THIS SUNDAY
A service of Morning Prayer will begin at 11:00 am on Zoom. Click here for the site. Then click “Allow” when connected to Zoom. After that you may be asked to click on “Join with Audio.” Follow the prompts, and make sure you do not have a red line through either the camera or the microphone image on the lower left of your screen. Once you are in, if you want all the participants to show up as the same size on the screen click on “Gallery View” in the upper right hand corner.

We have created from The Book of Common Prayer a guide to assist everyone with Morning Prayer worship. Just click here to download it.
EPIPHANY SERIES ON VOCATION
Our next Adult Forum series will focus on Vocation. Join us as we hear from members of our community about the work they feel called to do and how faith informs their practice. The first speaker will be Charlie Pearson this Sunday, January 10, followed by talks from Mark Larrimore, Linda Golding, Doug Warn and Ellen Knudsen. Sessions will begin at noon on Sundays after worship and time in breakout rooms. All are welcome!
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING -- JANUARY 24
Annual Meeting Election Results
The Annual Meeting of the parish will take place on Sunday, January 24. Both the meeting and the election of Vestry Members and Convention Delegates will be held online. Instructions will be sent to those eligible to vote this Monday, so be sure to check your email.
SIGN UP TO BE A LECTOR
We need to schedule Lay Readers for services online as well as pre-planning for our return to in person worship should the vestry decide to go forward in the coming new year.

Please complete the survey to sign up to fill in any dates you are able to serve by clicking here. You should know that we will be taking as many sanitary precautions as possible, but please consider your health and risk tolerance before signing on to be a Lector.

We need to have responses from all who are interested in reading by Monday, January 18.
STEWARDSHIP 2021
Please return your pledge form with your 2021 commitments to Holy Apostles as soon as you are able. The letter and form may be found by clicking the above links, and our online Ingathering and Blessing of Pledges was held on November 29.

Short stewardship talks were held during our Sunday online worship in November: Matt McNaughton gave the first talk on November 1, with Linda Golding on November 8, and Steve Turtell on November 15. Thanks to them all and thanks in advance for your generosity and dedication to Holy Apostles!

Click on the thermos below to see where we are in this year's campaign.
See our progress...
AN UPDATE ON ECCLESIA MINISTRY
Ecclesia Ministry has resumed worship and celebration of the Eucharist at 2:00 pm at the Church of the Transfiguration (29th Street between Madison & Fifth Avenue)—either outdoors on a patio in the church garden, or indoors under strict COVID-related limitations (Masks & social distancing in either setting.)

Congregants share the Eucharist with bread and grape juice that are packaged in individual, sealed containers distributed after the Eucharistic prayer. Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen provides bag lunches for distribution after the service.

The Rev. Seamus Campbell is providing the ongoing leadership of this hardy community, and all are welcome to attend on Sunday afternoons.
HONEY AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
Since 2017 the Church of the Holy Apostles has become the host to two bee hives, residing on our roof and actively producing honey. We harvested more than 40 pounds of honey, some of which was sold to support the project and some of which is used in the communion bread we share each Sunday. Please email Charles Mohacey if you wish to purchase a bottle of this year's crop.
MONDAY EVENING EUCHARIST SUSPENDED
Due to a rise in Covid-19 infections and the increase in virus related hospitalizations, the on-site Monday evening Holy Eucharist is suspended until further notice.
INSIGHT THIS TUESDAY
The Tuesday evening Insight service led by Mother Susan will meet on Zoom at 6:15 pm; just click this link and follow the instructions at the top of the screen. All are welcome
MORNING PRAYER THIS WEDNESDAY
Deacon Bob will lead Morning Prayer on Zoom Wednesday at 8:30 am. Please join us by clicking this link and follow the instructions at the top of the screen. All are welcome.
COMPLINE THIS THURSDAY
Please join us for Compline each Thursday led by Diane Wondisford or Anne Hartley (our seminarian from General Theological Seminary). The service is on Zoom at 9:00 pm (please note the new time); just click this link and follow the instructions at the top of the screen. All are welcome.
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BETWEEN THIS SUNDAY AND NEXT
Please join us for Worship, Service, and Fellowship
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Monday through Friday: HOLY APOSTLES SOUP KITCHEN from
10:30 am to 12:30 pm Grab & Go Lunches
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Tuesdays: INSIGHT -- Bible Study & Holy Eucharist at
6:15 pm -- Online on until further notice
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Wednesdays: MORNING PRAYER at 8:30 am -- Online until further notice
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Thursdays: COMPLINE at 9:00 pm -- Online until further notice
CORONAVIRUS HOT MEAL DISTRIBUTION CAMPAIGN
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, the largest soup kitchen in New York State, has launched a coronavirus hot meal distribution campaign that aims to connect New Yorkers who lack reliable access to sufficient quantities of nutritious food with already-prepared hot meals. The campaign is inspired by national emergency food response efforts during the last two decades of natural disasters. By partnering with local culinary figures who have contributed their time and talent to relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen will be able to continue serving hot meals to New Yorkers who have come to rely on the soup kitchen for sustenance, while also expanding to feed and sustain residents who will increasingly feel financial constraints from business closures and cut-backs.
LIFE AT HOLY APOSTLES SOUP KITCHEN
Here is a quick look at just how the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen programs continued to meet the challenges presented as we proceeded under COVID-19 restrictions:

  1. From December 28 through January 3, we served 4,079 grab and go meals onsite and prepared 33,636 bagged lunches and pantry bags for total of 37,715 meals. The serving and preparation of which was made possible by the 79 volunteers who donated 277 hours of service.
  2. The Social Services volunteers and staff for the week of December 28 through January 1 consisted of 364 interactions including the following: the distribution of 10 pairs of reading glasses; 79 pieces of clothing or clothing referrals; 52 personal hygiene/toiletry items; 104 mail intake/pick ups; 12 identification cards; 88 personal protection masks; 7 haircut vouchers; 2 guests used our telephone service; and 4 transportation vouchers/cards. The week also included referrals being written for the following: 1 detox/rehab; 1 health & medical records; 1 employment; 2 legal consultation; and 1 for pantry services.

We’ll provide another update next week on the activities of New York City’s largest Emergency Feeding Program. Your support is invaluable to all that we do.
-- Submitted by Michael Ottley