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
Vendors Wanted For Christmas Market
St. John's WELCA is looking for crafters/vendors for the 2019 Christmas Market. The market will be inside St. John's on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and the vendor booth fee is $25 (a limited number of scholarships are available for new businesses). If you or someone you know is interested in participating as a vendor, please submit this form by November 5 to StJohnsChristmasMarket@gmail.com.
Lunch & Learn on Immigration
Lunch and Learn will take place THIS Sunday, November 17, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Hilton Austin will lead part 1 of a 4-part study of the ELCA's Social Message on Immigration titled "Who is My Neighbor?" We will learn about the motivations for migration and difficulties associated with migrating. Join in the conversation over lunch after church.
Life Together - A Book Study
Sundays @ 9:15am
We have started a 5 week study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's book that recounts his time spent in a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years in Germany. Life Together gives practical advice on how true community in Christ can be sustained. Life Together can be found at Eagle Eye Books. Used Copies are $4.99.
Heart to Heart: A Young Adult Gathering will take place on Saturday, November 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Gwyn Herbein's home. Join us for a time of food, fellowship, guided reflection and prayer as we discuss the beautiful and difficult aspects of "adulting" and build community to help us navigate it. Bring a potluck dish to share if you can. All young adults are welcome. Email our Faith Formation Director, Janjay, for more details. Please RSVP online.
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
The New Learning Hour
Following worship, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm each Sunday, we invite you to learn and grow in faith in the following ways:
1st Sundays - The Children's Hour- 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. Come one, Come all.
2nd Sundays - Coffee Hour and Sacred Moments - Stay for coffee and treats in the great hall and hear a brief testimony about where someone has seen or experienced the divine in the past week.
3rd Sundays - Lunch and Learn - An opportunity to hear from experts in our congregation and community on various social issues and how we as the church are called to respond.
4th Sundays - Mercy and Justice Sunday - Roll up your sleeves and engage in compassion and advocacy efforts at St John's such as making sandwiches for our partners in ministry who feed those with food insecurities and writing letters to national or local legislators to act on behalf of vulnerable and marginalized people.
Still in need of a morning Sunday School Fix? Sign up for "Hospitality and the Stranger: Welcoming the Company of the Divine" a short film and discussion series and facilitated by Janjay Innis, our Director of Faith Formation and a monthly book study, facilitated by Martin Jessiman. Classes begin at 9:15 a.m. starting October 6.
Our Contemplative Christian Life group will continue to meet on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. in the conference room on the second floor near the elevator.
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 11/17/2019
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
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.