November 13, 2020
Photo courtesy of James Oliver        
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Worship Schedule

Worship online with us on Facebook or join us on Vimeo if you do not have a Facebook account.

Sunday (Online)
  • 8:00 a.m. Children's Church
  • 10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer Rite II (LIVE)
Sunday (In-Person, Outdoor)
  • 11:15 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. The Liturgy of the Word
  • Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. on Mondays and closes at 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays. Click here to learn more >>
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
  • 12:05 p.m. Noonday Prayer (LIVE)

If you'd like detailed instructions about how to worship with us online, click here >>

A Note From the Rector
Dear saints, 

Construction workers, Midtown motorbike racers, train whistles, and even an errant cat have not dampened our joy at being able to join some of the saints on the block these past several weeks for outdoor worship. Yes, it has been a little odd - masks, distance, camping chairs for pews - but hasn't everything been a bit odd these past eight months? My favorite bright spot was when Sarah Stewart offered a blessing in a gust of wind so mighty that I was wondering if she might just get carried off into the setting sun. We need bright spots in our lives, especially in this most challenging of years. Although our outdoor Sunday services will come to an end on November 22, we will continue to be bearers of light for one another, expectant as we are of Christ's Advent light soon to be upon us.

So carry the light dear saints. We will be leaving one on for you on the block until we can meet again.


2021 Annual Canvass: Lifting Through Generosity

"My pledge is a leap of faith. Onward and ever upward toward love and justice in every direction! For me All Saints' provides the direction and illumination for the journey especially through these challenging times." AS
Did you forget to make your 2021 pledge? Is your pledge card buried somewhere in a stack of mail? There is still time to send us your pledge. The easiest way is to pledge online at

Thank you so much to those who have made their commitment.

Danny and Louisa Johnson
Chairs of the 2021 Annual Canvass
Click here to contact us.

This Sunday

Children's Church 
Sundays, 8:00 a.m., on Facebook and Vimeo
Join us to sing, pray, learn, and go forth to serve. Please send Mrs. Kathy your prayer requests and birthdays by each Wednesday for the following Sunday. For more information, contact Kathy Roberts at

Children's Formation
Sunday mornings, on Zoom
Join us for "The Beatitudes" where we explore Jesus' vision of God's inclusive kingdom, observing how Jesus turned expectations and traditional beliefs about being blessed upside down, and imagining ways to live into the promises of Jesus' Beatitudes. Kindergartners and 1st graders meet from 9:00-9:30 a.m.; 2nd and 3rd graders meet from 9:30-10:00 a.m.; and Club 45 (4th and 5th graders) meet from 10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m. For more information, contact Kathy Roberts at

Formation for 6th and 7th Graders
Sundays, 9:00-9:55 a.m., on Zoom
Led by Comer Yates and Hank Harris, this class focuses on community building and Bible basics. For more information, contact Joel Smith at

Rite 13 for 8th Graders
Sundays, 9:00-9:55 a.m., on Zoom
Rite 13 is a precursor to confirmation and a uniquely Christian rite of passage for young people ages 12 to 14. For more information, contact Joel Smith at

Praying from Heart, Body, and Mind with Martha Eskew
Sundays, November 15 and 22, 
9:00-9:55 a.m., on Zoom
Join Martha Eskew for a conversation about personal prayer practices that engage body, mind, and soul, seeking transformation of the heart. Please click here to register.

Racial Healing In This Time of Pandemics:  
Where To From Here? 
With Dr. Catherine Meeks
Sundays, November 15 and 22, 
9:00-9:55 a.m., on Zoom
As we confront the multiple pandemics of COVID-19, social and racial unrest, and a very angry environment, what is the best way forward? In spite of it all that is before us, we are challenged to search for the reason to have hope. As we strive to find the way forward, where can we find help? Join Dr. Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, to call upon scripture, poetry and story to help us engage our questions and concerns. Please click here to register.

Pastoral Care at All Saints' with Ellen Porter and the Rev. Drs. Simon Mainwaring and Denni Moss
Sundays, November 15 and 22, 9:00-9:55 a.m., on Zoom
One of our core values at All Saints' is the pastoral care of our community. Join Ellen Porter and the Rev. Drs. Simon Mainwaring and Denni Moss to learn about how we offer this important ministry, and how you can share in it. Please click here to register.

Jesus on the Front Page
Sundays, 9:00 a.m., on Zoom
Join this ongoing discussion of the news of the day and how we are called as Christians to respond in the public arena, in our private lives, and in our prayers. Jesus on the From Page also has a Facebook group (click here to join). Please click here to sign up for this group, which is led by Ethel Ware Carter.

Morning Prayer Livestream
Sundays, 10:00 a.m., on Facebook and Vimeo
We offer Morning Prayer LIVE on Facebook and Vimeo on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Click here for instructions and helpful tips to join the live service. For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Andrew Barnett at

In-Person, Outdoor Worship
Sundays through November 22, 
11:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., in Kennedy Courtyard
In addition to our online service, we also offer two outdoor services in the courtyard spaces at All Saints' on Sundays. Numbers are limited to 50 people per service and all attendees are required to register online and follow the church's COVID-19 protocols, which include wearing masks and maintaining safe physical distance. Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. on Mondays and closes at 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays. Please click here to learn more and register. For more information, contact Betsey Gibbs at

Parenting with God 
with Kathy Roberts
Sunday, November 15, 
11:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m., on Zoom
Join us for Parenting with God once a month to gather, give and get information and support each other on the parenting journey through a spiritual lens. Also, save the date for our next gathering on December 13. Please email Kathy Roberts at to register for this Zoom meeting.
Walking the Labyrinth 
at All Saints'
Sundays through November 22, 6:00-6:45 p.m., 
Kennedy Courtyard
The Labyrinth Walk is a new All Saints' ministry that uses the church's canvas labyrinth, stretched in the Kennedy Courtyard, to create an open-air contemplative space and offer people the prayerful experience of walking a winding meditative path. The All Saints' labyrinth is imprinted with the image of the labyrinth laid into the pilgrimage Cathedral of Chartres France around 1200, during the time of the Crusades. The ritual of reflective walking can be viewed as a metaphor for the twisting path of one's life with its blind turns, which must be encountered one step at time. Also, in this COVID period the labyrinth offers a sacred container able to hold one's prayers of loss, joy, and thanksgiving. All participants must follow our COVID-19 protocols and register online. Clergy or staff host these gatherings, along with trained labyrinth facilitators, and there is live music played by a guest musician. 
Please click here to register.

Youth Choir Rehearsal
Sundays, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Zoom
Youth Choir is different this year, but weekly we are staying connected via Zoom, learning new music, finding comfort in our favorite songs and hymns, closing with worship, and making a difference. For more information, contact Karol Kimmell at

Recordings of Adult Formation Classes
Many of our Adult Formation classes are recorded and available to watch on our website. Click here to view the videos; new videos from Sundays are posted on Tuesdays.


Noonday Prayer
Mondays through Thursdays, 12:05 p.m., on Facebook
Join our clergy for Noonday Prayer at 12:05 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The service is broadcast live on Facebook with clergy members joining from their homes. For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Andrew Barnett at
Young Adults: Compline Prayers 
Thursdays, 8:00-8:30 p.m., on Zoom
Everyone is welcome to join our young adults for communal prayers using the service of Compline from the Book of Common Prayer (there is a free online version available at Please click here to sign up for this group, which is led by Justin Averette.

A Service of Recovery and Healing
Sunday, December 13, 4:30 p.m., on Zoom
Led by the Reverend Bob Book, our Service of Recovery and Healing meets on the second Sunday of each month at 4:30 p.m. ET. We focus on one of the 12 Steps in the context of an Evening Prayer service. Anyone interested in recovery is welcome; confidentiality is required. Please click here to sign up for these Zoom meetings and Ellen Porter will send you the meeting link and password.

Please Donate Flower Memorials and Thanksgivings
We welcome your support of our Flower Guild, whose work is offered to the glory of God. We invite your gifts in loving memory of those who have died, and in celebration of God's blessings in your life. The suggested donation is $150 and multiple flower memorials may be printed in bulletins to accommodate our parishioners' generosity. For more information, contact Betsey Gibbs at

Adult Formation

On Reflection 
Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m., 
Join our clergy for a short piece of theologically informed social commentary. We think about God and the world, and what it is like to live faithfully in it. For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Andrew Barnett at

 The Journey 
with the Rev. Karen Evans
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m., 
on Zoom
The Bible is full of journeys: short, long, searching, moving, fleeing and more. Things happen on these journeys: lives are changed, new directions are found; and through it all, "the feeling remains that God is on the journey, too" -Teresa of Avila. The Journey is a Bible study exploring the biblical journeys and what they have to say about our own. Please click here to register.

Theology in Visual Art
Wednesdays, November 11 and 18, 6:30 p.m., on Zoom
A picture is, indeed, worth a thousand words. Join this conversation with gifted visual artists to explore the connections between shape, color, texture, and line: all telling a story of humanity seeking the divine. Please click here to register.

Young Adults

Saints Untapped Virtual Happy Hour
Thursday, November 19, 7:00-8:00 p.m., on Zoom
Escape rooms move over! All Saints' Young Adults are throwing down friendly competition in a sizzlin' virtual holiday cook-off! Your "Turkey Day" themed mission (should you choose to accept it) will challenge you to create your best "side" with one of the assigned ingredients. The only twist? You're allotted merely sixty minutes to pull off your fresh rendition of a Thanksgiving classic with fun flavors: pumpkin, potatoes, or green beans. Please click here to sign up for this gathering, which is led by Michael Asmussen.

Jesus as a Radical Revolutionary
Thursday, December 3, 
7:00-8:00 p.m., on Zoom
This Young Adult fall formation series, held on the first Thursday of each month, invites us to explore topics of revolution, dissent, disruption, and change in society and the church. The discussions begin at 7:00 p.m., followed by Compline prayers at 8:00 p.m. Please click here to sign up for this gathering, which is led by Justin Averette.

Youth Ministries

Formation for 6th and 7th Graders 
Sundays, 9:00-9:55 a.m., on Zoom
See "This Sunday." For more information, contact Joel Smith at

Rite 13 for 8th Graders
Sundays, 9:00-9:55 a.m. on Zoom
See "This Sunday." For more information, contact Joel Smith at

High School Small Groups 
We have three groups that meet throughout the week (on Zoom) at the following times:
  • Sunday from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Senior Small Group on Thursday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. 
For more information, contact Joel Smith at

Sunday Youth Choir Rehearsal
Sundays, 6:00-6:50 p.m., on Zoom
See "This Sunday." For more information, contact Karol Kimmell at

Children's Ministries

Children's Church
Sundays, 8:00 a.m., on Facebook and Vimeo
See "This Sunday." For more information, contact Kathy Roberts at

Children's Formation
See "This Sunday." For more information, contact Kathy Roberts at

Wednesday Children's Choir Rehearsals
Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m., on Zoom
Register Online to Participate
We learn and sing about Bible characters, hymns, psalms and prayers. Meeting times each Wednesday are:
  • Cherub (PreK-K) at 4:00 p.m.
  • Primary (grades 1 and 2) at 4:30 p.m.
  • Junior (grades 3-6) at 5:15 p.m.
For more information, contact Karol Kimmell at

Blessing Bag Assembly Line
Thursday, November 19, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 
Upper Parking Deck
This year, Children's Ministries will deliver our Blessing Bags for the Covenant Community Thanksgiving Dinner remotely. Many of the bags will go to the folks who worship with the Church of the Common Ground, with a couple of additional partners as well. On Thursday, November 19, you're invited to gather at the Upper Parking Deck at All Saints' (weather permitting) to help assemble the bags. Each family will walk down the line of tables with gloves on, take one of each item (protein bars, hand sanitizer, masks, socks, and more) and put it into a Blessing Bag. All items will be laid out on tables so that no one has to touch anything other than what they are picking up. We will help with spacing, and provide gloves and hand sanitizer to keep things safe and distanced. Please make sure to wear a mask! This gathering will be limited to 50 people. To sign up, please email Kathy Roberts at

Parish Life

Jezebels Women's Reading Group
Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m., on Zoom
Jezebels is a women's reading group that has met continuously for 16 years. We read a variety of fiction, nonfiction, plays, and poetry, deeply exploring each selection over a period of weeks. 
Please click here to sign up for this group, and Mimi Spang will contact you with the Zoom meeting link and password.

Contemplative Prayer
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m., on Zoom
"Be still and know that I am God..." -Psalm 46:10
Contemplative Prayer sessions have resumed on Zoom. We'll learn about the centuries-old practice of this type of prayer, avail ourselves of readings for reflection and discussion, and set aside time to enter into holy silence in the discipline of centering prayer, offering another way to build communities of faith that bond us in mutual friendship and Christ's love. All are welcome, from novices to longtime practitioners. Please click here to sign up for this group, and Gretchen Chateau will contact you with the Zoom meeting link and password.

Novel Theology: 
The Benson Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine
Wednesday, November 18, 7:00-8:00 p.m., on Zoom
Facilitator: Gretchen Chateau
This novel opens with the death of playboy stockbroker, Alvin Benson, who is found in his brownstone mansion with a bullet through his head. First on the scene is Philo Vance, amateur detective, who is at once intrigued by the absence of Alvin's toupee and false teeth. These odd clues set him in pursuit of an elusive murderer. He confronts a host of suspects and uncovers a number of family skeletons in his quest for the truth.
 Please click here to sign up for this Zoom gathering and Amelia Tuttle will send you the meeting link and password.

Coming Soon: Sacred Ground Small Groups
The Episcopal Church has declared a church-wide initiative of racial healing, reconciliation, and justice. Called "Becoming Beloved Community," the initiative includes a 10-session curriculum entitled "Sacred Ground: A Film Based Dialogue Series on Race and Faith." The Sacred Ground curriculum consists of videos, assorted writings, discussion and two core books, Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman and Waking Up white by Debby Irving. The MICAH Project (TMP) plans to initiate Sacred Ground dialogue circles composed of parishioners committed to approximately six months of learning, listening, and engaging one another in a brave space to talk about race and faith. In order to gauge interest in there small-group dialogue circles, we ask that you add your name to the list by emailing us at

Staying Resilient During Job Uncertainty
A job search during COVID-19 can be a complicated puzzle to assemble. Chris Mathes, self-proclaimed family business survivor, has offered to help parishioners discern what this process toward employment looks like. Would you like to join us on Zoom? Please click here to sign up.


Concert Series: 
Songs of Struggle and Hope
Friday, November 13, 7:30 p.m., on Facebook and Vimeo
Tenor Bradley Howard, Director of Vocal Studies at Emory University, presents a recital of art songs, arias, and spirituals with Director of Music Kirk M. Rich accompanying. Music of Handel, Mozart, Schumann, Grieg, Gounod, and many others. For more information, contact Dr. Kirk Rich at


Help Bring Thanksgiving to our Neighbors with Covenant Community, Refugee Ministries, Threads, and Children's Ministries
This Thanksgiving, the men of Covenant Community are excited to create boxed Thanksgiving meals for former refugee families we serve through our Refugee Ministries program and for the graduates of Covenant Community who live at the Sterne House. Each boxed meal feeds a family of five; the cost is $75 per box. The families will also receive warm winter coats from the Threads Coat Drive. In addition, Children's Ministries will make special Blessing Bags to be distributed to our neighbors experiencing homelessness. These bags will include items like protein bars, hand sanitizer, masks, socks, and more; the cost is $20 per bag. Please support these efforts by sponsoring a meal, a Blessing Bag, or both. We also invite volunteers to help deliver the meals on Tuesday, November 24. Please click here to donate and/or sign up to deliver meals. For more information, contact Jill Gossett at
Purchase Christmas Trees and Wreaths with Youth Ministries
Order by November 27
Pick-up on Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Lower Parking Deck
It's that time of year again! Our youth will be slinging Christmas trees and wreaths from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6 in the lower parking deck. Like years past, we'll have trees ranging from five to nine feet and a variety of wreath sizes. All proceeds will go to the youth pilgrimage fund. Please click here to place an order by November 27. For more information or to volunteer to help, contact Joel Smith at

Provide a Meal for the Men of Covenant Community 
Mondays, November 30 and December 14 and 21
We're inviting help with Monday dinners for Covenant Community, especially during this giving season. While it is still not possible to join the men inside the residence to share a meal with them, an encouraging protocol has been put in place. Until further notice, dinner can be dropped off at Covenant Community's front door on Spring Street any time during the day. After dinner, the men would very much like to do a Zoom meeting with the parishioner(s) so that everyone could virtually get together. Your participation will be very much appreciated. Please click here to inquire about providing a meal and Barbara Blender will be in touch to help coordinate.

Invite MAC to Your Small Group
Midtown Assistance Center (MAC) continues to provide financial assistance to Atlantans during the COVID-19 crisis. MAC's staff would love to join you in your small group Zoom calls if you would like to hear more from them directly on the work they do to help prevent hunger and homelessness. Please feel free to reach out to for more information.


Technical Help Desk Ministry
Having technical trouble engaging with church online?  We now have technical support ministry. If you experience issues accessing the Sunday morning worship broadcast or formation classes on Zoom, please submit a help form at submitting a form, someone will get back to you as soon as possible to help address your problem.

Get the Most Up-to-Date Information
Please continue to monitor our website for the latest news about upcoming virtual events, online worship services, and the answers to frequently asked questions regarding our policies and protocols during this time of temporary closure:

Beware of Email Phishing Scams
Please continue to beware of email scams by people who impersonate clergy or members of our community and ask for a "favor" and then ask for money or gift cards. Click here to learn more

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