Announcements for 11/11/2018

Heritage and Hope

Stewardship 2018

We honor our history, give thanks for our present, and look
forward to our future in the hope of Jesus Christ.

† Pledges will be gathered next Sunday, November 18.  The 10AM service will be followed by a festive all-parish luncheon. This will be catered, so please RSVP to the Parish Office at (610) 642-6617 or holyapostlespa@gmail.com.

† If did not receive a stewardship letter or pledge card, or for any other questions or concerns, please notify James+

Worship

† Wednesday, November 21st, at 7:00 p.m. Evensong on Thanksgiving Eve. Following the service there will be a Fireside Reception in the Memorial Room (please bring a beverage and appetizer to share). RSVP to Judy Jervis at (610) 348-5529 or tuesbowler@outlook.com if attending reception.

† Bishop Gutierrez will visit CHA on Sunday, December 9th for Confirmations, Receptions, and Reaffirmations.  If you are interested in any of those rites, or would just like to know more, talk to James+.

† Morning Prayer is offered at 8:30AM on Sunday mornings.  Morning Prayer according to the Book of Common Prayer is a beautiful and contemplative service, and a wonderful way to begin to Lord’s Day.  This does not affect 9AM choir practice or the 10AM service of Holy Eucharist.

† On every second Sunday of the month, healing prayer  will be offered immediately after communion during the 10:00 service.

Children and Youth

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

† Sunday School: Children Preschool – 2nd grade and 3rd – 8th grade attend Sunday classes at 10:00 a.m., the same time as the church service starts; children join their parents in the church in time for communion. Classes are held on the 1st, 3rd, & 4th Sundays of the month. On 2nd Sundays children attend church with their parents, either the 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist service or the 5:30 p.m. Family Worship Service. When there is a 5th Sunday, children attend church with their parents, with some of the children taking part in leading the service.

† Confirmation Classes: November 11 and  25 at 5 p.m.

† Holy Apostles is working toward establishing a flourishing children’s choir program. Visit www.holyapostlespa.org/choir-school for more information.

Parish Life

† Parish Office hours:
+ 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 & Thursday, Nov. 15
+ Closed Friday, Nov. 16
+ 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 (week of Thanksgiving)
+ Normal hours resume the week of Nov. 26th.

† Turkey Trot: 5K Run or 1 Mile Walk 9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving, Nov. 22nd, to raise money for the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania . (Meet in front of St. Faith Church, 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 and to remind men to check themselves.  Make your donations payable to Abramson Cancer Center and in the memo put “The Matt Smyth Fund”.

† Through today, Sunday, November 11th, the Sunday School will be collecting items to send to our troops overseas.  Items are listed on the posters that we have placed 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!

Pancakes with Santa   

Saturday, Dec. 1st, 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Breakfast free for children 5 years old and younger. Ages 6-14 are $4. Ages 15 and up are $7. Baked goods will be for sale. (Donations of baked goods and Christmas items appreciated.) Bring your own camera for pictures with Santa!

Education

† Fall Reading and Discussion: This fall, interested adults will read Ben Myers’s new book called The Apostles’ Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism.

† Adult Formation Fall-Winter 2018

Apostles’ Creed Book Discussion
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Dates to be announced

Advent Soup Group
“Like a Rolling Stone & The Rock That Doesn’t Roll”:
Stones in the Bible
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
December 5th
December 12th
December 19th

Bible Study
Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.
Join us as we take a deep dive into the Acts of the Apostles

 

A Note from the Rector for 11/11/2018

This weekend is the 235th annual diocesan convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania.  Though many of you will read this Sunday, I write this Friday morning, so the convention has not yet begun.  The major thing that will be discussed and decided at this convention, besides the budget, is the proposal to legally incorporate the diocese as a non-profit entity and establish, according to state law, a board of trustees to manage it.

By American standards, we are a very old diocese. Led by Bishop William White, we were organized in 1784 before there existed any of the current laws governing corporations, or non-profit entities (before there existed the Federal government of the United States, in fact).

If the resolution before diocesan convention is adopted, the board of trustees that will govern the incorporation of the diocese will consist of 13 members.  The bishop shall be the chairperson, and there will be three lay people appointed by the bishop, three clergy and six lay people elected by diocesan convention.  Everyone besides the bishop will serve three-year terms.  The extensive responsibility and power to manage and maintain the property and assets of the diocese will be consolidated in the board of trustees.  Currently, this power is vague and dispersed between the standing committee, diocesan council, and the bishop.  Those who argue for incorporation point out that the current system is confusing, ineffective, and has lent itself to lack of transparency in the past.  On the whole, for these reasons, I think that incorporation is a good thing.  However, I am concerned that we, the universal Church, as well as particular local embodiments of the church always remember that we are not simply a non-profit organization, nor are we primarily a business whose only concern is efficiency.  In theological terms, we are the Body of Christ, and that must be our first and foremost consideration when thinking about how we structure ourselves, even as we recognize that deliberate, transparent, and effective management of the Church’s temporal resources is absolutely necessary.

Beth Johnson, Marilyn Freeman and I are Church of the Holy Apostles’ delegates to diocesan convention.  Together, we will listen carefully and represent our beloved congregation to the best of our ability.

James +

 

 

Announcements for 11/4/2018

Worship

† Tuesday, Nov. 6th at 6:30 p.m.: All Souls Memorial Holy Eucharist/Commemoration of All Faithful Departed. Please submit to the Parish Office the names of any deceased loved ones that you would like included in the prayers during that service.

† Wednesday, November 21st, at 7:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve service. Following the service there will be a Fireside Reception in the Memorial Room (please bring a beverage and appetizer to share). RSVP to Judy Jervis at (610) 348-5529 or tuesbowler@outlook.com if attending reception.

† Bishop Gutierrez will visit CHA on Sunday, December 9th for Confirmations, Receptions, and Reaffirmations.  If you are interested in any of those rites, or would just like to know more, talk to James+.

† Morning Prayer is offered at 8:30AM on Sunday mornings.  Morning Prayer according to the Book of Common Prayer is a beautiful and contemplative service, and a wonderful way to begin to Lord’s Day.  This does not affect 9AM choir practice or the 10AM service of Holy Eucharist.

† On every second Sunday of the month, healing prayer  will be offered immediately after communion during the 10:00 service.

Children and Youth 

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

† Sunday School: Children Preschool – 2nd grade and 3rd – 8th grade attend Sunday classes at 10:00 a.m., the same time as the church service starts; children join their parents in the church in time for communion. Classes are held on the 1st, 3rd, & 4th Sundays of the month. On 2nd Sundays children attend church with their parents, either the 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist service or the 5:30 p.m. Family Worship Service. When there is a 5th Sunday, children attend church with their parents, with some of the children taking part in leading the service.

† Confirmation Class continues to be held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 5 p.m.

† Holy Apostles is working toward establishing a flourishing children’s choir program. Visit www.holyapostlespa.org/choir-school for more information.

Parish Life

† Pancakes with Santa:  Saturday, Dec. 1st, 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Breakfast free for children 5 years old and younger. Baked goods will be for sale. (Donations of baked goods and Christmas items appreciated.) Bring your own camera for pictures with Santa!

† Through Sunday, November 11th, the Sunday School will be collecting items to send to our troops overseas.  Items are listed on the posters that we have placed 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!

† Online church calendar: Stay connected with what is happening in your church. Visit the online calendar at http://www.calendarwiz.com/holyapostlespa. All events happening at the church need to be added to this calendar to avoid conflicts with the use of our facilities. Email the church office to schedule events.

Education

† Fall Reading and Discussion: This fall, interested adults will read Ben Myers’s new book called The Apostles’ Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism.  Want to deepen your understanding of the essentials of Christian faith, and how they are relevant to your life?  You need to read this excellent book! In order to include as many people as possible, James+ will facilitate several discussions about this book on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings.  But even if you cannot make it to the discussions you can still read this short, engaging, and  very readable book. Sign up in the parish hall if you want a copy and the church will make a bulk order.

† Adult Formation Fall-Winter 2018

Apostles’ Creed Book Discussion

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Dates to be announced

 

Advent Soup Group

“Like a Rolling Stone & The Rock That Doesn’t Roll”:

Stones in the Bible

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

December 5th

December 12th

December 19th

 

Bible Study

Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.

Join us as we take a deep dive into the Acts of the Apostles

Community Events

St. Mark’s Armenian Catholic Church, 400 Haverford Road in Wynnewood, invites our congregation to their Annual Armenian Food Court on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10th and 11th, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s. Bring your family and friends to eat-in at the church hall or choose from the take-out menu. A limited number of raffle tickets for prizes are available in the CHA Parish Office for $1.00 each or a book of 12 for $10.  Additional tickets are available at St. Mark’s. The drawing for the winning tickets will be at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11th. Proceeds benefit St. Mark’s Armenian Catholic Church.

 

 

A Note from the Rector for 11/4/2018

O Lord, you are my portion and my cup;

it is you who uphold my lot.

My boundaries enclose a pleasant land;

indeed, I have a goodly heritage.

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel;

my heart teaches me, night after night.

 

Psalm 16:5-7

 

Today begins our annual season of prayer and discernment about the ways God might be calling each of us to support what God is doing at Holy Apostles. This year’s theme is Heritage and Hope. I have written a letter to each household of Holy Apostles and have enclosed a pledge card in that letter with more information. Please look for your letter on the table outside the parish hall. Letters that haven’t been picked up this morning will be mailed this week.

Our ingathering of pledges will be Sunday, November 14. Our 10 a.m. service that day will be followed by a festive all-parish luncheon.

James +

 

Announcements for 10/28/2018

Worship

TODAY: Due to the celebratory service at Church of the Holy Apostles and the Mediator in Philadelphia this afternoon, Sunday, October 28th, CHA’s morning worship schedule on this day will be as follows:

  • 8:30 AM Morning Prayer
  • 10 AM Morning Prayer (Nursery care will be provided, but no Sunday School & no choir)

Confirmation class is cancelled this week, and will resume November 11.

Regular services will resume Sunday, November 4th.

 

CELEBRATE WITH OUR MOTHER PARISH

 Sunday, October 28th, 3:00 p.m.

150th Anniversary Celebration Service

at

Holy Apostles and the Mediator,

260 S 51st St, Philadelphia PA 19139

We are thrilled to be joining our mother congregation, Holy Apostles and Mediator (HAM) in celebrating their 150th anniversary.  This really is a special moment in our history.  It is also a unique opportunity to make relationships and build bridges across racial and socio-economic lines.  St. Paul tells us that God has given us the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 2:11-21). Here is a chance to practice that ministry, to experience a great worship service, and to make some wonderful new friends.

 The service begins at 3PM.  At 2 PM we will begin gathering at our parking lot to car- pool to HAM.  Our plan is to leave CHA no later than 2:15. Feel free to meet us there if that is more convenient.

We will have special access to a parking lot near HAM, so we will not have to find street parking.  The parking lot is
Light of Elmwood Lodge (Masonic)
5026 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139

† Tuesday, Nov. 6th at 6:30 p.m.: All Souls Memorial Eucharist: Commemoration of All Faithful Departed. Please submit to the Parish Office the names of any deceased loved ones that you would like included in the prayers during that service.

† Bishop Gutierrez will visit CHA on Sunday, December 9th for Confirmations, Receptions, and Reaffirmations.  If you are interested in any of those rites, or would just like to know more, talk to James+.

Children and Youth

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

† Sunday School: No Sunday School today, October 28th due to the 3:00 p.m. service at Church of the Holy Apostles and Mediator in Philadelphia today)  Classes resume next Sunday, Nov. 4th. Children Preschool – 2nd grade and 3rd – 8th grade attend Sunday classes at 10:00 a.m., the same time as the church service starts; children join their parents in the church in time for communion. Classes are held on the 1st, 3rd, & 4th Sundays of the month. On 2nd Sundays children attend church with their parents, either the 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist service or the 5:30 p.m. Family Worship Service. When there is a 5th Sunday, children attend church with their parents, with some of the children taking part in leading the service.

† Confirmation Class will be cancelled for today, October 28th, due to the 3:00 p.m. service at Church of the Holy Apostles and Mediator in Philadelphia today) Beginning in November Confirmation Class again will be held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 5 p.m.

† Holy Apostles is working toward establishing a flourishing children’s choir program. Visit www.holyapostlespa.org/choir-school for more information.

Parish Life

† Online church calendar: Stay connected with what is happening in your church. Visit the online calendar at http://www.calendarwiz.com/holyapostlespa. All events happening at the church need to be added to this calendar to avoid conflicts with the use of our facilities. Email the church office to schedule events.

Education

† Fall Reading and Discussion: This fall, interested adults will read Ben Myers’s new book called The Apostles’ Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism.  Want to deepen your understanding of the essentials of Christian faith, and how they are relevant to your life?  You need to read this excellent book! In order to include as many people as possible, James+ will facilitate several discussions about this book on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings.  But even if you cannot make it to the discussions you can still read this short, engaging, and  very readable book. Sign up in the parish hall if you want a copy and the church will make a bulk order.

† Adult Formation Fall-Winter 2018

Apostles’ Creed Book Discussion
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Dates to be announced

Advent Soup Group
“Like a Rolling Stone & The Rock That Doesn’t Roll”: Stones in the Bible
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
December 5th
December 12th
December 19th

Bible Study
Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.
Join us as we take a deep dive into the Acts of the Apostles.

The Diocese Needs Our Help!

During the 2018 Diocesan Convention, the diocese hopes to fill 250 Blessing Bags to provide necessity items to those facing homelessness. A Wish List of items can be found at Amazon.com under Blessing/Dignity Bags. Items can be mailed to/dropped off at the Diocesan offices at 3717 Chestnut St., Ste. 300, Philadelphia PA 19104. For more info, please contact the Rev. Canon Toneh Smyth at tsmyth@diopa.org. Samples of needed items: socks, gloves, bandaids, water bottles, granola bars, raisins, & tissues. See Amazon.com Wish List for additional items.

 

 

A Note from the Rector 10/28/2018

Adapted from Our First Forty Years by Mildred Howard

The vestry of Holy Apostles and the Mediator decided to sell the original Holy Apostles property at 21st and Christian Streets to Shiloh Baptist Church in 1944.  One of the conditions of that decision was that money would be set aside from the proceeds of the sale for the construction of a new chapel in the growing western suburbs of the city.

Carroll B Maris, a parishioner of Holy Apostles and the Mediator who had recently moved to Penn Wynne, was instrumental in convincing the vestry to look here for the site of the fourth chapel.  The site on Remington and Dover roads was approved for purchase on July 1949.

Walter H. Poole of Davis and Poole, Architects, was commissioned to submit plans for a chapel and parish house.  Plans were approved in February 1950 with the parish house to be built first and the Chapel to come later.  Construction costs were to be kept at $126,000!

The Rt. Rev. William P. Remington, Bishop of South Dakota and former vicar of the Chapel of the Holy Communion at 27th and Wharton Streets, presided at groundbreaking ceremonies on April 15, 1950.  The Rt. Rev. Oliver J. Hart, S.T.D., Bishop of Pennsylvania, presided at the cornerstone laying on October 1, 1950.

The Rev. Robert Matthew Baur, assistant to the Rector of Christ Church, Philadelphia, was called to be the first vicar of the Chapel of the Holy Apostles, Penn Wynne; his tenure to begin October 1, 1950.

Although the building was still under construction, it was decided to hold a Christmas Eve service.  Without heat or light, wearing heavy coats and hats to ward off the cold and carrying flickering candles for light, an enthusiastic group of Christians prayed and sang Christmas carols.  The Overbrook Hills-Penn Wynne fire trucks played their searchlights on the building to further illuminate the gathering.

Not willing to wait for the Parish House to be completed, church services were held at the Penn Wynne Library from February until Easter Sunday, March 24, 1951.

Our church service record book shows attendance that first Easter to be: 35 at the 9 a.m. service, 75 children at 10 o’clock Church School, and 170 at the 11 o’clock service.  The altar and other furnishings were placed in what we now call the Godly Play room.  The parish hall and temporary worship space of the Chapel of the Holy Apostles, Penn Wynne were formally dedicated at 5 p.m. on June 24, 1951.  Bishop Oliver J. Hart officiated.

James+