The E-postle June 23, 2019

The E-postle June 23, 2019

2nd Sunday after Pentecost


June 23, 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, June 25        10:15am–12noon – Bible Study in the Parish Hall

Wednesday, June 26   6:00pm – 9pm – Parish Council Meeting

Monday, July 1            Canada Day – Parish Office closed

Wednesday, July 3      9:30am–12noon – Coffee and Crafts

Sunday, July 14           at the 10am service – Baptism of Shiloh Alibaksh


Stewardship Reflection

“When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.”

  • Acts 1:13,14 (NIV)

Text excerpts below are taken from “You are the Beloved”, by Henri J.M. Nouwen:

Together we Pray to God

Prayer is the language of the Christian community. In prayer the nature of the community becomes visible because in prayer we direct ourselves to the One who forms the community. We do not pray to each other, but together we pray to God, who calls us and makes us into a new people. Praying is not one of the many things the community does. Rather, it is its very being. Many discussions about prayer do not take this very seriously. Sometimes it seems as if the Christian community is “so busy” with its projects and plans that there is neither the time nor the mood to pray. But when prayer is no longer its primary concern, and when its many activities are no longer seen and experienced as part of prayer itself, the community quickly degenerates into a club with a common cause but no common vocation.

By prayer, community is created as well as expressed. Prayer is first of all the realization of the community itself. Most clear and most noticeable are the words, the gestures, and the silence through which the community is formed. When we listen to the word, we not only receive insight into God’s saving work, but we also experience a new mutual bond. When we stand around the altar, eat bread and drink wine, kneel in meditation, or walk in procession, we not only remember God’s work in human history, but we also become aware of God’s creative presence here and now. When we sit together in silent prayer, we create a space where we sense that the One we are waiting for is already touching us, as he touched Elijah in front of the cave (1 Kings 19:13).

 Supply Priest

Vivian will be away this Sunday, June 23. Please be sure to give a warm welcome to the Rev. Gary Hamblin who will be serving as supply priest that morning.


Votive Stand in the Chapel

When lighting candles in the votive stand in the Chapel, please ensure that the matchstick is extinguished in the sand and not allowed to burn with the candle. Thank you from the Altar Guild.


Garage Sale

A message from Bob Kuhn:

Time to start cleaning out your closets and/or basement!  If you haven’t used something in the last 6 months, or if you have items you no longer use but you think others might, please consider donating them to the church annual garage sale!  We will start accepting items mid-July.

NO FURNITURE OR ELECTRONICS PLEASE!  Please remember that we cannot accept any furniture. It costs us more to have furniture hauled away afterwards than we can possibly make in the sale itself!  Also, please do not donate electronics or anything broken or incomplete.

Thanks ahead of time for your participation. There will also be lots of opportunity to volunteer at this event, so please save the date and consider hanging out with us on August 17!


Camp Artaban

Don’t forget to suggest to your kids, grandchildren, and neighbours that a summer that includes camping is a summer to remember!

Camp Artaban is a camp that has had a long-time affiliation with our Diocese, and its purpose is to challenge children, youth, and adults, spiritually, mentally and physically in a camping context – all so that they may be brought into a closer relationship with God and each other in a loving community.

The camp is located on Gambier Island, a ferry ride from Departure Bay, and is a wonderful experience of nature for city children. There are weeks for all different ages, family camps, and lots of fun to be had!

You can find more information, including online registration, at You may also contact the registrar at or 604-980-0391.


Sacred Earth Camp

If you are or know of a young person aged 13 to 25 with a love for creation and the desire to grow new skills, please tell them about Sacred Earth Camp. It is a two-week environmental leadership program for Indigenous, Settler and Migrant / People of Colour youth and young adults to get to know their bio-region, learn the climate justice issues in Southern BC, and grow the practical skills and spiritual practices for effective change.

Sacred Earth Camp has run for three summers with support from the Anglican Foundation, the Diocese of New Westminster, the Gish Peacemaker Fund and many individuals and parishes. Young people from diverse backgrounds have gathered for canoeing, conservation biology, native plant identification, wildcrafting, community-building and lots of fun.

Applications for the fourth year of Sacred Earth Camp are now available. The 2019 dates for camp are August 4-16. Week one will be at the Sorrento Centre on the Shuswap Lake in Secwepemc Territory. Week two will be on the Sunshine Coast and in Vancouver on Coast Salish Territory.

Please visit for more information and to register for the camp. If you require other means of applying, please contact or 778-885-9453.


General Synod

Please hold in prayer the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, the triennial national meeting which will be hosted this year from July 10-16 here in Vancouver.

The liturgies, particularly the Opening Eucharist (Wed. July 10, 7:30pm at Christ Church Cathedral) and the Closing Eucharist and Installation of the Primate (Tues. July 16, 4:30pm at Christ Church Cathedral) are open to all, so please feel welcome to attend. You may also wish to attend actual sessions of Synod which will be held at the Sheraton Wall Centre. There will be a public gallery for visitors; note that space will be very limited.

The Synod will also be live-streamed. From the comfort of your home or at several viewing sites (St. Dunstan, Aldergrove; St. Agnes, North Vancouver; Diocesan Office) you are able to watch, in real time, the work of Synod including the presentations and debates on proposed changes to Canons XXI (Marriage) and XXII (Indigenous Ministry). Check the diocesan website after June 30 for more details about viewing sites and their hours of operation.

The draft Agenda for Synod can be found at

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer at Synod, please sign up at


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. Fred Hiltz, Primate, and the Rt. 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. John the Baptist, Sardis – The Venerable Allan Carson, The Reverend Miranda Sutherland, The Reverend Larry Adkins

*        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 June 23, 2019 – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

1 Kings 19:1-15a; Psalm 42 and 43; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39

 Readings for June 30, 2019 – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14; Psalm 77: 1-2, 11-20; Galatians 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62


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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