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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)

“Give Me One Thing More — A Grateful Heart”


The Rev. Dr. Bob DAnnals

“Thou that has given so much to me, give one thing more — a grateful heart.”

The Anglican poet George Herbert, who four hundred years ago, captured with those prayerful words one of life’s deepest truths: that of all gifts the greatest is gratitude...

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

Our office hours will change next week because of the Thanksgiving holidays. We’ll be open regular hours Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday we are open until noon. Thursday and Friday we will be closed.

THE JOY OF GIVING: Have you seen our pledge counter? We are keeping track of our 2018 annual pledge and dollar total, and we thought we’d share HIEC’s progress towards our goals with this visual representation. So far, we have 151 pledges which totals up to $788,222. Thank you for your continued generosity! We couldn’t do it without you.

Please give a warm welcome to our new “official” members to Holy Innocents Episcopal Church:

Nicole Brandt Rash transferring from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Walhalla, South Carolina
Thomas Terrell Johnson, Jr. (Terrell) transferring from Church of the Good Shepherd in Augusta, Georgia
Douglas (Doug) and Kimberly (Kim) Peterson, son Douglas and daughter Mary, all join us from Christ Church Winnetka Episcopal in Winnetka, IL

Join us on November 30 at 11:30am in Inglett Hall for a delicious luncheon and program featuring Bob Dannals speaking on "Treasure: Past, Present, and Future." Cost will be $8, and reservations may be made to Melody McNeil by email or by calling 404-255-4023 by November 27.
Contact: Melody McNeil

 Join us on Wednesday, December 6 for a home-cooked meal and stay to make Chrismons (Christian symbols used as Christmas ornaments) for your tree at home and the trees here at church. Dinner will be served starting at 5:15pm. To RSVP, click HERE

CATHEDRAL BOOKSTORE HART READERS EVENT: The Hart Readers will discuss The Last Ballad on December 7 at 6:30pm in the Walthour Library at St. Philip's Cathedral. This eagerly awaited new novel, by New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash, is set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and was inspired by actual events. Book discussion will be led by The Rev. David Wagner, Chaplain, Holy Innocents' Episcopal School. To pick up a copy of the book, click HERE

On Dec 9, HIEC will join with parishioners from St. Patrick's for an Advent quiet day from 9:00am-1:00pm. Led by the Rev. Ruth Pattison, the day will include creative activities, scripture, reflections, and contemplative time. We hope that by joining with fellow Episcopalians we will find new insights as we journey together to greet the Christ child. Bring your lunch - drinks are provided! To RSVP, click HERE
Contact: Buddy Crawford

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, December 10 at 9:45am , following a greatly abbreviated 9:00am liturgy. The treasurer, wardens, and Interim Rector will make reports, and we will introduce and vote on the new vestry members. Following the meeting, all are invited to celebrate Advent Lessons and Carols with Eucharist at 11:15am, featuring our combined choirs!

CAROLS & COOKIES: T’was the week before Christmas and where were all the HIEC parishioners? Singing carols and enjoying cookies of course! Please join us after the 9am service in Bishop Commons on December 17 as we come together to celebrate the Christmas season. Cookies will be provided, but please consider bringing some sweets to share - homemade or not! Also, plan to do some holiday shopping as the Cathedral Bookstore will be with us that day with an assortment of gifts.

GIVING THANKS FOR LAKE FOREST: “Excelente!” That’s how Laura Lavoie enthusiastically responded when asked what she thought about the Thanksgiving dinner and celebration at Lake Forest Elementary School, whose
student population is 81% Hispanic, last Thursday. Laura teaches 5th grade at the Sandy Springs school and served as co-chair this year. Holy Innocents’ annually partners with the school and a dozen local restaurants and stores, which donate the food, to host the event. Nearly 500 children, their families and teachers were treated to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in the school’s cafeteria, festively decorated by parents. Music and dance by LFES students capped the evening’s entertainment. “I was just overwhelmed with happiness throughout the evening,” said Ms. Lavoie. “It was amazing how many Holy Innocents’ people were there to volunteer.” (More than 50 parishioners of all ages participated.) Food preparation and service was again overseen by Corporate Executive Chef of Arby’s Inc., Neville Craw, and his team of professionals. The Rev. Lisa M. Zaina and Jess Ruiz represented the clergy/staff of HI. “This is a great evening,” said Lake Forest’s principal, Taylor Barton. “It’s a perfect example of what can happen when a community
comes together.” – Bill Bentz

The HI staff would like to thank Bill and Allen Wallace who worked diligently to coordinate the event. Great job you two!

2018 PARISH RETREAT UPDATE: You've saved the date (Feb. 9-11, 2018) and now we have more details about the Parish Retreat. It will be at Amicalola Falls - just one hour from Atlanta! - and will feature as speaker The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Park of Grace Church, Gainesville. Come as early as Friday night; program begins at noon Saturday, and the weekend will conclude with Eucharist Sunday morning. Accommodations will be in the lodge or cabins. More info and reservation form coming soon!

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. To order online, click HERE

HI Youth are invited to hang out and catch up with friends during our new Friday Hangout event. Join us on December 1 from 6:00pm-8:00pm in Frost Youth Center for some fun! Don't forget to bring $10 for food. For questions or more info, please contact Megan Petenbrink.

Join us after the 9:00am service on December 3 in Parish Hall for our annual breakfast fundraiser to support our ministries with young people. We'll also be making Advent wreaths, making this even fun for the whole family! All materials will be provided for wreaths, but feel free to bring in greenery from home to supplement! To RSVP, click HERE
Contact: Megan Petenbrink 

Have some Christmas shopping to do or want to have a date night but have little ones to look after? Send your Elementary children to the church to be cared for by the youth and adult volunteers! This fundraiser costs only $20 per child and involves a fun evening for your children, dinner provided, and a night off for you! Drop off your kids at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall on Friday, December 8 and pick them up at 9:00pm. RSVP by clicking HERE!

The youth are taking a drive through a Christmas light display in a fur bus! Watch a Christmas movie, sip hot coco, and enjoy the lights from the comfort of a decked out bus! The bus will pick the youth up in the church parking lot on December 16 at 6:30pm and will drop them off at 9:30pm. A minimum of 24 youth must sign up for this event to occur. To RSVP, click HERE
Contact: Megan Petenbrink 

Calling all families! Come join us for this year’s Christmas Pageant on Christmas Eve. Let your child play the role of an angel, shepherd, or animal as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ together. We hope to see you on December 24 at the 3pm service.
Contact: Megan Petenbrink 

YOUTH SKI RETREAT: It's time to start thinking about the youth ski retreat! This year, the retreat will be January 13-15 and will take place in West Virginia. If you have a youth in 6th-12th grade who would like to go, please email Megan ASAP. The price for the trip will be estimated as soon as Megan gets a better idea of how many youth want to attend. Remember, friends are always welcome!
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!

Support Horizons families this Christmas by sponsoring a student or selecting a gift. To see student wish lists or to purchase online, click HERE Join us on December 14 to help distribute gifts to families at the annual Horizons family Christmas party! The party will be from 6:00pm- 8:00pm in the HIES Dining Hall. See you then!
Contact: Karen Calhoun

READING BUDDIES @ LAKE FOREST ELEMENTARY: Support a Horizons student by becoming a Reading Buddy! Buddies meet with their assigned student weekly throughout the school year. Lunch time slots available. Contact Karen Calhoun for more info.
Contact: Karen Calhoun

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

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.

CHILDREN'S & YOUTH CHOIR: Wednesday children and youth choir activities are in full effect 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!


Supplementing the Men of HIEC "3rd Fridays", the Rev. Bob Dannals offers a men's Bible study on the other Friday mornings of each month. The next meeting will be November 24 at 7:00am in Frost Youth Center.
Contact: Melody McNeil

READING CONNECTIONS: The women's book club will meet on December 11 for their Christmas party. Join them for wine and holiday treats in Bishop Commons starting at 6:30pm. Hope to see you then!
Contact: Rosie Bullard

ST. MONICA'S GUILD: The women of St. Monica's will meet for a Christmas luncheon at Kate Dangler's home to celebrate the holidays on December 12 starting at 11:30am. We hope you join us! For more info, Contact Carolyn Yost.
Contact: Carolyn Yost

MEN OF HIEC 3RD FRIDAYS: The next meeting will be Friday, December 15 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.

FAB 40'S: The women of the Fab 40's supper club will meet at Kate Dangler's home for their Christmas party on December 16 at 6:30pm. Please join us for our holiday celebration! For more info, Contact Carolyn Yost.
Contact: Carolyn Yost

MEN'S DINNER AND A BOOK: The next Men's Dinner and a Book meeting is January 9 from 6:30pm-9:00pm. This meeting's book is entitled Conclave: a novel by Robert Harris. All men at Holy Innocents' are included and invited to attend! For more info, please contact Jeremy Webber
Contact: Jeremy Webber

WOMEN'S WISDOM CIRCLE: 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, Laura Martin, Jack Wagner, Marilyn Thomas, Cole Stratton, Doug Fluke; 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, 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, Nadine Bishop, friend of Lynne Eckman, Kevin O’Neill, friend of Linda Foster, Jeff Rogerson, friend of Charles Crosby, Trudy and Ed Crouch, parents of Brad Crouch, Jeffrey Hill, brother of Pete Hill, Joe Watkins, friend of Libby Lindsay, Perry Gooch, nephew in law of Carolyn Dwyer, JB Watson, Joni House, Mary Jackson, sister of Liza Avery; 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 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 THE MARRIAGE: Of Anna Marie Sokolowski and Bertram Chase Fulbright on December 9.

PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED: We commend to your mercy all who have died including Robert Thompson, brother of Debbie Vaky; 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:

 (11/1) Alexander Draper, Jessica Orton, Lillian Thomas, Cadence van der Grinten, Susan Winton(11/2) Susan Pellettieri, Dylan Peters, Amy Schwartz (11/3) Elizabeth Brown, David Calhoun (11/4) john baskin, Wayne Johnson, Beverly Knight, Carol Vacca (11/5) Alice Ball, Christopher Burnett, Jess Smith, Robert Watts, Brent Wouters (11/6) Catherine Bennett, Deborah Brock, Victoria Durst, Mathew Hickey, Cristina Visperas (11/7) Lilia Romero, Joan Stratton

 (11/8) Michael McDonald, Bart Miller, Scott Perry (11/9) John Howton, Jonathan Letzler, Hugh Mooney, Rebecca Peters (11/10) Cole Carter (11/11) Lindsey Binkow, Sean Graham, John Sutter (11/12) Zoe Boger, Beverly Dayries, Carlos Diaz, Gail Kelley, Allan Rosen (11/14) Patrick Chesser, Denise Millichap, Douglas Peterson, Daphne Thrasher, Dan Warner

 (11/15) Dorothy Callahan, William West (11/16) William Dixon, Colin Maher, Kerry Perry (11/17) Alix Draper, Mary-Crawford Esslinger, Andrew Stevenson, Ed Williams (11/18) Catherine Dixon, Thomas Schaefer, Karl Welsher (11/19) Forrest Hobbs (11/20) Elizabeth Nuzzaco, Emma Rolader, Jay Rolader, Lee Rolader (11/21) Douglas Fluke, William Gurley, Ann Hobbs, Andrew Watts

 (11/22) Amy Abney, Elizabeth Barstow, Avery Calhoun, Louis Craig, Alan Elebash, Jeffrey Kershaw, Michael Knight, Marshall McArthur, Mary McCrystal (11/23) Mary Clark, Elizabeth Donnelly, Harry Homer, Christopher Protos, Cole Stratton, Judith Toledo (11/24) Susan Fochtman, Reid Waller (11/25) Robert Beard, Gordon Clarke, Judy Fielder, Colin Kelly, Hayley Kelly, Disa Mason, Elaine Moore, Jeff Simmons, Susanne Sokolowski, Jeremy Weber (11/26) Katheryn Amengual, John Boger, Olivia Boger, Marleen Buford, Patricia Connor, Allie Creekmuir, Ferrell Moultrie, Angela Williams, Ava Windley (11/27) Bonnie Beard, Juliet Thompson (11/28) Anita Brensinger, Margaret Martin, Joseph Stockert

 (11/29) Cameron Baskin, Gregory Binney, Gerald Stapleton, Claire Taylor, Paul Warley, Isabelle White, Muriel Wilks (11/30) Mary Anne Ericson, Brenda Letzler, Christopher Mitchell