Atonement Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  Atonement has been serving the Valley-Hi and Lackland AFB area since 1961.

Vision Statement:  Growing Disciples

Mission Statement:  Becoming Disciples for the Lord through Spiritual Growth, Social Concerns, Fellowship, and Discipleship.

What do Lutherans believe?

GOD is one God in three persons – Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier.

The BIBLE is the Word of God – God’s truth – and it shows God in action.  It is the only true standard by which teaching and doctrines are judged.

Jesus Christ – the Savior – died to save the world from sin.

A person can be saved, not by his or her own merits, but only by God’s grace – God’s mercy and loving-kindness.

The teachings of the church are found in Luther’s Small Catechism, the Augsburg Confessions, and other confessional documents in the Book of Concord.

Why the Church?

The Church is made up of those people who sincerely accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior and try to model their lives after His.

 Nonetheless, its members are all sinners in need of God’s grace.  The Church has no claim on perfection.  The Church exists for hearing and doing the word of God.  The purpose of the Church is to proclaim the living word of Christ, administer the sacraments, and give itself to the world in deeds of service and love.

What are Sacraments?

A sacrament is an outward sign of God’s grace and love.  Lutherans accept two sacraments based on scripture:

Baptism, a sacrament, establishes new life in a person, remaking that person in God’s Spirit.

Holy Communion, also called the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist, is a sacrament where believers receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ in the form of bread and wine.  In communion believers receive the real presence of God’s forgiveness and mercy, nourishing believers in union with their Lord and with each other.

What do I need to do to become a Christian?

Jesus said, “Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”

What is the basis of our faith?

Atonement Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Confession of Faith includes:  1) acceptance of the unaltered Augsburg Confession, and the Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds; 2) Holy Baptism with one baptism for the remission of sin; and 3) Holy Communion for those who are baptized and believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the sacrificial elements.

What do I need to do to become a Lutheran?

Only Baptism and instruction in the Christian faith is required.  If you are already baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you will need to attend a membership class, thus signifying your desire to become part of the church family.  Lutherans from other congregations may become a member of Atonement by transfer of membership.