The E-postle October 27, 2019

The E-postle October 27, 2019

20th Sunday after Pentecost


October 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

Sunday, October 27                         Stewardship Pledge Sunday  and 3rd Stewardship Presentation on “Volunteering”

Monday, October 28                       7–9pm – Parish Council Meeting

Tuesday, October 29                       10:15am–12noon – 3rd “Holy Envy” Book Study in the Parish Hall

Saturday, November 2                   10am–2:30pm Parish Bazaar

Sunday, November 3                      All Saints’ Sunday

Wednesday, November 6             9:30am–12noon – Coffee & Crafts

Sunday, November 10                    Remembrance Sunday

Thursday, November 28                Family Advent event with Inlet United Church


Stewardship Reflection

Draw Near to God – by Glen Mitchell

Financial Stewardship is not simply a means to fund the activities of the parish. It is part of our identity as Anglicans. Our stewardship flows from our baptism and as we confirm our baptismal promises, stewardship becomes a way of life. That way of life acknowledges that all that we have, all we are, and our faith itself is a gift from God. What we make of those gifts has very much to do with our salvation. Jesus teaches us that it is simply not good enough to just accept those gifts and use them. We have to be the seeds that have fallen on fertile ground, grow vigorously and yield a good crop. This expectation applies to everyone, you and me, the weak or powerful, rich or poor.

God’s ownership of everything also changes the kind of question we ask in giving. Rather than, “How much of my money should I give to God?”, we learn to ask, “How much of God’s money should I keep for myself?” The difference between these two questions is of monumental proportion.


A Note from the Stewardship Team

The Stewardship Team would like to announce that Rich Thompson will be speaking on “volunteering” as it pertains to stewardship this Sunday, October 27. He will make his presentation before we submit our pledge forms this Sunday. We are pleased that he was willing to participate in this manner and we look forward to his insight and sharing on this topic. We hope you find these presentations helpful as we all consider our contribution and participation for the upcoming year at St. John’s.

The Stewardship Team would also like to remind you to bring back your stewardship forms to church this Sunday, October 27. These forms will  be presented during the offertory on Sunday. The envelopes can also be mailed back to the church, if you are unable to attend.

  • The Stewardship Team

“Lovingly sharing and creatively demonstrating our God-given gifts”


Nursery Room News

We have a redone Nursery room! A cozy corner, a play corner and a teaching table have been set up. A whole new set of faith-oriented toys and reading books and puzzles have been placed on the cleared shelves. Most of the old items that we felt would sell have been taken to the PMC for the Bazaar. A wooden play church is being made and some decorating will be done soon. We would like to keep this space as simple and uncluttered as possible and maintain supplies with a faith focus.


New Members for the Altar Guild

The members of St. John’s Altar Guild are looking for some new members to join us.  We work in groups on a 4-week rotating schedule, usually on a Saturday morning, arranging flowers, cleaning the brass, setting up for the Eucharist and laundering the altar linens. Please speak to a member of the Altar Guild if you are interested in joining us. Contact us at


Parish Council Message Re: Marriage at St. John’s

At our September 30 Parish Council meeting, following consideration of Archbishop Melissa Skelton’s pastoral letter of July 17, we had a strong, prayerful, and joyful consensus that we would like to make marriage between same-sex couples available at St. John’s, supporting our parish values of inclusivity and hospitality. We plan to move forward with this officially as of our November 25 Council meeting.

If you have questions about this, please see any Parish Council member (The Rev. Vivian Lam, The Rev. Anne Anchor, Geri Grigg, Ruby Ng, Cedric Miller, Mary Lou Kyle, Adelaine Miller, Tony Pellett, Sheila De Vaal, Rosa Wiesensel, or Brian McGlashan). If people feel the need and there is enough interest, we will consider further parish discussion on this matter.

For those who have asked, and for others who are interested, two links for further information:

  1. Archbishop Melissa Skelton’s July 17 pastoral letter
  2. “This Holy Estate” – document created by a national committee of the Anglican Church of Canada to offer background and grounding for consideration of the marriage canon amendment:


Financial Status

As requested, we append below the financial status up to 31st August, 2019.

Statement of Income and Expenses as of YTD to Aug 2019

INCOME $137,975 $141,833
EXPENSES $144,694 $141,833
Surplus (-) Loss -$6,719 $0


Offering for General Funds $97,606 $116,134
Offering for Property


$14,529 $12,800


Fall Bazaar – Saturday, November 2, 2019

The fall bazaar is almost here…one more week!!!!!!! Volunteer sign up sheets are still posted on the wall downstairs. Thank you to those that have already volunteered. We still are looking for volunteers to work in our White Elephant area (garage sale/thrift sale), to help in our Kid’s Zone, and to bake cakes for our cake walk. Also, we could use volunteers to help with set up between 10 am and 7 pm on November 1 and to help assemble goodie tins at 3 pm on November 1. We could also use volunteers that would like to be “floaters” the day of the bazaar and spell off our volunteers so that they can have their lunch, etc. Please consider volunteering for an hour or so, if possible,  in some capacity. It will be a lot of fun and we would love to have you involved!!!

This is the last chance to contribute used goods to our white elephant sale (like a garage sale). Please drop off donations during office hours at the PMC. PLEASE REMEMBER, NO CLOTHING FOR THIS SALE (save them for our annual garage sale!).

Raffle tickets are available after both services and are $2 per ticket. There are some really great prizes this year, so make sure you get some tickets or ask for a book of tickets to take to sell to your friends, family, and neighbours.

Please invite your family, friends, and neighbours and come and join with us to celebrate the creativity of our community and accept this presentation as our gift to our community and our neighbourhood. Thank you in advance for saving the date and for your support of this event!!!!


Gordon Shelter Donations Needed

A note from Patti Flanagan:

Betty Moore and I were at 3030 Gordon Homeless Shelter today working in the clothing donation room. There is a real need right now for men’s clothes. We realized the need when a man came to ask for a jacket and found only one available.

We especially need:

  • warm men’s and women’s jackets, especially ones with hoods
  • men’s sweaters, sweat shirts, sweat pants and hoodies
  • socks, gloves, hats/toques
  • men’s underwear
  • rain gear including boots and umbrellas

Donations can be brought to church and will be taken to Gordon House by Mary Kyle, Betty Moore, or myself.


SSJD Quiet Day at St. Stephen’s

You are warmly invited to a Quiet Day on Hospitality, led by Sister Amy Joy, SSJD at St. Stephen the Martyr, Burnaby (9887 Cameron Street) on Saturday, November 9, 10am – 2:30pm. Admittance is by donation and please bring a bag lunch. RSVP to or call Paula Porter Leggett at 604-278-2770 x 101 so that they can be prepared for you! Event details can be found at


Extreme Weather Shelter Program – Call for Volunteers

Together with the Tri-Cities Homelessness Task Group, and funded by BC Housing, Trinity United Church offers emergency hospitality of overnight shelter and meals to those in need Nov. 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020 (as Emergency Alerts are declared). For each day that the Alert is in effect, Trinity United Church will coordinate volunteers to provide a hot evening meal; a warm, safe place to sleep; breakfast; a bag lunch; and clothing for up to 20 homeless persons aged 19 years or older.

How You Can Help:

  • Volunteer for an evening or morning shift
  • Help monitor our grocery supplies
  • Help ensure bedding and blankets are cleaned
  • Make a financial contribution to the Church

Volunteer Shifts: Evening 9pm-11pm – 2 volunteers per shift; Morning 5:30am-7:30am – 3 volunteers per shift.


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 Bishop.

The Diocese of New Westminster – the Most Rev. Melissa Skelton, Archbishop, and Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of BC and Yukon.

And this week:

*          All Saints, Ladner – The Reverend Liz Hamel

*          All Saints, Agassiz – The Reverend David Price

*          All Saints, Burnaby – The Reverend Justin Cheng, The Reverend Gordon Barrett

*          All Saints, Mission – The Reverend Paul Bowie, The Reverend Glen Nicholson, The Reverend Connie Wilks

*          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 October 27, 2019 – 20th Sunday after Pentecost

Joel 2:23–32; Psalm 65; 2 Timothy 4:6–8, 16–18; Luke 18:9–14


Readings for November 3, 2019 – All Saints’ Sunday

Daniel 7:1–3, 15–18; Psalm 149; Ephesians 1:11–23; Luke 6:20–31


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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