Harvest Thanksgiving E-postle

Harvest Thanksgiving E-postle

October 8, 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 adopted by Parish Council September 25, 2017

 A Thanksgiving Message

As Canadians celebrate a holiday weekend, take a minute to give thanks for what lies underneath the harvests of food being gathered in.  Remember the hard labour of men and women in agriculture, the employment of workers in industries and transport, and the distribution of food to our communities and abroad, as well as the family and friends with which we cook and eat.  As we struggle to find more sustainable and equitable ways to share what God has trusted us, let our thanksgiving table graces be sincere:

For food in a world where many are hungry for truth,

For family and friends in a world where many long to find community,

For faith in a world where many search for meaning:

Thank you, God,

and stir us to be generous with others as you are with us.  Amen.

 Yours in Christ,



Upcoming Dates

October 8- Thanksgiving Sunday: stewardship letters handed out to parishioners

October 9- office closed for statutory holiday

October 10- 10:30 – noon & 7:15-8:45 pm, First Nations 101 Book Study

October 13- 7 pm, Common Vision Concert at St. Andrews Port Moody to support food banks

October 16- Liturgy Group meeting to plan Advent and Christmas services.  All welcome.

October 18- initial meeting of the Canonical Committee

October 22- after 10 am service, Parish Visiting Ministry Meeting

November 2- 7:30 to 9:30 pm, All Souls Night with Holden Evening Prayer

November 4- 10 am – 2:30 pm, Fall Bazaar

Stewardship Reflection
“Christ lives in you. How will you experience that afresh to-day?” – Henri Nouwen

This Sunday we continue our stewardship theme of “This belongs to God”.  October 8: Family and friends belong to God.  If Christ lives in me and you, can we glimpse Christ looking out of our loved ones’ eyes?  This is how we belong to each other in God.

First Nations 101 links

For those wishing to further explore some of the topics brought up in our reading of Lynda Gray’s book, First Nations 101, check out the following links:

For an alternate news source, try the Aboriginal People’s Television Network, APTN at www.aptn.ca or through your cable service.  News at 5 and 10 pm Pacific time.

The Assembly of First Nations has a website at www.afn.ca, the Metis are represented by the Metis National Council at www.metisnation.ca and the Congress of Aboriginal People at www.abc-peoples.org ,  and the organization representing Inuit is the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami at www.itk.ca

The United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Persons can be read at  http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf

Basic Indigenous World View Training Workshop

Join Brander MacDonald on October 21, 2017 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Pekw’xe:yles (St. Mary’s Church) in Mission, BC, for a day workshop sponsored by the Mennonite Church.  Free, bring a bag lunch, www.vancouver.anglican.ca/events/basic-indigenous-world-view-training

 Centering Prayer Introduction

Explore a deep reflective practice of silent prayer based on the rich wisdom teaching of the Christian contemplative tradition.  Workshop in Coquitlam on Saturday October 24, 9:30 am-2:30 pm.  Deepening practice six Thursday evenings starting October 26, 7 pm.  For more information contact Chris Kesans at chris_kesans@gmail.com or 604-944-7447.

Pro Vita Munda/For the Life of the World: October 27-29

Retreat opportunity for Anglicans seeking a deeper personal connection to God and spiritual renewal.  Go to http://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/events/spiritual-formation-for-the-next-generation

 Prayer Cycle

In the Anglican Communion-the Archdeaconry of Labrador in the Council of the North, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby; Primate of Canada Fred Hiltz; Indigenous Archbishop Mark McDonald; 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:

Salal and Cedar Watershed Discipleship Ministry – The Reverend Laurel Dykstra

The Diocesan Eco-Justice Unit – The Reverend Margaret Marquardt (Chair)

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 18, October 15, 2017 

Exodus 32:1-14; Psalm 106; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14

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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