Acts of the Apostles – 12/19/21

Week of December 19, 2021

This Sunday

4th Sunday of Advent – Pageant Sunday!

9AM Family Eucharist on the Lawn
Join us on the lawn under the tent OR
Listen on 92.3fm on your car radio in our parking lot

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

Micah 5:2-5a
Psalm 80:1-7
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-55

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

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Family Service on the Lawn with Multimedia Christmas Pageant!
Holy Eucharist 9AM
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

4th Sunday of Advent with Multimedia Christmas Pageant!
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Christmas Services

Bring your family, friends and neighbors!


4:30 PM – Outdoor Family Service of Holy Eucharist – join us on the lawn under our tent with patio heaters, or enjoy “drive-in” church by parking in our lot and listening to the service on 92.3fm on your car radio and Fr. James will joyfully bring communion and blessings to your vehicle.

10:00 PM – “Midnight” Choral Service of Holy Eucharist – join us (masked) in church or watch via our livestream


10:00 AM – Christmas Morning Service of Holy Eucharist – join us (masked) in church or watch via our livestream

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Family Service on the Lawn – 1st Sunday after Christmas
Holy Eucharist 9AM
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Festival of Lessons & Carols
The Rev. James Stambaugh, officiant


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.

Confirmation Class -Tuesday at 6:30PM
Enjoy your Christmas holidays with family! Confirmation & Dragons class will resume on Tuesday, January 4th. See you then!!

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”


In January we will again be providing weekly lunches to the Project Share clients. If you can help or have questions on how to participate, please contact Cassie. You can reach her via text (610-608-5440) or email ( or – her favorite – chat her up at coffee hour!


Neckties & Shoelaces!
The Darby Mission after school program would like to teach the younger boys how to tie ties! If you have neckties that you are no longer wearing, please consider donating them to this good cause!

They are also looking for shoelaces of any variety!

Please mark your calendar for this important event. In the next few weeks we’ll be looking for volunteers to provide main dish casseroles, sides, desserts and beverages. It’s never too soon to sign up for your favorite contribution.

Our annual Festival of Lessons and Carols will be held on December 26, the 1st Sunday after Christmas. Be sure to join us for this cherished tradition of the retelling of the whole story: from the fall of humanity, to the promise of a Messiah, to the birth of Jesus.

The Godly Playroom looks gorgeous after being painted this past week. Be sure to stop in and take a look. Many thanks to the Property Committee for seeing to the completion of this project!
Please take a moment and sign up for Realm! If you lost or mislaid your invitation, you can contact Jean Gentile or the church office to get another. 

Once you’ve signed up, please upload a photo of yourself or your family into your profile!

Also – if you’ve already signed up but have lost the link to the Realm website, you can find it under the ACT section of our website header. And don’t forget to load the Realm Connect app onto your smart phone from the Apple Store or Google Play.

Our tech team allows us to reach out to our community with a livestream of our indoor services and creates the videos that preserve Father James’ sermons so they can be viewed by a wider audience. You’ve heard him speak – you know how valuable that is.

We need 1-2 more members for our Tech team. Full training provided. Contact Jean Gentile or Joe Zorc for more information or to volunteer your services. If you know of a local high school or college student who might be interested in this kind of opportunity, please contact us!

2022 Church Calendars are now available on the narthex table. If you are unable to get to the church and would like to have a calendar, please contact Katie (610-642-6617) and she’ll arrange to get one out to 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.

New Prayer Request – please add to Fridays on your Parish Prayer List that was delivered with your December newsletter: Tony & Julie – Julie is a dear college friend of Suzanne Lees and Tony is Julie’s husband. Tony was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and a PET scan this week showed that it has spread to his bones.

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 December 19:
Tuesday – 12/21 – 10:00am – 3:00pm
Wednesday – 12/22 – 10:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday – 12/23 – 1:00pm – 5:00pm

On Friday and Saturday, December 10 and 11, a line of severe weather spread across the central United States, spawning over 50 tornadoes. Many lives were lost in these storms, and homes and businesses were severely damaged or destroyed. Episcopal Relief & Development is in contact with the affected dioceses as they assess the needs in their communities and stands ready to assist in the coming days and weeks. Please pray for the people impacted by the deadly tornadoes. Donations to the US Disaster Fund will support Episcopal Relief & Development and its partners as they respond.

The holiday season is one of the most important times of the year for spreading hope and light to others. With a 23.3% poverty rate in Philadelphia—one of the highest rates in the country—many families in our region could use a little hope.
At ECS we work tirelessly every day to disrupt the cycle of intergenerational poverty as we partner with families to map their trajectories toward upward economic mobility. Together, with your help, we can spread hope and bring light into the lives of those living in poverty in our region. This giving season, make a gift to ECS.

The following folks have birthdays in the month of December:

3rd      Patricia Mattoon
7th      Beth Johnson
           Victoria Henderson
12th     Connie Cunningham
16th    Robert Mattoon
23rd    Peter Patton
25th    Shaun Digel

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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