After a monthslong process of evaluating their mission opportunities, the congregations of Bethany, St. Paul’s, and Atonement in Omaha chose to merge into one congregation. They named the new congregation River of Life and are gathering in the building that housed Bethany, with Rev. Mark Rosenau serving as their interim pastor. In their short time as a new congregation, River of Life has experienced nearly double the attendance they had as three separate congregations.
Atonement and Bethany celebrated their last services as separate congregations on September 29, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School celebrated their 132 years as a congregation with a closing service also held on September 29. These congregations’ many years of faithful ministry has been a blessing to Omaha and the surrounding areas.
Other congregations in our District are looking at their partnerships with neighboring congregations to see how they can best work together to meet the needs of their members and their surrounding community. Immanuel, Atkinson; Immanuel, Butte; and St. Paul, Chambers, have now formed a tri-point parish, as have Christ, O’Neill; Immanuel, Spencer; and Christ, Lynch.