Rector's Stewardship Update
Bill shares an update on our Set Free to Serve Campaign. Thank you!
Financial News
     It is hard to believe that November is around the corner.  Last Sunday was our ingathering day for pledges and we thank you for your pledges and commitment to the ministries of Holy Innocents. We have had an incredible response to our capital campaign goal and have received $1,513,750 in pledges!! We have already paid $400,000 towards the principle with payments we have received! The great news is that more of our monthly payments go toward the principle. With the increase in interest rates, paying sooner versus later makes a significant impact on our interest expense in the operating budget.  
     We have begun the annual operating budget process which is where our stewardship campaign is important. As of October 25, we have 101 pledges for $690,470 which includes 8 new pledges and 39 increased pledges. Thank you for pledging! For our 2022 operating budget, we had 236 pledges for $1,328,783. If you have not pledged, you can pledge online or fill out a card in the pew. Thank you!
Caroline Fleming | Parish Administrator, 404-751-2906.

This Sunday
8:00 AM: Worship, Christ Chapel
9:00 AM: Formation
    Adult: Faith and Fiction, Large Conference Room
  Adult: Seven Deadly Sins, Inglett Hall
    Children: Sunday School, Parish Hall Classrooms
    Youth: Sunday School, Frost Youth Center   
10:15 AM: Worship, Nave
11:00 AM: Harry Potter Party, Parish Hall
5:00 PM: Spanish-speaking Worship, Nave
6:00 PM: Celtic-style Worship, Christ Chapel
All Day: Still Processing, Ventulett Gallery 

Meditation from Renee

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” - Matthew 18:3-4

     In Children’s Chapel this week, I told the kids the story about when the disciples asked who was going to have the greatest position in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus responded by calling a child forth from the crowd and announcing that unless the disciples changed and became like children then they would not even enter the kingdom of heaven. At this point in the story, it was utter silence in Christ Chapel. Kids had wide eyes and jaws dropped as if they couldn’t even believe that this was a real story from the Bible. I went on to say that as grown-ups, we are constantly trying to grow our faith so that it can be as pure as a child’s. I explained to them that they had something naturally that was so great that even as adults, we strived to have it too. And therefore, each one of them had something to offer to the church that was worth even more than money. This is what the kids wrote on their pledge cards: hope, peace, love, kindness, sharing, etc. Things that are hard to quantify but are worth so much. 

     Changing and becoming like children is a very tall order. A child is naturally dependent on their parent. They don’t even question their dependence. They know that they are not powerful in the world, and they know that they are constantly learning. They are naturally humble. As we become adults, we become a lot more confident in our own powers and abilities rather than remaining reliant on God. These are the walls that are built up as we walk the road of life. We know the perfect reality of the peace that surpasses all understanding and yet daily we are faced with sorrow and sickness and grief that can seem unbearable at times. As we let go of earthly holdings, we are set free more and more. In the months and years ahead as we strive to be set free to serve, we can rest assured that is far easier to let go of our money than it is to let go of our more inner burdens. It is in this freedom that we find the joy of childhood imagination and play. So as we enter into the weekend of All Hallow’s Eve, I invite you to be set free and to become like children.

  With love,
  Renee Stephens
  Assistant Director of Children's Ministries 

Watch last Sunday's Kirkin' o' the Tartans and pledge ingathering!
Art Gallery Opening | October 27th 
Please join us from 6:00-8:00 PM for the opening of Dan Gilstrap’s Still Processing. Gilstrap is an Atlanta-based artist that focuses on the "ever-changing interpretation of the state and condition of the mythic black body." This is done through a series of abstract works ranging from black figures and features in vast spaces, making statement work that encourages the exploration of reality. 
All Hallow’s Eve Celebration No tricks just treats! Children and children at heart are invited to wear costumes to Sunday School and worship this Sunday, October 30!
Harry Potter Halloween Party | October 30
Mark your calendars for a magical morning for your child! Our annual Children's Halloween Party is coming up on October 30 from 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM! Pre-K through grade 5 is invited to join us for some faith, fun, and magic! Don't miss this magical morning of food, fun, and fellowship! The cost is $20. 
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BBQ for Haiti | November 5 
All-you-can-eat pork, brisket, and BBQ chicken tacos smoked by Craft BBQ. $40 a person or $120 a family at 4212 Regency Ct NW. Forging Futures was founded by John Porter and is dedicated to raising financial support to feed, educate, and empower children by maintaining schools and employing teachers in Leogane, Haiti. 
Outreach Project: Buddy Bags | November 6
Our youth have worked together to create an outreach opportunity for the church! Our students will be collecting items to create Buddy Bags for our unhoused friends in Atlanta until November 6. You can bring your items to church and drop them off in front of the Nave or use our Amazon Wishlist to have them shipped directly. After worship on November 6, the youth will assemble each bag and get them ready to disperse to our church members. Each person will receive one or two bags to keep in their car for when they encounter a buddy this winter.
Amazon Wishlist

All Saints Sunday Baptism | November 6 Our next date for baptism is All Saints Sunday, November 6. If you would like to have your child baptized or are interested in joining the church please contact Bianca Cato ( today. If you have other questions, please speak to Bill, Stewart, or Ruth. Click below to download the form.

Baptism Form
Episcopal School Sunday | November 13 
Join us for a celebration of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School and our shared ministry on this campus.  Youth from the school and church will teach in the Forum and sing with the choir!
Artist Market | November 20 
Shop till you drop on November 20! Select your one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts or personal treasures at our artist's market. The market will open at 9:00 AM and will include free coffee and some delicious breakfast purchases. Sales will continue after the 10:15 AM service concludes. 
Are you an artist, a crafter, a baker, or a jelly maker? Bring The work of your hands to market. The tables are free and we welcome you to join us. Email to reserve your spot! 

Thanksgiving Food Drive for Emmaus House | November 20
Emmaus House, where our friend the Rev. Kenya Thompson works, believes celebrating the holidays together is an important factor in maintaining family ties. With your help, we will help 50 families in need enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Please pick up a bag or two, which includes a list of items, to make all of their favorite side dishes. When you go shopping, pick out all the items from the list and add a prayer or two for the family who will receive it. Place the filled bags behind the information desk by Sunday, November 20.

Advent Fundraiser | November 27 
It’s time for our church-wide Advent Fundraiser! Last year we had a blast with live music, great food, and beautiful wreaths. Join us again on November 27 from 9:00-10:00 AM as we celebrate the season and prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ. Our youth will cook you breakfast for $5 online and $10 at the door. Advent wreaths are $15 with all proceeds going directly to the youth group. Please register by November 21! 
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Youth Ski Trip | January 13-16 
Our famous Youth Ski Trip is back! All 6th-12th graders and their friends are invited to join us over MLK weekend as we travel to West Virginia to hit the slopes, do some tubing, and have some snowball fights. The base cost is $485 per person and all participants must attend 4 Sunday school classes and 3 EYC events before departure. Register for this adventure by November 5th through the youth newsletter or our website. 
Annual Parish Retreat | February 10-12
Each year we get away for fellowship, worship, and fun together at Amicalola Falls. Registration coming soon, but mark your calendars now! 
Vestry Nominations
The Vestry’s charge is to keep the mission relevant and vital, plan strategically, assure operations are meeting our needs, finances are stable, and our parish’s goals are reflected in budgets for outreach, children/youth/family, music, worship, pastoral care, Christian formation, and buildings/grounds. A Vestry member must be 18 years or older, a confirmed, pledging member of our church with a record of attendance. Please contact James Gates, Kathie Larkin, Holly Chesser, or Tommy Newton, who comprise the Nominating Committee if you are willing to consider serving in this key leadership role at Holy Innocents. 
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