How we reach out
The Center for Food Action, located in Englewood, is in need of many items. Donations are accepted at any time of day in the Chapel. Items most needed now are:
Paterson Men's Shelter
Atonement provides dinner for 30-40 homeless men at the St. Paul’s Shelter in Paterson on the second Sunday of each month. You can serve your hungry neighbors by volunteering to provide salad, a main course, dessert or fruit, and/or by bringing the food to the shelter (a 20 minute drive to Paterson via Route 4) and serving the dinner to the grateful recipients. Generally, leaving around 5 pm and arriving at the shelter around 5:30 pm, it takes about 1 hour to lay out and serve the food, and you’re back home by 7 pm. It is a wonderful and humbling experience and the men are truly appreciative of the meal. Children are welcome to participate as well. If you would like to volunteer for this important and much needed ministry, please contact Maryann Silver at 201.768.6346 or email her at MAS927@aol.com. Please live your faith and participate!
We give thanks to the Atonement members who provided the meal for the homeless men of St. Paul’s Shelter throughout the year.
Family Sundays are Food Drive Sundays
PLEASE HELP! Parishioners are encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items on Family Sundays for the Center for Food Action (Englewood). Food pantries are quickly becoming depleted and our hungry neighbors need our help. And you don’t have to wait for a Family Sunday – you don’t even have to wait for any Sunday to help. Bring your food items to the narthex (entrance way) of the Chapel where there is always a white barrel for food donations. You may drop off your food donations anytime or call the church office for information (201.568.1763).
Rebuilding Together in Bergen County
Each year volunteers from Atonement have worked along-side others to improve a neighbor’s home in Bergen County. Volunteers are needed to paint, garden or clean up as well as for more talent-specific tasks such as woodworkers and other special projects. If you are unavailable when the word day happens, there are also opportunities for weekend preparation work leading up to the actual rebuilding day. The next National Rebuilding Day will be announced with details in the coming months, but if you are interested in volunteering for Rebuilding Together please contact the Church office or Deedy Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church School Outreach
During the 10 am service on the second Sunday in December, the church school children bring in and wrap gifts to be brought to the Paterson Men’s Shelter. Items that will be wrapped include socks, gloves, mittens, scarves, sweatshirts, hats, long underwear, sweaters and jackets. Even the littlest ones affix bows to the gifts. They also remember those less fortunate than themselves by bringing in food and money contributions each week for the Center for Food Action in Englewood.