Seasonal Events

Winter at St. John’s



Simple Soup Suppers starting on

Wednesday, February 21 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm

This year’s first Simple Soup Supper is Wednesday, February 21.  Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to dine out at St. John’s!


And, once again, Susu needs us to make homemade soups & desserts as well as volunteer to set up, serve and clean up. Please sign up and plan to put on a “Have you Hugged an Episcopalian” apron on Wednesday nights.


All proceeds will be donated to The Lamoille Community Food Share.  Donations are $8.00 per adult and $5.00 per child under 12.


Cold Weather Shelter Update

Fr. Rick introduced and thanked members of the Steering Committee for their hard work and efforts to secure the Yellow House in Hyde Park as the permanent location for this area’s emergency shelter.   St. John’s members on the Committee are Emily Bland, Roger Nicholls, Bill Robinson, Elaine Fortin and Dick Kraemer.

Roger Nicholls ( is St. John’s primary-point person to the Steering Committee.

It is still important for everyone to sign up to volunteer at the shelter.  We cannot continue without your generous help.

Sign-Up Guide to Assist with the Shelter

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click

2) Review the volunteer options listed and select a task(s) such as providing meals, assist at the shelter in the evening or morning or launder sheets and blankets.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on  

If you have specific questions, please contact Emily at

Help Furnish the Shelter

We need curtains and other kitchen items including dishes and small appliances. If you would like our assistance in removing them from a crowded basement or guest room closet, please let me know at

from Robert Nicholls

Martin Luther King Jr.

Social Justice Film Series: January – June 2018

Third Film: After Spring  Award Winning documentary

Sunday, March 11, 1:30 PM in Stowe

St. John’s in-the-mountains

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



Alzheimer’s Disease Presentation

On Sunday, January 21 at 4:30 pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has invited Sky Yardley and Jane Dwinell to conduct our service and to present their story and what they have learned about their experience with Alzheimer’s disease.

Sky Yardley and Jane Dwinell have been together since 1985. They raised two children, for many years had a small farm, and retired in their 50s to travel and do volunteer work. They both had successful careers – Sky as a family mediator, and Jane as an RN, freelance writer, and Unitarian Universalist minister. As an avocation, they designed and built six houses and renovated two others. Sky was diagnosed with “probable early stage Alzheimer’s disease” in the summer of 2016. He had been showing signs of memory loss since 2012, most significantly since 2015. He was 66 when he was diagnosed. Jane was 62.

They started a blog as a way to erase the stigma attached to dementia and to increase understanding of the way it affects people on a day-to-day basis. People with dementia, and their loved ones, are not to be pitied or ignored, but to be treated with the full respect accorded to anyone, and with the understanding that they can meaningfully participate in life and in society despite their disability.

This is their blog.


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


Holocaust Education Workshops

The Vermont Holocaust Memorial (VTHM), a non-profit working to advance Holocaust education in the state, is pleased to present the following workshops taking place at JCOGS:

“Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior”

Wednesday, March 21, 2018: VT middle and high school educators

Thursday, March 22, 2018: VT educators in Jewish settings

In partnership with Facing History and Ourselves (, VTHM offers these one day workshops to provide teachers with the tools to teach the many moral questions confronting American students today. Studying the Holocaust using Facing History’s unique approach allows students to examine history and the dismantling of democracy by using ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement – all of which are essential for sustaining democracy.

For more information and to register please visit:

and click on the appropriate link.

For questions contact Debora Steinerman or Marcie Scudder at:


Ministry of Silence

 This is reminder and invitation to join St. John’s in the Mountains for our Ministry of Silence, a time of meditation for peace in our nation and world on on the first  Wednesday of every month  from 7:00  to 7:30 PM at St. John’s.
The Ministry of Silence is open to ALL persons,  of all spiritual backgrounds and faith traditions. Please join us.





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.




 Adult Forum & Bible Study



Benedictine Spirituality in Everyday Life ~ October
A four week session on “Benedictine Spirituality in Everyday Life” will be offered by the Adult Education Committee on Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Maryellen Sullivan will be the presenter.  Pre-registration required.  Please contact Sally at the office to sign up.  If you have questions about the program, please contact Maryellen at or 253-9612.

Vestry Minutes

St. Johns in the Mountains

Stowe, Vermont

Vestry Meeting

April 20, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. – Parish Hall – St John’s in the Mountains

The Vestry of St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church met on April 20, 2015 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall, Stowe, Vermont.

Vestry Members Present: Tom Younkman, Senior Warden; Pete Johnson, Junior Warden, Bill Robinson, James Hodge (via phone), Lucy Howard, and the Reverend Richard Swanson, Rector.

Vestry Members Absent: Jimmy Mauro, Bidi Wheelwright

Guests Present: Bunny Libby and Sandy Duncan, Building and Grounds Committee , Cap Chenoweth, Sunworks Inc, and Maryellen Sullivan, Investment Committee

1. Call to Order/Prayer Father Rick called the meeting to order at 6:57 p.m., followed by opening prayer. It was determined that a quorum was present.

2. Accept Agenda The agenda was accepted with one change – Maryellen Sullivan will present the Investment Committee’s report

3. Introductions The guests and Vestry members introduced themselves.

4. Building and Grounds Presentation – next steps with the utility room

Bunny Libby discussed the reasons for making changes to the utility room, including the complexity of the current heating system and the cost of support from Control Tech, which is costing $3000.00 per year (see the report from Building and Grounds and the report from Cap Chenoweth).

Cap Chenoweth identified three options St. John’s has:

a. Do nothing – this would leave us relying on Control Tech

b. Hire a company such as his to analyze any problem that arises and have them show the support person(s) from Control Technology. This would reduce the cost of support from Control Tech

c. Rip out the existing control system and replace it with more conventional controls

Cap presented the Vestry with an Addendum to his earlier report. The Addendum identifies nine steps in the expected work and lists the likely materials and labor costs of approximately $6000.00. The cost estimate is just that; it’s likely it could cost more to do the work. The time estimated was five work days, and the first step would be to get the heating working with new controls, then fix the air circulation problems.

The Vestry approved the following Motion (proposed by Bill, seconded by Lucy):

The Vestry authorizes Sunworks, Inc to fix our heating system based on the statement of work in the Sunworks Addendum. The time and material cost is not to exceed $8000.00 without prior approval of the Vestry.

Tom, Pete, Bill, and Lucy approved the motion, Jim abstained.

The Vestry recommended that the work begin after Memorial Day. Tom volunteered to work with Libby as Clerk of the Works.

4. Investment Committee Report (attached)

Investment Committee members Maryellen Sullivan and Hank Kessler wrote a document on Investment Policy. Maryellen did the presentation. She started with an outline of the draft, stating that the document first describes relationships between the Investment Committee and the Vestry, the Finance Committee, and the financial advisor (M. Kraus and Company). The other parts of the document describe objectives and guidelines for the two investment funds we have, which are referred to in the document as the Unencumbered Endowment Fund and the Outreach Fund. (refer to the draft Investment Policy Document). For each fund, there are paragraphs that describe

a. Investment Objectives

b. Usage

c. Additions to the Funds

d. Distribution of the Funds

e. Income

f. Asset Allocations

g. Limitations on investments

Several questions arose while going over these topics. As the discussion continued, the group decided to table a vote on the proposed Investment Policy document to give us time to address several issues:

a. What should be the standard names for the funds? Two motions were made by Pete Johnson to address the naming convention for the Church’s investment funds. First, Pete proposed and Tom seconded a motion to use the name “Unencumbered Endowment Fund” for Schwab Account 1662-4286. This was approved. The second motion by Pete is to use the name “The Orlov Fund for Outreach” for account 3581-0633. This was seconded by Bill and approved by the Vestry

b. How should the balance of the Unencumbered Endowment Fund be calculated to determine the 2% distribution for the operating budget? The document (page 3) recommends taking the value of the fund on December 31st each year. The alternative proposed by Jim is to use a thirteen-month monthly average as the balance.

c. (page 3) Should a 2/3 majority vote be required by the Vestry (vs a majority) to draw additional money from the Unencumbered Endowment Fund to meet a budgetary shortfall or emergency financial need?

d. (page 3) Is $500.00 the right boundary for adding unrestricted bequests or gifts to the Endowment Fund?

e. Asset Allocations and Limitations on Investments (both funds) • Should there be a limit on changes made by the Advisor without consulting the Investment Committee

• Should there be limits on the ratings for Fixed Income investments

5. The following Agenda items were tabled:

Discussion of Action Items from the Vestry Retreat

Minutes from March 16, 2015 Vestry Meeting

Consent Agenda

2015 Vestry Calendar.

6. Next Meeting May 18, 2015 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall, St. John’s in the Mountains.

7. Adjournment The meeting adjourned at approximately 9:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Bill Robinson, Vestry


Addendum to Cap Cenoweth’s Report on Heating

Investment Committee Report


Liturgical Ministry Schedule


May 1 – 29, 2016


May 1, 2016 ~ 6th Sunday of Easter                                          10AM
Greeter Bill Robinson
Ushers Ethel Merwin & Jean O’Rourke
Lectors Belle Sanders & Rick Oden
Inter./L.E. Minister Susu Brown
Acolyte Tom Younkman
Organist Natalie Hubbs
Altar Guild Barbara Baraw
Flower Guild Jean O’Rourke
Counters Sandy Duncan & Barbara Baraw
Coffee Hour Maria Davies
Sunday School Jim/Jen Mauro & Assistant
Nursery Care Carole Younkman & Needed Volunteer
Copley Woodlands Rides Jean O’Rourke


May 8, 2016 ~ 7th Sunday of Easter ~Mother’sDay              10AM
Greeter Bill Robinson
Ushers Bernice Binginot & Joe Tichansky
Lectors Pat Schwarz & Hal Morrow
Inter./L.E. Minister Sandy Duncan
Acolyte Jan Tichansky
Organist Audrey Coty
Altar Guild Patty Oden
Flower Guild Berta Pykosz
Counters Barbara Cunningham & Mark Vandenberg
Coffee Hour TBD
Sunday School Pete Johnson & Assistant
Nursery Care Carole Younkman & Needed Volunteer
Copley Woodlands Rides Patty Oden


May 15, 2016 ~ The Day of Pentecost                                       10AM
Greeter Emily Bland
Ushers Lesley & David Hobart
Lectors Deb Clark & David Hobart
Inter/L.E. Min. Susu Brown
Acolyte Tom Younkman
Organist Audrey Coty
Altar Guild Joyce Manning
Flower Guild Patty Oden
Counters Maria Davies & Joan O’Keefe
Coffee Hour Hal Morrow
Sunday School Maria Davies & Assistant
Nursery Care Carole Younkman & Needed Volunteer
Copley Woodlands Rides Barbara Cunningham


May 22, 2016 ~1st Sunday after Pentecost/Trinity Sunday 10 AM
Greeters Bidi Wheelwright
Ushers Tim Heath-Swanson & Joyce Manning
Lectors Rich Reed & Jean O’Rourke
Inter/LE Min. Jan Tichansky
Acolytes Rachael & Nathaniel Wells
Organist Audrey Coty
Altar Guild Susu Brown & Tim Heath-Swanson
Flower Guild Ethel Merwin
Counters Ethel Merwin & Jean O’Rourke
Coffee Hour TBD
Sunday School Jim/Jen Mauro & Assistant
Nursery Care Carole Younkman & Needed Volunteer
Copley Woodlands Rides Leslie Lindig


May 29, 2016 ~2nd Sundayafter Pentecost                              10AM
Greeters Bill Robinson
Ushers Ethel Merwin & Pat Schwarz
Lectors Susu Brown & Pete Johnson
Inter/LE Min. Sandy Duncan
Acolyte Jan Tichansky
Organist Audrey Coty
Altar Guild Patty Oden & Bunny Libby
Flower Guild Joanna Huffman
Counters Barbara Cunningham & Sandy Duncan
Coffee Hour TBD
Sunday School Mark Vandenberg & Assistant
Nursery Care Carole Younkman & Needed Volunteer
Copley Woodlands Rides Ethel Merwin




Please see the Contact List below if you find that you are in need of a replacement for your scheduled time. When you find a replacement, please contact Sally in the office with the information as soon as possible. Thank you for any assistance you are able to provide with the liturgical scheduling.




Barbara Baraw 253-8428 Patty & Rick Oden 253-8075
Jan & Joe Tichansky 253-5060 Jean O’Rourke 244-0804
Biasini Family 888-7686 Rich Reed 888-7083
Nancy & Duncan Tingle 888-2917 Belle Sanders 244-7782
Bernice Binginot 253-4028 Jennifer Mauro 244-7366
Elise Braun 244-1308 Pat Schwarz 888-3069
Deb Clark 253-6354 The Wells Family 253-5195
Emily Bland 253-9057 David & Lesley Hobart 253-2012
Leslie Lindig 253-8417 Bill Robinson 851-8357
Susu & Gordie Brown 253-2952 Hal Morrow 253-2535
Joyce Manning 253-4196 Maria Davies 595-3542
Ethel Merwin 253-9046 Bidi Wheelwright 253-0330
Mark Vandenberg 498-7331 Sandy Duncan 253-6043
Cliff Johnson 253-6086 Joanna Huffman 253-7028
Pete Johnson 760-7172 Tim Heath-Swanson 922-8254
Jim & Robi Hodge 253-4941 Fred Harries 253-8223
Tom & Carole Younkman 888-2650 Bunny Libby 253-7692
Jill Witten 888-5341 Berta Pykosz 888-4371
Nancy Collins 253-2801 Barbara Cunningham 253-3911
Greeters/Ushers Lectors Intercessors/Eucharistic Ministers
Barbara Baraw Barbara Baraw Barbara Baraw
Bernice Binginot Hal Morrow Elise Braun
Susu & Gordie Brown Bernice Binginot Sandy Duncan
Leslie Lindig Elise Braun Susu Brown
Fred Harries Deb Clark Rich Reed (Inter. Only)
Tim Heath-Swanson David Hobart
Pete Johnson Pete Johnson
Jean O’Rourke Bidi Wheelwright
Nancy Collins Rich Reed
Emily Bland Susu Brown
Joyce Manning Rick Oden (2nd)
Ethel Merwin Jean O’Rourke (2nd) Nursery Care
Patty Oden Belle Sanders Carole Younkman
Bidi Wheelwright Pat Schwarz
Bill Robinson Jan Tichansky
Pat Schwarz
David & Lesley Hobart


Crucifer Torchbearer Flowers
Jan Tichansky Nathaniel Wells EthelMerwin            Deb Clark
Tom Younkman Griffin Johnson MaggieMorrow         PattyOden
Rachael Wells Ewan Davies JeanO’Rourke         JillWitten
Tom Younkman Berta Pykosz
Nathaniel Wells
Altar Guild Counters (2) Sunday School
Barbara Baraw Maria Davies Maria Davies
Bunny Libby Jean O’Rourke Pete Johnson
Susu Brown Barbara Baraw Patty Oden
Joyce Manning David Hobart Maryellen Sullivan
Patty Oden Ethel Merwin Audrey Coty (on req’d days)
Joanna Huffman Sandy Duncan Ethel Merwin
Bernice Binginot Joan O’Keefe Emily Bland
Tim Heath-Swanson Barbara Cunningham Jennifer Mauro
Bill Robinson Mark Vandenberg Lesley Hobart Mark Vandenberg
Nursery Care
Carole Younkman