St. John’s Weekly

August 13 – 19, 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.

Vermont Mountain Reflections Blog

Church Office Hours and News

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

Sunday Parking at the Stowe Motel

As some might remember, the Town has declared Luce Hill Road adjacent to the church as a “no parking” zone and they have now posted it as such. We have just completed getting the appropriate insurance for ten (10) cars from St John’s to park on the grassy area that faces our parking area, to the right of their entrance driveway, by the Stowe Motel. The Motel management has accepted our coverage which started July 29, 2018 so we may use that space for overflow parking. This will require that members of our congregation walk to the church by first walking the short walk along Luce Hill Road.
Dick, Senior Warden

The Feast of St. Mary the Virgin

On August 15, the church celebrates the Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin. Mary, the mother of Christ, has been celebrated since the earliest days of the Christian church.

Mary’s Song of Praise (The Magnificat)

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.

Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.

(Luke 1:46-55)

St. Mary’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church
Wilmington, Vermont

Weekly Calendar

MONDAY, August 13
Outreach Meeting at 12:30pm
Lamoille Restorative Center at 5:00pm

TUESDAY, August 14
Men’s Brown Bag Lunch at 11:45am
Mah Jong at 1:00pm

SATURDAY, August 18
AA Meeting at 5:00pm

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

Please note: The August Taizé Service has been postponed until September.

Liturgical Schedule on August 19

Greeter —
Ushers —
Lectors — Susu Brown & Rick Oden
Inter/L.E. Min.– Sandy Duncan
Acolyte — Pete Johnson
Organist — Natalie Hubbs
Altar Guild — Susu Brown
Flower Guild — Jean O’Rourke
Counters — Mark Vandenberg & Gregory Viele
Coffee Hour — Barbara Cunningham
Copley Woodlands Rides — Leslie Lindig

The Lamoille Wood Bank

From: Jim Curran
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2018 10:27 AM
Subject: 2018 Firewood Project Save the Date

Greetings all,

Thank you all so much for the help year after year, and the extra amazing support we received last year in wood donations and volunteer time. This project would not happen without all of you and your help! Together we helped keep our neighbors a little warmer last winter.

This year the committee and I decided to set two dates for volunteering in hopes of eliminating the congestion and time of loading vehicles for delivery, and to get the process done before the end of September. Don’t worry… There will be lunch and snacks offered both days.

Day 1 Saturday September 15 th at 8:30 am. We are hoping to get the bulk of the splitting and stacking done. We have an extra Wood Processor confirmed for this day!!! Additionally, recipients who must pick up their firewood will be doing so this day. Any help with extra wood splitters, delivery trucks and chain saws will not be turned away.
Day 2 Tuesday September 18 th at 8:30 am. We will be focusing on loading trucks for delivery to the seniors this day. Additionally, we will finishing up any splitting that may need done.

I hope to see you either of these two days. This program is a lot of hard work, but it is worth it once you see the look of relief and smiles from all the firewood recipients. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, or to schedule a different date to help with the firewood.


Jim Curran
Executive Director
United Way of Lamoille County
20 Morrisville Plaza, Suite B
Morrisville, VT 05661
802.888.3252 Facebook LinkedIn Give Local

About the United Way of Lamoille County
The United Way of Lamoille County, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is headquartered in Morrisville, Vermont. Founded April 1986 it is a local United Way which operates many of its own programs including; New Foundations, The Lamoille Wood Bank, Snow Shoveling for Seniors, H.O.P.E., Teen Gift Card Program and funds Vermont 211. In addition we provide funding to many local organizations. For more information about what we do visit .

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 Brown Bag Lunch and Men’s Breakfast

The next men’s Brown Bag Lunch is scheduled for Tuesday, August 14 at 11:45am .

The next men’s breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, August 25 at 8:00am at The Charlmont.

First Sunday/Family Holy Eucharist ~ Sept. 2

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 ~ Sept. 4

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


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.

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, Roy, Warren, Michael, Zarina’s mother, Dick, Irene, Bidi, Ken, Patty, Zarina, Danae, David, Dominic and Malia in your prayers. We pray that God’s healing hands be upon them. We pray in thanksgiving for the lives of victims of the California wild fires.

Birthdays and Anniversaries in August

Bill Kuhnert on August 3
Priscilla Hall on August 8
Matt Pykosz on August 9
Nat Kinney on August 12
Paul Davies on August 15
Dan Carroll on August 22
Ken Libby on August 24
Don Huffman on August 25
Lori Morrow on August 26
Hal Morrow on August 30
Susu Brown on August 30
Deb Clark & Ron Lucier on August 16
Amanda & Bill Kuhnert on August 16
Joyce & Dan Manning on August 30

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



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















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


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.