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Holy Eucharist - (Nave)
6:00PM -
Contemplative Eucharist (Christ Chapel)

A Scheduled Return

The Episcopal Church has so many traditions and then strange words for those traditions that it can be confusing to a newcomer. At the heart of those time-tested movements is an idea that we are training ourselves to be a certain kind of people. The idea can be summed up as Lex Orandi Lex Credendi.

To read more, click HERE

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!

As Bill blogged a few weeks ago, we’re looking to spruce up the building and grounds by early November when the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, comes to Atlanta. We have identified three key areas: Hearing Assistance System in the Nave & AV equipment (at a cost of $3,000); new carpet in Ventulett Gallery, Bishop Commons, and Inglett Hall ($35,000); and landscaping (Memorial Garden brick paver completion - $13,000 and general landscaping improvements/ replacement -$17,000.)

The estimated total for our wish list is $68,000. To date, we have received $31,975 in donations to this HI Improvement Fund! Please consider donating. Thanks to the generous donation of a parishioner, we have replaced the exterior doors to the Nave and they are beautiful - take a look. Finally, income was up and expenses were down for the month of August, and for the first time in four years, we did not have to use the line of credit for the summer months. Thank you!

VESTRY NOMINATIONS... 2019-2021: Are you willing to consider a key leadership role at Holy Innocents? The Vestry’s charge is to keep HIEC’s mission relevant and vital, plan strategically, assure operations are meeting our needs, finances are stable and our parish’s goals are reflected in budgets for outreach, children/ youth/family, music, worship, pastoral care, Christian formation and buildings/ grounds. Qualifications? You must be 18 years or older, a confirmed member of our Church with a record of attendance and financial support throughout the preceding year. We value your time, perspective and varied skills and backgrounds.

To learn more, please get in touch with Alesa McArthur, Brent Farnham, Liza Mooney or Thomas Worthy, who comprise the Nominating Committee. They will respect your need for confidentiality. Stay tuned for deadlines and process information.

CATHEDRAL JEWELRY SALE: St. Veronica's Guild cordially invites you to the Cathedral of St. Phillip's jewelry sale on Thursday, Sept 27 from 10AM-8PM and Friday, Sept 26 from 10AM-4PM. This sale will benefit the
Good Samaritan Health Center’s Homeless Clinic and their on-going aid to diocesan ministries: Crossroads, Holy Comforter, Church of the Common Ground, and Emmaus House. Please come out and support these good causes!

WHAT'S A COMPANION DIOCESE?: You may have wondered when you hear the phrase “the Bishop and people of our companion and partner Diocese of Cape Coast” each week in the spoken prayers exactly what that means… Here is a brief description from the Episcopal Church’s website:

“Companion diocese relationships are formally recognized by the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church at the request of the dioceses involved, on the basis of a resolution by both partners proposing the companion relationship… usually… for a fixed period of years…. A diocese of the Episcopal Church may enter into a companion relationship with an overseas diocese of the Anglican Communion. The mission of the dioceses in the companion relationship includes mutual encouragement and prayer, intensified understanding and concern, and the exchange of both spiritual and material resources. Companion relationships are to strengthen the Anglican Communion through the direct experience of interdependence across cultural and geographical boundaries. Each partner in the companion relationship is to be both a giver and a receiver.”

In December 2017 the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta entered into a three-year Companion Diocese relationship with the Anglican Diocese of Cape Coast, Ghana in West Africa, Bishop The Right Rev. Victor Atta-Baffoe. Judy Fielder and Ursula Simmons were part of a group of 13 who traveled to Cape Coast in May – be sure to ask them about their trip and the developing relationship between our diocese and the Diocese of Cape Coast.

PET BLESSING @ HI: Bring Fluffy, Fido, and Flounder to the Memorial Garden on Wednesday, October 3 at 6PM for the annual Blessing of the Animals in observance of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Not a pet owner? Feel free to bring your favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal instead. Join us to celebrate his enduring love of animals and people alike.

FLOWER GUILD WORKSHOP: We will have a flower arrangement workshop on Saturday, October 6 in Parish Hall from 9:30AM-1PM led by the talented Virginia Reticker, HI's wedding flower designer. Virginia worked with Laura Iarocci at Faith Flowers, the Cathedral Flower Guild, and currently works at SCAD on their Event planning team. There is a cost of $25/person that includes lunch. Only 20 spots are available, so RSVP ASAP by emailing Maidee Spencer today!
Contact: Maidee Spencer

WOMEN OF HI'S FALL DINNER: All women are invited to attend a special fall dinner on Wednesday, October 17 from 7-9PM in Inglett Hall. During this evening of socializing and fellowship, there will be sign-up sheets for new small groups and an update about the women’s retreat for 2019. Cost for the catered dinner is $11.50/person, beverages provided. Please RSVP by noon on Friday, October 12 by clicking HERE
Contact: Cammie Ives

MEN OF HI'S LOW COUNTRY BOIL: Join the Men of HIEC for great food, fun, and fellowship at our annual Low Country Boil on the banks of the Chattahoochee River on Sunday, October 21. The cost is $25 and includes food and drink. To RSVP, click HERE
Contact: Dave Stockert

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. Sign up sheets will be available at the Welcome Desk. Groups of 8 to 10 will be formed with a lead host couple designated. Deadline for sign-ups is Sunday, October 14. For questions or more info, contact Phyllis Weisser.
Contact: Phyllis Weisser 770-560-2561

LITTLE LENDING LIBRARY NEWS: For all you readers out there… have you taken advantage of the lending library in Bishop Commons? Parishioner Alan Tiegreen designed and built this beautiful bookshelf for Holy Innocents about a year ago. Alan studied art and illustration in college, fell in love with children’s books as a young parent, and then began to illustrate children's books, as well as paint. This “lending library” is for all of us to use and enjoy… look through your gently-used books at home (contemporary fiction, popular non-fiction… maybe not textbooks... ) and then bring a book(s), take a book, and enjoy your reading!

 Testimonial from a happy user: “I was leaving for vacation and stopped by the lending library… picked up a brand-new looking hardcover by one of my favorite authors, read it, loved it! Whoever donated Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan… thank you!”


The youth are invited to Uncle Shuck's Haunted Corn Maze on October 13 from 5-10:00PM! Enjoy the food trucks, get lost in the corn maze, and venture into the haunted maze after dark! The cost is $25/person plus cash for food. For more info and to RSVP, click HERE

YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE: K-5th graders are invited to join HI’s Youth Basketball league for the 2018-19 season. The fee for the year is $190. There is a $25 discount if you’re willing to coach. The registration deadline is Nov 1. For questions, contact Coach Drake Hudgins. Sign-up on the HI Youth Basketball page by clicking HERE
Contact: Drake Hudgins

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!

SUPER SATURDAY BREAKFASTS: Greet our Horizons students with a healthy breakfast on Super Saturdays this fall! Deliver your food item by 8:20AM to HIES' Groesbeck Hall on September 29 or October 20. Contact Karen Calhoun to sign up today!
Contact: Karen Calhoun (770-355-4805)

Please join us on this Sunday, September 23 in the Parish Hall to prepare sack lunches for Church of the Common Ground at 11:00AM. CCG is a church community on the streets of Atlanta, which holds its services in Woodruff Park on Sundays at 1pm. We welcome helpers of all ages to join us! Also seeking volunteers to shop for groceries, and deliver the lunches.
Contact: Lindsay Fluke

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.
 CHILDREN'S CHOIR AT HI: Children’s Choir rehearsals have begun! Kindergarten-3rd graders will rehearse Wednesday evenings from 6:15-7PM and 4th-6th graders on Thursday evenings from 5:45-6:30PM. This is a wonderful way to involve our children in the life and ministry of the church. For more info, contact Adrin Akins.
Contact: Adrin Akins

Join us on Sunday, September 30 at 7:00PM for a fun and vibrant concert featuring Atlanta Celli, a female quartet of talented cello players who blend classical sensibilities with a surprising repertoire of pop, rock, and original compositions, turning preconceived notions of classical musicians and cellists on their head! We will have a reception immediately after the concert for a chance to mingle with the artists. We hope to see you then! 
Contact: Randy Romig


MEN OF HIEC 3RD FRIDAYS: The next meeting will be September 21 from 7-8:15AM. 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.

The women's book club meets on the 2nd Monday of the month in Bishop Commons at 6:00pm. Our next meeting is October 8 and we will be discussing An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. We hope to see you there.
***Since the church is closed on October 8, we will be meeting at The Link Counseling Center***
Contact: Rosie Bullard ( )

Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30PM and the book is Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan. Bill Jones is hosting. If you would like to attend, please contact Jeremy Webber via email for details. All men at Holy Innocents are included and invited!
Contact: Jeremy Webber

The Guild of Knitters meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 7:00pm-9:00pm. The Prayer Shawl Ministry offers a chance for service to others as well as a time for socializing! They will reconvene after summer break on October 2. All skill levels are welcome :)
Contact: Kathie Larkin

The Women's Wisdom Circle meets on Monday mornings from 8:30am-9:45am in Inglett Hall, so please join us! This is the way to begin your week with quiet, insightful sharing, and frequent laughter.  To subscribe to our blog, click HERE!  For additional information, contact Mary Marvin ( ).
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 local and international outreach organizations.

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 Jim Didriksen, Caryn Bains, Laura Martin, Marilyn Thomas, Margaret Gardner, Anne Needham, Byrd Ball, Athena Nawar, Linda Foster, Fran Morrow, Mark Cady, Nancy McAlister, Sandy Bentz; friends and family including: Sawyer Josey, Ann and Tom Thompson, parents of Debbie Vaky, Nancy Woodward, friend of Helen Johnson, Phil Pressly, brother of Frank Pressly, Kevin O’Neill, friend of Linda Foster, Jeffrey Hill, brother of Pete Hill, Joe Watkins, friend of Libby Lindsay, Carol Lyden Foulkes, sister of Patricia Bingham, Janet Morgan, friend of Penny Kinsey, Kris Tiegreen, niece of Alan and Nancy Tiegreen, Nigel Richardson, brother of Penny Franco, Gloria Pease, mother of Susan Westmoreland, Lynn Eanes, sister in law of Bob Eanes, Alex Brady, Elaine Fuerst, friend of Renee Peyton, Jen Giliberto, friend of Greg Binney, Andy Ghertner, husband of Karen Ghertner; 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 those in service to our country: Harrison Plunkett, Brandon Rudder, 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 FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED: We commend to your mercy all who have died including Patricia Webber, mother of Jeremy Webber, and 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, Kathy Merkel, Edgar Pittman (9/3) Marilyn Abney, Julia Durst, Niall Durst, Nicole Durst, Jan Hedrick, Young Kirkland, Virginia Mewborn, Dale Werner (9/4) Thomas Blalock, Katherine Stone (9/5) Peggy Farnham, Gibson Gray, Tonya Olson (9/6) Robert Best, Jack Gaines, Gabriela Garcia, Benjamin Laney, Gavin Olson (9/7) Susan Carpenter, Diane Clark, John Friedricks, Thomas Newton, Pierce Preston, Phil Sadler, Linda Shortal

(9/8) Ann Atwater, Daniel Carpenter, David Fetters, Margaret Hyser, Louise North, Catherine Parker (9/9) Jay Barber, John Foster, Karen Steanson (9/10) Mary Crewdson, Marzena Curtis, Mickey DeBardelaben, Kerri Limbeek, Blair Touzet (9/11) David Nahmias, Ava Pallettieri (9/12) Kimberly Ader, Sandra Bowers, John Bradley, George Jackson, Arthur O’Conner, Rebecca Shelly (9/13) Jay Barber, Anne Sullivan (9/14) Samuel Abney, Rickey Bowers, Catherine Johnson, Ian Johnson, Anna Morris, Margaret Strassner, Abby Warshauer

(9/15) Christopher Bell, Karen Hutto, Mary Perry, Carl Pirkle (9/16) Eric Hunger, Carolyn Pittman (9/17) Isabel Ericson, Max Ericson, Donald Plunkett, Ann Smith, Benjamin Vise (9/18) Raymond Amengual, Ronald Tansill, Phyliss Weisser (9/19) Mary Carr, Terry Graham, Nicholas Hayden, Anne Needham (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 Schweiger, (9/23) William Cantrell, Richard Carpenter, Joseph Gadomski, Susan Kiel (9/24) Minachim Ebere, Peggy Edwards, Nan Henson, Molly Hyser, Ellen Orsey, Carrie Russell (9/25) Gretchen Binney, Anna Voss (9/26) Brianna Stewart (9/27) Penelope Elebash, Timothy Shapleigh (9/28) Jan Stewart, John Varner (9/29) Susan Bishop, Betty Bull, Johnathon Davis, Jason Owen, Beth Tarkington (9/30) Thomas Johnson