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Men’s Group Event: Bible Study

Lady Macbeth’s ambition for power drives her to murder but her subsequent guilty conscience drives her to madness and suicide. Judas betrays Jesus for 30 pieces of silver and with a stricken conscience hangs himself. Martin Luther’s fear of hell drove him to perform monastic disciplines as meritorious works. What do we do when our conscience terrifies us and keeps us up at night? How do we get out all the “damned spots”? Find out when we study the conscience in our next men’s Bible study. We’ll be studying Chapter 3 from “Free in Christ, Free to Serve.” Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Day & Time:  Saturday, August 12 at 9:00 A.M.
Location: Justin Ledford’s home (email pastor@ascension-lcms.com for address)


Church Library

We are pleased to announce our new church library. You may search the catalog from home: https//www.librarything.com/catalog/ascenlcmsatl. The library is located downstairs just past the fellowship hall. It is furnished for the comfort of reading and study. The library is available on Sunday mornings, but please contact Pastor Miller at pastor@ascension-lcms.com for access during the week. We hope to make it even more inviting, and to expand our number of titles. As our library opens, we request two things:

  • Donations: If you would like to contribute to the library, please bring relevant donations to church. The Library Committee will review them to determine if they will work with our collection. Please label your donation bag with your name so any surplus may be returned to you. Appropriate categories include: biblical commentaries, biblical geography, biblical languages, church art, church history, church fathers, biographies of saints, historical fiction with religious subjects, music, hymnals, and theology. Currently, we only offer titles for adults and reference/non-circulating books. However, in the future our hope is to incorporate children’s books, audio books, and DVDs of a religious nature, as well as sacred music on CD.
  • Library Committee Volunteers: We would appreciate your assistance with managing this project and helping with future plans. If you would like to serve in this way, please contact Judy Russell: judith.f.russell@gmail.com or 706-543-2225.

Bible Study: Five Hundredth Anniversary of the Reformation: 500 Years of the Gospel

What exactly was the Reformation? Why did it have to happen? Just what is it that makes us Lutherans tick? Find out at our new Bible Study, where we will discuss the first statements of faith by Martin Luther, The Ninety-Five Theses (1517), and that of the Lutherans collectively, the Unaltered Augsburg Confession (1530). You may pick up a bundle of both documents for a total cost of $10.00. See Pastor Miller for more details.

Day & Time:  Sundays at 9:00 A.M., Tuesdays at 10:45 A.M.
Locations:      Sundays in church fellowship hall, Tuesdays in the overflow room


Book Club: Things Fall Apart

The Book Club is ready to get its hands on a new book. As always, all are welcome to attend and encouraged to join in the discussion. This time around we’ll be looking at Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. It’s an historical fiction novel by a Nigerian author about life in an African tribe in contrast to the message of the Catholic missionaries who are coming and settling in among them. This is an interesting book not only from an anthropological perspective, but even from a missions standpoint of the benefits of the Gospel and how to (and how not to) share that Gospel with one’s neighbors. Here’s a brief description from Amazon:

It is a classic narrative about Africa’s cataclysmic encounter with Europe as it establishes a colonial presence on the continent. Told through the fictional experiences of Okonkwo, a wealthy and fearless Igbo warrior of Umuofia in the late 1800s, Things Fall Apart explores one man’s futile resistance to the devaluing of his Igbo traditions by British political and religious forces and his despair as his community capitulates to the powerful new order. 

With more than 20 million copies sold and translated into fifty-seven languages, Things Fall Apart provides one of the most illuminating and permanent monuments to African experience. Achebe does not only capture life in a pre-colonial African village, he conveys the tragedy of the loss of that world while broadening our understanding of our contemporary realities.

Each member is responsible for securing their own copy to read. We are to have the whole book read and ready to discuss at the meeting.

Day & Time: Sunday, August 27 from 3:00 – 6:00 P.M.
Location: The Miller Home