The E-postle August 25, 2019

The E-postle August 25, 2019

11th Sunday after Pentecost


August 25, 2019


“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

Sunday, August 25                           8:30am – Morning Prayer, 10am – regular Eucharist

Monday, August 26                         7–9pm – Parish Council Meeting

Tuesday, August 27                         10:15am – 12noon – Bible Study in the Parish Hall

Fri & Sat Sept 6&7                            9am – Parish Development School

Sunday, September 8                       “Back to School and Church” Sunday with Parish Picnic after the 10 am service

Thursday September 19                    6 pm- ACW Annual Pot Luck Dinner

Sunday, September 29                      Orange Shirt Day Sunday


Stewardship Reflection

Isaiah 43:1
“You are mine”
All that we are and all that we have belongs to God. God has claimed us and promises to be with us; thus, we are not alone in our work of stewarding God’s creation.


Thank you from the Stewardship Team

Week Four

In this the fourth week of our series of thank you’s to all those who give time, expertise and care to St John’s community, we are sending our thanks to the clergy team and all the staff who strive so diligently and consistently for all of our benefit. To our priests and deacons, musical director, administrator, and our janitor, your care and commitment to our spiritual, emotional, mental and physical well-being is deeply appreciated. Yes, we know that some of you are paid to be here, but we know too that the level of dedication and care you give cannot be bought with money. Thank you for being the wheels that keep us running so smoothly and for keeping us forward pointed toward God.


EfM – Education for Ministry

There is still time to register for EfM. Our first seminar will be on Wednesday Sept 11th. This year, the program of Christian Education and discernment will be examining how we … Live as Spiritually Mature Christians. Along with discussion of scripture and church history, morals and ethics and recent theologies this will be the point of focus throughout the year.

We have participants from parishes, St Stephen and St Laurence, from the deanery which makes classes that much more exciting.

If you are interested and wish for more information, please speak with Debora Jones-Akiyama or Anne Anchor; or emails may be directed to deacon@stja.


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. Contact us at


Rector Away

Vivian is taking vacation from Monday August 12 through Sunday August 25. Please connect with the parish office at or Ruby at for routine parish matters during this time. For pastoral emergencies, to be connected to the on-call priest, please call Ruby after hours.

Please be sure to give a warm welcome to the Rev. Bryan Rivers who is serving as supply priest at the 10am service on August 25 (there will be Morning Prayer at the 8:30am service that day).


Admin Assistance Needed

As previously announced, our Office Administrator is away on sick leave and will be for a while. We could do with some help in the office, responding to emails and answering the phone. If you can spare a few hours in the weekday-mornings, please let Ruby know and she will arrange for a slot that is mutually convenient.


Coming Events

Parish Picnic on 8th September – A day when we celebrate End of Summer and “Back to School and Church”. Please invite loved ones and friends to fellowship with your church family. Sign-up sheets will be posted at the church hall. Do sign up so we can plan for enough food!


A.C.W. Pot Luck Dinner

The A.C.W. will be hosting our annual Pot Luck Dinner in the Church Hall on Thursday September 19th at 6 pm. Please bring a contribution to the meal to share with everyone. There will be a short meeting following the dinner. For any further information, please talk to Sue Hall or Ann Adair-Austin.


Orange Shirt Day on 29th September

It is the time of year that we remember indigenous children who were taken from their homes to residential schools. Orange Shirt Day has become an annual opportunity to honour the survivors whose families and communities have been impacted by the residential school system. If you have an Orange shirt or blouse, please wear it to church. For more info, please log onto:

You can also buy a shirt from this site.–buttons.html


Parish Values

Our Parish Council has been working together over the past couple of months to create a draft of our “parish values”.  Parish values are a way for us to articulate “why” we do the things that we do, and will help clarify our parish decision-making in the future. These values will be on display in the parish hall for the next few weeks, and we invite everyone to take a look and give us feedback on them, as well as ask friends in the wider community for their feedback. Parish Council will be finetuning the parish values at our August meeting, incorporating this feedback.


Thrifty Foods – Smile Card Fundraising Program

Most of you are aware that we received a grant from Thrifty Foods every year as a result of our participation in the Smile Card program.

5% of what we spent using the Smile Card is credited to our “Parish Grant” and we received amounts ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 each year.  We have used the Grant toward the purchase of the sound system, hand bells, community kitchen utensils and will be purchasing a BBQ set for our upcoming picnic. The previous one was not working that well! 🙂

If you or your family members shop at Thrifty’s, and would like a Smile Card, please come and see Bonnie or Brenda Binns for more info on how the program works.

No credit checks and you will get a card instantaneously!


Stewardship Team

The stewardship team has begun meeting to develop a plan for this year and we are looking for volunteers to join us. Our hope is to ignite and explore passion as a reason for participating in our church family and to begin to realize each individual’s God-given unique talents and abilities that we can use to support our church and our mission in the world. If there is anyone who would like to join us in our efforts, please speak to or email Kristin Kuhn, Natasha MacDonald, or Tony Pellett, or call or email the parish office and they will hook you up with us. Come join us…it will be fun!!


Proteins needed for St. John’s 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. John’s Food Bank.

  • 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, arrange with the office to drop off during the week, or give some money to this ministry towards the purchase of fresh products.


Prayer Cycle

The Anglican Church of Canada – the Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, Primate, and the Most Rev. Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Bishop.

The Diocese of New Westminster – the Most Rev. Melissa Skelton, Archbishop, and Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of BC and Yukon.

And this week:

*          St. Augustine, Marpole – The Rev. Sharon Salomons, The Rev. Christine Magrega

*          Our partner Diocese of Northern Philippines, Bishop Brent Alawas, and especially the people of our twin church at St. John the Evangelist Mission, Balugan;

*          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 25, 2019 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 1:4–10; Psalm 71:1–6; Hebrews 12:18–29; Luke 13:10–17;


Readings for September 1, 2019 – 12th Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 2:4–13; Psalm 81:1, 10–16; Hebrews 13:1–8, 15–16; Luke 14:1, 7–14;


Important Contact Information

Rector – The Rev. Vivian Lam – or 604-936-7762

Deacon – The Rev. Anne Anchor –

Office Administrator – Jennifer Green – or 604-936-7762 (Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm)

Rector’s Warden- Geri Grigg –

People’s Warden – 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/Alma Oldenburg –

Anglican Church Women (ACW) – Sue Hall – 604-936-0176 or

Children’s Ministry /Godly Play – Christina Anchor –

Prayer Shawls – Rosa Weisensel –

Bible Study – Lynne Milner –

Food Bank – Lynne Milner –


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