Announcements – 11/10/2019

Worship

† Are you friendly?  We need you! Our greeter ministry is one of the key ministries of our church.  Greeters welcome visitors, make people comfortable, hand out service leaflets and take up offering.  They make sure the service runs smoothly. Starting in October, we will be organizing a monthly Greeters breakfast with the Rector, probably at a local restaurant.  If you’re interested in serving God in this way, talk to Jim Jervis or Fr. James.

† Morning Prayer is offered at 8:30AM on Sunday mornings and at 9:15AM Tuesdays through Fridays.  Anyone can pray the service privately using the Book of Common Prayer or one of a number of smartphone apps!  See the last section of the digital edition of the “Acts of the Apostles” for details.

Outreach

† Turkey Trot: 5K Run or 1 Mile Walk 9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving, Nov. 28th, to raise money for the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania . (Meet in front of St. Faith Daycare, Havertown.) The fee is $20 or $10 for participants under 12. This event is held each year in memory of Matt Smyth who passed away from Testicular Cancer at age 23.  Make your donations payable to Abramson Cancer Center and in the memo put “The Matt Smyth Fund”.

† Through Sunday, November 24th the Sunday School will be conducting our annual Treats for Troops drive to send items to our service members overseas.  Items are listed in the church hall, and a collection box is in the hallway.  Popular items include power bars, batteries, beef jerky and any candy that might be leftover from Halloween.  The Sunday School will make cards to send for the troops.  Please support our Treats for Troops drive!

† We have offered to provide Thanksgiving meals for families in need thorough the Ardmore Food Pantry. We have committed to providing 8 bags that include a full meal for a family. A sign-up sheet is posted in the church and the food will be collected until Sunday November 10th

†  We are starting to fill out the schedule for our annual Connect by Night Shelter program. This year we will be hosting guests for the entire month of December in the church space.  We could use the following:

      – Week captains able to pick up supplies for lunch-making for a week

      – Lunch preparers for every night of the month. This involves coming to church in the evening at a time of your choice and preparing 50 bag lunches for the guests. If you are able to greet them when they arrive at around 9:30, that is also wonderful. Sign-up link:: bit.ly/2WbmPn3

† There are lots of opportunities to participate in Holy Apostles Outreach through our various programs:

      – Delivering items to a food pantry in Northeast Philadelphia

      – Meals at Darby Mission (3/17) or our annual holiday meal with the East Parkside Community Association (12/9). Other ideas are welcome. Please contact Joe Zorc (zorc@email.chop.edu) or see the sign-up sheet in the parish hall.

Children and Youth

† Nursery childcare is available during the 10:00AM Sunday service for children ages 3 and younger in the Godly Play Room.

† The Holy Apostles Choir School is off and running for the Fall of 2019.  If you have a potential student, apply today.  More information is available at holyapostlespa.org/choir-school/. Please forward this information to friends and neighbors who may be interested. Contact Deb Stambaugh if you have any questions.   

Parish Life

† Year-to-date statements for 2019 Stewardship pledges are available, pick yours up from the table in the hallway.  Those not picked up will be mailed.

† Pancakes with Santa! December 7th is not too far away.  I am looking for volunteers.  Help will be needed with getting the word out, arts and crafts, set up, kitchen, and clean up. Please contact Drew Meiers.  And look for the upcoming organization meeting! 

† We are getting ready to refresh the hallway outside the church offices including some new paint, new furniture, and eventually new flooring.  As a result we have been moving some things around. The Lost & Found box is now located in the church office.

† If you have an announcement to be included in Acts of the Apostles, please send it to holyapostlescomm@gmail.com before Thursday at noon of each week.

† Don’t forget to enter the church through the Parish office door and grab a “Church Member” badge from the office during Daycare hours (7:00AM – 6:00PM Mon-Fri)!

† The Cash for Causes Program at Giant Supermarket:

· Purchase through JT Wertz

· 5% of card value is given to Holy Apostles operating fund.

· Can be used in store or when ordering Giant groceries through Peapod online delivery service.

Education

† Fall Soup Group: We are studying the lives and teachings of the Fathers and Mothers of the Church.  All sessions begin at 6:30PM

October 30: The Seven Ecumenical Councils

For a full list see our website: holyapostlespa.org/soup-group

† Join us for BASICS class, every 3rd Sunday at 9AM. 

† Bible Study on Deuteronomy, Thursdays at 11AM.  All are welcome.

† FacePsalm online study of the Psalms: bit.ly/2ndKq9o

A Note from the Rector – 11/10/2019

I want to let everyone know about a recent gift that our parish family received.  Many of us were present on Sunday, October 13th, when the members of Holy Apostles and the Mediator were present with us for a very special and joyous morning of worship.  If you missed it, don’t worry; there are going to be other opportunities in the future to worship together. As a thank you for the day, our dear sisters and brothers from HAM sent us a special gift: a set of handbells called sanctuary bells, or sometimes, sanctus bells.  Here is the note I received with the bells:

“We are one, we are strongest working together in unity.”  I Corinthians 12:14

Dear Rev. Stambaugh [on behalf of the entire parish of Holy Apostles, Penn Wynne],

Just a note of thanks for hosting us [on October 13th].  We did not want the moment to go without sending a memento to our joint history and ministry together. 

Please accept these sanctuary bells as a reminder of our shared ministry as we press forward to serve the next generation of believers.

Yours in Christ,

Everett A. Gillison, 

Senior Warden, Holy Apostles and the Mediator

Bells have been used during the Eucharistic prayer for nearly 800 years.  They serve several purposes, both symbolic and practical. Perhaps the most straightforward usage for bells is in fulfillment of Scripture’s commandment to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord.”  In the worship of the ancient Israelites, the priest’s vestments were outfitted with bells. This was not only to make a joyful noise, but had a chilling practical application. Once a year, the high priest would enter the Holy of Holies, the room of the Tabernacle and Temple which held the Ark of the Covenant and where God’s glory dwelt.  The bells would let everyone outside know that the priest was still alive. If the bells stopped, the people would know that the priest had been overcome by the glory of the Most High God, and had died. The people would then pull the priest out by a rope attached to his ankle for just such a purpose (see Exodus 28:25-36).

This points to one of the reasons for bells in today’s churches.  They emphasize and call attention to certain moments in the Eucharistic prayer.  They say, “Look up, something extraordinary, something supernatural is happening here, don’t miss it!”  These moments include during the “Sanctus” the song we sing that begins with “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord…”. When we sing that song we literally (yes, literally) join in the cosmic liturgy of Heaven, where angels and archangels and saints and our ancestors in faith are forever proclaiming the holiness of the Most High God.  The bells remind us of the extraordinary power and unity of that moment.  

The bells are also often used right after the Words of Institution, which are the words Jesus spoke at the Last Supper: “This is my body…This is my blood…do this in remembrance of me.”  A final moment for bells is at the Great Amen. This is a special and supernatural moment. The priest is representing the whole gathering of people when he or she prays the Eucharistic prayer to God.  The final Amen, which we sing at Holy Apostles, is a very important acclamation by the people. When you say it, you’re saying to God, “Yes, the priest is praying the words, but they are really the prayers of the whole people.  We take hold of those prayers for ourselves and we say ‘so be it.’”  

So, you can see how special this gift is, and how it is a powerful symbol of unity and friendship.  Everett asked us to remember our special relationship of shared ministry with Holy Apostles and the Mediator when we use those bells.  They are a reminder that when we enter the Holy of Holies, when we join our voices with the song of Heaven itself, when we declare the words of Jesus and experience of the transformation of gifts into the very Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, when we acclaim together our shared thanksgiving to God, we do all those things in unity and fellowship with our sisters and brothers at Holy Apostles and the Mediator.  It is truly is a special gift. My daily prayer is that God will bless God’s Holy Apostles both here in Penn Wynne and on 51st and Spruce with unity and strength of purpose. 

Please sign the thank you card for the bells that you’ll find on the table in the office hallway!  

This Week at Holy Apostles – 11/10/2019

Sunday, November 10
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher and Celebrant: The Rev. James Stambaugh

8:30a Morning Prayer
10:00a Holy Eucharist


Monday, November 11

Parish Offices closed

Tuesday, November 12

9:15a Morning Prayer
3:30-6:00p Choir School

Wednesday, November 13

9:15a Morning Prayer

Thursday, November 14

9:15a Morning Prayer
11:00a Bible Study
3:30-6:00p Choir School

Friday, November 15

12p Eucharist

Sunday, November 17
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. James Stambaugh

8:30a Morning Prayer
10:00a Holy Eucharist

Announcements – 11/3/2019

Worship

† Are you friendly?  We need you! Our greeter ministry is one of the key ministries of our church.  Greeters welcome visitors, make people comfortable, hand out service leaflets and take up offering.  They make sure the service runs smoothly. Starting in October we will be organizing a monthly Greeters breakfast with the Rector, probably at a local restaurant.  If you’re interested in serving God in this way, talk to Jim Jervis or Fr. James.

† Morning Prayer is offered at 8:30AM on Sunday mornings and at 9:15AM Tuesdays through Fridays.  Anyone can pray the service privately using the Book of Common Prayer or one of a number of smartphone apps!  See the last section of the digital edition of the “Acts of the Apostles” for details.

Outreach

† Turkey Trot: 5K Run or 1 Mile Walk 9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving, Nov. 28th, to raise money for the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania . (Meet in front of St. Faith Daycare, Havertown.) The fee is $20 or $10 for participants under 12. This event is held each year in memory of Matt Smyth who passed away from Testicular Cancer at age 23.  Make your donations payable to Abramson Cancer Center and in the memo put “The Matt Smyth Fund”.

† We have offered to provide Thanksgiving meals for families in need thorough the Ardmore Food Pantry. We have committed to providing 8 bags that include a full meal for a family. A sign-up sheet is posted in the church and the food will be collected until Sunday November 10th

†  We are starting to fill out the schedule for our annual Connect by Night Shelter program. This year we will be hosting guests for the entire month of December in the church space.  We could use the following:

      – Week captains able to pick up supplies for lunch-making for a week

      – Lunch preparers for every night of the month. This involves coming to church in the evening at a time of your choice and preparing 50 bag lunches for the guests. If you are able to greet them when they arrive at around 9:30, that is also wonderful. Sign-up link:: bit.ly/2WbmPn3

† There are lots of opportunities to participate in Holy Apostles Outreach through our various programs:

      – Delivering items to a food pantry in Northeast Philadelphia

      – Meals at Darby Mission (3/17) or our annual holiday meal with the East Parkside Community Association (12/9). Other ideas are welcome. Please contact Joe Zorc (zorc@email.chop.edu) or see the sign-up sheet in the parish hall.

Children and Youth

† Nursery childcare is available during the 10:00AM Sunday service for children ages 3 and younger in the Godly Play Room.

† The Holy Apostles Choir School is off and running for the Fall of 2019.  If you have a potential student, apply today.  More information is available at holyapostlespa.org/choir-school/. Please forward this information to friends and neighbors who may be interested. Contact Deb Stambaugh if you have any questions.   

Parish Life

† Year-to-date statements for 2019 Stewardship pledges are available, pick yours up from the table in the hallway.  Those not picked up will be mailed.

† Pancakes with Santa! December 7th is not too far away.  I am looking for volunteers.  Help will be needed with getting the word out, arts and crafts, set up, kitchen, and clean up. Please contact Drew Meiers.  And look for the upcoming organization meeting! 

† We are getting ready to refresh the hallway outside the church offices including some new paint, new furniture, and eventually new flooring.  As a result we have been moving some things around. The Lost & Found box is now located in the church office.

† If you have an announcement to be included in Acts of the Apostles, please send it to holyapostlescomm@gmail.com before Thursday at noon of each week.

† Don’t forget to enter the church through the Parish office door and grab a “Church Member” badge from the office during Daycare hours (7:00AM – 6:00PM Mon-Fri)!

† The Cash for Causes Program at Giant Supermarket:

· Purchase through JT Wertz

· 5% of card value is given to Holy Apostles operating fund.

· Can be used in store or when ordering Giant groceries through Peapod online delivery service.

Education

† Fall Soup Group: We are studying the lives and teachings of the Fathers and Mothers of the Church.  All sessions begin at 6:30PM

October 30: The Seven Ecumenical Councils

For a full list see our website: holyapostlespa.org/soup-group

† Join us for BASICS class, every 3rd Sunday at 9AM. 

† Bible Study on Deuteronomy, Thursdays at 11AM.  All are welcome.

† FacePsalm online study of the Psalms: bit.ly/2ndKq9o

A Note from the Rector – 11/3/2019

              Happy All Saints Sunday!  The prayer book provides for celebrating All Saints (November 1) on the Sunday after to ensure that all of us have ample opportunity to celebrate this important feast and to think about our own connection to the Communion of Saints.  The Communion of Saints is a natural extension of the most important Christian doctrine there is: that Jesus Christ rose from the grave on Easter morning. If the Resurrection of Jesus is true—if Jesus really has destroyed death (and I’m staking my life on the belief that he has)—then what he promises is true, and we will be participants in that resurrection.  The logical entailment of this most glorious and central tenant of Christianity is that the fellowship of believers known as the Church does not end with the death of individual believers. Those who have died in faith are not gone for eternity but live together with Christ. While we cannot understand what that life after death looks like, we can join with the Church through the ages in affirming that there are those whose sanctity of life on this earth, or whose sanctity of death as martyrs for the faith, places them in a position to intercede for us to God.  This is why we say things like “joining our prayers with the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Apostles, St. Faith and all the saints…”. It is not a matter of worshipping the dead, because God alone is to be worshipped. Rather, it is a matter of accepting that our ancestors in faith are still with us in the Christian journey, and just like we can call upon our living friends for prayer and support in that journey, we can call upon the saints.  

  So today is a reminder that our fellowship, unity, and communion with each other transcends space, time, and even death.  For that reason it’s a great day to begin our annual stewardship season. Stewardship season is a time to prayerfully reflect on how God might be calling us to recognize our interconnection with each other and with the ministry and worship of Holy Apostles, which is a small but integral part of the ministry and worship of God’s whole Church throughout the world.  This is a time to pray about what kind of support God is calling us to offer for the work of God in this parish family. Our theme this year is Wonder, Love, and Praise, which is a phrase from the hymn, “Love divine, all love excelling,” written by my one of my favorite hymn writing saints, Charles Wesley.  If you are a member of Holy Apostles, you will be receiving a letter in the mail this coming week introducing this theme. The letter will also include a pledge card.  These are tools to help you to think about the gifts that God has given you and how you might use those gifts to glorify God, to help others, and to keep this place as a place where we can all belong, a place that connects us to those ancestors of faith who have gone before us.  We will continue in this season of prayer and discernment until Sunday, November 24th.  On that Sunday, we will gather all our pledges of stewardship and generosity and offer them to God for God’s Church.  After that special service, we always celebrate with an all-parish luncheon. It’s going to be a lovely time.  

From beginning to end and at every point in between, it is my honor and duty to thank you for your past and continued support of Holy Apostles.  Thank you for your faithfulness in getting on board with what God is doing in us and through us as a community. This truly is a place to belong, and through your support, it will remain that way for future generations.  Thank you!

In Christ,

James+

This Week at Holy Apostles – 11/3/2019

Sunday, November 3
All Saints Sunday
Preacher and Celebrant: The Rev. James Stambaugh

8:30a Morning Prayer
10:00a Holy Eucharist


Monday, November 4

Parish Offices closed

Tuesday, November 5

9:15a Morning Prayer
3:30-6:00p Choir School

Wednesday, November 6

9:15a Morning Prayer

Thursday, November 7

9:15a Morning Prayer
11:00a Bible Study
3:30-6:00p Choir School

Friday, November 8

12p Eucharist

Sunday, November 10
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. James Stambaugh

10:00a Holy Eucharist

Announcements – 10/27/2019

Worship

† Please submit names of beloved deceased persons to be prayed for at our annual All Souls Day Mass (Holy Eucharist).  You can email them to holyapostlespa@gmail.com

† Are you friendly?  We need you! Our greeter ministry is one of the key ministries of our church.  Greeters welcome visitors, make people comfortable, hand out service leaflets and take up offering.  They make sure the service runs smoothly. Starting in October we will be organizing a monthly Greeters breakfast with the Rector, probably at a local restaurant.  If you’re interested in serving God in this way, talk to Jim Jervis or Fr. James.

† Morning Prayer is offered at 8:30AM on Sunday mornings and at 9:15AM Tuesdays through Fridays.  Anyone can pray the service privately using the Book of Common Prayer or one of a number of smartphone apps!  See the last section of the digital edition of the “Acts of the Apostles” for details.

Outreach

† Turkey Trot: 5K Run or 1 Mile Walk 9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving, Nov. 28th, to raise money for the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania . (Meet in front of St. Faith Daycare, Havertown.) The fee is $20 or $10 for participants under 12. This event is held each year in memory of Matt Smyth who passed away from Testicular Cancer at age 23.  Make your donations payable to Abramson Cancer Center and in the memo put “The Matt Smyth Fund”.

† We have offered to provide Thanksgiving meals for families in need thorough the Ardmore Food Pantry. We have committed to providing 8 bags that include a full meal for a family. A sign-up sheet is posted in the church and the food will be collected until Sunday November 10th

†  We are starting to fill out the schedule for our annual Connect by Night Shelter program. This year we will be hosting guests for the entire month of December in the church space.  We could use the following:

      – Week captains able to pick up supplies for lunch-making for a week

      – Lunch preparers for every night of the month. This involves coming to church in the evening at a time of your choice and preparing 50 bag lunches for the guests. If you are able to greet them when they arrive at around 9:30, that is also wonderful. Sign-up link:: bit.ly/2WbmPn3

† There are lots of opportunities to participate in Holy Apostles Outreach through our various programs:

      – Delivering items to a food pantry in Northeast Philadelphia

      – Meals at Darby Mission (3/17) or our annual holiday meal with the East Parkside Community Association (12/9). Other ideas are welcome. Please contact Joe Zorc (zorc@email.chop.edu) or see the sign-up sheet in the parish hall.

Children and Youth

† Nursery childcare is available during the 10:00AM Sunday service for children ages 3 and younger in the Godly Play Room.

† The Holy Apostles Choir School is off and running for the Fall of 2019.  If you have a potential student, apply today.  More information is available at holyapostlespa.org/choir-school/. Please forward this information to friends and neighbors who may be interested. Contact Deb Stambaugh if you have any questions.   

Parish Life

† Year-to-date statements for 2019 Stewardship pledges are available, pick yours up from the table in the hallway.  Those not picked up will be mailed.

† Pancakes with Santa! December 7th is not too far away.  I am looking for volunteers.  Help will be needed with getting the word out, arts and crafts, set up, kitchen, and clean up. Please contact Drew Meiers.  And look for the upcoming organization meeting! 

† We are getting ready to refresh the hallway outside the church offices including some new paint, new furniture, and eventually new flooring.  As a result we have been moving some things around. The Lost & Found box is now located in the church office.

† If you have an announcement to be included in Acts of the Apostles, please send it to holyapostlescomm@gmail.com before Thursday at noon of each week.

† Don’t forget to enter the church through the Parish office door and grab a “Church Member” badge from the office during Daycare hours (7:00AM – 6:00PM Mon-Fri)!

† The Cash for Causes Program at Giant Supermarket:

· Purchase through JT Wertz

· 5% of card value is given to Holy Apostles operating fund.

· Can be used in store or when ordering Giant groceries through Peapod online delivery service.

Education

† Fall Soup Group: We are studying the lives and teachings of the Fathers and Mothers of the Church.  All sessions begin at 6:30PM

October 30: The Seven Ecumenical Councils

For a full list see our website: holyapostlespa.org/soup-group

† Join us for BASICS class, every 3rd Sunday at 9AM. 

† Bible Study on Deuteronomy, Thursdays at 11AM.  All are welcome.

† FacePsalm online study of the Psalms: bit.ly/2ndKq9o

This Week at Holy Apostles – 10/27/2019

Sunday, October 27
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher and Celebrant: The Rev. James Stambaugh

8:30a Morning Prayer
10:00a Holy Eucharist


Monday, October 28

Parish Offices closed

Tuesday, October 29

9:15a Morning Prayer
3:30-6:00p Choir School

Wednesday, October 30

9:15a Morning Prayer

Thursday, October 31

9:15a Morning Prayer
11:00a Bible Study
3:30-6:00p Choir School

Friday, November 1

12p Eucharist

Saturday, November 2

6:30p Mass for the Departed

Sunday, October 27
All Saints Sunday
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. James Stambaugh

10:00a Holy Eucharist

A Note from the Rector – 10/20/2019

A big thank you to Jeremiah Mustered, our own postulant for Holy Orders, for preaching this morning.  We have missed Jeremiah lately. This is because, as a part of his process toward ordination, Jeremiah has been serving as a ministry intern at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore.  He is also taking a class on Modern Anglican Theology with the rector of St. George’s, The Rev. Dr. Joel Daniels. You should ask him about the differing eschatological visions of William Temple and Rowan Williams some time and see his eyes light up!  God willing and the people consenting, Jeremiah will take the General Ordination Exams this coming January and will be ordained a transitional deacon next June. This is truly an exciting time. As his sponsoring parish, it is our responsibility to hold Jeremiah and his family in prayer during this time.  When the time comes, it will also be our solemn and joyous duty to celebrate what God is doing with and in him and his family. Please take this opportunity to catch up with Jeremiah and encourage him on his journey.

You will notice that the “Acts of the Apostles” looks a bit different this week.  In an effort to more clearly communicate about the various important roles, activities, and events that make our parish a wonderful place to belong, we will publish the schedule of readers, intercessors, acolytes, chalice bearers, and coffee hour hosts four weeks in advance.  This information will also be published in the weekly email (if you don’t receive our email and would like to, let me know!)

This also gives us the opportunity to expand the Intercessions section and make it more useful for your daily prayer and devotion.  I have been talking about our formation as disciples using the image of a tapestry. Different threads weave together to make us who we are in Christ.  One of those threads is personal devotion, time set aside in our daily life outside of church to connect with God. One way to cultivate personal devotion is to set aside time every day to pray for ourselves and others.  So, in addition to the intercessions presented how they normally look, we will be experimenting with ways of breaking up the intercessions into daily chunks, so that it will be easier to have a consistent prayer practice day by day, lifting up to God the needs of this parish.  I trust that this will improve my own prayer life, and the corporate offering of Morning Prayer (Tuesday to Friday at 9:15AM). It may take a few weeks before we settle on a consistent pattern for this, so bear with us. Christian formation and discipleship (must like ordination to the priesthood) is a journey.   We are always on the way toward becoming who God wants us to be. Our parish communications systems are part of that journey of discipleship, and they too are always in the process of becoming better and more effective.

In Christ,

James +

Announcements – 10/20/2019

Worship

† There will be an Altar Guild Meeting next Sunday, October 20th immediately following the 10AM service.

† Please submit names of beloved deceased persons to be prayed for at our annual All Souls Day Mass (Holy Eucharist).  You can email them to holyapostlespa@gmail.com

† Are you friendly?  We need you! Our greeter ministry is one of the key ministries of our church.  Greeters welcome visitors, make people comfortable, hand out service leaflets and take up offering.  They make sure the service runs smoothly. Starting in October we will be organizing a monthly Greeters breakfast with the Rector, probably at a local restaurant.  If you’re interested in serving God in this way, talk to Jim Jervis or Fr. James.

† Morning Prayer is offered at 8:30AM on Sunday mornings and at 9:15AM Tuesdays through Fridays.  Anyone can pray the service privately using the Book of Common Prayer or one of a number of smartphone apps!  See the last section of the digital edition of the “Acts of the Apostles” for details.

Outreach

† Turkey Trot: 5K Run or 1 Mile Walk 9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving, Nov. 28th, to raise money for the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania . (Meet in front of St. Faith Daycare, Havertown.) The fee is $20 or $10 for participants under 12. This event is held each year in memory of Matt Smyth who passed away from Testicular Cancer at age 23.  Make your donations payable to Abramson Cancer Center and in the memo put “The Matt Smyth Fund”.

† There are lots of opportunities to participate in Holy Apostles Outreach through our various programs:

–     Delivering items to a food pantry in Northeast Philadelphia

–     Organizing supplies or gifts for our own Connect by Night shelter program coming for the month of December

–     Meals at Darby Mission (3/17) or our annual holiday meal with the East Parkside Community Association (12/9). Other ideas are welcome. Please contact Joe Zorc (zorc@email.chop.edu) or see the sign-up sheet in the parish hall.

Children and Youth

† Nursery childcare is available during the 10:00AM Sunday service for children ages 3 and younger in the Godly Play Room.

† The Holy Apostles Choir School is off and running for the Fall of 2019.  If you have a potential student, apply today.  More information is available at holyapostlespa.org/choir-school/. Please forward this information to friends and neighbors who may be interested. Contact Deb Stambaugh if you have any questions.   

Parish Life

† Year-to-date statements for 2019 Stewardship pledges are available, pick yours up from the table in the hallway.  Those not picked up will be mailed.

† We are getting ready to refresh the hallway outside the church offices including some new paint, new furniture, and eventually new flooring.  As a result we have been moving some things around. The Lost & Found box is now located in the church office.

† If you have an announcement to be included in Acts of the Apostles, please send it to holyapostlescomm@gmail.com before Thursday at noon of each week.

† Don’t forget to enter the church through the Parish office door and grab a “Church Member” badge from the office during Daycare hours (7:00AM – 6:00PM Mon-Fri)!

† The Cash for Causes Program at Giant Supermarket:

· Purchase through JT Wertz

· 5% of card value is given to Holy Apostles operating fund.

· Can be used in store or when ordering Giant groceries through Peapod online delivery service.

Education

† Fall Soup Group: We are studying the lives and teachings of the Fathers and Mothers of the Church.  All sessions begin at 6:30PM

October 23: Leaders of the Early Church

October 30: The Seven Ecumenical Councils

For a full list see our website: holyapostlespa.org/soup-group

† Join us for BASICS class, every 3rd Sunday at 9AM.  There will be a cycle of four classes, the first, Sunday Oct. 20, is on the Sacraments.

† Bible Study on Deuteronomy, Thursdays at 11AM.  All are welcome.

† FacePsalm online study of the Psalms: bit.ly/2ndKq9o