UPDATE FROM THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE: The Nominating Committee for the next Rector of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church is pleased to announce that we have completed our work and have handed over a slate of wonderful candidates to the Vestry for their consideration. Many thanks to all of those who put in countless hours during this process, including our past wardens, Elaine Morgan and Marie Thomas, our consultant Reverend Lang Lowrey, the Parish Profile and Nominating Committees, and the staff of Holy Innocents’ Church and School who accommodated us in many ways along this discernment process. We request your patience in understanding that neither we nor the Vestry can share any details regarding the candidates at this time, as the process remains confidential. Please keep the Vestry and the candidates in your prayers.
LOVE OFFERING FOR DAVID: We will be collecting a Love Offering for David Brensinger. If you would like to contribute, please make your check out to Holy Innocents’ and write David Brensinger in the memo line.
VIGIL OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: We will hold a vigil in Christ Chapel, a silent watch through the night in response to Jesus’ question to his disciples “ Could you not watch with me one hour?” The Vigil will start Thursday, March 29 at 9:00pm through 10:00am on Friday, March 30. The vigil will end with morning prayer and communion from the reserved sacrament. You can sign up by clicking HERE
MAUNDY THURSDAY SUPPER: Join us at 6:30pm on Thursday, March 29, prior to the 7:30pm Maundy Thursday liturgy, for a light Middle Eastern supper. Beverages are provided. No reservations required! We hope to see you then.
Contact: Buddy Crawford
EASTER MUSIC & FLOWER DONATIONS: As we prepare for Easter, please consider donating for Easter music and flowers. You may donate through our website by clicking HERE or by contacting Marva Shelton in the church office at . The deadline is Friday, March 23.
Contact: Marva Shelton
WEEKLY UPDATE: The outreach committee and Vestry approved donations for March to several charities: Education Force $1,000; Los Ninos Primero $7,500; Forging Futures $6,000; and Holy Comforter $2,000. Your generosity to the past Easter and Christmas offerings for outreach have been well spent! The Ventulett Gallery committee requested a portion of their 2017 profits be disbursed as follows: Forging Futures $1,285 and Community Assistance Center $1,285. In addition, we have recently completed some projects around the building. In the Parish Hall, we installed a gas line to the new HVAC system in order to heat the parish hall at the cost of $5,850. The AV room was struck by lightning thus damaged equipment in the AV room. We have replaced that equipment and installed a surge protector costing approximately $1500. In addition we have replaced lightbulbs (changing those we could to LED) around the building over the last three months costing approximately $1400. The school allowed us to use its lift to replace lightbulbs in the Nave. We are currently working on the outside Nave doors and livestreaming. In addition, we expect to have the Parish Hall kitchen permitted by April! Your generous pledge donations are helping to maintain and improve the building. Thank you!
ADULT FORMATION & FAITH FORUMS: Adult Formation takes place on Sunday mornings from 10:10am-11:00am. The large group offerings (Faith Forums) are held in Inglett Hall. There are several small group offerings as well, so please join us! To check out our schedule of Faith Forum offerings, click HERE
REGISTER FOR THE 2018 MEN OF HI RETREAT TODAY!: 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. The retreat will be led by The Very Rev. Canon Lang Lowrey, of the Diocese of Atlanta, and will be a great opportunity for relaxation, camaraderie, as well as a fascinating discussion on Trinitarian pneumatology (the study of the Holy Spirit) and how God works in our daily lives. For more info and to sign-up, click HERE
Contact: John Harris
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. To sign up, click HERE
#LOVEYOURSELFIE LOCK-IN: The Middle and High school girls are invited to a lock-in at the church starting on Friday, March 23 at 7:00pm and ending the next day at 10:00am in Frost Youth Center. This weekend will focus on power and independence as well as fun! We will take a self-defense class, learn about body image, watch movies, eat junk food, and have a blast. This will be the ultimate girl's weekend so don't miss out. Invite your gal pals, too! To sign up, click HERE
SHOPPING PERIOD: Ever think about helping teach a Sunday school class or serving as a sub when teachers are out? Take advantage of a new program called the Shopping Period! Pick one or more children or youth classes to shadow as many times as you like during the months of February through May. Talk to the teachers, hang out with the kids, and see if this is something God is calling you to do. Email Megan to sign up!
Contact: Megan Petenbrink
YOUTH MISSION TRIP... AtlSERVE!: Youth in 6th-12th grade are invited to join the youth diocese of Atlanta at All Saints' Atlanta for a week of mission work downtown from June 24-27! Youth from churches all over Atlanta will join together to do some good in the community and have some fun. Cost for registration is $150. Sign up at the diocese website by clicking HERE Please also email Megan to let her know you will be attending!
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!
VOLUNTEER AT EMMAUS HOUSE: 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.
COMPLINE FOR THE EVE OF ASCENSION: Join us at 8:15pm on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 in the Nave for a compline service sung by our parish choir. This introspective service is the last in the daily cycle of prayer most often found in monastic communities. We hope to see you there!
CHILDREN'S & YOUTH CHOIR: Wednesday children and youth choir activities are a great way for your kids to learn about scriptures, themselves, and engage with other kids their age in a fun formation setting! For more info and to view our schedule, click HERE!
MEN OF HIEC 3RD FRIDAYS: The next meeting will be Friday, March 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.
ST. MONICA’S GUILD: The women of St. Monica’s will meet Tuesday, March 20 at 10:30am in Inglett Hall for their monthly meeting. Join the oldest guild at Holy Innocents’ for a delicious lunch.
Contact: Carolyn Yost
MEN’S OTHER FRIDAYS BIBLE STUDY: Supplementing the Men of HIEC’s “3rd Fridays”, the Men’s Other Fridays Bible study is held on the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and sometimes 5th Fridays in Frost Youth Center starting at 7:00am. Their next meeting will be March 23.
READING CONNECTIONS: The women’s book club will meet on April 9 from 6:00pm-7:30pm in Bishop Commons to discuss the book Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. We hope you will join us for in depth discussions and good company!
Contact: Rosie Bullard
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: 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! Their next meeting is on May 1. All skill levels are welcome :)
Contact: Kathie Larkin
MEN’S DINNER & A BOOK: The next Men’s Dinner and a Book is May 8 at 6:30pm and the book is A Morbid Taste For Bones by Ellis Peters. Karl Welsher is hosting at Jeremy Webber’s house. If you would like to attend, please contact Jeremy Webber for details.
Contact: Jeremy Webber
WOMEN'S WISDOM CIRCLE: 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.
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, Raymond White, Nancy McAlister, Margaret Gardner, Frank Wakefield , Anne Needham, Byrd Ball; 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, Phil Pressly, brother of Frank Pressly, Kevin O’Neill, friend of Linda Foster, Jeff Rogerson, friend of Charles Crosby, Jeffrey Hill, brother of Pete Hill, Joe Watkins, friend of Libby Lindsay, Joni House, Mary Jackson, sister of Liza Avery, Carol Lyden Foulkes, sister of Patricia Bingham, Janet Morgan, friend of Penny Kinsey, Lynette Washington, friend of Pamela McKinstry, Kris Tiegreen, niece of Alan and Nancy Tiegreen, Nigel Richardson, brother of Penny Franco, Claire Farmer and family, friends of
Ivy and Ferrell Moultrie, Dorothy Trevena, Willie Burke, nephew of Cheryl and Jeremy Webber, Ellanor Webber, granddaughter of Cheryl and Jeremy Webber; 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 Butch Weaver, son in law of Carolyn Yost 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:
(3/1) Stephanie Binkow, Mathew Binney, Wendy Corbett, Christopher Moultrie (3/2) John Rash (3/3) Parks Kaiser, Lucinda Kaltenbach, Sienna McArthy, Haylen Nichols (3/4) Alexandra Allen, Jack Gaines, Laine Parrott (3/5) Peter Davison, Beth Hunger, Nicole Yarsawich (3/6) Carol Smith, William Warley, Thomas Wells (3/7) Laura Homer, Steven Kibler, Mary Porter
(3/8) Andrea Avery, Payton Calhoun, Jenna Carter, Pamela Haselden, Ryan McCrorie, Albert Wouters (3/9) Heather Brown, Kathleen Landskroener, Shaun Limbeek, Lauren Paul, Nancy Suanders, James Temple (3/10) Carolyn Fore, Kathryn Rawley, Lisa van Devender (3/11) Laura Pittman, Vivienne Thrasher (3/12) Cameron Bornholm, Katherine Gray, George White (3/13) Tyler Graham, Douglas McAlister, Kerry Owen, James Page, Cole Palmer, Cynthia Warlery
(3/14) Rishard McCrorie (3/16) Anna Brown, Magdaline Dobesh, Mathew Tosh, Ann Wallin (3/17) Lawson Kirkland, Charlotte Liipfert, Carlson Neece, Charles Scarborough (3/18) Bret Jefferson, Kenneth Voelker (3/19) Ford Carter, Trina Miller, Hugh Mooney (3/21) Charles Greenfield, Marylin Kimball
(3/22) Elizabeth Daniel, Charles Link, Boyd Newton, John Winton (3/23) Alexandra Allen, Nancy Bikow, Thomas Mason, Don Rountree, Van Willis (3/24) Sarah Merkel, Malani Mowatt, William Perry (3/25) Robert Dozier, Kelly Kelly, Charles Laroway, Samual McKinstry, F. Mewborn, Mia Rhea, Katherine Wells (3/26) Luke Courts, Susanna Mees, Marsha Peterson, Rhett Smith, George Thomas (3/27) Katherine Letzler, Sarah Mason (3/28) Laura Ventulett
(3/29) Lindsey Fluke, Lily Landskroener, Lynn Varner, Mary Ann Williamson (3/30) Nicholas Andrist, Ella Ryan, Richard Sokolowski (3/31) Laura Curns, Daniel Greene, Brennan Maher, Anita Pirkle, Lee Winton