Acts of the Apostles – 08/22/2021

Week of August 22, 2021

On Sunday, August 15, Fr. James asked God’s blessing on
Jim & Judy Jervis who are celebrating 45 years of marriage.

“…Grant them your grace that they may so love, honor and cherish each other in faithfulness and patience, in wisdom and true godliness, that their lives together may continue to be a witness to your love and forgiveness and that their home may continue to be a haven of blessing and peace…”

Photo credits: Deb Stambaugh

This Sunday

3th Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 16

10AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Watch the broadcast on our YouTube channel
Service Material can be found on our website

Scripture readings
1 Kings 8:1, 6,10-11, 22-30, 41-43
Psalm 84
Ephesians 6:10-20
John 6:56-69

A Note from the Rector

In a broken world, it’s hard to know what to do. Even harder to know why you’re doing it. Watching in horror at the events of the last week or so, it is easy to feel helpless. And, to a large extent, things are outside of our control.  But, that doesn’t mean we are without responsibility or without opportunity to do good. So, below are some ways that we can do good in response to some of what is not right with this world. We aren’t going to save the world, but by doing good, we can be faithful witnesses to a God who has, who is, and who will redeem and restore this tired, broken world.
 
Episcopal Relief & Development
The Episcopal Diocese of Haiti is part of our very own Episcopal Church. Numerically, it is our largest diocese. In the wake of last week’s earthquake, our brothers and sisters in Christ, along with their neighbors of all faiths are in desperate need of emergency aid. Episcopal Relief & Development has deep roots in Haiti and the Episcopal church there. They were already on the ground and working with many partners before the earthquake. With a 4-star, “give with confidence” rating from Charity Navigator, you can be assured that money donated to ERD will actually translate to food, medical, and emergency supplies in the hands of people who need it.   You can give to the ERD Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund here. Charity Navigator Rating
 
Partners in Health
This is a unique healthcare organization whose mission, directly influenced by Christian social teaching, is to “provide a preferential option for the poor in health care.”  PIH has been working in Haiti for decades and is on the frontlines of providing medical care for those affected by the earthquake, the tropical storm, and the on-going COVID crisis. Again, they have one of the highest ratings for transparency and efficiency on Charity Navigator. You can give to their Haiti relief efforts here. Charity Navigator Rating
 
Episcopal Migration Ministries
The Refugee resettlement and migration ministry of the Episcopal Church is one of 7 organizations that is contracted with the US government to help resettle people who are fleeing Afghanistan out of fear of reprisal from the Taliban for their role in helping US Armed Forces.  You can read more and donate to this work here
 
Episcopal Church in Navajoland
There is an on-going reckoning with the way that the United States and Canada have treated and continue to treat Native Americans. One front of this reckoning is the recent revelation of thousands of unmarked graves of children in Indian Boarding schools. Christians, including the Episcopal Church, were complicit in these boarding schools, and the physical abuse and cultural destruction they inflicted. But, that is not the whole story. Indigenous people in our country are incredibly strong and resilient. Their vibrant presence and leadership in the Episcopal Church is a gift to us all. I have personal connections to the Episcopal Church in Navajoland  which serves the Navajo reservation operating in New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. Their work to spread the gospel in a holistic way includes the Hozho Wellness Center, which seeks to be a safe place for people to heal from the intergenerational trauma that, in part, has been caused by Indian boarding schools and other sinful injustices against Native Americans. The wellness center offers counselling, ways of reclaiming and relearning traditional cultural practices, job training, and spiritual care to Navajo women and families. I can personally vouch for the dedication and integrity of those involved in this project, especially my friend, the Rev. Canon Cornelia Eaton, who visited Holy Apostles and participated in my ordination here in 2017. This is one of many ways the Episcopal Church in Navajoland is being faithful to the gospel.  You can give to support their work here

Services

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

Sunday, August 22, 2021 – 13th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 16
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 – Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 6:30PM
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Sunday, August 29, 2021 – 14th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 17
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/233415613?pwd=dTBDeUhrUUdSak9MS3RUaXdDSDhpUT09
or call into the meeting toll-free 1-888-475-4499 
You will be prompted to enter this meeting ID: 233 415 613 and passcode: love

Zoom Bible Study is 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”

Outreach – Up Next

DARBY MISSION

September Food Drive – for distribution Wednesday, September 15

This month we’re collecting Pop Tarts. Please drop off your donations no later than Tuesday, 9/14 so they can be delivered to the mission on time. Our total donation of Honey Nut Cheerios totaled 86 boxes! Let’s see if we can meet or beat that record!

BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

Thanks to your generosity, we have met the minimum number of items requested for our Back to School Supply Drive. If you still have items to donate, please bring them to the church no later than Sunday, August 29, so that we can prepare them for delivery. Extra items are always welcome!

PROJECT SHARE

We are looking for 4 families to commit to making sandwiches for Mondays OR Tuesdays in September. Each family would take a week, and could choose which of those days work best. The Outreach Committee supplies the cold cuts for the sandwiches. You assemble the sandwiches and provide snacks and fruit items for 15-20 lunches. The lunches can be picked up from your home for distribution. Please contact Cassie (610-608-5440) with any questions or to volunteer!

Announcements

+ BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS
Join us on Sunday, September 5th, at 4pm on the lawn when Fr. James will be asking God’s blessing on the backpacks that have been donated. You are encouraged to bring your own backpacks (or briefcases) to be blessed as well. Invite your friends and neighbors to come along for this short but meaningful service.

+ MORNING PRAYER RETURNS!
Beginning Monday, September 13th, Morning Prayer will again be held in the church at 9:15 am every Monday through Thursday. Please join us there.

+ BLOOD DRIVE SATURDAY OCT 9TH – PARISH HALL
We will be sponsoring a blood drive for the Red Cross on Saturday, October 9th in the Parish Hall between 9am and 2pm. Click here to schedule an appointment.

+ YOUTH CONFIRMATION CLASS
Those who have expressed an interest in Confirmation classes should have received a follow up email from Fr. James regarding class schedules. If you signed up but did not receive the email, please contact the church office or Fr. James to get that information. If you haven’t signed up yet but are interested in joining us on this faith journey, let us know by filling out this google form. Classes will begin in mid-September.

+ MAY WE PRAY FOR YOU? 
Intercession brings before God the needs of others (BCP p.857)
The Parish Prayer list is included in the monthly newsletter that is sent through the mail. Additional copies are also available on the table in the Narthex. To add your prayer needs to the list, you can contact Fr. James, Nancy Haas, or use the form on our website.

+ CHURCH SERVICE ATTENDANCE
We look forward to seeing you back at church if you feel comfortable there. Services will also continue to be livestreamed on our YouTube Channel. Be sure to hit the SUBSCRIBE button!

+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 Fr. James 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.

+CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Office hours for the week of August 22:
Tuesday – 8/24 – 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Wednesday – 8/25 – 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Friday – 8/27 – 9:00am – 12:00pm

Diocesan News

+ BLUE JEANS DRIVE

The deacons of the diocese are leading a blue jeans collection.  Blue jeans are durable and in need by those who are without shelter. They are asking  churches – and you – to collect what you can so they can be delivered to those with the most need.

Needed:

  • Clean, gently worn jeans.
  • Those jeans that are in the back of the closet that you will never wear again.
  • Brand new jeans, in your size. (It’s good to be generous.)

Churches and individuals can drop off at St. John’s Diocesan Center (Norristown); bring to The Philadelphia Cathedral on 10/23 before the diocesan convention begins; or contact archdeacon@diopa.org to make other arrangements.

Happy Birthday

The following folks have birthdays in the month of August
9th      Natalie Wherry
14th    Mike Zorc
15th    Wyatt Delevan
16th    Valle Brokes
17th    Elliott Brown III
          Patty Wertz
18th    Daniel Neff
          Paul Hughes
24th    Elisabeth McCracken
27th    Matt Dupre
28th    Lillian Neff
          Michelle Gallagher

If your birthday, or the birthday of another parishioner is missing, please notify the Parish Office at holyapostlespa@gmail.com

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

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