St. John’s Weekly

March 30 – April 5, 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

Tuesdays and Thursdays — abbreviated hours during 9:30am and 3:30pm.

Please note: If you need to go to the church office, please call 802-253-7578 for an appointment.

Chat With Fr. Rick

Zoom Chat on Thursdays from 10:30am to 12:00pm noon
(For Zoom log-on details, go to
and then click on Worship and Activities Center

ALSO . . .

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

From Emily Bland

The National Youth Choir of Scotland singing I, the Lord of Sky and Sea

I also loved a Virtual choir singing of Down to the River to Pray

Weekly Calendar

All Meetings via Zoom

Tuesday, March 30
Vestry Meeting at 6:00pm

Thursday, April 2
Coffee and Tea with Fr. Rick from 9:30am to 11:00am
Lectionary Study at 3:00pm
Service of Compline at 8:00pm

Friday, April 3
Service of Morning Prayer at 8:00am

Sunday, April
Morning Worship at 10:00am
(Join Zoom at 9:00am and chat with friends before the worship service)

Please note: for zoom log on instructions and service bulletins,
please see St. John’s web site (

St. John’s Pastoral Flocks

At this time of great change and uncertainty in our world secondary to the Coronavirus, caring for each other with a kind word, deed, or prayer is a way to share the love of Christ and continue to be a parish.

St . John’s Pastoral Care has created groups of parishioners into Flocks(groups) so we may stay in touch primarily by phone and reach out to one another regularly. Each small group of about 6 people/families has a leader who will be calling you to ask if you want to be in their Flock.

These groups were primarily arranged by locales of where you live for the possibility of helping each other with potential needs of groceries, dump runs, etc. You may want to ask your leader for Father Rick or Deacon Zarina to give you a phone call. This start of a Phone Flock is full of possibilities of staying connected.

Deb Clark, Susu Brown, Roger Nicholls, Sue Nicholls
Pastoral Care Committee

Beautifully played on Harp by Elaine Fortin at Morning Prayer

It’s a Small World (After All)

It’s a world of laughter
A world of tears
It’s a world of hopes
And a world of fears
There’s so much that we share
That it’s time we’re aware
It’s a small world after all

It’s a small world after all
It’s a small world after all
It’s a small world after all
It’s a small, small world

There is just one moon
And one golden sun
And a smile means
Friendship to ev’ryone
Though the mountains divide
And the oceans are wide
It’s a small world after all

It’s a small world after all
It’s a small world after all
It’s a small world after all
It’s a small, small world

Written by: Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

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, Richard, Leslie, Cheryl, Virginia, Pete, Louise, and the family of Dave McGoldrick in your prayers. We pray in thanksgiving for Lawrence. We pray for those who carry, have died and been affected by the Corona Virus outbreak throughout the world. In the diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. Luke’s Church in Chester. We pray that God’s healing hands be upon them. We pray for all those who have died, especially Dave McGoldrick, Jen, Carol, and all those who died in the Tennessee tornadoes.


5 People Who Were Amazingly Productive
In Quarantine

MARCH 19, 2020

Life has changed rapidly since WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. As the novel coronavirus that causes the disease has spread across the U.S., offices have closed, public spaces have emptied, and officials have urged people to stay home as much as possible. Many Americans have suddenly found themselves with more free time (at least the ones without kids home from school to take care of) and limited ways to spend it.

Isolation or quarantine is a great time to prioritize your mental and physical well-being, but if you also want to use it to be productive, you have plenty of historical role models to choose from.

William Shakespeare wasn’t the only person who produced some of his best work during a pandemic—here are some other great thinkers and artists who used social distancing to their advantage.


“William Shakespeare wrote King Lear in quarantine” is exactly the type of exaggerated story you’d expect to see spread during a wild news cycle, but this is one viral tidbit that’s rooted in truth. Shakespeare was an actor and shareholder with The King’s Men theater troupe when the bubonic plague forced London theaters to close in the early 17th century. The official rule was that after weeks, when the death toll exceeded 30, public playhouses had to shut down. This meant that the theater industry was paralyzed for much of 1606 when the plague returned to the city.

After suddenly finding himself without a steady job and lots of free time, Shakespeare got to writing. He composed King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra before the year was over.


A few decades after an isolated Shakespeare wrote some of his most famous plays, Isaac Newton found himself having to avoid disease in England. In 1665, when Newton was in his early 20s, one of the last major outbreaks of the bubonic plague hit the country. Classes at Cambridge University were canceled, so Newton retreated to his family estate roughly 60 miles away to continue his studies there. He didn’t have to worry about responding to professors’ emails or video conferencing into classes, and with zero structure, he excelled.

The young mathematician produced some of his best work during his year in quarantine, writing the papers that would become early calculus and developing his theories on optics while playing with prisms in his bedroom. This was also the time when his theory of gravity germinated. While an apple likely didn’t hit Newton on the head, there was an apple tree outside his window that may have inspired his revelation.


The Scream painter Edvard Munch didn’t just witness the Spanish Flu pandemic change the world around him—he contracted the disease around the beginning of 1919, while living in Norway.

But instead of becoming one of its many victims, Munch lived to continue making great art. As soon as he felt physically capable, he gathered his painting supplies and began capturing his physical state. Self-Portrait with the Spanish Flushows him with thinning hair and a gaunt face sitting in front of his sickbed.


Thomas Nashe was an Elizabethan playwright who gained fame around the same time as William Shakespeare. When the bubonic plague hit London in 1592, Nashe fled to the English countryside to avoid infection.

This was the same time he wrote Summers’ Last Will and Testament, a play that reflects his experiences living through the pandemic.
One famous passage reads:

Adieu, farewell earths blisse,
This world uncertaine is,
Fond are lifes lustful joyes,
Death proves them all but toyes,
None from his darts can flye;
I am sick, I must dye:
Lord, have mercy on us.


Florentine writer and poet Giovanni Boccaccio was personally affected by the bubonic plague. When it hit Florence in 1348, both his father and stepmother succumbed to the disease. Boccaccio survived the outbreak by fleeing the city and hiding out in the Tuscan countryside.

During this period, he wrote The Decameron [PDF], a collection of novellas framed as stories a group of friends tell each other while quarantined inside a villa during the plague.

Vestry Update

Members of the Vestry have completed an agreement with Capstone which enables Capstone to begin the distribution of the $20,000 donated from St. John’s Olav Fund.


April Birthdays and Anniversaries


March 30 — Elizabeth Hoffman
April 1 — Leslie Lindig
April 4 — Gordie Brown
April 6 — Zarina O’Hagin
April 9 — Irene Bareau
April 12 — Rachel Vandenberg
April 14 — Betsy Fowle
April 15 — Dave Matthews
Apri 25 — Sue Nicholls
April 26 — Tim Heath-Swanson
April 29 — Richard Bland

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

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St. John’s Daily

St. John’s Daily
April 5, 2020

Palm Sunday

Please see our website for login information to join activities below:

If you have questions, please contact Fr. Rick at 802-760-7787

The Donkey

By G. K. Chesterton 1874-1936   

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born.

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.

Source: The Collected Poems of G. K. Chesterton (Dodd Mead & Company,


   Light a candle during Sunday Morning Prayer worship







Fr. Rick invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Palm Sunday Morning Prayer 10:00am

Please bring a lighted candle and a palm branch from a previous year or a branch from any nearby tree with you to worship.

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

For the service bulletin click on: Morning Prayer for April 5, 2020

For social time, you may login every Sunday at 9:00 AM to chat with friends and stay online after the service until 12 noon.

For Zoom Meeting: press here to join by computer:

Enter Meeting ID: 880 246 421

Smartphone and Home Phone
Dial 929-205-6099 and enter the meeting code: 880 246 421

Please see the parish website for additional information found on the Worship and Activities Center page for additional worship services at St. John’s in the Mountains. 

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.

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)


Coffee and Tea with Father Rick, Thursdays 9:30am – 11am – Starting April 2, 2020


Lectionary Study, Thursdays at 3:00 pm


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


Service of Morning Prayer, Fridays at 8:00 am (including service bulletin)


Vestry Meetings, Tuesdays 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.


For the service bulletin please click on the below:


Palm Sunday 2020


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: 254467146#

Dial by your location  Dial this number from your home phone and enter the following Meeting ID: 254467146#

Sermons:    March 22, 2020, Father Rick Swanson


Tea or Coffee with Father Rick

Why sit at home all alone? Hang out with Fr. Rick on Zoom to chat with him and others on Thursday mornings from 9:30-11 am right here!

Every Thursday morning until May 

Join Zoom Meeting  press here for joining by computer

Meeting ID: 880 246 421

One tap mobile
+19292056099  Meeting ID: 701644801

Dial by your location
+1 929 205 6099    Meeting ID: 701 644 801


Lectionary Study


Please join Theologian-in-Residence Nancy Johnson for this week’s Lectionary Study at 3:00p on the scripture lessons for this coming Sunday.

You can find the Revised Common Lectionary here.


Click here for Biblegateway. 


Topic: Lectionary Study with Nancy Johnson – Start time 3:00p
You may log in at 2:30p for social time

Join Zoom Meeting  press here for joining by computer  Meeting ID: 953 305 496


One tap mobile  press here for joining by smartphone  and enter the following Meeting ID: 953 305 496

Dial this number from your home phone and enter the following Meeting ID: 953 305 496
+1 929 205 6099


Thursday Night Compline at 8:00pm

Please join Fr. Rick, Deacon Zarina, and Theologian Nancy Johnson in service of Compline at 8:00p. You may log in at 7:30p.

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: 797 313 181

One tap mobile
+19292056099 Meeting ID:797313181

Dial by your location
+1 929 205 6099   Meeting ID: 797 313 181


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.


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


St. John’s in the Mountains Weekly Vestry Meetings

6:00pm every week on Tuesday until May 5, 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





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