Dear saints,

One of the ironies of God and human history is that the Creator of all that there is, the Almighty, most often goes unnoticed. In light of this, some Christian spiritual teachers such as Brother Lawrence, suggest that we need to practice the presence of God. We need to practice faith, like we might practice basketball or knitting. God doesn't just jump into view every time we say "Our Father..."

What might it look like for you to practice the presence of God this week?

There is no shortage of opinions about what the world needs and no shortage either of people to disagree with them. What might be in shorter supply, however, are people who drink from deeper wells, people who have practiced what it looks like to live expecting the divine presence to show up any minute now. You and I are called to be such people. That's what a saint is - someone, who marked as Christ's own forever—someone that knows who they belong to. 

Whether you are traveling near, far or not at all this coming week for Thanksgiving, I hope that you will have an opportunity to notice the presence of God come into view. Perhaps it will come in slowing down from the busyness of daily life, or around a table big enough to fit all of the opinions you expect will join for dinner that night. However you catch a glimpse of it, I pray that you will receive, in that divine presence, the encouragement you need to practice it more.

For this, and every good gift, thanks be to God.



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The Twenty-fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Sunday, November 19, Church

  • 8:00 a.m. Holy Communion (Traditional Language, No Music) 
  • 9:00 a.m. (Contemporary Language, Choral Music)
  • 11:15 a.m. (Contemporary Language, Choral Music)
  • 5:00 p.m. The Welcome Table (Contemporary Language, Contemplative Music) 

Covenant Community Sunday 

Sunday, November 19, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Church 

Covenant Community, housed on the All Saints' campus, is a life-stabilization residential program for men experiencing homelessness and recovering from substance use disorder. All Saints' has been a close ministry partner with Covenant for decades, and this Sunday is our annual celebration of shared ministry. Come hear the good work happening on our block, and learn ways you can get involved. We'll honor the staff and residents during worship, and learn from Covenant's leaders during Adult Formation. 

Music of Advent 

Sunday, November 19, 10:20 a.m. - 11:05 a.m., Ellis Hall 

Join four members of the All Saints' choir for a journey through some of the most glorious music the Advent and Christmas seasons have to offer. Be reminded of how God makes God’s presence known through the beauty of sacred music — a gift we may enjoy not only in our public worship but also in our everyday lives. 

Everyday Connections 

Sunday, November 19, 10:20 a.m. - 11:05 a.m., Parish Hall 305 

Join us for this NEW class! The proclamation of the Gospel during worship is the beginning of an ongoing dialogue between the text and those who hear it. The homily is a first response that begins, but does not end, this divine conversation. The “Everyday Connections” class provides a continual opportunity for participants to add their voice to the conversation by exploring the significance of the week’s Gospel reading for our everyday lives. To participate in this class via Zoom, please visit and enter password “AdultFormation2023”. 

Jesus on the Front Page 

Sundays, 10:20 a.m. - 11:05 a.m., Parish Hall 307 

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.

The Welcome Table: Sunday Evening Worship Service and Dinner 

Sundays at 5:00 p.m., In the Chapel and Ellis Hall 

Before your busy week begins, the Welcome Table is a place to join with others and find rest and refreshment. Come to the Welcome Table: a service of music (song and solo instrument), prayer (together and in ways that speak to us individually), and communion. A community dinner for all participants follows the service. 

Threads Annual Coat Drive 

Ends Sunday, November 19 

Threads is having our Annual Coat Drive!! We invite you to drop off new and gently used coats for children in sizes 2T to size 16 beginning October 15 until November 19. Thanks in advance for joining in us in our endeavor to bring warmth to families! The collection barrels will be available in the foyer of Parish Hall through the week and in the courtyard on Sunday.

Photo of the Week

On Sunday, our parish held a Rector's Forum in between services led by our Rector, the Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring. During the session, Simon shared examples from Midtown, Atlanta spanning across the nation of churches doing imaginative things with their buildings and grounds. 

But just before the Forum, our parish bid a fond farewell to our outgoing Director of Parish Life, Jill Gossett, and Director of Youth Ministries, Hope Westervelt, on their final Sunday on our staff. Our community joined in prayer to wish Hope, Jill and their families well with their future endeavors and extend our gratitude.

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Classes and Groups

  • Novel Theology >> Meets one Wednesday a month on Zoom from 7:00-8:00 p.m.. Click the link above to learn more and register.

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Worship & Music

Thanksgiving Service 

Thursday, November 23, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Chapel 

Join us in giving thanks to God for the gift of hope. Toward that end, we will gather in the Chapel on Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving Day) at 10:00 a.m.

Please note: Street Closures are possible due to the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon

Christmas Hymn Sing 

Thursday, December 7, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Ellis Hall 

Deck the halls! We will share lunch together and then sing our favorite Christmas and Advent hymns with our Senior Associate Rector for Program, The Rev. Dr. Andrew Barnett at the piano. This is a great event for friends and neighbors.  

Flower Guild Collection for Christmas 

On Christmas Eve, the Flower Guild creates a beautiful floral offering, a tradition made possible by the generous donations of this parish. Donations can be made in memory of or in thanksgiving for a loved one. Please make a donation by December 10 to be listed in the bulletin on Christmas Eve. To donate, please visit:

Adult Formation

School of Spirit: Creating a Neighboring Movement 

Wednesdays, November 29 – December 13, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., P305/306 and on Zoom 

In his final book Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community?, Martin Luther King, Jr. analyzes the state of America, given its existing inequities and the outcry for better jobs, higher wages, equal education, and decent housing. While acknowledging some victories, King suggested then that the nation still had more work to do to live up to the ideals and demands of its founding documents. In many ways, we are in a similar place today. This course examines Dr. King’s insights then in light of our historical moment now. It asks: What does our faith demand of us or compel us to do? What can we do to create what he calls a “World House,” whose family members thrive, contribute meaningfully to the common good, and love one another? 

All Saints' CONNECTS: Advent Spiritual Conversations

Sunday, November 12 – Monday, December 25

All Saints’ Connects is our small group ministry for spiritual conversation. The Advent groups will run from the week of November 12 through the last week of Advent. It's not too late to join! Our small groups meet weekly for one hour by zoom. To sign up for a group, contact Jilli Robertson at

The Journey Bible Study  

Mondays in fall at 11:00 a.m.

This Bible study is led by The Rev. Karen Evans, our Priest Associate for Pastoral Care. During meetings, participants study one book of the Bible in detail, looking at its context, meaning and application to our lives. We are currently studying the Gospel according to Luke. The only requirements are a Bible and a willingness to learn. Register at The Zoom link will be sent to you following registration. 

School of the Spirit: Making Sense of the Old Testament

Wednesdays in Fall, Winter and Spring, 6:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m., Parish Hall 305/306 and on Zoom

Join Ryan Bonfiglio for a twelve-week course that not only examines the contents of the Old Testament, but also its significance today. The course is 12 weeks and those weeks are broken into three blocks: Oct 25, Nov 1, 8, 15 | Jan 17, 24, 31, Feb 7 | Apr 10, 17, 24, May 1.

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Parish Life

Advent Adventures 

Saturday, December 3, 10:20 a.m. - 11:05 a.m., Ellis Hall 

Advent is the season of anticipation of the coming of Christ. We will have activities for all ages, including crafts that will help us understand and celebrate Advent at home and the annual Flower Guild Advent wreath-making with kits and greenery available to purchase. 

St. Helena’s Hot Pepper Jelly Sale 

Sundays in November and December 3, 10:20 a.m. - 11:10 a.m., Ellis Hall 

St. Helena's Hot Pepper Jelly will be on sale starting Sunday, November 5 through Sunday, December 3 (or until we sell out). Find us in the Ellis Foyer after the 9 a.m. service! Get yours while they are HOT! We take checks, cash or credit cards. 

St. Nicholas Celebration and Dinner

Wednesday, December 6, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Ellis Hall , The Church and in Ellis Hall

Join us as we kickoff this holiday season by celebrating St. Nicholas with singing, ringing, storytelling and dinner. Rumor has it that Old Saint Nicholas might even pay us a visit! There will be two seatings for dinner: 5:00 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.. Register by December 3 on Realm at

Children & Youth

Weekly Children & Youth Formation 

Nursery/Little Saints: Birth-Pre-K, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 1st floor of the Pritchett Center 

Children’s Church: K-5th grade, 8:40 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., 2nd floor of the Pritchett Center

Children Formation: K-5th grade, 10:20 a.m. - 11:05 a.m., 2nd floor of the Pritchett Center

Youth Formation: 6th-12th grade, 10:20 a.m. - 11:05 a.m., The Attic (3rd floor of the Pritchett Center)

Advent Adventure Sunday

December 3, 10:20 a.m. - 11:05 a.m., Ellis Hall

Advent is the season of anticipation of the coming of Christ. We will have activities for all ages, including crafts that will help us understand and celebrate Advent at home and the annual Flower Guild Advent wreath-making with kits and greenery available to purchase.

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Young Adults

Brunch & Beyond with the Young Adults

Sunday, December 10, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., The Ross Room

Join the Young Adults for our Christmas Brunch! Come enjoy a delicious meal and lively conversation. All are invited – whether you're looking to connect for the first time, reconnect after a long while, or keep connections going! Childcare is available. For more information, contact our Young Adult Coordinator, Tasia Blair, at

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Service and Social Justice
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Annual Thanksgiving Dinner  

Tuesday, November 21, 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Ellis Hall 

Covenant Community will host its Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for our friends in need—please save the date! You are invited to bring turkeys and hams to church on Sunday, November 12. You're also invited to volunteer as we welcome 350 guests and Mayor André Dickens to our annual Covenant Community Thanksgiving Dinner on 11/21 at 5:00 pm. To volunteer, please contact Kristina Armstrong: or Andy Barnett:

Food Fund Donations 

Sunday, November 19 - Monday, December 25 

All year long Refugee Ministries provides emergency food to family through our Christmas fund. To donate please go to and choose the Give Tab. Scroll down to credit card. Designate Refugee Ministries in fund and write food in memo. We are delighted to provide a tax letter upon request. For more information, e-mail Director of Refugee Ministries Louisa Merchant at 

The Giving Tree 

Sunday, November 19 - Sunday, December 19, Ellis Hall 

Thank you for selecting a gift for The Giving Tree! Take a leaf from the tree or e-mail Director of Refugee Ministries Louisa Merchant at to receive an Amazon link. In-person gifts are due to Ellis Hall wrapped and with leaf firmly attached by Sunday, December 10 except Emmaus House which is due Sunday, December 17. 

Refugee Ministries’ Annual Christmas Party, the Attic 

Saturday, December 16, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Volunteers are needed to host games or help with food or transportation for our annual Refugee Ministries Christmas party for around 100 people from the Middle East, East and Central Africa, Latin America, Burma and Nepal. Come help spread the joy of the season. To participate, please e-mail Director of Refugee Ministries Louisa Merchant at 

The Giving Tree and Annual FOCUS Christmas Party 

Saturday, December 16, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Ellis Hall 

Volunteers are needed to help set up snacks and gifts and provide welcome for our annual FOCUS Christmas party. FOCUS serves thousands of medically fragile children in the Atlanta area.  Our Giving Tree hosts 40 families who receive their gifts and have time with Santa in Ellis. To participate, please e-mail Director of Refugee Ministries Louisa Merchant at

Threads Welcomes Families for Shopping

Threads welcomes families for in-store shopping Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Interested in volunteering? Contact Marcia Mayfield at 

Read The Faith and Justice Collaborative's November Newsletter

The new Faith & Justice Collaborative has launched as part of the mission of Adult Formation and has produced its first newsletter. Comprised of All Saints’ ministries committed to serving others as part of our Baptismal Covenant, the Collective will provide information about initiatives, people, and educational opportunities in the parish and in our city. The November issue includes:

  1. The joys of Covenant Community's Thanksgiving dinner
  2. Dr. Catherine Meeks retiring from Absalom Jones Center
  3. Election Day (November 7) reminders
  4. Emory's "Praise House"
  5. St. Bart's pilgrimage to International African American Museum

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