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The E-postle – March 4, 2018

   “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” this David Walker cartoon originally appeared in the Church Times, UK., but Canadian Anglicans aren’t so different!   What Does a Parish Council Actually Do? Every local church community, under the Diocesan Canons, has persons who hold public responsibility along with the clergy for the life and business of the Parish.  At the Annual Vestry meeting, all the members of the congregation present elect or appoint those who will serve on the Parish Council or Church Committee, as it is sometimes called.  Along with the licensed clergy, these are:  the Church Wardens (right now a Bishop’s Warden and a People’s Warden), 3 Lay Delegates to Synod, 3 Alternate Lay Delegates, the Treasurer, the Council Secretary, and 3 Members-at-Large.   Members of the Parish Council are also Trustees of the Parish by the act of Incorporation for St. John the Apostle, Port Moody. Parish Council members meet regularly to oversee the decision-making processes of the parish.  They assist the Wardens and Treasurer in reviewing finances, overseeing property matters, initiating and supporting ministry and outreach, and setting and implementing goals for mission.  Every person brings particular gifts and insights to their roles which strengthen the whole. In the time between incumbents, some members of the Parish Council also form a Canonical Committee, which has responsibility for preparing a parish profile to advertise for a new priest and subsequently interviewing candidates for the position.  Those on Parish Council who are not part of the Canonical Committee (Council Secretary, Treasurer, Members-at-Large and clergy) continue the work of the parish and support the steps needed to...

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The E-postle February 25, 2018

    “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” Join the conversation at www.meetingjesusinjohn.org Welcome Back, Gary The Rev. Gary Hamblin is taking services on Sunday February 25 while Stephanie is on retreat with some members of the parish.  Gary bridged the gap between the Rev. Grant Rodger’s departure and the arrival of the interim priest, and we welcome him and his wife Joy back to minister here.   Upcoming Dates February 25- 8:30 am & 10 am, guest presider the Rev. Gary Hamblin February 25- noon, Lunar New Year lunch at Lougheed Wonton Restaurant February 26- 7-9 pm, Parish Council Meeting.  All welcome February 26- 1:30 pm, Seniors’ Tea February 28- 11 am, funeral for Fran Gordon at St. Johns with reception to follow March 3- 1 pm, World Day of Prayer at Good Shepherd Lutheran, 1504 Sprice Ave, Coquitlam March 4- 10 am, commissioning of new Parish Council March 18- 12:30 to 2:30 pm, Sexual Misconduct Policy workshop at St. Laurence March 21- 9:30 am onwards, Spring Clean-up of the church March 24- Parish Council Retreat at deacon Anne’s home April 29- Episcopal Visit and Confirmations with Bishop Melissa Skelton World Day of Prayer 2018 Next Week This year Christians around the world are offering prayer for and with the people of Suriname, a small country in north-eastern South America.  The theme is “all God’s creation is very good” from Genesis 1.  Suriname is directly affected by climate change, especially rising sea levels, and the worship educates and encourages us to reduce, re-use, and recycle as a Christian response to this global crisis.  The local service...

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The E-postle – Lent 1, 2018

  February 18, 2018 blessing of solar panels, greenfaith.org “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 Church When you think of a church, do you imagine the building or the people meeting within it?  The Church is the gathered people of God, who listen, discern, and act with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  There is no such thing as a solo Christian.  When we are baptized into the body of Christ we become part of a very large and diverse family of faith through time and space. Coming together is an important part of our spiritual development.  In the teaching, the fellowship, the breaking of bread, and the prayers, we have opportunities both to learn and to check our perceptions.  Sometimes making decisions as a group is a messy process, and we don’t always get our way.  But there is more wisdom among us than any one person brings. Listening for God means drawing the circle ever wider.  Buildings can be holy spaces, but the true Church is without walls. Yours in Christ, Stephanie + Upcoming Dates February 18- 10 am Annual Vestry Meeting beginning with Holy Eucharist February 20- 10:30-noon, “Meeting Jesus in John” Lenten study February 23-25- Spiritual Formation Weekend at Loon Lake “Prayer Beyond Words” February 25- 8:30 am & 10 am, guest presider the Rev. Gary Hamblin February 25- noon, Lunar New Year lunch at Lougheed Wonton Restaurant February 26- 7-9 pm, Parish Council Meeting.  All welcome February 26- 1:30 pm, Seniors’ Tea March 4- 10 am, commissioning of new Parish Council March 21- 9:30 am onwards, Spring Clean-up of the church...

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The E-postle February 11, 2018  Washington Cathedral window, copyright from flickr.com/photos/mjhbixby6/5700689477/  “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 Meaning of Lent In the circle of the Church year, the forty days that come before Easter are known as the season of Lent.  Following the example of Jesus, who was sent into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to prepare for his public ministry, candidates for baptism spent the forty days before Easter learning how to be better disciples of Christ.  The spiritual disciplines that evolved- penitence, prayer, fasting, acts of charity, studying scripture- came to be hallmarks for many Christians.  If you count from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday (excluding the Sundays), Lent does indeed last for forty days.  Tradition has been to give up a bad habit or take on something life-giving to practice.  This is a helpful guide, but don’t stop when you get to Easter: God give you the courage to more clearly transmit the love of Christ as you go forward into the year. Yours in Christ, Stephanie + Upcoming Dates February 11- 11:15 am, Q & A in church on Napier Property proposal following 10 am service 11:45 am, Liturgy Group meeting in vestry 2 pm, Canonical Committee meets with                                       regional archdeacon February 13- 10:30-noon, and 7-8:30 pm, “Meeting Jesus in the gospel of John” begins 4-5 pm, Catechism Group in the parish hall February 14- Ash Wednesday:  pancake supper 6 pm, services 8:30 am and 7:30 pm February 15- 1:30 pm, Anglican Church...

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THE E-POSTLE

The E-postle-January 21, 2018   “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”  “Arise and go to Nineveh” –by Yamy Engelmeyer  Hall Refreshment Project Going Forward You may have noticed a couple of changes in the parish hall in the last few months.  One of the parish’s stated priorities this year was to take some concrete steps in dealing with building issues, and the hall has been a place to practice.  A new arrangement of furniture has helped make the space more flexible for community use and increased notice space.  The closet for the community food bank has been fitted with safer shelving.  The choir room has been cleaned up and is in the midst of being painted.  This coming week the hall floor is being re-waxed. Still to come is a decision on improvements to the Godly Play room space and audiovisual upgrades.  None of these changes have been expensive, but then none of them has been able to address the larger concerns of accessibility or major renovations to the Church or Parish Ministry Centre.  It will be up to the Vestry to discuss the financial implications and securing funding in order to proceed, so as to begin a ministry plan with your new incumbent. Yours in Christ, Stephanie + Upcoming Dates January 18- 1:30 pm, ACW Annual Meeting in parish hall January 19-20- painting of choir room January 23-24- stripping and waxing of parish hall. No groups in hall these days January 24- Group and Committee reports due to parish office for Annual Vestry January 24- 4-5 pm, Catechism Group in the PMC (note: after this week...

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The E-postle for the week orf January 14, 2018

  “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”   “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening“ -! Samuel 3:10 What is Confirmation? Most of us are so attuned to our mobile phones that our attention is directed to the smallest swoosh or beep as a text or message come in.  What would it be like if we were that attuned to God’s voice in our lives?  Confirmation is an act of opening the connections for the Holy Spirit within us.  Our intention to live out our baptismal ministry is met by God’s intention to empower us.  The sacramental moment of the Bishop’s hands laid upon an individual in prayer is the outward and physical sign of this inward and spiritual grace. You may have been baptized years ago when your parents or sponsors promised to bring you up to know Christ in your life.  Or you may have made those promises for yourself, but found your spiritual journey has led you on many twists and turns since then.  The rite of Confirmation is the opportunity to invite the release of God’s spiritual gifts already within you and to mark the beginning of a deeper and more personal relationship with God. If you have already been confirmed, perhaps this is a significant time in your life when you want to re-affirm your faith.  Or if your journey has brought you from another denominational tradition, you can mark that the Anglican Church is now your spiritual home by being formally received by the Bishop.  Our Diocesan Bishop, Melissa Skelton, will be coming to St. Johns on Sunday April 29th to celebrate...

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The Epiphany E-postle 2017

  December 31, 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 symbol for St. John the Apostle is the eagle   A New Year for St. Johns This Sunday marks a double celebration for the Church.  On December 27 is the Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist.  On January 6 is the Feast of the Epiphany.  So we are combining them on December 31.  They both fall in the post-Christmas whirlwind of cookie crumbs and social invitations.    And both set us back to work as Christians.  Our patron saint’s career was to proclaim the gospel, and this community is called to follow him in evangelistic action.  The coming of the magi to visit the Christ Child heralded the good news to all nations. We may not be called to write a major theological work or to travel across the world to witness, but each of us has a part to play in sharing the good news.  Who of your parish family have you not seen in church over Christmas?  Give them a call.  Which of your neighbours or family can you invite to a service or event?  Why not try and see what happens?  What opportunity to go deeper in faith is speaking to your heart in 2018?  Make it your new year’s resolution. This year, go deeper, go farther, go more boldly in faith, and see what riches God has in store for you at St. Johns. Yours in Christ, Stephanie + Upcoming Dates January 3- 9:30-noon, Coffee & Crafts in the parish hall January 24- Group and Committee reports due to parish...

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The Christmas E-postle

December 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”  A Christmas Message In this season, hands are a little more generous, and hearts are a little kinder.  We are reminded once more of what it means to be loved and vulnerable when God is a child among us.  Why put away that Christmas spirit when we finish the holiday treats and take down the decorations?  Let’s keep the Christ Mass all year round, every time we gather as people of faith.  The origin of our feast is the Mass on the day of the Nativity when we see and hold Jesus in the bread and the wine blessed at the altar, hence “Christ-mass”. God is always with us in this sacrament we share.  Let the angels surround you on every side and rejoice as you receive in your hands what our Creator has given out of love. Christmas Eve 7pm                Family service with pageant and communion Christmas Eve 10 pm             Choral candlelight communion Christmas Day 10 am             Quiet communion with carols … and every Sunday at 8:30 am and 10 am in 2018! Yours in Christ, Stephanie + Upcoming Dates 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...

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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...

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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....

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