This Sunday
This MLK Weekend, join us for several special events honoring Dr. King's life and Legacy.
Dear saints,

This Sunday we will seek to expand the circle of our friendship and the vision of our community through word and song. To celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we will be joined by our partners in ministry from Ebenezer Baptist Church whose musicians will help us praise God expansively and joyously. Our preacher-teacher for this special Sunday is Rev. Dr. Mark Jefferson, a professor at Virginia Theological Seminary and a leading preacher in the Episcopal Church. Dr. King’s message was ultimately one of hope for our future and that there was more to our common humanity than anything that might drive us apart. In his final book, Dr. King presents the choice between chaos or community. This parish and this city have chosen community, challenge after challenge, year after year. I pray that we might be so moved by our worship this weekend to be builders of community in this our place and time, seeking to bridge all of the divides that separate us. May God grant us the strength and courage to hold onto such an audacious hope.

Peace,
Simon Mainwaring
Worship Schedule
Week of January 17, 2020
Sunday

8:00 a.m.
Children's Church

10:00 a.m.
We've Come This Far By Faith: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

12:05 p.m.
Noonday Prayer
Classes and Groups
Kids
Join us for Children's Church and Children's Formation classes this Sunday.

Middle and High Schoolers
Join us for Middle School Formation classes and High School Small Group meetings.

Young Adults
On Thursday, January 21, join us for Saints Untapped, our monthly gathering on Zoom to unwind and check-in with one another.

Adult Formation Classes
This Strange and Sacred Scripture
Sundays, January 10, 17, 24, February 7, 14, and 21, 9:00-9:55 a.m., on Zoom
The Old Testament can seem strange, even disturbing, for many Christians. Drawing on biblical scholarship and pastoral insights, this course offers strategies for reading and responding to the Old Testament in ways that are both faithful and constructive.

In partnership with The Candler Foundry, an initiative of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. 

The MICAH Project: Race and the Episcopal Church, Part I
Sundays, January 10, 17, and 24, 9:00-9:55 a.m., on Zoom
Session 2: Black Preaching in the Episcopal Tradition with the Rev. Dr. Mark Jefferson

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, the Rev. Dr. Mark Jefferson will lead a conversation about the history and context of Black preaching within the Episcopal tradition. 

The Rev. Dr. Mark Jefferson is is Assistant Professor of Homiletics (Preaching) and the Associate Director of the Deep Calls to Deep Preaching Program at Virginia Theological Seminary.

All Saints' 101
Sundays, January 10, 17, and 24, 9:00-9:55 a.m., on Zoom
Session 2: Saints in Formation with the Rev. Zack Nyein

For the second session of this series, the Rev. Zack Nyein will focus on our approach to scripture, prayer, and theology, and how we grow in our faith - what our church refers to as "Christian Formation." It will cover Bible basics and help you learn to navigate the many classes and programs at All Saints’. 

Jesus on the Front Page
Sundays (ongoing), 9:00-9:55 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.

On Reflection
Wednesdays, 6:00-6:30 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.



Please note: The Journey with the Rev. Karen Evans, will take a break on Wednesday, January 20. We'll return on Wednesday, January 27 at 10:00 a.m.
Looking Ahead
Connecting the Dots with Natosha

Wednesday, January 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m., on Zoom
Introducing a *new* monthly series with the Rev. Natosha Reid Rice about faith and work. This month, we’ll welcome saints in the healthcare and public health sphere, including Arjun Srinivasan, Hope Paga, and Beth Docka.

Faith in the City: Health and Equity with Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones

Sunday, January 31, 9:00-9:55 a.m., on Facebook and Vimeo
Join the Revs. Simon Mainwaring and Natosha Reid Rice in conversation with Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, as they explore the theme of ‘Health and Equity’ and the kind of social contract Christians in particular are called to co-create with regards to the wellness of all people.

Service and Social Justice
Provide a Meal for the Men of Covenant Community

Available dates: January 18, February 1 and 8

As the new year begins, please resolve to help with Monday dinners for Covenant Community. Sharing a meal with the men inside the community is still not possible, but a supportive procedure is in place. Dinner can be dropped off at the front door on Spring Street any time during the day. After dinner, the men would very much like to do a Zoom meeting with you so that everyone could virtually get together. Your participation will be very much appreciated. 

Parish Life Events
Jezebels: Women's Book Study

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. 

Contemplative Prayer

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m., on Zoom

We learn about this centuries-old practice, reflect on relevant readings, and 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. 

Novel Theology: The Overstory by Richard Powers

Wednesday, January 20, 7:00-8:00 p.m., on Zoom

The Overstory is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, explore the lives of five trees whose unique life experiences with nine Americans bring them together to address the destruction of forests. 

Neighborhood Connections Groups

Our *new* Neighborhood Connections Groups invite everyone to engage in fun, social activities with saints who live nearby, such as sharing a cup of coffee on a porch, taking a cooking class over Zoom, or going for a walk or hike together. 

Each neighborhood group will have a volunteer coordinator to help organize activities based on the interests of those participating. If you are interested in serving as a coordinator, please contact Jill Gossett, Director of Parish Life, at jgossett@allsaintsatlanta.org.

Coming Soon: All Saints’ Connects Small Groups

All Saints' Connects Small Groups are gearing up again in 2021, with sign-up details coming in mid-January. Whether you choose our monthly groups (once monthly for six months) or the classic weekly track (once weekly for six contiguous weeks, offered in Lent), we look forward to growing spiritually with you!

Giving
Your pledge is more than a pledge. It is a lifeline!
  • Our beloved sexton team continues a routine of cleaning the church buildings each week and picking up trash that blows around our windy streets even though we are not there. 
  • Louisa Merchant helps refugee families fill out forms for school, access the American medical system, acquire a car and get it registered. With Louisa on board, the right translator can be hired and families experience welcome in a city that helps them heal from the trauma they have experienced. 
  • All Saints’ supplies the space for Recovery Resources of Atlanta Midtown which is a day program where hundreds of men in recovery check in with counselors and coaches online.
Wait no longer to make your pledge, visit allsaintsatlanta.org/give. So many depend on it. Thank you!

Four Ways to Give:
  1. Mail in a check. We receive the mail at the church each day at 634 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308.
  2. Pay online with a credit card. Click here to fill out the online form.
  3. Create a login for ACCESS:AllSaints’ and set up pledge payments, gifts, and recurring gifts from credit cards or a bank account. This feature also opens our online directory to you. You can view your own annual giving records and easily find phone numbers for friends you might want to contact. Plus, you can use this same login to access a free mobile app called Churchlife that allows you to give from your phone and connect with others in the parish. Click here to create an account (go to “Need a login? Click here.”). If you’d like to request assistance, please contact Betsey Gibbs at bgibbs@allsaintsatlanta.org.
  4. Text to Give! On your phone, text “ALLSAINTSATLANTA General” to the number 73256 and fill in a dollar amount you want to give. For example, to give $50, send a text to: 73256 and in the message type “ALLSAINTSATLANTA General 50” (spacing is important). Standard text messaging rates may apply.

Would you like a packet of offering envelopes with 2021 dates already marked on them for mailing in your pledge and gift checks? Email Ellen Hayes and we will mail you a packet of these: ehayes@allsaintsatlanta.org.

Year-End Giving Statements will be mailed in mid-January 2021.
News & Announcements
Interested in Becoming a Member? 
The Adult Inquirer’s Class is a six-part introduction to the life of faith at All Saints’ led by our rector, the Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring. Each session via Zoom follows a three-part movement from faith, city to action, inviting participants to grow as individuals and build community within the parish.

Dates: Mondays, February 1, 8, 22 and March 8, 15 and 22, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., on Zoom

To sign up, please email Pat Kiley at patkiley@allsaintsatlanta.org.
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.

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 our Sunday bulletins to accommodate our parishioners’ generosity.

For more information, email Betsey Gibbs at bgibbs@allsaintsatlanta.org.
From the Candler Foundry

Faith in Conflict: Dealing with Legacy with the Rev. Dr. Gary Mason

Wednesdays, January 27 through March 3, 5:30-7:00 p.m., on Zoom
Explore the historical and theological roots of one of the world's longest running conflicts- the Troubles of Northern Ireland- and how a community of faith helped build peace and pursue reconciliation. With this perspective, we will consider what these stories can teach us about dealing with legacy in a deeply divided United States and wrestle with the concept of what is the role of people of faith in rebuilding and repairing conflicted societies.

This course is offered by The Candler Foundry; the cost to participate is $75.

Grace Notes
Thanks to everyone who donated canned goods to the Atlanta Food Bank as part of our Epiphany Drive-through and Canned Food Drive. We collected 561 pounds of food that will make 440 meals for folks in need!

We received a wonderful thank you note from our friends at FOCUS, an organization that serves families of children with special needs. Thanks to everyone who donated Christmas gifts for FOCUS families through our Giving Tree!

Another big thank you to everyone who donated gifts and food gift cards to the families we serve through Refugee Ministries. And a very special thanks to all who have served as online tutors for former refugee students over the past few months.

(Photos: former refugee families opening gifts, food gift cards, and tutoring prizes.)