Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost


September 24, 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 23               10 am Garage Sale

Mon – Sept 25            10 am Packing up unsold items of garage sale

Mon – Sept 25             3 pm Altar Guild meeting on Zoom

Tues – Sep 26                     10:15am – Bible Study on Zoom (see link above)

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

Wed – Sept 27                    9.30 to 11.30 am Wednesday Prayer Companions

Sunday – Oct 1             Orange Shirt Day

Sunday – Oct 8             4pm Potluck for new family under ReSponse – To Be Confirmed




Stewardship Reflection

Prepared by Ven. Dr. Michael Pollesel.     Matthew 20: 1-16

” I’ll pay you whatever is fair,” says the owner of the vineyard to those he hires. However, by the end of the day the payment hardly seems fair to those who have worked under the hot sun all day long. God’s generosity knows no bounds. How many times do you think to yourself: “God’s not being fair to me?” Think again!




Tri-Cities Winter Shelter at St. Laurence in October (formerly Cold Wet Weather Mat)

There are many dates available for people to serve and provide morning or evening meals to the Winter Shelter during the month of October. Please speak to Anne Anchor after the service or via deacon@stja.ca or phone at 604-341-0677 and the details of dates available will be sent to you….

We have three people committed to five dates for sandwich making. The dates still available are

Monday October 2nd;             Wednesday October 11th;      and      Thursday October 26th

Please contact Anne Anchor at deacon@stja.ca or 604-461-5677 with the date on which you would like to make sandwiches. You will be notified a couple of days before your sign-up date to be advised how many you will need to make. The sandwiches are simple protein based … i.e., cold cuts and cheese with mustard (mayonnaise may turn if it is warm weather) or simple peanut butter and jam.

Financial Status – July & August 2023


  July 2023

Actual $

Aug 2023 Actual $ YTD August 2023 Actual $ YTD 2023 Budget $ YTD 2023 Budget Difference
Income 16,759.35 16,752.25 129,552.35 159,670.80 (30,117.73)
Expenses 19,054.30 18,170.56 149,700.29 159,669.76 9,969.47

(-) Loss

(2,294.95) (1,418.31) (20,147.94) 0.32 (20,148.26)
Offering for General Funds 12,008.75 9,827.75 87,213.00 123,880.00 (36,667.00)


Wardens’ Note:

In June, an appeal to narrow the deficit was sent out. Thanks to everyone who responded to the appeal to increase your offerings. For the first time this year, we saw a slight surplus in June.
Thanks to the efforts of the ACW and the High Tea event, our deficit in August was reduced by approximately $3,000.

Although we have kept our expenses below the Budgeted amount which reduces our deficit to date, it is important to note that even with the reduced expenses, we are still running a Year-to-Date deficit which averages $2,500.00 per month. By the end of the year, we may have an accumulated actual deficit of around $30,000.00.





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.

We will also be hanging out Orange T-shirts the day before on the PMC fence to show our support. If you have an orange shirt/top/blouse to lend us, please bring to church by latest 24 September. Anne and Ruby will be coordinating.


2024 Church Calendars
Will be on sale shortly at $8. Please let Antoinette know if you wish to purchase one.




St. Johns 125th Anniversary in 2024

We have only 3 months to 2024. Sign-up sheets are up in the hall for volunteers to take the lead on the planned events.


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.

Community Garden – Help Needed






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’re 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 24, 2023, Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

EXODUS 16:2-15; PSALM 105:1-6, 37-45; PHILIPPIANS 1:21-30; MATTHEW 20:1-16


October 1, 2023 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
EXODUS 17:1-7; PSALM 78:1-4, 12-16; PHILIPPIANS 2:1-13; MATTHEW 21:23-32


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