The E-postle August 11, 2019

The E-postle August 11, 2019

9th Sunday after Pentecost


August 11, 2019


 “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

Tuesday, August 13                 10:15am–12noon – Bible Study in the Parish Hall

Saturday, August 17                9am–1pm – Parish Garage Sale

Wednesday, August 21           1pm – 80 years+ Senior’s Birthday Celebration

Sunday, August 25                  8:30am – Morning Prayer, 10am – regular Eucharist

Monday, August 26                 7–9pm – Parish Council Meeting

Sunday, September 8              “Back to School and Church” Sunday with Parish Picnic

Sunday, September 29            Orange Shirt Day Sunday



Stewardship Reflection

Matthew 6:19-21

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal: but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is there your heart will be also.”


From Sunday by Sunday. Reflections on Stewardship from Anglican Revised Lectionary:

Earthly wealth and possessions aren’t necessarily signs that a person is living a stewardship lifestyle. Rather, as Jesus advises don’t get all wrapped up with possessions.


Thank you from the Stewardship Team

Week Two

In week two, we continue our series of thank you’s to the donors and volunteers in our beloved community with a heartfelt vote of thanks to the tireless work of our outreach volunteers.  An unknown author once said “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy….when you volunteer you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” To the members of the Food Bank team, the ACW, our prayer circle team, our pastoral visiting team, the 3030 Gordon project, The Re-Sponse project, the individuals and teams keeping our connection to our First Nations brothers and sisters strong, and those who help with, participate in, and contribute to our Fall Bazaar,  Spring tea, and garage sale to raise funds for others in need, and finally our prayer shawl team. We see your vote and we share your compassion. Thank you for your service to God’s children.

  • The Stewardship Team


New Members for the Altar Guild

The members of St. John’s Altar Guild are looking for some new members to join us.  We work in groups on a 4-week rotating schedule, usually on a Saturday morning, arranging flowers, cleaning the brass, setting up for the Eucharist and laundering the altar linens. Please speak to a member of the Altar Guild if you are interested in joining us. Contact us at


Rector Away

Vivian will be taking vacation from Monday August 12 through Sunday August 25. Please connect with Jennifer in the parish office at or Ruby at for routine parish matters during this time. For pastoral emergencies, to be connected to the on-call priest, please call the office at 604-936-7762 during business hours (M-F 9am-1pm) or Ruby after hours.

Please be sure to give a warm welcome to those serving as supply priests – the Rev. Gary Hamblin at both services on August 18, and the Rev. Bryan Rivers at the 10am service on August 25 (there will be Morning Prayer at the 8:30am service that day).


Garage Sale

Just a friendly reminder that our Annual Garage Sale is coming up this Saturday, August 17. Please bring in your items to the PMC during office hours (Mon-Fri 9 until 1). This year we are also collecting good consignment quality clothing for our sale. Please remember, no electronics and no furniture.


Coming Events

Parish Picnic on 8th September – A day when we celebrate End of Summer and “Back to School and Church”. Please invite loved ones and friends to fellowship with your church family.


Orange Shirt Day on 29th September – It is the time of year that we remember indigenous children who were taken from their homes to residential schools. Orange Shirt Day has become an annual opportunity to honour the survivors whose families and communities have been impacted by the residential school system. If you have an Orange shirt or blouse, please wear it to church. For more info, please log onto:


Parish Values

Our Parish Council has been working together over the past couple of months to create a draft of our “parish values”.  Parish values are a way for us to articulate “why” we do the things that we do, and will help clarify our parish decision-making in the future. These values will be on display in the parish hall for the next few weeks, and we invite everyone to take a look and give us feedback on them, as well as ask friends in the wider community for their feedback. Parish Council will be finetuning the parish values at our August meeting, incorporating this feedback.


A Birthday Celebration

We will be celebrating the birthdays of our parishioners that are 80 years old or older, who have birthdays between July to September, with a light lunch and birthday cake in the Parish Hall, at 1 pm on Wednesday August 21st. If you would like to attend please let Ann Adair-Austin know by August 14th by phone: 604 936 7256, or by email:


Stewardship Team

The stewardship team has begun meeting to develop a plan for this year and we are looking for volunteers to join us. Our hope is to ignite and explore passion as a reason for participating in our church family and to begin to realize each individual’s God-given unique talents and abilities that we can use to support our church and our mission in the world. If there is anyone who would like to join us in our efforts, please speak to or email Kristin Kuhn, Natasha MacDonald, or Tony Pellett, or call or email Jennifer in the office and she will hook you up with us. Come join us…it will be fun!!


Spam, spam, spam!

Please be vigilant about emails and texts that seem suspicious – there has been an uptick in scammers sending fraudulent messages to those associated with local churches in recent weeks. Our parish office recently received a fraudulent email of someone impersonating a clergy person, requesting the purchase of a music gift card for a needy person. Other common scenarios given are someone who has supposedly lost everything in a theft while traveling and needs you to send them funds. Check the address or phone number that the message comes from, and whenever possible, connect with the purported sender of the message through another means to verify. Here also is an article with some helpful general information:


Clarke Street Fire

Please join us in prayers for our neighbours who lost homes and businesses in the recent fire in the nearby 2400 block of Clarke Street. The Port Moody community has jumped into action to support them, including this GoFundMe campaign started by a local business, which describes some potential ways to help:


Proteins needed for St. John’s Food Bank

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. John’s Food Bank.

  • 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
  • cans of vegetables

Bring your offerings on Sunday, arrange with the office to drop off during the week, or give some money to this ministry towards the purchase of fresh products.


Prayer Cycle

The Anglican Church of Canada – the Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, Primate, and the Most Rev. Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Bishop.

The Diocese of New Westminster – the Most Rev. Melissa Skelton, Archbishop, and Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of BC and Yukon.


And this week:

*       St. Mary, Kerrisdale – The Rev. Lindsay Hills, The Rev. Christine Rowe

*       St. Mary the Virgin, South Hill  – The Rev. Expedito Farinas

*       St. Mary the Virgin, Sapperton – The Rev. Arvin Amayag


*        Our partner Diocese of Northern Philippines, Bishop Brent Alawas, and especially the people of our twin church at St. John the Evangelist Mission, Balugan;

*       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 August 11, 2019 – 9th Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20; Psalm 50: 1-8, 22-23; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40


Readings for August 18, 2019 – 10th Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80: 1-2, 8-18; Hebrews 11:29 – 12-2; Luke 12:49-56


Important Contact Information

Rector – The Rev. Vivian Lam – or 604-936-7762

Deacon – The Rev. Anne Anchor –

Office Administrator – Jennifer Green – or 604-936-7762 (Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm)

Rector’s Warden- Geri Grigg –

People’s Warden – Ruby Ng –

Treasurer – Cedric Miller –

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/Alma Oldenburg –

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

Children’s Ministry /Godly Play – Christina Anchor –

Prayer Shawls – Rosa Weisensel –

Bible Study – Lynne Milner –

Food Bank – Lynne Milner –


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