The E-postle August 18, 2019

The E-postle August 18, 2019

10th Sunday after Pentecost


August 18, 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

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

Tuesday, August 20                         10:15am–12noon – Bible Study in the Parish Hall

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

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

Luke 12:49-56 – Accepting the call to live as true stewards is going to be tough! We might even discover that members of our own family can’t accept such a lifestyle.


Save Me – by Joanna Fuchs

Save me from myself, Lord;

Save me from my need

To always run my life, Lord,

To control my every deed

Save me from my pride, Lord,

My focus on just me;

Help me learn to serve, Lord;

Show me how to be.


Save me from the world, Lord,

When tempting things entice;

Remind me of eternity

With you in paradise.

I give myself to you Lord

My every need you fill;

I’m resting in my faith Lord;

You saved me and you always will.


Thank you from the Stewardship Team

Week Three

In the third week of our thanks to the teams who worship among us and gift us their hours, abilities, and funds, we wish to thank the wonderful groups who take care of, maintain and repair our buildings, keep our grounds, provide hospitality, and supply décor and ambience. From the neatly mown lawns, through the freshly painted hall, to the beautifully decorated altar, right down to the smell of newly baked cakes and freshly brewed coffee, we are indebted to you all for your loving care and generosity. Your sensational skills and infinite hours bestow upon us all the hospitable and nurturing environment we know and love, so that we can welcome others in the name of Christ. Thank you all with love and gratitude.

  • 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 is taking vacation from Monday August 12 through Sunday August 25. Please connect with 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 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).


Car-Free Day, Port Moody

Please note that it is Car-Free Day this coming Sunday 18th August. Five blocks of St. John Street will be closed from 12 noon to 7 pm. Blocks may be set up well before noon, but you can enter or exit via Spring Street. There will be lots of food and fun activities. Please click on the following link for more info.


Admin Assistance Needed

As announced last Sunday, Jennifer our Office Administrator is away on sick leave and will be for a while. We could do with some help in the office, responding to emails and answering the phone. If you can spare a few hours on weekday-mornings, please let Ruby know and she will arrange for a slot that is mutually convenient.


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 honor 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.

Should you wish to buy one, you can do so at  Partial proceeds will go to the Orange Shirt Society to support awareness activities.

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.


Thrifty Foods – Smile Card Fundraising Program

Most of you are aware that we received a grant from Thrifty Foods every year as a result of our participation in the Smile Card program.

5% of what we spent using the Smile Card is credited to our “Parish Grant” and we received amounts ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 each year.  We have used the Grant toward the purchase of the sound system, hand bells, community kitchen utensils and will be purchasing a BBQ set for our upcoming picnic. The previous one was not working that well! 🙂

If you or your family members shop at Thrifty’s, and would like a Smile Card, please come and see Bonnie or Ruby for more info on how the program works.

No credit checks and you will get a card instantaneously!


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 the parish office and they will hook you up with us. Come join us…it will be fun!!


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. Aidan & Bartholomew, Gibsons – The Rev. Brian Heinrich

*          The Anglican Church Women, Diocese of New Westminster – Gail Revitt (Chair)

*          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 18, 2019 – 10th Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80: 1-2, 8-19; Hebrews 11:29 – 12-2; Luke 12:49-56


Readings for August 25, 2019 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 1:4–10; Psalm 71:1–6; Hebrews 12:18–29; Luke 13:10–17;


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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