How we reach out
The Center for Food Action, located in Englewood, feeds hundreds of families in Bergen County every month, and is in need of many items. Donations of shelf-stable food are accepted at any time of day in the Chapel, where there is always a white barrel for food donations. We've had a decades-long tradition of caring for our hungry neighbors with CFA as our partner.
School Snack-Pak Events
Working with CFA, Atonement organizes snack-pak events where volunteers pack up food and snacks for kids who rely on their school for meals during the week, to take home on the weekend. As we return to the school year, the Outreach Committee will be setting up a snack-pak event for this fall. People of all ages are welcome to participate.
Paterson Men's Shelter
Atonement provides dinner for about 30 homeless men at the St. Paul’s Shelter in Paterson when requested.
Church School Outreach
During the 10 am service on the second Sunday in December, the church school children bring in and wrap gifts for homeless families, or for kids of incarcerated parents through the Diocesan Prison Ministry, including clothing and toys. Even the littlest ones affix bows to the gifts. They also remember their hungry neighbors throughout the year by bringing in food and money contributions each week for CFA or other organizations.
The Outreach Committee
The Outreach Committee meets several times a year to review potential Outreach partners requesting financial and hands-on support. The committee focuses on immediate needs of food and shelter, as well as other local, international and environmental concerns. The committee is always glad to welcome new members, and to hear about new opportunities to serve our neighbors and engage our congregation in sharing Christ's love.
Blessings to Go!
This Outreach - Compassion ministry became a reality in our 150th anniversary year (2018-19). Atonement offers both Christian and interfaith "blessing cards" and prayers at our Blessings Booth free of charge at community events. Next date: Sept. 13, 5-8 pm, Community Night in downtown Tenafly.
Environmental stewardship and advocacy
Go to our Environmental Ministry page for information about how we advocate through the Bergen GreenFaith Circle, and encourage creation care through observance of the Creation Season and Easter/Earth Day programs.