Announcements – 2/4/2018

This Week at Holy Apostles

Sunday, Feb. 4th             10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Celebrant: The Rev. James Stambaugh, Rector

11:15 a.m. Altar Guild Meeting

Monday, Feb. 5th                 Office Closed

Tuesday, Feb. 6th                9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

   10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Office Hours

   5:30 p.m. Darby Mission Meal (meet at church 5:00 p.m. & ride over)

Wednesday, Feb. 7th           7:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Thursday, Feb. 8th              9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

Friday, Feb. 9th                    9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Office Hours

Saturday, Feb. 10th             9:30 a.m. Absalom Jones Service

(8:30 a.m. meet at church to ride to Cathedral)

Sunday, Feb. 11th                 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Celebrant: The Rev. James Stambaugh, Rector

Deacon and Preacher: The Rev. Jon Musser

5:00 p.m. Youth Group & Confirmation Class begins

5:30 p.m. Family Evening Service



We are blessed to have two special guests coming to Holy Apostles this month!

Sunday, February 11, we will welcome a special guest preacher and deacon, the Rev. Jon Musser.  Jon is a seminary classmate of Fr. James who currently serves as the Administrative Coordinator for Worship, Chapel, and Community Engagement at Virginia Theological Seminary and deacon at All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, MD.

Sunday February 25 we will welcome a special guest preacher, Dr. Megan McKenna.  Dr. McKenna is a prominent Biblical scholar, theologian, and Roman Catholic lay person.  She is the author of a number of books.   Dr. McKenna will leading a diocesan clergy study day on Saturday, Feb. 24, and will be joining us for worship the following day.

Ash Wednesday at Holy Apostles:

Wednesday, February 14 is Ash Wednesday.  [The feast of St. Valentine, martyr and deacon of Rome is officially transferred to February 15].  There will be a number of opportunities for worship and reflection on this very holy day:

6:30 a.m. ~ 8:45 a.m….Ashes to Go: Imposition of Ashes without a service at the                                          Penfield Station of the Norristown Trolley

9:15 a.m………………Liturgy with Imposition of Ashes, no Eucharist

12:15 p.m…………….Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes

6:30 p.m………………Holy Eucharist with music and the Imposition of Ashes

Acolyte Training: Anyone in 3rd grade and older, including adults, is welcome to participate in an Acolyte Training Session on Sunday, February 25th at 5:30 p.m.

Children & Youth

Today is Scouting Sunday!  Holy Apostles seeks to support our children and youth!

Confirmation class will begin February 11 at 5 p.m.  We will meet briefly before the normally scheduled Family Evening Worship.  Confirmation classes will be the second and fourth Sundays of each month at 5 p.m.  All children and youth 5th grade and up (at parent’s discretion) are welcome to attend, even those who are not seeking confirmation.

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

Sunday School classes (preschool – 2nd grade and 3rd – 8th grade) are held routinely on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Sundays of the month, be- ginning 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.


Our next Darby Mission Meal will be the evening of Tuesday, February 6th. A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in the parish hall.

Adult Education

Our Lenten Study Series will be held on Wednesday nights during Lent (no class on Ash Wednesday or the Wednesday of Holy Week, March 28 starting at 6:30 p.m.  Our theme will be “Varieties of Prayer.”  A soup, salad and bread supper will be provided.  If you would like to help with food, look for a sign-up sheet in the parish hall.

Parish Life

On Saturday February 10 at 9:30 a.m., there is a diocesan wide celebration of Absalom Jones at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral.  Absalom Jones (1746-1818) was the first African-American priest in the Episcopal Church, ordained by the first bishop of Pennsylvania, William White.  Jones founded the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Overbrook (just 1.5 miles from us).  A group of us will leave Holy Apostles at 8:30 a.m. on that morning.  Please let James know if you would like to attend.  Our parish banner will be carried as part of a grand procession.

February 13th is Shrove Tuesday.  To celebrate we will be having a pancakes & beer dinner.  The dinner will begin at 6 p.m..  Todd Delevan is providing a batch of homebrewed beer, and we will have non-alcoholic drinks as well.  We will eat traditional Fat Tuesday fare of pancakes and sausages.  There are two other important pieces of business: burning palms for Ash Wednesday ashes, and burying the Alleluia.  All ages invited!

There is now a door bell at the Parish Office entrance to the building. Please ring this if you do not have a key to enter.


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