8:00 am - Holy Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
9:00 am - Holy Eucharist (Nave)
11:15 am - Holy Eucharist (Nave)
6:00 pm - Celtic 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.
FAITH FORUM - PRACTICING RESURRECTION: There is great evidence in the resurrection narratives that there was an emerging transformation as Jesus’ community began to encounter the risen Christ. Once beyond the immediate drama of Easter morning, the disciples began to ask, “What’s next?” During the season of Easter, beginning April 23, the clergy will begin to explore the Easter narratives with a focus on the immediate awe and wonder of the resurrection, the meal fellowship they enjoyed with the risen Christ, and with the community-building and mission imperatives of the earliest church.
Contact: The Rev. Bob Dannals
FORMATION AS A CHILD OF GOD: During Lent, we held a series entitled “Who Do You Say That I Am?”. It was a question Christ asked his disciples. As Christians, we are called to walk in Christ’s footsteps. We begin again with our Beloved Community class as we continue to read and discuss “Living into God’s Dream, Dismantling Racism in America”. Please join us on April 23 and 30, and May 7 and 21 for more discussion about how we live into our lives as Children of God.
Contact: Lisa M. Zaina
EYC SUNDAYS: Come hang out in the Frost Youth Center, enjoy a free dinner, and engage in relevant discussions about life and faith. 6th-8th graders are invited to come at 4:30pm and stay through the Celtic Eucharist until 7:00pm and 9th-12th graders are invited from 6:00pm - 8:30pm, with dinner provided. Interested in providing snacks or food for one session this year? Contact Will Stanley. Our next gathering is on April 23.
Contact: The Rev. Will Stanley
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Transitions at Holy Innocents
The Old Testament writer known as Ecclesiastes made memorable the ancient truth, "For everything there is a season and for every activity under heaven its time." But he was singularly unsuccessful in suggesting why life must be riddled with so many beginnings and endings.
Welcome to the season of transitions at Holy Innocents'!
We announced last week that Rena Stallworth, our Parish Coordinator, has taken a new position and we held a "thank you, Rena" gathering this past Tuesday. And at the end of May, Carol Johns, the long-time and stalwart Executive to the Rector and Vicar, is retiring. We will hold an appreciation party on Wednesday, May 31 at 5:30pm in the Commons. All are invited.
A Grateful Senior Warden Shares a Few Thoughts
“A time of transition” is a phrase that we’ve used since last Fall and will continue to use until sometime in 2018 when we begin our new chapter with a new rector. During our parish profile development and subsequent search for a new rector, we will transition in many ways, some already known and some still to come. A parish the size and scope of Holy Innocents’ has many moving parts with many wants and desires, many ties to history, and many dreams for the future. It is a place of “many”, including many, and I mean MANY, devoted parishioners whose hearts, minds and hands have a place in HIEC’s history.
HIEC Office Schedule
Monday-Thursday 8:30am - 5:00pm and
Fridays 8:30am - 3:00pm
CHURCH DIRECTORY: Do you have a new email address? Do you want your cell phone number published in the directory? Please share any directory updates with the church before the next publication after Easter. Contact Caroline Fleming directly at
CAMP MIKELL: Have you considered Camp Mikell this summer for your child? If not, please do! Registration is open for all children entering grades 1st through 12th at Camp Mikell in Toccoa, Georgia. Camp Mikell is the Diocesean Camp and Conference Center for The Diocese of Atlanta and has a long, generational history of impacting children’s lives through fun and fellowship in the Episcopal tradition. For camp information, visit campmikell.com, or reach out to our Sr. Warden, Elaine Morgan.
Contact: Elaine Morgan
PENTECOST PARISH PICNIC: Join us Sunday, June 4 for the HIEC Pentecost Parish Picnic. We will be having a combined festival Eucharist with special music with The Rev. John Porter returning to Holy Innocents’ as a guest preacher for our morning services at 8:00am & 10:00am. We will all be commissioning the Youth as the prepare for a week long pilgrimage in the Sewanee Wilderness Area. After the service we will have a potluck lunch so bring your best dessert, salad, or side dish. Fried chicken and beverages will be provided by the church. Reserve your spot online so we can be good stewards of God’s resources by clicking here.
A GOOD OLD FASHIONED HOMECOMING: Please tell your friends and family members that everyone is meeting back 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 Rev. John Porter and Joe Reynolds. We will have special music and traditional Hymn-singing as well as dinner at the church. More information to come soon. Mark your calendars and plan on joining us.
2017 VBS (VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL): Let your child’s imagination soar at VBS 2017! This year we will be enjoying “Maker Fun Factory” where PreK-3rd graders will learn about God’s purpose through invention. 4th and 5th graders are invited to come as helpers. VBS will take place June 19-23 at 9:00am to Noon. Price is $20 per child. Click here to make your reservation. Registration and payment must be made online by June 1.
Contact: The Rev. Will Stanley
ERD HOPE CHESTS: From now until Mothers’ Day we are encouraging parishioners and families to fill up an ERD Hope Chest with change. Make it a family practice! Hope Chests can be picked up at the front desk and returned on May 14th (Mothers’ Day). You can find out more about ERD here: http://www.episcopalrelief.org/
Contact: The Very Rev. Joshua Case
HIEC FAMILY PROMISE WEEK: Join us April 22-29 for our next Family Promise week. It is a great way to serve alongside members of other parishes in the service of homeless families in our community. We will need volunteers to help provide meals, overnight support, hospitality, and packing support. Mark your calendars now!
Contact: The Very Rev. Joshua Case
MENTOR LOCAL CHILDREN THROUGH La AMISTAD: Want to faithfully empower local students and families? Join our partner La Amistad as they assist Latino students to strengthen their academic and life skills through a devotional time, homework time, and immerse them in activities to enhance their English literacy. There are several ways to get involved! Volunteer to help with the program on Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons. No Spanish or tutoring experience necessary.
Contact: Colette Powers
SEW OR DONATE FOR BURIAL SHROUDS: When HIEC’s Gail Kelly learned that poor children needed clothes to be buried in, she responded, and brought her sewing machine along with her. If you are interested in making burial shrouds or donating materials for use, please contact Gail Kelly for more information. Gail’s witness to our call make Georgia a holier place for all God’s children needs your support.
Contact: Gail Kelley
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.
Contact: The Very Rev. Joshua Case
MISSIONAL MONDAYS: One Monday evening every month will be devoted to mission at HIEC. On these evenings, you will be able to join together with fellow parishioners in prayer, song, and story-telling as we give forward on our outreach in the world. Please join the Missional Core for Missional Mondays as we seek by faith to join in with God’s work in the world! Our next gathering will be on May 1 at 7:00pm.
Contact: The Very Rev. Joshua Case
COMPLINE: The Parish Choir will sing the office of Compline on Wednesday evening, May 24 at 8:30 pm in observance of the Eve of the Ascension of our Lord. This 35-minute liturgy is primarily comprised of unaccompanied Plainchant and is a beautiful and peaceful way to end the day. (In the monastic tradition, Compline is the final office prior to retiring for the evening.) The office will be preceded by 15 minutes of contemplative organ music. You are warmly invited to attend.
Contact: David Brensinger
The schedule for Wednesday evenings is as follows:
5:15pm - 5:45pm: Dinner for Choristers in Primary & St. C & N Choirs
5:15pm - 5:45pm: Music Experience (Preschool - Kindergarten) in PH 116
5:00pm - 5:45pm: St. C & N Choirs (3rd – 8th graders) in Brensinger Hall
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Primary Choir in PH 116
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 our Mission Program.
The Ventulett Gallery welcomes the works of artist: Painter Susan Loeb. The exhibit opened on Wednesday, March 8 and runs through May 8, 2017.
Susan Loeb, is a contemporary watercolorist, using this traditional medium in an unorthodox way to represent the residue of presence. Her paintings are black watercolor on white paper. Susan moved to Atlanta after losing her home in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Much of her work centers on recording images of her former hometown, and its people.
All works are available for purchase.
Contact: Carol Johns
ROSARY FOR PEACE: For nearly 2 years, a small group has gathered in Christ Chapel on most Fridays to pray the Holy Rosary, in the name of peace on earth. Never prayed the Rosary before? No idea what it is like to pray the Rosary? No worries. Rosary beads will be provided for anyone that does not have a set, along with the texts that will be prayed for each week. While the Holy Rosary may seem like an exclusively Catholic devotion, people of any faith tradition can benefit from this time of prayer, while gathering in community to pray for peace in our difficult world. We will continue this weekly time of prayer and devotion on Fridays at 1:00pm in Christ Chapel. All are welcome!
Contact: Craig Wilson
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
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: Please join us! The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 pm. We welcome anyone who likes to knit or crochet. This is a wonderful way to meet new people and do a good service at the same time. Questions? Please call or email Kathie Larkin.
Contact: Kathie Larkin
READING CONNECTIONS (Women’s Book Club): This club meets on the 2nd Monday of the each month at 6:00pm at Holy Innocents’. Guests & new members are always welcome. Our next meeting will be May 8 and we will be discussing "When Crickets Cry," by Charles Martin.
Contact: Nancy Binkow
MEN OF HI DINNER AND A BOOK: Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 6:30-9:00pm hosted by Karl Welsher at Jeremy Webber’s house. The book is: The Long Loneliness, by Dorothy Day. All men of Holy Innocents are invited.
Contact: Jeremy Webber
MEN OF HIEC 3RD FRIDAYS: The next meeting will be May 19 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. “What you say just might be what someone else needs to hear.”
ST. MONICA’S GUILD: Saint Monica's is the oldest and only guild left at Holy Innocents. It consists of a group of women who have been together for a long time and are always anxious to meet newcomers. The meetings are once a month, third Tuesday, 10:30am in Bishops Commons. The times may vary, because they do enjoy going out to lunch and going on field trips. A program is usually given by an outside speaker or one of our very own clergy. Light refreshments are served and the meeting is usually over before 12. The group gives to Emmaus House and Common Ground. The ladies are always ready to give a helping hand to anyone or any organization in need. All are welcome. Try us! Our next gathering will be on May 16. We hope to see you there!
Contact: Carolyn Yost
FAB 40’s: Fab 40’s is a supper club that was started several years ago by a group of parishioners, who were all in their 40’s at the time. They meet every 3rd Saturday at 6:30pm in Bishop Commons, and have an hour or so to socialize, eat dinner and usually end the event around 9:00pm. Join us for our next meeting on Saturday, May 20. Contact Ann Hutto for food options 770-971-7565. If no answer leave a message. For more information visit the HIEC website by clicking here.
Contact: Carolyn Yost
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 Nina Collins; Jean-Paul Richard; Jim Didriksen; Lucie Bornholm; Kathy MacDonell; Caryn Bains; Marcie Ernst; Anne Habersetzer; Shiranne Simmons; friends and family including: Sawyer Josey; Ann and Tom Thompson, parents of Debbie Vaky; Ed and Mary Lou Jensen, parents of Carolyn Dwyer; Kin Craig, friend of Pat Harris; Nancy Woodward, friend of Helen Johnson; Charles Larkin, brother of Steve Larkin; Jay Duryea, father of Mindy Duryea; Chad Myers; Chuck Arnold, friend of Bill Keeton; Mandy Mew, friend of Lisa Zaina; Ryan Alarcon; Ginger Hansborough; Larry Wheeler; Margaret Collins, friend of Anne Summerlin; Andrew House, friend of Kyle Young; Phil Pressly, brother of Frank Pressly; Mary Vaughan; Gregg Schuler, friend of Libby and Pick Lindsay; Ruth Crook, mother of Scott Crook; Carla Sweetwood; and those receiving communion at home.
Prayers for those Who have died: We commend to your mercy all who have died including Dale Fillingame, brother of Clarice Comer; Loyeta Cook, friend of Karen Calhoun; and 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.
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, Jack Boger, Steven Leforge, Sean Graham, Charles Norris, and Brandon Rudder. 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 of thanksgiving: For the baptism of John Layton Bradley IV, son of John Layton Bradley III and Laurie Preston Bradley, at the Easter Vigil.
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:
(4/1) Katherine Ackerman; Marilyn Russell; Glenn Summerlin; (4/2) Byrd Ball; Frances Creekmuir; Lillian Glass; Katherine Miller; Maidee Spencer; (4/3) Lauren Griffith; Abigail Langlais; Bernadine Richard; Carol Thomas; (4/4) Sandra Bentz; Hutchison Bernot; Patricia Harris; Isabelle Isakson; Michael Kilgallon; Sean Kilgallon; Ronald King; Phyllis Lewellyn; Davis Smith; (4/5) Susan Abbott; William Ediger; Erin Glass; Judith Kirkman; Eleanor Peery; Spencer Reagan; Olivia Stockert; Nicholas Thomason; (4/6) Meghan Barrett; Diane Dear; Eric Foley; Herbert Hasell; Kara Hill-Protos; Tyler Spitzer; (4/7) Ruth Aaron; Janet Clark; Madeleine Fluke; John Mason; David McElroy; Harrison Miller; Katharine Stewart; Robert Uiterwyk; Yamin Walker; (4/8) George Cooke; Pam Saussy; Edward Smith; Elizabeth Stewart; (4/9) Harry Boone; Taylor Ediger; Evangeline Kershaw; Bradley Palmer; Barrett Smith; Thomas Stovall; Cheryl Webber;
(4/10) Eric Domescik; Megan McKinstry; Emily Paul; Kathryn Saussy; Karen Taylor; (4/11) Michelle Fortune; Anne Kallis; Christopher Reading; Albert Vacca; (4/12) Todd Brock; (4/13) Julie Howard; Madison Inglett; Eloise Kotz; (4/14) Caroline Dwyer; Shea Griffith; Christine Palladino; Kay Palmer; Karen Rolader; (4/15) Rosanne Bullard; David Burns; Christopher Orsey; Michael Stewart; Luke Stone; Allen Wallace; (4/16) William Aaron; Harry Foster; John Foster; Ruth Gratzke; Joseph Mitchell; Thaddeus North; Kelly Reagan; Shiranne Simmons; E. Timmerman;
(4/17) Margaret Boone; Julia Brady; William Keenan; Virginia King; Rebecca Rieder; Catherine Ryan; Michael Shelly; Kendall Tosh; (4/18) Mallory Ader; Maria Carter; Peter Vaky; Leesa Webber; (4/19) Pamela Adams; Robert Crosby; Lisa Loux; Addison Saylor; Angelia Saylor; James Scarborough; Elizabeth Seay; Catherine Shortal; (4/20) Gavroche Case; Locke Coleman; Jacquelyn Kaltenbach; Wallis Kaltenbach; Elizabeth Polosky; Daniel Pribilski; Claire Vines; (4/21) Benjamin Brown; Kathryn Brown; Alexander Freeman; Andrea Laney; Tye Smith; (4/22) Claire Church; Kimberly Ferraro; Dale Haase; Matthew McGill; Devin McTaggart; Richard Spitzer; (4/23) Christopher Copeland; Donald Hackney; Melisa Rathburn;
(4/24) Amy Dozier; Anna Gates; John Porter; Alexa Shaughnessy; Tyler Smith; (4/25) Paula Fowler; Natalie Glaze; William Harris; Brittany Makuta; Talia Russell; Bridgette Smith; Anna Webb; (4/26) Scott Crook; Donald Day; Eleanor Hopkins; Judy Hoyt; Edly Ortman; Keith Propst; (4/27) Alexa Adesokan; Michael Amerson; Cameron Ives; Pickens Lindsay; Nancy McAlister; Lyla Webb; (4/28) Lila Best; Ginny Black; Merry Crouch; Sam Evans; Katherine Maxman; David Stockert; (4/29) Laura Foster; (4/30) Marshall Bailey; Joscelyn Peters; David Taylor; Kinsley Thurber; Clarence Tosh;