Martin & Katharina Luther


Christ Window


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


3/8/2018 What's New?

  • New Book for Book Club (see)
  • March Lamp (see)
  • Chili Cook-off Photos (see)
  • Hunger Walk Photos (see)
  • Game Night (see)
  • Holy Week Events (see)
  • Easter Egg Hunt (see)
  • Southeasten Synod Assembly (see)
  • February Council Highlights (see)
  • Strong Women of the Bible (see)
  • Next Grace House Dinner (see)
  • Prom Night at BCM (see)
  • 2018 Habitat Build Begins (see)

2/9/2018 What's New?

  • February Lamp (see)
  • Ash Wednesday & Lenten Services (see)
  • Annual Meeting Highlights (see)
  • Thank-you for the Coats & Scarves (see)
  • Russell Space Team Launch (see)


Sat 3/10 5:30pm Game NightAsh Wed & Lent

Bring your favorite people and your favorite board and/or card game to St. Luke on Saturday March 10th for a fun evening together. We will start at 5:30pm (or as early as you can get here). Pizza and salad will be served during the evening. Bring a cherished beverage if you would like.


Lenten Evening Prayer & ReflectionAsh Wed & Lent

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a forty day period of repentance and renewal that precedes Easter. We gather on Ash Wednesday, February 14, at 7:00 pm for a service of Imposition of Ashes, remembering that, "we are dust and to dust we will return." A daytime alternative for Imposition of Ashes will be offered at 11:30 am during the "Soup & Song Bible Study". All are welcome!

  • Ash Wed 2/14 11:30 am: Imposition of Ashes
  • Ash Wed 2/14 7:00 pm: Imposition of Ashes

Beginning Wednesday, February 21, we will be offering five mid-week Lenten services of "Evening Prayer and Reflection on The Lord's Prayer.

  • Wed 2/21 7 pm: Our Father who art in heaven
  • Wed 2/28 7 pm: Thy kingdom come
  • Wed 3/7 7 pm: Give us this day our daily bread
  • Wed 3/14 7 pm: Forgive us our trespasses
  • Wed 3/21 7 pm: Lead us not into temptation


Holy Week and EasterAsh Wed & Lent

Holy Week begins with Palm and Passion Sunday on March 25 with the Procession of Palms. Easter is the following Sunday, April 1st, when we celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord. But much happens in between:

  • Sun 3/25 10:30am - Palm and Passion Sunday. We recall the welcome given to Jesus with Palms and Hosannas as he entered the city of Jerusalem.
  • Sun 3/25 6:00pm - Seder Meal. We will take a renewed look at the seder meal, making use of a new booklet, "The Passover Celebration". This educational approach will examine references to the meal along with Christian understanding of Jesus as the Passover Lamb who sets forth the new meal which we will celebrate on Maundy Thursday. Please sign up on the bulletin board or notify the church office if you are interested in attending or in helping with the meal
  • Thr 3/29 7:00pm - Maundy Thursday Service. At its heart is Jesus’s commandment to love one another. As Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, we are called to follow his example as we humbly care for one another, especially the poor and the unloved. At the Lord’s table we remember Jesus’ sacrifice of his life, even as we are called to offer ourselves in love for the life of the world.
  • Fri Mar 30 7:00pm - Good Friday. The passion according to John proclaims Jesus as a triumphant king who reigns from the cross. The ancient title for this day—the triumph of the cross—reminds us that the church gathers not to mourn this day but to celebrate Christ’s life-giving passion and to find strength and hope in the tree of life.
  • Sun Apr 1 10:30am - Easter Worship. John’s resurrection account is likely to be chosen over Mark’s, perhaps because Mark’s gospel ends so abruptly, with astonishment and fear rather than joyful proclamation. Yet Mark may speak to our experience more directly than the other gospels. Corinthians and Acts fill out the story by telling of appearances of the risen Christ.
  • Sun Apr 1 11:45am - Children's Egg Hunt.Easter Egg Hunt We are in need of treats for the kids to find! If you are interested, please provide eggs filled with pre-wrapped treats. Bring them to the kitchen area sometime before 10:00am on Easter Sunday so we will have time to hide the eggs. If you are interested in helping with the hunt, please contact Mark Engel at (404) 519-0982.


1-3 June Southeastern Synod Assembly2018 Synod Assembly Guidebook

The Synod Assembly is scheduled for Friday June 1 through Sunday June 3 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Janet Bartczak, Mark Engel and Pastor Summer will be attending as voting members from St Luke, but anyone can register to attend as a visitor. You can Register Online at Click the logo above for more details.


New Schedule for Worship and Sunday School

Starting January 7, 2018, we began a new Sunday morning schedule. Though we continue to offer "Children's Church" during worship for young children, we now have a dedicated time for Sunday School for children and adults.

  • 09:30am - 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

If you are interested in assisting with Sunday School, please notify the church office, a council member or Pastor Summer. This new schedule will permit St. Luke to fulfill all of its missions in a time frame not-too-different from that which we have had, but in a more inclusive and welcoming manner. See the Education page for class details, including the January topics for Adult Sunday School!


Stewardship Campaign

2018 Stewardship

A big Thank-You to all the families who pledged support for 2018. If you haven't done so yet, it's never too late! You can download a pledge card or contact the church office (404.237.4413), Janet Bartczak (, or Mark Freitag ( St. Luke depends on your support for all our missions.


Children's Christmas Pageant - Thanks!Christmas Pageant 2011

A big thank-you to all who participated in the Children's Christmas Pageant staged during Worship on the Third Sunday of Advent, December 17, 2017. Special thanks to Worship Committee chair, David Schaeffer, who not only directed the pageant but also developed the orignal script based on the St Luke Gospel story. Thanks also to Assistant Director Katie Wine, Mary Ann Hite for costumes, Kim Schaeffer, Debbie Summer, and to the parents of the nineteen children who participated. We are also grateful to Dave Vagts who produced an amazing two-camera video of the production. This was St Luke's first Christmas Pageant in many years and we look forward more in the future. More pictures will be posted once we have signed Parental Consent forms.


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.


Small Group Gatherings

Small Group DinnersOver the next few months we will be organizing small group dinners/gatherings to welcome Pastor Summer and Debbie to St. Luke. These will be held in the homes of St. Luke members. Each will be limited to however many participants the hosts can comfortably seat, usually 6-10. If you would like to host one, please let Lindy Freitag know. If you'd like to attend one, watch for sign-up sheets outside the fellowship hall. The first of these was hosted by the Shilander family on Saturday 11/4.


Farewell Reception for Clark BrownClark Brown

Clark Brown retired at the end of November 2017 after faithfully overseeing office operations for the congregation for about five years. Clark's retirement will allow him to spend more time teaching and making music with his mandolins and other instruments. We honored him with a reception on Sunday November 26 after worship. Thank-you, Clark! Come back and visit! See pictures!


Reformation Day 500

Rally Day 2016 October 31, 2017, marked the 500th Anniversary of the date Martin Luther posted 95 Theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany, and set off a series of events called the Protestant Reformation. Reformation Day ConfirmandsAt St Luke, on Sunday October 29, three of our youth, Natalie, Griffen and Jack affirmed their baptism in the Rite of Confirmation. In making public confession of their faith, they affirmed the covenant God made with them in holy baptism: to live amoung God's faithful people; to hear the word of God and share in the Lord's supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed; to serve all people, following the example of Jesus; and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth. After worship, we all joined in a celebratory brunch. See photos!


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.


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!


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. 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!


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.


Join our Winning Property Team!Property Committee Successes

The Property Committee has enjoyed some major successes recently. The roof no longer leaks above the offices. The kitchen has been enlightened with bright and efficient LED bulbs. Non-working switches and outlets were replaced. The nursery paging system works. The collapsible wall between the Sunday School rooms slides freely again. And the long-missing drinking fountain has been replaced with a water cooler that also fills bottles with filtered water. Wow! See Doug Cornell to see how you can help keep St. Luke's facilities running smoothly! You might even learn some new home fixit skills!


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 (


Interested in Membership?

If you are interested in membership, please talk with the Pastor 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.

On Sunday December 10, 2017, we welcomed Keith & Molly Retterer, Knut Kviten, Rev. Paul & Debbie Summers, and Derek, Lucy and Benjamin Kaighin 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.


Join the Worship Team

  • 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 other positions, please contact David Schaeffer ( or the church office (404-237-4413) if you are interested in any of these opportunities.


Baptisms & Babies - Margaret Ann Shilander

Welcome Margaret Ann ShilanderWe welcomed Margaret Ann Shilander, our newest St. Luke family member with the sacrament of Holy Baptism on 4/23/2017 . Her proud parents are Ryan and Catherine. We rejoice and give thanks to God for the gift of new life. St. Luke’s baby population continues to explode with Jiya Ashlyn Potteti (8/28/2016), 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).


Sat Feb 17 5:00pm Annual Chili Cook-offChili Cook-off 2018

Thank-you to Tina and Paul Blackney for hosting the 2018 Chili Cook-off on Saturday February 17. We had a wonderful night with beautiful weather and lots of great food shared over conversation. All the food and chili was delicious since no chili and very little else remained afterwards. Mary Ann Hite won "Best All Around" while Janet Bartczak was received awards for both "Hottest" and "Most Unusual". See 2018 photos!


St. Angelo's Pizza FellowshipPizza Fellowship

We had a great turn-out Sunday evening January 21, 2018 at St. Angelo's Pizza located at 4687 S. Atlanta Road, Atlanta 30339 Our group occupied several tables. And we were joined by some of our teens!


Thank-you For Helping on Clean-up Day!

Clean-Up DayWe had a busy day onr Saturday, October 14 cleaning up St. Luke inside and outside. Blowers cleared leaves from playground and roof, paint was touched up, files sorted, trash removed, windows cleaned, and the front walk pressure washed. A big thank-you to all who joined in the fun. See photos!


February Council Meeting Highlights

The Council met on Sunday February 18, 2018. The next meeting will be on Sunday March 18, 2018.

  • Ash Wednesday was well attended. A soup supper will precede Lenten Service on 2/28. We will have a wedding on March 3. Update of the membership roster continues.
  • Council structure and update for our constitution to ELCA model was discussed.
  • Adult Sunday School in April will examine four of our Social Concerns areas: Habitat, BCM, Grace House and Russell Elementary. In March, Pastor Summer will lead a Bible Study.
  • Children's Sunday school space will receive some painting and spruce up. Curriculum to be discussed.
  • An exciting lighted color display sign at our Northside Drive entrance will be installed soon. Contributions to cover the cost will be sought.
  • Cleanup Day tentatively scheduled for 3/24.
  • An educational Seder (not a service) will be held the evening of Palm Sunday, 3/25. Other upcoming fellowship events include Game night (3/10), a walking tour by Helen & Ren (4/21), Craft & Hobby Show (5/19).
  • Council will meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month when possible.


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.


2017 Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting

The Semi-Annual Meeting was held Sunday May 21, 2017 following worship. Pastor Beth, who has been with us on contract for two months, expressed appreciation for the opportunity to serve as our pastor. Her last Sunday will be June 11. She must withdraw from consideration of a call from St Luke since she is the primary candidate for another congregation.

Ken Torrence presented the nominating committee's slate of candidates for congregation council and all were elected: Janet Bartczak (re-elected to a 2nd term), Doug Cornell, Helen Davis, David Schaeffer, Rhonda Wittmus and Barb Shaeffer. With 6 new members and 5 continuing members (Paul Blackney, Ken Torrence, Lindy Freitag, Josh Pitre and Paul Powers) the council will consist of only eleven members.

Sharon Mazna reported that the Call Committee (Eric Brown, Melissa Faulkner, Lindy Freitag and Sharon Mazna) will issue a two-year term call. They have three candidates being interviewed. A 60% vote of the congregation will be required to extend the call once the council approves. Their priority is to find someone to grow the church in the areas of families with children and in adult education.

We thanked Eric Brown and Jane VonSeggern who will be rolling off council. Jane thanked everyone for contributions to Social Concerns. Helen thanked Mark Engel for the beautiful flower arrangement and everyone thanked David Schaeffer for cutting the grass that grew faster than expected. The meeting adjourned at noon.