Church Office Hours
There are no office hours until further notice.Please call Fr. Rick Swanson at 802-760-7787 or Senior Warden, Dick Kraemer at 802-888-5880 with any needs.
To donate toward your pledge, to the plate, to help with the discretionary fund or to support a special ministry, just click:
Thank you for your continuing support and generosity to St. John’s in the Mountains through your weekly, monthly or quarterly pledge. While we request you donate online through our www.stjohnsinthemountains.org website.
Donate by Mail
St. John’s in the Mountains, P.O. Box 1175 , Stowe, VT 05672
Whether you are mailing a check or donating online, please indicate if your gift is your pledge or a gift for a special purpose.
Note: Online, enter your special gift purpose at prompt: “Add Special Instructions to the Seller:”.
St. John in the Mountain’s Web Site (p.s. you’re in it!)
For the most up-to-date information, go to St. John’s website at
and click on
“Worship and Activity Center”
COVID -19 Resources & Information
Online Prayer with Bishop Shannon
Online Diocesan Pentecost
Celebration of Community
Sunday, May 31 at 4:00 p.m.
Join Bishop Shannon and the people of the Diocese of Vermont on Sunday, May 31 at 4:00 p.m. for a Pentecost Celebration of Community.
Join at: https://zoom.us/j/531110497
or dial by phone: 646-876-9923, code 531110497#)
Please bring something red or orange to the service, such as a scarf or a bright piece of paper, as well as a candle.
Call for submissions
During the service, we will feature a video made up of submissions from members of the diocese. We are asking for photographs or videos (no longer than 15 seconds) that show God at work in your life at this time. Show us what you are witnessing that gives you hope or joy. Any standard video or photo format will be accepted.
Photos Needed by Saturday, May 23
Fr. Rick is requesting that we all participate by submitting videos and photographs of our lives during this time of staying in place. Please send your submissions to email@example.com.
Examples of photos below
Clorox Girl and The Coronavirus
Chat With Fr. Rick
You may call or email Fr. Rick at any time.
Cell Number: 802-760-7787
Email Address: Rick@stjohnsinthemountains.org
Fr. Rick: (videos)
Winter Memorial Garden
Seeing In the Dark
Stations of the Cross
The Candle in Your Window
Finding Sacred Space in the Night
What Does Your Worship Space Look Like?
Pentecost ~ Sunday, May 31, 2020
Next Sunday is Pentecost, Please:
wear red to the Sunday Service;
if you know a foreign language, write a short prayer to speak during Sunday Service’s Prayer of the faithful, and let Fr. Rick and Nancy Johnson know you’ll be participating.
plan to join Bishop Shannon at the 4pm diocese’s Pentecost Service
Ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven, the twelve apostles, Jesus’ mother and family, and many other of His disciples gathered together in Jerusalem for the Jewish harvest festival that was celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover. While they were indoors praying, a sound like that of a rushing wind filled the house and tongues of fire descended and rested over each of their heads. This was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on human flesh promised by God through the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28-29).
The disciples were suddenly empowered to proclaim the gospel of the risen Christ. They went out into the streets of Jerusalem and began preaching to the crowds and by a miracle of the Holy Spirit they spoke in the native languages of the people present, many who had come from all corners of the Roman Empire. The apostle Peter seized the moment and addressed the crowd, preaching to them about Jesus’ death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins. The result was that about three thousand converts were baptized that day. (Acts 2:1-41).
The liturgical color for Pentecost
Red is the liturgical color for this day. Red recalls the tongues of flame in which the Holy Spirit descended on the first Pentecost. The color red also reminds us of the blood of the martyrs.
Pentecost sometimes called “Whitsunday”
A tradition of some churches in ancient times was to baptize adult converts to the faith on Pentecost. The newly baptized catechumens would wear white robes on that day, so Pentecost was often called “Whitsunday” or “White Sunday” after these white baptismal garments.
There are three “mega-festivals” commemorated in the Christian calendar. The first two, Christmas and Easter, are well known to both believers and non-believers, and the third is Pentecost. God the Father’s wonderful Christmas gift of His one and only Son, and Christ’s Easter triumph over the power of sin and death would be of no benefit to us if the Holy Spirit did not give us the gift of saving faith.
Ordinary Time – The season after Pentecost
The season after Pentecost is centered on sanctification, the work of the Holy Spirit in the day to day life of the Christian. This is reflected in the liturgical color for this season: green, the color of life and growth.
WEDNESDAY, May 27
Zoom Lunch at 12:00 noon
Lectionary Study at 6:30pm
Compline at 8:00pm
THURSDAY, May 28
Spirituality Group Virtual Zoom at 10:00am
FRIDAY, May 29
Morning Prayer at 8:00am
SATURDAY, May 30
No AA Meeting
SUNDAY, May 31
Sunday Service at 10:00am
Sunday Liturgical Schedule
Celebrant & Preacher– The Rev. Rick Swanson
Deacon – The Rev Deacon Zarina O’Hagin
Intercessor & Lay Minister – Bidi Wheelwright
Lectors – Courtney Olmsted & Jerry Wood
Food Resources, Wellness and Child Care
Childcare: Conversations around childcare are informing every decision people are making. Vermont’s Early Childhood Alliance has compiled a list of resources for the early childhood community.
Mental health and wellness
Behavioral Health and Wellness Center is offering an alcohol and substance use recovery group through video telehealth with weekly ongoing enrollment. Offering peer support and connection, as well as local resources for practicing wellness. Call 888-8320 to register or with questions.
North Central Vermont Recovery Center has many more Harm Reduction to Go Packs to distribute, including: Narcan with instructions, fentanyl test strips, information on resources, safety items, lip balm, flyers on safety. If you or someone you know has a need, contact Daniel Franklin (Daniel.Franklin@ncvrc.com, 802-490-0532)
Farmers to Families Food Box Program on Friday
Distributing non-perishable food boxes, along with produce, chicken, and dairy products provided by the Abbey Group. Anyone is welcome to come pick up food through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Click here to see the full schedule and up to date information.
Pull up in your car, open your trunk, and the appropriate amount of food will be loaded by members of the Vermont National Guard. Be sure there is plenty of space available in your car for the boxes of food. No pets. Those who are ill, have been advised to quarantine, or lack transportation can send a friend or relative to pick up meals for them.
Farmers to Families Food Box Distribution in Burlington
on May 26 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Questions? Contact Emily Rosenbaum at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dog Gathering Invitation
Thursday May 28, 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Location: 144 Sugar House Lane, Morrisville VT
All St. John’s dogs are welcome to a gathering at the home of Genny Rose Barker, who lives with Bill Robinson and Elaine Fortin, two sheep, two goats and two chickens.
Only the dogs and their humans will be in the pasture. The fenced-in pasture has lots of running space. Please wear boots or shoes that you can wet in a boot bath before entering and leaving the pasture. Please wear a mask although some will be available if you forget. We will exercise social distancing.
Bring your own refreshments. Water is available for the animals. Weather is projected to get up to 89 ° and cloudy.
Zoom Lunch / Chat ~ Wednesday at 12:00pm Noon
Come to lunch at noon. Sign onto Zoom, sit down with a sandwich and beverage and enjoy an informal chat with Fr. Rick and friends at St. John’s and from communities near and far. (Hosted by the Pastoral Care Group)
At Noon, join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 816 9540 3571
One tap mobile
Meeting ID 81695403571#
Dial by your location
+1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 816 9540 3571
Spirituality Group Online ~ Thursday
All women are invited to participate in this interdenominational gathering which meets Thursday’s from 10:00-12:00.
For more information, contact Belle Sanders at 802-244-7782 or Barbara Baraw at 802-253-8428.
Friday Morning Prayer at 8:00am
Please join Fr. Rick, Deacon Zarina, and Theologian Nancy Johnson for the service of Morning Prayer at 8:00a, Friday, March 24.
Friday Morning Prayer Bulletin
The above link leads you to a PDF bulletin for the service of Morning Prayer in the Book of Common Prayer 1979, with adaptations from Enriching Our Worship.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/214025497 press here for joining by computer
Meeting ID: 214 025 497
One tap mobile press here for joining by smartphone and enter the following Meeting ID: 214025497
Dial by your location Dial this number from your home phone and enter the following Meeting ID: 214025497
+1 929 205 6099
Chef Tim’s Pies!
Chef Tim’s Weekly Dessert Pies and Pot Pies available for purchase each week. To check out each week’s offering, go to The Swanson Inn website.
Visit the Swanson Inn website to order your pies.
Guide to Mental Health by NAMI Vermont
The NAMI website has short discussions to help us during this time of isolation and how to take care of our mental health. Topics include Inspiring Ways to Keep Connected, Metal Halth Wellness Tips During COVID-19, AND Managing Stress and Anxiety.
Homemade Facial Masks Available
If you or anyone you know would like to have a face mask, please contact
Elaine Fortin at 802-851-8357, email@example.com
Elaine and her colleagues have been making them for Copley Hospital and
other essential services in the County. Some are simply two layers of cotton
which offers minimal protection. Others have a pocket for a filter which
greatly improves their ability to prevent the virus from penetrating.
Filters are not provided. You can cut a piece of vacuum cleaner bag or
furnace filter, a folded coffee filter, a Swiffer cloth, even a paper towel
that has been soaked in salt water and allowed to dry.
Please keep Zarina’s mother, Bev, Bob, Ethel, Bidi, Paul, Darwin, Lindsey, Leslie, and Louise in your prayers. We pray for those who carry and/or have been affected by the Corona Virus outbreak throughout the world. In the diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. Andrew’s Church in Colchester and St. Matthew’s Church in Enosburg Falls. We pray that God’s healing hands be upon them. We pray for all those who have died, especially all those who have died from the Corona virus.
May Birthdays and Anniversaries
May 5 — Tom Gouert
May 10 — Peter Hoffman
May 10 — Ruth Matthews
May 11 — Evangeline Vandenberg
May 11 — Noah Vandenberg
May 12 — Carl Huber
May 13 Griffin Johnson
May 13 — Mark Vandenberg
May 17 — Jean O’Rourke
May 29 — Toby Heidenreich
May 20 — Merry & Grady Vigneau
May 22 — Susu & Gordie Brown
May 24 — Carole & Tom Younkman
May 30 — Rachel & Mark Vandenberg
May 31 — Elizabeth & Bruce Hoffman
If you want to add your birthday or anniversary dates to the Church listing, please see Barbara Cunningham or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Bill Robinson, People’s Warden
Nancy Johnson, Theologian-in-Residence
2020 Officers and Members of the Vestry
Dick Kraemer (Senior Warden), Janet Patching (Treasurer), Maria Davies, Bill Robinson, Jerry Wood, Courtney Olmsted
St. John’s in the Mountain Church | 1994 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672