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

 

3/5/2019 What's New?

  • Homecoming Photos (see)
  • March Lamp is Available (see)
  • Online Giving on Resources Page (see)
  • New Constitution (see)
  • Ash Wednesday and Lent (see)
  • 2019 Synod Assembly (see)
  • February Council Highlights (see)
  • Comfort Quilters (see)
  • Grace House Lunch (see)

2/16/2019 What's New?

  • February Lamp is Available (see)
  • Chili Cook-off Photos (see)
  • Installation of Grace House Pastor (see)
  • 2019 Annual Meeting Highlights (see)
  • LSG is now INSPIRITUS (see)
  • Souper Bowl of Caring (see)
  • 2019 Habitat Build Begins (see)
  • 2019 Hunger Walk Team Active (see)
  • Loving Refugees & Immigrants (see)

 

Wed Mar 6 - Ash Wednesday & Lent

The Season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6. It is a 40-day period (minus Sundays) of repentance, meditation, prayer and renewal prior to Easter. Lent Lessons - Sermon on the Mount

Starting with Ash Wednesday, St Luke will be offering mid-week Lenten services on Wednesdays at 11:00 am and 7:00 pm. These will explore Jesus's familiar teachings from the Sermon on the Mount. Starting March 13, we will also be offering soup and salad suppers at 6:15 pm (a sign-up sheet to sponsor a meal is posted). During Holy Week, we will have a Maundy Thursday service and a Good Friday service at 7:00pm.

  • Mar 06 11am, 7pm: Blessed are You (Ash Wed)
  • Mar 13 11am, 7pm: Salt and Light
  • Mar 20 111m, 7pm: Prayer and Fasting
  • Mar 27 11am, 7pm: Do Not Worry
  • Apr 03 11am, 7pm: Judge Not
  • Apr 10 11am, 7pm: Build on a Rock

 

Sun Mar 17 & Apr 7 New Constitution

St Luke's 1993 Constituion is long overdue for revision to comply with the ELCA Model Constitution. After arduous effort, Council members updated and approved the new version but adoption requires two brief but very important meetings to be held Sunday March 17 and Sunday April 7 immediately following worship. At both meetings, we require at least 20 voting members. A 2/3 majority vote is required to adopt this new constitution. More details are on page 1 of the March Lamp. Please attend!

 

Sat Mar 23 5:00pm Installation InvitationGrace House Pastor Andrew Rickel

St. Luke is invited to the installation of Pastor Andrew Rickel as the Lutheran campus pastor of Grace House on Saturday, March 23 at 5pm at Grace House with a reception to follow. Grace House is located on the Georgia Tech campus at 182 5th Street NW in Atlanta.

 

Sun Mar 24 3:00pm Installation Invitation

We were delighted to welcome Rev Beverly Brown Shaw as guest preacher at St Luke on December 30 just before she began her call at Lutheran Church of the Atonement. We are honored to be invited to her official installation there on Sunday March 24th at 3:00pm. The church is located at 1875 Joseph E Boone Blvd 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 9, 2018. 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!

 

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.

 

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

We had our first retreat in over six years the weekend of 14-16 September 2018) at Lutherranch's Trinity House near Tallapoosa, Georgia where we had a view, a lake, woods for hiking and even kayaks, as well as the usual delicious St Luke meals! And we all got to know each other better, the real benefit of retreats. See the gallery page for more details.

 

January Game Night Game Night

We shared a fun time on Saturday, January 12th 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!

 

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. 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.

 

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.

 

Join the Worship Team

  • Welcome Desk (New!) - Host the new Welcome Desk in the narthex to welcome visitors and exchange information.
  • 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.

 

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!

 

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 Pastor Summer 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.

During Advent 2018, we welcomed Justin Floen (12/16), and Meredith Kalman (12/16), and Kevin Hagler (12/23) 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.

 

New Schedule for Sunday School

Sunday School resumed on September 16, 2018 with a new schedule and new classes. Sunday School will begin at 9:15am instead of 9:30am to allow choir members more participation. We have an interactive, intergenerational class for children and adults as well as three 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.

 

February Council Meeting Highlights

The Council met briefly on Saturday February 23, 2019 at the Southeasten Synod Office at 9:00 am.

  • Constitution. The proposed new St Luke Constitution based on the ELCA Model Constitution was approved by the council. It must still be approved by the congregation.
  • Library Request. The nearby library branch has requested to use our Fellowship Hall for a children's reading program this summer during their renovation. Council approved.
  • Seder. After much study, it was concluded that it is not appropriate for St Luke to offer a Seder. Council approved.

Other committee reports were postponed until the next regular council meeting which will be held Sunday March 10, 2019 at noon.

Following our Council meeting, we joined with the Council of Emmanuel Lutheran Church for a workshop led by Bishop H. Julian Gordy to learn about Organization and Mission.

 

2019 Southeastern Synod Assembly2018 Synod Assembly Guidebook

The 2019 Southeastern Synod Assembly will be held 12pm Friday May 31 to 12:15pm Sunday June 2 with the theme, "Together in Spirit, Forward in Faith". Meredith Kalman and Mark Freitag will represent St Luke with Lindy Freitag and Janet Bartczak serving as alternates. It will again be held at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402. More details can be found at on the Southeastern Synod website. Last year, the Synod Assembly met June 1-3 at the same location with Janet Bartczak, Mark Engel and Pastor & Debbie Summer attending. Click the photo above to see more 2018 highlights and photos.

 

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.

 

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.