THE E-POSTLE October 7, 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”
Tuesday Oct 9 10:30-noon, Bible Study in the parish hall
Saturday Oct 13 Special Synod on proposed changes to Canon 2 & 3
Saturday Nov 3 Investiture of New Members to the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster at Massey Theatre starting at 10.30
Saturday Nov 10 Fall Bazaar
Tues Nov 20 Rev. Vivian Lam 1st day begins at St. Johns
Tues Dec 11 Rev. Vivian Lam’s Induction – 7 pm with rehearsal at 6 pm.
As we gather for worship this weekend, we will be in the midst of celebrating both National and Harvest Thanksgiving. It is a time when we will remember in our worship the great blessings which God bestows upon us and upon our earth and give thanks. Autumn is always a beautiful time of year as we see firsthand the beauty of the changing colours of leaves and a dramatic alteration of landscape that results from it. Every year it feels like the ending of one chapter in our lives, and the beginning of another. Even in our church we begin a new liturgical year with the end of the Season of Pentecost and the arrival of Advent. It can be a very reflective and introspective time. In addition to this, we will consider the wonderful blessing of having important and significant people in our lives, be it family, friends, colleagues, or neighbours, and we will consider how we can bring renewed hope and be a true presence to those who have no one at this celebratory time. And this week, we will, with humility, give thanks for the overall abundance that we have been given in every other aspect of our lives. We will offer up prayers of gratitude for God’s love, mercy and grace.
As mentioned in my submission in last week’s E-postle, October is Stewardship month. This week, we will be concentrating on our community partners and how we can become more involved in projects within our local neighbourhood and beyond. Below, you will see that, on Sunday, we have two people coming to give a testimonial during the service on the work of the Metro Vancouver Alliance. They will also set up a table in the Parish Hall so that, at Coffee Hour, we can gather information and ask questions about their work and programs. It promises to be a wonderful day.
I send you every blessing.
Reverend Tim Morgan
Metro Vancouver Alliance (MVA)
Metro Vancouver Alliance (MVA) will be joining us this Sunday to showcase their exciting work. MVA is a partnership between organized labour, faith and community groups working together to create a civil society. The Diocese of New Westminster is a sponsoring partner and the Eco-Justice Unit is a member. You can check out their website at www.metvanalliance.org.
Are you interested in cooking together? Are you interested in being part of a new ministry or simply sharing a cooking lesson or recipe with your fellow parishioners? Please let Geri or Mary Lou know. If we get enough interest, we will have a quick get together after church one day to discuss details.
Stewardship Reflection – Taken from Glen Mitchells book “Draw near to God”.
Jesus taught us to put God’s priorities ahead of our own. This involves an act of faith so I will look at us as a community of faith:
1 Why are so many of us sitting in this church today? Many will say it’s because they were born Anglican. Others will say they want to offer thanks and praise to God. Some will say it’s the feeling of community.
2: All of us should answer this question from time to time. It will reveal that our own reasons are a powerful affirmation of our faith. It will help us to realize that coming to church is a necessary part of our lives. It will help us to see that the body of Christ is a living reality in our fellow parishioners.
Question: How are the people of St. John’s living as a community of Faith?
We have many people involved in parish activities. There are many volunteers ministering to the need of the parish and our neighbourhood. Many attend weekly Eucharist. Many are weekly envelope users providing a percentage of the money needed to keep the parish open.
This is impressive evidence of putting God’s priorities first in our parish. Your offer of ministry is not only needed but deeply appreciated and helps our community grow!
Flowers for the Altar
The Altar Guild would like to draw your attention to the flower chart in the Narthex by the Chapel door. Please consider signing up to place flowers at the Altar in thanksgiving for something, or in loving memory of a family member or friend. A member of the Altar Guild will contact you the week before the date you have chosen to see what type of flowers you would like and the wording for the Bulletin. The following weeks are still open October 28, and December 23. Thank you.
CHRISTMAS TOY RUN – Sunday 7th October 2018.
Please be reminded that the annual event will launch from Coquitlam Mall at 9:30 am this Sunday with some 2000 motorcyclists driving to the PNE grounds via Barnet Highway. St John Street will be closed by 9.30 am. You may bring your breakfast to share with others.
Mission to Seafarers’
Once again, the ACW is collecting gently-used stuffed toy animals for the Mission to Seafarers’
Sailors to take back to their families at Christmastime. Please see Sylvia Bradley if you are able
to donate. Thank you.
Thrifty’s Smile card
The Thrifty’s Smile card fundraising is up and running for 2018. We are raising money to purchase music supplies. Use your Smile Card to support this initiative.
Proteins needed for St. Johns Food Bank Thanksgiving
Protein-rich foods are often the most expensive items for families to purchase when grocery shopping. People on limited budgets often cannot afford them, and make do with stodgy foods to fill stomachs. Please help those who need them by donating the following to St. Johns Food Bank in October:
- tinned salmon, tuna, chicken, beef (not all can eat pork products)
shelf stable nut butters
dried or tinned beans and peas
powdered or shelf stable milks
meaty stews or soups
Bring your offerings on Sunday, drop off during the week Monday through Thursday 9 am to 1 pm, or give some money to this ministry towards the purchase of fresh products.
Mission Trip to Guyana
Brenda Lou-Hing is seeking financial support for her trip to Guyana. Brenda has been volunteering for several years supporting an orphanage in Guyana. In January 2019 Brenda will be returning to Guyana to take on a volunteer position at the Children and Protection Agency. Brenda’s expenses will exceed $10,000 which she must provide herself. Several parishioners have made donations to her mission in the past. Brenda will gratefully accept donations in person but has also set up an electronic option at https://www.gofundme.com/manage/c69dx-volunteering-in-guyana/donations.
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund has sent an emergency grant of $5,000 to the Diocese of the Yukon to support the people of Telegraph Creek. If you wish to donate, please log on the PWRDF website to do so, or phone, or mail a cheque. https://pwrdf.org/donate/how-to-donate/
3030 Gordon Avenue – Transition Housing
We need more volunteers for this ministry. You will only need to put in 2 hours every 4 weeks.
In preparation for the cold weather in the horizon, the shelter is in need of blankets (twin and double – not down duvets), winter and rain jackets, sweat pants size medium and large, hoodies, gloves, new underwear, socks, sports bras, belts, umbrellas, shoes and boots all for both men and women. Running shoes and underwear for both men and women and some smaller sized jeans and leggings (ladies).
Please connect with Marylou Kyle or Betty Moore if you are interested
in giving a helping hand or have any of the above to contribute.
For info on this project, please check them out at
In the Anglican Communion-
- Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby; Primate of Canada Fred Hiltz and Indigenous Archbishop
Mark McDonald; BC & Yukon Archbishop Melissa Skelton;
- our partner Diocese of Northern Philippines, Bishop Brent Alawas, and especially the people of our twin church at St. Johns Mission, Bila, Mountain Province;
Mission to Seafarers – The Reverend Peter Smyth
Vancouver General Hospital – The Reverend Bryan Rivers
St. Jude Anglican Home – The Reverend Clare Morgan
College and University Campus Ministries – The Reverend Alain-Michel Rocheleau
Chaplains to the Retired Clergy – The Reverend Karin Fulcher,
The Reverend Neil Gray
*In our parish: The Salami family
*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 October 7, 2018
Job 1:1, 2:1-10; Psalm 26, Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16
Readings for October 14, 2018
Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22: 1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10: 17-31
Important Contact Information
Priest-in-Charge – The Rev. Timothy Morgan firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-936-7762
Parish Office– Kelly Million email@example.com or 604-936-7762: 9 am- 1 pm Monday through Thursday
Treasurer– Cedric Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
Envelope Secretary- Sheila de Vaal email@example.com
Parish Council– Adelaine Miller, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Altar Guild– Brenda Binns Brenda.Binns@hotmail.com
St. John Prayer Circle– Sue Elliott Elliott.email@example.com
Pastoral Visiting Ministry– Joanne Walton firstname.lastname@example.org
or Alma Oldenburg email@example.com
Anglican Church Women (ACW)- Sue Hall 604-936-0176 firstname.lastname@example.org
FALL BAZAAR – SATURDAY, November 10th
10:00 – 2:30
This is a Parish Event and something supported and enjoyed by most everyone in our parish. It is not only a major fund raiser for St. John’s but one of our faces to the community at large so let us put the effort in to make this a special event. Please note that we are holding the bazaar one week later than in previous years.
We are trying something a little different this year – An Uncoordinated Bazaar! Due to the lack of an event coordinator we have agreed to continue this year with the convenors of each area taking responsibility for staffing and setting up that area. (There will still be an initial set up on Thursday afternoon to put the tables in place and make the table coverings available.)
To date we have convenors for the following areas:
Advertising: Alma Oldenburgh
Raffle: Ann Adair Austin & Rosa Weisensel
Handicrafts: Mickey Marshall & Sue Elliott
Nu 2 U: Joanne Walton
Games: Ann Adair Austin
Kitchen: Ferne Malcolm
White Elephant: Debora Jones Akiyama
Counrty Store: Sharon Cooper
Goodie Tins: Sue Elliott
We are still looking for convenors for the BAKE TABLE and LUNCH SERVERS. If you are willing to convene please see Ann Adair Austin after the 10:00 am service as she will have the sign up sheet. If you wish to volunteer to help see Ann or the convenor for the area you would like to help in.
For those who maybe unfamiliar with the Bazaar this is an overview and suggestions of how you might contribute. I’m sure there maybe more information from individual convenors later but……………..
Bake Table: A very popular area and a chance for our wonderful bakers to show off a little.
Handicrafts: Once again we ask our talented knitters, sewers and crafters to use their special talents. It is always interesting to see their creations.
Country Store: Our special area for jams, jellies, relishes and all kinds of special little treats. We look forward to seeing your special creations.
Nu 2 U: This is were we feature new or nearly new items. Jewellery is always a great attraction.
White Elephant: We generally have a lot of good quality used items to recycle be it books, kitchen treasures or household items. (No T.V. or computer items, please.)
Soup & Sandwich Lunch: We believe this is one of the best values to be had at any bazaar. For only $6.00 you get soup, sandwich, desert and tea or coffee. Please come and bring your friends.
Raffle Prizes – 1st prize: a large gourmet gift basket, 2nd prize: a small gourmet gift basket, 3rd prize: a toiletry basket, 4th prize: an Entertainment book. We are seeking donations for the gourmet and toiletry baskets. Suggestions: non perishable items, such as pickles, relish, crackers, cookies, jam, chocolates, napkins etc. (no alcohol please). Also: soaps, lotions, perfumed creams, colognes etc. If you would like to make a donation, please talk to Ann Adair-Austin, Sue Hall or Rosa Weisensal.
Raffle Tickets – Tickets will be available at the 8.30 and 10 am services
There is a little free space in the PMC so White Elephant items may be brought in a week or so ahead…………that would be a big help.
Items for Crafts and Nu 2 U may be brought in on Sunday, Nov. 4 or during the following week.
Bake Table items maybe brought in on Friday, Nov. 9 or if not otherwise possible Saturday morning.
Look forward to seeing you on Saturday, Nov. 10th between 10:00 & 2:30.
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