St. John’s Weekly

April 15-21, 2019

(online newsletter)
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- 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Fridays by appointment only

Please note: We have permission to use 10 parking spaces at the Stowe Motel.

The office will be closed on Tuesday, April 23

Alleluia, He is Risen

“And he said to them, ‘Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him.’

Mark 16:6









Final Lenten Soup Supper



              Gordie, Chair Susu, Emily, Bill                         Becky, Rev. Will, Fr. Rick                                      












Talented artist Peter Given’s yogurt soup drawing
of the Eiffel Tower and the Parthenon


Congratulations to Susu and her hard-working crew and volunteers for planning, preparing and hosting the Simple Soup Suppers each Wednesday night during Lent. The proceeds from the success of the suppers will benefit the Lamoille Food Share.



Coffee Hour  

Thank you to Hal Morrow and Berta & Matt Pykosz for hosting Sunday’s Coffee Hour. Delicious ham and cheese biscuits, fruit bars and macaroons surrounded the beautiful spring flowers.




Weekly Calendar

MONDAY, April 15
Holy Monday
Holy Eucharist at 7:00pm

TUESDAY, April 16
Holy Tuesday
Mah Jong at 1:00pm
Holy Eucharist at 7:00pm

Holy Wednesday
Holy Eucharist at 7:00pm

THURSDAY, April 18
Maundy Thursday
Spirituality Group at 10:00am
Holy Eucharist, Foot Washing, Stripping of the Altar, Vigil Watch at 7:00pm

Friday, April 19
Good Friday
Community Service at Stowe Community Church at Noon
Proper Liturgy for Good Friday at St. John’s 7:00pm

Saturday, April 20
Holy Saturday
AA Meeting at 5:00pm
The Great Vigil of Easter & Champagne Reception to follow at 7:30pm

SUNDAY, April 21
Easter Sunday
Holy Eucharist & Coffee Hour at 10:00am

SUNDAY, April 21
No UU Worship

Liturgical Schedule for Holy Week

Holy Monday, April 15 at 7:00pm
Lector/Intercessor — Susu Brown
Altar Guild — Barbara Baraw

Holy Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00pm
Lector/Intercessor — Barbara Baraw
Altar Guild — Susu Brown

Holy Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00pm
Lector — Deb Clark
Intercessor — Zarina O’Hagin
Altar Guild — Barbara Baraw

Maundy Thursday, April 18 at 7:00
Foot Washing & Stripping of the Altar
Lectors — Hal Morrow & Nancy Johnson
Intercessor –Bidi Wheelwright
Acolyte — Nat Kinney
Organist — Audrey Coty
Altar Guild/Palms — Barbara Baraw, Patty Oden & Tim Heath-Swanson

Good Friday, April 19 at 7:00pm
Lectors — Roger Nicholls & Janet Patching
Acolyte — Pete Johnson
Organist — Audrey Coty
Altar Guild — Patty Oden & Eileen Kraemer

Holy Saturday, April 20 at 10:00am
Church Decorating at 10:00am
Decorating/Altar Guild — Patty Oden, Barbara Baraw,
Susu Brown & Terry Eastman

Saturday, April 20 Great Easter Vigil at 7:00pm
Lectors — Roger Nicholls, Deb Clark, Rich Reed & Susu Brown
Intercessor — Barbara Baraw
Acolyte — Tom Younkman
Organist — Audrey Coty
Altar Guild — Patty Oden & Terry Eastman
Flower Guild — Easter Lilies
Coffee Hour / Champagne Reception — Tim Heath-Swanson, Host

Sunday, April 21 Easter Sunday Holy Eucharist
Lectors — Bill Robinson & Jean O’Rourke
Intercessor — Sandy Duncan
Acolyte — Jan Tichansky
Organist — Audrey Coty
Altar Guild — Patty Oden, Terry Eastman & Tim Heath-Swanson
Counters — Barbara Cunningham & Joan O’Keefe
Flower Guild — Easter Lilies

Special & Easter Flower Offerings

You should have received an Easter letter from St. John’s with a Flower envelope and Christ is Risen envelope. Please think about a donation for Easter flowers in memory of or in honor of a loved one. And please also remember the Christ is Risen envelope is a special Easter church offering.



Palm Sunday


















Episcopal Diocese of Vermont Bishop Search


Meet the Three Finalists for Vermont Bishop


The Rev. Dr. Shannon MacVean-Brown   The Rev. Dr. Hilary D. Raining      The Vry Rev. Dr. Hilary B. Smith

Read about each candidate at:

Meet the Candidates
Monday, April 29, 6:00-8:00pm Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington
Tuesday, April 30, 6:00-8:00pm United Church, Newport


Come Play Mah Jong ~ April 7

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.


Spirituality Group Meeting ~ April 18

Please join us at 10:00 am. Open to everyone. For more information, contact Barbara Baraw 802-793-5076.



Ladies’ Luncheon ~ April 25

The next Ladies’ Luncheon is April 25, the last Thursday of the month. Plan to join us between noon and 12:15pm.
Please contact Nancy Collins (802-253-2801) and let her know if you plan to attend so she can make the reservation at the Whip.


Taizé Service ~ April 25

St. John’s will hold a candlelight Taizé prayer service on Thursday, April 25, 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 Dinner ~ May 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 meat loaf, vegetables, salad, bread and dessert.

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

Willa Dancing in the Ballet Cinderella









We pray for those who suffer and those in any trouble, especially Zarina’s mother, Bill, Belle, Dick, Kevin, the family of John Griffin, Carol Griffin, and those affected by recent storms in the midwest.

We pray for the departed, especially Kevin, John Griffin, the victims of the African cyclone disaster, and the victims of gun violence.



Birthdays & Anniversaries in April

April 1 — Leslie Lindig
April 4 — Gordie Brown
April 6 — Zarina O’Hagin
April 9 — Irene Bareau
April 12 — Rachel Vandenberg
April 14 — Jamie Birmingham
April 14 — Betsy Fowle
April 15 — Dave Matthews
April 25 — Susan Nicholls
April 26 — Tim Heath-Swanson
April 29 — Richard Bland


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, People’s Warden

2019 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)

St. John’s in the Mountain Church, 1994 Mountain Road,  Stowe, VT 05672 









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.




Seasonal Events



Winter at St. John’s


Sunday, February 10, 2019

6:00 pm

Stowe Community Church

Free and open to the public

Panel Discussion to celebrate the life and achievements of MLK Jr. including  Executive Director of GunSense VT, Pediatrician, Students,

Law enforcement, Mental health participants

No weapons allowed at this event



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.