Baha'i Community of Port Moody
Month of Sulṭán/Sovereignty 175 BE Jan 19 – Feb 06, 2019 Vol. 12, No. 17
Inside this issue:
He changeth whatsoever He willeth; He verily hath power over all things. Consider at all times the sovereignty exercised by the Ideal King, and behold the evidences of His power and paramount influence.
Message From Your Local Spiritual Assembly
Assembly's Response to Recommendations made at the last Feast
1. LSA to provide report regarding the Home Visit Campaign, lessons learned, etc. – Assembly agrees that this is an important task for the Assembly to undertake upon completion of the process, which is still currently underway.
2. LSA to ensure wider-community information, such as the Penguin Plunge on Jan 01, is included in the Newsletter – Assembly wishes to remind the community that every member is encouraged to send such information to newsletter editors at: firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in newsletter.
A Study of the Institution of Mashriqu'l-Adhkar
The Assembly is pleased to inform the community of opportunities over the next few months to undertake a study, at the neighbourhood level, of a compilation on the Institution of Mashriqu'l-Adhkar, recently made available by the Universal House of Justice, accessible at the following link: https://www.bahai.org/library/
The Assembly is grateful to Mr. Yasha Khatamian, who has kindly agreed to assist in coordinating three deepening sessions on this document in the three neighborhoods in Port Moody.
More information will be shared as details become available.
Please click here for the statement prepared by the Research Department of the Universal House of Justice.
Please click here for the compilation of extracts from the Writings.
If a home visit… is defined in the courses as an opportunity to enter into a deep conversation on spiritual matters, then it should not be reduced to a mere social call in which the Faith may not even be mentioned. (Universal House of Justice – Turning Point 42.34)
Believers must learn to draw on each other’s love for strength and consolation in time of need. The Cause of God is endowed with tremendous powers, mighty forces of love and strength and harmony. (Shoghi Effendi, Living the Life, p. 8)
A visit to a home should be seen as one element of a coherent pattern of action that seeks to enable specific populations to contribute to the construction of the society envisioned by Bahá’u’lláh. (Universal House of Justice, letter to a National Spiritual Assembly, 28 December 2008)
With the above guidance in mind, the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Port Moody is wishing to embark on a renewed campaign of Home Visits with the following specific goals and objectives in mind:
Strengthening bonds of friendship;
Enhancing devotional character of the community; and
Encouraging active participation in Baha’i community life, including Feasts, Holy Days and Funds of the Faith.
Please expect a call from a member of the Port Moody Assembly to schedule a home visit with you over the next few weeks.
Message From Your National Spiritual Assembly
The Bahá'í Council is delighted to forward the attached invitation to you on behalf of the National Spiritual Assembly. As you'll see, the National Assembly is meeting in Vancouver in January and would like to invite the communities in the Lower Mainland to meet with them on the evening of Friday, January 11th. An additional blessing is the presence at this gathering of two of the Counsellors serving the Americas.
We hope you'll make every effort to encourage the friends, perhaps during the upcoming Feast and by other means, to take advantage of this opportunity.
With loving Bahá’í greetings,
Bahá’í Council of British Columbia
Message from the Universal House of Justice
Latest (January 18, 2019) message from the Universal House of Justice
The upcoming Unit Convention, which will be held on Saturday Feb. 09, 2019 starts at 4:00 pm at the Port Moody Recreation Complex.
Ballot papers are available for pick up by community members at the feast of Sovereignty and will be mailed out to all following the feast on Jan. 21.
New Community Members
Core Activities in Port Moody
Grade 1 run by Parham Ebrahimi
Saturdays at 10:30 am, rotating residences
Grade 2 run by Anusha Ahmadi
Sundays at 10:30 am, Anusha's home
Junior Youth Groups
Spirit of the Faith animated by Sahaab Moffedi and Hamed Mahdi (all JYs are from Coquitlam)
Walking the Straight Path animated by Dana Sabeti
Book 1, Amilia Noori
Book 3, Nouran Rahmanian
Book 5, Sourna Vafadary
Book 7, Elham Sabeti
Book 9, Yasha Khatamian
Book 9, Marina Seifi
Book 10, Behnam Etemadi
Why Religion Is In The Spotlight Again
BAHA'I WORLD CENTRE, HAIFA, ISRAEL, 9 JANUARY 2019, (CBNS)
The accelerating movement of populations across borders, increasing religious diversity, growing interreligious tensions, sectarian violence, youth discontent and vulnerability to radicalization: these and other factors are combining to bring religion to the forefront of discourse in virtually every region of the world and on the international stage.
Bahá'í World Centre staffing needs
Dear Bahá'í Friends,
We have been asked to share with you the following message from the Office of Personnel at the Bahá'í World Center regarding opportunities to serve there. It is hoped that you will distribute it as widely as possible.
"As the vital work of the Cause unfolds in every part of the world, the effective functioning of the Bahá'í World Centre takes on added significance. The World Centre of the Faith—described by Shoghi Effendi as the "pivot of the agencies of the New World Order"—is supported by a flow of believers from a diversity of countries and occupations who arise selflessly to offer a period of service, of varying length, in the Holy Land. The staffing needs at the World Centre are continually changing in light of the evolving demands and resources. At any given time, there are roles to be filled which require particular competencies or specialized training, and others that simply require a readiness to learn about one's specific assignment. Due to the nature of service at the World Centre, the essential requirements include an ability to offer 12 months or more and a basic proficiency of English.
"Anyone interested in learning more about the possibility of offering a period of service at the World Centre is encouraged to contact the Office of Personnel at email@example.com. Offers of service can also be submitted directly at https://bahai.bwc.org/service/.
With loving Bahá'í greetings,
Joo Jong Kung, Secretary-Aide
For more international news, please visit https://news.bahai.org/
Cycles of Growth
Pictures & Videos
Port Moody's Clarke Road Devotional Gathering
Inspirational Video - Port Moody