The E-postle December 6, 2020

The E-postle December 6, 2020

Second Sunday of Advent
December 6, 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”



  • Upcoming Dates
  • Worship & Prayer: Sunday Prayer Leaders, Children’s Advent & Christmas Fun
  • Stewardship: Stewardship Reflection, Community “Phone a Friend”
  • Formation: Parish Advent Program – “Those Who Dream”, Diocesan Advent Email Devotions – “Tell Out My Soul”
  • Parish Matters: Limited Reopening of Parish Office & Buildings, Parish Development Grant, Drainage Repair Project, Call for New Leaders – Treasurer and Council Members, Financial Status for September & October 2020, Parish Giving, Ongoing Updates Pages, E-Postle Submissions
  • Parish Ministries: Anglican Church Women (A.C.W.) News, Food Bank Update
  • Community News: Donations for Tri-Cities Homeless, Spring Street Community Kitchen
  • Weekly Devotions: Prayer Cycle, Scripture Readings
  • Important Contact Information


***Note: All gatherings below take place online via Zoom unless otherwise indicated.***
(Visit for connection information)

Sunday, December 6              8:30am & 10:00am – Sunday Morning Prayer
Meeting ID: 542 312 325
Password: 010729

Sunday, December 6              following 8:30am and 10:00am worship – Informal Virtual “Coffee Hour” + Advent Program
Tuesday, December 8            10:15am – 12:00pm – Bible Study – Advent Discussion
Tuesday, December 8            7:00pm – 8:00pm – Prayer Group
Thursday, December 10         7:00pm – Anglican Church Women (A.C.W.) meeting
Friday, December 11             6:00 – 7:00pm  Special Parish Council meeting
Sunday, December 20             4:00pm – Blue Christmas service
Thursday, December 24          2 Christmas Eve services – 7:00pm Family Service & 9:00pm Formal Service
Friday, December 25              10:00am – Christmas Day service


Sunday Prayer Leaders

Have you ever thought, “I love the intercessions that we hear on Sunday… I would love to offer them but don’t think I could?” If you feel this way, maybe you are being called to be a part of this ministry in our worship and please know that we can help you. There are many resources that help you start the process. There are many that are already written that could be made available as you start on this journey of offering intercessions.

If any of this has sparked an interest or curiosity in you, please contact Deacon Anne at

Children’s Advent & Christmas Fun

As Advent and Christmas is quickly upon us, we are looking for involvement by the children in our traditional Advent Wreath lighting, as well as a virtual Christmas Pageant.

If you know a child who would like to be involved in the Advent Wreath lighting or Christmas Pageant, please contact either Christina at or Anne at



Stewardship Reflection

From Sunday by Sunday: Reflections on Stewardship, prepared by the Ven. Dr. Michael Pollesel:

Mark 1:1-8
John called on the people to undergo a “change of heart.” The faithful steward is one who has undergone such a change.

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 ( or 778-957-8987) or Natasha ( 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


Parish Advent Program – “Those Who Dream”

Psalm 126 begins: “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.” This Advent at St. John’s, we’re exploring together, ‘What does it look like to live as those who dream?’ The prophets, the psalmists, John the Baptist, Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, Simeon, Anna, the shepherds and the Magi—they were all dreamers. They received, discovered, and responded to God’s dreams for the world. This Advent, we join them in stepping into the mystery and awe of God’s dreams and pray they shape our reality.

We are using a daily devotional guide that offers Biblical commentary, poetry, visual art, written reflections, colouring pages, and journaling and Sabbath prompts. An emailed electronic version is available, with printed copies mailed to those who request it (donations are welcome to offset printing and mailing costs). Please connect with Vivian at if you are interested in an emailed or print copy of the devotional guide.

Our Sunday liturgies are weaving together the “dreaming theme” with our scriptures for the day. There will be opportunities for sharing and discussion at 3 Sunday coffee hours beginning this Sunday, Dec. 6 and our Tuesday Bible Studies. Our Facebook page is also featuring some of the devotional material and we invite commentary and reflection – feel free to jump in as you feel called to do so!

This program is for the dreamers in all of us—those who dream of a deeper connection with God and those who dream of a better world. Those who dream of comfort and those who have given up on their dreams. Those whose dreams have been crushed and those who show us that dreams take time. Join us this Advent at St. John’s as we dream alongside prophets and angels, Mary and the Magi. Join us as we seek and sow God’s dreams for our world.

Diocesan Advent Email Devotions – “Tell Out My Soul”

What do a comedian, a school founder, and a youth leader have in common? They are all parishioners in the Diocese offering personal stories for the diocesan daily Advent email calendar this year. People of all ages from the Sunshine Coast to Coquitlam are writing short stories about times when they discovered more about the character of God. Our very own Derek De Sa is one of this year’s contributors!

It’s not too late to visit to register to receive these emails, which began on Nov. 29.



Limited Reopening of Parish Office & Buildings

We are glad to let you know that we have a new temporary Office Administrator beginning this week, and that the office will have a limited reopening of 3 mornings a week (exact schedule to be finalized shortly). Please note that for now, the office will not be open to walk-in visitors – anyone coming by the office for a necessary purpose will need to make an appointment beforehand and follow Covid safety protocols as directed.

Anyone planning to come inside the church buildings at this time must check in beforehand with the office at – even if you plan to be here just for a brief period of time. This is to enable necessary contact tracing, notification to anyone else in the building at the same time, and to review safety protocols as needed.

Also as of this past week, we have welcomed back one of our community 12-step groups; other outside user groups have opted to hold off on meeting in-person for the time being. The 12-step group is following strict safety protocols and is permitted to meet under the current provincial health order.

You may view the full reopening plan, the most recent guide for outside user groups, as well as diocesan updates at

Parish Development Grant

We are pleased to announce that St. John’s has been awarded a diocesan Parish Development Technology Grant for 2021. These funds are envisioned to be used for improvements in the quality and reach of our online worship. Stay tuned in the coming months as we determine how to best use these funds.

Drainage Repair Project

Thank you to all who attended our parish informational meeting. Parish Council is continuing to seek out further quotes and information based on the feedback and questions received at this meeting.

Your participation in this project is integral. Thank you to those who have shared their wisdom and expertise so far! In addition to general feedback, we continue to seek volunteers for this project (could be as simple as vetting the proposals or meeting contractors on site), input into the decision-making process, and fundraising to build up the Capital Improvement Fund.

If anyone has a company to recommend or to consider, please forward the contact information to If you are interested in helping out with this project, please reach out to Geri.

Call for New Leaders – Treasurer and Council Members

While waiting to replace the role of Treasurer, Amalia McGlashan has graciously offered to hold the role remotely until we find a replacement.

With the departure of the McGlashans, Council is now down to a smaller group of 2 clergy and 5 lay members. We really need those of you who have the interest and/or skillset to come forward to assist in the management of your church, St. John’s.

Please speak to Ruby at or Geri at if you are interested or have any questions.

Financial Status for September & October 2020

We append below the Parish financial status for your information.

Statement of Income and Expenses ending 31st October 2020

  September Actual $ October Actual $ October Budget $ October YTD Actual $ October YTD Budget $
Income 14,089 15,679 19,083 141,701 190,833
Expenses 15,197 14,477 19,089 133,954 190,821
(-) Loss
-1,108 1,202 -6.27 7,747 12.20


  September Actual $ October Actual $ October Budget $ October YTD Actual $ October YTD Budget $
Offering for General Funds 10,742 11,903 15,408 103,974 154,083
Offering for Property 1,392 1,261 0 12,856 0

Notes: We continue to be able to fulfill our obligations thanks to your contributions. With an increase in donations, we have a slight surplus for the month of October.

Parish Giving

Thank you to all who have continued with your offerings via PADs and cheques. If you wish to e-transfer your contributions directly to the church account, please contact Ruby at or Amalia at for more details. There are also links on our website at if you would prefer to donate by PayPal or Credit Card.

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

  1. Program & Worship Updates/Links – current information on programs, including Zoom meeting information and the bulletin and scripture readings for Sunday worship.
  2. Updates on Covid-19 at St. John’s – – 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.

E-Postle Submissions

If you have submissions for the E-Postle, please email them to Kathy by Wednesday at 9:00pm at



Anglican Church Women (A.C.W.) News

Next Meeting
The next A.C.W. meeting will be held this Thursday, December 10th at 7pm. This will be an informal meeting with an opportunity to share news and views.

Please email for connection details for this Zoom meeting.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the sale of the 2021 Anglican Church Calendar. There are just a few still available for purchase. Cost: $7 each. If you would like to receive a copy, please contact Antoinette at: or 604-942-4765

Food Bank Update

It looks like the St. John’s Food Bank will not be reopening in the near future, given the Covid-19 situation. However, our church continues to help needy people in our community through our support of the SHARE Food Bank. At our October Parish Council meeting, we carried a motion to donate $2000 to the SHARE Food Bank in November to help with their Christmas hampers. Thank you to all the parishioners at St. John’s who have made contributions to the Food Bank fund. We couldn’t do it without you!

We are still looking for a member of our congregation to take on the role of Food Bank coordinator. If you are interested, please send an email to



Donations for Tri-Cities Homeless

St. Laurence, Coquitlam is currently collecting items for Tri-Cities homeless persons through Hope for Freedom Society. Below is a list of items with instructions.

Due to the pandemic, the MAT program will not be happening this year, but Hope for Freedom outreach workers and the Tri-Cities homeless community still need our help. Donations of goods can be dropped off at St. Laurence (825 St. Laurence St., Coquitlam), Monday through Thursday from 10am to 2pm, or you may phone Juley in the St. Laurence church office at 604-936-5423 to arrange for a pick-up from your home.

Hope for Freedom wish list:

  • Backpacks
  • Umbrellas
  • Hot Paws (warmers for gloves and boots)
  • Sweatpants
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Rain gear (waterproof jackets and pants)
  • Boots
  • Nail clippers, combs, and small or folding hairbrushes
  • Small packages of wet wipes
  • Small bottles of Tylenol (there are tubes containing 10 tablets)
  • Food items: granola bars, fruit cups, pull-top tins of a meal item (e.g. ravioli)

Spring Street Community Kitchen

Thanks to all who joined us for our recent “Soup and Beer Bread” online kitchen – a link to the video of the cooking portion of the evening is at Feel free to like and follow the page to stay updated on future kitchens!

Funds raised in support of our Spring Street Community Kitchen will be re-gifted to the communities we serve – for this kitchen we will give to SHARE Food Bank to support their food hamper programs. Donations can be given via Be sure to let us know that your donation is designated for our Community Kitchen project.

We would love your participation and feedback! We welcome you to share your soup and beer bread recipes with our wider community. Feel free to email your recipes to us at  and we will share them on our Facebook page. We are also looking for volunteers for future kitchens – planning, hosting, moderating, and tech support are just some of the roles available. Connect with Geri at if you’d like to take part going forward!

(The Spring Street Community Kitchen is a partnership between St. John’s, Inlet United Church, and All Saints’ Catholic Parish.)



Prayer Cycle

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 the Rev. John Stephens, Bishop Coadjutor-Elect.

And this week:

  • The Anglican Canadian-Asian Ministry (ACAM) Group;
  • The Deanery of Kingsway – The Reverend Wilmer Toyoken, Regional Dean;
  • 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 December 6, 2020 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8

Readings for December 13, 2020 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; in place of the psalm Canticle 18 (Luke 1:47-55); 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28



Rector The Rev. Vivian Lam 604-936-7762 (church voicemail) / 604-723-5029 (cell)
Deacon The Rev. Anne Anchor
Parish Office 604-936-7762
(Office is closed at this time, but email and voice messages will be checked Tuesday – Friday)
Rector’s Warden Geri Grigg
People’s Warden Ruby Ng
Treasurer Amalia McGlashan
Envelope Secretary Sheila De Vaal
Parish Council Kristin Kuhn, Secretary
Altar Guild Brenda Binns
Anglican Church Women Alma Oldenburg 604-788-2562
Bible Study Lynne Milner
Building Repairs / Maintenance Rich Thompson
Children’s Ministry/Godly Play Christina Anchor
E-Postle Kathy De Vaal
Food Bank
Parish Visiting Ministry Joanne Walton/Alma Oldenburg
Prayer Circle Sue Elliott
Prayer Shawls Rosa Weisensel


[Artwork at top of page is “The Beginning of the Good News” by Lisle Gwynn Garrity (inspired by Mark 1:1-8) © A Sanctified Art. Used by permission.]


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