The E-Postle, April 17, 2022

The E-Postle, April 17, 2022

Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day
April 17, 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


*New or updated announcement this week

  • Upcoming Dates
  • Worship & Prayer:
    • *Easter at St. John’s
    • Ukraine Relief Efforts
    • 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:
    • *Vivian’s Medical Leave
    • *Adjusted Office Hours This Week & Temp Administrator
    • Financial Status for January and February 2022
    • Current Parish Office & Buildings Status
    • Parish Giving
    • Ongoing Updates Pages
  • Parish Ministries:
    • *ReSponse News
    • Anglican Church Women (“A.C.W.”) News – In-Person Meeting, Layette, Coffee & Craft Sale
    • New Members for the Altar Guild
    • Food Bank Report
  • Community News:
    • *“Indigenizing Canada” Zoom Discussions
    • 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 17                     Easter Sunday – 8:30am (in-person only) – Eucharist with music, 10:00am (hybrid) – choral Eucharist + children’s program
Meeting ID: 542 312 325
Password: 010729

Sunday, April 17                     following 8:30am and 10:00am services – In-Person “Coffee Hour” + (after the 10:00am) Easter egg hunt
Tuesday, April 19                   10:15am–12noon – Bible Study
Tuesday, April 19                   7:00pm–8:00pm – Prayer Group
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


*Easter at St. John’s

Easter is now just around the corner, and we hope you’ll join your St. John’s family at either the 8:30am (in-person only) or 10:00am (hybrid) services this Sunday, April 17. 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!”.

Both services will have an in-person coffee hour afterward. The 10:00am service will have special children’s programming during the service and an Easter egg hunt afterward.

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

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 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

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

John 20:1-18
The gloom and sadness of the last few days is replaced today. Even when things seem their darkest God finds a way to burst through! Even though the clouds may hide it, the sun is always shining!


*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.

Angus’ first Sunday here will be next Sunday April 24. Once he arrives, you may contact him at or cell phone. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about him, please visit

During Vivian’s leave, she will not be checking her 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

Adjusted Office Hours This Week & Temp Administrator

This week, the Parish Office will be open on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 10am – 2pm. We are also glad to welcome Paula Minetti, who is covering in the office while Deanna is away for the next 3 weeks (she returns on May 10).

 *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
(-) 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.


*ReSponse News

(From Mary Kyle)

Wonderful News!! We have heard that A. (O’s fiancee, originally from Syria) will be arriving on April 28!

And More Wonderful News! S’s family (his mother, adult sister and adult brother, originally from Afghanistan) will fly out May 11!

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.

Food Bank Report

Please visit for current information on the Food Bank.


*“Indigenizing Canada” Zoom Discussions

Check out “Indigenizing Canada: Truth and Reconciliation and Next Steps in Canada,” a series of online discussions with Prof. Ray Aldred, Director of the Indigenous Studies Program at Vancouver School of Theology. The remaining sessions are on Wednesday April 27, May 4, and May 11. Each Zoom discussion covers a different topic and begins at 4:30pm, concluding by 6pm. For more information and to register for a session, visit

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:

  • 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 17, 2022 – Easter Day

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

*Readings for April 24, 2022 – Second Sunday of Easter

Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 118:14-29; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31


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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