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PARISH PROFILE

The Canonical Committee has now prepared the first draft of the St. John the Apostle parish profile, which is provided on the link below.  It will be submitted to our Diocesan Bishop Melissa Skelton for her review prior to being finalized and used in the process of advertising for a new priest for the parish. You are invited to read this document and consider whether it describes the parish’s present situation and future goals.  It will not be edited exhaustively before it goes to the bishop, but the Canonical Committee does want to know if there are substantial gaps or areas that might misrepresent the parish to a potential applicant. The accompanying document is the result of many hours of hard work, information gathering, and reflection from your Canonical Committee whom you tasked with this responsibility.  Please support the process by taking the time to read it.  If you cannot open the PDF attachment, you may contact the parish office to arrange to pick up a paper copy. the Rev. Stephanie Shepard Interim Priest-in-Charge, St. John the Apostle Port Moody, Regional Dean, Tri-Cities North Burnaby Parish Profile – St John the Apostle, Port Moody


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Funeral for Frances Gordon

A Service of Thanksgiving will be held for Frances “Fran” Mary Gordon on Wenesday February 28th at 11:00 am at St. John’s. Fran was a long standing and beloved member of the parish and will greatly missed by all. A reception in the hall will follow the service . All in attendance are welcome . Our condolences and prayers to all of her family and friends .    


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Vestry Minutes from 2017 AGM

Annual Vestry Meeting St. John the Apostle Church February 19, 2017  The meeting was called to order by Rev. Stephanie Shepard at approximately 11:30 am.  The registration sheet was circulated and was signed by 60 people. Rev. Stephanie Shepard opened the proceedings with prayer. The Agenda was presented by Rev. Stephanie Shepard and guidelines were reviewed. Motion to have the Agenda accepted as presented.      M / S Rosa Weisensel/Sharon Cooper                                                                                     Carried Motion to elect Lynne Milner as Vestry Clerk             M / S Maureen Simons/Ruby Ng Carried In Memoriam    Parishioners who have passed away in 2016 were                 remembered: Eleanor Bishop, Edna Kerr, Marion Balden, Luke Walsh,       Ron Weisensel, Clarence McKinney, and Francis Hammond Those who have joined our community in this last year: Sharon Crawford, Michelle and Brianna Lock, Brian and Amalia McGlashan and Miranda, Jane and John Larsen, Wilfred and Barbara Schmidt, Norman Belyk-Overton, Priscilla Monette-Sim, Edward and Roseemary Morrisey Motion that the Minutes of the 2016 Vestry Meeting be accepted as circulated M / S Tony Pellett / Pronella Daniel                                                                         Carried Correction to be made in the minutes: should read: Winston Ang Lee not William Ang Lee listed under Baptisms Reports as presented: Reports listed were all published and the document was circulated to all parishioners. Interim Priest-in-charge Report Wardens’ Report Deacon Anne’s Report Deacon Trudi Shaw’s Report Report on Ministry for Retired Deacon Envelope Secretary’s Report Altar Guild Report Altar Guild Financial Report ACW Report ACW Financial Report Coffee Fund Report Food Bank Report Cobb’s Bread Report Bottle Drive Report Thrifty Foods Fund Raiser Senior’s Tea Senior’s Tea Financial Report Bible Study Report Sunshine Fund Report Parish Visiting Report Stewardship Report Prayer Circle Report Godly Play Report Property Report Motion that the above reports...

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2017 Vestry Financial Report

Click on the link below to read and download the 2017 Vestry Financial Report. *please note there will be some paper copies available if you are unable to print a copy. Vestry Financial Report 2017


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2017 Vestry Report

St. John the Apostle Anglican Church …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.   Annual Vestry Report 2017 As presented at the Annual Vestry Meeting February 18, 2018     2208 St. Johns Street, Port Moody BC V3H 2A7 604-936-7762   Email stjohn7@shaw.ca Website www.stja.ca Facebook St. John the Apostle (Port Moody)         TABLE OF CONTENTS   Statistics                                                                                                                     1   Interim Report                                                                                                             2-3   Warden’s Report                                                                                                         4   Deacon Anne Anchor’s Report                                                                                     4-6   Deacon Trudi Shaw’s Report                                                                                        6-7   Envelope Secretary’s Report                                                                                        7-8   Altar Guild Reports                                                                                                      8-9   ACW Reports                                                                                                              9-12   Music Director’s Report                                                                                               12   Coffee Fund Report                                                                                                     13   Food Bank Report                                                                                                       13-14   Seniors’ Tea Report                                                                                                     14   Prayer Circle Report                                                                                                    15   Tuesday Study Group Report                                                                                       15   Sunshine Box Report                                                                                                   15-16   Parish Visiting Team Report                                                                                         16-17   Stewardship Report                                                                                                     17   Child Sponsorship Report                                                                                            18   Liturgy Group Report                                                                                                   18   Napier Street Property Proposal                                                                                   19-20   Godly Play                                                                                                                  21                   2017 STATISTICS   Funerals   Adele Gwynne Parrott Ann Dingley Elizabeth Flick (Marshall) Lawrence George Rash Jacob Peter Feenstra Fredrick Arthur Clark William G. Shields Lois Godfrey Lorne Sashaw William Scott Castle (interment) Davis Kon Chong   Weddings   Tania Vegt and William Easton Lorrie May Fennell and David Foster Sherrill Hardy and Bruce Wise Sharon Cooper and Lance Read   Baptisms   Norman Albus Overton Alexander Brian McGlashan   Welcomes   Bryan Barr Heather Barron Bob and Kristin Kuhn Heather and Sarah...

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ANNUAL VESTRY REPORT SUBMISSIONS

The Annual Vestry will be held on February 18th, 2018 in the church hall following the 10:00am service. We encourage you to bring a snack or finger food to share during the meeting. SUBMISSIONS FOR THE ANNUAL REPORT ARE DUE IN THE OFFICE ON OR BEFORE MONDAY, JANUARY 29TH, 2018. IF YOU ARE UNSURE IF YOU OR YOUR GROUP NEEDS TO SUBMIT A REPORT, PLEASE CONTACT KAREN IN THE OFFICE.  Parish Office – 604-936-7762 email- stjohn7@shaw.ca


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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...

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Advent at Home

  Advent Advent is the period preceding the Christmas season. It begins on the Sunday nearest November 30, the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle, and covers four Sundays. Because the day it begins changes from year to year, so does the length of each Advent season. In 2017, Advent begins on December 3 and lasts only 22 days, because Advent 4 lands on December 24, which is also Christmas Eve! The word advent is from Latin, and means “the coming.” For centuries, Advent has been a time of spiritual reflection as well as cheer and anticipation. Even as the Christmas season has become more secular—with advertisers urging holiday gift-givers to buy and buy some more—Advent still brings joy and the observance of ancient customs. Christian families find quiet moments lighting candles in the Advent wreath, and children use Advent calendars to count the days until Christmas.   The History of Advent Advent has probably been observed since the fourth century. Originally, it was a time when converts to Christianity readied themselves for baptism. During the Middle Ages, Advent became associated with preparation for the Second Coming. In early days Advent lasted from November 11, the feast of St. Martin, until Christmas Day. Advent was considered a pre-Christmas season of Lent when Christians devoted themselves to prayer and fasting. The Orthodox Eastern Church observes a similar Lenten season, from November 15 until Christmas, rather than Advent. Many Christians still view Advent as a season to prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus. In more recent years, however, it has also come to be thought of as a time of anticipating the Nativity, on Christmas Day. Advent Wreaths Advent wreaths have their origins in the folk traditions of northern Europe, where in the deep of winter people lit candles on wheel-shaped...

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