The E-postle August 16, 2020
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
August 16, 2020
“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”
THIS ISSUE AT A GLANCE
- Upcoming Dates
- Stewardship: Stewardship Reflection, Call for Stewardship Volunteers, Community “Phone a Friend”
- Parish Matters: Rector Away, Property Redevelopment Committee, Call for New Leaders, Survey Re: Reopening Buildings & Future Worship, New Online Options for Parish Giving, Financial Status for May & June 2020, Ongoing Updates Pages, E-Postle Submissions
- Parish Ministries: Education for Ministry (EfM), Food Bank Update
- Community News: Spring Street Community Kitchen – Seeking Volunteers, PWRDF Beirut Relief Efforts – Government Matching Grant, Sacred Teachings Podcast
- Weekly Devotions: Prayer Cycle, Scripture Readings
- Important Contact Information
***Note: All gatherings below take place online via Zoom unless otherwise indicated.***
(Visit https://www.stja.ca/2020/program-updates/ for connection information)
Sunday, August 16 8:30am & 10:00am – Sunday Morning Prayer
Meeting ID: 542 312 325
Sunday, August 16 following 8:30am and 10:00am worship – Informal Virtual “Coffee Hour”
Tuesday, August 18 10:15am – 12:00pm – Bible Study
Tuesday, August 18 7:00pm – 8:00pm – Prayer Group
Tuesday, September 15 7:00pm – 9:00pm – Parish Council meeting
From Sunday by Sunday: Reflections on Stewardship, prepared by the Ven. Dr. Michael Pollesel:
“Your trust is enormous,” says Jesus to this Canaanite woman. A faithful steward is one who is able to show enormous trust in Jesus. If you were asked about your level of trust in Jesus, just how would you respond?
Call for Stewardship Volunteers
The Stewardship Team is looking for new members to join our team. We are hoping you will join our team as we work together to reach out to our community and our church, to inspire one another to build community, and to encourage financial support within our church.
If you are interested in helping us with our fall campaign, we are hoping you will come and join us. We are also planning for events come the re-opening of the church and are still working on community building projects during this closure time.
We have been meeting by conference telephone calls during the closure. We usually meet weekly during the campaign itself (from now until October) and then monthly during the year. We would love to have you come join us! Please contact Kristin at email@example.com or 778-957-8987.
Community “Phone a Friend”
Your St. John’s Stewardship Team have set up a “phone a friend” service for us all to keep from feeling a bit disconnected during these days of physical distancing. We have set up phone teams to call each week to “check in” and help relieve some of the loneliness that is inevitable in the current circumstances.
We would like to make sure no one out there is left out, so email or call Kristin (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-957-8987) or Natasha (email@example.com or 604-961-6630) if you are not receiving a call and would like to, or if you are interested in helping to make these phone calls, and we will make sure you get hooked into the service.
We know that the caring community that is St. John’s will not leave any of its people feeling more separated than is absolutely necessary. “Distance means so little when people mean so much.”
-Your Stewardship Team
Vivian will be taking vacation time from Monday, August 17 through Monday, August 31. Please connect with Ruby at firstname.lastname@example.org or Geri at email@example.com for routine parish matters during this time.
For pastoral emergencies, to be connected to the on-call priest, please call Ruby.
We are grateful to the Rev. Michael Chin and the Rev. Anne Anchor who will share the duties of officiant and preacher at Zoom worship services on August 23 and August 30.
Property Redevelopment Committee
Going forward into the next few years, pandemic notwithstanding, our property will be an ongoing theme for St. John’s. As we prepare to do more long-term discernment in this area, Parish Council will be emailing to all a summary of the work our parish has done over the past few years. Please review this document, and if you would be interested in joining our Property Redevelopment Committee to assist with this discernment work, please connect with Ruby (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Geri (email@example.com).
Call for New Leaders
As we prepare to say our goodbyes to the McGlashans, we invite all parishioners to pray for the new leadership that is needed as Amalia steps down as Treasurer and Godly Play teacher, and Brian steps down as Building Coordinator and Council Member-at-Large. Please spend some time discerning about whether you might be called to one of these roles, or if there might be someone else in our community whom you could invite to step up. Please speak to Ruby at firstname.lastname@example.org or Geri at email@example.com if you are interested or have any questions.
Survey Re: Reopening Buildings & Future Worship
Thank you to all who filled out our online survey. Council has reviewed the answers to the survey and emailed out an Executive Summary of the results as well as a link to the raw data.
The survey indicated that at least 80% of you continue to feel “hesitant” to “very uncomfortable” to return to the building in the foreseeable future. In response, Council has decided that the church building will remain closed over the summer for worship. In September we will re-evaluate, and we will continue to be guided by the diocese; provincial government and health professionals; user group needs; as well as parishioner comfort levels.
New Online Options for Parish Giving
We have a new page on our website outlining the different ways you can support our parish financially at https://www.stja.ca/supporting-st-johns/. (You can also access this page via the “Support Us” menu tab at the top of our homepage www.stja.ca)
Please note that we now have the ability to accept online donations via Paypal:
- Paypal Giving Fund – We receive 100% of your donation. You will need to have an existing Paypal account (or set one up as you make the donation).Please note that your donation will be to “Paypal Giving Fund Canada”, and your tax donation receipt will be generated by that charity organization and will not be recorded as an individual donation by St. John’s. (You do have the option to let us know your contact information and details of your donation at the time of giving. The tax donation receipt will still be issued by Paypal Giving Fund Canada, however.)
- Regular Paypal – We receive your donation minus some fees (1.6% + $0.30 per transaction). You do not need a Paypal account and can use your credit card (or give via your Paypal account). John’s will generate the tax donation receipt (after the end of the year).
Thank you also to all who have continued with your offerings via PADs and cheques. If you are interested to e-transfer your contributions directly to the church account, please contact Amalia at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ruby at email@example.com for more details.
Financial Status for May & June 2020
We append below the Parish financial status for your information.
Statement of Income and Expenses 30th June 2020
|May Actual||June Actual||June Budget||June YTD Actual||June YTD Budget|
|May Actual||June Actual||June Budget||June YTD Actual||June YTD Budget|
|Offering for General Funds||$9,340||$10,261||$15,408||$62,976||$92,450|
|Offering for Property||$1,380||$950||0||$7,651||0|
Notes: Despite the Parish Assessment payment for June being waived, expenses went up from May because of the property taxes for the rectory on Viewmount Drive; the diocesan payment of the salaries of all stipendiary clergy through the end of May 2020 has also ended.
Ongoing Updates Pages
There are 2 important pages on our parish website which will be updated regularly as we have new information (links to both pages can also be found at the top of our homepage www.stja.ca):
- Program & Worship Updates/Links – https://www.stja.ca/2020/program-updates/ – current information on programs, including Zoom meeting information and the bulletin and scripture readings for Sunday worship.
- Updates on Covid-19 at St. John’s – https://www.stja.ca/2020/updates-re-coronavirus/ – a collection of all special correspondence from Archbishop Melissa and from our parish re: actions that St. John’s and our greater diocese are taking with the Covid-19 virus.
If you have submissions for the E-Postle, please email them to Kathy by Wednesday at 9:00pm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education for Ministry (EfM)
EfM restarts in a new way for now.
Starting in September 2020 we will be using the Zoom format for EfM – although it will be a little different, the content will still be the same.
The program is four years long, and will cover:
- The Hebrew Scriptures (Year 1);
- The Christian Testament (Year 2);
- Church History (Year 3); and
- Ethics, Liturgics and Theological Perspectives of this Century (Year 4).
Incorporated as a key component to the course material is learning a way to reflect theologically through life events and issues, something which is a very helpful tool in this day and age.
We meet on Wednesday evenings from September to May with the mentors, Anne Anchor and Debora Jones-Akiyama, as well as people from the deanery. Anyone who wishes to attend may do so.
The cost is $350 per year plus the textbook.
If you are interested in joining EfM, please reach out to Anne Anchor at email@example.com.
Food Bank Update
At our last meeting, the members of the Food Bank decided to not resume the Food Bank until it can operate in a way similar to how it had in the past. We will be looking for a new coordinator and discussing ways in which we can divide and/or share the duties. If anyone is interested in joining the group of Foodbank and/or Lunch volunteers your help would be very much appreciated. Please connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since these times are so economically difficult for many people, we are happy to continue to support SHARE with donations of $500 per month this summer, in addition to the food items that we are unable to use at this time.
Spring Street Community Kitchen – Seeking Volunteers
Spring Street Community Kitchen, Virtual Edition, is in the final stages of planning. We are seeking interested volunteers to be part of the planning committee, host a kitchen, moderate sessions, and offer tech support.
Planning involves about one meeting a month via Zoom (next meeting Friday, Sept. 4); hosting a kitchen involves preparing a recipe on camera, sharing the recipe, and answering questions; moderating supports the host so they can focus on cooking; and tech support involves helping with social media, filming, editing, or offering advice for any non-tech kitchen hosts.
No experience is required, just enthusiasm, ideas, and the courage to try something new! To sign up or for more information, contact Geri at email@example.com.
PWRDF Beirut Relief Efforts – Government Matching Grant
Our parish joins with the world in praying for the victims of the recent explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.
Our national church’s outreach agency, the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), is working with partners on the ground in the region to provide support and assistance to local relief efforts.
Canada’s government will match every dollar donated by individuals to the Humanitarian Coalition and its members between August 4 and August 24, up to a maximum of $5 million. Donations to PWRDF marked for the Beirut explosion emergency response will be matched.
Please see https://pwrdf.org/donations-for-lebanon-eligible-for-humanitarian-coalition-match-through-membership-in-foodgrains-bank/ for ways in which you can contribute financially toward these efforts.
Sacred Teachings Podcast
In “Dismantling Racism,” the new third season of the Sacred Teachings podcast, we venture into the timely discussion of racism and its place in the world. Raw discussions and teachings will be featured in eight episodes—all of which have been recorded remotely across Canada whilst we continue through the pandemic.
In the sixth episode of this season, “Clanmother“, Ginny Doctor talks about Gospel Jamboree as an antidote to the pain of Racism. This and new episodes every Monday can be found at https://www.anglican.ca/im/podcasts/.
The teachings, languages, traditions and stories of the Ancestors are shared in this podcast, which is sponsored by the Anglican Church of Canada. Highly respected Indigenous speakers are featured in this series, with a different theme for each season, including the sacredness of Creation and finding meaning in a global crisis.
The Anglican Church of Canada – the Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, Primate, and the Most Rev. Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop.
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. Aidan & St. Bartholomew, Gibsons – The Reverend Brian Heinrich;
- The Anglican Church Women, Diocese of New Westminster – Gail Revitt (President);
- 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 August 16, 2020 – Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost
Genesis 45:1-15; Psalm 133; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15:10-28
Readings for August 23, 2020 – Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
Exodus 1:8-2:10; Psalm 124; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20
IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION
|Rector||The Rev. Vivian Lamfirstname.lastname@example.org||604-936-7762 (church voicemail) / 604-723-5029 (cell)|
|Deacon||The Rev. Anne Anchoremail@example.com|
|(Office is closed at this time, but email and voice messages will be checked Tuesday – Friday)|
|Rector’s Warden||Geri Griggfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|People’s Warden||Ruby Ngemail@example.com|
|Envelope Secretary||Sheila De Vaalfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Parish Council||Kristin Kuhn, Secretaryemail@example.com|
|Altar Guild||Brenda Binnsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Anglican Church Women||Alma Oldenburg||ACW@stja.ca||604-788-2562|
|Bible Study||Lynne Milneremail@example.com|
|Building Repairs / Maintenance||Brian McGlashan, Building Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Children’s Ministry/Godly Play||Christina Anchoremail@example.com|
|E-Postle||Kathy De Vaalfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Parish Visiting Ministry||Joanne Walton/Alma Oldenburgemail@example.com|
|Prayer Circle||Sue Elliottfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Prayer Shawls||Rosa Weisenselemail@example.com|
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