The E-Postle

E-postle – September 24th, 2017

The E-postle September 24, 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” – draft mission statement Interim Process Update The Interim working group, comprised of your wardens and Synod delegates and alternates, met on Tuesday September 19 to review the parish survey results.  65 responses were received.  After considering the questions for the interim process posed by our Diocesan Bishop Melissa Skelton, the group feels that this parish is ready to move to the formal canonical process.  It is up to the Bishop now whether she agrees with this assessment or whether there are holes in our preparation we still need to address. Once the green light is given for the canonical process, this begins a new stage of writing the parish profile, which is an invitation for a priest to apply for the position of incumbent of St. John the Apostle.  This document must reflect the truth and depth of this community’s identity in order to find a good fit in the candidates to be interviewed. The parish profile will be drafted and shared with the congregation for reflection.  It will then be sent to the Diocesan office.  If Bishop Melissa feels that what has been written truly captures the essence of God’s work through St. Johns, the document will be advertised with the invitation for clergy to apply.  However, the process of writing a parish profile usually goes through several drafts, so this could take a couple of months to complete. In the meantime, St. Johns will be continuing to make adaptive changes towards becoming a more loving and effective means of God’s grace in living...

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E-postle – September 17th, 2017

The E-postle September 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” – draft mission statement YES This is a long version of the E-postle.  Keep reading:there is so much good ministry happening at St. Johns this fall Port Moody Welcome Post Project and Orange Shirt Day October 1st Some parish clergy have met with Tasha Faye Evans who has been coordinating the Welcome Post Project over the summer. Her dream is to have a Welcome Post carved and placed in Rocky Point Park that is the gateway (as I learned from Reuben George) to the Salish Sea.  Further to the last message advising that Council has approved financial support of this project we are confirming that October 1 st will be our recognition of our commitment to The Year of Reconciliation and to ongoing reconciliation. On this Orange Shirt Day ‘Every Child Matters’, Tasha will join us and speak to us further on the Welcome Post Project and of her dream and vision. Our ‘First Nations 101’ study, the children’s program over the summer of ‘First Peoples Principles of Learning’, our continuing support of ‘The Bird’s Nest’ along with other activities of the past are all part of our ongoing steps to reconciliation. There will be other ways in which we can be involved in this Port Moody event as June 2018 arrives. Yours in Christ, Deacon Anne Upcoming Dates September 17- 10 am, Baptism of Alexander Brian McGlashan September 17- after 10 am service, “Back to Church” Parish Picnic September 19- 10:30- noon and 7:15-8:45 pm, First Nations 101 book study September 19- 6-8...

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E-postle – September 10th, 2017

The E-postle September 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” – mission statement Make the Parish Survey Your Voice in the Process St. Johns is now at the 9 month point in the interim process towards a new rector.   The parish survey has gone out by email with a link to “Survey Monkey”.  Paper copies are now available in the church and the parish office, both for adults and younger members.  The next stage of the canonical process depends on your prayerful responses.  From all that we have explored in 2017, a parish profile will be prepared that reflects both the reality of St. Johns and where the parish believes God is calling it in the future. Our task so far has been to: Encourage stories about the past Develop a narrative history Invite stories that advance a sense of strength and gratitude Assess the parish strengths and impediments Identify and begin to implement adaptive changes as needed What does this mean in real terms for this fall?  I will continue to sit down and talk to groups in the parish about how St. Johns can be open and responsive to engaging the wider community as apostles of Christ.  Let’s discuss how we show the world God’s love through our values, our actions, and our physical presence here in Port Moody.  What does our building, our website, our worship, and our outreach say about who we believe God is calling us to be?  Readiness to invite, encourage, and support new partners in ministry will mark where this community is positioned to grow in faith and numbers....

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E-postle – September 3rd, 2017

The E-postle September 3, 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” – mission statement Survey Out Yours in Christ, Stephanie + Upcoming Dates September 6-9:30 am – noon, Coffee & Crafts in the parish hall September 17- after 10 am service, “Back to Church” Parish Picnic September 17- 10 am Baptism of Alexander Brian McGlashan September 23- 3:30 pm, Wedding of Sherrill Hardy and Bruce Wise September 24- beginning 9:30 am, Walk for Reconciliation at Queen Elizabeth Plaza September 30- Orange Shirt Day (wear them to church on October 1 too!) October 8- Thanksgiving Sunday November 4- 10 am – 2:30 pm, Fall Bazaar EfM Start-up On Wednesday September 13th at 6:45 we are having an open-house evening for anyone who may be interested in starting the Education for Ministry course this year, we will gather in the PMC, the house west of the church. This will be an opportunity to meet others in the program or those that are thinking of it. It will be an introductory evening for all that come, we will have discussion of the contents of each year with review of the Reading and Reflection Guide Year A entitled “Living Faithfully in Your World”, a schedule will be set, the group norms will be set and a discussion of our individual expectations. Oh yes of course there will be worship and snacks. Stewardship Reflection “We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us” – Romans 1 :6 “God’s spiritual gifts are a way of getting his work done.  Gifts are a demonstration of God’s Grace” (from the book Making Love...

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The E-postle – August 27, 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” – mission statement Surveying the Landscape Before a new building goes up, a surveyor takes measurements of the surrounding land to see how it will fit.  Before a new priest is called to the community of St. John the Apostle, our parish council has to take the measure of the congregation and estimate how it is willing to grow and change with new leadership. In the coming week, you will be receiving an email survey.  The questions cover some of the same ground that focus groups and forums have engaged in, but we are aware that not all people may have been able to attend or felt comfortable speaking up in a group setting.  As well, considering the last eight months of interim ministry, it is important to check whether priorities have altered or a new direction has emerged. Please, therefore, take the time to respond to the survey.  The more responses we have in this format, the better the canonical committee will be able to compare data received.  For those parishioners who do not have email, paper copies will be available and the parish will make every effort to get it out to everyone on the parish list.  Help the parish council have the tools to shift gears and move forward in the canonical process this fall at St. Johns. Yours in Christ, Stephanie + Upcoming Dates August 28- 2 pm, funeral for Lorne Sashaw, at Burquitlam Funeral Home 625 North Road August 28- 7 pm, Parish Council in the PMC. All are welcome to attend September 10- after...

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E-postle for August 20th, 2017

The E-postle August 20, 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” – mission statement St. Johns Street Car-Free on August 20 On this coming Sunday, the City of Port Moody is hosting a “Car-Free Day”.  St. Johns Street is closed to all vehicle traffic between Moody and Douglas streets from 6 am to 10 pm.  Street parking on surrounding roads will be extremely limited.  The parking lot for the church will be accessible from Douglas and Elgin streets along the lane.  However, this is a great day to consider carpooling with another parishioner in your area!  Team up and save on spaces.  The following map was published by the City:  As we open our doors this Sunday, let’s present welcoming and friendly faces to the people of Port Moody.  Encourage visitors to join us in worship and check out our faith community. Yours in Christ, Stephanie + Upcoming Dates August 25- funeral for Bill Shields at St. John’s at 2:30 pm August 28- 2 pm, funeral for Lorne Sashaw at Burquitlam Funeral Home August 28- 7 pm, Parish Council in the PMC. All are welcome to attend September 10- after 10 am service, “Back to Church” Parish Picnic September 17- 10 am Baptism of Alexander Brian McGlashan September 23- 3:30 pm, Wedding of Sherrill Hardy and Bruce Wise September 24- beginning 9:30 am, Walk for Reconciliation at Queen Elizabeth Plaza September 30- Orange Shirt Day (wear them to church on October 1 too!) October 8- Thanksgiving Sunday November 4- Fall Bazaar Two Gentle Farewells In the coming week, we entrust two long-standing members of St. Johns community...

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The E-postle – August 13, 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” – mission statement What is Orange Shirt Day? image credit to Andy Everson   Orange Shirt Day is celebrated on September 30.  Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of the experience of a little girl named Phyllis having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.  Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.  (from www.orangeshirtday.org )  This year, wear an orange shirt on September 30 wherever you are.  You are invited to also wear it on Sunday October 1 so we may remember as a faith community to stand in solidarity with people of all races who desire to raise children with hope.  Those interested in purchasing a special 2017 “Every Child Matters”...

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The E-postle – July 30th, 2017

The E-postle July 30, 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” – mission statement Sacred Music Last Sunday, July 23, everyone in the congregation that was present got to choose their favourite hymn.  We selected a few to sing during the service.  What we sing reflects what we believe.  Music in liturgy has an important role to play in expressing our faith, reinforcing the teaching of Christ, and challenging our assumptions about how God works in the world. Interestingly, the songs chosen reflect what the members of this community hold dear. The top five hymns chosen were “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, “Morning Has Broken”, “Be Thou My Vision”, “Come and Journey”, and “Holy, Holy, Holy”.  Many of the submissions had themes of praise and trust in God.  Interestingly, there were fewer choices that centre on sharing one’s faith, outreach, and mission.  These are areas that challenge us to move from our comfort zones (even in singing) and express solidarity with God’s mission and goals. In our life together in community, we try to have a balance of old and new songs, personal and corporate expressions, joyful outpourings and lament.  The worship group will try and incorporate the hymns you suggested into the coming weeks.  As you rejoice in some and struggle with others, remember that they carry the hopes and prayers of others in our parish.  And when a new hymn comes on a Sunday morning, you are encouraged to try it to hear what God is calling out of you.  Be an active participant in the liturgy and “make a joyful noise...

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The E-postle – July 23rd, 2017

The E-postle July 23, 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” – mission statement Education for Ministry (aka EfM) for Fall 2017 As we study more of our scripture and our tradition, we work towards developing and creating a faith that means most to us.  Study is not about denying what was said in the past but about learning how God’s message from the past impacts our actions now and in the future. In a recent posting in his daily reflection Richard Rohr wrote …“transformation does not mean simply acquiring a new set of beliefs, but becoming a new person, a person in communion with God and others through Jesus Christ. It is in that moment that we can love each other unconditionally, not to get something in return, but because we are all held together in the love of God.” The EfM program offers a chance for us to transform ourselves into being all that God wants us to be and to be bearers of God’s love with all of creation. The theme for each year of study is Year A  “Living Faithfully in Your World” Year B  “Living Faithfully in the Global Village” Year C  “Living as Spiritually Mature Christians” Year D  “Our Journey into God”. The EfM curriculum has been recently updated. Some of the study materials over the four years are: Hebrew Scripture (Year A); Christian Testament (Year B); ‘The First Three Thousand Years of Christianity’ (Diarmaid MacCulloch) (Year C); ‘Theology: A Very Short Introduction’ (David Ford),  ‘Mysteries of Faith’ (Mark McIntosh), ‘The Christian Moral Life: Practices of Piety’ (Timothy F. Sedgwick), ‘My...

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The E-postle – July 16, 2017

    Summer for the children Last week we introduced the learning topic during the summer for the children, during the readings and homily. They will be learning the ‘First People’s Principles of Learning’ The First Principle for last week was….      ‘Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits and the ancestors’ and the image selected for this was the whale. Each principle is also a reflection of what they learn in Godly Play about God and Jesus. A First Nations bear puppet, that we have named Ts’owton and means helper in Strait Salish, will be the leader to the class and return to the liturgy This week the children will be introduced to the Second Principle…. Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (Focused on             connectedness, on reciprocal relationships and a sense of place).   The symbol chosen for this is the wolf. These summer  sessions have been prepared by Christina Anchor and Deacon Anne.   “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” – mission statement   Yours in Christ, Stephanie+   Upcoming Dates July 16- guest preacher and presider the Rev. Peter Smythe, Mission to Seafarers July 17- 7:30-9 pm, Beer & Bible at the Parkside Brewery, 2731 Murray Street, Port Moody July 23- “Hymns from a Hat” Sunday July 26- 9:30 onwards, Coffee & Crafts in the hall   Stewardship Reflection Do we put God First in our lives? Financial resources and their proper use are a popular theme in the Bible.We are expected to make informed and appropriate decisions about our resources. What...

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