Advent 3 Epostle-December 17, 2017

The E-postle

Advent 3, December 17, 2017

 

“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”

 

 

Re-Sponse Deanery Update

Re-Sponse is the group of dedicated individuals from deanery parishes working with the welcome and orientation of refugees in our area.  The first refugee family that the group has sponsored is expected to arrive in late spring 2018.  Currently, the deanery is engaging support for the application of a second family which is being privately sponsored.  The brother living here has committed to raising money to support a widower and four children between the ages of 3-11 as well as an adult female relative.  St. Johns, along with St. Catherine Port Coquitlam and St. Laurence Coquitlam, have agreed at parish council to support the application under the agreement holder of the Diocese of New Westminster.  Housing and funding are being covered by the private sponsor, but should money fall short of the goal, parish fundraising will help supplement.  A fundraising goal will be brought to the Annual Vestry Meeting for discussion.

The Re-Sponse group is looking for a lay person from St. Johns to help out in this important outreach and communicate with the parish.  Meetings are usually held monthly here at St. Johns on Tuesday evenings.  As well, people who are willing to give time and energy to a fundraising event in the spring are sought. For more information, speak to Jeremy Overton or a clergy or warden.

Yours in Christ, Stephanie +

Upcoming Dates

December 17- 8:30 and 10 am, the Rev. Michael Chin, preacher

December 18- 7 pm onward, Parish Council members and families welcome at Stephanie’s

December 21- 11:30 am, Christmas lunch at the St. Johns Food Bank

December 24- 10 am Advent 4 service (no 8:30 am service this day)

December 24- 7 pm & 10 pm, Christmas Eve services

December 25- 10 am, Christ Mass for Christmas Day

January 3- 9:30-noon, Coffee & Crafts in the parish hall

January 24- Group and Committee reports due to parish office for Annual Vestry

February 14- Ash Wednesday

February 18- 11:30 am Annual Vestry Meeting

February 23-25- Spiritual Formation Weekend at Loon Lake “Prayer Beyond Words”

“Prayer Beyond Words” Spiritual Retreat

The Diocese is sponsoring a weekend retreat at Loon Lake, Maple Ridge, for Anglicans wanting a deeper experience of spiritual formation and renewal.  One of the stated goals is to meet you where you are in your spiritual journey and to respond to your needs so you may better encounter God and be equipped to serve Christ.  Curious?  Talk to Stephanie or facilitators Eric ericmason@saintlaurence.ca or Pam p.mcelheran@me.com and check out the pamphlets or https://tinyurl.com/formation-feb/

Stewardship Reflection
The light of God surrounds me;

The love of God enfolds me;

The power of God protects me;

The presence of God watches over me.

Wherever I am God is!   

  • A Prayer for protection from Silent Unity

This week, ground yourself in God’s presence.  How can you share this assurance of love with others?

Budget Proposals Requested

The parish council will be preparing a draft budget for 2018 to present to the Annual Vestry Meeting.  If your group needs continued or new funding for materials or programming in 2018, please submit a proposal to our Treasurer Chelsea Belyk by January 14.

 Order of the Diocese of New Westminster

Several suggestions for recognizing individuals have been received and will be considered by parish council for our one nomination to the Bishop.  It is not too late to submit your recommendation.  See  http://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/programs/the-odnw

Prayer Cycle

In the Anglican Communion-

* Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby;  Primate of Canada Fred Hiltz and Indigenous Archbishop Mark McDonald; BC & Yukon Archbishop John Privett; Council of the North Diocese of Athabasca (Alberta)

* our partner Diocese of Northern Philippines, Bishop Brent Alawas, and especially the people of our twin church at St. Johns Mission, Bila, Mountain Province;

* Diocese of New Westminster Bishop Melissa Skelton, and this week:

The Deanery of Royal City / South Burnaby & The Rev. Gordon Barrett, Regional Dean

*The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada- National Bishop Susan Johnson, BC Synod Bishop Greg Mohr;

*In our parish:

The work of the Canonical Committee as the first draft of the Parish Profile is prepared

*The brothers and sisters who share our worship space: The Port Moody Korean Presbyterian Church and the Polish Evangelical Church.

 

Readings for Advent 4, December 24, 2017 (morning)

Isaiah 61:1-4, and 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8 and 19-28

Readings for Christmas Eve, 7 pm and 10 pm

Isaiah 9:2-7; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20

Important Contact Information

Interim Priest– The Rev. Stephanie Shepard rev.seshepard@gmail.com or 778-773-6816

Parish Office– Karen Evans stjohn7@shaw.ca or 604-936-7762

Wardens– Geri Grigg gerigrigg@gmail.com Terry Walton terry&joanne_walton@telus.net

Maureen Simons mesimons@telus.net or through the parish office

Treasurer– Chelsea Belyk chelsea.belyk@gmail.com

Parish Council– Adelaine Miller, Secretary adelainemiller@shaw.ca

Altar Guild– Brenda Binns Brenda.Binns@hotmail.com

St. John Prayer Circle– Sue Elliott Elliott.sue1@gmail.com

Pastoral Visiting Ministry– Joanne Walton terry&joanne_walton@telus.net

or Alma Oldenburg almaolden@hotmail.com

Anglican Church Women (ACW) – Sue Hall 604-936-0176 sbhcat@hotmail.com

December 2017 Update from the Canonical Committee

It has been several weeks since Bishop Melissa approved the start of the Canonical process at St. John’s. The Canonical Committee has been meeting every two weeks since the process started We would like to let you know what has been happening and what will happen in the next little while.

Progress to Date

We have:

  • Met with the Archdeacon of Burrard and Lougheed, the Venerable Phillipa Seagrave-Pride, to learn more about the process and get her advice
  • Reviewed a variety of parish profiles from other parishes
  • Reviewed the data we gathered in the parish including the results of our Lenten study and our parish survey
  • Organized a gathering of photographs to select the ones that best represent who we are to be used in the parish profile
  • Started to develop various contents for the parish profile

Results of the Parish Survey

We surveyed the parish in August and September. We are pleased to report that 65 surveys were completed. The following are the highlights of the results:

  • The new mission statement received great support. Over 87% of respondents were supportive. The mission statement was later formally adopted by parish council. Our mission statement appears in the weekly E-postle communication and is: “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.”
  • We asked parishioners what was most important in achieving the mission and the top three items were:
    • Outreach (93.9%)
    • Worship Style (93.2%)
    • Pastoral Care (89.1%)
  • We asked what should be the priorities for our buildings and the top three priorities were:
    • Accessibility was by far the top priority (scoring 8.16 out of 9)
    • Expand capacity of the worship space (5.81 out of 9)
    • Washroom on the same level as the worship spaced (5.47 out of 9)
  • One of the ways to describe the primary task of a parish (taught at the Diocesan Parish Development School) is to gather those called by God into Christ’s body, the Church, a community of transformation of mind, heart and actions, and to send these same into the world to be and to act as God’s loving and transforming presence. In the survey, we listed the various aspects of gathering, transforming and sending and asked how well you thought St. John’s did the various aspects. The survey revealed the following:
    • What we do the best: prayer and worship, greet people when they come and life in community (hospitality, food, conversation, etc.)
    • What we do well with room for improvement: study & learning, action (outreach), equipping people to live the Good News in the community
    • What we don’t do as well and could be improved: equipping people to live the Good News at home, orient newcomers to our life at St. John’s, equipping people to live the Good news at work (although many commented that they were retired so the item wasn’t relevant to them), inviting new people to church
  • We asked parishioners to select words/phrases they would use to describe our Sunday worship. The top four for each service were:
    • 8:30 am service – comforting, familiar, contemplative, contemporary within the Anglican tradition
    • 10:00 am service – family friendly, musical, uplifting, multi-generation participation
  • We asked parishioners to name the qualities/attributes/talents we should be looking for in a new priest. The top five were:
    • Inspirational leader
    • Strong pastoral gifts
    • Joyful presider
    • Thoughtful teacher
    • Wise counselor

Next steps:

  • We will continue to develop the parish profile – our goal is to have a first draft for review at the 2018 Annual Vestry meeting. The parish profile ordinarily goes through several drafts, which are presented to the parish and the diocese for input and amendment.
  • The parish profile is posted by the Diocesan office and is normally posted for a period of 6 weeks (avoiding busy seasons such as Advent, Christmas and Lent).
  • The applications come to the Bishop’s Advisory Committee on Appointments (BACA) at the closing date to select candidates for interviews (short list). Two members of the Canonical Committee will meet with BACA.
  • The Canonical Committee arranges interviews for those short-listed. If any candidate is remote, the first round of interviews is done by Skype. If there is a 2nd round of interviews, these may be held by Skype or in-person interviews. Any candidate travelling from a remote location will need arrangements made for travel and accommodation, which may take longer. If this process of interviewing reveals a suitable candidate, then a recommendation goes from the Canonical Committee to the Bishop and an offer is made. A 3-month notice period is usual for a priest leaving another position.
  • If all goes well, we hope that we can have a new priest by September 1, 2018.

Questions? Feedback?

If you have any questions or feedback, please reach out to anyone on the Canonical Committee:

Terry Walton Geri Grigg Maureen Simons
Mary Kyle Tony Pellett Ruby Ng
Teri Hazelton Natasha McDonald Sheila De Vaal

 

The E-postle – December 10th, 2017

 

Advent 2, December 10, 2017

 

“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”

 the purpose of prayer is not to change God’s mind, which always knows your wholeness and deservedness; the purpose of prayer is to change your mind so you can see through God’s eyes. – Alan Cohen

 

School for Parish  Development               

Think the Church needs more leaders?  You are right.  God’s Church needs you.  Learn confidence and skills to engage in ministry, and become one of a growing number of Anglicans committed to renewing the Church.   Speak to Stephanie or a warden about the opportunity to attend the Diocesan School for Parish Development on 4 weekends through 2018 or 1 week in the coming summer.  Bursaries and parish assistance available.  See http://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/parish-development/school-for-parish-development

 

Yours in Christ, Stephanie +

 

Upcoming Dates

December 10-11:30-12:30 pm, “How to take out Jesus: practicing home communion”

December 14- noon, ACW pizza lunch

December 18- 7 pm onward, Parish Council members and families welcome at Stephanie’s

December 21- 11:30 am, Christmas lunch at the St. Johns Food Bank

December 24- 10 am Advent 4 service (no 8:30 am service this day)

December 24- 7 pm & 10 pm, Christmas Eve services

December 25- 10 am, Christ Mass for Christmas Day

January 3- 9:30-noon, Coffee & Crafts in the parish hall

February 18- 11:30 am Annual Vestry Meeting

February 23-25- Spiritual Formation Weekend at Loon Lake “Prayer Beyond Words”

 

Update on the Interim Process

This week you will also receive an email update from the Canonical Committee.  You can soon find it posted on the church website at www.stja.ca. Paper copies are available on the table near the main entrance to the church.

 

Wherefore No WiFi in the Church Building?

As some of our more technically savvy parishioners (especially our younger ones) have noticed, there is currently no WiFi in the church building.  We do have WiFi in the Parish Ministry Centre the PMC).  We are looking for a parish volunteer to investigate the possibility of extending WiFi to the church and bring a proposal with costing and options to parish council.  Longing for connection? Speak to one of the wardens.

“Prayer Beyond Words” Spiritual Retreat

The Diocese is sponsoring a weekend retreat at Loon Lake, Maple Ridge, for Anglicans wanting a deeper experience of spiritual formation and renewal.  One of the stated goals is to meet you where you are in your spiritual journey and to respond to your needs so you may better encounter God and be equipped to serve Christ.  Curious?  Talk to Stephanie or facilitators Eric ericmason@saintlaurence.ca or Pam p.mcelheran@me.com and check out the pamphlets or https://tinyurl.com/formation-feb/

 

Cookies and More Cookies

Are you a baker?  Make a batch of cookies for the Mission to Seafarers.  Cookies should be delivered in a freezer-safe container by December 14 to a member of the ACW.  Contact Sue H.

Too busy to bake or have talents elsewhere?  Sign up after the 8:30 or 10 am service to donate $20 towards the purchase of a special box of Christmas cookies plus produce for our Food Bank clients to make their holiday bright.

Advent Wreath Making Workshop

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Advent Wreath Workshop. Thank you also for your kind donations. We collected $63 for the Sunday School Foster Child.

Free-cycling

There are a couple of larger items left from the Bazaar which are now free to a good home. If you or a person you know can use any of the following, please contact Joanne W. or the parish office this week to pick up:

– Single daybed with mattress

– Roll-away cot with mattress

– Large office chair

– Half size filing cabinet

– Dining room table

– small round oak table (needs assembly)

There is also an older television and an a.v. cart, and a large couch that need to be hauled away.

Next Steps in Reconciliation

You are being asked for feedback about possible next steps for fostering respectful relations with indigenous peoples in our area. Please speak to one of the clergy or wardens.

 

Fundraising total for Fall Bazaar

The final totals are in and we raised the amazing total of $7,121.  Thanks to everyone who participated in this event.  All your efforts, both large and small, are greatly appreciated – Ferne

 

Stewardship Reflection

“In my distress I called upon the LORD, to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears” – Psalm 18:6

When we are struggling, where do we turn for help?  What resources does God provide for our comfort and courage?  This week give thanks for the supports in your life.

 Prayer Cycle

In the Anglican Communion-

* Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby;  Primate of Canada Fred Hiltz and Indigenous Archbishop Mark McDonald; BC & Yukon Archbishop John Privett; Council of the North Diocese of Athabasca (Alberta)

* our partner Diocese of Northern Philippines, Bishop Brent Alawas, and especially the people of our twin church at St. Johns Mission, Bila, Mountain Province;

* Diocese of New Westminster Bishop Melissa Skelton, and this week:

The Anglican CanAsian Ministry (ACAM) Group

The Deanery of Richmond-Delta – The Reverend Brian Vickers, Regional Dean

*The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada- National Bishop Susan Johnson, BC Synod Bishop Greg Mohr;

*In our parish:

The work of the Canonical Committee as the first draft of the Parish Profile is prepared

and the canonical committee update is sent out

*The brothers and sisters who share our worship space: The Port Moody Korean Presbyterian Church and the Polish Evangelical Church.

Readings for Advent 3, December 17, 2017

Isaiah 61:1-4, and 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8 and 19-28

Important Contact Information

Interim Priest– The Rev. Stephanie Shepard rev.seshepard@gmail.com or 778-773-6816

Parish Office– Karen Evans stjohn7@shaw.ca or 604-936-7762

Wardens– Geri Grigg gerigrigg@gmail.com Terry Walton terry&joanne_walton@telus.net

Maureen Simons mesimons@telus.net or through the parish office

Treasurer– Chelsea Belyk chelsea.belyk@gmail.com

Parish Council– Adelaine Miller, Secretary adelainemiller@shaw.ca

Altar Guild– Brenda Binns Brenda.Binns@hotmail.com

St. John Prayer Circle– Sue Ellliott Elliott.sue1@gmail.com

Pastoral Visiting Ministry– Joanne Walton terry&joanne_walton@telus.net

or Alma Oldenburg almaolden@hotmail.com

Anglican Church Women (ACW)- Sue Hall 604-936-0176 sbhcat@hotmail.com

 

The E-postle Reign of Christ, November 26, 2017

 

 

“Salvator Mundi” by Leonardo da Vinci

 

“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”

 What is the Reign of Christ?

On November 15, 2017, a painting by Leonardo da Vinci sold at auction for $450 Million U.S.  The “Saviour of the World” shows Jesus holding a crystal orb, symbolizing the world.  It doesn’t take a crystal ball to see that the world needs saving now more than ever.  But how does our liturgical celebration of the Reign of Christ fit in with the reality of our earth today?

This festival is a “Kairos moment” when past, present, and future meet.  We remember that Jesus came among us to reveal the good news of the kingdom.  We acknowledge that the living Christ is at work in the world today, and that we can choose to be part of God’s dominion of love.  We look forward to a day when justice will have full reign and the earth will be whole.

It is ironic that the picture of a king who rejected material wealth just sold for so much.  But his disciples are called to demonstrate that true richness comes from compassion and forgiveness and the truth spoken in love.  In a time of so much uncertainty, we can hold onto this mission.

Yours in Christ, Stephanie +

Upcoming Dates

November 26- Reign of Christ, Advent wreath making after 10 am service

November 27- 7-9 pm, Parish Council meeting in the PMC

November 28- 10:30-noon, “Praying with the Psalms: Thanksgiving” Tuesday bible study

December 3- following 8:30 and 10 am services, Fall Bazaar revisited

December 10-11:30-12:30 pm, “How to take out Jesus: practicing home communion”

December 14th –12:00 Pm  ACW Pizza Lunch in the Church Hall

December 18- 7 pm, Parish Council members and families welcome at Stephanie’s home

December 24- 10 am Advent 4 service (no 8:30 am service this day)

December 24- 7 pm & 10 pm, Christmas Eve services

December 25- 10 am, Christ Mass for Christmas Day

Advent Wreath Making

This coming Sunday after the 10 am service, you are invited to come and make an Advent wreath for your household.  Please bring your own candles (traditionally 1 white, 3 blue and 1 pink). Greens in the garden?  Bring them along.  Live alone?  Get some help from other parishioners to make a memorable centerpiece.

Fall Bazaar on December 3 and Beyond

Fall Bazaar Revisited:  Sunday, Dec. 3rd following the church services we will have the remaining Handicrafts and Country Store items for sale.  Our Total to date is $6,750. We are wondering if $7,000. Is possible?  Please take a moment to have a look and see if you missed a treasure the first time around.

I would like to thank all the volunteers this year for their support that made my job so much easier but a special Thank-you to Joanne Walton, Brenda Binns, Sylvia Bradley and Mel Moore just to mention a few.  You went above and beyond!

This is also the time to mention my retirement as Bazaar coordinator.  After many years, it is time for new and creative ideas and more energetic leadership.  This is not an onerous task as there are many people willing to help but events need a leader.  I’m putting out a request to the total Parish to consider taking on this responsibility. The Bazaar is not only a major fund-raiser but it is the largest event we have that involves the entire parish community. The bazaar is always a time of fun and fellowship but also a time of deepening relationship with people that we may not always have contact with.  It would be a shame to not have it continue.  Please prayerfully consider this volunteer position.

 

Ferne Malcolm

 

Protect You and Your Loved Ones this ‘Flu Season

On Thursday December 7, a public health nurse from Fraser Health will be returning to St. Johns to offer free vaccinations against this year’s strains of influenza.  If you have not yet got your ‘flu shot, come to the Food Bank between 10 am and noon to get a preventative poke.  This is especially advised for those who are in contact with children or seniors, or who visit care homes.

 

Food Bank Christmas Gift

The plan this year is to again provide a box of cookies for each family who attends the St. John’s Food Bank. Each gift will be $20 for which a tax receipt will be issued.  Your donation can be made on Nov. 26, Dec. 3, and Dec. 10 before and after each service in the church entrance (narthex). Christmas cards will be available to sign and will be attached to the cookies when being distributed on Dec. 21 at the Food Bank Christmas Dinner.  After purchasing the cookies, the extra money will be used to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and supplies for the Food Bank.  Your gift is greatly appreciated.

 

Nominations Wanted for the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster

St. Johns has many saints.  Is there someone who stands out for you in the service she or he has given over the years to further the gospel? Nominate this individual for the highest lay honour in the Anglican Church: the ODNW.  For more information, go to http://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/programs/the-odnw then get the information in to Parish Council for consideration.

 

Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund Effort through P.W.R.D.F.

The Government of Canada will match donations 1:1 through its Rohingya Myanmar Relief Fund when you donate to the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund before November 28th. Go to www.pwrdf.org/donate to help the refugees fleeing into Bangladesh in this humanitarian crisis.

Advent Silent Day

An Advent “Taste of Silence” Retreat- Saturday December 2nd at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 110 Gladwin Drive, North Vancouver.  You are invited to a personal retreat daya as we enter this sacred time of year.  This is a setting that encourages inner solitude and inner silence as the focus is on a personal relationship with the Divine.  Information available at www.cogv.org or the registrar Christine at chris.kesans@gmail.com

 

Stewardship Reflection

“Good service takes selflessness. It means setting aside what you might prefer to do and giving attention to the needs of others.”        – from the book Making Love Happen.

 

Sometimes in responding to a need, we find a fulfilment that surprises us.  Duty is magically transformed into joy when we see the effect our help has for another.  This week, notice the effect your service has on the one you are helping, for in his or her smile you see Christ.

 

Thanks this week to all who bring greenery and help with the Advent wreath making after the 10 am service on Sunday November 26.

 

ACW Pizza Lunch- Thursday December 14th – 12:00 PM

We will be preparing goodie baskets for our seniors. Please bring home baked treats. Any items left over will be donated to the Mission to Seafarers. Cost for lunch $10.00

 

Prayer Cycle

In the Anglican Communion- Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby;

Primate of Canada Fred Hiltz and Indigenous Archbishop Mark McDonald;

BC & Yukon Archbishop John Privett;

 

The Diocese of Caledonia and the Haida, Nisgaa, Gitsan, and Tsminian Nations

 

our partner Diocese of Northern Philippines, Bishop Brent Alawas, and especially the people of our twin church at St. Johns Mission, Bila, Mountain Province;

 

Diocese of New Westminster Bishop Melissa Skelton, and this week:

Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver -The Very Rev. Peter Elliott, Dean,

The Revs. Marnie Peterson, Dixie Black, Alisdair Smith, Ross Bliss, Helen Dunn, Jeffrey Preiss

Christ Church, Hope – The Rev. Allan Carson

         St. Andrew, Langley – The Revs. Helen Tervo, Helen Lingham

 

In our parish:

The work of the Canonical Committee as it prepares a first draft of the Parish Profile

 

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada- Nat. Bis. Susan Johnson, BC Synod Bis. Greg Mohr;

The brothers and sisters who share our worship space: The Port Moody Korean Presbyterian Church and the Polish Evangelical Church.

 

Readings for Advent 1, December 3, 2017

Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37

 

Important Contact Information

Interim Priest– The Rev. Stephanie Shepard rev.seshepard@gmail.com or 778-773-6816

Parish Office– Karen Evans stjohn7@shaw.ca or 604-936-7762

Wardens– Geri Grigg gerigrigg@gmail.com Terry Walton terry&joanne_walton@telus.net

Maureen Simons mesimons@telus.net or through the parish office

Treasurer– Chelsea Belyk chelsea.belyk@gmail.com

Parish Council– Adelaine Miller, Secretary adelainemiller@shaw.ca

Altar Guild– Brenda Binns Brenda.Binns@hotmail.com

St. John Prayer Circle– Sue Ellliott Elliott.sue1@gmail.com

Pastoral Visiting Ministry– Joanne Walton terry&joanne_walton@telus.net

or Alma Oldenburg almaolden@hotmail.com

Anglican Church Women (ACW)- Sue Hall 604-936-0176 sbhcat@hotmail.com

Fall Bazaar Revisited:  Sunday, Dec. 3rd

Fall Bazaar Revisited:  Sunday, Dec. 3rd following the church services we will have the remaining Handicrafts and Country Store items for sale.  Our Total to date is $6,750. We are wondering if $7,000. Is possible?  Please take a moment to have a look and see if you missed a treasure the first time around.

I would like to thank all the volunteers this year for their support that made my job so much easier but a special Thank You  to Joanne Walton, Brenda Binns, Sylvia Bradley and Mel Moore just to mention a few.  You went above and beyond!

This is also the time to mention my retirement as Bazaar coordinator.  After many years it is time for new and creative ideas and more energetic leadership.  This is not an onerous task as there are many people willing to help but events need a leader.  I’m putting out a request to the total Parish to consider taking on this responsibility. The Bazaar is not only a major fund raiser but it is the largest event we have that involves the entire parish community. The bazaar is always a time of fun and fellowship but also a time of deepening relationship with people that we may not always have contact with.  It would be a shame to not have it continue.  Please prayerfully consider this volunteer position.

Ferne Malcolm

Food Bank Christmas Gift Donations

 

Food Bank Christmas Gift

The plan this year is to again provide a box of cookies for each family who attends the St. John’s Food Bank. Each gift will be $20 for which a tax receipt will be issued.

Your donation can be made on Nov. 26, Dec. 3, and Dec. 10 before and after each service in the  Narthex. Christmas cards will be available to sign and will be attached to the cookies when being distributed on Dec. 21 at the Food Bank Christmas Dinner.

After purchasing the cookies, the extra money will be used to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and supplies for the Food Bank.

Your gift is greatly appreciated.

Upcoming Dates and Events

 

November 16- 10:30 am- 1 pm, St. Johns Food Bank.  Come and join us for the community lunch

November 16- 7 pm, Anglican Church Women meeting in the hall.  All welcome.

November 18- 11:30 am, Cooper-Read wedding

November 20- 1:30-3:30 pm, Seniors Tea in the parish hall

November 26- Reign of Christ, Advent wreath making after 10 am service

November 27- 7-9 pm, Parish Council meeting in the PMC

December 3- Advent Wreath Making Workshop following the 10am service

December 10-11:30-12:30, “How to take out Jesus: practicing home communion”

The E-postle November 12, 2017

 

 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”

 Praying for the Souls of the World

On All Souls Night, November 2, those who gathered to remember loved ones offered prayers of love and hope for the world.  Some walked an indoor labyrinth in the church (pictured), lit candles, wrote poetry or created artwork to commemorate the day.  At 9 pm, the powerful service of Holden Evening Prayer was sung by over 35 participants.  As names were lifted up, we proclaimed that Jesus Christ is indeed the light of the world: a light no darkness can overcome.  Many thanks to those involved who helped to make the darkness bright, especially our musicians LaRee and Gail, choir members, and those who moved church furniture and canvas to make this event ossible.

Yours in Christ, Stephanie

 Upcoming Dates

November 12- guest presider: the Rev. Arthur Nash

November 16- 10:30 am- 1 pm, St. Johns Food Bank. Get a flu shot & join the community lunch

November 16- 1:30 pm, Anglican Church Women meeting in the hall.  All welcome.

November 18- 11:30 am, Cooper-Read wedding

November 20- 1:30-3:30 pm, Seniors Tea in the parish hall

November 26- Reign of Christ, Advent wreath making after 10 am service

November 27- 7-9 pm, Parish Council meeting in the PMC

December 10-11:30-12:30 pm, “How to take out Jesus: practicing home communion”

Protect You and Your Loved Ones this ‘Flu Season

On Thursday November 16, a public health nurse from Fraser Health will be coming to St. Johns to offer free vaccinations against this year’s strains of influenza.  If you have not yet got your ‘flu shot, come to the Food Bank between 10 am and noon to get a preventative poke.  This is especially advised for those who are in contact with children or seniors, or who visit care homes 

News from the A.C.W. (Anglican Church Women)

The A.C.W. are collecting ‘Hot Socks’ (wool blend please) and gently used stuffed toys for the Mission to Seafarers. There is a basket at the back of the church to leave the ‘Hot Socks’ – please see Ann A.-A. or Sylvia regarding any stuffed toys. These will be delivered to the Mission at the end of November.  The next A.C.W. meeting is November 16th at 1.30 pm. (*Please note change of time for the meeting – we will be meeting in the afternoons for the months of November, December, January and February). Please remember to bring your shoebox Christmas gift parcel for the Mission to Seafarers outreach project.

 Stewardship Reflection

“As stewards of God, we are invited to join God’s action, God’s mission in the world. We are Christ’s body, God’s sacrament, so that God can be present in human life and history, caring for the world. The more we are given, the more will be expected of us. We are to manage life in the interest of accomplishing God’s will”.        – John Westerhoff

How do we join God’s action and mission at St. Johns this week in what we do together?  Well…

Ways to Help

There are several emerging opportunities to give time and talent through the parish:

Archives Group

A small group is needed to sort through photos and papers to determine what needs to be kept in the parish and in what format, and what needs to be sent to the diocesan Archives for preservation.

Technical Support

Individuals with an interest in communications and technology are needed to transfer and maintain the parish’s website and help with advertising and communications in and beyond the parish.

Sacristans and Intercessors

Offer yourself to God’s service even more fully on a Sunday morning through the ministry of helping at the altar or leading the congregation in prayer.

Resource Group

Individuals willing to work with the Building Manager on specific projects and to help oversee maintenance in our facilities with safety checks and monthly walk-abouts.  One upcoming opportunity:  help paint the choir room!

For more information on any of these ways to support God’s action and mission,speak to one of the clergy or a warden.

Thanks to all for a Successful Fall Bazaar

My most sincere thanks to the many, many people who helped with the Bazaar.  It was so inspiring to see how many people stepped in to give a hand whenever one was needed.  Our final total was an amazing one of $6,608, so all of our hard work was rewarded.

The lucky winners of the raffle were as follows: Joan Scott, Lisa Ploss, Jennine Tarnate, Talia Culotti, Laura Shanahan, Sharon Crawford, Dorothy Wakelam and Jessie Wong.  Our thanks to all who bought tickets.  Blessings, Ferne

 Still More Shopping to do?

The basement of the PMC will be open for 45 minutes after the 10am service for the next two Sundays.   Come and shop!   After that we will have a truck come from the Developmentally Disabled Assoc. to pick up what we are parting with which benefits them and their programs.

Some books from previous White Elephant sales went to a shop called Tomes and Tales Used Books in Pitt Meadows.   As a result, the owner has given us a $100.00 credit for use by any member of St. John’s.  Please avail yourself of this offer if you want/need a book and mention the St. John’s account.   Terry and Joanne live nearby and will pick up a book for you if you know the title.

Prayer Cycle

In the Anglican Communion- Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby;

Primate of Canada Fred Hiltz and Indigenous Archbishop Mark McDonald;

BC & Yukon Archbishop John Privett;

The Diocese of Caledonia and the Haida, Nisgaa, Gitsan, and Tsminian Nations

our partner Diocese of Northern Philippines, Bishop Brent Alawas, and especially the people of our twin church at St. Johns Mission, Bila, Mountain Province;

Diocese of New Westminster Bishop Melissa Skelton, and this week:

St. Margaret, Cedar Cottage, Vancouver – The Reverend Heidi Brear

St. Hilda, Sechelt – The Reverend Clarence Li, The Venerable Bruce Morris

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada- Nat. Bis. Susan Johnson, BC Synod Bis. Greg Mohr;

The brothers and sisters who share our worship space: The Port Moody Korean Presbyterian Church and the Polish Evangelical Church.

Readings for Pentecost 24, November 19, 2017

Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30

Important Contact Information

Interim Priest– The Rev. Stephanie Shepard rev.seshepard@gmail.com or 778-773-6816

Parish Office– Karen Evans stjohn7@shaw.ca or 604-936-7762

Wardens– Geri Grigg gerigrigg@gmail.com Terry Walton terry&joanne_walton@telus.net

Maureen Simons mesimons@telus.net or through the parish office

Treasurer– Chelsea Belyk chelsea.belyk@gmail.com

Parish Council– Adelaine Miller, Secretary adelainemiller@shaw.ca

Altar Guild– Brenda Binns Brenda.Binns@hotmail.com

St. John Prayer Circle– Sue Ellliott Elliott.sue1@gmail.com

Pastoral Visiting Ministry– Joanne Walton terry&joanne_walton@telus.net

or Alma Oldenburg almaolden@hotmail.com

Anglican Church Women (ACW)- Sue Hall 604-936-0176 sbhcat@hotmail.com

Advent Wreath Workshop- November 26th, ’17

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Advent Wreath Making Workshop

Sunday November 26th , 2017

 

 

Following the 10:00am service in the Church Hall. Greenery and embellishments will be provided. Please be sure to bring your own cutters and candles! For more information please see Ann Adair Austin.

WELCOME POST PROJECT

Sophie helps James Harry with some carving of the Welcome Post

“Carver, James Harry, will be carving our Welcome Post for the next few weeks in the mornings from Tuesday to Saturday before taking it to his studio to finish it.
Dates and times may vary. Please call ahead to confirm if you are making a special trip.

James’ schedule (subject to change):
Carving Oct 24-26 from 11am to 2pm
Away 27 – Nov 2
Carving Nov 3-4
Away Nov 6-9
Carving Nov 10-15
Nov 15 taking to studio to finish
617 Gore Ave, Cinatown, Vancouver
June 21 National Aboriginal Day ceremony at the Noons Creek Hatchery.”

Over the next few months we will keep you up to date on his progress and also provide for more info about the raising the Welcome Post ceremony on June 21st 2018