SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES
8:00 am - Holy Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
9:00 am - Holy Eucharist (Nave)
11:15 am - Holy Eucharist (Nave)
6:00 pm - Celtic 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.
CHILDREN'S CHAPEL: 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 visit the Holy Innocents’ website.
ORGAN RECITAL & EVENSONG: Join us at 3:15pm on Sunday, February 26, for a 35-minute Organ Recital on the Schoenstein Organ in the Nave played by Patrick Scott of the Cathedral of St. Philip. Following the recital at 4:00pm, there will be an Evensong for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany with the Music of Tomkins, McConnaughey, & Powell.
Contact: David Brensinger
SMALL GROUP OFFERINGS
CANTERBURY ROAD - A JOURNEY THROUGH
THEOLOGY, HISTORY & PRACTICE
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DISMANTLING RACISM: A CONTINUED EDUCATION
Inglett C: Click Here For More Info
FAITH & FICTION
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Entering into Lent
A few years ago I had a scary encounter with a masked man wielding a knife. I remember him with gratitude, though, since he was an orthopedic surgeon to whom I paid hundreds of dollars (thanks to good insurance) to correct some problems with my right knee. The horizontal recovery period gave me a chance to ponder pain that we choose voluntarily, sometimes for our own good.
While rehabilitating, I persisted in choosing pain because I knew that working through the soreness would allow my knee to regain its full benefits.
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News From the Vestry
Last weekend was spent together at Fall Creek Falls State Park for our annual parish retreat. The attendance was double over last year and the comments from attendees were positive and filled with energy and excitement. Prior to the start of the parish retreat, the Vestry met for more than 7 hours discussing Vestry roles during the interim, our parish discussion in January, and reviewing and approving the proposed 2017 budget developed by the Finance Committee.
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HIEC Office Schedule
Monday-Thursday 8:30am - 5:00pm and
Fridays 8:30am - 3:00pm
PARISH PROFILE FOCUS GROUP: We want your perspective! Focus Group meetings are your first opportunity to inform the selection of our next rector. We want to hear your thoughts on our parish and what makes it special, your hopes for the future, and your ideas about how these factors will be reflected in a search process for a rector who will be uniquely equipped to lead Holy Innocents. Meetings will consist of 10-14 parish members, a facilitator, and note taker, and will last approximately 75 minutes. We want to encourage and thank you for your participation in this process, and ask for your continued prayers for the selection of our next rector. Sign up online by clicking here. If physical challenges prevent you from being on the church campus but you still wish to participate, please contact Karen Calhoun or 770-355-4805 to schedule a time to meet.
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ASH WEDNESDAY: Join us for one of the three Ash Wednesday liturgies on March 1. We will celebrate the Eucharist and impose ashes for those who wish to receive them at all services. This year the liturgies will be at 7:00 am and 12:15 pm in Christ Chapel and 6:30 pm in the nave. This year we are offering one combined evening liturgy in place of the 6:00pm and 7:30pm late service. This new 6:30pm multi-generational liturgy will include a sermon relevant to all ages and the choir will lead our worship music.
FAITH FORUM SERIES - WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM?: Join us each Sunday at 10:10am during the formation hour for this fantastic offering for this new Lenten Faith Forum series starting March 5. The focus of this Lenten series is the question Jesus asked his disciples at Caesarea Philippi: “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked it of his followers during a period of transition in his ministry, after he had spent much time in Galilee teaching about the in breaking of the Kingdom of God, which is the restoring of a broken and hurting world to right relationship with God and the exercising of an answering love in mission and ministry. Click Here for more information
5 MARKS OF LOVE: LIVING LIFE MARKED AS CHRIST OWNED: If we are “marked as Christ’s own,” what are the “marks of love” that characterize the Divine Life abiding and at work within us? Please join us every Sunday evening in Lent prior to the Celtic service for a five-part teaching series on the Five Marks of Love beginning on March 5. Bring potluck hors d’oeuvres to share. Beverages will be provided. Held in the Parlor at 5:00pm. Click here for more information
RECOVERY EUCHARIST: A Recovery Eucharist for people in recovery from addiction will be held on Saturday, March 11 at 10:00 AM at St. Bartholomew's. This innovative worship service weaves the 12 Steps and familiar readings and prayers of recovery into a traditional liturgy of the Word of God and Holy Communion. Healing is also offered. For more information, please contact Holy Innocents' parishioner Katherine Gray. Everyone is warmly invited.
Join us on Sunday, March 12 for a Men of Holy Innocents' March Madness Cookout! Bring your favorite meat for grilling, your favorite adult beverage, an appetizer to share and wear the colors of your favorite college basketball team. We'll cook out, brag on our teams, and enjoy catching up with old friends and making new friends. The cost will be $10 per person. Find more information and RSVP online by clicking here.
SEEING IN THE DARK-A LENTEN QUIET DAY: Often experienced as an "in between time,” a time of darkness, uncertainty, suffering, and even death, Lent is also a time filled with the mystery of transformation that manifests itself in the new life of Easter morning. But in the midst of this in between time it can be difficult to see and so to find our way. Join us at St. Patrick's as we explore a rich variety of practices that may assist us in learning to see in this rich darkness of the in between times.
Contact: The Rev. Buddy Crawford
MEN OF HI ANNUAL RETREAT: Join the Men of HIEC for their annual retreat at Lake Logan Episcopal Center in Canton, NC on May 5-7. Join us for this weekend for rich discussion and fellowship led by Rev. Dr. Bill Harkins, professor of pastoral counseling at Columbia Theological Seminary and priest associate at the Cathedral of St. Philip. The retreat will begin with dinner on Friday evening, followed by a presentation and discussion on Saturday morning. That afternoon will be free for hiking, a field trip into Asheville, golf, or fishing, depending upon one’s interests. Click here to RSVP and/or find out more information.
Contact: John Harris
SHROVE TUESDAY: Come enjoy a full breakfast-supper for Shrove Tuesday on February 28 at 6:00pm and support youth ministry at HIEC! Youth and adults will be cooking up a full array of bacon, sausage, eggs, and pancakes. Meal starts at 6:00pm and will conclude with the burning of the palms for Ash Wednesday. Tips and donations are always appreciated. Suggested donations for the dinner are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. Click here to make your reservation.
Contact: The Rev. Will Stanley
2017 HUNGER WALK/RUN: Come join in the annual tradition of the Hunger Walk/Run to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank on Sunday, March 5! Folks can help raise funds for our Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church team: Click here to sign up. Depending on numbers, we'll either leave from HIEC as a group after the 11:15am service or meet downtown separately.
EYC SUNDAYS: Come hang out in the Frost Youth Center, enjoy a free dinner, and engage in relevant discussions about life and faith. 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? Contact Will Stanley. Our next gathering is on March 19.
Contact: The Rev. Will Stanley
VBS 2017: Let your child’s imagination soar as we begin planning for VBS 2017 June 19-23. This year we will be enjoying “Maker Fun Factory” where PreK-5th graders will learn about God’s purpose through invention. Volunteers needed. Please reach out to
for more information. Website and additional information coming soon.
YOUR SUNDAY FOR MISSION - ERD SUNDAY: On Sunday, March 5 HIEC will join parishes around the world in the celebration of Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday. On ERD Sunday a special offering will be taken for ERD. Parishioners may also pick up an ERD Hope Chest and gather their loose coins during Lent to make an additional donation on their own. We encourage the use of ERD’s Lenten Meditations beginning March 5. You can find out more about ERD here: http://www.episcopalrelief.org/
Contact: The Very Rev. Joshua Case
MISSIONAL MONDAYS: One Monday evening every month will be devoted to mission at HIEC. On these evenings, you will be able to join together with fellow parishioners in prayer, song, and story-telling as we give forward on our outreach in the world. Please join the Missional Core for Missional Mondays as we seek by faith to join in with God’s work in the world! Our next gathering will be on March 6 at 7:00pm.
Contact: The Very Rev. Joshua Case
SEW OR DONATE FOR BURIAL SHROUDS: When HIEC’s Gail Kelly learned that poor children needed clothes to be buried in, she responded, and brought her sewing machine along with her. If you are interested in making burial shrouds or donating materials for use, please contact Gail Kelly for more information. Gail’s witness to our call make Georgia a holier place for all God’s children needs your support.
Contact: Gail Kelley
HIEC FAMILY PROMISE WEEK: Join us April 22-29 for our next Family Promise week. It is a great way to serve alongside members of other parishes in the service of homeless families in our community. We will need volunteers to help provide meals, overnight support, hospitality, and packing support. Mark your calendars now!
Contact: The Very Rev. Joshua Case
MENTOR LOCAL CHILDREN THROUGH La AMISTAD: Want to faithfully empower local students and families? Join our partner La Amistad as they assist Latino students to strengthen their academic and life skills through a devotional time, homework time, and immerse them in activities to enhance their English literacy. There are several ways to get involved! Volunteer to help with the program on Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons. No Spanish or tutoring experience necessary.
Contact: Colette Powers
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 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.
Contact: The Very Rev. Joshua Case
CHILDREN'S CHOIRS & CHOIR DINNERS: 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 116
5:45pm - 6:30pm: Dinner for Adults and Children in Music Experience
5:00pm - 5:45pm: St. C & N Choirs (3rd – 8th graders) in Brensinger Hall
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Primary Choir in PH 116
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.
The Ventulett Gallery welcomes the works of two artists: Photographer Steven Steinman and Abstract Artist Deeann Rieves. The exhibit opens on Thursday, January 12 with an Opening Reception 6pm – 8pm and runs through March 6, 2017.
Photographer, Steve Steinman presents “China: Landscapes of Tradition and Change”. China is a diverse country that balances its diverse society between tradition and growth. “The blend of old and new is ever-present in the horizons of rural and urban landscapes.” The exhibit also explores the fragile relationship between culture and environment.
DeeAnn Rieves is a contemporary artist working with mixed media and abstraction. Her exhibit, titled “Transposition”, is inspired by transforming leaves. “I love the combination of luscious brush strokes, carefree chalk contours, and the tactility of stitching which embellishes each piece with delicate lines, like veins running through the painting.”
Contact: Carol Johns
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
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
MEN OF HI DINNER AND A BOOK: We will meet Tuesday, March 14 at the home of Dan Greene from 6:30-9:00 pm. The book is “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration,” by Isabel Wilkerson. For directions and more information contact Jeremy Webber.
Contact: Jeremy Webber
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: Please join us! The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Tuesday, March 7 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): This club meets on the 2nd Monday of the each month at 6:00pm at Holy Innocents’. Guests & new members are always welcome. Our next meeting will be March 13 and we will be discussing “What Alice Forgot”, by Liane Moriarty.
Contact: Nancy Binkow
MEN OF HIEC 3RD FRIDAYS: The next meeting will be March 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. “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 Bishop Commons, and have an hour or so to socialize, eat dinner and usually end the event around 9:00pm. Join us for our next meeting on Saturday, March 18. Contact Carolyn Yost for food options 770-395-0262. If no answer leave a message. . For more information visit the HIEC website by clicking here.
Contact: Carolyn Yost
ST. MONICA’S GUILD: Saint Monica's is the oldest and only guild left at Holy Innocents. It consists of a group of women who have been together for a long time and are always anxious to meet newcomers. The meetings are once a month, third Tuesday, 10:30 in Bishops Commons. The times may vary, because they do enjoy going out to lunch and going on field trips. A program is usually given by an outside speaker or one of our very own clergy. Light refreshments are served and the meeting is usually over before 12. The group gives to Emmaus House and Common Ground. The ladies are always ready to give a helping hand to anyone or any organization in need. All are welcome. Try us! Our next gathering will be on Tuesday, March 21 at 10:30am, in Bishop Commons. We hope to see you there!
Contact: Carolyn Yost
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; Kathy MacDonell; Bruce Mitchell; Caryn Bains; Marcie Ernst; friends and family including: Sawyer Josey; Helen Dixon; Ann Thompson, mother of Debbie Vaky; Ed and Mary Lou Jensen, parents of Carolyn Dwyer; Kin Craig, friend of Pat Harris; Scott Beard, husband of Bonnie Beard; Nancy Woodward, friend of Helen Johnson; Charles Larkin, brother of Steve Larkin; Jay Duryea, father of Mindy Duryea; Chad Myers; Chuck Arnold, friend of Bill Keeton; Mandy Mew, friend of Lisa Zaina; Ryan Alarcon; Ginger Hansborough; Larry Wheeler; Trudy Moll Crouch, mother of Brad Crouch; Margaret Collins, friend of Anne Summerlin; Andrew House, friend of Kyle Young; Phil Pressly, brother of Frank Pressly; Mary Vaughan; Tom Connolly, friend of Shiranne Simmons; Ryan Connolly, friend of Shiranne Simmons; ; and those receiving communion at home.
Prayers for those Who have died: We commend to your mercy all who have died including Charles Webster, uncle of Renee Peyton; 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, Jack Boger, Steven Leforge, Sean Graham, Charles Norris, and Brandon Rudder. 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.
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:
(2/1) William Aaron; William Hix; Robert Tucker; (2/2) Clifford Hoffman; Ashley Smith; Anna Weitnauer; (2/3) Mark Ballard; Elizabeth Garner; Ian Longley; Charles Lybrook; Phillip McCrorie; Justin Moseley; Lawson Rhea; Kyle Young; (2/4) Megan Crosby; Robert Eanes; Elizabeth McElroy; (2/5) Ryan Gunnigle; (2/6) Helen Allen; Judy Chandler; Ryan Purves; Stephen Taylor; Joseph Varner; (2/7) Stefan Fatzinger; Bryan McGee; Jean-Paul Richard; Elizabeth Stephenson; (2/8) Trevor Martin; Liza Mooney; Andrew Savula; Oscar Schlachter; Carole Shunnarah; Benjamin Trausch; (2/9) Scott Ediger; Paul Hamill; Linda Sutter; Carolyn Yost; (2/10) Beverly Dozier; Elizabeth Dozier; William Hollett; David Savula; Austin Smith; Charlie Smith; Carla Street; Jack Walz; (2/11) Sara Bowden; William Fanning; Madeline FitzGerald; Max Foley; David Luther; Briggs Peery; James Smith; Woodrow Smith; Tiffany Sykes; Donna Watkins; (2/12) Clare Coyne; Vaughn Moore; Joan Plunkett;
(2/14) Rosalyn Devine; Erin McCall; Eric Otness ; Joe Reynolds; Bernard Rolader; Ursula Simmons; Judy Sophianopoulos; James Stuckey; Luke Thompson; Ted Unger; (2/15) Diane Broyles; Lynn Cornett; Timothy Damewood; Colleen Grogan; Raymond Hart; Cindy Kilgallon; Barbara Swann; (2/16) Alison Johnston; Charles Mooney; Marc Schlachter; Harrison Young; (2/17) Christopher Bell; Bentley Boger; Christopher Burnett; Kathryn-Claire Crewdson; David Fluke; Teagan Johnson; Wesley Neece; Spencer Palladino; (2/18) Brandon Booker; Charlotte Gunnigle; Audrey Jarvis; Mike Kilgallon; Arthur Liang; Cole McCall; Sean McCarthy; Ryan Sokolowski; (2/19) Judy Blumenau; Karen Reuther;
(2/20) R. Lee; Thomas Orton; Sam Perry; Sarah Shainker; (2/21) Davis Esslinger; Mark Griffith; Kelly Keenan; Chase Pellettieri; Linda Seaborn; Ilah Wiemann; (2/22) Sara Eckman; Nina Guilford; Kalyn Nesbitt; Paul Warley; (2/23) Elizabeth Baylis; June Day; Elizabeth Harris; Robert Letzler; Jennifer Pritt; Henrietta Wright; (2/24) Jordan Hartley; Milly Peterson; Thomas Wells; (2/25) Collin Garner; Virginia Kirkland ;Marshall McArthur; Anne McCrystal; Dorothy Megel; Jessica Shainker; (2/26) Nicholas Ader ;Connie Brogdon; Holly Chesser; Emily Kallis; Karen Kallis; William MacIntyre; Dyrc McLeod; Eric Trevena; Robert Walker;
(2/27) Sharon Stribling; (2/28) Katherine Abreu; Emma Bell; Dabney Caldwell; James Devine; Anne-Marie Esslinger; Courtland Fanning; William Fanning; Kimberly Menefee; Daniel Palladino; Wayne Quigley; Giselle Singh; (2/29) Joseph Burford; Kit Reedy