St. John’s Weekly

November 25-December 2, 2019

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

Sunday Service 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 & Thursday, 9:30am to 3:00pm
Friday by appointment
Call Sally at 253-7578

Please Note: The office will be closed on Thanksgiving.

 

Fr. Rick’s Office Hours

Fr. Rick will be available for appointments in the office on Tuesday, November 26, by appointment.

Fr. Rick will be at PK Coffee on Thursday mornings from 10:30am to 12 noon. Stop by and see Fr. Rick for conversation and a cup of coffee.

Note: Deacon Zarina will be in Tucson visiting her mother from Tuesday, November 19, to Wednesday, December 4. Her mother is very excited as this is the first time Zarina has been in Tucson for Thanksgiving in over 20 years!

 

 

Stowe Community Church will host an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Monday, November 25 at 7:00pm. Clergy from houses of worship in Lamoille County will participate in the service. The Rev. Deborah McKinley, Pastor of the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church will preach at the service. The offering will benefit the Lamoille Community Food Share.

  

   

Weekly Calendar

TUESDAY, November 26
Mah Jong at 1:00pm

WEDNESDAY, November 27
Morning Prayer Service at 9:00am
Knitters’ Build at 1:30pm

THURSDAY, November 28
Thanksgiving Day
Holy Eucharist at 10:30am

SATURDAY, November 30
Men’s Breakfast at 8:00am
AA Meeting at 5:00pm

SUNDAY, December 1
First Sunday Food Share
Holy Eucharist at 10:00am
followed by Coffee Hour & Fellowship.

SUNDAY, December 1
UU Worship Service at 4:30pm

Thank you to Berta for the beautiful Orchids.

Liturgical Schedule ~ December 1

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Celebrant — Fr. Rick Swanson
Lectors — Roger Nicholls
Intercessor / Lay Eucharistic Minister — Sandy Duncan
Acolyte — Nat Kinney
Organist — Audrey Coty
Altar Guild — Susu Brown
Flower Guild — Greens — Deb Clark
Counters — Maria Davies & Ethel Merwin
Coffee Hour — Sandy Duncan

Stewardship

Dick Kraemer, Senior Warden:

In gratitude for your past generosity, we reach out and ask you to complete the Pledge Card that will be mailed to you Tuesday, November 26, 2019, of your financial support and return it to St. John’s in the Mountains, by December 19, 2019. There are several payment options available – credit card through PayPal, installment payments, envelopes or checks. St. John’s in the Mountains is a not-for-profit entity; all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

If you attended the Congregational Conversation on Sunday, November 17, 2019, you had the opportunity to share in an outstanding pot-luck brunch/lunch and conversation, and you left with your Pledge Card. You also had the opportunity to hear Father Rick deliver the following heart -elt remarks:
Fr. Rick’s remarks:

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Romans 12:9-13

St. Paul invites the church, implores the church, to live differently than the world lives. The world, that is the wider culture in which the church finds itself situated, does not focus its eyes on the unconditional love of God through Jesus Christ for all people and all creation. We, St. Paul notes, are to live differently by seeing the world through God’s eyes, not our own.

Paul does not, however, leave the church with such a lofty goal without the needed teaching on what it means to live differently than the world. What does it mean to embrace the unconditional love of God? What does it mean to be a faith community where everyone, I mean everyone’s dignity is valued? The church is to look different than the world because the church is different from the world.

We are the people St. Paul writes to. He implores us to live differently than the world lives. How is our love genuine? How do we outdo one another in showing honor? How do we contribute to the needs of one another and extend hospitality to those we do not know? How do we live in such a way that the world will know that we are Christians by our love?

I bet you thought we were here to talk about money, and yes, in a few moments there will be time to think about church finances and how we might personally support the church to live its mission for the next year. We often think of this as stewardship. But stewardship – that is the caring for one another as though we are caring for God – is the foundation of our conversation. Stewardship is not money, it’s caring for people; it’s not a budget, it is living the story of faith right here, right now. Stewardship empowers us to share the gifts God has given to us in our personal ministries, our lives of faith, and our many and diverse contributions “for the needs of the saints.”

I invite you hear the story of God that our finances told in 2019. I invite you to listen to how the Vestry is listening to God and how 2020 might unfold through the hearts and minds of those around this room. In all that takes place in our conversations, “do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord!”

 

                     

A New Year with Lots of Opportunities 

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to host Coffee Hour during December.

Let’s look at our 2020 calendar and welcome in the new year with commitments to continue St. John’s tradition of providing delicious food and warm fellowship following Sunday services.

Contact Sandy at 802-253-6043 or sduncan948@live.com. Thank you!

 

 

  Mah Jong ~ November 26  

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.

 

 

 

 

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service ~ November 25

Stowe Community Church will host an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Monday, November 25, at 7 pm. Numerous clergy from churches in Lamoille County, as well as Rabbi David Fainsilber from the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe and members of our Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition, will participate in the service.

The Reverend Deborah McKinley, Pastor of the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church will preach at the service. The offering that night will go to the Lamoille Community Food Share. They will receive gifts of nonperishable food items as well as monetary donations. Mark your calendar and plan to attend and give thanks for all of God’s blessings in our lives.

 

 

Spirituality Group Meeting ~ December 5

The Spirituality group meets weekly. 

All women are invited to participate in this interdenominational gathering which meets Thursday’s from 10:00-12:00 at St John’s.

For more information, contact Belle Sanders at 802-244-7782

Ethel and Belle

 

 

 

Knitters’ Guild ~ November 27

The Knitter’s Group invites folks to come and knit at St. John’s every second Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.

With winter coming, let’s also get that donated yarn knitted up into wear-ables for local people who really need them.

If you just want the companionship, bring your knitting along and enjoy the camaraderie.

If you want free lessons to learn or refresh your knitting skills, let Elaine Fortin know at efortin@comcast.net.

For further information, call Elaine Fortin at 802-851-8357.

 

Good Samaritan Haven Supper ~ December 3rd

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 meatloaf, vegetables, salad, bread and dessert.

If you have any questions, please contact Jan Tichansky at 253-5060 or jtichansky@gmail.com.

Pastoral Care Ministry

St John’s in the Mountains strives to fulfill a ministry of care and support for all our parishioners. These various ministries bind us together and strengthen us as a Christian community of faith.

Our Clergy, the Rev. Rick Swanson and the Rev. Deacon Zarina O’Hagin, offer pastoral care to all, including home and hospital visits. Fr. Rick and Deacon Zarina offer Holy Communion to parishioners who are unable to attend services at church.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors Lay Eucharistic Visitors are available to take Holy Communion to parishioners as requested.

Team Members make home visits to those who cannot come to church or who want a personal connection to the parish besides attending services. Visits to members in the hospital, nursing homes, and those confined to home are offered by additional trained volunteers

Transportation We can sometimes offer rides to help parishioners who struggle to get to church.

Card Ministry Cards of sympathy, healing and encouragement are sent to parishioners. Birthday Cards will be sent to those who have registered their birth dates with the Office.

Food Needs: Volunteers bring food to parishioners who are preparing for or recovering from surgery, new babies, a death in the family, or some similar event.

If you have any questions or feel called to this ministry, please contact the Father Rick Swanson; Deacon Zarina O’Hagin or Deb Clark. Other Pastoral Care Team members are: Susu Brown, Jan Tichansky, Roger Nicholls, and Sue Nicholls. For more information, call Deb at 730-7423.

 

 

 Helping Our Refugees

Thank you to all for clothes and household item donations and all volunteer drivers to Shalom Shuk!

Winter is fast approaching so as you go through your cold weather wardrobe, weed out those items that you no longer want or those that just don’t fit. Bring your donations to St. John’s so they may be delivered to Shalom Shuk to help our refugee population.

 

Prayers

Please keep Zarina’s mother, Bev, Maggie, Bob, Ethel, the family of Dick Collins, Bidi, Don, and Dave as he grieves the loss of his wife Maria, and for their daughters, Emmilia and Theodora in your prayers. In the diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for the ministries of all the ordained throughout the Episcopal Church in Vermont. We pray for the leaders of our nation and the world. We pray that God’s healing hands be upon them. We pray for all those who have died, especially Dick and Maria.

Birthdays and Anniversaries in November

Birthdays

November 3 — Kristin Wells
November 5 — Jeff Nichols
November 6 — Audrey Coty
November 9 — Judy Pendell
November 18 — Carole Younkman
November 19 — Ged Deming
November 20 — Max Neal
November 22 — Nicholas Hoffman

Anniversaries

November 4 — Maria & Paul Davies

If you want to add your birthday or anniversary dates to the Church listing, please see Barbara Cunningham or email to cunningham.barbara@gmail.com.

Parish Contacts

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

Fr. Rick Swanson Rector
802-253-7578
rick@stjohnsinthe mountains.org

Zarina Suárez O’Hagin Deacon
802-535-7117
zarinalawvt@gmail.com

Dick Kraemer, Senior Warden
802-888-5880
RichardKraemer@pshift.com

Sandy Duncan Sandy Duncan 802-253-6043 sduncan948@live.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Officers and 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)

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Sunday School

 

Women’s Spirituality Group

The group meets weekly to discuss meditation topics, bible study and other topics. The group will resume meeting on Thursday, September 5.

Other educational opportunities are being planned. Please check this page regularly.

 

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

 

 

 

 
 
 

Seasonal Events

 

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Autumn at St. John’s

 

 

 

St. John’s Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, November 23rd

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM


This year St. John’s Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 23 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Start your Christmas shopping early and Join Us!

Evergreen bundles, handmade cards and gift bows, Christmas decorations, jewelry and knitted hats, scarves and bags,

~ Soup-To-Go ~ Baked Goods

Drop off sale items on Fri. Nov. 22nd between 10am-1 pm at the church.

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Interfaith Thanksgiving Service ~ November 25

Stowe Community Church will host an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Monday, November 25, at 7 pm. Numerous clergy from churches in Lamoille County, as well as Rabbi David Fainsilber from the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe and members of our Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition, will participate in the service.

The Reverend Deborah McKinley, Pastor of the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church will preach at the service. The offering that night will go to the Lamoille Community Food Share. They will receive gifts of nonperishable food items as well as monetary donations. Mark your calendar and plan to attend and give thanks for all of God’s blessings in our lives.

 

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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

LITURGICAL MINISTRY SCHEDULE

September 2-30, 2018

 

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

Greeter  
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

Greeter  
Ushers  
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

Greeter  
Ushers  
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

Greeter  
Ushers  
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

Greeter  
Ushers  
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