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 (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. We are looking for volunteers to help with the Children’s Chapel each Sunday. For more information about how to volunteer visit the Holy Innocents’ website.

FAITH FORUM - Missionary at Life for Children Ministry, Michael Ouma Agwanda: This Sunday, January 15 at 10:10am in Inglett Hall,  we will welcome guest speaker,  Michael Ouma Agwanda, of Life for Children Ministry as he shares his story of caring for the holy innocents of our day in his homeland of Kenya. We also will have open discussion on key themes that emerged from parishioners' thoughts during our recent stewardship campaign.  Please join us for this informative and interactive morning.

 Find our weekly sermons here

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 Vestry, we joyfully announce that a call has been extended and accepted for The Rev. Dr. Robert S. ("Bob") Dannals to serve as the Interim Rector at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church.

As the new year begins we are looking forward to welcoming our interim rector, The Rev Bob Dannals and his wife Valerie to Holy Innocents’.  In numerous conversations regarding their arrival, they have referenced their shared excitement regarding being part of our parish family and look forward to actively meeting as many parishioners as possible soon upon their arrival. Aside from regular Sunday attendance, there are three distinct opportunities to welcome them and get to know them soon after their arrival. 

Please note on your calendars the following dates:

Sunday, January 29: The Dannals’ first Sunday at Holy Innocents’. Bob will be leading the Faith Forum which will be a special opportunity to hear why he loves the Episcopal Church. Please help us welcome them with great energy.

February 1 at 6:00pm: We will be throwing a Welcome celebration to  welcome Bob and Valerie Dannals back to the South on February 1 at 6:00pm. This will be a great time to come and meet our new Interim Rector. Fried chicken will be provided, and we invite you to bring a dish (serving 6-8) to share with your fellow parishioners. Click Here to register for the dinner.

Parish Retreat, February 18-19: Bob and Valerie are looking forward to meeting and greeting while we enjoy a great weekend  at the “Together We Grow” retreat. Please sign up by January 31. Click here for more information and to register.



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

In observance of Martin Luther King Day, the church office will be closed Monday, January 16 and will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, January 17.

FAITH FORUM - Who, What and How are We?:  With our future in mind, we will hold a parish forum on Sunday, January 22 focused on questions related to our future during this time of transition. Led by the Vestry, we will engage in open dialogue which will form the basis of discussion and planning at an upcoming Vestry retreat. You are encouraged to share your thoughts for the future.
Contact: Elaine Morgan & Marie Thomas

CANTERBURY ROAD: A JOURNEY THROUGH THEOLOGY, HISTORY & PRACTICE: Beginning February 5 the Rev. Buddy Crawford leads a ten week adult confirmation class for anyone who wishes to be baptized, confirmed, or received into The Episcopal Church. This course is designed for those who are new to the Episcopal Church and for long-time members who want a “refresher.” The class provides an opportunity to get to know other parishioners and ways to become involved in the life of our parish.
Contact: The Rev. Buddy Crawford

DISMANTLING RACISM: This past winter we spent 8 weeks in an effort to learn how we can work together to dismantle racism in America.  Often, we asked “What’s Next?”. Beginning February 5, we will use Living into God’s Dream, edited by Dr. Catherine Meeks, with foreword by author Jim Wallis, to engage the question of how dismantling racism in the 21st Century has to be different from the work of the past. This book also offers ways for that journey to progress. This will be a reading and discussion group.Please stay tuned!  
Contact: The Rev. Lisa M. Zaina

AMAZON SMILE: Support Holy Innocents while you do your online 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 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.

 2017 ANNUAL PARISH RETREAT: It’s almost that time of year again. Please join us February 17-19, 2017 for our Annual Parish Retreat as “Together we Grow” at Fall Creek Falls State Park Tennessee. Our actual retreat will begin at 11:00am on Saturday, February 18 at lunch and the program will begin at 12:00pm. We are also excited to announce our special guest speaker, The Rev. Stuart Higginbotham. This will also be a great time to engage with our new interim rector, Bob Dannals. The deadline to register is January 31!
Contact: Lisa Shunnarah
Click here for more information and to register.

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

STOCK DONATIONS: Holy Innocents has received 13.5 shares of American New Perspective A and 20 shares of Aetna in the last three weeks. If you donated these stocks to the church, please contact Caroline Fleming at the church office.
Contact: Caroline Fleming

EYC SUNDAYS: Come hang out in the Frost Youth Center, enjoy a free dinner, and engage in relevant discussions about life and faith. 6th-8th graders are invited to come at 4:30pm and stay through the Celtic Eucharist until 7:00pm and 9th-12th graders are invited from 6:00pm - 8:30pm, with dinner provided. Interested in providing snacks or food for one session this year? Contact Will Stanley. Our next gathering is on January 29.
Contact: The Rev. Will Stanley

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.

FAMILY PROMISE: Holy Innocents’ Family Promise week is January 22-29. Please help provide food and companionship for the four new families coming to St. Dunstan’s: four mothers and nine children aged 2 years to 18 years. Sign up on the SIGN-UP Genius website. Click Here to Sign-Up.
Contact: Lucinda Kaltenbach

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 February 5 at 7:00pm.
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

FRIENDS OF MUSIC CONCERT: On Sunday, January 29 at 7:30pm in the Nave, The Parish Choir will be joined by members of the Atlanta Symphony, and guest conductor Bruce Barber, in a performance of Franz Schubert’s Mass in G and Denis Bédard’s Concerto for Organ and String Orchestra with David Brensinger as organist. As always this event is free to the public and we hope to see you there!
Contact: David Brensinger

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


The Ventulett Gallery welcomes the works of two artists: Photographer Steven Steinman and Abstract Artist Deeann Rieves. The exhibit opens on Thursday, January 12 with an Opening Reception 6pm – 8pm and runs through March 6, 2017.

Photographer, Steve Steinman presents “China: Landscapes of Tradition and Change”. China is a diverse country that balances its diverse society between tradition and growth. “The blend of old and new is ever-present in the horizons of rural and urban landscapes.” The exhibit also explores the fragile relationship between culture and environment.

DeeAnn Rieves is a contemporary artist working with mixed media and abstraction. Her exhibit, titled “Transposition”, is inspired by transforming leaves. “I love the combination of luscious brush strokes, carefree chalk contours, and the tactility of stitching which embellishes each piece with delicate lines, like veins running through the painting.”
Contact: Carol Johns


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

ST. MONICA’S GUILD: Saint Monica's is the oldest and only guild left at Holy Innocents. It consists of a group of women who have been together for a long time and are always anxious to meet newcomers. The meetings are once a month, third Tuesday, 10:30 in the Bishops Commons. The times may vary, because they do enjoy going out to lunch and going on field trips. A program is usually given by an outside speaker or one of our very own clergy..light refreshments are served and the meeting is usually over before 12.  The group gives to Emmaus house and Common Ground. The ladies are always ready to give a helping hand to anyone or any organization in need. All are welcome. Try us! Our next gathering will be on Tuesday, January 17 at 10:30am, in Bishop Commons. We hope to see you there!
Contact: Carolyn Yost

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

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

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 Bishop Commons, and have an hour or so to socialize, eat dinner and usually end the event around 9:00pm. Join us for our next meeting on Saturday, January 21. Contact Carolyn Yost for food options. If no answer leave a message. . For more information visit the HIEC website by clicking here.
Contact: Carolyn Yost

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: Please join us! The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Tuesday, February 7 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

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 includingNina Collins; Jean-Paul Richard; Stan Saunders; Jim Didriksen; Lucie Bornholm; Kathy MacDonell; Marilyn Thomas; Bruce Mitchell; Caryn Bains; Carl Pirkle; Marcie Ernst; 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; Scott Beard, husband of Bonnie Beard; Nancy Woodward, friend of Helen Johnson; Charles Webster, uncle of Renee Peyton; Charles Larkin, brother of Steve Larkin; Jay Duryea, father of Mindy Duryea; Chad Myers; Paige Watt, daughter of Jackie Watt; Chuck Arnold, friend of Bill Keeton; Mandy Mew, friend of Lisa Zaina; Ryan Alarcon; Ginger Hansborough; Larry Wheeler; Trudy Moll Crouch, mother of Brad Crouch; and those receiving communion at home.

Prayers for those Who have died: We commend to your mercy all who have died including Kathleen Borden, mother in law of Julie Skaggs, 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:

(1/1) Marti Aaron, Scott Burba, Margaret Dwyer, Tyler Hartley, Arden Moser, Susan Searles, Janet Tiller, Mathew Winer, (1/2) Thomas Cherry, Christian Koch, Lily Koch, Ty Miller, Susan Rapoport, Pam Rivers, (1/3) Mark Brown, William Cantrell, Sophia Griggs, Donald Silva, (1/4) Caitlin Bozarth, Thomas Brown, Charles Combs, Cole FitzGerald, Adeline Hendricks, Thomas McKinstry, Sunni Newton, Nancy Norris, Maureen Otness, Daniel Shaughnessy, Lever Stewart, (1/5) Margaret Crewdson, William Scarborough, Melissa Waller, (1/6) Elizabeth Appleby, Christopher Brogdon, Susan Faulk, Richard Ferrel, Francis Holt, Elijah Linley Roth, Joy Longley, Lester Longley, (1/7) Chelsea Brogdon, Ty Damewood, Michael Liang, Anna Sokolowski, Richard Sokolowski, Mary Zima, (1/8) Lindsey Bradshaw, Tamara Carrera, Geoffrey Porter

(1/9) Nolan Daily, Suzie Lybrook, Anna North, Charles White, (1/10) Anne Moore, Marc Wilson, (1/11) Peter Allen, William Allen, Jackson Kelly, Delaney Miller, Dennis Mitchell, Paul Murphy, Celine Reynolds, Donald Shapleigh, Emily Stockert, (1/12) Robert Gordon, Molly Graham, William Perry, (1/13) William Allen, Mary Daily, Catherine O'Neil, Elizabeth Ventulett, (1/14) Lynne Eckman, Adrienne Hobbs, Scott Loux, Allison McLeod, Carly Pittman, Cordelia White, (1/15) Brenda Simpson, Laura Thurber

(1/16) Cameron Feeley, John FitzGerald, Cheryl Lower, Greer McLeod, (1/17) Robert Greer, Edward Johnson, Christina Quigley, Linda Stone, James Stuckey, (1/18) Stacie Broadway, Gail Greene, Jane Gurley, Bryce Hartley, Robert Jackson, Cynthia McDonald, Jared Saussy, Charles Scarborough, Leigh Scarborough, Kenneth Strassner, Laura Voelker, (1/19) Bruce Levitt, Kaitlyn Smith, Caroline Tredway, (1/20) Taylor Bernot, Paul Kiel, Veronica Shaughnessy, Don Thomas, Kylie Thurber, Elizabeth Varner, (1/21) John Crawford, Austin Smith, (1/22) John Coleman, Anne Habersetzer, Robert Jackson, Amanda Peckham, Ryan Perry, (1/23) Virginia Booker, John Cleveland, Claire Fanning, Caroline Hunger, Dylan Thomas, Graham Thomas

(1/24) Elizabeth Bernot, Graham Kelly, Annette Loper, Tom O'Barr, Heather Preston, Heather Smith, (1/25) Caroline Barber, Charles Bentz, Elliott Liipfert, (1/26) Tami Crewdson, Michael Ernst, Jennifer Nichols, Clara Saussy, (1/27) Virginia Helms, Kyllan Kershaw, Shawn McCrystal, Graham McDonald, (1/28) Carl Bell, Barbara Block, William Ericson, Mei Landskroener, Margaret Laroway, Kathleen MacDonell, Robin Perry, Maryn Rhea, Austin Scott, Graycen West, (1/29) Stephen Reuther, Charles Schaefer, James Waller, Mary Willis, (1/30) Heidi Newman, Teresa Smith