The E-postle October 6, 2019

The E-postle October 6, 2019

17th Sunday after Pentecost


October 6, 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, October 8                         10:15am–12noon – Bible Study in the Parish Hall

Sunday, October 13                         Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday

Saturday, October 19                      5–8pm – All-Ages Parish Games Night

Sunday, October 20                         after the 10am service – Food Bank volunteer meeting

Sunday, October 27                         Stewardship Pledge Sunday

Monday, October 28                       7–9pm – Parish Council Meeting

Saturday, November 2                    10am–2:30pm Parish Bazaar


Stewardship Reflection

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

Each and every day we are given the opportunity to witness and maybe even be part of some miracle. Do we see these miracles and give God thanks for them?



Please take some time after both services on Sunday to look at the presentation boards that will be on display once again. These boards outline the present Ministry and volunteer opportunities available at our church. They all have sign up sheets attached where you can sign up for more information or to volunteer in whatever capacity you might be interested in. There will also be “blank boards” for you to look at at, that have a question or ask for ideas. If you can spare the time, please share your ideas with us, and thank you to those of you who already took the time to respond, ask questions, or make suggestions.


  • The Stewardship Team – “Lovingly sharing and creatively demonstrating our God-given gifts”


Motorcycle Christmas Toy Run

Please note that the Toy Run is this coming Sunday, Oct. 6. Westbound lanes on St. John’s Street and Barnet Highway will be closed from 9:30am on while motorcycles travel through Port Moody, as part of their trip from Coquitlam Centre to Vancouver. Please make alternate travel plans to church as needed, and be sure to cheer on the participants as they ride by and raise much needed Christmas toys and funds for underprivileged families in the Lower Mainland.


Thanksgiving Fruits and Vegetables 

The Altar Guild is planning to decorate the church for Thanksgiving on Saturday October 12th at 9.30 a.m. Donations of fruit and vegetables to display would be appreciated. Apples, oranges, potatoes, carrots, onions, squash, or pumpkins may be considered which will be distributed at the next Food Bank session. Soft fruits and vegetables with a ‘short shelf life’ are not recommended please. If you wish to do so you may make a donation to the Altar Guild through your envelope. Thank you.


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


Fall Book Study

In October and November, we are excited to be reading together Barbara Brown Taylor’s new book, Holy Envy. We invite you to come join us as we explore together her story of encountering various other religions as an Episcopal priest and as a college religion professor, and how her own Christianity informed and shaped that journey. There will be time and space for us also to reflect and share about our own journeys, and to consider how we as individuals and as a community share our faith with others, how we might respectfully and lovingly engage with and learn about other faiths, all the while deepening and strengthening our own walks with Jesus as we move through our wide and diverse world.

We will meet on 5 Tuesdays (Oct. 15 through Nov. 12), with one group in the mornings (10:15am-noon) at the church, and—if there is enough interest—we will also have an evening group (6-8pm) meeting in parishioner homes. If you’re interested in participating and/or helping out with either of these programs, please connect with Vivian in person or at


Property Update

Parish Council is continuing to consider options for our property.

Along with creating value statements which will help guide discussions, members of Parish Council have had meetings with Mayor Rob Vagramov, Councillor Amy Lubik and City staff, MLA Rick Glumac and the Port Moody Foundation.  We are referencing data collected from the parish from past consultations.  We have heard that priorities include: parking and accessibility, daycare space, affordable housing and housing innovation as well as community inclusion space such as meeting rooms and performance venues.  We are attending a Diocesan event on October 16 on property development.

As we welcome a new Parish Council for 2020, it will be a priority to develop a specific plan for our property.


Rector Away

Vivian is currently taking vacation and will return on Thursday, October 10. Please connect with Sarah in the parish office at or Geri or Ruby at or 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 (Tues/Wed/Thurs 9am-1:30pm; Fri 9-11:30am) or Ruby at other times.

We are grateful to the Rev. Michael Chin who will be serving as presider and preacher at worship services on October 6.


Financial Status

As requested, we append below the financial status up to 31st August, 2019.

Statement of Income and Expenses as of YTD to Aug 2019

INCOME $137,975 $141,833
EXPENSES $144,694 $141,833
Surplus (-) Loss -$6,719 $0


Offering for General Funds $97,606 $116,134
Offering for Property


$14,529 $12,800


Let’s Bag Hunger!

Join us in replenishing the shelves at our Food Bank by participating in the “Let’s Bag Hunger!” campaign. Pick up your paper bag at the entrance of the church (or use your own bag) and fill it with non-perishable items from now until Thanksgiving. Bring your bags back to the church on Sunday, Oct. 13, when we will bless these donations as part of our Harvest Thanksgiving worship service.


Games Night

Having a hard time finding someone to play chess, cribbage, Sorry, Jenga, Monopoly, Scrabble, Battleship, Operation, Pop the Pig or other games? Always wanted to learn? Come join us for a St. John’s Games Night on Saturday Oct. 19, 5-8pm, downstairs in the church hall. We will have all sorts of card and board games for adults and kids of all ages, and lots of conversation and chances to get to know each other in a fun way!

We will provide refreshments and light supper food; bring a snack or dessert to share if you can. Stay for all 3 hours or just stop by for part of the time.

Please RSVP by Oct. 13 at to help us plan well for food and space. Any questions, please email or speak with Amalia/Brian McGlashan or Amanda Mungal.

Let’s play!!


Fall Bazaar – Saturday, November 2, 2019

The Fall Bazaar is quickly approaching and we hope you have saved the date, invited your friends, family, and neighbours, and are looking forward to it as much as we all are.  As a reminder, we have a soup and sandwich lunch, a bake table, a craft table, a country store table, a white elephant sale in the PMC, and a kid’s zone with games for kids to play, a craft for kids, and an area for kids to hang out and colour while waiting for their parents to shop. There is also a cake walk in this area …always a hit!!!

We are now collecting items for sale in the white elephant…so please feel free to clean out your cupboards, basements, and shelves! Please drop off your items during office hours to the PMC, or bring them with you on Sunday morning! PLEASE REMEMBER, NO CLOTHING FOR THIS EVENT (but do save them for next year’s garage sale!).

Raffle tickets will be available for sale after both services. Don’t miss out – there are some great prizes!!!!!

Sign-up sheets are posted in the hall…so please feel free to sign up on the sheets posted to volunteer at the event, or call the office and Sarah will make sure your name gets forwarded, or call me and I will make sure your name is recorded!!!!!

Our event cannot be a success without you so please plan on saving at least a short bit of your time on Saturday, November 2 to come and hang out with us.


Report from the Re-Sponse Committee

We have exciting news regarding our second refugee family.  We have learned that the family has received a phone call from International Organization for Migration who makes travel arrangements for refugees, advising that the family will be flying to Ankara on Oct 13th and they are expected to arrive in Vancouver on October 16th. They will stay in their brother’s home when they arrive.

Pat Ratcliffe, who is the coordinator of our Deanery ReSponse Committee is holding a training session at our church after our 10:00 service.  Everyone who would like to find out more about how we can help the family get settled, is welcome to attend. Maybe you would be able to take them to appointments,  help them learn about our transit system, or have coffee with them so they can practice their English. If you would like to learn more, please come to the meeting at 11:45 in the PMC on Sunday, Oct. 6! If you have any questions, please speak to Mary Kyle.


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. Faith, Vancouver – The Venerable Stephanie Shepard, The Reverend Melanie Calabrigo, The Reverend Christine Wilson

*          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


Readings for October 6, 2019 – 17th Sunday after Pentecost

Lamentations 1:1–6; Psalm 137; 2 Timothy 1:1–14; Luke 17:5–10


Readings for October 13, 2019 – Harvest Thanksgiving

Deuteronomy 26:1–11; Psalm 100; Philippians 4:4–9; John 6:25–35


Important Contact Information

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

Deacon – The Rev. Anne Anchor –

Office Administrator – Jennifer Green (currently on leave)

Interim Office Administrator – Sarah Golding – or 604-936-7762

(Office Hours during this interim time are Tues/Wed/Thurs, 9am-1:30pm & Fri, 9am-11:30am)

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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