Dear saints,
This past Wednesday night about 20 of us - adults and youth - picked up the phone and made some calls. 285 calls to be exact, the number of families at All Saints' who have children and youth living at home. If we didn't get to you it's because someone on our team didn't quite finish their call sheet - don't worry, we'll find you! The message we had to share was pretty simple: this is our comeback (to the block) year, and we want to see you and your kids at All Saints' again. We love you. We miss you. It just isn't the same without you. And it's true. It isn't the same without you. We need you here. 

It all reminded me of one of our kid's soccer coaches when we lived back west. He was a former U.S. Marine - which tells you about 80% of all you need to know about his orientation to soccer coaching. He was good. All of us parents were suitably a little afraid of him. It was definitely better to get a speeding ticket from the California Highway Patrol than be late for practice. He knew how to motivate parents, but far more importantly he knew how to inspire the kids. Each child on that team knew they belonged. 'They need me there', was so very clearly the mentality he had taught them. 

And so it is with us. We do need you here, not because worship won't happen without you, or because youth group will be called off. We need you here because without you All Saints' is missing your unique and invaluable part in the relationships that make this church all that it is. It isn't the same without you, and this can indeed be the year when we all say, it's time to be together again with the people I have known and loved at this church.

So if you hear a voicemail or read a text, if you look through this e-news or follow our social media, I hope you'll receive the same message over and over with clarity: welcome home.

This Sunday
Guest Preacher-Teacher Gary Mason
Sunday, August 7

You are invited to join Rev. Dr. Gary Mason on Sunday, August 7th, who is with All Saints' again as our guest preacher-teacher. Gary will be a guest presenter at Jesus on the Front Page at 9:00 a.m. on the 3rd floor of the Parish House. Gary will then preach at the 10:00 a.m. service. Gary leads peacebuilding work in the Middle East, South Africa, Northern Ireland, and is a visiting professor at Emory University.
Blessing of the Backpacks (or Briefcases, Computer Bags, Diaper Bags, etc.)
Sunday, August 7, during the 10:00 a.m. service

Join us to celebrate and bless the beginning of a new school year! Anyone from babes to 100+ years old is invited to bring their backpacks, briefcases, school bags, diaper bags, computer pages, ect. to church for a special blessing after the opening hymn. Don't forget to grab your backpack tag after church!
Summer Worship Schedule Continues This Sunday

  • 8:00 a.m.: Holy Eucharist Rite I in the Chapel
  • 10:00 a.m.: Worship with Holy Eucharist Rite II in the Church
  • 5:30 p.m.: Holy Eucharist Rite II in the Chapel

Our regular Sunday worship schedule will resume on Sunday, August 21 and Noonday Prayer will resume on Monday, August 22.
Bank of America Parking Unavailable Until August 21

The overflow parking that is usually available on Sunday mornings at the Bank of America building will be unavailable until we resume our normal Sunday worship schedule on August 21. If both parking decks and the surface lot are full, additional parking is available on North Avenue and in the gravel lot next to Covenant Community.
Worship Schedule
Stump the Organist
Every Sunday of the Summer, through August 7 (10:00 a.m. service only)

Come to church a little early and play our final round of Stump the Organist! At 9:50 we will open up the floor to your hymn requests, singing as many as we can until the start of the service. Come prepared to call out the number of your favorite hymn and see if you can "stump the organist."
A Service of Recovery and Healing
Sunday, August 14, 4:30 p.m. on Zoom

Let by The Rev. 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.

Classes and Groups
Ongoing Groups
News & Announcements
Farewell for The Rev. Sarah Stewart 
Sunday, August 21

Next month we will say a fond farewell to Sarah Stewart as she leaves All Saints’ to take up a role as Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Burlingame, CA. Sarah’s final Sunday with us will be on August 21 and we will celebrate her with a gathering in Ellis Hall following the 9:00 a.m. service.  

Nominations Extended for Diocesan Council Delegates!

All Saints’ is a part of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, which will hold its annual Diocesan Council meeting on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12 at Holy Innocent's Episcopal Church. We send 5 representatives from a slate of 5 delegates and 5 alternates chosen by the Nominating Committee and presented to the Vestry for approval. Delegates must be confirmed communicates in good standing. Under policy adopted by the Vestry in 2021, those who were delegates to the prior two councils are not eligible to serve again until 2024. Information about Diocesan Council can be found on the Diocesan of Atlanta website. If you would like to nominate a parishioner or self-nominate, please send an email toTracey Sage by August 21.
Parish Life
Register now for our Annual Parish Retreat to Kanuga!
Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2, Kanuga Conference Center, Hendersonville, NC

We are excited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our annual parish retreat this year! Please make sure to mark your calendars for Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2 for a memorable parish gathering at Kanuga. The deadline to register is September 2.

If you have questions, please contact Jill Gossett at
Save the Date for our Annual Back to the Block Celebration 
Sunday, August 14, after the 10:00 a.m. service 

Everyone is welcome as we reunite after the summer break! Following the 10:00 a.m. service, join us in Kennedy Courtyard for a barbecue cook-off, dessert contest, water slide, bounce house, Gaga ball, pickleball, bingo, and more. Stay tuned for more information. For questions, contact Jill Gossett, Parish Life Director.

Let us know you're coming! RSPV here.
Moms Bearing Coffee
Saturday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. at Tic Tac Coffee

Calling all moms who are looking for a mom community to offer support, friendship, and encouragement as we navigate motherhood. Whether your kids are newborn or 20-years-old, there is a seat for you at our table. We meet the first Saturday of every month for a morning of coffee, advice-sharing, and decompressing together as moms of All Saints'. Bring a friend and head to Tic Tac Coffee, on the corner of 12th St. and Piedmont Ave. (across from Piedmont Park entrance) to grab a coffee (or bring your own!) and enjoy an hour of fellowship. Contact Erin Cassel for more information.
Popcorn Theology: Inside Out 
Friday, August 12, 7:00-9:30 p.m. in the Ross Room 

Join us to watch "Inside Out," a delightful animated movie that tackles the challenge of finding a way forward when we seem to be running out of joy. Run time is 95 minutes. Rated: PG. Michael and Katie Asmussen will lead the discussion following the film. Feel free to bring your own food and beverages. Popcorn will be provided. 

Wednesday Night Supper Returns! 
Wednesday, August 17, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Ellis Hall 

Mark your calendar for the first Wednesday Night Supper of the program year! Don't miss out on Wing Night (with other tasty food provided). Louisa Merchant, Director of Refugee Ministries, will lead us in a fun filled trivia experience. All ages are welcome to join. There will be indoor seating options in Ellis Hall and outdoor seating options in Kennedy Courtyard. More information to come, including registration. If you have questions, contact Jill Gossett, Parish Life Director.
Join the Welcome Team 

Calling all Greeters! We are in need of parishioners who enjoy welcoming people onto the block. The Welcome Team is a wonderful ministry with a small commitment. You have seen these special folks with big smiles on their faces as you enter the church! Greeters direct and answer easy questions, and serve during special occasions. We would love your help. Please contact Jill Gossett, Parish Life Director, or Dan Pennywell.
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow.
Please make your gifts to this vibrant community we share 

Give a Gift or Make a Pledge Payment Today:
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  • Mail a check to All Saints’ Church, 634 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308
  • Put a check or cash into the offering plate during services
  • Text to Give: text AllSaintsAtlanta to 73256
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Questions? Contact Ellen Hayes, Director of Development, at
Mike Carscaddon Matthew 25 Ministry Fund

“Share in the Movement that was set up for you…for I was hungry and you shared your food with me; I was a stranger and you welcomed me; ragged and you clothed me; sick and you nursed me. I was in jail and you stood by me." Then the people of justice will answer…”when did we see you hungry and share our food, or thirsty and share our water? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or ragged and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in jail, and stand by you?” and the Leader of the Movement will reply, “When you did it to one of these humblest…you did it to me.”
- Matthew 25, New Testament translation by Clarence Jordan, Cotton Patch Gospel.

Consider a gift in memory of Mike Carscaddon.
Children & Youth
Club 45 Pool Party
Sunday, August 7, 12:30-2:30 p.m. at The Gragnani's House

All 4th and 5th grade kids and their families are invited to our Kickoff Club 45 Pool Party! Join us after church for some swimming fun. Bring a towel, sunscreen, and your full water bottle, and catch up with old friends or meet new friends. For the address, and to RSVP, email Kathy Roberts, Director of Children's Ministries.
Youth Pilgrimage Presentation
Sunday, August 21, 10:20 a.m. in Ellis Hall

Join our high school pilgrims as they re-live their pilgrimage following the footsteps of St. Paul through Greece! Hear from a few of our pilgrims about their experience, see photos, and learn about the life-changing impact of youth pilgrimage.
Save the Date for Youth and Children's Choir Kickoffs
Beginning August 21 and 24

Join us as we begin another year of singing, learning, and building community. We offer choirs for 4-18 year olds and all choirs rehearse in the Children’s Chapel on the 2nd floor of the Pritchett Center. The youth choir (7th-12th grades) kick-off rehearsal and cookout with families will be at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 21. Regular rehearsal times are 4:15-5:00 p.m. for handbells and 5:00-6:00 p.m. for choir. The first children’s choirs (age 4 through 6th grade) rehearsals will be on Wednesday, August 24 at 4:00 p.m. For more information visit our website or contact Karol Kimmell, Director of Youth and Children’s Music. Register on Realm for children and youth ministries and choirs for the 2022-2023 here.
Acolyte Training 
Saturday, August 13, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Church 

If you are a current acolyte or would like to be an acolyte, please mark your calendars for our Acolyte Training! We will learn all the acolyte roles and responsibilities, which will prepare us for a wonderful 2022-2023 year of ministry! Rising 6th through 12th grade are invited to join. We will begin at 10:00 a.m. and plan to end by 12:00 p.m. If you plan to be an acolyte, but can’t make the training, please let Hope know so that you can still be added to a team. For more information, contact Hope Westervelt, Director of Youth Ministries, at
Service and Social Justice
Read The MICAH Project's August Newsletter

The August edition of The MICAH Project at All Saints’ newsletter is now available!

This edition includes:

  • MICAH welcomes The Rev. Naomi Tutu
  • Raves for Jordan Is So Chilly
  • Sacred Ground news
  • MICAH bookshelf
  • Equitable Dinners coming in September
  • 1619 Anniversary
  • And more!

Click here for a compelling profile of our Minister for Public Life, Natosha Reid Rice

Refugee Ministries: Zoom Tutoring Program 
August 8 through October 28 

We are seeking tutors for the first session of our Zoom tutoring program, which runs from the second week of August through the last week of October, to offer 12 one-hour sessions once a week at the same day and time on Zoom. Our program is for refugee and asylee students grades 2-12 who need support in English as a Second Language or in Reading and Math. Orientation, materials and support are provided. No experience necessary. Volunteers 6th grade and up are welcome and we are able to provide service hours. For more information email Louisa Merchant at 

Refugees Ministries: Swimming Buddies
Saturday, August 20, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., various locations
Saturday, September 10, all day, Lake Jackson

Cool off with Refugee Ministries this summer and enjoy some swimming fun in the sun with our refugee friends. This is a great opportunity for families with children, and we can provide service hours for teens. We also need volunteers to transport our refugee friends; drivers must be at least 25 years old. For locations and more information, contact Louisa Merchant.
Refugee Ministries: Welcome a New Family to the United States

The first three months after arrival are often very challenging for a newly arrived refugee family. We invite volunteers aged 25 and over (who are welcome to bring families and friends, including children, to any outing) to offer three resettlement activities for a new family to be completed over a period of six months.

Covenant Community Annual Golf Fundraiser
Monday, September 26

Friends of Covenant past, present, and future - save the date for our annual golf fundraiser! Join us at Stone Mountain for the 6th Annual Covenant Community Golf Classic Fundraiser, in Memory of Bryan Scott Mink. We are looking for golfers, donors, sponsors, and volunteers. For details and registration, click here. Interested in volunteering on the day of the event? Please send your contact information to Kristina Armstrong.
Threads Clothing Needs

  • We invite donations of new or gently used children's clothing and new shoes for summer. Donation boxes are located on the first floor of the Pritchett Center and in the first floor stairwell between Ellis Hall and Egleston Hall, outside of the choir suite.
  • We are still taking donations of school uniforms in preparation for the new school year. We are requesting white, light blue, or navy collared shirts and khaki or navy pants and shorts. All sizes, boys and girls styles are needed.
  • Threads also needs new sneakers, boys sizes 5-10.

Questions? Contact Lori Guarisco at
Share a Meal with the Men of Covenant Community
Mondays, August 8 and 15

Covenant Community is a great ministry that provides residential drug treatment for homeless men struggling with addiction. From the time it was founded at All Saints' over 30 years ago, our parishioners have provided dinner to share with the residents of Covenant Community. Please consider breaking bread with them on a Monday night. You could bring dinner yourself, with friends, or even co-workers. Children are also welcome to join! Meals for around 15 people can either be shared with the men inside the residence or they can be dropped off during the day. The available dates are August 8 and 15.

Volunteer with Midtown Assistance Center 
Back on the All Saints’ block, Midtown Assistance Center (MAC) is looking for volunteers to assist clients and to help in the food pantry. If interested, please go to the MAC website or email Chris Ferguson. MAC also always appreciates donations of canned foods, which can be dropped off at the MAC office (corner of North Avenue and Spring Street) or in the MAC bin in the first-floor stairwell between Ellis Hall and Egleston Hall. 
June Vestry Meeting Minutes
All Saints’ Vestry met on June 20, 2022, in person and by Zoom. Following a meditation by Junior Warden Lynda Herrig, Louisa Johnson gave the Clerk’s Report. Nancy Dodson gave the Treasurer’s Report, highlighting that pledge payments remain on track and that income is on budget. Expenses are slightly above budget because of costs for live streaming services, HVAC repairs, larger power bills with a return to in-person services, and extra security on campus. Ellen Hayes provided on Andy Barnett’s behalf the Worship, Pastoral Care and Newcomers Report; Sarah Stewart gave the Young Adults and Innovation Report; Jill Gossett announced that registration is open for the 40th Annual Kanuga Retreat (September 30 – October 2) and gave the Parish Life Report; and Ellen Hayes provided the Stewardship Report. The Vestry voted to approve the Charter for a new Children and Youth Committee and confirmed Amy Gaynor as its Chair; the Committee will support volunteer needs for the Youth programs and establish a Youth Council to identify ways for youth to become more involved in church programs. All Vestry members present voted to affirm Canterbury Court’s Resolution to change its legal name from “All Saints – St. Luke’s Episcopal Home for the Retired, Inc.” to “Canterbury Court, Inc.” The next Vestry meeting is set for Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at 4:30 p.m.
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