The E-Postle May 5, 2019

The E-Postle May 5, 2019

Third Sunday of Easter


May 5, 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, May 7           10:15am–12noon – Bible Study in the Parish Hall

Saturday, May 11        2–4pm – ACW Annual Spring Tea

Thursday, May 16       7pm – ACW meeting

Fri- Sat, May 24-25      (at Italian Cultural Centre) Diocesan Synod

Monday, May 27         7–9pm – Parish Council meeting


Stewardship Reflection

For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.  Ephesians 2:10

“Can we truly be who and what we were meant to be? Yes, if we first remember whose we are, and to make everything we do a poem of good works, which God has prepared to be our way of life.”

  • Bob Bruinsma – retired professor of education, Kings University, Edmonton.


Rector Away

Vivian is currently away serving as an evaluator for the provincial Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination [ACPO] at Sorrento Centre from May 2 – May 5, and then traveling to the annual diocesan Clergy Conference in Whistler, from May 6 – 8. She will be checking email periodically, but for anything more urgent, please connect with Jennifer in the parish office during business hours (M-F 9am-1pm) at or wardens Geri or Ruby at or

Please also be sure to give a warm welcome to the Rev. Roberta Fraser who will be serving as supply priest on Sunday, May 5.


Napier Street Building Update

Napier Street has sold!  The former rectory of St. Margaret of Scotland, which was a rental property for several years, has been sold.  Following approval from the Vestry in 2018 and from the Diocese and also following lots of administrative work by your Parish Council, Housing Committee and the Diocesan staff, the property was listed.  The new owner is intending to renovate the house and live in it.  The Housing Committee has begun the process of looking for a new property, closer to the church.


ACW Annual Spring Tea

Please mark your calendar for the ACW Annual Spring Tea on Saturday, May 11th between 2:00 and 4:00 pm. Donations of baking and plants for the bake table and the plant table will be much appreciated and can be dropped off at the hall after 11:00 am on the day of the sale, or you can bring them in, between 1:30 and 2:00 pm when the sale starts.  As usual we are mentioning that our baked goods table is extremely popular and everything sells out very quickly so we count on the generosity of our great bakers.  Pies are in great demand as well as loaf cakes, cookies and squares or anything that is your specialty.  Please be sure to identify any baking and, particularly, label the plants that you bring in so we can identify them.  This year we are also adding a jewelry table. Thank you for your generosity.  Hope to see you there!


ACW General News

The next A.C.W. meeting will be on Thursday May 16th at 7pm. The discussion of disbursements of our finances to outreach will be on the agenda for this meeting.


Grounds, Painting, and Building Coordinators

As announced at Annual Vestry this year, we are grateful to Rich Thompson for his dedicated ministry as Property Coordinator for the parish. As Rich transitions out of the position, we have reworked it into 3 roles: 1) Grounds Coordinator, 2) Painting Coordinator, and 3) Building Coordinator.

A big thank you to Tony Lee for serving as our new Grounds Coordinator, and to Bob Kuhn for serving as our new Painting Coordinator. We are still recruiting for Building Coordinator (overseeing maintenance and repairs of our building) so if you have gifts in this area, please prayerfully consider it, and connect with Ruby or Vivian if you would be willing to serve or otherwise have any questions.

Also, if you are interested in helping out in any of the 3 areas in the future, please connect with the appropriate Coordinator.

Finally, with more people in the mix, we are moving to a more centralized coordination of parish maintenance needs – please contact Jennifer in the Parish Office with any repair requests/concerns, and she will make sure they are forwarded to the right person.


Request from the “Gardener”

If anyone has a weed trimmer/edger to spare or they no longer need, and would like to donate to the church, please connect with Tony Lee. You will have the privilege of a front pew for a whole year! (Editorial note: for the record, this particular “church indulgence” not endorsed by the Rector…)


Diocesan Annual Synod

The theme for Diocesan Synod 2019 is “Love One Another: Christ’s Body, the Church”, and it will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 24-25 at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. Laypersons elected at our Annual Vestry meeting as well as our clergy attend as delegates – please keep them and delegates from other parishes across the diocese in your prayers as we gather for this biennial governance meeting.

See for more information on synod, including some informational videos and documents for the meeting.


Knitted Blankets Needed for “Stakw – Water is Life” Closing Event

We have been asked by Tasha Faye Evans if we would please supply three blankets to be presented to the Elders at the final Ceremony for the Welcome Post project for this year on June 21st, National Indigenous People’s Day. We already have one volunteer knitter and would like two more. For more details about the blankets and to say you would be willing to knit a blanket, please contact Anne Anchor at

This final celebration will be at Rocky Point on Friday, June 21, 6:30-9:30pm, and will include a water blessing ceremony for the Burrard Inlet. We will hear 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.


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. See for more information.


Thursday, May 9 – Xaxatko: Water Spirit

7pm, Noons Creek Hatchery

A hiphop poetry multi-media performance with Ostwelve: Ronnie Dean Harris.


Friday, May 10 – Guided Canoe Culture Tour in Indian Arm

10am – 3pm – Cates Park Paddling Centre- 4141 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver

Heritage Paddle up the Inlet with Takaya Tours. Journey up the Indian Arm in traditional canoes led by cultural leader and skipper Dennis Thomas. Learn the history of the first people of the Inlet, hear their songs, and visit ancestral village sites and see the pictographs embedded in the rocks.

Preregistration required (tickets can be purchased via Meet at Cates Park and bring a lunch.


Thursday, May 16 – Archaeology and Ethnohistory of Port Moody Foreshore Parks 

7pm, Noons Creek Hatchery

Slideshow and presentation on the archaeology and ethnohistory of the Port Moody Foreshore with Dr. Stan Copp.


Sunday, May 26 – Gathering Medicines and Tea Making Workshop 

1pm, Noons Creek Hatchery

An exciting guided nature walk and tea making workshop with Cease Wyss. Note: Pre-registration is required at Eventbrite (link will be available soon via


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 May:

  • 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 Diocesan Management, Finance, and Property Committee – Bob Hardy (Treasurer and Chair), Rob Dickson (Staff);

*        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 May 5, 2019 – Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 9:1-20; Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19

Readings for May 12, 2019 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts: 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30


Important Contact Information

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

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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