Announcements – 2/17/19

Today

The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany—

Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10AM

Celebrant & preacher, The Rev. James Stambaugh, Rector

The Outreach Committee of Holy Apostles thanks you for your loose plate offerings at today’s services.  The Outreach Committee will direct these donations to mission work in our community.

Upcoming Events

February 21         -Presentation on James’ pilgrimage to the Holy Land, 7PM

March 5               -Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner

March 6               -Ash Wednesday

March 13             – “Soup Group” begins

Announcements

 

Worship

† March 6th is Ash Wednesday.  The following services are offered:

9:15AM—Imposition of Ashes; no Eucharist

12:15PM—Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes

6:30PM—Holy Eucharist with music and the Imposition of Ashes

† Look for a complete schedule of special Lenten services and special opportunities for spiritual growth next Sunday.

† 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 smart phone apps!  See the last section of the digital edition of the “Acts of the Apostles” for details.

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: Children Preschool – 2nd grade and 3rd – 8th grade attend Sunday classes at 10:00AM, 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 10:00PM Holy Eucharist service or the 5:30PM 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.

† The Holy Apostles Choir School begins its pilot program in late February.  If you have a potential student, apply today.  Applications are available on-line or on the “connect” table. The Choir School will accept only 20 students for the pilot semester. Placement preference will be given to members of the Church of the Holy Apostles. 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

† March 5 we will celebrate Shrove Tuesday with a pancake dinner at 6:30PM in the parish hall.  Children in the parish are encouraged to come help James lock up the “Alleluias” until Easter morning.  Todd Delevan is providing some of his legendary homebrewed beer for the adults.

† If you enter the church building when the Little Friends Day Care is in session (7:00AM – 6:00PM Mon-Fri), and are anywhere other than in the church itself, please obtain a “Church Member” name tag from the Parish Office and wear it while you are here. This will show the teachers and children at the day care that you are a person who belongs here. Any workers/maintenance people or visitors who come into the buildings are required to wear a “Visitor” name tag to identify themselves to our own staff as well as to the day care staff and children.

† 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

† James will offer a presentation on his Holy Land Pilgrimage, Thursday evening, February 21st at 7PM. A second presentation could be arranged if there is enough interest to hold it at a different time.

† You are invited to join our Lenten “soup group” which meet Wednesday nights in lent, beginning on March 13.  Come for the soup and stay for a lively discussion about faith and life (or come for the discussion and stay for the soup!)  This year’s topic is:

“Good News & God’s Mission”

† Bible Study is held on Thursdays at 11AM.

Diocesan Events

† Save the Date! March 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM: Bowling with the Bishop at Wynnewood Lanes. Youth across the Diocese are invited for a day of pizza and bowling.

 

 

A Note from the Rector – 2/17/19

In relation to my trip to the Holy Land, I have been thinking about the difference between pilgrimage and tourism.  It may seem like an overly precious distinction but I find it to be important.  Tourism isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  To visit, to observe, to experience difference, to stimulate the local economy, this is tourism.  As long as it is conducted respectfully, it can be a positive thing for both the tourists and the hosts.  Pilgrimage is different.  A pilgrimage is a spiritual journey, a journey undertaken with the intent of finding God, or at least finding some spiritual meaning in the landscape or space to which you travel.  Often it is the journey itself where grace is found, and the pilgrim sees God in the face of their fellow travelers.  On even the most interactive tour, tourism is still about observation in the end.  Tourists, no matter how savvy, are outsiders looking in.  In contrast, pilgrimage is about participation of the body, mind, and soul.  In order to be a pilgrim you must be able to recognize and experience your spiritual home, whether as a destination, or along the journey itself.  Pilgrimage is about finding that home even in an unfamiliar place surrounded by unfamiliar people.  It can be a fleeting thing, but pilgrimage is a journey home.  Paradoxically, you have to leave your home in order to find home, sometimes.  But, even as pilgrimage implies movement (and even as movement or travel does not guarantee pilgrimage), pilgrimage is first and foremost a movement of the heart.  Two people standing next to each other in the same place: one is a pilgrim and the other a tourist, and the only difference is an open heart.

I was not a pilgrim for the entire duration of my trip.  Sometimes I was a big, goofy tourist.  Ask Deborah about my legendary shopping trip in the Christian quarter of Jerusalem.  Other times I truly found a spiritual home.  There were places where I connected with God on many different levels of history, culture, liturgy, architecture, and mystery.  I already wrote to you a little about the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  That was certainly one of those places where I found home.  Another spiritual home I found was Christ Church in Nazareth.  Of all the dozens of churches we visited, Christ Church was home in a special way.  It was a simple parish church in the Anglican Communion, not unlike our own parish church.  Most of the liturgy was in Arabic, the language of the local congregation.  But, I knew the liturgy because it was more or less our liturgy.  The beauty of our shared prayer book heritage as Anglicans was evident.  We even sang the same hymns, some of us in Arabic, some of us in English.  Not all of our voices were tuned, but it sounded like a choir of angels.  It sounded like heaven will sound, when as Scripture tells us, people of every tribe, and nation, and language will gather around the throne of God and sing praises to our Creator.  After the Eucharist at Christ Church Nazareth we shared coffee hour because even in Israel, Anglicans/Episcopalians are going to do what we do best.  It truly was home, even as this place, Church of the Holy Apostles, is truly home.  We are united in prayer and purpose with our sisters and brothers in Nazareth, and in Nablus, and in Ramallah, and Cairo, and Moscow, and New Delhi, and Belgrade, and Mobile, Alabama.  Whether we like it or not, or even know it or not, we are united with all Christians in all times and places.  We may not agree on everything; we probably don’t even like each other sometimes.  Yet, we share a spiritual home, and a spiritual purpose—to glorify God and to make God’s glory, and love, and justice known in God’s world.  Of course, the spiritual unity of Christianity aside, Episcopalians (and Anglicans around the world) have the best coffee hour, hands down.

Announcements for 2/10/2019

Sunday

The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany—
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10AM. Healing Prayer after Communion
Celebrant & preacher,
The Rev. James Stambaugh, Rector

On Second Sundays, our loose plate offerings are pledged to Episcopal Community Services, which has more than thirty active ministries in the Delaware Valley.  Thank you for your gifts.

Upcoming Events

February 21    -Presentation on James’ pilgrimage to the Holy Land

March 5          -Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner

March 6          -Ash Wednesday

Announcements

Worship

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

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: Children Preschool – 2nd grade and 3rd – 8th grade attend Sunday classes at 10:00AM, 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 10:00PM Holy Eucharist service or the 5:30PM 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.

† The Holy Apostles Choir School begins its pilot program in late February.  If you have a potential student, apply today.  Applications are available on-line or on the “connect” table. The Choir School will accept only 20 students for the pilot semester. Placement preference will be given to members of the Church of the Holy Apostles. 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

† If you enter the church building when the Little Friends Day Care is in session (7:00AM – 6:00PM Mon-Fri), and are anywhere other than in the church itself, please obtain a “Church Member” name tag from the Parish Office and wear it while you are here. This will show the teachers and children at the day care that you are a person who belongs here. Any workers/maintenance people or visitors who come into the buildings are required to wear a “Visitor” name tag to identify themselves to our own staff as well as to the day care staff and children.

† The Cash for Causes Program at Giant Supermarket: Purchase a Giant supermarket gift card through the Church of the Holy Apostles, and 5% of the value of the card will be given to the church. These gift cards can be used like cash when you are buying your own groceries or you can give the cards as gifts. The cards must be purchased through the church in order for the church to receive the 5%.  JT Wertz is the church liaison for this Cash for Causes Program. Please talk with him to purchase a Giant gift card or if you would like more information. All money received by the church through the Cash for Causes Program will become part of the General Operating Fund.

Education

† James+ will offer a presentation on his Holy Land Pilgrimage, Thursday evening, February 21st. A second presentation could be arranged if there is enough interest to hold it during the day.

† Reading: The Apostles’ Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism by Ben Myers.

† Bible Study is held on Thursdays at 11AM.

Diocesan Events

† Save the Date! March 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM: Bowling with the Bishop at Wynnewood Lanes. Youth across the Diocese are invited for a day of pizza and bowling.

 

Announcements for 2/3/2019

Sunday

The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany -Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10AM.

Guest celebrant & preacher, the Rev. Ken Wissler

Loose plate offerings at today’s services will help sustain the Rector’s Discretionary Fund, which is used to financially support those in need in our community.  Thank you for your contributions.

Upcoming Events

February 10         – Healing Prayer at 10AM service

-Family Evening Worship 5:30PM

February 21         -Presentation on James’ pilgrimage to the Holy Land

March 5               -Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner

March 6               -Ash Wednesday

Announcements

Worship

† There won’t be Morning Prayer at church January 27 – February 9. Morning Prayer is normally offered at 8:30AM on Sunday mornings and at 9:15AM Tuesdays through Fridays.  Anyone can do pray the service privately using the Book of Common Prayer or one of a number of smart phone apps!  See the last section of the digital edition of the “Acts of the Apostles” for details.

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: Children Preschool – 2nd grade and 3rd – 8th grade attend Sunday classes at 10:00AM, 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 10:00PM Holy Eucharist service or the 5:30PM 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.

† The Holy Apostles Choir School begins its pilot program in late February.  If you have a potential student, apply today.  Applications are available on-line or on the “connect” table. The Choir School will accept only 20 students for the pilot semester. Placement preference will be given to members of the Church of the Holy Apostles. 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

† James+ will be away from Jan. 26 – Feb. 7.  James+ and Deb are travelling to the Holy Land on a pilgrimage sponsored by the diocese and the Episcopal Friends of the Diocese of Jerusalem.  See last week’s “Note from the Rector” for more details (online).  Also, find periodic updates about the pilgrimage on our website.  On the home page scroll down to “Recent Posts,” and then look for posts marked “Holy Land Pilgrimage 2019.”

† If you enter the church building when the Little Friends Day Care is in session (7:00AM – 6:00PM Mon-Fri), and are anywhere other than in the church itself, please obtain a “Church Member” name tag from the Parish Office and wear it while you are here. This will show the teachers and children at the day care that you are a person who belongs here. Any workers/maintenance people or visitors who come into the buildings are required to wear a “Visitor” name tag to identify themselves to our own staff as well as to the day care staff and children.

† The Cash for Causes Program at Giant Supermarket: Purchase a Giant supermarket gift card through the Church of the Holy Apostles, and 5% of the value of the card will be given to the church. These gift cards can be used like cash when you are buying your own groceries or you can give the cards as gifts. The cards must be purchased through the church in order for the church to receive the 5%.  JT Wertz is the church liaison for this Cash for Causes Program. Please talk with him to purchase a Giant gift card or if you would like more information. All money received by the church through the Cash for Causes Program will become part of the General Operating Fund.

Education

† James+ will offer a presentation on his Holy Land Pilgrimage, Thursday evening, February 21st. A second presentation could be arranged if there is enough interest to hold it during the day.

† Reading: The Apostles’ Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism by Ben Myers.

† Bible Study will not be held while James+ is in the Holy Land but will resume on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 11AM.

Diocesan Events

† Absalom Jones Celebration – February 9, 9:30AM-11AM at The Philadelphia Cathedral.  Bishop Carl Wright, Suffragan Bishop for the Armed Forces will Celebrate and Preach.  All are welcome.

† Save the Date! March 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM: Bowling with the Bishop at Wynnewood Lanes. Youth across the Diocese are invited for a day of pizza and bowling.

 

Announcements for 1/27/2019

Sunday

The Third Sunday after Epiphany—Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10AM.

Guest celebrant & preacher, the Rev. Doris Rajagopal, Missioner to Darby

Holy Apostles supports Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) with loose plate offerings collected on the fourth Sunday of each month.  Thank you for your contributions.

Upcoming Events

February 10      – Healing Prayer at 10AM service

-Family Evening Worship 5:30PM

February 21      -Presentation on James’ pilgrimage to the Holy Land

March 5           -Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner

March 6           -Ash Wednesday

Announcements

Worship

† There won’t be Morning Prayer at church January 27 – February 9. Morning Prayer is normally offered at 8:30AM on Sunday mornings and at 9:15AM Tuesdays through Fridays.  Anyone can do pray the service privately using the Book of Common Prayer or one of a number of smart phone apps!  See the last section of the digital edition of the “Acts of the Apostles” for details.

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: Children Preschool – 2nd grade and 3rd – 8th grade attend Sunday classes at 10:00AM, 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 10:00PM Holy Eucharist service or the 5:30PM 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.

† The Holy Apostles Choir School begins its pilot program in late February.  If you have a potential student, apply today.  Applications are available on-line or on the “connect” table. The Choir School will accept only 20 students for the pilot semester. Placement preference will be given to members of the Church of the Holy Apostles. 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

† Margaret Helminska is leaving the position of parish administrator effective February 1st.  Margaret began during the interim period in January 2017, and has faithfully served the organizational and administrative needs of the parish through a time of transition and change.  We are very grateful to Margaret for her service and wish her every good thing going forward. The vestry is planning a lunch in celebration of Margaret’s service. We invite you to offer your thanks to Margaret during the remainder of her time with us.

† James+ will be away from Jan. 26 – Feb. 7.  James+ and Deb are travelling to the Holy Land on a pilgrimage sponsored by the diocese and the Episcopal Friends of the Diocese of Jerusalem.  See last week’s “Note from the Rector” for more details (online).  Also, find periodic updates about the pilgrimage on our website.  Click here to see all such updates so far.

† If you enter the church building when the Little Friends Day Care is in session (7:00AM – 6:00PM Mon-Fri), and are anywhere other than in the church itself, please obtain a “Church Member” name tag from the Parish Office and wear it while you are here. This will show the teachers and children at the day care that you are a person who belongs here. Any workers/maintenance people or visitors who come into the buildings are required to wear a “Visitor” name tag to identify themselves to our own staff as well as to the day care staff and children.

† The Cash for Causes Program at Giant Supermarket: Purchase a Giant supermarket gift card through the Church of the Holy Apostles, and 5% of the value of the card will be given to the church. These gift cards can be used like cash when you are buying your own groceries or you can give the cards as gifts. The cards must be purchased through the church in order for the church to receive the 5%.  JT Wertz is the church liaison for this Cash for Causes Program. Please talk with him to purchase a Giant gift card or if you would like more information. All money received by the church through the Cash for Causes Program will become part of the General Operating Fund.

Education

† James+ will offer a presentation on his Holy Land Pilgrimage, Thursday evening, February 21st. A second presentation could be arranged if there is enough interest to hold it during the day.

† Reading: The Apostles’ Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism by Ben Myers.

† Bible Study will not be held while James+ is in the Holy Land but will resume on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 11AM.        

Diocesan Events

† Absalom Jones Celebration – February 9, 9:30AM-11AM at The Philadelphia Cathedral.  Bishop Carl Wright, Suffragan Bishop for the Armed Forces will Celebrate and Preach.  All are welcome. 

† Save the Date! March 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM: Bowling with the Bishop at Wynnewood Lanes. Youth across the Diocese are invited for a day of pizza and bowling.

Announcements for 1/20/2019

Upcoming Events

TODAY: Sunday, January 20 – The Second Sunday after Epiphany, Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10AM, followed by the Annual Parish Meeting

Announcements

Worship

† Morning Prayer is offered at 8:30AM on Sunday mornings and at 9:15AM Tuesdays through Fridays.  Morning Prayer will not take place during James’ trip to the Holy Land. The last day of Morning Prayer will be January 25, and it will resume February 12).  Anyone can do pray the service privately using the Book of Common Prayer or one of a number of smart phone apps! See the last section of the digital edition of the “Acts of the Apostles” for details.

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: Children Preschool – 2nd grade and 3rd – 8th grade attend Sunday classes at 10:00AM, 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 10:00PM Holy Eucharist service or the 5:30PM 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.

† The Holy Apostles Choir School begins its pilot program on February 5, 2019.  If you have a potential student, apply today.  Applications are available on-line or on the “connect” table. The Choir School will accept only 20 students for the pilot semester. Placement preference will be given to members of the Church of the Holy Apostles. 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

† Annual Parish Meeting today following the 10:00 service.

† Margaret Helminska is leaving the position of parish administrator effective February 1st.  Margaret began during the interim period in the summer of 2017, and has faithfully served the organizational and administrative needs of the parish through a time of transition and change.  We are very grateful to Margaret for her service and wish her every good thing going forward. The vestry is planning a lunch in celebration of Margaret’s service. We invite you to offer your thanks to Margaret during the remainder of her time with us.

† 2018 Giving Statements were sent electronically by J.T. Wertz, who administrates  our Stewardship software. If you should have received one and did not, or if there any questions please contact him.

† James+ will be away from Jan. 26 – Feb. 7.  James+ and Deb will be travelling to Jerusalem on a pilgrimage sponsored by the diocese and the Episcopal Friends of the Diocese of Jerusalem.  See today’s “Note from the Rector” for more details.

† If you enter the church building when the Little Friends Day Care is in session (7:00AM – 6:00PM Mon-Fri), and are anywhere other than in the church itself, please obtain a “Church Member” name tag from the Parish Office and wear it while you are here. This will show the teachers and children at the day care that you are a person who belongs here. Any workers/maintenance people or visitors who come into the buildings are required to wear a “Visitor” name tag to identify themselves to our own staff as well as to the day care staff and children.

† The Cash for Causes Program at Giant Supermarket: Purchase a Giant supermarket gift card through the Church of the Holy Apostles, and 5% of the value of the card will be given to the church. These gift cards can be used like cash when you are buying your own groceries or you can give the cards as gifts. The cards must be purchased through the church in order for the church to receive the 5%.  JT Wertz is the church liaison for this Cash for Causes Program. Please talk with him to purchase a Giant gift card or if you would like more information. All money received by the church through the Cash for Causes Program will become part of the General Operating Fund.

Education

† James+ will offer a presentation on his Holy Land Pilgrimage, Thursday evening, February 21st. A second presentation could be arranged if there is enough interest to hold it during the day.

† Reading: The Apostles’ Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism by Ben Myers.

†  Bible Study

Thursdays, 11:00AM

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

Diocesan Events

† Absalom Jones Celebration – February 9, 9:30AM-11AM at The Philadelphia Cathedral.  Bishop Carl Wright, Suffragan Bishop for the Armed Forces will Celebrate and Preach.  All are welcome.

† Save the Date! March 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM: Bowling with the Bishop at Wynnewood Lanes. Youth across the Diocese are invited for a day of pizza and bowling.