The E-Postle, April 10, 2022

The E-Postle, April 10, 2022

Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
April 10, 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”


*New or updated announcement this week

  • Upcoming Dates
  • Worship & Prayer:
    • *Help Needed for Unpacking Boxes this Sat.
    • *Readers Needed for Good Friday Service
    • Holy Week & Easter at St. John’s
    • Ukraine Relief Efforts
    • Children’s Talks Throughout Lent
    • Flowers for the Altar
    • Tech & Hospitality Volunteers Needed for Worship
    • Ongoing Pastoral Care & Support
  • Formation:
    • “Raising Hearts to Remember” Reconciliation Event
  • Stewardship:
    • *Stewardship Reflection
  • Parish Matters:
    • *Adjusted Office Hours This Week
    • *Angus Stuart Covering Vivian’s Medical Leave
    • *Financial Status for January and February 2022
    • Current Parish Office & Buildings Status
    • Parish Giving
    • Ongoing Updates Pages
    • E-Postle Submissions
  • Parish Ministries:
    • *Anglican Church Women (“A.C.W.”) News – In-Person Meeting, Layette, Coffee & Craft Sale
    • New Members for the Altar Guild
    • ReSponse News
    • Food Bank Report
  • Community News:
    • New Diocesan Task Force on Homelessness and Housing Affordability
    • 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 for connection information)

Sunday, April 10                     Palm Sunday
                                               8:30am (in-person only) – Morning Prayer, 10:00am (hybrid) – Eucharist + Children’s Talk
Meeting ID: 542 312 325
Password: 010729

Sunday, April 10                     following 10:00am service – Informal Zoom “Coffee Hour”
Tuesday, April 12                   10:15am–12noon – Bible Study
Tuesday, April 12                   7:00pm–8:00pm – Prayer Group
Friday, April 15                       12noon (hybrid) – Good Friday worship
Sunday, April 17                     Easter Sunday
                                                8:30am (in-person only) & 10:00am (hybrid) – Eucharist
Thursday, April 21                  7:00pm (in-person) – A.C.W. meeting
Tuesday, April 26                   7:009:00pm – Parish Council meeting
Saturday, May 7                     9:00am12:00noon (in-person) – “Raising Hearts to Remember” reconciliation event
Saturday, May 14                   10:00am-2:00pm – A.C.W. Coffee & Craft Sale


*Help Needed for Unpacking Boxes this Sat.

Help Is needed this Saturday, April 9th to unpack storage boxes. We boxed up everything 2 years ago when we closed for worship because of the pandemic. Now that we are back in-person for several weeks now, we need to unpack and return books, choir robes, photos, etc. back to their original “homes”. Please come and give us a hand from 11am, if you are able.

*Readers Needed for Good Friday Service

We are looking for a few extra people to help with reading at our Good Friday service – if you’re able to assist, please let Vivian know immediately at Thanks!

Holy Week & Easter at St. John’s

Holy Week and Easter are just around the corner, and we hope you’ll join your St. John’s family—whether virtually or in-person—in these various ways! If a service is listed as “hybrid” it will be in-person and on Zoom. All Zoom connection and other information can be found at

  • Palm Sunday, April 10, 8:30am (in-person-only) Morning Prayer & 10am (hybrid) Eucharist – We will bless palm crosses with those attending in-person. For those attending virtually, please join in the fun of our palm procession by lifting up a local plant from your garden or household. The 10am service will have a Children’s Talk.
  • Maundy Thursday, April 14 – We encourage you to join our larger diocesan family either at one of our neighbouring deanery churches, or virtually at Christ Church Cathedral. Please be in touch directly with the churches for more information and/or to clarify any COVID protocols in place:
  • Good Friday, April 15, 12noon (hybrid) – Our service will include a meditation on the Cross and a Stations of the Cross reflection on Ukraine.
  • Easter Sunday, April 17, 8:30am (in-person-only) & 10am (hybrid) Eucharist – Both services will have Eucharist, and the 10am will have special children’s programming and coffee hour afterward. We encourage you to dress in your Easter best (however you define that in these unusual times!), and have something colourful to wave in the air each time we hear the word “Alleluia!”.

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

Children’s Talks Throughout Lent

For the 5 Sundays of Lent and Palm Sunday, we look forward to having a Children’s Talk at our 10am worship.

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 Vivian at to chat. Descriptions of the roles can be found at

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 described at, if and as you need.


“Raising Hearts to Remember” Reconciliation Event

We will gather on Saturday, May 7, 9:00am-12:00noon in the Parish Hall for a “Raising Hearts to Remember” session. This is a diocesan project in which we have been asked to participate. During this time you will be taught the craft of felting a heart. This will also be a time of discussion around the Residential Schools. These hearts will hang from a tanned salmon skin Wheel of the Four Directions at the Synod Office. This is a creative way to honour the children in gravesites found across Canada, but particularly at Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc.

From the Diocesan Missioner for Indigenous Justice, Kerry Baisley:

“Raising Hearts to Remember is an opportunity for individuals to learn about Canada’s Residential Schools while creating a felted heart that will become part of a work that Commemorates the Missing Children in Kamloops and other Residential Schools, holding vigil for them during the process of identification and repatriation.

Sessions will have the goals of:

  • Provide education about Residential Schools.
  • Provide opportunities for community members to share questions and grow in their knowledge about residential schools.
  • Provide opportunities to develop needle felting to create a collectively-made piece that is not a “work of art” but a work of community caring and sharing.”

 If you are interested and/or to RSVP, please speak with Anne Anchor or contact her at


*Stewardship Reflection

Luke 23:1 -49, verse 34
“Father forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Jesus prayed and forgave those who crucified him. How good are we at praying and forgiving those who we feel have harmed us?


*Adjusted Office Hours This Week

This week, the Parish Office will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10am – 2pm, and will be closed on Good Friday for the statutory holiday.

*Angus Stuart Covering Vivian’s Medical Leave

Vivian will be celebrating Easter Sunday with everyone, and then taking medical leave for the next 2 months. Her leave begins on Saturday, April 23, and will go at least through June 30. During these 2 months, St. John’s will be welcoming the Rev. Dr. Angus Stuart, who will be working part-time at 2 ½ days a week. His first Sunday here will be April 24. More details of how Angus will engage with the congregation will follow later, but in the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about him, please visit

*Financial Status for January and February 2022

We append below the Parish financial status for your information.

Statement of Income and Expenses ending 28 February 2022

January 2022 Actual $ February 2022 Actual $ February 2022 Budget $ YTD February 2022 Actual $ YTD February 2022 Budget $



16,781.75 13,311.75 19,241.67 30,093.50 38,483.34



16,875.97 15,694.71 19,236.65 32,570.68 38,473.30

Surplus and (-) Loss

(94.22) (2,382.96) 5.02 (2,477.18) 10.04


  January 2022 Actual $ February 2022 Actual $ February 2022 Budget $ YTD February 2022 Actual $ YTD February 2022 Budget $
Offering for General Funds 12,306.75 8,891.75 15,166.67 21,298.50 30,333.34
Offering for Property 825.00 635.00 0 1,460.00 0

Treasurer’s Note:  Thank you everyone for your continued support.

Current Parish Office & Buildings Status

Please read the current status of Worship, Parish Office, Small Groups, and Outside User Groups at

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 or Sheila at for more details. There are also links on our website at 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

  1. Program & Worship Updates/Links – – 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 – – 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.

E-Postle Submissions

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


*Anglican Church Women (“A.C.W.”) News

ACW Meeting
The next ACW meeting will be held on Thursday April 21st at 7 pm. The meeting will be in-person and held in the church hall. All Covid protocols will be followed – all attendees will need to wear masks and respect social distancing. You may bring your own beverage or other refreshments if you wish.

The ACW will be collecting for the annual layette. This consists of new baby items assembled to give to needy parents with new babies in our outreach program to the North and also locally. Items that are currently required are sleepers and 2-piece outfits in all sizes, receiving blankets, and hooded towels. This outreach is not restricted to ACW members. Any donation made will be gratefully accepted. Please bring your donations to the April meeting, or arrange to deliver to Ann Adair-Austin or Sue Hall.

Save the Date

On Saturday, May 14th, there will be a Coffee and Craft sale in the church hall from 10am – 2pm. More details to follow.

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.

ReSponse News

Please visit for current information on the ReSponse refugee ministry.

Food Bank Report

Please visit 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

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; 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


*Prayer Cycle

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:

  • St. Anselm, Vancouver – The Rev. Alexander Wilson.
  • The West Point Grey Neighborhood Ministry.
  • 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 April 10, 2022 – Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

Liturgy of the Palms – Luke 19:28-40. Liturgy of the Passion – Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 23:1-49

*Readings for April 17, 2022 – Easter Day

Isaiah 65:17-25; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24;; Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18


Rector The Rev. Vivian Lam 604-936-7762 (church vmail) / 604-723-5029 (cell)
Deacon The Rev. Anne Anchor
Parish Office Deanna Lemke 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
People’s Warden Ruby Ng
Treasurer Sheila De Vaal
Envelope Secretary Antoinette Woodman & (Asst. Env. Secretary) May Fung
Parish Council Geri Grigg,     Secretary
Altar Guild Brenda Binns
Anglican Church Women Alma Oldenburg 604-788-2562
Bible Study Lynne Milner
Building Repairs / Maintenance Rich Thompson
Children’s Ministry/Godly Play Christina Anchor
E-Postle Kathy De Vaal
Food Bank
Parish Visiting Ministry Joanne Walton/Alma Oldenburg
Prayer Circle Sue Elliott
Prayer Shawls Rosa Weisensel

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