HI-Lights @ HIEC


HI-Lights @ HIEC


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8AM - Holy Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
9AM - Holy Eucharist (Nave)
11:15AM - 
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....

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!

FORMATION & FAITH FORUMS: Adult Formation takes place on Sunday mornings, August through May from 10-11AM. Check out more info and descriptions of HI’s offerings by clicking HERE


NOTICE: The church office will be closed on Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day

FINANCIAL NEWS @ HIEC: Thank you! So many people have tried to help us with the Sound System that controls the microphones and hearing impaired equipment. I especially want to thank Duke Mewborn, Charles Crosby, and DeDe Callahan who introduced me to Bob Tucker. We know the computer crashed and an iPad unfortunately left the building, so those will need to be replaced. Also, we believe we have found a company that can help us solve the hardware and software systems! Now, I have another area in which I need help! The church would like to have a long term assessment performed on our building. Thank you Brain Thomas for arranging to get a proposal from zumBrunnen. We would like to get other quotes for the project. If you can recommend additional companies who perform assessments of properties, please contact Caroline Fleming at 404-751-2906 or . I am so appreciative of the support from the Holy Innocents community!

NIGHT AT THE GALLERY: Our community is invited to join us for an opening exhibit at the Ventulett Gallery next Thursday, August 29 from 6-8PM. We are excited to welcome artists Sharmila Roy and Theresa Forman to HI to share their paintings with us. Theresa enjoys painting from life where she observes both the colors and subtle nuances in the landscape or in a still life. Sharmila is influenced by the changing moods, colors, and patterns of nature, using this as inspiration for her large format oils paintings. Join us in welcoming these two talented women to our church!
Contact: Kia Harper

BECOME A READING BUDDY: Support a local student by becoming a Reading Buddy at Lake Forest Elementary School! Time commitment is short (30 minutes per week during student lunch) but the rewards are endless. Volunteer training is on Sept 10 at 9AM.  Contact Kathy Myers by phone or email, identify yourself as an HIEC member, and she will assign you to read with a Horizons at HIES student. Join the fun!
Contact: Kathy Myers (404-725-2524)

INTERFAITH HABITAT BUILD: Holy Innocents’ parishioners are invited by Habitat for Humanity and Temple Sinai to participate in an Interfaith Habitat build on Sunday, September 9 in Atlanta. This is a great opportunity to work side-by-side with members of different religious organizations to build a home for a family! To register, please click HERE
Contact: John Harris (678-761-6765)

EFM REGISTRATION: Interested in being more able to recognize and respond to the presence of God in your life? Education For Ministry (EFM), a 4-year seminar program of the Episcopal seminary at Sewanee, Tennessee, which meets weekly at HI from September through May, is now accepting participants. In EFM, participants build a rich and supportive community among themselves, study scripture, church history, theology, and develop their ability to analyze and respond to God‘s call in their daily lives. Lin Stradley is mentoring the group and looks forward to hearing from you! For more info, please contact Lin by phone (404) 233-3155, or by email.
Contact: Lin Stradley


Are you in 6-12th grade and interested in chaperoning and working with kids during church? Then you should consider joining our Youth Mentor Team this school year! This group will help chaperone our children’s chapel during 9AM services, help with other fun children’s events, and sometimes even Sunday school. Our first meeting is Sunday, August 25 from 8:30-9AM in Bishops Commons. Please contact Megan if interested.
Contact: Megan Petenbrink

All kids in PreK-5th grade are invited to HI's Wednesday Night GLOW. These are fun gatherings with snacks, faith based discussions, as well as fun games and projects for kids to enjoy! Our next get together is on Wed, September 11 from 6-7PM in the Parish Hall drama room. Join us!
Contact: Renee Stephens

MEAL PACKING SERVICE PROJECT: The HIEC youth (6-12th graders) will be packing meals with Open Hand Atlanta on Saturday, September 7 from 8:15AM-1PM! These meals will be distributed the same day by the organization to the elderly/individuals in need in the community. Service hours will be available and RSVP is required via email to Megan. Friends are always welcome but must email Megan as well!
Contact: Megan Petenbrink

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!

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.

MUSIC NEWS: Stay tuned for upcoming Friends of Music news brought to you by the FoM Committee and the staff of HI :)


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 Abraham Joshua Heschel: Essential Writings on Friday, Aug 23 and Friday, Aug 30.
***On Friday, Sept 6, they will begin discussing Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor.***
Contact: Allen Wallace

READING CONNECTIONS: The book club meets on the 2nd Monday of the month in Bishop Commons at 6PM. Our next meeting is September 9, and we will discuss the book The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Annisa Gray. Annisa will lead our discussion, so please join us in welcoming her!

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

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, September 20 for the coffee and biscuits, stay for the camaraderie and lively discussions.
Contact: Karl Welsher

The Guild of Knitters gathers on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 7-9PM and offer a chance for service to others as well as a time for socializing! Join them on October 2 in the Parlor for their first meeting after the summer. 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 , Shiranne Simmons, Estelle Scott, Ron Gill, Craig Wilson, Helen Martin, Lee Schwieger, Karen Steanson; 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, 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, mother of Rusty Paul; 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, 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 Kathe Watt Robertson, Byrd Ball, and Muriel Copley Wilks, 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:

(8/1) Erik Curns, Elizabeth Link, Bobby Smith, Rex Wallin (8/2) Janet Campbell, Charles Murphy (8/3) Kate Dangler, Elizabeth Foster, William Preston (8/4) William Allen, Lauren Schwartz, Nettie Silva, Kathleen Wilson (8/5) Forrest Braziel, Leigh Cummings, William Mangan, David Searles (8/6) Christopher Durst, John Foster, Dorothy Longley, William Stribling, Vicki Tucker

(8/7) Susan Link, Delaney McMullen (8/8) Jennifer Bartlett, Gralyn Daily, Terri Johnson, John Shepherd, Carol Smith, Lane Smith, Lever Stewart, Hannah Thompson (8/9) Edward Adjei, Neil Kimball, Jackson Palmer, Robert Peery (8/10) Tressa Bell, Lisa Ediger, Marcia Ernst, Peter Landskroener, Ryan Peckham, Debra Vaky, Christine Wilson, Eliza Wilson (8/11) Charles Braziel, William Creekmuir, Catherine Daniel, Catherine Hasell, Emily Levitt, Fredrick Nichols, Andre Touzet (8/12) James O’Brien (8/13) Scott Daughdril (8/14) Laura Drewicz Ewing, Diane Greer, Melissa Letzler, Jennifer Martin, Janet O’Brien, Frank Pressly, Madeline Simpson

(8/15) Madison Hurtt (8/16) Maurine Dorsey (8/17) Minnie Bob Campbell, Jude Gelman, Alexandra Menefee, Nancy Moss, Emma Rawley, Jackie Stradley, Sophia Toledo, Scott Voelker (8/18) WH Caldwell, Booklyn Moore, Julie Skaggs (8/19) Mary Carlson, Joseph Magaro, Adah Reading (8/20) Sydney Abney, Caroline Rose, Scott Seaborn (8/21) George Edward, Kathie Larkin, David Merkel, Lillian Rose

(8/22) Stephanie Blomeyer, Grant Heerin, Carol Johns, Elaine Morgan, Karla Smith, Lindsay Stewart, Christopher Tosh (8/23) Marilyn Adjel, James Hickok, Andrew Kaiser, Claudia Morris, George Ray, Tweetie Smith, James Spencer, Peter Stewart (8/24) Robert McGee (8/25) Meghan Hamrick, John Stegall, Thomas Watkins (8/26) Joseph Black, Sherry Gardner (8/27) Elizabeth Baskin, Sabriel Evans, Ruth Homer (8/28) Madeline Hamill, Greer Kershaw (8/29) Gracie-Jane Hillman, Francis Wakefield (8/30) Katrina Hutto, Madeline Stewart