HI-Lights @ HIEC


HI-Lights @ HIEC

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On February 10, several Ash Wednesday services occur to give everyone in the parish and community an opportunity to mark the beginning of this holy season for our community of faith. The liturgies will be held at 7:00am, 12:15pm, continuing at 6:00pm, this service includes a liturgy designed specifically for families with young children, & our final service is held at 7:30pm. All include the imposition of ashes & communion. All services will be held in Christ Chapel with the exception of the 7:30pm service which will be held in the Nave. The 7:30pm liturgy will also include incense.


8:00 am - Holy Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
9:00 am - Holy Eucharist (Nave)
11:15am - Holy EucHarist (NAVE)
6:00 pm - Celtic Eucharist (Christ Chapel)

FAITH FORUM - IRMA GUERRA: Irma Guerra will be the featured speaker at the Adult Forum on Sunday, February 14.  Irma is a postulant in the diocese studying for the priesthood. Irma will share her journey to the Episcopal Church and her call to be a priest in the fastest growing part of our church – the Hispanic community.
Contact: The Rev. Buddy Crawford

ONLINE STREAMING: We’re streaming our services online! Over the last year we’ve begun to 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 them, and then return during the peace. Children’s Formation (3-year-olds-5th grade) takes place each Sunday at 10:10am in Parish Hall.
Contact: Wynn Henderson

Find our weekly sermons here!


FAITH FORUM SERIES - DISMANTLING RACISM: This will be an 8-week series offered during the Faith Forum from January 17-March 13, with a break on February 14. During the first four weeks, we will watch clips from relevant movies, as well as documentaries. These will provide the foundation for the next four weeks during which we will turn our attention to reading, and discussing Just Mercy,  by Bryan Stevenson.

We Belong to One Another: Where Do We Go From Here?

During this week’s Faith Forum we will finish the video biography of Jonathan Daniels, as well as watch a few selections from Selma. We also will listen to Peggy Stapleton as she shares her pilgrimage experience.

A Reflection from Peggy Stapleton:

“Where do we go from here?  Where do we go from here?

All the years since my college days when I missed the opportunity to ride to Montgomery with classmates to protest segregation, I have sought better ways to connect with the African American community.  I continue, haltingly and embarrassingly, to learn about the daunting obstacles of white privilege. There have been avenues to join in, but making the pilgrimage with beautiful people to celebrate a beautiful life left me with a profound dissatisfaction with my/our ability to connect and, most importantly, to act.

Where do I go from here?”

Contact: The Rev. Lisa M. Zaina


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

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE-COOKOFF: It's that time of the year again: time for the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Cook-off, followed by the Shrove Tuesday liturgy. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, February 9 at 6:00pm. This year, enjoy eggs, bacon and sausage with your “artisan" pancakes. Plan to bring the whole family to this fun event that benefits the youth of Holy Innocents! Click here to make your reservation for $8.00 a person. If you are interested in chef-ing a team, please contact The Rev. Will Stanley and let him know. 

Below find a link a coloring page created by our artist in residence, Vanessa Lowry. Enjoy coloring it and bring it to church on Tuesday when you come for the Pancake Cookoff and Shrove Tuesday liturgy. 

Download Link: Shrove Tuesday Coloring Page
Contact: The Rev. Will Stanley

FATHER-SON PRAYER BREAKFAST: All boys (9th-12th) and dads, be sure to attend the inaugural Holy Innocents’ Father & Son Breakfast, on Thursday, February 18 from 7:30-8:30am in the dining hall. Besides a hearty breakfast, you’ll also enjoy the inspirational message of our guest speaker, the Rev. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock, Ph. D., Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church spritual home of Martin Luther King Jr. Students who would like to attend, but whose fathers can’t, are welcome to bring another male adult with whom they are close. Please RSVP to Karen Ghertner by email  or by phone at (404) 303-2150, ext.252. We have a limited number of seats, so please RSVP as soon as possible.
Contact: Karen Ghertner

ANNUAL PARISH RETREAT: Save the date for the Annual Parish Retreat!  Holy Innocents is bringing our Parish retreat Closer to Home this year. Our annual parish “Homecoming” retreat will be held at Callaway Gardens on April 15-17, 2016. We will even have a special surprise guest speaker! Stay tuned for more information on how to register.
Contact: The Rev. Buddy Crawford

THE PARSON'S TABLE: There will be no Parson's Table the week of February 10 in observance of Ash Wednesday.

2:30pm - 6:30pm - Farmer Tim's Market (Bi-Weekly)
5:15pm - 5:45pm - Dinner for Children
5:15pm - 5:45pm - Wine & Cheese Conversations
5:45pm - 7:00pm - St. C & N Choirs (3rd – 8th graders),
Primary Choir/Arts Program (1st – 2nd graders),
Music/Arts Program (preschoolers & kindergarteners)
Nursery (infants & toddlers)
5:45pm - 6:30pm - Dinner for Adults

Click here to Register

BOGO (Buy one Give one): When you reserve your space, consider giving away a meal, "Buy one, Give one: BOGO". We will bank contributions each week and when enough are available, we'll provide meals to Sandy Springs organizations such as the Police and Fire Departments. Look for announcements when your BOGO meals are donated around Sandy Springs. Thank you to donors who have contributed thus far.

LENTEN PREACHING SERIES: Beginning February 17, join us in Christ Chapel on Wednesday evenings for a series featuring Atlanta’s best known preachers. A simple service of prayer and music will begin at 6:30pm and end no later than 7:00pm. Add this important time together to your Lenten practice and let God expand the boundaries of your heart.

Guest Speaker

February 17
Dr. Beth Sarah Wright   
Interim Director of Admissions at HIES

Dr. Wright is current Interim Director of Admissions at HIES. Originally from Jamaica, she has lived and studied worldwide, from Edinburgh, Scotland to San Juan, Puerto Rico. In her speaking engagements and writing, Wright tackles issues of faith and depression, the stigmas of mental illness and the role telling your story plays in healing. She holds a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University, a BA (magna cum laude) from Princeton University in Sociology and Afro-American studies, and an MPhil in Anthropology from Cambridge University. She is the spouse of our Bishop.

SUNDAY MORNINGS LIVE: Our youth formation activities take place every Sunday at 10:10am.  For several weeks, we will participate with the larger parish in the important presentations and discussions on how we can help dismantle racism in our own day. We’ll do this through conversation in groups both large and small.
Contact: The Rev. Will Stanley

ESL- LA AMISTAD SATURDAY PROGRAM FOR LOCAL FAMILIES: Beginning Saturday, January 30 from 9:00am - 12:00pm, our family-centered ESL-La Amistad programming will be back! While we are receiving registrations to determine how many children will be in attendance, we would like to have a good team of volunteers in place to provide fun-yet-formative programs for children ages nursery-10 years old. We would love to have whole HIEC family units commit to serving on these Saturdays. If you would like to volunteer for one week or several, please sign-up online by clicking here.
Contact: The Rev. Joshua Case

HIGH POINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - READING WITH A STUDENT: There are over 60 students in need of mentors and reading partners at High Point Elementary. If you are available once a week to read with a student during their lunch period, please sign-up through our partner organization Everybody Wins! If you are unable to commit to weekly sessions, there is an opportunity to alternate with another coworker. You can register to read at www.everybodywinsatlanta.org. You may also contact Amy Schlossberg at . Get started today!
Contact: Amy Schlossberg 

FRIENDS OF MUSIC: Be sure to visit the Holy Innocents’ website to view the  Friends of Music concert schedule for future events. The mission of The Friends of Music at Holy Innocents’ is to enhance the role of music in our parish and beyond by bringing to our facilities high quality and diverse musical programs.
Contact: David Brensinger

Create and Commune is a free monthly event Vanessa Lowry, Holy Innocents' artist in residence, is hosting on the first Friday of each month from 10:30am - 12:30pm. Bring your own creative project to work on or artfully recharge with a coloring page we supply. Drop in for any amount of time with your sketch pad, notebook, knitting, crochet, scrapbook, or whatever creative project you can easily pack up and bring along. Nothing overly messy please. No need to pre-register. 


The Ventulett Art Gallery honors parishioner and architect Tom Ventulett. Curator Jerry Stapleton and his committee line up artists, continuing to make the Ventulett Gallery one of the most sought venues in our area.  

The Ventulett Gallery is excited to welcome Kimmy Cantrell & Barry Rhodes 's "Ancient Medium, Modern Sensibility"

After pursuing a career in management for 20 years, Kimmy Cantrell…“decided one day that it was time to reconnect with the clay, so I picked up some, and sculpted a vase.” His works evolved into bowls, and he hasn’t stopped creating since. Mainly working with the recurring themes of faces, still life and the female anatomy, Kimmy uses still life collages of clay and metal to tell his story.

I am drawn to work in clay, explains artist Barry Rhodes, because of the deep connection to the past, to the ability to express modern ideas of importance and to move art “off the wall” and into our lives. “My own iconography is all about rhythms, which find their into so much of Physics and life…” Approaching each new piece as a puzzle, Barry strives to fit together organic and inorganic elements to make a cohesive and meaningful whole.

Visit the Ventulett Gallery website for more information by clicking here


THE VENTULETT GALLERY ANNOUNCES NEW WEBSITE:We are excited to announce that the Ventulett Gallery now has its own website!! Access the site by clicking onto the Ventulett Gallery name on the Holy Innocents' website or in HI Lights or by typing in www.ventulettgallery.com.



WOMEN’S TIME OUT: All women of Holy Innocents’ are invited to attend Women’s Time Out on Thursday, February 18 at 7:00pm in Bishop Commons.  Please bring a light appetizer and/or a bottle of wine to share. We welcome women from ALL age groups, so please join us for lively conversation and an opportunity to meet new friends.  Hope to see you there!
Contact: Lisa Van Devender

We will meet Tuesday, March 8 at the home of John Hedrick from 6:30pm - 9:00pm. The book is The Long Goodbye, by Raymond Chandler. For directions and more information contact Jeremy Webber.
Contact: Jeremy Webber

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, March 14 we will be discussing Killing Jesus: A History, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. The Rev. Lisa M Zaina. will lead our discussion. We hope to see you there.
Contact: Beth Lynch  or Nancy Binkow

YOGA CLASS: Want to reduce stress and increase your energy and vitality? Join us for yoga on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 7:45 pm in Inglett Hall A&B beginning January 4. The class is a twelve-week session ending on March 21. The cost for the full session is $120 or you can pay $12 per class. The class is geared to beginner/intermediate yogis but those who have never done yoga are encouraged to attend. Modifications are provided for each pose. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.
Contact: Richard Dew

ROSARY FOR PEACE: On Fridays at 1:00pm in Christ Chapel a Rosary for peace is offered for all those suffering from violence and disaster around the world.  Special petitions are offered for areas torn apart by war, especially Syria. If you are not familiar with this tradition and the prayers offered, but feel called to its contemplative nature, join others from the community each week.
Contact: Craig Wilson

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; Diana Fleischer; Jim Didriksen; Keith Propst; Warren Reedy; Maidee Spencer; Jackie Watt; Chuck Stuart; Angel Dotson; Lucie Bornholm; friends and family including: Ned, Bessy, and Owen Baylis, family of Elizabeth and Peter Baylis; Terry Warley, friend of Jackie Stradley; Sawyer Josey; Janet Morgan, friend of Penny Kinsey; Peggy Koch, grandmother of Leslie Reading; Sheila Haskell, mother of Peggy Farnham; Kandace Dotson, cousin in law of Angel Dotson; Rose Parker, wife of Vernon Parker; Ben Bellavia-Cortezi; Helen Dixon; Ned Overton, father of Shan Overton and those recieving communion at home.

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 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, Mark Bailey, Jack Boger, Thomas Webber, Steven Leforge 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: (2/1)William Aaron; William Hix; Robert Tucker; (2/2) Clifford Hoffman; Ava Mills; Ashley Smith; Anna Weitnauer; (2/3) Mark Ballard; Elizabeth Garner; Ian Longley; Charles Lybrook; Phillip McCrorie; Justin Moseley; Lawson Rhea; Kyle Young; (2/4) Megan Crosby; Elizabeth McElroy; (2/5) Ryan Gunnigle; (2/6) Helen Allen ;Judy Chandler; Ryan Purves; Stephen Taylor; Joseph Varner; (2/7) Stefan Fatzinger; Bryan McGee; Jean-Paul Richard; Elizabeth Stephenson; (2/8) Trevor Martin; Liza Mooney; Andrew Savula; Oscar Schlachter; Carole Shunnarah; Benjamin Trausch; (2/9) Scott Ediger; Paul Hamill; Linda Sutter; Carolyn Yost; (2/10) Beverly Dozier; Elizabeth Dozier; William Hollett; David Savula; Austin Smith; Charlie Smith; Carla Street; Jack Walz; (2/11) Sara Bowden; William Fanning; Madeline FitzGerald; Max Foley; David Luther; Briggs Peery; James Smith; Woodrow Smith; Tiffany Sykes; (2/12) Clare Coyne; Vaughn Moore; Joan Plunkett; (2/13) Rebecca Eads; (2/14) Rosalyn Devine; Erin McCall; Eric Otness; Joe Reynolds; Bernard Rolader; Ursula Simmons; Judy Sophianopoulos; James Stuckey; Luke Thompson; Ted Unger; (2/15) Diane Broyles; Lynn Cornett; Timothy Damewood; Colleen Grogan; Raymond Hart; Cindy Kilgallon; Barbara Swann; (2/16) Alison Johnston; Charles Mooney; Marc Schlachter; Harrison Young; (2/17) Christopher Bell; Bentley Boger; Christopher Burnett; Kathryn-Claire Crewdson; David Fluke; Wesley Neece; Spencer Palladino; (2/18) Brandon Booker; Charlotte Gunnigle; Audrey Jarvis; Mike Kilgallon; Arthur Liang; Cole McCall; Sean McCarthy; Margaret McCauley; Ryan Sokolowski; (2/19) Judy Blumenau; Greer Homer; Karen Reuther; (2/20) R. Lee; Thomas Orton; Sam Perry; Sarah Shainker; (2/21) Davis Esslinger; Mark Griffith; Kelly Keenan; Chase Pellettieri; Linda Seaborn; Ilah Wiemann; (2/22) Kalyn Bugg; Sara Eckman; Nina Guilford; Paul Warley; (2/23) Elizabeth Baylis; June Day; Elizabeth Harris; Robert Letzler; Lauren Monkiewicz; Jennifer Pritt; Henrietta Wright; (2/24) Jordan Hartley; Elizabeth Schaefer; Thomas Wells; (2/25) Collin Garner; Virginia Kirkland; Marshall McArthur; Anne McCrystal; Dorothy Megel; Jessica Shainker; (2/26) Connie Brogdon; Holly Chesser; Emily Kallis; Karen Kallis; William MacIntyre; Dyrc McLeod; Eric Trevena; Robert Walker; (2/27) Sharon Stribling; (2/28) Katherine Abreu; Emma Bell; Dabney Caldwell; James Devine; Anne-Marie Esslinger; Courtland Fanning; William Fanning; Kimberly Menefee; Daniel Palladino; Wayne Quigley; Giselle Singh; (2/29) Joseph Burford; Kit Reedy