E-Postle Sept 10, 2023

E-Postle Sept 10, 2023

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost


September, 10, 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 bulletin and scripture readings for Sunday worship.


Click here for contact info for parish ministries


There will be Coffee hour following the 10am service.




Sat – Sept 9             4-6 pm – Garden Party/BBQ

Tues – Sep 12                  10:15am – Bible Study on Zoom (see link above)

                                       7pm – Prayer group on Zoom (see link above)

Thurs – Sep 14             12 noon ACW meeting and lunch

Fri – Sep 15                 11 am Choir practice

Sat – Sep 16                 1 pm – Bob Goodbe Memorial Service

Tues – Sep 19              7:00-9:00pm – Parish Council meeting

Sat – Sept 23               10 am – Garage Sale

Sunday – Oct 1             Orange Shirt Day





Stewardship Reflection

Prepared by Rev. Dr. Michael Pollesel. Matthew 18:15-20

Some people say that they can’t see or find Jesus anywhere in their lives. In today’s gospel Jesus

reminds us that he will be found wherever two or three are gathered together in his name.Sounds like Jesus likes to be among company. How often do you gather with others “in his name?”


Guest Priest this Sunday

We are grateful to the Rev. Michael Deck who will serve as guest presider and preacher at both services this Sunday September 10,2023.


Community Garden – Help Needed

The garden is officially launched, but we still have some more work to complete before we work with the Native Education College consultants to accomplish our goal of enhancing areas around the garden beds with Native BC plants which would help in recovering the land to a more natural habitat for birds, insects or animals.
There is sod to be dug up from the cement walkways, move the sod to the side to build up the sloped area next to the fence before we can order bark mulch to cover the walkways between the boxes.


We are seeking anyone who is willing to help Karen & Jim Ebbett on Tuesday 9/12 and Wednesday 9/13 afternoons, and Thursday 9/14 morning. Please connect with Karen at karenebbett@gmail.com or text to 604-831-4360.


ACW Meeting

Wednesday 14 Sept at 12 noon

A light lunch will be provided, and the meeting will be held afterwards.


rage Sale

Saturday 23 September, 2023 10 am to 2 pm

It has been many years since we had a Garage Sale. We need to repurpose the basement of the PMC for better utilization, and thus decided on clearing ALL white elephant items. This is also in preparation for the Fall Bazaar where the White Elephant Stall will no longer exist.

For friends and family, tables may be rented at $30.

Should you have pre-loved and usable items that you wish to dispose, or donate, you may bring them to the church hall on Friday 22 September between 10 and 11.30 am.

Sign-up sheets to help set-up, and clearing are posted on the stage area of the hall.


Tri-Cities Winter Shelter (formerly Cold Wet Weather Mat program)

If you are interested in participating in this community outreach and are not able to attend the info meeting on Saturday September 9th – 9 to 11 am at St Laurence, please contact Sylvia Wallis (St. Laurence co-ordinator) at Sylviawallisccb@gmail.com and she can add you to the schedule on the dates and shift you would like to serve.

Anne Anchor is requesting five dates for making sandwiches and will provide a sign-up schedule for people to select from……


National Day for Truth & Reconciliation/Orange Shirt Day

We will be commemorating this on Sunday October 1, and encourage everyone to wear orange to church, in honor of the thousands of Survivors of residential schools.





PWRDF is taking donations for the Canada wildfire victims.

PWRDF works with impacted dioceses to identify needs; this could include emergency accommodations, gift cards to purchase food, water and essentials, counselling and post-trauma supports, or locally identified long-term recovery activities to help rebuild community assets and increase community resilience. Your gift will make a significant impact on the lives of people in Canada affected by disasters, offering solidarity and hope for those who have lost so much. https://pwrdf.org/give-today/





St. John’s 125th Anniversary in 2024

Planned special celebration events:

  • 2024 – Kickoff worship event – with joyful music, maybe tie in to building history.
  • 2024 – Ethnic heritages celebration event – with potluck, sharing recipes, people wearing clothes reflecting their heritage. Perhaps tie in with World Day of Prayer.
  • May 2024 – Bishop visitation to church on 5/26 (Trinity Sunday) – possibly invite those baptized/married at St. John’s to come back for this day + have reaffirmation of baptismal vows etc.
  • July 2024 – Community BBQ – with children’s games + possible potluck for sides
  • 2024 – Gala Dinner – will be big culmination event for the year, catered dinner with entertainment held at offsite location
  • 2024 – special Bazaar with 125th anniversary theme to close off the year.


Possible mini-projects:

  • Commemorative Items
  • Commemorative Book – could contain stories, history, recipes, greetings from local businesses, etc.
  • Photo Directory of Current Members
  • Oral History Project – interviews to collect stories and history of the parish
  • Refreshed Website


In Vivian’s absence, please connect with peopleswarden@stja.ca if you are interested in being part of this momentous occasion, either to lead, or take part in planning and making it happen. We will put interested people into teams to collaborate together, right after the garden party.





Helping Out with Children & Youth

We are looking for folks to help make our brainstormed ideas for children and youth spiritual formation a reality! We will be experimenting with fun, interactive activities for our younger members and visitors one Sunday a month beginning this September through December. If you’d be interested in lending a hand on one of these Sundays, please let Janica know at administrator@stja.ca and she will connect you with clergy.




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.



September, 10, 2023, Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

EXODUS 12:1-14; PSALM 149; ROMANS 13:8-14; MATTHEW 18:15-20


September, 17, 2023, Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

EXODUS 14:19-31; PSALM 114; ROMANS 14:1-12; MATTHEW 18:21-35


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