Atonement Lutheran Church will celebrate its 50th year in Newport on Sunday, May 15, beginning with a worship service at 10 a.m. Atonement’s present pastor, the Reverend Edward Milliken, will preside. He will be joined by several former pastors, including The Reverend David Brauer-Rieke, Bishop of the Oregon Synod, who will deliver the sermon.
Guest organists Kathy Eggleston Swenson and Gary Ritter will provide music for the service and the celebration program. Both events also will include music from Atonement’s Early Risers and Chancel Choirs along with the church’s regular musicians Marian Brown, Tami Johnson, and Jerryann Olson.
The church, part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, was founded in 1966 by the Reverend Carlton Olson. Pastor Olson ministered during the early years when worship services were held in the local Seventh Day Adventist Church. In April 1970, Atonement’s congregation and Pastor Olson moved into their own building at 2315 North Coast Highway, which is also the site of the present church.
The May 15 service will be followed by a program and luncheon. Former and present members are invited to make a reservation for these events by calling the church office at 541-265-2554.
Charter members and their families will be recognized, and John Baker will recite his 50th anniversary poem, “A Church Home.” Emcee Pete Kraack will ensure the program has plenty of lighter notes as well.
After Pastor Ed Milliken gives the luncheon blessing, attendees will adjourn to Atonement’s Fellowship Hall for the meal and social time. Photo albums and bulletin boards will provide stimulus for reminiscing and conversation.
Atonement’s motto is “Reaching Out with God’s Love,” and present community outreach efforts such as Randy’s Feed and Read, Stone Soup, holiday food baskets, and regular donations to various Lincoln County charitable organizations reflect that motto. The Anniversary celebration will include special donations to Samaritan Homeless Family Shelter, Food Share of Lincoln County, and the Newport Food Pantry.
The church is an inclusive, Reconciling in Christ congregation where all people are welcome.