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There will be NO worship on
Saturday, April 19th at 5:30 pm
due to the Holy Week
and Easter Schedule.

The office will be closed on
Monday, April 21st.

 

 


Worship Times
Saturday at 5:30 pm
 Sunday at 9:00 am and 11:00 am
(Celebration Worship the 2nd Sunday of each month) 


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All are welcome to worship at Atonement Lutheran Church. We are located on the north side of St. Cloud, MN directly across from NorthJunior High School. Everything that we do here is designed to draw you into a deeper love relationship with God and humanity. If you are looking for a church home, we hope that you will consider worshiping with us! Please know that children are always welcome and cherished at our church and in our worship services. If there is any way that we can be of service to you—or your family—please do not hesitate to be in contact with a pastor, staff person, or member of our congregation. We welcome you as Christ and we welcome you as friend! See you soon!


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Atonement Lutheran Church
1144 29th Ave N  •  St Cloud, MN 56303
320-252-6203



HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE


April 18     Good Friday

11:00 am Community Family Worship at Bethlehem Lutheran
12:30pm Community Worship at Bethlehem Lutheran
6:30pm Tenebrae Worship

 

                 

April 20     Easter Sunday

7:00am Worship

9:00am Worship

11:00am Worship


FROM PASTOR ERICA - HOLY WEEK 


Holy week begins on Palm Sunday and goes through Holy Saturday.  Triduum (Latin meaning “three days”) is a word used to refer to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Beginning on sundown of Maundy Thursday (with Jesus’ Last Supper and his arrest), continuing on Good Friday (with his death by crucifixion), extending through Holy Saturday (with his burial), and concluding at sundown on Easter Sunday (with his rising from the grave and appearing to his followers), these are the three most amazing days in the church’s calendar. Here are some ways to celebrate Holy Week.

 

Palm Sunday—April 13

 

  • Attend worship the weekend of April 13 and save a palm leaf. Put it on your dinner table as a symbol. 
  • If you have young children, have a parade. Wave palms and banners and imagine what it would have been like to be in the crowd who welcomed Jesus.
  • Read about Jesus entry into Jerusalem. Matthew 21:1-11.

 

 

Maundy Thursday—April 17

 

  • Talk about the meaning of The Last Supper and why we celebrate communion as a part of the Maundy Thursday service.
  • Put a chalice and loaf bread on your dinner table.
  • Read about The Last Supper. Matthew 26:17-29. John 13:1-38.
  • Read about Jesus’ arrest and trial. Matthew 26:47– 27:26.

 

 

Good Friday—April 18

 

  • Talk about Jesus’ crucifixion and death before attending Good Friday service. Talk about what being crucified means. Talk about how you would have felt if you had been there.
  • If you put out a cross during Lent, you can cover the cross with a black cloth. It reminds us of Jesus’ death.
  • Read about Jesus’ crucifixion and death. John 19:17-37.
  • Make hot cross buns. Search on the internet for a recipe. As you eat them, talk about how the cross reminds us of Jesus’ death on the cross and about the yeast as a symbol of new life.

 

 

Easter celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead.

Jesus Christ is risen! Alleluia!

 

Celebrate Easter—April 20           

 

  • Rejoice! Jesus is Risen! Read about the empty tomb and attend Easter worship together.  Matthew 28:1-10.
  • Dye Easter eggs and talk about how Easter means new life.
  • Decorate the eggs using Easter words and symbols. You could write, “Jesus is risen,” “Hosanna,” or “The tomb is empty.”
  • Decorate your house with butterflies. Butterflies represent new life and a symbol of Easter.
  • Use white tablecloths, placemats, or napkins for Easter.
  • If you used a cross during Lent, place a butterfly in the middle of it to remember God’s Easter promise: life conquering death.
  • Make an Easter banner that says JESUS IS RISEN!
  • Have an Easter Egg hunt on Easter. Give a prize to the person who finds the empty egg. Talk about how it is a special egg and it is empty just like Jesus’ tomb was empty.
  • Use refrigerated bread dough to make cross shaped pretzels. 

 

 

Your partner in ministry,
Erica


Our weekend services


Saturday
5:30 pm  -  This is a piano-led service including traditional liturgy and a great variety of hymns to satisfy everyone's desires.

Sunday
9:00 am Traditional Worship  -  This is a traditional liturgical service accompanied by the organ .  Musical ensembles include the Atonement Adult Choir, the Handbell Choir and the Celebration Worship Team. The Celebration Worship Team provides musical leadership at this service on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

10:10 am Learning Hour for all ages (0-102)  -  Sunday school begins for children age 3 through grade 6.  Junior and senior high school students will meet in the youth room to study our Biblical ancestry.  Adults of all ages will fellowship and be offered the opportunity to participate in a variety of adult learning experiences.

11:00 am Praise Team  -  Guitars, piano, drums and a vocal ensemble lead worship at this contemporary service on the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th (when there is one) Sunday of month.  The Celebration Worship Team leads worship at this service on the 2nd Sunday.  


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Fundraiser Dinner & Silent Auction for Joel Wolfram.  Thursday, May 1, 5:30 – 8:30 pm at Benton Station, 303 N Benton, Sauk Rapids, MN.  Spaghetti dinner 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door.  Music provided by The Mill Creek Irish Band & Pete Nelson.  Silent Auction from 5:30-7:30 pm.


Let's keep in touch!


Email is the most efficient way of keeping you informed about all that is going on at your church.  Unfortunately, it is difficult to keep up with changing email addresses and cell phone numbers, and households dropping their land lines.  Please take a moment to update your contact information using the Let’s Keep in Touch Cards available at the welcome center or in the church office.


This Week at Atonement


Sunday 04/20/2014

EASTER SUNDAY

7:00, 9:00 & 11:00 am:  Worship
Monday 04/21/2014
OFFICE CLOSED
12:00 Al Anon
5:30 pm Book Club
7:00 pm Praise Team Practice
Tuesday 04/22/2014
8:30 am Meridian Training
9:30 am Staff Meeting
11:30 am TOPS
1:15 pm Naomi/Esther Circle
6:30 pm VBS Meeting
7:00 pm Singing Saints/NA 
Wednesday 04/23/2014
7:00 am Men's Bible Study @ Caribou
9:00 am Quilting
9:30 am Elizabeth Circle
12:00 Al Anon
2:00 pm Board Games Fellowship Event
5:00 pm Spanish
5:30 pm Children's Choir
7:00 pm Adult Choir, Handbells, Ruth/Martha Circle
Thursday 04/24/2014
10:00 am Men's Bible Study
12:00 Bible Study
1:00 pm Pieces of Love
6:00 pm Executive Committe Mtg
7:00 pm Council Meeting
Friday 04/25/2014
Handbell Choir Sale Set-up
6:00 pm Singing Saints Rehearsal
Saturday 04/26/2014
8:00 am Handbell Choir Rummage Sale
10:00 am Youth Book Club Mtg, NA
5:30 pm Worship
Sunday 04/27/2014
VBS REGISTRATION BEGINS
9:00 & 11:00 am Worship
10:10 am Special Presentation, Coffee with the Council, Learning Hour, Sunday School Preview
2:00 pm KidSpirit Event

 


Sunday Morning Coffee and Fellowship

Please join us for coffee and fellowship on Sunday’s between services.  If your committee or ministry is interested in hosting, please use the sign-up sheets on the bulletin board across from the office.  For more information contact Sally Reichert 253-2932.


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WE ARE A PRAYING CHURCH!


As a young adult, I belonged to a church that practiced prayer really well, and throughout the year, we prayed for all the families in our congregation.  For me, it made such a difference to know I belonged to a community that prayed for me by name and I’d like to offer this to you.  Beginning in February, we will start to pray our way through the congregation.  Each week 5-8 families will receive a post card indicating that we will name your family in prayer that week and during the Tuesday staff meeting and weekend worship.  If you have specific prayer concerns, you will be invited to contact me or Pastor Kristen.  The specifics of your requests will not be named publically…God already knows…so we will only lift your name along with the other families we pray for that week.  It may be a bit awkward at first, as is any new practice.  My prayer is that soon we will give thanks that we belong to a Praying Church.   Watch your mailbox beginning in February for your prayer card.  Until then, please hold this new venture in prayer.   

 

Prayers for Healing in the Weekly Bulletin – You will notice that we now keep people on the prayers for healing list for 4 weeks.  If you desire continued prayer, please contact the church office (252-6203) and we will add your name again.  At any time, if you would like to request prayers for yourself or a loved one, please contact the church office and we will add you to the prayer list.


ATONEMENT'S MISSION

"Reaching up, Reaching out"

Reaching up to God:  We build personal relationships with God through worship, prayer, Bible study and Christian fellowship.

Reaching out to others:  God's love leads us to share the message of Jesus Christ with others through love, our lives and our gifts in our faith community and the world.