St. John’s Weekly

July 16 -July 22, 2018
(online newsletter)
1994 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT

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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.

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Tuesday and Thursday  9:30am to 3:30pm
Fridays by appointment only

Saint Mary Magdalene [Apostle?]

July 22 has been a major, or red letter, feast day in the Episcopal Church celebrating Saint Mary Magdalene since our current Book of Common Prayer was approved in 1979.

Mary came from Magdala near Capernaum. Luke’s gospel says that Jesus “went on through cities and villages, preaching and teaching the good news of the royal realm of God. And the Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out…and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.” Mary Magdalene’s life was radically changed by Jesus’ healing. The gospels also say that Mary was one of those who stood near his cross at Calvary, when—except John—all the men disciples had deserted Jesus.

Mary Magdalene has been called an Apostle of the Apostles from the earliest centuries of the Church, certainly by the third century. Apparently she was given this title, especially in the West, because it was widely recognized that what she did Easter morning—namely, see the Risen Christ, receive a commission from Christ to tell others what she had seen , and then immediately begin to fulfill the commission—was essential to what apostles did…except that by the time and in the places she was given this unofficial title, it was probably believed either that women had never been apostles, and/or that they never should have acted like apostles.

Was Mary Magdalene an actual Apostle? What do you think?
This is not a question asking if she was one of the Twelve, because she was not one of the Twelve. …Episcopalians have no problem being in full communion with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which categorizes St. Mary Magdalene as an apostle. We did not raise a peep of protest, for example, when they added that title to the listing for her feast day in 2006 in their calendar. Why should we? Maybe instead we should thank them for their good example of going ahead and saying publicly in a liturgical setting what so many scholars believe to be true historically.

Excerpts from Parish Study Guide for Episcopalians on Saint Mary Magadelene.…/Parish-study-guide-for-Episcopalians-on-M-Mags.doc

Weekly Calendar

TUESDAY, July 17
Mah Jong at 1:00pm

AA Meeting at 5:00pm

Holy Eucharist at 10:00am
Coffee Hour at 11:00am

Liturgical Schedule on July 22

Greeter —
Ushers —
Lectors — Hal Morrow & Jean O’Rourke
Inter/L.E. Min.– Maria Davies
Acolyte — Pete Johnson
Organist — Audrey Coty
Altar Guild — Bunny Libby & Tim Heath-Swanson
Flower Guild — Ethel Merwin
Counters — Mark Vandenberg & Nancy Collins
Coffee Hour — Bernice Binginot & Leslie Lindig
Copley Woodlands Rides — Patty Oden

Take me out to the ball game … July 24

The men’s lunch group invites all members of the parish to attend a baseball game featuring the Vermont Lake Monsters baseball team on Tuesday, July 24 th at 7 PM . The home games are held at Centennial Field in Burlington.

This particular date has two extra incentives: hot dogs sell for 25 cents and the team will hand out five hundred boxes of cookies. We will be purchasing a block of tickets, which are $9.00 per person. We would like to do this by Tuesday, July 17 th so please sign-up or contact Bill Robinson at 802-851-8357 or . We will help to organize car-pooling.

For more information about the Lake Monsters, visit

The mascot of the Vermont Lake Monsters is none other than CHAMP, the lake monster who lives in our very own Lake Champlain. CHAMP was first sighted in 1609 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain in the lake that bears his name. There have been over 400 sightings of CHAMP since 1609, including a sighting by 58 people in July 1984! That was the largest mass sighting of the infamous lake monster (excluding Vermont Lake Monsters games, where 2,600 people see him every game)!


Taizé Prayer Service ~ July 26 at 7:00pm

St. John’s will hold a candlelight Taize’ prayer service on Thursday, July 26, 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.

For more information,
contact Sue at 847-767-1320.

With the ongoing paving of Route 100 and the new project to pave Mountain Road beginning on Monday, SAA will be sending out weekly paving project updates to our members.

Route 108 Paving Project

Project Location :
The Route108 (Mountain Road.) paving project begins at the state highway limits approximately .5 miles north of the intersection of Routes 100 and 108, near Saensook Thai Kitchen and extends approximately 7.2 miles northerly to the vicinity of the Barnes Camp Visitor Center. Work to be performed includes cold planing (milling), pothole repair, paving and line striping. This project is currently scheduled to be completed by Friday, August 3, 2018.

Construction Signs :
Crews will be installing construction signs and Portable Changeable Message Signs today and tomorrow (7/5-7/6) in designated areas throughout the project.This operation will not require lane closures and will have no effect on the traveling public.

Cold Planing :
The contractor will begin cold planing (milling) the road surface on Monday, 7/9/18. This operation will begin at the state highway limit near the Saensook Thai Kitchen and progress northerly. Cold planing operations will require one-way alternating traffic around active construction. Motorists and cyclists are advised to expect delays. Cold planing operations are expected to take a week and are currently scheduled to be completed by early in the week of 7/16.
*Due to the Bitter Lacrosse Tournament the weekend of 7/13-7/15, the contractor will be off of the roadway by 2:00 PM on 7/13 and will not work on Saturday 7/14.

Temporary Road Markings :
The roadway will be marked with temporary markings following milling each day.

Traffic Information :
Cold planing operations will require a one-way alternating traffic pattern within the construction zone. Uniformed traffic officers and traffic control personnel will be onsite to assist with the flow of traffic. Delays can be expected, and motorists are advised to add extra time to their travel plans.

Cyclists are reminded that they are subject to the same rules as motorists. When held in a queue for alternating traffic, bicyclists will be held until motor vehicles have been released, then cyclists will be permitted to proceed through the construction zone. This is for the safety of motorists and cyclists. It eliminates the occurrence of cars attempting to pass bicyclists while traveling through active construction.

Please focus on safety when driving through the construction work zone and remember, it is against the law to use a hand held cell phone while driving in Vermont.

Contact Natalie Boyle, Project Outreach Coordinator, EIV Technical Services, with any questions or concerns in regard to this project at (802) 855-3893 or .

Route 100 Paving Project

There are no sections of gravel driving surface heading into the holiday week within the project limits. There are 4.0 miles of newly paved surface starting at the Waterbury Car Wash, heading north, up to the Hunger MT Church in Waterbury Center. The new pavement is followed by 1.0 mile of milled surface. Motorcyclists and bicyclists should use extra caution when traveling on this surface. Many of the drives and side roads have gravel aprons.

Beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 8 through 6 a.m. Friday, July 13, nighttime slab removal will continue beyond the pavement on the milled surface heading towards Stowe. Current plans include paving next week – dates to be determined.

When you travel this stretch of roadway, you may encounter varying surface conditions in different locations from day to day, and night to night. Drivers should slow down, observe signage, and factor in extra travel time. Proceed with caution and be aware of other vehicles, large trucks, construction crews, and changing road conditions. Leave plenty of space between vehicles to avoid small stones and gravel that may get kicked-up.

For more information, please contact Barb Farr (Waterbury contact) at (802) 888-3810 or Megan Savage (Stowe contact) at (802) 496-3376.


Men’s Breakfast ~ July 28

The next men’s breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, July 28 at 8:00am at The Charlmont.

First Sunday/Family Holy Eucharist ~ August 5

There will be a Family Holy Eucharist with emphasis on children and their families followed by a light dinner the first Sunday of each month at 6:30 pm . All ages are welcome. Please join us!

Good Samaritan Haven Dinner ~ August 7

Please sign up to participate in the preparation and delivery of supper to the Good Samaritan Haven shelter in Barre. If you have any questions, please contact Jan Tichansky at 253-5060 or


Transition Committee Call for Nominations Now Through July 15

It is the pleasure of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Church in Vermont to call for names of individuals for consideration to this vital ministry. The transition from one bishop to the next can be summed up by two simple words: farewell and welcome. Within this framework of bidding goodbye to Tom and Ann and welcoming a new bishop into our midst come many tasks and responsibilities well beyond the capacity of the Standing Committee.
The Standing Committee is, therefore, charged with building a Transition Committee to focus on these two aspects of electing a new bishop for the Episcopal Church in Vermont.
Nominations are now being accepted through July 15, 2018. The names of newly-selected Transition Committee members will be announced on August 1, and their work will conclude with the consecration of the next bishop on September 28, 2019.
Role and Responsibilities:
The Transition Committee will first assist the diocese in bidding farewell to Tom and Ann for their faithful ministry among us with celebrations around the diocese. Secondly, the committee will work closely with the Standing Committee and the Bishop Discernment and Nominating Committee in pastoring the bishop candidates, supporting the election process, welcoming the bishop-elect, and planning the consecration of the 11th  Bishop of Vermont.
Gifts and Skills:
Though wide-reaching, the needed gifts and skills include highly organized individuals with knowledge of event planning and execution. The Transition Committee members should have knowledge of the state of Vermont and the Episcopal Church in Vermont. Members will need to have flexible schedules and the ability to work within tight deadlines. The ministry, however, will need a larger number of people beyond the total membership of the committee, therefore members will need to invite fellow parishioners and other people to assist in the carrying out the many required tasks. Finally, the members of the Transition Committee need to possess listening ears and open hearts.
To apply for membership on the Transition Committee, or if you have any questions, please send an email to .
As stated earlier, nominations are open until July 15, 2018.


Save the Date for a Special Convention
on the Episcopal Transition – September 29

Mark your calendars! The Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, bishop of Vermont, has called for a Special Convention regarding the Episcopal Transition on Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. (Please plan to arrive by 9:30 AM for check-in and seating.) The Convention planners are working to secure a venue presently, with a preference for Central Vermont. The exact location and meeting details will be distributed soon.

Bishop Ely said, “I have called the Special Convention for the purpose of hearing reports from the Standing Committee and Bishop Discernment & Nominating Committee and to act on their recommendations regarding the next Bishop of Vermont.”

The business agenda will include a discussion of conventional and possible alternative models of Episcopal leadership for the Diocese, as well as the future bishop’s compensation. These issues must be addressed prior to the regularly scheduled diocesan convention in order to keep the discernment and search process on its established timetable. Additionally, since September 29 marks the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, a Special Convention worship service will be held.

Lay delegates elected by their parish are eligible to vote in this convention along with canonically resident clergy who meet eligibility requirements. All members of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, regardless of voting eligibility, are welcome to attend.
Complete details are forthcoming. We hope to see you at the Special Convention

Thursday, June 7, 2018 – 10:53:44

This is an opportunity for all women, 14-years and older, to come together in fellowship!

“Intimacy in Prayer” A Women’s Retreat

Please join us for a delightful weekend in God’s Word!

As we draw from Scripture and our own personal experiences in prayer; also, we will seek, together, to grow more and more fully in our intimate relationship with the Father through our life of prayer and communication with Him through Jesus. “The prayer of a righteous is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

Pat Hobbs will lead us in teaching, sharing, and discussion…. She comes with a heart full of desire to share and teach from God’s Word on how we can all share in a deeper more fulfilling life in Christ through PRAYER.

Reserve your place now!
WHEN: 4:00 PM, Friday, October 19 – 5:00 PM, Saturday, October 20
WHERE: Bishop Booth Conference Center, Rock Point, Burlington, VT
COST: Includes lodging (except for commuters) and meals, as available

Reservations made by AUGUST 31 (Early Bird Special):
Single- $150 Double- $125 Triple – $115 Commuter- $65 (without lodging)

Reservations made September 1 – October 15:
Single – $170 Double – $140 Triple – $125 Commuter- $75 (without lodging)

Please note: There will be a $100 cancellation fee after September 30, 2018.
If you have any questions please contact Darcy Jewett at 802-985-2067

REGISTRATION FORM: Women’s Retreat (October 19-20, 2018)
Roommate Name (if sharing):
Housing: Please select from the following:
_____SINGLE _____Double ______ Triple _____COMMUTER
CHECK AMOUNT $_________________________ (Make payable to Trinity Church)
Send check with completed Registration Form to: Trinity Church – 5171 Shelburne Rd. – Shelburne, VT 05482If you have any questions please contact Darcy Jewett at 802-985-2067 or

Pat Hobbs

Pat Hobbs is foremost a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and enjoys a personal relationship with God through her belief and faith in Jesus….

Pat graduated from Clemson University in 1977…. Pat has traveled to over 30 countries in her lifetime, but, of those thirty countries, she has traveled to seventeen for the sole purpose of sharing God, His Word, and His love….


Parish Visiting

Marcia Sterns
577 Washington Highway Room 116 Elmore
Morrisville, VT  05661
Marcia likes to talk and join in the group activities at the Manor. Please join her any time. Please contact Father Rick (760-7787) or Deacon Zarina (535-7117) for further guidance.


During your prayer time please keep Rene, Marcia, Bev & Hank, Gloria, Maggie, Gayle, Honey, Hal, H.S., Richard, Robert, Tory, Jordan, Carol, Paul, Bob, Betty, Barbara, Leslie, Tracey, Jason, Roy, Zarina, Warren, Michael, Zarina’s mother, Dick, Irene, and Marion in your prayers. We pray that God’s healing hands be upon them. We pray in thanksgiving for the lives of Evelyn Mellen, Thelma Tulloch, Janet Juskewitz, victims of devastating storms, heat exhaustion, all others who have died, and for those who have died in gun violence throughout our country.

Birthdays and Anniversaries in July

July 2 – Ken Twichell
July 2 – Bob Neilson
July 3 – Barbara Crawford
July 4 – Joyce Manning
July 7 – Rachael Wells
July 16 – Bruce Hoffman
July 19 – Pam Murray
July 25 – Joe Tichansky
July 8 – Berta & Matt Pykosz
July 12 – Diane & Bruce Bensley
July 14 – Tim Heath-Swanson & Rick Swanson

Parish Contacts

If you have questions or concerns about our parish, or have a pastoral emergency, please contact:
Fr. Rick Swanson
Follow Fr. Rick’s blog at:
Zarina Suárez O’Hagin
Dick Kraemer, Senior Warden
Emily Bland, People’s Warden
St. John’s in the Mountain Church, 1994 Mountain Road,  Stowe, VT 05672



Vestry Minutes

St John’s in the Mountains
Vestry Meeting May 8, 2018

Meeting Minutes

Present: Emily Bland, Dick Kraemer, Fred Harries, Rich Reed, Reverend Rick Swanson, Max Neal (via phone)

Absent: Jane Given, Sandy Duncan

Guest: Janet Patching, acting secretary

Opening Prayer: Led by Father Rick.

Opening Meditation: Presented by Father Rick. Topic – Ministry Evaluation

                Churches don’t typically evaluate its ministry.  Here at St. John’s we are evaluating what we learned from “2027” and look at the tools we can use to implement those changes. Father Rick then started to go through a handout.  It was an excerpt from the book Holy Clarity by Sarah B. Drummond, pp. 56-65.  One of the biggest items to come out of “2027” was to expand worship opportunities for everyone especially families.

Discussion of ministry using the Condition/Intervention diagram.  (Drummond, pp. 56-60)

                Condition: Need worship opportunities/expand worship.


                                – Sunday Healing services – Successful based on participation

                                – Taizé services – Successful based on attendance.  Usually around 17 up to 26 worshipers

                                – Family service – smaller participation but successful for those who attend.

Discussion of ministry using Logic Models. (Drummond, pp. 60-62)

 ß—————————————————————————————————–  Using Taizé as an example
What does the organization need to invest ? What needs to be provided to make the program happen? What needs to result from the provisions of these resources to bring about the hoped for effect? What change takes place in participants as a result of the program? How would someone know that these results took place?






-Lay Leadership

-Community development

-Deepening spiritual life

-Deeper worship


-Spiritual Life

-Broader worship opportunities




Discussion of ministry using Stakeholder Mapping. (Drummond, pp. 62-65)

Discussion concluded with the observation that these models can be used to analyze and address any of the issues the church faces such as finance.

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

Minutes from previous meeting Approval: Motion for approval by Rich, second by Fred. All present in favor, motion carried.

Consent Agenda

                Emily, Outreach –

                                -Johnson (Northern Vermont) State Chorale raised $500 for outreach

                                -Next big fundraiser is the plant sale. Look for sign up sheets. Need taller folks to help with the                                                 tents on the day before.

                                -Gave $500 to the Weekend of Hope

                Sandy, B&G –

– Sandy was not present but there was nothing new to report. Per Dick we’re waiting for weather for the painting

-Parking update. Both close motels (Stowe and Snowdrift) are now owned by Vail. The manager said that we would need to provide insurance for spots we were using. Needed to wait for snow to be gone so that the spot could be documented and measured properly. Looks to be space for 10-12 cars in the spots away from the building. Discussion is now with our insurance underwriters.  Once that is complete it is still unknown if Vail will accept.

Discussion of Stewardship –

Max will be unavailable until October. Need a second person from Stewardship to be the liaison to the vestry. Discussion.

Information Items: None

Update on Rick’s Schooling:
-1,500 pages to read by June 17th

                – One class is done, one in the middle, several papers still due and much bible study.

-Rick will be gone June 16th so will be missing Sundays: 6/17, 6/24, and 7/1. The first two Sundays will be covered by Randall Balmer (Chair of the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College), Sunday 7/1 will be covered by Elizabeth Betsy Fowled. Rick returns on 7/7 and will be back for Sunday Service on 7/8.

Zarina Health Update:

                – On vacation now and out next two Sundays

                -Continuing to heal

                – In Arizona spending time with her mother

Discussion on Stewardship:  See earlier section.  Not looking for innovation, staying the course.

Discussion of Audit:  2016 Audit.  Delayed by Dick’s flu and Fred’s vacation. Now its time to get the notebook sent in. Moving the 14th meeting to put the project to bed.  With the learning curve complete there is an expectation that the (2017) audit will be on time this year, August 30, 2018. Discussion.

Motions and Votes:

Adjournment to the Executive Session to discuss the Letter of Agreement process.

Additional business: Janet Patching asked to become actual Secretary of the Vestry.  Janet accepted.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 12th at 6 pm.

Respectfully Submitted, Janet Patching


Seasonal Events

Summer at St. John’s




Help Your Neighbors Who Lost Food from the Autumn 2017 Storm

The wind storm and power outages have put many community members already struggling to put food on the table in an extremely difficult situation. As a result, many Vermonters are choosing between replacing the contents of their refrigerator or putting gas in their car or fuel in their home. Or even worse, these families are going without. 

OPERATION RESTOCK is a partnership effort of Capstone Community Action, the Vermont Foodbank, and Mayor Thom and Karen Lauzon to provide emergency food assistance. We ask the community to help their neighbors in need by making a donation at, or sending a gift to Capstone Community Action, attn.: Operation Restock, 20 Gable Place, Barre, VT 05641.




Please help the Rohingya refugees who are in dire plight

EDUCATE:  Surf the web or click on the following links for background information:

ADVOCATE:  Write to Congressional reps and senators to reimpose sanctions on the Burmese Army and on Burmese companies close to the Army. Ask Senators to cosponsor S. Res 250 condemning what is happening (Sen. Leahy is a cosponsor). You can call the US Capital switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to any Senate or House office.

Write to Ambassador Nikki Haley asking her to urge the UN Security Council to ban visas for Burma’s military leadership and freeze their assets.

You can contact her at

DONATE:  To help the more than 400,000 refugees who are fleeing Burma:


International Rescue CommitteeUNICEF















Liturgical Ministry Schedule


June 10-24, 2018


June 10, 2018 ~ 3rd Sunday after Pentecost                                 10 AM 

Greeter Leslie Lindig
Ushers Nancy Collins
Lectors Barbara Baraw & Rick Oden Jean O’Rourke
Inter/L.E. Min. Bidi Wheelwright
Acolyte Nat Kinney
Organist Audrey Coty
Altar Guild Joyce Manning & Tim Heath-Swanson
Flower Guild Berta Pykosz
Counters Mark Vandenberg & Jean O’Rourke
Coffee Hour Dick & Elaine Kraemer
Copley Woodlands Rides Jean O’Rourke


June 17 2018 ~ 4th Sunday after Pentecost                                  10 AM

Lectors Roger Nicholls & Bill Robinson
Inter/L.E. Min. Barbara Baraw
Acolyte Pete Johnson
Organist Audrey Coty
Altar Guild Barbara Baraw & Bunny Libby
Flower Guild Patty Oden
Counters Maria Davies & Gregory Viele
Coffee Hour Susan Nicholls
Copley Woodlands Rides Gordie Brown


June 24, 2018 ~ 5th Sunday after Pentecost                                 10 AM

Lectors Gizelle Guyette & Peter Johnson
Inter/L.E. Min. Maria Davies
Acolyte Jan Tichansky
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





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.