This Week at Holy Apostles – 3/8/2020

Sunday, March 8
The Second Sunday in Lent
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. James Stambaugh

8:30a Morning Prayer
10:00a Holy Eucharist
5:45 Light & Peace


Monday, March 9

Parish Offices closed

Tuesday, March 10

9:15a Morning Prayer
3:30-6:00p Choir School
5:30p Rosary Group

Wednesday, March 11

9:15a Morning Prayer
6:30p Soup Group

Thursday, March 12

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

Friday, March 13

9:15a Morning Prayer

Sunday, March 15
The Third Sunday in Lent
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. James Stambaugh

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

Announcements – 3/8/2020

Worship

† Healing prayer will take place today, March 8 instead of the usual First Sunday of the Month.

† 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

† Our next Darby Mission meal in on Tuesday March 17th. We need volunteers to cook the main dish, provide salad, sides and desserts, and help serve and clean up. There is a sign-up sheet in the parish hall and online below. We will be cooking American Chop Suey and frozen beef has been provided by the Hughes and is in the downstairs freezer. We will meet at church on the 17th at 5pm or at Darby Borough Recreation Center, 1022 Ridge Avenue Darby at 5:30.

† Sign-up sheet:  bit.ly/2v11lAj

† The recipe is American Chop Suey and the Hughes have provided ground beef that is in the basement freezer. Please make a double portion to serve 16 people. Link: bit.ly/2TJ1ksZ

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

      – Delivering items to a food pantry in Northeast Philadelphia

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.  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

† The Vestry has duly elected John Day to serve as the Senior Warden until January 2021

† New Vestry Members: At our annual meeting on February 2, Drew Meiers, Susanne Wherry and Joe Zorc finished their time on the vestry, and we elected three new members. The current vestry is:

Through 2022 (New Members)

Toni Meiers; Cassie Woestman;  Judi Kraft

Through 2020

John Day; Suzanne Lees; Tom Forker

Through 2021

Meg Delevan; Mike Johnson; Peter Patton

† 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

† Death is inevitable.  As Christians we’re called to prepare for death in the hope of the Resurrection.  Our Lenten Soup Group this year will focus on the theology and practice of a good death.  The five weeks series will be held on Wednesdays during Lent starting on March 4. Topics will include a theology of death and dying, devotions and practices surrounding death and dying, funeral planning, end of life bio-ethics, and creating wills and advanced directives.  You’ll be amazed how fun talking about death can be! Everyone is welcome. If you would like childcare, let Fr. James know as soon as possible.

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

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

† Rosary Group—Tuesday at 5:30pm

A Note from the Rector – 3/8/2020

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).  I am using this week’s Note to address our parish’s response to COVID-19.  As followers of Jesus, we are called away from fear and toward trusting in the healing mercy of Jesus Christ and the invincible power of God’s love.  God promises not to abandon us in suffering, illness, or even death (Romans 8:38-39). In this season of Lent, we are preparing our hearts and minds to encounter the mystery of the Empty Tomb and to experience the Resurrected Christ in our own lives. As a people who serve the one who has conquered death, hell, and the grave, we reject the kind of fear that seeks to control our lives.  Instead, we continue always, no matter what, to celebrate the life God has given us and the promises we have received through Jesus. As an expression of our faith in the faithfulness of God, the Church continues to gather and worship the One from Whom we came and to Whom we shall return. 

The faith we have in the power and love of God, however, does not conflict with prudence and common sense, what Timothy might have called a sound mind.  In light of that our bishop, Daniel Gutierrez, has provided some guidelines and suggestions for some common sense moves we can make as a parish to protect each other from communicable diseases including COVID-19.  I do not want us to institute these measures out of fear, but I do think they are reasonable steps to take out of genuine love and care for each other, and especially those who are vulnerable to illness in our parish and community.

Door Handles

Efforts will be made to wipe down all door handles before and after church with disinfectant.  

The Peace

I am asking that we do not hug or kiss each other on the cheek during the peace.  You may consider an alternative form of passing the peace apart from hand-shaking as well, such as elbow tapping.  Some may prefer to not come into contact with another at all, and instead give the “peace” sign with their fingers.  Let’s respect each other’s comfort levels.

Handwashing

Immediately after the peace and announcements you will see me head to the sacristy where I will wash my hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (while saying the Lord’s Prayer, which takes roughly 20 seconds to say, hint, hint) in order to make sure my hands are clean to handle the elements of Communion.  I am asking that our chalice bearers please follow me in this practice.

Offering

At the bishop’s suggestion, I am asking greeters not pass the offering plates from hand to hand, but attempt to collect the offering while holding the plates themselves.  We’ll play this by ear and see if we can come up with a system that works.  

Common Cup

The bishop has asked for a temporary end of the practice of intinction—that is, taking the bread in your fingers and dipping it in the cup.  The reason for this is that a person’s fingers or knuckles often come into contact with the cup or the wine during intinction (I can certainly attest the accuracy of that observation).

We believe that Christ is truly present in the bread and the wine, and Christ is sufficiently present each.  Therefore, it is perfectly acceptable to receive in only one kind—the bread—if you would rather not drink from the common cup.  You won’t be getting less Jesus. Jesus is present through and through. Our Prayer Book, however, mandates that both bread and wine must be consecrated and made available to any baptized Christian who wishes to receive them.  So, we will continue to offer both bread and wine. At the bishop’s behest, I strongly discourage you from intincting, and please don’t drink from the common cup if you are uncomfortable doing so.

Coffee Hour

Let’s please use additional caution in food handling during coffee hour.  

God is with us during this time.  Let us come together without fear, with love and care for each other.  Let us recommit ourselves to earnest prayer for those who are ill and those who are afraid and lonely.  There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18).

In Christ,

+ James

This Week at Holy Apostles – 3/1/2020

Sunday, March 1
The First Sunday in Lent
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. James Stambaugh

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


Monday, March 2

Parish Offices closed

Tuesday, March 3

9:15a Morning Prayer
3:30-6:00p Choir School
5:30p Rosary Group

Wednesday, March 4

9:15a Morning Prayer
6:30p Soup Group

Thursday, March 5

11:00a Bible Study
3:30-6:00p Choir School

Friday, March 6

9:15a Morning Prayer

Sunday, March 8
The Second Sunday in Lent
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. James Stambaugh

8:30a Morning Prayer
10:00a Holy Eucharist
5p Youth Group
5:45p Light & Peace

Announcements – 3/1/2020

Worship

† Healing prayer will take place March 8 instead of the usual First Sunday of the Month.

† No Morning Prayer on March 5

† 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

† 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). Other ideas are welcome.

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.  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

† The Vestry has duly elected John Day to serve as the Senior Warden until January 2021

† Today, Sunday, March 1st after the 10 am service, we will be hosting an informational meeting of The Order of the Daughters of the King (DOK).  Jane McKinney, President of the Diocesan Assembly of Pennsylvania will visit Holy Apostles to meet with all women who would like to learn more about this very special Order of Episcopal Women.  The Order of the Daughters of the King is a 135-year old organization established by Women of the Episcopal Church dedicated to Prayer, Service and Evangelism by helping others experience God’s love through the fellowship of the church.  Their work is dedicated to serving the parish and parish family, and our communities as well as providing new connections for women of Holy Apostles. All women are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more about Daughters of the King.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Linda Day, lindambday@gmail.com 610-290-2860.  Linda is a member of Daughters of the King, and previously an active member of the chapter at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in San Juan Capistrano, CA

† Apostles Gallery, our new parish artistic endeavor (and hallway wall beautification project), will offer a new exhibition of work for Lent entitled “Jerusalem: Meditations on the Holy City.”  This show will feature woodcuts by Margaret Adams Parker inspired by her pilgrimages to the Holy City, as well as photographs from last year’s diocesan pilgrimage, and more. Artwork will be for sale and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Princess Basma Center, a Jerusalem based children’s hospital and school operated by the Episicopal Diocese of Jerusalem.  There will be a fun opening reception on March 7th at 6:30PM.

† New Vestry Members: At our annual meeting on February 2, Drew Meiers, Susanne Wherry and Joe Zorc finished their time on the vestry, and we elected three new members. The current vestry is:

Through 2022 (New Members)

Toni Meiers; Cassie Woestman;  Judi Kraft

Through 2020

John Day; Suzanne Lees; Tom Forker

Through 2021

Meg Delevan; Mike Johnson; Peter Patton

† 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

† Death is inevitable.  As Christians we’re called to prepare for death in the hope of the Resurrection.  Our Lenten Soup Group this year will focus on the theology and practice of a good death.  The five weeks series will be held on Wednesdays during Lent starting on March 4. Topics will include a theology of death and dying, devotions and practices surrounding death and dying, funeral planning, end of life bio-ethics, and creating wills and advanced directives.  You’ll be amazed how fun talking about death can be! Everyone is welcome. If you would like childcare, let Fr. James know as soon as possible.

† 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 – 2/23/2020

Sunday, February 23
The Last Sunday after Epiphany
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. James Stambaugh

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


Monday, February 24

Parish Offices closed

Tuesday, February 25

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

Wednesday, February 26

7:00-8:30a Ashes to Go
9:15a Imposition of Ashes
12:15p Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes
6:30p Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes with music

Thursday, February 27

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

Friday, February 28

9:15a Morning Prayer

Sunday, March 1
The First Sunday in Lent
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. James Stambaugh

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

Announcements – 2/23/2020

Worship

† Lent is coming!  Ash Wednesday is February 26.  We will have three services with opportunities for the imposition of ashes, as well as, a potential “ashes to go” location at Pennfield station.  Services are as follows:

† 9:15am: Imposition of Ashes (no Eucharist)

† 12:15pm: Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes

† 6:30pm: Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes with music

† 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

† 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). Other ideas are welcome.

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.  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

† On Sunday, March 1st after the 10 am service, we will be hosting an informational meeting of The Order of the Daughters of the King (DOK).  Jane McKinney, President of the Diocesan Assembly of Pennsylvania will visit Holy Apostles to meet with all women who would like to learn more about this very special Order of Episcopal Women.  The Order of the Daughters of the King is a 135-year old organization established by Women of the Episcopal Church dedicated to Prayer, Service and Evangelism by helping others experience God’s love through the fellowship of the church.  Their work is dedicated to serving the parish and parish family, and our communities as well as providing new connections for women of Holy Apostles. All women are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more about Daughters of the King.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Linda Day, lindambday@gmail.com 610-290-2860.  Linda is a member of Daughters of the King, and previously an active member of the chapter at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in San Juan Capistrano, CA

† The Strove Tuesday Pancake Supper is on February 25 at 6:30PM. In addition to pancakes, we’ll have games and activities for kids and a fresh batch of homebrewed beer by our own master brewer Todd Delevan! We need volunteers for setting up, cooking and taking down. Contact Drew Meiers (dkmeiers@verizon.net) to volunteer. Todd Delevan is providing excellent homebrewed beer. There will be plenty, so if you would like to take some home, bring your own growler or borrow one of his — he’ll need the glass back when you’re done.

† Apostles Gallery, our new parish artistic endeavor (and hallway wall beautification project), will offer a new exhibition of work for Lent entitled “Jerusalem: Meditations on the Holy City.”  This show will feature woodcuts by Margaret Adams Parker inspired by her pilgrimages to the Holy City, as well as photographs from last year’s diocesan pilgrimage, and more. Artwork will be for sale and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Princess Basma Center, a Jerusalem based children’s hospital and school operated by the Episicopal Diocese of Jerusalem.  There will be a fun opening reception on March 7th at 6:30PM.

† New Vestry Members: At our annual meeting on February 2, Drew Meiers, Susanne Wherry and Joe Zorc finished their time on the vestry, and we elected three new members. The current vestry is:

†  Through 2022 (New Members)

Toni Meiers; Cassie Woestman;  Judi Kraft

†  Through 2020

John Day; Suzanne Lees; Tom Forker

†  Through 2021

Meg Delevan; Mike Johnson; Peter Patton

† The vestry is meeting tomorrow, February 24 at 7pm.

† 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

† Death is inevitable.  As Christians we’re called to prepare for death in the hope of the Resurrection.  Our Lenten Soup Group this year will focus on the theology and practice of a good death.  The five weeks series will be held on Wednesdays during Lent starting on March 4. Topics will include a theology of death and dying, devotions and practices surrounding death and dying, funeral planning, end of life bio-ethics, and creating wills and advanced directives.  You’ll be amazed how fun talking about death can be! Everyone is welcome. If you would like childcare, let Fr. James know as soon as possible.

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

· Third Sunday Basics Class will continue February 16 with a class called “What is liturgy?”

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

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

A Note from the Rector – 2/23/2020

This week, I would like to share three brief notes:

Update on Jeremiah Mustered

The first is a note of thanksgiving.  Jeremiah Mustered, who most of you know, discerned a call in this parish to ordained ministry back in 2018.  This means that he met with a group of folks from Holy Apostles who helped him listen to what God might be calling him to do.  They ultimately felt that Jeremiah was called to be an ordained priest. The vestry and I agreed, and Jeremiah entered the diocesan ordination process.  It is a long road. He met several times with the diocesan Commission on Ministry, took psychological exams, background checks, filled out reams of paperwork and various other such things, and for the last year has been a ministry intern at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore under the direction of their Rector, the Rev. Dr. Joel Daniels.  Jeremiah even took an intensive theology class with Fr. Joel (who taught at General Seminary before coming St. George’s). Recently, Jeremiah has been made a Candidate for Holy Orders which is almost the last step before ordination, and in January, he took the General Ordination Exams. This is a test that everyone who is to be ordained a priest must take.  It’s something of a rite of passage. It covers 6 areas: Scripture, Liturgy, Church History, Practical Ministry, Christian Ethics, and General Theology. Each area takes several hours to complete and the entire test is administered over the course of 3 days. When the results are scored, there are only two grades: Proficient or Not Proficient. Jeremiah just received his results: he scored Proficient on all 6!  Congratulations, Jeremiah! Jeremiah will have two more interviews ahead of him, but, God willing and the people of our diocese consenting, Jeremiah will be ordained to the transitional diaconate this coming June!       

Lent

On Sunday morning, you can pick up a booklet with all the information about this year’s Lenten offerings and information about all special services during Lent and Holy Week (see last week’s Rector’s Note).  The booklet will also be available on online soon. There is one practice that I really want to lift up and encourage every member of the congregation (and all ages) to commit to for the 40 days of Lent. I would like everyone to pray the parish intercessions.  This is made up of the parish prayer list, our ministry partners, institutions in our community (including schools), and all the streets around the church and that we all live on.  All of this is divided into 7 short sections, one for each day. It will take you less than a minute each day to pray through this list. This is a practical, doable Lenten practice—even for those of us who are very busy—and I am positively sure that if we do this together it is going to have a positive impact on this parish and on each of us.  You’ll find the February Parish Intercessions attached to the weekly Acts of the Apostles email, or in booklet form in the hallway. The March edition will be available next Sunday, March 1st. 

Apostles Gallery

If you were at the Annual Meeting, you heard me say that part of loving our neighbors and our neighborhood is caring for our culture.  Our recent renovation of the parish hall and hallway gave us a great opportunity to do some of that. For a few weeks now, you’ve seen some lovely artwork hung in the office hallway and a sign which says “Apostles Gallery.”  This “gallery space” will continue to be used to showcase art. Apostles Gallery exists to foster conversations, make connections, and help nurture the cultural and spiritual vitality of our community. Toward that end, in March we will be showcasing artwork that meditates on Jerusalem as the Holy City.  The primary artist is Margaret Adams Parker, who is an established printmaker and sculptor with dozens of gallery shows, as well as museum exhibits and commissions by major institutions. We will celebrate our gallery exhibit with a wine and cheese reception on Saturday, March 7th at 6:30.  This is a perfect event to invite your friends and neighbors to!   For more information about our art exhibit and the gallery in general visit: holyapostlespa.org/gallery


In Christ,

+ James

This Week at Holy Apostles – 2/16/2020

Sunday, February 16
Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. James Stambaugh

8:30a Morning Prayer
10:00a Holy Eucharist
5pm Evensong


Monday, February 17

Parish Offices closed

Tuesday, February 18

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

Wednesday, February 19

9:15a Morning Prayer

Thursday, February 20

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

Friday, February 21

9:15a Morning Prayer

Sunday, February 23
Last Sunday after Epiphany
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. James Stambaugh

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

Announcements – 2/16/2020

Worship

† Lent is coming!  Ash Wednesday is February 26.  We will have three services with opportunities for the imposition of ashes, as well as, a potential “ashes to go” location at Pennfield station.  Services are as follows:

† 9:15am: Imposition of Ashes (no Eucharist)

† 12:15pm: Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes

† 6:30pm: Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes with music

† 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

† 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). Other ideas are welcome.

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.  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

† On Sunday, March 1st after the 10 am service, we will be hosting an informational meeting of The Order of the Daughters of the King (DOK).  Jane McKinney, President of the Diocesan Assembly of Pennsylvania will visit Holy Apostles to meet with all women who would like to learn more about this very special Order of Episcopal Women.  The Order of the Daughters of the King is a 135-year old organization established by Women of the Episcopal Church dedicated to Prayer, Service and Evangelism by helping others experience God’s love through the fellowship of the church.  Their work is dedicated to serving the parish and parish family, and our communities as well as providing new connections for women of Holy Apostles. All women are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more about Daughters of the King.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Linda Day, lindambday@gmail.com 610-290-2860.  Linda is a member of Daughters of the King, and previously an active member of the chapter at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in San Juan Capistrano, CA

† The Strove Tuesday Pancake Supper is on February 25 at 6:30PM. In addition to pancakes, we’ll have games and activities for kids and a fresh batch of homebrewed beer by our own master brewer Todd Delevan! We need volunteers for setting up, cooking and taking down. Contact Drew Meiers (dkmeiers@verizon.net) to volunteer.

† Apostles Gallery, our new parish artistic endeavor (and hallway wall beautification project), will offer a new exhibition of work for Lent entitled “Jerusalem: Meditations on the Holy City.”  This show will feature woodcuts by Margaret Adams Parker inspired by her pilgrimages to the Holy City, as well as photographs from last year’s diocesan pilgrimage, and more. Artwork will be for sale and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Princess Basma Center, a Jerusalem based children’s hospital and school operated by the Episicopal Diocese of Jerusalem.  There will be a fun opening reception on March 7th at 6:30PM.

† 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

† Death is inevitable.  As Christians we’re called to prepare for death in the hope of the Resurrection.  Our Lenten Soup Group this year will focus on the theology and practice of a good death.  The five weeks series will be held on Wednesdays during Lent starting on March 4. Topics will include a theology of death and dying, devotions and practices surrounding death and dying, funeral planning, end of life bio-ethics, and creating wills and advanced directives.  You’ll be amazed how fun talking about death can be! Everyone is welcome. If you would like childcare, let Fr. James know as soon as possible.

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

· Third Sunday Basics Class will continue February 16 with a class called “What is liturgy?”

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

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