Announcements – 11/18/2018

Upcoming Events

November 21 – 7PM – Evensong & Fireside Reception (see announcement)
Bring a beverage or appetizer to share.

December 1 – 7:30AM-11AM – Pancakes with Santa (see announcement)
Bring the kids, and/or invite a neighbor with kids.

December 2 – The First Sunday of Advent
Lo! He comes on clouds descending.

December 9 – 10AM – Bishop’s visitation Sunday
Eight youth will be confirmed and one adult will be received!

December 10 – 5PM-9PM – East Parkside Dinner
Share a meal with our long-standing friends & neighbors.

December 16 – Pageant Sunday
Our children will tell the story of Christmas.

December 16-31 – Connect-by-night (see announcement)
Our homeless friends need a place to stay the last half of December.

Announcements

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 Gutiérrez will visit CHA on Sunday, December 9th for Confirmations, Receptions, and Reaffirmations.

† Morning Prayer is offered at 8:30AM on Sunday mornings.

Outreach

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. Bring your own camera for pictures with Santa!

† Volunteers are needed to help with “Pancakes with Santa” (see announcement above). Opportunities to help: kitchen, set-up, clean-up, arts and crafts table, and bake sale table. Donations of baked goods and Christmas items to be sold are appreciated. If you would like to help, please contact Drew Meiers, Judy Jervis, or place your name on the sign up list in the Parish Hall.

† The East Parkside Citizens Association is celebrating their annual holiday party and has invited us to celebrate with them once again this year on Monday, December 10th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. We will meet at the church at 5 p.m. to travel together, or you can come to Christ Community Baptist Church, 1224 N 41st St., Philadelphia PA 19104. We usually bring side dishes and will post a sign-up list in the Parish Hall. They are determining whom they will honor this year and will let us know how we can participate in that.

† The Connect by Night shelter program does not have a host for the month of December due to emergency repairs in one of their churches. After some careful consideration on the vestry, we have decided to offer to be their host for the last 2 weeks of the month over the holidays (December 16th-31st). They will use a combination of the Church and Parish Hall for accommodations during that time, and we will do our usual lunch preparation. We will post a sign-up list in the parish hall and online.

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: November 25 at 5 p.m.

† The Holy Apostles Choir School pilot program will start February 5, 2019. It is an after-school program on Tuesday and Thursdays. Students, grades 1 – 5 will receive homework assistance and then study music using the Royal School of Church Music, Voice for Life curriculum. If your student is interested in participating in the program, please return the attached application to drstambaugh@gmail.com.

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 https://holyapostlespa.org/choir-school/. Please forward this information to friends and neighbors who may be interested. If a child needs transportation assistance, please contact drstambaugh@gmail.com.

Parish Life

† Parish Office hours for week of Thanksgiving:

+ 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20

+ 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”.

Education

† Fall Reading: We finally received our copies of The Apostles’ Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism by Ben Myers. Those of you who ordered a book, please pick them up. If you want, get started on reading it, and stay tuned as we figure out a time to discuss this wonderful book.

† 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

 

 

Announcements – 6/10/2018

This Week at Holy Apostles

Sunday, June 10.……………………..10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II,
Third Sunday after Pentecost      Celebrant: The Rev. James Stambaugh, Rector 

                                                         All-Parish Picnic following service

                                                         5:00 p.m. Confirmation Class

Monday, June 11………………………..Parish Offices Closed

Tuesday, June 12………………………9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

Wednesday, June 13…………………(No 7:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist today)

Thursday, June 14….…………………(No 9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer today)

Friday, June 15…………………….….(No 9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer today)

Sunday, June 17……………..……….10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II,
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost    Celebrant: The Rev. James Stambaugh, Rector

Announcements

 Worship

Please note that we are using the EOW version of the Nicene Creed on alternating Sundays.

No Evening Family Worship Evening Family Worship will be held on Sunday, June 10th. All children and their families are invited to attend the 10:00 a.m. service  with Sunday School, followed by the Sunday School Picnic.  (There will be Confirmation Class at 5:00 on June 10th.)

Children & Youth
Holy Apostles is working toward establishing a flourishing children’s choir program. Stay tuned for more details, and how you can get involved.

Confirmation Class will continue during the summer months on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 5PM, with the exception of August 12.  Class on that day is cancelled.

Sunday School classes (preschool – 2nd grade and 3rd – 8th grade) continue weekly through June 10th, but then do not meet again until September. On these last three Sundays, classes begin as usual at 10:00 a.m., the same time as the church service starts; children join their parents in the church in time for communion. The Sunday School Picnic will be held on June 10th following the 10:00 a.m. service.

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

The Sunday School is organizing a collection as a welcome for the Connect by Night shelter.  Please bring toiletries or socks and leave them in the box in the hallway outside the parish office.

Outreach and Service

Connect by Night: This program, in which area churches provide a sleep space for those in need, will be returning to Holy Apostles in July.  Chris Costello will be stepping down from leading the program for this summer.  If anyone is interested in helping to run the program, there are several leadership roles, including: program leader (organizes the schedule, serves as a contact with the program), weekly captain (shops and maintains lunch-making supplies for one week).  Everyone has the opportunity to participate by taking a night to make lunches and greet our guests, the schedule for that will be available starting this Sunday in Church. Please contact Joe Zorc (zorc@email.chop.edu) if you are interested.

In preparation for our Connect by Night guests in July, donations of the following items are needed:

Food Preparation:

bread, juice boxes, jelly, ham, cheese, pretzels (hard), sandwich bags, brown paper bags, and napkins

Toiletries:

deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, washcloths, shampoo

Please note: Due to peanut and tree nut allergies, all snacks need to be nut free.

Donations of non-perishable items may be put in the large plastic bins on the table across from the parish office.  Please contact Joe Zorc about donations of perishable food. Thank you!

Darby Mission:   The schedule for hosting Darby meals has been very well subscribed, and our next turn will be on Tuesday, October 2nd at 5pm.  Please put that date on your calendar.  Reverend Doris also runs a camp for the children during the summer.  We provided a lunch cookout for them last year and are targeting Tuesday, July 31st during the day as a time for that.  If you are available and interested in participating at Darby that day, please contact Joe Zorc.

Parish Life

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 Fr. James.

Our parish administrative assistant, Margaret Helminska, will be on leave-of-absence beginning Tuesday, June 12th, returning Tuesday, July 31st. She and her husband will be living in Germany for those weeks due to a temporary assignment in his employment. Elliott Brown, a high school student at Friends’ Central whose family are parishioners here at Holy Apostles, will be assisting James in the office while Margaret is away.

Happy Hour: On the last Friday of the summer months, we gather at 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn for fellowship and fun, weather permitting. Please bring food and drink to share.  For the next Happy Hour (June 29th), however, we will meet for Evening Prayer at 6:00 p.m., followed by Happy Hour.

CHA Goes to the Flea Market! On Sunday, June 24th, Holy Apostles will have tables at the Upper Darby Flea Market, held at Upper Darby High School. All donations are welcome! We are especially looking for furniture, small working appliance, hand and garden tools, bakeware, new linens and blankets, building toys, children’s books, sports equipment, jewelry, holiday décor, and vinyl records. There is a big box in the church hallway for donations, so please keep this project in mind as you are doing your spring cleaning.

RECYCLING! We now have a recycling bin (clearly marked as such) located next to the large trash receptacle outside the kitchen door. All recyclable paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum should be placed in this bin rather than in the trash.

If you visit the church during the week (and we hope you do!), please use the red double doors nearest the church offices.  Please take special care to lock doors behind you, and ensure that they latch properly.  Doors that are not locked or completely shut are a very serious safety concern for Little Friends Daycare.  Thank you!

Upcoming Events: Save These Dates!

Sunday, June 24th………………….CHA goes to the Flea Market

Friday, June 29th……………………6:00 p.m. Evening Prayer, followed by Happy Hour

Announcements – 6/3/2018

This Week at Holy Apostles

Sunday, June 3…………..10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Second Sunday after Pentecost     Celebrant: The Rev. James Stambaugh, Rector

Monday, June 4…………….Office Closed

Tuesday, June 5……………9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Office Hours

Wednesday, June 6………..7:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Thursday, June 7….………9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

Friday, June 8…………..….9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Office Hours

Sunday, June 10.…………10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II,
Third Sunday after Pentecost         Celebrant: The Rev. James Stambaugh, Rector

All-Parish Picnic following service

Announcements

Worship

Please note that we are using the EOW version of the Nicene Creed on alternating Sundays.

No Evening Family Worship will be held on Sunday, June 10th. All children and their families are invited to attend the 10:00 a.m. service  with Sunday School, followed by the Sunday School Picnic. (There will be Confirmation Class at 5:00 on June 10th.)

Children & Youth
Holy Apostles is working toward establishing a flourishing children’s choir program. Stay tuned for more details, and how you can get involved.

Confirmation Class will continue during the summer months on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 5PM, with the exception of August 12.  Class on that day is cancelled.

Sunday School classes (preschool – 2nd grade and 3rd – 8th grade) continue weekly through June 10th, but then do not meet again until September. On these last three Sundays, classes begin as usual at 10:00 a.m., the same time as the church service starts; children join their parents in the church in time for communion. The Sunday School Picnic will be held on June 10th following the 10:00 a.m. service.

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

The Sunday School is organizing a collection as a welcome for the Connect by Night shelter.  Please bring toiletries or socks and leave them in the box in the hallway outside the parish office.

Outreach and Service

Connect by Night: This program, in which area churches provide a sleep space for those in need, will be returning to Holy Apostles in July.  Chris Costello will be stepping down from leading the program for this summer.  If anyone is interested in helping to run the program, there are several leadership roles, including: program leader (organizes the schedule, serves as a contact with the program), weekly captain (shops and maintains lunch-making supplies for one week).  Everyone has the opportunity to participate by taking a night to make lunches and greet our guests, the schedule for that will be available starting this Sunday in Church. Please contact Joe Zorc (zorc@email.chop.edu) if you are interested.

Darby Mission:   The schedule for hosting Darby meals has been very well subscribed, and our next turn will be on Tuesday, October 2nd at 5pm.  Please put that date on your calendar.  Reverend Doris also runs a camp for the children during the summer.  We provided a lunch cookout for them last year and are targeting Tuesday, July 31st during the day as a time for that.  If you are available and interested in participating at Darby that day, please contact Joe Zorc.

Parish Life

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 Fr. James.

Congratulations to our high school graduates: Barbara Peck and Robbie Zorc!  They graduate from Lower Merion High School on June 6.  May God grant them grace and strength for their future endeavours!

Haverford Heritage Festival: Today from 10AM – 4PM.  Stop by the church’s booth and play our giant xylophone.

 RECYCLING! We now have a recycling bin (clearly marked as such) located next to the large trash receptacle outside the kitchen door. All recyclable paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum should be placed in this bin rather than in the trash.

If you visit the church during the week (and we hope you do!), please use the red double doors nearest the church offices.  Please take special care to lock doors behind you, and ensure that they latch properly.  Doors that are not locked or completely shut are a very serious safety concern for Little Friends Daycare.  Thank you!

Upcoming Events: Save These Dates!

Sunday, June 3rd…………10AM-4PM Haverford Heritage Festival

Sunday, June 10th……….…(after 10AM service) All-Parish Picnic

Sunday, June 24th………………….CHA goes to the Flea Market

A Note from the (Former) Rector: History of Connect-by-Night at Holy Apostles

by the Rev. Steve Snider (Rector 1991-2006)

We began sheltering circa 1994, I think it was, with a group of interdenominational parishes coordinated by an organization called Shepherd’s Place. Sally Griffith, now a parishioner of Holy Trinity Rittenhouse Square, alerted us to the organization and affected the marriage between CHA and Shepherd’s Place. We signed on and a core group of parish volunteers quickly expanded to the numbers you have today. I advocated and Sally was our first coordinator by default! She did a great job. Looking through the 2006 directory, the year I retired from CHA, I count 40+ families or individuals who stepped up to host and prepare bag lunches, drinks, sanitize, etc. Many of them are still helping today. I also remember our earliest volunteers now departed: Win Becker, Sr., Peter Cadwallader, Bonnie Davis, Ray Dyer, Bob & Carole Moore, Vince Raimondo, Harry Sibley, Sandy Smith, Gene Stivers, and I hope for forgiveness for missing anyone else.

Prior to our first year of hosting, we sent flyers around the neighborhood and the result was predictable. Some neighbors called to complain; some anonymously called the township resulting in a surprise inspection, albeit with an apology from the inspector; some called and offered to help. Ultimately, we had many more neighborhood helpers than complainers. After the first couple of years the nay-sayers stopped saying, well, ‘nay’.

When we first began, we were assigned winter months, and thus helped to save many from freezing on the streets. We needed to put a hold on our involvement in 1999 when the parish hall underwent re-construction. When we re-joined the rota for the month of July, which worked well since we had just installed air-conditioning in the parish hall.  We have been helping people avoid heat related catastrophes ever since.

At some point in the mid-90’s, Shepherd’s Place ceased to exist and the sheltering operation came under the auspices of Connect-By-Night social services in Upper Darby. Largely, CHA and other parishes hosted the overflow from the permanent shelter located at 63rd & Market in Upper Darby. That shelter was overwhelmed by the first year of its opening. At first our guests – numbering from 25 to 60 people each night – included children, most often with their mothers and sometimes with both parents/partners. In time, the children began to disappear for an assortment of reasons, some of them good.

I am so pleased and give thanks to God that CHA continues in this life-saving outreach. By my count 2018 marks the 24rd year in this sacred endeavor…anyway, that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

Steve+

2018 Connect-by-Night Needs

This year, as part of our 24 year commitment to welcoming guests who are experiencing homelessness into our church community, the Sunday School is leading a donation drive for the following items:

Toiletries
Deodorant
Toothpaste
Washclothes
Toothbrushes
Shampoo

Lunch Supplies
Bread
Juice boxes
Jelly
Ham
Cheese
Pretzels (hard)
sandwich bags
brown paper bags
napkins