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

 

1/10/2018 What's New?

  • New Book Club Selection (see)
  • January Lamp (see)
  • New Soup & Song Bible Study (see)
  • Children's Sunday School Classes (see)
  • Adult Sunday School (see)
  • New Schedule on Ministries Page (see)
  • New Schedule on Worship Page (see)
  • New Administrative Assistant (see)(see)
  • Annual Congregational Meeting (see)
  • New Sunday Schedule (see)
  • Christmas Pageant Thanks (see)
  • Parental Consent Forms (see)
  • New Members (see)(see)
  • Advent & Christmas Photos (see)
  • December Council Highlights (see)
  • 2018 Pledges needed (see)
  • MLK Commemorative Service 1/14 (see)
  • MLK Day of Service 1/15 (see)
  • 2018 Hunger Walk (see)
  • Children's Church Removed (1/11)

12/4/2017 What's New?

  • December Lamp (see)
  • Pizza Fellowship (see)
  • New Fellowship Chair (see)
  • Clark Brown Retires (see)(see)
  • BCM Coat Drive (see)
  • January Grace House Dinner (see)

 

Stewardship Campaign

2018 Stewardship

GIVING THROUGH FAITH. LIVING THROUGH FAITH.
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 (bartczakatl@att.net), or Mark Freitag (mark.freitag@livingbenefits.com). St. Luke depends on your support for all our missions.

 

Sun Jan 21 11:45am Annual Congregation Meeting

The Annual meeting of the Congregation of St. Luke will be held after worship on Sunday, January 21, 2018. The Agenda for this meeting includes the 2018 Budget, election of the nominating committee and the election of one member of the Audit committee. In addition, we will select two members to represent St. Luke at the 2018 Southeastern Synod Assembly June 1-3.

 

Sun Jan 21 5:30pm Pizza FellowshipPizza Fellowship

Pizza Lovers! Please join us for a time of warm fellowship at St Angelo's Pizza, where pizza and people can come together! Think about bringing a friend to introduce to your St. Luke family. Look for a sign-up sheet closer to date. St Angelo's is located at 4687 S. Atlanta Road, Atlanta 30339.

 

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!

 

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 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!

 

Sundays 11:45am What Does This Mean?

The Lunch & Learn group looks ahead one week to read and discuss the Sunday Bible readings. See the Education page for more details.

 

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. 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.

 

New Baby Baskets

Baby BasketsFor 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.

 

Memorial for Pastor Megan JonesMegan J. Jones

Megan J. Jones's Memorial Service in Atlanta was held on November 18 at Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Marietta. Pastor Megan Jones often filled in at St Luke. We also knew her from the Grace House Campus Ministry at Georgia Tech. Very sad to lose her at such a young age.

 

Memorial for Tim YoungAdvent Dinners

Our dear brother in Christ, Tim Young, entered into eternal life on December 9, 2016. We rejoice that he is now at peace even as we mourn his death. Please give thanks for his life and pray for David Wilson, Tim’s beloved husband, and their families in the midst of their sorrow. Tim’s memorial service was held at St. Luke on Sunday, December 18 with a reception following Fellowship Hall. Memorial gifts may be made to St. Luke or the Good Mews Animal Shelter, Marietta.

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 9:15 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 (Office@stlukeatlanta.org).

 

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 (dschaefferlawfirm@gmail.com) 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).

 

Rally Day Pool Party

Rally Day 2017Many thanks to Kim and David Schaeffer for hosting Rally Day this year. The kids (and some grownups) had a great time playing in the pool. The food was outstanding as usual, particularly Kim's succulent pulled pork! Beside David's expertly grilled burgers & franks, members brought a wide variety of sides and desserts. We all enjoyed the chance to relax and get to know each other. See photos on our Gallery Page.

 

Chili Cook-Off 2017Chili Cook-off 2017

St Luke's annual Chili Cook-off was hosted by Britt, Josh & Hunter Pitre on Saturday February 18th. We had seven delicious pots of chili to judge making the choices very difficult. The mild evening allowed for outdoor dining on the deck and gathering around an inviting campfire. We had an excellent turnout, filling the house and back yard with conversation and laughter. By a slim margin, the winners were: Paul Blackney and Mary Ann Hite tied for Best All Around, Lindy Freitag's won spiciest, and Dave DeRuyter's chili won Most Unusual. See photos!

 

December Council Meeting Highlights

The Council met on Sunday December 17, 2017. The next meeting will be on Sunday January 14, 2018.

  • We are behind in receipt of 2017 pledges.
  • 2018 Budget proposed but December actual data and some adjustments needed before council can approve. To be reviewed again in January.
  • Two people are needed to count offering receipts. To be handled by Janet Bartczak and Mark Frietag.
  • The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held January 21, 2018.
  • Cookie Walk raised about $300 for BCM.
  • Council will have a special meeting on Saturday January 20 for strategic planning.
  • Property committee is getting the the roof leak in the sanctuary repaired. Signs for publicising Sunday school have been ordered. An eye-catching LED sign for the street is under consideration.
  • We need written consent from parents before publishing children's photographs on the website.

 

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.

 

2017 Annual Congregational Meeting Highlights

The Annual Meeting was held Sunday January 22, 2017 following worship.

  • Minutes approved for the Semi-Annual Meeting May 22, 2016.
  • The 2017 budget was approved after much discussion due to necessary reductions. The new budget details are available in the February Lamp starting on page 6.
  • Helen Davis, Kathy Davidson, David DeRuyter and Doug Cornell were elected to serve on the Nominating Committee along with outgoing council members Melissa Faulkner and Eric Brown. The Nominating Committee will invite people to be nominated for positions on the Congregation Council, with elections at the semi-annual meeting on May 14, 2017.
  • John Burgin was elected to replace Pierre Michel on the Audit Committee and join Dale Klamfoth who was elected in 2016.
  • Janet Bartczak and Paul Blackney were elected as St. Luke's representatives to the 2017 Southeastern Synod Assembly with Sharon Mazna and Mark and Lindy Freitag serving as alternates.
  • Old Business: David Schaeffer recommended reviewing our leases for our parking lot to see if they include sharing re-paving expense.
  • New Business: Ministry Consultation Team. Pastor Ruth and the Congregation Council have invided this team from the Southeastern Synod to help us identify ideas for improving our ministry. Representatives of the congregation who have been invited by the Council to meet with the team and who have agreed to serve are: Tina Blackney, Katelyn DeRuyter, Mark Freitag, Sharon Mazna, Pritt Pitre, David Schaeffer, JoAna Stallworth and Ken Torrence.

Pastor Ruth thanked all the Council members for their service and closed with a benediction. A delicious brunch provided by the Fellowship Committee followed the meeting.