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
Creation Care Events: This Easter season, join St. John's as we renew our commitment as stewards of all that God has made.
Recycling: The St. John's Green Team is hosting a collection of hard-to-recycle items every Sunday from April 28 - May 12. We will collect items and take them to CHaRM in Atlanta. For a full list of accepted items, see page 11 of the current newsletter.
April 28th is Earth Day Worship: The Second Sunday of Easter we will celebrate God's creation with a special Earth Day worship. Come and enjoy special liturgy, prayers and hymns! After worship, all are invited to sign advocacy postcards that will be mailed to our U.S. Senators.
Sacred Activism Workshop - May 11: On Saturday May 11 we will host a special workshop from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. called Sacred Activism. This is an interactive workshop which addresses the environmental and cultural problems that we are currently experiencing. It is based on over four decades of community-based work, and is designed to help you transform fear and despair into a sense of empowerment. We will explore gratitude, anger, grief, and hope and move into a deeper understanding of how to create our best collective future. Reservations are currently open - sign up today to secure your spot by clicking here.
Nature Hike - May 18: Take a devotional hike with us at Kennesaw Mountain. Those interested in carpooling will meet at St. John's by 9:30, and the hike will begin from the Visitor's center at 10:30.
New Staff Position: Faith Formation Director - When we conducted our "Visionquest" last year, we identified the need to focus our energy and attention on lifelong learning and faith development. We set a goal of adding a full-time staff position that would address this need and develop a holistic approach to growth and learning in our diverse community. The good news is that we are ready to begin the search for this new position! Our Personnel Team and Council has put together a Ministry Description and has designated a group of folks who are ready to interview and recommend a candidate. We will receive resumes through May, interview in June, and have someone on board before the beginning of the new school year! See the Ministry Description here. Please share it with anyone you know who might be interested!
Fresh Start & Hope Thru Soap: Fresh Start Community Showers and Hope Thru Soap gather monthly at St. John’s to offer showers, haircuts food, fellowship, toiletries and clothing for the homeless community. It is a wonderful reminder of what it means to be church. In November, over twenty of our neighbors showered and got haircuts. Thanks to Kevin Harris, Susan Feurzeig and Heather Wallace
for their leadership and a job well done. This day we were church and truly church together for the sake of the world.
LSG Circle of Welcome: Lutheran Services of Georgia and St. John's Outreach are taking part in a pilot program with the national Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Services, in which St. John's will enter into a companion relationship with one specific refugee family. The program, called "Circle of Welcome," allows us to walk along with the family during the first year of their stay in the United States. Beginning at 90 days after arrival, volunteers from the congregation will help the family learn more about their community, and may be asked to provide support with conversational English, homework help for school-aged children, or financial and computer literacy. Volunteers may also furnish occasional help with transportation needs. Church council has voted to provide financial support for the program as well. Volunteers will be asked to commit to 2-3 hours one or two times a month, and will be given training. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact our Outreach team.
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 5/19/2019
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.