Acts of the Apostles – 02/05/2023

Week of February 5, 2023

5th Sunday after the Epiphany

9AM Family Eucharist
Come as you are.
Our weekly Family Eucharist is designed for families with young children,
but all are welcome to join us. Donuts, hot chocolate and coffee available.

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

Lectionary for the 5th Sunday after the Epiphany
Isaiah 58:1-12
Psalm 112:1-10
1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Matthew 5:13-20

Sunday, February 5, 2023 – 5th Sunday after Epiphany

  • 9:00 AM – Family Eucharist Service – 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 & Zoom
  • 7:30 PM – Compline via Zoom Click here to join

Monday, February 6, 2023

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

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

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

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

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

Thursday, February 9, 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, February 10, 2023

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Sunday, February 12, 2023 – 6th Sunday after Epiphany

  • 9:00 AM – Family Eucharist Service – 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

Special Request: Aid for Asylum Seeking Refugees

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


February Food Giveaway:

We are collecting PASTA SAUCE through the 14th for the February giveaway.

And we’ll be looking for cereal for March – in case you want to take advantage of any sales between now and then!

We are also continuing to collect Celebration Cake Kits (or Birthday Blessing Boxes) to be able to provide 5 per month along with our food collection item. Each kit should contain:

  • cake mix
  • cake frosting
  • lemon-lime soda (replaces eggs and oil)
  • candles
  • sprinkles
  • card
  • all placed in a single-use baking pan

We have about 60 white bags with handles available, so you don’t need to worry about that part.

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

Darby Dinner – March 7, 2023

Church of the Holy Apostles will be hosting the Darby Dinner on Tuesday, March 7th. Rev. Doris says we should be prepared to feed 75-80 folks! We are 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 or BAKED ZITI – meat, veggie, 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. beverages and desserts!

You can sign up on the Darby Dinner SignUpGenius page.

Project Share

Belts Needed

Project Share is looking for belts for their clients – both men and women. If you have belts in good condition you are no longer using, please drop them in the CAN-estoga wagon or onto the Outreach shelves in the narthex. Thanks!

Grilled Cheese Lunches beginning January 10th

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

  • February 7 – filled
  • February 21
  • March 7
  • March 21

You can choose to provide all, or any part, of a lunch for any of these dates. We are now feeding about 40 people per lunch. When you sign up to make sandwiches, sweets or provide fruit, you can choose to provide for 20 or all 40 (sign up in both slots). 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.

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

+ NEW CONTACT EMAILS – This email has been set up for use by Jamie Wilcutts, our new Minister of Music. Feel free to reach out to him at any time with questions about joining choir, service music, favorite hymns, etc. – This is thew new contact email for the office. The old address will forward to this one, but we encourage you to update your email contact list with the new address.

If you were unable to attend the Annual Meeting, or if you would like to review any of the materials from the meeting, you can find all the relevant documents on our website


Part 2 of our Winter Book Study will take place THIS SUNDAY, February 5, following the 10AM service. You can participate – whether or not you’ve read the book – in person in the Memorial Room or via Zoom using the Compline Zoom link. In Part 1 we had a great exchange of ideas and look forward to doing so again. You can view the video of the first discussion HERE.

The February newsletter has a rather glaring error regarding dates for the Shrove Tuesday Fellowship Event and Ash Wednesday services. On Page 9, it shows the dates as March 21 and March 22 when, of course, they are FEBRUARY 21 for Shrove Tuesday and FEBRUARY 22 for Ash Wednesday. Mea culpa!

Pat Smyth, Patty Wertz, Judy Jervis, Pat Dyer and Cassie Woestman worked diligently to prepare the February edition of “The Apostle” for mailing. Look for it in your mailbox this week!

You may have seen these bags in the narthex. We hand them out to people who are new to Church of the Holy Apostles. But did you know what is in them? Each bag contains:

  • One bag of Apostles’ Cup coffee – regular, ground
  • One Church of the Holy Apostles coffee mug
  • A copy of a recent monthly newsletter, “The Apostle”
  • A copy of a recent monthly Parish Prayer List
  • A business card with the church contact information and service times
  • A welcome note from the Vestry
  • A Church of the Holy Apostles pen
  • A small olive wood cross and an explanation card about the cross
  • A bookmark with the Lord’s Prayer
  • A Visitor information card
  • A Prayer Request card
  • A piece of tissue paper to make it look elegant

If you see someone who should receive one of our Visitor bags, don’t be shy! Grab one from the cart and hand it out as you introduce yourself!

Emma Gallagher is selling Girl Scout Cookies now through March 12th! She will have them at church when possible, but you can order online for girl delivery at any time and we will drop them off! You can also order by texting Michelle Gallagher at 610-659-2109. Cookies are $5/box (Gluten Free $6/box).

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY: You can support the Girls Scouts and our Outreach Ministry by ordering a few extra boxes to be shared with the Darby Mission or as part of our Project Share lunch program! Your donated boxes can be placed on the shelves in the Outreach closet, in the CAN-estoga wagon in the office hallway, or give them to Cassie for safekeeping.

On January 18 Annette Smith, Rosemary Hughes, Tom Forker and Katie Gentile met in the attic to assess what is being stored up there and what needs to go. Already the space has a more organized feel to it. There are a few items that may be of use to someone. Here is a link to a Google Photo Album with pictures and descriptions of the items available. Please contact Annette or Katie with any questions or to claim an item. The current plan is to have junk haulers come in late February/early March to remove all the extraneous items. Any items you want must be claimed – and preferably moved out – prior to February 12th.

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!


But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit
Jude 1:20

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.

  • Your prayers are requested for Victoria Klumpp

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

We always need volunteers to assist with the various ministries of Holy Apostles. Talk to a ministry leader, or use the linked SignUp Genius page to offer your talents!

  • Altar Guild – Prepare the Lord’s table in a peaceful environment. Please contact Patty Wertz (610-989-2826) for more information or to join this ministry.
  • Chalice Bearer – contact Fr. James if you would like to join this team. If you are already on the team, Signup slots available through the end of April
  • Coffee Hour Signup – contact Judy Jervis (610-348-5529) or use the signup sheet on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall to volunteer to host coffee hour
  • Donut Courier – sign up to bring the donuts to the 9AM service. Use the SignUp Genius page, or contact Katie to volunteer
  • Greeters – make folks feel welcome as they arrive for services, training available. Signup slots available through the end of April. Questions? Contact Linda Day
  • Livestream Team – help make services available to those who can’t come to church, training available. Signup slots available through the end of April Questions? Contact Jean Gentile
  • Outreach: Darby Dinners – A 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. Questions? Contact Cassie Woestman (610-608-5440)
  • Outreach: Project Share – Dates and slots have been added for Project Share Grilled Cheese Lunch dates through March 2023. Questions? Contact Cassie Woestman (610-608-5440
  • Readers/Intercessors – Slots have been added through the end of April. Sign up or contact Katie to volunteer.

The rector and trained Eucharistic ministers may visit others to bring them the Eucharist. 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 February 5:
Monday – 2/6 – 10:00am – 12:00pm
Tuesday – 2/7 – 10:00am – 3:00pm
Friday – 2/10 – 9:00am – 12:00pm

To contact the office:
Email monitored regularly

My Siblings in Christ,

The Rev. Absalom Jones was born into slavery and became the first Black priest ordained in The Episcopal Church – right here in our diocese. Next week, we celebrate the life of Absalom Jones with two events in our diocese.

On Sunday, February 5 at 10 a.m. the Presiding Bishop, the Very Rev. Michael Curry, will travel to The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas to join me for a service in Absalom’s honor.

On Saturday, February 11 at 9 a.m., we will celebrate Blessed Absalom with a service that includes preaching from the Rt. Rev. Shannon MacVean-Brown, bishop of the Diocese of Vermont, and NAACP Nominated Pine Forge Academy Choir. Lunch will be served so please register ahead of time. Acolytes from every church in the diocese are invited to process with their banners at this special diocesan-wide service. Please click here to let us know your acolytes will be participating.

In addition, I am requesting that Absalom’s propers be substituted for the normal readings on Sunday, 2/12. You can find them here. A group of people in the diocese also created this discussion guide to learn more about his life.

Please join me in commemorating this great and beloved son of our diocese.

From a flea market in Allentown to an online auction, our bishop brought back a part of history. You can read the Episcopal News Service story here.

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

The following folks have birthday in February:

06 – Carter Grant
12 – Jamieson Henderson
14 – Samantha Hasapes
17 – Mike Johnson
19 – Jamison Grant
Annie Neff
Kiera Patton
20 – Nancy Gullo
23 – Lyn DeSilets
Lucas Johnson
24 – Jeremiah Mustered
27 – Meg Delevan
Alice Vroome
28 – Braeden Wherry
Colin Vroome

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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