SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES
8:00AM - Holy Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
9:00AM - Holy Eucharist (Nave)
11:15AM - Holy Eucharist - (Nave)
6:00PM - Contemplative Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
The Sacred Confusion of Advent
Every family observes and maintains certain holiday traditions. My wife’s family chooses to never label their presents. This tradition is not born from some deep egalitarian purpose where all the gifts are the same or a quirky desire to simplify the process with wrapping paper themes. The goal rests in thwarting inquisitive minds and impish hands. As the family story goes...
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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 for our latest audio upload, and share with your friends!
***In observance of the Christmas holiday the church office will close at 12PM on Monday, Dec 24 and be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec 25-26.***
CHRISTMAS SERVICE TIMES: We would love to have you and your family join us for worship this holiday season. Check out this year's service times and join us as we welcome Jesus at Christmas!
ANNUAL MEETING RECAP: Holy Innocents' annual meeting was this past Sunday, Dec 9. If you would like to review the booklet or presentation from the discussion, please click HERE
CHRISTMAS MUSIC & FLOWER DONATIONS: Please donate for flowers or music for this Christmas! The deadline is Sunday, December 16. You may contact Marva Shelton at or 404-255-4023 or online by clicking HERE Please indicate if the donation is for flowers, music, or both.
FINANCIAL NEWS @ HIEC: On behalf of the staff at Holy Innocents, I want to sincerely thank you for your generous donations, volunteer time, kindness and support of the staff over the past year! This community is truly blessed with so many wonderful people. Despite the cold & rainy weather, we had a great turnout for the Annual Meeting. If you missed it or would like a hard copy of the report and/ or slides, they are available at the welcome desk or through a link in HI Lights and on the website. Also, we have $182,621 in outstanding 2018 annual fund pledges. Please prayerfully consider fulfilling your pledge by the end of the year. The office will be open until 12PM on December 31, 2018. We must receive your pledge in the office or postmarked by that date for a 2018 charitable tax deduction. Please don’t hesitate to contact Caroline Fleming at . org or 404-751-2906 with any questions or concerns. We wish you a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for 2019!
ADVENT III FORMATION FUN: Plan to join us during the formation hour (10-11AM) on Sunday, December 16 for what may be a new Advent tradition at Holy Innocents: in addition to the Christmas Sing-a-long and Greening of the Church, we will be hosting an Artisan Market to help you with your holiday shopping. Shop for textiles, scented self-care products, paintings, jewelry, and get gifts wrapped by volunteers (by donation) to help provide much needed funds for deserving Horizons students. It should be a fun morning for all, and rumor has it that holiday treats will be served!
INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY: Tuesday, December 18 is International Migrants Day. Please join us for a Candlelight Vigil and Evening Prayer in the Memorial Garden starting at 5:30PM remembering the migrants who died crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
Contact: Karl Welsher
SAVE THE DATE - CELEBRATION OF A NEW MINISTRY: Plan to join us at church Wednesday, January 30 at 6:30PM for the Installation of The Rev. Dr. Bill Murray as Rector. Bishop Rob Wright will be here to help us celebrate his new ministry with us!!!
SAVE THE DATE!: The church's annual retreat is on the horizon, so mark your calendars and start planning accordingly. We will again meet for fun and fellowship at Amicalola Falls from February 15-17. More info to come soon!
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HI CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: Come join us for this year’s Christmas Pageant on Christmas Eve as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ together. We hope to see you on Monday, December 24 at the 3PM service.
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!
IT'S A WRAP! - HORIZON'S GIFT WRAPPING: Come join the fun as we offer Christmas gift wrap services. Volunteers needed to wrap; customers needed as well! Let us beautifully wrap your gifts, save you time and stress, and help provide much needed funds for deserving Horizons students. Gift wrap services also available for business / corporate gifts!
Sunday (12/16) from 9AM-1PM
Monday (12/17) from 2:30 - 8PM
Tuesday (12/18 ) from 9-12PM & 2:30 - 6PM
Wednesday (12/19) from 2:30 - 6PM
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 9AM & 11:15AM 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.
SAVE THE DATE... FoM: Holy Innocents is proud to offer up the Atlanta Brassworks, a quintet of Atlanta’s finest brass specialists playing an array of classical to the best of modern brass music. Join us in the Nave on January 20 starting at 7PM for an uplifting treat for eyes, ears, and soul. We invite all to stay afterwards and enjoy a chat with these fine musicians as well as dessert. See you then!
Contact: Randy Romig
MEN'S OTHER FRIDAYS: The men will continue their discussion of Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr on Friday, December 14 from 7-8AM in the Frost Youth Center. Coffee is provided. All are welcome.
FAB 40’S: The Fab 40’s group will meet for dinner at Kate Dangler’s home on December 15 starting at 6:30PM. Call Kate for food choices at (7) 396-2533.
Contact: Carolyn Yost
MEN OF HIEC 3RD FRIDAYS: The next meeting will be December 21 from 7-8:15AM. 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.
MEN'S DINNER & A BOOK: The next Men's Dinner and a Book discussion is Tuesday, January 8 at 6:30PM. The book is Unbelievable by John Shelby Spong. Tony Clarke is hosting. If you would like to attend, please contact Jeremy Webber for details. All men at Holy Innocents are included and invited.
Contact: Jeremy Webber
READING CONNECTIONS: The book club meets on the 2nd Monday of the month in Bishop Commons at 6PM. Our next meeting is January 14 and we will discuss Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. We hope to see you then!
Contact: Rosie Bullard
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: The Guild of Knitters meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 7-9PM. The Prayer Shawl Ministry offers a chance for service to others as well as a time for socializing! They will meet on February 5. All skill levels are welcome :)
Contact: Kathie Larkin
WOMEN'S WISDOM CIRCLE: The Women's Wisdom Circle meets on Monday mornings from 8:30am-9:45am in Inglett Hall, so please join us! This is the way to begin your week with quiet, insightful sharing, and frequent laughter. To subscribe to our blog, click HERE! For additional information, contact Mary Marvin ( ).
Contact: Mary Marvin Walter
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 local and international outreach organizations.
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 Jim Didriksen, Laura Martin, Margaret Gardner, Byrd Ball, Linda Foster, Betty Henning; friends and family including: Sawyer Josey, Ann and Tom Thompson, parents of Debbie Vaky, Nancy Woodward, friend of Helen Johnson, Phil Pressly, brother of Frank Pressly, Kevin O’Neill, friend of Linda Foster, Jeffrey Hill, brother of Pete Hill, Joe Watkins, friend of Libby Lindsay, Carol Lyden Foulkes, sister of Patricia Bingham, Janet Morgan, friend of Penny Kinsey, Kris Tiegreen, niece of Alan and Nancy Tiegreen, Nigel Richardson, brother of Penny France, Gloria Pease, mother of Susan Westmoreland, Alex Brady, Elaine Fuerst, friend of Renee Peyton, Jen Giliberto, friend of Greg Binney, Andy Ghertner, husband of Karen Ghertner, Clinton Goode, grandson of Frances Richardson, Kathe Watt Robertson, daughter of Jackie Watt, Steve Ernst, brother of Mike Ernst, Lyman Mason, father of Jay Mason; 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: Harrison Plunkett, Brandon Rudder, Steven Leforge, Sean Graham, Charles Norris, and Vaughn Moore. 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:
(12/2) Susan Smith, Corinne Temple, Cristina Touzet (12/3) Eleanor McGee (12/4) John Crouch, Kimberly Peterson, Elaine Turpin (12/5) Abbie Hattauer, Brock Hepler, Evelyn Morris, Sarah Parsonson, John Sugo, Jackie Watt (12/6) William Baer, Connor Hamill, Sarah Hamill, Nancy Hoffman, Henry Schlatcher, Barbara Stuart (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, John Harrison, Warren Reedy, Peter Schwartz, Robert Tarkington, Cathryn Thomas (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, Vena Rouptree, Julia Sugg, Erin Warshauer (12/14) Philip Binkow, George Brown, Lucy Brown, Karen Burnett, Mackenzie Gaines, Craig Johns
(12/15) Caroline Joux, 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, Lloyd ThomasRalph Thurmond (12/21) Mark Cady, William Chandler, Curtis Kimball, Kathryn Mitchell, Lisa Orr, Margaret Peyton, Jon Thompson
(12/22)Louie Pittman, Cora Protos, J. Peter Brinker Uys, Nancy Warner, Lisa Zaina (12/23) Charlotte Bartlett, Katherine EustonEric Limbeek, Reese Miller, Courtney Rose (12/24) Lisa Burns, Juliet Toledo, Gustavos 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, 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