The E-postle November 12, 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”

 Praying for the Souls of the World

On All Souls Night, November 2, those who gathered to remember loved ones offered prayers of love and hope for the world.  Some walked an indoor labyrinth in the church (pictured), lit candles, wrote poetry or created artwork to commemorate the day.  At 9 pm, the powerful service of Holden Evening Prayer was sung by over 35 participants.  As names were lifted up, we proclaimed that Jesus Christ is indeed the light of the world: a light no darkness can overcome.  Many thanks to those involved who helped to make the darkness bright, especially our musicians LaRee and Gail, choir members, and those who moved church furniture and canvas to make this event ossible.

Yours in Christ, Stephanie

 Upcoming Dates

November 12- guest presider: the Rev. Arthur Nash

November 16- 10:30 am- 1 pm, St. Johns Food Bank. Get a flu shot & join the community lunch

November 16- 1:30 pm, Anglican Church Women meeting in the hall.  All welcome.

November 18- 11:30 am, Cooper-Read wedding

November 20- 1:30-3:30 pm, Seniors Tea in the parish hall

November 26- Reign of Christ, Advent wreath making after 10 am service

November 27- 7-9 pm, Parish Council meeting in the PMC

December 10-11:30-12:30 pm, “How to take out Jesus: practicing home communion”

Protect You and Your Loved Ones this ‘Flu Season

On Thursday November 16, a public health nurse from Fraser Health will be coming to St. Johns to offer free vaccinations against this year’s strains of influenza.  If you have not yet got your ‘flu shot, come to the Food Bank between 10 am and noon to get a preventative poke.  This is especially advised for those who are in contact with children or seniors, or who visit care homes 

News from the A.C.W. (Anglican Church Women)

The A.C.W. are collecting ‘Hot Socks’ (wool blend please) and gently used stuffed toys for the Mission to Seafarers. There is a basket at the back of the church to leave the ‘Hot Socks’ – please see Ann A.-A. or Sylvia regarding any stuffed toys. These will be delivered to the Mission at the end of November.  The next A.C.W. meeting is November 16th at 1.30 pm. (*Please note change of time for the meeting – we will be meeting in the afternoons for the months of November, December, January and February). Please remember to bring your shoebox Christmas gift parcel for the Mission to Seafarers outreach project.

 Stewardship Reflection

“As stewards of God, we are invited to join God’s action, God’s mission in the world. We are Christ’s body, God’s sacrament, so that God can be present in human life and history, caring for the world. The more we are given, the more will be expected of us. We are to manage life in the interest of accomplishing God’s will”.        – John Westerhoff

How do we join God’s action and mission at St. Johns this week in what we do together?  Well…

Ways to Help

There are several emerging opportunities to give time and talent through the parish:

Archives Group

A small group is needed to sort through photos and papers to determine what needs to be kept in the parish and in what format, and what needs to be sent to the diocesan Archives for preservation.

Technical Support

Individuals with an interest in communications and technology are needed to transfer and maintain the parish’s website and help with advertising and communications in and beyond the parish.

Sacristans and Intercessors

Offer yourself to God’s service even more fully on a Sunday morning through the ministry of helping at the altar or leading the congregation in prayer.

Resource Group

Individuals willing to work with the Building Manager on specific projects and to help oversee maintenance in our facilities with safety checks and monthly walk-abouts.  One upcoming opportunity:  help paint the choir room!

For more information on any of these ways to support God’s action and mission,speak to one of the clergy or a warden.

Thanks to all for a Successful Fall Bazaar

My most sincere thanks to the many, many people who helped with the Bazaar.  It was so inspiring to see how many people stepped in to give a hand whenever one was needed.  Our final total was an amazing one of $6,608, so all of our hard work was rewarded.

The lucky winners of the raffle were as follows: Joan Scott, Lisa Ploss, Jennine Tarnate, Talia Culotti, Laura Shanahan, Sharon Crawford, Dorothy Wakelam and Jessie Wong.  Our thanks to all who bought tickets.  Blessings, Ferne

 Still More Shopping to do?

The basement of the PMC will be open for 45 minutes after the 10am service for the next two Sundays.   Come and shop!   After that we will have a truck come from the Developmentally Disabled Assoc. to pick up what we are parting with which benefits them and their programs.

Some books from previous White Elephant sales went to a shop called Tomes and Tales Used Books in Pitt Meadows.   As a result, the owner has given us a $100.00 credit for use by any member of St. John’s.  Please avail yourself of this offer if you want/need a book and mention the St. John’s account.   Terry and Joanne live nearby and will pick up a book for you if you know the title.

Prayer Cycle

In the Anglican Communion- Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby;

Primate of Canada Fred Hiltz and Indigenous Archbishop Mark McDonald;

BC & Yukon Archbishop John Privett;

The Diocese of Caledonia and the Haida, Nisgaa, Gitsan, and Tsminian Nations

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. Margaret, Cedar Cottage, Vancouver – The Reverend Heidi Brear

St. Hilda, Sechelt – The Reverend Clarence Li, The Venerable Bruce Morris

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada- Nat. Bis. Susan Johnson, BC Synod Bis. 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 24, November 19, 2017

Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30

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