The E-postle – August 13, 2017

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 )

 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” orange shirt, please speak to deacon Trudi.


Yours in Christ, Stephanie+

Upcoming Dates

August 14-1:30-3 pm, Seniors’ Tea in the hall.  Bring a friend or neighbour and beat the heat.

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 24- beginning 9:30 am, Walk for Reconciliation at Queen Elizabeth Plaza

September 30- Orange Shirt Day

November 4- Fall Bazaar


Stewardship Reflection
“Jesus said to him, if you are able?! All things can be done for the one who believes”


Do we sometimes think too small when we imagine what we can do for God?

How can we apply this to our stewardship at St. Johns?

Hats On for the Seniors’ Tea

A selection of beautiful ladies’ hats will be available for viewing and sale after this Sunday’s 10 am service.  Buy one and wear it to the Seniors’ Tea on Monday.  Or perhaps there is a summer garden party or wedding still on your calendar?  For more information, contact Sue Elliott.

Education for Ministry

A reminder that if you are being called to enroll in EfM, please contact Anne Anchor at

 Summer Program for Young People

Children are invited to explore stories and activities during part of the 10 am service with Ts’uwtun, our helper bear.  This week’s First People’s Principle of Learning is “Learning is embedded in memory, history, and story”.  The animal chosen for this week is the raven.

Fall Bazaar Planning

A coordinator is needed to make the Fall Bazaar Saturday November 4 a rousing success as a fundraiser and community event. Mentorship and support will be provided.  Please contact Ferne Malcolme.

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. Mary, Kerrisdale and The Reverend Christine Rowe, The Reverend Liz Ruder-Celiz

St. Mary the Virgin, South Hill and The Reverend Expedito Farinas

St. Mary the Virgin, Sapperton and The Reverend Armin Amayag

Remo – (Lagos, Nigeria) and The Rt Revd Michael Fape

The Canadian Council of the North- Bishop Michael Hawkins, Chair, Bishop Lydia Mamakwa, Vice-Chair and all the members of
the Council as they work towards a vision of structures shaped by mission.

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 11, August 20, 2017 

Genesis 45:1-15; Romans 11:1-2a and 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28

Important Contact Information

Interim Priest– The Rev. Stephanie Shepard or 778-773-6816

Parish Office– Karen Evans or 604-936-7762

Wardens– Geri Grigg Terry Walton terry&

Maureen Simons or through the parish office

Treasurer– Chelsea Belyk

Parish Council– Adelaine Miller, Secretary

Altar Guild– Brenda Binns

St. John Prayer Circle– Sue Ellliott

Pastoral Visiting Ministry– Joanne Walton terry&

or Alma Oldenburg

Anglican Church Women (ACW)- Sue Hall 604-936-0176


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