SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES
8AM - Holy Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
9AM - Holy Eucharist (Nave)
11:15AM - Holy Eucharist (Nave)
5PM - Misa en Espanol (Nave)
6PM - Celtic Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
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SUNDAY SERMONS AT HIEC: Our Sunday sermons are uploaded every Tuesday to our website. (There may be exceptions on Sundays when technical difficulties get the better of us!) Click HERE to listen to our latest audio upload and share with your friends!
SUNDAY FORMATION @ HI: Join the Rev. Bill Murray as he delves into a special Faith Forum discussion about the birth of Jesus this Advent season. For upcoming Sunday formation info, please click HERE
CHRISTMAS SERVICE TIMES: Friends, families, and naighbors are invited to join us for our upcoming holiday service times at HI!
ADVENT QUIET DAY: You are invited to spend your Advent Quiet Day on Saturday, December 7 praying, reflecting and exploring hope in preparation of the Christ child. Join The Rev. Kenya Thompson from 9AM-1PM and give yourself the gift of a quiet space to contemplate hope in your own life and your hope for the world. Bring your own lunch; drinks will be provided! Let the Rev. Kenya know you'll be coming by emailing her today!
Contact: The Rev. Kenya Thompson
ADVENT 2ND HALF LUNCH: What is it that makes a carol...a carol? How did they come about? Do you know what the first carol in history was? You are invited to our upcoming Advent Second Half Luncheon on Wednesday, December 11 from 11:30AM-1PM with HI’s Director of Music Dr. Sean Vogt. Cost is $10/person. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by calling Melody McNeil at (404)255-4023 or send her an email by Monday, Dec. 9. See you soon!
Contact: Melody McNeil
SWEET SWAP MEET: Ladies of HIEC are invited to a cookie swap on Saturday, December 14 at 10:30AM. Please bring 3-4 dozen of your favorite cookies and leave with an assortment to share with family/friends. Don't forget to bring an extra container to collect your cookies in. Also, bring your boxed holiday gifts to be beautifully wrapped and support deserving kids through Horizons of HIES.
Contact: Nicole Rash
RSVP FOR OUR RETREAT TODAY!: Our parishioners are invited to join us February 14-16, 2020 for our annual Parish Retreat. This year’s theme will be “Telling Our Stories: Deepening Community.” More info and registration can be found by clicking HERE
BLADES OF GLORY: The Sr. EYC group (grades 9-12) will head OFF to Atlantic Station to go ice skating on Saturday, December 7. We will meet at the church at 10:15AM and head to the outdoor skating rink to enjoy some Christmas cheer and good company! Youth will explore the area and grab some lunch before we arrive back at the church by 2PM. Cost is $25/youth plus cash for lunch. Friends are always welcome. Please RSVP by clicking HERE
BETHLEHEM WALK: The Jr. and Sr. EYC youth groups (6-12 graders) will have the opportunity to experience Bethlehem on the night that Jesus was born! We will be heading to Mountain View UMC on Sunday, December 8 to walk through their nativity complete with the entire city of Bethlehem! We will meet at Mountain View (2300 Jamerson Road) at 7PM. Please look for Megan at the entrance! This event is FREE and open to all HI families, friends, youth, and children, so invite your neighbor! Please RSVP to Megan via email.
Contact: Megan Petenbrink
ALL ABOARD THE POLAR EXPRESS: The holidays are approaching and so is the Polar Express! Please save the date of Saturday, December 14 for this special Christmas activity for the children of HI. Hot chocolate, snacks, crafts, movie, stories, and more await in Frost Youth Center. For questions or more info, please contact Renee via email. To register, please click HERE
HOLIDAY MOVIE NIGHT!: The Jr. EYC group (6th-8th) will be watching a classic Christmas movie of their choice in an extremely unique setting! On Sunday, December 15, the Frost Center will be turned into a winter wonderland complete with falling snow! We will drink hot chocolate, eat a fabulous dinner, and watch our movie all while playing in beautiful snow! This event is from 4-7PM and costs $25/person. Please register by clicking HERE
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!
CAC ADOPT A FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS: Thank you to all who have picked up a red envelope and adopted a child for the holidays! We have unfortunately run out of envelopes to give out, but if you would still like to participate, please visit the CAC website to adopt a family/child by clicking HERE
Contact: Charles Crosby
GIFT CARD DRIVE @ HI: A gift card drive will be held from November 1 - December 15 to support Emmaus House holiday programming. Gift cards in $10 increments from Kroger & Walmart are preferred. Please leave your cards in the drop-box in Bishop Commons. An anonymous parish family has agreed to match the gift card collected. This is a very generous gift, so please support this outreach opportunity!
Contact: Lilia Romero
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.
ADVENT FESTIVAL CHORUS x 2 (Kids & Adults): Starting on Wednesday, November 13, HIEC is offering a short-term 6-week choir for those kids and adults who want to sing but can’t make a full-year commitment. KIDS (4th-8th grade) = Wednesday rehearsals (5:30-6:15PM) starting on November 13; ADULTS = Wednesday rehearsals (7:30-9PM) starting on November 13. BOTH choirs, kids and adults, will sing on Christmas Eve at the 6PM service with a special dinner afterwards, with the adults also singing at 9PM. Please consider joining the camaraderie, food, fun, and spirit of the season as we prepare for the wonder and mystery of Advent and Christmas. It’s also a great way to get to know our 2-time state jump rope champion and music director, Dr. Sean Vogt. Interested or have questions, email Dr. Vogt today!
Contact: Dr. Sean Vogt
CHRISTMAS EVE PAGEANT: If you are interested in your child (PreK-3rd grade) participating in the Christmas Eve pageant at the 3PM Christmas Eve service, we will be rehearsing for that during the Sunday School hour this year!
MEN'S OTHER FRIDAYS: Join the Men's Other Friday group for good conversation and coffee from 7-8:15AM in the Frost Youth Center.
On Friday, Dec. 13, the Men’s Other Fridays group will discuss The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth. On Friday, Dec. 27, we will begin discussing Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith by Marcus Borg.
Contact: Allen Wallace
READING CONNECTIONS: The women's book club invites all women of HI and their gal pals to join them for a very merry Christmas party on Monday, December 9 at 6PM in Bishop Commons. Let Kit know you're coming by emailing her today!
Contact: Kit Reedy
MEN OF HI'S 3RD FRIDAYS: The Men of HIEC meet every 3rd Friday from 7-8:15AM in Frost Youth Center. This is a great way to connect with the other guys in the parish. Join them on Friday, Dec 20 for the coffee and biscuits, stay for the camaraderie and lively discussions.
Contact: Karl Welsher
MEN'S DINNER & A BOOK: The next Men's Dinner and a Book is Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30PM to discuss The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure. Tony Clarke is hosting. 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 12PM in the large conference room. Each week’s lesson is a stand alone unit; bring a lunch and join us!
Contact: Karen Calhoun or Betty Barstow
WOMEN'S WISDOM CIRCLE: The Women's Wisdom Circle meets on Monday mornings from 8:30-9:45AM (except holidays) in Inglett Hall. This is a great way to begin your week with quiet, insightful sharing, and frequent laughter. To subscribe to our blog, click HERE! For additional information, contact Abbie Hattauer ( or 516.652.6828).
Contact: Abbie Hattauer
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 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 local and international outreach organizations.
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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 Laura Martin, Margaret Gardner, Shiranne Simmons, Estelle Scott, Ron Gill, Lee Schwieger, Karen Steanson, Dede Callahan, Sandy Freeman, friends of parishioners including Sawyer Josey, Nancy Woodward, friend of Helen Johnson, Phil Pressly, brother of Frank Pressly, Kevin O’Neill, friend of Linda Foster, Joe Watkins, friend of Libby Lindsay, Carol Lyden Foulkes, sister of Patricia Bingham, Kris Tiegreen, niece of Alan and Nancy Tiegreen, Alex Brady, Jen Giliberto, friend of Greg Binney, Clinton Goode, grandson of Frances Richardson, Steve Ernst, brother of Mike Ernst, Jan Sutton, mother of Steve Kibler, Mary Beth Totten, friend of Mike Shortal, Peter Hoffman, friend of Mary Vaughan, Avery Stamps and family, friends of Nora McGee, John O’Brien, brother in law of Judy Kirkman, Eudelle Paul, mother of Rusty Paul, Lee Flowers, great nephew of Buddy Crawford, Bobby Calabrese, Toni Humphries, cousin of Earnest and Ursula Simmons, Betty Creekmuir, mother of Bill Creekmuir, Diane and Regina Fletcher, friends of Mary Vaughan, Bryan Wakefield, son of Frank Wakefield, Wally Warren, son of Dede Callahan, Tony Dickson, friend of Marilyn and Jack Courtnay; 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: Brandon Rudder, Steven Leforge, Sean Graham, Charles Norris, Vaughn Moore, and Thomas Webber. 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 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:
(12/1) Mark Gould (12/2) Susan Smith, Corinne Temple, Christina Touzet (12/3) Eleanor McGee (12/4) John Crouch, Kimberly Peterson, Elaine Turpin (12/5) Edythe Butt, Abbie Hattauer, Evelyn Morris, Sally Parsonson, John Sugg, Jackie Watt (12/6) William Baer, Nancy Hoffman, Henry Schlachter, Barbara Stewart (12/7) Frank Bishop, Aiden Brennan, William Clark, Alexis Davison, Reece Griffith, Kirk Stevenson
(12/8) John Gadomski, Claire Kaiser, Richard Otness, Laura Rhea, Laura Stevenson, Ann Stovall (12/9) Amanda Cook, Christopher Hasell, Joseph Hutto, Warren Reedy, Peter Schwartz, Robert Tarkington, Todd Terrell (12/10) Stephen Stradley, Gloria Taylor (12/11) Davis Gates (12/12) Kristen Clever, John Cummings, Elizabeth Thompson (12/13) Nicole Clever, Chloe Farnham, Walter Hoyt, Neva Rountree, Julia Sugg, Erin Warshauer (12/14) Phillip Binkow, George Brown, Lucy Brown, Karen Burnett, Mackenzie Gaines, Craig Johns, Rebecca Tucker, Margaux Ventulett
(12/15) Caroline Loux, John Ryan (12/16) Ashley Cook, Cathryn Thomas (12/17) Beth Boger, Sally Combs (12/18) Holly Barrett (12/19) Jeffrey Glass, Michael Morris, John Newsom (12/20) James Rose, Kennedy Seaborn, Lloyd Thomas, Ralph Thurmond (12/21) William Chandler, Curtis Kimball, Lisa Orr, Margaret Peyton, Jon Thompson
(12/22) Louie Pittman, Cora Protos, J Peter Binker Uys (12/23) Charlotte Bartlett, Katherine Euston, Eric Limbeek, Reese Miller, Courtney Rose (12/24) Lisa Burns, Juliet Toldeo, Gustavus Williamson (12/25) Russell Avery, William Comer, Jaimie Hardin, Janice Herbert, Stephen Larkin, Charles Link, Ellie Mueller (12/26) Caryn Baines, Sean Barrett, Anna Gardner (12/27) Erin Ernst, Nancy Warner, Audrey Wooten (12/28) David Avery, Cynthia Best, Velma Cooke, Alexandra Maher, Christopher Menefee, Talitha Stone (12/29) Ellen Crosby, Sandy Freeman, Ansley King (12/30) Christopher Hasell, Kathryn Orsey, Jan Paul (12/31) London Moore, Randy Simmons, Mark Tucker, Richard Werner