St. John’s Weekly Newsletter

St. John’s Weekly August 8 – August 14, 2022

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


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.

For the most up-to-date information, click on  “Worship and Activity Center

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Church Office and Pastoral Care

The Church Office is open Tuesday and Thursday
from 9:00am to 2:00pm.


To contact the clergy or support staff, scroll to the end of this newsletter.

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St. John’s in the Mountains
P.O. Box 1175
Stowe, VT 05672

Flowers from Marcia Stearns’ Celebration of Life

Sunday Service Welcomes Supply Priest,
The Rev. Bob Leopold (with young Denver)


On August 12 the Episcopal Church Celebrates
Florence Nightingale


Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), known as “The Lady With the Lamp,” was a British nurse, social reformer and statistician best known as the founder of modern nursing. Her experiences as a nurse during the Crimean War were foundational in her views about sanitation. Her efforts to reform healthcare greatly influenced the quality of care in the 19 and 20 centuries.

Throughout the U.S. Civil War she was frequently consulted about how to best manage field hospitals. Nightingale also served as an authority on public sanitation issues in India for both the military and civilians, although she had never been to India herself.

The lamp is an international nurse symbol that is widely known to symbolize Florence Nightingale and her transforming work in the nursing profession. Her lamp became synonymous with goodwill, reliability, and compassion.

Week’s Schedule

WEDNESDAY, August 10
Zoom Lunch at Noon


Clergy Meeting at 5:00pm


THURSDAY, August 11
Women’s’ Spirituality Group at 10:00am


SATURDAY, August 13, 2022
AA Meeting at 5:00pm

SUNDAY, August 14, 2022
Eucharist Worship Service at 10:00am
UU Worship Service at 4:30pm

Vestry Meetings
Wed, August 17th @ 8 PM
Wed, September 7th @ 8 PM

Liturgical Schedule

There are many open volunteer slots each week. Please offer your time and talents to increase the SJM volunteer pool.

Thank you to our Volunteers!
August 14, 2022
Celebrant — The Rev. Sherry Osborn\
Preacher — Bill Robinson
Deacon — Zarina O’Hagin
Greeter — Terry Whelan
Intercessor / Lay Eucharistic Minister —
Lectors — Kristin Wells
Musician — James Grace
Altar Guild — Eileen Kraemer
Counters — Deb Clark and Eileen Kraemer
Agape Hour–All contributions are welcome!

Volunteer Sign Up

Six Vestry Members!

We now have six members on the Vestry. Thank you for your leadership. See below!

Discretionary Fund Needs

From Deacon Zarina.
The Discretionary Fund, which is used for emergency assistance for basic needs (food, gas, housing and transportation), has been depleted, and the needs continue apace. During 2020 and 2021, the calls for assistance were much lower because of all the federal and state assistance available for housing, utilities and food assistance. We also had a very generous donation to the fund in 2020. But federal and state emergency assistance is no longer available, and inflation is hitting people.

Please consider a donation to the church earmarked for the discretionary fund. You may put in a check in the offering basket, mail one in, or donate online. Just be sure to mark that it is for the discretionary fund.

Please Keep Us In the Know!

When your group schedules a meeting (Vestry, Outreach, Men’s Group, etc.) or you sign up as a volunteer, please share this information with Heidi and Barbara Cunningham. They will add your event and volunteering to the St John’s calendar and to St John’s Weekly.

From Deacon Zarina.

Agape Hour– We hope you’
Agape is a Greek word, and is thought of as selfless love, giving to others, sacrificing our time, energy and resources for someone else without expecting anything in return.

The focus of our Agape Hour is of giving of self by sharing stories and listening. If anyone want to prepare a big spread, they are welcome to sign up and do so. If anyone want to prepare a simple spread, they are welcome to do so. Agreeing to do so in pairs is very welcome, as is just showing up with something to eat.

The important thing is not what we eat and drink, but that we are able to connect with each other.

Sabbatical Gathering Offerings

An invitation during Sabbatical time has been given to St. John’s parishioners to explore what gift(s) the spirit is offering us as we “Break open the Word of God”. A variety of gatherings give us the opportunity for rest, renewal, and resurrection as we spend time together to discuss this theme in small groups. Please consider attending one or all of the offerings as you may. More will be offered in August, September, and October.

August 13, Saturday, Refreshment and Writing at Deb Clark’s on the screened porch 2:00 – 3:30
Address and Directions: Directions to Deb Clark’s House; 195 Upper Hollow Rd. 802-730-7423

From Main St. Stowe driving north, turn right onto School St.
Proceed past the Stowe Elementary School uphill, bearing right at the fork onto Stowe Hollow Rd. Continue uphill on Stowe Hollow Rd.(the main road) then along the flat then downhill. Continue straight at the intersection which becomes Upper Hollow Rd. Go past North Hollow Rd. up the hill. The house is the first on the left, beige with white trim. Park in the driveway.

August 13, Saturday, Refreshment and Writing at Deb Clark’s on the screened porch 2:00 – 3:30

Capernaum: How a Galilean Jewish Village Became a Christian Pilgrimage Site

Sunday, August 14, 2022 — 11:15 AM – 1:00 PM
Join Daniel Ehrlich, Keshet’s Educational Director to virtually visit this site in Northern Israel and to gain insight into the Jewish context of the foundational stories of Christianity. Get to know this Jewish community of the Second Temple period and better understand how the story of Jesus and his followers is part of the saga of the Jewish People of the Second Temple period. It is a 40-45 minute learning session combining Powerpoint with maps, texts and timelines and video with live narration and teaching followed by Q&A.

Trip to the Holy Land

Itinerary and pricing info for the Holy Land Trip.

See the traditional site of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. Visit the town of Nazareth where he grew up. Explore the Ministry of Jesus around the Sea of Galilee. Follow his footsteps on the Via Dolorosa as he walked towards the cross. Experience an unforgettable Easter morning moment at Garden Tomb in Jersualem.

For a land price of only $2,990.


Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit especially:
Peter, Rick and Patty, Carole, Ethel, Leslie, Rich, Amaia, Galen, Rhonda, John, Bob, Cari, Jane, Lorraine, Tana, Pete, Zack, John, Charlotte, for our Deacon, Zarina and her family for the loss of her mother, Czarina O’Hagin, for the family of Marcia Stearns, for the family of Darrell Adams, for the family of Michelle Labow and for our willingness to work for the end of gun violence in the US, and for a peaceful end to the war in Ukraine.

To Add or Remove a Person from St. John’s Prayer List, Contact:

Church Office 802-253-7578
Father Rick 802-760-7787
Text Deacon Zarina 802-535-7117

Pastoral Care Team members
Deb Clark 802-730-7423
Roger Nicholls 603-236-1120
Sue Nicholls 603-236-1121

Birthdays and Anniversaries in August

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

August 2 — Pat Schwarz
August 8 — Priscilla Hall
August 12 — Nat Kinney
August 15 — Paul Davies
August 25 — Don Huffman
August 30 — Susu Brown
August 16 — Deb Clark and Ron Lucier

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

2022 Vestry Members
Jerry Wood, Courtney Olmsted, Mary Stiles, Roger Nicholls, Rich Reed

Jerry Wood

       Mary Stiles


Courtney Olmsted


Roger Nicholls


Rich Reed