Christmas Review

Bill and I looked at each other in the sacristy after the services on Christmas night. Either one of us could have broken into tears or laughter at that moment. We both reflected on just how blessed we are to be a part of this Holy Innocents' Church family. You really are extraordinary!

So thank you. To all of you who played a part in making the services so beautiful - your creativity and hard work are inspiring. The music, the flowers, the hospitality, the smiles, the hugs. Our children telling the Good News of the birth of the Christ Child in the manger and all the parents and patient teachers keeping watch - you brought the joy and the laughter. Thank you.

And your generosity is also unmatched. From my fresh perspective, I am still in awe and wonder. You have pledged over $1.8 million toward retiring our debt. We are going to do this! The possibilities are endless once we are truly set free to serve. Every dollar we pay now will help as our interest rates rise. We are so grateful to those who have been able to give. And we're closing in quickly on our goal for our 2023 Operating Budget. Some of you have to wait until January, and we understand, but the Vestry does have to make some decisions in the coming weeks. If you can make your pledge soon, we would be grateful. 

And finally to our incredible staff. You have responded with persistence and creativity so many different times. The word 'pivot' is no longer adequate. You are always on your toes and willing to say yes every time someone asks for help. We look forward to what 2023 has in store for us all. 

To God be the Glory for all these many gifts!
God bless you and your families. Happy New Year!
     (Go Dawgs!)

P.S. Bill is on vacation with his family in Memphis, but I look forward to preaching on Sunday morning as we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Name. "After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb." Luke 2:21.  

P.S.S. I hope you will bring a fun holiday dish for our 9:00 am informal potluck in Inglett Hall! (Go Dawgs!)


ATTENTION... The Church received a stock donation through Morgan Stanley without the owner's information. Please contact Caroline Fleming if you are the donor. 

New Year's Day 
January 1, 2023

8:00 am Holy Eucharist
in Christ Chapel
9:00 am Potluck Brunch
in Inglett Hall
10:15 am Holy Eucharist
in the Nave
5:00 pm Spanish Service
in the Nave
6:00 pm Celtic Service
in Christ Chapel

Stewardship Update

So far you have generously pledged over $1,851,320 to pay off our capital debt. The interest rate on the loan for building renovations has increased greatly, so principal payments make a big difference. As for our 2023 operating budget, we have over $1,129,510 in pledges!
Thank you! 

Please consider pledging making a pledge here so that we can be Set Free to Serve!
Click to watch the children's Christmas Pageant! 
Men's Dinner and a Book | January 10
The next Men's Dinner and a Book is Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30 pm and the book is "Never” by Ken Follett.  Donley Klein is hosting.  If you would like to attend, please contact Jeremy Webber at for details.  All men at Holy Innocents are included and invited.
Lift Every Voice and Sing | January 20 
Postponed from the pandemic, this interfaith event will feature a new Spelman College arrangement on “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by Dr. Kevin Johnson, Director of the Spelman College Glee Club. We will be joined by multiple choral ensembles for this event, accompanied by gospel instrumentalists. Join us at 7:00 PM at Sisters Chapel, Spelman College. 
Women of HI: The Dignity Lens | January 26
Come join the Women of Holy Innocents for dinner and inspiration! Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright will be speaking on "The Dignity Lens: Bridging the Gap between your Hopes and Reality." Don't miss this special opportunity to learn effective strategies for living a more authentic life. The event is on Thursday, January 26th at 6:00 PM in the Bishop Commons. The cost is $25; it includes dinner and a presentation. Registration coming soon.
Annual Parish Retreat | February 10-12
We’ve reserved a spot for you at our Annual Holy Innocents’ Parish Retreat at Amicalola Falls State Park on February 10-12, 2023. This is simply a time of fun, fellowship, rest, worship and renewal together with your church family. There are activities for children and youth as well as the young at heart. What does it mean to have Open Minds and Full Hearts? Join us as we delve deeper into our church’s tag line. Our new Vicar Stewart will coordinate the retreat year with a fun planning team.
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This Week

8:00 AM   Worship  Christ Chapel
9:00 AM   Adult Formation  Large Conference Room
    Children’s Sunday School  Parish Hall Classrooms
    Youth Sunday School  Frost Youth Center
10:15 AM   Worship  Nave
5:00 PM   Spanish-speaking Worship  Nave
6:00 PM   Celtic style Worship  Christ Chapel

The office will close at noon on December 30. 
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