E-Postle October 23, 2022

E-Postle October 23, 2022

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost 


October 23, 2022

“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”

8:30am (in-person only) & 10:00am (in-person + Zoom) – Holy Eucharist


Meeting ID: 542 312 325

Password: 010729

Program & Worship Updates/Links – https://www.stja.ca/2022/program-updates/ – current information on programs, including Zoom meeting information and the bulletin and scripture readings for Sunday worship.


20 October                 ACW meets @ Church Hall 1 to 3 pm


25 October                 Parish Council Meeting via Zoom @ 7 pm


29 October                 Fall Bazaar 10 am – 2.30pm


5 November                Investiture Service, Order of the Diocese of New Westminster


27 November             Bishop’s Visit



Garbage, Recycling and Green Waste Bins

Following recent surgery, our grounds coordinator Tony Lee, is not able to carry out the wheeling in and out of the above. We are looking for volunteers to take charge of these for the next 3 months. If we have 4 volunteers, you will only have to do this once in 4 weeks.

On Tuesdays (unless its a Stat holiday on Mondays, then it would be Wednesdays), wheel out appropriate bins from 7 to 9 am. Administrator will wheel them in, if emptied before 2 pm. If not, she will text the person on-call, then you will need to wheel them in before 7pm.

We have been fined once before, for not wheeling the bins in before 7 pm, but managed to get off with an appeal. Just last month, we had a 2nd summon, which we hope to appeal and have that waived. Please let Ruby at peopleswarden@stja.ca  know if you are able to help.


Fall BazaarSaturday, 29 October 10 am to 2.30 pm

Sign-up sheets are posted in the kitchen. Please sign up to help at the event if you’re able to. Set up: Thursday from 10am, Friday from 9 am and Saturday from 9 am.

Raffle Tickets are $2.00 each ticket, or $10.00 for a book. Books of tickets are also available to sign out to sell to your family and friends.

Please approach Ferne (8:30 am) and Ann A-A & Sue H (10 am service). 

Prizes: A Child’s Hand-Crafted Quilt, Gourmet Baskets, Large Toiletry Baskets, Godiva Chocolate Basket, Gift certificates and more.

We are still accepting donations of prizes for the raffle. Items to the Gourmet Basket (jam, crackers, pickles, spices, tea etc. – no alcohol please), the Toiletries Basket (creams, soap, bubble bath etc.), and Gift Certificates would be much appreciated.

There are two boxes at the back of the church to place your donated items in. Please have your donations in by this Sunday October 23.

Baked Goods, Jams & Pickles: Contributions will be gratefully accepted.

Any craft items, baked goods etc. for the Bazaar, can be dropped off at the church hall on Friday 28th October during the hours of 9am – 1pm.

Stewardship Letter

A stewardship letter was emailed, and mailed to those without emails on file, last week. We invite you to return your Financial Pledge Forms by All Saints’ Sunday, November 6, and pray about how you might give of your time and talents in 2023. You may also download the letter and pledge form from our website.   

The Ballantyne Project Donation Drive

Dwight Ballantyne benefitted from the Birds’ Nest project that we at St. John’s supported a few years back, that helped First Nations youth pursue opportunities in education and work. Dwight founded The Ballantyne Project in 2019 with a goal to raise awareness about the unique challenges and barriers faced by youth living in remote First Nations. He shares his story of growing up in Montreal Lake Cree Nation for 21 years, and he is in a rare position to shed light on this segment of our population that rarely makes it into textbooks, media, or social conversation.

Dwight is currently holding a donation drive to purchase much-needed items for children of the Lytton First Nation School who have limited clothing after being displaced due to the forest fire last year.  Please log on to the Ballantyne Project website to learn more and, if able, click on the donate button to help Dwight further his cause. 

Church Pews Adjustment

As more people participate again in in-person worship, and as we anticipate needing a little more space with the reintroduction of communion wine in a few weeks, we are experimenting a little with the layout of pews in the sanctuary. Check out our new, improved wider center aisle this Sunday! Feedback to Ruby at peopleswarden@stja.ca

Deanna’s Departure

We are sad to announce that after just shy of 2 years of faithful ministry with us, our Office Administrator Deanna Lemke will be leaving us, as she moves out of the area. Her last day will be Thursday, Nov. 10. We are in the process of arranging for temporary office coverage upon her departure.

We are so grateful for Deanna’s wonderful presence and her work supporting all that goes on at St. John’s, and we wish her God’s blessings in her new home. She wanted to let everyone know: “I have enjoyed working with such kind people and am grateful for my time with St. John the Apostle.”

Rector Away

Vivian will be attending a conference and taking some vacation time from Monday, Oct. 17 through Friday, Oct. 28. Please connect with Ruby at peopleswarden@stja.ca or Rich at rectorswarden@stja.ca for time-sensitive parish matters during this time.

For pastoral emergencies, to be connected to the on-call priest, please contact Ruby Ng.

We are grateful to the Rev. Georgina Harris who will serve as supply clergy on Oct. 23.

Office Closure

The office will be closed from Friday Oct. 21 – Monday Oct. 31, as Deanna is away. The wardens will attend to parish matters during this time.

Ministry Conference with Sarah Bessey

Inlet United Church invites you to “Bold Witness, Relentless Grace”, an inspiring, late-autumn 3-day conference from November 4-6, featuring Canadian writer and acclaimed author Sarah Bessey and other wonderful ministry leaders. People will gather in-person at Inlet, and they will livestream the conference from Calgary. For registration and more information visit the Inlet website

A Celebration of Unity – All Saints Together!

A service of worship, conversation, and fellowship will be held at St. Clare of Assisi Parish, 2888 Delahaye Dr., Coquitlam on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2:15 – 4:15 pm. This event is being organised by the Lutheran and Roman Catholic Church, and prayers will be led by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB (RCAV), and Bishop Kathy Martin (ELCIC). All are welcome.

(Poster is on the notice board in the Hall)

Christmas “Radio” Show

Christmas is coming early to our neighbours at Inlet United Church! Join in on the fun with a live “radio show” of the classic It’s a Wonderful Life, performed by the amazing Ioco Players. 4 performance dates: Thurs-Sat. Oct. 27, 28, 29 at 7pm + Sat. Oct. 29 at 2pm. Tickets and more info available via Eventbrite.

COVID Protocols

We ask that all still remain vigilant in regards to COVID infections. By staying home if you are unwell and letting the clergy or wardens know if you have tested positive, we will avoid further spread in our community. Masks are required at worship.

Financial Status – Wardens’ Note 

With fewer people attending in-person worship, our contributions are at a lower level than in the past. We’re writing to ensure that everyone is aware of the current financial situation we are facing. Please take some time to prayerfully discern whether you are able to contribute a little more to assist the parish and the wider community as we follow our mission.

2 Corinthians 9:7

Parish Giving

Can be made through e-transfer directly to the church account, please contact Sheila at treasurer@stja.ca or Ruby at peopleswarden@stja.ca for more details.

Readings for October 23, 2022 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Joel 2:23-32; Psalm 65; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14

Readings for October 30, 2022 – Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4; Psalm 119:137-144; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10


Rector The Rev. Vivian Lam rector@stja.ca 604-936-7762
Deacon The Rev. Anne Anchor deacon@stja.ca
Parish Office Deanna Lemke administrator@stja.ca 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 Thompson rectorswarden@stja.ca
People’s Warden Ruby Ng peopleswarden@stja.ca
Treasurer Sheila De Vaal treasurer@stja.ca
Envelope Secretary Antoinette Woodman & (Asst. Env. Secretary) May Fung envelopesecretary@stja.ca
Parish Council Geri Grigg, Secretary parishcouncilsecretary@stja.ca
Altar Guild Brenda Binns altarguild@stja.ca
Anglican Church Women Alma Oldenburg ACW@stja.ca
Bible Study Lynne Milner biblestudy@stja.ca
Building Repairs / Maintenance Rich Thompson property@stja.ca
Children’s Ministry/Godly Play children@stja.ca
E-Postle Ruby Ng news@stja.ca
Food Bank foodbank@stja.ca
Parish Visiting Ministry Joanne Walton/Alma Oldenburg pastoralvisits@stja.ca
Prayer Circle Sue Elliott prayer@stja.ca
Prayer Shawls Rosa Weisensel administrator@stja.ca

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