This Sunday
High School Holy Hikers

The youth of All Saints’ are heading to the great outdoors! Join us on Sunday afternoon at Arabia Mountain. We'll have a prayer service at the peak of the mountain then wrap up with some snacks and drinks in the parking lot.

Refugee Ministries' Backpack Buddies

This Sunday is the last day to donate backpacks filled with school supplies to former refugee families. We also invite volunteers to help deliver the backpacks to the families in Clarkston on Saturday, July 24.

Simon is away on vacation, so please enjoy today's note from Sarah Stewart, Associate Rector for Young Adults and Innovation.
Dear saints,

Last week’s story from the Hebrew Bible (2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19) featured a lively communal dance party as the Ark of the Covenant, God’s dwelling place, was carried up to Jerusalem. Rousing music of lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets and cymbals inspired King David and his thirty-thousand strong leadership team to dance as an act of grateful faithfulness to the Lord. (If you missed All Saints’ own Sunday stomp-romp on July 4th—replete with Simon on the cymbals and trumpet, organ, and piccolo—you can watch it here!) 

Whenever music sets us moving, glorifying God in our bodies, the Spirit sings. The sound of brass in church has always seemed such a Spirit-song; it regularly gives me goosebumps. On the best days, I can leave off feeling sheepish when the Spirit shows up, daring me to dance because worship, at its best, deepens my trust in God and helps me lean into the joy that flows in our lives through the Spirit. Out of gratitude and thanksgiving for God’s wondrous love, our bodies pick up new dance-moves the Spirit is teaching. And that movement feels like pure joy.

The Holy Spirit had a joyful surprise in store for All Saints’ this summer. Benjamin Haden, a rising senior at Davidson College, decided to share his time, energy, and talents with our community, through a ministerial internship sponsored by his school. Ben has been a trumpeter since middle school (he laughs when he recalls his earlier logic, thinking the trumpet would be the “easiest” instrument on account of its having only three valves!). If you’re on the block during these next five weeks, you will have opportunities to hear Ben trumpeting in Sunday services. Beyond the musical gifts he brings to worship, Ben’s heart for creation and for building community equip him to embrace the variety of roles he’ll be exploring this summer. 

Ben’s presence reminds us and the wider church of the unexpected blessings that young adults in ministerial leadership freely share with us. When you see him around All Saints’, please help us welcome Ben during this creative season of learning and growing together. I am excited to witness how we open our hearts and habits to the joyful beats the Spirit will spark through his ministry among us.

Trusting the Spirit to magnify our joy,
Worship Schedule
Week of July 18, 2021

8:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Indoor Worship Services
These services are intended for vaccinated people; no pre-registration and no Covid-19 protocols are required to attend.

9:00 a.m.
Indoor Worship Service with COVID-19 Protocols
This service adheres to COVID-19 precautions and requires pre-registration, masks, and distancing for those in attendance.

11:15 a.m.
Livestreamed Worship Service
Classes and Groups
Vacation Bible School Family Camp begins on Sunday, August 1! This year's program will inspire both kids and adults to grown in faith, have fun, and change the world as we practice stewardship of creation.

Middle and High Schoolers
We have one more summer gathering! Join us on Sunday afternoon to hike Arabia Mountain. Sign up using the link below:

Youth and Children's Music
IN-PERSON choir rehearsals for youth and children will begin again in late August! Learn more using the links below:

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.

Conversations and Compline

Sunday, July 25, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Ellis Hall and the chapel

Come for conversation, stay for Compline. Saints 18 years and older gather together on the fourth Sunday of the month to pair up for some interactive, rotational conversations and fun. Whether you're eager to get reacquainted or seeking a fresh way to lean into a faith community, you are welcome to share in this experience. The evening concludes with music and prayer to send us into the week refreshed and encouraged by connections God is revealing among us.

A Service of Recovery and Healing

Sunday, August 8, 4:45 p.m., on Zoom

Led by the Reverend Bob Book, our Service of Recovery and Healing meets to 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 register online for these Zoom meetings and Ellen Porter will send you the meeting link and password.

Jesus on the Front Page Takes a Break

Next Meeting: Sunday, August 22, from 10:20-11:05 a.m., in P305/306

This group will take a break for the next few weeks. We will begin meeting in-person again starting Sunday, August 22.
Concert: David Henning, Organist
Wednesday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m.

We are excited to once again take part in the annual Atlanta Summer Organ Festival. This year, we welcome Dr. David Henning, Director of Music and Parish Organist at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. 

Service and Social Justice
Have Fun in the Sun with Refugee Ministries Swimming Buddies

Join former refugee families an afternoon of fun at a parishioner’s pool or lake house. We invite volunteers to sign up to provide water supervision at the following dates and times:

  • July 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at a parishioner’s pool in Sandy Springs
  • August 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at a parishioner’s pool in Sandy Springs
  • August 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at a parishioner’s lake house in Jackson, GA

Donate Children's Clothing, Books, Socks, and Shoes to Threads

Threads is planning to open again in mid-August! We are now inviting donations of new or gently used children’s clothing; a donation barrel is located in the upper level of the parking garage behind the security booth. We are in the process of painting the shop, so please do not put any donations in the shop or any other place on the campus at this time.

Current needs: children's books, short-sleeved shirts for boys and girls (sizes 5-14), new children's sneakers, new socks for boys and girls (size medium). Please remember: Threads does not accept used shoes, socks, or underwear.

Stay tuned for new volunteers hours!

For more information, contact Lori Guarisco at
Create Greeting Cards with Midtown Assistance Center (MAC)

MAC invites volunteers to create greeting cards for their clients. Right now, their office remains closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so they’re helping clients by mailing gift cards. The gift cards are placed inside greeting cards with handwritten notes that add a personal touch; several clients have said how much those notes mean to them. MAC sends out about 10-15 cards each weekday, so they could really use our help in writing cards! 

To participate, you can buy greeting cards in bulk from a retailer or make them yourself. Please write a kind message inside, include an inspirational quote, or both. Sign them with your first name or something like “your friend at MAC.” Please mail the cards to MAC at: 30 Porter Place, Atlanta, GA 30308, or, if you live in town, you can arrange a porch pick up with Ciara Castenell, Partnerships Director.

For more information, please contact  

Provide a Meal for the Men of Covenant Community

Consider bringing dinner to the men of Covenant Community on a Monday night sometime soon. Please contact Barbara Blender to help coordinate.

Parish Life
Back to the Block Celebration

Sunday, August 15, 12:00-2:00 p.m., Kennedy Courtyard

Join us as we reunite on the block to kick off the new program year! Dunk your favorite clergy person in the dunk tank, slide down the double water slide, bake something delicious for our dessert contest, and throw a pie at someone you love. We’ll have lots of fun and fabulous food. Please sign up ahead of time so we know how much food to prepare. 

Together Again! Save the Date for our Annual Parish Weekend at Kanuga

Friday, October 1 through Sunday, October 3
Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina

Make sure to mark your calendars for our Annual Parish Weekend at Kanuga. After a year away, we’re thrilled to be able to gather together for a fun-filled weekend in the beauty of God’s creation. Paper registration forms are available at the Parish Life table on Sundays and online registration will be available beginning July 26.

Serve at Kanuga

Would you like to volunteer during our Annual Parish Weekend? We would love your help! As we look forward to our time together, the planning committee invites volunteers to serve both before and during this special weekend. If you are interested in helping, please contact Jill Gossett, Director of Parish Life, at
Share your faith and proclaim what you believe by making a gift to All Saints' today.

Offering will be taken up during the 8:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. services. For the 9:00 a.m. service, please make a gift in the offering basket in the narthex. 
Thank you so much.
Ellen Hayes, Director of Development

News & Announcements
July 26: Church Directory and Giving Upgrade

In a few short weeks, we're excited to launch our new platform for online giving, directory, and event registration. The platform is called Realm.

On July 26, you will receive an email that invites you to sign up and update your information for the directory, event registration, and online giving.

Please note: If you had already signed up for recurring payments on our previous platform (Access All Saints'), that information and those payments have carried over. 

If you have not signed up for recurring payments and would like to make a pledge payment or gift between now and July 26, please use this secure form until we launch Realm.

If you have questions, please contact Betsey Gibbs at
Upcoming Baptism Dates

We are looking forward to offering baptisms during our worship services again! Upcoming dates this fall: Sunday, September 5 and Sunday, October 10, 2021 at the 11:15 a.m. service.

Please contact Pat Kiley or 404-267-4265 to reserve a spot.
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

Grace Notes
Special thanks to those who have donated to Threads, our children’s clothing ministry. Thanks to your generosity, Threads will provide new socks, underwear, and school uniforms to AID Atlanta for their Summer BBQ Back 2 School Bash on July 31.
The clergy and staff of All Saints' offer prayers of gratitude and appreciation for the many stalwart saints who have ministered compassion and comfort to families grieving the loss of loved ones this summer, through grace-filled liturgical leadership of funeral services in recent weeks, especially our Altar Guild, Verger, Usher, and Reception teams which included:

Bill Bedford, Alvin Moore, Lynda Herrig, Hank Harris, Kevin Kelly, Sally George, Gail Rogers, John Hodgins, Jane Vickers, Barbara Blender, Lynda Smith, Kelly Kautt, Keith Hollingsworth, Mark Thompson, Hannibal Heredia, Chris Mathes, Anotonio Vicens, David Smith, Lanier Quantz, Newton Quantz, Charlie Echols, and Dave Chambless.

Thank you for your overwhelming faithfulness, channeling God's love in such practical, patient, and pastoral ways during this tender transition time in our community!