The E-Postle, February 6, 2022
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
February 6, 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”
THIS ISSUE AT A GLANCE
*New or updated announcement this week
- Upcoming Dates
- Worship & Prayer:
- *Guest Musician
- Pastoral Letter from the Metropolitan re: Williams Lake
- Zoom Worship Continues
- Flowers for the Altar
- Tech & Hospitality Volunteers Needed for Worship
- Ongoing Pastoral Care & Support
- Forward Day by Day
- Area Youth Group!
- *Stewardship Reflection
- Parish Matters:
- *Rector Away
- *Office Closed This Week
- Seeking New Parish Council Members
- People’s Warden Away
- Current Parish Office & Buildings Status
- Financial Status for November & December 2021
- Parish Giving
- Ongoing Updates Pages
- E-Postle Submissions
- Parish Ministries:
- Anglican Church Women (“A.C.W.”) Meeting
- New Members for the Altar Guild
- ReSponse News
- Food Bank Report
- Community News:
- Gnocchi & Tuna Melt Pies 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/2021/program-updates/ for connection information)
Sunday, February 6 8:30am & 10:00am – ZOOM ONLY – Morning Prayer
Meeting ID: 542 312 325
Sunday, February 6 following 10:00am worship – Informal Zoom “Coffee Hour”
Tuesday, February 8 10:15am – 12noon – Bible Study
Tuesday, February 8 7:00pm – 8:00pm – Prayer Group
Thursday, February 17 7:00pm – Anglican Church Women (“A.C.W.”) Meeting
Sunday, February 27 Annual Vestry meeting
WORSHIP & PRAYER
We extend a warm welcome to Susan Summers, who is serving as guest musician at our 10am Zoom worship this Sunday, February 6, while LaRee is away.
Pastoral Letter from the Metropolitan re: Williams Lake
We join with many others in prayer with the Williams Lake First Nation, in light of the recent sad news of discoveries of burial sites at the former St. Joseph’s Residential School. Our Metropolitan, the Most Rev. Lynne McNaughton, has written a pastoral letter which can be found here:
Zoom Worship Continues
At the Parish Council meeting on January 18, there was discussion surrounding a suitable timeframe for a return to in-person or hybrid worship. It was decided that at this time, it is not possible to even suggest a date for return to hybrid worship. The main factors are of course the impact of the Omicron variant of the Covid virus, current public health orders, and Vivian’s ongoing medical treatments. It is expected that by early March we will be in a better position to assess the public health considerations, as well as Vivian’s well-being and energy levels.
Given this, it was decided to continue with Zoom-only worship through the end of February. The annual Vestry meeting is on February 27th, and the new Parish Council will meet shortly thereafter to consider this matter and decide how best to proceed in a way that will safely meet the needs of the parish.
Flowers for the Altar
Due to services being held via Zoom, we ask that anyone who has signed up to have flowers at the Altar choose an alternative date once in-person services are 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 (future) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to chat. Descriptions of the roles can be found at http://www.stja.ca/2022/e-postle-ongoing-announcements#techsupport.
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 http://www.stja.ca/2022/e-postle-ongoing-announcements#pastoralcare, if and as you need.
Forward Day by Day
We have copies (both large and small print) of the February-April 2022 “Forward Day by Day” booklets. If you would be interested in having one mailed to you, please contact Deanna at email@example.com. (You may also read each day’s devotional online at https://prayer.forwardmovement.org/ )
Forward Day by Day is published every three months by Forward Movement, a ministry of the Episcopal Church in the U.S.; it is a daily devotional with an excerpt from scripture and a short meditation, with each month featuring a different author.
Area Youth Group!
Are you a member of our St. John’s community that is aged 14 to 19? There is a local youth group that meets to have fun together at St. Laurence Anglican Church regularly and is involved in all sorts of youth-related community and church projects! For more information or updated details about upcoming youth events, please feel free to contact Kristin Kuhn (778-957-8987 and/or firstname.lastname@example.org).
From Sunday by Sunday: Reflections on Stewardship prepared by the Ven. Dr. Michael Pollesel.
Sometimes, as God’s stewards, we might feel that we’re being asked to do something which defies logic. And yet when we do it, as Simon and his partners did, we find the results truly astonishing.
Vivian is currently taking some time away, and will return on Tuesday, Feb. 8. Please connect with Rich at email@example.com for time-sensitive parish matters during this time.
For pastoral emergencies, to be connected to the on-call priest, please call Rich on his cell phone.
We are grateful to the Rev. Anne Anchor who will serve as preacher at both services and officiant at the 8:30am, and the Rev. Michael Chin who will serve as officiant at the 10am service this Sunday Feb. 6.
*Office Closed This Week
The Parish Office will be closed this coming week (week of Feb. 7) due to Deanna being away. The office will reopen for regular hours (Tu/Th/Fr 10am-2pm) beginning the following week of Feb. 14. For anything time-sensitive during this time, please contact Vivian at firstname.lastname@example.org, Ruby at email@example.com, or Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeking New Parish Council Members
As we move into a new year and come up on our next Annual Vestry meeting, we are looking for several new folks to stand for election to Parish Council. An email was sent out earlier this week with a letter from the wardens with this call, and included a specific request for someone with bookkeeping or accounting experience to consider stepping into the role of Treasurer.
You may be wondering, what is Parish Council and what would it look like to serve? First, being on Council doesn’t mean you will be expected to do everything at the church! One of our parish values is “We strive to be a spirited and courageous family, valuing all people—laity and clergy—in their ministries.” Here at St. John’s, responsibilities are shared and everyone has a role to play, whether on Council or in another capacity.
Council has previously spent time clarifying what we see as some of the KEY ROLES of Parish Council:
- Praying together while recognizing and seeking God’s guidance in parish decisions
- Responding efficiently to our church’s needs – making decisions, recruiting others, delegating work
- Listening to and hearing the needs and wants of the congregation, and representing those voices at the table
- Identifying the gifts of people in the parish
- Visioning for and with the congregation
- Being fiduciary overseers
- Being a bridge/liaison to our diocese and to the outside world
When we reflected on the HIGHLIGHTS of being on Parish Council this year, a few things we came up with:
- Getting lots of stuff done
- Lots of laughs!
- Spiritual reflection time at the beginning of meetings
- Knowing what’s going on in the church and being able to participate in it
- Being able to help out, give back to our church, and make a difference
- The satisfaction of helping things run (like running a business)
- (For Lay Delegates) being part of diocesan synod meetings
- Efficiency and ease of Zoom meetings
Do any of these descriptions of Parish Council resonate with you? We hope you will prayerfully consider whether you may be called to serve this year – please talk to Ruby or Rich (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
People’s Warden Away
Please note that Ruby will be away from Jan. 16 through Feb. 8. While she is away, please contact Deanna at the office at email@example.com, Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Vivian at email@example.com for any parish matters.
Current Parish Office & Buildings Status
Please read the current status of Worship, Parish Office, Small Groups, and Outside User Groups at
Financial Status for November & December 2021
We append below the Parish financial status for your information.
Statement of Income and Expenses ending 31 December 2021
|Nov 2021 Actual $||Dec 2021 Actual $||Dec 2021 Budget $||YTD 2021 Actual $||YTD 2021 Budget $|
|Dec 2021 Budget $||YTD 2021 Actual $||YTD 2021
|Offering for General Funds||11,560.29||11,862.85||15,333.37||122,707.14||184,000.00|
|Offering for Property||1,086.27||1,455.00||0||12,954.27||0|
Treasurer’s Note: Thanks to all for your continued support in these difficult times. Expenses were lower in December and donations were up from special donations for the Christmas season, narrowing the gap in the deficit.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Amalia at email@example.com 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/2021/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/2021/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.
If you have submissions for the E-Postle, please email them to Kathy by Wednesday at 9:00pm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anglican Church Women (“A.C.W.”) Meeting
The next A.C.W. meeting will be held on February 17th at 7pm via Zoom. Reminder: to send in your UTO offerings via cheque, payable to St. John’s ACW, to Antoinette. Please contact ACW@stja.ca for Zoom connection information.
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.
Please visit http://www.stja.ca/2022/e-postle-ongoing-announcements#response for current information on the ReSponse refugee ministry.
Food Bank Report
Please visit http://www.stja.ca/2022/e-postle-ongoing-announcements#foodbank for current information on the Food Bank.
Gnocchi & Tuna Melt Pies Community Kitchen
Thanks to all those who participated in our most recent kitchen, where our guest chef, Port Moody resident and author, Tara McIntosh with her sister Keeli demonstrated how to make gnocchi from scratch and canned tuna melt hand pies. The video and recopies will be available soon at https://www.facebook.com/SpringStreetCommunityKitchen.
Donations raised in support of our Spring Street Community Kitchen are being re-gifted to the communities we serve. Funds raised for our November gathering (collected through the end of the year) will be gifted to ACCESS Youth Outreach Services Society, who deliver innovative programs and services to help disadvantaged, marginalized, or at-risk youth ages 12-23 in the TriCities and Ridge Meadows communities reach their full potential. 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.)
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:
- Standing Committee on Mission and Ministry Development – The Rev. Philippa Segrave-Pride, Chair; The Rev. Tellison Glover, Staff.
- The Anglican Canadian Asian Ministry (ACAM) Group.
- Our partner Diocese of Northern Philippines, 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 Kathy Martin.
- The brothers and sisters who share our worship space: The Port Moody Korean Presbyterian Church.
*Readings for February 6, 2022 – Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11
*Readings for February 13, 2022 – Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26
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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