Atonement’s Longstanding Commitment to Environmental Care & Advocacy…



Each year, during the Creation Season in October-November, and again in the “Easter-Earth Day” season in April, there are special prayers giving thanks to God for the Creation, as well as learning and activities about how we can become effective caregivers and advocates of the environment.  If you have ideas or questions, or want to get involved please contact Carol Schults or Birgitta Karlén or by going to “Contact Us” on this website!

Saturday, April 21, 11 am – 4 pm – Atonement hosts a table at the Earth Day Fair at Northern Valley HS, Demarest  Come and visit us, stay for a chat.  Want to volunteer to help us host?  Contact Carol S. or Birgitta K.

Sunday, April 22, 10 am – Easter – Earth Sunday #1 – Baptism - Holy Eucharist, Baptism of Riley James Scott, Sending of the Confirmands.

Sunday, April 29, 10 am – Easter – Earth Day #2 – Special Speaker - Hugh Carola of Hackensack Riverkeepers.  We renew our Water Conservation Vows – 5 year anniversary!  (See below:  “First in the State!”)

May Sunday t.b.d. – Children’s Garden Event -  Our environmental team sponsors a garden project for the Church School and Confirmation classes – in Atonement’s Church Garden.  This year’s subject:  pollination, planting of herbs and a butterfly bush.

Don’t miss the next Central Bergen GreenFaith Circle meeting - Thursday, April 19, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran, 1200 River Road in Teaneck.  Atonement is one of the founding members of this group.  Our rector, Lynne Weber, Carol Schults, Vestry Environmental Chair, and Birgitta Karlen, Co-Chair, attend these meetings and bring back notice of sponsored events such as visits to legislators, vigils, protests and educational events in our County.  


Giving thanks to God for the Creation; pledging our stewardship of all the good things given into our care…Beginning in 2002, Atonement created the position of “Vestry Chair for Environmental Ministries,”and ever since Atonement has made a commitment to environmental concern, education and justice…for our church’s buildings & grounds, our members’ homes and the larger community.   This takes place throughout the year in many years, but especially during our Creation Season in the fall and again in the spring during our Easter/Earth Day season. We strive to bring into sharper focus how the beauty and power of nature reveals God’s presence and provision, and our call to be faithful stewards of Earth in our everyday lives and in the larger community, seeking justice for Earth and all people and creatures.”   In Scripture, we can see that Jesus was a close observer of God’s Creation, and used examples from nature in his parables and teachings.  Join us this year as we continue our journey to becoming a even greener Congregation!

Green and Going Greener…FIRST in the State!
Since 2001 Atonement has continued its long-time relationship with GreenFaith, and in 2013 entered its Water Conservation Pilot Program (“Water Shield”).  This effort was led by Robert Mikesh, 14, for his Confirmation project, and mentored by then  Vestry Environmental Chair Lynne Wiley and members of Atonement’s Environmental Team.  Due to their efforts, Atonement was awarded the Water Shield — the FIRST congregation of any tradition in New Jersey to receive this recognition of our water conservation efforts. 

The Church Garden is restored & improved through an Eagle Scout Project:

Malcolm LeClair chose the restoration and improvement of Atonement’s garden as his Eagle Scout project in 2013.  Through the fall Malcolm, along with family members, fellow scouts and members of our congregation, worked on the garden.  It was completed in November and will be dedicated in spring 2014 – either April 27 or May 4.

The Church Garden (created as a Children’s Garden as an Eagle Scout project in memory of Ray Donlon, by his son Cían Donlon), has been a place where our young people stay connected to the earth by planting, harvesting and maintaining a garden plot.  There are separate plots for perennials, flowers and herbs – and sometimes vegetables.  Donations to the Environental Fund help maintain this garden and provide for seeds, tools and educational programs.

Household Hazardous Waste Collections – Hazardous waste collections are undertaken by the Bergen County Utilities Authority. For more information go to:

Environmental Team: 
Carol Avery, Walton Clark, Birgitta Karlén, Carol Schults, Chair, Carol Petrovich, The Rev. Lynne Bleich Weber, Lynne Wiley.  Join us!