The E-postle April 12, 2020
April 12, 2020
“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”
This Issue at a Glance
- Upcoming Dates
- Rector’s Note
- Stewardship: Stewardship Reflection, Community Phone-a-Friend, Easter Season Art Project, Volunteering in the Wider Community
- Worship: Video Meditation on the Stations of the Cross, Easter Sunday Worship, Online Worship & Prayer, Learning to Zoom Better
- Parish Matters: From the Wardens – Parish Giving, Order of the Diocese Nominations Open, Ongoing Updates Pages, Epostle – Writing/Editing/Design Volunteers Needed
- Parish Ministries: Food Bank Temporary Suspension & Ongoing Support Needed
- Community News: Welcome Post Project 2020 – XAPAYAY – Tree of Life
Note: All gatherings below take place online via Zoom unless otherwise indicated.
Sunday, April 12 8:30am & 10am – Easter Sunday Morning Prayer
Sunday, April 12 following 8:30 and 10am worship – informal gathering for final discussions on Lenten booklet and to reflect on the day’s worship
Tuesday, April 14 10:15am–12noon – Bible Study
Tuesday, April 14 7 – 8pm – Prayer Group
I have never been so glad to be at Easter Sunday as this year – if ever there was a time we needed the fact of Easter hope and new life and resurrection to keep our hearts and spirits buoyed it is now! I am so looking forward to celebrating with all of you in our new, virtual format at 8:30 and 10am Easter Sunday services!
This Epostle continues to bear witness to all the ways that we at St. John’s have creatively met our current challenges, continuing to be the Church even when not in our buildings – check out the Phone-a-Friend and Easter art projects if you haven’t already; there is also our Tuesday morning Bible studies and a new Tuesday evening prayer group, both meeting on Zoom. In our wider community, the Welcome Post Project has reinvented itself this year in an online format for ”XAPAYAY – Tree of Life”– I encourage you to take part in this ongoing program of reconciliation and learning with Indigenous communities around us.
Finally, I have been on a bit of a poetry bent these past several weeks – perhaps it is because poetry expresses so much and so richly in ways that simple prose cannot! I came across another great poem, this one by an Episcopal priest in Chicago. I’ll leave you all with this poem as together we embrace a new Easter in unprecedented times… let us hold fast to the power of God in Easter that always, always triumphs.
A Coming Alleluia, by Erika Takacs (https://earthandaltarmag.com/posts/a-coming-alleluia)
They say there will be no Easter this year.
No lilies to fill a bright room
with a fanfare of pollen.
No garden, no angel,
They say that our journey
born in sackcloth and ashes
will lead us at last
And so we sit worried
that the tomb, this year,
will be found, for once,
That Mary and the others
will leave with their spices
and come back home with nothing.
That this year the women will finally end their work –
anoint and then
Ssh. Be still.
Do you not hear her?
Clucking close by like an old mother hen,
brooding and sighing and
stretching her wings?
Fear not, she says,
for I did it before –
in the silence
in the dark
in a closed and locked room
in a world that had known
Did I not once prove
once for all
that there is nothing you can do,
no decision you can make
(for good or for ill)
that can stop
From Sunday by Sunday: Reflections on Stewardship, prepared by the Ven. Dr. Michael Pollesel:
Easter Day. John 20:1-18 or Matthew 28: 1-10
“The disciples had locked the doors for fear”. “Don’t be afraid”. So much of our modern culture, especially in this part of the world, seems to be based on fear. What would life be like, both personally as well as corporately, were we to live “as if” we had nothing to fear? As faithful stewards and disciples can we at least try during these 50 Easter days?
Community “Phone a Friend”
Your St. John’s Stewardship Team are setting up a “phone a friend” service to those in our community who are feeling a bit disconnected during these days of physical distancing. We are organizing small teams willing to call a few people each week to “check in” and help relieve some of the loneliness that is inevitable in the current circumstances. At the moment, we have half a dozen people that have come forward wanting to receive a call or make calls for us. We would also like to hear from you if you are already calling people everyday and encourage you to participate formally in our efforts to stay connected. We would like to make sure no one out there is left out.
If you feel that this is something you would like to be a part of, please contact Kristin (firstname.lastname@example.org or cell: 778-957-8987) or Natasha (email@example.com or cell: 604-961-6630) and we will get you set up.
We know that the caring community that is St. John’s will not leave any of its people feeling more separated than is absolutely necessary. “Distance means so little when people mean so much.”
Thanks in advance from your Stewardship Team.
Easter Season Art Project
Your stewardship team has been working hard to come up with some meaningful projects to engage the whole parish, including our children. We have developed a project we would like to introduce that relates to the Eastertide period. We are looking to develop a series of weekly themes, starting on Easter Sunday, with the first theme of “Easter”. The next 3 themes are: “Joy”, “Family”, and “Thanks”. We are going to collect pictures from children, or from anyone out there who would like to be creative, to display online for all of our parishioners. Amanda Mungal actually had the wonderful idea that once the pictures have been created and submitted online, they could then be put up in the windows of our homes so they would be visible for our neighbours and friends to see.
Any parishioner can submit a picture, so if there are any children or adults out there that would like to participate, we would welcome your Easter pictures to be submitted for this first theme. Themes will continue to be announced ASAP so that you all can keep creating! These pictures will probably be posted on Facebook and website and/or the Epostle… to be announced as plans roll out.
Let us know if you are willing to help with this project and how we can support you best. We are here for any questions, comments, or suggestions. We want to get this project started straight away friends, so start creating today and submit your creations to Kristin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Your Stewardship Team
Volunteering in the Wider Community
For anyone who is interested, there are several community programs outside of our church that are looking for volunteers to help people in our communities.
- Tricities Seniors Planning Network. The email is email@example.com. The contact person is Ken Kuhn (604) 949-0599.
- If anyone is interested in joining a Facebook group, “CareMongering-GVRD- Greater Vancouver Community Response to COVID19” is a group trying to organize people in their areas to help others. Here is a link to the group if anyone is interested in joining: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2516483731925883/
- Another similar Facebook group focusing on the Tricities is “Covid-19 Coming Together (Tricities, BC)” https://www.facebook.com/groups/2411295219093046/
- Keep an eye/ear out where you live. For instance, we have a notice board in our building that people can use to sign up to ask for help… be it picking something up if someone is going out for supplies or prescriptions… making a phone call to someone who is feeling lonely… or anything people choose to share.
With virtual hugs, warm thoughts, and many prayers for you all…
- Kristin Kuhn, on behalf of your Stewardship Team –
Video Meditation on the Stations of the Cross
We have worked this week with the young people of St. John’s to create a wonderful video of the Stations of the Cross. In addition to their voices, the meditation features the beautiful stations hanging on the walls of our parish.
We invite you to include this video as part of your Holy Week prayer. You can view it at https://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/news/meditation-on-the-stations-of-the-cross or https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=904236650006177 .
Easter Sunday Worship
We will be celebrating Easter Sunday together as a St. John’s family via Zoom on Sunday April 12, 8:30am & 10am. We encourage you to dress in your Easter best (however you define that in these unusual times!), and bring something colourful to wave in the air each time we hear the word, “Alleluia!”.
All Zoom connection and other information (including worship bulletins) can be found at https://www.stja.ca/2020/program-updates/.
Online Worship and Prayer
There are 2 ongoing ways to join in corporate prayer currently:
1. Sunday Morning Prayer on Zoom – 8:30am and 10am – To join us for Sunday worship, please download Zoom into your device and then at the gathering time, click on:
Meeting ID: 542 312 325
NOTE: You may also join us via telephone at 778-907-2071 (please have the above Meeting ID and password ready). You won’t be able to see everyone via video, but we will be able to at least hear each other’s voices.
A service leaflet and and scripture readings will be available by Saturday mornings at https://www.stja.ca/2020/program-updates/
2. Noonday Psalms & Prayer on Facebook – 12noon Mon-Sat – Every day (but Sunday) at noon on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StJohnAnglican, a brief video is posted, featuring a reading of a psalm and some time for prayer for those in our lives and in the wider world.
We encourage you to stop for a few minutes of your day to view the video at noon (or view it later if you can’t make it at that time). As with most things we’re trying out, this will be an experiment and feedback and ideas are welcome!
We’re looking for folks (of all ages) who would be interested in leading these psalms/prayers, so it’s not just Vivian all the time! Instructions will be provided. If you’re interested in being involved, please contact Vivian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning to Zoom Better
Some of us have not used Zoom before – never fear, we are all learning together!
A few tips we have learned over the past couple of weeks:
- Remember that everyone else in the Zoom meeting can hear (and see) everything around you! Please mute yourself (press the little picture of a microphone or hit your spacebar) if you are talking to a family member, receiving another call, or there is a lot of noise around you.
- Use only one device to connect with Zoom (or take 2nd device to another room). If someone else in your household is connecting to Zoom worship with a 2nd device and is sitting close to you, there is a lot of loud feedback noise for the rest of us.
- Relax, be patient, and laugh together! Worshipping with Zoom is not perfect – the sound will not be completely in sync, someone will invariably forget to mute themselves, some of us may get disconnected occasionally, and yet it is such a blessing to be able to connect to pray together in this time.
FYI the 2 main steps to connect via Zoom are:
- Download the Zoom app onto your device. You can use your smartphone, iPad, laptop, desktop computer, etc. Visit your device’s app store or download the app via https://zoom.us/. If you have an older machine (and especially with desktop computers) you may also need to attach a microphone or earphones/headset to fully participate.
- At the time of the gathering, click on the unique link for that gathering. Each event (e.g. worship, prayer workshop, etc.) has a different Meeting ID/password. See https://www.stja.ca/2020/program-updates/ for the Zoom links.
From the Wardens – Parish Giving
Thank you to all who have responded to our letter of 25th March with regards to continuance of offerings. (Letter can be found at https://www.stja.ca/2020/3-25-20-letter-from-wardens-re-parish-giving/)
We are pleased to let you know that in addition to PADs and cheques, we have now set up e-transfer directly to the church account. Should you be interested in this method of contribution, please contact Amalia email@example.com or Ruby at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Since our communication to you, Diocesan Council has approved financial assistance to Parishes. The basic details of the financial assistance package are as follows:
- the suspension of assessment payments for 5 months–from April 1 to August 31, 2020 for all parishes
- diocesan payment of the salaries of all stipendiary clergy through the end of May 2020 with the exception of those parishes in our diocese that have $750,000 or more in the Diocesan Consolidated Trust Fund or in other investment funds.
- the ability of parishes to draw up to 20% of their capital in the Diocesan Consolidated Trust Fund to use for parish operational expenses.
We will work with the Finance Office of the Diocese to apply for assistance if applicable.
Order of the Diocese of New Westminster – Nominations Open
The purpose of the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster is to honour and give special recognition to lay members of the Diocese who have given outstanding service over a significant period of time in their volunteer ministry. The Investiture Service is scheduled for 7th November 2020.
If there is someone in the parish that you would like to nominate, please let Vivian know at email@example.com. It would be helpful if you could write up a short biography (bullet points are fine) about why you are nominating the person. Applications to the Diocese will be closed by 29th May and we would appreciate receiving nominations by 15th May.
Eligibility Criteria are as follows:
- Member of the laity.
- Service in a volunteer capacity in the parish, and/or a number of parishes (on committees, parish councils, in special outreach, parish activities), and/or at the Diocesan level.
- Service over a significant period of time.
- Nominees must accept their nomination, be willing to have their names recorded in the Register of the Order, and consent to publicity of their investiture including publication of their photograph.
For more information, you may log on to: https://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/programs/the-odnw
Ongoing Updates Pages
There are 2 important pages on our parish website which will be updated regularly as we have new information (links to both pages can also be found at the top of our homepage www.stja.ca):
- Program & Worship Updates/Links – https://www.stja.ca/2020/program-updates/ – current information on programs, including Zoom meeting information for Sunday worship.
- Updates on Covid-19 at St. John’s – https://www.stja.ca/2020/updates-re-coronavirus/ – a collection of all special correspondence from Archbishop Melissa and from our parish re: actions that St. John’s and our greater diocese are taking with the Covid-19 virus.
Epostle – Writing/Editing/Design Volunteers Needed
We are looking for volunteers to help with putting together the e-postle each week, as well as work on improving layout and design and other aspects of our newsletter. Please connect with Vivian at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Food Bank Temporary Suspension & Ongoing Support Needed
The St. John’s Food Bank is not able to operate until further notice due to the COVID19 virus and the many restrictions that are in place for the safety of all our community and beyond. The Food Bank will resume when safe to do so and will continue to rely on the generosity of our parishioners. Please speak to Lynne Milner at email@example.com with any questions about the Food Bank ministry in general.
Since this ministry to our community is a priority for St. John’s, Parish Council has decided at our March 31 meeting to use funds that would normally have gone into purchasing food for our own Food Bank to support others who are able to continue to serve our community in this time. We will be giving $1000/month for April-June to SHARE Food Bank. Please continue to give generously to our Food Bank ministry so that in this time of great need we can continue to support this important work for the most vulnerable among us.
In the meantime, we have been informed about 2 local food programs that are currently still operating if you are interested in inquiring about other ways to help.
- SHARE Food Bank – https://sharesociety.ca/news/share-covid-19-update
- Club Freedom, a meal program run by CityReach Care Society, Broadway Church, and Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship – https://www.cityreach.org/clubfreedom. (To volunteer or donate food for Sun/Tues/Thurs contact Craig Savage at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-253-2700. To volunteer or donate food for Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat—contact Debbie Fell at email@example.com or call 604-942-5622)
Welcome Post Project 2020 – XAPAYAY – Tree of Life
This year, the weekly events are going on-line on Mondays 7:30 – 8:30pm. They can be accessed through the Noons Creek Hatchery Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Noonscreek/ or by going to Port Moody Ecological Society on-line https://noonscreek.org/, where it will bring you to the list of events and links on how to participate. The posting of the events will be updated weekly in the Epostle.
- Monday, April 13, 7:30 – 8:30pm – Odessa Shuquaya – Screening of “Cedar: Tree of Life” and Artist Talk. An award-winning documentary about cedar and the significance of this sacred tree in Coast Salish Culture.
- Monday, April 20, 7:30 – 8 pm – Salia Joseph – Cedar Medicine and Song
Once again I reflect on the similarities we have with Indigenous thinking. The theme for the project this year is “Tree of Life” and I am reminded of the song we sang at the beginning of Lent, “Tree of Life and awesome mystery”
- Anne Anchor
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:
* The Deanery of Kingsway, The Reverend Wilmer Toyoken, Regional Dean;
* 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 April 12, 2020 – Easter Sunday
Jeremiah 31:1-6; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 28:1-10
Readings for April 19, 2020 – Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31
Important Contact Information
Rector – The Rev. Vivian Lam – firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-936-7762 (church voicemail) or 604-723-5029 (cell)
Deacon – The Rev. Anne Anchor – email@example.com
Parish Office – firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-936-7762
(Office is closed at this time, but email and voice messages will be checked Tuesday – Friday)
Rector’s Warden- Geri Grigg – email@example.com
People’s Warden – Ruby Ng – firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer – Amalia McGlashan – email@example.com
Envelope Secretary – Sheila de Vaal – firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Council – Kristin Kuhn, Secretary – email@example.com
Altar Guild – Brenda Binns – firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Circle – Sue Elliott – email@example.com
Pastoral Visiting Ministry – Joanne Walton/Alma Oldenburg – firstname.lastname@example.org
Anglican Church Women (ACW) – Alma Oldenburg – 604-788-2562 or ACW@stja.ca
Children’s Ministry /Godly Play – Christina Anchor – email@example.com
Prayer Shawls – Rosa Weisensel – firstname.lastname@example.org
Bible Study – Lynne Milner – email@example.com
Food Bank – Lynne Milner – firstname.lastname@example.org
Building Repairs/Maintenance – Brian McGlashan, Building Coordinator – email@example.com
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