Acts of the Apostles – 05/02/2021

Week of May 2, 2021

This Sunday

5th Sunday of Easter
Celebrating the Feast of Saints Philip & James

10AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Limited to 50 in-person attendees
Social distancing and masks required – Sign Up
Watch the broadcast on our YouTube channel
Service Material can be found on our website

Scripture readings
Acts 8:26-40
Psalm 22:24-30
1 John 4:7-21
John 15:1-8

A Note from the Rector

This Sunday we’re celebrating the fifth Sunday of Easter. We’re also celebrating Saturday’s (May 1st) Feast Day: The Feast of St. Philip and St. James, Apostles.  Since we are Holy Apostles, I thought it would be good to honor a couple of our patron saints. So, here I thought I would pass along a bit of information about these apostles. This comes from Lesser Feasts and Fasts (2018), the Episcopal Church’s resource about feast days. 

The two apostles commemorated on this day are among those about whom little is known, except for their mention in the Gospels. James the Less is so called to distinguish him from James the son of Zebedee and from James “the brother of the Lord,” or perhaps to indicate youth or lack of stature. He is known to us from the list of the Twelve, where he is called James the son of Alpheus. He may also be the person referred to in Mark’s Gospel as James the younger, who, with his mother Mary and the other women, watched the crucifixion from a distance.

Philip figures in several important incidents in Jesus’ ministry as reported in John’s Gospel. There we read that Jesus called Philip soon after calling Andrew and Peter. Philip, in turn, found his friend Nathanael, and convinced him to come and see Jesus, the Messiah. Later, when Jesus saw the hungry crowd, he asked Philip, “How are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” (John 6:5). Philip’s practical response, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little” (John 6:7), was the prelude to the feeding of the multitude with the loaves and fishes. In a later incident in John’s Gospel, some Greeks came to Philip asking to see Jesus. At the Last Supper, Philip’s request, “Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied,” evokes the response, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:8,9).


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A link to this video will be posted to Facebook.
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Sunday, May 2, 2021 – 5th Sunday of Easter
Celebrating of the Feast of Saints Philip & James

Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 50
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Sunday, May 9, 2021 – 6th Sunday of Easter – Rogation Sunday
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion and Rogation Day Procession 10AM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 50
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Weekday Meetings

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:
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 are doing a combined study of the Books of Daniel and Revelation. Please join us as we discover a new view on the never-changing promises of God. No previous experience required.
Follow this link to join:
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”

Outreach – Up Next

Darby Mission

  • We have about 4 bags of non-perishables to contribute to the next Darby Borough Food Pantry on May 5
  • Thanks to your generosity, we’ve collected 8 bags/boxes of supplies for the Space Science project for the after-school group.
  • Rev. Doris is looking for a 5×8 rug for the Mission office. If you can help, please contact Cassie.

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Connect by Night

  • We could still use 3 hula hoops to round out the workout equipment drive.
  • Mark your calendar! – May 16, 23, 30 will be collection days for your books for our Summer Beach Read drive to provide books to the CBN clients.

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Remember if you dislike shopping or can’t get out and about you can still participate in these and any of our outreach opportunities! Make a monetary donation to the cause with a check to Church of the Holy Apostles in any amount and write OUTREACH in the memo. Or use the GIVE button on our website and choose Darby Mission in the drop down list.

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Cassie Woestman, Outreach Chairperson, contact info:
Phone/Text: 610-608-5440


GOAT WEEK  is being postponed. It will no longer be the 17th-21st, but will still happen sometime between then and the middle of JuneStay tuned for additional information.

+ May 23rd is the Feast of Pentecost.  We are looking for volunteers who speak more than one language to record themselves reading one verse of the Scripture reading in a non-English language. Contact James and he will assign you a part to record with instructions on how to do so from a phone or tablet.  

Red signifies the fire of Pentecost (see Acts 2), and everyone is invited to wear red to church on May 23rd to celebrate the feast (whether you are attending in-person or online). 

+ Michael Poll Concert.  On Pentecost Sunday, May 23rd at 5:30PM, acclaimed classical guitarist Michael Poll will perform two Bach suites on the 7-string guitar.  A Penn Wynne neighbor, Michael is an accomplished musician who has performed in concert halls on 3 continents.  You can find out more about Mr. Poll on his website. Use this link to sign-up for the limited in-person attendance spots. The concert will also be aired on our YouTube channel. The event is free, but we are asking for donations either in-person or online. All donations will benefit the Darby Mission and Michael’s charity that is focused on bringing high quality live music to underserved neighborhoods in Philadelphia and beyond.  

+ Church Service Attendance – Masks and appropriate distancing will continue to be observed. We look forward to seeing you back at church if you feel comfortable there. 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. Services will also continue to be livestreamed. 

+ Bible Study: Every Thursday at 11AM (currently on Zoom). We are doing a combined study of the Books of Daniel and Revelation. Now is a great time to join us as we discover a new view on the never-changing promises of God. No previous experience required. Join us anytime using this link:

+ 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:

+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 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 May.
1st      Eric Haas
          Jennifer Lees
2nd     Nathaniel Russell
4th      Gregory Smith
5th      Bryce Henderson
10th    Porter Forker
12th    Dan Dugan
14th    Toni Meiers
16th    Marianne Neff
19th    Elliott Brown IV
26th    Joe Zorc
30th    Allen Mustered
If your birthday, or the birthday of another parishioner in your family is missing, please notify the Parish Office at

Our mailing address is:
1020 Remington Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096 

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