The Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents 

All Saints’ Day is a major feast day in the Episcopal Church. It is celebrated on the first Sunday in November, this year, Sunday, November 5th .

This day we honor our loved ones who have passed away. Remembering them through a gift to the Altar Guild will allow us to continue to provide the elements needed in our worship services.

These include candles, wine, host wafers, new linen when needed, flowers, oil for candles, care of vestments, etc.

Your gift to the Altar Guild will insure the setting of the Lord’s Table. Checks may be made out to Holy Innocents with a memo to All Saints’ Day.

Memorials received by Monday, October 29th will be acknowledged in the All Saints’ Sunday Bulletin.

Thank you, Melissa Wall and Jackie Sparks ~ Co-Chairs Altar Guild 

You are invited to come away from the Christmas frenzy for coffee, goodies at an

Advent Retreat

Saturday, Dec. 9th, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

at the home of Gerry Lutz 8 Mariner Lane, Peahala Park, LBI

Our theme will be hymns of the Advent season. 


Whichever service you choose to attend on Christmas Eve, you can be sure you will be making, and listening to, some wonderful music!

During our family service, at 4:15, special choral and instrumental musical offerings will be made. Our evening traditional service will begin at 7:30 with carol singing by both the congregation and the choir. The service begins at 8:00 with special music by guest instrumentalists and vocalists, in addition to our wonderful choir.

I am looking forward to celebrating with you! Ellen Dondero, Minister of Music 

The United Thank Offering Ingathering will be Sunday, November 19th.

The mission of The United Thank Offering is to expand the circle of thankful people. To achieve this mission, daily prayers, offerings, and the awareness of God's blessings are encouraged.

The United Thank Offering received $1,161,314.62 for grants in 2016. The grants were awarded to projects in 32 dioceses which included 25 located in The United States. The grants help build and renovate churches, schools, and clinics.

The award funds are derived from The United Thank Offering Ingathering of the well known and easily recognizable "blue boxes" from churches like ours.

If you need a "blue box", an envelope, or any information about The United Thank Offering, please contact Ruth McLaughlin ~ 492-8135


Please join us on Sunday, December 3rd, 4pm for our Annual Community Messiah Sing.

What a way to celebrate the holiday season!

Our guest choir and soloists will be The New Jersey Chamber Singers (NJCS), with conductor Reid Masters and organist Karen Miske. The evening will include holiday selection by NJCS.

If you are a singer, you are invited to bring a score (if you don’t have one, you may borrow one from us!) and sing along. If you would rather not sing, please join us anyway. We will have special seating for our non-singers, which will allow them to better appreciate the beautiful music that is created.

A free will offering will be taken and naturally, there will be a smashing reception in Martin Hall following the “sing”.

Please take time to join us for this event. It is not to be missed!

Celebrate all that we have to be thankful for through music! Ellen Dondero, Minister of Music


Our Annual Veterans Day Evensong to honor our war veterans and all military!

We encourage all community members to attend this service which will include special patriotic music by the Holy Innocents Choir and Lighthouse Brass. 

First of all, a big Thank You to all who signed up to host Coffee Hours during the summer! It is much appreciated. As the fall schedule begins, the sign up calendar outside Martin Hall will reflect the Sundays that are open and those that are filled by the Vestry, Sunday School and Altar Guild. Usually, these slots are filled in for three months at a time. Any remaining Sundays are free to sign up. Help is always available for coffee making and set up. Working together with a few friends makes it fun and lessens the load, as well! Thanks,  

Ellen Kehr ~ 814 598 4973


This is the first year that Holy Innocents has participated in Samaritan's Purse.

Shoe boxes for children are filled with small toys (dolls, stuffed animals, balls, cars, games, cards) toiletries (soap, wash cloths, tooth brushes, combs, hair brushes) school supplies (pencils, erasers, sharpeners, small note books, crayons, books) and clothing (flip-flops, hair bands, socks, hats, sun glasses).

These shoe boxes are sent to third world countries to children with a Christian message of God's love for them.

All donations need to be in Martin Hall by Sunday, November 12th.

Ruth McLaughlin