E-postle for August 20th, 2017

The E-postle

August 20, 2017

 “The Parish of St. John the Apostle is called to be

*          A Spirited Community at the heart of Port Moody

*          transformed through the experience of the presence of Christ

*          and sent out to share God’s Love”

– mission statement

St. Johns Street Car-Free on August 20

On this coming Sunday, the City of Port Moody is hosting a “Car-Free Day”.  St. Johns Street is closed to all vehicle traffic between Moody and Douglas streets from 6 am to 10 pm.  Street parking on surrounding roads will be extremely limited.  The parking lot for the church will be accessible from Douglas and Elgin streets along the lane.  However, this is a great day to consider carpooling with another parishioner in your area!  Team up and save on spaces.  The following map was published by the City:

 As we open our doors this Sunday, let’s present welcoming and friendly faces to the people of Port Moody.  Encourage visitors to join us in worship and check out our faith community.

Yours in Christ,

Stephanie +

Upcoming Dates

August 25- funeral for Bill Shields at St. John’s at 2:30 pm

August 28- 2 pm, funeral for Lorne Sashaw at Burquitlam Funeral Home

August 28- 7 pm, Parish Council in the PMC. All are welcome to attend

September 10- after 10 am service, “Back to Church” Parish Picnic

September 17- 10 am Baptism of Alexander Brian McGlashan

September 23- 3:30 pm, Wedding of Sherrill Hardy and Bruce Wise

September 24- beginning 9:30 am, Walk for Reconciliation at Queen Elizabeth Plaza

September 30- Orange Shirt Day (wear them to church on October 1 too!)

October 8- Thanksgiving Sunday

November 4- Fall Bazaar

Two Gentle Farewells

In the coming week, we entrust two long-standing members of St. Johns community to God’s eternal care.

Bill Shields loved, laughed, sang and worked in the parish for more than fifty years.  Come and support his widow Lorna and children Bill and Gaye as we celebrate a life well-lived.  Bill’s funeral is on Friday August 25 at 2:20 pm here at the church, with a reception to follow in the hall.

Lorne Sashaw is another of our elders who has been loved, visited, and prayed for by his church family.  His funeral will take place on Monday August 28 at 2 pm at Burquitlam Funeral Home, 625 North Road, Coquitlam.

Stewardship Reflection
May you find Gods love in everything you do” – from the song “May You Always”

What practices help you find God’s love in everything you do?

EfM starts again soon

For information on Education for Ministry, please contact Anne Anchor at  a.anchor@telus.net

 Summer Program for Young People

Children are invited to explore stories and activities during part of the 10 am service with Ts’uwtun, our helper bear.  This week’s First People’s Principle of Learning is “Learning involves patience and time”.  The animal chosen for this week is the turtle.

Fall Bazaar Planning

A coordinator is needed to make the Fall Bazaar Saturday November 4 a rousing success as a fundraiser and community event. Mentorship and support will be provided.  Please contact Ferne Malcolme.

Benefit Concert with “Nota Bene”

The Nota Bene Singers, an A Cappella group directed by Rev. Philip Barker, will be performing at St. John the Divine, Maple Ridge, on Saturday September 16, at 2:30 p.m.  You are invited to come and enjoy a mix of specially arranged songs, including ‘sacred, secular, and silly,’ performed by the 2017 winners of the Chilliwack Music and Dance Festival Lange Cup Trophy for adult choirs.  Admission is by donation and includes refreshments which will follow the performance.

Metro Vancouver Alliance Leadership Institute

This two day training is for those who share an interest in strengthening civil society and working together for the common good.  Community leaders from diverse institutions share gifts for community organizing and moving from general problems to concrete, winnable issues.  Friday October 6 7-9 pm and Saturday October 7 9:30 am-4 pm at the BCGEU Office, 2920 Virtual Way Vancouver.  For more information or to register visit www.metvanalliance.org or see the poster in the parish hall.  There are funds from the Eco-Justice Unit of the Diocese to assist with the $100 cost for non-members.

St. Johns Food Bank Donations Needed

Proteins and non-perishable staples to replenish the reserve items for the food distributions on 1st and 3rd Thursdays are needed.   Please consider contributing any of the following:

Canned Tuna

Canned Salmon

Canned Chicken

Small jars of Peanut Butter


Pasta Sauce

Small Boxes of Cereal


Prayer Cycle

In the Anglican Communion- Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby; Primate of Canada Fred Hiltz; BC & Yukon Archbishop John Privett; our partner Diocese of Northern Philippines, Bishop Brent Alawas, and especially the people of our twin church at St. Johns Mission, Bila, Mountain Province; Diocese of New Westminster Bishop Melissa Skelton, and this week:

St. Aidan & Bartholomew, Gibsons – The Reverend Brian Heinrich

Synod Office Staff


Rochester (USA) – (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Prince Singh

Rochester – (Canterbury, England) The Rt Revd James Langstaff


The Canadian Council of the North- Bishop Michael Hawkins, Chair, Bishop Lydia Mamakwa, Vice-Chair and all the members of
the Council as they work towards a vision of structures shaped by mission.


The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada- National Bishop Susan Johnson, BC Synod Bishop Greg Mohr;


The brothers and sisters who share our worship space: The Port Moody Korean Presbyterian Church and the Polish Evangelical Church.

Readings for Pentecost 12, August 27, 2017 

Exodus 1:8- 2:10; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-23

Important Contact Information

Interim Priest– The Rev. Stephanie Shepard rev.seshepard@gmail.com or 778-773-6816

Parish Office– Karen Evans stjohn7@shaw.ca or 604-936-7762

Wardens– Geri Grigg gerigrigg@gmail.com Terry Walton terry&joanne_walton@telus.net

Maureen Simons mesimons@telus.net or through the parish office

Treasurer– Chelsea Belyk chelsea.belyk@gmail.com

Parish Council– Adelaine Miller, Secretary adelainemiller@shaw.ca

Altar Guild– Brenda Binns Brenda.Binns@hotmail.com

St. John Prayer Circle– Sue Ellliott Elliott.sue1@gmail.com

Pastoral Visiting Ministry– Joanne Walton terry&joanne_walton@telus.net

or Alma Oldenburg almaolden@hotmail.com

Anglican Church Women (ACW)- Sue Hall 604-936-0176 sbhcat@hotmail.com


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