Saint John’s Weekly

St. John’s Weekly
July 17-23, 2017
(online newsletter)
Our Mission is to be a welcoming Christian community of faith,
loving and forgiving, questioning and learning, inviting and serving.
St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church
1994 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT  05672
A community of faith located at the crossroads of Mountain Road and Luce Hill Road.
Vermont Mountain Reflections Blog
Summer Sunday Services
 8:00 am and 10:00am
No Summer Sunday School
Church Office Hours and News
Tuesday and Thursday  9:30am to 3:30
Fridays by appointment only

Weekly Schedule ~ July 17-23
Lamoille Restorative Center
Mah Jong
Vestry Meeting
AA Meeting
Game Night
Holy Eucharist
8:00 & 10:00am
Coffee Hour / *Vision 2027
*Vision 2027.  Please join Nat Kinney and his committee after next Sunday’s 10:00am service.   No need to sign up, just please plan to spend a few minutes after church to let us know h ow you would like St. John’s to “look” in 2027. Your input is very important!
July 16 Vision 2027 Meeting
In the event that you are unable to attend this coming Sunday’s group, a third meeting is planned for Sunday, August 6.
From the Vestry
Any member of the Parish is welcome to attend Vestry Meetings.  If you are unable to attend but would like a copy of the minutes of a meeting, please let the office staff know.
Liturgical Schedule ~ July 23
8:00 am
Bidi Wheelwright and Bill Robinson
Inter / L.E. Minister
Sandy Duncan
Audrey Coty
Altar Guild
Susu Brown & Tim Heath-Swanson
Jill Witten
Barbara Baraw
Patty Oden and Leslie Lindig
Pete Johnson and David Hobart
Inter/L.E. Minister
Rich Reed
Jan Tichansky
Audrey Coty
Altar Guild
Susu Brown & Tim Heath-Swanson
Flower Guild
Jill Witten
Ethel Merwin & Maria Davies
Coffee Hour
Copley Woodlands Rides
Leslie Lindig
St. John’s Game Night ~ July 22
St. John’s Game Night will be held at the church on Saturday, July 22

at 6:30 pm.  This is for people of all ages.  Mark your calendar and join us! 

Men’s Breakfast ~ July 25
The next Men’s Breakfast will be on Tuesday, July 25, at 8:00 am at Dick Kraemer’s home.  If you would like to attend, please contact Bill Robinson
at 851-8357.
Stewardship Committee Meeting ~ July 25
The Stewardship Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 25 at 5:30pm.  If you are interested in joining this committee, please send an email to Max Neal at or telephone 253-1411.
Good Samaritan Haven ~ August 1
The Samaritan dinners are the first Tuesday of each month.  A sign-up sheet with meal suggestions is posted on the bulletin board next the office.  Please see Emily Bland, Jan Tichansky Leslie Lindig or Tom Younkman if you have any questions. Please sign up now to assist in this wonderful ministry of St. John’s.
Silent Meditation ~ Wednesday, August 2
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. (or any part thereof)
Please join us as we sit in silence, in the Church, on Wednesday evening, August 2. There are many ways to engage in this spiritual practice.  You can just sit there and rest. You can pray. You can read a word or two of scripture and think about that. You can fall asleep (don’t worry, we’ll wake you when it’s time to go).
You can also repeat a “mantra” or “sacred word” to yourself to help you let go of the myriad thoughts in your mind.  The sacred word can be something like “peace,” “love,” “Jesus.”  Whatever word helps you to slow down and enjoy the quiet time.
There are no goals here…. just an opportunity to be with God, your neighbor, and yourself in a quiet, reflective atmosphere.
If you have any questions, please feel free to be in touch.  You can reach me via email at or by phone 253-9612 (landline).
SJM Sunday Service on Lawn of Stowe Historical Society Museum
July 30 at 10:00am
On Sunday, July 30, St. John’s in the Mountains will hold its 10:00am service of Holy Eucharist on the front lawn of the Stowe Historical Society Museum.  After the service, the museum will be open.
The museum served as the church building for over 50 years (1955-2007), and prior to that the West Branch School House at the corner of Luce Hill and Mountain Roads.
The Trustees of the Diocese of Vermont offered the building first to another faith group, secondly to a non-profit, and if neither of these wished to move the building it was available to be sold.  One faith group considered taking it but found it was too costly to move it.  The Stowe Historical Society offered to move it once it found a site on which to place it.  With the help of Cliff Johnson, town engineer at the time, and co-chair of the Capital Campaign for St. Johns we were able to create a win win for both St. John’s and Stowe Historical Soc.  The Trustees of the Diocese transferred the building to SHS for no fee at all.
The schoolhouse sat on the back of the parking lot from early summer 2006 to April 2007 when it took its first ride to the Baumrind’s side yard.  It rested there in two pieces until late November 2010.  Just before Thanksgiving the body of the building took its ride up West Hill Rd, turned the corner by Shaws and slowly made its way down Maple St. while telephone and cable company workers pushed up the lines that crossed the road from the poles to the houses. As it turned the corner down School St. people watched in awe that there was sufficient room to get through. It was moved sideways onto the foundation.  The following Wednesday the roof took a similar ride.  It, however, rested for the weekend in front of the gazebo for a weekend because of the opening of the “Trees” exhibit at Helen Day Art Center. By April Stowe Historical Society began moving into its “new home” .
Please spread the word and join us for a morning at the museum.
2017 Church Building Tenth Anniversary
2017 is the tenth anniversary of the construction and opening of our church building.  In September, we will have a special event to commemorate the consecration of the building.
Support St. John’s Online
You can help St. John’s fulfill its mission and support its many outreach activities which make the parish a vibrant place of spirituality and fellowship. Donate to St. John’s in-the-Mountains via a 1-time, or continuing pledge, offering by clicking on the website URL,  Then select the tab  Sharing  and scroll down to label  Stewardship .   Also, please note that it is now possible to make donations on line using your credit card!
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.
During your prayer time please keep Rene, Marcia, Bev & Hank, John, Gloria, Anne, Alaya, David, Maggie, Gayle, Gordie, Edie, Honey, Hal, H.S., Karen, Lois, Celene,  Sophia, Jennifer, Richard, Robert, Tory, Julie, Jordan, Dick, and Joe  in your prayers.  We pray that God’s healing hands be upon them.  We pray in thanksgiving for the life of Mary Boardman (dear friend to Jean O’Rourke) and the lives of all who have died.
Birthdays and Anniversaries in July
July 2
Ken Twitchell
July 16
Bruce Hoffman
Bob Neilson
Jim Hodge
Barbara Crawford
Pam Murray
Joyce Manning
Joe Tichansky
Rachael Wells
July 8
Berta & Matt Pykosz
July 14
Tim Heath-Swanson & Rick Swanson
Diane & Bruce Bensley
Pastoral Needs
If you have questions or concerns about our parish, or have a pastoral emergency, please contact:
Fr. Rick Swanson
Follow Fr. Rick’s blog at:
Zarina Suárez O’Hagin
Bill Robinson
Senior Warden
Bidi Wheelwright
People’s Warden
St. John’s in the Mountain Church, 1994 Mountain Road,  Stowe, VT 05672