Acts of the Apostles – 11/27/2022

Week of November 27, 2022

First Sunday of Advent

9AM Family Eucharist in the Sanctuary
Come as you are. Donuts and coffee available

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 First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44

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

Monday, November 28, 2022

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

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

  • 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer in the Church
  • 10:30 AM – Newsletter Mailing – Memorial Room
  • 7:30 PM – Compline via Zoom Click here to join

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 – Feast of St Andrew, Apostle

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

Thursday, December 1, 2022

  • 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer in the Church
  • 11:00 AM – Bible Study via Zoom. We are studying the Gospel of John. New folks are always welcome. No previous experience required. Click here to join
  • 7:30 PM – Compline via Zoom Click here to join

Friday, December 2, 2022

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Sunday, December 4, 2022 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

  • 9:00 AM – Family Eucharist Service in the Sanctuary – The Rev. James Stambaugh, Celebrant & Preacher with a visit from Bishop Nicholas!
  • 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


December Food Giveaway:

The next Darby Food Giveaway is scheduled for Wednesday, December 21. Rev. Doris has asked us to provide the following items to the best of our ability:

  • Canned Cranberry Sauce
  • Canned String Beans
  • Canned Yams

Please bring your items to church by Tuesday, December 20, so that they can be delivered on time to the Mission for distribution. The mission has been providing food for an average of 150 people per month.

Drop off locations:

  • Designated shelves in the closet off of the narthex
  • CAN-estoga wagon in the hallway outside the office

Project Share

Introducing Soup Week – December 19-23

Our dinner deliveries to Project Share continue to be well received. Thank you to all who contribute to this vital ministry. The December 6 meal is now completely covered!

The week before Christmas – December 19-23 – has been declared Soup Week! Hot and hearty homemade soup will be provided each day of the week by our friend Andrea St Amour. Some of you might know her as the mom of Eli of Eli’s Honey Bees. To accompany this generosity we are looking for help with the rest of the meal, particularly:

  • Crusty bread – Make a donation for fresh crusty bread which will be purchased and delivered fresh each day by our Outreach team.
  • Hot Chocolate Packets – Provide a box of hot chocolate packets, or a donation to cover the cost
  • Tea Bags – Provide a box of tea bags, or a donation to cover the cost
  • Apostle’s Cup Coffee – Pay for a bag of Apostle’s Cup ($15) to be delivered along with the meal

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

Advent Bags

Due to your generous donations, we were able to fill all of our Advent Bags! The bags will be blessed by Fr. James as part of the 10AM service this Sunday and then delivered to Project Share along with our meal delivery on December 6th.

Gratitude abounds to all who are so wiling to provide for those in need in our local communities.

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

It is never too late to make a pledge! If you have not yet made a pledge to Holy Apostles for 2023, please do so at your earliest convenience. The more we know in advance of your commitment to our ministries, the easier it is for our Finance team to put together the 2023 budget. Father James’ Stewardship Letter for 2022

You can make your pledge using a pledge card from your newsletter envelope or from the narthex table, or by using this link to Realm:

For those who join us for the 9AM Family Service, we’d like to remind you that beginning this Sunday, the service moves inside to the somewhat warmer climes of the sanctuary. Please come as you are – no need to get fancy! Also, note that coffee, hot chocolate and donuts will continue to be available. They’ll be set up in the Parish Hall for you to enjoy before and/or after service.

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.

On Friday, December 16th, our hearty band of carolers would like to come by your house and spread some Christmas cheer by singing a lovely carol for you! If you would like to be included in this festive tradition or know someone who would enjoy being sung to, please contact the office and we’ll do our best to work you into the map for the evening! You can request to be caroled regardless of whether or not you are planning to attend the CHA Christmas Party at the Kraft/Zorc home later that evening (see below). Caroling begins shortly after 6:15pm, weather permitting.

Please join us on Friday, December 16th for our traditional Caroling Party, hosted this year at the home of Judi Kraft and Joe Zorc, 1321 Wyngate Rd. in Wynnewood. The caroling is optional, but the party is a MUST!

Gather at the church at 6:15 to join a caravan of singers who will visit the homes of select parish members to bring cheer and sing traditional carols. Or just come to the party any time after 8 pm. Please bring a snack, dessert, or beverage to share. Celebrating the season with our Holy Apostles family is always a lot of fun!

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, NOW!

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


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

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.

Please mark your calendar now so you don’t miss this important event in our church year. A delicious luncheon will be served and we will be reviewing 2022, making plans for 2023 and voting on the 2023 operational budget and new vestry members. Child care will be available on site in the Godly Playroom.


I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
incline your ear to me; hear my words.
Psalm 17:6

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.

  • Please offer special prayers for our friend Clive Ensher who was readmitted to Bryn Mawr Hospital earlier this week. Pray for healing and for good decisions regarding his living situation upon release from the hospital

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 27:
Monday – 11/28 – 10:00am – 12:00pm
Tuesday – 11/29 – 10:00am – 3:00pm
Friday – 12/2 – 9:00am – 12:00pm

To contact the office:
Email monitored regularly

Led by The Rev. Professor Sarah Coakley at Church of the Good Shepherd, Rosemont
The Rev. Professor Sarah Coakley is one of the most significant contemporary Anglican theologians. Beginning with Morning Prayer at 9 a.m. and ending with Evening Prayer, Dr. Coakley’s topic for the day is “The Asceticism of Desire in the Anglican Tradition: Prayer, Desire and Contemporary Challenges.” Dr. Coakley, an Anglican priest, will offer Mass in the middle of the day. A light lunch will be provided. Register here.

The Rev. Mary McCullough – who visited us at Holy Apostles on October 30 – is leading a quiet day at All Hallows Church, 262 Bent Rd, Wyncote. A Free Will Offering will be taken. Email questions to: To sign up, click here

+ 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.

In case you missed it, you can read Katie’s reflections on the 2022 Holy Land Pilgrimage in the October issue of The Apostle.

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 this week in November:

30 – Thomas Swain

The following folks have birthday in December:

03 – Pat Mattoon
07 – Victoria Henderson
Beth Johnson
12 – Connie Cunningham
16 – Bob Mattoon
21 – Tom Costello
23 – Peter Patton
24 – Kieran Avis
26 – Beth Gallis

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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