St. John’s Weekly

May 25 – May 31, 2020

(online newsletter)
Sunday Online Morning Worship Service 10:00am
1994 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT
(802) 253-7578 


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

There are no office hours until further notice.Please call Fr. Rick Swanson at 802-760-7787 or Senior Warden, Dick Kraemer at 802-888-5880 with any needs.

To donate toward your pledge, to the plate, to help with the discretionary fund or to support a special ministry, just click:


Thank you for your continuing support and generosity to St. John’s in the Mountains through your weekly, monthly or quarterly pledge. While we request you donate online through our website.

Donate by Mail

St. John’s in the Mountains, P.O. Box 1175 , Stowe, VT 05672

Whether you are mailing a check or donating online, please indicate if your gift is your pledge or a gift for a special purpose.

Note: Online, enter your special gift purpose at prompt: “Add Special Instructions to the Seller:”.

St. John in the Mountain’s Web Site (p.s. you’re in it!)

For the most up-to-date information, go to St. John’s website at

and click on

“Worship and Activity Center”


COVID -19 Resources & Information

Online Prayer with Bishop Shannon

Go to:

Online Diocesan Pentecost
Celebration of Community

Sunday, May 31 at 4:00 p.m.

Join Bishop Shannon and the people of the Diocese of Vermont on Sunday, May 31 at 4:00 p.m. for a Pentecost Celebration of Community.

Join at:

or dial by phone: 646-876-9923, code 531110497#)
Password: RockPoint.

Please bring something red or orange to the service, such as a scarf or a bright piece of paper, as well as a candle.

Call for submissions

During the service, we will feature a video made up of submissions from members of the diocese. We are asking for photographs or videos (no longer than 15 seconds) that show God at work in your life at this time. Show us what you are witnessing that gives you hope or joy. Any standard video or photo format will be accepted.

Photos Needed by Saturday, May 23

Fr. Rick is requesting that we all participate by submitting videos and photographs of our lives during this time of staying in place. Please send your submissions to

Examples of photos below

Clorox Girl and The Coronavirus


                                           The Coroniavirus

Susan Nicholls


Chat With Fr. Rick 

You may call or email Fr. Rick at any time.
Cell Number: 802-760-7787
Email Address:

Fr. Rick: (videos)

Winter Memorial Garden
Hymnal 1982
Seeing In the Dark
Winter Basketball
Stations of the Cross
The Candle in Your Window
Finding Sacred Space in the Night

What Does Your Worship Space Look Like?





Pentecost ~ Sunday, May 31, 2020

Next Sunday is Pentecost, Please:
  • wear red to the Sunday Service;
  • if you know a foreign language, write a short prayer to speak during Sunday Service’s Prayer of the faithful, and let Fr. Rick and Nancy Johnson know you’ll be participating.
  • plan to join Bishop Shannon at the 4pm diocese’s Pentecost Service
Ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven, the twelve apostles, Jesus’ mother and family, and many other of His disciples gathered together in Jerusalem for the Jewish harvest festival that was celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover. While they were indoors praying, a sound like that of a rushing wind filled the house and tongues of fire descended and rested over each of their heads. This was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on human flesh promised by God through the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28-29).
The disciples were suddenly empowered to proclaim the gospel of the risen Christ. They went out into the streets of Jerusalem and began preaching to the crowds and by a miracle of the Holy Spirit they spoke in the native languages of the people present, many who had come from all corners of the Roman Empire. The apostle Peter seized the moment and addressed the crowd, preaching to them about Jesus’ death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins. The result was that about three thousand converts were baptized that day. (Acts 2:1-41).

The liturgical color for Pentecost

Red is the liturgical color for this day. Red recalls the tongues of flame in which the Holy Spirit descended on the first Pentecost. The color red also reminds us of the blood of the martyrs.

Pentecost sometimes called “Whitsunday”
A tradition of some churches in ancient times was to baptize adult converts to the faith on Pentecost. The newly baptized catechumens would wear white robes on that day, so Pentecost was often called “Whitsunday” or “White Sunday” after these white baptismal garments.

Celebrating Pentecost
There are three “mega-festivals” commemorated in the Christian calendar. The first two, Christmas and Easter, are well known to both believers and non-believers, and the third is Pentecost. God the Father’s wonderful Christmas gift of His one and only Son, and Christ’s Easter triumph over the power of sin and death would be of no benefit to us if the Holy Spirit did not give us the gift of saving faith.

Ordinary Time – The season after Pentecost
The season after Pentecost is centered on sanctification, the work of the Holy Spirit in the day to day life of the Christian. This is reflected in the liturgical color for this season: green, the color of life and growth.

Weekly Schedule

Zoom Lunch at 12:00 noon
Lectionary Study at 6:30pm
Compline at 8:00pm

Spirituality Group Virtual Zoom at 10:00am

FRIDAY, May 29
Morning Prayer at 8:00am

No AA Meeting

SUNDAY, May 31
Sunday Service at 10:00am


Sunday Liturgical Schedule

Celebrant & Preacher– The Rev. Rick Swanson
Deacon – The Rev Deacon Zarina O’Hagin
Intercessor & Lay Minister – Bidi Wheelwright
Lectors – Courtney Olmsted & Jerry Wood

Food Resources, Wellness and Child Care

Childcare: Conversations around childcare are informing every decision people are making. Vermont’s Early Childhood Alliance has compiled a list of resources for the early childhood community.

Mental health and wellness
Behavioral Health and Wellness Center is offering an alcohol and substance use recovery group through video telehealth with weekly ongoing enrollment. Offering peer support and connection, as well as local resources for practicing wellness. Call 888-8320 to register or with questions.

North Central Vermont Recovery Center has many more Harm Reduction to Go Packs to distribute, including: Narcan with instructions, fentanyl test strips, information on resources, safety items, lip balm, flyers on safety. If you or someone you know has a need, contact Daniel Franklin (, 802-490-0532)

Farmers to Families Food Box Program on Friday

Distributing non-perishable food boxes, along with produce, chicken, and dairy products provided by the Abbey Group. Anyone is welcome to come pick up food through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Click here to see the full schedule and up to date information.

Pull up in your car, open your trunk, and the appropriate amount of food will be loaded by members of the Vermont National Guard. Be sure there is plenty of space available in your car for the boxes of food. No pets. Those who are ill, have been advised to quarantine, or lack transportation can send a friend or relative to pick up meals for them.

Farmers to Families Food Box Distribution in Burlington
on May 26 from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Questions? Contact Emily Rosenbaum at

Dog Gathering Invitation

Thursday May 28, 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Location: 144 Sugar House Lane, Morrisville VT

All St. John’s dogs are welcome to a gathering at the home of Genny Rose Barker, who lives with Bill Robinson and Elaine Fortin, two sheep, two goats and two chickens.

Only the dogs and their humans will be in the pasture. The fenced-in pasture has lots of running space. Please wear boots or shoes that you can wet in a boot bath before entering and leaving the pasture. Please wear a mask although some will be available if you forget. We will exercise social distancing.

Bring your own refreshments. Water is available for the animals. Weather is projected to get up to 89 ° and cloudy.



Zoom Lunch / Chat ~ Wednesday at 12:00pm Noon


Come to lunch at noon. Sign onto Zoom, sit down with a sandwich and beverage and enjoy an informal chat with Fr. Rick and friends at St. John’s and from communities near and far. (Hosted by the Pastoral Care Group)

At Noon, join Zoom Meeting

From Computer

Meeting ID: 816 9540 3571

One tap mobile

Meeting ID 81695403571# 

Dial by your location
+1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 816 9540 3571

Spirituality Group Online ~ Thursday

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

For more information, contact Belle Sanders at 802-244-7782 or Barbara Baraw at 802-253-8428.

 Friday Morning Prayer at 8:00am

Please join Fr. Rick, Deacon Zarina, and Theologian Nancy Johnson for the service of Morning Prayer at 8:00a, Friday, March 24.

Friday Morning Prayer Bulletin

The above link leads you to a PDF bulletin for the service of Morning Prayer in the Book of Common Prayer 1979, with adaptations from Enriching Our Worship.

Join Zoom Meeting press here for joining by computer
Meeting ID: 214 025 497
One tap mobile press here for joining by smartphone and enter the following Meeting ID: 214025497
Dial by your location Dial this number from your home phone and enter the following Meeting ID: 214025497
+1 929 205 6099

Chef Tim’s Pies!

Chef Tim’s Weekly Dessert Pies and Pot Pies available for purchase each week. To check out each week’s offering, go to The Swanson Inn website. 

Visit the Swanson Inn website to order your pies.

Guide to Mental Health by NAMI Vermont

The NAMI website has short discussions to help us during this time of isolation and how to take care of our mental health. Topics include Inspiring Ways to Keep Connected, Metal Halth Wellness Tips During COVID-19, AND Managing Stress and Anxiety.

Homemade Facial Masks Available

If you or anyone you know would like to have a face mask, please contact
Elaine Fortin at 802-851-8357,

Elaine and her colleagues have been making them for Copley Hospital and
other essential services in the County. Some are simply two layers of cotton
which offers minimal protection. Others have a pocket for a filter which
greatly improves their ability to prevent the virus from penetrating.

Filters are not provided. You can cut a piece of vacuum cleaner bag or
furnace filter, a folded coffee filter, a Swiffer cloth, even a paper towel
that has been soaked in salt water and allowed to dry.




 Please keep Zarina’s mother, Bev, Bob, Ethel, Bidi, Paul, Darwin, Lindsey, Leslie, and Louise in your prayers. We pray for those who carry and/or have been affected by the Corona Virus outbreak throughout the world. In the diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. Andrew’s Church in Colchester and St. Matthew’s Church in Enosburg Falls. We pray that God’s healing hands be upon them. We pray for all those who have died, especially all those who have died from the Corona virus.

May Birthdays and Anniversaries

May 5 — Tom Gouert
May 10 — Peter Hoffman
May 10 — Ruth Matthews
May 11 — Evangeline Vandenberg
May 11 — Noah Vandenberg
May 12 — Carl Huber
May 13 Griffin Johnson
May 13 — Mark Vandenberg
May 17 — Jean O’Rourke
May 29 — Toby Heidenreich
May 20 — Merry & Grady Vigneau
May 22 — Susu & Gordie Brown
May 24 — Carole & Tom Younkman
May 30 — Rachel & Mark Vandenberg
May 31 — Elizabeth & Bruce Hoffman

If you want to add your birthday or anniversary dates to the Church listing, please see Barbara Cunningham or email to

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


Bill Robinson, People’s Warden


Nancy Johnson, Theologian-in-Residence


2020 Officers and Members of the Vestry
Dick Kraemer (Senior Warden), Janet Patching (Treasurer), Maria Davies, Bill Robinson, Jerry Wood, Courtney Olmsted

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


Worship and Activity Center



Thanks to Nat Kinney, this picture is of St. John’s in the Mountains first online service of Morning Prayer, March 15, 2020. 

Welcome to the Worship and Activity Center at St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church. This page contains login information and descriptions of all online worship and activities until further notice. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Father Rick Swanson.


Please scroll down for the Zoom login information for:


Sunday Worship at 10:00 am (including service bulletin)


Wednesday Lunch at St. John’s – Every Wednesday at 12n-1p


Lectionary Study, Wednesdays at 6:30 pm


Service of Compline, Wednesdays at 8:00 pm (including service bulletin)


Service of Morning Prayer, Fridays at 8:00 am 


Vestry Meetings, 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 6:00 pm


Sunday Worship 10:00am

Please join St. John’s in the Mountains worship in community every Sunday at 10:00 am.


Due to changes with Zoom, our videoconferencing software, you may be required to use a passcode (see below). Once you click the Zoom access link, you will be in a waiting room. The leader of the meeting will then grant you access to the service. These changes are to ensure security.


You may login every Sunday at 9:30 AM and stay online for a virtual Coffee Hour until 12 noon. 

Join Zoom Meeting  press here for joining by computer   

Meeting ID: 254 467 146 

Passcode: StJohnsVT


One tap mobile  press here for joining by smartphone and enter the following Meeting ID: 254 467 146#

Password: 436952

Dial by your location  Dial this number from your home phone and enter the following Meeting ID: 254 467 146#

Password: 436952

Sermons:    March 22, 2020, Father Rick Swanson


Wednesday Lunch at St. John’s

Why eat all alone? John friends at St. John’s to “virtually” eat lunch together on Wednesdays at noon. Bring a sandwich, a cup of coffee, or simply yourself.

Join Zoom Meeting  press here for joining by computer

Click here for Wednesday Lunch Login 

Meeting ID: 816 9540 3571


One tap mobile
19292056099 Meeting ID: 81695403571#

Dial by your location
929 205 6099   Meeting ID: 81695403571#


Lectionary Study – Wednesdays at 6:30 pm


Please join Theologian-in-Residence Nancy Johnson for this week’s Lectionary Study at 6:30p on the scripture lessons for this coming Sunday.

You can find the Revised Common Lectionary here.


Click here for Biblegateway. 


Join Zoom Meeting  press here for joining by computer
  Meeting ID: 864 3891 6603


Onetap mobile +13017158592, Meeting ID: 864 3891 6603# 

Dial this number from your home phone and enter the following   +1 929 205 6099   

Meeting ID: 864 3891 6603#  


Wednesday Night Compline at 8:00pm

Please join Fr. Rick, Deacon Zarina, and Theologian Nancy Johnson in service of Compline at 8:00p. 

Compline Bulletin


The above link leads you to a PDF bulletin for the service of Compline found in the Book of Common Prayer 1979. You may also use your personal Book of Common Prayer starting on page 127.


Join Zoom Meeting  press here for joining by computer
  Meeting ID: 864 3891 6603


Onetap mobile +13017158592, Meeting ID: 864 3891 6603# 

Dial this number from your home phone and enter the following   +1 929 205 6099   

Meeting ID: 864 3891 6603#  


Friday Morning Prayer at 8:00am

Please join Fr. Rick, Deacon Zarina, and Theologian Nancy Johnson for the service of Morning Prayer at 8:00a, Friday, March 20.


Join Zoom Meeting  press here for joining by computer

Meeting ID: 214 025 497

One tap mobile  press here for joining by smartphone  and enter the following Meeting ID: 214025497

Dial by your location Dial this number from your home phone and enter the following Meeting ID: 214025497
+1 929 205 6099


Vestry Meetings – 3rd Tuesdays of the month

6:00 pm June 16, 2020

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 497 256 007

One tap mobile
+19292056099  Meeting ID: 497256007# 

Dial by your location
+1 929 205 6099    Meeting ID: 497 256 007





St. John’s Daily

St. John’s Daily
April 10, 2020


Please join St. John’s in the Mountains and Stowe Community for a service of the Last Seven Words of Christ today at 12n. This one hour service will include reflections from clergy and lay leaders from both faith communities and beyond.

Please enter the service in silence and do not “unmute” yourself, yet making sure your volume is on.

I look forward to having you with us.

Fr. Rick Swanson
Rector, St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church

Good Friday Community Service 12 noon

Join Zoom Meeting on your computer:
Meeting ID: 616 613 9067
Password: StJohnsVT
Join Zoom meeting on your mobile phone:
Meeting ID: 616 613 9067
Password: 007528
Join Zoom meeting on your home phone:
Meeting ID: 616 613 9067
Password: 007528



Zoom Step-by-Step Instructions

Zoom is a “web-based” program that is fairly simple to use for video-conferences. You do not need to have Zoom downloaded on your computer – no software required.

We invite you to log in at 9:00 am. Morning Prayer will begin at 10:00am.

Directions if you are on a computer
(If you want to join by phone, please see instructions below.)

Please follow these steps to help you log on and join in worship on your home computer (desktop, laptop, IPad).

1. Press the link (blue letters) where it reads “Join Zoom Meeting”

2. You will see a new webpage open on your computer. Do not worry, this is normal.

3. You will see a smaller box appear on your screen that reads, “Join with computer Audio”. Press that button. If you have a webcam, there will also be a prompt that reads, “Join with computer video.” If you want to be present via video, then press that button.

4. You should then see yourself and others in small picture frames. This is where you need to be.

If this process is not clear, or as happens on some computer systems, the process described above is not what you are experiencing, please call one of the folks below for assistance.

Nat Kinney 802-730-7574
Roger Nicholls 603-236-1120
Fr. Rick 802-760-7787
Zarina 802-535-7117

Next steps once you are in the video “Church” to help everyone focus and engage in our worship.

1. Once you are in the “room” say hello. Once people have greeted you, please press the “Mute” button on the bottom, left hand corner of the screen. Please leave the mute button on until Fr. Rick asks you to turn it off. Don’t worry, he will!

2. The bulletin for the service will also be seen on your screen once the service begins. It is designed in our traditional manner – all bold-faced text is for everyone to say together.

3. We will not be singing or have music.

4. If you wish to speak during the announcement time, please raise your hand and Fr. Rick will invite you to speak.

5. There is no capability to share the bulletin with individuals on the telephone. You will know some of the prayers and responses, so please join in as you are able.

If you have a camera, you can turn it on so the group can see you, but you can also keep it off. Please respect each person’s choice.

Seasonal Events



Winter at St. John’s

The following Events have been cancelled or Postphoned due the COVID-19 epidemic



From Rabbi David

With some years of anticipation, we gather together on Sunday, March 29 from 6-8pm for a unique program. Please join us for the Interfaith Seder: no more poverty.

The program for the evening is coming together. I can promise you a truly meaningful night of hope and resilience in the face of poverty and ways to act to sustain our neighbors

For thousands of years, people of many faiths have retold the ancient exodus from Egypt, making the story relevant to their own lives and society. As recited in the Passover Seder — “All who are hungry: come, eat” — let us imagine a world without poverty. Help our Lamoille County neighbors break the shackles of financial hardship. Join us for the ritual, storytelling, inspiring words of action, and humble soup supper of this Interfaith Seder: no more poverty. Simple supper and childcare provided. RSVP required by March 20 at and to learn how to bring a meaningful contribution for the Capstone Essentials Closet and the Lamoille Food Share.

Co-sponsored by Capstone Community Action, Lamoille Community House, Lamoille Housing Partnership, Lamoille Community Food Share, Breakfast On Us, Lamoille Restorative Center, North Central Vermont Recovery Center, Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County, Lamoille Area Interfaith Clergy Group representing faith communities in Morrisville, Wolcott, Johnson, Hyde Park, Hardwick, and the Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition, including: Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church, Stowe Community Church, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stowe, and Bahá’ís of Stowe.







Liturgical Ministry Schedule


To Be Announced


Inter/L.E. Min.  
Altar Guild  
Flower Guild  
Coffee Hour  
Copley Woodlands Rides  



Inter/L.E. Min.  
Altar Guild  
Flower Guild  
Coffee Hour  
Copley Woodlands Rides  



Inter/L.E. Min.  
Altar Guild  
Flower Guild  
Coffee Hour  
Copley Woodlands Rides  



Inter/L.E. Min.  
Altar Guild  
Flower Guild  
Coffee Hour  
Copley Woodlands Rides  



Inter/L.E. Min.  
Altar Guild  
Flower Guild  
Coffee Hour  
Copley Woodlands Rides  


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    
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    
Bill Robinson    
Crucifer/Acolyte Torchbearer Flowers
Jan Tichansky Nathaniel Wells Ethel Merwin Deb Clark
Tom Younkman Griffin Johnson Maggie Morrow  
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
  Jean O’Rourke Pete Johnson
Susu Brown Barbara Baraw  
Joyce Manning David Hobart Maryellen Sullivan
Patty Oden Ethel Merwin Audrey Coty (on req’d days)
  Sandy Duncan Ethel Merwin
Bernice Binginot Joan O’Keefe Emily Bland
  Barbara Cunningham Jennifer Mauro
  Bill Robinson Lesley Hobart
  Mark Vandenberg Mark Vandenberg
Nursery Care    
Carole Younkman    

Vestry Minutes

For immediate release to the St. John’s on the Mountains Congregation – an important update!

After an emergency meeting of the Vestry held last Wednesday on March 11, (all meetings by Zoom) and a work session held on Friday, March 13, we had an emergency meeting at 6 PM on March 17, 2020, that was attended by the full Vestry, our Priest, our Theologian in Residence, our treasurer and assistant treasurer, three members of Outreach, one additional member of the Congregation and a guest, Greg Stefanski, from Capstone Community Action.
The upshot of all of the meetings was the conclusion that, consistent with the St. John’s in the Mountains Mission, that we should make every effort to help mitigate the income loss that many in our Lamoille Communities are suffering because of the current health crisis. In that effort:
1. We approved a working relationship with Capstone Community Action (CCA) and approved a $20,000 grant from the Ann Orlov Outreach Endowment Fund to establish a “Community Fund to Mitigate Income Loss due to the Coronavirus in Lamoille County” for income reimbursement due to the current health crisis
2. CCA will evaluate all applications and pursue appropriate background research to determine assistance needed to cover household costs (utilities, food, etc.) and determine loss of employment and reason for loss for the basis of Community Fund grants.
3. All sources of assistance (need-specific, federal and state funds, unemployment funds, etc.) will be used before Community Fund monies would be allocated.
4. CCA will reach out to other community partners (faith-based and secular) and individuals to invite them to contribute to the fund with the understanding that our gift is the seed monies of the fund.
Your Vestry: Dick Kraemer Sr. Warden, Bill Robinson People’s Warden, Members, Courtney Olmsted, Maria Davies, Jerry Wood and our Priest, Father Rick Swanson