The E-Postle May19, 2019

The E-Postle May19, 2019

 Fifth Sunday of Easter         


May 19, 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, May 21         10:15am–12noon – Bible Study in the Parish Hall

Fri- Sat, May 24-25      (at Italian Cultural Centre) Diocesan Synod

Monday, May 27         7–9pm – Parish Council meeting

Wednesday, June 5     9:30am–12noon – Coffee and Crafts


Guest Musician

We extend a warm welcome to Mekayla Knol, who will be serving as guest musician at worship this Sunday, May 19, while LaRee is away.


Office Stat Holiday Closure

Please note that the parish office will be closed on Victoria Day, Monday May 20, reopening on Tuesday May 21.


 New Building, Grounds, and Painting Coordinators

The care of our church property is now being headed up by 3 dedicated volunteers. We are very grateful to Brian McGlashan (Building Coordinator), Tony Lee (Grounds Coordinator), and Bob Kuhn (Painting Coordinator) for stepping up to serve in these important roles.

Please contact Jennifer in the Parish Office with any property repair and maintenance requests/concerns, and she will make sure they are forwarded to the right person.

If you are interested in helping out in any of the 3 areas in the future, please connect with the appropriate Coordinator.


 Bottle Recycling

Unfortunately, circumstances will not allow for our former pickup people to take our bottles for recycling.  May we suggest you return your bottles to Biggar Bottle Enterprise on Kingsway Avenue in Port Coquitlam.


Diocesan Ministry Contacts

We are seeking parishioners who would be interested in serving as diocesan contact persons this year for various ministry areas. Currently, we have openings for contacts for: Eco-Justice, Ecumenical/Multi-Faith Ministry, Evangelism, Primate’s World Relief & Development (PWRDF), Youth Ministry, and Young Adult Ministry.

Volunteers should (obviously!) have some interest in the particular area of ministry, and your main responsibility would be simply to receive periodic emails and/or mailings from the diocese re: relevant news and programs, and disseminating this information to parish leadership and the wider congregation. We are looking for people to serve from now until our next Annual Vestry (in Feb. 2020). Please speak to Vivian if you are interested in volunteering or in learning more about it.


Diocesan Annual Synod

The theme for Diocesan Synod 2019 is “Love One Another: Christ’s Body, the Church”, and it will take place this Friday and Saturday, May 24-25 at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. This year Mary Lou Kyle, Tony Pellett, and Adelaine Miller (filling our 3rd vacant position via votes by Parish Council and the Delegates and Alternate Delegates), Lilian Elliott, Anne Anchor, and Vivian Lam will be attending as our parish’s lay and clergy delegates. Please keep them and delegates from other parishes across the diocese in your prayers as we gather for this biennial governance meeting.

See for more information on synod, including some informational videos and documents for the meeting.


Welcome Post Project’s Coast Salish cultural events

Join us as we embark on the Welcome Post Project’s second year of Coast Salish Cultural events. This year’s project is “Stakw – Water is Life” and is all about Water and the significance of water in Coast Salish culture and the way of life for all of our relations. Please see below for the remaining events and visit for more information.


Sunday, May 26 – Gathering Medicines and Tea Making Workshop 

1 – 4pm, Noons Creek Hatchery

Have you ever wondered what traditional medicines grow in our backyard? Join us as ethno-botanist and Knowledge Keeper Cease Wyss teaches us about the medicines growing in our forests. Learn how to harvest medicines and how to make them into teas. Each participant will take home their own tea concoction. We will be creating Port Moody’s own special tea to give as gifts for our June 21 National Indigenous People’s Day event.

The event is $25 per person and registration is essential via


Sunday, June 2 – People of the Inlet: A History of Tsleil Waututh Nation 

1:30 – 3:30pm, Inlet Theatre, 300 Ioco Rd, Port Moody (beside the library and City Hall)

Listen to Carleen Thomas share slides and family stories about her Nation’s history located here in the Burrard Inlet.  Further your understanding of what it means to be residents of Port Moody and joining the legacy of ancestors sharing the sacred responsibility to care for these Coast Salish Lands and Waters.


Sunday, June 9 – Cedar Weaving Workshop 

1pm, Noons Creek Hatchery

Learn how to weave cedar into beautiful bracelets with traditional artist and knowledge keeper Tsawaysia Spukwus. Note: Pre-registration and fee are required for this workshop (information will be available soon via


Friday, June 21 – National Indigenous People’s Day – Community Paddle and Feast

6:30-9:30pm, Rocky Point

The final celebration for the “Stakw – Water is Life” project. Celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day in a canoe or watch from the Rocky Point pier as Ta-ah Amy George and Cultural Leader Charlene Aleck lead a water blessing ceremony for the Burrard Inlet. Hear the different songs and witness the traditional ocean-going canoes from neighbouring First Nations. Share in a community Feast, and enjoy live entertainment and a Give Away.


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. Dunstan, Aldergrove – The Reverend David Taylor

*        St. Helen, Vancouver – The Reverend Scott Gould

*        St. Helen, Surrey – The Reverend Stephen Laskey

*        Delegates to Diocesan Synod, meeting this week in Vancouver

*        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 May 19, 2019 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts: 11:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35

Readings for May 26, 2019 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts: 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22 – 22:5; John 14:23-29


 Important Contact Information

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

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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