St. John’s Weekly Newsletter

St. John’s Weekly May 16-22, 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.

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Office Administrator, Heidi Dwyer

The Church Office is open Tuesday and Friday
from 9:00am to 2:00pm.
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St. John’s in the Mountains
P.O. Box 1175
Stowe, VT 05672


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“Blessed are the Peacmakers,
for they shall be called Children of God”

Matthew 5:9

“Betty Bumpers taught us by example that every American citizen has the potential, and in fact the responsibility, to contribute to peace, whether locally or internationally,” said USIP President Nancy Lindborg. “She showed us the power of reaching across divides, whether in Congress or across continents, in the pursuit of making peace possible, and she inspired countless others to join her in finding solutions through collective action.”

In 1982, with Cold War tensions high, Betty Bumpers focused on the risks of nuclear proliferation and war. She founded Peace Links as a nonpartisan movement to seek direct connections between American and Soviet women.

The movement was “a response both to women’s concerns and to their historical non-involvement in affairs of national security.” Working through local churches, garden clubs and parent-teacher associations, Betty Bumpers built Peace Links into a nationwide organization that eventually claimed 30,000 members. Peace Links sponsored citizen diplomacy, notably through educational and cultural exchange visits by American and Soviet women to each others’ countries. In addition, she began a Pen Pal program linking Soviet and American women which built friendships and flourished for years.

One of her proudest memories of those days was when she went to Russia (then the U.S.S.R.) and spoke to the Soviet Women’s Committee, chaired by Soviet astronaut Valentina Nikolaevna Tereshkova.

“We brought a group of 25 Russian women to the U.S.,” she said. “They went to 18 coalition meetings – open forums in churches, libraries, museums, from Las Vegas to Shawnee, Okla. – that drew big crowds.

“These women formed a human connection with American audiences. That set the stage and attracted huge numbers of women who learned that the Russians were just like us. It helped end the Cold War and encouraged women to assume responsibility for national security.”

The Soviet Union existed until 1999. Peace Links was then disbanded in 2001. Betty Bumpers passed away in 2018 at the age of 93.

Let There Be Peace on Earth

Voice’s Without Borders’ Children of the World in Harmony Festival
took place in northern Michigan in 2011. The Festival Gala concluded with over 200 participants, from around the world, singing “Let There Be Peace on Earth”.

Week’s Schedule

TUESDAY, May 17 2022
Pastoral Care Team at 1:30pm

Zoom Lunch at 12:00pm

Sabbatical Team Meeting at 3:00pm

Women’s’ Spirituality Group at 10:00am

Greater Stowe Interfaith Council at 5:00pm

SATURDAY, May 21, 2022
***Men’s Breakfast at 8:00am at Skinny Pancake
AA Meeting at 5:00pm

SUNDAY, May 22, 2022
Eucharist Worship Service at 10:00am
Coffee Hour at 11:00am

UU Worship Service at 4:30pm

***The Men’s Breakfast in May will be on Saturday, May 21st at 8:00 AM. We’ll meet at the Skinny Pancake in Stowe. All male members in the parish are welcome. Let me know by Friday, May 20th if you plan to attend, at .

Liturgical Schedule

Celebrant and Preacher— Fr. Rick Swanson
Deacon — Zarina O’Hagin
Acolyte —
Greeter — Terry Whelan
Intercessor / Lay Eucharistic Minister — Sandy Duncan
Lectors — David Small and Deb Clark
Altar Guild — Kristin Wells
Counters — Lynne Harries and Bill Robinson
Coffee Hour Host — Deb Clark

Sign Up Worship Services

Sign-Up Genius for May Sunday Services


Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit especially: George, Peter, Rick and Patty, Carole, Marcia, Zarina’s mother, Ethel, Leslie, Rich, Amaia, Galen, Alana, Rhonda, Aletha, John, Bob, Cari, Jane, Richard, Sally, George, Lorraine, Tana, Pete, Zack for the family of Milan Mader,; and for a peaceful end to the war in Ukraine.
Give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.

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

Book of Messages Presented to Audrey

From Sue Nicholls:
Audrey was thrilled to receive the congregation’s Book of Messages. Thank you to everyone who contributed a message thanking Audrey for her many years as St. John’s wonderful music director and organist.

Dear Episcopalians of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine,

Today we celebrated a new milestone! Episcopalians from across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine met on Zoom today for Maine’s Spring Training event, and during the program, the three of us had the opportunity to reflect and answer questions about the collaboration we are pursuing. We also had the opportunity to share some news.

ln a spirit of trust in each other and in God’s future for the church in Northern New England, we announced today that we have decided to name one another as assisting bishops in one another’s dioceses, beginning in September.

This means that:

Bishop Shannon will name Bishop Rob and Bishop Brown as assisting bishops in Vermont
Bishop Rob will name Bishop Shannon and Bishop Brown as assisting bishops in New Hampshire
Bishop Brown will name Bishop Shannon and Bishop Rob as assisting bishops in Maine

Assisting bishops serve at the invitation of the ecclesiastical authority-in this case, bishops inviting other bishops. The role of an assisting bishop is to preach and teach and provide sacramental rites (Canon 111.12.5), but not to exercise governance authority. Through preaching, teaching, and presiding, we look forward to exercising our ministry in ways that will allow us to get to know each other’s dioceses, learn more about the Episcopal Church across our region, and discern how we might learn to collaborate with one another for the sake of God’s mission.

As you know, the three of us have been meeting together for quite some time. As we have talked about ways that we could collaborate in ministry, it has stirred in us a holy curiosity to understand and imagine who we are in God’s eyes. As we imagine together we are creating space to practice creativity with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, learning and exploring where we might give up control and try new things. We believe that serving as assisting bishops in one another’s dioceses will feed that holy curiosity and creativity, and we are eager to begin this new chapter in our ministries.

We are also grateful to the members of our standing committees who graciously and eagerly affirmed this new arrangement when they met together online for fellowship and conversation in early April. This new arrangement will not change our full-time ministry with the dioceses where we serve as bishop diocesan, and it will be budget-neutral for all three dioceses.

We are excited to explore together where the Holy Spirit may guide us, and we look forward to continued conversations and collegiality across our three dioceses.

Faithfully in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Shannon MacVean-Brown, Bishop of Vermont
The Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld, Bishop of New Hampshire
The Rt. Rev. Thomas J. Brown, Bishop of Maine

Stowe Holy Land Interfaith Journey to Israel

Dear beloved faith communities,

We are delighted and moved to share some big news with you: the first-ever greater Stowe Holy Land interfaith journey to Israel!

This unprecedented trip for our community will take place April 16-24, 2023 (just one year from now) for eight days of touring Israel, plus a two-day optional extension to visit Petra, Jordan.

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.

In addition to many more Christian locations, we will will sightsee the important Jewish religious sites: picture yourself at Shabbat services at the Kotel/Western Wall, touring the ancient architecture and contemporary art in Tzfat/Safed, and experiencing a somber visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.

At the heart of this tour is the opportunity for meaningful connection and learning and relationship-building. In addition to the local friendships you will make, you have the chance to meet directly with Ahmadiyyan Muslims, Ethiopian Jews, Israeli Arab Christians, observant Jews for a home hospitality Shabbat meal, and Israelis and Palestinians taking important steps towards peace and reconciliation.

And of course, there’s the delicious food at the outdoor markets and in Bedouin tents in the desert, and great fun in cosmopolitan Tel Aviv on the beautiful Mediterranean.

For a land price of only $2,990.

Please check out the full itinerary and pricing here and register without any financial commitment now.

Or join us in person at St. John’s on Thursday, June 9, 6-7:30 pm for an evening of locally catered Israeli food for a program to learn more about the trip, available online also from 6:30-7:30 pm. Or be in touch with any of us with more questions.

A happy and meaningful Passover and Easter to you all!

Rev. Dan Haugh, Stowe Community Church
Rabbi David Fainsilber, Jewish Community of Greater Stowe,
Rev. Dr. Rick Swanson, St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church,

Time Line for St. John’s Discernment Team

July 10 – Sending and Blessing Sunday

July 11 – Fr. Rick begins his Sabbatical and we begin our own discernment of the parish based on our process

November 13 – Fr. Rick returns from his Sabbatical

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)

Please note:
If you are taking your goods to Shalom Shuk, you may want to call first to be sure that the Marketplace of Peace is open.
The manager is Karen (802-373-4784).

If you see a note posted saying that the marketplace is ls not accepting donations, please say you are from St. John’s. Karen has assured us that St. John’s donations are welcome.

Thank you for your generosity.

Birthdays and Anniversaries in May

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

May 5 — Tom Gouert
May 10 — Peter Hoffman
May 10 — Ruth Matthews
May 11 — Evangeline Vanderberg
May 11 — Noah Vanderberg
May 12 — Carl Huber
May 13 — Griffin Johnson
May 13 — Mark Vanden berg
May 29 — Toby Heidenriech

May 20 — Merry & Grady Vigneau
May 22 — Susu & Gordie Brown
May 24 — Carole & Tom Younkman
May 30 — Mark & Rachel Vandenberg
May 31 — Elizabeth & Bruce Hoffman


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

Jerry Wood

       Mary Stiles


Courtney Olmsted