Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Austin Street Shelter — Thank You!
Thank you to everyone who made the Austin Street Shelter Ministry this quarter a great success! Once a quarter, this ministry is responsible for feeding the homeless and hungry in downtown Dallas. The next date to volunteer for this ministry is Saturday, Nov. 16. For more information, contact Lynette Yates: 214-437-5875 firstname.lastname@example.org
New Alarm System
We have installed our new building security system. It is similar to the previous system, with four new keypads on premises. However, the new system does have a few small changes. Parishioners needing regular after-hours access will receive a new four digit code with instructions. If you previously had an alarm code or need one for regular access, please contact the office as we are compiling a new user list now.
Church & Parish Hall Use
To handle the increased number of requests to use our Church & Parish Hall for meetings, events, etc., De Dee Riddle will now be coordinating all requests for facility use and managing a master calendar of reservations. Request forms are available through the Parish office. For questions or reservations, please contact De Dee at: email@example.com
Bishop’s Visit with Baptisms & Confirmations
“LIFE MADE NEW: Coming to Jesus again…or for the first time!”
Whether you are new to the church, returning after a long time away, a long-time member, teen or adult or senior… we continue parish-wide preparation for confirmation/reception/renewal this weekend.
Adult seekers and explorers, please simply come a little early to church. The same session will be offered at 4 PM on Saturday evening and 9:30 AM Sunday. Pick whichever is most convenient for you.
Youth and teens will share similar time and material during Youth Group at 6 PM Sunday evening, although older teens are welcome to join the adults.
Email questions to Father Tim: firstname.lastname@example.org No sign up required. Just show up!
Classes & times are as follows:
Snacks for Riverchase Elementary
Riverchase Elementary has an afterschool tutorial program, which generally serves 100 students. Many of the parents cannot afford to buy snacks on a regular basis, so the donations of pre-packaged snacks such as Goldfish, cheese crackers (no peanut butter), pretzels, and fruit snacks are greatly appreciated! Donations can be placed in the container in the lobby for distribution. Please, no items with peanut butter or nuts. Thank you for contributing! For information on volunteering at Riverchase, contact Debbie Moss: email@example.com
Saturday, Oct. 12 — Adult Confirmation/ Reception/Renewal Class Group Session 3 with Fr. Tim 4-5 p.m.
Scout Troop 840
Scout Troop 840 has begun its regular weekly Troop meetings at Church of the Apostles on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. The leaders of the Troop are very interested in being partners with us and willing to help with all kinds of church activities. Please think of them when you plan activities and we can work with the Scout leaders to coordinate their assistance with set up/ clean up for events, moving tables/chairs, etc. If you would like to volunteer to assist with our Troop liaison duties, contact Kevin Stone at 214-636-6877 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Flag Retirement Box
As you enter the back parking lot, you now see a “Flag Retirement Box” which was a recent Eagle Scout project by one of our Boy Scouts. The box is designed to provide easy and respectful disposal of worn or frayed or “retired” U.S. or other flags. Please feel free to use it for this distinguished purpose.
Flower Guild Volunteers
The Flower Guild at Church of the Apostles, under the direction of Connie Bertram, is responsible for arranging the beautiful Altar flowers that beautify the church each week. Volunteers are needed for this ministry and professional floral arranging skills are not necessary! For more details about volunteering, please contact Connie: 214-784-7254 email@example.com
There are still some weekends available on the calendar for this year, if you would like to donate flowers to honor or celebrate loved ones, please sign up on the flower calendar, located on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall across from the restrooms. ($50 per side or $100 for both).
Statements of contributions from January 1 through September 30 of this year are in the mail! Please review it carefully. If you do not receive a statement, or have questions/concerns about your statement, please contact the office at 972-462-0234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s the time of year when Church of the Apostles — like most parishes — considers our upcoming annual budget and asks for your support. This year, however, we will approach things a little differently. More details will follow, but we want to share a few subtle but important changes. Most importantly, we believe you will like the new direction enough to join with us and say,
Count Me In!
1. Even as we carefully watch our budget, we invite you to participate beyond just financial support. To that end, our first commitment together will be asking everyone to get personally involved in at least one ministry area in 2020. (Yes, intercessory prayer while homebound or traveling counts!). We will offer our first commitments of service during the last two weekends of November, prior to the Advent season.
2. When you receive a “2020 Pledge Card,” you will see that we are NOT asking for a specific pledge amount. Instead, we are seeking your commitment to financially support the ministries of Church of the Apostles in 2020 — but with no specific dollar amount indicated. We will gladly begin receiving these cards as early as the first weekend of December.
As parish leaders, our personal hope is for everyone to embrace some form of service and giving – with 100% participation, at whatever level you feel called.
Scripture reminds us that, just like a human body, our congregation is made of many individual parts. Each part is important, with its own unique function:
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12).
When we all share our gifts, then we not only make possible our Ministries in Action at Apostles, we glorify God and join our lives to His loving care and purposes.
For 2020, please join us first by simply saying,
Count Me In!
Men’s Bible Study (First Thursday)
The next Men’s First Thursday Bible Study will be held at the church on Thursday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. The Bible study is open to all men over 16 years of age. For questions about the group, contact Kevin Williamson or Collin McAvoy at email@example.com.
First Tuesday — Evening Prayer & Intercession
The next Evening Prayer & Intercession will be held THIS Tuesday, November 5. A light meal served at 6:30 p.m. Please join us! For prayer requests, please use the prayer request cards or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Need a Ride?
If you cannot safely drive to Apostles for our 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, or if you need transportation for a medical appointment, please contact the church office: 972-462-0234 email@example.com
Grief & Faith Workshop
Join Regina Hunt from Faith & Grief Ministries on the evening of Thursday, November 21 and December 5, for two sessions of a grief support workshop. It is open to all and there is no charge. Materials are provided, but please be sure to contact the church office via phone or email to register in advance. Parishioners are invited to register before the workshop will be advertised to the local community.
Milestones & Memorials
Congratulations to Theresa and Zach Grooms, who recently welcomed baby Zachariah Matthew Grooms, Jr.!
AYM Apostles Youth Ministry
Thank you for returning your 2019 Stewardship Pledge! If you did not receive a 2019 Stewardship Packet or need another copy, please contact the office: 972-462-0234 firstname.lastname@example.org
Daughters of the King 2019 Program
The Order of the Daughters of the King (DOK) was founded in the Episcopal Church in 1885. The founder, Margaret J. Franklin, envisioned a mission that extended Christ’s Kingdom through prayer, service and evangelism. If being a part of Apostles’ Chapter of DOK sounds of interest, please contact Barbara Maley for additional information: 214-675-2953. The Chapter’s year runs from September 2019 to May 2020 with its 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. meetings held on the third Monday of each month in Apostles’ Parlor.
Letters to College Students – Daughters of the King
Each school year, Daughters of the King reaches out to college students by sending them letters of encouragement while they are in school. If you have a college student in your family and would like them to benefit from this ministry of DOK, please email the student’s best address to Marilyn Marsh at email@example.com
Training for participation is required in developing their personal rule of life, and there will be a new training class held soon! If you’re interested in attending training and would like more information, please contact Marilyn Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-563-2998.
Daughters of the King Bottled Water Drive
For the third summer in a row, DOK is sponsoring a Bottled Water Drive in cooperation with SoupMobile, a mobile soup kitchen that feeds and shelters the homeless in Dallas. COA members can sponsor cases/bottles of water by check (please specify “water” in the memo) or by donating online. One case of water is $4.50, five cases of water is $22.50, ten cases is $45.00, etc.) This price also includes delivery to the SoupMobile office for distribution. You can also donate online. Go to churchoftheapostles.net, click on “Apostles Giving” and scroll to “Push to Pay” to enter your donation amount. Then select “Designation-Other” and in the comments, add “water.”
Seventh Day Adventists
Our resident Seventh Day Adventist congregation shares space at Apostles on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The arrangement includes significant rent, as well as specific guidelines for space usage. We appreciate everyone’s patience and flexibility as we work through practicalities! Please contact the Rector or Wardens or the church office with any feedback or concerns.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
We are renewing our focus on Lay Eucharistic Visitors who take communion to parishioners who are sick or shut-in, in hospital or rehab, or home settings. Bobbi Henson now coordinates this as part of our healing/visitation ministry. If you or anyone you know has been absent from church due to illness or similar circumstances, please contact Jane Elterman at elterman1@ msn.com to request a visit with Holy Communion.
Adult Sunday Morning Session:
Adult Session this Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
The Riverchase Elementary School Mission is a part of the One Church/One School initiative of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, which promotes partnership between our church and our neighborhood school. Our goal is to provide support and to enhance the quality of education by reading to students, tutoring, mentoring, teacher appreciation, providing for the special needs of identified students, and providing other needs as they arise. As we provide salt, light, and leaven in our community, we also provide opportunities for our members to serve others. If you can help in any way, or would like to become a volunteer, please contact Debbie Moss: email@example.com All volunteers must complete a background check, including those who are returning as volunteers. Please copy and paste the link https://cfb.tx01.teams360.net/volunteer/ EntryPointHomeAction.doc to complete the background check or use the following instructions:
If you’re interested in volunteering, need assistance with your background check, or have any questions about this wonderful, worthwhile opportunity, please contact Debbie Moss at 972-978-2649 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The 20s and 30s Group
For information/questions on the group, or events above, please contact Margarett Muncy at email@example.com
The Sisterhood Bible Study
The Sisterhood Bible Study is for women and we meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. If you need a book, or you have questions, please contact Susan Deems at 214-415-6323 or susanRdeems@gmail.com.
Ministry Oversight Method (“MOM”)
Have you ever looked up on a Sunday morning at church to see a burned out light bulb and thought, “I wonder who’s in charge of that?” Or do you have an idea for a really neat ministry project but wonder whom to tell? Each Vestry member (except Wardens) serves as a liaison to leaders of various church ministries. Members and newcomers alike are encouraged to bring their ideas, concerns, and questions to the Vestry liaison/Lay Ministry leaders by emailing them firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Bulletin Board
There is a new bulletin board located in the Parish Hall, in the hallway where the restrooms are located. The Altar Flower sign-up board is located there, as well. Check out the bulletin board for the latest announcements about events and happenings at Apostles! To post an item on the board, please bring it by the Parish office, or contact De Dee Riddle: email@example.com
CONTACTING OFFICE STAFF
If you need to reach office staff — feel free to PUT OFFICE PHONE NUMBERS (Phone:972.462.0234 FAX: 972.393.9102) IN YOUR PHONE. Email and voicemail will be checked regularly. For urgent items, please call the office first. Then if needed, call/text the rector at 214-918-4928. The office email address is Office@ChurchoftheApostles.net.
Father Tim’s Email Address
Please use: firstname.lastname@example.org and delete the outdated
On the first Sunday of each month, a standing invitation exists for visitors and members to enjoy lunch with the Band!
Lunch will be at 12:30 p.m. at a nearby restaurant—location determined during “head count” after church. Join us for lunch on first Sundays. Questions? Contact Ben Ryan at email@example.com.
Apostles STEWARDSHIP and online giving for 2019
Thank you for returning your 2019 Stewardship Pledge! If you did not receive a 2019 Stewardship Packet or need another copy, please contact the office: 972-462-0234 firstname.lastname@example.org The STEWARDSHIP of God’s blessings continues to be a significant focus of your Vestry as it continues to manage church funds wisely. If you have not renewed your pledge for 2019 (even if continuing your giving level from last year), OR if you are relatively new to Apostles and are contributing for the first time, we appreciate ALL gifts and support this calendar year. You can fill out a hard copy pledge card (available at the church or watch your snail mail), or simply send a private email to email@example.com. PLEASE also consider joining a growing number of parishioners making reoccurring donations online. Simply go to https://secure.paperlesstrans.com/ ChurchoftheApostles
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