Week of Oct 2
We will be partaking in Communion this Sunday. If you are watching from home, please have handy water and a cookie or cracker to partake in Holy Communion.
The MONTHLY Communion envelope found in your Offering envelopes is designated to Atonement’s Outreach Funds, which support Missions, as well as the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund. This Fund helps families in need, beginning with Atonement Church families and extending into the community as much as possible. Donations may be given without the Communion envelope: write on memo of check or write on plain envelope, Communion Fund, with donation inside. The Outreach Committee, headed by Karen DeJong, is responsible for dispersing the funds to various ministries, programs, activities for Atonement Church and beyond Atonement Church. If you would like to learn more, contact the Church Office.
MESSAGE FROM FINANCE: Through your tithes and gifts, Atonement continues to fulfill its purpose and mission given to us from God’s Word. These tithes and offerings are essential to our spiritual growth and missional outreach. We are sincerely thankful to God during these times of financial and denominational hardship for the faithful giving of the people at Atonement. Above all, we ask that you pray and give joyfully to the meaningful work of our congregation. As we enter the last quarter of our year, this is our Finance Team update: All our bills are paid, with the exception of our apportionments. We intend on paying those apportionments. For our tithes and offerings, the projected income for 2022 is $267,548. 00. For our expenses the projection is $280,825.00. Thank God for the leaders of the church keeping our spending down. As we all know, the price of everything is up and ever increasing. We have also made significant cuts to our 2023 budget and are still working on it for our Charge Conference on Saturday, November 12th at 1pm. All are welcomed to attend or ask the Church Office for a copy of the 2022 Charge Conference report once it is finalized. Our monthly financial statements are available to anyone who requests one. We do ask for your prayers and for greater faith to trust God in our finances. God has truly blessed us in the past and God will do it again as we support our church with our presence, prayers, gifts, service, and witness- to the glory of God.
NEW MEMBERS CLASS: Want to learn more about Atonement Church and become part of the Atonement Church family. The class is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 15th at 3-5pm with dinner (not Sunday). The content of the class includes information about membership, Church history, Wesleyan beliefs, and Atonement Church’s “Purpose Driven Church” model, organization, and mission. New members will be received into Atonement Church on Sunday, October 31st. Contact Church Office to RSVP 798-8472.
USHERS AND GREETERS: We need greeters and ushers for October. Thanks to all who have signed up to help as greeters and ushers for worship. The signup sheets are at the Welcome Center desk; we can still use more helpers.
OFFERING ENVELOPES: We are getting ready to order our offering envelopes for 2023. If you have left over envelopes from 2022, you will be able to use them in 2023. If you did not receive envelopes in 2022 and will need them for 2023, call the Church office. Sign up in the Welcome Center if you need envelopes for 2023.
FALL JUBILEE: FRIDAY-SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21-23
Friday at 6 pm, Atonement Church kicks off this Tent Revival with dinner, then a time of worship Music and God’s Word led by Pastors Kenny & Kim Davis.
Saturday: 9:30-11:30 Pastors Kenny & Kim Morning Session with Bible teaching and worship.
Saturday: 6pm Dinner followed with a time of praise
and worship, leading into The Word of God and prayer time.
Sunday: 9:00 & 11am as well as Sunday at 6:30pm.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME! FIND HOPE, PEACE & JOY
YOUTH GROUP: Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, Friday, November 4 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Cost- $10 for adults; $5.00 for children (5 – 11). Tickets available before & after worship services or See Pastor Jeff or Lynn Peters starting October 9th. Take Out Will Be Available
Menu: Spaghetti, Salad, Bread, Desserts, drinks.
CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES: Bible study for 4-7th graders in the Youth Room at 11:00 – 12:00 noon. Also, children in K-3rd graders meet in the Church Nursery for Sunday school class. New friends are always welcome!
SHOE BOXES ARE DUE BY NOVEMBER 15TH– We are asking for donations each month for OCC. For the month of October, we are asking for socks, underwear, hats and gloves, mini tool kits, sewing kits, tissue packs, Band-Aids, and flashlights and batteries. We also will be collecting this month items for children ages 10-14 years old such as small stuffed animal, comb, hairbrush, washcloth and soap, nail clippers, flip flops, and stick deodorant. Donations can be left at the Welcome Center. You can shop to fill your own boxes. The following items cannot be accepted: toothpaste, candy, no food of any kind, liquids of any kind. Any questions, please do not hesitate to talk to Kathy Bailey at 302-290-1122 or Sandy Vidro at 302-897-9383. Any donations would be appreciated. More information is in the Welcome Center
BIKE TO THE BAY: Every hour of every day, someone is diagnosed with MS. Once again, Randy Keim is riding 150 miles on his bicycle in a round-trip-event from Dover to Delaware Seashore State Park in the MS Bike to the Bay. Randy is asking you to support his fundraising efforts with a tax-deductible donation. The ride will take place on October 8 & 9. This is Randy’s 21st time participating. Randy can only accept donations in the form of cash or checks, on his Facebook page or on the MS website. Pledges cannot be accepted. Checks are to be made out to the National MS Society (NMSS). Randy notes that financial support is needed with on-going efforts to end the devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis. Donations can be given to Randy whenever you see him, or he would be glad to pick them up from you. Thank you in advance for your continued support.
EMERGENCY DOOR EXIT: The SANCTUARY DOORS AT THE BACK OF THE SANCTUARY are designated as emergency exit doors. For the safety of our congregation, we are designating this door for emergency exiting only. Sorry for any inconvenience. We are trying to take preventive measures and appreciate your cooperation.
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.
DID YOU KNOW? As part of Atonement’s website, author and member of Atonement Church, Linda Cobourn has created a blog titled, “Walking with Jesus.” The blog is easy to find at AtonementChurch.net, click the Ministries tab – Walking with Jesus is below Living What We Believe section. The link to the blog is: https://atonementchurch.net/blog.
CHANGE COLLECTION – OUTREACH: Over the years, Atonement’s coin (change) collection has really added up! The Branch’s coin collection will benefit our “outreach” missional efforts. The “Change Jar” is at the front of Fellowship Hall on Altar Table. Every penny will be a blessing to those in need. Give as freely as you have received! Matt. 10:8 TLB
SAMARITAN’S PURSE WELL WATER MINISTRY: The Well Water ministry is donated to Samaritan’s Purse. We have raised $4130.40 to date. To donate, please leave change in the water jug found in the Welcome Center.