“Everything we say, think, and do communicates something about our God to everyone else.” This important truth helps shape my decisions as your Pastor and leader here at Atonement. “How can we communicate better who we are as the people of God in Christ? How can we communicate better through our Divine Service, the aesthetics of our church property and sanctuary, our education activities, our fellowship events, and our evangelism and outreach attempts, that we are about caring for the whole person with the Gospel of Jesus Christ?”
As we continue in this new year, let us each consider this question for ourselves as well as for our parish: “How can I/our parish communicate better our care for the whole person with the Gospel of Jesus Christ?” This coming year will be the celebration of Atonement’s 50th anniversary. This coming year we will also decide together as a parish our vision for ministry in the next one to three years. It is my prayer that God, through the work of his Spirit, will use such a question to prepare us to approach these two big events together as a congregation.