HI-Lights @ HIEC


HI-Lights @ HIEC

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Service Times this sunday, September 24

8:00am - Holy Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
10:00am - Holy Eucharist (Nave)
6:00pm - Contemplative Eucharist (Christ Chapel)

ONLINE STREAMING: We’re streaming our services online!  We live stream our principal liturgies. So wherever life takes you, join us for services online at the appointed hour on Sundays. Join us in real time, or tune in any time following the service by clicking here! Spread the word, especially to those unable to be with us each week. Or view our archive of past sermons here on the Holy Innocents' website.

Find our weekly sermons here 


The Rev. Dr. Bob DAnnals

One Sunday in the spring of 1981 I went home ... to my hometown and to my home church to preach.

My earliest memories of that church are also the most formative images I have of what church ought to be. When I was a little guy, I remember the church as dark, huge, mysterious and welcoming. With memory's eye, I see flickering candles and a cross gleaming against a reredos of dark wood. Stained glass of saints peered down on the nave and I recall the muted organ tones coming from the console that my mother played.

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HIEC  Office Schedule
Monday-Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm and
Fridays 9:00am - 3:00pm

OCTOBER FORUM GUESTS: During the month of October, the forums will devote a few minutes to a speaker from one or more of our Outreach Partners. They will discuss their work and how you can get involved. Click HERE for more info and the fall formation schedule.

PARISHIONERS COME TOGETHER TO ADDRESS DEBT: At the Faith Forum on Sept 17th, we heard a report on the early success of a campaign to substantially pay down the debt remaining from church’s renovation. Over the summer, Holy Innocents has received cash gifts and pledges totaling $1.24 million toward reducing the debt. Based on these gifts and pledges, the debt has been reduced from nearly $4 million at the beginning of the year, to $3.25 million currently. It will be reduced further to $2.62 million, once pledges are paid over time. During Stewardship season, which kicks off in early October, parishioners will be asked to consider a one-time gift to the debt reduction campaign, in addition to regular annual stewardship. Strong stewardship is an expression of optimism about our future together and will serve as an outward sign of commitment and welcome to our next rector. If you have  questions or need more info, contact Dave Stockert.
Contact: Dave Stockart (678) 427-2380

“LIVING INTO GOD’S DREAM” BOOK DISCUSSION AT ST. PAUL’S: St. Paul’s invites Holy Innocents’ parishioners to study and discuss Dr. Meeks’ book “Living into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America”. This seven-week book study/discussion began September 13 and continues each Wednesday at 6:30pm through October 25. Contact Rhett Solomon, Parish Administrator at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to reserve a book and RSVP.
Contact: Rhett Solomon

We will be celebrating a grand Homecoming this Sunday after the 10:00am service. Join us for fried chicken, amazing sides, desserts, and more than anything, a feeling of community and friendship that exemplifies what makes this church so wonderful.

Bring Fluffy, Fido, and Flounder on Sunday, October 1 at 4pm for the annual Blessing of the Animals in observance of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. We would love to celebrate his enduring love of animals and people alike with you, so join us!

Join us on Wednesday, October 4 in Bishop Commons for our inaugural “First Wednesday” a Spaghetti Supper on the Feast of St. Francis and St. Claire. This fun parish-wide, all ages evening will include a supper of spaghetti, salad, bread and a short feast-day program ending by 7:30pm. There is no cost, but donations will be accepted that evening. To RSVP, click HERE

Get ready for HIEC Grill and Game Night  on Friday October 13 from 6:30pm-10:00pm in Bishop Commons. Hamburgers, hot dogs, 2 beverage tickets, music, corn hole, trivia, bunko, door prizes, oh MY! There's lots of holy fun to be had, so bring your friends, and if you are so inclined, wear your team colors. Cost is $20 per person. To RSVP, click HERE

HOTLANTA DIXIELAND JAZZ ENSEMBLE: Please join us on Sunday, October 15 at 7:30pm for an evening of great Dixieland jazz. Inglett Hall will be transformed into Club Holy Innocents and complimentary wine and snacks will be served! Join us for this first Friends of Music concert of the 2017-2018 season.

  We are inviting all men of Holy Innocents to enjoy fellowship and good food at a Low Country Boil on the banks of the Chattahoochee on Sunday, October 15 from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Cost is $25 per person, including dinner and drinks. To RSVP, click HERE
Hope to see you there!

Foyers is a social group that meets for a simple meal 4 to 5 times during the year rotating homes and hosts. It is a great way to get to know parishioners. Groups of 8-10 will be formed with a lead host couple designated. Singles are encouraged to sign up and will be paired with another to co-host for one of the meals. A sign up sheet is available at the Welcome Desk on Sundays or you can sign-up online by clicking HERE

YOUTH FORMATION SIGN-UP: This year is full of exciting offsite events for our youth! If you have a youth (ages 11-17) who is interested in attending any of these events or Sunday school, please download and print the form by clicking HERE! This permission is required for any offsite events throughout the year. Please fill it out now so you will not have to later on in the year!

STOCK THE CHILDREN'S SHELVES: We are asking for your help to stock the children's shelves for our North Fulton Department of Family and Children Services during the month of October. When a DFCS social worker must relocate a child to foster care, often they have nothing with him - No extra clothes, toiletries, diapers, comfort toy - You can help by donating children's items at the front reception desk. A list of needed supplies can be found at the desk.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES: Do you have a passionate interest in an organization that serves others? Would you like parish members to have engagement opportunities in your outreach? In September the Mission & Outreach team will solicit applications for grant money that the church has had ready for outreach. A subcommittee will vet the applications and determine how to distribute the funds. If you would like to apply for a grant for your organization, please email Karen Taylor.
Contact: Karen Taylor

BRING YOUR OFFERING FOR CAC: Every Sunday HIEC parishioners make donations of clothes and food for CAC. These donations are placed in the wicker offering baskets outside the Nave entrance before the 10am liturgy and presented with our offerings of bread, wine and pledges. Make this kind of giving a regular part of your worship at HIEC as we seek to make Sandy Springs a holier place for all God’s children. Donations are delivered to CAC each week by the Men of HI.


 Wednesday children and youth choir activities have started up again at Holy Innocents, and we would love to have your kids take part in this fun and incredible formation. For more info and to view our schedule, click HERE!


Supplementing the Men of HIEC "3rd Fridays", the Rev. Bob Dannals will offer a men's Bible study on the other Friday mornings of each month. The next meeting will be September 22 at 7:00am in Frost Youth Center. The group will study the scripture texts and commentaries in the book, "A Long Obedience in the Same Direction" by Eugene Peterson. Contact Melody McNeil to indicate your interest and reserve a copy of the book.
Contact: Melody McNeil

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00pm. We welcome anyone who knits or crochets. If your skills are rusty, we will help! This is a good chance for fellowship in a small group setting, so please join us. For more info, contact Kathie Larkin.
Contact: Kathie Larkin

READING CONNECTIONS: The book club meets on the 2nd Monday of the month in Bishop Commons at 6:00pm. All are welcome for fellowship and lively discussion. Our next meeting is October 9 and we will be discussing Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmer's Markets by Forest Pritchard . We hope to see you there!
Contact: Rosie Bullard

MEN OF HIEC 3RD FRIDAYS: The next meeting will be October 20 from 7:00am-8:15am. Coffee, biscuits, fellowship, and discussion in Frost Youth Center. A different topic will be covered each month. This is a great way to connect with other guys in the parish.

MEN'S DINNER & A BOOK: The next Men’s Dinner and a Book is November 14 at 6:30pm and the book is Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of  a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. Tony Clarke is hosting. All men at Holy Innocents are included and invited. If you would like to attend, please contact Jeremy Webber for details.
Contact: Jeremy Webber

The Wisdom Circle at Holy Innocents is a community of reflection and friendship and is always open to drawing the circle wider. Each weekend, those who subscribe to our blog receive an image and wisdom quote. To subscribe, click HERE! We meet every Monday (except holidays) from 8:00am-10:00am in Inglett Hall, so please join us!
Contact: Mary Marvin Walter

BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY: The Brown Bag Bible Study continues to meet on Mondays (no meeting when the church office is closed) at noon in the large conference room. Each week’s lesson is a stand alone unit; bring a lunch and join us when you can!
Contact: Betty Barstow or Karen Calhoun


The Ventulett Gallery, at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church, is named for parishioner, architect, and artist Tom Ventulett. Designed by Ventulett as part of the church's 2012 renovation, The Ventulett Gallery has become a showcase for local and regional talent. Curator Susan Westmoreland and her committee consisting of Judie Jacobs, Peggy Stapleton and Clara Blalock, continue to engage artists well in advance, making The Ventulett Gallery a most sought after venue in the Sandy Springs area. We are proud to be able to donate proceeds from the gallery fee to the following organizations: CAC (Community Assistance Center)Episcopal Relief & Development, and the School at Matthieu, Haiti.

Visit the Ventulett Gallery website for more information by clicking here


Please contact Melody McNeil with prayer requests. Names may remain on the Parish Prayer List for four weeks, and if requested are placed on the Intercessory Prayer List.

PRAYERS FOR THOSE IN NEED OF HEALING: Comfort and heal all those who are sick or who suffer in body, mind, or spirit including Jean-Paul Richard, Jim Didriksen, Caryn Bains, Anne Habersetzer, Shiranne Simmons, Laura Martin, Jack Wagner, Helen Johnson, Glenn Summerlin; friends and family including: Sawyer Josey, Ann and Tom Thompson, parents of Debbie Vaky, Ed and Mary Lou Jensen, parents of Carolyn Dwyer, Nancy Woodward, friend of Helen Johnson, Jay Duryea, father of Mindy Duryea, Ryan Alarcon, Ginger Hansborough, Larry Wheeler, Phil Pressly, brother of Frank Pressly, Carla Sweetwood, Grace Gowda, friend of Katherine Gray, Sarah Timmerman, mother of Frank Timmerman and Miriam Timmerman,Garland Price, father in law of Angel Dotson, Charles Hall, father in law of Angel Dotson,Karen Catlin, friend of Archer Hannah, Kris Tiegreen, niece of Alan and Nancy Tiegreen, Nadine Bishop, friend of Lynne Eckman, Kevin O’Neill, friend of Linda Foster; and those receiving communion at home.

PRAYERS FOR THOSE IN SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY: Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women serving our nation at home and abroad including Those in service to our country: Harrison Plunkett, Brandon Rudder, Jack Boger, Steven Leforge, Sean Graham, and Charles Norris. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING: For the birth of Maria Elizabeth Tipton, daughter of Greg and Megan Ernst Tipton, and granddaughter of Mike and Marcie Ernst.

PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED: We commend to your mercy all who have died including the Holy Innocents of our day, that your will for them may be fulfilled, and we pray that we may share with all of your saints in your eternal kingdom.


Loving and gracious God, we give you thanks for the gift of life and the gift of love, and for placing in our lives people with whom to share your love, especially those who are celebrating birthdays today and in the coming month:

(9/1) Lillian Amengual, Stacy, Heerin (9/2) John Donnelly, Johnna Gadomski, Natasha Johnson, Kathy Merkel, Edgar Pitman (9/3) Marylin Abney, Julia Durst, Niall Durst, Nicole Durst, Jan Hedrick, Young Kirkland, Virginia Mewhorn, Dale Werner (9/4) Thomas Blalock, Kathryn Stone (9/5) Peggy Farnham, Gibson Gray, Tonya Olson, (9/6) Robert Best, Gabriela Elebash, Jack Gaines, Benjamin Laney, Gavin Olson (9/7) Susan Carpenter, Diane Clark, Brooks Fleming, John Friedricks, Thomas Newton, Pierce Preston, Phil Sadler, Linda Shortal

(9/8) Ann Atwater, Daniel Carpenter, David Fetters, Margaret Hyser, Raymond Inglett, Louise North, Catherine Parker (9/9) John Foster, Karen Steanson (9/10) Marzena Curtis, Mickey, DeBardelaben, Kerri Limbeek, Blair Touzet (9/11) David Brensinger, Annette Mayfield, David Nahmias, Ava Pellettieri, (9/12) Kimberly Ader, Sandra Bowers, John Bradley, George Jackson, Arthur O’Connor, Becky Shelly, William Wagner (9/13) Anne Sullivan (9/14) Samuel Abney, Ricky Bowers, Catherine Johnson, Ian Johnson, Anna Morris, Margaret Strassner, Abby Warshauer

(9/15) Christopher Bell, Karen Hutto, Mary Perry, Carl Pirkle (9/16) Kenneth Brown, Eric Hunger, Carolyn Pittman (9/17) Isabel Ericson, Max Ericson, Donald Plunkett, Ann Smith, Benjamin Vise (9/18) Raymond Amengual, Ronald Tansill, Phyllis Weisser (9/19) Garland Bennett, Susan Bishop, Mary Carr, Jonathon Davis, John Foster, Terry Graham, Nicholas Hayden, Jason Owen, Karen Steanson, (9/20) Peggy Baer, Robert Crewdson, Courtenay Eckardt, William Sadlo, Aiden Xie (9/21) Cameron Allen, William Allen, Mariah Gaudet, Laura Martin, Randall Smith, William Thomas, John Ward

 (9/22) Linda Foster, Carole Harrison, Bennett Kelly, Carolyn Kibler, Laurence Murphy, William Schieger (9/23) Will Cantrell, Richard Carpenter, Joseph Gadomski, Susan Kiel (9/24) Peggy Edwards, Nan Henson, Molly Hyser, Ellen Orsey, Carrie Russell (9/25) Gretchen Binney, Anna Voss (9/26) Mark Rosen, Michael Rosen, Brianna Stewart (9/27) Penelope Elebash, Timothy Shapleigh (9/28) Jan Stewart, John Varner (9/29) Susan Bishop, Betty Bull, Jonathon Davis, Jason Owen, Beth Tarkington (9/30) Thomas Johnson