Evangelism and Outreach


The Evangelism & Outreach Commission at All Saints’ is committed to building up the kingdom of God as revealed through Christ. We strive to bring together people  who might not normally meet in order to worship, work, and play in the name of Christ. We hope these ministries match the gifts and passions of the members of this parish. Please let the clergy or commissioners know about additional ministries you are passionate about. There is always room for new ministries and leadership, and we ask that you pray about and consider your part in the ministries of Evangelism and Outreach.

Evangelism & Outreach Commissioners:

Philemon Croft, pcroft@adamsbrothersinc.com, Vicki Poellnitz, poellnitzv@gmail.com, Chris Sizemore, sizemore.chris@principal.com

Clergy Contact:
The Rev. Charles Youngson, 769-3180,  cyoungson@allsaintsbirmingham.org

All Saints’ Open Golf Tournament |  Angel Tree BEAT |  Bridge Ministries | Cahaba Valley Health | Connectors | Community Kitchens of Birmingham | Disaster Response Team | Discovery Weekend | Episcopal Place | Episcopal Relief and Development| Family Promise of Birmingham |  Firehouse Shelter | Fourth Sunday Food Drive | Grace Food Pantry | Greater Birmingham Ministries | Greeters | Habitat for HumanityKairos | My Child’s ClosetM-Power Ministries | Nametag Sunday | Newcomer’s Coffee | Our Little Roses | Sawyerville Day Camp | Service Saturdays | Supporting Our Community | SweepTract Rack | UTO


All Saints’ Open Golf Tournament

Each year All Saints’ hosts a golf tournament, with money raised benefiting a specific ministry.

How to get involved:

  • Sign up to play as a single player or as a group
  • Contribute a prize
  • Sponsor a hole

Contact: Steve Mistrot, shmistrot@gmail.com

Angel Tree – angeltree.org

Angel Tree is a ministry that has taken place at All Saints’ for over 25 years. It is part of Prison Fellowship and connects children with their incarcerated parent. The parent makes an application with the prison chaplain and we provide the gifts in the name of the parent. We usually sponsor approximately  75 children, and give each child something to wear, something to play with, and something educational. Children are invited to a Christmas party at All Saints’, and caregivers of the children are given the gifts to take home for Christmas Day. Small gifts are given to the children by Santa, the Christmas Story is read, and a birthday cake for Baby Jesus is enjoyed.

How to get involved:

  • Sponsor a family during November by taking a card off of our Angel Tree
  • Help with the Angel tree party

Contact: Lucy Hortberg, hortberg@msn.com

BEAT Project

Since its inception in 1991, the BEAT project has worked tirelessly to raise the quality of life and standards of living for the residents of the Ensley community. BEAT has an ongoing need for bi-weekly volunteers to help with landscaping and community maintenance.

How to get involved:

  • Gather a group and sign up to help with landscaping and maintenance

Contact : Frank Dominick, 613-1197,  fdominick@aol.com.

Blood Drive

Once a year we host a community blood drive.

How to get involved:

  • Donate blood, or help advertise the blood drive

Contact: Lorelle Collins, lgjohnson24@yahoo.com


Cahaba Valley Health – cahabavalleyhealthcare.org

Cahaba Valley Health Care is a nonprofit organization based in central Alabama, and is dedicated to providing access to quality healthcare for the underserved, primarily Hispanic, communities in Jefferson and Shelby Counties.

How to get involved:
… Cahaba Valley Health Care is looking for dentists, doctors, nurses, and anyone willing to give up a Sunday afternoon to help those in need.
Contact: Matt Ennis, 979-0206, matt@cahabavalleyhealthcare.org


Connectors is a ministry at All Saints’ designed to help parishioners and newcomers alike plug into all of the many opportunities and activities that All Saints’ offers, meet new friends and to connect or reconnect with all that makes a church feel like a home. In addition to numerous outreach programs, All Saints’ offers programs for people of all ages, interests and backgrounds and the Connectors ministry is here to help anyone who is interested find that perfect fit!

How to get involved:
… We are always looking for Connectors. Connectors will sponsor a new member and help them find their way around All Saints’. Please contact Vicki Poellnitz if you are interested in helping with this ministry.


Community Kitchens of Birmingham -thecommunitykitchens.org

Community Kitchens of Birmingham is a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding anyone who is hungry. There are two locations; one at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Southside, and the other at Grace Episcopal Church in Woodlawn. Volunteers are needed to cook and serve meals.
How to get involved:

… Volunteers are needed to cook and serve meals. Call our liaison to schedule a time for your group to prepare a meal.
Contact: Wes Gilchrist,  wbgilchr@gmail.com

Disaster Response Team

The Disaster Response Team is an outreach ministry of All Saints’ that helps communities respond to natural disasters with assistance.

How to get involved:
… Contact our Parish Liaison in order to be added to the email distribution list so when a disaster does occur you will be notified promptly.

… Travel to a disaster site and help in a variety of ways
Contact: Rex Lysinger, rexlysingerjr@gmail.com

Episcopal Place- episcopalplace.org

Episcopal Place serves as a model for providing affordable, independent living for seniors and adults with disabilities. The unique partnership between government, the faith community and the non-profit sector allows Episcopal Place to meet the needs of today’s seniors who want to age at home, remain independent for as long as possible, and live not just longer but better lives. The non-profit foundation funds supportive services such as transportation to nearby banks and grocery stores, nutritional and exercise programs, subsidized meals and housekeeping, resident activities and pastoral care services. Volunteers are used to help provide many of the supportive services which keep residents active and involved. For more information about volunteering or living at Episcopal Place, call 939-0085.

How to get involved:
… Volunteers are used to help provide many of the supportive services which keep residents active and involved.
Contact: Amanda Ennis, agennis4@gmail.com

Episcopal Relief and Development – er-d.org

Working in partnership with the worldwide Church, ecumenical agencies and local organizations, Episcopal Relief & Development saves lives and strengthens communities around the world. Our programs work toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals, which aim to cut extreme poverty in half by 2015. You are invited to check out the ERD website for other service opportunities and join with other Episcopalians to help build up the Body of Christ.

How to get involved:
… You are invited to check out the ERD website for service opportunities and join with other Episcopalians to help build up the Body of Christ. The website is also an excellent source for responding to worldwide disasters and injustices through monetary gifts.

Contact: Cecil Craig, craig@pkp4mrs.com

Family Promise of Birmingham – familypromisebham.org

New name, same wonderful outreach to homeless families. Family Promise of Birmingham, formerly known as Birmingham Hospitality Network, is an outreach ministry offering temporary shelter to homeless families. All Saints’ is one of  sixteen area churches participating in the program. Each church takes a turn for a week at a time to help the families have a safe, Christian environment to call “home”. Volunteers are needed to prepare rooms for the families, spend the night, provide dinner, and clean up when our guests move to the next church.

How to get involved:

  • Volunteers are needed to prepare rooms for the families
  • Volunteers are needed to spend the night
  • You could provide dinner, or food for lunches
  • Help is needed cleaning up when our guests go to the next church
  • We need volunteers to help do laundry after our guests leave


Rotation leaders: Pam Phillips: pbphillips @bellsouth.net; Pam Moore: pammoore@mooresyndication.com,

To help with laundry: Amanda Ennis – agennis4@gmail.com,

To stay overnight: Cler Weaver Watkins – clerweaver@gmail.com

To help with food: Jennifer Schmidt – Jennifer@birminghammenus.com

Tear down and set up: Gordon McIntyre, gordomc@aol.com

Firehouse Shelter – firehouseshelter.com

The Firehouse Shelter is an overnight shelter providing food, clothing and

hospitality to homeless men in the downtown area. The Firehouse Shelter needs volunteers to stay overnight, day program and soup kitchen volunteers, and donations of money, men’s clothing, and toiletries. All Saints’ supports this ministry in several ways, the first being through our 4th Sunday Food Drive. Also, on the fourth Saturday of each month, volunteers from All Saints’ cook a dinner at Firehouse Shelter.
How to get involved:
… Volunteers are needed on the 4th Saturday of each month to cook a dinner at Firehouse Shelter.
… We also support Firehouse through our 4th Sunday Food Drive. Volunteers are needed to deliver the collected food to the Firehouse Shelter.
Contact: Buddy Bland, bland.310@gmail.com

Fourth Sunday Food Drive

This particular ministry provides a way in which donations can be made to local food banks by bringing the food directly to All Saints’. Four local pantries benefit from this ministry (Bridge Ministries, Firehouse Shelter, Grace Food Pantry, and Greater Birmingham Ministries) on a monthly basis. We collect donations in the Great Hall and pick up following the fourth Sunday each month.

How to get involved:
… Intentionally set aside a budget for the food drive and drop off your
donation in the Great Hall at the end of each month.
… Deliver the collected food to the designated ministry.

Contact: Susan Bullock, 903-1610, susanwbullock@yahoo.com

Grace Food Pantry – gracechurchwoodlawn.com

Grace Food Pantry is located at Grace Episcopal Church in Woodlawn and provides food for the hungry. In addition to sending a monetary contribution to Grace Food Pantry in our annual budget, the people of All Saints’ support this ministry through our 4th Sunday Food Drive.
How to get involved:
…Please contact our parish liaison or visit the website to learn more about how you can help out at the pantry by serving meals.
… Make a donation of non-perishable food and toiletries for the Fourth Sunday food drive.
Contact: Betsy McKay, 870-8332, mckayal@bellsouth.net

Greater Birmingham Ministries – gbm.org

Greater Birmingham Ministries (GBM) is an ecumenical and interfaith organization in Birmingham, with a forty-year history of services and community organizing. Begun in 1969, GBM has sought to carry out a faith-based response to poverty by meeting people’s emergency needs while also pursuing social and economic justice for all people. All Saints’ supports GBM in its annual budget as well as through various projects throughout the year including the Fourth Sunday Food Drive and a Christmas project.

How to get involved:
… Please contact our parish liaison or visit the website to find out how you can volunteer.
Contact: Cherry Wagstaff, 942-0277, cwagstaff@bcbsal.org


This ministry welcomes those who attend worship services on Sunday. They also provide assistance, directions, or information to any visitor, member, or guest.

How to get involved:
… Serve one Sunday a month and welcome parishioners and visitors to All Saints’, and also provide assistance as needed

Contact: Jim Wooten, 943-0442, jmwooten@aol.com

Habitat for Humanity – habitat.org

Each year All Saints’ participates in the Habitat for Humanity “Building on Faith” during Lent. Mainly congregations of various faiths work together to build a group of houses, beginning after Ash Wednesday, with dedication of the houses and handover of the keys to the new owners on Good Friday. Contact Don Hortberg for more information: Hortberg@msn.com.

Kairos – kairosprisonministry.org

Kairos is a ministry directed toward building Christian community and providing Christian training in prisons. This is done by conducting three-day short courses emphasizing the forming of small share and prayer groups and follow-up for one year.

How to get involved:
… Join an ecumenical team and serve on a Kairos weekend
… Make placemats for the weekend
… Be a prayer partner
… Bake cookies for the three-day weekend
… Donate Bibles and books for prisoners to read.

Contact: Hank Poellnitz,  Hank_Poellnitz@KinderMorgan.com

My Child’s Closet – mychildscloset.org

My Child’s Closet is a charitable organization that provides gently used clothes for needy children and teenagers. They also provide new underwear and school uniforms as monetary donations allow.
How to get involved:
… Make a donation of gently-used clothing or accessories
… Make a monetary donation that will be used to purchase underwear and school uniforms

Contact: Sally Elwood, 908-4387, sallyelwood@gmail.com

Newcomer’s Coffee

Newcomer’s coffee is a social hour that meets in the library which is held four times a year to allow prospective members to interact with clergy and church members in an informal environment. A brief overview of church programs is reviewed along with a time set aside for asking questions. At the end of the coffee a tour of the church is offered. Help with refreshments and hosting is always welcome. Please contact our parish liaison to get involved.
How to get involved:
… Provide refreshments
… Host a coffee hour, or come and visit with newcomers and visitors
Contact: Andrea Pound, ampound@ua.edu


New Member Liturgy and Luncheon

Twice a year new member lunches are held at All Saints’. They are also recognized during morning services with a special liturgy. We always appreciate help with lunch and giving our newest parishioners a warm welcome.

How to get involved:

  • Join other parish leaders, clergy, and staff to introduce new members to life at All Saints’.
  • Help prepare and serve dinner

Contact: Vicki Poellnitz, poellnitzv@gmail.com

Sawyerville Day Camp – sawyervilleworkproject.org

The Sawyerville Day Camp is a project sponsored by the Youth Department of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama and the parishes of the Black Belt. Held each summer, this day camp for economically disadvantaged children and youth in Hale County, Alabama is an outreach event marked by faith in action and peer ministry.
How to get involved:
…. Donate food or drinks for the Day Camp staff and campers
…. Donate swimsuits for the campers
…. Fund an event during camp, for example: a field trip, renting an
inflatable for a party, or a drum circle
…. Be a prayer partner for a staff member
Contact: Julie Ellis, Julie@bridgeworthfinancial.com

Service Saturdays

The Outreach Committee is committed to providing four opportunities each year specifically designed to get families involved with outreach. This is a great way to bring families and parishioners together for a day of service.

Contact: Philemon Croft, pcroftjr@adamsbrothersinc.com.

Supporting our Community

All Saints’ provides meeting space and resources for many different ministries, classes, and support groups in our community. Among those that meet regularly at All Saints’ are AA, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, a caregiver’s support group, yoga, Music Together, and a string music class. We also participate in the annual Way of the Cross walk on Good Friday and the Ecumenical Thanksgiving service with other area churches.
How to get involved:
…. Contact our parish coordinator for more information, or to be directed to the appropriate parish contacts.
Contact: Theresa Hester, Parish Coordinator, 879-8651, office@allsaintsbirmingham.org


Welcome Committee

This group follows up with visitors and newcomers to All Saints’ with phone calls, notes, and email. They attend monthly meetings to share the results of those phone calls with each other, and to pass on information gathered to clergy.

How to get involved:
…. Make phone calls to newcomers
…. Attend monthly meetings
Contact: Pam Phillips, pbphillips@bellsouth.net

Tract Rack

The Tract Rack, which is maintained by volunteers, is located in the cloister and is a good source of pamphlets and booklets meant to encourage and
nourish people in their lives of prayer and faith. It includes “Forward Day by Day”, a booklet of daily meditations, and the popular “Carenotes” published by Abbey Press, along with various church information leaflets.
How to get involved:
….Replenish the track rack in the Cloister as needed
Contact: Pauline Johnson, 942-8898, pbejohnson@bellsouth.net, or Susan Ponder, suponder@bellsouth.net

UTO – alabamaecw.org/uto

The United Thank Offering, or UTO, is an Episcopal Church tradition dating back to 1889. The blue and white UTO boxes are collected at semi-annual ingatherings held in May and November at All Saints’. Women bring their boxes full of money, or they pick up a UTO envelope and write a check to represent their thankfulness. The money collected at All Saints’ is sent to the national UTO organization and distributed by grants to organization in the US and worldwide.
How to get involved:
….Contribute to the semiannual gatherings held at All Saints’ during May and November
….Please contact our parish liaison if you would like to find additional ways to support this ministry
Contact: Anna Sizemore,  annasizemore78@gmail.com