The E-Postle December 23, 2018
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 23, 2018
“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”
Monday Dec 24 Christmas Eve Services – 7pm (Family Service) and 10pm (Choral Eucharist)
Tuesday Dec 25 Christmas Day Service 10am
Sunday Dec 30 Christmas Lessons & Carols at 10am service
Tuesday Jan 8 10:15am – noon, Bible Study in the parish hall
Can you believe that Advent is drawing to a close and we are just about at Christmas?! As we gear up to celebrate our Saviour’s birth at our 3 Christmas services, I encourage everyone to remember that Christmas is a time of year when many people feel especially drawn to come to church. It’s a great opportunity to invite others in our lives to join us for worship! And whether it’s local or visiting family members, or friends and neighbours in our surrounding community, let’s all be especially sensitive to the presence of individuals and families at church who may not be “regulars” and make an extra effort to be welcoming. Whether that’s making room in the pew you’re sitting in, assisting with an unfamiliar leaflet or hymnal, or simply offering up a warm smile, greeting, and conversation – may we all joyfully reflect Christ’s love and hospitality as a community this Christmas.
Advent Learning Opportunities
Join us for our final AdventWord discussions on Sunday, Dec. 23—after both the 8:30am and 10am services—as we continue to share our findings and discoveries about God through these words and images. Thank you again to all who have contributed to our St. John’s Adventword calendar at www.facebook.com/StJohnAnglican and the paper version in our parish hall. You can also view the global Advent calendar at https://www.adventword.org.
The Tuesday morning Bible study will be on break for Christmas and New Year’s and reconvene on Jan. 8, 10:15am, to finish discussion of the Living in the Edge Advent program. From the program description: “How do we find our way when one thing is ending and another thing is beginning? In the great joys and sorrows of our lives, and in the economic, political and climatic changes of our world, how do we live in the in-between?” You can read more about the program at http://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/diocesan-resources/2018-advent-resource.
Christmas Lessons & Carols
We’ll be marking and celebrating the 12 days of Christmas this year with Christmas Lessons & Carols at 10am worship on Sunday, Dec. 30. (8:30am worship will be a regular service.) This is a special service of scripture readings interwoven with carols and other hymns, followed by Eucharist. We are looking for a few readers of the Lessons, so please connect with Vivian in person or at email@example.com if you are interested in serving in this role.
Diocesan Media Coverage of Induction
The Diocesan communications office was present at our parish’s Dec. 11 Celebration of New Ministry and Induction of a New Rector. 3 diocesan media items available online are:
- A wonderful article at https://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/news/christ-is-present-in-this-place.
- Video and text for Archdeacon Douglas Fenton’s sermon at https://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/media/2018-12-11-what-has-gone-before-is-not-lost-but-neither-is-it-where-you-are-now
- A Facebook album of many lovely photos at https://www.facebook.com/pg/Anglican-Conversation-Diocese-of-New-Westminster-130319853684475/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1970110703038705.
For those who prefer paper keepsakes, printed copies of the article and sermon will be available this Sunday in the back of the church.
Office Christmas Break
Please note that the parish office will be closed from Dec. 26 through Jan. 2. During this time, for pastoral emergencies, please call Vivian at 604-723-5029, and for other urgent parish matters please email Geri and Ruby at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com or Vivian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Jesus, may the light of your love always shine in our hearts. As Christmas draws closer we marvel at your great love for us. Let your love transform every aspect of our lives and touch everyone we encounter. Our hearts are open to you Jesus. Amen. From the Dynamic Catholic web site.
The curry puff-making session on 8th December went off with a bang.
While waiting for the puffs to be ready, we sat down for a brain-storming session on how we would envision utilizing our facility to engage with the community. Those who were laying the carpets were treated to our sumptuous creations!
There are plans for more sessions in 2019 with Perogies, Pot Stickers and Cabbage Rolls on the menu. Watch this space.
A shout-out to all who helped with the carpeting of the vestry on a Saturday morning and at short notice. Special thanks to Brad Morrow (Rosa’s son) who always find time to help out at our Parish.
New Members for the Altar Guild
The members of St John’s Altar Guild are looking for some new members to join us. We work in groups on a 4 week rotating schedule, usually on a Saturday morning, arranging flowers, cleaning the brass, setting up for the Eucharist and laundering the Altar linens. Please speak to a member of the Altar Guild if you are interested in joining us.
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 January:
- 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
- cans of vegetables
Bring your offerings on Sunday, drop off during the week Monday through Thursday 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, or give some money to this ministry towards the purchase of fresh products.
The Anglican Church, the Diocese of New Westminster, Archbishop Melissa Skelton;
* St. Stephen the Martyr, Burnaby – The Reverend Ruth Monette
* St. Stephen, West Vancouver – The Reverend Canon Jonathan Lloyd
* St. John the Evangelist, North Vancouver – The Reverend Patrick Blaney, The Reverend Juanita Clark
* St. John the Divine, Maple Ridge – The Reverend Laurel Dahill
* St. John the Divine, Squamish – The Reverend Nicholas Parker
* St. John, Shaughnessy – The Venerable John Stephens, The Reverend Pitman Potter
* Our partner Diocese of Northern Philippines, Bishop Brent Alawas, and especially the people of our twin church at St. John’s Mission, Bila, Mountain Province;
*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 December 23, 2018 – 4th Sunday of Advent
Micah 5:2-5a; Canticle 18 (Luke1:47-55); Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke1:39-45
Readings for December 30, 2018
1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26; Psalm 148; Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 2: 41-52
Important Contact Information
Rector – The Rev. Vivian Lam email@example.com or 604-936-7762
Parish Office- Kelly Million firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-936-7762: 9:30 am- 1:30 pm Mon. – Thurs.
Rector’s Warden- Geri Grigg email@example.com
People’s Warden – Ruby Ng firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer – Cedric Miller email@example.com
Envelope Secretary – Sheila de Vaal firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Council – Adelaine Miller, Secretary email@example.com
Altar Guild – Brenda Binns firstname.lastname@example.org
St. John Prayer Circle – Sue Elliott email@example.com
Pastoral Visiting Ministry – Joanne Walton/Alma Oldenburg firstname.lastname@example.org
Anglican Church Women (ACW) – Sue Hall 604-936-0176 ACW@stja.ca
Children Ministry /Godly Play – Christina Anchor email@example.com
Prayer Shawls – Rosa Weisensel firstname.lastname@example.org
Bible Study – Lynne Milner email@example.com
Food Bank – Lynne Milner firstname.lastname@example.org
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