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The Holy Innocents of Our Day

The Rev. Dr. Bob DAnnals

The Magi are by far the most exotic characters in the Christmas story; they have inspired literature, art and music, from O. Henry’s short story, “The Gift of the Magi” and T. S. Eliot’s poem “Journey of the Magi,” to traditional Christmas pageants in churches (ours at Holy Innocents’ was wonderful!); from Hollywood-like productions with live animals to the bathrobe dramas immortalized in Barbara Robinson’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

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Please give a warm welcome to the following new members to Holy Innocents':

Craig and Carol Johns who transferred from Roswell Presbyterian Church.

Sean Arnold who joins us from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Prattville, Alabama.

Have you seen our pledge counter? We are keeping track of our 2018 annual pledge and dollar total, and we thought we’d share HIEC’s progress towards our goals with this visual representation. As of Friday, January 19, Holy Innocents' has received 225 pledges totaling $1.1 million. Thank you for your continued generosity! We couldn’t do it without you.

FUNERAL RECEPTIONS - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Holy Innocents’ is re-inaugurating a Funeral Receptions ministry. We seek dedicated volunteers who sense the importance of reaching out to bereaved families and friends at the time of death. Providing a place of warmth and hospitality following funeral services is an important way for parishioners to provide care and support for families and individuals. If you would like to be a part of this ministry of care, please contact Melody McNeil -

We seek volunteers who are willing to have their names added to an e-mail list to provide cooked and donated food for these receptions. Please contact Ann Hobbs
Contact: Melody McNeil and Ann Hobbs

Join us this Sunday for the start of our formation and faith forum classes. We have 3 different classes being offered this winter and would love to have you join us. For more info, click HERE

The Ventulett Gallery is proud to present Judie Jacobs, Andrew Pollack, and Robin Pollack, three unique artists working in three distinctive mediums. All art will be available for purchase and will be displayed in the gallery until March 5. For more info, please contact Kia Harper.
Contact: Kia Harper

"FOLLOWING CHRIST TOGETHER”: Our 2018 Parish Retreat will be at Amicalola Falls on Feb 9-11 and will feature as speaker The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Park of Grace Church, Gainesville. Come as early as Friday night; program begins at noon Saturday, and the weekend will conclude with Eucharist Sunday morning. Accommodations will be in the lodge or cabins. To RSVP, click HERE

Calling on all women of HIEC to participate in a survey to assess interest in a women's retreat in 2018 and in the formation of additional small women's groups at Holy Innocents'. The survey link will be available until January 31, so if you are interested, please click HERE Thank you!
Contact: Nicole Rash

The Men of Holy Innocents’ annual retreat will be held April 13-15 at Lake Logan Episcopal Center in the mountains of western North Carolina. Lake Logan offers a beautiful lake, comfortable lodging, dining and gathering facilities. Our weekend includes opportunities for spiritual growth, fishing, golf, hiking, an Asheville excursion, and fellowship. More info to come soon, so keep an eye out.
Contact: John Harris

CONFIRMATION CLASSES: HIEC Youth Confirmation class starts January 28 at 10:15am in Frost Youth Center. The class is open to all current 9th grade and older students and is designed to prepare the youth for officially joining the HI family. Please email Megan for more info.
Contact: Megan Petenbrink

VBS SAVE THE DATE:  Mark your calendars for this year's Vacation Bible School which will be June 4-8 for rising k-5th graders. We can't wait to have your kids join us this summer.

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!

Are you interested in serving others? Possible opportunities for you at Emmaus House include: serving meals, assisting with STEAM programs, reading to children, tutoring middle and high school students, and providing sandwiches and food pantry items for those in need. For more info, contact Rosalyn Devine!
Contact: Rosalyn Devine

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 & YOUTH CHOIR: Wednesday children and youth choir activities are in full effect 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 offers a men's Bible study on the other Friday mornings of each month. The next meeting will be January 26 at 7:00am in Frost Youth Center.
Contact: Melody McNeil

READING CONNECTIONS: The women's book club will meet on February 12 from 6:00pm-7:30pm in Bishop Commons to discuss the book The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. We hope you will join us for in depth discussions and good company!
Contact: Rosie Bullard

MEN OF HIEC 3RD FRIDAYS: The next meeting will be Friday, February 16 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.

FAB 40'S: The Fab 40's supper club will be held in Inglett Hall on February 17 from 6:30-9:00pm. Mark your calendars and join them for dinner! For more info, contact Carolyn Yost.
Contact: Carolyn Yost

ST. MONICA’S GUILD: The women of St. Monica’s will meet Tuesday, February 20 at 10:30am for their monthly meeting. Join the oldest guild at Holy Innocents’ for a delicious lunch.
Contact: Carolyn Yost

MEN'S DINNER AND A BOOK: The next Men's Dinner and a Book meeting is March 13 from 6:30pm-9:00pm to discuss The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. For more info, please contact Jeremy Webber.
Contact: Jeremy Webber

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 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, Laura Martin, Marilyn Thomas, Kenneth Brown, Carolyn Dwyer, Ivy Moultrie; 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, Phil Pressly, brother of Frank Pressly, Charles Hall, father in law of Angel Dotson, Karen Catlin, friend of Archer Hannah, Nadine Bishop, friend of Lynne Eckman, Kevin O’Neill, friend of Linda Foster, Jeff Rogerson, friend of Charles Crosby, Trudy and Ed Crouch, parents of Brad Crouch, Jeffrey Hill, brother of Pete Hill, Joe Watkins, friend of Libby Lindsay, Perry Gooch, nephew in law of Carolyn Dwyer, JB Watson, Joni House, Mary Jackson, sister of Liza Avery, Carol Lyden Foulkes, sister of Patricia Bingham, Marcus Taylor, friend of Pat and Holly Chesser, Chris Devine, and Van Westmoreland, Janet Morgan, friend of Penny Kinsey, Lynette Washington, friend of Pamela McKinstry; 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, 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 FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED: We commend to your mercy all who have died including Dustin Brower, friend of Rachel Eckman, 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:

(1/1) Marti Aaron, Scott Burba, Arden Moser, Susan Searles, Mathew Winer (1/2) Thomas Johnson, Ty Miller, Pamela Rivers (1/3) William Cantrell, Donald Silva (1/4) Caitlin Bozarth, Thomas Brown, Charles Combs, Thomas Mckinstry, Sunni Newton, Maureen Otness, Lever Stewart (1/5) William Scarborough, Melissa Waller (1/6) Elizabeth Appleby, Susan Faulk, Richard Ferrel, Elijah Linley Roth, Lester Longley (1/7) Anna Sokolowski, Richard Sokoloski, Mary Zima

(1/8) Tamara Carrera, Geoffrey Porter (1/9) Nolan Daily, Susan Lybrook, Anna North (1/10) Anne Moore, Marc Wilson (1/11) James Daniel, Jackson Kelly, Delaney Miller, Paul Murphy, Celine Reynolds, Donald Shapleigh, Emily Stockert (1/12) Robert Gordon, Molly Graham, William Perry (1/13) William Allen, Mary Daily, Elizabeth Ventulett (1/14) Lynne Eckman, Scott Loux, Allison McLeod, Carly Pittman

(1/16) Cheryl Lower, Greer McLeod (1/17) Robert Greer, Edward Johnson (1/18) Gail Greene, Jane Gurley, Cynthia McDonald, Jared Saussy, Charles Scarborough, Leigh Scarborough, Kenneth Strassner, Laura Voelker (1/19) Bruce Levitt, Kaitlyn Smith, Lily Thomason (1/20) Paul Kiel, Ian Olson, Elizabeth Varner (1/21) John Crawford

(1/22) John Coleman, Anne Habersetzer, Amanda Peckham, Ryan Perry (1/23) Virginia Booker, John Cleveland, Claire Fanning, Caroline Hunger, Dylan Thomas, Graham Thomas (1/24) Graham Kelly, Heather Preston, Heather Smith (1/25) Charles Bentz, Elliot Liipfert (1/26) Michael Ernst, Jennifer Nichols (1/27) Kyllan Kershaw, Shawn McCrystal, Graham McDonald (1/28) Carl Bell, Barbara Block, William Ericson, Mei Landskroener, Margaret Laroway, Kathleen MacDonell, Robin Perry, Maryn Rhea, Graycen West (1/29) Charles Schaefer, James Waller, Mary Willis

(1/30) Heidi Newman (1/31) William Alexander, Charlotte Andrist, Ernest Sutter