Connect By Night Meals – December 2020

Due to COVID-19, rather than housing at the church and making lunches for our guests, we will be providing meals to the guests at the Upper Darby facility. If you are able to serve as a Meal Captain or by providing food preparation or delivery services, please contact Cassie Woestman – grammysqrd@gmail.com – 610-608-5440

Saturday, December 5

  • Lasagna (meat & vegetarian)
  • Salad
  • Green Beans
  • Italian Bread & Butter
  • Lemonade
  • Brownies, Cupcakes, Cookies

Friday, December 23 – Traditional Holiday Dinner & Gift Distribution

  • Chicken or Turkey with Vegetarian Option
  • Mac ‘n’ Cheese
  • Vegetable Side
  • Potato Side
  • Salad
  • Rolls
  • Lemonade
  • Brownies, Cupcakes, Cookies

Thursday, December 29

  • Ground Beef Casserole
  • Vegetable Side
  • Mac ‘n’ Cheese
  • Salad
  • Lemonade
  • Brownies, Cupcakes, Cookies

2020 Connect-by-Night Needs

In this year where so much has been affected and changed by COVID-19, we will be adapting our Connect by Night experience as well. While we cannot lodge guests in the church building this year, we will still be providing some meals at the facility in Upper Darby where they will be sheltering . In addition, we will be providing supplies in the form of gift bags for 25 individuals The deadline for collection is Tuesday, December 15, so that there is time to assemble the bags and fill in gaps where needed.

Items Needed – 25 of each:

  • Canvas tote – the sturdy kind, preferably from area college, university or medical facility, making them long-lasting, easily identified by the recipient as their own, and a fitting replacement for plastic bag luggage.
  • Poncho
  • Socks
  • Disposable Razors
  • Hand Towel
  • Wash Cloth
  • Gloves
  • Small hand cream
  • Chapstick
  • Tissues (box or wrapped personal size)
  • Candy
  • Cards from Children
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash (non-alcoholic only)
  • Books
  • Puzzles

You may elect to provide all 25 of any item, or any combination of the above.

Additional items going in bags (already donated):

  • Seasonal ornament
  • Face masks
  • Scarves/hats

The following is a list of equipment Director Timmi Kilgore has requested for a gym area that is being set up at the facility. These items can be new or gently used:

  • Treadmill
  • Yoga mats
  • Yoga video
  • Hula hoops
  • Ankle/wrist weights (no free weights)
  • Stretching bands
  • Jump ropes

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Coronavirus Update from the Rector

Dear Holy Apostles,

Grace and peace to you from God.  The consensus of the CDC and other health officials is that, along with washing your hands, social distancing is a vitally important part of mitigating the spread and severity of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.  Social distancing means keeping away from large gatherings and creating a wider “personal bubble” when you are out in public.  And most importantly, it means staying home and away from others when you are sick.  These steps are essential parts of taking care of ourselves as well as loving our neighbors as ourselves. 

However, the danger is that in the process of social distancing we will end up emotionally and spiritually isolating ourselves.  In other words, I worry our reactions to the COVID-19 health crisis—especially reactions that are driven by fear—will only add to one of the pandemics that has gripped our society for some time, the virulent and insidious pandemic of loneliness, isolation, and despair. 

Emotional and spiritual distancing isn’t going to help anyone.  There is, in fact, a direct link between spiritual health and physical and emotional health.  This essential connection has not diminished because there is a new and scary public health emergency.  We need to maintain our spiritual connection to God and each other.  The question is:  how do we as a church take prudent precautions against the spread of infectious disease while maintaining a sense of community and spiritual care which imbues life with meaning and makes it worth living in the first place?  This is a difficult but not impossible balance.  I wrote last week about the precautions we are taking at church including wiping down high-touch surfaces before and after services, exploring alternatives to handshakes and hugs during the Peace, and increasing the amount of hand washing that goes on before Holy Communion.  I also wrote about the sufficiency of only taking Communion in one kind, the bread.

At this time I want to reiterate what you have undoubtedly heard from many sources: please stay home if you are sick.  Also if you are sick, let me know so that your faith community can provide you with support.  This is a time for solidarity not stigma.

If you are a member of a group that is particularly at risk of serious health complications, please consider your options for spiritual and emotional support carefully.  If you feel comfortable coming to church, please do so, as long as you are not sick.  A second option is that I am more than willing to bring the Holy Sacrament to you in your home.  I am currently healthy and will be monitoring my health carefully.  With God’s sustaining help, I will be available for eucharistic visitation, pastoral visits, and prayer.

Another option is to participate in our worship services digitally.  We are working to make digital options available by this weekend for those who are sick or who want to stay at home.  Digital interaction is not the same thing and face-to-face interaction and participation, and it is not sufficient or sustainable in the long-term.  But as a short-term stopgap it may be the best option for some to connect.  Be on the lookout for links to livestreams of services and other activities. 

Unless the bishop tells me otherwise, I will not be cancelling Sunday Eucharist or weekday Morning Prayer.  During this difficult time we need more prayer and more sacraments, not less.  As one of my friends put it, the prayers of the faithful are the most powerful tool we have in times of crisis.  I stand firm in my conviction that the sacrament of the Eucharist is given by God for the healing of the whole world.  It is more important than ever to continue to offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to God and pray for grace and healing on behalf of a broken and anguished world. 

In consultation with the vestry, I will be making decisions about whether to cancel other church activities on a case-to-case basis, including Lenten group activities, Bible Study, and various committee meetings.  I spoke with the Rev. Doris Rajagopal today about the Darby Mission Supper next Tuesday night.  She has not cancelled the supper at this time.  Assuming nothing changes in the next several days, I would like for us to go forward with providing the meal.  However, I am strongly discouraging folks who are at high risk of health complications due to coronavirus from attending the meal.   When the time comes we will decide with Doris whether to deliver the food and leave, or to stay with a smaller group of volunteers and help serve.

Most importantly, don’t isolate yourself from this lifegiving body, our church.  Even if you cannot be physically present please reach out.  Call me if you need to talk.  Call each other.  Let’s check in on each and make sure we’re okay.  Above all else, pray for each other and for the safety and well-being of our community. 

Know that God is with us in difficult times.  God has not abandoned the world.  Jesus came into the world as a human to live among us and to demonstrate that God’s love is in solidarity with human suffering.  We are Christ’s body.  We are called to demonstrate to a suffering and fearful world that God is still present with us now. 

Peace & Good,
James+

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

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

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

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

Announcements – 2/9/2020

Worship

† Next Sunday, join us as we welcome the children of the choir school of Delaware for a special service of Evensong at 5PM.

† 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

† 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

Announcements – 2/2/2020

Worship

† We will bless candles for Candlemas immediately following Morning Prayer this morning, which begins at 8:30AM.  Blessed candles will be available at the 10AM service of Holy Eucharist (see today’s Note from the Rector for more information).

† Healing Prayer will be offered today, February 2, at 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 annual Connect by Night shelter program concluded last month. We made over 1,500 lunches and provided many different gifts to our guests, who were very thankful for the support. Thanks to all the many people who took part this month, and particularly to our weekly supply captains: Peter Patton, Lyn DeSilets, Michelle Gallagher and family (thanks also for the socks), Judy and Jim Jervis and Beth Johnson. Thanks also to the Philadelphia Bible Reform Church, the Woestmanns (who organized a book distribution), and the Gentiles (who covered Christmas and New Year’s Eve).

† 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

† Please don’t miss the Annual Parish Meeting and luncheon after our 10AM worship, Sunday, February 2.  We’ll review our budget for the year, elect new vestry members, and praise God for all the wonderful things happening in this place. In an effort to cut down on paper waste, print copies of reports will not be provided at the meeting. We will digitally project information during the meeting. Print copies of the 2020 Budget will be provided. You can also print your own: Visit the Annual Meeting page to access the budget and all reports in a printable format.

† 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

† 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

Announcements – 1/26/2020

Worship

† 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 annual Connect by Night shelter program concluded last month. We made over 1,500 lunches and provided many different gifts to our guests, who were very thankful for the support. Thanks to all the many people who took part this month, and particularly to our weekly supply captains: Peter Patton, Lyn DeSilets, Michelle Gallagher and family (thanks also for the socks), Judy and Jim Jervis and Beth Johnson. Thanks also to the Philadelphia Bible Reform Church, the Woestmanns (who organized a book distribution), and the Gentiles (who covered Christmas and New Year’s Eve).

† 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

† Next Sunday!  Please don’t miss the Annual Parish Meeting and luncheon after our 10AM worship next Sunday, February 2.  We’ll review our budget for the year, elect new vestry members, and praise God for all the wonderful things happening in this place.

† 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

† 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