5350 Baillie Street
(on 37th Ave between Cambie and Oak)
Church office address:
2325 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6J 3J2
St John's Vancouver Anglican Church is a community of Christians dedicated to the exposition and teaching of the Word of God, to the spreading of the good news of the Gospel at home and abroad, and to the application of God's purpose in our own lives and families.
Understanding and Responding to Islam in the 21st Century
As Christians, it is important that we continue to educate ourselves about the world around us. The Missions Committee will be sponsoring a lunch entitled “Understanding and Responding to Islam in the 21st century”. The event will feature Dr. Warren Larson, Professor Emeritus, Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at CIU and former missionary to Pakistan. This is a primer on Islam with the purpose of helping us understand Islam and its interactions with Christianity.
Ladies, save the date!
You are invited to hear Connally Gilliam speak on the evening of Tuesday, January 20. Connally is a Regent alum and is on the Regent Board of Governors. She currently works with the Navigators as a “Special Counsel” to the US National Mission Director in Washington DC. She is the author of ‘Revelations of a Single Woman: loving the life I didn’t expect’. What is it to embrace your life as a single woman? What is it to embrace the single women in your life? Join us and invite a friend along, as she gives insight and brings wisdom to bear on these questions.
In January there is going to be a training session for new Stephen ministers. If you are interested in becoming a Stephen minister and would like more information, feel free to contact Director of Pastoral Care, James Wagner at 604.558.4400 ext. 227 or email him.
We are pleased to announce that the full amount of pledges have been received and we can now move ahead the purchase of the new organ.
Please Pick Up Your Giving Envelopes This Sunday!
The offering envelopes will be available in the foyer after each of the services on Sunday. Envelopes that are not picked up on Sunday will be mailed to those we know are members.
2015 St. John’s Board of Trustees
The nominating committee at St. John’s is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 Board of Trustees. The Trustees help give spiritual oversight and leadership through the Rector for the overall direction of the church and the progress of the gospel. If you know someone who might be well-suited to serve in this capacity please email our People’s Warden, Lesley Bentley.
Update on the Shafghats
As many of you know Pastor Ahmed and Mozjgan Shafghat are in a process attempting to become permanent residents of Canada. Recently their application to have a judicial review of the Immigration and Refugee Board’s (IRB) decision not to grant refugee status was denied. This means there are two last applications for permanent residency that are still under consideration: one is called a Humanitarian and Compassionate (H & C) application this assesses hardship one would face because of being forced to leave Canada, including breaking family and community ties, health concerns, and hardships that would be faced in the country the Shafghats would be sent back to. Many of you have written letters of support that form part of the H & C application and the Shafghats are very thankful to you. The other application is called a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) application, which assesses only the danger or risk of persecution to the Shafghats in the country they would be sent back to. Both applications will be considered at the same time by an official from Immigration Canada and a response will be sent to the Shafghats in about three months time. If one of the applications is accepted than the Shafghats will be allowed to stay in Canada permanently. If neither application is accepted they will be required to leave Canada immediately. We are thankful that the Ahmed and Mozjgan cannot be forced to leave Canada until the applications are decided but they do ask you to pray for them as they wait. Please pray also for the immigration process and those who are making decisions about the Shafghats’ future in Canada. The Shafghats are very grateful for the support and hope that their St. John’s family has given to them as you have loved them and prayed for them, thank you!