Dear saints,
 
The life of the church is such a rich and varied panoply. This week I have shared discussions on a wide range of topics including preaching, weddings, children and youth formation, the art of communication and storytelling, and even the theological education of women in the Middle East. I have led worship at Canterbury Court and sat at the bedside of a parishioner in their final days of life. Through the ministry of staff serving refugee communities and children in need of clothes and shoes for a new school year people - literally in their hundreds - have encountered a community in their lives that has wanted to honor and serve them. There have been tears, laughter, and many wonderful reminders of how much the humanity of people is magnified and honored because of this church. 

This church is a special place. At the heart of my hopes and vision for All Saints' is that this life-giving community will continue to be an integral part of the lives of the five hundred or so children and youth who call All Saints' home. I want us to be a church where every child knows that God loves them beyond all measure, and that the adults of this parish are entirely invested in them knowing that reality. 

Over the coming weeks, you will be hearing us invite you to be part of the village of people who share that commitment to our children. There will be numerous practical ways that you will be able to live that commitment out. In the meantime, as children across Georgia prepare for a new school year, may we join them in that time of preparation by praying for them and their families. 

I give thanks that All Saints' is such a vibrantly multi-generational church and I cannot wait to see the church we become as we welcome our children and youth home. 

Peace,
This Sunday
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 (10:00 a.m. service only)

Come to church a little early and play 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."
Classes and Groups
Ongoing Groups
News & Announcements
Grace Note: Threads Back-to-School Uniform Giveaway
 
For the last two weeks Threads hosted a back-to-school uniform giveaway right here on the block. Over the course of 6 days, Lori Guarisco and a team of All Saints’ volunteers have served over 300 kids, providing them with new uniforms, shoes, socks, and underwear for the school year ahead. 5,000 pieces of clothing and 300 shoes were given away in this one-of-a-kind event. The generosity of All Saints’ parishioners through their time, energy, and finances is what allows us to be a parish that is truly In the City, For the City. 
Grace Note: Refugee Ministries Backpack Buddies 

Refugee and Children’s Ministries are so grateful that you’ve donated 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to students in our refugee ministries program! A reminder that today is the last day to drop off your fully-stocked backpack! For more information, contact Louisa Merchant at louisam@allsaintsatlanta.org 
Parish Life
Registration is now open 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 jgossett@allsaintsatlanta.org.
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, at jgossett@allsaintsatlanta.org  
Call for Nominations: All Saints' Roundtable
Nominations must be received by August 1

Are you interested in future leadership roles at All Saints’? Do you want to know more about the parish from history to finances and everything in between? Do you want to get to know a small group of parishioners better?  Are you willing to commit to a monthly meeting for nine months?  All Saints’ Roundtable may be the place for you! The group is limited in size due to the nature of the meetings. Candidates will be notified the first week of August and the first meeting will be Monday, October 3 (tentative).
If you would like to be considered, please contact David Smith by email to submit your nomination or to seek more information.
Giving
Each year Giving USA publishes a report on national giving trends. The 2021 report on philanthropy in America has just been released and we are continuing to share some notable highlights:

How will non-profits increase participation in giving across our nation? Several ideas were offered in the report: Flexibility and Innovation. Technology is important to use and explore creatively. Technology requires trust and we continue to build trust through strong relationships within our communities. The data shows that people want to "lean in" and find meaning and purpose in their lives. At All Saints' our mission is clear: to serve God and God's work in the world. How is God at work in your life? If you have a comment or story to share with our Stewardship team, please share it.

Give a Gift or Make a Pledge Payment Today:
  • Online at allsaintsatlanta.org/give
  • 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
  • Gift stocks or securities (click here for instructions >>)

Questions? Contact Ellen Hayes, Director of Development, at ehayes@allsaintsatlanta.org.
Children & Youth
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.
Grace Note: Middle School Beach Retreat 

Last weekend, 10 middle school youth and 4 adults headed down to Panama City Beach, FL for our first ever middle school beach retreat, complete with sunset beach volleyball, Eucharist and Compline on the beach, and a Y’All Saints’ Variety Show! A heartfelt thank you to Kathy Roberts, Amy Gaynor, and Lisa Newbern for being chaperones on the trip. 
Service and Social Justice
Read The MICAH Project's July Newsletter

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

This edition includes:

  • Actor Brenda Bynum returns with her one-woman play Jordan Is So Chilly: An Encounter with Lillian Smith
  • Parishioner reflections on the Legacy and Justice Pilgrimage to Selma and Montgomery
  • Focus on the Fourteenth Amendment
  • New leaders for MICAH
  • And more!

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

Backpack Buddies: Help Deliver Backpacks
Saturday, July 30

We have 100 backpacks full of school supplies to deliver to students in our refugee ministries program! Email Louisa Merchant at louisam@allsaintsatlanta.org to sign up to deliver backpacks to Clarkston on July 30. Backpacks can be picked up between 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at All Saints' on July 30. Thank you for making the back-to-school experience a happy one! 
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 at louisam@allsaintsatlanta.org.
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.

Threads Back-to-School Uniform Event
July 21-23, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Tate Courtyard

Threads is re-opening for a school uniform Back-to-School giveaway and there are many opportunities to volunteer during the event! We need volunteers to work with children as personal shoppers and volunteers to bring children to the shop. Please reach out to Lori Guarisco at threads@allsaintsatlanta.org to find out more information about volunteer needs. 
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 threads@allsaintsatlanta.org
Share a Meal with the Men of Covenant Community
Mondays, July 25 and August 1

Please continue the All Saints’ tradition of providing dinner to the men of Covenant Community on a Monday night. 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 July 25 and August 1.

Connect with us on Realm!

Don't forget to join Realm, our new platform for online giving, directory, and event registration.

Questions? Please contact Betsey Gibbs at bgibbs@allsaintsatlanta.org.


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