news & events
9/8/2016 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:
We're hoping to get to know one another better by participating in small group dinners, beginning this fall. Josh and Britt Pitre will host the first of these on Saturday October 8, but we need more hosts. Maybe you’d like to host a few people at home or just gather them up to eat at a favorite restaurant. The conversations and friendships that develop will strengthen this congregation and its mission. Contact Clark in the church office with possible dates and the number of people you want to host, and let the dining begin.
Good News! Our former vicar, Karen Boda, has been called to be pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Clay, Alabama. Her ordination will be Saturday, October 15, at 3:00 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Marietta. Everyone is invited. Please R.S.V.P. to the LCR church office at 770.953.3193 or LCRmarietta.org/events. Karen 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!
The theme for this year’s stewardship campaign is “Vision for Ministry”. It will kick off on October 16, 2016, with our first stewardship talk. We will also hear stewardship talks on October 23rd and November 6th when various members will share what giving to St. Luke means to them. A Stewardship Brunch will follow worship on Sunday, November 13, which is Commitment Sunday. You are invited to put your pledge card in the offering plate on this date. More details about the campaign coming in October and November. If you would like to help out, contact the Stewardship Co-Chairs Ken Torrence and Kim Schaeffer.
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!
In honor of the first responders on 9/11, we prepared a picnic for our local fire fighters of Atlanta Station 26. They joined us near the end of our worship service and, to the delight of the children, arrived in two fire trucks! We also had our traditional Rally Day Picnic in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the worship service. Wearing casual picnic attire, we savored the main course of BBQ pulled pork prepared by our very own Chef “Louie” Taylor as well as delicious sides & desserts shared by members. See Photos.
Over the summer, the Lunch & Learn group looked ahead one week to read and discuss the Sunday Bible readings. We will be continuing this class. See the Education page for more details.
After the service on August 7, we had a blessing of the children's backpacks as they start the new school year. Fellowship time was in Nick Nelson's honor with a special blessing as he headed for Furman University.
On Sunday 7/31/2016 we held a special service of healing in the wake of all the events of the past few weeks. Our attempt to stream it live over Facebook was only partly successful due to internet issues. But a video of the service is now available on our Facebook Page. Click the image to see it even if you don't have a Facebook Account.
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 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 Thursday September 20, 2016.
Much more detail is available in the October Lamp on page 6! The next council meeting will be Sunday October 16, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
Pastor Ruth on Day1 RadioPastor Ruth preached on Day1 Radio on Sunday 8/21/2016 at 7:05 AM. In case you missed it, you can read the transcript or even download an audio version at Day1.org.
Natalie, Jack, and Pastor Ruth attended Confirmation Camp at Lutheranch near Tallapoosa, Georgia, along with members of Shades Valley Lutheran Church, Birmingham, and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Birmingham, from Sunday, June 5-Thursday, June 9.
We scheduled a hike on Saturday morning, May 14, 2016 for Vickery Creek Trail. Unfortunately, nearly all who signed up had to cancel due to conflicts. Jenn Boudoin and Barb Shaeffer, who hiked over six miles of the trails, concluded that we must schedule another hike there in the fall. The trailhead was easy to reach. The trails were well-marked and easy to follow with spectacular scenery and plenty of places for rest and conversation. For photos, see our Gallery Page. For trail information, visit www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/roswell-mill-vickery-creek-trail.
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.