Announcements for Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

The First Sunday of Advent

Worship

Welcome to Church of the Holy Apostles! This Sunday, December 3rd, is the First Sunday of Advent. The service will be Holy Eucharist, Rite II, at 10:00 a.m.  Our Guest Celebrant and Preacher is the Rev. Canon Kurt Berlenbach.  The Rev. Jane Gober will serve as Deacon. After the service, we will welcome a visit by St. Nicholas!

Morning Prayer: Next week, Tuesday through Friday in the church at 9:00 a.m.

Ordination to the Priesthood On December 9th at 4:00 p.m., our deacon-in-charge, James Stambaugh, will be ordained to the priesthood by the Rt. Rev. Daniel Gutiérrez.  The special service will take place here at Holy Apostles and all are welcome.  A reception will follow.

Next Sunday, December 10th, at the 10:00 a.m. service our rector, the Rev. James Stambaugh, having been ordained to the priesthood on December 9th, will serve as Celebrant at Holy Eucharist for the first time. Please join us on this second very special day!

Evening Family Worship will be held next Sunday, December 10th, at 5:30 p.m. An informal meal follows.

Sunday, December 24th is both Advent IV (in the morning) and Christmas Eve (in the late afternoon and evening). There will be Holy Eucharist, Rite II, as usual at 10:00 a.m. (but without choir) on the 24th, observing Advent IV. Christmas Eve services are Holy Eucharist, Rite II, at both 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. There will be Holy Eucharist at 9:00 a.m. on Christmas Day, Monday, December 25th (without choir).

Children & Youth

Childcare is available during the 10:00 service for children ages 3 and younger in the Godly Play Room.

Sunday School classes (preschool – 2nd grade and 3rd – 8th grade) are held on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Sundays of the month, beginning at 10:00 a.m., the same time as the church service starts; children join their parents in the church in time for communion. On 2nd Sundays children attend church with their parents, either the 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist service or the 5:30 p.m. Family Worship Service. When there is a 5th Sunday, children attend church with their parents, with some of the children taking part in leading the service.

Education

Join us for our next Christian Education Mini-Series: Theological Liner NotesWednesdays at 6:30pm on December 6th, 13th, 20th.  Together we will listen to some great music and then discuss how the music relates to the person and work of God as well as questions of meaning and purpose for humans. Some of the artists we will listen to include Bob Dylan, Beyonce, Dave Matthews, Regina Spektor, and Oliver Mtukudzi.  James is open for other suggestions.

Outreach & Service

On Monday December 11th at 6pm the Holy Apostles will hold its annual holiday meal with the East Parkside Resident’s Association. The group will be celebrating members of their community who are cancer survivors.  We will be bringing side dishes and uncooked (frozen or defrosted) turkeys to distribute as gifts.  A sign-up sheet will be posted in the parish hall, and we can travel together from church leaving at 5:30 pm to the Christ Community Baptist Church, 1224 N 41st St , Philadelphia, PA 19104.  If anyone is interested in being part of their entertainment program, or if there are other questions, please contact Joe Zorc at zorc@email.chop.edu .

Parish Life

The parish office will be open next week on Tuesday, December 5th, Wednesday, December 6th, and Friday, December 8th.

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