Acts of the Apostles – 02/07/2021

Week of February 7, 2021

THIS SUNDAY

10AM Holy Eucharist
Limited to 10 in-person attendeesSocial distancing and masks required – Sign Up
Watch the broadcast on our YouTube channel
Service Material can be found on our website  

Scripture readings – 5th Sunday after Epiphany
Isaiah 40:21-31
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Mark 1:29-39
Psalm 147:1-12, 21c

A Note from the Rector

2021 is slipping away so quickly, it seems. It’s almost time for Lent. Ash  Wednesday is February 17th. Following diocesan guidelines, the vestry and I have decided to move forward with the distribution of ashes in a way that mitigates the risk of potential coronavirus transmission. There will be three opportunities to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday. The first will be “Ashes to Go” in the morning. Between 8am and 9:15am, you will have the opportunity to drive or walk to church, where you will find me standing near the parking lot. To avoid contact, I will use a Q-tip to impose ashes on your forehead, and will say the familiar words from the prayer book. We’ll all be wearing masks (maybe even two masks) the whole time, and my ashen Q tips will be single use. 
 
There will also be two more traditional Ash Wednesday services at 12:15 and 6:30PM. These services of Eucharist will also include the imposition of ashes by Q-tip in the same manner. Services will limited to 20 people, and you will need to sign up in order to come
 
Anglicans have often been a little skeptical of ashes anyway. The 1979 Book of Common Prayer is the first to include the option to impose Ashes on Ash Wednesday, and including this option was very controversial at the time. Many Episcopalians at the time felt like the idea of Ash Wednesday violated Jesus’ commandment in Matthew 6: “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them… whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting” (in order to build in some intentional irony and self-reflection, Matthew 6 is the Gospel reading for the Ash Wednesday service). On the other hand, many others have felt that the visceral, fragile, and potent reminder that ashes provide us is important, nonetheless. This strange ritual reminds us of our own mortality, of the mortality of our loved ones, and even the mortality of the people that we see walking around us. It is physical reminder of the fragility and preciousness of life; the need to trust in God; the need to care for and cherish others; the need to live life now, with what we’ve got, while we’ve got it; to not take tomorrow for granted—ashes on the forehead really do it for some folks. It can be a powerful and holy way to begin Lent, that season of preparation before the glory of Easter. 
 
So, I am offering this weird symbol to those for whom it is important. I do believe that physical things, like ashes, like candles, can communicate important things and can ultimately help us receive God grace in our lives. When it comes to the sacraments—the waters of baptism, the bread and wine of Eucharist—my confidence and commitment are magnified significantly. Ultimately, this is because I believe that God became human in Jesus Christ and made material things, matter, matter. They matter in such a way that transcends our fragility and mortality and touches upon the divine. I’m staking my life on that. I believe in all of this so much that I’m willing to hang out outside in the cold and put ashes on your forehead with a Q-tip. That being said, the safest thing is to watch the service online, especially for those of us who are might be particularly vulnerable to serious illness because of coronavirus. We’ll take every precaution, but there’s always risk. So, I’ll be here if you need me. But ashes or not, regardless of me or you or what we do, God’s love for us is always nearby. God is always very near.

Services

You can view our live-stream on our YouTube channel.  
A link to this video will be posted to Facebook.
To attend in person, please sign up to reserve your spot.


Sunday, February 7, 2021 – 5th Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 20
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Sunday, February 14, 2021 – Last Sunday after the Epiphany,
Feast of Absalom Jones

Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 20
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – Ash Wednesday
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 12:15PM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 20
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – Ash Wednesday
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 6:30PM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 20
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Zoom Compline is held every 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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/233415613?pwd=dTBDeUhrUUdSak9MS3RUaXdDSDhpUT09
or call into the meeting toll-free 1-888-475-4499 
Callers will be promoted to enter this meeting ID: 233 415 613
and passcode: love

Zoom Bible Studyis held every Thursday at 11AM
We are just starting a study of the Books of Daniel and Revelation. Now is a great time to join us as we get ready to discover a new view on the never-changing promises of God. 

Follow this link to join:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/788355291?pwd=R2FQRWltZ01LWG92WGtPSm54cXJSUT09
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”

Outreach – Up Next

Lenten Service Projects
Objective: To show continued support for helping with food scarcity issues in the community
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 NRSV

Darby Mission
During Lent our goal is to help stock and replenish the Darby mission Food Pantry and School Supplies. Below is a “top ten” list of items that would be required to meet the needs of Rev. Doris’ clients. Other non-perishable items also accepted. Children and Youth could be encouraged to concentrate on school supplies while the Adults of the congregation could take on the food and personal hygiene items.  
School Supplies most needed: crayons, glue sticks, composition notebooks, pencils 
Food and Hygiene items most needed: pasta, pasta sauce, tuna, cereal, tampons 

Drop off locations:
In or near the designated box in the church narthex 
27 Kathmere Rd, Havertown
Ship directly to CHA when ordering on line

Collection will run from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday. If you can offer to be an additional collection location, please contact Cassie.

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Connect by Night
We would like to provide some simple suppers, reminiscent of our own Soup Group Nights at CHA. 

What: Simple Suppers – 2 events
When: Wednesday, February 17 and Wednesday, March 10
Menu: Multiple crocks of soup for 10-12, Crusty bread, Cheese plate, Fresh Fruit

Please contact Cassie to volunteer to provide for one or both of these dinners!
THANK YOU for your continued support of those
in need in our communities.


Cassie Woestman, Outreach Chairperson, contact info:
Email: grammysqrd@gmail.com
Phone/Text: 610-608-5440

Announcements

+ Ash Wednesday Services – February 17 – See “A Note from the Rector,” above, for more details.
8 – 9:15 am  “Ashes to Go” in the church parking lot – distancing and safe practices (James will be using gloves and single-use cotton swabs) during administration of ashes.
12:15 pm  Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Eucharist – Watch the livestream or re-watch the service at any time on our YouTube channel
6:30 pm    Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Eucharist with Music Watch the livestream or re-watch the service at any time on our YouTube channel
+ Lenten Reading – Lent is just a week and a half away!  This year you are invited to participate in an All Parish Book Reading and Discussion. We will read a short, intriguing, and enjoyable book by Esther De Waal entitled 
Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict
(Liturgical Press, 1984, updated 2001) 
There will be opportunities during Lent to discuss the book together. 
You are also welcome just to read the book on your own! You can find the book on Amazon or, you might consider supporting an independent bookstore such as Eighth Day Books or Hearts and Minds Books. You’ll want to order soon in order to ensure that it gets to you in time!

+ Church Service Attendance – Based on guidelines from Bishop Daniel and a corresponding vote by your Vestry, beginning February 7 the maximum number of attendees will be raised to 20 persons. Masks and appropriate distancing will continue to be observed. We look forward to seeing you back at church if you feel comfortable there. Services will also continue to be livestreamed. Please note that you must pre-register to attend service to allow us to  continue keeping with our safe practices. If you are serving (organist, reader, cantor, tech, usher, etc.) please remember to sign up as well.

+ Girl Scout Cookies are here! For 6 years now Emma Gallagher has set up in the parish hall during coffee hour, but thanks to COVID, she is all online!  Emma is in Penn Valley/Welsh Valley Cadette Troop 7031. Our cookie sales fund the troop for the year – the girls have been meeting virtually and are really looking forward to seeing each other in person hopefully soon!

Flavors ($4 per box):
Toast-Yay (new this year – which is a French toast flavor), Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Coconut Delights, Shortbreads, Lemonades and S’mores.

Click here to place an online order or go to: 
https://app.abcsmartcookies.com/#/social-link-landing/d209b161-8f30-4958-aa36-8807e0d457b1  You can choose shipping, or girl delivery with a credit card. You can also contact Michelle directly and use cash, check, Venmo, PayPal, etc. Emma can deliver or set up a time to meet (socially distanced) in the church parking lot.  Emma says “thank you for your support of our troop!” Cookie sales run from January 21- March 14.

+ Sunday School: Sunday School will be held online via Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month for preschool (5 years old) through 8th grade.  You can join Sunday School using this link (all ages welcome):  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89142013163?pwd=WFpJVDlZVFJhOUVVa1gxQ2k0djVndz09
We’re looking for more teachers! If you would like to be involved in this exciting ministry, contact Peter Patton: pmpatton307@gmail.com

+ Bible Study: Every Thursday at 11AM (currently on Zoom). We will be starting a study of the Books of Daniel and Revelation. Now is a great time to join us as we get ready to discover a new view on the never-changing promises of God. . Join us anytime using this link: https://gmail.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1f491246993696e01f4487821&id=d52f77ccb0&e=fca055bb29

+ One Love: Our diocese has created an online platform where you can find inspirational videos, sermons by the bishop and other clergy, and online services.  Visit DioPA One Love Online: https://episcopalpa.online.church

+Eucharistic Visits: 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 the rector if you would like to schedule a visit. 

+Giving: 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 holyapostlespa.org and click on the “Give” button on the top right hand corner of the webpage.  

+ Online Worship: Online worship continues!  We will be live-streaming each Sunday at 10AM.  We will be calling on our virtual choir to provide music for us, and there will be occasional readings from members at home.  It’s all happening on our YouTube Channel. Be sure to hit the SUBSCRIBE button!

+ Happy Birthday! The following folks have birthdays in the month of February.
6th      Carter Grant
12th    Jamieson Henderson
17th    Mike Johnson
19th    Annie Neff
          Jamison Grant
23rd    Lyn DeSilets
          Lucas Johnson
24th    Jeremiah Mustered
27th    Meg Delevan
          Alice Vroome
28th    Braeden Wherry
          Colin Vroome
If your birthday, or the birthday of another parishioner in your family is missing, please notify the Parish Office at holyapostlespa@gmail.com

Copyright © 2021  Church of the Holy Apostles, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
1020 Remington Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096 

A Note from the Rector – 02/07/2021

2021 is slipping away so quickly, it seems.  It’s almost time for Lent.   Ash Wednesday is February 17th.  Following diocesan guidelines, the vestry and I have decided to move forward with the distribution of ashes in a way that mitigates the risk of potential coronavirus transmission.  There will be three opportunities to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday.  The first will be “Ashes to Go” in the morning.  Between 8am and 9:15am, you will have the opportunity to drive or walk to church, where you will find me standing near the parking lot.  To avoid contact, I will use a Q-tip to impose ashes on your forehead, and will say the familiar words from the prayer book.  We’ll all be wearing masks (maybe even two masks) the whole time, and my ashen Q tips will be single use. 

There will also be two more traditional Ash Wednesday services at 12:15 and 6:30PM.  These services of Eucharist will also include the imposition of ashes by Q-tip in the same manner.  Services will limited to 20 people, and you will need to sign up in order to come

Anglicans have often been a little skeptical of ashes anyway.  The 1979 Book of Common Prayer is the first to include the option to impose Ashes on Ash Wednesday, and including this option was very controversial at the time.  Many Episcopalians at the time felt like the idea of Ash Wednesday violated Jesus’ commandment in Matthew 6: “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them… whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting” (in order to build in some intentional irony and self-reflection, Matthew 6 is the Gospel reading for the Ash Wednesday service).  On the other hand, many others have felt that the visceral, fragile, and potent reminder that ashes provide us is important, nonetheless.  This strange ritual reminds us of our own mortality, of the mortality of our loved ones, and even the mortality of the people that we see walking around us.  It is physical reminder of the fragility and preciousness of life; the need to trust in God; the need to care for and cherish others; the need to live life now, with what we’ve got, while we’ve got it; to not take tomorrow for granted—ashes on the forehead really do it for some folks.  It can be a powerful and holy way to begin Lent, that season of preparation before the glory of Easter. 

So, I am offering this weird symbol to those for whom it is important.  I do believe that physical things, like ashes, like candles, can communicate important things and can ultimately help us receive God grace in our lives.  When it comes to the sacraments—the waters of baptism, the bread and wine of Eucharist—my confidence and commitment are magnified significantly.  Ultimately, this is because I believe that God became human in Jesus Christ and made material things, matter, matter.  They matter in such a way that transcends our fragility and mortality and touches upon the divine.  I’m staking my life on that.  I believe in all of this so much that I’m willing to hang out outside in the cold and put ashes on your forehead with a Q tip.  That being said, the safest thing is to watch the service online, especially for those of us who are might be particularly vulnerable to serious illness because of coronavirus.  We’ll take every precaution, but there’s always risk.  So, I’ll be here if you need me.  But ashes or not, regardless of me or you or what we do, God’s love for us is always nearby.  God is always very near. 

Acts of the Apostles – 01/31/2021

Week of January 31, 2021

Our all-parish annual meeting will take place virtually THIS SUNDAY, January 31, 
after the 10am service. 
We will meet on Zoom to vote to pass a budget and to elect new members of the vestry.  We will be using same link we use for nightly Compline. Please plan to join us for this important business meeting.

This Sunday

10AM Holy Eucharist
Limited to 10 in-person attendeesSocial distancing and masks required – Sign Up
Watch the broadcast on our YouTube channel
Service Material can be found on our website  

This week’s Scripture readings – 4th Sunday after Epiphany
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm 111
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28

A Note from the Rector

I am looking forward to our annual meeting Sunday after the 10AM service (about 11:15AM).  Our Constitution and By-Laws stipulate that the annual meeting must be held in the church, so in at least the spirit of adherence, I will be “broadcasting” from the church building. Our digital presentation will be streamlined. I’ve asked committee chairs to limit their remarks to about two minutes each with the exception of the Budget presentation (I want to give plenty of time for both explanation and potential questions). 
 
However, for this to work well I am asking each member of Holy Apostles to take some time to read the excellent committee reports.  They can be found on our website holyapostlespa.org/annual-meeting.  John Day, who has done an outstanding job as senior warden, wrote an excellent report summarizing much of what has happened this year from the perspective of the vestry. Tom Forker and Matt Dupre put together a thorough summary of the state of our finances, as well as an excellent proposed budget for 2021 which is also available for your review. Their financial leadership during this pandemic has been exemplary. The pandemic has not put an end to our ministry, and if you read the committee reports you will begin to get a sense of just how much we were able to accomplish in 2020 with God’s help and with the tenacity and perseverance of our congregation and leadership. I am especially thankful for the outstanding continued Outreach work of our parish. Despite challenging circumstances, Holy Apostles helped to feed a lot of people, provide many other resources and comfort to a lot of people. We maintained our important relationships with the Darby Mission, Connect by Night, and the Ardmore Food Pantry at St. Mary’s. I couldn’t be more grateful to all of you for this outstanding work. 
 
Please do spend some time reading the reports, and then please join us after service on Sunday on our Compline Zoom link for our annual meeting. 

Services

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

Sunday, January 31, 2021 – 4th Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 10
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher
All-Parish Annual Meeting to follow this service on Zoom

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 – Candlemas, Feast of the Presentation of Christ to the Temple
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion and Blessing of Candles 6:30 PM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 10
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Sunday, February 7, 2021 – 5th Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 20
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Zoom Compline is held every 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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/233415613?pwd=dTBDeUhrUUdSak9MS3RUaXdDSDhpUT09
or call into the meeting toll-free 1-888-475-4499 
Callers will be promoted to enter this meeting ID: 233 415 613
and passcode: love

Zoom Bible Studyis held every Thursday at 11AM
We will be starting a study of the Books of Daniel and Revelation. Now is a great time to join us as we get ready to discover a new view on the never-changing promises of God. 

Follow this link to join:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/788355291?pwd=R2FQRWltZ01LWG92WGtPSm54cXJSUT09
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”

Announcements

+ Lenten Reading – Lent is just around the corner!  This year you are invited to participate in an All Parish Book Reading and Discussion. We will read a short, intriguing, and enjoyable book by Esther De Waal entitled Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict (Liturgical Press, 1984, updated 2001) There will be opportunities during Lent to discuss the book together. You are also welcome just to read the book on your own! You can find the book on Amazon or, you might consider supporting an independent bookstore such as Eighth Day Books or Hearts and Minds Books. You’ll want to order soon in order to ensure that it gets to you in time!

+ Church Service Attendance – Based on guidelines from Bishop Daniel and a corresponding vote by your Vestry, beginning February 7 the maximum number of attendees will be raised to 20 persons. Masks and appropriate distancing will continue to be observed. We look forward to seeing you back at church if you feel comfortable there. Services will also continue to be livestreamed. Please note that you must pre-register to attend service to allow us to  continue keeping with our safe practices. If you are serving (organist, reader, cantor, tech, usher, etc.) please remember to sign up as well.

+ Outreach Opportunity for Lent – During Lent our goal is to help stock and replenish the Darby mission Food Pantry and School Supplies. Below is a “top ten” list of items that would be required to meet the needs of Rev. Doris’ clients. Other items also accepted. Children and Youth could be encouraged to concentrate on school supplies while the Adults of the congregation could take on the food and personal hygiene items. Collection will run from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday. Drop off locations will be established and noted in upcoming Acts of the Apostles emails and in Sunday announcements during the 10 am service. School Supplies most needed: crayons, glue sticks, composition notebooks, pencils Food and Hygiene items most needed: pasta, pasta sauce, tuna, cereal, tampons THANK YOU for your continued support of those in need in our communities. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 NRSV

+ Girl Scout Cookies are here! For 6 years now Emma Gallagher has set up in the parish hall during coffee hour, but thanks to COVID, she is all online!  Emma is in Penn Valley/Welsh Valley Cadette Troop 7031. Our cookie sales fund the troop for the year – the girls have been meeting virtually and are really looking forward to seeing each other in person hopefully soon!

Flavors ($4 per box):
Toast-Yay (new this year – which is a French toast flavor), Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Coconut Delights, Shortbreads, Lemonades and S’mores.

 Click here to place an online order or go to: 
https://app.abcsmartcookies.com/#/social-link-landing/d209b161-8f30-4958-aa36-8807e0d457b1  You can choose shipping, or girl delivery with a credit card. You can also contact Michelle directly and use cash, check, Venmo, PayPal, etc. Emma can deliver or set up a time to meet (socially distanced) in the church parking lot.  Emma says “thank you for your support of our troop!” Cookie sales run from January 21- March 14.

+ Sunday School: Sunday School will be held online via Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month for preschool (5 years old) through 8th grade.  You can join Sunday School using this link (all ages welcome):  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89142013163?pwd=WFpJVDlZVFJhOUVVa1gxQ2k0djVndz09
We’re looking for more teachers! If you would like to be involved in this exciting ministry, contact Peter Patton: pmpatton307@gmail.com

+ Bible Study: Every Thursday at 11AM (currently on Zoom). We will be starting a study of the Books of Daniel and Revelation. Now is a great time to join us as we get ready to discover a new view on the never-changing promises of God. . Join us anytime using this link: https://gmail.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1f491246993696e01f4487821&id=d52f77ccb0&e=fca055bb29

+ One Love: Our diocese has created an online platform where you can find inspirational videos, sermons by the bishop and other clergy, and online services.  Visit DioPA One Love Online: https://episcopalpa.online.church

+Eucharistic Visits: 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 the rector if you would like to schedule a visit. 

+Giving: 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 holyapostlespa.org and click on the “Give” button on the top right hand corner of the webpage.  

+ Online Worship: Online worship continues!  We will be live-streaming each Sunday at 10AM.  We will be calling on our virtual choir to provide music for us, and there will be occasional readings from members at home.  It’s all happening on our YouTube Channel. Be sure to hit the SUBSCRIBE button!

+ Happy Birthday! The following folks have birthdays in the month of February.
6th      Carter Grant
12th    Jamieson Henderson
17th    Mike Johnson
19th    Annie Neff
          Jamison Grant
23rd    Lyn DeSilets
          Lucas Johnson
24th    Jeremiah Mustered
27th    Meg Delevan
          Alice Vroome
28th    Braeden Wherry
          Colin Vroome
If your birthday, or the birthday of another parishioner in your family is missing, please notify the Parish Office at holyapostlespa@gmail.com

Copyright © 2021  Church of the Holy Apostles, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
1020 Remington Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096 

Acts of the Apostles – 01/24/2021

Week of January 24, 2021

Our all-parish annual meeting will take place virtually
NEXT SUNDAY, January 31, after the 10am service. 

We will meet on Zoom to vote to pass a budget and to elect new members of the vestry.  Next week this space will include the Zoom link and call-in number option. We will be using same link we use for nightly Compline. Please plan to join us for this important business meeting.

Dear CHA parishioners,

Our annual meeting has always included a delicious soup and sandwich lunch.  For obvious reasons, we will be postponing that meal until we can gather and share together again. However, we do want to be able to virtually share a bite to eat as we review 2020 and look forward to 2021. To that end, on Saturday 1/30 we will be delivering a bag of breakfast goodies to be enjoyed during our annual meeting being held Sunday, 1/31, following the 10 AM service.

Bon Appetit!

Suzanne Lees
Fellowship Committee Chairperson

THIS SUNDAY

10AM Holy Eucharist
Limited to 10 in-person attendees – Social distancing and masks required – Sign Up
Watch the broadcast on our YouTube channel
Service Material can be found on our website  

This week’s Scripture readings – 3rd Sunday after Epiphany
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 62:6-14
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20

A Note from the Rector

We are preparing to elect two new members to our vestry next Sunday at our annual parish meeting.  This slate of candidates includes:

Linda Day
Linda and her husband John have been members of CHA since 2016.  Linda is the Pre-K Assistant Teacher at Plymouth Meeting Friends School.  She has been an integral volunteer for so many things at CHA, from gardening projects to pancakes with Santa.  She also serves on the Altar Guild.  Linda is a member of the Daughters of the King and is interested, with several others, in starting a chapter of DOK here at CHA.  John and Linda live in Wynnewood. 

Jean Gentile
Jean and his wife, Katie, joined CHA in 2019 after moving back to the area from Florida.  Jean and Katie have deep roots in this community.  Since the pandemic prevented us from meeting normally, Jean has been instrumental in building and facilitating the technology we’ve needed in order to conduct our services virtually.  A talented musician, Jean has used his talents combined with his technical skill to help create our virtual choir offerings.  Jean works for Electronic Arts.  Jean and Katie live in Havertown. 

We will also vote on a motion to allow Suzanne Lees to continue serving on the vestry for two more years.  At last year’s annual meeting, Suzanne was elected to complete the last year of Kevin Cavanaugh’s vestry term.  Given the challenges we have faced together in 2020, Suzanne has graciously volunteered to stay on the vestry and complete a typical three-year term.  I hope very much that we will vote to keep Suzanne.  She is a gift to this parish, and I am grateful for her willingness to continue to serve.  Her continued vestry term will provide much needed stability and continuity as we face 2021 and, with God’s help, emerge on the other side of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Thank you to all three vestry candidates.  I hope that all members of the parish will be able to join us online next Sunday, January 31, for our annual parish meeting. 

A Note on Vestries

The vestry and rector serve as the leadership of this parish together.  The vestry system is unique to the American branch of the Anglican Communion (The Episcopal Church).  During our colonial period, the Church of England operated in the American colonies under the direct authority of the Bishop of London.   [more]

A theological reflection on wearing masks

Services

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

Sunday, January 24, 2021 – 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 10
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Sunday, January 31, 2021 – 4th Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 10
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher
All-Parish Annual Meeting to follow this service on Zoom

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 – Candlemas, Feast of the Presentation of Christ to the Temple
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion and Blessing of Candles 6:30 PM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 10
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Zoom Compline is held every 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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/233415613?pwd=dTBDeUhrUUdSak9MS3RUaXdDSDhpUT09
or call into the meeting toll-free 1-888-475-4499 
Callers will be promoted to enter this meeting ID: 233 415 613
and passcode: love

Zoom Bible Studyis held every Thursday at 11AM
We will be starting a study of the Books of Daniel and Revelation. Now is a great time to join us as we get ready to discover a new view on the never-changing promises of God. 

Follow this link to join:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/788355291?pwd=R2FQRWltZ01LWG92WGtPSm54cXJSUT09
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”

Announcements

+ Lenten Reading – Lent is just around the corner!  This year you are invited to participate in an All Parish Book Reading and Discussion. We will read a short, intriguing, and enjoyable book by Esther De Waal entitled 
Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict
(Liturgical Press, 1984, updated 2001) 
There will be opportunities during Lent to discuss the book together. 
You are also welcome just to read the book on your own! You can find the book on Amazon or, you might consider supporting an independent bookstore such as Eighth Day Books or Hearts and Minds Books. You’ll want to order soon in order to ensure that it gets to you in time!

+ Girl Scout Cookies are here! For 6 years now Emma Gallagher has set up in the parish hall during coffee hour, but thanks to COVID, she is all online!  Emma is in Penn Valley/Welsh Valley Cadette Troop 7031. Our cookie sales fund the troop for the year – the girls have been meeting virtually and are really looking forward to seeing each other in person hopefully soon!

Flavors ($4 per box):
Toast-Yay (new this year – which is a French toast flavor), Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Coconut Delights, Shortbreads, Lemonades and S’mores.

Click here to place an online order or go to: 
https://app.abcsmartcookies.com/#/social-link-landing/d209b161-8f30-4958-aa36-8807e0d457b1  You can choose shipping, or girl delivery with a credit card. You can also contact Michelle directly and use cash, check, Venmo, PayPal, etc.  Emma can deliver or set up a time to meet (socially distanced) in the church parking lot.  
Emma says “thank you for your support of our troop!” 
Cookie sales run from January 21- March 14.

+ Sunday School: Sunday School will be held online via Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month for preschool (5 years old) through 8th grade.  You can join Sunday School using this link (all ages welcome):  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89142013163?pwd=WFpJVDlZVFJhOUVVa1gxQ2k0djVndz09
We’re looking for more teachers! If you would like to be involved in this exciting ministry, contact Peter Patton: pmpatton307@gmail.com

+ Bible Study: Every Thursday at 11AM (currently on Zoom). We will be starting a study of the Books of Daniel and Revelation. Now is a great time to join us as we get ready to discover a new view on the never-changing promises of God. . Join us anytime using this link: https://gmail.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1f491246993696e01f4487821&id=d52f77ccb0&e=fca055bb29

+ One Love: Our diocese has created an online platform where you can find inspirational videos, sermons by the bishop and other clergy, and online services.  Visit DioPA One Love Online: https://episcopalpa.online.church

+Eucharistic Visits: 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 the rector if you would like to schedule a visit. 

+Giving: 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 holyapostlespa.org and click on the “Give” button on the top right hand corner of the webpage.  

+ Online Worship: Online worship continues!  We will be live-streaming each Sunday at 10AM.  We will be calling on our virtual choir to provide music for us, and there will be occasional readings from members at home.  It’s all happening on our YouTube Channel. Be sure to hit the SUBSCRIBE button!

+ Happy Birthday! The following folks have birthdays in the month of January.
2nd     Paul March
4th      Jamie Grant
5th      Bradford Smith
7th      Katie Gentile
8th      Kalli Miller
20th    Deborah Stambaugh
21st    Maddie Johnson
           Paige Johnson
25th    Christine Costello
If your birthday, or the birthday of another parishioner in your family is missing, please notify the Parish Office at holyapostlespa@gmail.com

Copyright © 2021  Church of the Holy Apostles, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
1020 Remington Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096 

A Note from the Rector – 01/24/2021

We are preparing to elect two new members to our vestry next Sunday at our annual parish meeting.  This slate of candidates includes:

Linda Day

Linda and her husband John have been members of CHA since 2016.  Linda is the Pre-K Assistant Teacher at Plymouth Meeting Friends School.  She has been an integral volunteer for so many things at CHA, from gardening projects to pancakes with Santa.  She also serves on the Altar Guild.  Linda is a member of the Daughters of the King and is interested, with several others, in starting a chapter of DOK here at CHA.  John and Linda live in Wynnewood. 

Jean Gentile

Jean and his wife, Katie, joined CHA in 2019 after moving back to the area from Florida.  Jean and Katie have deep roots in this community.  Since the pandemic prevented us from meeting normally, Jean has been instrumental in building and facilitating the technology we’ve needed in order to conduct our services virtually.  A talented musician, Jean has used his talents combined with his technical skill to help create our virtual choir offerings.  Jean works for Electronic Arts.  Jean and Katie live in Havertown. 

We will also vote on a motion to allow Suzanne Lees to continue serving on the vestry for two more years.  At last year’s annual meeting, Suzanne was elected to complete the last year of Kevin Cavanaugh’s vestry term.  Given the challenges we have faced together in 2020, Suzanne has graciously volunteered to stay on the vestry and complete a typical three-year term.  I hope very much that we will vote to keep Suzanne.  She is a gift to this parish, and I am grateful for her willingness to continue to serve.  Her continued vestry term will provide much needed stability and continuity as we face 2021 and, with God’s help, emerge on the other side of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Thank you to all three vestry candidates.  I hope that all members of the parish will be able to join us online next Sunday, January 31, for our annual parish meeting. 

A Note on Vestries

The vestry and rector serve as the leadership of this parish together.  The vestry system is unique to the American branch of the Anglican Communion (The Episcopal Church).  During our colonial period, the Church of England operated in the American colonies under the direct authority of the Bishop of London.  There were no bishops on American soil until after the American Revolution.  There were also no seminaries, and colonies eventually experienced a dire clergy shortage.  The vestry system developed out of this necessity.  In order for parishes to survive, they needed to have strong lay leadership.  Especially in colonies like Virginia where the Church of England was the Established Church, parishes were not just church communities they functioned as geographical entities (similar to the old system of counties and parishes in England).  The parish vestries that developed, then, did not just administer the temporal affairs of the parish church, but also, in many cases, served as civil administrators of the entire geographical parish.  From this history, our contemporary vestry system has developed.  Unique to Anglicanism, (and also to Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and many “Mainline” denominations), a vestry in the Episcopal church is tasked with hiring a rector in consultation with the bishop. 

Vestries are a testament to a fact just as true today as it was in colonial America, and indeed everywhere at every time: the church’s backbone is strong lay leadership.  The New Testament puts this in theological terms.  All baptized Christians are called to be in the “priesthood of all believers” (1 Peter 2:5).  We are all ministers of the Gospel, and essential parts of the Body of Christ, the Church.  Our role as priests, under Jesus the Great High Priest (Hebrews 7), is to pray for and bless this world, and by our lives, to bring this world closer to God’s Kingdom.  That’s the cosmic picture.  The local picture seems more mundane.  During the pandemic the vestry met monthly on Zoom and passed numerous emails back and forth, conducting the business of the church.   Don’t be fooled.  The work of the vestry is profound, essential, and beautiful.  It is nothing short of committed, loving members of this local congregation quietly doing God’s work day in and day out.  I am so grateful. 

Acts of the Apostles – 01/17/2021

Week of January 17, 2021
Our all-parish annual meeting will take place virtually on
Sunday, January 31, after the 10am service. 
 We will meet on Zoom, vote to pass a budget and elect new members of the vestry.  Watch this space for details and plan to join us for this important business meeting.

This Sunday

10AM Holy Eucharist
Limited to 10 in-person attendees – Social distancing and masks required – Sign Up
Watch the broadcast on our YouTube channel
Service Material can be found on our website  

This week’s Scripture readings – 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
1 Samuel 3:1-20
Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
John 1:43-51

A Note from the Rector

In my sermon last Sunday I said that partisan politics is not the business of the Church.  Instead, I posited, the Church is a politics all of its own.  I want to use a few of these Rector’s Notes to act as footnotes to back that statement up, and to elaborate on it especially from Scripture.  Mostly, I want to meditate on some passages of Scripture that are undeniably political and yet point to what I would call God’s politics, or, in the language of Scripture: the Kingdom of God. God’s reign is in direct contrast to many of the political machinations that we humans have come up with over the millennia.  In these explorations, I am taking the long view.  Yes, I think Scripture speaks to our pressing current situations, but it does so “sidelong.” It is with an understanding that God’s timing is not humanity’s and that political brokenness is not something that is new (even if it is urgent).  So, without naming names, or drawing conclusions that each of you can draw on your own, I want to begin in the first book of the Bible, Genesis.
 
The Tower of Babel
 
Genesis 11:1-12 relates the well-known, but not well understood, story of the Tower of Babel.  It’s worth reading again since it may have been awhile (the last time it came up in the Sunday lectionary was Pentecost, June 9, 2019). 
 
The story is set in the distant past when humans were first gathering together and building cities.  It relates how a group of humans migrated to the plains of Shinar (also known as Mesopotamia, modern day Iraq and Iran).  [more]

A theological reflection on wearing masks
 

Services

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

Sunday January 17, 2021 – 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 10
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Sunday January 24, 2021 – 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 10
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Zoom Compline is held every 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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/233415613?pwd=dTBDeUhrUUdSak9MS3RUaXdDSDhpUT09
or call into the meeting toll-free 1-888-475-4499 
Callers will be promoted to enter this meeting ID: 233 415 613
and password: love

Zoom Bible Study is held every Thursday at 11AM
We will be starting a new book of the Bible in the next few weeks. Now is a great time to join us as we get ready to discover a new view on the never-changing promises of God. 

Follow this link to join:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/788355291?pwd=R2FQRWltZ01LWG92WGtPSm54cXJSUT09
or call 1-888-475-4499 US Toll-free
You will be prompted to enter this meeting ID: 788 355 291

*note: the password for all Zoom meetings is “love”
 

Announcements

+ Pledge Update: Hold Fast With 34 pledges received our current pledge number is $119,094.  We are still expecting several more pledges and are on track to meet last year’s pledge amount and meet our budget needs for 2021. If you have been meaning to pledge, there’s still time!  Send in your pledge card, or request a new one from James or JT.  Thank you so much to everyone who gives of their time, talent, and treasure so that Holy Apostles can remain a faithful, hopeful, and generous community of faith that spreads the love of Jesus in our neighborhoods and world.

+ Outreach Opportunity – MLK Day Food & Supply Drive: On Monday, January 18, Haverford Township will hold a food & supply drive from 10am-2pm at the Haverford Community Recreation & Environmental Center, 9000 Parkview Drive, Haverford. Items to be collected: non-perishable food, paper products, cleaning supplies, baby care items including diapers, wipes and bottles, children’s clothes, pots & pans, books and school supplies. See Haverford Township website for more details.

+ “Bread for the Journey” – a virtual Epiphany pilgrimage!
The season of Epiphany marks a time of journey, illumination, and the manifestation of God as a child of refugees. As a diocese in 2021, we will be walking a different kind of pilgrimage this year: a journey of inner illumination to discover where God is manifest among us today. This year-long journey begins with our first virtual pilgrimage in Epiphany. Recalling the holy family’s flight to Egypt, we will enter the sacred story of scripture and our own lives to share stories of migration, immigration, hope, fear, and flight. We hope that you’re able to join us for this special time together next Thursday, 1/21, at 6:30pm   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bread-for-the-journey-epiphany-refugee-pilgrimage-tickets-136346093837   
The pilgrimage is free and open to all in the diocese – please feel free to share this invitation with others.

+ Sunday School: Sunday School will be held online via Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month for preschool (5 years old) through 8th grade.  You can join Sunday School using this link (all ages welcome):  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89142013163?pwd=WFpJVDlZVFJhOUVVa1gxQ2k0djVndz09

We’re looking for more teachers! If you would like to be involved in this exciting ministry, contact Peter Patton: pmpatton307@gmail.com

+ Bible Study: Every Thursday at 11AM (currently on Zoom). We will be starting a new book of the Bible in the next few weeks. Now is a great time to join us as we get ready to discover a new view on the never-changing promises of God. . Join us anytime using this link: https://gmail.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1f491246993696e01f4487821&id=d52f77ccb0&e=fca055bb29

+ One Love: Our diocese has created an online platform where you can find inspirational videos, sermons by the bishop and other clergy, and online services.  Visit DioPA One Love Online: https://episcopalpa.online.church

+ Eucharistic Visits: 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 the rector if you would like to schedule a visit. 

+ Giving: 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 holyapostlespa.org and click on the “Give” button on the top right hand corner of the webpage.  

+ Online Worship: Online worship continues!  We will be live-streaming each Sunday at 10AM.  We will be calling on our virtual choir to provide music for us, and there will be occasional readings from members at home.  It’s all happening on our YouTube Channel. Be sure to hit the SUBSCRIBE button!

+ Happy Birthday! The following folks have birthdays in the month of January.2nd     Paul March
4th      Jamie Grant
5th      Bradford Smith
7th      Katie Gentile
8th      Kalli Miller
20th    Deborah Stambaugh
21st    Maddie Johnson
           Paige Johnson
25th    Christine Costello
If your birthday, or the birthday of another parishioner in your family is missing, please notify the Parish Office at holyapostlespa@gmail.com
Copyright © 2021  Church of the Holy Apostles, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
1020 Remington Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096 

A Note from the Rector – 01/17/2021

In my sermon last Sunday I said that partisan politics is not the business of the Church.  Instead, I posited, the Church is a politics all of its own.  I want to use a few of these Rector’s Notes to act as footnotes to back that statement up, and to elaborate on it especially from Scripture.  Mostly, I want to meditate on some passages of Scripture that are undeniably political and yet point to what I would call God’s politics, or, in the language of Scripture: the Kingdom of God. God’s reign is in direct contrast to many of the political machinations that we humans have come up with over the millennia.  In these explorations, I am taking the long view.  Yes, I think Scripture speaks to our pressing current situations, but it does so “sidelong.” It is with an understanding that God’s timing is not humanity’s and that political brokenness is not something that is new (even if it is urgent).  So, without naming names, or drawing conclusions that each of you can draw on your own, I want to begin in the first book of the Bible, Genesis.

The Tower of Babel

Genesis 11:1-12 relates the well-known, but not well understood, story of the Tower of Babel.  It’s worth reading again since it may have been awhile (the last time it came up in the Sunday lectionary was Pentecost, June 9, 2019). 

The story is set in the distant past when humans were first gathering together and building cities.  It relates how a group of humans migrated to the plains of Shinar (also known as Mesopotamia, modern day Iraq and Iran).  They developed the technology to make bricks by baking mud and adding bitumen, and they created mortar to hold them together.  This technology allowed them, apparently for the first time ever, to start building a city.  As the crowning achievement of this city, they began building a great tower.  They wanted to the tower to reach to the heavens, “in order to make a name for themselves.”    They all spoke the same language.  God sees what they are doing and says something fascinating.  We are meant to imagine God enthroned in God’s council, surrounded by the heavenly hosts.  That is why God is speaking as if to a group.  God says, “Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.  Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”  That’s exactly what happens and, as a consequence, the overly ambitious building project is abandoned.  The people are scattered around the area, each one looking for the others who speak their language.  Each one is struggling to be understood and to be heard. 

The theological and ethical point of this story is that God judges the pride and hubris of humanity. One of the most remarkably consistent messages in Scripture—from Genesis to Revelation and almost every book in-between—is that prideful people will always come under God’s judgement in the end, but that God will always be merciful to those who have humility.  The tower of Babel story supports the notion that chaos and division are the consequences of pride as it is carried out in the public square.  From the perspective from which the story is told, God’s judgement means that God scrambled the languages.  From a human point of view, and from the perspective of history, it is easy to see that prideful leadership always results in division and chaos.  We recognize both God’s judgement and the natural consequences of pride are the same.  As St. Paul puts in Galatians, “you reap what you sow.”

Anthropologically and archeologically, the story of Babel is interesting because it seems to be set in a period of human history, around 12,000 to 20,000 years ago, when humans first began building cities and establishing civilizations on a large scale.  Two new human inventions supported the rise of the first cities in Mesopotamia, subsistence agriculture and slavery.  Archeology suggests that the first cities in Mesopotamia built around this time included large pyramid type buildings that towered over all the other buildings.  Scholars suspect that such a building is what the writer of Genesis had in mind in the story of the tower of Babel.  Called, ziggurats, these ancient buildings were temples for the worship of a several ancient deities.  In a fascinating concurrence, these structures from the Near East look and probably functioned remarkably similar to pyramids that were constructed in Central and South America by early Meso-American civilizations, though the latter were built thousands of years later. 

But, what does this story have to do with politics, particularly the politics of today’s Church?  A clue is found in the lectionary.  As I alluded to earlier, the story of the tower of Babel is read on the Feast of Pentecost in lectionary year C.  There is a reason for this.  The lectionary invites us intentionally to contrast Babel with the story of the Day of the Pentecost and the founding of the Church found in Acts 2.  You’ll remember that on that day, the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus’ disciples who had gathered in the upper room.  When the Holy Spirit arrived, they began speaking in other languages (among other things).  This is called glossolalia, and it was mentioned in last Sunday’s readings as well in relationship to Baptism (Acts 19:1-17).  On Pentecost day, the disciples spoke in other languages.  In Jerusalem for the Passover and its attendant festivals, there were members of the Jewish diaspora who were from many parts of the ancient world and spoke a variety of languages.  When these folks heard the disciples and understood what they were saying in a variety of different languages, they were amazed and many of them believed their message about Jesus. 

At Pentecost, God was constituting a new community—the Church—a new society, a new city even.  This new political body was a reversal of the chaos and discordance of Babel.   The Tower of Babel represents God’s judgement against human pride and hubris, but God’s judgement is never the final word.  God’s mercy always is. In contrast to a society that is founded on pride and human hubris, God founds a different kind of community, the Church.  The Church can only be founded on the self-giving love of Jesus, and on a new and mysterious kind of power: the power of the Holy Spirit.  This spiritual power does not coerce or use violence to achieve its ends.  Rather the power of the Holy Spirit is the power to meet others where they are, use the language they use, and invite them to experience Jesus’ love for themselves.  It is the power to constitute a society based on the principles of the Gospel.  When the Church relies on this power (even though this power seems like weakness to this world) the Church cannot fail.  When the Church, through pride or fear, resorts to other forms of power such as nationalism or violence, it stops being the Church that God intends.  Its witness to the saving grace of Jesus is strongly diminished and it needs to turn around. 

Acts of the Apostle – 01/10/2021

Week of January 10, 2021

Our all-parish annual meeting will take place virtually on Sunday, January 31 after the 10am service. We will meet on Zoom, vote to pass a budget and elect new members of the vestry.  Watch this space for details and plan to join us for this important business meeting.

This Sunday

10AM Holy Eucharist
Limited to 10 in-person attendees – Social distancing and masks required – Sign Up
Watch the broadcast on our YouTube channel
Service Material can be found on our website

This week’s Scripture readings1st Sunday after the Epiphany
Genesis 1:1-5
Psalm 29
Acts 19:1-7
Mark 1:4-11

A Note from the Rector

I am not going to rush to capture all my thoughts regarding the attack on the Capitol building which happened on the Feast of the Epiphany.  I was horrified and outraged.  But by themselves, my emotions don’t mean much.  Horror and outrage will only go so far.  The real work lies on the other side.  But, I’m not going to rush past all that toward the construction of a grand analysis, solution, or even a cogent essay of any kind.  I have much to process as we all do.  For now, I am going to offer one thought and plead one cause. 
 
Holy Apostles is our local incarnation of Body of Christ.  St. Paul tells us that we are all members of one body (Romans 12).  A member of the body attacking another member of the body is analogous to one of the most dangerous aspects of the coronavirus for a lot people, especially those who are otherwise healthy.  The virus tricks the body’s immune system into attacking the body itself.  In the same way, the virus of hatred and division (a spiritual, cultural, and political malaise) is tricking the body of Christ into attacking itself.  This cannot be.  Now more than ever, we need to love each other and stick by each other.  We do not need to completely agree with each other, except in one case—that we are members of the Body of Christ.  Don’t believe our society that claims the only thing that matters is being right, that the “gotcha” moment is what counts.  The only thing that matters is the love of Jesus that transforms the world.  In the FINAL analysis, the moment that counts is when you were baptized into the Body of Christ, transformed and saved by the grace of God.  We need to be careful what we say to each other, especially on social media.  Social media gives us a false sense of removal from the real consequences of our words.  It tricks us into thinking we can say whatever we want; to be more forceful, mean, and cruel than we would ever dream of being in a face-to-face conversation.  I confess to you my siblings in Christ, I am guilty of this more times than I can count.  The love of Jesus is calling us to be different.  Grace and peace are not won by winning on the internet. 
 
This doesn’t mean we should not have real conversations about the issues which threaten to destroy the country in which we live.  Going forward, after the outrage and horror subsides, we’re going to have to figure out ways on the grassroots level to talk about this stuff in ways that honor God and honor our sacred obligation to love each other as Christ loves us. 

Services

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

Sunday January 10, 2021 – 1st Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 10
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Sunday January 17, 2021 – 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 10
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Zoom Compline is held every 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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/233415613?pwd=dTBDeUhrUUdSak9MS3RUaXdDSDhpUT09
or call into the meeting toll-free 1-888-475-4499 
Callers will be promoted to enter this meeting ID: 233 415 613
and password: love

Zoom Bible Studyis held every Thursday at 11AM
We will be starting a new book of the Bible in the next few weeks. Now is a great time to join us as we get ready to discover a new view on the never-changing promises of God. 

Follow this link to join:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/788355291?pwd=R2FQRWltZ01LWG92WGtPSm54cXJSUT09
or call 1-888-475-4499 US Toll-free
You will be prompted to enter this meeting ID: 788 355 291

*note: the password for all Zoom meetings is “love”

Announcements

+ Pledge Update: Hold Fast With 34 pledges received our current pledge number is $119,094.  We are still expecting several more pledges and are on track to meet last year’s pledge amount and meet our budget needs for 2021. If you have been meaning to pledge, there’s still time!  Send in your pledge card, or request a new one from James or JT.  Thank you so much to everyone who gives of their time, talent, and treasure so that Holy Apostles can remain a faithful, hopeful, and generous community of faith that spreads the love of Jesus in our neighborhoods and world.

+ Christmas Poinsettias: The flowers have been placed in the Narthex. If you would like one, please feel free to stop by and pick one up.

+ Sunday School: Sunday School will be held online via Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month for preschool (5 years old) through 8th grade.  You can join Sunday School using this link (all ages welcome):  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89142013163?pwd=WFpJVDlZVFJhOUVVa1gxQ2k0djVndz09
We’re looking for more teachers! If you would like to be involved in this exciting ministry, contact Peter Patton: pmpatton307@gmail.com

+ Bible Study: Every Thursday at 11AM (currently on Zoom). We will be starting a new book of the Bible in the next few weeks. Now is a great time to join us as we get ready to discover a new view on the never-changing promises of God. . Join us anytime using this link: https://gmail.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1f491246993696e01f4487821&id=d52f77ccb0&e=fca055bb29

+ One Love: Our diocese has created an online platform where you can find inspirational videos, sermons by the bishop and other clergy, and online services.  Visit DioPA One Love Online: https://episcopalpa.online.church

+Eucharistic Visits: 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 the rector if you would like to schedule a visit. 

+Giving: 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 holyapostlespa.org and click on the “Give” button on the top right hand corner of the webpage.  

+ Online Worship: Online worship continues!  We will be live-streaming each Sunday at 10AM.  We will be calling on our virtual choir to provide music for us, and there will be occasional readings from members at home.  It’s all happening on our YouTube Channel. Be sure to hit the SUBSCRIBE button!

+ Happy Birthday! The following folks have birthdays in the month of January.
2nd     Paul March
4th      Jamie Grant
5th      Bradford Smith
7th      Katie Gentile
20th    Deborah Stambaugh
21st    Maddie Johnson
           Paige Johnson
25th    Christine Costello
If your birthday, or the birthday of another parishioner in your family is missing, please notify the Parish Office at holyapostlespa@gmail.com

A Note from the Rector – 01/10/2021

I am not going to rush to capture all my thoughts regarding the attack on the Capitol building which happened on the Feast of the Epiphany.  I was horrified and outraged.  But by themselves, my emotions don’t mean much.  Horror and outrage will only go so far.  The real work lies on the other side.  But, I’m not going to rush past all that toward the construction of a grand analysis, solution, or even a cogent essay of any kind.  I have much to process as we all do.  For now, I am going to offer one thought and plead one cause. 

Holy Apostles is our local incarnation of Body of Christ.  St. Paul tells us that we are all members of one body (Romans 12).  A member of the body attacking another member of the body is analogous to one of the most dangerous aspects of the coronavirus for a lot people, especially those who are otherwise healthy.  The virus tricks the body’s immune system into attacking the body itself.  In the same way, the virus of hatred and division (a spiritual, cultural, and political malaise) is tricking the body of Christ into attacking itself.  This cannot be.  Now more than ever, we need to love each other and stick by each other.  We do not need to completely agree with each other, except in one case—that we are members of the Body of Christ.  Don’t believe our society that claims the only thing that matters is being right, that the “gotcha” moment is what counts.  The only thing that matters is the love of Jesus that transforms the world.  In the FINAL analysis, the moment that counts is when you were baptized into the Body of Christ, transformed and saved by the grace of God.  We need to be careful what we say to each other, especially on social media.  Social media gives us a false sense of removal from the real consequences of our words.  It tricks us into thinking we can say whatever we want; to be more forceful, mean, and cruel than we would ever dream of being in a face-to-face conversation.  I confess to you my siblings in Christ, I am guilty of this more times than I can count.  The love of Jesus is calling us to be different.  Grace and peace are not won by winning on the internet. 

This doesn’t mean we should not have real conversations about the issues which threaten to destroy the country in which we live.  Going forward, after the outrage and horror subsides, we’re going to have to figure out ways on the grassroots level to talk about this stuff in ways that honor God and honor our sacred obligation to love each other as Christ loves us.

Acts of the Apostles – 01/03/2021

Week of January 3, 2021

Our all-parish annual meeting will take place virtually on Sunday, January 31 after the 10am service. We will meet on Zoom, vote to pass a budget and elect new members of the vestry.  Look for details in the Acts of the Apostles, and plan to join us for this important business meeting.

This Sunday

10AM Holy Eucharist
Limited to 10 in-person attendees – Social distancing and masks required
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Watch the broadcast on our YouTube channel
Service Material can be found on our website  

This week’s Scripture readings2nd Sunday after Christmas
Jeremiah 31:7-14
Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19a
Matthew 2:13-15,19-23
Psalm 84 

A Note from the Rector

Several weeks ago I wrote about angels in this space and promised to write more.  I wanted to link some of the descriptions of angels that we can find in Scripture to our actual liturgy and practice as Christians.  I am trying to get at what angels actually have to do with you and me in our lived experience.  I want to start with an early Christian theologian and reader of Scripture who took all the various references to angelic beings in Scripture and in other sources, ancient Jewish literature for example, and systematized them into categories.  Now, boxing such things into categories is satisfying but dangerous.  Nevertheless, I think these categories of angelic beings are interesting and can, at least, give us a framework in which to think about them, as long as we aren’t too dogmatic about it. [more]

Services

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

Sunday January 3, 2021 – 2nd Sunday after Christmas
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 10
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Wednesday January 6, 2021 – Feast of the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 6:30PM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 10
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Sunday January 10, 2021 – 1st Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Prayers of Spiritual Communion 10AM
Live-streamed, In-person attendance limited to 10
The Rev. James Stambaugh, celebrant & preacher

Zoom Compline is held every 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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/233415613?pwd=dTBDeUhrUUdSak9MS3RUaXdDSDhpUT09
or call into the meeting toll-free 1-888-475-4499 
Callers will be promoted to enter this meeting ID: 233 415 613 and password: love

Zoom Bible Study is every Thursday at 11AM
We are currently studying the book of Hebrews. Join us as we learn together.
Follow this link to join:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/788355291?pwd=R2FQRWltZ01LWG92WGtPSm54cXJSUT09
or call 1-888-475-4499 US Toll-free You will be prompted to enter this meeting ID: 788 355 291
*note: the password for all Zoom meetings is “love”

Announcements

+ There will be a special weekday service on Wednesday, January 6 @ 6:30PM to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. The service will be limited to 10 people in attendance but will also be live-streamed to our YouTube channel. We hope you’ll join us for this special day in the church calendar.

+ Pledge Update: Hold Fast With 34 pledges received our current pledge number is $119,094.  We are still expecting several more pledges and are on track to meet last year’s pledge amount and meet our budget needs for 2021. If you have been meaning to pledge, there’s still time!  Send in your pledge card, or request a new one from James or JT.  Thank you so much to everyone who gives of their time, talent, and treasure so that Holy Apostles can remain a faithful, hopeful, and generous community of faith that spreads the love of Jesus in our neighborhoods and world.

+ Sunday School: Sunday School will be held online via Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month for preschool (5 years old) through 8th grade.  You can join Sunday School using this link (all ages welcome):  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89142013163?pwd=WFpJVDlZVFJhOUVVa1gxQ2k0djVndz09
We’re looking for more teachers! If you would like to be involved in this exciting ministry, contact Peter Patton: pmpatton307@gmail.com

+ Bible Study: Every Thursday at 11AM (currently on Zoom).  We’re  studying the Epistle to the Hebrews. Join us anytime using this link: 
https://gmail.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1f491246993696e01f4487821&id=d52f77ccb0&e=fca055bb29

+ One Love: Our diocese has created an online platform where you can find inspirational videos, sermons by the bishop and other clergy, and online services.  Visit DioPA One Love Online: https://episcopalpa.online.church

+Eucharistic Visits: 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 the rector if you would like to schedule a visit. 

+Giving: 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 holyapostlespa.org and click on the “Give” button on the top right hand corner of the webpage.  

+ Online Worship: Online worship continues!  We will be live-streaming each Sunday at 10AM.  We will be calling on our virtual choir to provide music for us, and there will be occasional readings from members at home.  It’s all happening on our YouTube Channel. Be sure to hit the SUBSCRIBE button!

+ Happy Birthday! The following folks have birthdays in the month of January.2nd     Paul March
4th      Jamie Grant
5th      Bradford Smith
7th      Katie Gentile
20th    Deborah Stambaugh
21st    Maddie Johnson
           Paige Johnson
25th    Christine Costello
If your birthday, or the birthday of another parishioner in your family is missing, please notify the Parish Office at holyapostlespa@gmail.com