Acts of the Apostles – 11/20/2022

Week of November 20, 2022

Proper 29
Last Sunday after Pentecost
Feast of Christ the King

9AM Family Morning Prayer and Sunday School on the Lawn
Join us under the tent with our toasty heaters!

10AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the Church
Join us in person or watch the broadcast on our YouTube channel
Service material can be found on our website

Scripture readings for the Feast of Christ the King
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 46
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43

Sunday, November 20, 2022 – Proper 29, Last Sunday after Pentecost, Feast of Christ the King

  • 9:00 AM – Family Service of Morning Prayer and Sunday School Lesson on the Lawn – Peter Patton, Leader and Sunday School Teacher
  • 10:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion – in person & livestream – The Rev. Dennis Lloyd, Celebrant & Preacher
  • 11:15 AM – Filling Advent BagsSanctuary
  • 11:15 AM – Dismantling the Event TentFront Lawn
  • 11:30 AM – Vestry Meeting – Memorial Room
  • 7:30 PM – Compline via Zoom Click here to join

Monday, November 21, 2022

  • 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer in the Church
  • 7:30 PM – Compline via Zoom Click here to join

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

  • 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer in the Church
  • 7:30 PM – Compline via Zoom Click here to join

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 – Thanksgiving Eve

  • 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer in the Church
  • 6:30 PM – Evening Prayer for Thanksgiving – in person & livestream
  • 7:15 PM – Fireside ReceptionMemorial Room
  • 7:30 PM – Compline via Zoom Click here to join

Thursday, November 24, 2022 – Thanksgiving Day

  • 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer in the Church
  • 7:30 PM – Compline via Zoom Click here to join

Friday, November 25, 2022

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Sunday, November 27, 2022 – 1st Sunday of Advent

  • 9:00 AM – Family Eucharist Service in the Sanctuary – The Rev. James Stambaugh, Celebrant & Preacher
  • 10:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion – in person & livestream – The Rev. James Stambaugh, Celebrant & Preacher
  • 7:30 PM – Compline via Zoom Click here to join


November Collection items:

THANK YOU to all who contributed to our Celebration Cake Kit project. We were able to deliver 65 complete kits to the Darby Food Giveaway this week!

Project Share

Bi-Monthly Dinners

Our dinner deliveries to Project Share continue to be well received. Thank you to all who contribute to this vital ministry. The November 22 and December 6 meals are now completely covered!

Open needs for the meal delivery on December 20 are:

  • Entrée – Chef’s choice – Mac and cheese, ground beef casserole, chicken and rice, etc.
  • Apples for 20
  • Sweet treat – brownies, cookies and cupcakes are favorites, but you do you.
  • Coffee donation – pay for a bag of Apostle’s Cup to be delivered along with the meal.
  • Cold beverages – three gallons of Tea Cooler from Swiss Farms, or Iced Tea/Lemonade from a store of your choosing.

Food needs to be ready in time for delivery on Tuesdays at 1:30pm. Entrées should be fully cooked, but they do not have to be hot at time of pickup (just not frozen). You do not have to make delivery yourself. Someone from the Outreach team can arrange to pick up the food and deliver to Project Share.

Sign up on our SignUpGenius page, or talk to Cassie or Katie to offer assistance.

Advent Bags

If you have any last minute donations for this year’s Advent Bags for Project Share, please bring them to the church by this Sunday, November 20, as we will be filling the bags on that day, following the 10AM service. Fr. James will ask God’s blessing on the Advent bags during services on November 27, and they will be distributed that week.

If you are purchasing items online, you can choose to ship directly to the church. Please mark the package as Attention: Outreach. Thanks!

Reach out to Cassie about Outreach:
Email:; or call/text: 610-608-5440

From Fr. James’ Stewardship Season letter: “Give as an act of faithful love. Give as an act of gratitude. Give knowing that blessings are fluid and dynamic. Keep the dynamism of God’s blessing moving and you’ll find that you will be blessed exceedingly, over and over, pressed down, shaken together, flowing over, beyond what you could ask or imagine.”

Please make your pledge by November 20th using a pledge card from your newsletter envelope or from the narthex table, or by using this link to Realm:

Plan now to attend Evening Prayer on Wednesday, November 23rd beginning at 6:30pm and stay after for a fireside reception in the Memorial Room. Bring an appetizer and/or beverage to share and start the holiday season off right with your church family.

To donate to the Matt Smyth Fund online:
Go to:
Click on Donate Now link
Click on Change Fund link
Search for Matt Smyth fund

Just a few more weeks remain until December 18, the date of the Holy Apostles Christmas Pageant. If your child wants to take part in the Pageant, please email Peter Patton,, or Joe Zorc, THIS WEEK!

Parent volunteers are also very welcome. We look forward to hearing from you.

Anyone with a bit of choir experience is invited to join Holy Apostles’ choir for the Christmas season. This would take a limited commitment of time but would yield a great deal of fun and meaning. Our choir is a warm group of folks who are working hard in a ministry they love and they will welcome you. This is a Sunday morning commitment with no rehearsals during the week. Contact the office – 610-642-6617 or – to volunteer of for more information. Or visit Jamie at the organ bench on Sunday! Click here to listen to the anthem from last week, pictured above.

The following limited commitment is needed:

  • Sundays in Advent (Sunday at 8:50AM, rehearsal and liturgy)
  • Sunday, November 27, 2022
  • Sunday, December 4, 2022
  • Sunday, December 11, 2022 (Bishop’s Visit)
  • Sunday, December 18, 2022
  • Saturday, Christmas Eve, December 24, 2022 @ 10PM service
  • 1 Saturday morning rehearsal in December – to be determined by the choir

This Sunday, following the 10AM service, assistance will be needed to dismantle and pack up the event tent for the season. Help is also needed in moving the heaters to the driveway area behind the kitchen and relocating the chairs and tables.


A small but intrepid group got a great start on reorganizing the attic storage area last weekend. There are some items of unknown provenance, including a wardrobe, bed frame and 9 or 10 black straight-back chairs. If you know to whom these items belong, please contact the office or Annette Smith so we can complete the reorganization project. Photo credit: Linda Day – who was smart enough to stay behind the camera and not plonk a 10+ year old unwashed hat on her head!


If you are a member of our Readers and Intercessors team, or you would like to be, please check out the schedule on our SignUpGenius page and sign up for the date of your choice. There are openings beginning December 24th through the beginning of January. We are especially in need of readers for the Lessons & Carols service on January 1st. For questions or assistance signing up, please contact Katie Gentile: or

Have something you’d like to contribute to the the December newsletter – an article, poem, announcement, etc.? Please send your submission to the office no later than Friday, November 25 for inclusion in this month’s edition of The Apostle.

If you would like to help prepare the December newsletter mailing, please meet us in the Memorial Room on Tuesday, November 29 at 10:20am for folding, stuffing, stamping and laughter.

Please mark your calendar and be sure to join us for a combined service on Sunday, December 11 at 10AM. The Rt. Rev. Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez, Bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania, will be our celebrant and preacher. During this service, our bishop will also be confirming the 4 young men who have been part of this year’s Confirmation & Dragons class. Following the service there will be a special coffee hour in the Parish Hall. We look forward to seeing our entire Holy Apostles family at this special service.

+ HOLY LAND ADVENT CALENDAR from the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
Start each day of Advent with a splash of joy! What better way to learn about the Christian witness of the current-day followers of Jesus in the place where he was born, lived, and ministered than a daily journey across the Holy Land.

Beginning on December 1 American Friends will launch its annual online Holy Land Advent calendar to offer a daily glimpse into the lives of Holy Land Christians and the humanitarian ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon.

Our Holy Land Advent calendar offers a way for individuals and families to participate in a meaningful daily Advent devotion. Who knows what you’ll discover behind each new door?

Check out the calendar at Visit the calendar each day beginning December 1 or sign up here to receive a daily email alert. (You’ll need to subscribe to receive 2022 calendar alerts even if you subscribed last year.)

We hope you’ll join us on a daily journey of discovery and inspiration this Advent season.


The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Psalm 145:18

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 and on our website. To add your prayer needs to the list, you can contact Fr. James, Nancy Haas, or use the form on our website.

  • As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, please pray for safe travels, memorable times with family and friends, and especially for those who find themselves alone at this time of the year and those who have recently suffered the loss of a loved one and may be feeling that keenly through the holidays.

Prayer – it’s not just words, it’s a lifestyle

We are continuing to sell Apostles Cup coffee in regular-ground; regular-whole bean; and decaf-ground varieties. Each bag is $15, with $4 from each purchase going directly to the ministries of the Darby Mission. You can purchase coffee bags on Sundays, or any time the office is open (see Office Hours schedule below). You can also purchase Apostle’s Cup coffee direct from House Cup Coffee and have it shipped to your door!

Also available are Church of the Holy Apostles mugs. Get yours today for just $6! We call them coffee mugs, but no one minds if you fill it with tea, hot chocolate or anything else you’d like!

Our traditional post-10AM Service Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall returns this Sunday. Please consider whether you can host a coffee hour in the coming weeks. Hosting entails bringing a treat to share or using boxed cookies which will be in the cabinet, setting up the usual condiments and supplies for coffee and tea on a table in the Parish Hall, and cleaning up at the end of Coffee Hour. we have a plan for having the Apostles’ Cup coffee made before the service. Signup sheets are on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall. Questions? Contact Judy Jervis: or 610-348-5529

Visit our SignUpGenius page to volunteer for:

  • Chalice Bearer/Acolyte – contact Fr. James if you would like to join this team
  • Donut/Coffee Courier – sign up to bring the donuts and coffee to the 9AM service
  • Greeters – make folks feel welcome as they arrive for services
  • Livestream Team – help make services available to those who can’t come to church, training available
  • Outreach Events – Dates and slots have been added for Project Share meals through December.
  • Readers/Intercessors – lend your voice to our weekly services. Openings now available for December and January. Please help if you can!

To sign up for 10AM coffee hour host – please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall or speak to Judy Jervis!

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 always mail pledge contributions to the church. 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 November 20:
Monday – 11/21 – 10:00am – 12:00pm
Tuesday – 11/22 – 10:00am – 3:00pm
Friday – 11/25 – 9:00am – 12:00pm

To contact the office:
Email monitored regularly


The Fall 2022 edition of the Diocesan magazine – Caminos – has arrived! Pick up a copy from the narthex table, or from the document shelf outside of the Parish Hall. Or you can choose to read the current edition online.

+ 2023 DIOCESAN HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE – March 15 through March 28
Join us for a pilgrimage in Israel and Palestine.

Led by the Rt. Rev. Daniel Gutiérrez this pilgrimage through the Holy Land will encounter the Gospel in stone and flesh, visiting the sights that mark the story of our faith and the people who keep that faith alive in the Holy Land today, with special emphasis on the people and institutions of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, with whom we have a covenant relationship. You will come home changed, restored, and renewed in your faith.

Watch these short videos with reflections on the 2022 pilgrimage:

You are invited to consider whether God is calling you on this journey. The pilgrimage is $3,700 plus airfare, insurance, and incidentals. Registration is now open, and our 35 slots are filling up. Click here for more information.

To register, please contact the Rev. Canon Matthew Dayton-Welch, Canon for the Holy Land, at or via phone at (610) 356-0459.

Click here to receive the weekly newsletter from the diocese in your inbox.

The following folks have birthday in November:

02 – Kathleen Houck
03 – Julia Zorc
Sarah Zorc
09 – RJ Gallagher
15 – Rachael Hasapes
21 – Rick Gallagher
26 – Mary Swain
30 – Thomas Swain

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

Our mailing address is:
1020 Remington Rd
Wynnewood, PA 19096-2326

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