HI-Lights @ HIEC


HI-Lights @ HIEC

Click here to sign up to receive our weekly E-Newsletter

Service Times

8:00 am - Holy Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
10:00 am - Holy Eucharist (Nave)
6:00 pm - Contemplative Eucharist (Christ Chapel)

ONLINE STREAMING: We’re streaming our services online!  We live stream our principal liturgies. So wherever life takes you, join us for services online at the appointed hour on Sundays. Join us in real time, or tune in any time following the service by clicking here! Spread the word, especially to those unable to be with us each week. Or view our archive of past sermons here on the Holy Innocents' website.

Find our weekly sermons here 

Invite, Welcome, Connect

The Rev. Dr. Bob DAnnals

As we gather week by week at Holy Innocents' Church for worship, study, formation and outreach, it is worth remembering the words of William Temple, archbishop of Canterbury in the 1940s: "The Christian Church is the only organization in the world that exists purely for the benefit of those who don't yet belong to it."

Click Here to Read More 


HIEC Summer Office Schedule
Monday-Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm and
Fridays 9:00am - 3:00pm


SUMMER SUNDAY BREAKFASTS: A BIG thanks to The Men's Summer Breakfast Team for their delicious breakfast this past Sunday. Join us in Bishop Commons at 9:00am for breakfast sponsored by HIEC parishioners each Sunday through the summer. This week’s breakfast will be provided by the The Wisdom Circle.

Click here for the full breakfast schedule, and if you'd like to help in any way, please call the church office or contact Bill Clark!
Contact: Bill Clark

A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR: The Women’s Wisdom Circle meets throughout the year on Mondays from 8:30am-9:45am. It is a community of reflection and acceptance, and we are always open to drawing the circle wider. We have a weekly image and quote that are the starting point of our discussions. These images and quotes are available through our blog! We hope you will come and start your week off with thoughtful consideration, honesty, trust, and laughter. If you have questions or would like further information, please contact Mary Marvin Walter.
Contact: Mary Marvin Walter

VISIONS OF SUMMER: The Ventulett Gallery is proud to present Visions of Summer, a group show by nine painters of The Friday Studio Artists. Every Friday these Atlanta artists get together and paint with each other to get feedback and critique each other’s work. This process enriches each artist and helps her to express what she wants to say in her painting.  The exhibit will run through September 11. All artwork is available for purchase. The proceeds from the gallery fee are donated to the following organizations: CAC (Community Assistance Center), Episcopal Relief & Development, and the School at Matthieu, Haiti. For more information, please contact Kia Harper.
Contact: Kia Harper




TRANSITION UPDATE AND NEWS: The Parish Survey results revealed that the majority of parishioners want to see collaborative planning between laity and clergy / staff in the following areas:

Children and Youth Programs (86% of respondents)
Outreach (82%)                                Parish Life (80%)
Stewardship (76%)                         Christian Education (75%)
Financial Oversight (67%)         Liturgy and Music (65%)
Calling Clergy (63%)                      Pastoral Care (52%)

For the Parish Profile Committee's full update, click here!


MAKING A DIFFERENCE, ONE BACKPACK AT A TIME!: Thanks to your generosity, the drive for Community Assistance Center’s Tools For School project was a great success! The Mission & Outreach team authorized Holy Innocents’ to make a $1,200 donation for backpacks and supplies out of its funds. Parishioners also made donations through Holy Innocents’ totaling $5,130 which has been sent for the program! In addition, many parishioners made donations directly to CAC for backpacks. All this helped provide 900 local children with school supplies, and your dollar goes further thanks to wholesale purchasing by CAC! Due to a $20,000 anonymous donation by a parishioner of Holy Innocents’, CAC was able to place a second order for backpacks and Kits for School from Staples!

Thank you to all who donated funds, as well as these coordinated efforts. You have made a difference!

A GOOD OLD FASHIONED HOMECOMING: Please tell your friends and family members that everyone is meeting at Holy Innocents’ Church on Sunday, September 24 for Homecoming. The Rt. Rev. Bob Johnson will return to Holy Innocents to preach and confirm those seeking to join the Episcopal Church. We will also be joined by The Very Rev. Joe Reynolds, The Rev. John Porter, and the Rev. Martha Sterne. There will be special music and traditional Hymn-singing as well as lunch on the grounds at the church. More information to come soon. Mark your calendars and plan on joining us!


WELCOME MEGAN PETENBRINK: We are pleased to welcome Ms. Megan Petenbrink to our church staff as full-time Director of Children, Youth and Families. Megan has a rich background in early childhood education, youth and young adult ministries, and most recently she was the Director of Youth and Young Adults at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in downtown Atlanta. She is seminary trained, receiving her M.Div. degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory.

We are excited to welcome her to our life, mission and ministry. We look forward to vital new aspects of work with our youngest people and their parents. We extend our gratitude to those who have been leading our various ministries with children and youth, especially those who have worked with our children during the most recent interim period.

MISSION AND OUTREACH, DID YOU KNOW?: The English for Successful Living (ESL) part of LaAmistad has reached 400 individual students over the past 12 months. The After School Program of LaAmistad has reached 647 individual children over the same period. Do yourself a favor and get involved! For more information, contact Howard Clark or Stefan Fatzinger.
Contact: Howard Clark and Stefan Fatzinger

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.


SUMMER CHOIR: If you can carry a tune and possess even minimal music reading ability (voice quality not-withstanding), you are encouraged to sing in the Summer Choir. We meet at 9:00am on Sundays in Brensinger Hall to prepare music for the 10:00am service. Singers in High School and older are welcome. Dates are: August 6, 13, 20, 27, & September 3. You’re invited to come for any or all of these dates!
Contact: David Brensinger

TRANSITION IN THE MUSIC MINISTRY: There are changes happening within our Music Ministry. Take a moment to to read our staff announcement and get up to date on the latest news by clicking here!



13th FILM SHOWING: On August 13 we will be showing the film 13th. The film traces a 150 year-old history of race, incarceration, and disempowerment of minority communities of America. It features a wide range of interviewees, from the media-induced criminalization of black Americans to the corporate privatization of prisons. The film will play in Inglett Hall from 11:00am- 3:00pm. To reserve a spot for the viewing, click here. For more information, contact Judy Fielder.
Contact: Judy Fielder

READING CONNECTIONS: The book club meets on the 2nd Monday of the month in Bishop Commons at 6:00pm. All are welcome for fellowship and lively discussion. Our next meeting is August 14 and we will be discussing Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. We hope to see you there!
Contact: Rosie Bullard

MEN OF HIEC 3RD FRIDAYS: The next meeting will be August 18 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.

MENS’ DINNER & A BOOK: The next Men’s Dinner and a Book is September 12 at 6:30pm and the book is Fallen Leaves by Will Durant. Mike Shortal is hosting. All men at Holy Innocents are included and invited. 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 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, Shiranne Simmons, Laura Martin, Jack Wagner, Sandy Freeman, 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, Ginger Hansborough, Larry Wheeler, Margaret Collins, friend of Anne Summerlin, Phil Pressly, brother of Frank Pressly, Carla Sweetwood, Grace Gowda, friend of Katherine Gray, Sarah Timmerman, mother of Frank Timmerman and Miriam Timmerman, Garland Price, father in law of Angel Dotson, Jean Silva, mother of Don Silva, Charles Hall, father in law of Angel Dotson, Karen Catlin, friend of Archer Hannah, 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 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 THE BLESSING OF A CIVIL MARRIAGE: of Anissa Roshonda Gray and Katherine Marie Gray on July 22.

PRAYERS FOR THOSE BEING BAPTIZED ON AUGUST 6: Penelope Grace Elebash, daughter of Alan and Gaby Elebash; Olivia Belle Sugg; daughter of John and Allison Sugg; Julia Darcy Sugg, daughter of John and Allison Sugg; and Claire Kelly Protos, daughter of Chris Protos, and Kara Hill-Protos.

PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED: We commend to your mercy 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 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:

(7/1) Peter Hardin, Corazon Johnson, Elizabeth Mooney, Harper Preston, Jean Ward (7/2) Seth Howell, Thomas Orton (7/3) Natalie Inglett, John Kaltenbach, Marilyn Thomas, Randy Yanda (7/4) David Dorrill, Anne Summerlin, Margaret Wilson, (7/5)Carolyn Kirkland, Jeffrey McMullen (7/6) Carrie Bornholm, Miriam Ferrel, Florence Perusse, Anne Saunders, Alan Tiegreen, Albert Vacca (7/7) Christen Carter, Audrey Farnham, Stephen Hyser, Donald Zima

(7/8) William Craighill, Emily Hoyt, William Stanley (7/9) Anna Devine, Grace Laney, Reta Peery, Pat Schneider, Andre McIntosh, (7/10) Ryan Graham, Grace Jackson, Justin Mitchell, Eva Moffat, Linda Spitzer (7/11) Phyliss Brassey, George Christman Nicholas Menefee, Jennifer Morris, Patti Page, Daniel Palladino, Leslie Terrell (7/12) John Harris, Corbin Pressly, (7/13) Elizabeth Watts, Ella White, (7/14)Mary Best

(7/15) Austin Saylor, Andrew Wouters (7/16) Neal Allen, Sydney Brock, Connie Davison, Gayle MacIntyre,James Peters, Anna Windley (7/17) Kendall Brock, Esther Ebere, Hamilton Henson, Collins Vise (7/18) Jennifer Alexander, Melinda Duryea, Kensington Nichols, Brennan Owen, Marion Rivers, Katherine Vaky (7/19) Eliza Alexander, Thomas Brown, George Habersetzer, Thomas Kelly, Nancy Ray, Suzan Smith (7/20) Benjamin Borden, Madeline Mangan, Mark Rasmus, Audrey Risley, Bryan Russell (7/21) Paula Moore, Rosalie Ortman, Christina Smith, Dan Warner, Kristin White

(7/22) Lucie Bornholm, Michael Shaheen, (7/23) William Brown, Rebecca Neece, John Stephenson, Christian Terrell, Kelly Winer, (7/24) Marjorie Beare, Olivia Moore, Virginia Reticker, M. Thomas, (7/25) Robert Crosby, (7/26) Henry Christman, Walter Christman, Carolyn Dwyer, Catherine Hutto, Amy Laroway, Lynne Voelker, Charlotte Walker, (7/27) Patricia Binford, Jeffrey Block, Peggy Clarke, Charles Corbett, Maggie McMullen, Rosie Newton, Mary Reticker, (7/28) Kathryn Griffith, Michael Nahmias

(7/29) Luke Binney, Clara Blalock Richard Bowers, Reinhardt Carlson, Emily Crouch, Ramsey Magaro, William Mangan, Marlene McLarnon, Susan West, (7/31) Virginia Johnson, Amanda Mangan, Henry Ortman