The E-Postle June 9, 2019

The E-Postle June 9, 2019

The Day of Pentecost


June 9, 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, June 9            8:30am & 10am – Pentecost Sunday. Godly Play congregational story at 10am service

after 10am service (at the Waltons) – Parish Visiting Ministry meeting

Tuesday, June 11        10:15am–12noon – Bible Study in the Parish Hall

Saturday, June 15        2pm – Nigel Fung and Haruna Monri wedding

Sunday, June 16          8:30am & 10am – Trinity Sunday and Indigenous Day of Prayer. Presentation of icon to Trudi Shaw at 10am service

Thursday, June 20       6pm – ACW annual ‘wind up’ dinner


Rector’s Note

I am so excited about Pentecost this coming Sunday, one of my favourite feast days of the church year! I particularly love all the festivity that surrounds Pentecost Sunday, as we recall when the disciples received the fiery gift of the Holy Spirit – not a shy Spirit, that one! This was a Holy Spirit that, at that Pentecost long ago, was unmistakably and visibly glowing, dancing, and alive, and that empowered its recipients and enabled so many people to experience God’s presence in a life-changing way. That unmistakable presence of the Holy Spirit is what we hope for in our own lives as followers of Jesus today, and what guides us as we share God’s message of a love that breaks all barriers, out in the world around us.

This Pentecost at St. John’s, at the 10am service, we will be having a special congregational lesson in the “language” of Godly Play, inviting us to experience a different way to speak and hear God’s word…  we will also have some fun streamers that our younger members have made for us to wave around at opportune times! At both the 8:30am and 10am services we will have a communal renewal of our baptismal vows, to celebrate the foundations of our faith, and to ground us before we enter into what the Church calls “ordinary time”, the Sundays after Pentecost. This is that long stretch of time that will last through the end of November (when we will then begin the church year anew with Advent). During ordinary time, I often find that I need all the encouragement and help I can get from the Holy Spirit, as we move away from the excitement of the direct Jesus encounters of Easter season, and we adjust to a life of “what next?” after Jesus has departed for heaven.

This Pentecost, may we all feel the fire of the Holy Spirit burning deep within us, and may that Spirit empower us going forward through all the ins and outs of living and sharing our faith during ordinary time.




Stewardship Reflection

“We have not received the Spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.”

  • 1 Corinthians 2:12

“The Holy Spirit, whom Jesus promised to his followers, is the great gift of God.  Without the Spirit of Jesus, we can do nothing, but in and through his Spirit we can live free, joyful and courageous lives.  We cannot pray, but the Spirit of Christ can pray in us.  We cannot create peace and joy, but the Spirit of Christ can fill us with a peace and joy that is not of this world.  We cannot break through the many barriers that divide races, sexes, and nations, but the Spirit of Christ unites all people in the all-embracing love of God.  The Spirit of Christ burns away our many fears and anxieties and sets us free to move wherever we are sent.  That is the great liberation of Pentecost.”

  • Henri Nouwen

Nigel Fung Wedding

He left home a youth….soon will be a married man.  May and Nicholas Fung invite the St. John’s community to celebrate the marriage of their son, Nigel, and his fiancée Haruna, on Saturday, 15th June (2:00pm) at our parish.  Reception in the Church Hall to follow.  They will be honoured by your presence.


Trudi and Jeannette return to St. John’s

In the fall when we honoured Deacon Trudi Shaw on her retirement, we commissioned The Rev. Jeannette Stigger to write an icon of Julian of Norwich to be gifted to Trudi. Jeannette has now completed the writing and we will be presenting it to Trudi on Sunday, June 16th at the 10:00 service. Please plan to attend to give thanks to Jeannette for this work and to fulfill our farewell to Trudi.


Rector on retreat

Vivian will be away this week on retreat in Colorado from Monday – Friday (June 10 – 14). Please connect with Jennifer in the parish office at or Rector’s Warden Geri at for routine parish matters during this time. For pastoral emergencies, to be connected to the on-call priest, please call the office at 604-936-7762 during business hours (M-F 9am-1pm) or  leave a message for Geri during other times.


Parish Visiting Ministry

There will be a meeting for members of the Parish Visiting Ministry on Sunday, June 9th, after the 10am service, at the home of Joanne and Terry Walton.  If you have any questions, please contact Joanne.


EfM (Education for Ministry) Graduation service and ceremony

On June 3 at Holy Trinity Cathedral New Westminster, we celebrated the EfM graduation of our Rector’s Warden Geri Grigg and St. Stephen’s warden Colleen Butterley. This graduation represented the completion of Geri and Colleen’s four years of study with St. John’s Deanery group.

A diocesan article, including links to Archbishop Melissa’s sermon, and Facebook photo album can be found at:

A.C.W. Wind Up Dinner

The A.C.W. will be hosting their annual Chinese take-out, ‘wind up’ dinner on Thursday June 20th at 6pm. The cost will be $15. Please contact Sue Hall if you would like to attend.


Bottle Recycling

Good news! Juanita, our volunteer for our bottle recycling ministry, has returned and will resume periodic pickup of the bottles from the church and transportation to Biggar Bottle Enterprise in Port Coquitlam. St. John’s receives credit for each bottle recycled through this program, so thank you for your continued support.


Welcome Post Project’s Coast Salish cultural events

Join us as we embark on the Welcome Post Project’s second year of Coast Salish Cultural events. This year’s project is “Stakw – Water is Life” and is all about Water and the significance of water in Coast Salish culture and the way of life for all of our relations. Please see below for the remaining events and visit for more information.


Sunday, June 9 – Cedar Weaving Workshop 

1-4pm, Noons Creek Hatchery

Come learn traditional techniques of weaving with cedar into bracelets with Knowledge Keeper and artist, Tsawaysia Spukwus. Presented by Tasha Faye-Evans, project manager of the Welcome Post project.

Note: The event is $25 per person and pre-registration is required via –


Friday, June 21 – National Indigenous People’s Day – Community Paddle and Feast

6:30-9:30pm, Rocky Point

The final celebration for the “Stakw – Water is Life” project. Celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day in a canoe or watch from the Rocky Point pier as Ta-ah Amy George and Cultural Leader Charlene Aleck lead a water blessing ceremony for the Burrard Inlet. Hear the different songs and witness the traditional ocean-going canoes from neighbouring First Nations. Share in a community Feast, and enjoy live entertainment and a Give Away.


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:

*        Holy Spirit Anglican Church, Whonnock – The Reverend Tim Morgan

*        St. Columba, Pitt Meadows

*        St. Barnabas, New Westminster – The Reverend Emilie Smith

*        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 June 9, 2019 – The Day of Pentecost

Genesis 11: 1-9; Psalm 104:24-35; Acts 2:1-21; John 14:8-17

 Readings for June 16, 2019 – Trinity Sunday

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31, Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15


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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