About Our Church

Our Congregation

We are arising anew!


We have discerned God's call to us to be a congregation, grounded not in dogma but in grace and extravagant love for all people. We are different – ages, colors, ethnicities, all in love with all of God’s creation and children.

Our core values:

  • Working for justice among the poor, the powerless and the disenfranchised with no limits or boundaries;

  • All means ALL. We welcome, celebrate and embrace all people;

  • Care, inclusion and faith formation of children; and, 

  • Open listening of each other and the stranger in our midst without prejudice or judgement in a sanctuary environment.

God desires us to be a community of joyful servants and seekers living out the example that Jesus was in the world.

Joyful Servants

As joyful servants, we bear the heart of Jesus in these four concrete ways:

We Feed - We are committed to feeding the hungry, homeless, and battered. We also feed spiritually, meaning that when we gather for worship, God's table of grace is open for all people to be fed with the life of God. 


Building upon a long-standing relationship with 

Decatur Cooperative MinistryHagar's House, as well as Meals on Wheels, we continue to be a partner. Just as we go to feed them, we are fed by those that come to us.

We Regenerate - Recognizing that the ecological future of the planet is at stake, we paying attention to environmental stewardship, we commit to teach and practice "being green" in all that we do.

We Resettle - Recognizing that the Jesus of the scriptures made welcoming the stranger and the refugee mandates for being the people of God, we work with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and their Georgia agency, Inspiritus, to actively resettle refugee families.

We Welcome - The church is not ours; it is God's. Rather than saying that we have a mission, better to say that God has a mission and God has a church. We will foster healing, wholeness and joy for all people, particularly through becoming and living as a Reconciling in Christ community.

Joyful Seekers

We recognize that as citizens of this world in this day and age most of us seek to satisfy three human quests:

The Need for Community - From the very beginning and especially in our fragmented world, human beings are not created to be alone. In our mission community of faith, we value healthy and joyful relationships.

The Need for Spiritual Moorings - We do not indoctrinate. We rather equip persons for the changes and chances of life, knowing that God is in the equation, and that in all circumstances, love and life always win.

The Need to Make a Difference - With those living on the fringes. We do not exist for ourselves. We exist for others. We understand that we are bearing the hands, feet and heart of Jesus for the sake of the world.

Lutheran Church

of the Messiah

Fostering Joy and Wholeness

465 Clairemont Ave. 

Decatur, GA 30030

404 . 373 . 1682

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