news & events
7/8/2014 What's New
Let's spuce-up St Luke to receive new guests and visitors this fall! Join us on Saturday, September 6, whenever you can between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The kitchen especially needs re-organizing and deep cleaning, and we would like to make the Sunday School rooms welcoming. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board, so volunteer for your favorite area. Help make our church an attractive, clean, welcoming place.
Our traditional picnic will take place in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the worship service. As part of our Jubilee Year, we are inviting former members to “come home” for worship, food, and fun. You are invited to wear casual/picnic attire to church! The Fellowship Committee will provide the main course. You are asked bring a side, salad, or dessert to share. Please sign up on the bulletin board so we can prepare. There will be games for all to participate in. Please join us as we kick off an exciting new year!
This year St. Luke will have a blessing of the animals in front of the church on Saturday, October 4 (stay tuned for the time). We will have refreshments for those in attendance (both human and some for most other animal-types). The date for the blessing is when the Church gives thanks to God for the life of Francis of Assisi, renewer of the Church. All animals are invited to be blessed, and there should be some surprises for people in attendance.
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).
Please contact the church office (Clark.Brown@StLukeAtlanta.org or 404-237-4413) if you are interested in any of these opportunities.
Children and adults alike had a great time at St Luke for Game Night on Saturday evening, August 23. We munched on pizza and favorite junk foods while playing Mexican Train Dominoes, Rummikub and Scrabble. The children's game, "Left, Right, Center" was a hit with the grownups. Who knew that dominos had so many rules. Mark Freitag was suspected of making them up as play progressed invoking much laughter.
The Council met Friday July 25 for a retreat to discuss goals for the coming program year. See Page 3 of the August Lamp for more details
Leaders from ELCA congregations in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee gathered May 30 - June 1 in Chattanooga for the Southeastern Synod Assembly. Nothing gives a picture of the mission of the congregations, the synod, and the churchwide organization like an assembly. St. Luke was recognized for its 50th anniversary on Sunday morning. As synod secretary, Pastor Ruth attended the meeting of the Synod Council and its Executive Committee, beginning on Wednesday, May 28, and was responsible for minutes of the assembly. Mark Engel, Tim Young and David Wilson joined Pastor Ruth and St. Luke's official voting members, Mark and Lindy Frietag. More info on the Synod Website.
Great fun was had by all who attended the Picnic Fun-O-Rama at Hammond Park on Sunday May 4th. The adults even joined in some of the games like 3-legged race, amoeba tag, horseshoes, Frisbee & basketball. But the kids ruled the sack race and everyone won lots of prizes, the favorite being glow-sticks! Besides that the food was great, especially David Wilson’s Apple Crumb pie!
On Easter morning, we celebrated the Resurrection of our Lord with a festival service of Holy Communion and lots of Allelulias! After the service the children hunted Easter Eggs outside. Very special thanks to Mark Engel for his fabulous flower arrangements and to Eric Brown for his hand-woven masterpiece gold and white paraments. And thanks to all the volunteers for our Wednesday Lenten soup suppers, the Maundy Thursday dinner and other Holy Week activities. To see the Easter photos posted on St Luke's Facebook, click the photo above (no Facebook account required)!
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.