The E-Postle, December 12, 2021
Third Sunday of Advent
December 12, 2021
“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
- Worship & Prayer: So It’s Another Zoom Christmas This Year…, Zoom Worship Continues, Children’s Talks throughout Advent, Sermons Online, Flowers for the Altar, Tech & Hospitality Volunteers Needed for Worship, Ongoing Pastoral Care & Support
- Formation: Parish Advent Program – “Close to Home”, Area Youth Group!
- Stewardship: Stewardship Reflection
- Parish Matters: Altered Office Hours for This Week, Beware Email Scams, Current Parish Office & Buildings Status, Financial Status for September and October 2021, Parish Giving, Ongoing Updates Pages, E-Postle Submissions
- Parish Ministries: Anglican Church Women (“A.C.W.”) News, ReSponse News, Food Bank Report, Abbotsford Flood Relief, New Members for the Altar Guild
- Community News: Save the Date: An Ecumenical Evening of Taize on Jan. 21, Anglican Lessons & Carols Video – next Friday Dec. 17, “Longest Night” Christmas Service – Tuesday, Dec. 21, In-Person Christmas Services at Deanery Churches, PWRDF BC Flood Relief, 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 https://www.stja.ca/2021/program-updates/ for connection information)
Sunday, December 12 8:30am & 10:00am – ZOOM ONLY – Morning Prayer
+ (at 10am) Children’s Talk
Meeting ID: 542 312 325
Sunday, December 12 following 8:30am and 10:00am worship – Informal Zoom “Coffee Hour” + Advent Program Gathering #2
Sunday, December 12 Cut off date for donations in lieu of the Bazaar
Tuesday, December14 10:15am – 12noon – Advent Program Gathering #2
Tuesday, December 14 7:00pm – 8:00pm – Prayer Group
Friday, December 24 Christmas Eve services – ZOOM ONLY – 7:00pm Family Service, 9:00pm Formal Service
Saturday, December 25 Christmas Day service – ZOOM ONLY – 10:00am
WORSHIP & PRAYER
So It’s Another Zoom Christmas This Year…
Hopefully the last one and next year we can pack St John’s to the rafters with our faithful church family and our Christmas visitors! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to let this beautiful Christmas season to pass without the colour, warmth and vibrancy of all our St. John’s Christmases past.
I think with the commitment and enthusiasm that, in my experience, embodies our church family we can make this a Zoom Christmas to remember. With two weeks to go I would like to find a small group of people who would be willing to join me on a Zoom call to identify some ways that we could brighten up our three main Christmas services, the two on Christmas Eve and one Christmas Morning.
I’m thinking along the lines of congregants attending Zoom seated in front of their lit Christmas trees, of attending dressed in our finest, or most Christmassy, maybe our nativity set could attend in its own right, perhaps the children could come as Kings, shepherds, Mary and Joseph. What ideas do you have? What could we do within the limits of Zoom to make our seasonal gathering more inspiring, more colourful and more like those wonderful experiences we all remember?
If you would like to participate in putting some ideas together you can email me (Natasha) at email@example.com and we will set up a Zoom call to brainstorm our ideas, or just send me your ideas if you prefer.
Yours in hopes of a wildly enthusiastic response,
Zoom Worship Continues
At our most recent November 28 meeting, Parish Council gave consideration to an appropriate date for a return to hybrid worship. It was decided that Christmas services will be Zoom only, and that we will continue through January with Sunday services on Zoom. Factoring in the emergence of a new variant, the possibility of changing public health guidelines, and parish planning needs such as flexibility for and community stability during Vivian’s medical treatment, this was felt to be a suitable timeframe. We do recognize that there is a desire from some to get back in the building and resume some in-person worship. Additionally, COVID infection rates in the Fraser Health Region continue to be fairly low. Parish Council is scheduled to meet earlier than usual in January (the 18th), so that we can re-evaluate at that time and we will keep you posted. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any Council member in the meantime, if you have comments or suggestions on the topic.
Children’s Talks throughout Advent
Throughout the 4 Sundays of Advent, we look forward to having a Children’s Talk each week at our 10am worship. Families will also be leading us in an Advent candle lighting liturgy during each service.
Just a reminder that you can access sermons online on our parish YouTube channel, which is linked toward the top of our homepage at https://www.stja.ca/, or visited directly at https://bit.ly/3oltgDN. We hope that this will be helpful if you wish to meditate further on a sermon, or share with friends and family.
Flowers for the Altar
Due to services being held via Zoom until the end of the year, we ask that anyone who has signed up to have flowers at the Altar choose an alternative date once in-person services are resumed. Please speak to Brenda Binns or any member of the Altar Guild.
Tech & Hospitality Volunteers Needed for Worship
We are continuing to look for help with technical support aspects of both Zoom services and (future) in-person services, as well as people who could help online with hospitality and welcome for our Zoom participants. Training will be provided. If you or someone you know is interested, please connect with Vivian at firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.
Zoom Hospitality includes:
- Welcoming everyone as they arrive in the Zoom meeting room.
- Greeting visitors and inviting them to provide contact information so we can follow up with them.
- (if available after the service) Serving as “host” for virtual coffee hour
Zoom Tech Support includes:
- Screen-sharing the bulletin and other documents during the service
- Muting and unmuting Zoom participants
- Conveying feedback to the In-Person Tech Support about any adjustments needed to sound or video
- Adding onscreen names for people who telephone in
- Recording a count of participants
- Following protocols for removing any Zoom bombers (hasn’t been needed to date!)
In-Person Tech Support includes:
- Setting up and taking down equipment, opening/closing software programs on main laptop
- Doing a sound-check of microphones pre-service
- Receiving feedback from the Zoom Tech Support before and during the service about any adjustments needed to sound or video for Zoom congregation
- Adjusting the sound levels as needed during the service
- Switching camera views during the service
Ongoing Pastoral Care & Support
A note from Vivian:
Please know that St. John’s is here for you as we continue to move through this pandemic. Now that I don’t see many of you as regularly, and with the limitations of virtual interactions, it is more challenging to know what everyone’s state of wellbeing and ongoing pastoral needs are. I invite and encourage you to reach out to me or to any of the other parish resources below, if and as you need.
Rector – Please contact me via email@example.com or cell. I am happy to connect via phone, email, text, Facetime or Zoom, and, during this pandemic, in-person in urgent situations. I am here for support in crisis times (i.e. emergencies, hospital stays) and if you would like prayer for an upcoming medical procedure or other major circumstance. I am also available for general spiritual support and encouragement, and can offer a listening ear and prayer in the moment.
Community “Phone a Friend” – our Stewardship Team has set up phone teams to call folks each week to “check in” and help lessen isolation and foster connection. Connect with Kristin (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-957-8987) or Natasha (email@example.com or 604-961-6630) if you’d like to receive or help make these calls.
Sunday Prayers of the People – If you would like to be prayed for in our Sunday intercessions, please email Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be prayed for by first name, for whatever time period you indicate. If you are adding someone else, please be sure you have their OK to do so.
Prayer Circle – Please email Sue E. at email@example.com. This is a group of parishioners who commit to pray for prayer needs of parishioners and friends/families. All requests are kept confidential within the group, and you can let the group know as much or as little detail of the situation they’re praying for, as you wish. If you are requesting prayer for someone else, please be sure you have their OK to do so.
Parish Visiting Ministry – Members of this team focus on our parishioners who are homebound or living in care homes. During this pandemic time, they are praying for and connecting with these parishioners via phone, email, and mail. Please connect with Joanne W. or Alma at firstname.lastname@example.org with needs in this area.
Parish Advent Program – “Close to Home”
Just a reminder that there are several ways to engage with our parish Advent program “Close to Home”:
- Sunday liturgies – weaving together the program theme with our scriptures for the day.
- Sunday coffee hours & Tuesday 10:15am Bible Studies– opportunities for sharing and discussion
- Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/StJohnAnglican) – excerpts from the devotional booklet
- Devotional booklet – with daily Biblical commentary, poetry, visual art, written reflections, music, and journaling and Sabbath prompts There are 3 electronic versions of the devotional guide – a smaller-print one that is for viewing on a device and a smaller-print one for printing. There is also a large-print version that can be viewed on a device or printed. You may contact Deanna at email@example.com if you wish to have the link to an electronic copy emailed to you, or a printed copy mailed to you (donations are welcome to offset printing and mailing costs).
Area Youth Group!
Are you a member of our St. John’s community that is aged 14 to 19? There is a local youth group that meets to have fun together at St. Laurence Anglican Church regularly and is involved in all sorts of youth-related community and church projects! For more information or updated details about upcoming youth events, please feel free to contact Kristin Kuhn (778-957-8987 and/or firstname.lastname@example.org).
From Sunday by Sunday: Reflections on Stewardship prepared by the Ven. Dr. Michael Pollesel.
John used his gift of preaching to exhort people to take care of others, to treat others with the respect and dignity due to all God’s creation. How are we using our gifts to do the same?
Altered Office Hours for This Week
This week, the Parish Office will be open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (December 15, 16, 17), 10am – 2pm.
Beware Email Scams
Please continue to stay vigilant about email scams, especially as the holiday season approaches. In the past, fraudulent emails claiming to be from Vivian ask if you are busy or say that she needs a favour; other messages have claimed she is in a meeting and emailing to ask you to handle a request discreetly. When you reply, the person asks you to purchase a gift card (or something similar) 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 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
Current Parish Office & Buildings Status
Note: You may view our original reopening plan, the guide for user groups, as well as diocesan updates at https://www.stja.ca/2021/updates-re-coronavirus/
Zoom-only services will be in effect through the end of January. COVID protocols have been adjusted to allow for the choir to gather to sing during worship. For additional information, please see the “Worship & Prayer” section of this epostle.
This week, the Parish Office will be open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (December 15, 16, 17).
The Parish Office is usually open 3 partial days a week – generally on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10am-2pm – but this schedule may shift from time to time. 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 also check in beforehand with Deanna in the office at firstname.lastname@example.org – 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.
Parish small groups who wish to meet for ministry gatherings may do so, provided they 1) contact the Parish Office to book time through Deanna, and 2) follow all COVID protocols (see “Guidelines for User Groups” at https://www.stja.ca/2021/updates-re-coronavirus/).
The main protocols for small groups include:
- obtaining prior approval to meet via the church office
- wearing a mask
- physical distancing of 2m/6ft
- keeping hands clean with soap and water or hand sanitizer
- disinfecting any touched surfaces as directed
- no sharing of food or drink
- staying home if feeling sick or having had any potential exposure to COVID
OUTSIDE USER GROUPS
The Port Moody Korean Presbyterian Church have resumed in-person worship in our space on Sunday afternoons. Two of our community 12-step groups are currently meeting in our space; the third has opted to hold off on meeting in-person for the time being. All groups are following strict safety protocols (see “Guidelines for User Groups” at https://www.stja.ca/2021/updates-re-coronavirus/).
Financial Status for September and October 2021
We append below the Parish financial status for your information.
Statement of Income and Expenses ending 31st day of October 2021
|September 2021 Actual $||October 2021 Actual $||October
2021 Budget $
|YTD October 2021 Actual $||YTD October 2021 Budget $|
|September 2021 Actual $||October 2021
|October 2021 Budget $||YTD October 2021 Actual $||YTD October 2021 Budget $|
|Offering for General Funds||10,543.00||11,001.00||15,333.33||99,284.00||153,333.30|
|Offering for Property||1,121.70||1,001.70||0||10,413.00||0|
Treasurer’s Note: Thanks to all for your continued support in these difficult times. We are currently running a deficit. Expenses were significantly higher in October, mainly due to the painting and repair of the window woodwork, and repairs on the drainage project.
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 email@example.com or Amalia at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. There are also links on our website at https://www.stja.ca/supporting-st-johns/ 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 www.stja.ca):
- Program & Worship Updates/Links – https://www.stja.ca/2021/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/2021/updates-re-coronavirus/ – a collection of all special correspondence from the Bishop 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 email@example.com.
Anglican Church Women (“A.C.W.”) News
Canadian Church Calendars
We still have 4 Canada Church Calendars available for a cost of $7 each. If you would like to purchase one, please contact Antoinette at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 604 942 4765.
(Submitted by Mary Kyle)
Good News! We have recently found out that the Syrian refugees (mother, adult son and adult daughter) that we have been praying for are again on track for coming to Canada! They may arrive as soon as the next few months! Thank you for your prayers.
Also, F., father of the N. family that recently came here, is now working at a local restaurant (owned by relatives that sponsored the family). They are all very busy!
Food Bank Report
At our November meeting, Parish Council has decided to continue to support the SHARE Food Bank through March 2022. We will continue to send donations of $500 per month taken from the St. John’s Food Bank fund, since our own Food Bank does not have immediate plans to resume in the near future. Thank you to those of you who have continued to support the Food Bank financially. Your contributions will still be helping those in need in our community.
And thank you to those who had supported the St. John’s Food Bank with donations of food while we were still meeting in person. The food has been sorted by date, and items close to their “Best Before” date have been taken to the SHARE Food Bank every month during the pandemic–so food donations have not been wasted!
Thank you again, Mary Kyle
Abbotsford Flood Relief
At our November meeting, Parish Council has decided to allocate $500 from St. John’s Food Bank Fund to support food security for flood relief victims in Abbotsford. We are connecting with Deacon Paul Richards (at Holy Trinity, White Rock), who has been active in coordinating Anglican response to this disaster, to determine the best way to donate this money.
New Members for the Altar Guild
The members of St. John’s Altar Guild are looking for some new members to join us. We work in groups on a 4-week rotating schedule, usually on a Saturday morning, arranging flowers, cleaning the brass, setting up for the Eucharist and laundering the altar linens. Please speak to Brenda Binns or any member of the Altar Guild if you are interested in joining us.
Save the Date: An Ecumenical Evening of Taize on Jan. 21
The Parish of St. John’s has been invited to join with St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Port Moody, in an evening of Taize Worship together at St. Joseph’s Church, on Friday, January 21st at 7pm.
This event is being organized as part of the annual ecumenical celebration of a “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity” to promote Christian unity and interfaith understanding.
This is an ‘in person’ service, with a reception following the service for fellowship and refreshments. All Covid protocols will be implemented. More information on this event will follow soon.
Anglican Lessons & Carols Video – next Friday Dec. 17
From the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Most Rev. Linda Nicholls: In 2020, we shared a video of Lessons & Carols drawn from cathedrals cross Canada, to encourage us as the pandemic continued to limit singing and gathering. Many responded with gratitude to that video. In 2021, we continue to face an array of different limitations as the pandemic continues to resurface in across Canada. Some can sing (masked and distanced) while others can still only gather online. Some will hear lessons and carols in cathedrals while others might hum along to a livestreamed event.
This year we are highlighting the diversity of our Church – across ages, languages, musical styles and geography. The voices of young people in word and music are shared amidst a variety of choral offerings – including guitars, duets, choirs, and drums – in languages from Japanese to Inuktitut. This is the diversity of the Anglican Church of Canada in worship.
Wherever you live in this country – wherever you worship – we are all waiting with hope and expectancy for the coming of Christ. May the voices of this video fill your heart with comfort and joy!
Lessons & Carols: From Coast to Coast to Coast will be premiered online on Friday, December 17, 5pm (8pm Eastern). You may register to receive a free Eventbrite ticket to view the video at https://www.anglican.ca/lessonsandcarols/.
“Longest Night” Christmas Service – Tuesday, Dec. 21
This “Longest Night” Christmas service gives voice to the struggle to find hope in this season. It will be hosted together by St. Stephen’s and St. Timothy’s on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 7:30pm at St. Stephen’s (9887 Cameron Street Burnaby). The service will also be broadcast via Zoom. Connect with St. Stephen’s at https://www.ststephenburnaby.ca for more details on COVID-protocols and Zoom connection information as the date draws closer.
In-Person Christmas Services at Deanery Churches
For those who wish to attend an in-person Christmas service this year, there are a few options at our neighbouring deanery churches. Please be in touch directly with the churches to clarify what COVID-protocols are in place: St. Laurence https://www.saintlaurence.ca/, St. Stephen’s https://www.ststephenburnaby.ca/, St. Timothy’s https://www.sainttimothy.ca/.
- 4:30pm – St. Laurence – Candlelight Christmas Eve service with choir (In-Person at 825 St Laurence St. Coquitlam and Livestreamed)
- 7pm – St. Stephen’s & St. Timothy’s – Family-Friendly Holy Eucharist with Carols (In-Person at St. Stephen’s at 9887 Cameron St. Burnaby + Zoom)
- 10pm – St. Laurence – Candlelight Christmas Eve service with choir, preceded by 9:30pm Carol Sing – (In-Person at 825 St Laurence St. Coquitlam and Livestreamed)
- 11pm – St. Timothy’s & St. Stephen’s – Traditional Holy Eucharist with Carols (In-Person at St. Timothy’s at 4550 Kitchener St. Burnaby + Livestream)
- 10am – St. Stephen’s – Simple, Quiet Holy Eucharist (In-Person at 9887 Cameron St. Burnaby + Zoom)
- 10am – St. Timothy’s – Christmas Day service (In-Person at 4550 Kitchener St. Burnaby)
- 10:30am – St. Laurence – Christmas Day service (In-Person at 825 St Laurence St. Coquitlam)
PWRDF BC Flood Relief
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is now accepting donations toward an emergency response in British Columbia. The news of the destructive floods, especially after a particularly devastating fire season in the province, are moving Anglicans to reach out to offer support.
As with most in-Canada emergencies, the need for funds will grow in the weeks and months ahead as the flood waters recede and people begin the work of rebuilding, restoring and healing. PWRDF will continue conversations with the Dioceses of New Westminster and Kootenay, and leadership in the Territory of the People, as to how funds will be best used.
Please visit https://pwrdf.org/pwrdf-accepting-donations-for-b-c/ for details on ways to give.
Spring Street Community Kitchen
Thanks to all who participated in our most recent kitchen, where we shared our favourite holiday recipes. The recipes will be available soon at https://www.facebook.com/SpringStreetCommunityKitchen.
Donations raised in support of our Spring Street Community Kitchen are being re-gifted to the communities we serve. Funds raised for this gathering will be gifted to the Phoenix Society, a multi-service agency dedicated to providing accessible services and opportunities to people who face barriers related to addiction, mental health, housing, education, criminal justice involvement and/or employment. Donations can be given via https://www.stja.ca/supporting-st-johns/; please designate your gift to our Community Kitchen project.
We always welcome volunteers for future kitchens – planning, hosting, moderating, and tech support are just some of the roles available.
(The Spring Street Community Kitchen is a partnership between St. John’s and Inlet United Church – be sure to like and follow us at https://www.facebook.com/SpringStreetCommunityKitchen.)
The Anglican Church of Canada – the Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, Primate, and the Most Rev. Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop.
The Province of BC and Yukon – The Most Rev. Lynne McNaughton, Metropolitan.
The Diocese of New Westminster – the Rt. Rev. John Stephens, Bishop.
And this week:
- The Deanery of Royal City/South Burnaby – The Rev. Greg Jenkins, Regional Dean.
- The Deanery of Point Grey – The Rev. Christine Rowe, Regional Dean.
- Our partner Diocese of Northern Philippines, 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, BC Synod Bishop-Elect Kathy Martin.
- The brothers and sisters who share our worship space: The Port Moody Korean Presbyterian Church.
Readings for December 12, 2021 – Third Sunday of Advent
Zephaniah 3:14-20; in place of the psalm, Canticle 3 (Isaiah 12:2-6); Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18
Readings for December 19, 2021 – Fourth Sunday of Advent
Micah 5:2-5a; Psalm 80:1-7; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-55
IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION
|Rector||The Rev. Vivian Lamemail@example.com||604-936-7762 (church voicemail) / 604-723-5029 (cell)|
|Deacon||The Rev. Anne Anchorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Parish Office||Deanna Lemkeemail@example.com||604-936-7762|
|(No drop-in visitors at this time – please make an appointment to come in.
General office hours are Tues/Thurs/Fri, 10am-2pm, but may occasionally change.)
|Rector’s Warden||Rich Thompsonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|People’s Warden||Ruby Ngemail@example.com|
|Envelope Secretary||Sheila De Vaalfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Parish Council||Geri Grigg, 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||Rich Thompsonfirstname.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|
Graphic at top of page (Inspired by Zephaniah 3:14-20) is used by permission – “Gather Us In” by Rev. Lisle Gwynn Garrity) © A Sanctified Art LLC – sanctifiedart.org
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