The E-Postle – August 5, 2018

The E-Postle - August 5, 2018

August 5, 2018
The 11th Sunday After Pentecost

“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”
Upcoming Dates

Tuesday August 7 10:30-noon, Book Study in the parish hall continues:
“Tired of Apologizing for a Church I Don’t Belong To”
Monday Aug 6 ESL Training using some rooms at the church until August 23
Sunday Aug 12 Rev. Stephanie Shepard’s last Sunday as Interim Rector at St. John’s
Saturday Aug 18 Garage Sale – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 9 Parish Welcome Back BBQ
Tues Nov 20 Rev. Vivian Lam 1st day begins at St. Johns
Tues Dec 11 Rev. Vivian Lam’s Induction – 7 pm with rehearsal at 6 pm.

Introducing Rev. Vivian Lam

Our new priest Vivian Lam is excited to be joining the St. John’s community and is looking forward to getting to know everyone. Vivian comes to us from her most recent position as Rector of St. Matthias & St. Luke in Oakridge, Vancouver and before that she was Curate at St. Peter’s in Bay Shore, New York serving as assistant priest and day school chaplain. She was born in Hong Kong and spent her childhood and youth both there and in the U.S. (in New York and New Jersey). She holds a B.A. in Metropolitan Studies from New York University, and an M.Div. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in Berkeley, California.
Before she was a priest, Vivian worked for several years in New York City non-profits, including managing membership services for the Freelancers Union, connecting those in non-traditional work situations to affordable insurance benefits. She has also worked in the development offices of the General Theological Seminary and CDSP, supporting work in institutional fundraising and alumni connections. Throughout her ministry life, she has been active in work on local and national levels, including teaching Sunday school, playing piano, and leading various youth and young adult ministries in both the Asian American/Canadian and broader communities. She is enthusiastic about ways that people of all ages can continually grow in faith and live out this faith in day-to-day life, as well as how to share the Gospel more effectively in traditional and new ways. She is interested in ministry to and with those on the margins and has done mission work in Panama and post-Katrina New Orleans; she also has been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to learn more about the lives of local Palestinian Christians. She has served in several leadership roles in the wider diocese including helping to develop: anti-racism ministry workshops; the lay spiritual formation retreat “Pro Mundi Vita – For the Life of the World”; and Hineni House, a young adult intentional spiritual community.
Vivian and her husband Bascom, who teaches anthropology at Simon Fraser University, love exploring various neighbourhoods in their free time. They welcome your suggestions for new local things to experience here in Port Moody and surrounding areas!

Proteins needed for St. Johns Food Bank
Protein-rich foods are often the most expensive items for families to purchase when grocery shopping. People on limited budgets often cannot afford them, and make do with stodgy foods to fill stomachs. Please help those who need them by donating the following to St. Johns Food Bank in August:

  • tinned salmon, tuna, chicken, beef (not all can eat pork products)
  • shelf stable nut butters
  • dried or tinned beans and peas
  • powdered or shelf stable milks
  • meaty stews or soups
    Bring your offerings on Sunday, drop off during the week Monday through Thursday 9 am to 1 pm, or give some money to this ministry towards the purchase of fresh products.

St. John’s Garage Sale – Saturday, August 18 – 9 AM – 3 PM
There is a signup list in the parish hall. We need people for the following areas:
– an organization/pricing lead and 3 helpers
– 3 people to help put up signs
– 1 more helper for refreshments
– 3 more helpers for the sale itself
Just a reminder that if people wish to donate items for the sale please drop them off at the church by Thursday, August 16th. For more information on these positions, please speak to Bob Kuhn. You can phone or email the parish office for contact information.

Stewardship Reflection
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go and do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. (Dr. Howard THURMAN 1899-1981 Theologian and civil rights leader.

Question: What are you going to do this week that makes you come alive?

Goodie Donations for Sunday Coffee Time
Please consider donating goodies for the Sunday coffee times. There is a signup sheet in the kitchen. Even an offer of help every six months would be greatly appreciated!

Thrifty’s Smile card
The Thrifty’s Smile card fundraising is up and running for 2018. We are raising money to purchase music supplies. Use your Smile Card to support this initiative.

Flowers for the Alter
The Alter Guild would like to draw your attention to the flower chart in the Narthex by the Chapel door. Please consider signing up to place flowers at the Alter in thanksgiving for something, or in loving memory of a family member or friend. A member of the Alter Guild will contact you the week before the date you have chosen to see what type of flowers you would like and the wording for the Bulletin. The following weeks are still open: August 12, October 21 & 28, November 4 & 25, December 2, 16 & 23. Thank you.

Education for Ministry or Exploring Faith Matters
We have good news for this program. We will be welcoming four new learners this fall. There are now three new people from St. John’s and one from St. Laurence who wish to……
Read Scripture and learn about Church History
Reflect on these readings
Respond and discuss these with others through Theological Reflection
Discern the implications of these on your life.

If you are ever curious about this program you could speak to Geri Grigg, in Year 4 or Natasha MacDonald in Year 3 or Debora Jones- Akiyama Co-Mentor to learn more about the impact of this course on their faith journey. A few years back I was concerned we had hit the end of the cycle for EfM in this deanery due to low enrollment, but I guess God had other ideas. Anne Anchor co-mentor

3030 Gordon Avenue – Transition Housing
As you already know, a group of St John’s parishioners volunteer in the clothing department of Gordon Ave. The shelter is in need of socks, running shoes and underwear for both men and women and some smaller sized jeans and shorts (ladies). If you have unused or gently-used items which you do not need, please pass to Marylou Kyle or Betty Moore.

Further Update on Traffic and Parking on Douglas Street
You can now park on the east side of Douglas Street on week days during construction!

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;
* our partner Diocese of Northern Philippines, Bishop Brent Alawas, and especially the people of our twin church at St. Johns Mission, Bila, Mountain Province;
* Archbishop and Metropolitan Melissa Skelton and this week:
St. Oswald, Port Kells – The Reverend Gordon Shields
St. Laurence, Coquitlam – The Reverend Eric Mason, The Reverend Wally Shea

*In our parish: the Salami family
the meeting of the Bishop’s Advisory Committee on Appointments (BACA)
candidates for baptism: Avery, and Makena
*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 August 5, 2018 11th Sunday after Pentecost
2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a; Psalm 51:1-13; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35

Readings for August 12, 2018 12th Sunday after Pentecost
2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, and 31-33; Psalm 130; Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-51

Important Contact Information
Interim Priest- The Rev. Stephanie Shepard
Parish Office- Kelly Million or 604-936-7762: 9 am- 1 pm Monday through Thursday
Wardens- Geri Grigg or Ruby Ng
Treasurer- Cedric Miller
Envelope Secretary- Sheila de Vaal
Parish Council- Adelaine Miller, Secretary
Altar Guild- Brenda Binns
St. John Prayer Circle- Sue Elliott
Pastoral Visiting Ministry- Joanne Walton terry&
or Alma Oldenburg
Anglican Church Women (ACW)- Sue Hall 604-936-0176


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