The E-postle February 25, 2018

The E-postle  February 25, 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”

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Welcome Back, Gary

The Rev. Gary Hamblin is taking services on Sunday February 25 while Stephanie is on retreat with some members of the parish.  Gary bridged the gap between the Rev. Grant Rodger’s departure and the arrival of the interim priest, and we welcome him and his wife Joy back to minister here.


Upcoming Dates

February 25- 8:30 am & 10 am, guest presider the Rev. Gary Hamblin

February 25- noon, Lunar New Year lunch at Lougheed Wonton Restaurant

February 26- 7-9 pm, Parish Council Meeting.  All welcome

February 26- 1:30 pm, Seniors’ Tea

February 28- 11 am, funeral for Fran Gordon at St. Johns with reception to follow

March 3- 1 pm, World Day of Prayer at Good Shepherd Lutheran, 1504 Sprice Ave, Coquitlam

March 4- 10 am, commissioning of new Parish Council

March 18- 12:30 to 2:30 pm, Sexual Misconduct Policy workshop at St. Laurence

March 21- 9:30 am onwards, Spring Clean-up of the church

March 24- Parish Council Retreat at deacon Anne’s home

April 29- Episcopal Visit and Confirmations with Bishop Melissa Skelton

World Day of Prayer 2018 Next Week

This year Christians around the world are offering prayer for and with the people of Suriname, a small country in north-eastern South America.  The theme is “all God’s creation is very good” from Genesis 1.  Suriname is directly affected by climate change, especially rising sea levels, and the worship educates and encourages us to reduce, re-use, and recycle as a Christian response to this global crisis.  The local service is at 1 pm on Friday March 3 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1504 Sprice Ave. Coquitlam.


Bits of Coins for the Birds Nest

Collection boxes are available at the door of the church along with a recent newletter for those who want to practice the Lenten discipline of almsgiving by saving change for the ministry of the Birds Nest.  This home in Maple Ridge provides accommodation and support to indigenous young people accessing educational opportunities.


Stewardship Reflection

Will you persevere in resisting evil, and whenever you sin, repent and return to God?  

                                                            – baptismal covenant of the Anglican Church of Canada


How do we need to practice forgiveness and generosity of spirit this week?


Recent Parish Events Raise Money for Ministry

Pancake Supper – 39 people showed up. We collected donations of $189 and the cost was less than $40.   Next year- feeding the five thousand?

Food Bank donations – A family raffled chocolate and cookie hampers at their Chinese New Year reunion dinner and collected more than $200 for St John’s food bank.  Thank you to all who participated.

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; Council of the North Diocese of Quebec with its indigenous and French-speaking congregations,

* our partner Diocese of Northern Philippines, Bishop Brent Alawas, and especially the people of our twin church at St. Johns Mission, Bila, Mountain Province;

* Diocesan Bishop Melissa Skelton and this week:

St. David, Delta – The Rev. Tim Dutcher Walls, The Rev. Steve Thompson

St. Chad, Vancouver – The Rev. Paulina Lee

*In our parish:

The new Parish Council

The work of the Canonical Committee

*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 March 4, 2018        Lent 3

Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22


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&

or through the parish office

Treasurer– Chelsea Belyk

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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