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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
Adult Learning in April:
Contemplative Prayer and Mysticism, Sunday, April 23, 9:15 a.m.
There are many different ways to pray. The ancient mystics serve as models for deepened relationship with God through contemplative prayer. With Arthur Fitzmaurice we will learn about the mystics including St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, as well as what Luther had to say about mysticism. We will also discuss the "dark night of the soul" and how the apparent absence of God might be a sign of deeper spiritual connection with God. We will close with some time for contemplative prayer.
Losing the Spirit of Fear, Sunday April 30, 9:15 a.m.
Help adult learning welcome special guest Ron Bonner next Sunday, April 30, at 9:15 a.m. Pastor Bonner will be leading conversation about his book No Bigotry Allowed : Losing the Spirit of Fear Towards the Conversation on Race, which he calls "a playbook to for honest and meaningful conversations regarding race in America." He serves at Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Atlanta and is Director for Evangelical Mission for the Southeastern Synod. Rev. Bonner's book will be available to purchase on Sunday, April 30.
Arts & Eats to Benefit ICM - Sunday, April 30:
The 5th Annual Arts & Eats fundraiser is coming in April. Enjoy live and silent auctions, an open bar, games, prizes, a wall of wine, and great food while supporting two great causes: Intown Collaborative Ministries and the Snack in a Backpack program, working to end hunger and homelessness for children and families in our neighborhoods.
This year's event is Sunday, April 30 from 4-7 p.m. at the Atlanta History Center. Mark your calendar and buy your tickets today! Early bird ticket prices are currently in effect ($85) but will only last until March 31. Don't miss out on this exciting event. Click here to buy your tickets and find out all the info about this year's event.
WELCA Happenings: St. John's WELCA (Women of the ELCA) chapter will meet on Sunday, April 23 after worship in the fellowship hall. Please bring a dish to share. If you are interested in knowing more about the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, please join us. All women are welcome.
On Saturday, April 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m St. John's will host the WELCA Spring Trinity Cluster meeting. The theme is "'Reform! 'Rejoice! 'Renew!" and the Bible verse is Psalm 51:10, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me."
Lenoir-Rhyne Concert: The Lenoir-Rhyne University Choir will give a concert on Saturday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John's. All are invited to attend.
As an added treat, the chorus will be singing throughout the service on Sunday morning, May 7.
Living and Learning Justice Project, May 8-12, 2017:
The Lutheran Theological Center is holding the Living and Learning Justice Project in May 2017. This one week program aims to equip community leaders, faith leaders, and educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the complexity of racism with the ultimate goal of dismantling systemic racism. Click here to find out more and to register.
Reformation Exhibit at Pitts Library: Pitts Theology Library is exploring Luther's Theses with the exhibit The Image of a Fractured Church: Martin Luther and the 95 Theses. Curated by our own Dr. Armin Siedlecki, the exhibit presents the context of Martin Luther's Theses, the role of indulgences in sixteenth century religious life and the use of disputations in theological education. Shown also are the early responses to Luther's Theses by both his supporters and his opponents, the impact of Luther's Reformation, including depictions of the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses in later Protestant traditions, as well as current attempts by Catholics and Protestants to find common ground.
Construction Update: Much needed restoration of our property continues with work on mortar and flashing. Construction will be going on around both the mansion and sanctuary to address water incursion issues. Pardon our mess and please watch out for scaffolding and work zones!
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.; 2nd & 4th Wednesdays @ 6 p.m.
Readings for 4/16/17
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
1 Peter 1:3-9
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. We meet every Tuesday evening 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.
St. John's has an active program for youth in grades 6 through 12. All are welcome! Visit our Youth page to learn more.