The E-Postle, May 1, 2022
Third Sunday of Easter
May 1, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
THIS ISSUE AT A GLANCE
*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
- *”Raising Hearts to Remember” Reconciliation Event
- *Stewardship Reflection
- Parish Matters:
- *Vivian’s Medical Leave
- *Funeral for Wilfried Schmidt
- *COVID Protocols for Reader and Choir
- * Temp Administrator
- *Financial Status for February and March 2022
- Current Parish Office & Buildings Status
- Parish Giving
- Ongoing Updates Pages
- Parish Ministries:
- Anglican Church Women (“A.C.W.”) News –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 https://www.stja.ca/2022/program-updates/ for connection information)
Sunday, May 1 8:30am (in-person only) & 10:00am (in-person + Zoom) – Holy Eucharist
Meeting ID: 542 312 325
Sunday, May 1 following 10:00am service – Informal Zoom “Coffee Hour”
Tuesday, May 3 10:15am–12noon – Bible Study
Tuesday, May 3 7:00pm–8:00pm – Prayer Group
Saturday, May 7 9:00am–12:00noon (in-person) – “Raising Hearts to Remember” reconciliation event
Saturday, May 14 10:00am-2:00pm (in-person) – A.C.W. Coffee & Craft Sale
WORSHIP & PRAYER
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 email@example.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.
*”Raising Hearts to Remember” Reconciliation Event
We will gather on next 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Sunday by Sunday Reflections on Stewardship prepared by the Ven. Dr. Michael Pollesel.
Over and over again, Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love me?” Would our actions let Jesus know that we love him? Or, has our love for Jesus been replaced by our love for things of this world?
*Vivian’s Medical Leave
Vivian’s medical leave began on Saturday, April 23, and will go at least through June 30. News has been received that Vivian’s surgery went smoothly on Tuesday and she returned home in the early evening. She gives thanks to everyone for prayers.
We would like to extend a warm and grateful welcome to the Rev. Dr. Angus Stuart, who will be working part at 2 ½ days a week over the next 2 months.
During Vivian’s leave, she will not be checking her email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Funeral for Wilfried Schmidt
The funeral for Wilfried Schmidt will be held at the church and on Zoom on Wednesday May 4, 2022 at 11:00am. Please join us in this time of sharing in remembering the life of Wilfried and in support of his wife Barbara and children Trevor, Karen and Susan. Our sympathies and love are offered to the family at this time.
*COVID Protocol For Readers and Choir
As an incremental step toward our usual practices, Parish Council decided that it is safe to allow the choir to resume singing (while masked) from their normal position behind the altar. The choir may once again process up the aisle at the beginning of the service.
Additionally, readers now have the option of removing their masks while reading from the pulpit
We are glad to welcome Paula Minetti, who is covering in the office while Deanna is away for the next week (she returns on May 10).
*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 $|
|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
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 email@example.com or Sheila at firstname.lastname@example.org 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/2022/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/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.
Anglican Church Women (“A.C.W.”) News
Coffee and Craft Sale
During COVID and our many hours to fill you may have put your talents (hidden or otherwise) to good use.
Have you now produced treasures that you could share with the church? If so, please bring them to the church hall On Friday, May 13th to ready for our sale.
On Saturday, May 14th, come and see what God has blessed us with! Come for the sale and fellowship with your fellow parishioners.
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.
*“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 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 https://vst.edu/indigenous-studies-program/indigenizing-canada/.
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.)
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in Canada April 29th to May 3rd, 2022, to meet with Anglican Indigenous people and Indigenous leaders in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, Ontario; and finally Toronto, Ontario.
The Anglican Church of Canada – the Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, Primate, and the Rt. Rev. Sidney Black, Interim National Indigenous Anglican 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. James, Vancouver – The Venerable Kevin Hunt, The Rev. Matthew Johnson, The Rev. Joyce Locht, The Rev. Amanda Ruston.
- Standing Committee on Finance and Property, Bob Hardy, ODNW, Treasurer and Chair; Shailene Caparas, Staff.
- 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 1, 2022 – Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 9:1-20; Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19
*Readings for May 8, 2022 – Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30
IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION
|Interim Priest-in-Charge||The Rev. Dr. Angus Stuartemail@example.com||604-936-7762 (church vmail) / 672-515-8788 (cell)|
|(while Rector Vivian Lam on leave)|
|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|
|Treasurer||Sheila De Vaalfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Envelope Secretary||Antoinette Woodman & (Asst. Env. Secretary) May Fungemail@example.com|
|Parish Council||Geri Grigg, Secretaryfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Altar Guild||Brenda Binnsemail@example.com|
|Anglican Church Women||Alma Oldenburg||ACW@stja.ca||604-788-2562|
|Bible Study||Lynne Milnerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Building Repairs / Maintenance||Rich Thompsonemail@example.com|
|Children’s Ministry/Godly Play||Christina Anchorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|E-Postle||Kathy De Vaalemail@example.com|
|Parish Visiting Ministry||Joanne Walton/Alma Oldenburgfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Prayer Circle||Sue Elliottemail@example.com|
|Prayer Shawls||Rosa Weisenselfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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