Announcements – 9/15/2019

Worship

† October 6 will be a special day.  It is the Feast of St. Faith and this year we are celebrating with the inauguration of the St. Faith Preachers Series.  Our inaugural preacher will be the Rev. Dr. A. Katherine Grieb, Meade Professor of Biblical Interpretation and New Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary.  This Sunday is not to be missed!

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

† 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 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 Darby Mission Meal is this Tuesday: September 17th.  We are having hot dogs and hamburgers. The meat and buns will be provided by Joe Zorc.  There is a sign-up sheet in the parish hall for other items: fixings, sides, and deserts.  We will meet at 5pm at Holy Apostles to drive down together, or you can meet us at the Darby Borough Recreation Center, 1020 Ridge Ave. Darby, PA 19023.  The sign-up sheet can be found here: bit.ly/2k9SQxc

Children and Youth

† The national acolyte festival at the National Cathedral in Washington DC will be held on Saturday, October 19. Any acolyte or any child who wants to be an acolyte, ages 7-18, is eligible to attend.  Talk to Fr. James before September 27 if you are interested.

† 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 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.   

Parish Life

† Year-to-date statements for 2019 Stewardship pledges will be sent out the week after September 30th, the end of the third quarter.  Continued thanks to all for their generosity and faithfulness in giving.  

† 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.

† We will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Saturday, October 5th.  If you would like to help, let James know.

† 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)!

† 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.

A Note from the Rector – 9/15/2019

Last Sunday was a great kick off to the program year.  There were lots of happy kids. The choir sounded great and the ice cream was plentiful. Most importantly, the Penn Wynne branch of the Body of Christ gathered, we were renewed through Scripture and Eucharist, and God was worshipped.   Let’s do all that again this Sunday (except without the ice cream)!  

This Sunday morning we have a special event: Choir School Rally Day!  Arreon Harley-Emerson, the director of our Choir School is going to lead us all in a little choir education exercise during Sunday morning announcements.  I think you’ll be amazed at how fun and engaging his teaching style is. This is to give everyone a taste of what our Choir School program is doing. We started this past week.  We’ve got plenty of space left, if you know anyone who might be interested. Also, now that we’ve started and worked out more logistics, we realize there is a way to open up the program to more families in our parish.  During the first half of the program (from 3:30-4:50p) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we’re doing afterschool stuff. Our music lesson and rehearsal takes place 5:00-5:50p. Parents pick up children between 5:50 and 6. This means that if your student can’t participate in the afterschool portion, they may still be able to participate in the music rehearsal portion.  Let us know, we would love to be able to offer excellent musical education to every child, grades 2-5, in our parish. Also, we can use several more adult volunteers. Besides gaining the joy and fulfillment of using your time to enrich the lives of children, and all the temporal and spiritual rewards of serving God in God’s Church, if you volunteer on a regular basis, YOU will become a better singer and learn a lot about music yourself.  There aren’t many volunteer opportunities much better than this.    

Read more about the Director here.

In Christ,

James +

Announcements – 9/8/2019

Worship

† October 6 will be a special day.  It is the Feast of St. Faith and this year we are celebrating with the inauguration of the St. Faith Preachers Series.  Our inaugural preacher will be the Rev. Dr. A. Katherine Grieb, Meade Professor of Biblical Interpretation and New Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary.  This Sunday is not to be missed!

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

† 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 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 Darby Mission Meal is coming up very quickly: September 17th.  We are having hot dogs and hamburgers. The meat and buns will be provided by Joe Zorc.  There is a sign-up sheet in the parish hall for other items: fixings, sides, and deserts.  We will meet at 5pm at Holy Apostles to drive down together, or you can meet us at the Darby Borough Recreation Center, 1020 Ridge Ave. Darby, PA 19023. The sign-up sheet can be found here.

Children and Youth

† The national acolyte festival at the National Cathedral in Washington DC will be held on Saturday, October 19. Any acolyte or any child who wants to be an acolyte, ages 7-18, is eligible to attend.  Talk to Fr. James before September 27 if you are interested.

† 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 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 excited about the new Sunday School year beginning September 8.  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

† 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.

† We will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Saturday, October 5th.  If you would like to help, let James know.

† 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)!

† 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

† On Sunday September 15, Fr. James will present new and exciting opportunities for Christian Education, Formation and Discipleship this Fall and coming Winter. The short presentation will be during Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall.  Information will also be made available in print and digital forms soon.

† Bible Study is held on Thursdays at 11:00AM.

A Note from the Rector – 9/8/2019

Phew!  A new school year, and a new season of adult choir and Sunday School has begun!  I am really pumped up. Thanks to Paul Emmons, the choir, and to all of our Sunday School teachers who have been preparing for today, and thanks to the Fellowship Committee for the ice cream.

Tonight’s family service, re-christened Light & Peace, is an interactive worship service that will follow a liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer that is hardly ever used. It’s called an Order for Worship in the Evening, but the first words of the service are: “Light and Peace in Jesus Christ our Lord.” which I think offers a much catchier moniker.  The service will include simple, but immersive music, lots of candles, and a number of interactive ways for children, youth and adults to pray and connect with God. You’ll just have to come back tonight to find out what it’s all about. Don’t be timid. You are allowed to come to church more than once in a day!

Holy Apostles Choir School is launching this Tuesday (September 10)!  This Fall and Winter are going to be really exciting. As people younger than me say, it is going to be “off the hook.” I might have to go lay down.  Next Sunday, you will have the opportunity to experience a glimpse of the fun and magic of our new children’s choir program, as Arreon Harley-Emerson, our director, is going to lead us all in a sample lesson.  It’s going to be awesome. Then at coffee hour, I am going to speak for about 10 minutes on some of the Christian Education, Formation, and Discipleship opportunities that are upcoming this Fall and Winter. Below is a calendar of all the events & special services we have planned for the rest of 2019. Let me know if I’ve forgotten anything. Mark your calendars accordingly and then strap on your seat belts, it’s going to be wild…and filled with grace and life courtesy of the Holy Spirit.  

Fall-Winter Calendar 2019 (Draft) Calendar

September 8 – Sundae Sunday Adult Choir and Sunday Begin

                    – Youth Group followed by Light & Peace

September 15 – Choir School Rally Day

                      – Presentation on Christian Formation (coffee hour)

September 17 – Darby Mission Meal

September 29 – Youth Sunday 

October 6 – Saint Faith Day: Inauguration of the St. Faith Preachers Series

                             (The Rev. Dr. A. Katherine Grieb, guest preacher)

                 – Blessing of the Beasts – St. Francis Evening Prayer/Evensong

October 13 – Youth Group followed by Light & Peace

October 23 – Soup Group 1

October 30 – Soup Group 2

November 1 – All Saints Day Noon Eucharist

November 1-2 – Diocesan Convention 

November 2 – All Souls Day Holy Eucharist for the Departed (evening)

November 3 – Stewardship Sunday 1

November 6 – Soup Group 3

November 10 – Stewardship Sunday 2

            – Youth Group followed by Light & Peace

November 13 – Soup Group 4

November 17 – Stewardship Sunday 3

November 20 – Soup Group 5

November 24 – Christ the King Sunday/ Stewardship Celebration

December 1-31 – Connect-by-Night Month

December 1 – First Sunday of Advent

December 7 – Pancakes with Santa

December 8 – Second Sunday of Advent/St. Nicholas Visit

                    -Youth Group followed by Light & Peace

December 9 – East Parkside Meal

December 15 – Third Sunday of Advent/Pageant

December 20 – Christmas Caroling and Party

December 22 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 24 – Christmas Eve

December 25 – Christmas Day (morning service)

December 29 – Lessons and Carols (Youth Sunday)

In Christ,

James +

Announcements – 9/1/2019

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

† The national acolyte festival at the National Cathedral in Washington DC will be held on Saturday, October 19. Any acolyte or any child who wants to be an acolyte, ages 7-18, is eligible to attend.  Talk to Fr. James before September 27 if you are interested.

† Join us next Sunday, September 8th at 5:45PM for Light & Peace, interactive worship for children, youth and adults.  Light & Peace will follow a different order of service from Holy Eucharist, our principle Sunday service and will take the place of Family Evening Worship.  Come and see what it’s all about!

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

† 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 excited about the new Sunday School year beginning September 8.  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

† 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.

† We will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Saturday, October 5th.  If you would like to help, let James know.

† 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)!

† 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

† On Sunday September 15, Fr. James will present new and exciting opportunities for Christian Education, Formation and Discipleship this Fall and coming Winter. The short presentation will be during Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall.  Information will also be made available in print and digital forms soon.

† Bible Study is held on Thursdays at 11:00AM.

† 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 – 9/1/2019

The Church has its own weird language.  On the whole, I think that this is a good thing.  Strange and particular words for things—pacina, sacristy, chasuble, sanctification, supralapsarian, theophany—serve a variety of purposes.  One purpose is aesthetic. Words are cool, language is something to take delight in, and Church words ought to be beautiful and mysterious because Church itself ought to be beautiful and mysterious. 

That being said, total bewilderment is not the goal.  As we look forward to next Sunday and the start of what we often call “the program year” with the return of the adult choir and a new year of Sunday School, I want to crystalize the meaning of a few related words and phrases that I toss around a lot: Christian education, formation, and discipleship.   

Everyone knows what education is, but a Christian vision of education is a bit different from what we normally think of as education.  While facts and the rote acquisition of knowledge play a role, Christian education is more concerned with wisdom and the transformation of humans on every level—body, mind, and soul.  Christian education requires not just learning, but experience. Here’s an example. In seminary, I learned a lot of facts about the geography of the Holy Land as it pertains to Biblical study.  I read books, I passed tests, but I didn’t really know the geography of the Holy Land until I experienced it, until I stood in the places Jesus stood, until I broke bread where he broke bread, and kissed the ground where he died.  Knowing something in a deep, experiential, and multifaceted way is transformational. We were created as human beings to know God in just such a way. Books and facts and tests about God are fine, but we are meant to experience God in a way that changes everything.  That experiential knowledge is the vision of Christian education, that’s the purpose for it. That’s the ultimate measure of the success of our programing at Holy Apostles. And to be clear, you don’t have to go to Jerusalem to experience God; that can and does happen right here.

Related to this is the notion of Christian formation.  This refers to the process and activity of being formed into a Christian.  Here, we are talking about being formed on the heart level: our desires, our wills, our thoughts all being shaped in a Godward direction.  This is both an active and passive process. There are particular practices that we participate in that actively form us in particular ways.  At the same time, the activity of forming Christians is primarily something that the Holy Spirit does in us if we are open to being changed. Whether we realize it or not, everything we do and experience is part of our formation.  Not all of our formation is in a Godward direction. We are actively being formed as members of this society—our desires shaped in particular ways toward ends that are not ultimately worthy of our destiny and calling as God’s children.  So we have to be intentional about our formation as Christians and as people who know that they are beloved by God and act accordingly.

Finally, discipleship refers to the lifelong project of learning to be a disciple of Jesus.  A disciple is a follower, one who emulates. Discipleship entails discipline. Just as it takes discipline to follow an exercise routine, so it takes discipline to learn to follow Jesus.  It takes commitment. You can see how the formation of our desires and wills is an important part of discipline. It also takes the formation of a sacramental imagination for us to understand the purposes and goals of following Jesus are so much deeper than the simple work-to-receive-the-benefit calculus that so often motivates us.  “Progress” in following Jesus is not as straightforward as watching the calories burn at the gym. What is at stake in following Jesus is of eternal worth and eternal beauty—communion with God. We can of course read about this, but to really know it, you’ve got to experience it.    

Experience of the divine, formation of hearts and minds, and the discipline of following Jesus are not things that happen overnight, or through one program or activity.  The purpose of our Christian education programs requires a multifaceted approach to education on a variety of levels—learning, fellowship, personal devotion, worship, and service.  It is lifelong work, but it is the work that Jesus calls us to do (Matthew 28:19). Lest we lose heart or think it is all about humans striving, we need to remember again and again that ultimately it is the Holy Spirit doing the work of transformation in us and through us as we open ourselves to the unfathomable grace of God.  In a world of ruthless advancement, meritocracy, and soul-eating disappointment, that’s some pretty astonishing news.

In Christ,

James +

Announcements – 8/25/2019

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.

† 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 excited about the new Sunday School year beginning September 8.  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.

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