The E-postle September 29, 2019
St. Michael & All Angels
September 29, 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”
Sunday, September 29 Orange Shirt Day Sunday
9:30am (outside) – Prayers for Creation in preparation for upcoming tree pruning
after the 10 am service – Pastoral Visiting Ministry team meeting
Monday, September 30 7–9pm – Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday, October 1 10:15am–12noon – Bible Study in the Parish Hall
Saturday, October 19 5–8pm – All-Ages Parish Games Night
Saturday, November 2 10am–2:30pm – Parish Bazaar
~Loyalty to God~
1 Corinthians 16: 13-14 – “Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.”
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 this Sunday, September 29. For more info, please log onto: http://www.orangeshirtday.org/.
Prayers for the Children Who Did Not Return Home
Primate Linda Nicholls and Archbishop Mark MacDonald have written a pastoral note to the Anglican Church of Canada to tell us that on Monday, Sept. 30 (Orange Shirt Day) at 10am EST in the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation will hold a ceremony to honour all the children who did not return home from the Residential Schools. The ceremony will include, for the first time, the sharing of the first known names of children lost to the schools. This is a significant spiritual event and calls us to join in heart, mind, and soul to honour and remember the children.
Archbishop Melissa Skelton has asked that all in our diocese offer prayers for the children who did not return home from the residential schools, from Sept. 27 through Sept. 30—at church, with our families, or in individual prayer—and that on Sunday, September 29, we remember the children in all our churches.
The Archbishop has offered the following suggested prayers:
For the Children Who Didn’t Return Home
Our dear brothers and sisters. We have missed you being with us, so very much and for so long. There have been times when we have cried in loneliness for you. We have felt hurt and pain, thinking of your suffering. There have been times when we cried to God for you and for justice. Now, we join together to surround you with our very best thoughts and prayers, praying for you and for the very best for you. We also pray for ourselves, who miss you so, and for the Land, that needs God’s healing. We pray that you would be at rest and peace. We remember you now. We will always remember you.
Prayer for the Children Who Didn’t Return Home
Almighty God, we remember before you all the children – our dear relatives – who did not return home from the Residential Schools. May you remember their suffering and pain. May you grant them rest in the Land of Peace. May you surround them with beautiful and sacred love and joy. We pray to you also for ourselves and our children. At a time like this we remember we need your Spirit so very much. We pray to you, your Spirit prays through us, in the Name of Jesus, who suffered with us but raised us and will raise us with our departed loved ones. Amen.
She has also offered the following links for further information:
- 2008 “Remembering the Children” website http://www.rememberingthechildren.ca/index.htm
- September 24, 2019 Pastoral Statement from Primate Linda Nicholls and Archbishop Mark MacDonald https://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/news/a-pastoral-statement
- Four Days of Prayer, September 27-30 – Children Who Did Not Return Home, Archbishop Mark MacDonald’s post on the Anglican Church of Canada website. https://www.anglican.ca/news/four-days-of-prayer-sept-27-30/30024933/
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 email@example.com.
Pruning and Cutting of Trees around Parish Property
Trees around the property are posing safety issues. A utility arborist has been consulted on the advice of BC Hydro, and has recommended the removal of the Cypress tree by the rear gate of the PMC and the small Hemlock by the fence between the parking lot and the PMC to clear service wires and cables. This will be carried out on 7th October from 8am.
In preparation for this work, some brief prayers will be offered outside at 9:30 am this Sunday 29th September to acknowledge the integrity of creation. Everyone is welcome.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: we will be making a group order of the book (with the parish subsidizing part of the cost) – please let Vivian know by this Sunday Sept. 29 if you would like to be included in this order. The final cost of the subsidized book will be $10-15, and help is available for those for whom this would be a financial hardship.
Vivian is taking vacation from Tuesday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 9. Please connect with Sarah in the parish office at email@example.com or Geri or Ruby at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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.
As requested, we append below the financial status up to 31st July, 2019:
Statement of Income and Expenses as of July 31, 2019
|Surplus (-) Loss||– $4, 236||-$659|
|Offering for general funds||$ 86,417||$101,617|
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.
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.
November 2…the date for our Fall Bazaar is quickly approaching. If you are a baker, have things you no longer need in your basement or cupboards, would like to spend a day with your fellow parishioners and could spare some time working in the kitchen, at one of our tables, in the white elephant area, or in the Kid’s zone, we need you!!!!! Sign up sheets will go up soon!!!!
We will soon be collecting items for the white elephant sale…so if you missed cleaning out your cupboards and closets for the garage sale… you will get another chance. PLEASE REMEMBER, NO CLOTHING THIS TIME (save them for the next garage sale!!).
We are collecting items for gift baskets that we are making as prizes for this year’s raffle 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 and invite your friends and neighbours! If you have any questions or would like to know how you can participate in this event, please see Kristin Kuhn or call the office and someone will get you connected.
Deanery Fundraising Event
St. Timothy’s, Burnaby (4550 Kitchener Street) will be holding a Pasta Night and Silent Auction fundraiser this 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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. Michael, Surrey – the Venerable Luisito Engnan
* St. Michael, Vancouver – the Reverend Wilmer Toyoken, the Reverend Eric Stroo
* St. Francis-in-the-Wood, West Vancouver – the Reverend Angus Stuart
* 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 29, 2019 – St. Michael & All Angels
Genesis 28:10-17; Psalm 103:19-22; Revelation 12:7-12; John 1:47-51
Readings for October 6, 2019 – 17th Sunday after Pentecost
Lamentations 1:1–6; Psalm 137; 2 Timothy 1:1–14; Luke 17:5–10
Important Contact Information
Rector – The Rev. Vivian Lam – email@example.com or 604-936-7762
Deacon – The Rev. Anne Anchor – firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Administrator – Jennifer Green (currently on leave)
Interim Office Administrator – Sarah Golding – email@example.com or 604-936-7762
(Office Hours during this interim time are Tues-Thurs, 9am-1:30pm & Fri, 9am-11:30am)
Rector’s Warden- Geri Grigg – firstname.lastname@example.org
People’s Warden – Ruby Ng – email@example.com
Treasurer – Cedric Miller – firstname.lastname@example.org
Envelope Secretary – Sheila de Vaal – email@example.com
Parish Council – Adelaine Miller, Secretary – firstname.lastname@example.org
Altar Guild – Brenda Binns – email@example.com
St. John Prayer Circle – Sue Elliott – firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastoral Visiting Ministry – Joanne Walton/Alma Oldenburg – email@example.com
Anglican Church Women (ACW) – Sue Hall – 604-936-0176 or ACW@stja.ca
Children’s Ministry /Godly Play – Christina Anchor – firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Shawls – Rosa Weisensel – email@example.com
Bible Study – Lynne Milner – firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Bank – Lynne Milner – email@example.com
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