I attended a fairly large church before becoming a member of Atonement. I have lived in the neighborhood near the church for a very long time. From time to time I would walk down the street and pop in for to visit and was always greeted very warmly. I was feeling lost and discouraged at the large church I had been attending, After a while I just started staying home and watching the church services on line. One Sunday morning, I was going through my normal routine of 'going to church' by opening up my laptop. But that Sunday, there was a problem with my internet connection and I could not tune into the service. I heard the Lord say, " Go to Atonement and get more involved". So begrudgingly I got dressed and walked over to Atonement. That very Sunday, I was invited to a small group meeting, one that I am still a part of today. I have since joined other small groups, serve on the choir, the women's ministry, etc. I feel the Lord's presence in my small groups as I share in life's burdens with my family in Christ. I no longer feel like a lost pew warmer as I had before in my previous church. Now people matter to me and I matter to them. I pray for them and I am prayed for. The close relationships I have with my church family has made all of the difference in my mental and spiritual well being.