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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)

What is a Parish?

The Rev. Dr. Bob DAnnals

What is a parish? What is the Parish of Holy Innocents’?

A parish — any parish — is the place where the people of God, the Body of Christ, agree to live in a faith community by coming together for the communal worship of God. But it’s more...

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HIEC  Office Schedule
Monday-Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm and
Fridays 9:00am - 3:00pm


ALL SAINTS' REMEMBERANCE: On Sunday, November 5, when we celebrate the Feast of All Saints’, members of the parish who have died from November 1, 2016 to November 1, 2017 will be remembered by name during the prayers at all Sunday services. We will also print the names of loved ones for whom a remembrance is requested from members of the parish. If you’d like to submit name(s) of a deceased family member or friend to be printed, please do so by Monday, October 30. Please email first, middle and last name(s) to Sally Suhr for accuracy.
Contact: Sally Suhr

FLOWER DONATIONS: All Saints Day is Sunday, November 5. If you’d like to remember a loved one by making a donation for flowers, please contact Melody McNeil  by October 30.
Contact: Melody McNeil (404-255-4023)

CALL FOR VESTRY NOMINATIONS: It’s that time of the year to consider a position serving as an HIEC Vestry Member. Four positions will be filled with each member serving a three-year term. The slate of nominees will be presented at the Annual Parish Meeting on December 10. Interested parishioners should indicate their interest by the deadline of Monday, October 23 in an email to Melody Mcneil at . Note that the HIEC bylaws require vestry members to be at least 18 years of age and be a member in good standing, meaning current on pledge status and a regular attendee. If you have someone in mind as a candidate, please confirm their interest before submitting the name to Melody. The next step will be questionnaire/application for the interested party to complete. Please consider this request prayerfully as a gift of service to the people of Holy Innocents’.
Contact: Melody McNeil

FORMATION & FAITH FORUMS: Adult Formation takes place on Sunday mornings, September through May, from 10:10am-11:00am. The large group offerings (Faith Forums) are held in Inglett Hall. There are several small group offerings as well, so please join us! Click HERE for more info and the fall formation schedule.

STEWARDSHIP SPOTLIGHT: I’ve grown up attending Holy Innocents’ and have made some of my closest friends through the church. Here, at Holy Innocents’, I feel a sense of community and warmth that I don’t feel anywhere else. My family participates in stewardship for many reasons, one of which is to support the youth programs. From the brand new Frost Youth Center and annual ski trip, to the outstanding staff, we wouldn’t have any of these things without stewardship. As a teenager, it has been so comforting knowing I have a place in my church. Being surrounded by a fabulous youth group and its directors has allowed me to grow closer to the Lord. My brother and I love having a place to worship that is full of curious, kind, and thoughtful people whose only goal is to help you grow in your faith. I am grateful to all of the Holy Innocents’ parishioners who participate in stewardship, because their generous gifts help enable the church to provide this supportive youth group for me and many others. Without the youth group, I know for sure that I wouldn’t have the strong connection to the church that I have today. Please consider giving this year to keep our youth and other important programs strong here at Holy Innocents’.

Mary Margaret Perry

WEEKLY FINANCIAL UPDATE: As of 10/18/2017, the church has received 56 pledges totaling $1,305,585 for the debt reduction campaign to reduce the principle of the building loan. Thus far, we have received $848,000 in payments toward those pledges. Thank you for your generosity! Reducing the principle will help reduce monthly loan payments out of the operating budget. How can you help the church with your time and talent? We are looking for assistance and expertise in the following areas: IT, AV/Sound, small maintenance projects, kitchen remodeling, floor tiling work, landscaping, building knowledge, pew crew, answering phones, assistance in office and hospitality. Also, the church is looking for someone to manage the 2018-2019 basketball program for a stipend! If you want to help, please contact Caroline Fleming at or 404-751-2906.

Please plan to attend an evening of fellowship for women on Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00pm in Bishop Commons. This event will kick off a new initiative to form small groups that support socializing, networking, and outreach and to look toward planning a women's retreat. All women are invited! Wine and appetizers will be served. We'll be collecting new children's books, baby blankets, and small stuffed animals for the non-profit charity Project Night Night Please email Nicole Rash ( ) to indicate your interest. We hope to see you ladies there!
Contact: Nicole Rash

RECLAIMING HOPE THROUGH REMEMBERING: We will enlarge the conversation on race through remembering our martyred sisters and brothers at 9:00am on Saturday, Oct 28 at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church (610 Epps Bridge Parkway- Athens, GA 30606). The day's activities will include: Liturgy for Martys, The Rev. Naomi Tutu will preach, a screening of the documentary "13th", and a tour of the school and cemetery. For more info or to indicate interest, contact Judy Fielder ( ).
Contact: Judy Fielder (404) 771-2790

Join us after the 6:00pm Contemplative Eucharist on the evening of All Saints', November 5, for a chili tasting in Parish Hall. A dozen or so different chilis will be available to sample along with fixings and cornbread. Yum! To reserve your spot, click HERE

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta and the Alliance Theatre invite you to see "Crossing Delancey" on Friday evenings through Nov. 24 and share in a community observance of Shabbat at the MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd, Marietta. Shabbat will be held at 7:30pm followed by the show at 8:00pm. There is no charge for the Shabbat dinner; for play tickets, click HERE

SAVE THE DATE: The Annual Parish Retreat will be on February 9-11, 2018. Please stay tuned for more info!

The youth are selling Christmas trees and garlands this year to raise money for new programming, a scholarship fund, and next summer's mission trip. Come to Bishop Commons before the 9am & 11:15am services and adult formation to fill out a pre-order form. We start selling this Sunday, Oct 15 through Nov 12. We will also be selling Chick-Fil-A biscuits, so please stop by!

WHINE AND WINE: Families with children in K-3rd grade are invited to the 2-part family Bible study "Whine and Wine" with Megan Petenbrink and Karen Anderson. This study will focus on using the Bible to practice thankfulness as a family. Our 1st class  is November 4 from 5:30pm-7:00pm in Frost Youth Center. Wine will be provided for the parents along with light snacks for the children. Please RSVP your family to Megan.
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!

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

STOCK THE CHILDREN'S SHELVES: We are asking for your help to stock the children's shelves for our North Fulton Department of Family and Children Services during the month of October. You can help by donating children's items at the front reception desk. A list of needed supplies can be found at the desk.

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.

9 STRING THEORY: Join us on November 10 at 8:00pm in the Nave for the second Friends of Music Series concert. Domra virtuoso, Angelina Galashenkova-Reed and award-winning classical guitarist, John Huston return to Holy Innocents' with their unique musical collaboration. Mark your calendars!

CHILDREN'S CHOIR : Wednesday children and youth choir activities have started up again 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!


FAB 40's: 
The Fab 40's supper club will meet on Saturday, October 21 in Inglett Hall from 6:30pm-9:00pm. Join us for a nice meal and even nicer company.
Contact: Carolyn Yost

MEN'S OTHER FRIDAY'S BIBLE STUDY: Supplementing the Men of HIEC "3rd Fridays", the Rev. Bob Dannals will offer a men's Bible study on the other Friday mornings of each month. The next meeting will be October 27 at 7:00am 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

The book club will meet in Bishop Commons on November 13 to discuss The Call of the Wild by Jack London. We hope to see you there!
Contact: Rosie Bullard

MEN'S DINNER & A BOOK: The next Men’s Dinner and a Book is November 14 at 6:30pm and the book is Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of  a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. Tony Clarke is hosting. 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 Friday, November 17 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.

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.

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, Glenn Summerlin; 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, Sarah Timmerman, mother of Frank Timmerman and Miriam Timmerman, 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, Kevin O’Neill, friend of Linda Foster, Doris Ernst, mother of Mike Ernst, Austin Farnham, brother of Brent Farnham, Jeff Rogerson, friend of Charles Crosby, Trudy Crouch, mother of Brad Crouch, Jeffrey Hill, brother of Pete Hill, Joe Watkins, friend of Libby Lindsay, Perry Gooch, nephew in law of Carolyn Dwyer; and those receiving communion at home.

PRAYERS FOR THOSE IN SERVICE OF 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 FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED: We commend to your mercy all who have died 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:

(10/1) Marye Fincher, Rebecca Jones, Rowan Neece, Thomas Ventulett (10/2) Anna Hayden, Patricia Russell, James Sadlo, John Shephard, Beth Touzet, Mary Wagner (10/3) William Baker, Dorothy Williams (10/4) Peter Baylis, Steven Nahmias, William Stevenson (10/5) Peggy Christman, Ainsley Sadlo (10/7) Elizabeth Coil, Joseph Nuzzaco, Thomas Rawley

(10/8) Margaret Carpenter, Jean Longley, Emma Schaefer (10/9) Judith Bullock, Edson Petty, Arthur Reynolds, Cheryl Sykes, Woody Wheeler (10/10) Caroline Catts-Xie, Elizabeth Ramus, Nancy Uiterwyk (10/11) Gary Coursey, Michael Rhea, Timothy Seamans (10/12) Nina Braziel, Jacqueline Ryan, Tameka Slaughter, Alexis Stewart (10/13) Rachel Merkel, John Murphy, Joseph Perusse, Claire Protos, Sophia Ryan, Terence Shortal (10/14) Susan Beard, Harry Homer, Lucia Reading, Anna Thomas, Cathy Williams

(10/15) Caroline Dixon, James Gates (10/16) Robert Moffat, Lin Stradley (10/17) Christopher Devine, John Hedrick, James Heerin, Yvonne Johnson (10/18) Merrianne LeBoutillier, Kreg Nichols, Peter Parsonson, Christy Thompson (10/19) Elizabeth Gates, Michael McDonald, Gunnar Olson, Calvin Simmons, Peter Stone (10/20) Carole Walton, Elizabeth Yanda

(10/22) Earle Blomeyer, Kerry Brennan, James Calhoun, Anissa Gray, Kathleen Kibler (10/23) Deborah Schwartz, Douglas Voss (10/24) Brian Ericson, Anne Hollett, Sarah Hyser, Meredith Johnson (10/25) Gale Sutton, Helen Martin, Hayes McDonald, Teresa Winer (10/26) Jon Bornholm, Peter Herbert, Alesa McArthur (10/27) Michael Broome, Laurie Ford, Nicole Kaiser

(10/29) Henry Caldwell, Katherine Caldwell, John Cummings, Brian Thomas, Thomas Ventulett (10/30) William Mitchell, Gia Partain (10/31) Clement Chandler, Grady Crawford, Lester Longley, Jow Sullivan, Marie Thomas, Shirley Thurmond