Announcements – 8/18/2019

Worship

† During the summer months, 10AM services may be held in the parish hall if it is too warm to hold them in the church, which does not have air conditioning.  8:30AM Morning Prayer will continue to be held in the church.

† 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.

† There is one weekday services coming up: Tuesday, August 6: 6:30 PM Eucharist for the Feast of the Transfiguration

Outreach

† Our Connect by Night hosting month has been moved from July to December.

† Thanks to all who contributed to food collection for St. Mark’s in Frankford.  Joe Zorc delivered groceries collected and they were very appreciative and added it to their pantry for parishioners in need.  We will continue to collect food for St. Mark’s in the box in the parish office hallway. We will look for other opportunities to work with them.  Let Joe Zorc know if you are interested in participating.

† Our next all-church Darby Mission Meal: 9/17/19.

Children and Youth

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

† Sunday School is on hiatus from June 16 until September 8!  Thank you to all students, parents, and especially our teachers for a great year of Sunday School.

† There will be no Family Evening Worship in August. Sunday Evening Worship will return September 8 with exciting new energy. The once-a-month gathering will begin at 5PM with YOUTH GROUP for students approximately ages 11-18. Stay tuned for more info.

† The Holy Apostles Choir School is looking toward it’s grand opening in 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.

† We are already excited about the new Sunday School year beginning this September.  We will be implementing a dynamic and creative new curriculum, if you would like to be involved, now is the time!  Contact Peter Patton or Joe Zorc if you are interested in helping, or for more information on the exciting things we’re cooking up. 

Parish Life

† James will be away on vacation from August 13 to August 20. Drew Meiers, our Senior Warden, will be the main contact person during that time.

† The building of St. Faith Episcopal Church will be secularized on August 21 at 6:30PM.  All are welcomed to attend the brief service which will be officiated by the Rev. Canon Kirk Berlenbach, the bishop’s Canon for Innovation and Community Engagement.  There will be a reception afterward, the details of which are to be announced.

† 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.

† 2019 Happy Hour Dates. Bring a drink and a snack or appetizer to share.  We’ll hang out on the lawn weather permitting. 

· August 30

† 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)!

† Did you know that you can support the church through your
amazon.com shopping habit?  Go to smile.amazon.com. You’ll be prompted to choose a charity to support. Search for Church of the Holy Apostles, Penn Wynne and select.  A small percentage of each amazon purchase that goes through smile.amazon.com is given to the church.

† 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

† Bible Study is held on Thursdays at 11:00AM. We will continue to hold Bible Study through the summer.

† The program year begins in September.  There will be several new ways to learn and grow in your spiritual life coming this Fall.

A Note from the Rector – 8/18/2019

A big welcome and thank you to the Reverend Canon Greg Smith, our guest celebrant and preacher!  Thank you for being here and leading us in worship! 

By the time you are reading this I will be on vacation in Colorado.  Though I am writing this in advance, I am confident that whatever I am doing when you are reading this, it is very enjoyable and relaxing.  Sunday morning I plan to attend Holy Eucharist at Trinity Episcopal Church in Greeley, Colorado. I am told it is good for me to be in the pews every once in awhile!  

Next Wednesday, August 21stmarks the beginning of my third year as your clergy person. The last two years have gone by very quickly and they have been wonderful.  Holy Apostles truly is a place to belong, and Deb, the kids, and I have found our place here. We are so grateful to you all. I am very excited to share more years of ministry and service to God with you.  We love you all very much.   

I am very excited for the beginning of our program year.  It is going to be a busy and fun Autumn. Starting September 8, we will be returning to our once a month services on the second Sunday of each month–with a twist.  Every Second Sunday we will begin at 5PM with Youth Group. This will be a time for students 12 and up to gather together, hang out, and learn more about the faith while having fun.  There will be games, and silliness, as well as conversation about serious questions of faith and life. We are looking for ways to get involved in other youth happenings in the area and around the diocese.  Youth group will be followed by Family Evening Worship at 5:45PM. We need your help to spread the word! 

–      Parents: please tell your youth about Youth Group and encourage them to come.

–      Parents: what is a good way for the church to communicate with youth?  

–      Youth (if you’re reading this): We need a cooler name than “Youth Group” and “Family Evening Worship.” The abbreviation, FEW, totally gives off the wrong vibe.  Do you have any ideas for a better name?      

In Christ,

James +

Announcements – 8/11/2019

Worship

† Healing Prayer this Sunday, August 11.

† During the summer months, 10AM services may be held in the parish hall if it is too warm to hold them in the church, which does not have air conditioning.  8:30AM Morning Prayer will continue to be held in the church.

† 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.

† There is one weekday services coming up: Tuesday, August 6: 6:30 PM Eucharist for the Feast of the Transfiguration

Outreach

† Our Connect by Night hosting month has been moved from July to December.

† Thanks to all who contributed to food collection for St. Mark’s in Frankford.  Joe Zorc delivered groceries collected and they were very appreciative and added it to their pantry for parishioners in need.  We will continue to collect food for St. Mark’s in the box in the parish office hallway. We will look for other opportunities to work with them.  Let Joe Zorc know if you are interested in participating.

† Our next all-church Darby Mission Meal: 9/17/19.

Children and Youth

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

† Sunday School is on hiatus from June 16 until September 8!  Thank you to all students, parents, and especially our teachers for a great year of Sunday School.

† There will be no Family Evening Worship in August. Sunday Evening Worship will return September 8 with exciting new energy. The once-a-month gathering will begin at 5PM with YOUTH GROUP for students approximately ages 11-18. Stay tuned for more info.

† The Holy Apostles Choir School is looking toward it’s grand opening in 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.

† We are already excited about the new Sunday School year beginning this September.  We will be implementing a dynamic and creative new curriculum, if you would like to be involved, now is the time!  Contact Peter Patton or Joe Zorc if you are interested in helping, or for more information on the exciting things we’re cooking up. 

Parish Life

† James will be away on vacation from August 13 to August 20. Drew Meiers, our Senior Warden, will be the main contact person during that time.

† The building of St. Faith Episcopal Church will be secularized on August 21 at 6:30PM.  All are welcomed to attend the brief service which will be officiated by the Rev. Canon Kirk Berlenbach, the bishop’s Canon for Innovation and Community Engagement.  There will be a reception afterward, the details of which are to be announced.

† 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.

† 2019 Happy Hour Dates. Bring a drink and a snack or appetizer to share.  We’ll hang out on the lawn weather permitting. 

· August 30

† 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)!

† Did you know that you can support the church through your
amazon.com shopping habit?  Go to smile.amazon.com. You’ll be prompted to choose a charity to support. Search for Church of the Holy Apostles, Penn Wynne and select.  A small percentage of each amazon purchase that goes through smile.amazon.com is given to the church.

† 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

† Bible Study is held on Thursdays at 11:00AM. We will continue to hold Bible Study through the summer.

† The program year begins in September.  There will be several new ways to learn and grow in your spiritual life coming this Fall.

A Note from the Rector – 8/11/2019

Thanks to all who came to the five liturgy labs that we held this summer.  They were a lot of fun. I felt very rushed trying to cram in as much as I could about each topic in 45 minutes. Those who participated had lots of excellent questions.  There were always lots of donuts. It was a great time.  

I hope that the discussions and experiments have made many of you curious about our liturgy—what it means, what it does, and where it came from. If you’d like to explore some of those questions on your own, I have a few great recommendations for further reading.

Inwardly Digest: The Prayer Book as a Guide a Spiritual Life by Derek Olsen (Forward Movement, 2016)

This is a really great book.  If you only choose one of my recommendations, choose this one!  It shows how ordinary Christians can connect the liturgies of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer to their daily lives.  Derek Olsen is a fantastic author and this book is written for people in the pews. There is a chapter on the basics of liturgy and liturgical spirituality, and then three major sections: The Church Calendar, The Daily Office, and the Eucharist.  Olsen explains the nuts and bolts of the services in the BCP and how they can change your life.  

The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography by Alan Jacobs (Princeton Univ. Press, 2013)

Alan Jacobs is an Episcopalian who teaches cultural history at Baylor University.  This little book is a cultural history of the Book of Common Prayer starting with 1549 (and before) all the way until today.  It is an accessible and fascinating read.  

The Liturgy Explained by James W. Farwell (Morehouse Publishing, 2013)

James Farwell was my liturgy professor at seminary.  This is a very short basic introduction written to liturgy, especially what we do on Sunday Morning at the Eucharist.  A lot of this will be familiar to those who attended the liturgy labs, although I probably differ from him on a few key points.  His section on the different pieces of the Eucharistic Prayer would be a great follow up to last week’s session. He presents the material very clearly and succinctly.  

In Christ,

James +

Announcements – 8/4/2019

Worship

† Healing Prayer next Sunday, August 11.

† During the summer months, 10AM services may be held in the parish hall if it is too warm to hold them in the church, which does not have air conditioning.  8:30AM Morning Prayer will continue to be held in the church.

† 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.

† There is one weekday services coming up: Tuesday, August 6: 6:30 PM Eucharist for the Feast of the Transfiguration

Outreach

† Our Connect by Night hosting month has been moved from July to December.

† Thanks to all who contributed to food collection for St. Mark’s in Frankford.  Joe Zorc delivered groceries collected and they were very appreciative and added it to their pantry for parishioners in need.  We will continue to collect food for St. Mark’s in the box in the parish office hallway. We will look for other opportunities to work with them.  Let Joe Zorc know if you are interested in participating.

† This summer, we will be sponsoring an end of summer celebration for the summer day camp at the Darby Mission.  If you would like to contribute, please make a contribution to the Outreach Committee.

† Our next all-church Darby Mission Meal: 9/17/19.

Children and Youth

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

† Sunday School is on hiatus from June 16 until September 8!  Thank you to all students, parents, and especially our teachers for a great year of Sunday School.

† There will be no Family Evening Worship in August. Sunday Evening Worship will return September 8 with exciting new energy. The once-a-month gathering will begin at 5PM with YOUTH GROUP for students approximately ages 11-18. Stay tuned for more info.

† The Holy Apostles Choir School is looking toward it’s grand opening in 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.

† We are already excited about the new Sunday School year beginning this September.  We will be implementing a dynamic and creative new curriculum, if you would like to be involved, now is the time!  Contact Peter Patton or Joe Zorc if you are interested in helping, or for more information on the exciting things we’re cooking up. 

Parish Life

† The building of St. Faith Episcopal Church will be secularized on August 21 at 6:30PM.  All are welcomed to attend the brief service which will be officiated by the Rev. Canon Kirk Berlenbach, the bishop’s Canon for Innovation and Community Engagement.  There will be a reception afterward, the details of which are to be announced.

† 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.

† 2019 Happy Hour Dates. Bring a drink and a snack or appetizer to share.  We’ll hang out on the lawn weather permitting. 

· August 30

† 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)!

† Did you know that you can support the church through your
amazon.com shopping habit?  Go to smile.amazon.com. You’ll be prompted to choose a charity to support. Search for Church of the Holy Apostles, Penn Wynne and select.  A small percentage of each amazon purchase that goes through smile.amazon.com is given to the church.

† 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

† Bible Study is held on Thursdays at 11:00AM. We will continue to hold Bible Study through the summer.

A Note from the Rector – 8/4/2019

This Sunday’s liturgy lab will briefly explore the components, significance, and history of our Eucharistic Prayers.  In last week’s note I described the various Eucharistic prayers which are approved for use in our church.  

At the 10AM service, we will use Eucharistic Prayer D, which will illustrate our conversation.  As you will immediately note, using a prayer which is in our Book of Common Prayer and is already used occasionally is not very experimental.  My interpretation of the Episcopal Church’s rules (known as canons) with which I am bound under oath to comply is that it is impermissible to use an experimental prayer during our principal Sunday celebration of Christ’s Resurrection.  

However, during a Eucharist which is not the principal Sunday service, a more experimental Eucharistic prayer may be used as long as it follows the general outline provided in the Book of Common Prayer.  So, this coming Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30, we will celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration using an experimental Eucharistic Prayer that I have written for the occasion. See you there!

In Christ,

James +

Announcements – 7/28/2019

Worship

† During the summer months, 10AM services may be held in the parish hall if it is too warm to hold them in the church, which does not have air conditioning.  8:30AM Morning Prayer will continue to be held in the church.

† 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.

† There is one weekday services coming up: Tuesday, August 6: 6:30 PM Eucharist for the Feast of the Transfiguration

Outreach

† A huge THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to last week’s plea for support of the work of the Darby Mission.  We raised $1181! Rev. Doris passes on her sincere gratitude.

† Our Connect by Night hosting month has been moved from July to December.

† Thanks to all who contributed to food collection for St. Mark’s in Frankford.  Joe Zorc delivered groceries collected and they were very appreciative and added it to their pantry for parishioners in need.  We will continue to collect food for St. Mark’s in the box in the parish office hallway. We will look for other opportunities to work with them.  Let Joe Zorc know if you are interested in participating.

† This summer, we will be sponsoring an end of summer celebration for the summer day camp at the Darby Mission.  If you would like to contribute, please make a contribution to the Outreach Committee.

† Our next all-church Darby Mission Meal: 9/17/19.

Children and Youth

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

† Sunday School is on hiatus from June 16 until September 8!  Thank you to all students, parents, and especially our teachers for a great year of Sunday School.

† There will be no Family Evening Worship in July or August. Sunday Evening Worship will return September 8 with exciting new energy. The once-a-month gathering will begin at 5PM with YOUTH GROUP for students approximately ages 11-18. Stay tuned for more info.

† The Holy Apostles Choir School is looking toward it’s grand opening in 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.

† We are already excited about the new Sunday School year beginning this September.  We will be implementing a dynamic and creative new curriculum, if you would like to be involved, now is the time!  Contact Peter Patton or Joe Zorc if you are interested in helping, or for more information on the exciting things we’re cooking up. 

Parish Life

† 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.

† 2019 Happy Hour Dates. Bring a drink and a snack or appetizer to share.  We’ll hang out on the lawn weather permitting. 

· August 30

† 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)!

† Did you know that you can support the church through your
amazon.com shopping habit?  Go to smile.amazon.com. You’ll be prompted to choose a charity to support. Search for Church of the Holy Apostles, Penn Wynne and select.  A small percentage of each amazon purchase that goes through smile.amazon.com is given to the church.

† 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

† Bible Study is held on Thursdays at 11:00AM. We will continue to hold Bible Study through the summer.

† Liturgy Lab: This summer we will be exploring the meaning and purpose of liturgy with 5 “Liturgy Labs.”  Liturgy Lab will begin with a brief discussion of some aspect of liturgy.  During our worship that day, we will incorporate an experiment that will further explore or illustrate our topic.  Donuts & Discussion from 9:15AM—9:45AM, service begins at 10AM.  It’s going to be fun! 

August 4– All the pieces of the Eucharistic prayer you wish you     knew the fancy names for.