A Note from the Rector – 3/22/20

None of us intended to give up other people for Lent, but here we are.  It has been an interesting and difficult week. Between the total upheaval of our daily routines and the general chaos of the world, it has been incredibly overwhelming, to say the least.   But there are so many hidden blessings everywhere. One enormous hidden blessing that I would have never expected has been praying the service of Compline every night with about twenty of you.  We’re praying and checking in with each other using a great online application called Zoom. The great thing about Zoom is that you can simply follow a link (you’ll find the info here).  You don’t have to download and install anything. Or, if you don’t have the internet or you don’t have a computer or phone that will work with the video option, you can simply call into the meeting with a toll-free number.  I want to encourage every member of the parish to try to connect to Zoom Compline, at least once in a while. It is a great way to let everyone know how you are doing, to ask for anything you might need, and just to see some friendly faces and hear some friendly voices.  If you need help figuring Zoom out, please call me, and I will work to get you set up!

This feels like a time of exile, even of wilderness.  While it is true that the Body of Christ is and must stay connected to each other, our tradition also has a lot of resources about the spirituality of solitude (which is not the same as isolation), and the spirituality of journeying through desert places, and finding their hidden strength and sustenance.  Think about the Children of Israel who were in the desert for 40 years, learning to trust God above all else before entering the Promised Land. Think of the early monastics we call the Desert Fathers and Mothers. These were folks who left their entire lives and moved out to the deserts of Egypt and Palestine to be alone and to pray.  Some of them eventually formed communities but many lived the lives of hermits, spending most of their time alone in deep and intentional prayer. This is a golden opportunity to explore intentional ways of praying—like Compline, like Morning Prayer, like the Jesus prayer, and the Rosary.    

So, my encouragement here is a bit paradoxical.  On the one hand, we need to stay connected and be a lifeline for each other.  We need to call each other and pray with and for each other virtually. I will continue to call and be available for calls and continue to utilize other technologies to keep us from being isolated from each other.  This is really important. Thank God for the technology to live-stream services and hold online and phone gatherings. On the other hand, this may be time to explore the spiritual discipline of solitude. This may be a time to simplify our lives and discover what matters most.  This time has the potential to reveal a lot about ourselves to ourselves. God is speaking to us even in the midst of chaos, fear, and confusion. The spiritual practice of solitude is about taking time to be quiet and listen to what God is saying. 

I know one thing—in quiet and solitude as in the laughter and warmth of community, God is present with us wherever we are.  God has not abandoned us to our own devices, and nothing can separate us from God’s love for us.  

May God richly bless you in this time.  May God’s protection be on you and those you love.  And may God’s infinite love and mercy be revealed to you in the smallest strangest ways in this coming week.  

PS – Don’t forget to pray the Parish Intercessions. If you need a copy you can find it here.
My cute puppy ate my print copy.

Christmas Worship Schedule

Christmas Eve

December 24th, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite II – 5PM
A joyous service that may be especially attractive to families with young children (though children are always welcome at EVERY service at Holy Apostles). This service will end with a candlelit singing of O Holy Night, a favorite tradition for generations of Holy Apostles members.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II – 10PM
A solemn, joyful service with full choir. This service ends with candlelit singing of O Holy Night, a favorite tradition for generations of Holy Apostles members.

Christmas Day

December 25, 2019

Holy Eucharist for the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, Rite II – 10AM

A quiet service of peace and joy to celebrate the wondrous Incarnation of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day.

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.

 

 

Worship

† Morning Prayer now is held at 9:15 a.m. (not 9:00 a.m.), Tuesdays through Fridays. (On Wednesdays there will be Morning Prayer at 9:15 rather than Eucharist at 7:30 a.m.)

† Beginning next Sunday, September 30th, Morning Prayer will be offered at 8:30 a.m. 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 will not affect 9:00 a.m. choir practice or the 10:00 a.m. service of Holy Eucharist.

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

† Sunday, October 7th, we will celebrate the Feast of St. Faith during our 10:00 a.m. service.  This special service will include the rededication of the St. Faith Gospel Book for our use.  That evening, we will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with our annual Blessing of the Beasts beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Bring your pet to church (restrained in a species appropriate fashion) to receive a blessing!

† Mark your calendars: Sunday October 21st at 5:30 PM, A Celebration of New Ministry (Installation of James as 5th Rector of CHA),  and the celebration of the 50 Anniversary of CHA becoming a parish. Bishop Daniel Gutierrez will preside.

† 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: 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 continue 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.  Please look for a children’s choir questionnaire on the “Connect” table across from the Rector’s office.

Outreach and Service

Darby Mission We will host our next meal on Tuesday, October 2nd at 5:00 p.m. We are looking for food preparers (main dish, mac and cheese, salad, dessert) and for people to join in to serve the meal. Meet at the church at 5 p.m. to drive together, or meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Darby Community Center (1021 Ridge Avenue, Darby PA).  A sign-up sheet is posted in the Parish Hall and at this link https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hNdSIlDUH7npLO3_R2x99XyZEFMxyEtm6TO0Bq18se0/edit

We will prepare the same meat/pasta meal that we did last year, and hamburger will be provided by Rosemary and Paul Hughes, and available for pickup in the freezer in the church this Sunday. Copies of the recipe are posted in the Parish Hall and at this link https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/american-chop-suey-recipe-3414696

Please contact Joe Zorc with any questions: zorc@email.chop.edu or (215) 776-4285.

Parish Life

† Flower Memorials: Each week flowers are placed on the altar for the 10:00 Sunday service in memory of loved ones who have died or in thanksgiving for a special occasion such as an anniversary or birthday. The cost for the donation of the flowers is $30. Altar Flower Memorials are open for the following dates: Oct. 21st (beginning this year, 2018) and June 23rd (beginning in 2019). Please know that the flower memorials automatically renew annually unless you request otherwise, scheduled for the date on the Sunday closest to the original request. To take advantage of this opportunity to honor or remember loved ones with a flower memorial, please notify Patty Wertz of the Altar Guild.

† Online church calendar: Stay connected with what is happening in your church. Visit the online calendar at 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

How to Sing a Psalm
             Sunday, September 23rd
10:00 – 10:10 a.m. (before service begins)

Apostles’ Creed Book Discussion
             Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
October 10th
October 17th
November 7th

            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.

Diocesan Events

  • Holy Apostles & the Mediator: The Philadelphia parish that founded our parish in 1950 is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. We’ve been invited to participate in several special events!

Saturday, October 27th at 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. A celebratory luncheon at the            Hilton on City Avenue

Sunday, October 28th, 3:00 p.m. 150th Anniversary Celebration Service at            Holy Apostles and the Mediator

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.

Announcements – 9/16/2018

Worship

† Morning Prayer now is held at 9:15 a.m. (not 9:00 a.m.), Tuesdays through Fridays. (On Wednesdays there will be Morning Prayer at 9:15 rather than Eucharist at 7:30 a.m.)

† Beginning Sunday, September 30th, Morning Prayer will be offered at 8:30 a.m. 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 will not affect 9:00 a.m. choir practice or the 10:00 a.m. service of Holy Eucharist.

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

† Sunday, October 7th, we will celebrate the Feast of St. Faith during our 10:00 a.m. service.  This special service will include the rededication of the St. Faith Gospel Book for our use.  That evening, we will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with our annual Blessing of the Beasts beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Bring your pet to church (restrained in a species appropriate fashion) to receive a blessing!

† Mark your calendars: Sunday October 21st at 5:30 PM, A Celebration of New Ministry (Installation of James as 5th Rector of CHA),  and the celebration of the 50 Anniversary of CHA becoming a parish. Bishop Daniel Gutierrez will preside.

† 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: 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 continue 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.  Please look for a children’s choir questionnaire on the “Connect” table across from the Rector’s office.

Outreach and Service

† Darby Mission:   The next date on which we will host a meal is Tuesday, October 2nd at 5pm. If you are available and interested in participating at Darby that day, please contact Joe Zorc. Meet at the church at 5 p.m. to drive together, or meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Darby Community Center (1021 Ridge Avenue, Darby PA). There is an online sign-up sheet (link below) as well as a sign-up sheet posted in the Parish Hall. The meal we cook will include hamburger provided by the Hughes family (no need for anyone else to purchase that ingredient). We are still deciding which dish to prepare.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hNdSIlDUH7npLO3_R2x99XyZEFMxyEtm6TO0Bq18se0/edit

Parish Life

† Flower Memorials: Each week flowers are placed on the altar for the 10:00 Sunday service in memory of loved ones who have died or in thanksgiving for a special occasion such as an anniversary or birthday. The cost for the donation of the flowers is $30. Altar Flower Memorials are open for the following dates this beginning this year: Oct. 21st and Nov. 4th. Beginning in 2019. Feb. 17th and June 23rd are open. Please know that the flower memorials automatically renew annually unless you request otherwise, scheduled for the date on the Sunday closest to the original request. To take advantage of this opportunity to honor or remember loved ones with a flower memorial, please notify Patty Wertz of the Altar Guild.

† This Friday, September 21st at 6:00 p.m.: Last Happy Hour of the season!

† 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

How to Sing a Psalm
Sunday, September 23
10-10:10 AM (before service begins)

Apostle’s Creed Book Discussion
Wednesday, 6:30 PM
October 10
October 17
November 7

Advent Soup Group
“Like a Rolling Stone & The Rock that Doesn’t Roll”: Stones in the Bible
Wednesday, 6:30 PM
December 5
December 12
December 19

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

This Week at Holy Apostles 8/26/2018

Sunday, August 26..…..……………………10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Thirteenth Sunday                         Celebrant: The Rev. James Stambaugh                                after Pentecost                                             Preacher: Jeremiah Mustered                                                                                                       5:00 p.m. Confirmation Class

Monday, August 27………………………….…………………Parish Offices Closed

Tuesday, August 28………………….…..……9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer                                                                                10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   Parish Office Open

Wednesday, August 29………………..….….7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist                                                                                                                       Parish Office Closed

Thursday, August 30…….…………………….9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer                                                                                                                      Parish Office Closed

Friday, August 31……………………..……….9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer                                                                                 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Parish Office Open                                                              6:00 p.m. Happy Hour (on lawn, weather permitting)

Sunday, September 2.………………………..10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
 Fifteenth Sunday          Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. James Stambaugh                            after Pentecost

This Week at Holy Apostles

This Week at Holy Apostles

Sunday, August 19……..…………………………………….………10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Thirteenth Sunday                               Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. James Stambaugh     after Pentecost

Monday, August 20………………………………………………………….………….Parish Offices Closed

Tuesday, August 21……..……………………………………..………9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer                                                                           10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Parish Office Open

Wednesday, August 22………………..…………………………..….7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist                                                                                                         Parish Office Closed

Thursday, August 23…………………………………………………..9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer                                                                                                                        Parish Office Closed

Friday, August 24……………………………………………………..9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer                                                                                  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Parish Office Open

Sunday, August 26.…………………………………………..……10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Fourteenth Sunday                                                   Celebrant: The Rev. James Stambaugh after Pentecost                                                                         Preacher: Jeremiah Mustered                                                                                                       5:00 p.m. Confirmation Class