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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

March 25 - July 15 Habitat BuildSouper Bowl Plus
We will be building full days (9am-3pm) this year for one family in Kennesaw (3/25 only) and another in Acworth. St. Luke will be providing breakfast and water on June 3. Build Dates:

  • 3/25 Framing/First Nail
  • 4/01 & 4/08 2nd Floor System
  • 4/29 & 5/06 Siding
  • 5/13 & 5/20 Siding/Dry Wall
  • 6/03 Paint (Breakfast)
  • 6/10 Paint
  • 6/17 Pre-Landscape
  • 6/24 Landscape
  • 7/15 Dedication Ceremony

More details are available on the Current Build page for Lutheran Coalition for Habitat for Humanity. If interested in volunteering, please contact Karen DeRuyter, kkdderuy@bellsouth.net.

Wed 5/10 1:00-4:00 pm LSG Open House Lutheran Services Georgia
Join Lutheran Services of Georgia to celebrate our new office space and welcome our new CEO John Moeller. You’ll have a chance to meet our staff and Board members and learn more about our life-changing services and programs. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to jtharp@lsga.org. Our new location is

230 Peachtree Street, Suite 1100
Atlanta, GA 30303

Sun 5/7 11:30am Snack Bags for the HomelessBCM Snack Bags for the Homeless
On April 23, St. Luke will begin collecting items to fill at least 175 snack bags for the homeless. BCM daily provides their homeless clients with a bag containing: a can of Vienna sausage, a packet of peanut butter or cheese crackers, a single serving container of fruit or applesauce, and a juice drink. Starting April 23, there will be a table in the fellowship hall where you can place these items. The bags will be filled on May 7. Thanks!

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).

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 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. For April, meet Jennifer.

Hunger Walk/Run2017 Hunger Walk Run
St. Luke again participated in the Hunger Walk/Run on March 5, 2017, walking in honor of Tim Young. Tim had been a champion of this important annual hunger relief effort for many years. The money raised means hope for the 1 in 5 people who face hunger in our community. St Luke's team, "St. Luke Atl" had nine participants. We raised $2500 to support Lutheran Services of Georgia (LSG). Besides, everyone had a great time. See the photos on our Gallery page.

Vision in Ministry at Russell Elementary - Thank you!Food for 3 Russell Families
Take a look at the November Lamp, Page 9-10 and see pictures of a small amount of the food that was purchased for the three homeless families at Russell Elementary School this summer. Yogurt, peanut butter, bread, bananas, macaroni and cheese and cereal are a few of the items that helped sustain them over the break. The families were thrilled to receive this aid. Also you will see a School Supplies for Russell Elementarycloset filled with backpacks and school supplies. The students and staff atRussell are ready for another school year thanks to our selfless donations. Again thanks! Here is visual proof of what we believe: God’s Work Our Hands and Vision in Ministry. Wihout you, none of this would be possible. Sure, the families would have scraped by, some days hungrier that others. Moms could have pinned the broken zippers on backpacks or sent their children to school with books in a Kroger bag. But that didn’t happen. It didn’t happen because the members of St. Luke care!

Habitat for Humanity Global Villages - PolandHabitat Global Villages - Poland
Don't miss Janet Bartczak's adventures in Poland, described in the November Lamp, Page 11-12. Because of her efforts and that of four family members and twelve strangers, Beata and Dominika have a newly renovated apartment to call home in Otwock, Poland. Janet raised the funds to participate with the Habitat for Huminity Global Village Project in the small village about 15 miles southeast of Warsaw. And yes! She plans to join another Habitat Global Village project in the future. Her advice, "If you ever find yourself despairing over the cruelty, injustice and suffering in the world, say a prayer and find something good to do for someone...believe me, it makes a difference!"

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.