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
Adult Learning Hour: This Sunday, November 5, just in time for All Saints, Pastor Nancy will be leading the adult learning hour on the Lutheran understanding of the Saints and their commemorations on the liturgical calendar.
Join us for Adult Learning Hour November 12, 19, and December 3. Jonathan Strom, Professor of Church History at Emory's Candler School of Theology, will present and lead a three-week book discussion, on Martin Marty's book October 31, 1517: Martin Luther and the Day that Changed the World. But please note, the book is only 92 pages long! According to the publisher: "This book is about how the Reformation impacts us devotionally, as Christians of any denomination." A limited number of copies will be ordered for the class from Eagle Eye Book Store in Decatur.
Thanksgiving Market: On Saturday, November 18, we will turn our sanctuary into a market and welcome guests to select food items for their Thanksgiving meal. We usually serve more than 100 families - all thanks to you! Please take this shopping list with you when you do your family grocery shopping and help us collect the needed items. We will collect contributions each Sunday until then. You are also invited to participate in any of the many volunteer opportunities that make the Thanksgiving Market successful. We need people to set up, make food for guests, clean up, help with shopping, and much more. Look for a sign up poster in the cross narthex soon.
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 October, twenty-six of our neighbors showered and fifteen 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.
Welcome Southeastern Synod! We welcome all SES staff and volunteers who are transitioning their office to our location. Thanks to all who helped move boxes and furniture, and helped prepare rooms. We pray for your strength during the transition!
27th Annual AIDS Walk/Run: On October 22nd, St. John's will once again participate in the effort to increase awareness, improve treatment, and work towards a cure of HIV/AIDS. We will be running, walking, and donating in support of various local and state organizations that serve those affected by this disease.
LSG Circle of Welcome: Lutheran Services of Georgia and St. John's Outreach are preparing for a NEW 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.
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 11/19/17
Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
I Thessalonians 5:1-11
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.