St. John’s Weekly

May 6-12, 2019

(online newsletter)
1994 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT

Sunday Service
Sunday School
1994 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT
(802) 253-7578 

Sunday Service 10:00am
Sunday School 10:00am

A community of faith located at the crossroads of Mountain Road and Luce Hill Road.

Our Mission is to be a welcoming Christian community of faith, loving and forgiving, questioning and learning, inviting and serving.

Vermont Mountain Reflections Blog

Church Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday 9:30am to 3:30pm
Fridays by appointment only
Church Administrator: Sally Verville

Please note: We have permission to use 10 parking spaces at the Stowe Motel.



Today, we celebrate Mother’s Day in the United States and in many countries throughout the world. The holiday is an opportunity for us to thank the woman who gave us life and to reflect on the unique role that mothers are called to play in the lives of their children and in the world. . . .
Now as a parish priest, whenever my mom visits, it’s amazing how much she inquires about my life and how much she inspects the environment: food, cleanliness, people and personalities.
Honestly, if she wasn’t my mother, her approach would be pushy and intrusive. She would be way over the top. But, she’s my mom.
And so, she’s given a leeway that others would never have in my life. Yes, mothers have a privileged access to the lives of their children.
It’s a basic human reality, whether we like it or not, that mothers can go where no one else can. They understand us. Our mothers carried us, brought us into the world, and our lives are always a gift and a reflection of them. Mothers are important and their vocation is sacred within the realm and experience of the human family. . . .
As [Jesus’] mother, Mary was especially prepared to be his most adamant follower. Mary understood who Jesus was and what he was called to do. From the crib to the cross, from Pentecost to her Assumption, Mary loved her Son and faithfully served him as her savior and lord. . . .
On this Mother’s Day, . . . we thank God for all good mothers, living and deceased, and for Mary, a spiritual mother who is always present and forever available to those who need her.


Stowe Weekend of Hope

This past weekend celebrated the 19th year that Stowe has hosted the Weekend of Hope honoring cancer survivors.

Thank you to all who volunteered from St. John’s during the weekend. Deb Clark, a SWOH chair, coordinator and organizer, spent an incredible number of days and hours making sure that the weekend was successful and that the survivors attending had a memorable and supportive experience.




Weekly Calendar

Outreach Meeting
Good Samaritan Haven Dinner in Barre
Mah Jong at 1:00pm
Spirituality Group at 10:00
AA Meeting at 5:00pm
SUNDAY, May 12
Mother’s Day
Holy Eucharist followed by Coffee Hour at 10:00am
SUNDAY, May 12
No UU Worship


Liturgical Schedule ~ Sunday, May 12

Holy Eucharist
Lectors — Deb Clark & Rick Oden
Intercessor — Bidi Wheelwright
Acolyte — Nat Kinney
Organist — Audrey Coty
Altar Guild — Susu Brown & Toby Heidenreich
Coffee Hour — Maria Davies
Counters — Ethel Merwin & Barbara Baraw
Flower Guild — Berta Pykosz

Church Service and Reception Celebrating . . .

Fr. Rick’s Doctorate of Ministry, and
A Visit by the Bishop

Date: Thursday, May 30
Time: 6:00pm



Please mark your calendar on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 6:00 pm to attend a special service at St. John’s in the Mountains and stay for a reception for Bishop Ely at 7:00 pm. The service will be to honor the completion of Father Rick’s Doctor of Ministry and the reception will be to honor Bishop Ely’s years of service and his impending retirement, both very important events.

In preparation for the events the Vestry needs your assistance. The reception, weather allowing, will be held outdoors requiring a small amount of setup. The finger food will be catered but desserts will be provided by the members of the congregation. The reception needs a couple of organizers.

And lastly, a slide show of the Bishops many visits to St. John’s would be a lasting gift. A tech savvy person(s) and pictures of the history are needed. Can you help with pictures/videos and can you help with organizing?

Please ask your questions or make your offer to help to Dick Kraemer either by phone (8885880) or email (

Episcopal Diocese of Vermont Bishop Search


Meet the Three Finalists for Vermont Bishop


The Rev. Dr. Shannon MacVean-Brown   The Rev. Dr. Hilary D. Raining      The Vry Rev. Dr. Hilary B. Smith

Read about each candidate at:



Come Play Mah Jong ~ May 7

Tuesday Mah Jong games are easy and fun. A few players are veterans of the game while others are new to the table. The game lends itself to all. So, drive on over to SJM on Tuesdays at 1:00pm and join the game.


Spirituality Group Meeting ~ May 9

 Please join us at 10:00 am. Open to everyone. For more information, contact Barbara Baraw 802-793-5076.





Ladies’ Luncheon ~ May 23rd

The next Ladies’ Luncheon is April 25, the last Thursday of the month. Plan to join us between noon and 12:15pm.
Please contact Nancy Collins (802-253-2801) and let her know if you plan to attend so she can make the reservation at the Whip.



Taizé Service ~ May 23

St. John’s will hold a candlelight Taizé prayer service on Thursday, April 25, at 7:00pm. This is a quiet service of meditation and reflection and involves singing of simple, melodic chants, a few readings, and short periods of silence. We invite you to take a moment to be part of a peaceful, spiritual experience. All are welcome.


Good Samaritan Haven Dinner ~ May 7

Please sign up to participate in the preparation and delivery of supper to the Good Samaritan Haven shelter in Barre. See the sign up sheet on the board outside the church office.

The menu includes chicken dishes, vegetables, salad, bread and dessert.

If you have any questions, please contact Jan Tichansky at 253-5060 or


During your prayer time please keep Zarina’s mother, Belle, Dick, Carol, Cindy, and the families of John Griffin, Kevin, Leonard Magnusson, and Penny Walker-Reen in your prayers. We pray that God’s healing hands be upon them. We pray for all those who have died, especially John Griffin, Rebecca Pouliot, Ruth Salter, Leonard Magnusson, Penny Walker-Reen, the victims of all the church bombings, and all the victims of gun violence.


Parish Contacts

If you have questions or concerns about our parish, or have a pastoral emergency, please contact:

Fr. Rick Swanson Rector
Zarina Suárez O’Hagin Deacon


Dick Kraemer, Senior Warden
Sandy Duncan, People’s Warden

2019 Members of the Vestry
Dick Kraemer (Senior Warden), Sandy Duncan (Junior Warden),
Janie Given (Treasurer), Fred Harries (Asst Treasurer)
Maria Davies, Rich Reed, Janet Patching (Vestry Secretary)

St. John’s in the Mountain Church, 1994 Mountain Road,  Stowe, VT 05672 









Vestry Minutes

Mission Statement
To be a welcoming Christian community of faith: loving and forgiving, questioning and learning, inviting and serving

St John’s in the Mountains
Vestry Meeting, August 6, 2018

Meeting Minutes

Present: Dick Kraemer, Reverend Rick Swanson, Emily Bland, Sandy Duncan, Jane Given,

Absent: Max Neal, Rich Reed, Fred Harries

Guest: Susan and Roger Nichol, to present the 2017 Audit Report.

Opening Prayer: Led by Father Rick.

Agenda Approval: Motion by Emily, second by Sandy, all in favor, motion carried.

Minutes from previous meeting Approval: Motion by Janie, second by Sandy, all in favor, motion carried.

Consent Agenda: none.

Audit Report: Audit report was presented by Sue and Roger. Note: received all necessary doc for annual report
                                Dick thanked Susan and Roger.  Motion to accept the audit report by Sandy, Second by Emily,
                                all in favor, motion carried.

Information Items:

– Parking update: Owners accepted the proposal. Ken Libby contacted the owners with a proposal to purchase the tennis courts.  Counterproposal by the partners, not Vail, will make the determination. One partner (Sean Kinner) lives in Stowe, one lives in Vail. Approx 1/5 – 1/4 acre.  Ken estimated they proposed around 30,000. Not asking for decision. Will cost us approx. 2 spots and some trees down to the fence.  Gain 18-20 spots.

– Jazz Fest Update: We will no longer be a venue for the Jazz Fest.

Motions Discussions and Votes:

– Grant application to Diocese to pay for the painting of the church.  Fred would like us to submit the $12,800 painting for a grant.  Motion by Sandy, second by Emily, all in favor, motion carried.

Motion to adjourn by Janie, second by Sandy, all in favor, motion carried.

Respectfully Submitted, Janet Patching

…Janie, thank you for your note taking for the majority of the meeting.

Liturgical Ministry Schedule


September 2-30, 2018


September 2, 2018 ~ 15th Sunday after Pentecost                    10 AM

Ushers Nancy Collins & Cyndy Tulloch
Lectors Roger Nicholls & Jean O’Rourke O’Rourke
Inter/L.E. Min. Bidi Wheelwright
Acolyte Nat Kinney
Organist Audrey Coty
Altar Guild Barbara Baraw
Flower Guild Patty Oden
Counters Barbara Cunningham & Joan O’Keefe
Coffee Hour Barbara Baraw
Copley Woodlands Rides Barbara Cunningham


September 9, 2018 ~ 16th Sunday after Pentecost                        10 AM

Lectors Barbara Baraw & Rick Oden
Inter/L.E. Min. Maria Davies
Acolyte Tom Younkman
Organist Audrey Coty
Altar Guild Bunny Libby & Eileen Kraemer
Flower Guild Berta Pykosz
Counters Jean O’Rourke & Barbara Baraw
Coffee Hour Maria Davies
Copley Woodlands Rides Leslie Lindig


September 16, 2018 ~ 16th Sunday after Pentecost                        10 AM

Lectors Barbara Baraw & Rick Oden
Inter/L.E. Min. Maria Davies
Acolyte Tom Younkman
Organist Audrey Coty
Altar Guild Susu Brown
Flower Guild Ethel Merwin
Counters Mark Vandenberg & Nancy Collins
Coffee Hour Barbara Cunningham
Copley Woodlands Rides Jan Tichansky


September 23, 2018 ~ 18th Sunday after Pentecost                      10 AM

Lectors Hal Morrow & Bernice Binginot
Inter/L.E. Min. Susu Brown
Acolyte Jan Tichansky
Organist Audrey Coty
Altar Guild Susu Brown
Flower Guild Jean O’Rourke
Counters Maria Davies & Nancy Collins
Coffee Hour Bill & Elaine Robinson
Copley Woodlands Rides Patty Oden


September 30, 2018 ~ 19th Sunday after Pentecost                      10 AM

Lectors Barbara Baraw & Rick Oden
Inter/L.E. Min. Maria Davies
Acolyte Tom Younkman
Organist Audrey Coty
Altar Guild Susu Brown
Flower Guild Ethel Merwin
Counters Mark Vandenberg & Nancy Collins
Coffee Hour Barbara Cunningham
Copley Woodlands Rides Jan Tichansky


Please see the List below if you find that you are in need of a replacement for your scheduled time. When you find a replacement, please contact Sally in the office with the information as soon as possible. Thank you for any assistance you are able to provide with the liturgical scheduling.

Greeters/Ushers Lectors

Intercessors/Eucharistic Ministers

Barbara Baraw Barbara Baraw Barbara Baraw
Bernice Binginot Hal Morrow Sandy Duncan
Susu & Gordie Brown Bernice Binginot Susu Brown
Leslie Lindig Jan Tichansky Rich Reed (Intercessor. Only)
Fred Harries Deb Clark Bidi Wheelwright
Tim Heath-Swanson David Hobart  
Pete Johnson Pete Johnson  
Jean O’Rourke Bidi Wheelwright  
Nancy Collins Rich Reed  
Emily Bland Susu Brown  
Joyce Manning Rick Oden (2nd)  
Ethel Merwin Jean O’Rourke (2nd)  
Patty Oden Belle Sanders  
Bidi Wheelwright Pat Schwarz  
Bill Robinson    
Pat Schwarz    
David & Lesley Hobart    
Crucifer/Acolyte Torchbearer Flowers
Jan Tichansky Nathaniel Wells Ethel Merwin Deb Clark
Tom Younkman Griffin Johnson Maggie Morrow Patty Oden
Rachael Wells Ewan Davies Jean O’Rourke Jill Witten
Tom Younkman   Berta Pykosz  
Nathaniel Wells      


Altar Guild Counters (2) Sunday School
Barbara Baraw Maria Davies Maria Davies
Bunny Libby Jean O’Rourke Pete Johnson
Susu Brown Barbara Baraw Patty Oden
Joyce Manning David Hobart Maryellen Sullivan
Patty Oden Ethel Merwin Audrey Coty (on req’d days)
Joanna Huffman Sandy Duncan Ethel Merwin
Bernice Binginot Joan O’Keefe Emily Bland
Tim Heath-Swanson Barbara Cunningham Jennifer Mauro
  Bill Robinson Lesley Hobart
  Mark Vandenberg Mark Vandenberg
Nursery Care    
Carole Younkman    

Seasonal Events



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Sunday School


Sunday School is in session!

All children from toddlers through fifth grade are invited to join us each Sunday morning at 10am for bible stories, activities, games and fun!

For more information, please contact the parish office at 802-253-7578 during office hours.