E-Postle June 25, 2023

E-Postle June 25, 2023

Fourth Sunday After Pentecost


June 25, 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.


Click here for contact info for parish ministries


There will be Coffee hour following the 10am service.



Sun – Jun 25                     LaRee’s last Sunday as Music Director

Tues – Jun 27                    10:15am – Bible Study on Zoom (see link above) / 7:00pm – Prayer Group on Zoom (see link above)

                                          7:00pm     Parish Council meeting



Stewardship Reflection

Matthew 10: 24-39 Prepared by the Ven. Dr. Michael Pollesel.

In the latter part of today’s gospel Jesus speaks words that sound pretty harsh to our modern ears – “who do you love more than me?” he asks. “If there is anyone you love more than me, you’re not worthy of me!”. As faithful stewards, how do our lives show that Jesus is at the very centre of all we say and do?

Pastoral Note – Ron Barnes (Updated)

As announced at last Sunday’s worship services, we regret to inform you that former St. John’s Rector, the Rev. Dr. Ronald Barnes, died last Saturday in Kelowna. We pray that he will rest in God’s peace. Please remember to keep Ron’s wife Beverley and their wider family in your prayers at this time. Sympathy cards may be sent to the family via the parish office. The Diocesan notice can be found here.

A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Andrews Anglican Church, Kelowna, on Wednesday June 28, at 2pm.  First Memorial Funeral Services Kelowna will be webcast ,the funeral ceremony of Ronald Barnes on Wednesday, June 28, 2023 from 2:00 PM PDT to 3:15 PM PDT . You can view the ceremony live or on replay at https://funeraweb.tv/en/diffusions/76215

Music Director Transition – June 25 Celebration (updated)

LaRee Mohr’s last day with us as Music Director will be this Sunday, June 25. Please join us at the 10am service where we will be thanking her for her ministry at a special coffee hour afterward. 

Nominations for National Committees

The Anglican Church of Canada is currently seeking nominations for people to serve in volunteer positions of national leadership for the next two years.

Positions include members of Council of General Synod, and the standing and coordinating committees of the General Synod. Some of these need to be members of General Synod, but many do not. The leadership of General Synod is committed to increasing the diversity of leadership in these bodies. Please see this link to learn more.  

Rector Away

Vivian is currently away on spiritual retreat and vacation, returning this Tuesday, June 27. Please connect with Georgette at administrator@stja.ca or Rich at rectorswarden@stja.ca 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. April Stanley who will serve as supply clergy next Sunday June 25.

Education for Ministry (EfM)

A course of study offered on Zoom, on Wednesday evening, for people who yearn to shape their faith into action and to strengthen their walk with God.

Participants have been asked why they have taken EfM…

  • to speak with knowledge about their faith
  • to be in community with fellow people who are on a journey
  • for disciplined Bible study
  • to live a life grounded in faith
  • to deepen their understanding of their relationship with God

EfM offers…

Community with:

  • fellow people of faith
  • enquiring people of faith
  • discerning people of faith
  • people longing for wisdom

Insight into:

  • Hebrew scripture
  • New Testament
  • Church history
  • various theologies over time

A way to think theologically:

  • in your day to day life
  • in your place of work
  • in your family
  • wherever  you minister in your church community

We meet weekly September to May with breaks at Christmas and Easter. The program runs for four years but each year is taken independently. The seminar has people who are studying in all four years this adds a real depth of richness and support for all present.

If you wish to find out more about this amazing and enriching program please contact Anne Anchor or Debora Jones-Akiyama or one of the many in your parish who have participated in this course.  



New Office Administrator + Revised Office Hours (updated)

We are pleased to welcome Georgette Prado, who began as temporary Office Administrator last week. We thank Joanne Fong for serving in this role for the past six months and wish her all the best.

For this upcoming week, office hours are: Tuesday 1-5pm, and Thursday and Friday 10am-2pm.

Beginning June 27, office hours change to: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-2pm and Fridays 1-5pm.

Community Garden (updated) ….

We have 9 boxes in Phase One of our community garden in the front yard of the PMC, and all have been assigned. We are now keeping a waitlist – please email garden@stja.ca to enquire.

We are still looking for donations of previously-loved or new garden tools such as pruning shears, shovels, rakes, forks, loppers, trowels, and spades. Please connect with Karen Ebbett.

Please see our website information page and like, follow, and share our Community Garden Facebook page, where we are posting pictures and updates on this exciting project!

People’s Warden Away

Ruby is away on vacation from June 1 to July 3.  Please connect with Georgette at administrator@stja.ca, Rich at rectorswarden@stja.ca, or Vivian at rector@stja.ca for time-sensitive parish matters during this time. 



Anglican Summer Jobs for Youth/Young Adults

Sorrento Centre is looking to hire those aged 16-30 to fill positions for this summer – a great chance to gain valuable paid work experience and build employability skills for the future. Look at these Sorrento Summer Jobs for young people.

Camp Artaban is hiring too. This group is hired for most of the summer but may operate part-time depending on the summer schedule. Positions include cooks, maintenance workers, lifeguards, first aid attendants, and program staff from July to August. See here for Camp Artaban job descriptions and applications.

Looking for a shorter gig? Camp Aspire VBS in Vancouver is hiring for two more positions July 17-21. It will be a week of bible story, art, and nature. Contact lauren@thecathedral.ca for info on positions available.



Flower Chart for 2023

This is up at the Narthex (at the 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 to donate 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 



Area Vacation Bible School – July 10-14

St. Laurence Anglican and Good Shepherd Lutheran in Coquitlam are partnering to lead Vacation Bible School this year. Kids ages 4-11 are invited to journey with Daniel in ancient Babylon as we learn what it means to be courageous and have integrity in the face of difficulty…and have a whole lot of fun. VBS will be five mornings, July 10-14, from 9-12 noon at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1504 Sprice Ave., Coquitlam. Contact Jason Wood, St. Laurence’s Youth and Family Minister, at stlyouthandfam@gmail.com to register.

if you are interested in volunteering, they are looking for a variety of roles: leaders for small groups, crafts, drama, and games; help in decorating, and in the kitchen. Please connect with Jason above to offer your assistance.


Readings for June 25, 2023, Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

GENESIS 21:8-21; PSALM 86:1-10, 16-17; ROMANS 6:1B-11; MATTHEW 10:24-39

Readings for July 02, 2023, Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

GENESIS 22:1-14; PSALM 13; ROMANS 6:12-23; MATTHEW 10:40-42



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