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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

Help Support the BCM Food PantryBCM Food Pantry
Please keep the Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM) Food Pantry in mind when you're grocery shopping. Download a Shopping List of Food Pantry items: instant oatmeal/grits, jelly, soup, dried beans, rice, peanut butter, cornbread mix, mac and cheese, chicken broth, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables, canned beans, canned tuna, ramen noodles. Clients get 2-6 bags of groceries depending on family size. FYI, BCM values an average bag at $15. Place items in the cart outside the kitchen door at St. Luke. If you'd rather write a check to St. Luke, put "BCM Food Pantry" in the memo line. Thanks! Questions? Contact Jane Von Seggern (jvonse@gmail.com).

Volunteer Opportunities at BCM
This summer, give back to our community by
volunteering at BCM. They have immediate openings for service volunteers in June, July, and August.
Many of their regular volunteers are off for the summer and they are in need of our support! Please
contact kevinpranoto@bcmatlanta.org to get involved.

Thank-you Russell RockersRussell Rockers
The last day for Russell Rockers for this school year was Wednesday April 25, 2018. Thank you to our very own Russell Rockers: Pastor Paul Summer, Debbie Summer, Mary Ann Hite and Jane von Seggern for their dedication to reading to the students at Russell. Plan to join them in September when we resume for the new school year.

Russell Elementary School hosts a weekly Wednesday reading program called Russell Rockers. It’s a wonderful volunteer opportunity to read one-on-one with the students in the school’s Media Center. The Rockers volunteer during 10:50am-noon. Each Rocker spends about 15 minutes with their reader. The students bring their books with them and often have to wait patiently for their turn. They are a wonderful group of children! The school is located at 3920 S. Hurt Road in Smyrna.

Media Drive Media Drive for Social Concerns
Thanks to everyone that dropped off CDs, books, and DVDs for the media drive. $195.50 has been collected so far and several bins are still at the used bookstore awaiting a final calculation. Thanks to Helen Davis for organizing and to Keith Retterer and Mark Engel for delivering the remaining items to the bookstore!

Sat 6/16 11:00am Lutheran Habitat Dedication2018 Habitat Build - Abeka Family
The first of the two builds for 2018 by Lutheran Coalition for Habitat for Humanity began Saturday April 7 on a house near Marietta Square. That house, for Emmanuel Abeka and his family, is now complete and will be dedicated Saturday June 16 at 11:00am. The coalition is a group of local Lutheran Churches so this is a great opportunity to learn, have fun, share ideas with other area Lutherans and help families achieve the dream of home ownership. We also worked two days (6/2 and 6/9) on a second house in Acworth so our part in that build is now complete. See Karen DeRuyter or Barb Shaeffer for more information or visit the Coalitions's Current Build page for more details about the Abeka family.

Thanks for Grace House Campus Dinners Grace House Campus Ministry
Thank-you to the volunteers who made the dinners at Grace House a success: Kim Schaeffer, Kelly Haddle, Jane VonSeggern, Mark Engel, Keith Retterer, David Wilson, Paul & Debbie Summer, and Helen Davis. This social ministry is greatly appreciated by the students, interns, and staff at Grace House, a Lutheran and Episcopal campus ministry on the campus of Georgia Tech. The program will resume in the fall. To see photos from the previous dinners on 8/29/2017 and 11/28/2017, visit the Gallery page.

Thr 5/3 10:30am Russell Space Team LaunchRussell Space Team
The Russell Elementary Space Team will hold their 20th Anniversary Launch on Thursday May 3, 2018 at 10:30 am (Space Team Walk begins at 9:30 am). The Landing is Friday May 4th at 12:30 pm. Russell Elementary is located at 3920 S. Hurt Road in Smyrna. For additional information, contact Kim Donina at kimberly.donina@cobbk12.org. Follow the Space Team's News online.

2018 Hunger Walk/Run2018 Hunger Walk Run
Thanks to everyone who joined St. Luke's team, either as a walker or as a contributor for the 2018 Hunger Walk/Run held on February 25, 2018 at the Georgia State Stadium (the former Turner Field). Walking in honor of Tim Young, we raised $2445.00 to support Lutheran Services of Georgia (LSG) and Redeemer Soup Kitchen. Tim had long been a champion of this important annual hunger relief effort. You can still donate online to our team through March 15 by going to "St. Luke Atl". See the photos from the 2018 event on our Gallery page.

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

Thank-you for your generous support!

Backpacks Delivered to Russell ElementaryBackpacks for Russell Elementary
We packed most of the school supplies we had been collecting into 36 backpacks on Sunday September 17. Kim delivered them, along with the additional supplies, to Russell Elementary School. Thank-you to all who donated supplies, funds, time and shopping skills at sales and clearances! Many students will have a feeling a self-worth and confidence walking into their classroom with a new, filled backpack on their shoulders. Russell Elementary thanks you for your continued support of Russell, The Russell Rockers, The Principal's Account and Box Tops for Education. Many blessings! Kim Donina and the Social Concerns Committee.

St. Luke Wins Taste of Habitat Trivia Contest!Taste of Habitat 2017
The “St. Luke Six”, consisting of Rick Moore, Mark and Lindy Freitag, David Schaeffer, and Pastor and Debbie Summer, won the trivia contest at Taste of Habitat held September 22, 2017 at the Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta. This is the second time in three years that St. Luke’s team has taken top honors. The prize was six $10 Home Depot gift cards which they donated to our Property Committee. We also had a record number of members in attendance, including David Wilson who made a quilt for the raffle which was won by Kathy Davidson. Besides everyone having a fabulous time, "The Taste" raised over $25,000 for the Lutheran Coalition to build a Habitat House next year. See pictures!

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.

BCM Client Success StoriesBCM Storeis Want to meet some of the BCM Clients? Each month we will feature people, who with BCM's help, were able to transition sometimes as dramatically as from homelessness to professional employment. Meet Jackie, Lindsey, Ryan, and Jaylyn.

Prayer Blankets
Each quarter, we'd like to make prayer blankets like those we made in April. These tied fleece blankets are to be given away by the social concerns ministries of St Luke. No experience necessary. If you can tie a knot, you can make a blanket. If you would like to donate fleece (about 1-1/2 yards per blanket) or join the next round of blanket making, please contact Janet Bartczak.

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.

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.

Coupons for Military FamiliesBCM Food Pantry
Maria Schneider is collecting grocery coupons, both current and recently expired, to be given to military families for use at their base stores. Coupons from Ingles, Kroger, Publix, and Target are welcome. You can place any coupons in the marked box in Fellowship Hall.

 

 

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.

 

Lutheran Services of GeorgiaLSG - Lutheran Social Services of Georgia

Lutheran Services of Georgia is a social service agency which combines the resources of staff, financial donors, various governmental agencies, volunteers, and Lutheran congregations in its efforts to bring quality programs and services to the people of Georgia. Ministries 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.