The E-postle July 7, 2019

The E-postle July 7, 2019

4th Sunday after Pentecost


July 7, 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, July 9            10:15am–12noon – Bible Study in the Parish Hall

Sunday, July 14           at the 10am service – Baptism of Shiloh Alibaksh

Saturday, August 17    Parish Garage Sale


Stewardship Reflection

“Lord, You Give the Great Commission” by Jeffery Rowthorn (taken from

Lord, you give the great commission: “Heal the sick and preach the word.”
Lest the church neglect its mission and the gospel go unheard,
help us witness to your purpose with renewed integrity;
with the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work of ministry.

Lord, you call us to your service: “In my name baptize and teach.”
That the world may trust your promise, life abundant meant for each,
give us all new fervor, draw us closer in community;
with the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work of ministry.

Lord, you make the common holy: “This my body, this my blood.”
Let your priests, for earth’s true glory, daily lift life heavenward,
asking that the world around us share your children’s liberty;
with the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work of ministry.

Lord, you show us love’s true measure: “Father, what they do, forgive.”
Yet we hoard as private treasure all that you so freely give.
May your care and mercy lead us to a just society;
with the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work of ministry.

Lord, you bless with words assuring: “I am with you to the end.”
Faith and hope and love restoring, may we serve as you intend,
and, amid the cares that claim us, hold in mind eternity;
with the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work of ministry.


Summer Sunday Program with the Children

We will be offering a story-telling time with the young people in the Children’s Room during the regular 10:00 service. This will involve reading a book on Creation and doing some simple art work with them. If you like to be with children and are able to help out please contact Christina Anchor through


Education for Ministry (EfM)

The theme for this year of study will be focusing on “Living as Spiritually Mature Christians”.  Through this lens we will study scripture, church history and evolving theologies.

In this four-year program, one studies the Old Testament, the New Testament, the history of Christianity and different components to Christian theology. Your commitment is for one year at a time.

A key component to this course is Theological Reflection that gives you tools by which to reflect on your life, your faith, your personal belief and your actions from the perspective of “Living as Spiritually Mature Christians”.

The EfM program meets Wednesday 6:45 – 9:15pm here at St. John’s and runs Sept. to May. Fee is $350.00 per annum.

If you would like further info please speak to a program graduate, someone currently involved in EfM, or Deacon Anne Anchor (EfM mentor). If you would like to register, please also contact Anne at


Painting of the Parish Hall

A message from Bob Kuhn, Painting Coordinator:

Hi all. We are painting the hall !! Yeah !! I have a few volunteers to help with the project already. If you are willing or wanting to help and haven’t let me know yet, please call or email at (778) 838-8051 or We would love to have your help, especially if you have painting experience.

The plan is to prep the room for painting after church on July 14. If you have time to stay after the coffee hour and help with this job, we would love your help. On Monday and Tuesday, July 15 and 16, we will be painting, probably from about 9 to 4:30 both days (times are very approximate at this point and will be firmed up shortly). If you are available over those 2 days at any point and wish to help paint, please let me know and we will find a job for you!! If anyone has any drop cloths that they would be willing to lend out for this job, we could use a few more of those. Thanks ahead of time for all the support and help with this project.


Garage Sale

The garage sale is getting closer. The date is August 17. Please think about going through your closets, cupboards, basements, and garages, or wherever you might have the things you haven’t used in a while, and consider donating the items to this year’s annual garage sale!!!!  This year we are also collecting good, clean, consignment-worthy clothing and we will have a designated table for some higher priced treasures that may be worth a little more than the usual garage sale fare. Items can be dropped off at the PMC during office hours, Monday to Friday 9 am to 1 pm. PLEASE, NO FURNITURE OR ELECTRONICS.

There have been a few people questioning the reasoning for requesting no furniture. These items are difficult to store and then costly to dispose of after the sale. If you have a piece of furniture you wish to donate and you are willing to take it back home ON THE DAY OF THE SALE if it does not sell, please call Bob (778) 838-8051 or email him at and arrangements could be considered.


Camp Artaban

Don’t forget to suggest to your kids, grandchildren, and neighbours that a summer that includes camping is a summer to remember!

Camp Artaban is a camp that has had a long-time affiliation with our Diocese, and its purpose is to challenge children, youth, and adults, spiritually, mentally and physically in a camping context – all so that they may be brought into a closer relationship with God and each other in a loving community.

The camp is located on Gambier Island, a ferry ride from Departure Bay, and is a wonderful experience of nature for city children. There are weeks for all different ages, family camps, and lots of fun to be had!

You can find more information, including online registration, at You may also contact the registrar at or 604-980-0391.


Sacred Earth Camp

If you are or know of a young person aged 13 to 25 with a love for creation and the desire to grow new skills, check out Sacred Earth Camp. It is a two-week environmental leadership program for Indigenous, Settler and Migrant / People of Colour youth and young adults to get to know their bio-region, learn the climate justice issues in Southern BC, and grow the practical skills and spiritual practices for effective change.

Sacred Earth Camp has run for three summers with support from the Anglican Foundation, the Diocese of New Westminster, the Gish Peacemaker Fund and many individuals and parishes. Young people from diverse backgrounds have gathered for canoeing, conservation biology, native plant identification, wildcrafting, community-building and lots of fun.

Applications for the fourth year of Sacred Earth Camp are now available. The 2019 dates for camp are August 4-16. Week one will be at the Sorrento Centre on the Shuswap Lake in Secwepemc Territory. Week two will be on the Sunshine Coast and in Vancouver on Coast Salish Territory.

Please visit for more information and to register for the camp. If you require other means of applying, please contact or 778-885-9453.


The Mission to Seafarers

Operating at Vancouver Waterfront and Roberts Bank, the Mission to Seafarers brings help and hope, and installs a sense of peace and balance in the otherwise noisy and chaotic lives of seafarers. It is a diocesan-affiliated ministry of chaplains, staff, and volunteers who minister on the ships and out of 2 centres which are open every day.

There are many ways to support the Mission, including: ship visiting, transporting seafarers, attending fundraisers, knitting toques, donating to the Christmas at Sea Appeal, baking cookies, participating in the Cycle for Seafarers, and praying for the Mission and the seafarers and their families. For more information, contact the Reverend Peter Smyth, Senior Port Chaplain, at 604-253-4421 or, or visit


General Synod

Please hold in prayer the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, the triennial national meeting which will be hosted this year from July 10-16 here in Vancouver.

The liturgies, particularly the Opening Eucharist (this Wed. July 10, 7:30pm at Christ Church Cathedral) and the Closing Eucharist and Installation of the Primate (Tues. July 16, 4:30pm at Christ Church Cathedral) are open to all, so please feel welcome to attend. You may also wish to attend actual sessions of Synod which will be held at the Sheraton Wall Centre. There will be a public gallery for visitors; note that space will be very limited.

The Synod will also be live-streamed. From the comfort of your home or at several viewing sites (St. Dunstan, Aldergrove; St. Agnes, North Vancouver; Diocesan Office) you are able to watch, in real time, the work of Synod including the presentations and debates on proposed changes to Canons XXI (Marriage) and XXII (Indigenous Ministry). Check the diocesan website for more details about viewing sites and their hours of operation as they become available.

The draft Agenda for Synod can be found at


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. Fred Hiltz, Primate, and the Rt. 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.

This week:

*       The Legal Officers of the Diocese – George Cadman, Chancellor; Donald Paul, Registrar; Jennifer Dezell, Legal Assessor

*       Members of General Synod, taking place this week in Vancouver

*        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 July 7, 2019 – 4th Sunday after Pentecost

2 Kings 5:1-14; Psalm 30; Galatians 6: 1-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

 Readings for July 14, 2019 – 5th Sunday after Pentecost

Amos 7:7-17; Psalm 82; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37


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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