E-POSTLE JUNE 16, 2024

E-POSTLE JUNE 16, 2024

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost


June 16, 2024


10:00am (in-person + Zoom) – Holy Eucharist


Meeting ID: 542 312 325

Password: 010729

This Week’s Worship & Programs – http://www.stja.ca/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

Coffee/Tea will be served after the 10:00am service





Tuesdays                     10:30 am: Bible Study (see link above)

7:00 pm: Prayer Group (see link above)

Fridays                        11 am: Choir Practice

June/July                    Bag Hunger (see text below)


Sat – Jun 15                 10 am to 2 pm: Spring Street Community Kitchen

Sun – Jun 16                1:00 – 3:30pm Community Gift making Noons Creek

Mon – Jun 17               2.45pm: Nicholas Fung’s interment @ Ocean View Burial Park, Burnaby

Sat – Jun 22                 5-9 pm: National Indigenous Peoples Day Blessing

Ceremony and Feast Rocky Point Park

Tues – Jun 25                     7pm: Parish Council meeting

Thurs – Jun 27                   9.30 am: Planning meeting for High Tea





Stewardship Reflection  

Prepared by Bible Gateway – Mark 4:26-34

Prayer: Lord, our world is blighted by the destructive seeds of greed and oppression. But deep down there are also small seeds of justice, peace and reconciliation peeping out. May I help them to grow. Like the seed in the earth, the Kingdom of God does not come all at once.


Lost and Found

A pair of prescription Glasses with purplish frames lost on 25 May in the hall. If found, please contact Ann Adair-Austin at cannadairaustin@gmail.com

High Tea Planning Meeting – Thursday June 27 at 9:30 

High Tea on Thursday August 15th… the High Tea is planned to be a parish fundraiser and therefore we will need the help of members of the parish, not just the ACW.  To ease the burden on any one person, we are planning to form several small groups, each one being responsible for a particular area of the High Tea, e.g. advertising, set-up, clean-up, food and so on. If you are able to help or have ideas you want to share, please come to the meeting on Thursday, June 27 at 9:30 am.  If you are unable to attend but would be willing to help or share your ideas, please contact Ferne at mfernem@icloud.com or Ruby at peopleswarden@stja.ca.




Prayers and Intercessions

The Prayer Circle is a group of parishioners who commit to praying for the prayer needs of parishioners and friends/family. All requests are kept confidential within the group, and you can let the group know as much or as little detail of the situation they’re praying for, as you wish. When you are requesting prayer for someone else, please be sure you have their OK to do so.  Prayer requests may be sent to Sue Elliott at prayer@stja.ca


Sunday Intercessions – those who lead us in the Prayers of the People are an important part of weekly worship. Intercessors tap into old and new prayer resources to give collective voice to our thanksgivings and petitions to God for our own and the world’s needs. The Prayers of the People also include prayer requests submitted by parishioners.

For prayer requests, speak to Anne Anchor at deacon@stja.ca


Nicholas Fung’s Interment -Monday June 17 at 2.45 pm 

Grand Mausoleum, 2nd Floor, Ocean View Burial Park 4000 Imperial Street, Burnaby


Bag Hunger

Access Youth, who use the basement of the PMC for their food prep program, need our help. They are short of basic cooking staples and our Parish has committed to helping them. Show them you care with a donation of cooking oil (1 litre bottle) and/or salt.

We will run this challenge for June & July, and then we will switch to another 2 items they need for August and September… So, stay tuned.

Please pick up a brown paper bag at church to announce your pledge to support these families and bring it back with cooking oil and/or salt.

For info on Access Youth and what they do, please log in to: https://accessyouth.org/youth-gour-made/


National Indigenous Peoples Day Workshops June 22 at ROCKY POINT PARK

For gift preparation. All are at Noons Creek Hatchery

Sunday June 16: 1:00 – 3:30 pm – Community Gift Making – share your craft gift for others to learn to make


Spring Street Community Kitchen

Saturday, June 15, 10 am to 2 pm:

Together with Inlet United and St. Joseph, we will be making Shepherd’s Pie for 3 families in the Tri-Cities. Everyone is welcome to join in, and we will have some for lunch.

Please connect with Ruby at peopleswarden@stja.ca  if you would like to join us




Vignettes from parishioners of the parish being offered throughout the year of the 125th Anniversary celebrations. Please forward a written copy to news@stja.ca thereafter. These will be posted in the E-Postle as well as in the Souvenir programme for the Gala Dinner in September.


Geri Grigg – 9 June 2024


I was raised in the Anglican church growing up in North Burnaby and attending St. Nicholas which later amalgamated with Christ the King to become St. Timothy’s.  St. Nicholas was where I was baptized, attended Sunday school, was confirmed and got married.

After Mark and I got married, we moved to Edmonton for a few years to start our careers.  When we started to raise our children, the West Coast called us home and we moved to Coquitlam before purchasing our home in Port Moody.

We had baptised our daughter at St. Nicholas but when our son was born life got a bit hectic with moving home and resettling and when we went searching for a church, we found St. Stephen’s.  My son and husband were baptised there together.

St. Stephen’s had a very active program for children and youth which allowed me to be more active in the parish.  One of the jobs I took on was the Ministry Assessment Process (MAP) Leader.  Being a part of MAP helped me realize the gifts I have, and I still consider it a blessing to have been called to that work.  When the Diocese approached Parish Council with a different plan than what the MAP process had arrived at, I decided it was time for me to move along.  I treasure my time at St. Stephens and the friendships I made there.  One of those friendships led me to EfM.

When I began to search for a new church family, St. Johns was the logical place as I live 5 minutes from here.  The first time I came, it did not stick and I moved further afield.  I did not find the right fit and was considering the United Churches as my family had spent a lot of time at Naramata Centre which is run by the United Church.

I came to St. Johns for one more try on Labour Day weekend in 2015 and during the sermon, Reverend Grant Rogers preached about the plight of the working people in the corporate climate.  It was like he was talking to me directly and I decided to stay.  For the record, Grant and I later talked about that day and he had no recollection of that sermon.

Since I have been here, I have been to Parish Development School, been active on Parish Council, started the Spring Street Community Kitchen and finished EfM.  This year I have become a bit more determined to participate in the actual service because I started to realize how passively I have been engaging in the worship.

When Trudi Shaw and I got together to craft the mission statement several years ago from thoughts collected from Council, visioning workshops and conversations with parishioners past and present, the one message we kept hearing was “St. John’s is home.”  I agree.  I am home.


Sheila De Vaal ODNW – 11 Feb 2024


My husband Jake moved to Vancouver in December of 1997, and the children and I arrived the following August.

Soon it was September and thoughts of back to school had arrived. It was time to get back to routine and for the De Vaal family, that meant back to church. So, come Sunday, all 6 of us climbed into the car and drove down to St Johns. We arrived about 15 minutes early and found no cars in the parking lot; we were not sure what to do. While we were deciding, an older gentleman stepped out of the back door. Jake and I got out to talk to him. He informed us that St Johns was having outdoor church that week and all were invited. Jake and I stood there undecided but were convinced that it would be fun.

So, we climbed back into the car and followed the gentleman to Old Orchard Park, and even found a parking spot. What we were not told was that it was outdoor church and a picnic.  After church we tried to sneak away but that was not to happen. Soon we were seated at a picnic table and a feast was put before us. A great time was had by all.

The following Sunday we returned to St. John’s, and for a while, the kids became regular attendees.

I was soon drawn into the activities and before long was a Sunday school teacher, and the following year I became a counter. That started my path down the road of being a member of the financial team among other things.





Flower Chart for 2024

This is up in 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.



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1 Samuel 15:34-16:13; Psalm 20; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 (11-13), 14-17; Mark 4:26-34


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1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16; Psalm 133; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41


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