HI-Lights @ HIEC


HI-Lights @ HIEC

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8:00 am - Holy Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
9:00 am - Holy Eucharist (Nave)
11:15 am - Holy Eucharist, Sung (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. 

CHILDREN'S CHAPEL: Children’s Chapel is held during the 9:00am service.  Children (Pre-K-4th grade) will leave church during the sequence hymn to enjoy a children’s service just for them, and then return during the peace.
Contact: Melissa Liipfert

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To the People of Holy Innocents,

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

--Philippians 4:6-7



On behalf of the entire parish, we want to thank the Vestry Nominating Committee of Greg Binney, Johnny Foster, Rachel Shunnarah, and Andy Toledo, for their hard work. We received a large number of talented nominees this year, with almost all qualified to serve under the Canons of The Episcopal Church and Diocese of Atlanta (confirmed communicants in good standing, regular in attendance at worship and in formation, and faithfully pledging and known to the treasurer.) The Nominating Committee reviewed the applications submitted and weighted them with the strategic needs of the parish, and a desire for a balanced diversity of background, passions, and gifts to the whole community.

I am thankful for the careful and prayerful consideration the Vestry Nominating Committee gave this process. They will present the following slate to the Parish at the Annual Meeting on December 11 during the formation hour at 9:45 am. We will have an abbreviated 9:00 am Eucharistic service to accommodate this earlier start. Please plan to attend the Annual Meeting and then the 11:15 service of Lessons and Carols.

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From the Wardens: Transition Update

We thank the many parishioners who attended the presentation by the Rev. Canon Alicia Schuster-Weltner who spoke about our time of transition and moving through the interim and nominating process. The questions that were asked were thoughtful and intentional and it is our hope that the information was received well.  You can watch the whole presentation online at the following links.

Click Here to Watch the Faith Forum
Click Here to Listen to the Sermon


HIEC Office Schedule
Monday-Thursday 8:30am - 5:00pm and
Fridays 8:30am - 3:00pm

2017 STEWARDSHIP: Thank you for your response to our Annual Stewardship campaign thus far! Many of you have already sent in your pledge cards, or pledged through the website - thank you for your financial commitment. And a special thank you to those families pledging to Holy Innocents for the first time! As of the end of November, we have 218 pledges, which is more than two-thirds of our total number of pledging units. If you have not yet responded, now is the time! Help us further Holy Innocents' work as "Your Place for Faith" - ensuring all people feel God's love through our Worship, Prayer, Community, Hospitality and Mission. We ask for your prayers and your pledges as we plan for 2017.

Click here to make your Pledge

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS: If you would like to donate in memoriam or in thanksgiving, please contact Melody McNeil at 404-255-4023. The deadline is Thursday, December 15. You can also make your donation online by click here.
Contact: Melody McNeil

AMAZON SMILE: Support Holy Innocents while you do your holiday shopping through AmazonSmile! Did you know that Holy Innocents has been issued almost $50 each quarter this year from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity? Your AmazonSmile holiday shopping can support Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church. It’s easy to get started! Start with a smile at (http://smile.amazon.com/ch/58-0810868) and Amazon donates.

COOKIES & CAROLS: T’was the week before Christmas and where were all the HIEC parishioners? Singing carols and enjoying cookies of course! Please join us after the 9am service on December 18 as we come together to celebrate the Christmas season.
Contact: Melissa Liipfert

SAVE THE DATE-ANNUAL PARISH RETREAT: It’s almost that time of year again. Save the date for our annual parish retreat the weekend of February 17-19. Our theme will be “Together We Grow!” Stay tuned for more information.
Contact: Lisa Shunnarah


STOCK DONATIONS: We have an additional option for the stock donations that you generously give to HI. You now also can use Fidelity Investments. The fees range from $7.95 to $32.95 depending upon the type of transaction. We encourage you to explore the options offered. Instructions can be found at the following link: (Download this stock donation information as a PDF)
Contact: Caroline Fleming or (404) 751 - 2906

THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS PRESENT: Looking for that perfect Christmas present? A painting by artist Bonnie Beauchamp Cooke, currently showing in the Ventulett Gallery, would make a wonderful and unique gift for that special someone. Remember, all art in the gallery is available for purchase. Please contact Carol Johns for more information.
Contact: Carol Johns

REVERSE ADVENT: Join Children’s Formation this year as we celebrate Advent by giving instead of receiving. We are asking that each family dedicate a box in your home as a “Reverse Advent” box. Each day you add an item to the box and at the 3pm service on Christmas Eve you bring in your box to the church. Collected items will be donated to those in need. Let us be a community of giving.
Contact: Melissa Liipfert

3 & UNDER FORMATION: Join us this fall for the “3s and Under” class! Parents and children under the age of three are invited to a formation class created just for YOU. Spend time getting to know other families with small children while your giving your kids a chance to roam free and play. We look forward to seeing you there!
Contact: Melissa Liipfert

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: Calling all families! Come join us for this year’s Christmas Pageant on Christmas Eve. Let your child play the role of an angel, shepherd or animal as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ together. We hope to see you on December 24 at the 3pm service.
Contact: Melissa Liipfert

VBS 2017: Let your child’s imagination soar as we begin planning for VBS 2017 June 19-23. This year we will be enjoying “Maker Fun Factory” where PreK-5th graders will learn about God’s purpose through invention. Volunteers needed. Please reach out to for more information. Website and additional information coming soon.

HIEC GIVING TREE: Help make Christmas special for local Horizons’ families through your participation in our Annual Giving Tree. Here is how it works: Take a card(s) from the tree located in the Ventulett Gallery. Then go purchase and return the presents to Holy Innocents and put them under the tree. Last, pray for the families we serve! We also need volunteers to sign-up to help deliver and distribute gifts at the CAC facilities in Sandy Springs.
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

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 December 5 at 7:00pm.
Contact: The Very Rev. Joshua Case

CHILDREN'S CHOIRS & CHOIR DINNERS: If you wish to reserve a dinner, please click here. All reservations must be made by 5:00pm on the prior Monday. 

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
5:45pm - 6:30pm: Dinner for Adults and Children in Music Experience
5:45pm - 7:00pm: 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.

Visit the Ventulett Gallery website for more information by clicking here


“Equipoise” is defined as balance and harmony, which is the best literal translation of Bonnie Beauchamp-Cooke’s work. Whether a horse, figure or landscape; her study is based on the symmetry of movement that is found in a split-second moment of time. Each painting also includes a cross: sometimes hidden, other times bold, an anchoring element symbolizing her personal equipoise between spirituality and nature.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the artist talk about her art and the Ventulett Gallery exhibit. All art is for sale.
Contact: Carol Johns

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!: The Ventulett Gallery has been exhibiting quality art at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church for nearly 3½ years. There are many components to making the gallery so successful and most involve the dedication of parish volunteers. Click here for more information


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

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: Please join us! The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Tuesday, December 6 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: The book club, Reading Connections, meets monthly on the second Monday of the month in Bishop Commons at 6:00pm. All are welcome for fellowship and lively discussion. On Monday, December 12, we will be gathering for our annual Christmas Party. Feel free to bring your favorite  beverage or appetizer to share with the group. We hope to see you there.
Contact: Nancy Binkow

ST. MONICA’S GUILD: Our next meeting will be on December 13 at 11:30am for our Christmas luncheon at Kate Dangler's. We hope to see you there.
Contact: Carolyn Yost27

MEN OF HIEC 3RD FRIDAYS: The next meeting will be December 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. “What you say just might be what someone else needs to hear.”

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 the Bishop Commons, and have an hour or so to socialize, eat dinner and usually end the event around 9:00pm. Our next meeting will be on December 17 at the home of Kate Dangler at 6:30pm. For food choices and directions call Kate at 770-396-2533.  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; Stan Saunders; Jim Didriksen; Lucie Bornholm; Kathy MacDonell; Marilyn Thomas; Caryn Bains; Bruce Mitchell; friends and family including: Sawyer Josey; Helen Dixon; Ann Thompson, mother of Debbie Vaky; Ed and Mary Lou Jensen, parents of Carolyn Dwyer; Kin Craig, friend of Pat Harris; Michael Wooten, brother of Tim Wooten; Scott Beard, husband of Bonnie Beard; Frederick William Mew, friend of Lisa Zaina; Nancy Woodward, friend of Helen Johnson; Tammy Glenn, sister of Paula Fowler; Charles Webster, uncle of Renee Peyton; Charles Larkin, brother of Steve Larkin; Lee Cleaves, friend of Julie Skaggs; Jay Duryea, father of Mindy Duryea; Chad Myers; Paige Watt, daughter of Jackie Watt; Patricia Crawford, mother of Buddy Crawford; Chuck Arnold, friend of Bill Keeton; and those receiving communion at home

Prayers for those Who have died: We commend to your mercy all who have died including Arline Mossbrooks, former parish registrar; Janet Goodroe, mother of Hugh Mooney 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.

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:

(12/1) Sharon Boyd; Mark Gould; (12/2) Samantha Anderson; Thomas Fowler; Susan Smith; Corinne Temple; James Thomas; Christina Touzet; (12/3) Eleanor McGee; (12/4) John Crouch; Brian Hackney; Elaine Turpin;

(12/5) Abbie Hattauer; Brock Hepler; Evelyn Morris; Sarah Parsonson; Jackie Watt; (12/6) William Baer; Connor Hamill; Sarah Hamill; Nancy Hoffman; Henry Schlachter; Barbara Stuart; Jason Taylor; (12/7) Frank Bishop; Aidan Brennan; William Clark; Alexis Davison; Reece Griffith; Kirk Stevenson; (12/8) John Gadomski; Claire Kaiser; Amy Mitchell; Richard Otness; Laura Rhea; Laura Stevenson; Ann Stovall; (12/9) William Boyd; Amanda Cook; John Harrison; Caroline Polosky; Warren Reedy; Peter Schwartz; Robert Tarkington; Todd Terrell; (12/10) Jeffrey Fendler; Stephen Stradley; Gloria Taylor; (12/11) Kathleen Borden; Linda FitzGerald; Ron Fortune; Davis Gates; John Maxman;

(12/12) Kristen Clever; John Cummings; Jonathan Griffith; Elizabeth Thompson; (12/13) Evan Charlesworth; Nicole Clever; Robert Dozier; Chloe Farnham; Walter Hoyt; Steven Romine; Neva Rountree; Erin Warshauer; (12/14) Valerie Agramonte; Philip Binkow; George Brown; Lucy Brown; Karen Burnett; Mackenzie Gaines; Mary Sullivan; Janice Thacker; Rebecca Tucker; Margaux Ventulett; (12/15) Parker Ford; Kathryn Freeman; Caroline Loux; Evelyn Mitchell; John Ryan; William West; (12/16) Katherine Albright; Ashley Cook; Susan Frymire; Cathryn Thomas; (12/17) Beth Boger; W. Bolton; Sally Combs; Katherine Kilgallon; Erin Stone; (12/18) Cathy Allen; Holly Barrett; Lily Miller;

(12/19) Conley Fendler; Jeffrey Glass; Michael Morris; John Newsom; (12/20) Arthur Liang; Sean McMillen; James Rose; Lloyd Thomas; Ralph Thurmond; (12/21) Mark Cady; William Chandler; Charles Howard; Neil Johnston; Curtis Kimball; Kathryn Mitchell; Helen Perry; Margaret Peyton; Jon Thompson; Thomas Windler; (12/22) Christopher Bellaire; Louie Pittman; Cora Protos; Nancy Warner; Sheila Weitnauer; (12/23) Charlotte Bartlett; Carolyn Koch; Eric Limbeek; Analeese McNeil; Reese Miller; Courtney Rose; (12/24) Lisa Burns; William Steentjes; Juliet Toledo; Marc Van Rysselberge;Gustavus Williamson; (12/25) Russell Avery; William Comer; Jaimie Hardin; Janice Herbert; Stephen Larkin; Charles Link; Ellie Mueller;

(12/26) Caryn Bains; Sean Barrett; Anna Gardner; (12/27) Paula Baker; Christopher Dwyer; Erin Ernst; (12/28) Spencer Allen; David Avery; Cynthia Best; Velma Cooke; Maureen Erb; Christopher Menefee; Talitha Stone; (12/29) Ouida Bell; Ellen Crosby; Bruce Ford; Sandy Freeman; Ansley King; Mary Faith Moser; Scott Smith; Penny Thomas; Michael Wiemann; (12/30) Christopher Hasell; Kathryn Orsey; Jan Paul; Sana Thomas; (12/31) Caroline Luther; Randy Simmons; Mark Tucker; Richard Werner;