St. John’s Weekly

September 30, 2019

 
(online newsletter)
 
 
 
 
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 and Thursday 9:30am to 3:30pm
Fridays by appointment only
Church Administrator: Sally Verville

Fr. Rick’s Office Hours

Tuesday, October 1 ~~ Noon to 4:00pm
Wednesday, October 2 ~~ 9:00am to Noon

To make an appointment,
call Sally in the office at 253-7578 or
email Fr. Rick at rick@stjohnsinthemountains.org.

St. Francis of Assisi

 

Honored on October 4

Saint Francis of Assisi (Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone; 1181/1182 – October 3, 1226) was a unique spiritual personality who gave up a life of wealth and social position to embrace a life of poverty and chastity – With the approval of the Pope, he founded a new Monastic Order, commonly known as the Franciscans. St Francis is considered one of the greatest saints in the Christian tradition and an example of a life lived in imitation of Jesus Christ.

Many miracles have been associated with St Francis. In particular, people recorded that St Francis seemed to have a close connection with all animals, especially birds. When St Francis would give a sermon, it is said birds would come to listen.

Citation: Pettinger, Tejvan. “Biography of St Francis of Assisi”, Oxford, UK – www.biographyonline.net. Last updated 3rd August 20
https://www.biographyonline.net/spiritual/st-francis-assisi.html

The 11th Episcopal Bishop of Vermont

     

Article sent to The Stowe Reporter:
The Right Reverend Shannon McVean-Brown, Vermont’s first African-American bishop, was installed as the 11th Bishop of Vermont on Saturday, September 28. Our new bishop was raised in Detroit and felt her first calling to the priesthood at age 6. After a successful career as a commercial interior designer and teaching art—the Right Reverend MacVean-Brown embraced God’s call to the priesthood. At heart, an artist, her creations and poetry nourish her spirituality.

At a Press Conference the day before, Bishop MacVean was joined by The Most Reverend Bishop Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States. Bishop Curry traveled to Vermont to participate in Bishop MacVean-Brown’s consecration. Bishop Curry is well known for his message of love and for his charismatic sermon at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in England.

Bishop MacVean-Brown spoke of how her experiences over the years have led her to this new ministry, one that was spiritual and could not be ignored. Her new role is one of inclusion, a bringing together and connecting all people to do God’s work.

She continued expressing how very comfortable she already feels working with the people of Vermont. Does she have any trepidation? Yes, the driving on Vermont roads at night. Bishop MacVean (Shannon), and her husband, Phil, have been married for 26 years. The couple have a teenage daughter.

 

 

  Introductions by Maurice Harris, Diocesan Communications Minister for the Episcopal Diocese.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bishop-Elect Shannon MacVean-Brown at Press Conference.

 

 

 

 

 

Just an fyi …
The Presiding Bishop of the United States is addressed as
The Most Reverend Michael Curry

The Bishop of Vermont is addressed as
The Right Reverend Shannon Mac-Vean Brown

 

 

Bishop Ely with
Bishop MacVean-Brown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our new Bishop with family
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Right Reverend Shannon MacVean-Brown with
The Most Reverend Michael Curry

 

 

 

 

  Nat Kinney as Crucifer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Day Morning Prayer – October 2

A Morning Prayer service will be offered at 9:00 am in the church every Wednesday and last 20 minutes. The congregation is invited to join in. Please contact Fr. Rick with any questions.

      Weekly Calendar

TUESDAY, October 1
Good Samaritan Haven Dinner
Mah Jong at 1:00pm
Pastoral Care Meeting at 2:30pm

WEDNESDAY, October 2
Week Day Morning Prayer Service at 9:00am
Knitting Group at 1:30pm

THURSDAY, October 3
Spirituality Group at 10:00am

SATURDAY, October 5
AA Meeting at 5:00pm

SUNDAY, October 6
Food Share Collection
Morning Prayer at 10:00am
followed by Coffee Hour
Officiant and Preacher: Deacon Zarina

SUNDAY, October 6
UU Worship Service at 4:30pm

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TUESDAY, October 8
Men’s Brown Bag Lunch at 11:45am

 

        

SAVE THE DATE!

HARVEST DINNER ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26

On Saturday, October 26, Chef Tim is treating us to a delicious Harvest Dinner. He will be making braised short ribs and creamy polenta, and will be assisted by members of the Vestry.

We, in turn, are being requested to bring a side to accompany this seasonal main dish, or to bring a dessert. Please call the church office to sign up.

Date and Time: Saturday, October 26 From 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Side Dish or Dessert: Call Sally at 253-7578
Cost: $25 per person or $40 per couple

Please join us for this special dinner!!!

 

Thank you to Susu for the beautiful flower arrangements.

             

 

Liturgical Schedule ~ Sunday, October 6th

Officiant and Preacher — Deacon Zarina O’Hagin
Lectors — Deb Clark & Barbara Baraw
Intercessor / Lay Eucharistic Minister
Acolyte — Duncan Tingle
Organist — Audrey Coty
Altar Guild — Eileen Kraemer
Flower Guild — Jean O’Rourke
Counters — Barbara Cunningham
Coffee Hour — Barbara Baraw

 

Pastoral Care Ministry

Meeting October 1 at 2:30pm
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.

 

        Coffee Hour

Many thanks to Barbara Cunningham for hosting Sunday’s Coffee Hour. Fellowship and a wonderfully delicious fare.

                                                 

Coffee Hour Host Volunteers Needed!!!!  

 

Please check your calendar and volunteer to host Sunday Coffee Hour. The Fall brings lots of visitors to Stowe and we want to welcome those who worship with us downstairs after each Sunday service.

If you have not hosted a Coffee Hour, please consider volunteering and we will be happy to help you. St. John’s has a wonderful tradition of offering fellowship, coffee and delicious food each and every Sunday.

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

Film on Homelessness ~ Oct 4 and Nov 10

To see a free film, directed by Emilio Estevez, on a real situation of homelessness that occurred at a public library in Cleveland.

Click on the library website for details!
https://www.lanpherlibrary.org

Friday October 4 at 6:00pm, Stowe Free Library
Sunday November 10 at 2:00pm, Morrisville Centennial Library

                       

  Mah Jong Cancelled~ Oct. 1st

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.

 

 

Week Day Morning Prayer ~ October 2

A Morning Prayer service will be offered at 9:00 am in the church every Wednesday and last 20 minutes. The congregation is invited to join in. Please contact Fr. Rick with any questions.

 

            

             

Soup Saturday Takeout! ~ October 12 

The Outreach Committee at St. John’s will be sponsoring Soup Saturday Takeout on October 12th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Please sign up in the undercroft if you are able to donate a soup. (We’re asking each person who’s able to make soup to prepare five quarts.) Plastic containers are available at church.

We will be charging $8 for a quart of soup. For questions, please contact Susu Brown at 253-2952.

Stowe Community Church
Chicken Pot Pie Supper ~ October 12

Seatings: 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 7:00pm
Tickets: Adults $15 and Children (under 11 years old) $5
Call Church Office for Tickets at 253-7257

 

Ladies’ Luncheon ~ October 17th

The next Ladies’ Luncheon will be held at The Whip at 12:15pm on Thursday, October 17. Please plan to join us and bring a friend.

Let Barbara Cunningham know that you are coming so she can make the reservation. Just email cunningham.barbara@gmail.com, phone 253-3911 or just tap her on the shoulder during church!

Spirituality Group Meeting – October 3

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

 

Knitters’ Guild ~ October 2

Knitters are invited to knit or crochet pocket prayer shawls that will be
given to anyone wanting to have something tangible from St. John’s, to hold
in a pocket for comfort. The maker prays while creating them and all will be
blessed by Father Rick. Thanks to Susan Nichols for this idea, and the help
of the knitting guild at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury.

We will accumulate them over the next few months and announce when they become available. If you are interested in creating some, write to Elaine at
efortin@comcast.net or call her at 802-851-8357.
We have the patterns and lots of donated yarn!

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

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

Dates in September and October are: October 2, 16 and 30.

If this time doesn’t work for you, let us know (write to Elaine Fortin at efortin@comcast.net) and we can find a better time. We are a flexible bunch.

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, write to
Elaine Fortin at efortin@comcast.net. Dropping in on Wednesdays might not
find a teacher available. Best to connect with someone beforehand.

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

Good Samaritan Haven Supper ~ October 1

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 jtichansky@gmail.com.

 

Raise The Roof Lamoille Community

Benefit Party
October 26, at 7:00pm
Stowe Town Hall Theater House (3rd floor)
67 S. Main St. Stowe, VT 05672

Please join us for Lamoille Community House’s fundraiser to support neighbors experiencing homelessness. 100% of proceeds go to funding the Lamoille Community House. Ticket info to come, save the date!

Featuring: Music by CHICKEN FAT INJECTION, a raffle,
appetizers from local eateries, and a cash bar.
Be an Event Sponsor

Can’t be a sponsor but still want to help out? Be an event volunteer!

To be an event sponsor, donate something for the raffle, or volunteer.
email Kim Anetsberger at Kim.Anetsberger@gmail.com

Safe Church Training ~ Saturday October 19

As a component of Church Insurance policy, all lay and ordained individuals who minister in the Episcopal Church in either a paid or volunteer capacity, with children, the mentally ill, or seniors are required to participate in a Safe Church Training.

This training is a valuable tool to identify abuse (emotional, financial, spiritual, sexual) that may be happening in the life of a vulnerable person. Though it is requirement for some, it is encouraged that all members of the church participate.

This event will be at St. John’s in the Mountains on Saturday, October 19. Please mark your calendar now and see Fr. Rick or Deb Clark for more information.

 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, Dick, Bev, Maggie, Bob, Ethel, the families affected by Hurricane Dorian, the CA Dive Boat fire, and flooding in TX in your prayers. In the diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. Paul’s Church in Vergennes. We pray that God’s healing hands be upon them. We pray for the leaders of the world at the UN Climate Change Summit.

We pray in thanksgiving for the consecration of The Rt. Rev. Shannon MacVean-Brown as Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, and for JCOGS as they celebrate the High Holy Day of Rosh Hashanah. We pray for all those who have died, especially the victims of Hurricane Dorian, the CA Dive Boat fire, and flooding in TX.

Birthdays and Anniversaries in October

Birthdays

October 12 — Duncan Tingle
October 14 — Belle Sanders
October 19 — Bob Dostis
October 19 — Lucy Howard
October 21 — Ethel Merwin
October 21 — Willa Johnson
October 21 — Regina Christianson
October 27 — Elaine Nichols

Anniversaries

October 23 — Heather & Marc Palmer
October 24 — Jan & Joe Tichansky
October 30 — Lesley & David Hobart

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.

 

 

 

 
 
 

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    

Seasonal Events

 

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Summer at St. John’s

 

Raise The Roof Lamoille Community !

Benefit Party  – October 26, at 7:00pm 
Stowe Town Hall Theater House (3rd floor) 
67 S. Main St. Stowe, VT 05672
 
Please join us for Lamoille Community House’s fundraiser to support neighbors experiencing homelessness. 100% of proceeds go to funding the Lamoille Community House. Ticket info to come, save the date! 
Featuring: Music by CHICKEN FAT INJECTION, a raffle,
appetizers from local eateries, and a cash bar. 
Be an Event Sponsor 
Can’t be a sponsor but still want to help out? Be an event volunteer! 
To be an event sponsor, donate something for the raffle, or volunteer,  email Kim Anetsberger at Kim.Anetsberger@gmail.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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