The E-postle – May 28, 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”

– draft mission statement

Funny Church Words

Ever gotten into a conversation where someone throws a peculiar “Anglican” word at you?  Here are some translations from church-speak into layperson’s language for things around St. Johns:

Narthex  – the gathering space at the entrance of the church, the lobby.

Nave– the part of the church with pews or chairs where  the congregation sits, stands, or kneels to worship, aka God’s living room.

Chancel – the part of the church where the deacons, priest, and servers sit.  Sometimes this group is known as the “chancel party” (because they have so much fun)

Ciborium  – special stemmed container with lid for holding the blessed bread or wafers for distribution, sometimes easier than balancing a…

Paten – special metal plate for holding the bread or wafers on the altar.

Chalice – special, often silver, cup for holding the blessed wine, from which you sip or dip.

Aumbrey    – cabinet where blessed bread, wine, and oil are stored temporarily until they are taken out by pastoral visitors to the sick or housebound.

Font   – special place or piece of furniture used at baptism and which has a basin for water.  It can be sized anywhere from a bird bath to a whale tank.  Traditionally located near the entrance  of the church to symbolize our entry into the Faith.

Ambo  – desk that holds the Bible and from which readings, speaking, and prayers are led.  If there are separate desks for preaching and reading, they are known respectively as the Pulpit and Lectern.

Votive Rack – the piece of furniture in the chapel which holds tea-lights or candles you can light as a prayer for healing or in memory, with a slot for donations to support this ministry.

Icon – an image, usually of Jesus or a saint, which is used as an aid for meditation.  We do not pray to icons, we pray through them to God, like using a window to get a better view.

What are the words or phrases you have heard for which you would like an explanation?  Drop an email to the office for a future E-postle exposition.  Or do some research for an article for us!

Yours in Christ,


Readings for Pentecost, June 4th, 2017 

Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:25-25, 37; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13; John 20:19-23

Prayer Cycle

In the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada- National Bishop Sue Johnson, BC Bishop Greg Mohr;

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 people, Diocese of New Westminster Bishop Melissa Skelton, and this week:

The members of diocesan Synod meeting this weekend and the missional work of the Diocese

The Deanery of Peace Arch, The Reverend Stephen Laskey, newly appointed Regional Dean

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

Upcoming Dates

May 28- Parish Visiting Ministry meeting at the Waltons’ home

May 29- 7 pm Parish Council in the Parish Ministry Centre, all welcome to attend

June 4- Pentecost: wear RED

June 6- 7 pm Stewardship Team meeting

June 7- 9:30 am-12 noon, Coffee & Crafts in the church hall

June 11-17 Diocesan School for Parish Development

June 25- 11:30 am-3 pm Deanery Picnic at Blue Mountain Park

June 26- 7 pm Parish Council in the Parish Ministry Centre, all welcome to attend

Stewardship Reflection

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” – Romans 8:26

 As we consider our resources and commitments, we may feel a tug towards generosity without knowing what of our time or talent or treasure we can give.  What area of your stewardship would you like God’s help in?

 Deanery Picnic at Blue Mountain Park

On Sunday June 25, 2017, Anglicans from across the Tri-Cities North Burnaby Deanery will be gathering for worship, food, and fun at Blue Mountain Park in Coquitlam.  The festivities begin at 11:30 am with a joint worship.  There will be a regular 8:30 am service and shortened 10 am service at St. Johns this day to allow people to choose to either come and have Eucharist here first or sleep in J and go directly to the park.  Following a “Prayer and Praise” in the park, lunch will be shared at the picnic shelters.  Participants are invited to bring lunch for themselves and something to share, e.g. vegetable sticks, cookies, watermelon, cheese and crackers, drinks.  That way, any guests or newcomers can be warmly invited to attend and to eat, drink, and be merry!  Those who have outdoor games suitable for any age are encouraged to bring them along (perhaps mark your name and phone number on the equipment).  Lawn darts or full contact croquet, anyone?

An invitation to the Coffee & Crafts Group

You are invited to come for fellowship, creative ideas, and light refreshments.  Whether you are eager to explore your artistic side or bring fumble fingers to assist with ongoing projects, you are most welcome.  The group meets the first Wednesday of each month from 9:30 am to noon.  Upcoming meeting Wednesday June 7th.  For further information, contact Ferne through the parish office.

 Opportunity to Spring Clean Your Closet and Help

Donations are needed for the 3030 Gordon Shelter of men’s socks, underwear, sweatpants and hooded jackets. For more information please contact Mary Lou Kyle at 604-461-7162 or via email at or Ruby Ng at 778-994-9963 or via email at

Important Contact Information

Interim Priest– The Rev. Stephanie Shepard or 778-773-6816

Parish Office– Karen Evans or 604-936-7762

Wardens– Geri Grigg Terry Walton terry&  Maureen Simons or through the parish office

Treasurer– Chelsea Belyk

Parish Council– Adelaine Miller, Secretary

St. John Prayer Circle– Sue Elliott

Pastoral Visiting Ministry– Joanne Walton terry&

or Alma Oldenburg




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