SUNDAY Service Times
8:00am - Holy Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
9:00am - Holy Eucharist (Nave)
11:15am - Holy Eucharist - sung (Nave)
6:00pm - Contemplative Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
"Giving at Christmas & A Sabbatical Plan"
The Rev. Dr. Bob DAnnals
One of the most profound things we can do for one another is to model a giving which is healthy, is proportionate to our circumstances, is honest, and demonstrates that we need not be diminished by our giving.
In other words, our giving is meant to be cheerful, effective and a true reflection of the fundamental abundance of creation...
HIEC Office Schedule
Monday-Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm and
Fridays 9:00am - 3:00pm
SERVICE TIMES ARE A'CHANGIN': We would love to have you and your family at Holy Innocents' for fun and fellowship during this holiday season. Please take note that our holiday service times have changed this year! See you then.
WEEKLY FINANCIAL UPDATE: On behalf of the staff at Holy Innocents, we 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 weekend 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 right HERE Please don’t hesitate to contact Caroline Fleming at by email ( ) or phone (404-751-2906) with questions or concerns. For year end donations, please remember via mail to postmark by December 31, make online by December 31 (HERE), or bring your check to the office by noon on Friday December 29. We wish you a wonderful Christmas and look forward to 2018!
THE JOY OF GIVING: Thank you to those who have thus far pledged to the 2018 Annual Stewardship initiative. As of December 14, we have received 192 pledges for a total of $987,142. You can pledge with a pledge card found in the pews and at the welcome desk or online by clicking HERE Thank you for your continued generosity and commitment to the church! We couldn’t do it without you.
CHRISTMAS MUSIC & FLOWER DONATIONS: If you would like to remember a loved one by making a donation for flowers or music, please contact Melody McNeil by email, by clicking HERE, or by phone at 404-255-4023. Deadline for donations is Monday, December 18.
Contact: Melody McNeil
VISIT EPIPHANY'S NATIVITIES: For the twenty-second holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of over 200 nativity scenes from around the world from Saturday, December 9 through Sunday December 17 – open on select days. Many of the nativities are accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. Admission is $5.00 for adults; Free for children under 12. For more info call (404-373-8338) or click HERE
CONGRATULATIONS IRMA!: We give thanks to God for the ordination of Irma N. Guerra, Holy Innocents’ postulant, to the sacred order of Deacons. All are invited to join us on Saturday, December 16 at 2:00pm for her ordination at the Cathedral of St. Philip. We hope to see you there!
COOKIES & CAROLS: T’was the week before Christmas and where were all the HIEC parishioners? Singing carols and enjoying cookies of course! Please join us after the 9am service in Bishop Commons on December 17 as we come together to celebrate the Christmas season. Cookies will be provided, but please consider bringing some sweets to share - homemade or not! Also, plan to do some holiday shopping as the Cathedral Bookstore as well as Adel with his olivewood wares will be with us that day with an assortment of gifts!
HORIZON'S GIFT WRAP POP-UP SHOP!: Save yourself from added holiday stress, and let us beautifully wrap your boxed gifts for family and friends! Visit the shop on Sunday, Dec 17 (8:30am-1:30pm and 5:30pm-7:30pm - we wrap while you worship) as well as on Wednesday, Dec 20 (12:00pm-7:00pm). Wrapping elves also needed!!! All proceeds benefit Horizons. For more info or to volunteer, contact Karen Calhoun.
Contact: Karen Calhoun
WINTER FORMATION: Join us during the Season of Epiphany for this five-week series, led by the Honorable Rusty Paul, Mayor of Sandy Springs and member of Holy Innocents’, and former Associate and Interim priest at Holy Innocents’, the Rev. John Porter. They will explore what it is to be “centered” in the midst of extremes. For more info on this and our other formation offerings, click HERE
IT'S ADVENT ALMOST LENT!: As we celebrate the season of Advent and look towards Christmas, we also are looking ahead to the Season of Lent and planning to publish a booklet of daily reflections - written by clergy, staff, parishioners and, hopefully, YOU! These reflections will be accompanied by the daily lectionary and should be no more than 225 words long. Original drawings or photographs may also be submitted in lieu of writing. If you are interested in contributing, please contact Sally Suhr by the end of December and she will be in touch with more details. The deadline for all submissions will be January 12.
Contact: Sally Suhr
THE COMMUNITY OF HOPE INFORMATION MEETING: Join us on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 6pm in the Frost Youth Center to hear about The Community of Hope, a new pastoral care ministry at Holy Innocents. This training program equips participants to serve in a wide variety of pastoral care ministries both at church and in the community. If you have questions, contact Buddy Crawford or Cheryl Sykes at (404-255-7305.) Call Melody McNeil (404-255-4023) if you would like to attend the info meeting.
Contact: Buddy Crawford
2018 PARISH RETREAT UPDATE: You've saved the date (Feb. 9-11, 2018) and now we have more details about the Parish Retreat. It will be at Amicalola Falls - just one hour from Atlanta! - and will feature as speaker The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Park of Grace Church, Gainesville. Come as early as Friday night; program begins at noon Saturday, and the weekend will conclude with Eucharist Sunday morning. Accommodations will be in the lodge or cabins. More info and reservation form coming soon!
FLURRIES & FUR: The youth are taking a drive through a Christmas light display in a fur bus! Watch a Christmas movie, sip hot coco, and enjoy the lights from the comfort of a decked out bus! The bus will pick the youth up in the church parking lot on December 16 at 6:30pm and will drop them off at 9:30pm. A minimum of 24 youth must sign up for this event to occur. To RSVP, click HERE
Contact: Megan Petenbrink
TOY TAG: The youth will be shopping for the Emmaus House toy drive on Sunday, Dec 17! We'll meet at the Target on Cobb Parkway at 5:00pm and then head over to the Abney's home to wrap the gifts and enjoy some dinner. Youth are to be picked up at the Abney home at 8:00pm - address to be sent to those who RSVP. Cost is $20/ youth to help with toy cost. RSVP by clicking HERE
Contact: Megan Petenbrink
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: Calling all families! Come join us for this year’s Christmas Pageant on Christmas Eve. Let your child play the role of an angel, shepherd, or animal as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ together. We hope to see you on December 24 at the 3pm service.
Contact: Megan Petenbrink
VBS SAVE THE DATE: Mark your calendars for next years Vacation Bible School which will be June 4-8 for rising k-5th graders. We can't wait to have your kids join us this summer.
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!
VOLUNTEER AT EMMAUS HOUSE: Are you interested in serving others? Possible opportunities for you at Emmaus House include: serving meals, assisting with STEAM programs, reading to children, tutoring middle and high school students, and providing sandwiches and food pantry items for those in need. For more info, contact Rosalyn Devine!
Contact: Rosalyn Devine
READING BUDDIES @ LAKE FOREST ELEMENTARY: Support a Horizons student by becoming a Reading Buddy! Buddies meet with their assigned student weekly throughout the school year. Lunch time slots available. Contact Karen Calhoun for more info.
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.
CHILDREN'S & YOUTH CHOIR: Wednesday children and youth choir activities are in full effect at Holy Innocents', and we would love to have your kids take part in this fun and incredible formation. For more info and to view our schedule, click HERE!
MEN OF HIEC 3RD FRIDAYS: The next meeting will be Friday, December 15 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.
FAB 40'S: The Fab 40's supper club will meet at Kate Dangler's home for their Christmas party on December 16 at 6:30pm. Please join us for our holiday celebration! For more info, Contact Carolyn Yost.
Contact: Carolyn Yost
MEN'S OTHER FRIDAY'S BIBLE STUDY: Supplementing the Men of HIEC "3rd Fridays", the Rev. Bob Dannals offers a men's Bible study on the other Friday mornings of each month. The next meeting will be December 22 at 7:00am in Frost Youth Center.
Contact: Melody McNeil
READING CONNECTIONS: The women's book club will meet on January 8 to discuss the book The Woman in White by Willie Collins in Bishop Commons.
Contact: Rosie Bullard
MEN'S DINNER AND A BOOK: The next Men's Dinner and a Book meeting is January 9 from 6:30pm-9:00pm. This meeting's book is entitled Conclave: a novel by Robert Harris. All men at Holy Innocents' are included and invited to attend! For more info, please contact Jeremy Webber
Contact: Jeremy Webber
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 the following organizations: CAC (Community Assistance Center), Episcopal Relief & Development, and the School at Matthieu, Haiti.
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 Jean-Paul Richard
Jim Didriksen, Caryn Bains, Anne Habersetzer, Laura Martin, Marilyn Thomas, Kenneth Brown; 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, Phil Pressly, brother of Frank Pressly, Sarah Timmerman, mother of Frank Timmerman and Miriam Timmerman, Charles Hall, father in law of Angel Dotson, Karen Catlin, friend of Archer Hannah, Nadine Bishop, friend of Lynne Eckman, Kevin O’Neill, friend of Linda Foster, Jeff Rogerson, friend of Charles Crosby, Trudy and Ed Crouch, parents of Brad Crouch, Jeffrey Hill, brother of Pete Hill, Joe Watkins, friend of Libby Lindsay, Perry Gooch, nephew in law of Carolyn Dwyer, JB Watson, Joni House, Mary Jackson, sister of Liza Avery, Keyon Scott, Kennyia Scott, Carol Lyden Foulkes, sister of Patricia Bingham; Marcus Taylor, friend of Pat and Holly Chesser, Chris Devine, and Van Westmoreland; 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, 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.
PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING: For the marriage of Kinzer Rebecca Black and Daniel Forbes Barrett; for the life of William John Wagner; and for the life of Carla Deck Sweetwood.
PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED: We commend to your mercy all who have died including Carla Deck Sweetwood; and Robert L. Paul, father of Rusty Paul, and 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:
(12/1) Mark Gould (12/2) Susan Smith, Corrine Temple, Christina Touzet (12/3) Eleanor McGee (12/4) John Crouch, Brian Hackney, Kimberly Peterson, Elaine Turpin (12/5) Abbie Hattauer, Brock Hepler, Evelyn Morris, Sarah Parsonson, John Sugg, Jackie Watt (12/6) William Baer, Connor Hamill, Sarah Hamill, Nancy Hoffman, Henry Schlachter, Barbara Stewart (12/7) Frank Bishop, Aiden Brennan, William Clark, Alexis Davison, Reece Griffith, Kirk Stevenson
(12/8) John Gadomski, Claire Kaiser, Richard Otness, Laura Rhea, Lara Stevenson, Ann Stovall (12/9) Amanda Cook, John Harrison, Warren Reedy, Peter Schwartz, Robert Tarkington, Todd Terrell (12/10) Stephen Stradley, Gloria Taylor (12/11) Davis Gates (12/12) Kristen Clever, John Cummings, Elizabeth Thompson (12/13) Nicole Clever, Robert Dozier, Walter Hoyt, Neva Rountree, Julia Sugg, Erin Warhauser (12/14) Phillip Binkow, George Brown, Karen Burnett, Mackenzie Gaines, Craig Johns, Rebecca Tucker, Margaux Ventulett
(12/15) Caroline Loux, John Ryan, William West (12/16) Ashely Cook, Cathryn Thomas (12/17) Beth Boger, Sally Combs, Erin Stone (12/18) Holly Barrett (12/19) Jeffrey Glass, Michael Morris, John Newson(12/20) James Rose, Lloyd Thomas, Raloh Thurmond (12/21) Mark Cady, William Chandler, Cutris Kimball, Kathryn Mitchell, Margaret Peyton, Jon Thompson
(12/22) Louie Pittman, Cora Protos, J. Peter Uys, Nancy Warner, Lisa Zaina (12/23) Charlotte Bartlett, Eric Limbeek, Reese Miller, Courtney Rose, (12/24) Lisa Burns, Juliet Toledo, Gustavus Williamson (12/25) Russell Avery, William Comer, Jaimie Hardin, Janice Herbert, Stephen Larkin, Charles Link, Ellie Mueller, (12/26) Caryn Bains, Sean Barrett, Anna Gardner (12/27) Paula Baker, Erin Ernst, Audrey Wooten (12/28) David Avery, Cynthia Best, Velma Cooke, Alexander Maher, Christopher Menefee, Talitha Stone
(12/29) Ouida Bell, Ellen Crosby, Bruce Ford, Sandy Freeman, Ansley King (12/30) Christopher Hasell, Kathryn Orsey, Jan Paul (12/31) London Moore, Randy Simmons, Mark Tucker, Richard Werner