St. John’s Weekly Newsletter

St. John’s Weekly November 15-21, 2021

1994 Mountain Road (P.O. Box 1175)
Stowe, VT

Our Mission is to be a welcoming Christian community of faith, loving and forgiving, questioning and learning, inviting and serving.

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Church Office and Pastoral Care

Office Administrator, Heidi Dwyer

The Church Office is open Tuesdays and Wednesday
from 9:00am to 2:00pm.
Note: Rick will be out from Nov 1 to Nov 7
To contact the clergy or support staff, scroll to the end of this newsletter.


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.

The Rev. Dr. Bob Leopold




… and Family

Little Stories Lots of Meaning

Once all villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer, all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That is faith.

When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them. That is trust.

Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning but still we set alarms to wake up. That is hope.

We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. That is confidence.

We see the world suffering, but still, we get married and have children. That is love.

On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence, “I am not 80 years old; I am sweet 16 and 64 years of experience.” That is attitude.

by Celeste Marlowe

“Constant Change is a Part of Our Tradition”
Diocesan Convention Wrap-Up

If participants in the Diocese of Vermont’s 2021 convention did not know the diocese was entering a period of turbulent change before the online sessions last Thursday and Saturday, they certainly knew it afterwards.

The convention—conducted over Zoom—was the first since Bishop Shannon MacVean-Brown announced that a recent financial analysis indicated that the diocese would run out of money at some point in 2023.

Presentations by the bishop, Bishop Sean Rowe of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York, the Rev. Scott Neal of the recently-established task force to help chart the diocese’s future and Dr. Catherine Meeks of the Absalom Jones Center of Racial Healing in Atlanta, focused primarily on how the diocese might move into a new future while deepening its commitment to racial healing.

“The church as an institution is bound by tradition and we have lived for generations thinking that part of our mission is to protect the church from change,” Bishop Shannon said, in a sermon during a service of morning prayer on Saturday, November 6. “However, we must no longer deny that constant change is part of our tradition.”

Later, in her bishop’s address, she said the diocese’s future might include closer relationships, although not a merger, with the dioceses of New Hampshire and Maine. “We are looking for ways to collaborate across dioceses so that our ministries will be strengthened, and to achieve greater efficiency and increased stewardship of our financial resources,” she said.

Volunteer Opportunities!

November Liturgical Sign Up Schedule

Acolyte Sign-Up Link

Greeter Sign-Up Link

Intercessor Sign-Up Link

Lectors Sign-Up Link

Liturgical Schedule

Celebrant — Fr. Rick Swanson
Deacon and Preacher — The Rev. Zarina Suárez O’Hagin
Greeters —
Altar Guild — Fr. Rick
Intercessor — Sandy Duncan
Lectors — Kristin Wells & Roger Nicholls
Counters — Lynne Harries & Jerry Wood

Week’s Schedule

See Meeting and Service Zoom Log-In Information Below or
on the St. John’s in the Mountains web site

WEDNESDAY, November 3, 2021
Ladies’ Zoom Lunch at 12:00pm noon

THURSDAY, November 4, 2021
Spirituality Group at 10:00am at SJM

SATURDAY, November 6, 2021
AA Meeting at 5:00pm

SUNDAY, November 7, 2021
Sunday In Person and Zoom Worship Service at 10:00am
UU Church Service at 4:30pm

In-Person and Zoom Sunday Worship Service

St. John’s doors are open for in-person worship.

For those attending in-person, please bring your IPad or copy of the bulletin with you. A limited of printed bulletins will be available at the church.

The link to the bulletin and Zoom service is:

Wearing Masks is required.


Please keep Rick Oden, Carole, Bernice, Peter, Marcia, Zarina’s mother, Ethel, Leslie, Louise, Amaia, Dave, Rhonda, Brian, Aletha, Val, Owen, Wendy, Todd and his family, Holly, John, Grace Sweet’s family, Janet Patching’s family–Bob, Mary, Janet, Stephen, Patric, Adam, and Kim. We pray that God’s healing hands be upon them.

From SJW Editor: Please email or call Barbara Cunningham with additions or deletions to the Prayer List. or 802-253-39

Christmas Bazaar Please Participate!

The Outreach Committee will be holding its Annual Christmas Bazaar on Sat. Nov. 20th from 10 am – 1 pm. and on Sunday from 11:00am to 2:00pm. We are looking for volunteers to help set up and run the Bazaar, as well as making evergreen bundles, soups-to-go and baked goods.

If you can help in any way, please let Emily know at, or call me at 802-793-6020. Thank you for your consideration.

St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church
Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, November 20th 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Sunday, November 21. 11

Please join us for our Annual Christmas Bazaar

Sale items include: Evergreen Bundles,
Cards, Ornaments,
Soup-to-Go and Home-baked Goodies

Proceeds will support St. John’s Outreach Charities

St. John’s in the Mountains is located
at the corner of Luce Hill and the Mountain Rd.

Share For Thanksgiving

The annual giving from the Stowe Faith Communities to the Lamoille Community Food Share for Thanksgiving food baskets has begun for the next 3 weeks, October 31 – November 14, 2021. This giving tradition over the past 31 years was started by Deacon Elise Braun from St. John’s. Originally known as the Turkey Challenge, it is now called Share For Thanksgiving.

The food baskets are for anyone in need, Individual and family food insecurity has increased significantly during this continuing time of the Covid Pandemic. Last year 791 baskets were distributed and the same if not more are expected to be given this year. Please be as generous as possible in your giving.

Write your check to Lamoille Community Food Share earmarked “Share For Thanksgiving”. Collection will be after church this Sunday, November 14. After that, please send your check to:

Lamoille Community Food Share to:
P.O. Box 173, Morrisville, VT 05661

Thank you for your generosity.

Celtic Advent Weekly Meditation

Starting November 15
Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m.

Anam Cara Sojourners, a group that explores Celtic spirituality and is directed by the Rev. Kim Hardy of St. James, Essex Junction, is hosting a weekday Celtic-themed online gathering during Advent. The series will provide quiet time for reflection to prepare for Christmas and a group to pray with during this season.

The group will meet online at 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday beginning November 15. The book “Lean Towards the Light this Advent and Christmas” will be used, but purchasing the book is not required.

Email Kim Hardy at to let her know you would like to participate, and she will provide a Zoom link.

Join the OLLI TEAM

Please join the OLLI team and help revive the wonderfully successful Lamoille Valley lecture series. We need new committee members to replace those who have retired or moved away. We need help to plan Lamoille Valley OLLI’s future. We need you!

In return, we promise to respect your time commitment and encourage your input. Join the team. There are a variety of jobs such as recruiting, writing press releases, greeting, and offering new ideas and recommendations. Joining the OLLI committee will be rewarding and fun!

One of the venues we are considering is the Stowe Cinema. We are also in the process of contacting presenters who had to be cancelled due to this past year’s pandemic. We’re on our way.

To join us, email Adi Barnett, Thank you for your consideration.

Donation of Clothing and Household Goods for our Refugee Communities


To support Syrian and Afghanistan refugees, please drop off clothing and household goods at Shalom Shuk.

Shalom Shuk, The Marketplace of Peace
188 N Prospect St
Burlington, VT 05401

(802) 373-4784

11 AM – 3:45 pm
(closed Saturday)

If you are unable to personally deliver your donations to Burlington, please contact Bidi Wheelwright at or 802-279-6838
Together you can arrange to drop your items at her home.

Thank you for your generosity.


Birthdays & Anniversaries in November

To add your birthday or anniversary, please contact Barbara Cunningham (

November 3 — Kristin Wells
November 5 — Jeff Nichols
November 6 — Audrey Coty
November 9 — Judith Pendell
November 18 — Carol Younkman
November 19 — Ged Deming
November 20 — Max Neal
November 22 — Nicholas hoffman

Maria and Paul Davies


Sunday Zoom Worship at 10:00am

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Vestry – Third Tuesday of the Month at 6:00pm

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Zoom Lunch / Chat ~ Wednesday at 12:00pm Noon

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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



  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