The E-postle November 24, 2019

The E-postle November 24, 2019

Last Sunday after Pentecost: The Reign of Christ


November 24, 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, November 24            after 10am service – Welcome Coffee Hour for Refugee ReSponse Family

Monday, November 25           7–9pm – Parish Council Meeting

Tuesday, November 26           10:15am–12noon – Bible Study (in the Parish Hall)

Thursday, November 28         5:30–7:30pm – Family Advent event with Inlet United Church

Sunday, December 1               8:30am – regular Eucharist; 10am – Advent Lessons & Carols service

Sunday, December 1               following 10am service – Annual Advent Wreath Workshop

Tuesday, December 3             1:00pm – Stewardship Meeting

Sunday, December 8               Mini “Bazaar Revisited” display – following the services


Stewardship Reflection

From Sunday by Sunday Reflections on Stewardship:

Last Sunday after Pentecost- The Reign of Christ. Luke 23: 33-43

The reign of Christ will be ushered in when we truly acknowledge Jesus as Lord of our lives, and allow ourselves or be directed by him and try to live as faithful stewards.


Stewardship Team

The Stewardship Team will be meeting the first Tuesday of every month at 1 pm in the PMC, The next meeting is Tuesday, December 3. We are actively looking for people to join our team. If you are interested in joining us but cannot because we are meeting in the afternoon, please let us know, as we will find a way for you to participate too! Please contact the office or speak to Kristin Kuhn, Natasha MacDonald, Rosa Weisensel, or Tony Pellett if you are interested in joining us.


Nov. 24 Welcoming Coffee Hour for Refugee ReSponse Family

We look forward to welcoming the new refugee family here at St. John’s during our 10am coffee hour this Sunday, Nov. 24. Please join us to meet the new arrivals and celebrate a new beginning in their new home country. Over the next several weeks, the family is being invited to visit with all the parishes in our deanery who have been involved in their sponsorship.

The family were greeted by their parents/grandparents and other relatives, as well as members of the ReSponse team when they arrived at Vancouver Airport roughly a month ago.

Please connect with Mary Lou Kyle if you/your family would like to spend some time with the family. Our responsibility as sponsors is to assist them in getting to know Canada. This includes things like taking them on outings to places like the library, rec center, parks, to local community events, perhaps a visit to downtown Vancouver or Fort Langley or out for a walk and a coffee. The adults would have some time during the week but events with the children would need to be on weekends. They require assistance taking transit until they become comfortable travelling on their own. One adult and a couple of the children speak some English but it is suggested that you load Google Translate on your phone to communicate with them in Persian.


Financial Status

Statement of Income and Expenses as of YTD to Sept 2019

INCOME $ 156,619 $ 160,200
EXPENSES $ 163,611 $ 160,200
Surplus (-) Loss -$ 6,992 $0


A.C.W. (Anglican Church Women) Calendar Fundraiser

The 2020 Anglican Church calendars are available to purchase for $7. Please see Sharon Cooper at the 8:30am service, or Antoinette Woodman or Joanne Walton at the 10am service if you would like to buy one.


Annual Advent Wreath Workshop

The advent wreath workshop will be held following the 10 am service on Sunday, December 1st. A base, oasis and greenery will be provided. Please bring snips or strong scissors to trim the greenery and also 5 candles and any other embellishments you wish to use. Please let Ann Adair-Austin (604 936 7256) or Amalia McGlashan (778 984 8418) know if you would like to attend.



The A.C.W. are collecting ‘Hot Socks’ (wool blend please) for the Mission to Seafarers. There is a basket at the back of the church to leave the ‘Hot Socks’ if anyone would like to contribute to this outreach. These will be delivered to A.C.W Place at the annual Christmas Open House on December 3rd.


Bazaar Revisited

The bazaar is over for this year…but the planning has just begun for next year. Come and check out the Bazaar Revisited on Sunday, December 8 after both services. We will have a display of bazaar items for you to peruse and purchase in case you missed the bazaar…and we hope that you will make suggestions or bring your ideas to us for what we can do at next year’s bazaar. If you are interested in participating in next year’s bazaar and would like more information, please contact the office or ask at the Bazaar Revisited coming up soon!


Joint Family Advent Event with Inlet United Church – Thursday, Nov. 28

We are excited to be partnering with our neighbours at Inlet United Church (formerly known as St. Andrew’s-IOCO) on a family-friendly event to get us in the spirit of Advent! We will be gathering in St. John’s parish hall this Thursday, November 28, from 5:30-7:30pm for supper, story-telling, music, and wreath-making. It will be a wonderful opportunity to fellowship with our United Church sisters and brothers – please come join us and invite friends and family!

Please RSVP by this Sunday, Nov. 24 with Sarah in the parish office at to help us plan well for food and setup.

And if you are interested in helping out at the event, please be sure to let Sarah know too!


Call for Volunteers – Cold Wet Weather Mat Program

During the month of January 2020, St. Laurence Anglican Church—together with the Hope for Freedom Society—will offer hospitality of overnight shelter and meals to those in need. Help will be needed for staffing of morning and evening shifts and for providing food, clothing or a financial contribution.

An Orientation and sign-up meeting will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 10:00 – 11:00 am at St. Laurence (825 Saint Laurence Street, Coquitlam).

Anne Anchor will be attending this meeting and selecting certain dates for providing lunch sandwiches. If others wish to attend to sign for an evening meal or working a shift, you will be more than welcome. If you are unable to attend and would like Anne to sign-up on your behalf please contact her at


An Advent Taste of Silence at St. Laurence – Saturday, November 30

You are invited to enter Advent within a setting of grace, stillness and reflection on Saturday, Nov. 30,

10am-3pm at St. Laurence Anglican Church (825 Saint Laurence Street, Coquitlam). The deep silence nudges us to say yes to what really matters in our precious lives. The day’s focus is on individual and personal relationship with God.  Further information is posted on the bulletin board or contact Christine Kesans at

604-944-7447 or or visit the COGV website:


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 Anglican Archbishop.

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. Catherine of Alexandria, Port Coquitlam – The Reverend Patricia Ratcliffe

*        Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver – The Reverend Helen Dunn, The Reverend Marnie Peterson, The Reverend Lois Boxill, The Reverend Dixie Black, The Reverend Jeffrey Preiss, The Reverend Alisdair Smith, The Reverend André Stephany

*        Christ Church, Hope – The Reverend Tim Morgan

*        St. Andrew, Langley – The Reverend Andrew Halladay, The Reverend Helen Lingham

*        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


Readings for November 24, 2019 – Last Sunday after Pentecost: The Reign of Christ

Jeremiah 23:1-6; Canticle 19 – Luke 1:68-79 (in place of the Psalm); Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43


Readings for December 1, 2019 – 1st Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44



Important Contact Information

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

Deacon – The Rev. Anne Anchor –

Office Administrator – Jennifer Green (currently on leave)

Interim Office Administrator – Sarah Golding – or 604-936-7762

                    (Office Hours during this interim time are Tues/Wed/Thurs, 9am-1:30pm & Fri, 9am-11:30am)

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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