From the June Chimes Messenger

150123-2690atonThe Consolidation Team (formerly the merger team) met recently to continue the work of moving Our Savior’s and Atonement to become one congregation. Some concern was expressed about the long time frame created for the process. It was noted that we need to work to make sure momentum is kept to become one. It is felt to be important to make sure that equal opportunity is had to participate in worship leadership roles.

The summer is to be focused on listening to the Spirit by several methods. The congregations’ assets will continue to be mapped. Time will also be spent trying to better understand the needs of the Atonement-Our Savior’s neighborhood. Our Savior’s member Teresa Reinders, a teacher at UW-Parkside, will use a fall class she is teaching to help with mapping neighborhood assets.

Our history, trajectory, members, neighbors and more are being examined to listen for the mission that God is calling us to now. Several other events are tentatively in planning for summer. This historic opportunity is wanted to be taken to let God make our congregation new.

In the fall, we will start to turn toward the legal aspects of coming together, and we have already begun to explore our constitutional differences and what the new ELCA model constitution looks like. The goal is to celebrate our coming together the Sunday after Easter, 2016; we will likely be legally one before that date, however.