Week of Nov. 20

DUE DATE NOVEMBER 28 – Christmas at Sea Seamen’s center of Wilmington Port of Wilmington has a Christmas at Sea Program  which is a program that gives a ditty box, a she box, filled with gifts to every seafarer arriving in Delaware during the month of December.  Last year, the seamen’s Center provided gifts to over 1,000 mariners.  The boxes are filled with essentials a hand knit hat and scarf and a few goodies.  You can participate by filling a box or simply by donating the items listed below:  knit hats, knit scarves, winter gloves, disposal razors, warm socks, paying cards, cough drops, soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, shampoo, chapstick, candy or gum, hand lotion, and pens and stationary.  Atonement Church will deliver to the Port of Wilmington.

ATONEMENT CHURCH will be joining the Salvation Army’s  RED KETTLE SEASON at Claymont Food Lion on Saturday December 10th  from 9:00-3:00 p.m.  It’s fun!  It feels good!  It makes people smile!  We can share our Christmas joy!

Sign up at the Welcome Center Desk to volunteer an hour of your time. Invite a church friend to do it with you! Together we can make a difference in the Claymont Community!  THIS IS OUR CHANCE TO SAY “HAPPY CHRISTMAS!”

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING WORSHIP SERVICE:  Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church will be hosting this year’s Thanksgiving service on Tuesday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m. and is inviting Atonement Church to join them.  They will also be taking a collection of non-perishable foods as well as a cash offering to help one of the food banks in the area.

DISABILITY AND EMPOWERMENT LIFE GROUP:  The Life Group will be meeting next Sunday, November 27 at 12:15 p.m. in room 102.  The contact person is Liz Tryens at 302-246-0383.

BIBLE STUDY FOR GRADES 4-7:  GIVE US A TRY!  Please spread the word about the new weekly 11:00 a.m. class led by David Lang, Audrey McCullough, and Valerie West.  The goal is to explore Jesus’ life and teachings and the Bible, and how

we all can try to apply Jesus’ teachings to everyday life.  Classes are informal.  All are welcome – children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, and new comers hoping to learn more about our Lord.  Why not give God a try?  Bible Study is designed for grades 4-7, Sunday, 11:00 a.m. in the Surge Room.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES:  Children in K-3rd grade meet in the Church Nursery for Sunday school class.  New friends are always welcomed.  Vicky Packard is the leader.

BLOG WRITERS NEEDED!  Everyone has a God story to tell! These words are from C.H. Spurgeon:  “God’s story has many pages, including one with your name on it. One day, the last page will be written. His book will close. Until then, anyone who wants to can have their story included in His story.”  Your story needs to be included to help others in their journeys. Please join Dr. Linda Cobourn and interested writers in the library today, after the 9:00 a.m. service, November 27. The meeting will be brief and set some guidelines for writing our church blog, “Walking with Jesus”. The link to the blog is:

THANKSGIVING DINNER, 2022:  It has been decided by the Leadership Team that AtonementChurch will be giving out Food Lion gift cards and not be serving a meal.  Anyone in our congregation in need of a gift card or knows someone that is in need of a gift card, contact the Church office at 302-798-8472.

SAVE THE DATE:   Saturday December 3rd at 10:00 a.m.  It’s time to show our Christmas joy to the Claymont Community!  If you are able, dress in the spirit and colors of Christmas and meet at Maple Lane School at 9:30am sharp in order to walk the parade route to Food Lion to represent Atonement!  Call the church office at 798-8472 to learn more or sign up at the Welcome Center.  We are also looking for donations of candy to give out at the parade.

REBECCA CIRCLE: The Rebecca Circle is planning to have a table with free cookies and hot chocolate at the Christmas parade this year, scheduled for December 3 at 10:00 a.m., They are asking for donations of cookies, either homemade or store-bought.  The cookies are needed by Thursday, December 1, and can be dropped off in the Welcome Center.

BOOK COLLECTION:  We are still taking donations of books (new and used) for all ages for our book box outside near the bus stop.   You can leave them in the library box or drop them off in the Welcome Center.