The E-postle February 28, 2021
Second Sunday in Lent
February 28, 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: Installation and Seating of the 10th Diocesan Bishop, Children’s Sundays in Lent, Helping Out With Noonday Psalms & Prayers, Ongoing Pastoral Care & Support
- Stewardship: Stewardship Reflection, Community “Phone a Friend”
- Formation: Lenten Book Study – “The Book of Forgiving”, Diocesan Lenten Resources
- Parish Matters: Limited Reopening of Parish Office & Buildings, Financial Status for November & December 2020, Parish Giving, Ongoing Updates Pages, E-Postle Submissions
- Parish Ministries: World Day of Prayer – Friday, Mar. 5, Food Bank Update
- Community News: 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/2020/program-updates/ for connection information)
Sunday, February 28 8:30am & 10:00am – Sunday Morning Prayer + (at 10:00am) Commissioning of new Parish Council + ACW officers
Meeting ID: 542 312 325
Sunday, February 28 11:00am – 12:30pm – 1st Sunday Lenten study – “The Book of Forgiving”
Sunday, February 28 (livestreamed from the Cathedral)
3:30-5:30pm – Installation of the Rt. Rev. John Stephens as the 10th Bishop of our Diocese
Tuesday, March 2 10:15am – 12:00pm – 2nd Tuesday Lenten study – “The Book of Forgiving”
Tuesday, March 2 7:00pm – 8:00pm – Prayer Group
Friday, March 5 1:00pm – World Day of Prayer video screening
Thursday, March 18 7:00pm – ACW meeting
WORSHIP & PRAYER
Installation and Seating of the 10th Diocesan Bishop
Bishop Coadjutor John Stephens will be installed as the 10th Bishop of our diocese this Sunday, Feb. 28, 3:30 – 5:30pm at Christ Church Cathedral.
The livestream will begin at 3:30pm with a video featuring music from around the diocese and images of diocesan parishes at worship, in ministry and in community. The liturgy from Christ Church Cathedral will begin at 4pm.
Details about the liturgy and links to the livestream are posted at https://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/events/installation-and-seating-of-the-10th-diocesan/2021-02-28.
Children’s Sundays in Lent
Younger friends are invited to join us on each of the remaining Sundays of Lent at the 10am service for a special kids’ program. Each week a video of the Godly Play theme “The Mysteries of Easter” will be offered at the Children’s Talk. Let’s learn about Lent together!
Helping Out With Noonday Psalms & Prayers
We are looking for just one to two more people to cover Thursdays for our Noonday Psalms & Prayers – we’d need you to help out only once or twice a month (your choice of how frequent).
All you have to do is read (out loud) a pre-selected psalm, and share a personal prayer focusing on something or someone in the world around us. Instructions will be provided. Please contact Vivian at email@example.com if you’re interested.
For the past year we have been holding sacred space in this way for scripture and prayer each day – we see it as a small spiritual gift for our wider community during this pandemic time. Check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StJohnAnglican to see past videos.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.com or 778-957-8987) or Natasha (firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com with needs in this area.
From Sunday by Sunday: Reflections on Stewardship, prepared by the Ven. Dr. Michael Pollesel:
Jesus reprimands Peter for not thinking in God’s terms. A faithful steward spends some of their time trying to discern God’s terms, so that they can act accordingly.
Community “Phone a Friend”
The Stewardship Team is looking for volunteers to keep the phone a friend program going. If you have time to make a few calls once a week to help keep our community connected, please call Kristin (778-957-8987) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to all the volunteers who have been so kind as to offer their assistance with this project so far. You have been appreciated greatly!
-Your Stewardship Team
Lenten Book Study – “The Book of Forgiving”
This Lent, we are excited to be reading together Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s book, “The Book of Forgiving: the Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World.”
There are 2 weekly opportunities to meet on Zoom for this book study:
- Tuesday mornings (through Mar. 23), 10:15am-noon at our Bible Study
- Sundays after the 10am service (through Mar. 28), with an extended coffee hour running from (roughly) 11am until 12:30pm – bring your lunch or a snack!
The reading schedule is (read these chapters before our gathering):
- Week #1 (Tues 2/23 or Sun 2/28): Introduction
- Week #2 (Tues 3/2 or Sun 3/7) – Chapters 1, 2, 3 – Part 1 – Understanding Forgiveness
- Week #3 (Tues 3/9 or Sun 3/14) – Chs 4, 5 – Part 2a – The Fourfold Path – Telling the Story, Naming the Hurt
- Week #4 (Tues 3/16 or Sun 3/21) – Chs 6, 7 – Part 2b – The Fourfold Path – Granting Forgiveness, Renewing or Releasing the Relationship
- Week #5 (Tues 3/23 or Sun 3/28) – Chs 8, 9, 10 – Part 3 – All Can Be Forgiven
The book can be ordered via your favourite retailer in physical, electronic, or audio book format. Note: we have just 2 more books available for the subsidized cost of $10. (Help is available for those for whom this would be a financial hardship.) Please let Deanna know immediately at email@example.com if you would like to purchase a copy through the church. Covid-safe pickup or delivery will be worked out.
From the publisher: “Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Chair of The Elders, and Chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, along with his daughter, the Reverend Mpho Tutu, offer a manual on the art of forgiveness—helping us to realize that we are all capable of healing and transformation.”
As we explore this book together, we will pray and ponder about how forgiveness connects to our own lives and to the many issues that we and our wider communities grapple with, in the world around us. We will also practice living out more fully what we pray each week in the Lord’s Prayer – “forgive us our sins, as we forgive others who sin against us”.
Diocesan Lenten Resources
If you are looking for some additional spiritual meditation material for the Lenten season, the diocese has compiled a list of recommended resources at https://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/diocesan-resources/lent-2021-resources. For individual study, check out the “Lenten Daily Emails/Calendar” section toward the middle of the page.
Limited Reopening of Parish Office & Buildings
The Parish Office is now open 3 partial days a week – generally on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10am-2pm – but please note that 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.
We have recently welcomed back two 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 groups are following strict safety protocols and are 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 https://www.stja.ca/2020/updates-re-coronavirus/.
Financial Status for November & December 2020
We append below the Parish financial status for your information.
Statement of Income and Expenses ending 31st day of December 2020
|December Actual $||December Budget $||December YTD Actual $||December YTD Budget $|
|November Actual $||December Actual $||December Budget $||December YTD Actual $||December YTD Budget $|
|Offering for General Funds||10,063.00||18,045.00||15,408.37||132,082.47||184,900.00|
|Offering for Property||1,121.70||2,125.70||0||16,103.40||0|
We continue to be able to fulfill our obligations, thanks to your contributions in these difficult and trying times. With a large increase in donations in December, we have a surplus for the month of December and the year as a whole.
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/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 email@example.com.
World Day of Prayer – Friday, Mar. 5
The Anglican Church Women (ACW) will be gathering via Zoom to celebrate the Annual World Day of Prayer this Friday, March 5th at 1 pm. The featured country this year is Vanuatu. Please join us if you are able. (Email ACW@stja.ca for the Zoom connection information.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Street Community Kitchen
Thanks to all who joined us on Zoom this past Thursday for our Spring Street Community Kitchen on “One Pot Meals.” The video for the cooking portion of the evening will be posted soon at https://www.facebook.com/SpringStreetCommunityKitchen.
Funds raised in support of our Spring Street Community Kitchen are being re-gifted to the communities we serve, and for February, we will give to Crossroads Hospice Society, which provides compassionate care and support to people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Donations can be given via https://www.stja.ca/supporting-st-johns/. 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 one-pot recipes with our wider community. Feel free to email your recipes to us at SpringStreetCommunityKitchen@gmail.com 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.
(The Spring Street Community Kitchen is a partnership between St. John’s, Inlet United Church, and All Saints’ Catholic Parish – 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 Diocese of New Westminster – the Most Rev. Melissa Skelton, Archbishop, and Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of BC and Yukon; and the Rt. Rev. John Stephens, Bishop Coadjutor.
And this week:
- St. Chad, Vancouver – The Reverend Bill Mok;
- St. David, Delta – The Reverend Simbarashe Basvi;
- 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 28, 2021 – Second Sunday in Lent
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:22-30; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38
Readings for March 7, 2021 – Third Sunday in Lent
Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22
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|
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