E-POSTLE MAR 31, 2024

E-POSTLE MAR 31, 2024

Easter Sunday


March 31, 2024


8:30am (in-person only) & 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 10am service.




Tuesdays                     10.00 am: Bible Study (see link above)

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

Fridays                        11 am: Choir Practice

Sun – Mar 31              10:00 am: Special Easter Story for children & Easter Egg Hunt

Wed – Apr 3                10:00am – ACW Coffee Plus

Mon – Apr 8                2 pm: Funeral Mass of The Ven Philippa Pride

Sat – Apr 13                 9 am: Parish Council retreat

Sat – May 11               9.30 am: Mission Conference – Toward a Theology of Land

Sat – May 25               11am: Ron Barnes’ interment @ St Clements, North Van

Sun – May 26               Trinity Sunday – Bishop’s Visit



Stewardship Reflection              

Prepared by Ven. Dr. M Pollesel Mark 16:1-8

“Jesus isn’t here says the messenger to the women. “Where is he?” we might join in asking. He’s to be found wherever there are faithful stewards.


Christmas and Palm Sunday

What a joyful Palm Sunday with Rev Miranda leading the procession around the church property into the church! You may be pleased to know that we have a record attendance of 216 for the 4 Christmas services and 102 for the 2 services on Palm Sunday – In-person and on Zoom. If you are on Facebook, you may want to check out the pictures and videos on https://www.facebook.com/StJohnAnglican


The office will be closed from April 1 to 5 as our administrator Janica will be taking leave.


Coffee Hour

We appreciate your contribution of treats for coffee hour after the 10 am service. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the kitchen.


Coffee Plus

Our first gathering will be on Wednesday, April 3 at 10:00 a.m.  We will start with a brief meditation and enjoy coffee and a discussion time.  This maybe about the upcoming Spring Tea, any concerns we may have in or about the parish or just a time of fellowship and sharing.  Everyone one is welcome to join us.  If you have any questions see Ferne or any ACW member.


Multifaith Symposium

Saturday April 27, 9:00am-4:30pm

This symposium offers the opportunity to gather together with speakers of different faith traditions.  Together we will explore – through teachings and shared spiritual practices, the spiritual formation within our faith traditions that serves to create a hospitable “inner” home that can welcome other faiths.  The creation of this hospitable inner home can then be expressed in real engagements, particularly in service to peace and justice, in the home of this world.

Location: The Parish of St. Dunstan’s, Aldergrove (This is an in-person event).

Cost: $95.00. Includes lunch, snacks, refreshments. Scholarships available.

The multifaith symposium is a collaborative event offered by The Centre for Spiritual Renewal at St. Dunstan’s and The Jim Forest Institute for Religion, Peace, and Justice, St. Stephen’s University (www.jfi.ssu.ca). 

Register Here: https://www.ssu.ca/symposium




Financial Status – January & February 2024


  Jan 2024

Actual $

Feb 2024

Actual $

YTD Feb 2024 Actual $ YTD 2024 Budget $ YTD 2024 Budget Difference
Income 13,816.30 15,542.50 29,358.80 40,082.86 (10,724.06)
Expenses 13,945.98 16,273.19 30,219.17 40,082.86 9,863.69

(-) Loss

(129.68) (730.69) (860.37) 0.00 (860.37)
Offering for General Funds 9,674.00 11,276.00 20,950.00 31,078.84 (10,128.84)

 Note: The deficit is less for the 2 months, only because we are paying for a half-time priest.





Vignettes from parishioners of the parish being offered throughout the year of the 125th Anniversary celebrations. If you are asked to offer one week, please accept so that we may get to know a bit more about our friends in the pews. Please forward a written copy to news@stja.ca thereafter. These will be posted in the E-Postle as well as a compilation for print later in the year.


John Binns – 24th March 2024

Brenda and I first met in Vancouver and intermittently attended St. Mary’s in Kerrisdale from 1974. We were married in Nottingham in Jan 1979 at St Michael & All Angels, returning to BC a week later. We purchased a new home in Surrey, but still attended St Mary’s on an intermittent basis.

In 1980 we were transferred to Edmonton, and in 1983 we transferred to Mississauga, both locations welcomed the arriving of a new son who were christened, in the local Anglican church. 1990 saw our final transfer back to Coquitlam. We started attending St John’s almost immediately, we were welcomed with open arms by all parishioners and we felt most at home.

Being a technical kind of person, I was happy to assist in day-to-day repairs, but as time progressed, I was brought onto the council and became responsible for many daily fix-it jobs, plus several more major projects. Who I must add included, thankfully, many of our St John’s parishioners. Starting with converting the neighbouring house into the PMC The offices in the Church were repurposed as they now are, including Children’s Play area, Vestry, and Sacristy. The church foundation in south west corner was leaking water and repaired. The stage floor was rotted and replaced with new flooring and lockers and sliding wall sections on stage front for safety for young children at Sunday school. Accessibility to church by adding ramps, new flood lighting system including car park lighting, relocating the entry door from the east end of the Church, to the original, and current central location with covered entry. Replace rotten support timbers for south wall and new overlapping outer wood finish. The Kitchen area was stripped down and all new fittings and appliances were added to care for multiple community activities. The fire dept. insisted the main hall had the entire ceiling structure replaced with low flammability products, plus all new lighting and sconces were added for more relaxed meetings.

The roof was then added to the list requiring replacement due to three leaks into the main body of the church. Unable to source satisfactory red tiles to match the failing ones we ended up with high-quality long-life tiles you now see. The final closing act in my itinerary is the joining with St Margaret’s of Scotland church into St John’s. The clergy house in Burnaby, which was rented out as a large family home, had to be maintained after a few years of neglect. Main concern was the garden trees growth right through high tension power lines, the building envelope repainting.

Throughout our membership with St John’s, we have always had great friendships with all our clergy and fellow parishioners, and we would never leave St John’s unless Brenda or my mobility becomes impractical. Thanks to the Lord, we have both had our beliefs tested with my recent serious health issues, but at this time, the Lord has given us a temporary pass.




The Venerable Archdeacon Philippa Louise Pride

After a long illness with cancer, Archdeacon Philippa died in hospital on March 18 with family and friends beside her. Her funeral Mass will be on Monday, April 8th at 2pm at Christ Church Cathedral. Please hold the family of Philippa in prayer as they mourn.


Sunday May 26th – 125th Anniversary Celebration

As part of our 125 years as a place of worship within the community of Port Moody, we would like to acknowledge those of you were either married or baptised, (or possibly both) at St John’s – at any time in its history. We would like to invite you to a special event to celebrate your connection to our church at special services at 8:30 am and 10am on Sunday May 26th 2024. We have invited Bishop John Stephens of the Diocese of New Westminster to join us and lead us in worship. These services will be a celebration of our anniversary, focusing on the sacraments of baptism and marriage in our community. Those who were baptised at St. John’s will be invited to re-affirm their baptismal vows during the services.

There will be a reception of light refreshments following the 10 am service. We hope that you can join us for this special celebration. For further information, please contact peopleswarden@stja.ca


Support for Kinsight family

Council set a goal to support a family in need three times a year through Kinsight. If you wish to make a donation to this ministry, please do so by envelope with a notation… for the Kinsight family… and put it on the offertory plate.

Due to exigent circumstances, we are also supporting a new family. This dear family have been displaced, losing their home to fire. They are a family of four: mother, father and two children (3 and 5). What is needed most at this time is gift cards and some essential house items. Please hold this family in prayer.

Of note: For now, the family is living in a motel room. So, we are unable to give them large items. But if you wish to donate some items; such as a simple can opener or dinner ware/cutlery for 4, or bath products/towels and a few child-friendly items; there will be a donation box at the back of the church.  We already have, some dish clothes, tea towels and cooking utensils.

Questions can be directed to Christine and Karlis Kesans at  chris.kesans@gmail.com


Easter Sunday – Church for the Children

10 am – We will be offering a reading of a special Easter Story …God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Town Bergen… with on screen images. The children will have a craft activity during the readings and sermon time. There will also be an Easter egg hunt along with a gift bag for each child present.


Mission Conference – Toward a Theology of Land

May 11: 9:30am-3:00pm @ St. Mark’s, Ocean Park

You are invited to one of the largest biannual gatherings of the diocese of New Westminster. The Mission Conference is the key social and learning event held every other year when Synod is not in session. It is open and free to all members of the parishes and not just clergy and synod delegates.

Following the 2023 Synod discussions about housing and homelessness, the Mission Conference planners chose as this year’s theme: Toward a Theology of Land. Presenters: Richard Leggett, Mari Joerstad, and Katherine Murray are all local, ordained, and lay leaders, with rich experience in teaching and reflecting a thoughtful, God-centred understanding of land, as well as walking with churches who are seeking to steward their lands and buildings for God’s mission in the world.

Registration is free and lunch will be provided.


Nominations for the Order of The Diocese of New Westminster – Last call

It is time now to nominate our next exceptional parish leader.

The purpose of the Order is to honor and give special recognition to lay members of the Diocese who have given outstanding service over a significant period of time in their volunteer ministry.

Information on eligibility criteria and nomination from can be found at https://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/programs/odnw-order-of-the-diocese-of-new-westminster

Should you wish to nominate someone, please let Rev Miranda know at interim@stja.ca by 2 April, 2024.




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.



31 March 2024 The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Sunday

Isaiah 25:6–9; Psalm 118: 1–2, 14–24; Acts 10:34–43; Mark 16:1–8


7 April 2024 The Second Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31





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