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Place of Hope (POH) is a faith-based organization that started in St. Cloud 17 years ago, founded by Pastors Geary and Carol Jean Smith.  POH has several outreach ministry programs for those among us experiencing homelessness, poverty, incarceration, mental illness, and/or addictions.  POH offers assistance in providing food, clothing and shelter to those in immediate need.  POH also has an ongoing Christ-centered residential discipleship program for those committed to putting their lives back together with God now at the center of their lives.  POH also started and continues to coordinate the Church of the Week emergency sheltering program for the homeless, a program in which Atonement is an active participant.


Helping Hands for Hope has been an outreach ministry here at Atonement since 2004.  That year at Atonement we had small groups who met and discussed the principles of Rick Warren's book, The Purpose Driven Life, during the Lenten season.  Helping Hands for Hope (initially known as Paper and Plastics) was created to put into action the principles outlined in Rick Warren's book.  Through the generous donations of our Atonement family, Helping Hands for Hope helps provide needed daily supplies such as toilet paper, paper towels, and cleaning supplies for POH so that they can better use their financial resources for their outreach ministry programs.


For December, Helping Hands for Hope will provide toilet paper.  Donations of single rolls of toilet paper to the large industrial sizes are all needed and welcomed, and can be placed in the Helping Hands for Place of Hope donation box in the Fellowship Hall.  Thank you for your generosity and have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas season!



Help the food shelf by donating money or food items.  Suggested foods are hearty soup or stew, tuna, canned beef or chicken, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, canned or boxed main dishes, rice, baked beans, canned chili, potato buds, crackers, pancake mix or biscuit mix.  With money donations the Food Shelf is able to purchase almost double the food.



Ministry Opportunity at Anna Marie’s Alliance

The Mission Committee at Atonement volunteers at Anna Marie’s Alliance by cooking meals on the weekends and would like to extend an invitation to members of Atonement interested in being part of the volunteer weekend cooking crew at Anna Marie’s.  We volunteer approximately once a month to cook either lunch or dinner on a Saturday or Sunday for the women and children at the shelter.  The crew consists of a lead person from the Mission Committee and then two to three volunteers to prepare the meal.  Shift times are lunch 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and supper 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Age limit is 13 years old and all volunteers under age 18 must be supervised by an adult at all times.  If you would like to serve others at Anna Marie’s, contact Laurie Meyer (