HI-Lights @ HIEC


HI-Lights @ HIEC

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Service Times

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

FAITH FORUM - PRACTICING RESURRECTION: There is great evidence in the resurrection narratives that there was an emerging transformation as Jesus’ community began to encounter the risen Christ. Once beyond the immediate drama of Easter morning, the disciples began to ask, “What’s next?” During the season of Easter, beginning April 23, the clergy will begin to explore the Easter narratives with a focus on the immediate awe and wonder of the resurrection, the meal fellowship they enjoyed with the risen Christ, and with the community-building and mission imperatives of the earliest church.
Contact: The Rev. Bob Dannals

During Lent, we held a series entitled “Who Do You Say That I Am?”. It was a question Christ asked his disciples. As Christians, we are called to walk in Christ’s footsteps. We begin again with our Beloved Community class as we continue to read and discuss “Living into God’s Dream, Dismantling Racism in America”. Please join us on April 23 and 30, and 21 for more discussion about how we live into our lives as Children of God.
Contact: Lisa M. Zaina

 Find our weekly sermons here

Thomas and Resurrection

The Rev. Lisa M. Zaina

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Every time I think about Thomas, I think that history has been somewhat unfair to him. Let’s be honest, the story that we must often attribute to him is the one in which it is said that he doubts the resurrection of Christ. But, does he doubt the resurrection, or the appearance?

Who wants a life that is defined by one picture, rather than the video that is illustrative of our lives?
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Brick By Brick

The Rev. Dr. Bob DAnnals

In his book, "After Christendom," Stanley Hauerwas, retired professor of Duke Divinity School, suggests that being a Christian in the modern world is like learning to be a brick layer. It is not automatic or naturally ingrained, but rather it is a craft to be learned. He writes, "It is not sufficient for you to be told how to do it, but you must learn a multitude of skills that are coordinated into the activity of laying brick ... you must learn to mix the mortar, build scaffolds, joint, and so on. Moreover, it is not enough to be told how to hold a trowel, how to spread the mortar, or how to frog the mortar, but in order to lay brick you must hour after hour, day after day, lay brick."

As we at Holy Innocents' live into the transition of the interim, realizing the blessings of the past and aspirations for the future, Hauerwas's illustration seems close to home.
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HIEC Office Schedule
Monday-Thursday 8:30am - 5:00pm and
Fridays 8:30am - 3:00pm

CHURCH DIRECTORY: Do you have a new email address? Do you want your cell phone number published in the directory? Please share any directory updates with the church before the next publication in May. Contact Caroline Fleming directly at

FACILITIES UPDATE: If you have a request for use of the facilities at the church (meetings/events) or an update to an existing reservation, please contact:   Thank you!

On Sunday, May 7, we will have a thanksgiving reception for the Case family at 10am in Bishop Commons. If you would like to make a gift to a cash purse for Joshua, please send your check (marked HIEC Joshua Case Purse, in the memo line) to the church -- 805 Mt. Vernon Hwy., NW, Atlanta, GA. 30327.  Please join us on May 7!

Carol Johns will continue her good work for HIEC through the end of May, when she will leave to enjoy retirement.On Wednesday, May 31, 5:30-6:30pm, we will have a "Thank you, Carol" party in Bishop Commons. Please plan on joining us!

CAMP MIKELL: Have you considered Camp Mikell this summer for your child? If not, please do!  Registration is open for all children entering grades 1st through 12th at Camp Mikell in Toccoa, Georgia.  Camp Mikell is the Diocesean Camp and Conference Center for The Diocese of Atlanta and has a long, generational history of impacting children’s lives through fun and fellowship in the Episcopal tradition. For camp information, visit campmikell.com, or reach out to our Sr. Warden, Elaine Morgan.
Contact: Elaine Morgan

PENTECOST PARISH PICNIC: Join us Sunday, June 4 for the HIEC Pentecost Parish Picnic. We will  be having a combined festival Eucharist with special music with The Rev. John Porter returning to Holy Innocents’ as a guest preacher for our morning services at 8:00am & 10:00am. We will celebrating baptisms and be commissioning the Youth as they prepare for a week long pilgrimage in the Sewanee Wilderness Area. After the service we will have a potluck lunch so bring your best dessert, salad, or side dish. Fried chicken and beverages will be provided by the church. Reserve your spot online so we can be good stewards of God’s resources by clicking here.

A GOOD OLD FASHIONED HOMECOMING: Please tell your friends and family members that everyone is meeting back 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 Rev. John Porter and The Rev. Joe Reynolds. We will have 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.

2017 VBS (VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL): Let your child’s imagination soar at VBS 2017! This year we will be enjoying “Maker Fun Factory” where PreK-3rd graders will learn about God’s purpose through invention. 4th and 5th graders are invited to come as helpers. VBS will take place June 19-23 at 9:00am to Noon. Price is $20 per child. Click here to make your reservation. Registration and payment must be made online by June 1.
Contact: The Rev. Will Stanley

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.
Contact: The Very Rev. Joshua Case

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 May 1 at 7:00pm.
Contact: The Very Rev. Joshua Case

ERD HOPE CHESTS: From now until Mothers’ Day we are encouraging parishioners and families to fill up an ERD Hope Chest with change. Make it a family practice! Hope Chests can be picked up at the front desk and returned on May 14th (Mothers’ Day). You can find out more about ERD here: http://www.episcopalrelief.org/
Contact: The Very Rev. Joshua Case

COMPLINE: The Parish Choir will sing the office of Compline on Wednesday evening, May 24 at 8:30 pm in observance of the Eve of the Ascension of our Lord. This 35-minute liturgy is primarily comprised of unaccompanied Plainchant and is a beautiful and peaceful way to end the day. (In the monastic tradition, Compline is the final office prior to retiring for the evening.) The office will be preceded by 15 minutes of contemplative organ music. You are warmly invited to attend.
Contact: David Brensinger

The schedule for Wednesday evenings is as follows:

5:15pm - 5:45pm: Music Experience (Preschool - Kindergarten) in PH 116
5:00pm - 5:45pm: 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 artist: Painter Susan Loeb. The exhibit opened on Wednesday, March 8 and runs through May 8, 2017.

Susan Loeb, is a contemporary watercolorist, using this traditional medium in an unorthodox way to represent the residue of presence. Her paintings are black watercolor on white paper. Susan moved to Atlanta after losing her home in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Much of her work centers on recording images of her former hometown, and its people.

All works are available for purchase.
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

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

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: Please join us! The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Tuesday, May 2 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): This club meets on the 2nd Monday of the each month at 6:00pm at Holy Innocents’. Guests & new members are always welcome. Our next meeting will be May 8 and we will be discussing "When Crickets Cry," by Charles Martin.
Contact:  Rosie Bullard

MEN OF HI DINNER AND A BOOK: Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 6:30-9:00pm hosted by Karl Welsher at Jeremy Webber’s house. The book is: The Long Loneliness, by Dorothy Day. All men of Holy Innocents are invited.
Contact: Jeremy Webber

MEN OF HIEC 3RD FRIDAYS: The next meeting will be May 19 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.”


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; Kathy MacDonell; Caryn Bains; Marcie Ernst; Anne Habersetzer; Shiranne Simmons; 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; Charles Larkin, brother of Steve Larkin; Jay Duryea, father of Mindy Duryea; Chad Myers; Mandy Mew, friend of Lisa Zaina; Ryan Alarcon; Ginger Hansborough; Larry Wheeler; Margaret Collins, friend of Anne Summerlin; Andrew House, friend of Kyle Young; Phil Pressly, brother of Frank Pressly; Mary Vaughan; Ruth Crook, mother of Scott Crook; Carla Sweetwood; Grace Gowda, friend of Katherine Gray; Sarah Timmerman, mother of Frank Timmerman and Miriam Timmerman; and those receiving 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, 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.

Prayers of thanksgiving: For the baptism of John Layton Bradley IV, son of John Layton Bradley III and Laurie Preston Bradley, at the Easter Vigil.

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:

(4/1) Katherine Ackerman; Marilyn Russell; Glenn Summerlin; (4/2) Byrd Ball; Frances Creekmuir; Lillian Glass; Katherine Miller; Maidee Spencer; (4/3) Lauren Griffith; Abigail Langlais; Bernadine Richard; Carol Thomas; (4/4) Sandra Bentz; Hutchison Bernot; Patricia Harris; Isabelle Isakson; Michael Kilgallon; Sean Kilgallon; Ronald King; Phyllis Lewellyn; Davis Smith; (4/5) Susan Abbott; William Ediger; Erin Glass; Judith Kirkman; Eleanor Peery; Spencer Reagan; Olivia Stockert; Nicholas Thomason; (4/6) Meghan Barrett; Diane Dear; Eric Foley; Herbert Hasell; Kara Hill-Protos; Tyler Spitzer; (4/7) Ruth Aaron; Janet Clark; Madeleine Fluke; John Mason; David McElroy; Harrison Miller; Katharine Stewart; Robert Uiterwyk; Yamin Walker; (4/8) George Cooke; Pam Saussy; Edward Smith; Elizabeth Stewart; (4/9) Harry Boone; Taylor Ediger; Evangeline Kershaw; Bradley Palmer; Barrett Smith; Thomas Stovall; Cheryl Webber;

(4/10) Eric Domescik; Megan McKinstry; Emily Paul; Kathryn Saussy; Karen Taylor; (4/11) Michelle Fortune; Anne Kallis; Christopher Reading; Albert Vacca; (4/12) Todd Brock; (4/13) Julie Howard; Madison Inglett; Eloise Kotz; (4/14) Caroline Dwyer; Shea Griffith; Christine Palladino; Kay Palmer; Karen Rolader; (4/15) Rosanne Bullard; David Burns; Christopher Orsey; Michael Stewart; Luke Stone; Allen Wallace; (4/16) William Aaron; Harry Foster; John Foster; Ruth Gratzke; Joseph Mitchell; Thaddeus North; Kelly Reagan; Shiranne Simmons; E. Timmerman;

(4/17) Margaret Boone; Julia Brady; William Keenan; Virginia King; Rebecca Rieder; Catherine Ryan; Michael Shelly; Kendall Tosh; (4/18) Mallory Ader; Maria Carter; Peter Vaky; Leesa Webber; (4/19) Pamela Adams; Robert Crosby; Lisa Loux; Addison Saylor; Angelia Saylor; James Scarborough; Elizabeth Seay; Catherine Shortal; (4/20) Gavroche Case; Locke Coleman; Jacquelyn Kaltenbach; Wallis Kaltenbach; Elizabeth Polosky; Daniel Pribilski; Claire Vines; (4/21) Benjamin Brown; Kathryn Brown; Alexander Freeman; Andrea Laney; Tye Smith; (4/22) Claire Church; Kimberly Ferraro; Dale Haase; Matthew McGill; Devin McTaggart; Richard Spitzer; (4/23) Christopher Copeland; Donald Hackney; Melisa Rathburn;

(4/24) Amy Dozier; Anna Gates; John Porter; Alexa Shaughnessy; Tyler Smith; (4/25) Paula Fowler; Natalie Glaze; William Harris; Brittany Makuta; Talia Russell; Bridgette Smith; Anna Webb; (4/26) Scott Crook; Donald Day; Eleanor Hopkins; Judy Hoyt; Edly Ortman; Keith Propst; (4/27) Alexa Adesokan; Michael Amerson; Cameron Ives; Pickens Lindsay; Nancy McAlister; Lyla Webb; (4/28) Lila Best; Ginny Black; Merry Crouch; Sam Evans; Katherine Maxman; David Stockert; (4/29) Laura Foster; (4/30) Marshall Bailey; Joscelyn Peters; David Taylor; Kinsley Thurber; Clarence Tosh;