E-postle for July 2, 2017

E-postle for July 2, 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

Frequently Asked Questions

During this process of transition for the parish, some questions come up on a regular basis.  The interim working group of wardens and synod delegates/alternate delegates has collected together some of them into a FAQ sheet for everyone in the parish.  This important reference guide is being sent out at the same time as this E-postle.  Please take the time to read it and bring your questions to one of the following:  Sheila De Vaal, Geri Grigg, Teri Hazelton, Mary-Lou Kyle, Natasha McDonald, Ruby Ng, Tony Pellett, Maureen Simons, Terry Walton.

Yours in Christ, Stephanie+

Upcoming Dates

July 8- work party at the church

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 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?  Stewardship, in its simplest terms, asks us to put God’s priorities before our own. To give the first portion of our gifts of time, talent and money to God’s work and only then to satisfy our own needs. This leads directly to the cornerstone of stewardship: sacrificial giving.

What is first on my summer agenda?

Parish Work Party

This coming Saturday, July 8, parishioners of all abilities are encouraged to come and give an hour or two do some work around the church.  See Rich Thompson for details at rich.thompson@shaw.ca

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

 Beer & Bible Night

For those men of the parish who are looking for an excuse not to work on a home project:  why not join the interim minister Stephanie at the Parkside Brewery for a little libation and fellowship?  All comers and faith questions welcome, so come for Spirit and spirits from 7:30 to 9 pm on Monday July 17, 2017.  2731 Murray Street, Port Moody.

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. Thomas, Chilliwack – The Reverend Jennifer Burgoyne

St. Thomas, Vancouver – The Reverend Michael Batten

The Legal Officers of the Diocese – George Cadman, Q.C., Chancellor; Donald Paul, Registrar; Jennifer Dezell, Legal Assessor

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada- National Bishop Sue 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 5:  July 9, 2017 

Genesis 24:34-38; Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19 and 25-30


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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