Help out during this cold at Woyatan in Rapid City

From our sisters and brothers at Woyatan Lutheran Church, 522 Anamosa St, Rapid City, SD 57701:

Ho Mitakuyapi

I greet you all with the warmest of handshakes and come with a humble heart to ask for help, we are in need of volunteers preferably morning or afternoon bodies to help serve meals, supervise and interact with the relatives at the shelter, it’s going to be very cold again, Arctic tents will be ready, we are in need of cots, warm clothes and blankets, firewood and possibly gas if generators will be used to power heaters in the tents, tonight there are 27 filled beds with another 25 cots coming in this evening, we are all doing our best to get as many people as we safely can out of the cold. 

Remember the people and if you can come and share your time and heart, we are all obligated by Tunkasila to treat others as a relative. Also we are asking organizations or people to possibly cook a meal for the people, we are serving 3 meals a day in addition to the evening meal over in the Wambli Ska Building.

If you would like to donate via the World Wide Web, we have Venmo at
Wopila for your consideration, 
Jonathan M. Old HorseItancan, Woyata

Blessing for a Home

On the Twelfth Night (January 5), Epiphany of Our Lord (January 6), or another day during the time after Epiphany you may gather to bless your home. Someone may lead the greeting and blessing, while another person may read the scripture passage. Following an eastern European tradition, a visual blessing may be inscribed with white chalk above the main door.

Find the details and the words for the blessing here:

Salvation Army Angel Tree

Pick out one or several tags from our Salvation Army Angel Tree at Atonement! Shop for that gift and drop off the tag with the unwrapped item in the large box next to the tree. Be sure to bring the gifts back by December 12th.

Bible Study at ALC

Starting September 19, there is a bible study at Atonement. It is a series called “Understanding the Old Testament” and takes place after Sunday worship service in the fireside room at Atonement. We will be using videos to guide us in our study of the Old Testament. This bible study is led by Marty Hogen and anyone can join!

ALC Vision & Open Questions

Atonement’s council had a great retreat at Terra Sancta on August 21. At the beginning of the retreat, we reflected on the past year. We looked at our mission statement and talked about how we lived into each of the parts of the mission statement.

Here a few points for each part:

  • Called by the Spirit of Christ
    • Bringing Communion to home bound people
    • Visits, calls, letters, cards to shut-ins
    • Our worships and events are centered around Christ
    • Open Communion
    • Prayers daily for Pastor, parish, all those who serve our country
    • Fellowship – Caring for one another
    • House Blessing on Epiphany
    • Called a new pastor
  • Show God’s Love (emphasis on “show” as in go out to reach)
    • Our website to show what our church is about and more
    • Our facebook page
    • Flyers at the post office and coffee shops
    • Newsletters
    • Bulletins
    • Weekly emails
    • Sending kids to Lutheran Outdoors
    • VBS, WOW, and Kid’s Fair
    • Invites to Bazaar, Lefse, Bingo Night
  • We Worship
    • Sunday Worship Service
    • Mid-Week Lenten Service
    • S’more Jesus devotional evening services
    • Great music and instruments in services
    • There is online access to worship service (Zoom)
    • Transmitting the service to the parking lot
    • WOW kids worship on Wednesday and at VBS
    • Day of Prayer and Fasting
  • We Teach
    • Word on Wednesday (WOW)
    • Sunday kids lessons
    • Women’s bible study
    • Making lefse and quilts
    • Vacation Bible School (VBS)
    • Adult ed: 
      • Series on “Living with Fear”, 
      • on “Grief”, 
      • movie nights, 
      • how to approach “New Life” after the pandemic, 
      • meditation videos, 
      • podcast
  • We Serve
    • Collecting things for missions
    • Donating money
    • Monthly community outreach (diaper drive, WAVI, etc.)
    • Kid’s Fair
    • Sending bulletins and printed-out sermons to home bound people

As you can see, your church was very busy last year! We hope, you are part of the many events and services in this new year.

For this new year the council then discerned a vision and open questions. That means for the coming 12 months the Council established this vision for our church: “The church will take steps to reach out to our surrounding neighbors.” This vision should not be confused with our mission as a church. Our mission statement has not changed and guides us always in what we want to do as a church internally and in the community.

The vision the council came up with, is what the council saw that we as a church should focus on in the next 12 months. We invite all members to share their ideas and feedback about it and participate in accomplishing it. Please speak with me or council members about how you’d like to help in working on this vision.

At the same retreat, the council discerned open questions. The questions are about “who are we?”, “what has God called us to do and to be?”, and “who is our neighbor?”.

The Open Questions the council came up with are as follows:

  1. What steps can we take to reach out to people in our community?
  2. How can we nurture your faith to make it vital and sustainable?
  3. How can we get different generations to interact with each other?

There will be many opportunities to talk about these important questions as a congregation in the coming months. The idea is that these are questions which the council does not have the answers too, we want to hear your thoughts and reflections on each question so we can discover the answers together.

On Sunday, October 3, after the service, we are going to have a special coffee hour “Café International” where we will go all out and decorate our coffee hour area, serve tasty pastries from a bakery, and you have the choice of latte macchiato, cappuccino, americano, or teas. Our three open questions will be on your table for you to discuss together. Then you can write down your ideas on how we can answer each open question.

This is an exciting time for our church, and I am looking forward to exploring with you who we are and who we want to be in our neighborhood and community, called by God.

Blessings, Pastor Sonja Pilman

S’more Jesus and VBS

The second s’more Jesus evening was meaningful and fun having a devotion, prayers, and singing songs together with the kids from VBS at Atonement. Of course, the s’mores where fantastic too and Pastor Sonja brought the tasty Swiss chocolate.

Pastor Sonja gets a hug!
VBS was island themed and here we are singing the camp song “If God is for me, who can be against me?”

Outdoor Service at Terra Sancta July 18, 21

We had a wonderful morning service at Terra Sancta today! The parish came together, it was great seeing everyone, and we made beautiful music 🎼 Thank you for coming!

Pastor Herb gave a sermon reminding us of how we are the salt of the earth. And we enjoyed Rubye’s yummy cinnamon rolls after the service in the shade.
I hope we can do this again!

On a personal note, a big thank you to the councils for your meaningful gift to my one-year-anniversary as your pastor. It is beautiful and well picked with the two intertwined hearts. I have a lot of love for my two churches, this gift will always remind me of that. Thank you and yes, with God, all things are possible!🙏

– Pastor Sonja