Acts of the Apostles – 01/31/2021

Week of January 31, 2021

Our all-parish annual meeting will take place virtually THIS SUNDAY, January 31, 
after the 10am service. 
We will meet on Zoom to vote to pass a budget and to elect new members of the vestry.  We will be using same link we use for nightly Compline. Please plan to join us for this important business meeting.

This Sunday

10AM Holy Eucharist
Limited to 10 in-person attendeesSocial distancing and masks required – Sign Up
Watch the broadcast on our YouTube channel
Service Material can be found on our website  

This week’s Scripture readings – 4th Sunday after Epiphany
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm 111
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28

A Note from the Rector

I am looking forward to our annual meeting Sunday after the 10AM service (about 11:15AM).  Our Constitution and By-Laws stipulate that the annual meeting must be held in the church, so in at least the spirit of adherence, I will be “broadcasting” from the church building. Our digital presentation will be streamlined. I’ve asked committee chairs to limit their remarks to about two minutes each with the exception of the Budget presentation (I want to give plenty of time for both explanation and potential questions). 
 
However, for this to work well I am asking each member of Holy Apostles to take some time to read the excellent committee reports.  They can be found on our website holyapostlespa.org/annual-meeting.  John Day, who has done an outstanding job as senior warden, wrote an excellent report summarizing much of what has happened this year from the perspective of the vestry. Tom Forker and Matt Dupre put together a thorough summary of the state of our finances, as well as an excellent proposed budget for 2021 which is also available for your review. Their financial leadership during this pandemic has been exemplary. The pandemic has not put an end to our ministry, and if you read the committee reports you will begin to get a sense of just how much we were able to accomplish in 2020 with God’s help and with the tenacity and perseverance of our congregation and leadership. I am especially thankful for the outstanding continued Outreach work of our parish. Despite challenging circumstances, Holy Apostles helped to feed a lot of people, provide many other resources and comfort to a lot of people. We maintained our important relationships with the Darby Mission, Connect by Night, and the Ardmore Food Pantry at St. Mary’s. I couldn’t be more grateful to all of you for this outstanding work. 
 
Please do spend some time reading the reports, and then please join us after service on Sunday on our Compline Zoom link for our annual meeting. 

Services

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

Sunday, January 31, 2021 – 4th Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 10
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher
All-Parish Annual Meeting to follow this service on Zoom

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 – Candlemas, Feast of the Presentation of Christ to the Temple
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion and Blessing of Candles 6:30 PM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 10
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Sunday, February 7, 2021 – 5th Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 20
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

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 passcode: love

Zoom Bible Studyis held every Thursday at 11AM
We will be starting a study of the Books of Daniel and Revelation. Now is a great time to join us as we get ready to discover a new view on the never-changing promises of God. 

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
and passcode: love

*note: the passcode for all CHA Zoom meetings is “love”

Announcements

+ Lenten Reading – Lent is just around the corner!  This year you are invited to participate in an All Parish Book Reading and Discussion. We will read a short, intriguing, and enjoyable book by Esther De Waal entitled Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict (Liturgical Press, 1984, updated 2001) There will be opportunities during Lent to discuss the book together. You are also welcome just to read the book on your own! You can find the book on Amazon or, you might consider supporting an independent bookstore such as Eighth Day Books or Hearts and Minds Books. You’ll want to order soon in order to ensure that it gets to you in time!

+ Church Service Attendance – Based on guidelines from Bishop Daniel and a corresponding vote by your Vestry, beginning February 7 the maximum number of attendees will be raised to 20 persons. Masks and appropriate distancing will continue to be observed. We look forward to seeing you back at church if you feel comfortable there. Services will also continue to be livestreamed. Please note that you must pre-register to attend service to allow us to  continue keeping with our safe practices. If you are serving (organist, reader, cantor, tech, usher, etc.) please remember to sign up as well.

+ Outreach Opportunity for Lent – During Lent our goal is to help stock and replenish the Darby mission Food Pantry and School Supplies. Below is a “top ten” list of items that would be required to meet the needs of Rev. Doris’ clients. Other items also accepted. Children and Youth could be encouraged to concentrate on school supplies while the Adults of the congregation could take on the food and personal hygiene items. Collection will run from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday. Drop off locations will be established and noted in upcoming Acts of the Apostles emails and in Sunday announcements during the 10 am service. School Supplies most needed: crayons, glue sticks, composition notebooks, pencils Food and Hygiene items most needed: pasta, pasta sauce, tuna, cereal, tampons THANK YOU for your continued support of those in need in our communities. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 NRSV

+ Girl Scout Cookies are here! For 6 years now Emma Gallagher has set up in the parish hall during coffee hour, but thanks to COVID, she is all online!  Emma is in Penn Valley/Welsh Valley Cadette Troop 7031. Our cookie sales fund the troop for the year – the girls have been meeting virtually and are really looking forward to seeing each other in person hopefully soon!

Flavors ($4 per box):
Toast-Yay (new this year – which is a French toast flavor), Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Coconut Delights, Shortbreads, Lemonades and S’mores.

 Click here to place an online order or go to: 
https://app.abcsmartcookies.com/#/social-link-landing/d209b161-8f30-4958-aa36-8807e0d457b1  You can choose shipping, or girl delivery with a credit card. You can also contact Michelle directly and use cash, check, Venmo, PayPal, etc. Emma can deliver or set up a time to meet (socially distanced) in the church parking lot.  Emma says “thank you for your support of our troop!” Cookie sales run from January 21- March 14.

+ 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 will be starting a study of the Books of Daniel and Revelation. Now is a great time to join us as we get ready to discover a new view on the never-changing promises of God. . 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 February.
6th      Carter Grant
12th    Jamieson Henderson
17th    Mike Johnson
19th    Annie Neff
          Jamison Grant
23rd    Lyn DeSilets
          Lucas Johnson
24th    Jeremiah Mustered
27th    Meg Delevan
          Alice Vroome
28th    Braeden Wherry
          Colin Vroome
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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Our mailing address is:
1020 Remington Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096 

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