Greetings from Pastor Gary
Grace and peace!
Atonement is part of the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Founded in 1890, Atonement has been part of the rich history of Asbury Park, New Jersey for more than a century. We work to serve Jesus Christ, who commanded that we love all. For this reason, we are a Reconciling in Christ congregation, committed to including and working with all people regardless of gender, skin tone, ethnic heritage, age, sexual orientation, or economic status. You are welcome here!
We are Evangelical Lutherans, which means we preach the good news that Jesus Christ has claimed this whole world as his own. Every Sunday, Christ meets with us, teaches us in preaching, washes us in baptism, and feeds us with his body and blood. Our Lord is very much alive, and we are sent to serve our community by his command!
We learn together, all ages, on Sundays at 9 am.
We worship together, all people, on Sundays at 10 am.
We seek to serve our community as the people of God all week long, and weekly we have new and exciting opportunities to be made one in Christ, gifted by grace, and called to serve!
Atonement has a long history of involvement in this community, including the founding of
Interfaith Neighbors, Luther Haven a residential group living facility for individuals struggling with mental illness, now operated by Lutheran Social Ministry of New Jersey and Atonement's food pantry, open the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 10:30 AM ? 12:30 PM, has been helping families throughout Monmouth County keep food on their tables for decades.
Asbury Park is vitally connected to music, and Atonement is no different! Sunday worship and choir, soloists, and the Greater Shore Concert Band, are all held and hosted by Atonement members and friends.
As the pastor of this congregation, I wish to personally invite you and hope to welcome you to Atonement. Whether you are an old friend or a new face, we eagerly look forward to gathering with you! Please E-MAIL me; I would love to answer any questions or hear any concern you might have. Wherever God is calling you to be, our prayers are with you!
Peace in Christ,
Pastor Gary Andrew Bruce Woodruff is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. His passions are Jesus Christ, video games, friends, coffee, conversation, poetry, and good music - in that order. He was called as Pastor of Atonement on June 22, 2014, and was ordained to Ministry of Word and Sacrament on September 21, 2014. He lives in the congregation-owned parsonage. Occasionally he may be spotted about town. Say hi!