Episcopal Schools Celebration    November 13, 2022 
Click above to watch Bill's sermon and some terrific music by the combined choirs of Holy Innocents' Episcopal School. Episcopal Church and School
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Sunday November 20, 2022
 This Sunday we will celebrate Christ the King with the Premiere Brass Quintet and guest preacher the Rev. Dr. Robert S. Dannals. Bob was Interim Rector before Bill was called as rector. Father Dannals was the Rector at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, TX, with its congregation of over 7000, and at churches in North and South Carolina. He is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, with a DMin. from Drew University and a Ph.D. from Graduate Theological Seminary. Bob is a prolific writer and teacher and an advocate of outreach and social justice ministry. His published articles and books include I0Q:Ten Spiritual Essays on Life’s Questions, the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany Commentary in the New Westminster Biblical Preaching Commentary, and daily lectionary-based E-Devotions.

Welcome home Bob!

Restful Reflection by Megan
     It’s that exciting time of year when the obsessive house cleaning and repetitive trips to the grocery store take their place at the top of our to-do lists. We frantically figure out the number of diners joining our table while simultaneously researching new turkey recipes and football schedules. We pencil in play dates for our children during their break while trying to eliminate our own activities to make room for a break of our own. It's that exciting time of year again, and we can already feel the exhaustion seeping in.

     In one of the most memorized passages of the Bible, Psalm 23, King David takes on the form of a sheep led by his shepherd, the Lord; “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.” Knowing the life and role of a shepherd, David paints a picturesque scene of soft, green grass and calming, crystal-clear water where the shepherd forces the sheep to rest when it becomes too weary. The shepherd anticipates the need of the sheep and creates a space with abundant resources for the sheep to dwell.

     While we busy ourselves with endless tasks and rush from one store to another, it’s easy to forget that God has already provided us with everything we need to find rest. No, this doesn’t mean taking a nap in the grocery aisle or underneath the table after Thanksgiving dinner. This means God has given us Himself and the ability to find peace and rest through His presence in our every moment. This Thanksgiving holiday, be sure to find your “soft grass and still water moment” and take a few breaths with the Lord. He’s provided everything you need, so rest in Him and enjoy the holidays.
    Rest. Take care,
      Megan Atkinson
      Director of Children, Family, and Youth Ministries             

Young Adult Small Group | November 20
Seminarian Trey Davis is leading a Young Adult small group meeting today at noon at Mutation Brewery! Join us for faith, fellowship, and fun!

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! 
Stewardship Update

We are so thankful for the pledges and donations that we have recently received. As of November 15, we have 119 pledges for $1,606,700 to pay off our capital debt. In the last 5 weeks, donations have allowed us to pay down $555,157!

The interest rate on the loan has increased to 5.88% from 2.35% in April, so principal payments make a big difference. As for our 2023 operating budget, we have 161 pledges for $973,965. 

Please consider pledging if you have not pledged as we plan for the 2023 budget. Any amount you can give over the next three years will help us to be Set Free to Serve! If you have pledged already, thank you for your support! Make a pledge here. If you have questions please contact Caroline Fleming.
EYC: Trivia Night | November 20
Time to test your skills! The youth group is having a trivia night on Sunday, November 20th for our EYC gathering. All 6th-12th graders are invited to come to compete for some awesome prizes from 4:00-6:00 PM in Frost Youth Center. Friends are welcome, dinner is provided, and the cost is free. So grab your friends and don't forget to RSVP!
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Thanksgiving Food Drive for Emmaus House | November 20
Celebrating the holidays together is an important factor in maintaining family ties. Thank you to the 50 HI families who volunteered to fill 50 bags for our siblings at Emmaus House. Please make sure you return them to the information desk by Sunday, November 20.

Youth 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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Celebrating The Rev. John Porter's 40 Years of Ministry at Holy Innocents' | December 4
You are invited to help us honor the faithful, dedicated, and loving ministry of The Rev. John Porter on Sunday, December 4. As we close out our sesquicentennial year, join us for worship at 10:15 to celebrate John’s 56 years of ordained ministry and 40 years at Holy Innocents.
A Royal Visit | December 4
Join us for Formation at 9:00 AM with a visit from one of England's royal composers, Dr. Paul Mealor. In addition to being commissioned to write music for multiple royal occasions across the British royal family, Dr. Mealor is also a professor at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He will speak on one of his favorite topics: the intersection of faith and music. Seating will be at capacity, as the choir is also attending this talk, so we encourage you to come early.
CAC Adopt a Family for Christmas | December 4
Starting this Sunday, 11/13, you can adopt a child for Christmas by picking up a red envelope containing their wish list at the front desk in Bishop Commons. You are asked to spend about $75-100 per child. Gifts (unwrapped) must be brought to HI by Sunday, December 4th. Contact Doug Peterson |
St. Nicholas Sunday | December 4
On Sunday, December 4 we will celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas with a special Children's Chapel and then leave our shoes out for a fun treat from St. Nicholas! 
Youth: Small Group Sunday at Six Flags | December 4
All 6th-12th graders are invited to join us on December 4th for a special Small Group Sunday gathering as we head to Six Flags for their Holiday in the Park experience. Our small groups will stick together while they brave the roller coasters and enjoy the Christmas lights. We'll leave after the worship service and be back by 5:30 PM. The cost is $50 and includes transportation and your ticket. Please RSVP by November 28th.
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Children: Polar Express Christmas Party | December 10
Step onto the Polar Express at Holy Innocents and remember that we all believe! Join us on Saturday, December 10 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM for a very special Children’s Christmas event! Enjoy hot chocolate, cookie decorating, crafts, playing with snow, Christmas games, and letters to Santa. All Aboard! Cost $20, registration coming soon! 
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Lessons and Carols with the Georgia Boy Choir | December 11 
Friends of Music is proud to welcome the Georgia Boy Choir this advent season. Please join us for lessons and carols at 7:00 PM on December 11. 
Children's Christmas Pageant | December 24 
The children have been practicing and are so excited to perform on Christmas Eve! Family, friends, and guests are invited to the pageant and worship at 3:00 PM in the Nave.  
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.
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! 

This Sunday
8:00 AM: Worship, Christ Chapel
9:00 AM: Holiday Market, Inglett Hall
9:00 AM: Formation
    Faith and Fiction, Large Conference Room
    Children: Sunday School, Parish Hall Classrooms
    Youth: Sunday School, Frost Youth Center   
10:15 AM: Worship, Nave
12:00 PM: Young Adults Meeting, Mutation Brewery
4:00 PM: EYC: Trivia Night, Frost Youth Center

5:00 PM: Spanish-speaking Worship, Nave
6:00 PM: Celtic-style Worship, Christ Chapel
All Day: Still Processing, Ventulett Gallery 

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