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  My pilgrimage to Atascadero UMC via the Changemaker Experience

August 2023 thru March 2024

Atascadero UMC Changemaker group, from left to right on February 25th, 2024: Jan Maitzen, Dave Small, Michelle Park, Darren Thomas, Samantha Fischer, Carol Dexter Parente, Mark Rehfield, Sarah Bragg (not shown)

A few months ago, I had the incredible opportunity to join a diverse and passionate group of individuals within our church community. Each of us brings a unique set of experiences and spiritual backgrounds to the table, and I was humbled to be chosen based on my eagerness to learn and my basic knowledge of the Bible. It reminded me of a time when my daughter was selected for an academic club, not because she was the top student, but because her presence would bring balance to the team. Just like her, I entered this journey with a willingness to contribute in my own meaningful way.

Many of you in our congregation, whom I’ve had the privilege of connecting with through the Changemaker Initiative, have expressed that this endeavor feels somewhat mysterious. You’re not alone in feeling this way. Interestingly, the goal of this initiative was to avoid having a specific goal or predefined outcomes. It was about embracing the unknown and allowing ourselves to be guided by the spirit of innovation. But let me get into that later on.

Understanding what keeps their “spiritual boat” afloat became our mission…

Our journey began with the eye-opening book “Everywhere You Look” by Tim Sorens, which paints a worrying picture of the challenges traditional churches face in the future. As we reflected on the grim outlook presented in the book, we embarked on a series of activities aimed at deepening our understanding and connection with the people around us. We learned to truly listen, ask meaningful questions, and gain insight into what drives individuals in their daily lives, at home, at work, and on their spiritual journeys. Understanding what keeps their “spiritual boat” afloat became our mission.

During our sessions, we immersed ourselves in biblical stories, imagining ourselves witnessing the events firsthand. This unique approach not only deepened our empathy but also allowed us to convey the stories and experiences of our interviewees as if we had them ourselves. We discovered the power of stories and the impact they have on shaping our perspective and connecting us to one another.

Through this transformative process, we compiled lists of our strengths and weaknesses as individuals, as a church, and as a community. We made had the realization that our most significant role is to serve our community, our families, and God, without prioritizing personal comfort, success, or prestige. In this way, we find common ground with the early disciples, who were guided by the spirit of Jesus’s love, without strict rules or guidelines, but driven by the desire to make a difference in the lives of those they cared about.

As we stand at the threshold of a new beginning, the Changemaker group is dedicated to bringing a listening ear and a vision for connecting our community to our congregation, its groups, and each member individually. We are fueled by God’s dream for us all, and we are ready to embrace it.

This powerful experience has broadened our understanding of the challenges our church faces, but it has also revealed the immense strength that lies in individual stories and collective unity. As we move forward, our focus is on fostering connections and embodying the love and teachings of Jesus in every interaction we have and in every effort we make as a broader community. We are committed to listening, learning, and taking action that brings us closer to one another and to God’s vision of an inclusive and loving community.


Ladies Conference

The 2024
Atascadero Ladies’ Conference
at Colony Park Community Center

Fri., Mar 8 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Sat., Mar 9, 9 am-3 pm

$75 Registration

Check with Dyann Shepard for more information
Speaker: Robyn Dykstra
Worship Leaders: Lisa Reif & Courtney Spears


But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8


Lenten Study and Dinner

February 21st thru March 27th

5 consecutive Wednesdays

BUT the last gathering will be before the service on Maundy Thursday!

Walking in the Wilderness is meant to be a companion for readers’ journey through Lent. It may be studied individually, but Richardson suggests studying the book with a small group or even one other person so readers can give and receive support in their spiritual pilgrimage.

The book includes daily reflections for Ash Wednesday through Easter. Sunday of each week introduces a spiritual practice for the wilderness. The practices for the six Sundays of Lent are Being Present, Lament, Lectio Divina, Trust, Compassion, and Hospitality.

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Reprinted from the AUMC Newsletter February 2024

Pastor Michelle’s Article

Dear Friends,

In the beauty of the Central Coast, it is not surprising that so many of our congregation love spending time in nature, camping, hiking, kayaking, planting and nurturing vegetables and other plants, walking, watching and photographing wildlife – the list of activities goes on. We enjoy the beauty of God’s creation in nature and appreciate being able to put some distance between ourselves and the human-dominated world. We find, as well, that God seems closer, that we are able to experience the presence of God with increased clarity and meaning.

Over the past ten years or so, there have been numerous television shows (with varying degrees of “reality”) about being out in nature in more extreme ways; shows like Alone, Lost, Survivor, the shows with Bear Grylls, and more. In the tv show “Alone”, for example, participants are taken to an isolated wilderness site with a very limited amount of equipment and no supplies. Not only have they come away from the comforts of home and everyday life, they have no other human being to work with, talk to, or depend on in times of challenge and even danger.

Each participant had expertise, experience, and skills to survive, and even thrive, in the wilderness. The most surprisingly significant challenge, they found, was being absolutely alone, without companions of any kind – no family, friends, co-workers. One participant spoke of the necessity of coming “face to face with yourself” in this experience. In many cases, the situation was unbearable, and they “tapped out” and went home.

In the wilderness of Lent, we are following Jesus’ example of his own time in the wilderness (Mark 1:12-13; Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13), when he was tested in unusual and challenging conditions. For forty days (not including Sundays), we are invited to (ad)venture deeper into God’s world. We experiment with living less with the distractions and life-sapping influences of the world in order to practice living more faithfully with the strength and life-giving focus of Jesus Christ.

You are invited to join in our congregational Lenten experience as individuals and in groups. We are using the book “Walking in the Wilderness: Seeking God during Lent” by Beth A. Richardson. I encourage everyone to read the devotions each day throughout Lent. In addition, you are invited to join the Lenten Supper and Small Group on Wednesdays (February 21-March 27) from 5:30-7:00 pm. You can find out more about the book and order it from the publisher (see links on this page)

In Lent, we are challenged, but we are never alone. The wilderness of Lent invites us into experiences that help us discover and live into our connection with God and each other, and that nurture and strengthen those connections. Let us be seekers of God together as we walk in the wilderness.

Grace and peace to you,

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Lenten for Kids

Lent is a meaningful time for reflection and spiritual growth, and incorporating learning activities, stories, and meals for children can make the experience more engaging and memorable. 

  1. Biblical Stories and Lessons:
    • We will be shareing age-appropriate biblical stories related to Lent, such as the temptation of Jesus in the desert or the significance of Jesus’ sacrifice.
    • Discuss the themes of repentance, forgiveness, and compassion, emphasizing their relevance in daily life.
  2. Crafts and Art Projects:
    • We will have crafting sessions where children can create symbolic art projects related to Lent, such as making prayer beads, creating crosses, or crafting scenes from biblical stories.
  3. Lenten Calendar:
    • We will be creating a Lenten calendar that highlights daily activities, stories, or prayers. This can help children understand the progression of the season and build anticipation for Easter.
  4. Meals with a Purpose:
    • We will be sharing dinner with everyone who is participating in the Lenten Study.


Rise Against Hunger

Atascadero UMC

Rise Against Hunger

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Sunday March 16th 10am-2pm Lunch Meal Included

  • Setup March 16 9:00 AM 10:30 AM
  • Meal Packing March 16 10:30 AM 12:30 PM
  • Cleanup March 16 12:30 PM 1:00 PM

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Sunday Worship are both in-person and on-line. The service begins at 10 am.

All are welcome here.

    • Covid Safe policies are in place
    • Quiet room for infants
    • Outdoor viewing – weather permitting
    • Audio headsets for hearing assistance
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We follow all federal and state guidelines for your safety

Masks when required and are always available for those at risk.

  • Spacing as needed
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Live streams of Sunday service start at 9:45am and are archived permanently. Both Facebook and Youtube are streamed live and our archive is on our youtube playlist page

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About AUMC Our History What we believe

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We are a family of diverse individuals committed to love and acceptance and called by God to be open to many points of view.

We seek to be an extended family for all people, regardless of age, race, ethnic origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic situation, marital status, physical or mental ability.

We offer support, fellowship, and worship, equipping those who hunger for wholeness to live and love courageously as disciples of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We believe our diversity is a blessing which strengthens persons to serve, and commit ourselves to Christian service in our community and in the life of the larger church.


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Meals that Connect

We will enhance health, restore dignity, support independence, and reduce isolation for every San Luis Obispo County resident in need who is at least 60 years of age by providing meaningful connections and free, hot, noon-time meals delivered to community dining sites or at home.

Community Outreach Senior Care
Sister of the heart meeting

Sisters of the Heart

The joy of listening to our hearts...

Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Saturdays at the home of Ann Little from 9:30 to 11:45. Call the church office for more info or click on the link.

Group Weekly Women's Group

Caring Connections

Building a Network of Love

The heart of Care Connections is one of outreach to our Church community, meeting the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of its members.

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Programs for all ages and interests Activities and Groups Classes and Enrichment

  • Lenten Supper Book Study
    Wed Feb, 28 2024 / 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

2024 – 2025

Updated daily – Please contact the office to make additions, changes and corrections

Wed Feb, 28 24
  • Lenten Supper Book Study
    Wed Feb, 28 24 / 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Thu Feb, 29 24
  • AA Book Study
    Thu Feb, 29 24 / 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (LL)

  • Clarinet Rehearsal
    Thu Feb, 29 24 / 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (FH)

Fri Mar, 01 24
  • Fri AA
    Fri Mar, 01 24 / 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm (N)

Sat Mar, 02 24
  • AUMC Sisters of the Heart Spirituality Group
    Sat Mar, 02 24 / 9:30 am - 11:45 am United Methodist Church, 11605 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422, United States

  • Rowena Smith memorial
    Sat Mar, 02 24 / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Dynamite AA
    Sat Mar, 02 24 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (LL)

Sun Mar, 03 24
  • Atascadero Ladies Conference -Rooted
    Sun Mar, 03 24

  • Sunday Choir Rehearsal
    Sun Mar, 03 24 / 9:00 am - 10:00 am (CR)

  • Worship service
    Sun Mar, 03 24 / 10:00 am - 11:00 am Atascadero United Methodist Church, 11605 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422, USA

Mon Mar, 04 24
  • Monday Book Discussion
    Mon Mar, 04 24 / 9:30 am - 10:30 am (LL)

  • SPRC
    Mon Mar, 04 24 / 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Lombard

Tue Mar, 05 24
  • Justice and Compassion Mtg
    Tue Mar, 05 24 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

2024 – 2025

Year at a Glance

  • Lent February 14th – March 28th
  • Easter – March 31st
  • Rise Against Hunger – March 16th

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Atascadero United Methodist Church
11605 El Camino Real
Atascadero, CA 93422

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Atascadero United Methodist Church
PO Box 2037
Atascadero, CA 93423

Atascadero United Methodist Church

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