This Sunday
A Service of Recovery and Healing

Our Service of Recovery and Healing meets on the second Sunday of each month at 4:30 p.m. 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.

Jesus on the Front Page

On Sunday at 10:00 a.m., 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.

Dear saints,

When I lived in India, the water supply was reliant on the monsoon rains. The rains would build up groundwater, which would make a freshwater spring burst to life in the hills where we lived. The problem was that when the spring finally came to life, not everyone got the long-awaited supply of water at the same time. For those who lived higher up, as I did, there was a sometimes frustrating wait for water to arrive while we watched our neighbors downhill bathe, and cook, and wash clothes to their hearts' content. The point of this parable: it can be hard to wait. 

The great, big and beautifully all-ages All Saints’ community is also mid-stream. Some of us are vaccinated, while—just to name one demographic—our members under age 12 are not. Some of us head to grocery stores with no mask mandates, while my local stores here in Midtown still require masks in some cases. New Testament scholar Hans Conzelmann sees all of life as set within the "middle of time," between Jesus’ inauguration of the Kingdom of God and Christ’s fulfillment of it. So I suppose as the people of the church, we should be good at waiting. On the other hand, there’s a reason why patience is considered a virtue: it takes work.

Later this month the vestry will vote on new Covid-19 protocols which, if approved, will allow us to return to our pre-Covid life as a church on a number of levels. At the same time, we plan to retain opportunities to gather for those who cannot yet receive the vaccine. In others words, we will practice what it means to be a both/and community, waiting with one another with grace and care. 

I’m proud of how well this church has been able to order our common life through the course of this pandemic, keeping everyone safe and recognizing people's needs that are different from our own. Soon enough the living waters of life together will spring up for all of the saints of this church, and we pray the same for all God’s children who still face long, hard months of uncertainty as the pandemic surges in other parts of the world. In the meantime, we will wait, and watch, and pray, and give thanks for the gift of life that seems now more precious than ever.

Simon Mainwaring
Worship Schedule
Week of June 13, 2021

8:00 a.m.
Outdoor Worship Service*

9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Indoor Worship Services*

9:00 a.m.
Online Worship Service

*Registration is required for in-person worship services. Please register by noon on Friday. If you have questions, contact Jill Gossett at
A note about our online service: We are still working to resolve the tech issue that prevented us from livestreaming the service last Sunday. We hope to have it fixed by Sunday and will provide an update in the Sunday morning email. If the issue is not resolved by Sunday, we will record the service and post the recorded video in the Video and Audio Library as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience.
Classes and Groups
Children's programming is on summer break! Stay tuned for details about upcoming summer gatherings and Vacation Bible School in August.

Middle and High Schoolers
Lots of fun summer gatherings coming up! Learn more and sign up 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, June 27, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Kennedy Courtyard and the chapel

Come for conversation, stay for Compline. Saints 18 years and older gather on the fourth Sunday of the month to pair up for interactive, rotational conversations and fun. The evening concludes with music and prayer to send us into the week refreshed and encouraged by connections God is revealing among us.

Service and Social Justice
Tolling the Bells to Remember the Victims of the Pulse Nightclub Massacre

Saturday, June 12, 12:00 p.m. (noon), Bell Tower

This Saturday, June 12, we will ring our church bells to remember those killed in the Pulse Nightclub massacre. Meet Bruce Garner in the bell tower a few minutes before 12:00 p.m. (noon) if you would like to help toll our bell 49 times to honor the memory of the 49 people killed and demonstrate support for the survivors.
Five Year Remembrance Vigil

Saturday, June 12, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Saints Mark United Methodist Church, 718 Peachtree Street NE

Also on Saturday, join our friends at Saint Mark United Methodist for an outdoor vigil to remember the victims and survivors of the Pulse Nightclub Massacre.

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  
Tutor with Refugee Ministries

We are seeking five volunteers to tutor ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) for four teens and one first grader from Afghanistan. They are wonderful students and are all brand new speakers of English. The tutoring sessions will be one hour a week for 12 weeks on Zoom. No tutoring experience necessary; we provide orientation, support and materials. Volunteers 8th grade and older welcome; we’re happy to provide service hours.

To sign up or for more information, please contact Louisa Merchant at
Provide a Meal for the Men of Covenant Community

Available dates: June 21, June 28, and July 5

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

Donate to the Refugee Ministries Rescue Fund to Help a Family in Danger

A family known to All Saints’ Refugee Ministries needs help bringing the surviving members of family in immediate and life-threatening danger to the United States. All Saints’ has set up a special Refugee Ministries fund in hopes of raising $15,000 to support legal fees, documents, and humanitarian travel.

If you would like to contribute please visit our website and select Give, followed by Make a Contribution and then designate “Refugee Rescue Fund" (or click here to go directly to the form).

We ask your prayers for all those who live in danger across the world.

Questions? Contact Louisa Merchant, Director of Refugee Ministries, at

"Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer."
—Maya Angelou

Make a generous gift or pledge payment today. Thank you.

Text to give: text "allsaintsatlanta" to 73256.

Coming to church in person? Bring checks and cash to the baskets in the narthex.
News & Announcements
Church Directory and Giving Update

Over the next several weeks, we will be upgrading our online giving, directory, and event registration hub to a new platform called Realm.

The new system will enable a greater level of engagement and connection through user-friendly access to all things All Saints', including a new mobile phone app, enhanced control over your personal profile, and the ability to find and message other members in just a few clicks.

This upgrade will not disrupt your recurring contributions. Stay tuned for more info, including how to set up your new username and password.

For more information contact Betsey Gibbs at
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
Youth Week at Kanuga

Kanuga Youth Week for youth in rising grades 7 to college freshmen will be held in-person at Kanuga! Youth Week empowers young people to connect with Christ and each other.

“I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” —Isaiah 46:4

If you have questions or want to inquire about scholarships, please contact the Rev. Zack Nyein at
Grace Notes
This past Sunday, we recognized seven new graduates of our outstanding Education for Ministry (EfM) program! EfM is a four-year program sponsored by the theology school at the University of the South (Sewanee) that provides the framework for the group to connect faith to their daily lives through reading and discussion.

Congratulations to Millie Baumbusch, Douglas Bragg, Beth Curtis, Sue Everets, Terry Johnson, Susan McClure, and Becky Williams!
On Wednesday, we hosted our first "All Saints' Al Fresco" lunchtime concert in the courtyard, featuring a performance by Atlanta Celli and lunch from NaanStop. Special thanks to Erin Cassel Idnani and Neal Idnani for sharing their talents with us!

This past Sunday, we recognized Jamie Clements' last Sunday at All Saints'. Jamie has served as a section leader and tenor soloist in the All Saints' Adult Choir for a number of years. He has recently been named Vice President of Development at the Denver Center for Performing Arts and is moving to Colorado. Please join us in praying for him as he begins his next adventure!
The second issue of Seasons magazine is here! The theme is light and you'll find stories about our stained glass windows, lantern parades, the Flower Guild, and so much more!

Special thanks to managing editor Justin Averette for his leadership and to this issue's contributing writers: Lawrence Davidson, Shannon Dobranski, Stephen Dobranski, Dwayne Symmar, and Megan Wyman.