Holy Innocents’ — Making Its Mark
The Rev. Dr. Bob DAnnals
The center aisle of Holy Innocents’ is symbolic, iconic of the life-transforming events that happen there — It’s the walk of decision, of commitment, of action. While the walk in our space is not long, it is down the aisle that we make choices each and every week to hear again the gospel and respond....
Click Here to Read More
NOTICE!: The church office will be closed this coming Monday, February 19 in observance of President's Day.
UPDATE FROM THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE: The Nominating Committee for the New Rector Search for HIEC is pleased to report that we have completed our application evaluation. We have been blessed with a truly outstanding group of candidates. The parish visits were completed in January. The Committee then reconvened. All of us had the opportunity to listen to sermons preached by the priests, and after much conversation and prayer, we agreed on a subset of those priests to invite to visit Holy Innocents’ so the Committee could meet the candidates and the candidates could visit our church and see Sandy Springs. We are in the process of arranging said visits. Following this we will meet again to finalize the candidates. At that point we will present to the Vestry a slate of candidates, any of whom we believe would be an excellent fit with our parish. We once again express our deepest thanks and appreciation to the Parish Profile Committee for all of the groundwork they did in getting us to this point. We have drawn heavily on that document to guide us in this journey. We also wish to express thanks to the Vestry for all of their efforts on our behalf. We ask for your continued prayers and support as we move forward in this mutual discernment process.
A DEVOTIONAL MADE BY YOU: Our Lenten Reflections booklet has been made a reality, and it's all thanks to the members and staff of our church. Take a look at the digital version by clicking HERE
BRAND NEW BABY GOLDEN BEAR: People of Holy Innocents'! We are pleased to announce that HI Middle School Chaplain, the Rev. David Wagner and his wife, Kathleen, have given birth to their first-born child, a healthy girl named Hayes Amelia Wagner.
We celebrate with the Wagner family!
FINANCIAL NEWS FOR JANUARY: A financial endowment is a donation of money or property to a nonprofit organization. It is structured so that the principle amount is kept intact while the income is available for use allowing the donation to have an impact over a longer period of time. The Holy Innocents’ Church Endowment Fund was established in 2002. The balance of the fund as of 12/31/2017 was $1,640.728. In 2017, $43,049 was dispersed to the church from the fund. If you would like more information or to make a donation to the church’s endowment fund please email or call Caroline Fleming or John Harris.
Contact: Caroline Fleming ( - 404.751.2906)
John Harris ( )
ADULT FORMATION & FAITH FORUMS: Join us for interesting and engaging classes for our community on Sunday mornings from 10:10am - 11:00am. To check out our newest offerings, click HERE
A CASE FOR LIFE - DEATH PENALTY DISCUSSION AND BOOK SIGNING: Hear first-hand perspectives from lawyers, a supreme court justice, and faith leaders on the need to end the death penalty. Join us for a discussion on February 15 from 6:00pm-9:00pm at Holy Innocents’. A reception and book signing of A Case for Life: Justice, Mercy, and the Death Penalty will follow. This event is free and open to the public. To register, click HERE
LENTEN QUIET DAY: The Rev. Ruth Pattison will lead a morning quiet day on Saturday, February 17 from 9:00am-1:00pm in our small conference room focused on WATER, which holds all the promise and discipline of our Lenten journey. For more info or to sign up, click HERE
PARISH RETREAT TO HAITI... MORE INFO!: This pilgrimage will take place March 3-6 (Saturday-Tuesday) and the long weekend will include: a Haitian Episcopal church service at St. Mattieu, followed by lunch at the rectory on Sunday; visits to two Episcopal schools on Monday; and shopping for art and exploring Petionville before flying back to Atlanta on Tuesday. For more info, click HERE
Contact: John Porter ( )
Patrick Chesser ( )
SAVE THE DATE!: The Men of Holy Innocents’ annual retreat will be held April 13-15 at Lake Logan Episcopal Center in the mountains of western North Carolina. Lake Logan offers a beautiful lake, comfortable lodging, dining and gathering facilities. Our weekend includes opportunities for spiritual growth, fishing, golf, hiking, an Asheville excursion, and fellowship. More info to come soon, so keep an eye out.
Contact: John Harris
VBS SAVE THE DATE: Mark your calendars for this year's Vacation Bible School which will be June 4-8 for rising k-5th graders. We can't wait to have your kids join us this summer. To sign up, click HERE
SHOPPING PERIOD: Ever think about helping teach a Sunday school class or serving as a sub when teachers are out? Take advantage of a new program called the Shopping Period! Pick one or more children or youth classes to shadow as many times as you like during the months of February through May. Talk to the teachers, hang out with the kids, and see if this is something God is calling you to do. Email Megan to sign up!
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!
BREAKFAST FOR HORIZON'S STUDENTS: Horizons students will be back on campus for Super Saturday on February 24. Sign up to help our students start the day right with hot breakfast! Drop off at HIES at 8:30am. Contact Karen Calhoun to volunteer.
Huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Christmas Gift Wrap project! Thanks to your generosity we raised just over $1000, which will cover summer field trips for 7 students. See you in December!
Contact: Karen Calhoun ( / 770-355-4805)
OPPORTUNITIES AT CAC: The Community Assistance Center (CAC) brings together the Sandy Springs and Dunwoody communities to provide compassionate assistance to neighbors in need by providing financial support, helping to meet basic needs and promoting self-reliance. There are many ways to contribute to CAC from volunteering time to taking part in food drive challenges! For more info, click HERE
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
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.
VISITING CHOIR TO HI: This Sunday we welcome the Christ Church Choir, Winnetka, Il, Richard Clemmitt, Organist/choirmaster, and Jay Peterson, Organ Associate to Holy Innocents'. They will sing for the 9:00am liturgy and will sing Evensong at the Cathedral of St. Philip later that day. We’re grateful to them for enhancing our liturgy with their music!
"REQUIEM" BY JOHN RUTTER: The Parish Choir will be joined by members of the Atlanta Symphony on Sunday, February 25 at 7:30pm in the Nave. This will be a meaningful musical offering for the Lenten season, so please join us!
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!
MEN OF HIEC 3RD FRIDAYS: The next meeting will be Friday, February 16 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.
ST. MONICA’S GUILD: The women of St. Monica’s will meet Tuesday, February 20 at 11:30am at Zafron restaurant in Sandy Springs for their monthly meeting. Join the oldest guild at Holy Innocents’ for a delicious lunch.
Contact: Carolyn Yost
MEN'S OTHER FRIDAYS BIBLE STUDY: Supplementing the Men of HIEC "3rd Fridays", the Men's Other Fridays Bible study is held on the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and sometimes 5th Fridays in Frost Youth Center starting at 7:00am. Their next meeting will be February 23.
*** On Friday, March 2, the Other Fridays Bible Study will begin a new book entitled Stories Jesus Still Tells: The Parables by John Claypool. If you would like a copy, please contact Melody McNeil.
Contact: Melody McNeil
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: The Guild of Knitters meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Open to all, the Prayer Shawl Ministry offers a chance for service to others as well as a time for socializing! Their next meeting is on March 6. All skill levels are welcome :)
Contact: Kathie Larkin
READING CONNECTIONS: The women's book club will meet on March 12 from 6:00pm-7:30pm in Bishop Commons to discuss the book Desert Queen - Life of Gertrude Bell by Janet Wallach. We hope you will join us for in depth discussions and good company!
Contact: Rosie Bullard
MEN'S DINNER AND A BOOK: The next Men's Dinner and a Book meeting is March 13 from 6:30pm-9:00pm to discuss The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. 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.
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, Marilyn Thomas, Kenneth Brown, Raymond White; 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, Phil Pressly, brother of Frank Pressly, Kevin O’Neill, friend of Linda Foster, Jeff Rogerson, friend of Charles Crosby, Jeffrey Hill, brother of Pete Hill, Joe Watkins, friend of Libby Lindsay, Joni House, Mary Jackson, sister of Liza Avery, Carol Lyden Foulkes, sister of Patricia Bingham, Janet Morgan, friend of Penny Kinsey, Lynette Washington, friend of Pamela McKinstry, Ruth Crook, mother of Scott Crook, Kris Tiegreen, niece of Alan and Nancy Tiegreen; 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 THOSE WHO HAVE DIED: We commend to your mercy all who have died including Earle Benjamin Blomeyer 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:
(2/1)William Aaron, Robert Tucker (2/2) Clifford Hoffman (2/3) Mark Ballard, Elizabeth Garner, Charles Lybrook, Phillip McCrorie, Justin Moseley, Lawson Rhea, Kyle Young (2/4) Megan Crosbey, Robert Eanes, Elizabeth McElroy (2/6) Helen Allen, Judy Chandler, Stephen Taylor, Joseph Varner (2/7) Stefen Fatzinger, Bryan McGee, Elizabeth Stephenson
(2/8) Liza Mooney, Andrew Savula, Carole Shunnarah, Benjamin Trausch (2/9) Scott Ediger, Paul Hamill, Linda Sutter, Carolyn Yost (2/10) Beverly Dozier, Elizabeth Dozier, William Hollett, David Savula, Jack Walz (2/11) William Fanning, Briggs Peery, Donna Watkins (2/12) Clare Coyne, Vaughn Moore, Joan Plunkett (2/13) Alison Sugg (2/14) Rosalyn Devine, Erin McCall, Eric Otness, Joe Reynolds, Bernard Rolader, Ursula Simmons, Judy Sophianopoulos, Luke Thompson, Luciana Vacca, Carol Vacca
(2/15) Lynn Cornett, Colleen Grogan, Raymond Hart, Barbara Swann (2/16) Charles Mooney, Marc Schlachter, Harrison Young (2/17) Christopher Bell, Bentley Boger, Christopher Burnett, David Fluke, Teagan Johnson, Wesley Neece, Spencer Palladino (2/18) Brandon Booker, Cole McCall, Sean McArthy, Ryan Sokolowski (2/19) Judy Blumenau (2/20) R. Lee, Thomas Orton (2/21) Davis Esslinger, Mark Griffith, Chase Pellettieri
(2/22) Laurie Bradley, Paul Warley (2/23) Elizabeth Baylis, June Day, Elizabeth Harris, Robert Letzler (2/24) Mary Peterson, Thomas Wells (2/25) Colin Garner, Virginia Kirkland, Anne McCrystal (2/26) Nicholas Ader, Holly Chesser, Emily Kallis, Karen Kallis, William MacIntyre, Dyrc McLeod, Eric Travena, Robert Walker (2/27) Sharon Stribling (2/28) Emma Bell, Dabney Caldwell, James Devine, Anne-Marie Esslinger, Courtland Fanning, William Fanning, Kimberly Menefee, Daniel Palladino (2/29) Joseph Buford, Kit Reedy