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ISSUE NO. 1 // NEW SERIES-VOL. NO. 1 // NOVEMBER 2017

APOSTLE

The

CHURCH OF THE HOLY APOSTLES, PENN WYNNE

CELEBRATING GOD'S GOOD GIFTS 2017 Stewardship Days, p. 7


An Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Pennsylvania

1020 Remington Rd. at Dover Rd. Wynnewood, PA 19096 610-642-6617 holyapostlespa@gmail.com www.holyapostlespa.org The Rev. James Stambaugh Deacon-in-charge james.r.stambaugh@gmail.com Paul Emmons Organist

LORD, BEHOLD OUR FAMILY HERE ASSEMBLED. WE THANK YOU FOR THIS PLACE IN WHICH WE DWELL, FOR THE LOVE THAT UNITES US, FOR THE PEACE ACCORDED US THIS DAY, FOR THE HOPE WITH WHICH WE EXPECT THE MORROW, FOR THE WORK, THE HEALTH, THE FOOD, AND BRIGHT SKIES THAT MAKE OUR LIVES DELIGHTFUL, FOR OUR FRIENDS IN ALL PARTS OF THE EARTH. AMEN —ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

Margaret Hełminska Administrative Assistant

Answer from Kid's Page:

Liturgy Assistant Schedule READER              INTERCESSOR         CHALICES          USHERS NOV 5

PETER PATTON

NOV 12

SUZANNE WHERRY DAVE SMITH

NOV 19

TOM COSTELLO

NOV 26

DEBORAH STAMBAUGH

DIANE SMITH

CLIFF DAVIS NANCY HAAS

ANNETTE SMITH C. CUNNINGHAM

MORNING PRAYER

MORNING PRAYER

ANNETTE SMITH

DEBORAH STAMBAUGH NANCY HAAS

C. CUNNINGHAM JIM JERVIS ANNETTE SMITH BONNIE HARTMAN CLIFF DAVIS C. KING SMTIH

C. CUNNINGHAM JIM JERVIS


From the Deacon's Desk

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Save the Date(s)

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Happenings

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Celebrating God's Good Gifts

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Recipes from Ages Past

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Ancient Voices

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Snapshots

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Kid's Page

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FROM THE DEACON'S DESK THE REV. JAMES STAMBAUGH    There is a lot going on at Church of the Holy Apostles.  I’ll start with what happened last Sunday and go back to some (but not all) of the things that happened in October.        Sunday, November 5th was the Sunday after All Saints.  It was a very special day because we have a baptism on that day!  Julie Anne McLaughlin, daughter of Kate and Sean McLaughlin was baptized.  The McLaughlin family live very close to the church in the Penn Wynne neighborhood.  Their older daughter, Claire, was baptized here in 2016.      On November 2 we held the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed, and the first of three study sessions entitled “The Christian Year: The Strange & Wondrous Rhythms of the Church Calendar.”  Our Stewardship season began on Sunday, October 22nd.  The theme for this year is Celebrating God’s Good Gifts (see p. 7)  John and Linda Day and David Lees have spoken to us about their stewardship journey.  Audio recordings of their messages are available on the “Stewardship” page of our website.  October saw our annual Blessing of the Beasts service (see pictures on p. 10).       The month flew by for me as I found myself back at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria for a meeting of Alumni Association Executive Council.  Yawn.  I won’t tell you about those meetings.  We also moved into the rectory!        Then there was a conference I attended called Discipleship Matters, which was held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Whitemarsh, PA.  This conference was co-sponsored by the Diocese of Pennsylvania, and Forward Movement, an Episcopal Publishing company that produces Day by Day (look for the little booklets on the table in the church hallway), among many other excellent publications.        I gleaned so many wonderful ideas and thoughts from the conference.  I am going to share a few bon mots that I wrote down in my notebook:

What is discipleship? “Discipleship is learning how to follow Jesus. It’s always a lifelong process.” “Discipleship means learning a language for expressing what God has done for us in Jesus Christ.” “A practice of discipleship that anyone can do is to pray through the newspaper.  Sit down with the newspaper read the headlines and pray for the situations that they describe.”

Discipleship and Evangelism “What if your sole reason for being an Episcopalian was to share with others how our lives were changed by Jesus?” “The Evangelistic strength of the Episcopal Church goes beyond ‘welcome.’ It resides in ‘belonging.’” “If you don’t like the way that evangelism has a bad rap, then get out and do it better.  If you don’t like the hate and bigotry that has been associated with the Church, then get out and love people.” “There is no progress toward God that is not also progress toward neighbor.” “When we do evangelism by simply listening to others, we are participating in what God is doing in the other person.”

Discipleship and Confession “If trauma doesn’t get voiced, it continues to traumatize people. The trauma of sin, when it is voiced, loses its power.”


SAVE THE DATE(S) November 19 - Stewardship Celebration Brunch After 10AM Holy Eucharist. Please RSVP to holyapostlespa@gmail.com

November 22 - Thanksgiving Eve Service and Fireside Reception Come for Evensong, stay for drinks and bites in the Memorial Room

December 2 - Pancakes with Santa Bring the kids and have breakfast with Old St. Nick

December 9 - Ordination of James Stambaugh to the Priesthood 4PM at Holy Apostles. Reception to follow.  If you would like to be a presenter, sign up at the table outside the church

December 11 - Holiday Celebration with East Parkside Citizen's Association Traditional holiday celebration with our friends in West Philadelphia Stay tuned for more info! 

December 15 - Caroling Party Watch for more information about this holiday tradition.

Christmas Worship Schedule December 17 10AM - Christmas Pageant December 24 10AM - Holy Eucharist for 4th Sunday of Advent - no choir 4PM - Christmas Eve Family Eucharist 10PM - Christmas Eve Solemn Eucharist with Choir December 25 9AM - Holy Eucharst in the Church - no music December 31 10AM Lessons and Carols


HAPPENINGS

Treats for Troops The Sunday School is still collecting treats for troops through the Sunday after Veterans Day, November 12, and

New Notes for Advent At our last Worship Committee, we reminisced

we need your treats!

For a list things to donate visit: http://www.philatreatsfortroops.com/donate

about a time when we sang responses during the Eucharist prayers. We decided to try it again during our Advent services. As priest, James will chant, “Therefore, according to his command, O Father,” and the congregation will sing, “We remember his death, We proclaim his resurrection, We await his coming in glory.” Later, James will chant, “Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us” and the congregation sing, “Therefore let us keep the feast.” The choir will lead you, but it is really very simple and easy to sing. So, warm up your voices

Darby Mission Meal Wyatt Delevan's boyscout troop 300 is planning to serve an Italian themed dinner for the Darby mission on Tuesday 11/21. We could use additional support in making and providing food; if you can help out please sign up at the sign up genius link. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b45aca82 da57-darby

and get ready for a few extra notes in Advent! Wyatt's family can pick up food items after church Nancy Haas Worship Committee Chair

on Sunday the 19th from the kitchen. Thank you!!


CELEBRATING GOD'S GOOD GIFTS EXCERPTS FROM A SERMON BY THE REV. JAMES STAMBAUGH    The world is constantly trying to sell us a bill of

   The theme that I want to emphasize during this

goods, a way of thinking and living. This way of

time is this:

thinking and living has a lot to do with binary

has to be the starting place. The starting place is not

thinking: us and them, black and white, good and

money. The starting place is not need, or scarcity, or

bad, the haves and the have nots, this side of the

fear, or guilt or obligation. The starting place is the

tracks and the other side of the tracks. And on

abundant gifts of God. All that we have that is good

and on.

is a gift from God. And so, I begin not with an appeal

   Part and parcel in this is the notion of scarcity.

for money, but with an appeal to stop and take stock

This thinking sets up a zero sum game, where in

of the gifts that God has provided us: our families, our

order for me to have what I need, in order to

friends, our communities. Roofs over our heads, food

maintain my prosperity, and happiness, and in

on our table, the simple joys and pleasures of this life.

order to care for my family, I have to be in

These are God’s good gifts.  It is absolutely vital that

competition with others for resources. There isn’t

we begin by pausing and really paying attention to

enough to go around. We are constantly being

these gifts.  

sold that kind of thinking. Jesus switches the

   Stewardship is the act of being a steward, a

script. He nods to the way things are, give Caesar

caretaker. So the first step is recognizing, with hearts

his lousy coin, he says. But that isn’t all: give to

full of awe, that we are caretakers of God’s

God what is God’s. With God it is no longer us vs.

goodness, shepherd’s of God’s peace and joy, and

them, Jew or Roman, black or white, have or have

love and abundance. The most important thing in all

not: because God has it all. Everything belongs to

the world for us to do is attend to those things—to be

God, everything is a gift from God, and is

caretakers of God’s gifts. So, this fall, this time of

returning to God, and that puts us all on the same

harvest, like good caretakers, let us take stock of the

side of the tracks. And guess what: there is

blessings that God has given us. We can do this by

enough. Not only does this world have enough

carving out a few minutes of quiet in our busy

resources for us all, but there is enough grace for

schedules, take a moment of silence and say a simple

us all. There is enough love for us all.  There is

prayer: "Open my, God, to see your gifts." And then

enough acceptance, and friendship, and joy, and

just see what happens. God is there, God is working,

peace for us all. Because everything that is good

God is giving. And when we can make it a practice

is a gift from God, and anything that we offer to

to recognize God’s good gifts every day, what a

God is from what God has already given.  

difference it will make for us, for our self-worth, for

   Today is the beginning of our stewardship

our relationships, for our level of contentment and

season.  

peace. We can join in with that old prayer: "All things

Celebrating God’s Good Gifts. That

come from thee, O Lord. And of thine own have we given thee."


RECIPES FROM AGES PAST FIFTY OF OUR FAVORITES--NOVEMBER 1955

In this season of celebrating God's Gifts, it seems only

Amazingly, however, they did get an answer

appropriate to look back at the gifts of food and

from two presidential families: The Swedish

fellowship offered by older members of the Holy

Spritzbaaken Cookies featured below came

Apostles family in ages past. The following recipes

from Mrs. Eisenhower, and Mrs. Coolidge sent

come from the Recipe Book "Fifty of our Favorites,"

her favorite Gingerbread recipe.

published in November, 1955, by editors Natalie P. Latimer, and Ethel C. Newman, of the Chapel of Holy Apostles. Sixty-two years later, these offerings of delicious foods are just as scrumptious now as they were back then.

The recipes found in the book range from Appetizers to Desserts, and include such interesting concoctions as Lime Jello Salad, Seafood Newburg, and Swedish

Sadly, there was not enough room to publish all 50 of the recipes that were included in the book, so a method of "close the eyes, flip the pages, and point" was employed...though the process was weighted heavily in favor of Thanksgiving dishes--or at least things that hint, if only a little bit, at Autumn and Harvest.

Spritzbaaken cookies, among others. The book itself is an incredible gift in its own right, dotted as it is with hand-drawn images, and various little anecdotes-including a Foreward which informs the reader that the

Perhaps this year when you sit down to your Thanksgiving repast, there will be an extra dish present at the table, courtesy of the larger Holy

editors attempted to acquire recipes from every

Apostles family. And whether that is true or not,

living President/Ex-President's family at the time...

we are sure you will enjoy learning of these

and for the most part did not succeed.  

dishes that were so gladly offered in ages past as gifts of bounty to all.


ANCIENT VOICES This will be an ongoing series of articles for THE APOSTLE that presents words of wisdom from the great tradition of the Christian faith, the wisdom of Church mothers and fathers, from the East and West, as

This inaugural edition presents selections from a 17th century Anglican priest and poet named Thomas Traherne. Apart from a poorly received book on ethics, Traherne was unpublished during his lifetime.  He remained in utter obscurity until his work, especially his poetry, was rediscovered in the late 19th century.  The words you are about to read were literally pulled out of a trash heap and published in 1895.  His work is often compared to the work of his contemporary, poet Henry Vaughn.   

The selections below are from what is now his best known work: Centuries of Meditation, which consists of short paragraphs, that reflect on the goodness of God's creation, happiness, thankfulness, and many other themes.   

   By the very right of your senses you enjoy the

  Till your spirit filleth the whole world, and the

World. Is not the beauty of the Hemisphere

stars are your jewels; till you are as familiar with

present to your eye? Doth not the glory of the Sun

the ways of God in all Ages as with your walk and

pay tribute to your sight? Is not the vision of the

table: till you are intimately acquainted with that

World an amiable thing? ... It is of the nobility of

shady nothing out of which the world was made:

man’s soul that he is insatiable. For he hath a

till you love men so as to desire their happiness,

Benefactor so prone to give, that He delighteth in

with a thirst equal to the zeal of your own; till you

us for asking. Do not your inclinations tell you that

delight in God for being good to all: you never

the World is yours? … Do you not long to have it; to

enjoy the world…

enjoy it? …

  Yet further, you never enjoy the world aright, till

  Your enjoyment of the world is never right, till

you so love the beauty of enjoying it, that you are

you so esteem it, that everything in it, is more your

covetous and earnest to persuade others to enjoy

treasure than a King’s exchequer full of Gold and

it. And so perfectly hate the abominable

Silver. And that exchequer yours also in its place

corruption of men in despising it, that you had

and service. Can you take too much joy in your

rather suffer the flames of Hell than willingly be

Father’s works? He is Himself in everything…

guilty of their error. There is so much blindness

Your enjoyment of the world is never right, till

and ingratitude and damned folly in it. The world

every morning you awake in Heaven; see yourself

is a mirror of infinite beauty, yet no man sees it. It

in your Father’s Palace; and look upon the skies,

is a Temple of Majesty, yet no man regards it. It

the earth, and the air as Celestial Joys: having

is the Paradise of God. It is more to man since he

such a reverend esteem of all, as if you were

is fallen than it was before. It is the place of

among the Angels. The bride of a monarch, in her

Angels and the Gate of Heaven. When Jacob

husband’s chamber, hath no such causes of

waked out of his dream, he said, “God is here,

delight as you.  

and I wist it not. How dreadful is this place!  This

   You never enjoy the world aright, till the Sea

is none other than the House of God, and the

itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with

Gate of Heaven.”      

the heavens, and crowned with the stars…Till you can sing and rejoice and delight in God, as misers

From Thomas Traherne, Centuries of Meditation.

do in gold, and Kings in sceptres, you never enjoy

(New York: Harper & Brothers, 1960), pp. 10-15

the world.

SECIOV TNEICNA

well as the global south.


FUN SNAPSHOTS OF PAST EVENTS DARBY MISSION AND BLESSING OF THE BEASTS In celebration of God's Gifts to all, The Church of Holy Apostles enjoys offering our own gifts to the greater community, regardless of whether those gifts are for our two-, four-, or even no-legged friends.  In previous months, along with other activities, Holy Apostles held two special Events at the Church:  We hosted a meal for the guests of the Darby Mission, and we offered blessings to all God's creatures brought to the Church by their two-legged companions.

The pictures shown here give only a brief snapshot of the fun and fellowship enjoyed by all our guests, both those at the Meal for the Darby Mission, and those at the Blessing of the Beasts.


If Money Could Talk At the end of their lives, a 100-Dollar Bill, a 20-Dollar Bill and a 1-Dollar Bill met at the shredder.

The 100 said: “I’ve seen the whole world! Why, I’ve been on cruises in the Caribbean, safaris in Africa and vacations in Europe.” The 20 said: “I haven’t done quite as well, but I’ve been to Atlantic City, Disneyland, and of course Starbucks.” Then they both turned to the 1-Dollar Bill and asked, “How about you?” Not wanting to be outdone, the 1-Dollar Bill said:  “I’ve seen the whole country, as well. I’ve been from church to church to church ....” Then the 100 asked, “What’s a church?” Answer on Church Info Page


Go, Now, and live for the Savior; Go, may this joy be your joy too. Go, may this presence ever guide you; Go, live this life the whole month through. -- Kurt Kaiser

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The Apostle is the monthly newsletter of the Church of the Holy Apostles, Penn Wynne, an Episcopal Church of the diocese of Pennsylvania, lo...

The Apostle - Vol. 1 - Issue 1- Nov. 2017  

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