Martin & Katharina Luther


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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


11/4/2019 What's New?

  • November Lamp is Available (see)
  • Stewardship Drive (see)
  • Comfort Quilts 11/19 (see)
  • Russell Rockers Opportunity (see)
  • John Burgin on Call Committee (see)
  • All Saints Sunday Banners (see)
  • Advent Soup & Holden (see)
  • Good Gifts for Christmas (see)
  • Help with BCM Food Pantry (see)
  • October Council Highlights (see)

10/9/2019 What's New?

  • October Lamp is Available (see)
  • Installation of Bishop Strickland (see)
  • Meeting with Pastor Jill Henning (see)
  • All Saints Sunday (see)
  • Italian Fellowship Dinner (see)
  • Landscaping Volunteers Needed (see)
  • Taste of Habitat Photos (see)


2020 Stewardship DriveAll Saints Sunday 2019

Thank you to all who have submitted your pledges for next year! Those of you who have not yet pledged please do so promptly so we can conclude our stewardship drive. Additional pledge cards are available at church and can be placed in the offering plate. You may also notify the church office of your pledge by email at Thank you for your support of God's ministry here at St Luke.


Sat Nov 9 6:00pm Italian Fellowship Dinner Game Night

Join us for an Italian Fellowship Dinner on Saturday, November 9, 6-9 pm at the home Barb Shaeffer & Rick Moore in Smyrna. Watch for an eVite with directions soon. Call Mark Freitag or Barb Shaeffer if you haven't yet signed up. Come relax and share great food and conversation.


Wed Dec 4 6:00pm Advent SuppersHolden Evening Prayer in Advent 2019

Join us Wednesdays in Advent at 6pm (12/4, 12/11 & 12/18) for "Soup and Holden". We will start at 6pm with a simple soup supper in the fellowship hall followed at 6:30pm by the beautiful Holden Evening Prayer service by Marty Haugen in the Sanctuary. This will wrap up by 7:00pm so the choir can rehearse!


All Saints SundayAll Saints Sunday 2019

St Luke celebrated All Saints Sunday on November 3rd with banners for those we wished to commemorate prepared by our Worship Committee. Each banner bore the name a saint and the date of passing. The banners hung in the narthex and glowed with morning light. What an inspiring sight!


Congregation Meeting Oct 6

Pr Jill Henning 2019-10-06The Congregation had an encouraging meeting after worship on Sunday October 6th with Pastor Jill Henning, Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership and Administration. She assured us that St Luke has an important mission to continue. We just need to get our Mission Site Profile finished so our Call Committee can start meeting potential candidates. We also need to firm up our 2020 budget. To facilitate this, we encourage everyone to begin prayerful consideration of 2020 pledges. We plan to move our traditional Committment Sunday up to Reformation Sunday, October 27.


Call Committee Selected!

As of 10/31/2019, the following six members are serving on the Call Commitee: Jerry Bartells, John Burgin, Helen Davis, Karen DeRuyter, 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.


Bishop Kevin Strickland Installed2018 Synod Assembly Guidebook

The Rev. Kevin Strickland was installed as the Fourth Bishop of the ELCA Southeastern Synod on Saturday October 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Cathedral of St Philip in Atlanta. Bishop Strickland was elected at the 2019 Southeastern Synod Assembly held May 31 - June 2 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. See Pictures from the installation from the Synod's website!


Landscaping Volunteers Needed!Lawn Mowing Volunteers Needed!

We need help with lawn mowing, hedge clipping, and leaf blowing to maintain St Luke's welcoming appearance. The Landscaping Sign-up sheet is on the hall bulletin board outside the kitchen. A big thank-you to those who helped out last month. Even an hour makes a huge difference. We'll supply the mower and gasoline or you can use your own if you prefer. Please call Mark Freitag (404-483-8542) if you have questions or need the shed code. Please sign up for a shift or two!


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!


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 and Master of Fine Arts from Florida State in Architecture and Interior Technologies. And she is the mother of a twelve year old son!


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 - be a smiling face to welcome visitors, ask them to fill out a Visitor's Card 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 ( Or contact the church office (404-237-4413) if you are interested in any of these opportunities.


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.


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 (


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.


October Council Meeting Highlights

The St Luke Congregation Council met on Sunday October 20, 2019 at 12:00pm.

  • Treasurer. We're still slightly ahead mostly because our Pastor is part time. Benevolences have been paid except for ELCA 3rd quarter. We should not try to pass a deficit "challenge" budget again for 2020.
  • MSP & Call. Our preliminary MSP (Ministry Site Profile) was turned in October 6. Redevelopment is being considered. This worked well for Messiah Lutheran. We hope to be ready for our Call Committee to start interviews by Thanksgiving.
  • Pastor's Report. Pastor Dave is getting in touch with our congregation, visiting shut-ins, and performing an adult baptism and a wedding in the near future. The Worship Committee met and plans Wednesday Advent Soup Suppers at 6pm followed by Holden Evening Prayer at 6:30pm. A Christmas pageant involving both children and adults is being discussed.
  • Ideas and News. Altar guild and Worship committee are active but we need a Fellowship committee. To boost attendance, we should all personally invite people we know, especially those who were once members.

The next council meetings will be held Sunday 11/10, Sunday 12/8, Sunday 1/12/2020. The Annual Congregation Meeting with Budget presentation will be Sunday 1/19/2020.


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.