The E-postle May 13, 2018

The E-postle

May 13, 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

Saturday May 12         2-4 pm, Spring Tea in the parish hall

Sunday May 13           after 8:30 & 10 am worship, “Where’s the Fun” fundraising discussions

Thursday May 17        6 pm, Coast Salish Protocols and preparing for ceremony, Noons Creek hatchery

7 pm-9 pm, Anglican Church Women meeting in the parish hall.  All welcome.

Sunday May 20           Pentecost:  wear something red to show your spirit and join in a parish photo

May 24 & May 31       Coast Salish wool weaving with Angela George, Noons Creek hatchery

Saturday May 26         9 am- 4 pm, Diocesan Mission Conference, Burnaby Mountain Secondary

Sunday May 27           Cedar weaving with Tsawaysia Spukwus, Noons Creek hatchery

Monday May 28          7 pm, Parish Council Meeting.  All are welcome to attend

Sunday June 3             12-2 pm, Parish Visiting Ministry meeting at the Waltons

Wednesday June 21    6 pm, Blessing Ceremony and Potlatch for Port Moody Welcome Post

Sunday September 9  Parish Welcome Back BBQ


 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the Holy Land (image Mohammed Abed, AFP, Getty)

Jerusalem Sunday

This week we turn our eyes and prayers to the Holy Land to remember the work of the Diocese of Jerusalem. For a short video on the Anglican Church of Canada’s role in support, see:

 Financial Contributions to the Church

When you give money to the Church, it is considered a charitable donation.  For identifiable contributions, you receive a receipt each February that you can utilize when filing your income tax.  (And you can always tithe on your tax refund!) Numbered envelopes to keep track of your giving are available.  Or you can authorize donations to be debited from your bank account on a monthly basis by filling out a PAD form.  This latter method helps honour your commitment to God even when you are away from your church home on vacation or other commitments.   All questions regarding contributions can be directed to the Envelope Secretary, Sheila De Vaal, through the parish office.

Where’s the FUN in Fundraising?

Coordinating an event to bring income to the parish sometimes doesn’t seem like it will be fun.  Do we volunteer and help out of a sense of duty, are unwilling to see a tradition fade away, or because we really enjoy the preparation and fellowship?  What are the barriers to stepping forward? What are the benefits?  How can we better draw in the wider community to support our efforts? Yearly parish fundraisers have included: The Spring Tea, Summer Garage Sale, and the Fall Bazaar.  Fundraisers can also be for a particular ministry, like the Birds Nest for aboriginal youth or the Re-Sponse deanery refugee efforts.   Perhaps you have an idea that you are willing to put time and effort into making a reality.  Come share your insights.  Join in a discussion about parish fundraising after the 8:30 and 10 am worship on Sunday May 13 to see where we find the joy in working together.

Introducing St. Johns New Office Administrator

Starting Monday May 14, the parish welcomes Kelly Million as the new office administrator.  Kelly will be working four mornings a week Monday through Thursday.  She brings a wealth of experience to the position; please support her ministry as she learns her new responsibilities.


Diocesan Mission Conference

Saturday May 26 from 9 am to 4 pm at Burnaby Mountain Secondary.  All Anglicans are encouraged to register and attend.  Click here for a direct link:


Stewardship Reflection

“God owns everything and we get to manage it for Him. The responsible management of these God- given resources is called Stewardship.” (Art Rainer)

How can I be a more responsible manager in what God has given me?

A heartfelt thank you to all parishioners who help make the Spring Tea such a lovely time of fellowship and community, especially the support of the St. Johns Anglican Church Women.

ACW News

The next meeting of the Anglican Church Women will be on Thursday May 17 at 7 pm in the parish hall.  At this meeting, decisions will be made about dispersing funds raised to various charitable projects.

Garden Help Wanted

Are you/do you know a strong young person who enjoys outside work and would like a part-time job?  A senior parishioner could do with some gardening help, including weeding and lawn-cutting for a reasonable rate.  Contact Stephanie through the parish office for more information.

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:

the people of St. Dunstan, Aldergrove and the Rev. David Taylor


*In our parish:

The Canonical Committee and the posting of the parish profile for a new priest


*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 May 20, 2018        Pentecost

Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 104:25-35; Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27 & 16:4b-15

Important Contact Information

Interim Priest– The Rev. Stephanie Shepard

Parish Office– or 604-936-7762: staffed 9-12 noon Monday through Thursday

Wardens– Geri Grigg  or Ruby Ng

Treasurer– Chelsea Belyk  Envelope Secretary- Sheila de Vaal

Parish Council– Adelaine Miller, Secretary

Altar Guild– Brenda Binns

St. John Prayer Circle– Sue Elliott

Pastoral Visiting Ministry– Joanne Walton terry&

or Alma Oldenburg

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


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