The E-postle January 19, 2020

The E-postle January 19, 2020

Second Sunday after the Epiphany


January 19, 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

Tuesday, January 21              10:15am–12noon – Bible Study (in the Parish Hall)

Thursday, January 23             1pm – ACW Annual General Meeting (rescheduled)

Monday, January 27              7 – 9pm – Parish Council meeting

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

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

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


Stewardship Reflection

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

2nd Sunday after Epiphany: John 1: 29-42.

John points the disciples to Jesus, who invites them to come and spend some time with him. As they spend time with him they begin to see and understand what it means to be a steward, that is, one who cares. Do we care enough to spend time with Jesus so that we can point him out to others? Are we “walking advertisements” for living the kind of life Jesus would have us live?


Flowers for the Altar

The Altar Guild would like to draw your attention to the flower chart in the Narthex by the Chapel door. Please consider signing up to place flowers at the Altar in thanksgiving for something, or in loving memory of a family member, or friend. A member of the Altar Guild will contact you the week before the date you have chosen to see what type of flowers you would like and also the wording for the Bulletin. Thank you.


Counters Ministry – Volunteers Needed

URGENTLY NEEDED – Counters for the Sunday weekly collections!!! Two of our volunteers have resigned and we need to fill the roster. With a full roster of eight counters, you would only need to count once a month.  Training will be provided. If you think you can serve in this very important ministry, please contact Bonnie SooChan at (604-945-8465) or in church on Sunday. Thank you.


Advent Art Meditations

Check out the binder of our wonderful “What Can’t Wait?” art meditations, featuring the reflections of people of St. John’s that were displayed in the Parish Hall and on our Facebook page throughout Advent. This is a great opportunity to enjoy them again, especially if you didn’t get a chance to read through all of them in December, or would like to spend more time with them. The binder will be available in the back of the church for the next few weeks.


Preparation for Vestry – 9th February

Please be informed that the Annual Vestry is on 9th February, 2020 after the 10am service.

For leaders of the various ministries, it will be appreciated that you submit your budget to Cedric at, if you have not already done so, and your annual reports to Sarah at as soon as possible. This will enable reports to be circulated in advance. Thank you.


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

This Thursday, January 23rd at 1:00 pm, come and join the A.C.W. for their (rescheduled due to weather) Annual General Meeting, to discover their plans for the upcoming year, and participate in the election of the executive. Join in with us and see if there are ways that you can help to support our parish. For more information contact Sue Hall at or 604-936-0176.


Chinese New Year Lunch

We will be ushering in the Year of the (White Metal) Rat this coming 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 will be on sale from 2nd February at $17.00 by May Chin and Doris Lee.


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.


Diocesan Youth Movement – Winter Retreat

Youth aged 13-18 are invited to take part in the Diocesan Youth Movement’s Winter Retreat, being held Friday, February 14 – Monday, February 17 in Sorrento.

The primary purpose of this weekend is to be a retreat: we want to give youth the chance to take a breath in amongst the beauty of Sorrento Centre in the winter. We’ll also be taking time to gather as a community for inspiring worship, wonderful speakers, some great games and meals together.

The retreat theme is “Know Thyself: Growing Up and Learning Yourself in Faith”.  Learning ourselves is essential to living out our baptismal calling. This retreat is focused on who we are becoming as we grow, how to integrate faith in the process of learning ourselves, and what it means to be in our bodies and in the body of Christ. At this retreat, we will come together and find ways to bring our whole selves into our relationship with God, scripture, and each other.

For more information on the event, including a link for registration, please visit

The cost is $150.00 for the retreat (includes all meals and accommodation) + $15.00 for bus transport. Bursaries are available by contacting Jessica Schaap at


Inlet United Church – Community Giving Day

Here is another opportunity to support the 3030 Gordon Ave. Shelter, where several of our parishioners regularly volunteer… our neighbour Inlet United Church is holding a Community Giving Day on Saturday, January 25 from 1-4pm at MLA Rick Glumac’s Constituency Office (2708 St. John’s St).  They are collecting the following new or gently used, clean, and in good repair items for the 3030 Gordon Ave. Shelter:

  • Men’s and Women’s running shoes
  • Men’s jeans, size 30 – 36
  • Men’s and Women’s sweatpants and hoodies
  • Men’s and Women’s gloves – preferably waterproof
  • Men’s and Women’s winter jackets
  • Men’s knee socks
  • Women’s ankle socks
  • Men’s underwear (new only)

Note: They can accept only those items listed – please do not bring other items. Please drop in any time from 1-4pm, to drop off donations, share a refreshment, and get information about the 3030 Gordon Ave. Shelter. Also see displays and information on Inlet Church’s redevelopment project The Springs.


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:

*        St. Agnes, North Vancouver – The Venerable Stephen Muir, The Reverend Lizz Lindsay

*        St. Paul, Vancouver – The Reverend Philip Cochrane, The Reverend Alain-Michel Rocheleau, St. Paul’s Labyrinth, The Advocacy Office.

*        St. Timothy, Burnaby – The Reverend James Duckett

*        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 January 19, 2020 – Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-12; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42


Readings for January 26, 2020 – Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 5-13; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23


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) – 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 –


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