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 +
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 Loon Lake “Prayer Beyond Words”
A Christmas Blessing
May Love come alive within your heart as Christmas time draws near.
May hope fill each room you decorate and bring joy to those you hold dear.
May peace be before you at every meal and faith ring through every song.
For Christ is alive, the light of the world, may he bless you all season long.
- Author unknown
How will I share the gifts I receive of love, hope, peace, and faith?
Personal Hygiene Items needed for Ignite
Ignite is a women’s rights and activism club at Gleneagle Secondary in Coquitlam that has started a project to help women in need in the tri-cities area with care packages made of a variety of essential items (feminine hygiene products, dentist hygiene products, soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc). A basket by the main doors of the church is available to receive your donations for the next three weeks.
Budget Proposals Requested
The parish council will be preparing a draft budget for 2018 to present to the Annual Vestry Meeting. If your group needs continued or new funding for materials or programming in 2018, please submit a proposal to our Treasurer Chelsea Belyk by January 14.
Order of the Diocese of New Westminster
Several suggestions for recognizing individuals have been received and will be considered by parish council for our one nomination to the Bishop. It is not too late to submit your recommendation. See http://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/programs/the-odnw
In the Anglican Communion-
* Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby; Primate of Canada Fred Hiltz and Indigenous Archbishop Mark McDonald; BC & Yukon Archbishop John Privett; Council of the North Diocese of Athabasca (Alberta)
* 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. Stephen the Martyr, Burnaby – The Rev. April Stanley
St. Stephen, West Vancouver – The Rev. Jonathan Lloyd, The Rev. Ayoob Adwar
St. John the Apostle, Port Moody – The Rev. Stephanie Shepard, The Rev. Anne Anchor, The Rev. Trudi Shaw, The Rev. Michael Chin
St. John the Evangelist, North Vancouver – The Rev. Patrick Blaney
St. John the Divine, Maple Ridge – The Rev. Georgina Harris
St. John the Divine, Squamish – The Rev. Nicholas Parker
St. John, Shaughnessy – The Ven. John Stephens, The Rev. Liz Hamel, The Rev. Pitman Potter
*The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada- National Bishop Susan Johnson, BC Synod Bishop Greg Mohr;
*In our parish:
The work of the Canonical Committee as the first draft of the Parish Profile is prepared
*The brothers and sisters who share our worship space: The Port Moody Korean Presbyterian Church and the Polish Evangelical Church.
Readings for December 31, 2017 Epiphany & Feast of St. John the Apostle
Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12
Important Contact Information
Interim Priest– The Rev. Stephanie Shepard email@example.com or 778-773-6816
Parish Office– Karen Evans firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-936-7762
Maureen Simons email@example.com or through the parish office
Treasurer– Chelsea Belyk firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Council– Adelaine Miller, Secretary email@example.com
Altar Guild– Brenda Binns Brenda.Binns@hotmail.com
St. John Prayer Circle– Sue Elliott Elliott.firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastoral Visiting Ministry– Joanne Walton email@example.com
or Alma Oldenburg firstname.lastname@example.org
Anglican Church Women (ACW)- Sue Hall 604-936-0176 email@example.com
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