E-Postle January 29, 2023

E-Postle January 29, 2023

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany


January 29, 2023


8:30am (in-person only) & 10:00am (in-person + Zoom) – Holy Eucharist


Meeting ID: 542 312 325

Password: 010729


This Week’s Worship & Programs – https://www.stja.ca/2023/program-updates/ – current information on what’s going on at St. John’s, including Zoom links and the bulletin and scripture readings for Sunday worship.


There will be NO Coffee & Refreshments after the 10 am service.

Chinese New Year Lunch at 12 pm at Lougheed Wonton Restaurant.


Tues – Jan 31                           10:15am – 12noon – Epiphany Book Study #4 at Zoom Bible Study

Sun – Jan 29                             Chinese New Year celebration lunch

Jan 1 – 31                                 Cold Wet Weather Mat month at St. Laurence Coquitlam

Sat – Feb 4                               Emergency Preparedness Webinar

Sun – Feb 5                              Parish Visiting Ministry meeting

Sat – Feb 11                             1:00pm – Mickey Marshall memorial service

Sun – Feb 26                            Annual Vestry Meeting



Words of Gratitude

Thank you to all who participated in the Cold Wet Weather Mat program held at St. Laurence this year. We took two trips with donations to the church and had people making sandwiches and serving at breakfast and dinner. This is truly a ministry of service and caring when we have given of our time and treasures to help those who face challenges in life. – Deacon Anne

All-Ages Chat this Sunday

Our 10am service this Sunday, Jan. 29 will feature an “All-Ages Chat”. Of course, everyone of all ages is always welcome at worship each week, but every month (often, but not always, the last Sunday), we have something devoted to nurturing the faith of our younger members.

Look forward to seeing you here, whether in-person or on Zoom!

Guest Preacher

Please give a warm welcome to the Rev. April Stanley, who will be our guest preacher at both services this Sunday, Jan. 29.

Supplemental Hymnal to Common Praise

You may have noticed a reference in the Sunday service leaflet to SNC# and heard some new hymns lately. Last year the Anglican Church of Canada issued a supplement to our existing ‘hymn book’ titled Sing a New Creation. Through funds from the Memorial Fund, copies were purchased for our use.

Morning Prayer Space

We will begin experimenting soon with opening the church for personal prayers and meditation on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 am to 1 pm. It is intended that we will have a “pair” of volunteers to sit in the sanctuary and welcome anyone who would like to come in to pray. If you feel called to this ministry, please connect with Ruby at peopleswarden@stja.ca or Vivian at rector@stja.ca.

Emergency Preparedness Webinar

Saturday, February 4 from 1 to 3 pm. Register by 28 January.

This specially-designed webinar, for all members of the Ecclesiastical Province of BC and Yukon, will cover the foundations of Disaster and Emergency Management 101 and discuss how parishes and congregations can partner with local agencies and emergency planning groups to support their community when emergency situations arise.

If you are interested, please register via https://www.eventcreate.com/e/feb-4-2023-emergency-prepa.

Stewardship Reflection

From The Message – Matthew 5: 1-12

“Blessed are the pure in heart… blessed are the peacemakers.” Jesus gives his followers eyes to see that the future is certain and this transforms the present. Jesus calls us to join a radical kingdom. He gives us a radical vision to match that the kingdom of heaven infiltrates our present”.



CHINESE NEW YEAR Celebration Lunch

After a hiatus of 3 years, we are now ready to celebrate and usher in the Year of the Rabbit on Sunday 29 January at Lougheed Wonton Restaurant at 12 noon.

There are 3 tickets left and if interested, please contact Ruby at peopleswarden@stja.ca

Mickey Marshall Memorial Service

We will be celebrating Mickey Marshall’s life at a memorial service at St. John’s on Saturday, Feb. 11, 1pm, with a reception following in the Parish Hall. Please keep Mickey’s sons Rob and Paul and the wider family in your prayers as they prepare to hold this long-awaited service.

Annual Vestry reports

Just a reminder to all ministry leaders that Annual Vestry reports need to be submitted soon. Please send them to Joanne at administrator@stja.ca by Tuesday, Feb. 7.



Refugee Family

A Giving Tree is set up in the Church Hall for people to sign up. Please consider donating a welcoming gift for our arriving family. Choose a tag labeled with suggested school supplies from the baggie beside the Giving Tree, or donate some money to help with the cost of a school supply order.

Put your name on the tag and attach it to the tree. Please give your gift to a member of the ReSponse Team – Mary Kyle, Karlis Kesans, Sheila De Vaal, Richard Owen or Laurie Fox. There are also a number of household items that have not been purchased yet. We will be posting a list of those items beside the tree.

Please contact Mary Kyle for more information. We will be keeping track of items that have been purchased, so please let Mary know what you will be giving, so we can avoid getting duplicates.

If you know of a 3-bedroom apartment or townhouse for rent at a reasonable price, please let Mary know.



Intercessors, Lay Assistants and Technical Support Assistants

We are looking for more people to sign up for the above. Please connect with Anne at deacon@stja.ca or Ruby at peopleswarden@stja.ca

New Council Members

As we prepare for Vestry to be held on Sunday 26 February, following the 10am service, we are seeking 2 more council members to form the leadership team. If you have the interest to participate in and contribute to the ever-growing needs of our parish, please connect with Vivian, Anne, Rich or Ruby.

Sunday Coffee & Refreshments

A Roster/Sign-up sheet is on the notice board in the kitchen. Please consider signing up if you are able, or if you would like to contribute treats.

Flower Chart for 2023

is up at the Narthex (back of the church, by the chapel).  Should you wish to commemorate a birthday, anniversary or give in memory of a loved one, please consider signing up for flowers for the altar.



Parish Giving

Donations may be made by cheques, PADs or through e-transfer directly to the church account. Please contact Ruby at peopleswarden@stja.ca or Sheila at treasurer@stja.ca for more details. You may also give via Paypal/credit card via our website.



Epiphany Book Study

Join us at weekly discussion of the book Learning to Walk in the Dark, by Barbara Brown Taylor, exploring how God can be (sometimes unexpectedly) found in “darkness”. We are meeting Tuesday mornings (10:15am-12noon) at Zoom Bible studies.

Epiphany Reflections

In Epiphany we are also exploring the flip side of darkness, and reflecting on how God can be found in the more obvious “light”, considering the question “Where in your ordinary, everyday life does God shine clearly?” through written and photographic reflections.

Check out the reflections posted daily (Mon-Fri) on our Facebook page and also our diocesan parish webpage. Thanks to everyone who is contributing!


Readings for January 29, 2023, Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 15; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Matthew 5: 1-12


Readings for February 5, 2023, Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 112; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; Matthew 5:13-20



Rector The Rev. Vivian Lam rector@stja.ca 604-936-7762
Deacon The Rev. Anne Anchor deacon@stja.ca
Parish Office Joanne Fong administrator@stja.ca 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 rectorswarden@stja.ca
People’s Warden Ruby Ng peopleswarden@stja.ca
Treasurer Sheila De Vaal treasurer@stja.ca
Envelope Secretary Antoinette Woodman & (Asst. Env. Secretary) May Fung envelopesecretary@stja.ca
Parish Council Geri Grigg, Secretary parishcouncilsecretary@stja.ca
Altar Guild Brenda Binns altarguild@stja.ca
Anglican Church Women Alma Oldenburg ACW@stja.ca
Bible Study Lynne Milner biblestudy@stja.ca
Building Repairs / Maintenance Rich Thompson property@stja.ca
Children’s Ministry/Godly Play children@stja.ca
E-Postle Ruby Ng news@stja.ca
Food Bank foodbank@stja.ca
Parish Visiting Ministry Joanne Walton/Alma Oldenburg pastoralvisits@stja.ca
Prayer Circle Sue Elliott prayer@stja.ca
Prayer Shawls Rosa Weisensel administrator@stja.ca



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