December 10

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PLAY “Christmas Cards” will be presented by our Sunday School students. It tells the story of the first Christmas. Sunday, December 17th at 11am at the Branch. Special thanks to all adults for the team effort. Special thanks to Bonnie Jones and Walter Mitchell, Valerie West and helpers. May we all be blessed with this special presentation. Be sure to let our Sunday School students know what a great job they did.

REBECCA’S CIRCLE…Next meeting – December 13 @ 11am will be at Nancy Furman-Hargis house. The address is 3325 Rockfield Drive, Wilmington, DE 19810, 302-479-5109. Luncheon – please bring a covered dish and a $10 gift for the gift exchange.

12 NOON PRAYER TIME Wherever you may be, let us join with the Global Methodists daily to stop and pray the Lord’s Prayer at noon time. Please ask God to bring peace to Jerusalem, as well. This is our time to pray for our world!

CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE…Join us on Christmas Eve for morning worship ser- vices as usual at 9am & 11am. The evening of Christmas Eve there will be 6:30pm The Branch Candlelight Service & 8pm Traditional Candlelight Service. Families and Friends are most welcome! Sunday December 31st is a 5th Sunday with one service at 10am.

WINTER LIFE GROUPS…Coming in January, Atonement will have another time for discipleship with Winter Life Groups. Contact Pastor Cliff to host or lead a Life group. (302-588-7823 or

CLAYMONT CHRISTMAS PARADE– Thanks to all who made this day so successful in outreach efforts to be part of this community. Atonement partnered with The Gideon’s International as they had a “Claymont Blitz” passing out 1,475 pocket New Testaments-including 50 in Span- ish. Thank you, Rebecca Circle for your amazing hospitality with refreshments and lots of Christmas spirit. And for all who walked the parade- YOU ROCK!!!! Everyone loved our Grinch (Benjamin Alexander) and the crowds appreciated our hearts full of Christmas joy. May God bless you all!

News on Atonement’s Food Closet Due to the price of food, we continue to help the hungry weekly. Please help with donations of boxed potatoes, gravy (chicken or turkey), pancake mix, spaghetti sauce, pasta and peanut butter and jelly. Our Food Ministry monies also contribute to other items found listed on the closet door outside of Room 102. No canned vegetables, please. Donated items can be placed in the shopping cart outside the Nursery.

Happy Birthday December!
Dec. 10 – Ed Fisher
Dec. 10 – Jane McClure-Fisher

Toiletries Needed for Persons in need: Atonement Church has been providing essentials of soap, shampoo/crème rinse, shaving cream, razors, toothpaste and brush, and men’s and women’s deodorant. Please label any donations “Toiletries for Atonement” and leave at Welcome Center desk.

ATONEMENT’S Food Closet is in need of shopping bags, but not paper or plastic. If you have any recycling shopping bags (plain or printed, small to medium sizes) and are not using them, could you donate them to our food ministry? The recycled bags would need to accommodate a box of cereal, P.B. & Jelly, pasta and sauce, waffle mix and syrup and about 6 or so canned items. Leave your donations at the Welcome Center or in the grocery cart with food donations. Thanks to any help you can be!

IN NEED OF PRAYERS… Adrian and Karen DeJong, Alberta Maris, Barbara Lee, Beth Smith, Darla Laramore, David and Amanda Lang, Eli Vidro, Frank and Doris Kerr, Gerry Kaut, Helen Albright, Jack and Laura Scott, Joan Northwood, John Elixson, Lois Hopper, Margaret Arlt, Marty Hargan, Pastor John Hornberger, Phil and Mary Anne Komorny, Patty Bailey, Liz Tryens, Mary Costen, Sharyn Ford, Drew Schneider and An- drew Bennett. For prayer requests, contact Jane Anne Weist by phone 302-529-1385, or by email