The E-Postle January 27, 2019

St. John Port Moody

The Third Sunday after Epiphany


January 27, 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

Tuesday, Jan 29           10:15am-noonBible Study in the parish hall

Friday, Feb 1               6:30-8:30pmParish Council meeting

Monday, Feb 4            9:30amA.C.W. Spring Cleaning of the church

Sunday, Feb 17            after the 10:00am serviceAnnual Vestry Meeting

Thursday, Feb 21        1:30pmA.C.W. meeting

Sunday, Feb 24            12 noonChinese New Year celebration lunch



Stewardship Reflection

From Henri Nouwen:

“The church is one body. Paul writes, ‘we were baptized into one body in a single spirit’ (1 Corinthians 12:13). But this one body has many parts. As Paul says, ‘if they were all the same part, how could it be a body? As it is the parts are many but the body is one’ (1 Corinthians 12:19). Not everyone can be everything. Often we expect one member of the body to fulfill a task that belongs to others. But the hand cannot be asked to see nor the eye to hear. Together we are Christ’s body, each of us with a part to play in the whole (Corinthians 12:27). Let’s be grateful for our limited but real part in the body.”

Question: Do you know your part to play in the whole?

Holy Spirit help us to discern what our gifts are so that we may use them in our church.



Chinese New Year Celebration Lunch

We will be ushering in the Year of the Pig this coming month in February.  As with tradition, a lunch celebration will be held at Lougheed Wonton Restaurant, 2408 St John’s Street on Sunday 24th February 2019 at 12 noon.

Tickets are on sale at $15.00 per person and may be obtained from May Chin or Ruby Ng.



Office Administrator

During the interim period before we hire our new Administrator, we are looking for parishioner volunteers to help in the office during the week. Thank you for those who have begun volunteering already! Please speak to Vivian, Ruby, or Geri if you are interested and able to assist, whether just one or two times or on a weekly basis. General tasks include answering phones, sorting mail, printing/assembling worship bulletins, garbage/recycling bins, general filing and tidying. Other more specialized tasks (for those with these gifts) include answering emails, creating bulletins, creating the epostle, updating website/facebook.

The official job posting for this part-time position will be available shortly; please continue asking around now in your networks for anyone who might feel called to join our ministry team in this role.



Parish Council nominations

Nominations for Parish Council are now open. There are two vacancies to fill but as always positions on Parish Council are elected at Vestry. Please see Geri or Rosa if you are interested.



A.C.W. News

The next A.C.W. meeting will be held on Thursday, February 21st at 1.30 pm.  Please remember to bring in your United Thank Offering for our annual donation to the Diocesan A.C.W. outreach program.

We continue to collect clean and gently used clothing, bedding and towels to donate to the Bales To The North outreach through A.C.W. Place. If you have any items to donate please label them “For A.C.W.” and leave them outside of the corner storage cupboard in the Sunday School area. We also collect used stamps and eyeglasses, aluminum pull tabs, and sample size toiletries. The collection baskets for these items are located on the small shelving unit near the A.C.W. cabinet in the church hall.

The A.C.W. ladies are organizing a ‘Spring Cleaning’ of the church on Monday February 4th at 9.30 am. If anyone feels inclined to shake up a little dust or sweep clean with a new broom, you would be more than welcome to join us.



Food Bank Bread Help Needed

Help is needed! We are in need of more people to help to collect the bread for the Food Bank from Cobs Bakery on alternate Tuesday evenings at 8 pm and deliver it to the church. This takes approximately ½ to ¾ of an hour to complete depending on how much bread is to be collected. Ability to lift the bins, which are a moderate weight, is required. If you are interested in helping out, please talk to Teri Hazelton or Ann Adair-Austin.



Healing Pathway workshop

Trinity United Church in Port Coquitlam is offering a weekend workshop on Phase 1 of Healing Pathway on Friday Feb. 8, 7pm-9:30pm; Saturday Feb. 9, 9am-5:30pm; and Sunday Feb. 10, 1pm-5pm. Phase 1 is an introduction to the basic concepts of healing hands within the Christian Tradition with an emphasis on learning to be a healing presence and instrument of God’s healing power. The fee for the weekend course is $225.00.  If you are interested in finding out more please visit the website at or look at the pamphlet on the Community Information bulletin board in the hall at St. John’s.  You can also speak to Mary Lou or email her at



Cold Weather Shelter volunteers needed

This March, St. Laurence, Coquitlam (with the Hope for Freedom Society) will host the Mat program at St. Laurence. The Mat Program provides shelter for up to 30 homeless persons each night. Volunteers are needed every day to provide a hot evening meal, breakfast, a bag lunch and clothing for shelter clients. Volunteers for shifts in the morning (5:30-7:30am) and evening (9-11pm), donations of goods, financial help, and prayers are all welcome. A volunteer orientation session for those interested will be on Saturday, Feb. 9, 10-11am at St. Laurence (825 St. Laurence Street, Coquitlam). Sign-up sheets for volunteer shifts will be available then. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Program coordinator Julie Chuter at or 604.939.2788.

Mary Lou from St. John’s is planning to volunteer for some evening shifts–maybe we could make a group from St John’s to take on some shifts. Even if you cannot volunteer for a shift, we will be needing helpers to make sandwiches for the bag lunches. If you are interested in helping out, please speak to Mary Lou or write an email to



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 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, 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, the Diocese of New Westminster, Archbishop Melissa Skelton;


This week:

*       The Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and the Yukon and its dioceses and bishops:

  • The Diocese of British Columbia – The Right Reverend Logan McMenamie
  • The Diocese of Caledonia – The Right Reverend David Lehmann
  • The Diocese of Kootenay – The Reverend Lynne McNaughton (Bishop-elect)
  • The Territory of the People – The Right Reverend Barbara Andrews
  • The Diocese of New Westminster & Metropolitan – The Most Reverend Melissa Skelton
  • The Diocese of the Yukon – The Right Reverend Larry Robertson

*       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 January 27, 2019 – Third Sunday after Epiphany

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21


Readings for February 3, 2019 – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Jeremiah 1:4–10; Psalm 71:1–6; 1 Corinthians 13:1–13; Luke 4:21–30


Important Contact Information

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

Parish Office – or 604-936-7762

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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