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In This Together

There are always stories about people misunderstanding something in the church. We have a lot of strange words and terms in the Episcopal Church. One of my favorites is a moment at St. Columbia’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Jessie worked there while we were in seminary...

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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!


All Saints Day is Sunday, November 4. If you’d like to remember a loved one by making a donation for flowers, please contact Marva Shelton at 404-255-4023 or by October 29. Thank you!

On Sunday, November 4, when we celebrate the Feast of All Saints’, we will remember those loved ones who have died from November 1, 2017 to November 1, 2018 by name during the prayers at all Sunday services. We will also print the names of loved ones for whom a remembrance is requested from members of the parish. If you’d like to submit name(s) of a deceased family member or friend to be remembered, please do so by Monday, October 29. Please email first, middle and last name(s) to Sally Suhr for accuracy, and also indicate whether that person died during the November 2017 – November 2018 time frame.
Contact: Sally Suhr

As we move into Stewardship season, I have been asked to put down some thoughts around what I love about Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church and why I give of my time and resources. Hmmmmm... How long do you have? Because I am an only child, family is very important to me and Holy Innocents is my family. Faith community is important, but these folks are my family. I have plenty of brothers and soul sisters here and you know who are. You have supported me through the years and will continue to do so with your presence. These relationships are what life is about and I will be there for them in their time of need as they have been there for me. We can only know the Divine by experiencing Its love. I am able to experience this love through the lovely and loving folks at Holy Innocents. Because my spiritual journey is a lifetime of seeking, I often need to be reminded that God will never stop loving me and that God’s love is endless and miraculous. Being among the people of Holy Innocents reminds me that I am loved and able to love and through this channel, able to access joy.
Caryn Bains

Over the next three weeks we will be reporting on our spending in various areas of the church. Our 2018 annual budget is $1.375 million, of which the church has received $989,980 in income as of September 30, 2018. The largest portion of the budget is in compensation. The 2018 budget for compensation totaled $735,250; this is lower than the amount projected for the 2019 budget due to changes in clergy and staffing. The second largest category of expenses ($83,868) is loan and debt service which through September 2018 is as follows: $81,034 for interest on capital loan, $1,028 in bank fees, $1,245 for interest on the LOC, and $561 for interest on our equipment lease. If you have any questions about church finances, please contact Caroline Fleming, or 404-751-2906.

IMPROVEMENT FUND UPDATE: Since Bishop Curry is coming and we are hosting Council for the Diocese of Atlanta, we are working to finish some delayed projects and spruce up our complex. We hope to raise money to cover new carpet in the Ventulett Gallery and Bishop Commons, tweak our audio system and provide hearing assisted devices, and improve our landscaping (especially where the city cut down the trees by the parking lot and memorial garden). All projects have been approved and are in process. We have a total need of $70,000 and have raised $59,434. Contributions can be made to Holy Innocents to help cover these improvements.

Parishioner Virginia Mewborn, Relief Operation Director of the Red Cross of Georgia, meets President Donald Trump as he surveys the damage from Hurricane Michael in the southwestern part of the state. Our thanks to Virginia for the work that she does for the Red Cross, and we pray for her in this ministry in which she rolls up her sleeves and helps people who have found themselves in the most difficult of circumstances, including losing those whom they love. The community of Holy Innocents loves and thanks you for your work.

Hopefully you have each received a letter outlining our Stewardship hopes for 2019. Holy Innocents is a church blessed with an abundance of gifts. We ask that you each prayerfully consider pledging in the next year and increasing that pledge to help us grow in the years ahead.  We want to gather all of the pledges on November 4 when we invite everyone to come forward and place their pledge in a basket during the service. The idea is that Holy Innocents thrives when the whole community is gathered in God’s name and shares their gifts with one another. Please help us grow this wonderful church.

VESTRY NOMINATIONS... 2019-2021: Are you willing to consider a key leadership role at Holy Innocents? Have you considered joining the vestry at HI? 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 indicate your interest, please contact Melody McNeil at the church office.
Contact: Melody McNeil (404-255-4023)

FEAST OF EMPTY PLATES: The Community of the Little Witness and friends cordially invite you to a Feast of Empty Plates Sunday October 21 at 10AM in the Parish Hall. The Feast of Empty Plates will feature 130 place settings remembering victims of hunger and famine. Please join us in in contemplation and prayer.

CALLING THEIR NAMES: The Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing & Reconciliation will complete its 3rd & final lynching pilgrimage in Atlanta at the Center on Nov 2 from 9:30AM-2PM. In collaboration with the Diocese of GA, we will place a monument in honor of the 600+ known lynching victims in Ga. There's a $10 registration fee. Carpooling is recommended with additional parking at the Clark Atlanta University Center. To register, click HERE

EARLY TRICKS & TREATS: Attention children and youth! On Sun, October 28, to celebrate All Hallows Eve a few days early, plan to wear your Halloween costumes to church in the morning! Note that this celebration will take the place of the evening Spooktacular/Trunk or Treat that was previously scheduled for that day.


CHICKEN AND TREES: The youth will be selling Christmas trees and wreaths again this year to help pay for programming. We will have a booth set up in Bishop Commons starting October 14. If you don't need any Christmas decorations, be sure to stop by our booth to purchase a Chick-fil-a biscuit each Sunday through November 18 or make a monetary donation for our programs. Order your trees and wreaths online by clicking HERE

HARRY POTTER NIGHT: The children are invited to come to Harry Potter Night on Saturday, October 27 from 4-8PM in the Frost Center for a little bit of magic. We will get sorted into our "houses," make awesome wands, enjoy delicious food, and watch one of the movies! The cost is $35/child. RSVP by clicking HERE
Contact: Megan Petenbrink

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 October 20. Contact Karen Calhoun to sign up today!
Contact: Karen Calhoun (770-355-4805)

THANKSGIVING AT LAKE FOREST: Once again this year we will be looking for volunteers to help make Thanksgiving special for the students and families of Lake Forest Elementary School on the afternoon of Thursday, November 15. Sign-up form is available by clicking HERE

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 & 11:15AM 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.

Holy Innocents is proud to welcome the Atlanta Percussion Trio to our church for the Friends of Music's third concert on Sunday, November 4. Join us at 7PM in the Nave for a thunderous performance by three of the best percussionists in Atlanta. We will also have a dessert reception after the concert, so stay for some sweet treats and a chance to talk with these talented musicians.
Contact: Randy Romig


MEN OF HIEC 3RD FRIDAYS: The next meeting will be October 19 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.

FAB 40'S:
The Fab 40's group will hold their monthly meeting at 6:30PM on Saturday, October 20  in Inglett Hall. For food choices, call Carolyn Yost. Join us for good food and good company!
Contact: Carolyn Yost (770-789-8025)

Our next book is Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr. We will begin our discussion on Friday, October 26 from 7-8AM in the Frost Youth Center. Coffee provided. All are welcome.

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 on November 6. All skill levels are welcome :)
Contact: Kathie Larkin

The book club meets on the 2nd Monday of the month in Bishop Commons at 6:00pm. Our next meeting is November 12 and we will discuss the book Rubies From Burma by Anne Lovett. We hope to see you there!
Contact: Rosie Bullard ( )

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, Linda Foster, Mark Cady, Nancy McAlister; 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, Kathy Ernst, sister of Mike Ernst; 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, Charles Norris, and Vaughn Moore. 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 ON NOVEMBER 4: Reed Vaughn Avery, son of Russell and Andrea Avery; Harper Avery Rawley, daughter of Thomas and Lindsey Rawley; Dean Hardeman Seaborn, son of Scott and Erica Seaborn; and Kennedy Wimbish Seaborn, daughter of Scott and Erica Seaborn.

PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED: We commend to your mercy Jordynn Myers, Bud Simpson, father of Larry Simpson, and 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:

(10/1) Marye Fincher, Rebecca Jones, Rowan Neece, Thomas Ventulett (10/2) Anna Hayden, Patricia Russell. James Sadio. John Shephard, Beth Touzet, Mary Wagner (10/3) Dorothy Williams (10/4) Peter Baylis, Steven Nabmias, William Stevenson (10/5)Peggy Christman, Ainsley Sadio (10/7) Elizabeth Coli, Joseph Nuzzaco, Thomas Rawley

(10/8) Margaret Carpenter, Jean Longley, Emma Schaefer, Janet Wilson (10/9) Edson Perry, Arthur Reynolds, Cheryl Sykes, Woodard Wheeler (10/10) Caroline Catts-Xie, Elizabeth Rasmus, Nancy Uiterwyk (10/11) Gary Coursey, Michael Rhea (10/12) Nina Braziel, Jacqueline Ryan, Tameka Slaughter, Alexis Stewart (10/13) Rachel Merkel, John Murphy, Joseph Perusse, Claire Protos, Sophia Ryan, Terence Shortal (10/14) Susan Beard, Harry Homer, Lucia Reading, Anna Thomas, Cathy Williams

(10/15) Caroline Dixon, Alexander Euston, Christopher Euston, James Gates (10/16) Robert Moffat, Joseph Stradley (10/17) Christopher Devine, John Hedrick, James Heerin, Yvonne Johnson (10/18) Kreg Nichols, Peter Parsonson, Christy Thomas (10/19) Elizabeth Gates, Michael McDonald, Gunnar Olson, Calvin Simmons, Peter Stone (10/20) William Dobesh, Carole Walton

(10/22) Kerry Brennan, James Calhoun, Anissa Gray, Kathleen Kibbler (10/23) Deborah Schwartz, Douglas Voss (10/24) Brian Ericson, Sarah Hyser, Meredith Johnson (10/25) Sutton Gale, Helen Martin, Hayes McDonald, Teresa Winer, Jamie Yoh (10/26) Jon Bornholm, Peter Herbert, Alesa McArthur (10/27) Michael Broome, Laurie Ford, Nicole Kaiser (10/29) Henry Caldwell, Katherine Caldwell, John Cummings, Brian Thomas, Thomas Ventulett (10/30)William Mitchell, Gia Partain