news & events
4/20/2015 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.
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.
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. On Thursday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m., we will enjoy a simple meal, then pray using “Holden Evening Prayer.” Just come as you are and bring a friend.
On Sunday April 12, Rebecca H. Kolowé, director for evangelical mission in the Southeastern Synod, conducted a workshop at St. Luke to help us learn how to reach out to others and invite them to join with us in community and in proclaiming the Gospel. To grow more familiar with our community, we are looking for some folks willing to dedicate some time to get to know key members of our neighborhood.
Join us! As we live into the future that God has for us, we pray that you will continue to show up and to believe that St. Luke has a unique message to share with the world.
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 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.
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 Selene Joanne Barnes into the family of God through the sacrament of Holy Baptism on Sunday February 15, 2015. Selene is the daughter of Jennifer & Jeff. We rejoice and give thanks to God for the gift of new life. St. Luke’s baby population continues to explode with 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 March 8, 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 new refrigerator and work on the plumbing. They also reviewed draft versions of an Emergency Assistance Guide and a Building Use Policy and Agreement. The council considered possible nominees for upcoming vacancies, in advance of the meeting of the Nominating Committee.
The Semi-Annual Meeting of the Congregation was held following a delicious brunch after Worship on Sunday May 17th. The five nominees presented by the nominating committee were elected: Mark Engel, Eric Brown, Melissa Faulkner, David Vagts, and Janet Bartczak. The following council members will be continuing on the 2015-16 Council: Catherine Ramsdell, Sharon Mazna, Courtney Sarnow, Ken Torrence and Paul Powers. Pastor Anna Tew's term as intern pastor will be ending but we will be getting a new intern, Karen Boda 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.