E-Postle May 22, 2022

E-Postle May 22, 2022

Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 22, 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”

If you have submissions for the E-Postle, please email them to Kathy by Wednesday 9:00pm at news@stja.ca.

New this week….

June 18, 2022 2-4 pm 

    Rev Dr. Angus Stuart will present “A CONTEMPORARY DRAMATIZATION OF THE GOSPEL OF MARK”.  Tickets @ $15 will be on sale from 1 June, 2022. Contact peopleswarden@stja.ca  to purchase tickets.

Flyers for this fundraiser by will be handed out at Sunday services.

Security System 

To all keyholders. The new system has more sensors around the building than before and the alarm will go off if it is not un-armed properly. Please contact the wardens for instructions to avoid false alarms.



*New or updated announcement this week

  • Upcoming Dates
  • Worship & Prayer:
    • Ukraine Relief Efforts
    • Flowers for the Altar
    • Tech & Hospitality Volunteers Needed for Worship
    • Ongoing Pastoral Care & Support
  • Formation:
  • Stewardship:
    • *Stewardship Reflection
  • Parish Matters:
    • Coffee Hour Following the 10am Service
    • Vivian’s Medical Leave
    • Financial Status for February and March 2022
    • Current Parish Office & Buildings Status
    • Parish Giving
    • Ongoing Updates Pages
  • Parish Ministries:
    • New Members for the Altar Guild
    • Food Bank Report
  • 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/2022/program-updates/ for connection information)

Sunday, May 22                     8:30am (in-person only) & 10:00am (in-person + Zoom) – Holy Eucharist

 Meeting ID: 542 312 325
Password: 010729

Sunday, May 22                     following 10:00am service – Informal Zoom  “Coffee Hour”
Tuesday, May 24                    10:15am–12noon – Bible Study
Tuesday, May 24                    7:00pm–8:00pm – Prayer Group
Thursday, May 26                  6:00pm-7:00pm – Spring Street Community Kitchen
Saturday, June 4                     11:00am  – Celebration of Life or Karin Williams, Reception to follow



Ukraine Relief Efforts

We join the world in prayer for the people of Ukraine in this time of war. The Primate’s World Relief & Development Fund (PWRDF) is supporting Ukrainians forced to flee their homes with a $50,000 grant to fund the work of ACT Alliance member Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA). To donate and for more information, please visit https://pwrdf.org/pwrdf-supports-ukrainians-forced-to-flee/.

Flowers for the Altar

Due to services having been held via Zoom, we ask that anyone who had signed up to have flowers at the Altar choose an alternative date as in-person services have now 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 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 John Warren at jhewarren@gmail.com to chat. Descriptions of the roles can be found at http://www.stja.ca/2022/e-postle-ongoing-announcements#techsupport

Ongoing Pastoral Care & Support

Please know that St. John’s is here for you as we continue to move through this pandemic. Since we don’t see each other 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. We invite and encourage you to reach out to any of the other parish resources described at http://www.stja.ca/2022/e-postle-ongoing-announcements#pastoralcare, if and as you need.


*Stewardship Reflection

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

John 14:23-29
“The Holy Spirit will teach you and remind you of everything I told you.” Ever feel like your life as a steward has lost its focus? Ask the Holy Spirit to help you remember.


Coffee Hour Following the 10am Service

Stating last Sunday, May 15th, we will be serving coffee and refreshments fortnightly, so the next one will be on May 29th. This will continue till we have more volunteers sign up. If you like to join this ministry, please talk to Ruby or email her at peopleswarden@stja.ca.

Vivian’s Medical Leave

Vivian’s medical leave began on Saturday, April 23, and will go at least through June 30. She gives thanks to everyone for prayers.

We are grateful to have with us the Rev. Dr. Angus Stuart, who will be working part-time at 2 ½ days a week over the next 2 months. Stuart can be contacted at interim@stja.ca or 672-515-8788.

During Vivian’s leave, she will not be checking her rector@stja.ca email and will convey any relevant updates to the parish via Deacon Anne, and Wardens Ruby and Rich. She may occasionally reach out, as needed, to those who have offered assistance with rides or other personal support, but otherwise, will trust that everyone at St. John’s will hold her in our prayers while she is away. If you would like to reach Vivian with a personal message during her leave, feel free to check in with Ruby at peopleswarden@stja.ca

Financial Status for February and March 2022

We append below the Parish financial status for your information.

Statement of Income and Expenses ending 31 March 2022

February2022 Actual $

March 2022 Actual $ March 2022 Budget $ YTD March 2022 Actual $

YTD March2022 Budget $



24,349.36 19,241.67 54,442.86



15,694.71 17,885.95 19,236.65 50,456.63


Surplus (-)Loss


6,463.41 5.02 3,986.23



  February2022 Actual $ March 2022 Actual $ March 2022 Budget $ YTD March 2022 Actual $ YTD March 2022 Budget $
Offering for General Funds 11,001.00 9,246.00 15,166.67 30,544.50 45,500.01
Offering for Property 1,001.70 625.00 0 2,085.00 0

Treasurer’s Note:  We received a monetary gift from the former St Catherine’s, who is now merged with St Laurence, boosting our March income substantially.

Current Parish Office & Buildings Status

Please read the current status of Worship, Parish Office, Small Groups, and Outside User Groups at http://www.stja.ca/2022/e-postle-ongoing-announcements#buildingstatus

Parish Giving

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 peopleswarden@stja.ca or Sheila at treasurer@stja.ca 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):

  1. 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.
  2. Updates on Covid-19 at St. John’s –  https://www.stja.ca/2022/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.


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.

Food Bank Report

Please visit http://www.stja.ca/2022/e-postle-ongoing-announcements#foodbank for current information on the Food Bank.



Spring Street Community Kitchen

Thanks to all those who participated in our most recent kitchen, where Fred Soofi, founder of Pasta Polo, made a Persian dish in celebration of Nowruz (Persian New Year). The video and recipe are now available at https://www.facebook.com/SpringStreetCommunityKitchen.

Please save the date for our next kitchen Thursday, May 26, 6-7pm. More information coming soon.

Donations in support of our Spring Street Community Kitchen are being re-gifted to the communities we serve. Funds raised for March’s gathering will benefit the Coquitlam Animal Shelter. Donations can be given via https://www.stja.ca/supporting-st-johns/; please designate your gift to our Community Kitchen project.

(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.)


*Prayer Cycle

The Anglican Church of Canada – the Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, Primate, and the Rt. Rev. Sidney Black, Interim National Indigenous Bishop.

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:

  • St. Columba, Pitt Meadows – The Rev. Georgia Harris (Priest-in-Charge).
  • St. Helen, Surrey – The Rev. Philippa Segrave-Pride.
  • St. Helen, Point Grey – The Rev. Liz Hamel (Priest-in-Charge).
  • The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada – National Bishop Susan Johnson, BC Synod Bishop Kathy Martin.
  • The brothers and sisters who share our worship space: The Port Moody Korean Presbyterian Church.

*Readings for May 22, 2022 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22 – 22:5; John 14:23-29

*Readings for May 29, 2022 – Ascension Sunday

Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 93; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53


Interim Priest-in-Charge The Rev. Dr. Angus Stuart interim@stja.ca 604-936-7762 (church vmail) / 672-515-8788 (cell)
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 604-788-2562
Bible Study Lynne Milner biblestudy@stja.ca
Building Repairs / Maintenance Rich Thompson property@stja.ca
Children’s Ministry/Godly Play Christina Anchor children@stja.ca
E-Postle Kathy De Vaal 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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