September 24, 2020
Dear Friends,
Last Sunday, I wandered up Arabia Mountain with a friend. I was tired even before masking up to meet her. Fragrant daisies, lolling and yellow on that granite mountain, shifted my fatigue to calm. In the afternoon sunshine, I felt some of the grief I have been carrying this year melt away.

Yesterday’s ruling in Kentucky summoned me with that dreaded impetus to say her name. Breona Taylor’s killers still have not been held accountable for their violent actions. This unconscionable reality persists: Black women and men in this country have not been treated as if their lives matter. And our “justice” system keeps failing them.

The scales of justice in America feel perilously tipped in the wrong direction. Saying her name cannot assuage the ache of Breona’s untimely death, just as glowing tributes cannot alleviate the weighty loss of the late great Supreme Court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. "Notorious" RBG embodied justice-seeking love until her final breath, the kind that still challenges us to lace up and vote. Bending the arc of universe toward justice, so that our country may become a haven where all might flourish, is our responsibility, too.

My hiking friend shared about church friends who defied racism by sponsoring a blind child so he could attend a special school. That boy was Stevie Wonder. Hearing what his prophetic voice speaks into this present pandemic, is a lively reminder that the universe is watching us. Perhaps his voice will move you too.
With prayers for courage to meet these days,
The Rev. Sarah Stewart
Associate Rector for Young Adults and Innovation
TONIGHT
Compline
Virtual Evening Prayer
Every Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
Please join us for our weekly peer-led prayer group, as we lift up the needs of our world and all whom we love.

All are welcome! Click here to sign up and Justin Averette will send you the Zoom meeting link and password.
This Sunday
Spirit Reboot: Baptismal Practices for Borderlands
with the Rev. Sarah C. Stewart
**Continues this Sunday, September 27**
Remaining Sundays, September 27 and October 4
9:00 - 9:55 a.m. on Zoom

This interactive series will explore practices that strengthen us to reconnect, recreate, and rejoice in God's miraculous works of wonder. All are welcome! Contact Sarah Stewart with questions at sstewart@allsaintsatlanta.org.
Formation and Fun: Autumn Opportunities
Jesus as a Radical Revolutionary
Monthly Young Adult Formation Series
NEXT Thursday, October 1 at **8:00 p.m.**
PLEASE NOTE OUR REVISED TIME for this month's lively discussion on social justice, featuring special guest, the Rev. Kim Jackson, candidate for Georgia State Senate District 41.

Continuing our Young Adult fall formation series, held every first-Thursday-of-the-month, we explore topics of revolution, dissent, disruption, and change in society and the church, through the timely lens of our current political climate.

THIS MONTH WE BEGIN at 8:00 p.m. with Compline prayers, immediately followed by with our conversation with Kim! Don't miss this special evening! Click here to sign up and Justin Averette will send you the Zoom meeting link and password.
Second Sundays Young Adult Formation
Continues on Sunday, October 11 at **11:00 a.m.**
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.

Click here to sign up and Mark Kolojejchick-Kotch will send you the Zoom meeting link and password.
All Saints' Connects Small Groups
All Saints’ Connects small groups will foster dynamic, facilitated, conversational environments for 6-8 adults to journey together for a season (60 min. weekly, 4 weeks at a time), as we seek to...

Center our lives around Jesus Christ
Care about one another
Converse about topics that truly matter 
Create transformative community
through listening and sharing stories of faith 

Register here for the next session, which begins in early October. And feel free to contact Sarah Stewart at sstewart@allsaintsatlanta.org with your questions.
Saints Untapped Upcoming Fall Festivities!
Saints Untapped: Save the Date(s) and Strut Your Stuff

October: Pumpkin Decorating Fun

Pick up your pumpkin(s) on either of the following Sundays:
Oct 4: Along W. Peachtree St. NW from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Oct 11: In the All Saints' Courtyard from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

November: Sizzlin' Saints Cooking Competition (ingredient list, TBA)

December: Christmas Cookies (decorating kit pick up dates @ church, TBA)

Click here to sign up and Michael Asmussen will send you the Zoom meeting link and password, or, click the link below to connect directly via Zoom.
Rescheduled Service Project:
Beautifying Emmaus House
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, October 31
from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

You may remember that the Young Adults were planning to host a landscaping service day this past April at Emmaus House called "Beauty Belongs Here."

Fortunately we are able to reschedule this event with some modifications. Participation will be limited to Young Adults only and the following safety precautions apply:

  • Participants will wear masks and work outside, staying six feet or more apart at all times.
  • Participants should bring and wear their own gardening gloves.
  • Participants will not share landscaping tools. Emmaus House will provide appropriate tools for the projects we are undertaking.
  • Please bring your own mask and gloves to wear (a small number of disposable masks will be available for those who forget theirs).
  • Please sign up using this form for contact-tracing purposes.

We will have a very safe and fun morning of beautifying the Emmaus House and getting it ready for winter. Please do join us for this autumn project!

You can use this form to sign up to beautify the grounds of Emmaus House and to help us to adhere to appropriate contract-tracing protocols: https://form.jotform.com/AllSaints_ATL/beauty-belongs-here.​

Questions? Contact Sarah Stewart at sstewart@allsaintsatlanta.org or Jessalyn Rogers via Slack.
Service Opportunity: Threads Winter Coat Drive
Donate New or Gently-Used Children's Coats 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.

Between now and October 20, you can 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 important 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 to the families we serve on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25.

Please use this SignUpGenius to select a coat size and/or sign up to help deliver the coats: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a49ada828a6fc1-threads.​

Questions? Contact Lori Guarisco, Coordinator of Threads, at threads@allsaintsatlanta.org.
Get Connected: Join All Saints' Slack Channel
Looking for the best way to catch up All Saints' Young Adults?
Stay up on the salient daily details via Slack!

Young Adults use our Slack Channel to communicate about activities such as hikes and socially distanced service projects. Haven't yet joined? Email Sarah Stewart at sstewart@allsaintsatlanta.org.
Resources for Personal Prayer in Daily Life
CONNECT WITH PRAYING PEERS via Young Adults @ All Saints' Slack Channel: youngadultsallsaints.slack.com #prayers






Pray As You Go (Ignatian Prayer)

Daily Disconnect Podcast (Carmelite Prayer)

Livestream of Taize’ Prayers with the Brothers in France (9:30 p.m. ET every night on Facebook)

Compline by Candlelight from Trinity Wall Street:
For more information contact The Rev. Sarah Stewart