The E-postle September 1, 2019

The E-postle September 1, 2019

12th Sunday after Pentecost


September 1, 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

Monday, September 2            Labour Day – Parish Office Closed

Tuesday, September 3            10:15am–12noon – Bible Study in the Parish Hall

Sunday, September 8              “Back to School and Church” Sunday with Parish Picnic (after the 10am service)

Thursday September 19         6pm- ACW Annual Pot Luck Dinner

Sunday, September 29            Orange Shirt Day Sunday

Monday, September 30          7–9pm – Parish Council Meeting


Stewardship Reflection

From Sunday by Sunday. Reflections on Stewardship from Anglican Revised Lectionary:

Luke 13:10-17 – As Stewards of all that God has given us, including Sabbath rest, how does our use of time let others see that we actually mean what we say, that we do what we talk about?


Thank you from the Stewardship Team

Week Five

Our final note in this series of thanks goes out to the entire congregation of St. John’s for coming with us on our journey. To everyone who fills a seat to worship with us, to everyone who sits among us and shares our commitment to love and serve our creator, for every dollar you have donated, every hour you have given, every gift you have shared, every prayer you have said, and every note you have sung, we wholeheartedly thank you. We can only be the “spirited community….transformed and sent out” that we strive to be because we all do this together. Your friendship is beyond price or adequate words. Thank you and God bless you

  • The Stewardship Team


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


Office Stat Holiday Closure

Please note that the parish office will be closed on Labour Day, Monday September 2, and will reopen on Tuesday September 3.


Admin Assistance Needed

Jennifer our Office Administrator is away on sick leave and will be for a while. We could do with some help in the office, responding to emails and answering the phone. If you can spare a few hours in the weekday-mornings, please let Ruby know in person or at and she will arrange for a slot that is mutually convenient.

During this time, the office will be on reduced hours, so should you need to stop by without a prior appointment, please call ahead to confirm someone is here beforehand. Thank you!


Thank You Bouquets

From Bob Kuhn: To all who helped with the garage sale – it was a tremendous amount of work and we could not have done it without so much support. Thanks to all who brought in items for sale, who helped with set up, and helping on the day of the sale, and with clean up, and to everyone who helped with tidying up. Some items were kept for the Fall Bazaar white elephant sale coming up in November. We made about $1,600 and have a set of snow tires still for sale. These are up on Craigslist and I will do my best to sell them and that money will add on to our total eventually. If anyone is interested in a set of 15-inch M&S snow tires on rims, please let me know!! Again, thank you so much for your help in making this event successful.


Parish Picnic on 8th September

A day when we celebrate End of Summer and & Back to School and Church. Please invite loved ones and friends to fellowship with your church family next Sunday September 8.

There will also be the annual Purple Spoon Contest for the best home baked/made desserts.

You may also want to bring some fruits and salad to share.

Sign-up sheets will be posted at the church hall. Do sign up so we can plan for enough food!


A.C.W. Pot Luck Dinner

The A.C.W. will be hosting our annual Pot Luck Dinner in the Church Hall on Thursday September 19th at 6 pm. Please bring a contribution to the meal to share with everyone. There will be a short meeting following the dinner. For any further information, please talk to Sue Hall or Ann Adair-Austin.


Orange Shirt Day

It is the time of year that we remember indigenous children who were taken from their homes to residential schools. Orange Shirt Day has become an annual opportunity to honour the survivors whose families and communities have been impacted by the residential school system. If you have an Orange shirt or blouse, please wear it to church on Sunday, September 29. For more info, please log onto: You can also buy a shirt from this site:–buttons.html


EfM – Education for Ministry

Last chance to register for this year’s EfM. Our first seminar will be on Wednesday Sept 11th.

This year, the program of Christian Education and discernment will be examining how we … Live as Spiritually Mature Christians. Along with discussion of scripture and church history, morals and ethics and recent theologies, this will be the point of focus throughout the year.

We have participants from the parishes of St. Stephen and St. Laurence from the deanery, which makes classes that much more exciting!

If you are interested and wish for more information, please speak with Debora Jones-Akiyama or Anne Anchor; or emails may be directed to


Sponsored Child

St. John’s has for many years sponsored a child through the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada.  Currently, we are sponsoring Fakihatu who is from Ghana and is 11 years old.

Fakihatu has asked for a pen pal and Breanna L. has graciously accepted the invitation. She will make a poster to update the Parish with information on Fakihatu. Thank you so much Breanna. You rock!


Thrifty Foods – Smile Card Fundraising Program

Most of you are aware that we received a grant from Thrifty Foods every year as a result of our participation in the Smile Card program.

5% of what we spent using the Smile Card is credited to our “Parish Grant” and we received amounts ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 each year.  We have used the Grant toward the purchase of the sound system, hand bells, community kitchen utensils and will be purchasing a BBQ set for our upcoming picnic. The previous one was not working that well! 🙂

If you or your family members shop at Thrifty’s, and would like a Smile Card, please come and see Bonnie or Brenda Binns for more info on how the program works.

No credit checks and you will get a card instantaneously!


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:

*       The Vocational Deacons; the Archdeacon for Deacons, the Venerable Bruce Morris; the Director of Diaconal Formation, the Reverend Sharon Salomons

*        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 September 1, 2019 – 12th Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 2:4–13; Psalm 81:1, 10–16; Hebrews 13:1–8, 15–16; Luke 14:1, 7–14


Readings for September 8, 2019 – 13th Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 18:1–11; Psalm 139:1–5, 12–17; Philemon 1–21; Luke 14:25–33


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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