HI-Lights @ HIEC


HI-Lights @ HIEC

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8:00 am - Holy Eucharist (Christ Chapel)
9:00 am - Holy Eucharist (Nave)
11:15 am -
Holy Eucharist, Sung (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 click here.
Contact: Melissa Liipfert

MOVEABLE FEAST -  ST. FRANCIS PET BLESSING: On October 2, the Church observes the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, a feast that honors, the patron saint of animals & environment who could be viewed as the original Earth Day advocate. Francis’ devotion to God was expressed through his love for all of God’s creation. St. Francis cared for the poor and sick, he preached sermons to animals, and praised all creatures as brothers and sisters under God. Bring out your pets and celebrate the life of Saint Francis at the Pet Blessing on Sunday, October 2 at 4:00pm in the Memorial Garden. All pets are welcome! Afterwards we will have snacks and activities for people and pets alike. Click here to RSVP and to see a list of donations to bring for the Humane Society.
Contact: The Rev. Buddy Crawford.

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Actual Budget Actual Budget
Revenues $ 915,211 $ 954,565 $ 886,073 $ 997,661
Expenses $ 1,221,377 $ 1,176,384 $ 1,202,471 $ 1,204,030
Net ($ 306,166) ($ 221,819) ($ 316,398) ($ 206,369)

Dear Parishioners,

Above are the figures of the parish operating fund through the month of August, 2016. This update is to provide you with the financial figures for year-to-date 2016 as compared to the same time period in 2015. A second part to this update will be published next week. We plan to publish  these updates periodically throughout the year.

As the summer months have ended in 2016, revenues are slightly below budget by approximately 4.2% and expenses are above budget by approximately 3.8%. In 2015, revenues were approximately 12.2% below budget in the same time period. So, revenue improvement from last year was accomplished!

With that in mind, there was an increased emphasis to the parish earlier this year to consider paying the church earlier in the year than has been practiced in the past. As a result of this effort, the church is thankful to those that heard the message to reduce the church’s borrowing on the line of credit, primarily during the summer months. For that, we are most thankful!

When looking at the figures, you can see that the church runs a deficit throughout most of the year until the months of November and December. This is not uncommon for a church, knowing that parishioners pay more attention at year-end as the holidays near. Just so you know, your contributions to the church are most appreciated and needed to fulfill church payables.

~Rick Shunnarah~
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An update from the Wardens

HIEC will celebrate Michael’s ministry on Sunday morning, October 23. On this day there will be a schedule change in order to meet the needs of the celebration.  Morning services will be at 8 a.m and 10 a.m. with the celebration following the 10 a.m.  Planning for the celebration has begun and more details of what you can bring will be forthcoming soon. 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.” Please note: this is a change from prior instructions! Thank you.

With grateful hearts,

Marie Thomas, Senior Warden
Elaine Morgan, Junior 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

DISMANTLING RACISM NEWS-PILGRIMAGE: On October 22, the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta will take a bold step forward, beginning a three-year cycle of pilgrimage to Georgia sites of martyrdom - commonly known as lynching sites. Information on this first pilgrimage to Macon is available by clicking here.

MOVEABLE FEAST VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Make sure to put these dates on your calendar for this fall series of Moveable Feasts: Sunday, October 2: Pet Blessing; 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

Learn how to turn your own creative ideas and art into coloring pages you can share or sell at a workshop on Saturday mornings from 10:00am - 12:30pm on September 24 and October 1. Whether you’re a beginning doodler or an experienced artist, this workshop will teach you how to use doodling and other graphic design tricks to create your own coloring pages. Two-day workshop on consecutive Saturdays. The cost of this workshop is $85 and you can register online by clicking here. Registration deadline is Thursday, September 22.
Contact: Vanessa Lowry ( )

Create Halloween or Thanksgiving decor during this one day Doodling Pumpkins workshop taught by Vanessa Lowry on Saturday, October 8 at 10:00am. You’ll learn basic doodle shapes, simple lettering options, and tips for creating aesthetically pleasing designs. All the supplies you need for this workshop are included so you just show up and create. The cost of this workshop is $45 and you can register online by clicking here. Registration deadline is October 1.  
Contact: Vanessa Lowry

Join us for this free event the first Friday of each month. Bring your creative project to work on or artfully recharge with a coloring page we supply. Drop in for any amount of time between 10:30am – 12:30pm with your sketch pad, notebook, knitting, crochet, scrapbook, or whatever creative project you can easily pack up and bring along. Our next gathering will be on Friday, October 7.
Contact: Vanessa Lowry

DOODLING ORNAMENTS: Create holiday gifts and decor during this one day Doodling Ornaments workshop taught by Vanessa Lowry on October 22 at 10:00am. You’ll learn basic doodle shapes, simple lettering options, and tips for creating aesthetically pleasing designs. All the supplies you need for this workshop are included so you just show up and create. The cost of this workshop is $45 and you can register online at the Holy Innocents’ website. Registration deadline is October 15.  
Contact: Vanessa Lowry

Interested in beginning to acolyte this year? All acolytes (new and returning) are asked to attend one of two acolyte training sessions to be offered this fall: 1) Sunday, October 2 following the 11:15am service at approximately 12:45pm or 2) Wednesday, October 5 at 6:00pm. Food will be available at both training sessions. Please RSVP to Will about which training you’ll be attending! An online sign-up for Sunday serving slots for the fall can be found by clicking here.
Contact: Will Stanley

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!

EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY: EFM is a program for adult Christian formation administered by the School Of Theology at Sewanee. During a four year cycle, an EFM group reads the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament in community, studies two millennia of church history and engages several primary texts of practical theology. Theological reflection engages the group as we consider our actions, positions, and cultural influences. If the menu looks daunting, the reality is a group of friendly, open people who bond as friends and supporters of each other in our shared imperative to be the Body of Christ in our communities. We meet Wednesday evenings of the academic year from 6:45 till 8:45, starting September 07. Please consider joining us this year.
Contact: John Donnelly  (770) 630-0400 evenings.

FRIENDS OF MUSIC CONCERT: ROD HARRIS & FRIENDS: The Rod Harris Jr. Jazz Quintet will play in Inglett Hall on Sunday evening, October 9th at 7:30 pm. Harris, who resides in Atlanta, has performed and recorded with countless artists including jazz trumpeter Russell Gunn,  Eightball and MJG, saxophonist Warren Hill and Paul Taylor, smooth jazz pianist Marcus Johnson, the legendary Fred Wesley, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Grammy award winning singers Monica, Jennifer Holliday, Dionne Farris, and many others. Thanks to the Friends of Music, complimentary wine will be served at this event
Contact: David Brensinger

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 opening reception is October 6 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm and 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

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: Please join us! The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Tuesday, October 4 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, October 10, we will be discussing “The Children Act” by Ian McEwan. We hope to see you there. This month we will be meeting at the The Link Counseling Center. (348 Mount Vernon Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30328)
Contact: Nancy Binkow

WOMEN’S TIME OUT: All women of Holy Innocents’ are invited to attend Women’s Time Out on Thursday, October 20 at 7:00pm in Inglett Hall. Please bring a light appetizer and/or a bottle of wine to share. We welcome women from ALL age groups, so please join us for lively conversation and an opportunity to meet new friends.  Hope to see you there!
Contact: Lisa Van Devender

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. Stay tuned for more information.
For more information visit the HIEC website by clicking here.
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; Maddie Hamill; friends and family including: Sawyer Josey; Helen Dixon; Ann Thompson, mother of Debbie Vaky; Ed and Mary Lou Jensen, parents of Carolyn Dwyer; Carol Tuck, sister of Jeannie Longley; 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; and those receiving communion at home.

Prayers for those who have died: We commend to your mercy all who have died including Roger Reaves, cousin of Ursula and Earnest Simmons; Dorothy Jean Curry, mother of Todd Curry; 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 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: (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;