from the August News-Chimes

150123-2689atonThe Consolidation Team continues its work on bringing Our Savior’s and Atonement together. Recently, we met with Synod staff person Pastor Sandy Chrostowski for guidance and advice as we continue our process. In the near future, we hope to begin to work on a new constitution. In the near future, we hope to have a Bible study that focuses on the nature of the church, to have “tables of eight” to focus our congregation on visions for a new congregation, and will do neighborhood asset mapping.

As we have been distilling the answers to the questions down into usable information, three visions have begun to emerge:

  1. The importance of remaining one church in two locations. We need to be very focused on keeping and building on the connections that we have as a two-campus church.
  2. As many in our congregation begin to age, we need to maintain a focus on caring for our members, some of whom may be too old to do much mission and ministry, but who need ministry themselves. Ministry for and with younger seniors was also put forward as a new direction for the congregation.
  3. Overwhelmingly, the importance of mission came to the fore. People what people to be reached through Atonement-West. People like the new directions with regard to reaching our neighbors back East (food pantry, meal site, Neighborhood Camp, neighborhood events, AIM-Now) and other outreach activities. Mission must be kept central.

We go forward with the plan of becoming new together and celebrating that newness on the Sunday after Easter, 2016.

As we move toward becoming one congregation, we have moved some of the sacred items from Our Savior’s to the Atonement building. We have used the altar cross and some of the other sacred items to create a chapel in the west coat room. The chapel is available for individual prayer and small worship services.

Please keep the process and our team members in prayer.