Lutheran Church of the Atonement
A vibrant and generous community of faith, sharing the beauty and struggle of life through a Lutheran perspective
News & Information
Time Change this Weekend
Remember to set your clocks BACK one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.
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 this Sunday, November 1. If you would like to submit the name(s) of loved ones to be remembered - CLICK HERE
Prayer Service
Monday, November 2 at 7:00 pm and Tuesday, November 3 at 10:30 am
On Monday evening, we will gather for evening prayer and lift up prayers for our public and personal lives. The prayer service will be held via zoom and will be about 20 minutes.
Tuesday morning, we will gather for morning prayer and lift up prayers for our public and personal lives. The prayer service will be via zoom and about 20 minutes.
This is an opportunity to join together in community as we pray for our country, the electoral process, our communities, families, and church.
Please use this link to log on (same for both prayer services):
Meeting ID: 890 8122 5532

More information: Please contact Pr. Sarah
If you do not have zoom and would like to join by conference call - please contact Pr. Sarah
Atonement Christian Day School
We are working hard to keep kids reading and improve A.C.D.S. with our Scholastic Online Book Fair from Monday, November 9th to Friday, November 20th!

The Fair will connect your kids to notable books and inspiring characters—helping them become lifelong readers. And you’ll love the new option to experience the magic of the shopping experience through a Virtual Book Fair!
Plus, enjoy these special online shopping features:
  • Access to over 6,000 products
  • All orders ship direct to home
  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
  • All purchases support our school

Thank you for continuing to support our school.
Ms. Holly Hitchcock 847-382-6360
A Day in the Life of a
Child Welfare Professional
The Women’s Network is pleased to invite you to join them for a Virtual Site Visit to LSSI’s Rockford Foster Care program on Thursday, November 12, at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. The guest speaker will be Lisa Seymour, Program Director. She will be joined by Renee Haley-Harden-Child, Welfare Specialist and Amanda Paul, Child Welfare Adoption Specialist. Last year, LSSI served 2,729 youth in foster care, and 494 achieved forever homes.
Part of The Women’s Network’s mission is to educate and advocate on behalf of those LSSI serves. All are welcome to attend this special event. Invite your Pastor and other congregational leaders, and RSVP by Monday, November 9, to Ann Klicar, Women's Network Secretary, to receive a Zoom link in advance of the meeting.
Holy Family Ministry
Each year, Holy Family Ministries raises funds to enable west side children to attend our programs through our Fall Event, Reach for the Stars. While we cannot gather together in person this year, we can still come together in support of our students. The following provides information on how you can attend our virtual event from the comfort of your home. For additional information, please contact Cynthia Schmidt, Director of Outreach
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.

October 25 - Celebration of Reformation and Affirmation of Baptism
Martin Luther liked to call John 3:16, the mini-gospel, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” It’s also what’s at the heart of baptism in the Lutheran tradition: That everyone is loved by God, before we can ever do anything to earn that love. What we do as followers of Jesus comes as a response to God’s love; Not as a way of earning God’s love. That is why we bring infants or children for baptism (although baptism is a gift at any age) we are celebrating God’s extreme love for us - and our desire for our little ones to know that love. Years ago when the confirmands were baptized, their parents promised
to faithfully bring them to the services of God's house, and teach them the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments. They promised to place in their hands the Holy Scriptures and provide for their instruction in the Christian faith, that, living in the covenant of their Baptism and in communion with the Church, they might lead godly lives until the day of Jesus Christ.

On Sunday, the confirmation students made those promises for themselves:
  • live among God's faithful people,
  • to hear God’s Word and share in God’s supper
  • to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed
  • to serve all people, following the example of Jesus
  • and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.

As a congregation, when our confirmands make these promises, we also affirm our commitment to them. In that way, confirmation is not a one-time event; It’s not a graduation from our faith. It’s the promise of continually confirming our commitment to follow Jesus.

1. Which of these promises comes more easily to you and why?
2. What is an experience of hearing God's word that has been pivotal in your life?
3. Which of these promises has been more challenging? What might be the next step for you in responding to this promise?
4. As you think of the week and the places, meetings, appointments, conversations you might have - please consider praying for an opportunity to share the good news through word and deed.
Pledge through the Realm app: Once you are logged in there you can click on GIVING at the bottom. At the top, click on PLEDGES and you can then add a pledge.

You can also do this through our website. Log into GIVE on the top of the website. You will then go to a page and it has WELCOME, (your) NAME on the top Right. Click on GIVING history. In the middle of the page you can click on PLEDGE and you can add a pledge there.