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Great Rivers Collaborative

The Holy Spirit guides our congregation to perform amazing mission and ministry using the resources we have been blessed with.   Recently, leaders from several area ELCA churches gathered to discuss how the gifts within individual congregations could be used in conjunction with other congregations to perform even greater mission and ministry.  From these conversations, the Great Rivers Collaborative (GRC) was formed.

The GRC member congregations are Atonement, Living Christ, Shepherd of the Hills, St. Philips, Unity, and Zion.  The GRC Committee already has several ideas and will share them with you soon.  We encourage you to participate as you are able in upcoming GRC events!    

If you have questions or ideas, please contact Atonement’s GRC representatives, Keith Tomazi (314-831-1607) or David Cole (314-921-4264). 

GRC Calendar

Amazing things are happening!   Click here to see events sponsored by the GRC as well as the individual GRC congregations.

News & Events

October 1, 2023

Service Sunday

Atonement members will participate in our annual Service Sunday to do God's Work with Our Hands, and we invite our sisters and brothers at the other GRC congregations to join us.  The day starts at 8:15 in Atonement's gym with a brief sending service that will include communion.  Everyone will then proceed to their project areas on campus or at remote locations.  Projects will wrap up by noon or sooner. 

To sign up for one of the projects listed below, please click here.  If you have questions, please contact David Cole (314-921-4264).

Bake Cookies
Bake prepared cookie dough for Gateway 180 lunches & police/fire departments
Atonement Kitchen
Garden Cleanup
Prepare the gardens ar A Red Circle for the winter
351 Chambers Rd
Assemble Hygiene Kits
Assemble kits for TEAM and A Red Circle Goal 50 large in bath towel, 50 small in hand towel
Atonement Gym
Assemble Fun Activity Bags
The bags will be given to children in hospitals & emergency rooms. Color first page/write note (activity books, XPLOR magazines, etc.) all donated by State of Mo by Gretchen Bangert
Atonement Gym
Trash Cleanup
Location depends on status of Mo Am Water Project status
Florissant Rd or Parker Road
Thank You Notes
Write and/or color notes for Veterans going on Honor Flights
Atonement Gym
Food Drive
Collect canned and non-perishable food items. Load items collected into cars for delivery to TEAM.
Atonement Gym
Brown Bag Lunches
Pack brown bag lunches for Gateway 180
Atonement Gym
Goodie Bags for Shut-ins
Assemble bags with practial and fun items for Atonement shut-ins to enjoy.
Atonement Gym
Prep Island
Begin work to prep soil for spring planting of native plants for pollinators
Atonement back parking lot
Pack Red Bag Lunches
Assemble Red Bags that contain packaged food and useful information for Atonement members to hand out to the homeless.
Atonement Gym
Assemble Fleece Hats
All Materials supplied, assemble hats for children
Atonement Gym
Yardwork for Atonement Senior #1
Bailey Trim bushes and clear fence line
Yardwork for Atonement Senior #2
Gibiliterra Trim bushes and pull weeds
Set Up (on Saturday)
Move chairs, altar, set up sound system for Sending Service & projects on Sunday morning
Atonement Gym
Coat Swap
Set out coat rack and sign(various times)
Atonement Parking Lot
Take Down (on Sunday)
Take down and store chairs, altar, and sound system after the Sending Service
Atonement Gym
Prepare PowerPoint
Coordinate with Worship Committee & Pastor to create a PowerPoint in advance to show at the Sending Service

October 29, 2023

Reformation Celebration 

You are invited to the Great Rivers Collaborative (GRC) Reformation Celebration at Unity on Sunday, October 29. The event starts at 4:00 p.m. with a worship service focused on ”Love Your Neighbor.” A joint choir with members from several GRC congregations will be led by Unity’s Music Director, the Rev. Blake Duncan. An offering will be taken (both cash and non-perishable food items) to support the Eastern Missouri Conference ministry, God’s Helping Hands. Afterward, we will enjoy a meal featuring brisket and a variety of pot-luck items, fellowship, and a fun activity.

Please RSVP starting on October 1 and no later than October 22 by filling out the form at or calling David Cole (314-921-4264).

We hope you will join us in this celebration of our Lutheran heritage!


Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church

8454 Glen Echo Dr, Bel Nor, MO 63121

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