4th Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 7
A Note from the Rector
Those of you who were at my ordination, (lo, those many years ago in 2017) may remember that part of the ordination charge is that a priest should “take [their] share in the councils of the church.” This means that priests are expected to take part in the wider activities of the diocese and the Episcopal church as a whole. In fact, it is a requirement built into my letter of employment as your Rector that I will participate in diocesan activities and committees. I do not often talk about all the ways I am involved in the diocese, mostly out of some sense of (false?) humility—I don’t want to sound too self-congratulatory. On the other hand, my parish family deserves to know what I am up to. Some of the stuff I am able to do for the diocese is really exciting, and I would love to share it and find ways to invite you all to take part. So here is what I’m up to these days:
Commission of Ministry
This is my second year of a 6 year term on the Commission on Ministry. This group is primarily charged with vetting potential new members of the clergy and guiding applicants through the ordination process. This year we have around 15 applicants, half to be deacons and half to be priests. Members of the Commission read an extensive packet that is prepared by each applicant and their sending parish. Then we conduct extensive interviews and must reach a consensus together on whether to recommend them to the bishop for the next steps in the ordination process. I also “shepherd” someone who is already in the ordination process. I check in with him regularly to see how he is doing and if he needs anything during his time studying for the priesthood at my alma mater, Virginia Theological Seminary.
Last summer the bishop asked me to join a group of about a dozen clergy to respond to the massive upheaval and unrest that was taking place in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder. The group was ultimately tasked with confronting systemic racism within our diocesan structures themselves and creating a comprehensive strategic plan for becoming an anti-racist diocese. The bishop challenged us at every turn to do our work from within a theological and biblical framework. This was not just an exercise in being “woke” or keeping up appearances, this was about listening to the Holy Spirit and seeking transformation. After an extensive review of the work and adoption by various diocesan governance structures, the work of the Loving Presence group is/was released on Saturday June 19th during the diocesan Juneteenth Commemoration. (Include information on how to join). The group’s work is done, but the real work, the work of racial reconciliation is ongoing.
This committee was tasked with implementing a process for reviewing what sorts of liturgies are used by parishes throughout the diocese, collecting innovative ideas, and working on improving education about the Book of Common Prayer and the renewal of our worship life in the diocese. Currently, I am the co-chair of this committee. We have a bunch of irons in the fire that range from helping smaller parishes and mission churches find good musical and liturgical resources, to a “zine” that introduces young people to the service of Compline, especially young people who don’t have much or any involvement in the church and those in this niche, DIY, “punk” sub-culture (I don’t know how to describe it: google “zine” and see for yourself). I am very excited about this latter project and hope to share the finished product with you soon, especially those of you who attend our online Compline services. Our Compline services were a huge inspiration for the project.
Alternate Delegate to General Convention
At the last Diocesan Convention, I was elected to be an alternate delegate to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, which will be held in the Summer of 2022 in Baltimore. The General Convention meets every three years (4 years this time, because of COVID), and deliberates on all sorts of things, including the budget for the Episcopal Church. I am an alternate, which means that if another deputy cannot be at every single legislative session, I will be called upon to fill in. It also means that I’ll get to hang out in Baltimore next summer with a few thousand Episcopalians from all over the world, and that will be a lot of fun.
— In all of this, I try to represent Holy Apostles well. The love and support and prayer and fantastic community of Holy Apostles sustains me, and funds all the work that I do. I am deeply grateful for opportunities to share and spread your gifts with the wider diocese and Church. Thank you! If you are interested in any of this work, let me know. I am looking for ways to include the parish more organically in some of this work.
You can view our live-stream on our YouTube channel.
A link to this video will be posted to Facebook.
Sunday, June 20, 2021 – 4th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 7
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher
Sunday, June 27, 2021 – 5th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 8
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
The Rev. Charles “Chaz” Howard Ph.D., celebrant & preacher
Zoom Complineis heldevery 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 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: 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”
James and his family are on vacation from June 21st until July 6th and then from July 10th until July 17th. The Stambaughs will be visiting family in Colorado and New Mexico whom they haven’t seen since 2019, and then spending a week in Maine.
For pastoral emergencies during this time, please contact our Senior Warden, Peter Patton – (215) 519-4377. Peter can put you in contact with a priest who can assist. James will answer his phone if he can, but there will be portions of his time away when he will be out of cell phone service.
Services will be as follows:
Sunday, June 27 – Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. Charles “Chaz” Howard, Ph.D.
Chaplain and Vice President for Social Equity & Community at the University of Pennsylvania & Assisting Priest of the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
Sunday, July 4 – Morning Prayer, Rite II
Officiant: Toni Meiers (no sermon)
Sunday, July 11 – Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Celebrant and Preacher: Our Dear Friend, the Rev. Doris Rajagopal, Missioner to Darby
Compline via Zoom will continue nightly at 7:30pm
Bible Study via Zoom will continue on Thursdays at 11am
We are taking a break from the book of Daniel to look at First, Second, and Third John
Outreach – Up Next
There is a lot going on with the Darby Mission this summer
which provides plenty of opportunity for your participation!
Keeping Kids Fit
Looking for equipment to help kids become and stay fit. Jump ropes, tennis balls and rackets, Frisbees or any type of soccer ball, football or basketball would be helpful!
Darby Summer Camp for 40-50 children
There are two programs which we will be helping to supply. Details are noted below. Donations should be dropped off or shipped to CHA no later than June 27 so that we can fill in anything that is missing using cash donations and delivery can be made in time for Camp opening on July 1st.
For the Mighty Writers Program– EACH child will need:
One-Subject Notebooks, pencils and/or pens, pencil sharpeners, crayons,
washable markers, scissors, and 3 glue sticks
Growing and monitoring plants and insects – supplies needed:
Soil, small recycled plastic containers, magnifying glasses, small watering cans
Darby Food giveaway
The next event is scheduled for June 30th. The focus will be on picnic/cookout items since July 4th will be a few days later: ketchup, mayo, mustard, S’mores fixings, pickles and relish.
If you are available to help with transport of items to the mission, please contact Cassie!
This popular event will be restarting this summer with special precautions in place and we’ll be hosing the first one, a BBQ, on Tuesday, July 13! Master Griller: Joe Zorc
Entrees: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, hamburger and hot dog buns
Sides & Condiments: Potato salad, coleslaw, macaroni salad, green salad, Salad dressing, chips, pickles, onions, mustard, ketchup and mayonnaise
Desserts!!!!: Brownies, Cupcakes and popsicles
How can you help? Provide and deliver food, assist with serving, and/or cleanup at the event.
If you want to provide food but can’t deliver it, you can arrange to meet up at the church, or arrange to drop your donation off at Cassie’s house. You may also choose to make a monetary donation to Outreach and let Cassie know what you’d like it used for.
+ HAVE A PRAYER REQUEST?
There is now a form on our website that you can use
+ SUNDAY FELLOWSHIP
As some restrictions have been lifted, we are now allowed to gather for fellowship following the 10 AM Sunday service. A list has been been posted outside of the church office with summer dates. We will need volunteers to sign up to provide a cold beverage out on the lawn. At this time, no cookies or snacks are necessary, given the current restrictions in place.
+ FLAG DISPOSAL
Between now and June 27th, you may bring your old flags and leave them in the designated container in front of the church to be included in a flag burning ceremony held by Jim Jervis on Monday, June 28, at the Lulu Shrine in Plymouth Meeting. This ceremony will include the flag that flew over St. Faith’s for many years.
+ JOIN US FOR HAPPY HOUR!
Happy hour on the lawn has been rescheduled for Friday, July 23rd at 6pm, weather permitting. This is a BYOB/snacks event. While we are not able to share food, we can share fellowship and fun! If you have never joined us, give it a try! It is especially nice on a beautiful summer evening! Hope to see you there!
+ CHURCH SERVICE ATTENDANCE
We look forward to seeing you back at church if you feel comfortable there. Masks are optional for those who have been vaccinated Services will also continue to be livestreamed on our YouTube Channel. Be sure to hit the SUBSCRIBE button!
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 Fr. James if you would like to schedule a visit.
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.
+ FREE VACCINATION SITES
Our Diocese has partnered with several pharmacies to create free vaccination sites across the diocese. If you are looking for a vaccine, you are welcome to these places, no registration needed (but do bring ID & insurance card):
Vaccination Sites & Times
• St Paul Chester: June 21st – 9:30-3
• St Stephen Norwood: June 23rd – 9:30-5
• Emmanuel Quakertown: June 24th – 9-5
• St John’s Norristown: Every Tuesday and Thursday – 2-5:45
+ LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Remembering COVID-19 victims in the Episcopal Diocese of PA. More than 27,000 Pennsylvanians have died from the coronavirus. This does not include those that died indirectly through addiction that worsened as a result of the pandemic. This page is a place to add names of those in our diocese who lost their lives to this horrible virus – both directly and indirectly.
+ SATURDAY, JULY 10, 1-4pm
Register here to join Bishop Gutiérrez for some summer fun. Enjoy music, food and activities at St. Peter’s in the Great Valley, Malvern, PA.
The following folks have birthdays in the month of June.
5th Judy Jervis
8th Caroline Meiers
13th Olivia Neff
19th Abby Henderson
21st Al Brokes
26th Bob Monk
27th Dave Smith
30th Peter Mustered and JT Wertz
If your birthday, or the birthday of another parishioner in your family is missing, please notify the Parish Office at firstname.lastname@example.org