St. John’s Weekly Newsletter

St. John’s Weekly April 19 – 25, 2021

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

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Deacon Zarina’s Reflection


A Year in the Life

A Year in the Life, filmed throughout the pandemic using COVID-safe protocols, explores how Episcopal schools, ministries, and congregations have adapted to the challenges of the year – from food insecurity to calls for racial justice to worship through restrictions – and more.

Join us starting April 20, 2021; we’ll release a beautiful, honest, and hopeful episode every other week exploring what we’ve learned together over the past year.


The Paschal Candle

The Paschal candle is a large, white candle used liturgically in the Western Rite of Christianity. A new Paschal candle is blessed and lit every year at Easter, and is used throughout the Paschal season and then throughout the year on special occasions, such as baptisms and funerals.

The term “Paschal” comes from the word Pesach, which in Hebrew means Passover. The tall white candle in many ways signifies the Divine pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night that led the Israelites in their Exodus from slavery in Egypt.

This Paschal candle is one of the most sacred and enduring elements in Christianity. Made of beeswax to represent the purity of Christ, the candle’s wick signifies Christ’s humanity, and the flame His Divine Nature. It is adorned with one or more Christian symbols, often the cross to represent His redemptive sacrifice; the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet – Alpha and Omega – to signify that He is the beginning and the end; symbols of wheat and grapes, or a chalice and host, for the Eucharist – the true presence of Christ and our spiritual strength; the 12 Apostles – witnesses and scribes to the passion, death, resurrection and ascension of Christ; and other symbols such as the Good Shepherd, the Lamb, the Sacred Heart, and the Risen Christ.



Christ is Risen! Alleluia!

Week’s Schedule

See Meeting and Service Zoom Log In Information Below

Vestry Meeting at 6:00pm

WEDNESDAY, April 21, 2021
Zoom Lunch at 12:00pm noon
Lectionary Study at 3:00pm
Compline at 8:00pm

THURSDAY, April 22, 2021
Spirituality Group at 10:00am

SUNDAY, April 25, 2021
Sunday Zoom Worship Service at 10:00am
Coffee Hour and Discussion of Reopening the Church.

Updates from the Diocesan Restart Team:
In-Person Outdoor Worship

April 12, 2021 | News & Announcements

As the weather begins to warm and as Vermont state guidelines permit, in-person outdoor worship under Phase 3 directions may resume after May 1 according to the provisions that follow.

Inasmuch as current Vermont state guidelines are closely tied to the anticipated rate of vaccinations in the state, parishes should be aware that changes in both state and diocesan guidelines remain possible if the vaccination rate or other factors (e.g., infection levels) change. Parishes are also reminded that some aspects of our diocesan guidelines remain more cautious than state guidelines, out of our continuing love and care for everyone, especially the most vulnerable among us.

  • The Restart Team encourages congregations that already have an approved Phase 3 plan from last summer/fall to review their plans at this time, so they will be ready to put in-person outdoor worship back into practice if they wish. We recognize that some parishes may choose not to hold such services.
  • Parishes should be sure they have Designated Health Officers (DHOs) with completed VOSHA certificates in place.
  • For congregations that did not seek approval for Phase 3, a plan that follows these guidelines must be approved by the Restart Team before outdoor worship may take place. Please review the guidelines and submit a proposal if you do not have an approved Phase 3 plan and your congregation wishes to begin in-person outdoor worship.
  • Both the vestry or bishop’s committee and clergy must be in agreement that they are ready to hold in-person outdoor worship before doing so, and it may only take place with the consent of the clergy. Congregations without clergy must have consent of the senior wardens in charge or the vestry/bishop’s committee.
  • For in-person outdoor worship, attendance of up to 300 persons is permitted to the extent space allows, and with the following conditions: Ten feet of social distance must be maintained the whole time between persons/household units (100 sq. ft. per person/household unit). Everyone must remain masked continuously the whole time; both nose and mouth must remain covered with a well-fitted mask. Designated Health Officers (DHOs) must be present and familiar with their responsibilities. At least one DHO for every 15 attendees must be present.
  • We remind everyone that under our Phase 3 guidelines there is no singing and no food or “coffee hour.”
  • Except for the Day of Pentecost, May 23, there is no Communion. The Restart Team will issue further guidance for outdoor Communion in advance of May 23. Otherwise, Communion for virtual services on May 23 may follow the same protocol as recently used on Easter.
  • Recognizing that indoor services may become possible as conditions improve, the Restart Team encourages congregations to begin thinking about elements they should incorporate into plans for indoor services. The Restart Team will provide specific guidelines and questions to be answered in a future communication.
  • The Restart Team encourages congregational leaders to consider prayerfully whether or not they should open for in-person services – whether outside or indoors – before all members of their communities for whom a vaccine is available, including their clergy, have had the opportunity to become fully vaccinated.* We are thankful to have a number of younger clergy in our diocese, and are sensitive to the fact that many of them, as well as many laypeople, will not have had time to become fully vaccinated until well after May 1.

*“Fully vaccinated” means a person is at least two weeks beyond their final vaccination shot.

The Restart Team is available to answer any questions or concerns about in-person outdoor worship. Please email the team’s convener, the Rev. Fred Moser. Thank you to all who have done so much to show our love and respect to God and each other by keeping everyone safe throughout the pandemic. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Updates from the Diocesan Restart Team
may be viewed at

Liturgical Schedule

Sunday, April 25
Celebrant & Preacher — The Rev. Rick Swanson
Deacon — The Rev. Zarina Suárez O’Hagin
Intercessor and Lay Minister — Jan Tichansky
Lectors — Janet Patching & Stephen Patching
PowerPoint Service Technician — Nat Kinney

Chamber Music Concert in Honor of Irene

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7:00 PM


A livestream performance in loving memory of Irene Bareau. Livestreamed from Skillman Studio, Brooklyn, NY Tuesday, April 27th at 7pm Artistic Director, Jia Kim (cello), with Euntaek Kim (piano), and Siwoo Kim (violin), will assemble for this special livestream performance, the first Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society performance since the initial Covid-19 shutdown in March of 2020.

The repertoire, inspired and selected in loving memory of Irene Bareau, is Chopin Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55 No. 1; Dvorak Romantic Pieces Mvmts I. Allegro Moderato & IV. Larghetto; Schubert Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Mvmts I. Allegro moderato, II. Andante un poco mosso, III. Scherzo. Allegro – Trio, IV. Rondo. Allegro vivace – Presto.

Tickets for this performance are free, pre-registration is required. Donations to the Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society are encouraged in lieu of the ticket price.


The Stowe Weekend of Hope will be presented in a virtual format Friday through Saturday, April 30-May 2, 2021. Attend the interactive presentations, workshops and performances, all from the comfort of your home.

Since 2000, the Weekend of Hope offers educational and inspirational opportunities for people with cancer, cancer survivors, caregivers and those who love them. Participants gather with members of the medical (traditional and non-traditional) and wellness communities in order to further their understanding of the disease affecting their lives.

The All Access Pass cost is $35, and includes all presentations, workshops and interactive conference elements in Remo.

Note: Remo conference is a live online events platform that focuses on building authentic relationships by providing an immersive virtual space that simulates the real-world experience of attending events and conferences in the most effective way possible. With the help of different tables, floors & buildings, Remo provides a virtual space that empowers people to move around freely and connect, network, communicate & collaborate with each other.

Events on Zoom, Facebook Live and YouTube will be available free of charge.

For further information and to register, go to website:

The Keynote speaker for Stowe Weekend of Hope Online 2021 is Sarah Thomas, an ultra-marathon swimmer who holds the current world record for the longest continuous, unassisted, non-wetsuit, swim done in current-neutral conditions. That record-breaking swim covered 104.6 miles over 67 hours and was completed in Lake Champlain (NY/VT) in August of 2017.

Shortly after completing this swim, Sarah was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She was just 35 years old. While undergoing aggressive cancer treatment, including chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy, Sarah never gave up on her dream of doing a swim that most people thought was impossible. One year after completing her cancer treatments, Sarah did just that- becoming the first person in history to complete a four-way crossing of the English Channel in 54 hours and 10 minutes.

You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban

Peter Hollens and 200 Kids Sing a Cappella Style. Peter Hollen is a cappella singer, educator, and entrepreneur in the online creator world.


Please keep Carole, Bernice, Peter, Janet, Ann, Marcia, Joan and David, Bill and Elaine Robinson, Kristen, Gail, Zarina’s mother, Adam, Ethel, Bidi, Sarah Morse’s nephew, David Sullivan, Paul, Lindsey, Leslie, Louise, Peter Beck, Ken Squire and those who have contracted Covid-19 and their families. We pray that God’s healing hands be upon them.

We pray for all those who have passed away and for the families of Paula Helmken, Sheridan Burns and Irene Bareau.

From SJW Editor: Please email or call Barbara Cunningham with additions or deletions to the Prayer List. or 802-253-3911

Sharing and Caring . . .

Vestry Meeting on Tuesday Evening Agenda

The Vestry will be discussing the reopening of the church. St. John’s has a Refresh/Restart Committee which is following Diocesan guidelines. To attend the Vestry Meeting via Zoom, login information is listed below.

Estate Sale at Hal Morrow’s Home

The Estate Sale at Hal Morrow’s home was a success. Reports are that our church parking lot was filled and the estate coordinator remarked that the sale exceeded expectations.

St. John’s Church Directory

If you would like a copy of the updated St. John’s Church Directory, please send email with your request to Barbara Cunningham. The Directory will be sent to you via email. If you need a printed copy of the directory, just let Barbara know and she will print and mail you a copy.

Finally, if you see errors or omissions, please let Barbara know so a correction can be made. Thank you.

Clothing for Refugees

Shalom Shuk is not taking clothes for refugees at this time.

Lamoille Community House

We are 100% confident that we can create a warm, safe, and welcoming place for our guests even given the restrictions of COVID-19. It’s not going to be the same this year (what is??), but we will rally around our neighbors who need help and serve them with the kindness, dignity, and respect they deserve. Please donate. Thank you.

From Roger Nicholls

Contact Kim at

Birthdays in Late March and April


March 27 — Nathaniel Wells
March 30 — Elizabeth Hoffman
April 1 — Leslie Lindig
April 4 — Gordie Brown
April 6 — Zarina O’Hagin
April 12 — Rachel Vandenberg
April 14 — Betsy Fowle
April 15 — Dave Matthews
April 25 — Sue Nicholls
April 26 — Tim Heath-Swanson
April 28 — Matthew Hoffman
April 29 — Richard Bland

No Anniversaries

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St. John’s Knitters at 7:00pm

Second Tuesday of Every Month

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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


Come to lunch at noon. Sign onto Zoom, sit down with a sandwich and beverage and enjoy an informal chat with friends at St. John’s and from communities near and far. (Hosted by the Pastoral Care Group)

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Lectionary Study at 3:00pm
Compline at 8:00pm

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Women’s Spirituality ~ 10:00am to 12:00pm

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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