HI-Lights @ HIEC


HI-Lights @ HIEC

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Please remember we have changed service times for this week!


8:00 am - Holy Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
10:00 am -
Holy Eucharist, Sung (Nave)
6:00 pm - Celtic Eucharist (Christ Chapel)

Please join us in honoring Michael Sullivan for his years of service as The Rector of our wonderful parish.  We will be celebrating Michael at a potluck  brunch/light luncheon reception Sunday, October 23 after the 10:00am service. (Please note we are changing the morning services ON THAT DATE ONLY to 8:00am and 10:00am). RSVP for the brunch/luncheon online at the Holy Innocents’ website and tell us what you'll be bringing (suggestions on the RSVP form.) There will be no Sunday School or Sunday formation on the morning of October 23.

We will also be taking a Love Offering for Michael which will be presented to him. If you would like to contribute, checks should be made payable to Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, with Michael Sullivan in the memo line. Checks may be placed in the offering plate, mailed or brought to the church office. You may also make your gift online under “Giving: Donations and Payments.”

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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. 

CHILDREN'S CHAPEL: There will be no Children Chapel this week and will resume next Sunday, October 30. Children’s Chapel is held during the 9:00am service. Children (Pre-K-4th grade) will leave church during the sequence hymn to enjoy a children’s service just for them, and then return during the peace. We are looking for volunteers to help with the Children's Chapel each Sunday. For more information about how to volunteer click here.
Contact: Melissa Liipfert

EYC GATHERING!: Sunday, October 23 is our next EYC gathering of our revamped, monthly Sunday EYC program. 6th-8th graders are invited to come at 4:30pm and stay through the Celtic Eucharist until 7:00pm and 9th-12th graders are invited from 6:00pm-8:30pm, with dinner provided. Interested in providing snacks or food for one session this year? Please RSVP if you plan to come!

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Thoughts about HIEC

“In my Father’s house are many rooms… “ - John 14:2

Holy Innocents has accomplished much over its almost 150-year history. In recent years we have completed a capital campaign to rebuild our physical presence and worship space, welcomed new members and experienced growth, and reconfirmed our commitment to the Holy Innocents of Our Day in a way that is real, tangible, and meaningful. This success has come from equal parts faith, hard work, and financial support - all three equally important ingredients to make Holy Innocents, "Your Place for Faith."

~ Jim Petty ~

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A Note from the Vestry

As we move into this period of transition, we are fortunate to have resources from the Diocese to assist us along the way.  Please plan on being present on November 20 as we welcome The Rev. Cannon Alicia Schuster Weltner who serves as the Bishop's chief of staff assisting with priority initiatives, including parishes in transition.

For long time members of Holy Innocents' and of other Episcopal churches who have had rector changes, the process of going through an interim and the search process is more familiar than for our parishioners who have come from other denominations.  With that in mind, attending on November 20 will be of great value to all.  Alicia will be preaching at each of the morning services as well as presenting during the Faith Forum. We look forward to seeing you on that day!

With grateful hearts,
Marie Thomas, Sr. Warden
Elaine Morgan, Jr. Warden 

Vestry Nominations

We are currently accepting nominee suggestions for the Vestry Class of 2017 – 2019. Four adults will serve a three-year term. Two youth members, who will serve a one-year term, will be elected by their peers. Prayfully consider who is qualified for this significant role of spiritual leadership in the life of our Parish. Under the Canons of the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Atlanta, vestry members must be confirmed communicants of this parish, must make and honor a regular financial commitment (pledge) to the parish, and be regular in attendance at parish functions. All confirmed communicants in good standing are eligible to nominate members to the vestry by emailing or calling Executive Assistant to the Rector & Vicar, Carol Johns ( or 404.751.2908.) You may also drop a note in the plate at service. Please make sure to include your name, as well as the nominee and any comments, recommendations you may have. All suggestions should be received by Friday, October 28, 2016.



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


MOVEABLE FEAST - SPOOKTACULAR: Join us at the HIEC Moveable Feast: Spooktacular on Wednesday, October 26 in your Halloween costumes! We will be blessing the costumes, enjoying spooky pizza, fun, and games. A child’s portion of the adult meal will be available. Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Iced tea included with the meal. Be sure to make your reservation before Monday, October 24 at 5:00pm.
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MOVEABLE FEAST VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Make sure to put these dates on your calendar for this fall series of Moveable Feasts: Wednesday, October 26: Spooktacular; and Wednesday, December 7: Feast of St. Nicholas. Each Moveable Feast will include food, fellowship, and liturgy, appropriate for the whole family. Please consider helping Mickey Cooke with food preparation and/or serving. Many hands make for light work!
Contact: Mickey Cooke

FOYERS KICKOFF POTLUCK DINNER: The Foyers Kick off Potluck Dinner will be held on October 30th at 7:00pm in Inglett Hall. Prior to the Potluck, names of parishioners signed up for Foyers will be drawn randomly to set up the new groups. If you cannot attend the Potluck Dinner on the 30th, you can certainly sign up and you will be assigned to a group. Details are in the Foyers brochure at the Welcome Desk. If you have any questions, call Phyllis Weisser at 770-391-3556.

PRAYER VIGIL FOR THE HOLY INNOCENTS OF OUR DAY: Join us for our annual Prayer Vigil for the Holy Innocents of Our Day as we remember all children who have lost their lives to violence in Georgia during 2015-2016. The vigil will begin Saturday, November 5 at 5:30pm and end Sunday, November 6 at 6:00am. You can sign up to pray for an hour by yourself or with your friend online at the Holy Innocents’ website. Help us honor the Holy Innocents of Our Day.
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ALL SAINTS REMEMBRANCE: On Sunday, November 6, when we celebrate the Feast of All Saints’, members of the parish who have died during the last year will be remembered by name during the prayers at all morning services. We will also print the names of loved ones for whom a remembrance is requested from members of the parish. All names will be read at the Celtic Liturgy for All Saints at 6:00pm. If you’d like to submit name(s) of a deceased family member or friend to be printed, please do so by Monday, October 31. Please email first, middle and last name(s) to Sally Suhr for accuracy.
Contact: Sally Suhr

All Saints Day is Sunday, November 6. If you’d like to remember a loved one by making a donation for flowers, please contact Melody McNeil at 404-255-4023 by October 31.
Contact: Melody McNeil

CELTIC FESTIVAL: You don’t have to be Breton, Cornish, Irish, Manx, Scottish or Welsh to join us for an afternoon of revelry. Join us for a Luncheon of traditional Celtic food, Celtic music, dancers, pipers and kilts, and fun for folks of all ages. Please make your plans to be here, All Saints Sunday, November 6 following the 11:15am service.  Buy your tickets by clicking here.
Contact: Karl Welsher

NEW CONFIRMATION COHORT: Students currently in 8th, 9th, or 10th grades who have not yet been confirmed or already part of our two-year process are invited to join a new group starting this fall. Contact the Rev. Will Stanley if you or your young person is interested in beginning this process.
Contact: Will Stanley


Join us this fall for the “3s and Under” class! Parents and children under the age of three are invited to a formation class created just for YOU. Spend time getting to know other families with small children while giving your kids a chance to roam free and play. We look forward to seeing you there!

FAITHFUL VISITORS NEEDED!: Are you interested in making a lasting difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in Georgia? Are you willing to commit, time, travel and companionship to ensure children have faithful companions? If so, Faithful Visitor work is for you. Join us for a training at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on October 23 to find out more.
Contact: The Very Rev. Joshua Case

Volunteers are needed to help elementary school students with reading and homework and pre-K children with activities while their parents attend a program called Homework Relief Boot Camp. Offered by Emmaus House and Literacy Action, Inc. Homework Relief Boot Camp for Parents aims to increase the literacy skills of both parents and children. It will meet from 4:30-6:00 pm for four week sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 25–November 17. If you are interested in volunteering for Homework Relief Boot Camp please contact Emmaus House Director of Education Services Ann Fowler, at (404) 808-1864.
Contact: Ann Fowler

CHILDREN'S CHOIRS & CHOIR DINNERS: All Children's Choirs Fall rehearsals and choir dinners have resumed. If you wish to reserve a dinner, please click here. All reservations must be made by 5:00pm on the prior Monday.

The schedule for Wednesday evenings is as follows:

5:15pm - 5:45pm: Dinner for Choristers in Primary & St. C & N Choirs
5:15pm - 5:45pm: Music Experience (Preschool - Kindergarten) in PH 109
5:45pm - 6:30pm: Dinner for Adults and Children in Music Experience
5:45pm - 7:00pm: St. C & N Choirs (3rd – 8th graders) in Brensinger Hall
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Primary Choir
in PH 109

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

 VENTULETT GALLERY PRESENTS - “Antarctica” photography by Santiago Venegas: We are excited to showcase the photography of Santiago Venegas in the Ventulett Gallery. Vanegas brings an interesting set of aesthetics to his work. He has navigated in and out of two cultures throughout his life. Inspired by his mother, a painter, Surrealist art, Latin American magic realism, music, and the world of cinema, Santiago creates photography that looks at the dark and light in life.The exhibit runs until November 10, 2016.
Contact: Carol Johns

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!: The Ventulett Gallery has been exhibiting quality art at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church for nearly 3½ years. There are many components to making the gallery so successful and most involve the dedication of parish volunteers. Click here for more information


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

MEN OF HIEC 3RD FRIDAYS: The next meeting will be October 21 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.”

FAB 40’s: Fab 40’s is a supper club that was started several years ago by a group of parishioners, who were all in their 40’s at the time. They meet every 3rd Saturday at 6:30pm in the Bishop Commons, and have an hour or so to socialize, eat dinner and usually end the event around 9:00pm. Our next meeting will be on October 22. For food choices please call Anne Hutto (770-971-7565.) 
For more information visit the HIEC website by clicking here.
Contact: Carolyn Yost

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: Please join us! The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Tuesday, November 1 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: The book club, Reading Connections, meets monthly on the second Monday of the month in Bishop Commons at 6:00pm. All are welcome for fellowship and lively discussion. On Monday, November 14, we will be discussing A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Bachman. We hope to see you there.
Contact: Nancy Binkow

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; Stan Saunders; Jim Didriksen; Lucie Bornholm; Maddie Hamill; Kathy MacDonell; Marilyn Thomas; friends and family including: Sawyer Josey; Helen Dixon; Ann and Tom Thompson, parents of Debbie Vaky; Ed and Mary Lou Jensen, parents of Carolyn Dwyer; Kin Craig, friend of Pat Harris; Michael Wooten, brother of Tim Wooten; Scott Beard, husband of Bonnie Beard; Frederick William Mew, friend of Lisa Zaina; Nancy Woodward, friend of Helen Johnson; Tammy Glenn, sister of Paula Fowler; Charles Webster, uncle of Renee Peyton; Charles Larkin, brother of Steve Larkin; Lee Cleaves, friend of Julie Skaggs; Jay Duryea, father of Mindy Duryea; Chad Myers; Paige Watt, daughter of Jackie Watt; and those receiving communion at home.

Prayers for those who have died: We commend to your mercy all who have died including Patricia Neathery, mother of Susan Fochtmann;; and 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, 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.

Thanksgiving for the birth of Claire Kelly Protos, daughter of Kara Hill-Protos and Chris Protos; and for the ministry of The Reverend Michael Radford Sullivan.

Prayers for those being baptized on November 6: Elizabeth Anne Freeman, daughter of Megan & Stephen Freeman;  James Bryson Waller, son of Lissa & Allan Waller; Albert Luciano Minn Vacca, son of Carol & Albert Vacca; Kathryn Millie Rawley, daughter of Thomas & Lindsey Rawley; Aria Rose Gage, daughter of Catrina & Christopher Gage; and Lydia Grace Williams, daughter of Ashton & Shelley Williams.

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; Benjamin Palmer; Thomas Ventulett; (10/2) Anna Hayden; Patricia Russell; James Sadlo; John Shepherd; Beth Touzet; Mary Wagner; (10/3) William Baker; John DeVries; Albert Steentjes; Dorothy Williams; (10/4) Peter Baylis; Steven Nahmias; William Stevenson; (10/5) Elizabeth Ahern; Peggy Christman; Catherine Lee; Ainsley Sadlo; (10/6) Regan Loper; Kristin Shelton; (10/7) Elizabeth Coil; Joseph Nuzzaco; Thomas Rawley

(10/8) Julian Betts; Anne Carlson; Margaret Carpenter; Jean Longley; Emma Schaefer; (10/9) Grant Brown; Judith Bullock; Edson Petty; Arthur Reynolds; Cheryl Sykes; Woody Wheeler; (10/10) Caroline Catts-Xie; James Cleary; Kathryn Howkins; David Lagi; John McTaggart; Elizabeth Rasmus; Nancy Uiterwyk; Margaret Yanda; (10/11) Edward Blankenbeker; Michael Clark; Gary Coursey; Michael Rhea; Timothy Seamans; Alexis Shortal; (10/12) Nina Braziel; Sonya Damewood; Dorothy Harper; Andrea Morie; Jacqueline Ryan; Tameka Slaughter; Alexis Stewart; Jacob Thomas; (10/13) Anne Koch; Rachel Merkel; John Murphy; Joseph Perusse; Sophia Ryan; Terence Shortal; (10/14) Susan Beard; Harry Homer; Lucia Reading; Michael Seaborn; Jean Marc Street; Anna Thomas; Cathy Williams

(10/15) Kathleen Chrisman; Suzanne Clark; Caroline Dixon; James Gates; Marilyn Walker; (10/16) Paula Adesokan; Robert Moffat; Lin Stradley; (10/17) Alexandra Brady; Christopher Devine; Richard Gaudet; John Hedrick; James Heerin; Yvonne Johnson; Ivor Longo; (10/18) Merrianne LeBoutillier; Kelley McTaggart; Kreg Nichols; Peter Parsonson; Christy Thompson; (10/19) Elizabeth Gates; Michael McDonald; Calvin Simmons; Peter Stone; Rachael Windler; (10/20) Carmen Noel; Prescott Smith; Carole Walton; Elizabeth Yanda; (10/21) Tricia Jarvis;

(10/22) Earle Blomeyer; Kerry Brennan; James Calhoun; Anissa Gray; Tye Helms; Kathleen Kibler; (10/23) Deborah Schwartz; Douglas Voss; (10/24) Brian Ericson; Caroline Hix; Anne Hollett; Sarah Hyser; Meredith Johnson; (10/25) Elizabeth Allen; Anne Foster; Sutton Gale; Helen Martin; Hayes McDonald; Teresa Winer; (10/26) Jon Bornholm; Kimberly DeFino; Peter Herbert; Alesa McArthur; Bruce Mitchell; (10/27) Michael Broome; Laurie Ford; Nicole Kaiser; (10/28) Tim McNeil; (10/29) Henry Caldwell; Katherine Caldwell; John Cummings; Harry Guilford; Brian Thomas; Thomas Ventulett; (10/30) William Mitchell; Gia Partain; (10/31) Clement Chandler; Grady Crawford; Lester Longley; Joe Sullivan; Marie Thomas; Shirley Thurmond;