The E-postle September 22, 2019

The E-postle September 22, 2019

15th Sunday after Pentecost


September 22, 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

Sunday, September 22            Celebration of Diaconal Covenants of the Revs. Anne Anchor & Lilian Elliott

Tuesday, September 24          10:15am–12noon – Bible Study in the Parish Hall

Sunday, September 29            Orange Shirt Day Sunday

                                                after the 10 am service – Pastoral Visiting Ministry team meeting

Monday, September 30          7–9pm – Parish Council Meeting

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

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



Stewardship Reflection

“God First” by Deborah Ann


Whenever I seek God first

I cannot believe my eyes

the first thing I can see

Is right through Satan’s lies.

When I put God’s kingdom,

Straight ahead of me

it opens up my heart….

to the way I ought to be.

Whenever I put God first

I gain spiritual insight….

Everything looks different

In the newness of His light

Making His righteousness

A priority in my life….

helps me overcome

anything causing me strife.

When I seek God first,

I see things differently

When I first put God …

all things look heavenly.


Stewardship Note

Please take some time after both services on Sunday to look at the presentation boards created by the stewardship team for the parish. 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, that have a question or ask for ideas. If you can spare the time, please share your ideas with us.

  • The Stewardship Team

“Lovingly sharing and creatively demonstrating our God-given gifts”


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

Note: we will be making a group order of the book (with the parish subsidizing part of the cost) – please let Vivian know by Sept. 29 if you would like to be included in this order. The final cost of the book will be between $10-15, and help is available for those for whom this would be a financial hardship.


Interim Office Administrator

Please give a warm welcome to Sarah Golding, who began this past Wednesday as our Interim Office Administrator – she will be assisting us in the Parish Office while Jennifer is on leave. Sarah brings a variety of skills to the position, and in her personal life, has 2 children and is strong in faith. She has her own crafting blog and YouTube channel called Goldstar Glitter and volunteers at her children’s school running the Parent Association and hot lunch program.

During this interim time please note that the Parish Office hours will be:

  • Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 1:30pm & Friday, 9am – 11:30am


Financial Status

As requested, we append below the financial status up to 31st July, 2019:


Statement of Income and Expenses as of July 31, 2019

INCOME $ 120,037 $123,533
EXPENSES $124,273 $ 124,192
Surplus   (-)Loss – $4, 236 -$659


Offering for general funds


$ 86,417 $101,617


$12,845 $ 11,200


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 October 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 and new 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

If you still do not know about our Fall Bazaar, this is a parish event and our biggest fund raiser. The event is held in November – this year on November 2.  We have a soup and sandwich lunch, a bake table, a craft table, a country store table, which is filled with preserves, relishes, jams, soup mixes, and many other homemade specialty items, a treasures table, a white elephant sale (second hand items) 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 will soon once again be collecting items for sale in the white elephant…so if you missed cleaning out your cupboards and closets for the garage sale….you will get another chance ). Please remember there will be no clothing accepted for the white elephant sale.

We also have a raffle at our bazaar. This year there are quite a few nice prizes and we will make some gift baskets again also as prizes. If you have something to donate for a prize, know of someone or somewhere that would like to donate a prize for our raffle, or would be willing to contribute an item yourself contact Rosa Weisensel, Ann Adair-Austin or Sue Hall. We are presently collecting items for the gift baskets and are looking for assistance with this at this time. Some suggested items you could contribute are: specialty/gourmet food items such as pickles, relish, crackers, cookies, jam, napkins (preferably reusable), and chocolates, (no alcohol please) and items for toiletry baskets, such as soaps, lotions, perfumed creams, colognes, etc. Raffle tickets will be available for sale soon after both services. You don’t want to miss out on this one!!!!

Our event cannot be a success without you so please save the date! If you have any questions or would like to know how you can participate in this event, please see Kristin Kuhn. There will be updates each week until the event so…again…save the date!!!!!!!!!


Orange Shirt Day

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 honour 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 next Sunday, September 29. For more info, please log onto: You can also buy a shirt from this site:–gifts.html


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.


Deanery Fundraising Event

St. Timothy’s, Burnaby (4550 Kitchener Street) will be holding a Pasta Night and Silent Auction fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 5, 6-9pm. Tickets are $30, and $10 for children 10 years and under. A three-course dinner will be served including antipasto, lasagne, salad and tiramisu. All are invited! Please contact their office at for more information.


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:

*        Mission to Seafarers – The Reverend Peter Smyth

*        St. Jude Anglican Home – The Reverend Clare Morgan

*        Vancouver General Hospital – The Reverend Bryan Rivers

*        College and University Campus Ministries – The Reverend Alain-Michel Rocheleau

*        Chaplains to the Retired Clergy – The Reverend Karin Fulcher, The Reverend Neil Gray

*        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 September 22, 2019 – 15th Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 8:18 – 9:1; Psalm 79:1–9; 1 Timothy 2:1–7; Luke 16:1–13


Readings for September 29, 2019 – St. Michael & All Angels

Genesis 28:10-17; Psalm 103:19-22; Revelation 12:7-12; John 1:47-51



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-Thurs, 9am-1:30pm and 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 –


Recommended Posts

%d bloggers like this: