E-postle June 18, 2017

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,



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


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