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All Together Now | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

All Together Now | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

The CHA Vestry meets monthly, from September through June. Like most Vestries of most Episcopal churches, we do not gather in the summer months of July and August. During the height of the pandemic our Vestry met over Zoom, and as virus numbers have ebbed and flowed, we have continued this practice with only a few exceptions.

           One of those exceptions occurred this past month. We found ourselves feeling comfortable about meeting (and eating!) in person, and we all agreed that time together live would be a lovely way to mark the end of the “program year.” The agenda was finalized, the reminders were sent out, the pizza was ordered and at the appointed time we sat around the rectangular tables on the first floor of the Mission House to talk through the business of our common life….

Good Corporate Citizen: Gasthalter

Good Corporate Citizen: Gasthalter

At Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, volunteers are truly a part of everything we do. Our work is supported by individual volunteers who join us once a week or once a month, and corporate groups, our Good Corporate Citizens, who join us for Days of Service. One of those...

Good Corporate Citizen: Gasthalter

Charles Oakley Visits Holy Apostles

On Friday, March 11, former NBA All-Star Charles Oakley joined us at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen for a day of delicious food and fellowship with our community.  In partnership with The Charles Oakley Foundation and Entain Foundation, Oakley supplied food, fun, and...

All Together Now | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

The Equalizing Season | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

As has been announced in various ways, Holy Apostles is in the preliminary stages of a multi-faceted capital project. One of our first steps has been to hire a consulting firm to assist us in creating a case for supporting the work. This process includes interviews with various “stakeholders”: staff, guests, volunteers and donors. Once the consultants hear from a wide swath of interested parties, they will weave together aspects of engagement in our common life and build materials that help us articulate the important benefits of the project.

            During my interview the questions were far reaching and wide ranging. We discussed details of CHA and HASK as well as hopes and dreams for the future. At one point, my interviewer asked me about using terms like “vulnerability” and “need” when referring to our HASK guests. The point of the question was clear: such terms, even when accurate, help maintain distance between groups of people. Those designated as “in need” must be different from those who are responding to those needs—and not in a good way….

All Together Now | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Whom Do We Please? | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Daily we make decisions as to what to do in our life’s journey, but before we ask, what will the people think about our decision, let’s ask, “What will God think about our decisions?”

If we are in a group we all know the pressure to just say nothing, to try to keep them “liking us.” I know I have felt that pressure as I have fallen into it at times. It takes work to learn how to do it and it’s sometimes a risk to step out and say something. That’s just the moment when we can learn what is really of highest importance to us. If pleasing God is number one, then we’ll speak up for God’s standards. If pleasing people is number one, then we’ll bite our tongues and say nothing.

Jesus had moments when He got wonderful feedback from the people he served. Why, because He was listening to the Father in making decisions. Then there were those other days.

Pharisees disrupted his teaching sessions with heckling questions. When He healed the sick and fed them, everybody wanted in. When he talked about the cost of discipleship, most of them just walked away. They abandoned Him….

Good Corporate Citizen: Gasthalter

The Return of Sunday Supper

On Sunday, September 12, members of our community visited Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen for the first in-person meal service since March 2020 and the first Sunday Supper event since February 2020. We were thrilled to gather together again and share a meal with our...

All Together Now | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Morning Prayer | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

As you know, for most of the pandemic, the Church of the Holy Apostles shifted to doing church online via Zoom, and since we were not able to share the Eucharist, we prayed Morning Prayer together instead. Some of you might already have been familiar with this service, while for others of you, especially if you are newer to the Episcopal Church, it was strange and new. But the practice of praying in the morning as a way of giving thanks and preparing for the day to come has very deep roots….

Good Corporate Citizen: Gasthalter

Finding Shelter from the Heat

In the midst of our most recent heatwave, even my quick walk to the train on my evening commute felt like a daunting task. Too hot, too humid, to even think straight, let alone walk one mile. And I was headed back to my air-conditioned apartment! On one particularly...

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