Please come to church this weekend and pick up your 2020 “Count Me In” packet!
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
Thanksgiving Week Eucharist
Church of the Apostles Thanksgiving Week Eucharist will be held on Tuesday, November 26, at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Please plan to join us!
Breakfast With Santa
Santa is coming to Church of the Apostles for breakfast on Saturday, December 7 from 9-11 a.m.! This is a free event and open to the community, so tell your friends and neighbors! For information on volunteering or donating, please contact Sarah Moreno:
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.
All Parish Christmas Party
Apostles’ All Parish Christmas Party will be held on Friday, December 6, at 6:30 p.m., with a catered prime rib dinner, door prizes, great music, and lots of fun! Nursery care will be available. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased from De Dee Riddle: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Snacks for Riverchase Elementary
Riverchase Elementary has an after school 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS Saturday, Nov. 16 — Austin Street Shelter Ministry
Austin Street Shelter THIS Saturday
Austin Street Shelter Ministry is TOMORROW – Saturday, Nov. 16. There are several ways to volunteer; by donating food such as hard boiled eggs, fruit — specifically oranges and bananas, and sandwiches (ham, turkey, tuna salad, chicken salad, etc. — no condiments, please) individually wrapped and placed back in the bread sleeve. Food can be delivered to the church on Saturday between 1-4 p.m. You can also join the sandwich-making party in the Parish Hall at 2 PM. We will caravan to the shelter at 4:30 p.m. to deliver and pass out food. If you are interested in donating food, your time, or both, please contact Lynette Yates: 214-437-5875 email@example.com
Men’s Chili Cook-Off
All men are invited to bring their best chili on Thursday, Dec. 12, for a chili cook-off in the Parish Hall from 7-9 p.m. Fixings and soft drinks/water will be provided and first & second place prizes will be given! For more information, contact Collin McAvoy: firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
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, December 5, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Tuesday — Evening Prayer & Intercession
Evening Prayer & Intercession will be held Tuesday, December 3. 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
The 20s and 30s Group
For information/questions on the group, or events above, please contact Margarett Muncy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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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