St. John’s Weekly

June 10-16, 2019

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1994 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT

Sunday Service
Sunday School
1994 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT
(802) 253-7578 

Sunday Service 10:00am
Sunday School 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

Tuesday and Thursday 9:30am to 3:30pm
Fridays by appointment only
Church Administrator: Sally Verville

A Very Special Evening!

Correction: At the evening honoring Fr. Rick as he received a Doctor of Ministry, and Bishop Ely’s retirement, Eileen Kraemer (not Elaine Kraemer) and Janie Given were responsible for the success of the wonderful celebration reception following the Eucharist service.


Sunday’s Guest Priests

  The Rev. Joseph Delgado                                                     The Rev. Michael Lemaire       











Think about it! Fr. Michael contrasted how we face uncertainties. We usually fill uncertainty with fear. BUT, if faced with a dire diagnosis, we then fill that uncertainty with hope. So…he suggests, we face uncertainties by opening ourselves to the Holy Spirit making a space for the spirit to come and surprise us.

Fathers in the Bible

Nine Fathers in the Bible Who Set Worthy Examples

Scripture is filled with people we can learn from. When it comes to the challenging vocation of fatherhood, several fathers in the Bible show what is wise to do—and what not to do.

Adam—The First Man
As the first man and first human father, Adam had no example to follow except for God’s. However, he strayed and ended up plunging the world into sin. Ultimately, he was faced with the tragedy of his son Cain murdering his brother, Abel. Adam teaches today’s fathers about the consequences of their actions and the necessity of obeying God.

Noah—A Righteous Man
Noah clung to God in spite of the wickedness all around him. Noah was far from perfect, but he was humble and protective of his family. He bravely carried out the task God assigned to him. Modern fathers may often feel they are in a thankless role, but God is pleased by their devotion.

Abraham—Father of the Jewish Nation
What could be more frightening than being the father of an entire nation? That was the mission God gave Abraham. He was a leader of tremendous faith, passing one of the most difficult tests God ever gave a man: offering his son Isaac as a sacrifice. He embodied qualities that any father would be wise to emulate.

Isaac—Son of Abraham
Isaac must have been intimidated trying to follow in the footsteps of his own father. He could have resented his father for offering him as a sacrifice, yet Isaac was an obedient son and learned the invaluable lesson of trusting God. That made him one of the most favored fathers in the Bible.

Jacob—Father of the 12 Tribes of Israel
Jacob was a schemer who tried to rely on his own instead of trusting God. He stole his twin brother Esau’s birthright. Jacob fathered 12 sons who in turn founded the 12 tribes of Israel. As a father, however, he favored his son Joseph, causing jealousy among the other brothers. The lesson from Jacob’s life is that God works with our obedience and in spite of our disobedience to make his plan come to pass.

Moses—Giver of the Law
Moses was the father of two sons, Gershom and Eliezer, and he also served as a father figure to the entire Hebrew people as they escaped from slavery in Egypt. He loved them and helped discipline and provide for them on their 40-year journey to the Promised Land. At times Moses seemed to be a larger-than-life character. He shows today’s fathers that overwhelming tasks can be achieved when we stay close to God.

King David—A Man After God’s Own Heart
One of the great stories of struggle in the Bible concerns David. He trusted God to help him defeat the giant Goliath and put his faith in God as he was on the run from King Saul. David sinned but repented and found forgiveness. His son Solomon went on to become one of Israel’s greatest kings.

Joseph—Earthly Father of Jesus
Surely one of the most underrated fathers in the Bible was Joseph, the foster father of Jesus Christ. He went through great difficulties to protect his wife Mary and their baby, then saw to Jesus’ education and needs as he was growing up. Joseph taught Jesus the carpentry trade. The Bible calls Joseph a righteous man, and Jesus must have loved his guardian for his quiet strength, honesty, and kindness.

God the Father
God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, is the father and creator of all. Jesus, his only Son, showed us a new, intimate way of relating to him. When we see God as our heavenly Father, provider, and protector, it puts our lives in a whole new perspective. Every human father is also a son of this highest of God, the constant source of strength, wisdom, and hope to Christians everywhere.

Excerpt from Zavada, Jack. “Fathers in the Bible.” Learn Religions,
Apr. 17, 2019,

Weekly Calendar

MONDAY, June 10
Outreach Meeting at 12:30pm

TUESDAY, June 11
Men’s Brown Bag at 11:45am
Mah Jong at 1:00pm

Landscaping Day at St. John’s between 9:00am to 11:00am
Knitting Guild Meeting at 1:30pm

AA Meeting at 5:00pm

SUNDAY, June 16
Father’s Day
Holy Eucharist followed by Coffee Hour at 10:00am

SUNDAY, June 16
UU Worship

Liturgical Schedule ~ Sunday, June 16

Holy Eucharist
Lectors — Courtney Olmsted & Nancy Johnson
Intercessor — Barbara Baraw
Acolyte — Nat Kinney
Organist — Audrey Coty
Altar Guild — Susu Brown
Coffee Hour — Eileen and Dick Kraemer
Counters — Barbara Cunningham & Jean O’Rourke
Flower Guild — Patty Oden

Coffee Hour

Thank you to Bidi Wheelwright and Barbara Cunningham for hosting Sunday’s Coffee Hour. Egg salad, brie, muffins, fruit and more was the delicious fare. We enjoyed chatting with Fr. Joseph and Fr. Michael.







Coffee Hour Volunteer Hosts

Sandy Duncan wants you!

Sandy requests that you check your July calendar and sign up to host Coffee Hour on one of the Sundays during the month. Tag a friend or someone you’d like to know better, to help host so we can continue our wonderful tradition of offering fellowship, coffee and delicious food each and every Sunday.

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

  Come Play Mah Jong ~ June 11

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.



Church Landscaping/Gardening Day ~ June 12

Please plan to join us on Wednesday, June 12 from 9am to 11am to help with landscaping St. John’s property. Bring along your rake, shovel, pruning tool and gloves.

For more information, please contact Sandy Duncan at 802-253-6043 or

Knitters’ Guild ~ June 12  

The kick-off meeting for the Knitters’ Guild will be held this Wednesday, June 12th from 1:30pm to 3:00pm in the Parish Hall.

Please bring any knitting you’re working on.

We will discuss what each person would like to get out of the gatherings and set up a schedule to have

Please bring any snacks or refreshments you’d like to share, but that is
totally optional.


Spirituality Group Meetings

The Spirituality Group will resume meeting on Thursday, September 5.

For more information, contact Belle Sanders at 802-244-7782

Lacing Up for Cancer Walk ~ June 22

Event: Saturday, June 22, 2019, 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

St. John’s will be walking again in this year’s LACiNg Up for Cancer walk that benefits the Lamoille Area Cancer Network. The event celebrates, honors and remembers those touched by cancer. Cheer on the many teams participating, purchase a luminary bag, bid on an item in the silent auction, and many activities for kids.

Mark your calendar for this LACiNg Up for Cancer walk!

We will walk together as a team so please join us! Details as to where and when we will meet to follow.

Ladies’ Luncheon ~ June 20

The next Ladies’ Luncheon is June 20, the last Thursday of the month. Plan to join us between noon and 12:15pm.

Please contact Barbara Cunningham (253-3911) and let her know if you plan to attend so she can make the reservation at the Whip.



Taizé Service ~ June 27

St. John’s will hold a candlelight Taizé prayer service on Thursday, June 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.

Good Samaritan Haven Supper ~ July 2

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


Clothes and Household Items for Refugees

Thank you to all for clothes and household item donations which help our refugee community and thank you also to all volunteer drivers to Shalom Shuk!




During your prayer time please keep Zarina’s mother, Dick, Bev, Maggie, Kirsten and her newborn son, Hugo, and the family of Karl Benson in your prayers. We pray that God’s healing hands be upon them. We pray in thanksgiving for the election of Shannon MacVaen-Brown as Bishop-elect, and the birth of Hugo. We pray for all those who have died: Karl, Thomas, Elizabeth, all the victims of flooding and devastating storms, and all the victims of gun violence.

Birthdays and Anniversaries in May / June

June 6 — Parker Kuhnert
June 12 — Nancy Collins
June 14 — Diane Huber
June 15 — Suzanne Suthers
June 27 — Theodore Bland
June 30 — Merry Vigneau
June 30 — Grace Palmer

June 5 — Jill & Roger Witten
June 12 — Nancy & Duncan Tingle
June 12 — Susan & Roger Nicholls
June 19 — Diane & Carl Huber
June 20 — Betsy & Steve Fowle
June 20 — Regina Christianson & Stephen Whiteley
June 24 — Joanna & Don Huffman
June 25 — Ruth & Dave Matthews
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

Sandy Duncan Sandy Duncan 802-253-6043
Dick Kraemer, Senior Warden 802-888-5880










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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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    

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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.