Dear saints, 


One of the peculiarities of a large church like All Saints' is that there can be entire subsets of people who remain practically unknown to others. For instance, perhaps you come to church on a Sunday morning for the 11:15 a.m. service and, only seeing a sprinkling of children and their families there, reasonably assume that what you see is typical of All Saints' as a whole. 


If that is your experience, then it would have been something of a shock if you had come with me up to the Attic this week and seen the 60-something children and youth who turned the third floor of the Pritchett Center into an eco-themed Vacation Bible School. The place has been teeming with young life all week. If you had been there on Tuesday afternoon you would have found five of us staff meeting around a table, brainstorming ways for us to strengthen our senior high ministries as we make plans for the new school year. Or if this Saturday morning you happen to swing by the church parking lot you will see our band of youth pilgrims about to head out to Croatia, accompanied by Jenny McBride, Kathy Roberts, Bill Sullivan and yours truly.


In fact, come to All Saints’ any day of the week, and some expression or other of the human family will encounter you, each one a variation on the last—asking different questions, looking for different answers. My whole week has been witness to that very fact. On Wednesday, I hosted an ecumenical group of local clergy whose communities span from the Temple to Central Presbyterian. The next day I was here with a multi-racial cohort of Baptists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians and Methodists. I had meetings about weddings, a funeral, the Future of Our Block, ordination discernment, verger ministry, vestry service and our calendar for next year's program year. I gathered with All Saints’ off the block in parishioners’ homes: one night to close out a year of a group’s lay leadership development; the other to welcome our new Music Director, Scott Lamlein, with the search committee who helped bring him here. I sat one-on-one with staff, had breakfast with the clergy, and met with a prospective new partner in support of a program for the arts for Title I school kids in a nearby neighborhood. Sometimes this job offers a simply dizzying variety of encounters and stories and hopes and longings, and I love it all! 


In a world when we hear too often about the ways by which we are drawing apart from one another and living lives that fail to encounter people beyond our small islands of concern, All Saints' is a living testament to the power of doing the opposite. Here we are loudly and proudly forging a life together that sees the wide variety of humanity as a gift not a threat. 


The 80th anniversary this past week of the D-Day landings reminds us that at our very worst, we will seek to destroy what we see as different and be deceived by a myopic and exclusionary vision of the world. That anniversary equally reminds us, however, of the courage of those who refuse to see the world in such ways, in that age and across time. 


You and I are called to embrace human life in all of its glorious diversity and this church is a place in our lives where we are gifted the opportunity to practice such an embrace with all sorts of saints and sinners, young and old, wherever each of us are on our journey. So, when you feel discouraged in your encounters with the world, come join me up in the Attic, or down in the kitchen or out on the sidewalk where together we can learn to recognize the many faces of God alive in the people we will meet.


Keep the faith.





Peace,

THIS SUNDAY

Third Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, June 9, Church


Weekly Service Times

  • 8:00 a.m. (Traditional Language, No Music) 
  • 10:00 a.m. (Contemporary Language, Choral Music) 
  • 5:00 p.m. The Welcome Table (Contemporary Language, Contemplative Music) 

ANNOUNCEMENT: The live stream of our Sunday worship services will be available at allsaintsatlanta.org/live, facebook.com/AllSaintsATL and on youtube.com/@AllSaintsATL. Feel free to join us via your preferred platform and be sure to give us a follow! 

PARKING: Overflow parking is available at the Bank of America—please enter on North Ave. Get a validation ticket upon entry from an usher. Please request an additional validation ticket from an usher in the church narthex upon arrival or exit. Use both validation tickets upon exiting the Bank of America parking deck to park free of charge.

Stump the Organist 

Sunday, June 2 – Sunday, August 11, 9:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Church 

Our summer prelude begins at 9:50 a.m. in the summer. Come request your favorite hymns, as played by our new Director of Music, Scott Lamlein and our Associate Director of Music, Justin Maxey! 

Flat Jesus Summer Activity

As you travel near and far, be sure to participate in our Flat Jesus Summer Activity! Pick up your Flat Jesus bookmark in Ellis Hall along with instructions to submit your photos of Flat Jesus from around the world! You can also visit allsaintsatlanta.org/flatjesus for the same in digital form.

Jesus on the Front Page 

Sundays, 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m., Parish Hall 307 

Our summer schedule offers a great opportunity to try Jesus on the Front Page! In this all-ages class, we explore what it means to live as faithful people in today's world drawing on scripture, our tradition, our experiences and the news of the day. E-mail Clark Lemons (clemons@emory.edu) if you have questions! 

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 piano and singing, prayer (together and in ways that speak to us individually), and communion. A community dinner for all participants follows the service. 

Photos of the Week

Greetings, saints! This past Sunday at All Saints’ was eventful for our parish. At our 10:00 a.m. service, we kicked things off with our beloved musical prelude, Stump the Organist, led by our Director of Music, Scott Lamlein.


Be sure to make your requests throughout the summer via our Facebook page comments (facebook.com/AllSaintsATL) and on our brand new YouTube live stream (youtube.com/@AllSaintsATL) on Sunday mornings!


At that same service, our Associate Rector of Formation, the Rev. Dr. Jennifer McBride, gave a challenging and thought-provoking sermon on the need to embrace new expressions of our faith in our midst, recognizing that the Holy Spirit does not conform to any particular tradition.

Then, this week, our parish hosted Vacation Bible Study (VBS) for kids! This year, the theme was “Compassion Camp: What Every Living Thing Needs.” Our 25 rising K-5th graders are enjoying games, Bible stories, singing, art and science experiments, with after-care available until 5:00 p.m. Meanwhile, we have 23 young people aged 6th grade and up that have volunteered to be camp counselors! 


Kathy Roberts, our Director of Children’s Ministries, has structured the curriculum to explore what compassion for all living things means. Our young people are exploring environmental stewardship, respect for animals and empathy for other people through the lens of fundamental needs (food, water, air and shelter). Each classroom focuses on a particular modality of learning, including a room each for: science experiments, arts and crafts, physical education and learning key stories from the Bible.

We would love to get to know you! Our community looks forward to you joining us for upcoming services and events throughout the year! For more information visit allsaintsatlanta.org/calendar

GIVING

Here is proof that All Saints' has Generous Hearts and Open Doors: 


2024 Annual Canvass results were 711 pledges and $3,278,000!

Also, giving rose 3-4% again this year.  


 

Thank you to our Annual Canvass Chairs:

Briley and Elena Brisendine and Frank and Susan Virgin

 Hope is here and we thank you all! 


- Ellen Hayes, Director of Development, ehayes@allsaintsatlanta.org -

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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

Education for Ministry (EfM) Celebration Sunday 

Sunday, June 30 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Church  

EfM is a program for lay persons who want to deepen their spiritual understanding of our faith. All Saints has more than 400 EfM graduates, and we will celebrate four more on EfM Celebration Sunday, June 30 during our 10:00 a.m. service. 

Join the All Saints’ Choir! 

The All Saints’ Choir is a welcoming group of adults that love to sing. Yes, it is a very talented group, but don't be afraid! This is a fabulous community in which to learn while making music alongside seasoned professionals (slamlein@allsaintsatlanta.org) or Associate Director of Music, Justin Maxey (jmaxey@allsaintsatlanta.org), for details. 

ADULT FORMATION

Education for Ministry (EfM)

This is a program for lay persons who want to deepen their spiritual understanding of our faith. Over four years, we cover Old and New Testaments, church history and contemporary theology with a curriculum prepared by the Theology School at Sewanee.  Small groups (generally fewer than 10) allow for group discussion and to develop our personal responses to issues facing us and the Church today. For more information or to join an existing group, call or text Steve Hines at (404) 323-0601. 

Embodied Beloved Community: A Pilgrimage along the Civil Rights Trail for Truth-Telling, Training and Transformation 

Sunday, June 30 at 12:00 p.m. to Sunday, July 7 at 4:00 p.m., Various Locations 

All Saints’ parishioners are invited to join this pilgrimage, which is being hosted by St. Paul's (Atlanta) and Grace Church (Brooklyn Heights, NYC). It begins on Sunday, June 30 in Tennessee and continues over eight days through Mississippi, Alabama and concluding in Georgia. Space is limited, so register today at episcopalatlanta.org/event/embodied-beloved-community

Men's Spirituality Group 

Tuesdays in spring, 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m., online via Zoom 

A new Men's Spirituality Group has formed! This small group invites anyone wanting to growth in faith and male friendship to join them by Zoom the first three Tuesdays of the month and in person at All Saints on the fourth Tuesday of the month. To RSVP please e-mail Stan Hitron at shitron@gmail.com. To participate via Zoom, please visit allsaintsatlanta.org/links and enter password “AdultFormation2024”. 

PARISH LIFE

All Sorts’ Stonewall Brunch 

Sunday, June 30, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Ellis Hall 

You are wanted and welcome to attend the conversational brunch we call "Stonewall: A Call to Action, Then and Now." Brunch will be provided as a panel-style conversation between Episcopalian experts in the fields of trans-inclusivity and environmental activism reminds us why we get to celebrate PRIDE month. 

kanuga

Save the Date: Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga Conference Center

Friday, September 27 - Sunday, September 29, 2024, Kanuga Conference Center

Save the Date to join the All Saints' Parish for a weekend of fun and fellowship at Kanuga in Hendersonville, N.C. Registration and more information will be available in May.

CHILDREN & YOUTH

Weekly Children & Youth Formation 

Nursery/Little Saints: Birth-Pre-K, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., 1st floor of the Pritchett Center 

Children’s Church: Children's Church takes a break during summer. Please join the parish in the church for worship services. 

Children Formation: Children's Formation takes a break during summer. Please join the parish in the church for worship services. 

Youth Formation: Youth Formation takes a break during summer. Please join the parish in the church for worship services. 

Peeps in the Pew

Children and youth are invited to join Ms. Emily, Ms. Kathy, and Luke and sit together during the 10:00 a.m. service throughout the summer. Find us each Sunday towards the right side of the church! 

Youth Ministries’ Special Summer Events 

We are on Summer break but that doesn't mean the fun at All Saints' stops! Be on the lookout for emails about our Special Summer Events. If you have any questions please reach out to  lnolfa@allsaintsatlanta.org

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YOUNG ADULTS

Bridge of Light Juneteenth Service Day 

Wednesday, June 19, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Capitol 

Join us in our work with Bridge of Light, providing services and dignity to individuals experiencing homelessness in Atlanta by utilizing mobile resource centers to offer showers, hygiene kits, and clean clothing. 

Young Adult Fellowship Online! 

Are you in your 20s or 30s and interested in fellowship, discipleship, and service? Reach out to Tasia Blair at youngadults@allsaintsatlanta.org to receive our monthly newsletter, get added to the WhatsApp group chat and find out what events we have coming up! 

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SERVICE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

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Threads Welcomes Families for Shopping

Threads welcomes families for in-store shopping Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. We are currently in need of: 

- Boys’ pants in sizes 8, 10 and 12 

- Toddler Boys’ tops and pants in sizes 2T, 3T, 4T and 5T 

Also, feel free to check out our Amazon wish list here: bit.ly/ASECThreadsJune2024 

Interested in volunteering? Contact Marcia Mayfield at threads@allsaintsatlanta.org.

Read The Faith and Justice Collective's

June Newsletter


The June issue includes the following highlights:


  1. Juneteenth Commemorations in Atlanta
  2. Faith & Justice Collective to Sponsor Sunday Luncheons
  3. Answering the Question: “What Can I Do?”
  4. All Sorts Welcomes Parishioners to PRIDE Month Events


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