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

 

1/4/2019 What's New?

  • Advent & Children's Pageant Photos (see)
  • New Members (see)
  • Game Night (see)
  • Annual Congregational Meeting (see)
  • St Luke Dinner Out (see)
  • Annual Chili Cook-off (see)
  • New Welcome Desk (see)
  • Homecoming Sunday (see)
  • St Olaf Choir at Emory (see)
  • Installation of Rev Beverly Shaw (see)
  • Hunger Walk 2019 (see)
  • December Council Highlights (see)
  • Cookie Walk Results (see)
  • New name for LSG on 1/16 (see)

12/9/2018 What's New?

  • Stewardship Brunch Photos (see)
  • Adopt-a-Family Thanks (see)

 

St Luke has Online Giving! Rally Day 2018

We now have online giving provided by FellowshipOne Online Giving AppFellowshipOne Giving. Just click the bold blue button here or on our home page to set up a FellowshipOne Giving account. Donations can be made using Visa, Master Card, Debit Card, Check Card or even an eCheck ACH transfer. You can also download the FellowshipOne Giving App from the iTunes App Store or Google Play to donate from your iPhone or Android phone. To set it up, seach for "St. Luke Lutheran" and be sure to include the period! Or you can even give by texting your donation amount to 678-276-7020. Be careful with the texting option, though, because after the initial setup there is no opportunity to confirm or cancel!

 

Sat Jan 12 5:30pm Game Night Cookie Walk

Please join us for a fun evening of board and card games on Saturday, January 12, starting at 5:30pm. Bring a favorite game if you would like. We have invited the congregation of Emmanuel Lutheran Church to join us for the evening, so we are excitedly looking forward to several more tables of gaming taking place! We will serve a dinner of lasagna, salad and dessert during the evening. Snacks and cokes will be available, but feel free to bring a treasured beverage if you like. Please sign-up on the sheet posted outside the Fellowship Hall, so we can plan for serving for the meal. Please contact Mark Engel if you have any questions.

 

Sun Jan 20 11:45am Annual Congregation Meeting

The annual meeting of the congregation of St. Luke will be held after worship on Sunday, January 20. Items to discuss on the agenda for this meeting are: the 2019 budget, election of the nominating committee and election of one member of the audit committee.

 

Sun Jan 27 4:00pm Family Night Out

Gather with us at a local kid-friendly restaurant
(location to be finalized in early January) on Sunday, January 27 starting at 4 pm. Good food and a chance for kids and parents to get to know each other outside of the usual Sunday gatherings. Look for a sign-up sheet the first week of January.

 

Fri Feb 1 8:00pm St Olaf Choir at EmorySt Olaf Choir 2019

The St Olaf Choir's 2019 Winter Tour will include an 8:00 pm concert at Emory's Emerson Concert Hall on Friday, February 1. For tickets call the Emory Box office at 404.272.5050 or purchase online.

 

Sat Feb 9 5:00pm Annual Chili Cook-offChili Cook-off 2018

Reserve the evening of Saturday, February 9 for St. Luke’s celebration of the varied dish called Chili. We’ll have a cook-off with 3 categories of chili: Hottest, Most Unusual and Best All-around. Oh, and plenty of sides will be served too. This year's event will be hosted by Barb Shaeffer & Rick Moore in Smyrna. Look for a sign-up sheet outside the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome and come hungry! For more information contact Mark Engel. See 2018 photos!

 

Sun Feb 24 Homecoming SundayHomecoming Sunday

Have some friends you would like to invite to a Sunday Service or some current or former members you’ve missed seeing? Invite them to our Homecoming Service on Sunday February 24. There will be a lot going on, including a special guest preacher, our Southeastern Synod Bishop: The Rev. H. Julian Gordy.

 

Sun Mar 24 3:00pm Installation Invitation

We were delighted to welcome Rev Beverly Brown Shaw as guest preacher at St Luke on December 30 just before she began her call at Lutheran Church of the Atonement. We are honored to be invited to her official installation there on Sunday March 24th at 3:00pm. The church is located at 1875 Joseph E Boone Blvd NW in Atlanta.

 

Children's Christmas Pageant Children's Pageant

St. Luke’s children presented their 2nd annual pageant on December 16, 2018. How wonderful to watch St Luke's group of children and young adults continue to grow! Thanks to all the participants and parents. Thanks also to David Schaeffer for his original script, Katie Wine for direction and Mary Ann Hite for musical accompaniment. See Advent & Christmas on the Gallery Page for Photos.

 

Sep 14-16 Retreat at Lutheranch!Holy Trinity House at Lutheranch

We had our first retreat in over six years the weekend of 14-16 September 2018) at Lutherranch's Trinity House near Tallapoosa, Georgia where we had a view, a lake, woods for hiking and even kayaks, as well as the usual delicious St Luke meals! And we all got to know each other better, the real benefit of retreats. See the gallery page for more details.

 

August Game Night Game Night

We all had a good time at St Luke's Fellowship Hall sharing pizza, salad and favorite board & card games on Saturday August 11. This event is sure to be repeated. Stay tuned!

 

Christmas in July Christmas in July

Thank-you to everyone who participated in the Christmas in July event on the evening of Saturday July 21. And to everyone who placed bids on the Elephant Sale items. We had fun raising $120 for Social Concerns projects through the Sale. Thank you for your generosity.

 

Soccer: Atlanta United vs Seattle Soccer Fellowship 7-15-2018

St Luke was cheering the home team (mostly) at the Atlanta United vs Seattle Sounders Soccer game on July 15, 2018. Mark, Pastor, Doug, Ruth Anne, Jane Greg & Melissa all had a great time. Maybe we can do this again next soccer season. Let Mark Engel know if you are interested.

 

Welcome New Administrative AssistantAllison Powers

We are blessed to have Allison Powers as our new manager of office operations. She started learning the ropes from Clark Brown on Monday November 27, 2017. St Luke's Administrative Assistant has a variety of duties including editing The Lamp, producing the weekly bulletins, recording financial receipts, and often coordinating worship assistants. Allison is a familiar face at St Luke, having been a member for several years along with her husband, Paul and their two sons Connor & Lawson. Her impressive credentials are detailed on page 3 of the December Lamp. Welcome Allison!

 

Thank-you Call Committee!

The following members were elected to the Call Committee on Sunday April 23, 2017: Lindy Freitag, Eric Brown, Melissa Faulkner, Sharon Mazna, Paul Powers and Jane VonSeggern. After much research, interviews and prayer, they presented their recommendation to the Council and the congregation voted on August 6, 2017 to extend a 2-year term call to Rev. Paul H. Summer, who accepted. Thank-you Call Committee from all of us.

 

Flower Chart

Altar FlowerPlease sign up on the new 2018 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.

 

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. Coffee-making instructions are posted on the kitchen bulletin board. To volunteer or learn more, sign-up on the Volunteer Bulletin board or call the church office. Empty slots can also be seen online in the "Cookies" row on the Worship Assistants page.

 

Join the Worship Team

  • Welcome Desk (New!) - Host the new Welcome Desk in the narthex to welcome visitors and exchange information.
  • 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 the Welcome Desk, contact Rhonda Wittmus (404-391-7981). For other positions, please contact David Schaeffer (dschaefferlawfirm@gmail.com). Or contact the church office (404-237-4413) if you are interested in any of these opportunities.

 

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 10:10 am on Sunday mornings. Please stop by the organ bench after service and speak with our delightful music director, Jonathan DeLoach, for more details.

 

Welcome Pastor Paul H. Summer!Pastor Paul Summer

As of August 21, 2017, St. Luke has a new Pastor! We are delighted to welcome Rev. Paul H. Summer who came to us from Columbia, SC where he had been serving as Executive Director of Advancement for Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) of Lenoir-Rhyne University since 2014. For the first twenty-two years of his career, he served as a parish pastor in the ELCA Florida-Bahamas Synod. His wife, Debra is a retired public educator. They have three grown children and six grandchildren. See more! Pastor Summer was officially installed as St Luke's Fourth pastor on October 15, 2017. Dr. Ratke, Dean of LTSS and former colleague of Pastor Summer preached. A reception and supper followed. See photos!

 

Devotional Materials

Devotional Materials are available in the Narthex. Please take home a copy of Christ in Our Home and Living Lutheran. Also available are copies of St. Luke's monthly newsletter, The Lamp.

 

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 Allison Powers (Office@stlukeatlanta.org).

 

Interested in Membership?

If you are interested in membership, please talk with Pastor Summer or send an email. You can join by Letter of Transfer, Affirmation of Faith or Adult Instruction. We would be delighted to welcome you into membership.

During Advent 2018, we welcomed Justin Floen (12/16), and Meredith Kalman (12/16), and Kevin Hagler (12/23) 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.

 

New Schedule for Sunday School

Sunday School resumed on September 16, 2018 with a new schedule and new classes. Sunday School will begin at 9:15am instead of 9:30am to allow choir members more participation. We have an interactive, intergenerational class for children and adults as well as three adult classes.

  • 09:15am - 10:15am: Sunday School for All Ages
  • 10:00am - 10:20am: Choir Warm-up
  • 10:30am - 11:30am: Worship
  • 11:30am - 12:00pm: Fellowship Time

See the Education page for class details.

 

Baptisms & Babies - Benjamin & PenelopeBaptism of Isabella "Rockin" Rose

On Sunday, September 16, 2018, we welcomed Isabella "Rockin" Rose, child of Richie and Chloe, into the family of God through the sacrament of Holy Baptism. Earlier (4/8/2018), we welcomed Benjamin Clifford and Penelope Marie, children of Derek & Lucy and David & Aimee. We rejoice and give thanks to God for the gift of new life.

 

Parental Consent for Child Photos Needed!

Our website keeps members in touch with the activities of our church family here at St Luke. In addition, we share with the neighborhood, and indeed the whole online world, who we are and how we share the love of God among us. Since a picture is said to be worth a thousand words, we like having lots of pictures. However, we should get parental consent before displaying photos of their children on our website. In the past, this has been largely verbal and informal, but our policy going forward requires us to get written parental consent before displaying pictures of minor children. Forms for this are available in the narthex or you can download a Parental Consent Form.

 

December Council Meeting Highlights

The Council met Sunday December 9 at noon.

  • Pastor: Presented three new members who where unanimously approved. Finalizing accurate member directory and records.
  • Constitution: Revised Constitution being reviewed. Still have to update the By-Laws.
  • Social Concerns: Awaiting dates for Hunger Walk and Grace House dinners. We received generous donations for the BCM Adopt-a-Family.
  • Fellowship: Game Night here with Emanuel Lutheran Church 1/12, Homecoming Brunch with Bishop Gordy 2/24.
  • Evangelism: New Welcome desk working well. Updated instructions emailed to ushers.
  • Stewardship: Many pledges have been received with some additional expected.
  • Property: A couple more emergency lights will be installed in remaining dark areas.
  • Worship: Children's Pageant will be held Dec 16. Christmas Candlelight service will be at 4:30pm. Planning for Lenten Bread & Soup Suppers. Need Acolytes!
  • Communications: Added three new Google Mesh routers to greatly improve Wi-Fi reception.
  • Draft Budget: Presented draft budget for 2019. Expenses cut as much as possible. Discussed possibilites for increasing income. A letter will be sent to congregation members.
  • The Annual Meeting will be January 20.

The next Council meeting will be held on Sunday January 13, 2018 at noon.

 

Southeastern Synod Assembly2018 Synod Assembly Guidebook

The Synod Assembly met Friday June 1 through Sunday June 3 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Janet Bartczak, Mark Engel and Pastor & Debbie Summer attended. With the theme, "Reformation 500...Now What?" the assembly considered who God is calling us to be and what God is calling us to do into the future. Read Bishop Gordy's spoken report! Click the photo above to see more highlights and photos.

 

2018 Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting

The Semi-Annual Meeting was held Sunday May 20, 2018 following worship. The following members were nominated and elected for Church Council positions for 2018-2020: Pierre Michel, Keith Retterer, Al Lindseth and Mark Freitag. We give thanks for those who have faithfully served previously on council: Lindy Frietag, Ken Torrence and Paul Powers. And for those who will continue to serve their current terms: Janet Bartczak, Paul Blackney, Doug Cornell, Helen Davis, Mark Engel, David Schaeffer, Barb Shaeffer and Rhonda Wittmus.

 

2018 Annual Congregational Meeting Highlights

The Annual Meeting was held Sunday January 21, 2018 following worship.

  • Minutes approved for both the Annual Meeting January 22, 2017 and the Semi-Annual Meeting May 21, 2017.
  • The 2018 Budget was approved.
  • Sharon Mazna, Chris Nelson, Keith Retterer and Catherine were elected to serve on the Nominating Committee along with outgoing council members Ken Torrence and Paul Powers. The Nominating Committee will invite people to be nominated for positions on the Congregation Council, with elections at the semi-annual meeting on May 20, 2018.
  • Jane VonSeggern was elected to replace Dale Klamfoth on the Audit Committee and join John Burgin who was elected in 2017.
  • Janet Bartczak and Mark Engel were elected as St. Luke's representatives to the 2018 Southeasten Synod Assembly with Lindy Freitag serving as alternate.
  • Old Business: David Schaeffer thanked everyone on the Sunday School team for a successful start to our new Children's and Adult Sunday School. We all thanked David for the Christmas Pageant and his leadership in the Education startup. Rhonda Wittmus thanked our volunteer Sunday School teachers, Kim Schaeffer and Debbie Summer. Helen Davis reminded us to help out with Grace House dinners and watch for opportunities for the 2018 Habitat build.
  • New Business: Several people expressed interest in bringing back the St. Luke tradition of Fall and/or Spring Retreats, possibly at Lutheranch.

Pastor Summer closed with a prayer and the meeting adjourned at 12:30 pm.