September 11, 2020
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- 12:05 p.m. Noonday Prayer (LIVE)
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A Note From the Rector
This Sunday at 9:00 a.m. we welcome Dr. Robert Franklin, former president of Morehouse College and author of the book 'Moral Leadership: Integrity, Courage, Imagination'. One of my favorite concepts in the book is how Dr. Franklin describes integrity as the art of centering down. It makes me think of how I often like to talk about church growth: that it's a matter of growing deeper more than anything else.
I love that All Saints' is a church that continues to grow deeper and that our confidence in that reality is not grounded in how good we may or may not be at being a church, but in the transformative power we call God's grace. It seems to me that as the country prepares for an election, society around us needs people who will center down, who will grow deeper, who will seek to see the bonds of humanity that join us to others even as we are encouraged to focus on what might keep us apart.
For my own family, centering down is what we have needed to do these past few days as Monica made her way to California to be with her father who is in the final chapter of his life. It is in those places of depth that we come to see more clearly the God who has loved and sustained us throughout all of life's journey. May we continue to be a community who help one another find a deeper center. And may we remember in our prayers all those in need of comfort and hope at this time.
Children's Church Begins Sunday, September 13, 8:00 a.m., on Facebook and Vimeo
We're excited to be back! Join us to sing, pray, learn, and go forth to serve. There will be a bulletin and coloring sheets to download each week, along with some music and story ideas to check out online. Please send Mrs. Kathy your prayer requests and birthdays by each Wednesday for the following Sunday. For more information, contact Kathy Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faith in the City Series:
Moral Leadership with Robert FranklinSunday, September 13, 9:00 a.m., on Facebook and Vimeo
Join Revs. Simon Mainwaring and Natosha Reid Rice in conversation with Dr. Robert M. Franklin Jr., James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership at Emory University and former President of Morehouse College, Atlanta. In the words of Cornell West of Harvard University, 'Robert Franklin is a towering figure in higher education who exemplifies so much of the integrity, courage, and imagination he analyzes. He stands in the great tradition of Martin Luther King Jr. and Benjamin Mays! And we either heed his words or we perish!'.
The Faith in the City series invites leaders and thinkers from our city and national life to help the church be people who answer the call to love, serve, and transform the world; stay tuned for upcoming speakers in October, November, and December. This conversation will be livestreamed to our Facebook and Vimeo accounts. For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring at email@example.com.
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 now offer Morning Prayer LIVE on Facebook and Vimeo on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.; our worship services were previously pre-recorded earlier in the week and published on Sunday mornings. Click here for instructions and helpful tips to join the live service. For more information, contact Jocelyn Cassada at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Adults: Virtual Brunch and Bible
Sunday, September 13, 11:00 a.m., on Zoom
Gather 'round our virtual/communal table the second Sunday of each month, starting September 13, for a lively bring-your-own-brunch conversation with peers and mentors. You only need a posture of respect and generosity (and a suitable mobile device) to be in the "Zoom Where It Happens" as we explore God's Living Word in scripture and in the unfolding texts of our lives. Please click here to sign up for this Zoom gathering and Mark Kolojejchick-Kotch will send you the meeting link and password.
Moving Up Ceremony for Children's Ministries
Sunday, September 13, 12:00 -1:30 p.m., in the church parking lot
Milestone Moments are important transitions in life that we mark as sacred; we take time to bless and celebrate kids as they reach them. Rising Kindergartners will move up from the Little Saints' program; rising 4th graders will join Club 45, our tween program; and rising 6th graders will move up to the youth community for their teen years. We will send more information about this ceremony to the participants, but ask your prayers on this day for each of these children as they continue their faith journey. For more information, contact Kathy Roberts at email@example.com.
First Youth Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, September 13, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Zoom
Register ASAP to Join the Zoom Choir Room
There's no getting around it...Youth Choir will be different this fall, but together we can create great music and make a difference! We will meet online through Zoom rehearsals. There are plans for us to learn and record virtual anthems for worship and for SNL with small ensembles and the whole choir, even handbells. Let's welcome our new 7th graders and give our seniors a great last year. Bring a willing heart, a positive attitude, and a desire to be present for each other. Please click here to register ASAP. For more information, contact Karol Kimmell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 bcponline.org). Please click here to sign up for this group, which is led by Justin Averette.
Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, September 27
We're excited to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with our annual Blessing of the Animals! We will pray God's blessing on all creatures during worship on Sunday, September 27, so make sure to send us photos of your furry, feathery, and scaly friends. We will also host a drive through blessing; details to follow.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Every Leaf Is A Shelter," says Atlanta artist Corrine Colarusso, "this is an important way to look at the world."
The same can be said for giving. Each gift builds a better, wider community. Give online at allsaintsatlanta.org/giving
Thank you for giving to the work of God in the world,
Chair of the Stewardship Committee
Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m., on Facebook
Join our clergy for a short piece of theologically informed social commentary. We'll 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 email@example.com.
The Journey with the Rev. Karen Evans
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m., on Zoom
Begins Wednesday, September 9
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. Our first journey is with the Israelites as they travel through the wilderness to the Promised Land. Please click here to register.
Baptismal Practices for Holy Borderlands
Sundays, September 20, 27 and October 4,
9:00-9:55 a.m., on Zoom
Join the Rev. Sarah Stewart for an interactive series to explore practices that strengthen us to reconnect, recreate, and rejoice in God's miraculous works of wonder, ever unfolding in the holy borderlands wherein we are sojourning. Please click here to register.
The MICAH Project: Sacred Ground Series
Sundays, September 20, 27 and October 4,
9:00-9:55 a.m., on Zoom
The times are calling us to talk about race in the context of our faith. Join The MICAH Project
for a series of three classes that will help us continue our exploration of the intersection of race with history, identity, and faith.
- September 20: Keith Willey and Schaune Griffin have been following and supporting the work of the Equal Justice Initiative for over a decade. With the opening in April, 2018 of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, which commemorates victims of lynching in America, EJI expanded from its work in prisons and courtrooms to a mission to acknowledge our history of racial terrorism and advocate for racial justice. The Memorial to Peace and Justice challenges visitors to carry the work of truth and reconciliation from the Memorial in Montgomery to their own communities and take on this work at the local level. In their presentation, Schaune and Keith plan to discuss what drew them to participate in the NAACP DeKalb Remembrance Committee and the Fulton County Remembrance Coalition and to describe their work and experiences as members of these organizations.
- September 27: Join parishioner and vestry member Dante Hudson to explore how the Black Lives Matter movement is essentially the child of the Civil Rights movement, but with a focus on policing and criminal justice reform.
- October 4: Join Elliot Watts for an important discussion of the legacies of redlining, and its implications for the intergenerational transfer of wealth, health outcomes, and poverty, with strong implications for racial justice in our city.
Faith and Money Series
Sundays, September 20, 27 and October 4,
9:00-9:55 a.m., on Zoom
Join Ellen Hayes and Bert Clark for a three-part series to learn how All Saints' raises and spends money and to reflect theologically on generosity as a response to God's work in our lives.
- September 20: Annual Canvass 2021 Kicks off with an inspirational message from Martha and Carroll Sterne. Join us at 9am on Zoom! Danny and Louisa Johnson, Canvass 2021 Chairs.
- September 27: What is "Wealth" when viewed through the lens of our faith? Join Bert Clark and parishioners as they discuss the timeless words from Matthew 6:20-21: "For where your treasure is, there shall your heart be also."
- October 4: All Saints' Endowment Fund: Why it Matters. Join Bert Clark and John Frazer, Chair of the Endowment Committee, as they discuss how the Endowment Fund is working for All Saints' and the promise it holds for our future as a church.
Three 20th Century Short Stories about Religion
Wednesdays, September 23, 30, and October 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m., on Zoom and Facebook
Emory Professor Emeritus Clark Lemons leads a three-week exploration of Jewish, Protestant (Episcopal), and Catholic stories, one story each week: Philip Roth's Conversion of the Jews,
John Updike's Made in Heaven
, and Flannery O'Connor's Temple of the Holy Ghost
. Stories will be available online to those who register. The 70-minute class will be discussion-based. Please click here to register for this series.
Thursday, September 17, 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Zoom
Join our young adults for our September Saints Untapped gathering on Zoom. We'll have a virtual potluck send off for Yanique DaCosta as she prepares to tackle interstate pandemic relocation. Showcase your favorite dish as we gather in virtual space for a pre-autumnal equinox community celebration!
Please click here
to sign up for this Zoom gathering and Michael Asmussen will send you the meeting link and password.
Formation Series: Jesus as a Radical Revolutionary
Thursday, October 1, 7:00-8:00 p.m., on Zoom
Join us for a lively discussion on social justice. 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. These discussions begin at 7:00 p.m. and are followed by Compline prayers at 8:00 p.m.
Please click here to sign up for this Zoom gathering and and Justin Averette will send you the meeting link and password.
Wednesday Children's Choir Rehearsals
Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Zoom
Register Online to Participate
Meet us in our Virtual Zoom Room for choir this fall! It will be different, but with great possibilities! Each month the choirs will learn stories and songs about Bible characters (mini-musicals) and learn a hymn, a psalm and a prayer, and as always, learn musical concepts and how to express our faith through music. We plan to record anthems for worship and stay connected with our church friends. 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.
Children's Formation Begins
Sunday, September 20, 9:00-9:55 a.m., on Zoom
Please make sure to register your children for the new program year! Each Sunday on Zoom, we will meet to play games, catch up with one another, hear our Bible lesson, create a craft or act out a drama, and leave with a challenge for the week. Our first five sessions will be "Compassion Camp: Be Loved, Be Kind, Be You" and we will learn about compassion for others, ourselves and the world. Please click here
to register ASAP. For more information, contact Kathy Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hymn Project
Tuesdays and Thursdays, on Facebook and Vimeo
During this time of social distancing, we've been posting "Hymns from Home" videos on our Facebook and Vimeo pages with hymns from the requests we receive through The Hymn Project. Click here more about this project, to view the videos we've posted so far, and to offer your own hymn requests! We publish new hymns on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Concert Series Returns Online
Friday, September 18, 7:30-8:30 p.m.,
on Facebook and Vimeo
The All Saints' Concert Series returns for another season, this year with a twist. The Series kicks off with a virtual program featuring members of our choir and instrumentalists from our congregation and the city, including: Greer Lyle and Samantha Frischling, sopranos; Frank Timmerman, Cody Galyon, and Jamie Clements, tenors; Cain-Oscar Bergeron, flute; Kirk Rich and Giles Brightwell, organ; and Ray and Beth Chenault, duo organists. For more information, contact Dr. Kirk Rich at email@example.com.
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. We will begin the 2020/21 year with Hillary Mantel's The Mirror and the Light
. Future selections will be made by the group upon the conclusion of the current book.
Please click here
to sign up for this group, and Mimi Spang will contact you with the Zoom meeting link and password.
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
Wednesday, September 16, 7:00-8:00 p.m., on Zoom
Facilitator: Simon Mainwaring A Lesson Before Dying
is a deep and compassionate novel about a young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to visit a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting. Please click here to sign up for this Zoom gathering and Amelia Tuttle will send you the meeting link and password.
All Saints' Connects: Community Small Groups
Register by September 28 for the October Groups
Connect with the saints as we gather afresh, through virtual constellations this fall! We will share stories and spiritual conversations within these innovative four-week community small groups. All are welcome and encouraged to participate. Click here to register by September 28 for the October groups. For more information, contact the Rev. Sarah Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Saints' Notecards
Our beautiful new notecards are here! Each package contains 10 note cards with envelopes; two each of five different photographs from around our campus. Your purchase will help support our four core ministries: Threads, Refugee Ministries, Covenant Community and Midtown Assistance Center (MAC). Notecard packages are $12 each and will be mailed to you; click here to purchase. For more information, Jill Gossett at email@example.com.
Share a Meal with the Men of Covenant Community
Mondays, September 21, September 28, and October 5
It would be wonderful if you could help with the Monday dinners for Covenant Community. Although it will be quite a while longer until we are able to join the men in the residence to break bread, an encouraging protocol has been put in place. For the foreseeable future, dinner can be dropped off at CCI'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 can get together online. Please click here to inquire about providing a meal and Barbara Blender will be in touch to help coordinate.
Serve as a Tutor with Refugee Ministries
Through December 21, on Zoom
Refugee Ministries invites volunteers to provide 12 weekly one-hour tutoring sessions on Zoom to former refugee children in Dekalb County who need educational support to successfully complete their distance learning assignments. We will provide an orientation session, the materials, and ongoing support for volunteers. Adult volunteers, as well as youth in grade 6 and above, are welcome to serve as tutors. Donations of laptops with WiFi capability and cameras are also welcome to help students do their school work. To sign up or for more information, contact Louisa Merchant at
Donate Toiletries to Covenant Community
Covenant Community invites donations of personal hygiene products, including hair brushes, WAHL hair clipper sets, deodorant, shower soap, washcloths, lotion, toothpaste, and tooth brushes. Please drop off donations at the front door of Covenant Community or place an order on Amazon and have it shipped to Ugo Anikpe, Covenant Community, 623 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308.
The Threads Winter Coat Drive is Back!
Donate Coats for Children by October 20
Threads, our children's clothing ministry, is collecting new or gently used winter coats for children (sizes toddler through big kids size 18 and adult small), along with new winter hats and gloves. Bring donations to All Saints' during business hours or you can place an order online and have it shipped to the church at 634 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 (attn: Threads). Due to the global pandemic, we ask that you please follow these guidelines when donating items:
- If you would like to donate a gently-used coat, please wash it before you bring it to the church.
- All donations that you bring to the church must be in a bag or container that is labeled "Threads Coat Drive."
- Threads cannot accept donations of any other type at this time (winter coats, hats, and gloves ONLY).
We also invite volunteers to help deliver the coats on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25. Please click here
to sign up to deliver the coats. For more information, please contact Lori Guarisco at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[VIDEO] Tour of Tiffany Windows from February 1, 2020
You may recall that back in February, Tiffany historian Dr. Josh Probert led a tour to explore history and significance of the stained-glass windows of three Atlanta churches, especially those created by Louis C. Tiffany. The tour began with an introductory lecture at All Saints' before moving to North Avenue Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church. Click here to watch the video.
New 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 allsaintsatlanta.org/techsupport
. After 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
Volunteers Needed for our New Technical Help Desk Ministry
As our online ministries expand, we need help offering technical support to parishioners who need it. If you would be willing to help your fellow parishioners access church online, please contact the Rev. Zack Nyein at email@example.com
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: allsaintsatlanta.org/covid-19
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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