news & events
11/5/2014 What's New
Join us on Wednesdays in Advent (December 3, 10, and 17) as we share a meal and worship together. This year, as we prepare to celebrate Jesus' coming among us at Christmas, Pastor Anna will lead us in a conversation about the titles give to Jesus in Isaiah 9:2-7: "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace".
Please join us for one of our annual favorite fund raisers: select the treats you desire and for $8 a pound, take home a variety of Christmas goodies to enjoy with your family and friends. Please donate 2-3 dozen holiday, home-made, baked goods for this event. All proceeds will go to our youth education programs. Additionally, David Wilson will have an inventory of his crafts for sale, and Ren and Helen Davis will have a collection of their book titles for sale. Ten percent of their sales will also go to the youth education program.
Please join us on Sunday, December 14, at 3:00 p.m. for a concert featuring Advent and Christmas works for organ, viola, harp, and voice. Our own Alex Benford will be joined by a host of guest musicians (including his lovely wife Jennifer on harp) for an event you won't want to miss! Admission is free, but donations of nonperishable food items to benefit the BCM Food Bank are encouraged. A light reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Click here to download flyer.
Come celebrate the season at Pastor Ruth’s new home: 1246 Defoors Court NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.
We will celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord and praise God for coming to dwell with us. Special music will begin at 7:00 pm. A Candlelight service with Holy Communion will begin at 7:30 pm. Join family, neighbors, friends and visitors as we hear once more the good news, celebrate with song, and welcome God as he comes to us in Holy Communion.
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.
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 March 23:
Join us in welcoming all visitors and new members into our St. Luke family.
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.
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).
Baptisms & Babies
We rejoice and give thanks to God for the gift of new life. St. Luke’s baby population is exploding, with Griffin Frederick Vagts (baptized 9/21), Isabella Grace Kalise Michel (baptized 12/7), and Selene Joanne Barnes joining us this past September. In addition, Connor Felix Powers, baptized December 2013, has just celebrated his first birthday.
The new St Luke Picture Directories have arrived! Be sure to pick yours up after church. One per family!
Please contact our Worship Committee Chair, Ruth Anne Yax (YaxRuthie@yahoo.com) or the church office (404-237-4413) if you are interested in any of these opportunities.
St Luke's Annual Stewardship Dinner was held Saturday evening November 15th at the church. We had delicious appetizers accompanied by live music provided by Alex Benford and soloist Melissa Callender. The Stewardship & Fellowship Committees outdid themselves to provide a delicious pork roast dinner with delcious sides followed by an exquisite dessert. For the first time, this year featured a children's table. A great time was had by all (see photos). 2015 Pledges are still being welcomed. Just contact Susan Clark or the Church office with your pledge amount.
Pastor Ruth Preached on Day1 Radio!
Day1.org is the voice of Mainline Churches across America and around the world. It is on over 200 radio stations, including NEWS 95.5 and AM 750 WSB, Sundays at 7:05am. Pastor Ruth preached on Sunday October 19th. If you missed the original broadcast, you can read a transcript or even sign up to listen to the recording.
On Sunday Oct 19, our Saint Luke Lutheran group captured the spirit of a guided cemetery tour by our very own Helen Davis. The tour features visits from eternal residents with different residents each year. We all enjoyed an re-enactment by Ren Davis portraying Benjamin Franklin White, the author of the Sacred Harp Songbook, published in 1844. Such a great time! We look forward to doing this again next year. This event is sold out every year so stay tuned for an announcement in Spring 2015 as tickets go on sale early.
St. Luke had our first Blessing of the Animals on the date when the Church gives thanks to God for the life of Francis of Assisi, renewer of the Church. We had many dog and cat guests as well as their human companions stop outside the church on Saturday October 4th between 1:00 and 2:30pm. Pastor Anna conducted an outdoor Liturgy and Eric read from Genesis. Pastor Anna bestowed individual blessings on the animals and their families. See photos & videos on our Gallery Page.
The Congregation Council met on Sunday, November 9. The main item on the agenda was consideration of a draft 2015 budget. The proposed budget will be updated to reflect stewardship pledges and finalized at the December 2014 meeting. Council members discussed plans for upcoming events in November and Advent and made recommendations about how to publicize them. They received reports from the pastor, intern pastor, treasurer, and committee chairs. The chair of the Property Committee noted that the HVAC installation and accompanying electrical upgrades had been completed.
At the Annual Meeting, it was suggested we investigate ways to return to St Luke's long tradition of Fall and Spring weekend retreats with time for fun, fellowship, education and memorable opportunities for children and families to get to know each other. Due to rising cost and dwindling participation the last of these was in March 2012. If you have ideas to help restore this lively tradition, please see Kelly Haddle, Mary Hood or Mark Freitag. Scroll through our Photo Gallery for examples of Retreat Fun.
The Annual Meeting of the Congregation was held after Worship on the last Sunday in January. In addition to approving the 2014 Budget, we selected the Audit Committee and Nominating Committee. Lindy Freitag will start a new term on the Audit committee joining Jane VonSeggern. Kim Donina, Mary Ann Hite, Brian Ittner, Jill Rhodes, Daniel Schaeffer, and Tim Young compose the Nominating Committee. If you are interested in serving on St Luke's Congregation Council, please let a member of the Nominating Committee know. The preliminary minutes are available for download.