St. John’s Weekly

Sept 17-23, 2018
(online newsletter)
1994 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT

Sunday Service
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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.

Vermont Mountain Reflections Blog

Church Office Hours

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

Visiting Priest The Rev. Dr. Robert Leopold

We appreciate The Rev. Dr. Robert Leopold serving as Celebrant at Sunday’s Eucharist service. Fr. Robert has a delightful sense of humor evident throughout the Service and at Coffee Hour. We wish him and his wife, Lisa, the very best as they prepare to welcome their first child, a son, due next month.

The Rev. Dr. Robert Leopold 

Berta and Fr. Robert



 September 18-19

Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement” and refers to the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer and repentance….
“Yom Kippur is the moment in Jewish time when we dedicate our mind, body, and soul to reconciliation with God, our fellow human beings, and ourselves. We are commanded to turn to those whom we have wronged first, acknowledging our sins and the pain we might have caused. At the same time, we must be willing to forgive and to let go of certain offenses and the feelings of resentment they provoked in us. On this journey we are both seekers and givers of pardon. Only then can we turn to God and ask for forgiveness: ‘And for all these, God of forgiveness, forgive us, pardon us, and grant us atonement.’”

Moses and the People of Israel

 Just months after the people of Israel left Egypt in the year 2448 from creation (1313 BCE), they sinned by worshiping a golden calf . Moses ascended Mount Sinai and prayed to G‑d to forgive them. After two 40-day stints on the mountain, full Divine favor was obtained. The day Moses came down the mountain (the 10th of Tishrei) was to be known forevermore as the Day of Atonement—Yom Kippur.


Coffee Hour

Please sign up to host Coffee Hour. If you haven’t hosted before just tap another member on the shoulder and request help. On Sunday Hal Morrow reminded us that Tim is not the only man hosting the hour! Hal served a delicious fare which included ham and cheese mini biscuits.

Many thanks to everyone, women, men and children, who have been signing up and volunteering throughout the summer.


Weekly Calendar

TUESDAY, September 18
Mah Jong at 1:00pm
WEDNESDAY, September 19
Yom Kippur
THURSDAY, September 20
Spirituality Group at 10:00am
SATURDAY, September 22
Men’s Breakfast at The Charlmont at 8:00am
AA Meeting at 5:00pm
Holy Eucharist at 10:00am
Coffee Hour at 11:00am

Liturgical Schedule on September 23

Greeter —
Ushers —
Lectors — Hal Morrow & Berice 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 Robinson & Elaine Fortin
Copley Woodlands Rides — Patty Oden


Lamoille Community House

jacquie mauer
Lamoille Community House


Dear Friends of the Yellow House/Lamoille Community House,

We have changed our name from the Yellow House to Lamoille Community House! (we wish to limit confusion with other yellow houses in the neighborhood.)

I am overjoyed to share with everyone that we have been awarded $20,000 for our building renovation!

Sheriff Marcoux is generously matching that grant and going beyond.
We are contracting with Stowe Builders who will not only do incredible work, they will also be generous with us 🙂 Please thank these people and businesses if you see them around town!

We wish to thank the Alchemist who invited us to have a table at last night’s Thursday Night musical event. We were able to raise $536 by selling baked goods and being awarded tips from the bar.

We are eagerly awaiting a state grant. This award will allow us to hire trained staff as well as to partner with Good Samaritan Haven from Barre, who will guide us in many valuable lessons of organizing and running a shelter.

Our plan is to open our doors on November 15 2018 – April 15 2019.
We will hire staff this year, and offer trainings to both staff and volunteers.

I will be in touch soon re: application, job hirings, trainings for staff and volunteers, donor opportunities and more.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions or ideas of how you can be involved!

Enjoy this beautiful day,


Ladies’ Luncheon at The Whip ~ September 20

The Ladies’ monthly luncheons will start up again on Thursday, September 20 at 12:15pm at The Whip (Green Mountain Inn). We hope that you will join us for this wonderful social gathering. Friends are also always welcome.

Please let Sue Suthers (847-767-1320) know that you are coming by Tuesday, September 18 so she can make the restaurant reservation. Thanks!


Taizé Prayer Service ~ September 27 at 7:00pm

St. John’s will hold a candlelight Taize’ prayer service on Thursday, September 27, 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.


Men’s Breakfast

The next men’s breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, September 22 at 8:00am at The Charlmont.


Good Samaritan Haven Dinner ~ Oct. 2

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




Spirituality Group Meeting ~ September 13

The Spirituality Group will begin meeting again on Thursday, Sept 13 at 10:00am . If you have any questions, please contact Belle Sanders at 802-244-7782.


NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Mindwalk ~ September 30

The NAMI walk will take place in Burlington (same location as last year) and will start at 1:00 pm. This year, it will be a 3K walk rather than a 5K walk. Our team’s name is still the same: St. John’s Steps Up .

Please register or donate online by going to . Susu will also be happy to accept checks made out to NAMI Vermont with St. John’s Steps Up written on the memo line.

For additional questions, please ask or call Susu Brown at 802-253-2952.


Job Opportunity

Event & Sales Professional
Introduce Rock Point, one of the most beautiful properties in Burlington as well as a sanctuary for reflection, education, and renewal, to prospective clients. The Bishop Booth Conference Center at Rock Point, a hospitality venue, is seeking a commission-based, experienced marketing professional to increase reservations for meeting space, lodging, and meals. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with Conference Center manager. Please send resume and cover letter to:

Many thanks, Jackie
(The Rev. Jackie Arbuckle, deacon
Secretary, Rock Point Board)


Hiking with Kids in Stowe

The beautiful mountains and woods surrounding Stowe make it a perfect hiking destination, and the reason why many people decide to visit our beautiful area!

If you’ve got little ones along with you, it’s helpful to know what is out there and how to make a day on the trail successful .

Since we have personal experience taking our own three young children up the mountains, we’ve created a helpful ‘road map’ for anyone hoping to get out on the trails in Stowe, VT with young ones .

Have questions about family-friendly options for dining, entertainment, and other activities? We’re here to help. Give us a call and we’ll guide you and your family to create the perfect late summer escape to Stowe, Vermont.

See you in Stowe!
Sun & Ski Inn and Suites


Visiting Marcia Marcia Stearns

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.


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….


During your prayer time please keep Rene, Marcia, Bev & Hank, Gloria, Maggie, Gayle, Honey, Hal, H.S., Richard, Robert, Tory, Jordan, Paul, Bob, Betty, Leslie, Tracey, Roy, Warren, Michael, Zarina’s mother, Dick, Irene, Ken, Patty, Zarina, Bernice, and the family of Don Post in your prayers. We pray that God’s healing hands be upon them. We pray in thanksgiving for the lives of Don Post, who was owner of Stowe Soaring, and his passenger couple from Hamden, CT in the recent glider accident.


Birthdays and Anniversaries in September

Sept 1 – Dick Kraemer
Sept 7 – Deb Clark
Sept 9 – Jill Carroll
Sept 11 – Ron Lucier
Sept 17 – Barbara Cunningham
Sept 23 – Bev Kessler
Sept 24 – Joan O’Keefe
Sept 27 – Jane Lowe

Sept 1 – Emily & Richard Bland
Sept 19 – Nancy & Dick Collins
Sept 23 – Eileen & Dick Kraemer



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



Seasonal Events

Summer at St. John’s



Vermont Pride Parade in Burlington

Saturday, September 8 at noon


Join JCOGS and other Stowe-area faith-based organizations as we march together in the Vermont LGBTQ Pride Parade in Burlington. The parade extends from Church Street to Battery Park. Lineup is at 11:30 a.m. in the Hood Plant parking lot (on King Street, between Church St. and S. Winooski). Family-friendly festivities continue at Battery Park. Contact: Shoshana Frieden,


Come celebrate diversity and pride!

2 Dates · Sep 21 – Sep 22
Our Town by Thornton Wilder – a staged reading
Stowe Community Church

Stowe Community Church will host a staged reading of “Our Town” on Sept 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the church.

Thornton Wilder’s timeless play “Our Town”, is a split-second glance at the beauty and simplicity in the miraculous detail of a human life. The plot tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens. The Stowe Community Church staged reading will feature many local actors, and will be directed by Taryn Noelle.

“Our Town” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC

For more information, please visit or call 253-7257


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


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    

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


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.