The E-postle January 12, 2020

The E-postle January 12, 2020

The Baptism of the Lord


January 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”


Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, January 14              10:15am–12noon – Bible Study (in the Parish Hall)

Thursday, January 16             1pm – ACW Annual General Meeting

Monday, January 27              7 – 9pm – Parish Council meeting

Sunday, February 9                after the 10am service – Annual Vestry Meeting

Sunday, February 16              after the 10am service – Chinese New Year lunch

Sunday, February 23              after the 10am service – Pastoral Visiting Ministry Team meeting


Stewardship Reflection

From Sunday by Sunday: Reflections on Stewardship, prepared by Dr. Michael Pollesel:

The Baptism of the Lord. Matthew 3:13-17

“This is… my Beloved, on whom my favour rests.” How would we feel, how would we react, how would we live, if we were to truly let these words soak into our lives ? It seems to me that we would see just how deeply these words could be lived out by observing the life of a faithful steward.


Flowers for the Altar

The Altar Guild would like to draw your attention to the flower chart in the Narthex by the Chapel door. Please consider signing up to place flowers at the Altar in thanksgiving for something, or in loving memory of a family member, or friend. A member of the Altar Guild will contact you the week before the date you have chosen to see what type of flowers you would like and also the wording for the Bulletin. Thank you.


Counters Ministry – Volunteers Needed

URGENTLY NEEDED – Counters for the Sunday weekly collections!!! Two of our volunteers have resigned and we need to fill the roster. With a full roster of eight counters, you would only need to count once a month.  Training will be provided. If you think you can serve in this very important ministry, please contact Bonnie SooChan at (604-945-8465) or in church on Sunday. Thank you.


Advent Art Meditations

Check out the binder of our wonderful “What Can’t Wait?” art meditations, featuring the reflections of people of St. John’s that were displayed in the Parish Hall and on our Facebook page throughout Advent. This is a great opportunity to enjoy them again, especially if you didn’t get a chance to read through all of them in December, or would like to spend more time with them. The binder will be available in the back of the church for the next few weeks.


Photos from Christmas services

If you have taken good photographs at any of our 3 Christmas services this year and would be willing to share them, please connect with the parish office at We are always looking to expand our parish archive – photos are such a joyful way of remembering these important moments in our parish life!


Office Assistance Needed

Please note that the Parish Office is on modified hours through this Thursday, Jan. 16, while Sarah, our Interim Parish Administrator, is away. Should you need to stop by without a prior appointment, please call ahead to confirm someone is here beforehand. Thank you!

If you are able to offer any help in the office – i.e. answering the phone or responding to emails during office hours, or assembling bulletins, please let Vivian know in person or at


Preparation for Vestry – 9th February

Please be informed that the Annual Vestry is on 9th February, 2020 after the 10am service.

For leaders of the various ministries, it will be appreciated that you submit your budget to Cedric at, if you have not already done so, and your annual reports to Sarah at as soon as possible. This will enable reports to be circulated in advance. Thank you.


Anglican Church Women (A.C.W.) AGM

This Thursday, January 16th at 1:00 pm, come and join the A.C.W. for their Annual General Meeting, to discover their plans for the upcoming year, and participate in the election of the executive. Join in with us and see if there are ways that you can help to support our parish. For more information contact Sue Hall at or 604-936-0176.


Save The Date: Chinese New Year Lunch

Please mark your calendars. Chinese New Year comes early in 2020. We will usher in the Year of the Rat in January 2020, and in St. John’s tradition, we will have a CNY lunch celebration on Sunday, February 16th after the 10am service. Watch this space!


Trivia Night at St. Stephen’s, Burnaby

You are invited to “Take a Seat” Trivia Night at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (9887 Cameron St., Burnaby) on Saturday, Jan. 18. Doors open at 6pm and Trivia starts at 7pm. Teams of up to 8 people are invited to register at $20 per person. Snacks, desserts, tea, and coffee will be served. There is a cash bar and the chance to win fabulous prizes! This Trivia Night is a fundraiser to replace the pew cushions in the worship space at St. Stephen’s.

Don’t miss out! Register your team now! Teams must be registered and paid for in advance – email St. Stephen’s office at for more information. Note: if you have fewer than 8 players, they may be able to help connect you with others to build a large enough team.


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:

*        Diocesan Council officers and members

*        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 January 12, 2020 – The Baptism of the Lord

Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17


Readings for January 19, 2020 – Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-12; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42


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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