The E-postle- June 25, 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

The Work Does Not Stop

As we come to the end of June, many of us are looking forward to some down time during the summer months.  For the community of St. Johns, however, the work continues to identify the vision and goals. It is vitally important that you keep in touch with what is going on through email, contacts, and participation in the ongoing interim process.

Your reflections on the Sources of Transformation gatherings during Lent, the parish forum on Goals and Marks of Mission, and the Liturgy Workshop are being collated for themes.  Based on what you have provided, an interim working group composed of the wardens and synod delegates/alternates is busy with four tasks:

  1. To develop an electronic/written survey for individuals that will help each person’s voice be part of the parish identity and priorities
  2. To write a narrative statement of “who we are” as a parish
  3. To describe the challenges for this community
  4. To research the components of a parish profile document in preparation for the fall

The next step coming out of these tasks is to reflect what we have gathered back to the parish community, through group gatherings and perhaps some one-on-one visiting for those who find it difficult to attend events.  We can then discern the pieces that are still missing and how to fill in the gaps.  When we get to the stage of writing the parish profile that will call a new rector, it will reflect the depth and honesty of the work we have put into it.  Please be a part of this great work.

Yours in Christ,

Stephanie+

Upcoming Dates

June 25- 11:30 am-3 pm, Deanery Picnic at Blue Mountain Park

June 26- 7 pm, Parish Council in the Parish Ministry Centre, all welcome to attend

July 9- guest preacher and presider the Most Rev. Douglas Hambidge retired Archbishop

July 12- 9:30 onwards, Coffee & Crafts in the hall

July 16- guest preacher and presider the Rev. Peter Smythe, Mission to Seafarers

July 23- “Hymns from a Hat” Sunday

July 26- 9:30 onwards, Coffee & Crafts in the hall

Summer Program for Children at St. Johns

Our Sunday school will be taking a break from Godly Play over the summer and instead will be focusing on the 9 First Peoples Principles of Learning. The lessons will be simple and fun and will entail reading a simple children’s story book and linking the lessons of the stories to an Animal Spirit image. The children will then have a colouring activity to go along with these teachings. These lessons will take place in the Nursery and should be done in time to join in the Passing of the Peace.  Due to vacations, we are finding ourselves a bit short of teachers. All lessons will be pre-planned and all materials and teaching goals laid out, ready and waiting in the room for you! If you feel that you would like to be a part of these lessons over the summer (and perhaps continuing on when Godly Play resumes in September!), please contact Christina Anchor at clanchor15@gmail.com

 Stewardship Reflection
What are our priorities?
“Again, Jesus said, ‘take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions’” – Luke12:15

 Christ’s values are in contrast to the values of our contemporary society. We are being challenged to get our priorities right.  This is the heart and soul of Christian stewardship. The Baptismal Covenant is a helpful guide- the promises can become our Rule of Life. We dedicate ourselves to worshipping and praying, reflecting, seeking forgiveness and returning to God, living by Christ’s model, serving others in Christ’s name, and working toward justice and peace.
How might each of us carry this out, day by day and week by week?

AN IMPORTANT NOTE: Year-round stewardship means that we do not forget about God’s work when July and August roll around.  What can I do for the community of St. Johns during the summer months that is different from how I contribute the rest of the year?

 Special Sundays Coming Up

The next few Sundays each have a special focus, and ways for you to get involved in the life of St. Johns.  Our interim priest, Stephanie Shepard, will be away on vacation July 3-July 17, but…On Sunday July 9 we will be graced (literally) by retired Archbishop Douglas Hambidge, who brings his considerable experience and wisdom about stewardship to the parish.

On Sunday July 16, the Rev. Peter Smythe from the Mission to Seafarers will bring stories and news of this important diocesan ministry to those who come by ship to Burrard Inlet or Robert’s Bank.  Your contributions of warm socks or warm cookies for the seafarers is appreciated to put in our collection net this day.

On Sunday July 23 will be your opportunity to hear some special music as we play “Hymns from a Hat”.  Flip through the blue Common Praise hymnbook in the pews and consider your all-time favourite.  When you come to church that day, you will be asked to write down the number and title on a slip of paper, and we will draw entries to sing during the service.  “Silent Night” for the gradual, perhaps?  At the conclusion of the worship, how about an auction for the recessional number (How much would you pay not to hear a certain hymn?)

Coffee & Crafts: Double the Summer Fun!

The Coffee & Crafts group will be meeting twice a month in the summer to work on a variety of projects towards a fall bazaar.  Make new friends and learn new skills, or just sit and chat while admiring the handiwork of others.  All ages and abilities welcome.  Considering the parish hall has to be one of the coolest spots in town during the heat, this is the place to be.  9:30 am onwards on the following Wednesdays:  July 12, July 26, August 9, and August 23. 

No Garage Sale

No one has stepped forward to coordinate a garage sale, so there will not be a sale scheduled for this summer.  Please do not bring sale items to the Parish Ministry Centre until further notice. If you have an idea for a fundraising event that you are willing to spearhead, please speak to a warden or bring a proposal to Parish Council.  While recognizing that fundraising from parish events is important, there is understanding that parishes in transition have to prioritize how to best use people-power. If you do not have the energy to contribute time or talent to a fundraiser, consider how you can support the church’s vision budget over the summer months.

 Prayer Cycle

In the Anglican Communion- Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby; Primate of Canada Fred Hiltz; BC & Yukon Archbishop John Privett; 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. David / St. Paul, Powell River – The Reverend Faun Harriman

Our Deanery of Tri-Cities / North Burnaby – The Reverend Stephanie Shepard, Regional Dean

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada- National Bishop Susan Johnson, BC Synod Bishop 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 4:  July 2, 2017 

Genesis 22:1-14; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42

 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

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

The E-postle

June 18, 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

 

National Aboriginal Day

June 21 is celebrated across Canada as National Aboriginal Day, and the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada designates an Aboriginal Day of Prayer to be observed this day or on the Sunday closest.  This Sunday, therefore, we gather together to worship and to walk the path that Jesus sets before us towards truth, justice, and healing.  Whether we are settlers, First Nations, Inuit, or Metis on this land, we acknowledge that our Creator has given us responsibility to steward and share it with all creation.  Our gathering prayer sets the tone, as we invite the Spirit’s reconciling love to be with us.  We have still much to learn.    The following First Peoples Principles of Learning invite us to be open to other peoples’ teachings that are also grounded in the Good News.

Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors.

Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place).

Learning involves recognizing the consequences of one’s actions.

Learning involves generational roles and responsibilities.

Learning recognizes the role of indigenous knowledge.

Learning is embedded in memory, history, and story.

Learning involves patience and time.

Learning requires exploration of one’s identity.

Learning involves recognizing that some knowledge is sacred

and only shared with permission and/or in certain situations.

(for more information, visit www.fnesc.ca )

Yours in Christ,

Stephanie+

 

Upcoming Dates

June 20- 7 pm, Interim Working Group meeting in PMC

June 25- 11:30 am-3 pm, Deanery Picnic at Blue Mountain Park

June 26- 7 pm, Parish Council in the Parish Ministry Centre, all welcome to attend

July 9- guest preacher and presider the Most Rev. Douglas Hambidge, retired Archbishop

July 16- guest preacher and presider the Rev. Peter Smythe, Mission to Seafarers

Stewardship Reflection
In my Baptismal covenant, with God’s help:
I will continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers.

I will persevere in resisting evil and whenever I fall into sin, I will repent and return to the Lord.

I will proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ.

 I will seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving my neighbour as myself.

I will strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.


I will strive to safeguard the integrity of God’s creation, and respect, sustain and renew the life of the earth.

What do we give? Tom Shifflet says in living the life of the steward, as named in the Baptismal Covenant, “that each person offers whatever he\she has to Christ as a response to God.” Jesus ‘ own words are the key. “Much is required from the person to whom much is given”(Luke 12:48)

Glen Mitchell, Draw near to God

 

Interim Working Group

This week, the wardens, delegates and alternate delegates to Synod met to gauge where St. Johns is in the interim process. In the last five months, parishioners have been encouraged to be involved in the conversations, gatherings, and questions asked.  Now your ideas and comments are beginning to be collated to see what themes are emerging.  The next step will be to find ways to fill in the gaps of knowledge and to create a parish survey so that every voice will be heard and reflected in the process.

Church Picnic at  Blue Mountain Park

On Sunday June 25, 2017, Anglicans from across the Tri-Cities North Burnaby Deanery will be gathering for worship, food, and fun at Blue Mountain Park in Coquitlam.  The festivities begin at 11:30 am with a joint worship.  There will be a regular 8:30 am service and shortened 10 am service at St. Johns this day to allow people to choose to either come and have Eucharist here first or sleep in J and go directly to the park.  Following a “Prayer and Praise” in the park, lunch will be shared at the picnic shelters.  Participants are invited to bring lunch for themselves and something to share, e.g. vegetable sticks, cookies, watermelon, cheese and crackers, drinks.  That way, any guests or newcomers can be warmly invited to attend and to eat, drink, and be merry!  Those who have outdoor games suitable for any age are encouraged to bring them along (perhaps mark your name and phone number on the equipment).  Lawn darts or full contact croquet, anyone?

Refreshment Roster

The Refreshment Roster for Sundays is posted on the board where coffee is being served. Should you be willing to help out with getting coffee ready, or would like to provide TREATS for the 10 am service, please sign up or speak with Mel Moore or any of the volunteers.

A reminder that there will be no refreshments after the 10 am service on Sunday June 25 as the Deanery Picnic in Blue Mountain Park starts at 11:30 am.  Join us there for food and fellowship!

Prayer Cycle

In the Anglican Communion- Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby; Primate of Canada Fred Hiltz; BC & Yukon Archbishop John Privett; 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. Alban, Richmond –

The Reverend Maggie Rose Muldoon

St. Alban the Martyr, Burnaby –

The Reverend Roberta Fraser

St. John the Baptist, Sardis –

The Reverend Allan Carson

 

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

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

On Sunday June 18 we also celebrate those who are fathers in our lives:  our biological fathers, those we have known as Dad, and men who have encouraged, mentored, or counseled in our life journeys.  May the God who is Father of us all bless and hold them in love.

Readings for Pentecost 3: June 25th, 2017 

Genesis 21:8-21; Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39

Note: There is a regular 8:30 Eucharist and a shortened 10 am Eucharist on this Sunday.

 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

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

E-postle – June 4th, 2017

The E-postle

June 4, 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

A Spirited Community

It takes energy to change.   The natural human tendency is to resist something new because the familiar is, well, familiar.  At least we can gauge how much we have to put in to stay in the same spot.  But being stationary is not good for any living organism:  witness how sore your back gets when you sit for too long.  The Holy Spirit stirs us to restlessness, to dissatisfaction with the way things are.  But to overcome inertia, we need both a vision of where we want to get to and courage to take a first step.

Within the transition process, talking is important but talking is not enough.  God is stirring us to change.  It is about letting go of the old so that we have our hands free to grasp the new.  The work is daunting for a few parish leaders.  Each and every member must be part of the change process:  willing to make room inside to be filled by the Holy Spirit.  The gifts given at Pentecost are here among you:  wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment, and interpretation.  Bring them forward and share them so that your leaders may be strengthened and renewed.  Every voice is needed to engage in our identity and priorities.  Every ear is needed to listen for God in what others say.  And every hand is needed for first steps.  The depth of your engagement will determine how quickly the Spirit can drive us forward.

Or for those of you who like mathematics:

C      =      D              x               V              x               F               >         R

change                        dissatisfaction                                    vision                                      first steps        resistance

Yours in Christ,

Stephanie+

Readings for Pentecost, June 11th, 2017  

Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20

 

Prayer Cycle

In the Anglican Communion- Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Primate of Canada Fred Hiltz, BC & Yukon Archbishop John Privett, 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:

Holy Spirit Anglican Church, Whonnock

St. Columba, Pitt Meadows

In the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada- National Bishop Susan Johnson, BC Bishop Greg Mohr;

 

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

 

Upcoming Dates

June 4- Pentecost: wear RED (or orange or yellow)

June 5- 7 pm Website focus group in Parish Ministry Centre

June 6- 7 pm Stewardship Team meeting

June 7- 9:30 am-12 noon, Coffee & Crafts in the church hall

June 10- 10 am- 12 noon Liturgy Workshop for those with roles in worship

June 11-17 Diocesan School for Parish Development

June 15- 6 pm, ACW Wind-up Dinner with food from the Wokking Dragon

June 17- 1:30 pm, EfM Graduation service at St. Stephen’s West Vancouver

June 17- 1:30-4:30 pm, Indigenous Justice Fair at St. Stephen’s Burnaby

June 25- 11:30 am-3 pm Deanery Picnic at Blue Mountain Park

June 26- 7 pm Parish Council in the Parish Ministry Centre, all welcome to attend

 

Stewardship Reflection

“Our Baptism calls us into a life of stewardship.  As individuals baptized into the church of God we have made some significant promises. Our lives are spent learning to live into these promises… The Baptismal Covenant (Book of alternative Services, page 158-159) asks us to live in ways which obey the teachings of Jesus. This is a six-part rule of life, this is living the life of stewardship.”

–        From the book Draw near to God,  by Glen Mitchell

In living out these promises we obey the teachings of Jesus, recognizing that all belongs to God; that we are called to manage all these gifts according to God’s will, which leads to transformation of
life.  How does the Holy Spirit sustain you with the courage to will and persevere?

 

Liturgy Workshop

On Sunday mornings, the work of the people we know as worship is sustained by many roles.  On Saturday June 10, all those who help with the services are strongly encouraged to come to review what you do, encourage and train others, and share ideas for change.  If you are one of the following: sacristan, server, crucifer, intercessor, reader, greeter, or healing prayer person, you are needed from 10 am to noon.  If you feel the stirrings of an interest in helping glorify God through worship, come and see what it’s about.  Coffee, tea, and muffins will be ready for 9:30 am. For more information, speak to one of the clergy.

 

Gauging interest for Convening a Garage Sale

Is there a parishioner who is ready, willing, and able to coordinate a parish garage sale this summer?  The feasibility of this event depends on someone to be a convener and enough warm bodies to help.  Please contact one of the wardens if you are passionate about this as a fundraiser.

 

Focus Group for Website

Those interested in testing out upgrades to our parish website are invited to join a focus group on Monday June 5 at 7 pm in the Parish Ministry Centre.  Check out what we have now at www.stja.ca and email your comments on ease of use and content to the parish office at  stjohn7@shaw.ca

 

Deanery Picnic at Blue Mountain Park

On Sunday June 25, 2017, Anglicans from across the Tri-Cities North Burnaby Deanery will be gathering for worship, food, and fun at Blue Mountain Park in Coquitlam.  The festivities begin at 11:30 am with a joint worship.  There will be a regular 8:30 am service and shortened 10 am service at St. Johns this day to allow people to choose to either come and have Eucharist here first or sleep in J and go directly to the park.  Following a “Prayer and Praise” in the park, lunch will be shared at the picnic shelters.  Participants are invited to bring lunch for themselves and something to share, e.g. vegetable sticks, cookies, watermelon, cheese and crackers, drinks.  That way, any guests or newcomers can be warmly invited to attend and to eat, drink, and be merry!  Those who have outdoor games suitable for any age are encouraged to bring them along (perhaps mark your name and phone number on the equipment).  Lawn darts or full contact croquet, anyone?

 

Yes You Can go to Camp Artaban!

St. John’s has financial assistance available for a family or young person to attend a residential camp on Gambier Island.  The family camp is a wonderful introduction for children too young to attend on their own and makes a great family vacation with meals and accommodation provided.  Please speak to a warden or Stephanie about how you can make your holiday happen.

 

EfM Graduation Service 

St. Christopher’s, West Vancouver on Saturday, June 17 at 1:30 pm.  Bishop Melissa will preside and present the certificates to the grads which include two from the St John’s group.

 

Upcoming TRC Events

Thursday June 8th COMMUNITY STORIES OF TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION David Lam campus (Coquitlam)Douglas College. This is organized by Community Volunteer Connections with the First Nations Support and Healing organization and Spirit of the Children. The event is free (donations encouraged to the Spirit of the Children) It begins at 5 pm with a reception, guest panel at 6 pm, a moderated Q & A session at 7.  Register at  www.volunteerconnections.net under festivals and events.

 

Saturday June 17th at St. Stephens Burnaby (Cameron St by Lougheed Mall) 1:00 – 4:30 Indigenous Justice Fair & Performance; Hosted by DNW Anglican Indigenous Circle.   “All are welcome to an oppotunity to meet and share your work for Indigenous Justice and learn about the work of others. We will begin with tabling and sharing information in the hall and move to the church for a mask theatre performance of Qwalena with Dallas Yellowfly of Three Crows Productions. https://www.3crowsproductions.com/ This powerful piece makes connections with one family’s experiences of residential schools and will be followed by a community conversation.  All are welcome. NOTE: Content refers to residential schools, physical and sexual abuse and violence within families. Please contact us if you are considering bringing a child under the age of 12.” (from DNW Indigenous Circle Facebook page).

A.C.W. News

St. John’s A.C.W. will meet on Thursday, June 15th for their Chinese Take-Out, ‘wind-up’ dinner. The cost will be $15. All women of the Parish are welcome to attend.

At our May meeting, we resolved, as usual, to disburse funds raised throughout the year to various outreach projects. These are the projects that we chose to support this year and the funds they received: St. John’s Church (Capital Improvement Fund) $1,500, Syrian Refugees $300, Bird’s Nest $300, L’Arche $300, Mission to Seafarers $300, St. Jude’s $300, Annual Fund  (VST) $300, The Home-Coming Society$300,Tri-Cities Women’s Shelter $300.

As you are aware, the ACW hosts a bazaar in November of each year.   We have been very fortunate to have had this event coordinated by Ferne Malcolm for a number of years.  At this time, Ferne feels the need to pass on the torch and we thought it best to address this issue to the entire parish rather than just members of our ACW, hence this letter.   The bazaar is not just an ACW event but, indeed, a parish event.  As Stephanie mentioned a few weeks ago during our Parish potluck, in many instances the same people have been involved in the same tasks for a very long time.  She also mentioned that moving forward it is sometimes good to get new people to step up to the plate which would also bring “freshness” to the table as we all have different strengths and ideas.  We are searching for a person or persons who would be interested in coordinating the bazaar henceforth with, of course, help from the ACW members and Ferne will be available to assist, if needed, for this current year.  If you feel this is your calling, please speak to, or phone one of the following ACW members as soon as possible: Sue Hall (president), Antoinette Woodman (treasurer),Sylvia Bradley (secretary).

 

An Invitation to the Coffee & Crafts Group

You are invited to come for fellowship, creative ideas, and light refreshments.  Whether you are eager to explore your artistic side or bring fumble fingers to assist with ongoing projects, you are most welcome.  The group meets the first Wednesday of each month from 9:30 am to noon.  Upcoming meeting Wednesday June 7th.  For further information, contact Ferne through the parish office.

 

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

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

Deanery Picnic at Blue Mountain Park

On Sunday June 25, 2017, Anglicans from across the Tri-Cities North Burnaby Deanery will be gathering for worship, food, and fun at Blue Mountain Park in Coquitlam.  The festivities begin at 11:30 am with a joint worship.  There will be a regular 8:30 am service and shortened 10 am service at St. Johns this day to allow people to choose to either come and have Eucharist here first or sleep in J and go directly to the park.  Following a “Prayer and Praise” in the park, lunch will be shared at the picnic shelters.  Participants are invited to bring lunch for themselves and something to share, e.g. vegetable sticks, cookies, watermelon, cheese and crackers, drinks.  That way, any guests or newcomers can be warmly invited to attend and to eat, drink, and be merry!  Those who have outdoor games suitable for any age are encouraged to bring them along (perhaps mark your name and phone number on the equipment).  Lawn darts or full contact croquet, anyone?

 

The E-postle May 28, 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 Continue reading “The E-postle May 28, 2017”

Camp Artaban registraion is OPEN!

 

Registration for Camp Artaban is open and places are available in all the camps. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to experience summer camp. At Camp Artaban, we have campership bursaries to enable those who can’t afford the full fees to still attend. If you know of a child or family would benefit from Camp, please contact the Camp office for more information or to begin the application process or have the family contact us directly.

If you would like to support the campership program, we accept donations which are earmarked just for that purpose. You can donate through the Camp office or securely online at http://campartaban.com/make-a-donation.

Please do not hesitate to contact the office on 604-980-0391, 604-379-9074 or by return email.

campartaban.com

 

The E-postle May 21, 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

The Eucharist

Every time Christians gather at the table and share bread and wine, we re-live the reality of who we are as the people of God.  The celebration of the Eucharist, or “Great Thanksgiving”, is the work of the whole community.  The celebrant is the one who presides at the front, but the liturgy is a collective prayer-filled action.  All of us are participants and witnesses that it is Jesus Christ who is the host of this holy meal.  Sometimes the bread that is blessed is called “the host” to remind us of this truth, as it becomes for us the body of our Lord.

 

Every baptized person is a full member of the body of Christ and is welcome to receive both bread and wine.  Even small children may do so, and this discussion is part of the preparation for baptism. But no one has a complete theological explanation for the mystery and amazing love that is symbolized by this sacrament, and the Church doesn’t demand you to have one before you come to the table.  What we instinctively understand and are drawn toward is sometimes more than we can put into words.  We grow into a deeper maturity in faith as we learn through practice and reflection. For this reason, our communion services on Sunday May 28 at 8:30 am and 10 am will be Teaching Eucharists.  During the liturgy we will consider the meaning of some of the things we do.  There will be time after the service to ask questions of the clergy and each other.

 

In the Eucharist, we are transformed and strengthened for discipleship in the world.  Let us continue in the apostles’ teaching, in the breaking of bread and in the prayers, as our baptismal covenant affirms.

 

Yours in Christ,

Stephanie+

 

Readings for Easter 6, May 28th, 2017  

Acts 1:6-14; Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36; 1 Peter 4:12-14 & 5:6-11; John 17:1-11

 

Prayer Cycle

The Diocese of Northern Philippines, Bishop Brent Alawas and people,

BC Lutheran Bishop Greg Mohr, Anglican Diocesan Bishop Melissa Skelton, and this week:

St. Helen, Vancouver – The Reverend Scott Gould

St. Helen, Surrey – The Reverend Stephen Laskey

Diocesan Synod – officers and delegates.

Upcoming Dates

May 26-27- Diocesan Synod at the Italian Cultural Centre

May 28- Parish Visiting Ministry meeting at the Waltons’ home

May 29- 7 pm Parish Council in the Parish Ministry Centre, all welcome to attend

June 4- Pentecost: wear RED

June 11-17 Diocesan School for Parish Development

June 25- 11:30 am-3 pm Deanery Picnic at Blue Mountain Park

June 26- 7 pm Parish Council in the Parish Ministry Centre, all welcome to attend

 

Stewardship Reflection

“But as it is written ‘what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor human heart conceived, what God has
prepared for those who love him’-these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.” – 1 Corinthians 2; 9-10


God loves us. In what ways are we showing our love at St. Johns for God?

 

Opportunity to Spring Clean Your Closet and Help

Donations are needed for the 3030 Gordon Shelter. Your donation of men’s socks, underwear, sweatpants and hooded jackets are greatly appreciated. If you would like more information please contact Mary Lou Kyle at 604-461-7162 or via email at maryloukyle1234@gmail.com or Ruby Ng at 778-994-9963 or via email at rubyngchen@gmail.com

Marks of Mission Feedback at Parish Forum

At our Parish Forum on May 7, St. John’s identified the following three marks of mission as priorities for the community:

  • respond to human need by loving service
  • teach, baptize, and nurture new believers
  • seek to transform unjust structures of society, challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation

 

Through these, we proclaim the good news of the kingdom, and by them we seek to sustain and nurture creation.  In the worksheets that were circulated, those present were asked the following questions:

What ministries can make this Mark more visible to the world?

What changes to the building will make this possible?

 

The parish leadership is now beginning to collect up your responses and draw out the themes that are emerging to focus the parish vision.  Identifying the function (what God is calling us to) helps shape the form (the place we minister).  One of the learnings is that any renovations need to be “purpose built”: that is, we need to understand what we are going to use the space for.  Then building in both accessibility and flexibility is key.  Both teaching space and gathering space were raised as needful to address a growing community not only within the church but in our larger neighbourhood.

Being hospitable and a spiritual sanctuary means incorporating supportive functions such as toilets and parking and addressing safety concerns in the building.

 

Your participation in this discussion is very important.  Worksheets are available on the parish website at www.stja.ca and can be emailed back to the parish office at stjohn7@shaw.ca

 

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

St. John Prayer Circle– Sue Elliott

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

or Alma Oldenburg almaolden@hotmail.com

Parish Forum Worksheet -May 2017

Below you will find the Parish Forum Worksheet .

Your comments and opinions are important to St. John’s.

A printable version is available by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page. Please feel free to scan and email the form to the office at stja.ca or send it by mail to the parish office.

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Draft Mission Statement:

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 Five Marks of Mission:

1.    proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom

2.    teach, baptize, and nurture new believers

3.    respond to human need by loving service

4.    seek to transform unjust structures of society, challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation

5.    strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

Sources of Transformation (from the Gather-Transform-Send Model)

DIDISCALIA-STUDY & LEARNING

Mind, Heart, Practice

LEITOURGIA- WORSHIP

Holy Eucharist, Daily Office, Personal Prayer

KOINONIA- LIFE IN COMMUNITY                                                                                               DIAKONIA- ACTION

Food, Conversation, Silence                                                                                            Stewardship, Service, Evangelism

St. John Parish Forum Worksheet May 7, 2017

1.    Which of the 5 Marks of Mission is the priority for St. John the Apostle Anglican Church?  Why?

2.    What sources of transformation here already support this Mark of Mission?

3.    What ministries can make this Mark more visible to the world?

4.    What changes to the building structures will make this possible?

 

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