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
Ash Wednesday is March 6: We will gather with our neighbors at St. John’s on Wednesday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m. for worship, including Holy Communion and The Imposition of Ashes. Pastor Brittany Fiscus-van Rossum from Mercy Community Church will be our preacher. We will welcome Pastor Crispin and the members of Good Samaritan Church and a joint choir of folks from St. John’s, Druid Hills Presbyterian, Inman Park United Methodist, and Church at Ponce and Highland. Neighborhood Church United Methodist will lead our music. This year’s offering will support the ministry of Mercy Community Church.
Shrove Tuesday is March 5: All are welcome to gather for a pancake feast and watch a movie with our Mercy community neighbors on Tuesday, March 5 starting at 5:30 p.m. Please contact our evangelism chair if you are interested in helping provide food or cooking or cleaning.
Wednesday services during Lent: Each Wednesday evening beginning March 13th, we will gather together to pause for a time of worship, story, and prayer beginning at 7:00 pm. We will make space to recognize God’s sheltering presence in periods of wilderness and transition in our personal lives and in the life of our congregation. Each week we will have the privilege of hearing a story of wilderness from a member of St. John’s, and to reflect on our own stories in turn: We move away from home. We change careers. We become parents. We change our college majors. We become empty nesters. We await a diagnosis. We change outward markers of our identity to reflect our inner truth. We welcome new relationships. We mourn the loss of loved ones. We feel lost. We feel sheltered. Guided by the lectionary psalms and the treasured stories of our community, we will attend together to God’s sheltering presence ...in our doubt ...in our experience of scarcity ...in our deep longing ...in our process of transformation. Please join us.
Spiritual Retreat March 29-31: This year’s Lenten retreat will offer a space to reflect on how God’s spirit has moved with us through periods of wilderness in the past, offering shelter in the midst of our anxieties and our hopes. Together, we will discern how this might enlighten our entry into new periods of wilderness as we continue to respond to God’s call and live into the fullness of our baptismal identity. Together, we will ponder: What are the spiritual practices that draw our attention—as individuals and as a congregation— to God’s shelter in the midst of transition and uncertainty? What does it mean to “abide”?
All are welcome for this weekend of contemplation, discernment, and rest in the presence of God and one another. The cost of the retreat is $115 per person to cover the expense of lodging and food. You can register by filling out the sign-up sheet outside the sanctuary or by emailing Amy Chatelaine or Craig Storlie with your name, mailing address, and phone number. Registration deadline is Sunday, March 3rd .
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.
Bible Study for 3/10/2019
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.