SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES
8AM - Holy Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
9AM - Holy Eucharist (Nave)
11:15AM - Holy Eucharist (Nave)
5PM - Misa en Espanol (Nave)
6PM - Contemplative Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
Our Lady of Guadalupe
On April 11, 2019, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that our own Sandy Springs is the most diverse city in Georgia. Before I go too far down this path, I want to note that the rankings were done by WalletHub and combine five key areas: socioeconomic diversity, cultural diversity, economic diversity, household diversity, and religious diversity....
To read more, click HERE
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 to listen to our latest audio upload and share with your friends!
SUNDAY FORMATION DURING ADVENT: Join the Rev. Bill Murray for his upcoming Advent series The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Birth starting this Sunday. More info on adult formation can be found HERE
***The church office will close at 12PM next Wednesday and be closed on
Thursday and Friday. Have a warm and blessed turkey day!***
FINANCIAL NEWS @ HI: The church continues to receive pledges, so thank you! We have now received 212 pledges for $1,129,917. This number includes 98 increased pledges and 30 new pledges! Some updated information on revenue and expenses through October 2019: October was an excellent month for pledge revenues and we have received $1,069,903 in pledge income, slightly above budget, and $84,291 in unpledged regular which is below budget for this point in the year. Our administration expenses remained below budget for the month of October and below budget for the year with the exception of a few categories, the largest being custodial fees. Our Endowment Fund balance at the end of October is $1,728,000. The debt reduction pledge receivable balance is $194,225 and the building loan payable is $2.6 million. We are grateful for your pledges and donations. The staff is so thankful for you and such a wonderful community! Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact Caroline Fleming in the church office with any questions.
HI THANKSGIVING SERVICE: If you have a bit of free time before the family comes over and the usual holiday chaos ensues, please consider worshiping with us this Thanksgiving Day at 10AM! We would be very thankful if you did :)
LOVE IN ACTION-REVIVE ATL: Join us at the historic Atlanta University Center on Wednesday, January 22 for a revival and celebration with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Bishop Rob Right! Deadline for registration is this Sunday, Nov 24. More info and free tickets can be found by clicking HERE
PARISH MEETING DATE CHANGE!: The Holy Innocents' Annual Parish Meeting, traditionally held during December, will instead be on January 26, 2020 when we will also observe the Feast of Holy Innocents. At the Annual Meeting, the treasurer, wardens and Rector will make reports, and we will introduce and vote on new Vestry members. Mark your calendars!
DID YOU KNOW... APOGEE 123: Did you know you can redirect your Georgia taxes to Holy Innocents' Episcopal School? By redirecting your GA taxes, you can change the life of a student wishing to enroll at HIES. These funds will allow the school to offer scholarships to students entering from Georgia public schools that meet the admissions requirements and need financial assistance. It only takes a few minutes, can be done entirely online, and it's completely free! For more info on tax credit limits and to submit and application online, please click HERE
Contact: Alesa McArthur
SWEET SWAP MEET: Ladies of HIEC are invited to a cookie swap on Saturday, December 14 at 10:30AM. Please bring 3-4 dozen of your favorite cookies and leave with an assortment to share with family/friends. Don't forget to bring an extra container to collect your cookies in. Also, bring your boxed holiday gifts to be beautifully wrapped and support deserving kids through Horizons of HIES.
Contact: Nicole Rash
RSVP FOR OUR RETREAT TODAY!: Our parishioners are invited to join us February 14-16, 2020 for our annual Parish Retreat. This year’s theme will be “Telling Our Stories: Deepening Community.” More info and registration can be found by clicking HERE
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PANCAKES & WREATHS Y’ALL: The youth are excited to once again offer their annual advent breakfast to accompany the HIEC Advent wreath making on Sunday, December 1 from 10:15-11:05AM! We will provide and serve a delicious breakfast in Inglett Hall as a fundraiser to help with the cost of their programs. Cost is $5/person online and $8/person at the door. Please register and help us get an estimate for food by clicking HERE
Contact: Megan Petenbrink
BLADES OF GLORY: The Sr. EYC group (grades 9-12) will head OFF to Atlantic Station to go ice skating on Saturday, December 7. We will meet at the church at 10:15AM and head to the outdoor skating rink to enjoy some Christmas cheer and good company! Youth will explore the area and grab some lunch before we arrive back at the church by 2PM. Cost is $25/youth plus cash for lunch. Friends are always welcome. Please RSVP by clicking HERE
BETHLEHEM WALK: The Jr. and Sr. EYC youth groups (6-12 graders) will have the opportunity to experience Bethlehem on the night that Jesus was born! We will be heading to Mountain View UMC on Sunday, December 8 to walk through their nativity complete with the entire city of Bethlehem! We will meet Mountain View (2300 Jamerson Road) at 7PM. Please look for Megan at the entrance! This event is FREE and open to all HI families, friends, youth, and children, so invite your neighbor! Please RSVP to Megan via email.
Contact: Megan Petenbrink
HOLIDAY MOVIE NIGHT!: The Jr. EYC group (6th-8th) will be watching a classic Christmas movie of their choice in an extremely unique setting! On Sunday, December 15, the Frost Center will be turned into a winter wonderland complete with falling snow! We will drink hot chocolate, eat a fabulous dinner, and watch our movie all while playing in beautiful snow! This event is from 4-7PM and costs $25/person. Please register by clicking HERE
ALL ABOARD THE POLAR EXPRESS: The holidays are approaching and so is the Polar Express! Please save the date of Saturday, December 14 for this special Christmas activity for the children of HI. Hot Chocolate, Snacks, Crafts, Movie, stories, and more await in Frost Youth Center. For questions or more info, please contact Renee via email. To register, please click 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!
CAC ADOPT A FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS: Starting this Sunday, November 24, you can adopt a child for Christmas by picking up a red envelope containing the wish list at the front desk in Bishop Commons. You are asked to spend about $70 per child. Gifts (unwrapped) must be brought to Holy Innocents by Wednesday, December 11.
Contact: Charles Crosby
GIFT CARD DRIVE @ HI: A gift card drive will be held from November 1 - December 15 to support Emmaus House holiday programming. Gift cards in $10 increments from Kroger & Walmart are preferred. Please leave your cards in the drop-box in Bishop Commons. An anonymous parish family has agreed to match the gift card collected. This is a very generous gift, so please support this outreach opportunity!
Contact: Lilia Romero
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 9AM 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.
ADVENT FESTIVAL CHORUS x 2 (Kids & Adults): Starting on Wednesday, November 13, HIEC is offering a short-term 6-week choir for those kids and adults who want to sing but can’t make a full-year commitment. KIDS (4th-8th grade) = Wednesday rehearsals (5:30-6:15PM) starting on November 13; ADULTS = Wednesday rehearsals (7:30-9PM) starting on November 13. BOTH choirs, kids and adults, will sing on Christmas Eve at the 6PM service with a special dinner afterwards, with the adults also singing at 9PM. Please consider joining the camaraderie, food, fun, and spirit of the season as we prepare for the wonder and mystery of Advent and Christmas. It’s also a great way to get to know our 2-time state jump rope champion and music director, Dr. Sean Vogt. Interested or have questions, email Dr. Vogt today!
Contact: Dr. Sean Vogt
CHRISTMAS EVE PAGEANT: If you are interested in your child (PreK-3rd grade) participating in the Christmas Eve pageant at the 3PM Christmas Eve service, we will be rehearsing for that during Sunday School. Holly McCarren -- alto section leader for the adult choir who is not only a mom but also experienced with PreK-3rd grade choirs – leads the choir weekly during Sunday School. If you are looking for an outlet for your kids, Sunday School is the place to be and doesn’t require a mid-week commitment. The choir is already in rehearsals for their first time singing at the 9AM service for Sunday, December 1. Now is an excellent time to jump in.
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. The men continue their discussion of Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor on Friday, November 22.
Contact: Allen Wallace
MEN OF HI'S 3RD FRIDAYS: The Men of HIEC meet every 3rd Friday from 7-8:15AM in Frost Youth Center. This is a great way to connect with the other guys in the parish. Join them on Friday, Dec 20 for the coffee and biscuits, stay for the camaraderie and lively discussions.
Contact: Karl Welsher
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: The Guild of Knitters usually gathers on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30PM and offer a chance for service to others as well as a time for socializing! Join them in the Parlor on December 3 for their next meeting. All skill levels are welcome :) For questions, please contact Kit Reedy.
Contact: Kit Reedy
READING CONNECTIONS: The women's book club invites all women of HI and their gal pals to join them for a very merry Christmas party on Monday, December 9 at 6PM in Bishop Commons. Let Kit know you're coming by emailing her today!
Contact: Kit Reedy
MEN'S DINNER & A BOOK: The next Men's Dinner and a Book is Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30PM to discuss The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure. Tony Clarke is hosting. If you would like to attend, please contact Jeremy Webber for details.
Contact: Jeremy Webber
BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY: The Brown Bag Bible Study continues to meet on Mondays (no meeting when the church office is closed) at 12PM in the large conference room. Each week’s lesson is a stand alone unit; bring a lunch and join us!
Contact: Karen Calhoun or Betty Barstow
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, Shiranne Simmons, Estelle Scott, Ron Gill, Lee Schwieger, Karen Steanson, Dede Callahan, friends of parishioners 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, Jen Giliberto, friend of Greg Binney, Clinton Goode, grandson of Frances Richardson, Steve Ernst, brother of Mike Ernst, 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, John O’Brien, brother in law of Judy Kirkman, Eudelle Paul, mother of Rusty Paul, Lee Flowers, great nephew of Buddy Crawford, Bobby Calabrese, Toni Humphries, cousin of Earnest and Ursula Simmons, Betty Creekmuir, mother of Bill Creekmuir, Diane and Regina Fletcher, friends of Mary Vaughan, Bryan Wakefield, son of Frank Wakefield, Wally Warren, son of Dede Callahan, Tony Dickson, friend of Marilyn and Jack Courtnay; 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: 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 WHO HAVE DIED: We commend to your mercy all who have died including Anne Goldthwaite 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:
(11/1) Cadance Evans, Jessica Orton, Lilian Thomas, Susan Winton (11/2) Stacy Losin, Susan Pellettieri, Dylan Peters, Amy Schwartz, (11/3) Elizabeth Brown, David Calhoun, Suzanne Logue (11/4) John Baskin, John Marcus Howard, Charlotte McLaughlin, Carol Vacca (11/5) Alice Ball, Christopher Burnett, Jess Smith, Robert Watts, Brent Wouters (11/6) Cherry Baumgartner, Catherine Bennett, Mathew Hickey, Cristina Visperas (11/7) Lilia Romero, Joan Stratton
(11/8) J Miller, Scott Perry (11/9) John Howton, Jonathan Letzler, Hugh Mooney, Rebecca Peters (11/11) Lindsay Binkow, Eleanor Feroleto, Sean Graham, John Sutter (11/12) Zoe Boger, Beverly Dayries, Carlos Diaz, Gail Kelley (11/13) Ivonne Galan (11/14) Patrick Chesser, Denise Millichap, Douglas Peterson, Daphne Thrasher
(11/15) Dorothy Callahan, Isaac Howell, William West (11/16) William Dixon, Robert Fisher, Colin Maher, John O’Conner, Kerry Perry (11/17) Mary Crawford Esslinger, Andrew Stevenson, Ed Williams (11/18) Thomas Schaefer, Karl Welsher (11/19) Forrest Hobbs (11/20) Elizabeth Nuzzaco, Emma Rolader, Jay Rolader, Lee Rolader (11/21) Douglas Fluke, William Gurley, Ann Hobbs, Lucy Peterson, Andrew Watts
(11/22) Amy Abney, Elizabeth Barstow, Avery Calhoun, Louis Craig, Alan Elebash, Donald Hart, Jeffrey Kershaw, Michael Knight, Clark McArthur, Mary McCrystal, Elle McNeese (11/23) Mary Clark, Elizabeth Donnelly, Harry Homer, Christopher Protos, William Simpson, Judith Toledo (11/24) Marilyn Courtnay, Susan Fochtmann, Reid Waller (11/25) Robert Beard, Gordon Clarke, Judy Fielder, Colin Kelly, Hayley Kelly, Disa Mason, Elaine Moore, Jeff Simmons, Susanne Sokolowski, Jeremy Webber (11/26) Kathryn Amengual, John Boger, Olivia Boger, Marleen Buford, Patricia Conner, Allie Creekmuir, Frederick Stewart, Angela Williams Ava Windley (11/27) Bonnie Beard, Juliet Thompson (11/28) David Mallis, Margaret Martin, Joseph Stockert (11/29) Cameron Baskin, Gregory Binney, Douglas Peterson, Gerald Stapleton, Claire Taylor, Paul Warley (11/30) Katherine Dobesh, Mary Anne Ericson, Brenda Letzler, Christopher Mitchell, Bill Murray, Elliot Stewart