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HI-Lights @ HIEC

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SUNDAY Service Times

8:00am - Holy Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
9:00am - Holy Eucharist (Nave)
11:15am - Holy Eucharist - sung  (Nave)
6:00pm - Contemplative Eucharist (Christ Chapel)

What is a Parish?

The Rev. Dr. Bob DAnnals

What is a parish? What is the Parish of Holy Innocents’?

A parish — any parish — is the place where the people of God, the Body of Christ, agree to live in a faith community by coming together for the communal worship of God. But it’s more...

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HIEC  Office Schedule
Monday-Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm and
Fridays 9:00am - 3:00pm


ALL SAINTS' REMEMBERANCE: On Sunday, November 5, when we celebrate the Feast of All Saints’, members of the parish who have died from November 1, 2016 to November 1, 2017 will be remembered by name during the prayers at all Sunday services. We will also print the names of loved ones for whom a remembrance is requested from members of the parish. If you’d like to submit name(s) of a deceased family member or friend to be printed, please do so by Monday, October 30. Please email first, middle and last name(s) to Sally Suhr for accuracy.
Contact: Sally Suhr

FLOWER DONATIONS: All Saints Day is Sunday, November 5. If you’d like to remember a loved one by making a donation for flowers, please contact Melody McNeil  by October 30.
Contact: Melody McNeil (404-255-4023)

CALL FOR VESTRY NOMINATIONS: It’s that time of the year to consider a position serving as an HIEC Vestry Member. Four positions will be filled with each member serving a three-year term. The slate of nominees will be presented at the Annual Parish Meeting on December 10. Interested parishioners should indicate their interest by the deadline of Monday, October 23 in an email to Melody Mcneil at . Note that the HIEC bylaws require vestry members to be at least 18 years of age and be a member in good standing, meaning current on pledge status and a regular attendee. If you have someone in mind as a candidate, please confirm their interest before submitting the name to Melody. The next step will be questionnaire/application for the interested party to complete. Please consider this request prayerfully as a gift of service to the people of Holy Innocents’.
Contact: Melody McNeil

FORMATION & FAITH FORUMS: Adult Formation takes place on Sunday mornings, September through May, 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! Click HERE for more info and the fall formation schedule.

STEWARDSHIP SPOTLIGHT: I have been a member of Holy Innocents’ for over 30 years. My first summer at HI, I volunteered to help fix lunch for the Horizon program. This allowed me to work with some of HI’s finest. That summer confirmed to me that HI cared about the community which has always been important to me. I went on to serve on the Extended Ministries/ Outreach Committee. When we renovated our campus, we said we wanted to not only to reach out to the community, but invite the community in. I have been blessed to have used our new church facilities for an image building workshop and scholarship interviews for high school seniors. Holy Innocents’ is my family’s spiritual home. We have been and continue to be embraced by our church community. I will continue to pledge my support to Holy Innocents’ Church. I would love to see HI continue to grow and strengthen our ministries for HI parishioners and to the community. We cannot do that without the continued financial support of all. I encourage everyone to be a part of the Stewardship 2018 campaign by making a pledge commitment.

Ursula Simmons

WEEKLY FINANCIAL UPDATE: As of the end of September, the church has collected $814,415 in pledges, $124,125 in unpledged regular donations, and $15,215 in loose plate offerings. Thank you for your financial contributions to the operations and ministries of Holy Innocents! How can you help the church with your time and talent? We are looking for assistance and expertise in the following areas: IT, AV/Sound, small maintenance projects, kitchen remodeling, floor tiling work, landscaping, building knowledge, pew crew, answering phones, assistance in office and hospitality. Also, the church is looking for someone to manage the 2018-2019 basketball program for a stipend! If you want to help, please contact Caroline Fleming at or 404-751-2906.

Please plan to attend an evening of fellowship for women on Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00pm in Bishop Commons. This event will kick off a new initiative to form small groups that support socializing, networking, and outreach and to look toward planning a women's retreat. All women are invited! Wine and appetizers will be served. We'll be collecting new children's books, baby blankets, and small stuffed animals for the non-profit charity Project Night Night Please email Nicole Rash ( ) to indicate your interest. We hope to see you ladies there!
Contact: Nicole Rash

The HIES Office of Multicultural Affairs invites you to a screening of the film “13th” at the Atlanta History Center this Thursday, October 19 at 6:00pm. We hope to see you there.

RECLAIMING HOPE THROUGH REMEMBERING: We will enlarge the conversation on race through remembering our martyred sisters and brothers at 9:00am on Saturday, Oct 28 at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church (610 Epps Bridge Parkway- Athens, GA 30606). The day's activities will include: Liturgy for Martys, The Rev. Naomi Tutu will preach, a screening of the documentary "13th", and a tour of the school and cemetery. For more info or to indicate interest, contact Judy Fielder ( ).
Contact: Judy Fielder (404) 771-2790

Join us after the 6:00pm Contemplative Eucharist on the evening of All Saints', November 5, for a chili tasting in Parish Hall. A dozen or so different chilis will be available to sample along with fixings and cornbread. Yum! To reserve your spot, click HERE

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta and the Alliance Theatre invite you to see "Crossing Delancey" on Friday evenings through Nov. 24 and share in a community observance of Shabbat at the MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd, Marietta. Shabbat will be held at 7:30pm followed by the show at 8:00pm. There is no charge for the Shabbat dinner; for play tickets, click HERE

The youth are selling Christmas trees and garlands this year to raise money for new programming, a scholarship fund, and next summer's mission trip. Come to Bishop Commons before the 9am & 11:15am services and adult formation to fill out a pre-order form. We start selling this Sunday, Oct 15 through Nov 12. We will also be selling Chick-Fil-A biscuits, so please stop by!

On Saturday, October 21 the 1st-5th graders and invited to HIEC's night of wizardry! Arrive at the outside door of the Frost Center from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and enter into the world of Harry Potter! Get sorted into your house, play quidditch, and make your own wand with your closest friends. Cost per child is $15. RSVP by clicking HERE

WHINE AND WINE: Families with children in K-3rd grade are invited to the 2-part family Bible study "Whine and Wine" with Megan Petenbrink and Karen Anderson. This study will focus on using the Bible to practice thankfulness as a family. Our 1st class  is November 4 from 5:30pm-7:00pm in Frost Youth Center. Wine will be provided for the parents along with light snacks for the children. Please RSVP your family to Megan.
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!

Horizons is hosting Super Saturday on October 21 for K-8 program students. Help support this vital ministry for deserving, at-risk Sandy Springs children by providing a breakfast dish (to be delivered to the HIES dining hall by 8:30am). For more info, contact Karen Calhoun.
Contact: Karen Calhoun

STOCK THE CHILDREN'S SHELVES: We are asking for your help to stock the children's shelves for our North Fulton Department of Family and Children Services during the month of October. You can help by donating children's items at the front reception desk. A list of needed supplies can be found at the desk.

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 Roselyn Devine!
Contact: Roselyn 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 CHOIR : Wednesday children and youth choir activities have started up again 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!


MEN OF HIEC 3RD FRIDAYS: The next meeting will be October 20 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 meet on Saturday, October 21 in Inglett Hall from 6:30pm-9:00pm. Join us for a nice meal and even nicer company.
Contact: Carolyn Yost

MEN'S OTHER FRIDAY'S BIBLE STUDY: Supplementing the Men of HIEC "3rd Fridays", the Rev. Bob Dannals will offer a men's Bible study on the other Friday mornings of each month. The next meeting will be October 27 at 7:00am in Frost Youth Center. The group will study the scripture texts and commentaries in the book, "A Long Obedience in the Same Direction" by Eugene Peterson.
Contact: Melody McNeil

The book club will meet in Bishop Commons on November 13 to discuss The Call of the Wild by Jack London. We hope to see you there!
Contact: Rosie Bullard

MEN'S DINNER & A BOOK: The next Men’s Dinner and a Book is November 14 at 6:30pm and the book is Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of  a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. Tony Clarke is hosting. If you would like to attend, please contact Jeremy Webber for details.
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, Shiranne Simmons, Laura Martin, Jack Wagner, Glenn Summerlin; 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, Phil Pressly, brother of Frank Pressly, Carla Sweetwood, Sarah Timmerman, mother of Frank Timmerman and Miriam Timmerman, Charles Hall, father in law of Angel Dotson, Karen Catlin, friend of Archer Hannah, Kris Tiegreen, niece of Alan and Nancy Tiegreen, Nadine Bishop, friend of Lynne Eckman, Kevin O’Neill, friend of Linda Foster, Doris Ernst, mother of Mike Ernst, Austin Farnham, brother of Brent Farnham, Jeff Rogerson, friend of Charles Crosby; and those receiving communion at home.

PRAYERS FOR THOSE IN SERVICE OF 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 OF THANKSGIVING: For the birth of Dylan Matthew Berry, son of Tiffany and Matt Berry, and grandson of Cheryl Sykes.

PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED: We commend to your mercy all who have died including Suzanne Williams, sister of Lisa Shunnarah; Carolyn Williams, mother of Lisa Shunnarah, 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:

(10/1) Marye Fincher, Rebecca Jones, Rowan Neece, Thomas Ventulett (10/2) Anna Hayden, Patricia Russell, James Sadlo, John Shephard, Beth Touzet, Mary Wagner (10/3) William Baker, Dorothy Williams (10/4) Peter Baylis, Steven Nahmias, William Stevenson (10/5) Peggy Christman, Ainsley Sadlo (10/7) Elizabeth Coil, Joseph Nuzzaco, Thomas Rawley

(10/8) Margaret Carpenter, Jean Longley, Emma Schaefer (10/9) Judith Bullock, Edson Petty, Arthur Reynolds, Cheryl Sykes, Woody Wheeler (10/10) Caroline Catts-Xie, Elizabeth Ramus, Nancy Uiterwyk (10/11) Gary Coursey, Michael Rhea, Timothy Seamans (10/12) Nina Braziel, Jacqueline Ryan, Tameka Slaughter, Alexis Stewart (10/13) Rachel Merkel, John Murphy, Joseph Perusse, Claire Protos, Sophia Ryan, Terence Shortal (10/14) Susan Beard, Harry Homer, Lucia Reading, Anna Thomas, Cathy Williams

(10/15) Caroline Dixon, James Gates (10/16) Robert Moffat, Lin Stradley (10/17) Christopher Devine, John Hedrick, James Heerin, Yvonne Johnson (10/18) Merrianne LeBoutillier, Kreg Nichols, Peter Parsonson, Christy Thompson (10/19) Elizabeth Gates, Michael McDonald, Gunnar Olson, Calvin Simmons, Peter Stone (10/20) Carole Walton, Elizabeth Yanda

(10/22) Earle Blomeyer, Kerry Brennan, James Calhoun, Anissa Gray, Kathleen Kibler (10/23) Deborah Schwartz, Douglas Voss (10/24) Brian Ericson, Anne Hollett, Sarah Hyser, Meredith Johnson (10/25) Gale Sutton, Helen Martin, Hayes McDonald, Teresa Winer (10/26) Jon Bornholm, Peter Herbert, Alesa McArthur (10/27) Michael Broome, Laurie Ford, Nicole Kaiser

(10/29) Henry Caldwell, Katherine Caldwell, John Cummings, Brian Thomas, Thomas Ventulett (10/30) William Mitchell, Gia Partain (10/31) Clement Chandler, Grady Crawford, Lester Longley, Jow Sullivan, Marie Thomas, Shirley Thurmond