E-postle – March 18th, 2018

E-postle - March 18th, 2018

The E-postle-March 18, 2018

“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”

Upcoming Dates

Thursday March 15-   7 pm, Anglican Church Women meeting in hall (NOTE new meeting time)

Sunday March 18-      12:30 to 2:30 pm, Sexual Misconduct Policy workshop at St. Laurence

Tuesday March 20-    10:30- noon, “Meeting Jesus in John”, join us in the hall to discuss the  Workbook

4-5 pm, Catechism Group

Wed. March 21-         9:30 am onwards, Spring Clean-up of the church

Saturday March 24-   Parish Council Retreat at deacon Anne’s home


Sunday March 25-      8:30 & 10 am, Palm Sunday services

Tuesday March 27      12:10 pm Chrism Mass at Christ Church Cathedral, followed by lunch

Thursday March 29    6 pm supper, 7 pm Maundy Thursday worship

Friday March 30         10 am Stations of the Cross, 11 am Good Friday worship

EASTER April 1-          8:30 & 10 am, Easter Sunday services

Sunday April 29-         8:30 am onwards, Episcopal Visit and Confirmations with Bishop Melissa Skelton

Saturday May 26-       Mission Conference for the Diocese of New Westminster

Saying Farewell but not Goodbye to Karen Evans

After 13 years in the parish office at St. John the Apostle, administrator Karen Evans is leaving her position to pursue a full-time vocation in foods ministry.  Starting April 4, 2018, Karen will be sous-chef at a new restaurant in Queensborough. She’s not afraid of long hours and hard work; she’s worked for the Church!  Karen’s love of feeding people showed itself through the Food Bank here at St. Johns as well as many parish events.  We will miss her personality in the office, but hope to see her as a parishioner after she settles into her new responsibilities.  The parish now begins the search process for a new office administrator.  In the meantime, the leadership will discern which duties can be at least temporarily taken on by volunteers in April.

3030 Gordon Homeless Shelter in Coquitlam

For the past 10 years, members of St. John’s have been supporting the Homeless in the Tri-Cities. During the time of the Cold Weather Mat Program we helped feed the homeless while they stayed at St. Andrew’s United Church. Now volunteers are helping in the clothing distribution room at the shelter at 3030 Gordon Ave in Coquitlam.

There are five volunteers who on a monthly rotational basis have been helping faithfully. We give thanks for their ministry to the vulnerable individuals in our community.  As with all volunteers there comes a time when they need to take a break or withdraw from a ministry. This is the case now and so the question is ….


Please contact Ruby Ng or Anne Anchor if you feel you are able to help with this ministry.

 Spring Clean-up

The A.C.W. is organizing a ‘Spring Cleaning’ of the church on Wednesday March 21st at 9.30 am.  Inside jobs are being planned but self-starters are welcome to make the grounds tidy for Easter too.

Acknowledgement of Traditional Territory

At the St. Johns parish council meeting of February 26, 2018, a motion was passed to encourage all groups using the church facilities to acknowledge that they are meeting on territory that is the ancestral land of First Nations peoples.  A simple form at the beginning of your group’s time together can be adapted as part of your welcome/coming to order.  You could try:

As we gather on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish Nations, let us pray that the Spirit’s reconciling love will be with us.


We acknowledge that we are meeting today on traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples, and are grateful to the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, Musqueam, and Kwitwelam Nations.

Stewardship Reflection

Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbour as yourself?

                                                            – baptismal covenant of the Anglican Church of Canada

Who is the neighbour you need to seek and serve?

Chrism Mass and Renewal of Baptismal Vows

You have until March 22 to register to attend this event.  Click on the following link:



Prayer Cycle

In the Anglican Communion-

* Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby; Primate of Canada Fred Hiltz and Indigenous Archbishop Mark McDonald; BC & Yukon Archbishop John Privett; the Territory of the People (formerly the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior of BC),

* our partner Diocese of Northern Philippines, Bishop Brent Alawas, and especially the people of our twin church at St. Johns Mission, Bila, Mountain Province;

* Diocesan Bishop Melissa Skelton and this week:

St. Cuthbert, Delta – The Reverend Paul Woehrle

*In our parish:

Those preparing for confirmation and reaffirmation:  Breanna, Sarah, Emelia, Brianna, Chelsea, Sue, Bryan, Joanne, Bob, Heather, Cori

*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 March 25, 2018      Palm Sunday

A dramatic reading of the passion story from the gospel of Mark will span Mark 14:12 – 15:47.

Please speak to Stephanie or Anne if you would like to read one of the following parts:

Narrator, Accuser 1, John, Accuser 2, Judas, Jesus, Chief Priest, Peter, Servant, Pilate

Important Contact Information

Interim Priest– The Rev. Stephanie Shepard rev.seshepard@gmail.com

Parish Office–  stjohn7@shaw.ca or 604-936-7762

Wardens– Geri Grigg gerigrigg@gmail.com  or Ruby Ng rubyngchen@hotmail.com

Treasurer– Chelsea Belyk chelsea.belyk@gmail.com

Parish Council– Adelaine Miller, Secretary adelainemiller@shaw.ca

Altar Guild– Brenda Binns Brenda.Binns@hotmail.com

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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