Invites freely, loves unconditionally, and serves with joy!
Empowered by the unconditional love of Christ, St. John's Lutheran Church seeks to be a diverse and compassionate congregation that embodies God's love in Atlanta and in the world. All are welcome!
Happening at St. John's
Thanksgiving Market: A huge thank you to the many volunteers and donors who made last Saturday's Thanksgiving Market such a success! With your support we were able to help over a hundred families on the Ponce corridor have a brighter Thanksgiving. More photos are up here. We are all so blessed by the outpouring of love in this community.
Gifts of the Magi: St. John's members are invited to an Intergenerational Christmas event! We will be going to see the Gifts of the Magi, a musical about a poor husband and wife in 19th century New York who struggle to find the perfect Christmas gift for each other. This holiday classic will take place at Theatrical Outfit in downtown Atlanta on Friday, December 12th, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at a discount. To sign up for tickets, please register here by 11/30/2014.
Advent at St. Johns: ADVENT is near! We will kick off the season on November 30 with an Intergenerational Lantern-making Event during the Learning Hour. All are welcome to participate!
On Wednesdays in Advent, we'll gather in the Fellowship Hall for conversation, creative expression, and worship.
Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. - God With Us, In our World
Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. - God With Us, In our Community (Dinner and Bible study with Mercy Church - watch for sign-ups to bring a pot-luck dish to share with our friends!)
Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. - God With Us, In our Lives and Hearts
Lutheranism 101: The Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta is offering a course titled Lutheranism 101 - Lutheran Christologies. It is a part of the Southeastern Synod's lay theology academy. The course will be held at St. John's on selected Saturdays from November through April. This class, taught by St. John's member Dr. Andrea Green, presents an opportunity to discover, understand, and explore the variety of Lutheran Christologies, so that congregational work and leadership more clearly reflect the image of Jesus Christ, from our context, in and for the sake of the world.
Lutheran Christology centers around Jesus Christ as Redeemer and Reconciler of the whole world through "justification by faith" in his work of grace. Yet, the person, work, and significance of Jesus as Christ for the Church in the world is variously understood from culture to culture, age to age. Indeed, our personal and congregational Christologies are, too often, more tacitly apprehended than being explicitly articulated or embodied in daily practice. Without a clear, expressly articulated and lived Christology, the church cannot be Church.
To register for this course click here. The course is open to everyone for a fee of $100 for the semester ($10 per session).
Freeze Shelter preparations: During the winter months when the temperature drops below 29, St. John's provides an overnight shelter for 20-25 guests from Mercy Church. We are currently collecting non-perishable items such as: Plastic mattress covers (twin), Lysol spray, travel size soap, toothpaste, shampoo, coffee - regular and decaf, hot chocolate, sugar (small containers), disposable coffee-to-go cups, cough drops, nutrition bars, cheese crackers, peanut butter crackers, laundry detergent, laundry bags (cloth or canvas).
Winter Clothes Needed for ICM: The "Clothes Closet," part of Intown Collaborative Ministries, offers free clothing to homeless individuals in our neighborhood, as well as to others struggling to make ends meet. As winter comes, the Clothes Closet is collecting winter coats, jackets, hat, gloves, scarves, sweaters, sweat shirts and pants, hoodies, thermal underwear, heavy socks, and blankets. We need all sizes for men and women, but especially for men, as we serve 4 to 5 times more men than women. For men in all sizes, we will take shirts, t-shirts, jeans, pants, long white or black socks, underwear, belts and shoes.For women in all sizes, we need t-shirts, pants, socks, underwear (especially small to medium), and bras. There is a clothes collection basket on the sun porch at St. John's where you may place your donated items.
Yoga on Mondays: St. John's holds certified yoga classes every Monday at 6:30 p.m. We will be stretching our minds, our bodies and spirits. We are uniting or yoking ourselves with Christ in body and breath. Plan to join us!
This practice is adapted to all physical conditions. Be sure to bring a mat and comfortable clothing.
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 11/23/14
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
A library of sermons preached at St. John's is available on our Vimeo site. Below is a sermon from a recent service.
St. John's has an active program for youth in grades 6 through 12. All are welcome! Visit our Youth page to learn more about our upcoming activities.