St Luke Lutheran Church Atlanta ELCA - New and Events
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


8/9/2018 What's New?

  • 2018-19 Church Council Areas (see)
  • August Lamp (see)
  • Game Night (see)
  • Sunday School Resumes on Rally Day (see)
  • Training New Assisting Ministers (see)
  • Christmas in July Results (see)
  • Atlanta United Soccer Fun (see)
  • July Council Highlight (see)
  • Taste of Habitat (see)
  • Grace House September Picnic (see)
  • Grace House October Dinner (see)
  • Wildfire Disaster Relief (see)

7/6/2018 What's New?

  • July Lamp (see)
  • Media Drive Raised $352.75 (see)
  • Vino 100 for Habitat
  • Low Country Boil for Grace House (see)
  • Backpacks for Russell Elementary (see)
  • Martin Luther on Trial
  • Christmas in July (see)


Sat 8/11 5:30pm Game Night Martin Luther on Trial

Bring your favorite people and your favorite board and/or card game to St Luke for a fun evening together on Saturday, August 11. We will start at 5:30pm (or as early as you can get here.) Pizza and salad will be served, and you are welcome to bring a cherished beverage.


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

Please join us for a retreat on Friday, Sept. 14 - Sunday, September 16 at Lutheranch Camp and Conference Center, 2017 St. James Way, Tallapoosa, GA 30176. We will stay in the Holy Trinity House where we can prepare our own meals. Sign-up sheet for accommodations is on the bulletin board, or sign up to join us just for Saturday. Cost includes 5 meals and accommodations, is $80 per adult, $50 for 4-10 year old, and under 4 is free. Saturday only is $25 and includes all 3 meals. Make retreat checks to St. Luke Lutheran Church with memo "retreat". Please contact Helen Davis for more information.


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!


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.


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.


Six Feet Under & Tunes from the TombsTunes from the Tombs

We shared another fun Fellowship event on Saturday June 9, 2018! Six of us (Debbie & Pastor, Mark, Jane, Mary Ann & Mary) met for lunch at 11:30am at Six Feet Under (437 Memorial Drive, Atlanta, 30312). After lunch, we continued on to Oakland Cemetery for the music festival, Tunes from the Tombs, featuring a wide variety fo acts/bands on three stages. Our own Helen & Ren Davis were part of the cast. We may make this an annual event.


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!


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!


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!


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.


Sun 8/19 11:45am New Assisting Ministers!

There will be a training session for all new Assisting Ministers on Sunday, August 19 following worship. If you are interested in serving in this role or as Lector, Altar
Guild, Usher or Greeters, please contact David Schaeffer.

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.

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!


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.


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.


Baptisms & Babies - Benjamin & PenelopeBaptisms of Penelope Vagts and Benjamin Kaighin

We welcomed Bejamin Clifford Kaighin and Penelope Marie Vagts, our newest St Luke family members, with the sacrament of Holy Baptism on Sunday April 8, 2018. The proud parents are Derek & Lucy Kaighin and David & Aimee Vagts. 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.


July Council Meeting Highlights

The 2018-19 Council met Saturday July 14 for their first meeting/annual planning session. Area assignments have been chosen and can be seen on our Council Page. Details are in the August Lamp but here are the highlights.

  • We are sad to learn that Pastor Devin Strong is leaving Lutheran Campus Ministry at Georgia Tech. The new pastor will arrive soon.
  • Pastor and Allison have brought church membership rolls nearly up-to-date (after much diligence).
  • Changes concerning church property were discussed.
  • Designs for a new street sign were revisited and new alternatives will be proposed.
  • Our website is to be modernized for mobile devices.
  • A new constitution is being drafted to conform to the ELCA model constitution.
  • Bishop Gordy will hold a Leadership/Mission Workshop at St Luke on Feb 23 & 24, 2019.
  • Proposals to allow online giving, credit card giving, and pay-by-text options are being evaluated.

The next Council meeting will be held Sunday August 12, 2018 after worship.


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.


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.