, and all members of the council. We elect members to the Congregation Council. The Congregation Meeting is an important way to let your voice be heard and participate in discovering the path that God is leading St. Luke.

 

Sun May 28 Farewell Miss EllieSt Luke Clean-Up Day

Miss Ellie Klein, who has been faithfully teaching Sunday School for over nine years, will be retiring. Her last Sunday is May 30th. We will miss her sure and gentle hand with our children and are grateful for her many years of service. Please be sure to give her your thanks.

 

Call Committee Elected

On On Sunday, April 23rd, there was a congregational meeting to discuss the call process and to elect a call committee. There was a fruitful discussion and the following people were elected as the call committee:

  • Lindy Freitag, Chair
  • Eric Brown
  • Melissa Faulkner
  • Sharon Mazna
  • Paul Powers
  • Jane VonSeggern

 

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:

  • Lutherans Come to America: See May Lamp!
  • Reformation Spreads in Europe: See April Lamp
  • Women and the Reformation: See the March Lamp
  • Sat 10/28/2017: Reformation Concert - Alex Benford
  • Sun 10/29/2017: Reformation/Confirmation Brunch

 

Farewell Pastor RuthFarewell Pastor Ruth

We had a Farewell Reception for Pastor Ruth Hamilton after worship on Sunday March 19th, her last Sunday with us (see pictures). She has accepted a call to the ELCA churchwide organization (see the March Lamp). Pastor Ruth has been with us since October 2012 as our congregation has grown younger and more diverse. We will miss her, especially her creative children's sermons, beautiful singing of the liturgy, insightful Bible Studies and warm presence. Please pray for Pastor Ruth in her new endeaver and for St. Luke in our transition to new leadership.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

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 www.elca-ses.org.

 

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 EricBrown2001@gmail.com 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.

 

 

Welcome Pastor Beth!Welcome Pastor Beth Birkholz

Please welcome Pastor Beth Birkholz to St.
Luke! We are blessed to have her as our pastor until the end of May which arrive all too soon. She brings fresh insight, skills, and captivating preaching to our congregation during this time of transition. Most recently she was Associate Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Marietta where she was well-appreciated. She is married to Pastor Scott Seeke of Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Lawrenceville. They have two school age children, Miriam and Jonathan.

 

Make a Joyful Noise with St Luke's Choir!Jonathan DeLoach & Choir on Rally Day 2015

All are welcome to help us enhance the liturgy, no audition or experience required. Plus, studies have shown that singing in a choir improves your well-being! 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, for more details.

 

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).

 

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 (ramsdellcm@aol.com) or the church office (404-237-4413) if you are interested in any of these opportunities.

 

Baptisms & Babies - Margaret Ann Shilander

Welcome Margaret Ann ShilanderWe welcomed Margaret Ann Shilander, our newest St. Luke family member with the sacrament of Holy Baptism on 4/23/2017 . Her proud parents are Ryan and Catherine. We rejoice and give thanks to God for the gift of new life. St. Luke’s baby population continues to explode with Jiya Ashlyn Potteti (8/28/2016), 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).

 

Chili Cook-Off 2017Chili Cook-off 2017

St Luke's annual Chili Cook-off was hosted by Britt, Josh & Hunter Pitre on Saturday February 18th. We had seven delicious pots of chili to judge making the choices very difficult. The mild evening allowed for outdoor dining on the deck and gathering around an inviting campfire. We had an excellent turnout, filling the house and back yard with conversation and laughter. By a slim margin, the winners were: Paul Blackney and Mary Ann Hite tied for Best All Around, Lindy Freitag's won spiciest, and Dave DeRuyter's chili won Most Unusual. See photos!

 

April Council Highlights

The Congregation Council met on Sunday April 9, 2017.

President Paul Blackney called the meeting to order at 1:00pm. Lindy opened with a prayer. The minutes of two previous meetings (March 19 and March 26) were approved.

Treasurer's Report: Ken Torrence also reported that the Audit Committee (John Burgen and Dale Klamfoth) were working on the audit today. Propery: Paul Powers noted problems with the neighboring apartment complex such as their use of our dumpster, parking, dog walking without clean up on our children's playground. Paul will send an email with possibilities of signs to be posted. Social Concerns: Jane reported they will use their funds to make payments to our benevolences such as LSG and BCM since these items were eliminated from the budget. We will have a Grace House dinner on 4/18 and will pack BCM Snack Bags on 5/7. Education: Lindy reported our nursery care giver is recovering from heart surgery and we are looking for people to fill in. Evangelism: Eric's committee is ensuring the visitor bags contain up to date information. Semi-Annual Meeting 5/21: Council members should prepare committee reports for the meeting hand-out. Special Meeting 4/23 to elect Call Committee. We worked out a slate of six nominations. Paul will prepare notices of the meeting to be sent to the congregation on 4/10.

Eric closed with a prayer and the meeting adjourned at 2:38pm. The next meeting will be held Saturday May 13 at 11:00am to avoid Mother's Day on 5/14.

 

2016 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.

 

2017 Annual Congregational Meeting Highlights

The Annual Meeting was held Sunday January 22, 2017 following worship.

  • Minutes approved for the Semi-Annual Meeting May 22, 2016.
  • The 2017 budget was approved after much discussion due to necessary reductions. The new budget details are available in the February Lamp starting on page 6.
  • Helen Davis, Kathy Davidson, David DeRuyter and Doug Cornell were elected to serve on the Nominating Committee along with outgoing council members Melissa Faulkner and Eric Brown. The Nominating Committee will invite people to be nominated for positions on the Congregation Council, with elections at the semi-annual meeting on May 14, 2017.
  • John Burgin was elected to replace Pierre Michel on the Audit Committee and join Dale Klamfoth who was elected in 2016.
  • Janet Bartczak and Paul Blackney were elected as St. Luke's representatives to the 2017 Southeastern Synod Assembly with Sharon Mazna and Mark and Lindy Freitag serving as alternates.
  • Old Business: David Schaeffer recommended reviewing our leases for our parking lot to see if they include sharing re-paving expense.
  • New Business: Ministry Consultation Team. Pastor Ruth and the Congregation Council have invided this team from the Southeastern Synod to help us identify ideas for improving our ministry. Representatives of the congregation who have been invited by the Council to meet with the team and who have agreed to serve are: Tina Blackney, Katelyn DeRuyter, Mark Freitag, Sharon Mazna, Pritt Pitre, David Schaeffer, JoAna Stallworth and Ken Torrence.

Pastor Ruth thanked all the Council members for their service and closed with a benediction. A delicious brunch provided by the Fellowship Committee followed the meeting.

 

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.