Saint John’s Weekly

St. John’s Weekly
January 15-21, 2018
(online newsletter)
1994 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT
(802)253-7578

Sunday Service
 10:00am
Sunday School
 10:00am
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.

Vermont Mountain Reflections Blog
Church Office Hours and News 
Tuesday and Thursday  9:30am to 3:30pm
Fridays by appointment only
Important Update:  Cold Weather Shelter
A newly formed community-wide Steering Committee will look at policies and procedures necessary to address the need for an expanded cold-weather shelter ministry through April 15.  Specifically, the Steering Committee will look at additional shared locations, volunteer recruitment, training and sign up procedures.

During the past two weekends, the Congregational Church in Hyde Park and the Johnson United Church have served as shelter hosts.

St. John’s remains the midweek shelter supported by the continuing effort of our parishioners and community volunteers.

Sign-Up Guide to Assist with the Temporary Shelter
The temporary shelter at St. John’s is using SignUp.com for you to volunteer.
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
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 SignUp.com.
If you have specific questions, please contact Emily at lamoilleshelter2018@gmail.com.
I’ve Been to the Mountaintop, April 3, 1968

“We’ve got some difficult days ahead.  But it doesn’t really matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop.  I don’t mind.  Like anybody, I would like to live–a long life; longevity has its place.  But I’m not concerned about that now.  I just want to do God’s will.  And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain.  And I’ve looked over.  And I’ve seen the Promised Land.  I may not get there with you.  But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.”
From Martin Luther King, Jr.
Weekly Schedule ~ January 15-21
Monday
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Vestry Meeting
 6:00pm
Tuesday
Mah Jong
 1:00pm
Thursday
Spirituality Group
10:00am
Ladies’ Luncheon at The Whip
12:30pm
Saturday
AA Meeting
 5:00pm
Sunday
Choir Rehearsal
 9:30am
Holy Eucharist
10:00am
Sunday School
10:00am
Coffee Hour
11:00am
Alert:  Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 28. 
The 2018 Vestry nominees are Dick Kraemer and Jane Givens.  The third position is open.  Nominees for the Diocesan Convention are yet to be determined.
Liturgical Schedule ~ January 21 at 10:00am
Third Sunday after The Epiphany

                ~ Holy Eucharist w/ Preacher:  The Rev. Zarina O’Hagin
Greeter
TBD
Ushers
TBD
Lectors
Gizelle Guyette & Peter Johnson
Inter/L.E. Min.
Sandy Duncan
Acolyte
Pete Johnson
Organist
Audrey Coty
Altar Guild
Susu Brown
Flower Guild
Berta Pykosz
Counters
Barbara Cunningham & Jean O’Rourke
Coffee Hour
Berta & Matt Pykosz
Copley Woodlands Rides
Barbara Cunningham
Ladies Lunch, January 18th – Please Join Us!
All women of the parish are invited to join us for lunch/fellowship/socializing at The Whip in Stowe on Thursday, January 18th at 12:30 pm.
We are hoping to make this a monthly event.  Please RSVP by Tuesday, the 16th to: Sue Suthers.  suzanne230@comcast.net  or 847-767-1320 (cell) / 802-472-3370.
(We need to let the restaurant know how many to expect!)

Also please include your contact information, in case there is a change in plans due to weather, etc.

Men’s Breakfast ~ January 27
The next Men’s Breakfast is Saturday, January 27, at 8:00am at The Charlmont in Morrisville.
Tree of Lights Success

The Tree of Lights on the Village green glowed with a total of 725 lights raising $725 to benefit Lamoille Hospice, Central Vermont Hospice and Vermont Respite House.

Congratulations to Deb Clark and everyone who participated in this annual fundraising event that honors those people we want to honor or remember in a very special way.

Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is looking for a volunteer driver to do deliveries in Stowe on Thursdays.  Pick up is at  10:30am  and takes about two hours.   If you willing to help, please contact Nicole for details at 888-5011.
Preliminary Report on
St. John’s Finances, January 14, 2018
Bill Robinson and Fred Harries
Part 1: 2018 Pledge Results
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
# of pledges
48
57
53
51
54
# new
9
5
3
8
# loss
0
9
5
5
average
2,254.27
1,953.82
1,991.40
2,292.47
2,150.28
total
108,205.00
111,368.00
105,544.00
116,916.00
116,115.00
Part 2: Operating Expenses and Total Revenues
Actual Results
Projected
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
Revenue
130,292.82
136,076.37
135,534.21
133,125.55
138,215.00
Expense
143,275.95
157,317.48
147,180.82
147,128.00
151,540.00
Deficit
-12,983.13
-21,241.11
-11,646.61
-14,002.45
-13,325.00
Part 3: Budget for 2018
There are a few changes to our usual budget that you should be aware of:
  1. 1.    Revenue — Added $2000 revenue from fund-raisers
  2. 2.    Operating Expenses
  • Drop 4% of pledges to Outreach
  • Increase in our Diocesan Assessment
  • No change in the Rector’s Compensation
The Vestry will be voting on the budget on January 15th.
Part 4: Outreach Funding
The Outreach Committee had the following resources for use in 2017
carryover from 2016
1,410.86
Orlov Grant
5,000.00
4% Budget
4,677.00
Direct Donations
863.00
Fundraisers*
6778.35
 Total
18,729.21
*The Tree of Lights is not included yet.
Our parish “tithe” for Outreach could be measured as
 (External Donations)/(Total Income + Outreach Income).
For 2017, this amounts to 12.73%.
Our Finance Committee has recommended increasing the grant from the Orlov Endowment to $10,000.  The rationale is that the bequest was based on the assumption that we would spend the money on Outreach sooner rather than later.  During the period that the grants have been $5000.00/year, the endowment fund has grown from roughly $80,000 to $100,000.
There also have been suggestions about how the proceeds from fund-raisers could be split between outreach and the operating budget.  This was the case with the recent Christmas Bazaar.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service Addressing Alzheimer’s disease
On Sunday, January 21 at 4:30 pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, our 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.  We have been told that it is a very special enlightening service by people who saw them at the Burlington Unitarian Universalist Church this past September.  Please pass along this information to your congregations because we welcome everyone to attend.
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. http://alzheimerscanyon.blogspot.com/

From Nancy  Merz
Future of St. John’s in the Mountains
In March of this year the Vestry and Rector invited a group of parishioners to lead the parish in a discussion about the future of St. John’s in the Mountains. The group became known as “The 2027 Vision Committee”.  Members were Emily Bland, Nathaniel Kinney, Suzanne Suthers, and Mark Vandenberg.
The group worked over the summer and fall, and presented its results to the Vestry, suggesting some changes.  The final report was approved in October.  The group presented the final version of their report to the parish at Coffee Hour in early November. Copies of the report are available in the undercroft or can be sent to you via email.
The Vision 2027 report identified ten areas for development:

1.     Develop a positive awareness of our church

2.     Host events to connect with new people

3.     Welcome new members into our fellowship

4.     Expand upon our existing worship services

5.     Teach about Christ to young and old

6.     Offer assistance to those in need

7.     Continue to improve our facility

8.     Continue our ecumenical involvement

9.     Deepen our fellowship with one another

10.   Become better stewards of our members’ time, talent & treasure

 
For each of these there are at least four specific actions that the 2027 Committee recommends.
In order to move forward, the Vestry needs to prioritize the actions to take over the next two years.  In the undercroft we have posted ten lists taken from the Vision 2027 report which we will leave through mid-January.
During Coffee Hour or other times you’re at the Church, please express your preferences by placing check marks next to items you believe are most important.  If there’s an area you’d like to participate in, please add your name at the bottom of that page.  We look forward to your input.
from Bill Robinson, Sr. Warden
Parish Visiting
Marsha Sterns
577 Washington Highway Room 116 Elmore
Morrisville, VT   05661

Marsha likes to talk and join in the group activities at the Manor.  Please join her any time. Cookies and cards are welcome.  Please contact Father Rick (760-7787), Deacon Zarina (535-7117) or Nancy Tingle (888-2917) with any questions, or contact a member of the Pastoral Care team for ideas on visiting those in need.  Tom Younkman, Susu Brown, Deb Clark, or Jan Tichansky.
Prayers
During your prayer time please keep Rene, Marcia, Bev & Hank, Gloria, Alaya, Maggie, Gayle, Honey, Hal, H.S., Celene, Richard, Robert, Tory, Julie, Jordan, Dick, Jason, Al, Carol, Paul, Warren, Carol G., Jennifer, Pam, Christian, Bob, and Betty in your prayers.  We pray that God’s healing hands be upon them.  We pray in thanksgiving for the lives of the victims of the California fires, the frigid temperatures across the country, victims of the mudslides in California, and for those who have died in gun violence throughout our country.
Birthdays and Anniversaries in January
Birthdays
January 2
Warren Azano
January 16
Hank Kessler
2
Reagan Vandenberg
20
Emily Bland
7
Bev Freda
21
Rich Reed
11
Jan Tichansky
 23
 Eileen Kraemer
Anniversaries
January 16 Judy Pendell & Warren Alan
Pastoral Needs
If you have questions or concerns about our parish, or have a pastoral emergency, please contact:
Fr. Rick Swanson
 Rector
 802-253-7578
 rick@stjohnsinthe mountains.org
Follow Fr. Rick’s blog at:
Zarina Suárez O’Hagin
Deacon
802-535-7117
zarinalawvt@gmail.com
Bill Robinson
Senior Warden
802-851-8357
billrobinson43@comcast.net
Bidi Wheelwright
People’s Warden
802-279-6838
bidiwheelwright@gmail.com
St. John’s in the Mountain Church, 1994 Mountain Road,  Stowe, VT 05672 

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