Week of December 20, 2020

Join us Sunday for our 10 AM livestream to see the 2020 Children’s Pageant.
So many have worked so hard to create this special event. Don’t miss it!

THIS SUNDAY:

10AM Holy Eucharist & Children’s Pageant
Limited to 10 in-person attendees, Social Distancing and masks are required – Sign Up
Watch the livestream on our YouTube channel
Service Material can be found on our website  

This week’s scripture readings – Fourth Advent
Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38

HOLD FAST

In recognition of our blessings and in faith that God keeps promises, I am asking that every member of Holy Apostles commits to memorizing at least one Scripture verse together during the next few weeks. 
Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for God who has promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
You can find lock screen images for your mobile phone for all three verses at: www.holyapostlespa.org/phone

Services

You can view our live-stream on our YouTube channel.  A link to this video will be posted to Facebook.

Sunday, December 20, 2020 – 4th Advent
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
Virtual Christmas Pageant!
Live-streamed; In-person attendance limited to 10
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Thursday, December 24, 2020 – Christmas Eve Family Service
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 4:30PM 
Live-streamed; In-person attendance limited to 10
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Thursday, December 24, 2020 – Christmas Eve Late Service
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10PM
Live-streamed; In-person attendance limited to 10
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Friday, December 25, 2020 – Christmas Day
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
Live-streamed; In-person attendance limited to 10
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Sunday December 27, 2020 – 1st Sunday after Christmas
Lessons & Carols 10AM
Pre-recorded; no in-person attendance
The Rev. James Stambaugh, presider

Zoom Compline is held every night at 7:30PM
A brief time of prayer and checking in with other members of CHA

“Zoom Compline has been really helped me through this difficult time.  It’s such a great way to close the day.” – CHA Member

Follow this link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/233415613?pwd=dTBDeUhrUUdSak9MS3RUaXdDSDhpUT09
or call into the meeting toll-free   1-888-475-4499 
Callers will be promoted to enter this meeting ID: 233 415 613 and password: love

Zoom Bible Study is every Thursday at 11AM
We are currently studying the book of Hebrews. Join us as we learn together.
Follow this link to join:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/788355291?pwd=R2FQRWltZ01LWG92WGtPSm54cXJSUT09
or call 1-888-475-4499 US Toll-free You will be prompted to enter this meeting ID: 788 355 291
*note: the password for all Zoom meetings is “love”

Announcements

+ Connect by Night – Last minute gift needs: Our next dinner for Connect by Night is this Wednesday, December 23, which will also be the night of gift distribution. We can still use donations of the following:
shampoo (9 regular OR 18 travel size)
gloves (5)
toothpaste (8)
gently used winter coats gratefully accepted
Any surplus items collected will be saved for additional CBN guests and distributed as needed. More Giant gift cards will also be delivered to St Mary’s Pantry this week for distribution. To arrange drop off, please email Cassie Woestman or phone/text at 610-608-5440. And thank you again for your extraordinary generosity to those in need.

+ Silent Night Candlelight Video: Join us in a reimagining of a CHA Christmas tradition. Arrange a time for one of our videographers to visit your home. We provide the candles. You and your family will step out onto your porch, stoop, front walk, etc. and be videoed holding your lit candles. Singing is not required. Please contact Joe Zorc or David Lees to arrange your post-dusk video time. All videos must be taken by end of day Monday, December 21.   

+ Church-wide Christmas Card: You still have a few days to send in your Christmas photo for our Church-wide Christmas card. Please send your photo to Katie Gentile by 6pm on December 20th. Submissions will be gathered and created into a video card including everyone’s survey answers (See below). A link to the finished result will be provided to everyone who participates in the photos, and also in a special edition of the Acts of the Apostles newsletter to be mailed out on December 23rd.

+ Christmas Survey Questions: Don’t forget to click this link and take 2-3 minutes to fill out our CHA Christmas Survey Questions about your favorite Christmas carols, family traditions, etc. by 6pm on December 20th. All answers are anonymous and you can use the link as many times as needed so everyone in the family can give their own answers. Submissions will be gathered and created into a video card including everyone’s photos (See above). A link to the finished result will be provided to everyone who participates in the photos, and also in a special edition of the Acts of the Apostles newsletter to be mailed out on December 23rd.

 + Chrismon Tree: The Chrismon tree will be erected and ready for decorations beginning Sunday, December 20th Traditionally all ornaments are white and gold. White is for joy and God’s holiness, while gold symbolizes God’s glory. Ornaments can be crowns, crosses, doves, stars, and butterflies, as well as balls, ribbons and white lights. If you need ideas, you can find patterns for ornaments on the church website: Come join us in decorating the tree and welcoming our Savior and King! 

+ BuildOn Julia and Sarah Zorc are members of the BuildOn service club at Lower Merion High School. You may remember this organization from Robbie Zorc and Barbara Peck’s trip to Malawi, Africa 5 years ago. BuildOn is hosting a virtual gala on Saturday, December 19th from 5:00-8:00 pm to raise money for the construction of a primary school in Burkina Faso, Africa. Although students cannot travel there this year, all funds raised will go towards its construction costs. You can access the BuildOn Gala through a livestream on the Lower Merion District Website  For every $10 that you donate by Saturday, you will be entered in a raffle for over $400 worth of prizes!  You can donate during the event, or in advance on the BuildOn fundraising page. If you have any questions please feel free to email Julia Zorc or call/text her at 610-592-6105. 

+ Pledge Cards: You should have already received your 2021 pledge card in your US Mail delivery. Please complete and return the card in the stamped and addressed envelope provided at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your continued support of Church of the Holy Apostles and its ministries.  If you have not yet received your pledge card, please contact James: james.r.stambaugh@gmaill.com  

+ Sunday School: Sunday School will be held online via Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month for preschool (5 years old) through 8th grade.  You can join Sunday School using this link (all ages welcome):  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89142013163?pwd=WFpJVDlZVFJhOUVVa1gxQ2k0djVndz09
We’re looking for more teachers! If you would like to be involved in this exciting ministry, contact Peter Patton: pmpatton307@gmail.com

+ Bible Study: Every Thursday at 11AM (currently on Zoom).  We’re  studying the Epistle to the Hebrews. Join us anytime using this link: 
https://gmail.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1f491246993696e01f4487821&id=d52f77ccb0&e=fca055bb29

+ One Love: Our diocese has created an online platform where you can find inspirational videos, sermons by the bishop and other clergy, and online services.  Visit DioPA One Love Online: https://episcopalpa.online.church

+ Eucharistic Visits: During this time, the rector and trained Eucharistic ministers may visit others to bring them the Eucharist. Meeting in outdoor spaces of homes will be preferred.  Contact the rector if you would like to schedule a visit. 

+ Giving: You can still mail pledge contributions to the church at this time.  The mail is checked regularly.  You can also securely give online.  Go to holyapostlespa.org and click on the “Give” button on the top right hand corner of the webpage.  

+ Online Worship: Online worship continues!  We will be live-streaming each Sunday at 10AM.  We will be calling on our virtual choir to provide music for us, and there will be occasional readings from members at home.  It’s all happening on our YouTube Channel. Be sure to hit the SUBSCRIBE button!

+ Happy Birthday! The following folks have birthdays in the month of December.3rd      Patricia Mattoon
7th      Beth Johnson, Victoria Henderson
12th      Connie Cunningham
16th    Robert Mattoon
23rd    Peter Patton
25th    Shaun Digel
 If your birthday, or the birthday of another parishioner in your family is missing, please notify the Parish Office at holyapostlespa@gmail.com

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