Invites freely, loves unconditionally, and serves with joy!
Empowered by the unconditional love of God as revealed in Christ, St. John's Lutheran Church seeks to be a diverse and compassionate congregation that embodies God's grace in Atlanta and in the world. All are welcome!
Happening at St. John's
ASH WEDNESDAY is THIS week, February 26 at 7pm! We'll gather with our neighborhood church friends for a
Community Worship Service with the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion here at St. John's. Pastor Holly Reimer of Mercy Community Church will preach. Offerings are for Intown Collaborative Ministries.
Our theme for Lent is "For the Healing of the World." Throughout the season, we’ll gather each Wednesday night (March 4 – April 1) for a simple soup supper, followed by a Service of Healing, with anointing of oil, held in the Fellowship Hall. Supper will begin at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday, and the service will begin at 7 p.m. Please see the poster in the narthex to sign up to bring a pot of soup or bread, if you are willing!
There will be NO lectionary bible study this week... On Fat Tuesday, come and enjoy pancakes and Mardi Gras mask-making with our Mercy friends!
Transparent USA Meetings
Join the new TransParent Group meeting every 2nd Thursday at 7 PM. TransParent strives to provide an environment that encourages parents and caregivers to speak openly about their own experiences in raising a transgender or non-binary loved one. Our goal is to help make connections with other local families that can relate to this experience. This group meets monthly, is confidential, an is peer led. No judgments or unsolicited advice - this is a space for you to speak freely about concerns, challenges, triumphs, pitfalls or new developments but sharing is not required.
Lobby Days in February
5th Annual Southeastern Synod Advocacy Gathering: Sat, February 1, 2020
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST
Come learn about the 2020 advocacy agenda. Get a breakdown of all the focus issues from experts in legislation and learn how to talk to you relected officials. Register here.
February 11 Second Chances: Expanding Expungement and Voting Rights in Georgia
Central Presbyterian Church-Tull Fellowship Hall, 201 Washington Street Southwest
Unlike in most states, in Georgia almost all convictions stay on a person’s criminal history forever. Criminal records create barriers to employment, housing, higher education and other opportunities, long after the sentence is over. Attendees will learn about the current efforts to expand expungement and voting rights for people with a criminal history and what they can do to influence lawmakers during the 2020 session. Register here.
February 12 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Lobby Day
ACS CAN Advocates from all over the peach state will convene in Atlanta under the gold dome to advocate for policies increasing the overall public health. Make plans to join us as we advocate for an increase to the state's tobacco tax, stricter regulations for electronic nicotine delivery devices as well as the expansion of Georgia's Medicaid program to 138% of the federal poverty level. Sign up here.
February 13 New American Celebration
Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 MLK Jr Dr SW #3506
The New Americans Celebration is the annual day of education and outreach for refugees, immigrants and Georgia community members who support them. Every year we welcome over 300 volunteers to the Georgia State Capitol to engage with legislators and share why refugees and immigrants should continue to be welcome in Georgia. Sign up here.
February 27 Justice Day with The Georgia Justice Project
Gathering Location and Time TBD
On Justice Day, directly impacted individuals and leaders in the criminal justice reform movement take the stage to share their stories and call the community to action around issues related to juvenile justice, mental and behavioral health, bail reform, reentry, and the expungement of convictions. Attendees receive advocacy training, lobby with their legislators at the Capitol, participate in letter writing campaigns, or take part in facilitated story telling activities. This event is sponsored by the Georgia Justice Project. Sign up here.
Labyrinth Creation and Meditation Retreat, January 24-26
Start the new year off right by joining us for a weekend of meditation, contemplation and relaxation at Lutheranch. Learn new techniques to help manage stress, improve mindfulness, and strengthen your prayer life as you grow closer to God. The weekend will include opportunities for group meditation, silent reflection, prayer, yoga and labyrinth building, ending with a Taize worship service on Sunday morning. Each participant will be asked to bring a small stone to contribute to our new prayer labyrinth.
Cost: $299 per person for a single room (encouraged for individual meditation)
Register online at Lutheranch.org
Faith Formation in February
Sunday, February 2 The Children's Hour
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall
An intergenerational but children centered gathering where young disciples will learn bible stories, parables and fables that teach lessons pertinent to our faith. There will be art, song, dance, snacks and surprises of various kinds. All are welcome.
Sunday, February 9 Sacred Moments
12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m., Great Hall
Stay for coffee and treats and hear a short story about how a member of St. John's experienced the divine the previous week.
12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Oakdale Neighborhood
Join the Evangelism Team every 2nd Sunday as they pass out flyers in St. John's neighborhood for our Lunch and Learn.
Sunday, February 16 Lunch and Learn
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Fellowship Hall
The Stories of Us: Everyday People Tell Their Truths about Black History, Present, and Future in America
Come listen to African-American members of St. John's Lutheran Church share stories of life in the south and their dreams of a future with hope. We will participate in and debrief "The Privilege Walk," an activity that allows us to check our privilege as a precursor to the conversation. All are welcomed to listen and learn and grow. Lunch will be served.
How to find us
St. John's is located at the intersection of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Oakdale Road in the heart of the Druid Hills community of Atlanta, near Emory University.
9:15 a.m. - Learning Hour
10:30 a.m. - Worship with Holy Communion
Bible Study - Tuesdays @ 7 p.m.; Wednesdays @ 12:30 p.m.; 2nd & 4th Wednesdays @ 6 p.m.
Scriptures for 2/15/2020
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Videos of sermons preached at St. John's since 2007 can be found on our Vimeo site. Below is a sermon from a recent service.
We offer multiple opportunities for Bible study. There are meetings every Tuesday evening and Wednesday midday to study the readings for the upcoming worship service; a dinner+study every other Wednesday, and a monthly breakfast group. It's a great way to grow closer to God and understanding of Scripture. For more info, see our Learning section.