The E-postle June 28, 2020
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
June 28, 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, Community “Phone a Friend”
- Worship: Guest Musician
- Parish Matters: Beware Email Scams, Parish Nominee for the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster, Upkeep and Repairs of Church Property, Financial Status up to 30th April 2020, From the Wardens – Parish Giving, Ongoing Updates Pages, E-Postle Submissions
- Parish Ministries: Deanery Vacation Bible School, Food Bank Temporary Suspension & Ongoing Support Needed
- Community News: Community Kitchen, Behind the Scenes – National Indigenous Day of Prayer
- 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, June 28 8:30am & 10:00am – Sunday Morning Prayer
Meeting ID: 542 312 325
Sunday, June 28 following 8:30am and 10:00am worship – Informal Virtual “Coffee Hour”
Tuesday, June 30 10:15am – 12:00pm – Bible Study
Tuesday, June 30 7:00pm – 8:00pm – Prayer Group
Tuesday, June 30 7:00pm – 9:00pm – Parish Council meeting
From Sunday by Sunday: Reflections on Stewardship, prepared by the Ven. Dr. Michael Pollesel:
To whom do we give, and why? Jesus reminds us that the faithful steward who gives even a minute amount to someone who is a follower will not go unrewarded. In and of itself, that ought to be enough to encourage each of us to be generous in our giving.
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 (email@example.com or 778-957-8987) or Natasha (firstname.lastname@example.org 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
We extend a warm welcome to Birgit Giesser, who will be serving as guest musician while LaRee is away. She will be joining us at 10am Zoom worship on the 3 Sundays of June 28, July 5, and July 12.
Beware Email Scams
Some parishioners have recently received fraudulent emails purporting to be from Vivian – the message claims that she is in a meeting and that is why she is emailing to ask a favour. When you reply, the person asks you to purchase a gift card so that she can help someone in need. Please note that Vivian would never ask for help in this manner!
You can often tell that a message is fake if you look carefully at the originating email address, if the tone/wording seems strange, and/or if the request asks you to give money in an odd way. If you ever have any doubt about an email’s authenticity, please feel free to call Vivian (or email email@example.com directly in a separate email) to confirm.
For further information, here are 2 government resources re: email fraud recommended by the diocese: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/protect-fraud/internet-email-telephone.html and https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm
Parish Nominee for the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster
We are pleased to announce that St. John’s nominee for the 2020 Order of the Diocese of New Westminster (ODNW) is Sylvia Bradley. Congratulations Sylvia, on this well-deserved award!
The purpose of the ODNW is to honour and give special recognition to lay members of the Diocese who have given outstanding service over a significant period of time in their volunteer ministry. The Investiture Service is scheduled for November 7.
To see this year’s nominees from across the diocese, please visit https://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/news/updated-odnw-nominees-for-2020, and for more information on the ODNW, please see https://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/programs/the-odnw
Upkeep and Repairs of Church Property
Despite not being able to be open for worship and ministries, we still have to maintain the property in good stead. We are taking advantage of the shutdown to carry out repairs to the PMC and drain works around the church in the coming weeks.
The PMC back stairs, deck railings, and deck roof will be replaced. A full investigation into the perimeter drainage system will also be carried out, which will include the flushing of the downspout of the drainpipes (outside the kitchen window).
Huge thanks to Building Coordinator Brian McGlashan and Grounds Coordinator Tony Lee for continually taking such good care of the property, especially during these unusual times.
Financial Status up to 30th April 2020
We append below the Parish financial status for March and April for your information. We thank everyone for your continuing support for the church, as well as in our ministries to the larger community in a time when need is more keenly felt than ever.
Statement of Income and Expenses 30th April 2020
|March Actual||March Budget||April Actual||April Budget||YTD Actual||YTD Budget|
|Expenses||$ 18,291||$ 19,083||$3,347||$19,079||$ 67,320||$76,232|
|FUNDS||March Actual||March Budget||April Actual||April Budget||YTD Actual||YTD Budget|
|General||$ 8,806||$ 15,408||10,984||15,408||$ 43,374||$61,633|
|Property||$1,073||$ 0||$1,473||$ 0||$ 5322||$ 0|
Notes by Treasurer:
In February, some annual expenses such as insurance get paid, which may make it appear as though our expenses are far more than budgeted. There were also a few unbudgeted larger expenses that happened earlier this year, like snow removal. This resulted in a YTD deficit of $12,277 as of February 29th.
March income took a dive as our last in-person worship was on 8th March. Expenses remained close to our budgeted amounts
April’s income improved as donations came in via PADs, cheques, and e-transfers. Expenses were reduced significantly as the Rector salary was paid for by the Diocese, as well as our Parish Assessment. These combine to a savings of $11,288, which will continue in May.
Those that share our space have also continued to contribute in these difficult and uncertain times.
Also worth mentioning is that we do not have an Administrator at the present time.
From the Wardens – Parish Giving
Thank you 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Ruby at email@example.com for more details
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.
Deanery Vacation Bible School
For 5 Sundays this summer – starting this Sunday, June 28 and continuing through each Sunday in July – St. John’s will be sponsoring a Sunday morning virtual Vacation Bible School for all children of our deanery. We will begin at 9:30am and gather until approximately 9:50am on Zoom.
The theme of our VBS will be “Compassion Camp – Be Loved, Be Kind, Be You”, and during this time together the children will hear a Bible story and have a discussion relating to the theme of the day, while doing some artwork with some musical accompaniment.
Afterward, for those who stay for St. John’s worship, the Children’s Talk will pick up on the day’s theme, and children will have a chance to gather as usual, as well as to share more of their VBS experience with our wider congregation.
For more details and Zoom connection information on our VBS please connect with Anne at email@example.com.
Food Bank Temporary Suspension & Ongoing Support Needed
The St. John’s Food Bank is not able to operate until further notice due to the COVID19 virus and the many restrictions that are in place for the safety of all our community and beyond. The Food Bank will resume when safe to do so and will continue to rely on the generosity of our parishioners.
Since this ministry to our community is a priority for St. John’s, Parish Council has decided at our March 31 meeting to use funds that would normally have gone into purchasing food for our own Food Bank to support others who are able to continue to serve our community in this time. We will be giving $1000/month for April-June to SHARE Food Bank. Please continue to give generously to our Food Bank ministry so that in this time of great need we can continue to support this important work for the most vulnerable among us.
In the meantime, we have been informed about 2 local food programs that are currently still operating if you are interested in inquiring about other ways to help.
- SHARE Food Bank – https://sharesociety.ca/news/share-covid-19-update
- Club Freedom, a meal program run by CityReach Care Society, Broadway Church, and Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship – https://www.cityreach.org/clubfreedom. (To volunteer or donate food for Sun/Tues/Thurs contact Craig Savage at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-253-2700. To volunteer or donate food for Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat—contact Debbie Fell at email@example.com or call 604-942-5622)
St. John’s, along with partner Inlet United Church, was recently awarded a $2,000 start up grant by the Port Moody Foundation. The project proposal was for the Spring Street Community Kitchen. The original vision was an in-person, group cooking series of events. The planning group is currently revisioning the project into a virtual cooking experience.
Behind the Scenes – National Indigenous Day of Prayer
For those who haven’t had a chance to view the online video of the special National Indigenous Day of Prayer worship service last week, check it out at https://www.anglican.ca/im/nidp/. You can also view a slideshow exploring some behind-the-scenes stories on the making of this historic online event, as well as general resources and information on National Indigenous Day of Prayer.
National Indigenous Day of Prayer was last Sunday, June 21. This is a Major Feast in the current liturgical calendar of the Anglican Church of Canada, and correlates with National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada on the same day, which celebrates the heritage, cultures, and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. For more information on National Indigenous Peoples Day please visit https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1534872397533.
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. David / St. Paul, Powell River – The Reverend Faun Harriman, The Reverend Ron Berezan, The Reverend Taras Pakholchuk;
- St. Thomas, Chilliwack – The Reverend Allen Doerksen, The Reverend Jennifer Burgoyne, The Reverend David Koe;
- St. Thomas, Vancouver – The Reverend Michael Batten;
- 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 June 28, 2020 – Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42
Readings for July 5, 2020 – Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Psalm 45:11-18; Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
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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