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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.

 

social concerns

 

Our Projects

Fri Sep 20 7-9pm 15th Annual Taste of HabitatTaste of Habitat 2018
The Annual Taste of Habitat (See Flyer) will be held Friday, September 20th, 7-9 pm at the Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta. More than 50 chefs from the Lutheran Coalition for Habitat congregations will be sharing their food specialties to help raise $15,000 to build Habitat homes in metro Atlanta. The evening will feature live music, silent auction, wine raffle, quilt raffle (David Wilson creation), and a trivia contest. You can volunteer to be a chef or contribute auction items. Individual tickets are $25. St Luke was a $500 Sponsor last year. Our goal is to be $1000 Sponsor this year. To contribute, please drop a check in the collection plate (with Habitat in the memo line). Any questions, contact Karen DeRuyter at 404-229-0273 or kkdderuy@bellsouth.net or Barb Shaeffer at Barb.Shaeffer@StLukeAtlanta.org.

Wed Sep 11 11:00am Russell Rockers Russell Rockers
It’s time for the Russell Rockers to start reading! We are looking forward to another exciting year of building relationships together. Members are invited to come read to/with our students on most Wednesdays from 11:00am to 12:00pm. The students bring their own books and smiling faces. This year, we have two kindergarten and one fourth grade class scheduled. Russell Elementary is located at 3920 S. Hurt Road, Smyrna, GA 30082 and can be reached at (770) 437-5937. If you have any questions, contact Kim Donina (770) 948-8623. The 2019 dates are Sep 11,18; Oct 2,9,23,30; Nov 6,13,30; Dec 4,11,18. 2020 dates: Jan 8,15,22,29; Feb 5,12,26; Mar 4,18,25; Apr 1,15,22,29.

Tue Sep 17 6:30pm Comfort Quilts
Comfort QuiltsPlease join us in fellowship for sewing, knitting or any other craft. Many people unable to attend service greatly appreciate the beautiful quilts given to them. We will miss Ruth Anne Yax and all her wonderful contributions but David Wilson will continue leading the group which meets every third Tuesday 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

Sun Sep 29 11am AIDS Walk AtlantaAIDS Walk Atlanta
Get your athletic shoes on and join the fundraising events which will take place Sunday, September 29 in Piedmont Park. Register online at aidswalkatlanta.com. The schedule this year is

  • 11:00am Opening
  • 11:30am 5K Run
  • 11:45am AIDS Walk
  • 2:00pm Music Festival
  • 5:00pm Closing Ceremonies.

100% of all funds remain in greater Atlanta.

Thursdays 1-6pm Grace House CoffeePop-up Coffee at Grace House
Grace House welcomes us to their pop-up coffee. They will continue offering coffee every Thursday 1-6 pm throughout the Fall with a different theme each week. This is our opportunity to meet the students at Grace House on the Georgia Tech campus located at 182 5th Street NW, Atlanta. Questions? Call (828) 781-2566.

Help Support the BCM Food PantryBCM Food Pantry
Buckhead Christian Ministries (BCM) thanks St Luke for our support as they work together to assist local families on their journey towards financial stabilities. Please remember the BCM Food Pantry depends on the regular donations from St Luke of non-perishable food (download a shopping list) and/or money to buy needed perishable items. For August, BCM has asked us to focus on toiletry kits for the homeless: socks, toothpaste, razors, and deodorant. Small travel sizes are preferred. Place items in the cart outside the kitchen door at St. Luke. If you'd rather write a check to St. Luke, put "BCM Needed Items" in the memo line. Thanks! Questions? Contact Jane Von Seggern (jvonse@gmail.com).

2019 Lutheran Habitat Build2019 Build - Perry Family
The 28th Lutheran Coalition for Habitat for Humanity Build ran from March 2 through June 22 in Woodstock for the Perry family. Their new home was dedicated 6/29/2019. They are thrilled! See photos from the build! The Coalition consists of eleven local Lutheran congregations making a great opportunity to learn, have fun, share ideas with other area Lutherans and help families achieve the dream of home ownership. See Karen DeRuyter or Barb Shaeffer for more information or visit the Coalitions's Current Build page for information about the 2020 Build when it becomes available.

Disaster Relief - How to Help...ELCA Disaster Relief - Tornadoes

Thank-you for your generous support!

Need a Ride?Need a Ride?
If you need a ride to St. Luke events, whether on Sunday or during the week, please let the church office know ahead of time, and we will find you one.

Prayers and CareCoats for the Cold
The Welcome and Care Team has placed Prayer Cards in the pews for prayer requests to be included in The Lamp and This Week, or for confidential prayers. Please place completed cards into the offering plate. Have you missed seeing someone or want to tell a friend that you are thinking of them? Send a smile to their snail mail box! Greeting cards, stamps, pens, and even a St. Luke Directory now hang just outside the Fellowship Hall.

2019 Hunger Walk/Run2018 Hunger Walk Run
The 2019 Hunger Walk/Run was held on Sunday, April 28th at the Home Depot Backyard, located near the Georgia World Congress Center. Festivities began at noon with the Run/Walk beginning at 2:00pm. Again, St Luke's team walked in memory of Tim Young to raise money to support Inspiritus (formerly Lutheran Services Georgia LSG) and Buckhead Christian Ministries. You can still donate to St Luke's team until May 15 by going to "St. Luke Atl". See the photos from the 2019 event on our Gallery page.

Russell School Supplies - Thank-you!Backpacks for Russell Elementary
Words cannot express how blessed the Russell Community feels about your generosity. St. Luke has collected approximately $900.00 for supplies and student needs. Thoughtful donations will guarantee the students and staff have everything they require for a successful year. I have filled the back of my SUV with goodies and plan to make several more shopping trips. Also, The Principal’s Account for lunch has been funded as well as buying socks and underwear for needy students. Thank you for opening your hearts to Russell. Your friend in Christ, Kim Donina, Social Concerns Committee.

Lutheran Outreach Partnership - Thank-you!Lutheran Outreach Partnership - Help for Homeless
Thank you for your generosity to support the Lutheran Outreach Partnership's feeding the homeless on Saturday, September 8, 2018 in Hurt Park, beside GA State, as part of God’s Work, Our Hands. We are sending a check for $335 from St. Luke. Pastor Summer, Janet Bartczak, and Helen Davis met at Hurt Park and helped organize and distribute items to those in need.

 

 

 

Our Partners

ELCA World HungerELCA World Hunger

ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) World Hunger is a connected, comprehensive, and compassionate program that helps individuals and communities lift themselves out of poverty into self-sufficiency. Through our giving and caring, through our advocacy and action, we make a life-saving difference.

 

ELCA Disaster ResponseELCA Disaster Response

When flood, fire, or storm wreaks havoc on a community, the ELCA is there to empower, provide relief, and educate for future preparedness. We help to bring God’s comfort, healing and renewal to those affected. And when the dust settles and the headlines change, we stay to provide ongoing assistance to those in need.

 

ELCA Good Gifts CatalogELCA Good Gifts Catalog

ELCA Good Gifts, the giving catalog of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, lifts up more than 65 gift ideas filled with meaning and love. ELCA Good Gifts are a special way you can help make a significant impact on the mission and ministries of our church while giving a gift to a friend, pastor, teacher, neighbor or other loved one.

 

Buckhead Christian MinistryBuckhead Christian Ministry

Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM) is a faith-based, non-profit organization that fights hunger and homelessness in North Atlanta by providing food to the hungry, paying rent and utility bills of those facing eviction. BCM's housing program assists families moving from homelessness to more permanent housing. BCM was founded in 1987 as an Emergency Assistance Program in a small office on Peachtree Road. Since then, BCM has grown to be a city wide agency supported by 28 churches, corporations and businesses, private and public foundations, civic groups, and thousands of individuals. Read more about BCM's:

 

Grace House Campus MinistriesGrace House (formerly Lutheran) Campus Ministries

Grace House is a Campus Ministry Partnership of the Lutheran and Episcopal Churches located on the Georgia Tech Campus, 182 5th Street NW, Atlanta GA 30313. Grace House provides a place for university students of Emory, Georgia State, and Agnes Scott as well as Georgia Tech to relax, have fellowship, and worship. On the first Tuesday of each month during the school year, a small group from one of the Partner churches (including St Luke Lutheran Church) will travel to Grace House to provide a home-cooked meal for the students who have gathered there. Check out their marvelous "Welcome Home" video!

 

Inspiritus

LSG - Lutheran Social Services of GeorgiaLSG - Lutheran Social Services of Georgia

Inspiritus, formerly known as Lutheran Services of Georgia, helps individuals and families discover their inner strength and resilience and guides them on a path from surviving to thriving. Inspiritus remains a member of the Lutheran Services in America network and a partner of Lutheran Disaster Response and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. Combining the resources of staff, financial donors, various governmental agencies, volunteers, and Lutheran congregations, the ministries of Inspiritus include adoption and foster care services, family intervention, refugee and immigration services, disaster response and care and advocacy for persons with disabilities.

 

Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of consciense and action.

St Luke participates with Lutheran Coalition for Habitat for Humanity, a group of Lutheran congregations from the Atlanta metropolitan area who have agreed to partner with local Habitat for Humanity affiliates. We thank Thrivent Builds for their financial support in these endeavors.

 

Reconciling WorksLutherans Concerned / North America

Lutherans Concerned is now ReconcilingWorks! ReconcilingWorks advocates for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church and congregations. We provide a place of comfort and safety. We reach out to teach that Christ's message, the Gospel, is for everyone equally. We call for the blessing of committed and covenanted same-gender relationships, and for the ordination of those called to minister.

 

Heifer International

Heifer InternationalHeifer’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. With gifts of livestock and training, we help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. We refer to the animals as “living loans” because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need.

Give a Gift that Changes Lives
Looking for a special gift? Consider honoring someone special with a Heifer International Gift card. Heifer International helps families around the world receive training and animal gifts to become self-reliant. Or consider donating through the ELCA Good Gifts program - gifts that equip, nourish, nurture, heal, inspire, respond or partner. Look for catalogs on the bulletin board outside the fellowship hall.

 

Social Concerns Bulletin Board 12/2008

Amazon Smile for BCMBCM Food Pantry
Amazon has a program for donating 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. And BCM is one of the choices! To link BCM to your Amazon account (no impact on prices or shopping), just login once at smile.amazon.com and search for "Buckhead Christian Ministry" for your charity. Click here for details.

Kroger Plus Rewards for BCMKrogerPlus for BCM
Kroger’s community outreach program provides funds to nonprofits whose supporters have their Kroger Plus cards tagged with the nonprofit’s name.  If you have a Kroger Plus card, go to KrogerCommunityRewards.com or click here to view PDF instructions for how you can set up your Kroger Plus card to give BCM reward points each time you shop!  If you don’t have a Kroger Plus card, you can get one at the customer service desk at any Kroger. Kroger requires you to update your charity annually in October so if you have not done so, you can do it now!

Sharing St Luke with the Community
We share our facility, particularly our fellowship hall, with several community groups including three AA groups, the Swedish Lodge, the Vasa Drangar Choir, and the Armenian Church of Greater Atlanta. The Armenian Church will worship at St Luke monthly on a Sunday afternoon. See our calendar for details.

Box Tops for EducationLutheran Campus Ministries
The Social Concerns Committee is collecting Box Tops for Education for Russell Elementary School. They can be found on many, many items...cereal, baking products, food storage containers, snacks, paper products...the list goes on. There is a poster on the bulletin board next to the coat rack where you can deposit your box tops. Please check items in your pantry and clip those "tops" for Russell. Thanks for your continued support.