Acts of the Apostle – 09/19/2021

Week of September 19, 2021

This Sunday

17th Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 20

10AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Masks are required in the church building
Watch the broadcast on our YouTube channel
Service Material can be found on our website

Scripture readings
Wisdom of Solomon 1:16-2:1, 12-22
Psalm 54
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37

A Note from the Rector

The school year has begun and with it a new church program year. I am extremely excited about our 9am Jesus and Donuts service starting this Sunday and continuing every Sunday through the Fall. This Sunday we will be joined by a representative of House Cup Coffee Roasters who be introducing us to our own special Holy Apostles blend of gourmet coffee. If you’d like to participate in the short outdoor family service come at 9am, be sure to stay for fresh delicious coffee and donuts. If you’d like to participate in our 10 am service, then please come early and get some fresh delicious coffee and donuts. 

Next Tuesday, confirmation class begins. I am calling it Confirmation and Dragons.  If you are, or you know, a young person ages 12-16 who would like to learn more about their baptismal promise, the Christian faith, and wants also to play dungeons and dragons with us, let me know. There’s still time to sign up. I don’t think I can adequately express how much fun this is going to be. 

Between preparing an extra lesson for the family service and preparing for confirmation class, I need to cut a couple of weekly tasks. Going forward, then, I will not be writing this Note on a weekly basis, but will use this space for occasional announcements. I will continue to share an article every month in our print newsletter. I am so grateful to continue serving God and the church with you this program year. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!


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

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Family Service on the Lawn
Holy Eucharist 9AM
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

17th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 20
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Family Service on the Lawn
Holy Eucharist 9AM
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

18th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 21
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher


Morning Prayer – Mon, Tue, Wed and Thurs at 9:15AM
Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer is a beautiful service and is very ancient. The Daily Office is simply a cycle of prayer services that are prayed at set hours of the day. If you cannot join us in person, you can pray Morning Prayer at home. The service begins on p. 75 in the BCP.

Zoom Compline is 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:
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 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


  • Thank you again for your generous donations to our Back to School drive. We were able to provide 40 filled backpacks, along with some extra supplies to the children served by the mission. The kids helping to unload the delivery were very excited to see the variety of backpacks to choose from. 
  • Also – we are happy to report that we received 81 boxes of Pop Tarts in various sizes. At an average of 8 tarts per box, that’s 648 pastries! That’s a lot of breakfast fun. Thank you! Watch this space for next month’s collection item.


We are starting a Pop-Up Closet for Project Share participants who are in need of new sweat pants and t-shirts in medium and extra large adult sizes. If this is something you can help with, please leave your donations marked “Project Share” in the Narthex closet.

Assistance for Afghan Refugees

We have begun to look into ways in which we as a church body can provide assistance to the displaced Afghan refugees who will be relocated to the Philadelphia area. While providing the different kinds of needed assistance will likely be a long-term project, here are two ways you can choose to help right now.

  • The Diocese is collecting specific items between now and the end of September. There are collection points throughout the diocese, but if you bring or ship your selections to the church by Monday, September 27, we will make sure they are delivered as a donation from Church of the Holy Apostles.

  • The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (the Federal Region 3 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit) team at the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University along with their partner, the Nationalities Services Center of Philadelphia, are hosting a toy drive to collect new, unused, toys for recently arriving children from Afghanistan as they make Philadelphia their new home.  Can’t get to the toy store?   Or to Villanova? No problem: Check out their Amazon Wish list. You can ship your selections directly to Villanova:

    Ruth McDermott Levy
    Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
    Villanova University
    800 Lancaster Ave
    Villanova, PA19085

    They will also accept Target, Visa, or Mastercard Gift Cards in support of NSC’s Transforming Welcome fund. These will be distributed directly to clients to purchase the items they need.  Please bring new (still in the original wrapping) toys to the donation bin at Driscoll Hall, 2nd Floor Recovery Room Café by Thursday, October 7.  A large purple tub will be placed on the 2nd floor by Friday, Sept. 17.  Questions: Contact Ruth McDermott-Levy 


At 9AM each Sunday from September 19 through November, as weather allows, we will be holding a 25-minute service at on the lawn geared towards families with children. If you are not comfortable worshipping inside the church building at this time, you are welcome to join us. Canopies will be set up to protect us from blazing sun or mild rain

The next meeting of the Finance Committee will be Monday, September 27, 2021 at 7:30 pm. Existing and new members are welcome to attend. We plan to meet in person in the Memorial Room. If you require a remote option, please contact Judi Kraft.

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.

We look forward to seeing you back at church if you feel comfortable there. Masks are required in the church building. 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 and click on the “Give” button on the top right hand corner of the webpage.

Office hours for the week of September 19:
Monday – 9/13 – 10:00am – 3:00pm 
Tuesday – 9/14 – 10:00am – 3:00pm
Wednesday – 9/15 – 10:00am – 3:00pm
Friday – 9/17 – 9:00am – 12:00pm

Diocesan News

You are invited to join us at our annual Forum on Justice & Opportunity beginning on Monday, October 18, 2021. The Forum will consist of five virtual noon-hour sessions through October 22, 2021, featuring columnist and author Charles Blow and other dynamic speakers. There will also be a special session on faith-based advocacy and organizing on Thursday October 21, 2021, at 4 p.m. featuring activist and Executive Director of POWER Interfaith, the Rev. Dwayne Royster. The event is free this year but requires registration . As always, attendees are welcome to provide a donation should they choose. If you have any questions before the event, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ken Anderson, Assistant Director of Advocacy and Inclusion at Episcopal Community Services of Philadelphia. 

Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with the Diocese of Louisiana and other regional partners in what will be a long-term response. Your generous gift will help alleviate suffering for the most vulnerable residents impacted by Hurricane Ida. Please visit to make a gift today.

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. They are accepting clean, gently worn jeans or even brand new jeans.

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 to make other arrangements.

If you wish, you may leave your donated blue jeans in a bag or box in the Admin office. Katie will be taking a trip out to the Norristown drop off location on Thursday, October 14.

Happy Birthday

The following folks have birthdays in the month of September

3rd      John Day
4th      Eleanor (Nora) Stambaugh

If your birthday, or the birthday of another parishioner is missing, please notify the Parish Office at

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

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