The E-Postle, March 6, 2022

The E-Postle, March 6, 2022

First Sunday in Lent
March 6, 2022

“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”



*New or updated announcement this week

  • Upcoming Dates
  • Worship & Prayer:
    • *Pastoral Message – Derek de Sa Funeral – Tuesday, Mar. 8, 6pm
    • *Ukraine Relief Efforts
    • Children’s Talks Throughout Lent
    • Zoom Worship Continues
    • Flowers for the Altar
    • Tech & Hospitality Volunteers Needed for Worship
    • Ongoing Pastoral Care & Support
  • Formation:
    • Lenten Program: Ecological Grief and Creational Hope
    • Area Youth Group!
  • Stewardship:
    • *Stewardship Reflection
  • Parish Matters:
    • *Reopening the Buildings
    • Thrifty’s Smile Card
    • Current Parish Office & Buildings Status
    • Financial Status for November & December 2021
    • Parish Giving
    • Ongoing Updates Pages
    • E-Postle Submissions
  • Parish Ministries:
    • Companion Diocese Parish Representative Found
    • New Members for the Altar Guild
    • ReSponse News
    • Food Bank Report
  • Community News:
    • *Bishop’s Lenten Message
    • Spring Street Community Kitchen
  • Weekly Devotions:
    • *Prayer Cycle
    • *Scripture Readings
  • Important Contact Information


Note: All gatherings below take place online via Zoom unless otherwise indicated.
(Visit for connection information)

Sunday, March 6                    8:30am & 10:00am – ZOOM ONLY – Morning Prayer
+ (at 10am) Children’s Talk & Commissioning of New Parish Council and ACW Officers
  Meeting ID: 542 312 325
Password: 010729

Sunday, March 6                    following 8:30am and 10am worship – Informal Zoom “Coffee Hour”
Tuesday, March 8                   10:15am – 12noon – Bible Study – 1st Lenten Study
Tuesday, March 8                   6:00pm – In-person + Zoom – Derek de Sa funeral
Tuesday, March 8                   7:00pm – special Parish Council meeting
Sunday, March 13                  8:30am – ZOOM ONLY – Morning Prayer
                                               10:00am – in-person + Zoom – Holy Eucharist
Saturday, March 19               9:00am – 1:00pm – Parish Council retreat


*Pastoral Message – Derek de Sa Funeral – Tuesday, Mar. 8, 6pm

We are sad to announce that parishioner Derek de Sa died earlier this week of a heart attack. As we grieve this sudden and unexpected loss together, please also keep Rosemary and their daughters Virginia, Naomi, and Debbie, and the rest of the family in your prayers. May Derek rest in God’s peace.

We will have a hybrid (in-person and Zoom) funeral service at the church this coming Tuesday, March 8, 6pm. There will be a viewing and visitation with family prior to the service from 5-6pm at the church. A reception will follow downstairs in the hall.

Please note that vaccine passports will be checked at the door, and masks will be required for the entire service (except when consuming communion bread) and reception (other than when seated and eating/drinking). Social distancing will be required at the reception.

Finally, sympathy cards may be sent to Rosemary at their home address (please contact the office if you need this information) or sent to the parish office to be passed on to the family.

*Ukraine Relief Efforts

We join the world in prayer for the people of Ukraine in this time of war. The Primate’s World Relief & Development Fund (PWRDF) is supporting Ukrainians forced to flee their homes with a $50,000 grant to fund the work of ACT Alliance member Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA). To donate and for more information, please visit

Children’s Talks Throughout Lent

Beginning this Sunday, Mar. 6 and continuing through the 5 Sundays of Lent, we look forward to having a Children’s Talk each week at our 10am worship.

Flowers for the Altar

Due to services having been held via Zoom, we ask that anyone who had signed up to have flowers at the Altar choose an alternative date as in-person services are resumed. Please speak to Brenda Binns or any member of the Altar Guild.

Tech & Hospitality Volunteers Needed for Worship

We are continuing to look for help with technical support aspects of both Zoom services and in-person services, as well as people who could help online with hospitality and welcome for our Zoom participants. Training will be provided. If you or someone you know is interested, please connect with Vivian at to chat. Descriptions of the roles can be found at

Ongoing Pastoral Care & Support

A note from Vivian: Please know that St. John’s is here for you as we continue to move through this pandemic. Now that I don’t see many of you as regularly, and with the limitations of virtual interactions, it is more challenging to know what everyone’s state of wellbeing and ongoing pastoral needs are. I invite and encourage you to reach out to me or to any of the other parish resources described at, if and as you need.


Lenten Program: Ecological Grief and Creational Hope

This Lent, we will use a program developed by the Diocese of Toronto to explore what it means to have Biblical hope in the face of the climate crisis. Beginning this Tuesday March 8 and going for 5 weeks until April 5, we will be meeting during our Tuesday morning Bible study time (10:15am-12noon) to discuss, share, and learn together.

The program guide that we will be using can be downloaded from It includes additional resources and activities for use during the week. If you would like a printed copy mailed to you, please contact Deanna in the office at – donations are welcome to offset printing and mailing costs.

From the program introduction: The world as we know it seems to be changing irreversibly. Loss of biodiversity, unbearable heat, flash floods and forest fires have started to bring home the reality of the climate crisis. For many, this has created both deep grief, as we mourn the loss of the beautiful and diverse world we grew up with, and deep anxiety, as we worry about the world that will be our future home. For many, this grief and anxiety has made it di­fficult to imagine a hopeful future. What if we allowed the Bible to provide some guidance in our struggles, recognizing that the Biblical text is acquainted with our griefs and our anxieties? The Bible is a book with stories about climate crisis, creational breakdown, and the challenge of hope in bleak times. This curriculum seeks to draw on that ancient wisdom and re-engage with our love for God’s creation and all of God’s creatures.

Area Youth Group!

Are you a member of our St. John’s community that is aged 14 to 19? There is a local youth group that meets to have fun together at St. Laurence Anglican Church regularly and is involved in all sorts of youth-related community and church projects! For more information or updated details about upcoming youth events, please feel free to contact Kristin Kuhn (778-957-8987 and/or


*Stewardship Reflection

From Sunday by Sunday Reflections on Stewardship prepared by the Ven. Dr. Michael Pollesel.

Luke 4:1-13
Being a steward, following the example of Jesus, calls on us to make decisions and choices that may fly in the face of contemporary culture. This requires strength and discipline which is available to each of us, if we ask for it.


*Reopening the Buildings

Parish Council met March 1, following parish feedback, to discuss reopening the buildings for in-person worship and other programs. We will begin on March 13 with weekly Zoom-only Morning Prayer at 8:30am, and hybrid (in-person and Zoom) Holy Eucharist at 10:00am. Please be in touch with Ruby at if you would be able to help with moving pews, sanitizing, and otherwise getting the space ready on Saturday, Mar. 12.

In-person attendees will be required to wear a mask and show a vaccine passport which will be checked at the door (information will not be stored) – these 2 requirements allow us to remove capacity limits and pre-registration. Congregational singing will be permitted, and we will be forgoing coffee hour at this time.

We are moving forward slowly in order to allow parishioners and volunteers to adjust and gain comfort. If the Covid-19 numbers continue to drop, public health and diocesan restrictions are removed, and we become more comfortable as a community, we expect to also continue to move forward with returning to a more normal worship experience.

Parish groups are also invited, if they wish, to begin meeting in-person again as of March 13. Masks and checking vaccination status will be required, with additional precautions if food/drink is consumed. Groups may also move ahead with outreach events, with precautions to be determined based on what is planned.

A more detailed summary of revised overall protocols will be made available in the next week. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support as your dedicated Council continues to prayerfully consider next steps.

Thrifty’s Smile Card

Thrifty’s has changed the dynamics of their fundraising projects, therefore St. John’s is no longer receiving benefits from their Smile Card program. Any card that has a cash balance is still valid, but you will no longer be able to reload the card. We may visit some of their other fundraising projects at a later date.

Current Parish Office & Buildings Status

Please read the current status of Worship, Parish Office, Small Groups, and Outside User Groups at

Financial Status for November and December 2021

Please see the Parish financial status as of Dec. 31 at

Parish Giving

Thank you to all who have continued with your offerings via PADs and cheques. If you wish to e-transfer your contributions directly to the church account, please contact Ruby at or Amalia at for more details. There are also links on our website at if you would prefer to donate by PayPal or Credit Card.

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

  1. Program & Worship Updates/Links – – current information on programs, including Zoom meeting information and the bulletin and scripture readings for Sunday worship.
  2. Updates on Covid-19 at St. John’s – – a collection of all special correspondence from the Bishop and from our parish re: actions that St. John’s and our greater diocese are taking with the Covid-19 virus.

E-Postle Submissions

If you have submissions for the E-Postle, please email them to Kathy by Wednesday at 9:00pm at


Companion Diocese Parish Representative Found

Our own Diocese of New Westminster and the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Philippines has enjoyed a companion diocese relationship since 2016. You may have noticed that we pray each Sunday for our twin church at St. John the Evangelist Mission, Balugan.

Thank you to Brenda Lou-Hing who has answered the invitation to serve as a parish liaison for this companion diocese relationship. The first step will be to establish contact with our twin church, with the hope, over time, of the 2 churches building a mutual relationship of prayer for, learning from, and support of each other.

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 Brenda Binns or any member of the Altar Guild if you are interested in joining us.

ReSponse News

Please visit for current information on the ReSponse refugee ministry.

Food Bank Report

Please visit for current information on the Food Bank.


*Bishop’s Lenten Message

Please visit to view Bishop John Stephen’s message to the diocese, containing his reflections on Ash Wednesday and this season of Lent.

Spring Street Community Kitchen

Thanks to all those who participated in our most recent kitchen, where Jenn and Julie made a “One-Pot Creamy Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo” and “Lemon Chicken & Pear Salad”. The video and recipes are available at our Facebook page

Please save the date for our next kitchen Thursday, Mar. 24, 6-7pm on Zoom. More information coming soon.

Donations in support of our Spring Street Community Kitchen are being re-gifted to the communities we serve. Funds raised for February’s gathering benefited Rain City Housing Support Society for 3030 Gordon Avenue. 3030 Gordon Avenue is a purpose-built shelter in Coquitlam that provides an emergency shelter and transitional housing for people who are homeless in the Tri-Cities. Donations can be given via; please designate your gift to our Community Kitchen project.

(The Spring Street Community Kitchen is a partnership between St. John’s and Inlet United Church – be sure to like and follow us at


*Prayer Cycle

The Anglican Church of Canada – the Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, Primate, and the Most Rev. Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop.

The Province of BC and Yukon – The Most Rev. Lynne McNaughton, Metropolitan.

The Diocese of New Westminster – the Rt. Rev. John Stephens, Bishop.

And this week:

  • The Deanery of Sea to Sky – The Rev. Cameron Gutjahr, Regional Dean
  • The Coming Home Society – Linda Adams, President
  • Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA)
  • Our partner Diocese of Northern Philippines, 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 Kathy Martin.
  • The brothers and sisters who share our worship space: The Port Moody Korean Presbyterian Church.

*Readings for March 6, 2022 – First Sunday in Lent

Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13

*Readings for March 13, 2022 – Second Sunday in Lent

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35


Rector The Rev. Vivian Lam 604-936-7762 (church vmail) / 604-723-5029 (cell)
Deacon The Rev. Anne Anchor
Parish Office Deanna Lemke 604-936-7762
(No drop-in visitors at this time – please make an appointment to come in.
General office hours are Tues/Thurs/Fri, 10am-2pm, but may occasionally change.)
Rector’s Warden Rich Thompson
People’s Warden Ruby Ng
Treasurer Sheila De Vaal
Envelope Secretary Antoinette Woodman & (Asst. Env. Sec.) May Fung
Parish Council Geri Grigg,     Secretary
Altar Guild Brenda Binns
Anglican Church Women Alma Oldenburg 604-788-2562
Bible Study Lynne Milner
Building Repairs / Maintenance Rich Thompson
Children’s Ministry/Godly Play Christina Anchor
E-Postle Kathy De Vaal
Food Bank
Parish Visiting Ministry Joanne Walton/Alma Oldenburg
Prayer Circle Sue Elliott
Prayer Shawls Rosa Weisensel



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