The E-Postle, May 8, 2022
Fourth Sunday of Easter
May 8, 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 email@example.com.
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
- *Stewardship Reflection
- Parish Matters:
- *A Message of Thanks
- *Coffee Hour Following 10am Service
- *Temp Administrator
- Vivian’s Medical Leave
- COVID Protocols for Reader and Choir
- 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, ACW Meeting
- 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 8 8:30am (in-person only) & 10:00am (in-person + Zoom) – Holy Eucharist
Meeting ID: 542 312 325
Sunday, May 8 following 10:00am service – Informal Zoom “Coffee Hour”
Tuesday, May 10 10:15am–12noon – Bible Study
Tuesday, May 10 7:00pm–8:00pm – Prayer Group
Saturday, May 14 10:00am-2:00pm (in-person) – A.C.W. Coffee & Craft Sale
Thursday, May 19 7:00pm (in person) – A.C.W. Meeting
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 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
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.
From Sunday by Sunday Reflections on Stewardship prepared by the Ven. Dr. Michael Pollesel.
Jesus tells the people that those who belong to him recognize his voice. How do we recognize the voice of Jesus today in our own lives, and in the life of our Church?
*A Message of Thanks
Wilfried Schmidt’s family would like to give their thanks to all those that assisted with the funeral services held for Wilfried Schmidt on Wednesday, May 4th:
Please thank every one who assisted in any way from printing the brochures, tea and eats, technical help in the service, music and singing, setting up and cleaning up, welcoming us and others, and anything else I have not mentioned. Each played an important part and eased the day for us. What a wonderful church family St John’s has!
Additionally, Angus would like to send out a thank you message to all those who assisted with the preparations for the service.
*Coffee Hour Following 10am Service
We are looking to restart coffee hour and are looking for volunteers to help out. At present, we have only 2 teams and in July, we will have a 3rd. If you like to join this ministry, please talk to Ruby or email her at email@example.com.
We would like to thank Paula Minetti, who was covering in the office while Deanna is away (she returns on May 10).
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 last week. 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 this time, you may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 672-515-8788. If you’d like to learn more about him, please visit https://bit.ly/subpriest.
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.
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
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 this 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.
The next ACW meeting will be held on Thursday, May 19th at 7pm. This meeting will be in person and held in the church hall.
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 (604-931-2482) 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 session will be on 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.)
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:
- The Deanery of Tri-Cities / North Burnaby – The Rev. Eric Mason, Regional Dean.
- The Archdeaconry of Burrard – The Venerable Kevin Hunt – Regional Archdeacon.
- 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 8, 2022 – Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30
*Readings for May 15, 2022 – Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35
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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