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Atonement in Worship
Last Sunday was Atonement's first indoor in-person worship service since mid-March. It went well and we are adding more indoor Sundays to our schedule, while we continue to also provide a recorded or live Zoom option each Sunday. Please watch this short video as Pastor Don describes what's coming.
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
We are providing questions that tie back to the preceding Sunday's primary reading and sermon each week. Feel free to think about these on your own, to discuss with a family member or friend, or to use these within your small group.

Readings: Isaiah 25:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14

1. Describe the most extravagant meal that you've ever had.
2. How do you think the image of a feast would have offered hope to a people who had long been oppressed?
3. Why do you think Jesus chose the image of a wedding banquet for his ministry?
4. Today, one of the images of the church is "the bride of Christ." What does this imply? Given your understanding and/or experience of marriage, how is this helpful? Challenging?
5. In his sermon on this text, Pastor Don said that the "wedding robe" can be understood as Jesus' way of saying that being part of his reality includes a willingness to change, specifically, to become more like him. How does this align with your understanding of "salvation by grace?"
6. Where in your life have you welcomed being changed by Jesus? Where have you resisted it?
Commitment Sundays are October 25th and November 1st
We hope that you received a letter last week from the Atonement Board encouraging a strong response in financial giving. If you missed it, it is HERE. Pastor Don also mentioned in last Sunday's sermon that the pandemic has hurt Atonement financially. Even though we have been less present physically since March, we have not been less present in ministry. All programs with the exception of KICK on Wednesday night are active either in-person or virtually or both. While programs (and most of our operating costs) are consistent with pre-pandemic levels, our offerings are not. Please help finish 2020 strong, and make your most generous commitment for 2021 on October 25 or November 1. You can communicate that commitment electronically HERE. Thank you!
4th Grade Gratitude Milestone & Blessing
All 4th graders and their grown-ups are invited to join us on Saturday, November 21 from 9-10 am on Zoom for the 4th Grade Gratitude Milestone. During this milestone, we'll explore the practice of gratitude (and its importance!) and then do a few gratitude practices together. 4th graders and their families will then receive a blessing on Sunday, November 22 during Live Zoom Worship.

Please RSVP to Jen by Sunday, November 8 to ensure that we can get the necessary supplies to your family before November 21.
Virtual Town Hall with Holy Family
Holy Family invites you to join a Virtual Town Hall Sunday, October 25 at 1:00 pm

"Let's Get Personal; Building Relationships One Conversation at a Time"

Join us for a thoughtful conversation on race relations led by parents & staff of Holy Family Ministries.

and receive a link to the town hall!
All Saints Sunday
We will light candles and remember those that have gone before us in faith. Names of those who have died in the past year will be read on Sunday, November 1, All Saints Day. If you would like to submit the name(s) of loved ones to be remembered CLICK HERE