The E-postle February 9, 2020

The E-postle February 9, 2020

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany


February 9, 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

Sunday, February 9                after the 10am service – Annual Vestry Meeting

Tuesday, February 11            10:15am–12noon – Bible Study (in the Parish Hall)

Sunday, February 16              after the 10am service – Chinese New Year lunch

Thursday, February 20           1:00pm – A.C.W. meeting

Saturday, February 22           Parish Council Retreat

Saturday, February 22           5 – 8pm – Parish Games Night

Sunday, February 23              after the 10am service – Pastoral Visiting Ministry Team meeting

Tuesday, February 25            5:30pm – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Wednesday, February 26       10am & 7pm – Ash Wednesday worship services


Stewardship Reflection

By Tracy Earl Welliver: The value of Stewardship living is difficult to see unless we are experiencing that way of life for ourselves. You can go to church every Sunday but unless you are actively growing in faith and trying to live a life of generous stewardship, you cannot see the power of such a lifestyle. Like most things, we need direct purposeful experiences to really understand.


Annual Vestry Meeting – 9th February

As we prepare for the Annual Vestry this Sunday, 9th February, after the 10am service, we bring to your attention that Vestry reports have been emailed out to all who are on the email distribution list. We will also have some printed copies available at the meeting.

Please bring a dish/snack to share as we will most likely run into lunchtime.


Parish Council Openings

Wondering where you can serve? How about giving Parish Council a try?

Parish Council has four vacancies to fill for the 2020 Council as existing members rotate off and new recruits step in. A full member slate will optimize our Council’s ministry potential! Geri and Ruby are happy to answer any questions you might have about serving on Parish Council. The meetings are once a month on a Tuesday evening with infrequent duties between. If you are curious, please see Ruby or Geri or ask anyone else on Council. We thank you in advance for prayerfully considering, and for stepping up in faith.


Property Development Committee

Property Development will continue to take priority in 2020.  Parish Council is seeking interested parties to form a part of a committee to support the parish through this process.  Please see Ruby or Geri if you are interested.


Rector Away

Vivian is taking vacation from Monday, February 10 through Saturday, February 15. Please connect with Sarah in the parish office at or 604-936-7762, 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.


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

The next A.C.W. meeting will be held on Thursday, February 20th at 1pm. Please remember to bring your United Thank Offering to the meeting. Funds collected will be combined with other contributions throughout the Diocese and donated to outreach.


Chinese New Year Lunch

We are ushering in the Year of the (White Metal) Rat this Chinese New Year. As with tradition at St. John’s, we will be having a celebration lunch on 16th February after the 10am service at Lougheed Wonton Restaurant. Due to inflation and higher cost of doing business, the restaurant will not be able to give us the same price as previous years. Tickets are on sale at $17.00 by May Chin and Doris Lee.


Games Night, Redux

We had soooo much fun last time, we thought “LET’S DO IT AGAIN!!!!”

Having a hard time finding someone to play chess, cribbage, Sorry, Jenga, Monopoly, Scrabble, Battleship, Operation, or other games? Always wanted to learn? Maybe play something new you’ve never heard of?

Come join us for a St. John’s Games Night on Saturday February 22, 5-8pm, downstairs in the church hall. Stay for all 3 hours or just stop by for part of the time.

We will have all sorts of card and board games for adults and kids of all ages, and lots of conversation. What a relaxing and fun chance to get to know each other! We will provide refreshments. Bring a light dinner item, snack or dessert to share if you can. We hope to see some yummy things like last time!!

Please RSVP by February 17 to  to help us plan well for space. Any questions, please email the office at or Amalia/Brian McGlashan at

Let’s play!!


FoodSafe Course

St. John’s will be hosting a FoodSafe course on Saturday, April 25 from 9 am to 5 pm in the Parish Hall.  Registration is free to parishioners involved in food ministry (i.e. Food Bank) and $35 to others. The course maximum is 25. We will be opening registration to other parishes on March 15 if we have not reached our maximum. Register by contacting Sarah at the office via or 604-936-7762.


Cold Wet Weather Mat Program Thank You

A big thank-you to all who helped during this year’s Cold Wet Weather Mat program held at St. Laurence. We had five people make sandwiches to feed the homeless guests and three people who went to help out and feed the quests when they arrived in the evening. There was an average of twenty guests each evening who were sheltered and fed during the very cold and snowiest days of this winter.

I know that the facilitators were very happy with our help and are grateful for the various ways in which people from St. John’s help out with this program.

May the dream of having permanent shelter, warmth and food for these most vulnerable people of our community come closer to be a reality as we care and provide for them.

Blessings and thank-you to all, Deacon Anne


World Day of Prayer

You are invited to World Day of Prayer 2020 on Friday, March 6, 1-3pm, at Coquitlam Presbyterian Church (948 Como Lake Ave, Coquitlam). For more information, contact Dana at 604-469-9916.

What is World Day of Prayer? Informed Prayer. Prayerful Action. Imagine Christians from over 170 countries coming together in spirit, uniting on a common day to pray for relevant issues affecting women and children.

The movement has been active for nearly 100 years. Each year a different country writes the service materials. This year, the writing country is Zimbabwe and the theme is “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk.” The services are very informative. Refreshments are served after the service. Learn more at


Diocesan ACW Event on Human Trafficking

The Diocese of New Westminster Anglican Church Women (A.C.W.) are sponsoring an event at St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church (3025 – 264th Street, Aldergrove) entitled “MODERN SLAVERY – HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT” on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 1:30pm. The presenter is Cathy Peters, a champion against human trafficking.  Refreshments will be provided at the break.


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 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:

*        The Deanery of North Vancouver – The Reverend Patrick Blaney, 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 February 9, 2020 – Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 112:1-10; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; Matthew 5:13-20


Readings for February 16, 2020 – Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 119:1-8; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-37


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) – Alma Oldenburg – 604-788-2562 or

Children’s Ministry /Godly Play – Christina Anchor –

Prayer Shawls – Rosa Weisensel –

Bible Study – Lynne Milner –

Food Bank – Lynne Milner –


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