The E-postle September 29, 2019

The E-postle September 29, 2019

St. Michael & All Angels


September 29, 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, September 29            Orange Shirt Day Sunday

                                                9:30am (outside) – Prayers for Creation in preparation for upcoming tree pruning

                                               after the 10 am service – Pastoral Visiting Ministry team meeting

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

Tuesday, October 1                 10:15am–12noon – Bible Study in the Parish Hall

Saturday, October 19              5–8pm – All-Ages Parish Games Night

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



Stewardship Reflection

~Loyalty to God~

1 Corinthians 16: 13-14 – “Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.”


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 this Sunday, September 29. For more info, please log onto:


Prayers for the Children Who Did Not Return Home 

Primate Linda Nicholls and Archbishop Mark MacDonald have written a pastoral note to the Anglican Church of Canada to tell us that on Monday, Sept. 30 (Orange Shirt Day) at 10am EST in the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation will hold a ceremony to honour all the children who did not return home from the Residential Schools. The ceremony will include, for the first time, the sharing of the first known names of children lost to the schools. This is a significant spiritual event and calls us to join in heart, mind, and soul to honour and remember the children.

Archbishop Melissa Skelton has asked that all in our diocese offer prayers for the children who did not return home from the residential schools, from Sept. 27 through Sept. 30—at church, with our families, or in individual prayer—and that on Sunday, September 29, we remember the children in all our churches.

The Archbishop has offered the following suggested prayers:

For the Children Who Didn’t Return Home

Our dear brothers and sisters. We have missed you being with us, so very much and for so long. There have been times when we have cried in loneliness for you. We have felt hurt and pain, thinking of your suffering. There have been times when we cried to God for you and for justice. Now, we join together to surround you with our very best thoughts and prayers, praying for you and for the very best for you. We also pray for ourselves, who miss you so, and for the Land, that needs God’s healing. We pray that you would be at rest and peace. We remember you now. We will always remember you.

Prayer for the Children Who Didn’t Return Home

Almighty God, we remember before you all the children – our dear relatives – who did not return home from the Residential Schools. May you remember their suffering and pain. May you grant them rest in the Land of Peace. May you surround them with beautiful and sacred love and joy. We pray to you also for ourselves and our children. At a time like this we remember we need your Spirit so very much. We pray to you, your Spirit prays through us, in the Name of Jesus, who suffered with us but raised us and will raise us with our departed loved ones. Amen.

She has also offered the following links for further information:


Thanksgiving Fruits and Vegetables 

The Altar Guild is planning to decorate the church for Thanksgiving on Saturday October 12th at 9.30 a.m. Donations of fruit and vegetables to display would be appreciated. Apples, oranges, potatoes, carrots, onions, squash, or pumpkins may be considered which will be distributed at the next Food Bank session. Soft fruits and vegetables with a ‘short shelf life’ are not recommended please. If you wish to do so you may make a donation to the Altar Guild through your envelope. Thank you.


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


Pruning and Cutting of Trees around Parish Property

Trees around the property are posing safety issues. A utility arborist has been consulted on the advice of BC Hydro, and has recommended the removal of the Cypress tree by the rear gate of the PMC and the small Hemlock by the fence between the parking lot and the PMC to clear service wires and cables. This will be carried out on 7th October from 8am.

In preparation for this work, some brief prayers will be offered outside at 9:30 am this Sunday 29th September to acknowledge the integrity of creation. Everyone is welcome.


Fall Book Study

In October and November, we are excited to be reading together Barbara Brown Taylor’s new book, Holy Envy. We invite you to come join us as we explore together her story of encountering various other religions as an Episcopal priest and as a college religion professor, and how her own Christianity informed and shaped that journey. There will be time and space for us also to reflect and share about our own journeys, and to consider how we as individuals and as a community share our faith with others, how we might respectfully and lovingly engage with and learn about other faiths, all the while deepening and strengthening our own walks with Jesus as we move through our wide and diverse world.

We will meet on 5 Tuesdays (Oct. 15 through Nov. 12), with one group in the mornings (10:15am-noon) at the church, and—if there is enough interest—we will also have an evening group (6-8pm) meeting in parishioner homes. If you’re interested in participating and/or helping out with either of these programs, please connect with Vivian in person or at

Note: we will be making a group order of the book (with the parish subsidizing part of the cost) – please let Vivian know by this Sunday Sept. 29 if you would like to be included in this order. The final cost of the subsidized book will be $10-15, and help is available for those for whom this would be a financial hardship.


Rector Away

Vivian is taking vacation from Tuesday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 9. Please connect with Sarah in the parish office at or Geri or Ruby at or 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 (Tues/Wed/Thurs 9am-1:30pm; Fri 9-11:30am) or Ruby at other times.

We are grateful to the Rev. Michael Chin who will be serving as presider and preacher at worship services on October 6.


Financial Status

As requested, we append below the financial status up to 31st July, 2019:

Statement of Income and Expenses as of July 31, 2019

INCOME $ 120,037 $123,533
EXPENSES $124,273 $ 124,192
Surplus (-) Loss – $4, 236 -$659


Offering for general funds $ 86,417 $101,617


$12,845 $ 11,200


Let’s Bag Hunger!

Join us in replenishing the shelves at our Food Bank by participating in the “Let’s Bag Hunger!” campaign. Pick up your paper bag at the entrance of the church (or use your own bag) and fill it with non-perishable items from now until Thanksgiving. Bring your bags back to the church on Sunday, Oct. 13, when we will bless these donations as part of our Harvest Thanksgiving worship service.


Games Night

Having a hard time finding someone to play chess, cribbage, Sorry, Jenga, Monopoly, Scrabble, Battleship, Operation, Pop the Pig or other games? Always wanted to learn? Come join us for a St. John’s Games Night on Saturday Oct. 19, 5-8pm, downstairs in the church hall. We will have all sorts of card and board games for adults and kids of all ages, and lots of conversation and chances to get to know each other in a fun way!

We will provide refreshments and light supper food; bring a snack or dessert to share if you can. Stay for all 3 hours or just stop by for part of the time.

Please RSVP by Oct. 13 at to help us plan well for food and space. Any questions, please email or speak with Amalia/Brian McGlashan or Amanda Mungal.

Let’s play!!


Fall Bazaar

November 2…the date for our Fall Bazaar is quickly approaching. If you are a baker, have things you no longer need in your basement or cupboards, would like to spend a day with your fellow parishioners and could spare some time working in the kitchen, at one of our tables, in the white elephant area, or in the Kid’s zone, we need you!!!!! Sign up sheets will go up soon!!!!

We will soon be collecting items for the white elephant sale…so if you missed cleaning out your cupboards and closets for the garage sale… you will get another chance. PLEASE REMEMBER, NO CLOTHING THIS TIME (save them for the next garage sale!!).

We are collecting items for gift baskets that we are making as prizes for this year’s raffle and are looking for assistance with this at this time. Some suggested items you could contribute are: specialty/gourmet food items such as pickles, relish, crackers, cookies, jam, napkins (preferably reusable), and chocolates, (NO ALCOHOL, PLEASE) and items for toiletry baskets, such as soaps, lotions, perfumed creams, colognes, etc. Raffle tickets will be available for sale soon after both services. You don’t want to miss out on this one!!!!

Our event cannot be a success without you, so please save the date and invite your friends and neighbours! If you have any questions or would like to know how you can participate in this event, please see Kristin Kuhn or call the office and someone will get you connected.


Deanery Fundraising Event

St. Timothy’s, Burnaby (4550 Kitchener Street) will be holding a Pasta Night and Silent Auction fundraiser this Saturday, Oct. 5, 6-9pm. Tickets are $30, and $10 for children 10 years and under. A three-course dinner will be served including antipasto, lasagne, salad and tiramisu. All are invited! Please contact their office at for more information.


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:

*        St. Michael, Surrey – the Venerable Luisito Engnan

*        St. Michael, Vancouver – the Reverend Wilmer Toyoken, the Reverend Eric Stroo

*        St. Francis-in-the-Wood, West Vancouver – the Reverend Angus Stuart

*        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 29, 2019 – St. Michael & All Angels

Genesis 28:10-17; Psalm 103:19-22; Revelation 12:7-12; John 1:47-51


Readings for October 6, 2019 – 17th Sunday after Pentecost

Lamentations 1:1–6; Psalm 137; 2 Timothy 1:1–14; Luke 17:5–10


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-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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