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

 

9/8/2019 What's New?

  • September Lamp is Available (see)
  • Kevin Hagler is VP (see)
  • August Council Highlights (see)
  • Council Meetings 9/15, 10/6 (see)
  • Rally Day Potluck (see)
  • New Choir Robes (see)
  • Bishop Strickland's Installation (see)
  • Coffee Thursdays at Grace House (see)
  • Taste of Habitat (see)
  • AIDS Walk Atlanta (see)
  • Call Committee Selected (see)

8/15/2019 What's New?

  • August Lamp is Available (see)
  • July Lamp was Available (see)
  • Farewell Pastor Summer (see)
  • Welcome Pastor Dave (see)
  • New Member Julio (see)
  • 2019-2020 Congregation Council (see)
  • St Luke History Re-organized (see)
  • About Us Page Updated (see)
  • Contact Us Page Updated (see)
  • Choir Rehearsal Resumes (see)
  • Family Centers Resumes 9/15 (see)
  • F1 Go Also does Online Giving (see)
  • Russell Rockers are Rockin' (see)

 

Sun 9/8 11:30am Rally Day Potluck

Rally Day 2019Join us for the Rally Day Potluck after Worship on Sunday September 8 to welcome back friends from summer vacation and hear plans revealed for Family and Adult Sunday School classes which will commence on Sunday September 15. Thank-you to all those who volunteered to bring food. All are welcome to join us for a delicious time.

 

Bye Bye Blue Smurf ChoirBlue Choir Robes

The choir is getting new robes! Choir members, as well as worship assistants, should stop by the choir room before or after Worship and see Helen Davis or David Wilson to be measured. And you'll get to see the new color! A big thank-you to the Tim Young Memorial for the new robes!

 

Call Committee Selected!

As of 9/1/2019, the following six members have agreed to serve on the Call Commitee: Jerry Bartells, Helen Davis, Karen DeRuyter, Julio Govreau, Kevin Hagler, and Allison Powers. We are very grateful to each of them for their willingness to serve. Please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers as they undertake their work on behalf of St. Luke.

 

Mowing Volunteers Needed!Lawn Mowing Volunteers Needed!

St Luke has a new 21" self-propelled lawn mower! We need volunteers to for a few more slots to help mow our grounds. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. We'll supply the mower and gasoline or you can use your own if you prefer. Knut Kviten will be our mowing supervisor and can help with any questions or problems. Please sign up for a shift or two!

 

Welcome Michelle McConnellMichelle McConnell

We would like to welcome Michelle McConnell as our new Administrative Assistant who joined our staff in time to produce the May 2019 issue of The Lamp. Originally from Washington State, her impressive credentials include bachelor's and master's degrees from Florida State in Architecture and Interior Technologies. And she is the mother of a twelve year old son!

2019 Southeastern Synod Assembly2018 Synod Assembly Guidebook

The 2019 Southeastern Synod Assembly was held Friday May 31 through Sunday June 2 with the theme, "Together in Spirit, Forward in Faith". Meredith Kalman and Mark Freitag represented St Luke at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402. The big news is that with Bishop Julian Gordy's retirement in August, we elected a new bishop, Rev. Kevin L Strickland. Details can be found on the ELCA website. He will be installed Saturday October 5th at 2:00pm at Cathedral of St Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW in Atlanta.

 

Homecoming SundayHomecoming Sunday

Our Homecoming/55th Anniversary celebration on Sunday February 24th was a delightful success. Many former members joined us for the service and dinner afterwards. It was great to see all those familiar faces and catch up with old friends. Special thanks to Bishop Julian Gordy who preached and joined in the festivities. See photos!

 

2019 Annual Chili Cook-offChili Cook-off 2018

Barb & Rick hosted the 2019 St Luke Annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday February 9th. We had six delicious pots of chili in addition to lots of salads, desserts, and even Mary Ann's famous cornbread. This year's winners were: Lindy Freitag - Spiciest, Karen DeRuyter - Most Unusual and Mary Ann Hite - Best All-Around! A good time was had by all with close to thirty people attending. See 2019 photos!

 

January Game Night Game Night

We shared a fun time on Saturday, January 12, 2019 with members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. We gathered in St Luke's Fellowship Hall for favorite board & card games and a delicious lasagne dinner. Stay tuned for the next one!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 Dave OsborneMichelle McConnell

Pastor David Osborne began leading worship at St Luke as our interim pastor on August 4, 2019. He has a wide range of pastoral experience since graduating from Concordia Theological Seminary in 1977, most recently at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. He is married to Karen Schoenberger Osborne. They have two grown children, three grandchildren and currenly live in Woodstock, Georgia. Read more of his impressive credentials on page 2 of the August Lamp.

 

Join the Worship Team

  • Welcome Desk (New!) - Host the new Welcome Desk in the narthex to welcome visitors after the service and provide a St Luke Gift Bag.
  • 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. Though we have recessed for summer, there are still opportunities for solos or other musical talents.

 

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 New Members of St Lukewith Pastor Dave Osborne 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 Trinity Sunday, June 16, 2019, we welcomed Julio Govreau into membership at St. Luke. We rejoice in all our new members of God's family at St. Luke.

Join us in welcoming all visitors and new members into our St. Luke family.

 

Schedule for Sunday School

Sunday School has recessed for the summer (except for Adult Bible Study!) and will resume on September 15, 2019 with the schedule below. We have an interactive, intergenerational class for children and adults as well as two 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.

 

August Council Meeting Highlights

The Council met on Sunday August 18, 2019 at noon.

  • Pastor. Pastor Osborne was absent due to a prior committment.
  • Ratifications. Council ratified email agreements concerning the contract with Pastor Osborne, funding for Reconciling Works, Call Committee appointment, and membership changes.
  • Rally Day. We will have a potluck, not a breakfast on Sunday 9/8 after worship. Sunday School resumes 9/15 with Katie Wine continuing as teacher.
  • Vice President. Kevin Hagler volunteered!
  • Stewardship. Need to find someone to organize Temple Talks, Stewardship brunch or dinner and Committment Sunday.
  • Worship Committee. Mark handed out their minutes. Feast of St Luke on Oct 13, Reformation Sunday Oct 27, All Saints Sunday Nov 3. For Advent possible Wednesday Soup Suppers and Holden Evening Prayer.

The next council meetings will be Sunday 9/15, Sunday 10/6 and Sunday 11/10.

 

2019 Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting

The Semi-Annual Meeting was held Sunday May 19, 2019 following worship. The By-Laws for the new St Luke Constitution were approved with an amendment. The following members were nominated and elected for Church Council positions for 2019-2021: Meredith Kalman and Kevin Hagler. They join continuing members Mark Freitag, Pierre Michel, Al Lindseth and Barb Shaeffer to comprise the six-person council for 2019-20. We give thanks for those who have faithfully served previously on council: Paul Blackney, Doug Cornell, Rhonda Whittmus, Mark Engel, Keith Retterer, Helen Davis, Janet Bartczak and David Schaeffer.

 

2019 Annual Congregational Meeting

The Annual Meeting was held Sunday January 20, 2019 following worship.

  • Minutes were approved for the Semi-Annual Meeting May 20, 2018.
  • The 2019 Budget was approved.
  • Susan Clark, Kim Donina and Lindy Freitag were elected to serve on the Nominating Committee along with outgoing council members Paul Blackney and David Schaeffer. The Nominating Committee will invite people to be nominated for positions on the Congregation Council, with elections at the semi-annual meeting on May 19, 2019.
  • John Burgin was elected to start a new term on the Audit Committee and continue to serve with Jane VonSeggern who was elected in 2018.
  • Meredith Kalman and Mark Freitag were elected as St. Luke's representatives to the 2019 Southeasten Synod Assembly with Lindy Freitag and Janet Bartczak serving as alternates.
  • Old Business: Developers what to buy the parcel of land owned partly by St Luke and partly by another party. No action is needed until we can meet with the other party who has so far been unavailable.
  • New Business: None.

Pastor Summer closed with a prayer and the meeting adjourned at 12:50 pm.