St. John’s Weekly

December 3 to 9, 2018
(online newsletter)
1994 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT

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Nov. 22nd at 10 am

Sunday Service 10:00am
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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- 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Fridays by appointment only


  Happy Hanukkah (Festival of Lights) to our friends at JCOGS and throughout the Stowe area.

Hanukkah is the Jewish holiday which celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the larger Syrian army.


Lighting of the First Advent
Candle which symbolizes



Cutting Greens for the Christmas Bazaar

From Susu: Tom Younkman had all of the branches cut before we reached the farm. His son (also named Tom) was working with his dad. Deb and I had a great time having a tour of the farm, including spending time with the goats, and enjoying the hospitality of Tom, Sr., Tom, Jr. and his wife Pam.



Israel looked back to God’s past gracious actions on their behalf in leading them out of Egypt in the Exodus, and on this basis, they called for God once again to act for them. In the same way, the church, during Advent, looks back upon Christ’s coming in celebration while at the same time looking forward in eager anticipation to the coming of Christ’s kingdom when he returns for his people.

In this light, the Advent hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” perfectly represents the church’s cry during the Advent season:

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

While Israel would have sung the song in expectation of Christ’s first coming, the church now sings the song in commemoration of that first coming and in expectation of the second coming in the future.


 Weekly Calendar

TUESDAY, December 4
Good Samaritan Haven Dinner
Mah Jong at 1:00pm

THURSDAY, December 6
Spirituality Group at 10:00am
Evergreen Bundle Assembly from 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Friday, December 7
Bazaar Setup at 11:30am
Drop-off sale items and baked goods from 12:00pm to 2:00pm

SATURDAY, December 8
Christmas Bazaar from 10:00am to 2:00pm
AA Meeting at 5:00pm

SUNDAY, December 9
Second Sunday in Advent
Holy Eucharist Service at 10:00am
Coffee Hour at 11:00am

SUNDAY, December 9
UU Worship at 4:30pm



Coffee Hour Corner 

Many thanks to this Sunday’s host, Deb Clark for providing the delicious treats, coffee and tea for after service fellowship.

If you are willing to volunteer as a Coffee Hour host, please tap Bidi or Barbara B. on the shoulder and let her know you’ll help out with this ministry. Thanks!




 Coffee Hour Corner  

Many thanks to this Sunday’s hosts, Dick and Eileen Kraemer for providing the delicious treats, coffee and tea for after service fellowship.

If you are willing to volunteer as a Coffee Hour host, please tap Bidi or Barbara B. on the shoulder and let her know you’ll help out with this ministry. Thanks!


Liturgical Schedule on December 9th

Lectors — Roger Nicholls & Bernice Binginot
Inter/L.E. Min.– Jan Tichansky
Acolyte — Pete Johnson
Organist — Audrey Coty
Altar Guild — Joyce Manning & Eileen Kraemer
Flower Guild — Deb Clark (greens)
Counters — Sandy Duncan & Barbara Baraw
Coffee Hour — Barbara Baraw
Copley Woodlands Rides — Leslie Lindig



 Return to Stowe

From Barbara Baraw: Starting on the left: Ingrid, Rolf, Ellen-Mom, Eric and Hans Prouty, Ingrid’s married surname is Nuse.

Hans is the youngest and in my son’s class, Ingrid was one of my assistant Sunday School teachers in the early 1970’s. After she completed her BA she came back to Stowe and was one of the earliest Young members of the Vestry.

All four graduated from Stowe High School. Ellen was active in the Spirituality reading group at it’s inception. I was beside myself when I saw them all walk in [to the service on Sunday].



Christmas Flower Offering

Please help beautify the altar for the holiday season with a gift in honor or thanksgiving for, or in memory of someone special. Use the Flower Offering envelope to provide the name(s), or write a check and attach a note designating your wishes

If you have a question, call Sally at 253-7578. Thank you!


  Good Samaritan Haven Dinner
  December 4, 2018

Please sign up to participate the first Tuesday of each month in the preparation and delivery of supper to the Good Samaritan Haven shelter in Barre.

The menu includes meat loaf , vegetables, salad, bread and dessert.

If you have any questions, please contact Jan Tichansky at 253-5060 or



Tree of Lights – Shine on the Stowe Village Green

The Tree of Lights will light up the tree on the Stowe Village Green in front of IC Scoops for our annual local hospices collection sponsored by the Outreach Committee. One dollar a light bulb is all it costs to give honor and remember someone or give thanks for a blessing. At church, look for the coupons and a bow to tie on the tree. Coupons and specific information will also be in the Stowe Reporter with weekly publication of honorees names and blessings as you desire. The collection is during the month of December will be divided equally between Lamoille Hospice and Central Vermont Hospice. For questions, call Deb Clark 730-7423.


Christmas Dove Tree ~ Dec. 16

The Annual Dove Tree Project provides Christmas presents to a needy family in Lamoille County. The Dove Tree in the undercroft was decorated with colorful “Dove” tags that identified the age and gender of the family member and desired gift. All of the tags have been claimed.

Wrapped gifts with its Dove tag attached need to be returned by Sunday, Dec. 16 .

This year, we also ask for additional gift cards from grocery stores, gas stations, or other local businesses. This is one of our rewarding Outreach events each year, as our parish takes a family under its wing.

Questions: see Dick Kraemer or call 888-5880


Lamoille Community Food Share ~ January 6

The next Neighborhood Food Share collection is Sunday, January 6. Remember to fill and bring your green bag to place at the altar.


 Ladies’ Luncheon ~ Dec. 20

The next Ladies’ monthly luncheon is Thursday, December 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 Barbara Cunningham (802-253-3911) or know that you are coming by Tuesday, December 13 so she can make the restaurant reservation. Thanks!


Winter Clothes to Refugees

As we welcome cooler temperatures and sort through our winter wardrobe, please remember the many refugees in our area who need winter coats and warm clothing.

If you have apparel that you do not plan to wear this winter season, please bring your donation to St. John’s so Bidi and her crew can deliver the bundles to Shalom Shuk in Burlington.

Driving Volunteers needed: Please consider dropping off clothing for refugees at Shalom Shuk in Burlington. If you’re going to Burlington, the drop off is easy and quick. Just let Bidi or Barbara C. know that you’ll help out with this ministry and we’ll put you on the list of drivers and help with the details. Thanks!



On Behalf of the Lamoille Community House

Dear Friends,

Last year, on December 27, 2017, temperatures fell to almost 30 degrees below zero. A wind chill advisory was in effect and a walk from the house to the car meant encountering a painfully cold wind. Father Rick Swanson took a bold and compassionate step when he opened the doors of St. John’s in the Mountain Episcopal Church in Stowe to individuals and families who did not have a place to call home.

Over the next few weeks, this “pop-up shelter” provided a safe haven from the harsh weather to our neighbors who were experiencing homelessness. The shelter bounced between St. John’s, Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, Second Congregational Church of Hyde Park, and United Church of Johnson. The shelter finally landed at a yellow house owned by the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department in Hyde Park village. Volunteers from faith and community partners provided dinner and stayed for overnight shifts. On April 15, 2018 the shelter closed for the season.

In our first year we were open for 109 nights, and our shelter filled 626 beds. We saw many incredible people experiencing hardship, be it short term or long term.

We met an enthusiastic man who was excited to have shelter as he started a new job and was securing an apartment.

  • We met a young woman and her infant child who were seeking security.
  • We met a young man, with his beloved dog, who was seeking employment.
  • We met parents with three dear children; the father earned a job during his stay with us.

This past summer our shelter committee reflected on the successes and gaps of our first year. We understood:

  • Our shelter fills a gap in the presently offered social services in our community,
  • A shelter is not merely a roof over head, but a support to individuals at this challenging time in life by providing access to services
  • A shelter is best when staffed by trauma-informed individuals.

These reflections led us to a partnership with Good Samarian Haven, a shelter operation in Barre and Montpelier. Through this partnership we have been received as an essential organization to state agencies, and we have become recognized as an essential bridge in housing individuals experiencing homelessness. Our shelter has been renamed the Lamoille Community House.

From the beginning this shelter has been an initiative for the community, by the community and with the community. It is time again for bold and compassionate steps. We need your support.

  • Make a Donation to support operations and programs for 2018-19 warming season.
  • Volunteer time supporting staff and guests.
  • Be a Dinner Provider.

Please contact Jacquie Mauer, our Shelter Manager, with questions or to schedule a visit. Her e-mail address is and her phone number is 802-324-5518. And visit our website to learn more: .

Please make checks payable to Good Samaritan Haven and put “Lamoille Community House” in the note. Checks can be mailed to: Lamoille Community House, P.O. Box 537, Hyde Park, VT, 05655.

If November is indicative of the cold and long winter that is coming, we thank you in advance for supporting the Lamoille Community House in keeping our neighbors warm and safe.

On behalf of the LCH steering committee,
Greg Stefanski, Laraway Youth and Family Services
Rabbi David Fainsilber, Jewish Community of Greater Stowe


Visiting Marcia

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, Paul, Bob, Betty, Leslie, Tracey, Roy, Warren, Michael, Zarina’s mother, Dick, Irene, Jen, June, Bill, Lynn, Penny, Brian, Van, Elijah and family, Joan, Zarina, Lucille, and Ethel in your prayers. We pray that God’s healing hands be upon them. We pray in thanksgiving for the lives of victims of the devastating wildfires in California.


Birthdays and Anniversaries in November & December


November 27 — George Gay
December 5– Bidi Wheelwright
December 8 — Rick Oden
December 9– Nancy Tingle
December 11– Barbara Baraw
December 18 — Sandy Duncan
December 20 –Joanna Huffman
December 22 — Tom Younkman
December 23 — Grady Vigneau, Jr.
December 24 — Nancy Harries
December 28 — Mara Siegel


December 12– Hank and Bev Kessler



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
2018 Members of the Vestry
Dick Kraemer (Senior Warden), Emily Bland (People’s Warden), Fred Harries, Max Neal,
Rich Reed, Sandy Duncan and Janie Given. St. John’s in the Mountain Church, 1994 Mountain Road,  Stowe, VT 05672








Seasonal Events



Winter at St. John’s



Increase the Light: A Singing Experience

Wed. Dec. 19, 5:00-6:30pm

A multi-faith, multi-sensory experience for all-ages

Within the Festival of Trees and Light exhibit at the Helen Day Art Center


“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Calling all who wish to bring more light and love into our communities!  Young and old alike, join us for an experience of creating song within community as you have never experienced before.  Tucking ourselves cozily into the beautiful display of the Festival of Trees and Light at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, we will first learn together the simplified arrangement of a song and then sing it together to produce a sound about bringing more light to ourselves, our communities and our greater world.  No need to be a superb singer! You just need to bring your love of singing. The final artistic product? An amazing video of the experience, with the backdrop of soulful voices, glittering trees and Menorahs, and increased light.



Presented by the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, with our partners at the Helen Day Art Center and the Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition, including St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church, Stowe Community Church, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stowe, and Baha’is of Stowe.





















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    

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.