As followers of Jesus Christ we are called to reach out to our brothers and sisters in Christ – to be the face of Jesus to those who are sick, hungry, poor, or facing other desperate circumstances. In a very real way, the church of Jesus Christ has been given the task of carrying on his ministry, following his example into the lives of our neighbors, both here and abroad. We live out this calling in partnership with a variety of mission partners. Read through the following to learn more, click on their website, or reach out to the contact person noted.
Arts in Prison
Arts in Prison impacts the likelihood that an inmate will be successful upon return to community. Practicing art puts one in touch with their better self. Arts provide an opportunity for reflection, and create empathy, collaboration, and accountability. Arts in Prison creates success opportunities for inmates. Success, combined with confidence, grows hope. And with hope, anything becomes possible. Atonement’s ministry with Arts in Prison includes hosting their East Hill Singers for rehearsals, and a concert and art exhibit each year. Learn more on their website. Contact: LeRoy Zimmerman
Blessings Abound Thrift Store
Blessings Abound Thrift Store is a Christian not-for-profit organization called to serve the metro Kansas City Community by selling and recycling donated merchandise in order to provide aid to people in need. Atonement members volunteer regularly at the store to sort donations, arrange display, and a variety of other tasks. Learn more on their website. Contact: Shirley Foss
Atonement members give “the gift of life;” we encourage members to visit the Community Blood Center, 10568 Metcalf Ave, just south of the church. Learn more here.
Brookridge Elementary School – Brookridge Buddies
Brookridge Elementary opened in 1967 and serves children and families at 9920 Lowell in Overland Park. Today, Brookridge guides more than 500 students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Atonement volunteers serve as tutors and in-class helpers; opportunities are also available to help with school parties and field trips. Learn more on their website. Contact: Janette Schumm
We designate different non-profit agencies each month as we collect donations of food, personal hygiene items, and more. Our Drop-Off Spot located in the hallway north of the Sanctuary. Watch the bulletin insert and eNews for more. Contact: Ros Thorpe
Hillcrest Transitional Housing
Hillcrest provides transitional housing and other programs that combat homelessness by building the self-sufficiency of families. Hillcrest serves youth, individuals and families throughout the greater Kansas City region through its five residential sites in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas and Jackson County in Missouri. Hillcrest also provides rapid re-housing services in Kansas City’s Northland and in Northwest Missouri. Hillcrest’s flagship program is a 90-day timeframe in which clients receive rent- and utility-free housing. In exchange for housing, clients agree to follow program guidelines, find and maintain full-time employment, attend life skills classes, participate in community living, and follow a budget plan. Atonement is currently exploring our opportunities with Hillcrest; you can visit their website for more about their ministry. Contact: Ros Thorpe
Hollis Renewal Center
Hollis Renewal Center has provides “a time and place apart” for individuals, small groups, and organizations to pause and reflect on their mission. It embodies hospitality and gives guests the time and space to be transformed from a collection of individuals into a community. We take very seriously the gifts of time, land, buildings and resources as we use them wisely and care for their sustainability into the future. Hollis is a place for prayer and hospitality to provide opportunities for reflection, learning, and renewal for groups and individuals. Atonement members serve on the board for Hollis, and our groups are encouraged to use the facility for retreats and work projects. Learn more on their website. Contact: Ruth Ahlrichs
Leftover Food Ministry
Atonement frequently hosts gatherings where food is served, and rather than toss any leftovers, we package the remaining food and distribute it to agencies in the area, including Safehome and the Salvation Army. Contact: Ruth Ahlrichs
LGBTQ Support Ministry
The LGBTQ Support Group ministry offers encouragement, growth, and hope through thoughtful conversations and support. Perhaps you’re looking for ways to understand the questions to better care for friends and family members . . . or perhaps you just want a safe place to learn, share, and grow. Wherever you are, we are here for you – you’re in the right place.
Join us the 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:30pm in Room 102 at Atonement. Please email Angie Brickson with questions or for more information.
Metro Lutheran Ministries (MLM)
MLM first opened its doors in 1971, and today serves those in need in the greater KC area in a variety of ways, including: its Community Care Centers, the Financial Opportunity Center, Minor Home Repair program, its annual Christmas Store, an Orchard & Garden, its Family Empowerment program, and Permanent Supportive Housing. Atonement members regularly provide volunteer hours and support. Learn more on their website. Contact: Ros Thorpe
Resurrection Overland Park Food Pantry
The Resurrection Overland Park Food Pantry helps bridge the gap of food insecurity gap in our community. The Resurrection Overland Park Food Pantry offers food and children’s clothing on a once-a-month basis, and is a place where families in need come for emergency assistance. All of the goods in our pantry are donated by our congregation and several other churches and groups in the community. We continue to receive support from Atonement Lutheran, Church of the Resurrection and Heritage UMC, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and more. Panera and HyVee donate day-old bakery items, and we receive food from Stilwell Baptist Church, Aldi, and several restaurants in the area. Together we make a difference! Atonement members donate items to the food pantry, and regularly volunteer. Learn more on their website. Contact: Yvonne Thompson
SAFEHOME provides a healing atmosphere where survivors of domestic violence can gain inner strength, build self-esteem, explore options, and establish a life free of violence. Through SAFEHOME’s shelter and community services, approximately 8,000 individuals each year receive the support they need to lead healthy, independent lives. SAFEHOME’s mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence and partner abuse for victims and their children by providing shelter, advocacy, counseling, and prevention education in our community. Atonement members donate personal hygiene and other items for their ministry, and SAFEHOME is included in our Leftover Food Ministry. Contact: Ruth Ahlrichs or Lyn Bowers
Saturday’s Miracle Breakfast
Volunteers provide food and fellowship with a free mouth-watering breakfast every Saturday morning from 9:00-10:30am at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 9100 Mission Rd. Guests are not required to prove financial need. Atonement members regularly volunteer to help with the breakfast. Learn more on their website. Contact: Lyn Bowers
Senior Community Worship Services
The 4th Wednesday of most months finds a group of Atonement members sharing the Word and holy communion at two of our local senior living communities. We visit the Atriums in the morning, and the Stratford Commons in the afternoon. Volunteers to participate or to share their musical gifts are always welcome. Contact Deacon Cherri for details.
Our 3rd-8th Graders are invited to join in service projects and activities both at Atonement and in the community. WHY? Kids are creatures of habit. If we can involve them in volunteering consistently as a youth, they will do so the rest of their lives. Questions, please contact Dawn Greer. Watch the bulletin insert and the eNews for details!
“I will not change the world. Jesus will do that. I can, however, let Him use me to change the world for one person.” – Katie Davis