The E-postle July 21, 2019

The E-postle July 21, 2019

6th Sunday after Pentecost


July 21, 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, July 30          10:15am–12noon – Bible Study resumes (group is on break this week, July 23)

Saturday, August 17    Parish Garage Sale

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


Stewardship Reflection

Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not Worry

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”


Flowers for the Altar

If you would like to donate flowers for the altar on Sundays, please see the chart on the wall beside the chapel.  There are still several spots open between now and the end of the year.  Thank you from the Altar Guild.


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.


Rector Away

Vivian will be taking some time off this week from Monday – Saturday (July 22 – 27). Please connect with Jennifer in the parish office at, Geri 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 Geri during other times.


Parish Thank-You Bouquets

SHREDDING OF DOCUMENTS: To Rosa, Kristin, and Tony L. for sorting the outdated documents in the basement of the PMC and taking them to a pro-bono community shredding event sponsored by ReMax All Points Realty in Coquitlam.

RECTOR’S OFFICE NEW DOOR: To Jerome, Pronella, and Tony L. for resizing and installing a “new” door, (donated by a friend of the Parish) for the Rector’s office. It took many hours to get it right as the structure of the PMC is not quite levelled!

PAINTING OF PARISH HALL: To Bob, Kristin, Rich T., Sue E., Terry, and Tony L. for the beautiful work that they have accomplished in the Parish Hall painting project!


New Rectory

We are the proud owners of a rectory on Viewmount Drive in Port Moody!  The parish took possession of our townhouse July 11 and after a few minor improvements it will be ready for Vivian and Bascom to move in at the end of July.  Thank you to all who worked so diligently to make this happen including our clergy, our Parish Council, our realtor and the Diocesan staff.  A huge thanks to the housing committee:  Terry Walton, John Binns, Michael Lau, Rich Thompson and Tony Pellett for your patience and your willingness to make decisions on the fly.  Without such talented and dedicated volunteers, this would never have happened.


Education for Ministry (EfM)

The theme for this year of study will be focusing on “Living as Spiritually Mature Christians”.  Through this lens we will study scripture, church history and evolving theologies.

In this four-year program, one studies the Old Testament, the New Testament, the history of Christianity and different components to Christian theology. Your commitment is for one year at a time.

A key component to this course is Theological Reflection that gives you tools by which to reflect on your life, your faith, your personal belief and your actions from the perspective of “Living as Spiritually Mature Christians”.

The EfM program meets Wednesday 6:45 – 9:15pm here at St. John’s and runs Sept. to May. Fee is $350.00 per annum.

If you would like further info please speak to a program graduate, someone currently involved in EfM, or Deacon Anne Anchor (EfM mentor). If you would like to register, please also contact Anne at


Painting of the Parish Hall

A message from Bob Kuhn, Painting Coordinator:

Well, hopefully next time you arrive at the church you will notice that the hall and kitchen painting is complete. A huge thanks to Terry, Tony, Sue Elliott, and Rich for coming out to help with the project. And a great big thank you also to Rosa for bringing us lunch each day and Ann Adair-Austin for bringing us muffins and fruit! More painting projects to come in the future with the painting of the Children’s area…to be announced following recovery from this project 🙂


Garage Sale

Just a friendly reminder that our Annual Garage Sale is coming up on 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.


General Synod

The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, a triennial national meeting, was hosted this year in Vancouver from July 10-16. Among other topics, General Synod considered the establishment of a self-determining indigenous Church in our midst, the practice of marriage in our church, and the election of a new Primate. Below are some links for more information.

The General Synod website, with archives of documents and video from the gathering:


A collection of Anglican Journal articles about various Synod happenings:


Archbishop Melissa’s pastoral letter following Synod, detailing next steps re: marriage of same-sex couples in the Diocese of New Westminster:


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.

This week:

*       St. Mary Magdalene, Vancouver – The Reverend John Marsh, The Reverend Vivian Seegers

*       St. Christopher, West Vancouver – The Reverend Karen Urquhart

*       St. Anne, Steveston – The Reverend Roberta Fraser

*        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 July 21, 2019 – 6th Sunday after Pentecost

Amos 8:1-12; Psalm 52; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42


Readings for July 28, 2019 – 7th Sunday after Pentecost

Hosea 1:2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-19; Luke 11:1-13


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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