Dear saints,
You may have read that this past Tuesday that James Lovelock, the scientist responsible for the Gaia theory, died at the age of 103. When Professor Lovelock was born the First World War had just ended a few months earlier, average weekly earnings were $25.61 a week, and the population of Atlanta was a little over 200,000 souls. James Lovelock lived through an era of profound change, yet perhaps from his perspective none more significant than the rate of global carbon emissions. At the time of his birth, around 3.5 billion metric tons of carbon was emitted each year globally; in 2020 it was 34 billion. Lovelock's Gaia theory essentially posits that our planet and its biological systems operate as a single entity, with self-regulatory feedback loops keeping conditions on the planet within boundaries that enable life to thrive. The theory, now half a century old, is perhaps more relevant than ever and James Lovelock's death this week poses the question as to what we will do to prevent our planetary system reaching a tipping point where life can no longer thrive. Theologically, that our life belongs to other lives, that we are part of a larger whole, is a claim that is made in the accounts of creation all the way back in Genesis. It is fitting, then, that as a church this fall we will explore how we might become good stewards of the Earth. In the meantime, I invite you to take a moment to remember the contribution of James Lovelock's one life and ask what part we can all play to love this, our fragile island home.

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
Guest Preacher-Teacher Gary Mason
Sunday, August 7

You are invited to join Rev. 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.
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.  

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.
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.
E-Care Cooking Day 
Saturday, August 6, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Ellis Hall Kitchen 

Join us for an E-Care cooking day! We will prepare meals to stock the church freezer for future deliveries to parishioners in need. No cooking experience necessary! Please email Denise Funk at by Friday, August 5th to volunteer or for additional 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.
For the next several weeks, Ellen Hayes shares some thoughts on giving: 
At All Saints', we walk alongside each other in Faith, Hope and Love. 
Please make your gifts to this vibrant community we share 

Give a Gift or Make a Pledge Payment Today:
  • Online at
  • 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
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.
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 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

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 

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 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.
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 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 1 and August 8

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 August 1 and August 8.

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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