HI-Lights @ HIEC


HI-Lights @ HIEC

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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 

Don't Be Afraid

The Rev. Dr. Bob DAnnals

"Do not be afraid," was Jesus' most frequent instruction to his disciples. More than anything else, he said, "do not be afraid." And even after they had witnessed the resurrection, when he was about to ascend, he said again, "Remember, don't be afraid."

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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 thanks to The Monday Brown Bag Bible Study Group and the Vestry for their delicious breakfast this past Sunday. Join us in Bishop Commons at 9:00am for breakfast sponsored by HIEC parishioners each Sunday through the summer. This week’s breakfast will be provided by the The Ushers.

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

UPDATE FROM THE WARDEN TEAM: Happy August to everyone! The summer has moved along with great intention and a lot of work has been accomplished on behalf of the parish. Look for a full update in next week's newsletter including a status on the Parish Profile completion, Search process, and a new agreement for space sharing with the School. There is a new sense of energy at HIEC this summer and we look forward to a full house on Sundays as we move into Fall!
- Elaine Morgan, Sr. Warden & Marie Thomas, Jr. Warden

In this time of transition, we invite all to offer prayers for our parish:

O God, you are our guide, full of grace and caring, whose patience, acceptance, and love have impacted and sustained our community since 1872. We are grateful for all of the blessings we have received.

Give us courage, guidance, clarity, and openness in all things, that we may be faithfully engaged during this season of transition.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.


Below are some preliminary expense spending categories for the month of July:

Utilities: $7,057.70                                                           Custodial Fees: $8,500
Operating Supplies:
$586.89                                     Landscape: $500
Computer Technology:
$890.63                              Telecommunications: $2,783.10
$2,382.20                                                      Office Equipment: $1,619.44
Facility Expenses:
$3,033.42                                     Accounting: $2,333.33

Operating supplies, facility expenses, custodial fees, and telecommunications were above the monthly budget. The other categories were below the monthly budgeted amount.

INVITE WELCOME CONNECT: We will have the initial training of "Invite Welcome Connect" at Holy Innocents on Friday, August 25 from 6:00pm-8:30pm and Saturday, August 26 from 9:00am-12:00pm.  Ms. Marta Holden, a seasoned lay professional in the area of new member ministries, will be our trainer. While this training is to launch a new standing ministry group with the program's name, all parishioners are invited! If you would like to attend, sign up by clicking HERE!
Contact: Melody McNeil

Please tell your friends and family members that everyone is meeting at Holy Innocents 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, The Rev. John Porter, and the Rev. Martha Sterne. There will be special music and traditional Hymn-singing as well as lunch on the grounds at the church. Reserve your spot by clicking  HERE  so we can be good stewards of God's resources!


EYC POOL PARTY: On Saturday, August 26 the youth and parents are invited to a meet and greet pool party with Megan at the Foster's home. The party will be from 12:30pm-2:00pm with light snacks provided. Please make sure to mark your calendars! For more info, please contact Megan Petenbrink.
Contact: Megan Petenbrink

ACOLYTE SIGN-UP: This year we will have acolyte teams who will help during worship on various Sundays. Our first acolyte meeting will be Sunday, August 27 after the 10:00am service. If you are interested in serving as an acolyte, please fill out the sign-up form by clicking HERE!

POLO KICKOFF PARTY!: Have a child in Elementary school? Bring them and yourself to Stars and Strikes for a fun afternoon of bowling with the POLO Group (Parents of Little Ones). We will bowl on Saturday, September 9 from 12:30pm-2:30pm. Payment will be up to the families but the chance to hang out with other HIEC families will be priceless! For more information and to RSVP your family, please contact Megan Petenbrink.
Contact: Megan Petenbrink

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!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FAMILY PROMISE: Join us from August 13 through August 20 for our next Family Promise week. It is a great way to serve the  homeless families in our community alongside members of other parishes. We will need volunteers to help provide meals, overnight support, hospitality, and packing support. If you are interested, sign up by clicking HERE!

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES: Do you have a passionate interest in an organization that serves others? Would you like parish members to have engagement opportunities in your outreach? The Mission and Outreach team would like to connect with you in order to house outreach opportunities and coordinate communication for parishioners.

The Mission and Outreach Team and the vestry have adopted the idea that returning to the roots of Holy Innocents should inform the vision of its outreach program. The church began with the goal of serving children, the most vulnerable members of post-civil war society. Returning to those roots means caring, directly or indirectly, for those who struggle to have their needs met and voices heard.

In September the team will solicit applications for grant money that the church has had ready for outreach. A subcommittee will vet the applications and determine how to distribute the funds. If you would like to apply for a grant for your organization, please email Karen Taylor.
Contact: Karen Taylor

MISSION & OUTREACH-DID YOU KNOW?: Parishioners from St. Dunstan's, St. Anne's, and Holy Innocents, working together as Family Promise, hosted a family of eight this week at St. Dunstan's: mother, father and six children. CAC was initiated in 1986 by representatives from First Baptist Church of Sandy Springs, Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church, Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church, Sandy Springs Christian Church and St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church.

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.


On Saturday, September 9 we will celebrate 30 years of David Brensinger’s Music Ministry at Holy Innocents. The Parish Choir will sing Evensong at 5pm in the Nave followed at 6pm by a reception/soiree in Bishop Commons. The reception will be a ticketed event. To purchase your tickets and reserve your spot, click HERE!
Contact: Carlos Diaz

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  20, 27, & September 3. You’re invited to come for any or all of these dates!
Contact: David Brensinger


MEN OF HIEC 3RD FRIDAYS: The next meeting will be August 18 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.

MEN'S OTHER FRIDAY'S BIBLE STUDY: Supplementing the Men of HIEC "3rd Fridays", Rev. Bob Dannals will offer a men's Bible study on the other Friday mornings of each month, beginning September 1 at 7am in Frost Youth Center. The group will study the scripture texts and commentaries in the book, "A Long Obedience in the Same Direction" by Eugene Peterson. Contact Melody McNeil to indicate your interest and reserve a copy of the book.
Contact: Melody McNeil

READING CONNECTIONS: The book club meets on the 2nd Monday of the month in Bishop Commons at 6:00pm. All are welcome for fellowship and lively discussion. Our next meeting is September 11 and we will be discussing Desert Queen - Life of Gertrude Bell by Janet Wallace . We hope to see you there!
Contact: Rosie Bullard

MENS’ DINNER & A BOOK: The next Men’s Dinner and a Book is September 19 at 6:30pm and the book is Fallen Leaves by Will Durant. Mike Shortal 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 

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 Jean-Paul Richard, Jim Didriksen, Caryn Bains, Anne Habersetzer, Shiranne Simmons, Laura Martin, Jack Wagner, Sandy Freeman, Claire Vines, and 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, 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,Jean Silva, mother of Don Silva, Charles Hall, father in law of Angel Dotson, Karen Catlin, friend of Archer Hannah, Kris Tiegreen, niece of Alan and Nancy Tiegreen, Nadine Bishop, friend of Lynne Eckman, 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 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 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.


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:

(8/1) Bobby Smith , Elizabeth Link, Erik Curns, Rex Wallin, (8/2) Charles Murphy, Janet Campbell, (8/3) Elizabeth Foster, Kate Dangler, William Preston, (8/4) Kathleen Wilson, Lauren Schwartz, Nettie Silva, William Allen, (8/5) David Searles, Forrest Braziel, Leigh Cummings, Mary Byrne, Sawyer Fleming, William Mangan, (8/6) Christopher Durst, Dorothy Longley, John Foster, Vicki Tucker, William Stribling, (8/7) Delaney McMullen, Susan Link

(8/8) Carol Smith, Gralyn Daily, Hannah Thompson, Jennifer Bartlett, John Shepherd, Lane Smith, Lever Stewart, Terri Johnson, (8/9) Diana Rosen, Edward Adjei, Neil Kimball, Robert Peery, (8/10) Christine Wilson, Debra Vaky, Eliza Wilson, Joan Lybrook, Lisa Ediger, Marcia Ernst, Peter Landskroener, Ryan Peckham, Tressa Bell, (8/11) Andre Touzet, Catherine Hasell, Charles Braziel, Emily Levitt, Frederick Nichols, William Creekmuir, (8/12) James O’Brien, (8/14) Diane Greer, Frank Pressly, Janet O’Brien, Laura Drewicz Ewing, Melissa Letzler

(8/16) Diane Abbott, Maurine Dorsey, (8/16) Thomas Perry, (8/17) Alexandra Menefee, Emma Rawley, Jackie Stradley, Jude Gelman, Minnie Bob Campbell, Nancy Moss, Scott Voelker, Sophia Toledo, (8/18) Brooklyn Moore, Joanne Unger , Julie Skaggs, Valerie Dannals, WH Caldwell, (8/19) Adah Reading, Joseph Magaro, (8/20) Caroline Rose, Sydney Abney, (8/21) David Merkel, George Edwards, Glenn Kidd, Kathie Larkin, Lillian Rose, Marilyn White, Christopher Tosh, (8/22) Elaine Morgan, Grant Heerin, Karla Smith, Lindsay Stewart, Stephanie Blomeyer, (8/23) Andrew Kaiser, Claudia Morris, George Ray, James Hickok, James Spencer, Marilyn Adjei, Peter Stewart, Tweetie Smith, (8/24) Jackson Smith, John Bacon, Phyllis Mitchell, Robert McGee

(8/25) Meghan Hamrick, Thomas Watkins, (8/26) Joseph Black, Sherry Gardner, Webber McDonald, (8/27) Elizabeth Baskin, Melissa Fleming, Ruth Homer, Sabriel van der Grinten, (8/28) Greer Kershaw, Madeline Hamill, Peter Booth, (8/29) Francis Wakefield, Gracie-Jane Hillman, Isabel Draper, Jonathan Carter, (8/30) Melissa Freeman, (8/31) Amelia White, Yvette Coursey