SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES
8AM - Holy Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
10AM - Holy Eucharist (Nave)
6PM - Contemplative Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
On Mission Statements
From time to time I end up in a conversation with my fellow clergy about matters both critical and inane in our ministries. The church has a special ability to blend those supposedly extreme and opposite positions. That is not a critique as much as a statement on how the church can work....
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SUNDAY SERMONS AT HIEC: Our Sunday sermons are uploaded every Tuesday to our website. (There may be exceptions on Sundays when technical difficulties get the better of us!) Click HERE for our latest audio upload, and share with your friends!
***Starting Sunday, August 18, we will return to our full schedule of service times (8AM, 9AM, 11:15AM, and 6PM), as well as morning formation!***
FINANCIAL NEWS: In the month of June, the church received $91,027 in pledges and $5,577 in unpledged gifts. Thank you for your support of Holy Innocents! Compensation represents the largest spending category in our operations. In June the general administrative expenses totaled $34,024. On another note, the church received 92 shares of JP Morgan Chase in June. If you donated this stock, please contact Caroline Fleming at or 404-751-2906. Thank you!
PICTORIAL DIRECTORY ANNOUNCEMENT: This week those who are recorded as members of Holy Innocents should have received via email an electronic version of the 2019 pictorial directory, which you can access online by clicking HERE If you are a member and did not receive this email, please let us know by contacting Jess at .
WE NEED YOU: Ushers needed this summer! As the vacation season continues, we are in need of extra hands to serve as ushers on Sunday mornings. Please sign up on the clipboard in the Narthex. No experience necessary. We appreciate your willingness and will provide any necessary training on the spot!
BYOD: Join us for a super sweet Sunday breakfast this Sunday, July 21... BYOD(onut) Sunday! We are asking parishioners to bring their favorite donuts to nibble and share with our breakfast crowd. Home made, fancy, plain, glazed, sprinkles, munchkins, we love them and want to eat them all. See you then!
BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC: To kick off the new school year, we invite all of our parishioners to a fun and delicious Back to School Picnic on Sunday, August 11 right after the 10AM service! We ask you to bring your most delicious and summery sides, salads, and desserts. We'll provide the hot dogs, hamburgers, condiments, and drinks! There will be plenty of activities for kids and youth (bouncy house, face painting, selfie stations, and games) at the Back to School Fair, so don't miss it. RSVP before August 7 by clicking HERE
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CHILDREN'S GLOW IN THE DARK PARTY: Join us for our Children's GLOW in the Dark Party on Saturday, July 27 from 4-6PM! We will meet in Parish Hall classroom 116 (black box/drama room) and will have an awesome time playing glow in the dark games and eating yummy snacks. Cost is $5 to help cover the cost of food. Sign up by clicking HERE
Contact: Renee Stephens
YOUTH BRAVES GAME: All youth, grades 6-12, are invited to our first event of the new school year, a Braves game on Saturday, August 3! We will shuttle/carpool from the church at 5PM and be back at the church around 10:30PM. The cost will be $20/youth plus cash for dinner. All friends are welcome but RSVP is required by July 28. Come and join the fun as we kick off our new year for the HIEC youth! For questions or concerns, email Megan Petenbrink. Sign up today by clicking HERE
Contact: Megan Petenbrink
ACOLYTE TRAINING: All acolytes and aspiring acolytes are asked to attend our first training class on Sunday, August 4 from 11-12PM in the Parlor. The acolytes will learn how to sign up for various Sundays, which roles they will assume for the school year, and what each role entails. Please contact Megan Petenbrink if you would like to acolyte but are unable to make this training class.
BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR & BACKPACK BLESSING: We want to support our HI families as you plan to go back to school so we are having a Backpack Blessing and Back to School Children’s Fair on Sunday, August 11. Children will have the opportunity to meet and have breakfast with their Sunday School teachers at 9AM, have their backpacks blessed, participate in commissioning their Sunday School teachers during the 10AM service, and then enjoy a fun children’s fair and church wide picnic! To give back, we will collect school supplies this day to donate to Agape which is a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower under-served children and families. Can’t wait to see you there!
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!
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.
JOIN US IN WELCOMING OUR NEW DIRECTOR OF MUSIC: We are delighted to announce that Dr. Sean Vogt will be joining us as the new Director of Music at Holy Innocents! For the past six years, Dr. Vogt (pronounced “Vote”) has served as Choirmaster at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Minneapolis. Sean will begin his ministry on Thursday, August 1, and his first Sunday on the bench will be August 4. Thank you to all on the Search Committee for all of their hard work: Rusty Paul (Chair), Cammie Ives, Sally Parsonson, Peggy Stapleton, Mary Marvin Walter, Doug Peterson, and Bill Murray. For more info on Sean and the work he has done, please click HERE
MEN OF HI'S 3RD FRIDAYS: The Men of HIEC meet every 3rd Friday from 7:00am-8:15am in Frost Youth Center. This is a great way to connect with the other guys in the parish. Join them on Friday, July 19 for the coffee and biscuits, stay for the camaraderie and lively discussions!
Contact: Allen Wallace
FAB 40'S: HI's Fab 40's Supper club will meet Saturday, July 20 starting at 6PM in the Inglett Room. We hope you can come! Anne Hutto will be the Hostess. Please call Anne at 770-971-7565, to let her know you are coming and what side dish you would like to bring.
Contact: Anne Hutto
MEN'S OTHER FRIDAYS: Join the Men's Other Friday group for good conversation and coffee from 7-8:15AM in the Frost Youth Center. They will continue their discussion of the book Abraham Joshua Heschel: Essential Writings on Friday, July 26. All are welcome to attend!
Contact: Allen Wallace
READING CONNECTIONS: The women's book club meets on the 2nd Monday of the month in Bishop Commons at 6PM. Join them for their next meeting on August 12 to discuss the book Saving Miss Lillian by Anne Lovett, a dear friend and parishioner of HI. Anne will be our discussion leader, so don't miss it!
Contact: Rosie Bullard
MEN'S DINNER & A BOOK: The next Men's Dinner & a Book meeting is Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30PM and the book is Total Control by David Balducci. Jack Courtnay will be hosting. If you would like to attend, please contact Jeremy Webber for details. All men at Holy Innocents are included and invited.
Contact: Jeremy Webber
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: The Guild of Knitters will be on hiatus for the months of June, July and August. This Ministry, which usually meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 7-9PM, offers a chance for service to others as well as a time for socializing! All skill levels are welcome :)
Contact: Kathie Larkin
ST. MONICA'S GUILD: The guild is on hiatus through the spring and summer. They will reconvene in September for more memories and fun times, so stay tuned for dates.
WOMEN'S WISDOM CIRCLE: The Women's Wisdom Circle meets on Monday mornings from 8:30-9:45AM (except holidays) in Inglett Hall. This is a great way to begin your week with quiet, insightful sharing, and frequent laughter. To subscribe to our blog, click HERE! For additional information, contact Abbie Hattauer ( or 516.652.6828).
Contact: Abbie Hattauer
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 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 local and international outreach organizations.
Sign up for our Ventulett mailing list by clicking HERE
Visit the Ventulett Gallery website 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 Laura Martin, Margaret Gardner, Byrd Ball, Shiranne Simmons, Estelle Scott, Ron Gill, Craig Wilson, Helen Martin, Marilyn White, friends and family including Sawyer Josey, Nancy Woodward, friend of Helen Johnson, Phil Pressly, brother of Frank Pressly, Kevin O’Neill, friend of Linda Foster, Joe Watkins, friend of Libby Lindsay, Carol Lyden Foulkes, sister of Patricia Bingham, Kris Tiegreen, niece of Alan and Nancy Tiegreen, Alex Brady, Elaine Fuerst, friend of Renee Peyton, Jen Giliberto, friend of Greg Binney, Clinton Goode, grandson of Frances Richardson, Kathe Watt Robertson, daughter of Jackie Watt, Steve Ernst, brother of Mike Ernst, Lyman Mason, father of Jay Mason, Jan Sutton, mother of Steve Kibler, Mary Beth Totten, friend of Mike Shortal, Peter Hoffman, friend of Mary Vaughan, Avery Stamps and family, friends of Nora McGee, Joanna Bragg, friend of Kelly Fisher
Nancy Coleman, daughter of Nancy and Cliff Hoffman, John O’Brien, brother in law of Judy Kirkman, and those receiving communion at home.
PRAYERS FOR THOSE IN SERVICE TO 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 Harrison Plunkett, Brandon Rudder, Steven Leforge, Sean Graham, Charles Norris, Vaughn Moore, and Thomas Webber. 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 FOR THOSE BEING BAPTIZED AUGUST 4TH: James Wimberly Simpson, son of Ben and Stephanie Simpson, and great grandson of Stan and Anne Saunders.
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 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:
(7/1) Peter Hardin, Elizabeth Mooney, Harper Preston, Jean Ward (7/2) Thomas Orton (7/3) John Kaltenbach, Randy Yanda (7/4) Anne Summerlin, Margaret Wilson (7/5) Carolyn Kirkland, Jeffrey McMullen (7/6) Carrie Bornholm, Miriam Ferrel, Florence Perusse, Anne Saunders, Alan Tiegreen, Albert Vacca (7/7) Audrey Farnham, Stephen Hyser, Donald Zima
(7/8) Emily Hoyt (7/9) Anna Devine, Grace Laney, Reta Peery, Pat Schneider (7/10) Ryan Graham, Justin Mitchell, Eva Moffat, Linda Spitzer (7/11) Phyliss Brassey, George Christman, Nicholas Menefee, Jennifer Morris, Patti Page, Daniel Palladino, Leslie Terrel (7/12) John Harris, Corbin Pressly (7/13) Elizabeth Watts (7/14) Mary Best, Dean Seaborn
(7/15) Kathryn Ray, Austin Saylor, Andrew Wouters (7/16) Neal Allen, Kristen Daughdril, Connie Davison, James Peters, Anna Windley (7/17) Esther Ebere, Hamilton Henson, Collins Vise (7/18) Jennifer Alexander, Sean Arnold, Kensington Nichols, Brennan Owen, Marion Rivers, Katherine Vaky (7/19) Eliza Alexander, Thomas Brown, George Habersetzer, Thomas Kelly, Nancy Ray, Suzan Smith (7/20) Benjamin Borden, Madeline Mangan, Audrey Risely, Bryan Russell (7/21) Paula Moore, Rosalie Ortman, Olivia Sugg, Daniel Warner
(7/23) William Brown, Rebecca Neece, Christian Terrell, Kelly Winer (7/24) Olivia Moore, Vigirinia Reticker, M. Thomas (7/25) Robert Crosby (7/26) Henry Christman, Walter Christman, Catherine Hutto, Amy Laroway, Lynne Voelker, Charlotte Walker (7/27) Patricia Binford, Jeffrey Block, Peggy Clarke, Charles Corbett, Maggie McMullen, Rosie Newton, Mary Reticker (7/28) Kathryn Griffith, Michael Nahmias (7/29) Luke Binney, Richard Bowers, Reinhardt Carlson, Emily Crouch, Ramsey Magaro, William Mangan (7/30) Krista Schick (7/31) Avery Downs, Amanda Mangan, Henry Ortman