St. John’s Weekly

January 20 – 26, 2020

(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

Tuesdays and Thursdays — 9:30am to 3:30pm


Fr. Rick’s Office Hours

Tuesday, January 21 from 10:30am to 1:00pm
Wednesday, January 22 from 11:30am to 2:30pm
Thursday, January 23 from 10:30am to 12:00pm noon at PK Coffee by appointment
Friday, January 24 from 8:30am to 11:30am



Annual Meeting Committee Reports

Chairs … Please, Please . . . If you have not submitted your Annual Meeting Report, send it to Sally NO later than Tuesday, January 21. Thank you.


All-Parish Budget Meeting ~ January 26
The Annual All-Parish Budget Meeting is now scheduled for Sunday,
January 26 following the Holy Eucharist service.
Annual Meeting Warning ~ February 2
The 2020 Annual Meeting will take place at 11:00am at St. John’s on Sunday, February 2, following the Holy Eucharist service.

Osher Lecture ~ January 22

Osher Lectures begin at 1:30 sharp. Doors open at 12:45 p.m. at the Commodores Inn restaurant, 823 South Main Street, Route 100 (Lower Village), Stowe. Refreshments follow the presentation. There is a $7 fee for non-members. It is not necessary to make reservations.


The fourth presentation of Lamoille Valley Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will be on January 22nd. Starting with the state of the art in software development in 1977, Bill Robinson Ph.D. will trace the changes in the way computer applications were built as he stayed close to the cutting edge in the industry. The topic will be described at a non-technical level for a general audience.

Bill Robinson received a Ph.D. in Mathematics at Tulane University in 1970. He began his first career at Clarkson College teaching and publishing papers in his field. During this time, he developed an interest in computer programming and the emerging field of Computer Science. In 1977 he began his second career by teaching Computer Science courses at the SUNY college in Potsdam, NY. In 1978, he moved to Foxboro, MA to work for the next 10 years at the Foxboro Company, first in their research department, writing several papers and giving lectures at several conferences. He joined their Software Department, working on a major project involving 120 software engineers.

Over the next 25 years he worked in several software organizations, following the trail of “what’s the next big thing?” His last gig, for 11 years, was in the Harvard Extension Distance Education Department, leading the software development efforts for a video production system that enabled students around the world to participate in existing Harvard courses.

Along the way, he missed teaching, so starting in 1980 he kept his day job and began teaching part-time at Boston University’s Metropolitan College. He also co-authored a book titled “Discrete Mathematics with Computer Science Applications.” The book was translated into several languages and used in colleges around the world. In 1985 he began teaching courses at Harvard Extension School. Both institutions gave him an award for excellence in teaching.


Weekly Calendar

TUESDAY, January 21
Mah Jong at 1:00pm
Vestry Meeting at 6:00pm

WEDNESDAY, January 22
Morning Prayer at 9:00am

THURSDAY, January 23
Spirituality Group at 10:00am

SATURDAY, January 25
Men’s Breakfast at 8:00am
AA Meeting at 5:00pm

SUNDAY, January 26
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist with Healing Service at 10:00am
followed by the All-Parish Budget Meeting

SUNDAY, January 26
UU Worship



Liturgical Schedule

Sunday January 26 ~ Holy Eucharist ~ 10:00am
Celebrant and Preacher ~ Fr. Rick Swanson
Lectors ~ Roger Nicholls & Peter Johnson
Intercessor & Lay Minister ~ Barbara Baraw
Acolyte ~ Peter Johnson
Organist ~ Audrey Coty
Altar Guild ~ Kristin Wells
Flower Guild ~ Plants
Counters ~ Sandy Duncan and Barbara Cunningham

       Coffee Hour


Many thanks to Maria Davies for hosting Sunday’s Coffee Hour. Fellowship and another delicious fare.



Can You Make Animal Rescue Items for Australia?



We are seeking people to knit, crochet and sew items for the wildlife
rescued from Australia wildfires.

If you have scraps of yarn or fabric and are willing to help, I can send
you patterns, offer help and serve as a drop-off location for northern
Vermont. The need is immediate. These patterns are small, not complicated
and are quick to make.

Please reply to Elaine Fortin at if you can help.”


Coffee Hour Hosts

Many, many thanks to the folks who signed up to host Sunday Coffee Hour in the Fall and during December.

For those of us who missed out, be sure to set aside a Sunday to host in January! A new year with additional volunteers will make each Sunday very special.

Contact Sandy at 802-253-6043 or Thank you!


 Mah Jong ~ January 21

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 ~ January 23rd

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



Good Samaritan Haven Supper ~ February 4th

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



Our Bishop’s Visit to St. John’s ~ May 31

Our newly-elected Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Shannon MacVean-Brown, will be visiting St. John’s on Sunday, May 31, for her first official visitation. As a part of her visit, Bishop Shannon will confirm, receive, and renew the faith of the congregation.

If you are interested in furthering your faith journey by being confirmed in the Episcopal Church, being received into the Episcopal Church, or renewing your faith with a blessing by the Bishop, please see Fr. Rick.

Cell phone number is 802-760-7787; email

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, and Holy Communion.

Team Members make home visits to those who are unable to attend church or who wish a personal connection to the parish in addition to attending services. These trained volunteers visit parishioners who are hospitalized, in nursing homes or confined to home. Lay Eucharistic Visitors are available to take Holy Communion to parishioners as requested.

Parishioners may request transportation to church if needed.

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

Volunteers will provide meals to parishioners who are preparing for, or recovering from, surgery, arrival of new babies, a death in the family, or 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.



Please keep Zarina’s mother, Bev, Maggie, Bob, Ethel, Bidi, Todd, and Paul in your prayers. We pray for our government that God’s hand guides our leaders, and that the nation may heal from our divisions. In the diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. James’ Church in Arlington, VT. We pray that God’s healing hands be upon them. We pray for all those who have died.

Upcoming Birthdays and Anniversaries


January 20 — Emily Bland
January 21 — Rich Reed
January 23 — Eileen Kraemer

February 1 ~ Bernie Binginot
February 13 ~ Steve Fowle
February 16 ~ Patty Oden
February 18 ~ Zachary Bland
February 18 ~ Berta Pykosz
February 20 ~ Altanai Winston


February 6 ~ Patty & Rick Oden
February 6 ~ Bernice & Rene Binginot
February 27 ~ Ethel & George Merwin

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

Sandy Duncan Sandy Duncan 802-253-6043










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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Seasonal Events



Winter at St. John’s




Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ~ January 19

The Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition  (GSIC), is honored to welcome Kiah Morris as the keynote speaker for our Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration.Please join us on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 6 p.m., at St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church.

Kiah Morris is Executive Director of the Vermont Coalition on Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools. She specializes in Project Management Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consulting. Kiah is also an author, advocate, educator and performance artist.

Formerly the only black woman legislator in Vermont, (D-Bennington), Kiah Morris was a victim of racial harassment and the target of online racial slurs and threats to her safety. She resigned from elected office. (see flyer below)








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


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