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
Holy Week Services: Join us as we come together to experience Christ's passion, Last Supper, Crucifixion, and Resurrection. Services are as follows:
Palm Sunday - March 25 @ 10:30 a.m.
Maundy Thursday - March 29 @ 6:30 p.m. (reservations required for dinner)
Good Friday - March 30 @ 7:00 p.m.
Easter Vigil - March 31 @ 9:00 p.m.
Easter Day - April 1 @ 10:30 a.m.
WEDNESDAYS IN LENT: Join us any or all Wednesday evenings in Lent from 6:45-7:30 pm for a time of prayer, reading, photography, and sharing. Together we will explore themes from the book The Emptiness of Our Hands: A Lent Lived on the Street by Phyllis Cole-Dai and James Murray which provides short meditative entries chronicling their 40 days and nights living voluntarily on the streets of Columbus, OH. Every week there will be a theme from the book to center our discussion and throughout the week all of St. John's will be invited to submit photographs related to the theme. Dates and themes: 2/21 Emptiness, 2/28 Mystery, 3/7 Presence, 3/14 Fear & Gratitude, 3/21 Openness.
Small Groups Are Here! The people of St. John's have spoken and Learning Ministry listened to the call for small groups. There are now two options for small group study.
During the Learning Hour, in addition to Adult Sunday School, there will be a small group that will gather to explore Contemplative Christian Life. The first book to be studied contemplatively will be Immortal Diamond, by Richard Rohr, and will be facilitated by Kim Smith. Books may be purchased in advance of the first class by participants from the Center for Action and Contemplation or Amazon, or can be ordered after the first meeting.
After worship, another small group will gather with Imran Siddiqui to study the Bible. This group meets on the second Sunday of each month and will begin with a study of Romans using a workbook called Engaging God's Word: Romans.
In keeping with the goal of small groups, there will be an emphasis on cultivating our relationships with one another and leadership will be informal and flexible. The groups will evolve as the members desire them to. They are open to all, and new folks can join in at any time! Contact the learning ministry with any questions.
Stretch Into 2018: Yoga @ St. John's:
Yoga at St John's begins its fourth year of practice and community. Start the New Year well with Gentle Yoga at 11AM or Evening Yoga at 6:30PM on Mondays, starting January 8. Gentle Yoga is well adapted for senior bodies and has a charming sense of fellowship. Evening Yoga integrates reflection on the Gospel of John with a meditative flow style of yoga. All are welcome, and classes are free.
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 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: Renovations have begun on the Troutman-Gordy Atrium, the new home office for the Southeastern Synod. For our own safety, please do not enter construction areas. Meeting places are being shifted to accommodate construction, so please be sure to check with the office when you schedule a meeting to make sure the space is available. We are doing our best to accommodate everyone, and appreciate your patience. We are a church with many ministries, and ask that we be mindful of each other as we make adjustments in order to grow in God's mission.
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 3/25/18
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.