St. John’s Weekly

August 19 – 25, 2019

(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

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

Fr. Rick’s Office Hours

Tuesday, August 20 ~ 10:30am to 12:30pm
Wednesday, August 21 ~ 9:00am to 1:00pm
Thursday, August 22 ~ 10:30am to 2:30pm

To make an appointment,
call Sally in the office at 253-7578 or
email Fr. Rick at

Vesting our New Bishop with Symbols
of the Episcopal Ministry

Gifts for Bishop-Elect,
the Rev. Shannon MacVean-Brown


The Crozier

The crozier is a staff with a curved or hooked top similar in appearance to a traditional shepherd’s staff. It is symbolic of the bishop’s role as chief shepherd or pastor.
Given by the Clergy of the Episcopal Church in Vermont

The Bishop’s Ring

The ring bears the seal of the Diocese of Vermont and is worn by the bishop as a sign of her office and is traditionally used to imprint the seal of the diocese in wax on official documents.

White and Red Vestments

The vestments include stole, chasuble, cope, and mitre.

Rochet and Chimere

Worn by the bishop as “choir dress” in non-Eucharistic liturgies such as the Daily Office. “Choir dress” is traditionally worn in public prayer when she is not part of the altar party and is seated in the choir. For example, if she is preaching but not presiding.

The Pectoral Cross

The pectoral cross is worn by the bishop not just in the liturgy, but also in the course of her daily work as a symbol of her office both to the Church and the world. A gift from the Lay People of the Episcopal Church in Vermont

To make a donation for the purchase of the Pectoral Cross, send a check to :

The Episcopal Church in Vermont
5 Rock Point Road
Burlington, VT 05408
Attention: Mr. Rich Sagui


 Episcopal Bishop in Vestments

Katharine Jefferts Schori is the former Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church of the United States (2006-2015). Previously elected as the 9th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada, she was the first woman elected as a primate in the Anglican Communion.

  Weekly Calendar

TUESDAY, August 20
Lamoille Clergy Gathering at 12:00pm
Mah Jong at 1:00pm
Vestry Meeting at 5:30pm

SATURDAY, August 24
AA Meeting at 5:00pm

SUNDAY, August 25
Holy Eucharist with Healing Service at 10:00am followed by Coffee Hour
Fr Rick Swanson, Celebrant and Preacher


Saturday, September 28
Consecration of Bishop-Elect Shannon McVean-Brown
at the Ira Allen Chapel at UVM at 11:00am

Wearing a Tippit

When we have Morning Prayer, the celebrants dress differently. Rather than an alb and stoles, celebrants wear a cassock and surplice and a tippit. The tippit is a long ceremonial scarf, and worn by the celebrant and the preacher. And as the picture shows, it is worn in the same way by all, regardless of whether a priest, deacon, or a lay person.



Thank you Jill Witten for the beautiful Altar flower arrangement.

Liturgical Schedule ~ Sunday, August 25th

Holy Eucharist

Celebrant & Preacher — The Rev. Rick Swanson
Lectors — Deb Clark & Nancy Johnson
Intercessor / Lay Eucharistic Minister — Jan Tichansky
Acolyte — Nat Kinney
Organist — Natalie Hubbs
Altar Guild — Patty Oden & Barbara Baraw
Flower Guild — Jean O’Rourke
Counters — Jerry Woods & Sandy Duncan
Coffee Hour — Deb Clark


Coffee Hour 


Many thanks to Bidi Wheelwright and Barbara Cunningham for hosting this Sunday’s Coffee Hour. Fellowship and delicious fare of stuffed eggs, cream puffs and fruit.




Coffee Hour Volunteer Hosts for September

Sandy Duncan wants you to sign up!

Sandy requests that you check your September 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!


Volunteers are needed to assist the Episcopal Church in Vermont celebrate the ordination and consecration of the Rev. Dr. Shannon MacVean-Brown as our bishop on Saturday, September 28, at the Ira Allen Chapel on the campus of UVM. Below are opportunities to share your ministry beyond the walls of St. John’s in the Mountains. Please contact the individuals below by Sunday, August 18.

  • Every parish will be carrying their parish banner in procession at the beginning of the service. If you wish to be that person, please see Roger Nicholls:, and Barbara Baraw to find the banner!
  • Experienced thurifers (incense bearer) and acolytes are needed for the processions. Licensed Lay Eucharistic Ministers are needed to serve as chalice bearers. If you are an acolyte or a licensed LEM and are interested in serving, please send an email to Roger Nicholls at with a brief statement about your ministry at St. John’s in the Mountains.
  • About 40 ushers are needed. It is requested that at least one person from St. John’s in the Mountains register with the Rev. J. Robert Spainhour at or 843-343-6871.



A diocesan choir is being organized and information will be coming through the network of parish music leaders and will be shared with you as available. Please see Audrey Coty or Fr. Rick for more information.

The Transition Committee is coordinating the events and is asking the lay members of all parishes to support the ministry of the new bishop through a monetary gift for the design and purchase of her pectoral cross. This is a symbol of the ministry of a bishop and they are to wear it at all times signifying not only their role in the Church but the faith of the church they
lead – that is us. Please go to the diocesan website: click on donate now.

The Ira Allen Chapel and overflow spaces seat well over 1,000 people so there will be ample seating for those who want to attend the consecration. There will also be a professional online broadcast so we encourage every parish to consider organizing a local “watch party” for those who are not able to travel to Burlington. More information will be available soon. Please see Roger Nicholls or Fr. Rick with questions.

The Rev. Dr. Richard R. Swanson, Rector
St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 1175
Stowe, VT 05672
802-253-7578 office
802-760-7787 mobile



Diocesan Consecration Choir

A diocesan choir is being formed for the September 28 Consecration of Shannon MacVean-Brown as Bishop of Vermont at Ira Allen Chapel of the University of Vermont in Burlington. This choir is open to singers in all congregations of the Diocese and will be responsible for leading the congregational singing, as well as for singing an anthem.

If you’d like to participate in the choir, here are four essentials:

All singers must attend at least one regional rehearsal. There will be nine of these rehearsals, taking place in various parts of Vermont 10:00-12:00 on the three Saturday mornings preceding the September 28 Consecration:

St. Michael’s, Brattleboro – September 21 (Susan Dedell, Music Director,

St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington – September 7 (Mark Howe, Canon Precentor,

St. James’, Essex Jct. – September 7 (Carol Reichard, Music Director,

St. Stephen’s, Middlebury – September 21 (Fred DeHaven, retired Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Church, Grosse Pointe, Michigan,

Christ Church, Montpelier – September 7 (Fred DeHaven, retired Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Church, Grosse Pointe, Michigan,

St. Mark’s, Newport – September 14 (Dr. Sara Doncaster, Minister of Music,

Holy Trinity, Swanton – September 14 (Kay Benedict, Organist/Choirmaster,

St. James, Woodstock – September 14 (Jim Lorenz, Organist and Choirmaster,

Zion, Manchester Center – September 14 (John Riddle, Music Minister, St. Peter’s, Bennington,

All singers must have a legal copy of the anthem (i.e. not photocopied), Ben Allaway’s Freedom, Come (Santa Barbara Music Publishing, catalogue no. SBMP 67; about $2.50), which is available from most music suppliers; Cliff Hill Music (800 819-8772) has it in stock and offers a 20% for church choirs. While individuals may order this music, we recommend that music directors in congregations order it. There will be no extra copies available at the Consecration, and so all singers must have a copy.

All singers must be capable of climbing stairs. The balcony at Ira Allen Chapel is the only place the choir will be able to sit, and there is no elevator to it, so individual mobility will be necessary.

All singers must be in the balcony to rehearse the morning of the Consecration, (Saturday, September 28) at 8:30. In addition to the full choir, there will be lots of other musicians (gospel choirs, a brass quintet, a baroque ensemble), all of whom need to practice — so we will have limited time to pull ourselves together into a choir.

Parking on the morning of the Consecration will be available in UVM’s Waterman Hall and College Street Visitor lots, as well as three lots nearer to the Davis Center: Jeffords, Watertower, and Given.

If you would like to sing in the choir for this historic event in the life of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, please send e-mail by September 4 to the director of the regional rehearsal you plan to attend (listed above), and tell that person what voice part you sing.


  Come Play Mah Jong ~ August 20th

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.



Knitters’ Guild ~ August 28th  

The next meeting of the Knitters’ Guild will be held on Wednesday, June 26 from 1:30 to 3:00 in the Parish Hall. This is a community-wide gathering of knitters—women and men, experienced and “just learning”. If you are working on a project, bring it with you. Otherwise, just stop in we’ll help you get started.

For further information, call Elaine Fortin at 802-851-8357.


Good Samaritan Haven Supper ~ September 3rd

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


Ladies’ Luncheon ~ August 22 

The next Ladies’ Luncheon will be held at The Whip at 12:15pm on Thursday, August 22. Please plan to join us and bring a friend.

Let Barbara Cunningham know that you are coming so she can make the reservation. Just email, phone 253-3911 or just tap her on the shoulder during church!

Spirituality Group Meetings

The Spirituality Group will resume on Thursday, September 5.
For more information, contact Belle Sanders at 802-244-7782

Raise The Roof Lamoille Community

Benefit Party
October 26, at 7:00pm
Stowe Town Hall Theater House (3rd floor)
67 S. Main St. Stowe, VT 05672

Please join us for Lamoille Community House’s fundraiser to support neighbors experiencing homelessness. 100% of proceeds go to funding the Lamoille Community House. Ticket info to come, save the date!

Featuring: Music by CHICKEN FAT INJECTION, a raffle,
appetizers from local eateries, and a cash bar.
Be an Event Sponsor

Can’t be a sponsor but still want to help out? Be an event volunteer!

To be an event sponsor, donate something for the raffle, or volunteer.
email Kim Anetsberger at


Safe Church Training ~ Saturday October 19

As a component of Church Insurance policy, all lay and ordained individuals who minister in the Episcopal Church in either a paid or volunteer capacity, with children, the mentally ill, or seniors are required to participate in a Safe Church Training.

This training is a valuable tool to identify abuse (emotional, financial, spiritual, sexual) that may be happening in the life of a vulnerable person. Though it is requirement for some, it is encouraged that all members of the church participate.

This event will be at St. John’s in the Mountains on Saturday, October 19. Please mark your calendar now and see Fr. Rick or Deb Clark for more information.

 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.


During your prayer time, please keep Zarina’s mother, Dick, Bev, Maggie, Bob, Ethel, the family of Orrin Robinson, Jr. – the brother of Bill Robinson, and those affected by gun violence across the country in your prayers. In the diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for Grace Church in Sheldon. We pray that God’s healing hands be upon them. We pray in thanksgiving for the election of Shannon MacVaen-Brown as Bishop-elect. We pray for all those who have died, especially Orrin, and those killed by gun violence in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

Birthdays and Anniversaries in August

Pat Schwarz — August 2
Bill Kuhnert — August 3
Priscilla Hall — August 8
Matt Pykosz — August 9
Nat Kinney — August 12
Paul Davies — August 15
Richard Stibolt — August 19
Dan Carroll — August 22
Ken Libby — August 22
Don Huffman — August 25
Hal Morrow — August 26
Susu Brown — August 30

Deb Clark and Ron Lucier — August 16
Joyce and Don Manning — August 17
Amanda and Bill Kuhnert — August 30

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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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    

Seasonal Events



Summer at St. John’s


Raise The Roof Lamoille Community !

Benefit Party  – October 26, at 7:00pm 
Stowe Town Hall Theater House (3rd floor) 
67 S. Main St. Stowe, VT 05672
Please join us for Lamoille Community House’s fundraiser to support neighbors experiencing homelessness. 100% of proceeds go to funding the Lamoille Community House. Ticket info to come, save the date! 
Featuring: Music by CHICKEN FAT INJECTION, a raffle,
appetizers from local eateries, and a cash bar. 
Be an Event Sponsor 
Can’t be a sponsor but still want to help out? Be an event volunteer! 
To be an event sponsor, donate something for the raffle, or volunteer,  email Kim Anetsberger at