Acts of the Apostles – 01/15/2023

Week of January 15, 2023

2nd Sunday after the Epiphany

9AM Family Morning Prayer
Come as you are. Donuts, hot chocolate and coffee available

10AM Morning Prayer, Rite 2
Join us in person or watch the broadcast on our YouTube channel
Service material can be found on our website

Scripture readings for the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 40:1-12
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42

Sunday, January 15, 2023 – 2nd Sunday after Epiphany

  • 9:00 AM – Family Eucharist Service – in person – 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, January 16, 2023

  • 7:30 PM – Compline via Zoom Click here to join

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

  • 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer in the Church
  • 7:00 PM – Vestry Meeting via Zoomsee Jean Gentile for link
  • 7:30 PM – AA MeetingMemorial Room
  • 7:30 PM – Compline via Zoom Click here to join

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 – Confession of St Peter

  • 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer in the Church
  • 11:00 AM – Attic Organization Project, Part 2
  • 7:30 PM – Compline via Zoom Click here to join

Thursday, January 19, 2023

  • 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, January 20, 2023

Saturday, January 21, 2023

  • 9:00 AM – Pockets of HopeParish Hall
  • 7:30 PM – Compline via Zoom Click here to join

Sunday, January 22, 2023 – 3rd Sunday after Epiphany

  • 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
  • 11:15 AM – Winter Book Study: A Post-COVID Catechesis – Memorial Room
  • 7:30 PM – Compline via Zoom Click here to join

Special Request: Aid for Asylum Seeking Refugees

We plan to continue to help meet the needs of refugee asylum seekers being bussed into our area.

We are looking for children’s clothes, sizes 5-9. There is also a need for backpacks or any kind of carry-on style luggage so that the refugees can carry their newly acquired items with them. Gently used as well as new items will be gratefully accepted!

You can help by:

  • purchasing items and dropping them off on the Outreach shelves in the narthex closet
  • purchasing items and shipping them directly to the church – please remember to mark your packages “Attention: Outreach”
  • making a donation to Outreach – marking “Refugees” in the memo line and it will be used to purchase specifically requested items for this project.

We will be collecting items for at least the next month, and will continue as long as busloads of folks in need are arriving. Items will be delivered to or picked up by Gladwyne Presbyterian on a weekly basis to insure getting the donated items to those in need as quickly as possible. Questions? Contact Katie


December Food Giveaway:

THANK YOU for your continued generosity! For 2023, we have developed a quarterly schedule of needs for the Food Pantry. Additional items may be added from time to time, but we hope that knowing a schedule of needs ahead of time will help you take advantage of sales or bulk purchase opportunities.

You can leave your donations:

  • on the Outreach shelves in the narthex closet
  • in the CANestoga wagon in the office hallway
  • ship them directly to the church Attn: Outreach

If you need assistance getting your donations to the church, please contact Katie in the church office to arrange transport: or 610-642-6617

The Mission served 165 people in December. They could have fed more people but ran out of food and gift cards. Your contributions are greatly appreciated!

Darby Dinner – March 7, 2023

Church of the Holy Apostles will be hosting the Darby Dinner on Tuesday, March 7th. We will be looking for assistance in:

  • food prep
  • transporting food from the church to the rec center
  • setting up for dinner
  • serving dinner
  • cleanup

The main dish for this meal will be LASAGNA – meat lasagna, veggie lasagna, whatever version is your favorite! You can get a head start by preparing your favorite lasagna now in a freezer-safe container and storing it until early March.

We will also be looking for salads, breads and desserts!

You can sign up on the Darby Dinner SignUpGenius page.

Project Share

Grilled Cheese Lunches beginning January 10th

We will be providing lunches featuring Grilled Cheese sandwiches on the following dates this quarter:

  • January 24 – just need tea bags, hot chocolate & sweet treats
  • February 7
  • February 21 – sandwiches and tea bags covered
  • March 7
  • March 21

You can choose to provide all, or any part, of a lunch for any of these dates. Lunches will include:

  • Grilled Cheese sandwiches
  • Sweet treat
  • Hot chocolate, tea & coffee
  • Tea cooler (iced tea & lemonade)
  • Apples or Oranges

Use our SignUpGenius page, or talk to Cassie to volunteer your services.


At this time we are ONLY accepting book donations for children, level 5th grade and below. We will accept any children’s books no matter the genre, in addition to our request for holiday themed, above. At this time we have more general audience books than we can handle. We will let you know if/when the situation changes. Thank you!

Catch up with Cassie
Reach her via email:; or phone/text: 610-608-5440

Need help donating your items?

If you need assistance getting your donations to the church, please contact Katie in the church office to arrange transport: or 610-642-6617

Mark your calendar for our winter book study of A Post-COVID Catechesis by Victor Lee Austin. We will be meeting in the Memorial Room on NEXT Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, February 5 to delve into this book. It’s just 67 pages long, but full of insights. Pick up a copy from your favorite bookseller, or get one from Katie in the office or during coffee hour.

We could use some assistance following the 10AM service this week moving the donated cans of fruits and veggies from the Outreach shelves in the narthex closet out to Cassie’s car. We will be collecting donations through Tuesday (1/17) but it would be a help to get the majority moved while there are extra hands to facilitate the process!

If you contributed to CHA in 2022 you should have received your giving statement in the email account we have on record. Monies given to Church of the Holy Apostles are tax deductible. If you did not receive your giving statement or you have any questions, please contact: JT Wertz –

On MLK Day, the plumber will be on site to work on a number of different projects. This requires that the water be turned off to the entire building. The office will be closed. Please do not make plans to visit the building that day.

Pockets of Hope is a non-profit organization providing free mastectomy sweatshirts for after surgery. They will be using the Parish Hall again on Saturday, January 21, from
9am to 12 pm
for a time of group sewing. If you know how to sew and are interested in helping sew pockets into zip-up hoodies for women recovering from their mastectomy surgery, come join in! Just bring your sewing machine. Check out @_pocketsofhope on Instagram. Questions?

We are in need of 3-4 volunteers to make soup for the Annual Meeting luncheon. If you are interested in sharing your culinary talents, please contact Suzanne Lees: or 610-220-7120.

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.

At the annual meeting we will be electing individuals to serve in the Vestry, filling vacancies created by those whose three-year term is coming to an end. Several individuals have nominated themselves already and we ask you to please pray for them and those who are still considering service on the Vestry:

  • Nancy Haas
  • Drew Meiers
  • Joe Zorc

It is not too late to nominate yourself to be considered for service on the Vestry. Please contact one of the following individuals right away to get started with your candidacy:

1) Mark the date on your calendar so you don’t miss it!

2) We’ll move to the Parish Hall as soon as the 10am service has concluded. If you’re coming from home – please plan to arrive by 11:15am.

3) In-person attendance is very important. However, we are aware that for some folks, it’s just not possible to be on site. If you are unable to attend due to illness, mobility issues, or proximity, please contact the Parish office as soon as possible so we can see about making arrangements for you to join us via Zoom.

4) Begin now to pray for the candidates for Vestry for 2023 (listed above).

5) Pray for the current Vestry as they prepare their reports and plans for CHA for the coming year.

6) If you have not yet made your 2023 pledge – please prayerfully consider doing so before the meeting date. You can use the Giving area of Realm, get a pledge card from the narthex table, or contact the office to request that a pledge card be sent to you.

7) Contact Suzanne Lees – or 610-220-7120 to offer assistance in preparing items for the luncheon, or to offer your services for setup or cleanup!

8) Use the card and envelope included in the newsletter to share your vision, wishes and dreams for ministry at Church of the Holy Apostles for 2023 and beyond. No thought is too outlandish. Don’t be held back by concerns of money or people or other resources. Dream BIG! You can make your suggestions anonymously if you prefer. Drop your card or note in the offering plate, in the senior warden’s mailbox in the office (top left of the mailbox wall), or drop it in the post. Or bring it to the meeting! Additional cards are available on the table in the narthex.

9) Some of our ministries submitted their annual summary reports in time for publication in the January edition of The Apostle newsletter. Read about what’s been happening in the Good News, Property, Tech and Outreach ministries throughout 2022. Use that information to help fuel your ideas for the future of CHA.

10) Prayerfully consider your role in the coming year. There are many ways to serve: * Greeter * Reader * Intercessor * Choir * Children’s Ministry * Youth Ministry * Fellowship * Good News/Evangelism * Tech * Event Photographer * Outreach * Vestry * Property * …or using any other talent you wish to share with your church family!

You can purchase bags of regular-ground; regular-whole bean; and/or decaf-ground varieties. Each bag is $15, with $4 from each purchase going directly to the ministries of the Darby Mission. We have plenty of coffee available for purchase 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!


Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.
With the Lord on my side I do not fear.
What can mortals do to me?
Joshua 1:9

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.

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

Please consider whether you can host a Sunday coffee hour! 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 to the 9AM service
  • Greeters – make folks feel welcome as they arrive for services, training available
  • Livestream Team – help make services available to those who can’t come to church, training available
  • Outreach: Darby Dinners – A new signup sheet has been created so you can volunteer to help with various aspects of the Lasagna Darby Dinner we will be hosting on March 7, 2023.
  • Outreach: Project Share – Dates and slots have been added for Project Share Grilled Cheese Lunch dates through March 2023.
  • Readers/Intercessors – More spots are open for February. Sign up today!

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 January 15:
Monday – 1/16 – Office Closed – plumbers here
Tuesday – 1/17 – 10:00am – 3:00pm
Friday – 1/20 – 9:00am – 12:00pm

To contact the office:
Email monitored regularly

Resolutions, Jubilee and lunch with your clergy. A quick message from the bishop on the start of the new year. Watch

Starting 2/8, the Washington Memorial Chapel will host a five-week series of talks on C.S. Lewis led by Dr. Stewart Goetz, Professor of Philosophy at Ursinus College and Visiting Scholar at St. Peter’s College, Oxford. Dr. Goetz is the author of two books on C.S. Lewis; A Philosophical Walking Tour with C.S. Lewis and C.S. Lewis (Blackwell Great Minds series). Details

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

The following folks have birthday in January:

01 – Elliott Brown
02 – Paul March
04 – Jamie Grant
Hu Peck
05 – Brad Smith
07 – Katie Gentile
08 – Kalli Miller
12 – Grant Houck
16 – Mabel McCracken
17 – Sam Dupre
20 – Deborah Stambaugh
21 – Madeline Johnson
Paige Johnson
22 – David Klumpp
29 – Bonnie Hartman
30 – Christine Costello

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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