HI-Lights @ HIEC


HI-Lights @ HIEC

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In observance of Independence Day, the church office will be closed Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and July 4.


Service Times

8:00 am - Holy Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
10:00 am - Holy Eucharist (Nave)
6:00 pm - Contemplative 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.

Find our weekly sermons here


For the Love of Children and Young People

The Rev. Dr. Bob DAnnals

I have thought of that verse often as we have set out to re-shape and re-staff the ministries of children, youth and their families at Holy Innocents' Church. St. Augustine once mused, "the cry of a child is a more glorious sound to God that the snore of a saint." On the day the disciples became overly-serious adults, Jesus continued his lesson: "Unless you turn and become like children, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven!"

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HIEC Summer Office Schedule
Monday-Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm and
Fridays 9:00am - 3:00pm


SUMMER SUNDAY BREAKFASTS: A BIG thank you to the Mission and Outreach Team for their delicious breakfast this past Sunday. Join us in Inglett Hall at 9:00am for breakfast sponsored by HIEC parishioners each Sunday through the summer. There will be no breakfast this coming week, but next week’s breakfast will be provided by the Altar Guild.

Click here for the full breakfast schedule, and if you'd like to help in any way, please call the church office or contact Bill Clark!
Contact: Bill Clark

EFM REGISTRATION: Education for Ministry is a great program for adult Christian formation administered by the School of Theology at Sewanee.  During a four year cycle, an EFM seminar group reads the Hebrew scriptures and New Testament in community, studies two millennia of church history and engages several primary texts of practical theology. The deadline for registration is July 16 to allow for timely arrival of textbooks and study guides from the Mountain. For more information, click here or contact John Donnelly.
Contact: John Donnelly

Thank you to the 311 parishioners who took the time to complete the Holy Cow survey! Participants ranked priorities for us to consider as we move forward with the search process and beyond. These six items were identified consistently as our most important priorities by all age groups in the parish:

     •Attract families with children and youth to our parish
     •Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to reach new people and incorporate them into the life of the church
     •Provide more opportunities for Christian education and spiritual formation at every age and stage of life
     •Create more opportunities for people to form meaningful relationships (for example, small groups, nurtured friendships, shared meals, etc.)
     •Develop ministries that work toward healing those broken by life circumstances
     •Expand outreach ministries that provide direct services to those living on the margins of society

The third draft of the profile includes commentary from the survey results, as well as your comments from the fifteen focus groups that met in the spring. Next steps: The profile will undergo further revision before being published, and will be distributed to the parish and to potential rector candidates as the nominating committee continues their work.

A DIFFERENT KIND OF STEWARDSHIP: Thank you for your continued financial support during the summer months;  your donations make a big impact! Community support comes in many forms such as time, talent and treasure.  We are looking for some volunteers  to help us in the office to continue our ministry: staff support, welcome desk greeter during the week, receptionist duties, pew cleanup, bulletin stuffing and mailings. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Melody McNeil.
Contact: Melody McNeil

A GOOD OLD FASHIONED HOMECOMING: Please tell your friends and family members that everyone is meeting at Holy Innocents’ Church on Sunday, September 24 for Homecoming. The Rt. Rev. Bob Johnson will return to Holy Innocents to preach and confirm those seeking to join the Episcopal Church. We will also be joined by The Very Rev. Joe Reynolds and The Rev. John Porter. There will be special music and traditional Hymn-singing as well as dinner at the church. More information to come soon. Mark your calendars and plan on joining us.


VBS THIS PAST WEEK WAS A BIG SUCCESS!: Thank you to Mary Charles Kaish for her leadership. To take a look at some highlights from this week, click here!

HORIZONS MYSTERY READERS: Join students at the Horizons program this summer as a Mystery Reader! Time commitment is short/one time. To  learn more and sign up click here.
Contact: Karen Calhoun

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.

CAC TOOLS FOR SCHOOL: The Missional Core / Outreach Committee encourages you to join us in donating to the CAC Tools for School project.  Children of families that struggle financially often go to school without the necessary tools to learn, but together we can empower students throughout our community! Just $35 provides one new backpack with supplies! The deadline for donations is July 15th. To learn more click here or contact Paula Fowler.
Contact: Paula Fowler


SUMMER CHOIR!: If you can carry a tune and possess even minimal music reading ability (voice quality not withstanding), you are encouraged to sing in the Summer Choir. We meet at 9:00am on Sundays in Brensinger Hall to prepare music for the 10:00am service. Singers in High School and older are welcome. Dates are: August 6, 13, 20, 27, & September 3. You’re invited to come for any or all of these dates!
Contact: David Brensinger


READING CONNECTIONS: The book club meets on the second Monday of the month in Bishop Commons at 6:00pm. All are welcome for fellowship and lively discussion. Our next meeting is July 10 and we will be discussing One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus. We hope to see you there!
Contact: Rosie Bullard

MENS’ DINNER & A BOOK: The next Men’s Dinner and a Book is July 11 at 6:30pm and the book is Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard. Bill Jones is hosting. All men at Holy Innocents are included and invited. If you would like to attend, please contact Jeremy Webber for details.
Contact: Jeremy Webber 

MEN OF HIEC 3RD FRIDAYS: The next meeting will be July 21 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.

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 Nina Collins, Jean-Paul Richard, Jim Didriksen, Lucie Bornholm, Caryn Bains, Anne Habersetzer, Shiranne Simmons, Laura Martin, Jack Wagner, Candy Cady, 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, Margaret Collins, friend of Anne Summerlin, Phil Pressly, brother of Frank Pressly, Carla Sweetwood, Grace Gowda, friend of Katherine Gray, Sarah Timmerman, mother of Frank Timmerman and Miriam Timmerman, Garland Price, father in law of Angel Dotson, Ralph Hicks, brother in law of Nettie Silva, Jean Silva, mother of Don Silva, Charles Hall, father in law of Angel Dotson, Karen Catlin, friend of Archer Hannah, Buryl Logue, father of Susan Logue, and those receiving communion at home.

Prayers for those who have died: We commend to your mercy all who have died including Irene Preston, mother of Bill Preston; Charles Larkin, brother of Steve Larkin 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, 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.


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:

(6/1) Anna Loper; Martin MacIntyre; (6/2) Laura Chandler; Julia Maxman; Gregory Van Rysselberge; (6/3) William Eckman; Amy Hollett; Lynette Limbeek; Andrew Paul; (6/4) John Barrett; Jennifer van der Grinten; Barbara Voss;

(6/5) Pattie Bock; Emmy Reynolds; Linda Wood; Paige Wright; (6/6) Liza Avery; Katherine Binkow; Daniel Faulk; Christopher Herbert; Melinda Quigley; Louise Wells; Roger White; (6/7) Melissa Liipfert; Stephanie McCarthy; Michael Nealon; Judith Perry; Shawn Wouters; (6/8) Gerald Domescik; Joseph Magaro; David McElroy; Steven North; Elizabeth Palmer; Glen Pellettieri; Ashley Williams; (6/9) Linda Brown ;Michael Crosby; Rachel Eckman; Carolyn Hopkins; William Moore; (6/10) George Abney; Matthew Burns; Jennifer Cantrell; Gregory Clever; John Kallis; William Loux; Ivy Moultrie; Lily Rolader; Kyle Shaughnessy; Jonathan Temple; Brent Weitnauer; Denise Wilson;

(6/11) Jane Chandler; Jean Fisher; Kayla Mandy; Raymond White; (6/12) Melissa Davis; Katy Griggs; Lindsey Rawley; Mark Russell; Mary Marvin Walter; Paul Webber; (6/13) Thomas Hopkins; Parker Osborne; Mary Pace; Harrison Preston; (6/14) Gray Griffith; Frances Howard; Hollan Osborne; (6/15) Janet Fanning; Karen Jackson; Timothy Ortman; Nicole Rash; Joy Savula; Diane Windler; (6/16) Christopher Binney; Steve Johnson; Carol Luther; John Sadlo; (6/17) Paul Purves; Aaron Russell; Edwin Scott; Angela Sokolowski; Evelyn Thompson; (6/18) Herman Cornett; Jennifer Hardin; Pamela McKinstry;

(6/19) Coley Mangrum; Gerri Walker; Lesley Wiemann; (6/20) G. Clark; Catherine Crawford; Evan Peckham; Lawrence Simpson; Jonathan Winer; (6/21) Louie Cantrell; Gregory Esslinger; Eleanor Hickok; Sydney Jarvis; Rick Seaborn; (6/22) Christopher Gadomski; Kyle Keenan; Vernon Mueller; Stephen Saussy; Jeffrey Stone; Ricky Xie; (6/23) Greyson Burnett; Arthur Dayries; Rusty Paul; Suzanne Smith; Jonnie Swann; (6/24) Steven Baskin; Kenneth Brown; Patricia Carlson; Roger Fincher; William Shaheen; Andrew Toledo; Thomas Webber; Mit Wood; (6/25) Brett Bennett; Caroline Crouch; Ronald Gill; William Palmer;

(6/26) Karen Calhoun; John Mason; Marilyn Smith; Jennie Yanda; (6/27) Diana Cady; Susan Carabetta Hayden; Kevin Hickey; Christopher Maher; (6/28) Sara Dixon; Madelaine McCrorie; Michael Morie; (6/29) John Collins; Trevor Gillum; Leston Juneau; Kelly McDonald; John Wooten; (6/30) Ethan Carter; Donley Klein; Christopher Pomar;