Vestry Minutes

St. Johns in the Mountain,  Stowe, Vermont

Vestry Meeting of 4/3/2018

Meeting Minutes

Present: Emily Bland, Jane Given, Dick Kraemer, Sandy Duncan, Fred Harries, Rich Reed

Absent: Reverend Rick Swanson, Max Neal

Guest: Janet Patching, acting secretary

Opening Meditation: Acts 2:12-13

Agenda Approval: Motion by Emily, second by Sandy, all present in favor, motion carried.

Discussion regarding new date to meet.

Minutes from last meeting. Any changes? Please fix Sandy’s name spelling.
Motion for approval as modified by Rich, Second by Fred. All present in favor, motion carried.

Building and Grounds information from Sandy. Update from Joey Davis from Pinnacle Painting: We are 1st on the list, weather permitting maybe in June.

Consent Agenda

  • Finances of the shelter have been zeroed out in St. John’s
  • Gift cards dropped the balance below $800
    • Recommendation: that we notify the steering committee that this leaves us vulnerable financially on the project.
    • The remainder of the cash cards will come from other sources.
  • Thank you to Bill Robinson for stepping up and being or internal treasurer/auditor for the shelter.

Quarterly Financials presented by Fred.

  • Please Note: Union Bank is changing their systems and in the future our transactions will post a day or two later than we are used to.
  • This timing change may also be a good reason for the Vestry to change its meeting date to the second week of the month.
  • We are behind budget on pledge payments by 22% about $8800. Analysis over a full year is showing that there are not a lot of correlations month to month but correlations Q by Q.
  • We underspent in Q1 but not by the full amount of the deficit in pledged funds.
  • Sandy commenting on Building and Grounds. It’s a shot in the dark budgeting for these expenses with fuel oil needs and plumbing, etc.
  • Stock market cooling seems to not have affected the church funds much. Still tracking with the
    S & P

    • *Endowment – approx. $7,300 lower Q1
    • *Outreach (Orloff Fund) Approx. $1,700 lower Q1
  • P&L
    • Budget transfer $600 to the Rector’s fund
    • 2% withdrawal from the Endowment would be $7729
    • Money Market $37,000 and change, not drawing much interest at Union Bank.
      • Why? Should it be pulled?
      • History of the Money Market account is fuzzy.
      • Suggestion that the withdrawal of the $7729 for the operating account this quarter come from the Money Market instead of the Endowment.
    • Outreach fund. This year in the budget, the withdrawal was increased from $5,000 to $10,000. When should that happen?  Gifts are given in June and December. Request that this be done perhaps in May.
      • Emily wanted to know about money for the annual Weekend of Hope donation.
      • Concerns over the Children’s Fund as well.
      • Decision was made to move the money in April, by the end of the month.
    • Suggestion made that Sandy’s (B & G) painting money come out of the Johnson bequest from the Endowment Fund (worth about $53,000) because it is directed money and not General Fund.

Information Items

  • Soup Suppers – Net $1952.41
    • Down a bit from last year
    • Funds earmarked from the food share
  • Fund raising idea: possible “Leaf Peeper” soup suppers.
  • 2027 results are spurring on the requests & brain storming for fund raisers.
  • “Greeters & Ushers” sign up and responsibility discussion finished up this category.

Motions and Votes

  • Motion to Accept the quarterly budget by Rich, Seconded by Emily. All present were in favor, motion carried.
  • Motion to hold services ONLY at 10 am in July and August by Dick, Seconded by Rich. All present were in favor, motion carried.
  • Shall there be a blurb in the weekly bulletin regarding the 2027 discussions and the fund-raising ideas? No motion, No vote.
  • Motion to move the Vestry meetings to the second Tuesday of the month by Fred, Seconded by Emily. All present were in favor, motion carried.
  • Motion to approve the following movement of funds by Fred, Seconded by Sandy:
    • $10,000 from Orloff (outreach)
    • $7,729 from Money Market (operating budget)

All present in favor, motion carried.

  • Motion to end the Vestry meeting and move on to the Executive Session by Fred, Seconded by Emily. All in favor, motion carried.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 8th at 6 pm.

Respectfully Submitted, Janet Patching


Seasonal Events

Spring at St. John’s


Martin Luther King Jr.

Social Justice Film Series: January – June 2018

Fifth Film: “Wasted“– exposes the criminality of food waste and its clear contribution to climate change while showing how we can help daily to solve this burgeoning problem

Sunday, May 20, 7:00 PM

Most Holy Name of Jesus R.C. Church

301 Brooklyn St., Morrisville

Free & Open to the Public


January13th — a highly regarded 2016 Oscar-nominated Netflix film concerning mass incarceration of blacks, tracing the history of blacks from the early days of our country to the present

February“Hidden Figures”– nominated for three 2017 Oscars, a fascinating story of three African-American women mathematicians pivotal in the launch of John Glenn into orbit 

MarchAfter Spring –- award winning documentary about daily life in the largest camp for Syrian refugees

April“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved my Life” — Oscar-winning documentary on the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor tells the admirable story of how music was her savior

May: “Wasted“– exposes the criminality of food waste and its clear contribution to climate change while showing how we can help daily to solve this burgeoning problem

June“For the Bible Tells Me So” — award winning film that interweaves talk of Bible passages on homosexuality with interviews of Christian families with gay children

(date and time of all future films to be announced)

Sponsored by Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition: Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Bahá’í Faith,  Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church, Stowe Community Church, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stowe


Help Your Neighbors Who Lost Food from the Autumn 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







Liturgical Ministry Schedule


May 6-27, 2018


May 6, 2018 ~ Sixth Sunday of Easter                                     10 AM        

Greeter TBD
Ushers TBD
Lectors Roger Nicholls & Rick Oden
Inter/LE Min. Sandy Duncan
Acolyte Jan Tichansky
Organist Audrey Coty
Altar Guild Joyce Manning & Bunny Libby
Flower Guild Patty Oden
Counters Joan O’Keefe & Barbara Baraw
Coffee Hour Tim Heath-Swanson
Copley Woodlands Rides Jean O’Rourke



May 13, 2018 ~ Seventh Sunday of Easter                              10 AM 

Lectors Gizelle Guyette & Hal Morrow
Inter/L.E. Min. Barbara Baraw
Acolyte Nat Kinney
Organist Audrey Coty
Altar Guild Susu Brown & Patty Oden
Flower Guild Berta Pykosz
Counters Barbara Baraw & Ethel Merwin
Coffee Hour Nancy Collins
Copley Woodlands Rides Jan Tichansky



May 20 2018 ~ The Day of Pentecost                                        10 AM

Lectors Bill Robinson & Belle Sanders
Inter/L.E. Min. Susu Brown
Acolyte Tom Younkman
Organist Audrey Coty
Altar Guild Barbara Baraw & Tim Heath-Swanson
Flower Guild Jean O’Rourke
Counters Maria Davies & Jean O’Rourke
Coffee Hour Maria Davies
Copley Woodlands Rides TBD








Mat 27, 2018 ~ First Sunday after Pentecost                           10 AM

Lectors Roger Nicholls & Bernice Binginot
Inter/L.E. Min. Bidi Wheelwright
Acolyte Pete Johnson
Organist Audrey Coty
Altar Guild Patty Oden
Flower Guild Ethel Merwin
Counters Mark Vandenberg & Sandy Duncan
Coffee Hour Emily Bland
Copley Woodlands Rides TBD



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.