Saint John’s Weekly

St. John’s Weekly
March 12-18, 2018
(online newsletter)
1994 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT

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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
“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”

Mark Twain
Who Was St. Patrick?
First, a few misconceptions about Patrick:
Patrick isn’t really a Saint with a capital S, having never been officially canonized by Rome. And Patrick couldn’t have driven the snakes out of Ireland because there were never any snakes there to begin with. He wasn’t even the first evangelist to Ireland (Palladius had been sent in 431,about five years before Patrick went). Patrick isn’t even Irish. He’s from what’s now Dumbarton, Scotland (just northwest of Glasgow).
Patrick was 16 years old in about the year 405, when he was captured in a raid and became a slave in what was still radically pagan Ireland. Far from home, he clung to the religion he had ignored as a teenager. Even though his grandfather had been a priest, and his father a town councilor, Patrick “knew not the true God.” But forced to tend his master’s sheep in Ireland, he spent his six years of bondage mainly in prayer. He escaped at the suggestion of a dream and returned home.
Patrick was in his mid-40s when he returned to Ireland. Palladius had not been very successful in his mission, and the returning former slave replaced him. Intimately familiar with the Irish clan system (his former master, Milchu, had been a chieftain), Patrick’s strategy was to convert chiefs first, who would then convert their clans through their influence. Reportedly, Milchu was one of his earliest converts.
Though he was not solely responsible for converting the island, Patrick was quite successful. He made missionary journeys all over Ireland, and it soon became known as one of Europe’s Christian centers. This, of course, was very important to fifth-century Christians, for whom Ireland was one of the “ends of the earth.”
Ted Olsen, Christianity Today International
Shelter Update
Dear Parishioners of St. John’s,

Thank you to all at St. John’s for your efforts, patience and time in setting up and sustaining the Lamoille Warming Shelter. This has been an incredible grass roots project that has sheltered the most vulnerable in our communities through this season. The Yellow House in Hyde Park will be the home of the permanent shelter as of March 1st.

It is my hope that everyone from St. John’s continues to support and volunteer at the shelter. If you like to cook, please bring a meal; if you get up early, come help in the morning. If it is more difficult for you to venture farther from home to help with the shelter, please consider partnering up to help. For example, one person prepares the meal and the other drops it off to Hyde Park. Or, bring your buddy with you to do a morning or evening shift so you don’t have to drive alone. Sign up to do laundry or clean up. Whatever your strengths, this is a great way to give back and make a difference in our community.  Think of the Yellow House as “our” shelter and stay involved.

We have re-organized some of the job positions to optimize our volunteers’ time and effort. site has been organized by calendar date.
Your involvement is still very much needed!!

It is said that “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” Our efforts this year have kept homeless people, including young children, from sleeping outside or in their car on these frigid Vermont nights. Please continue to support the Lamoille Shelter by giving your time.We should all be proud of the contributions of St. John’s in forming the Lamoille Shelter, please join us now in sustaining the Shelter.

With deep appreciation,
Emily Bland
Outreach Chair
Help Furnish the Shelter
The shelter is in need of the following items: A toaster oven to warm up Casseroles; A Hair Dryer; Area Rugs; little bedside tables; floor lamps; 2 comfortable chairs; toys; TV or a large monitor to which a computer can be plugged; medium size totes for storage of personal items. Thanks to all who have donated items. The shelter in Hyde Park is slowly getting outfitted and ready for daily use by March 1.”
If you would like our assistance in removing them from a crowded basement or guest room closet, please let me know at
from Roger Nicholls
Cold Weather Shelter Update
St. John’s members on the Emergency Shelter 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.
Weekly Schedule ~ March 12-18
Outreach Meeting
Lamoille Restorative Center
Men’s Brown Bag Lunch
Mah Jong
Simple Soup Supper
Spirituality Group
Ladies’ Lunch at the Whip
St. Patrick’s Day
AA Meeting
Holy Eucharist
Sunday School
Coffee Hour
Vestry Retreat
Special & Easter Flower Offerings
Easter is fast approaching and it is time once again to think about donations for a special Easter Offering – in memoriam or in honor of, and thanksgiving for loved ones, and a Flower Offering envelope to assist the Altar Guild beautify the church for our celebrations..  You will be receiving envelopes in the mail soon for these offerings, on which you can provide the information you would like to share.  Thank you.
Liturgical Schedule
March 18, 2018 ~ Fifth Sunday in Lent  at 10:00am
 Janie and Peter Given
Hal Morrow & Hassimiou Bangoura
Inter/L.E. Min.
Bidi Wheelwright
Jan Tichansky
Audrey Coty
Altar Guild
Barbara Baraw & Tim Heath-Swanson
Flower Guild
Deb Clark (branches)
Sandy Duncan & Jean O’Rourke
Coffee Hour
Deb Clark
Copley Woodlands Rides
Ethel Merwin
Men’s Luncheon ~ March 13
The next Men’s Brown Bag Lunch will be on Tuesday, March 13, at 11:45 am at St. John’s.
Simple Soup Suppers ~ Wednesday, March 14 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Wonderful Evening for All!
Mark your calendar and plan to dine out at St. John’s next Wednesday evening!
And, for those who are able, please continue to sign up to make homemade soups & desserts as well as volunteer to set up, serve, clean up and proudly wear a “Have you Hugged an Episcopalian” apron on Wednesday nights.
Please note:  If you are making a homemade soup, please bring a copy of your recipe with you so we can include it in the new St. John’s recipe book.
All proceeds of the soup suppers will be donated to The Lamoille Community Food Share.  Donations are $8.00 per adult and $5.00 per child under 12.
Soup Supper ready
Not only soup but delicious desserts.
Ladies’ Luncheon ~ Thursday, March 15
All women of the parish are invited to join us for lunch/fellowship/socializing on the third Thursday of each month at The Whip in Stowe at 12:15pm.  Both members and friends of members are welcome.  The next Luncheon date is March 15.
Please RSVP to Sue Suthers by the end of the day, on Tuesday, the 13th at or 847-767-1320 or 802-472-3370.
Please include your contact information, in case there is a change in plans due to weather, etc.
Taizé Prayer Service ~ March 22
St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church will hold a candlelight Taizé prayer service on Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. The service involves singing of simple, melodic chants, a few readings, and short periods of silence. All are welcome.
Please join us!

Here are a few comments following last month’s service:
“Many thanks for all of your efforts to enable the incredible service this evening. It was an oasis of peace and hope and love – needed so very much in our world.”
– Sue Nicholls
“That was a beautiful, moving service.” – Susu Brown
“Wow! The service was beautiful and fabulous, besides being well attended! So Taizé! I am thrilled we are doing this.” – Deb Clark
“The service last evening was so impressive to me . . the altar area was lovely along with the urns of sand to hold our lights. Thank you and all the others who planned and made this evening a part of our Lenten journey.” – Belle Sanders
First Sunday/Family Holy Eucharist ~ April 8
There will be a Family Holy Eucharist with emphasis on children and their families followed by a light dinner the first Sunday of each month at 6:15 pm.  The next one will be on Sunday, April 8.  All ages are welcome. Please join us!
St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, NY

The cornerstone of St. Patrick’s Cathedral was laid in 1858 and her doors swept open in 1879. It was over 150 years ago when Archbishop John Hughes announced his inspired ambition to build the “new” St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

. . . .  Ridiculed as “Hughes’ Folly,” as the proposed, near-wilderness site was considered too far outside the city, Archbishop Hughes, nonetheless, persisted in his daring vision of building the most beautiful Gothic Cathedral in the New World in what he believed would one day be “the heart of the city.” Neither the bloodshed of the Civil War nor the resultant lack of manpower or funds would derail the ultimate fulfillment of Hughes’ dream and architect, James Renwick’s bold plan.

Rock Point Summer Camp
It is hard to imagine summer camp in the middle of winter, but we know that parents are already making plans for summer.  Rock Point is in Burlington and is the camp run by the Episcopal Church in Vermont.  St. John’s offers partial scholarships to all the kids from St. John’s who would like to attend.  Please let Fr. Rick know if you are interested in a scholarship.  The website with the registration material is at .
Dates for this summer:
Sr. High Camp (ages 14-16) – July 1-6;
Jr. High Camp (ages 11-14) – July 8-13;
Intermediate Camp (ages 10-12) – July 15-20;
Elementary Camp (ages
Parish Visiting
Marcia Sterns
577 Washington Highway Room 116 Elmore
Morrisville, VT   05661

Marcia likes to talk and join in the group activities at the Manor.  Please join her any time.  Please contact Father Rick (760-7787) or Deacon Zarina (535-7117) for further guidance.
During your prayer time please keep Rene & Bernice , Marcia, Bev & Hank, Gloria, Alaya, Maggie, Gayle, Honey, Hal, H.S., Richard, Robert, Tory, Julie, Jordan, Jason, Al, Carol, Paul, Carol G., Jennifer, Pam, Christian, Bob, Betty, Erica, Barbara, and Leslie in your prayers.  We pray that God’s healing hands be upon them.  We pray in thanksgiving for the lives of victims of storms, influenza across the country, Warren Lindig, Celene Haskins, and those who have died in gun violence throughout our country.
Birthdays and Anniversaries in February
March 4
Sally Verville
March 20
Pete Johnson
Jill Witten
Nathaniel Wells
Alexandra Bland
Elizabeth Hoffman
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 Follow Fr. Rick’s blog at:
Zarina Suárez O’Hagin Deacon
Dick Kraemer Senior Warden 802-888-5880 RichardKraemer
Emily Bland
People’s Warden

2018 Members of the Vestry:  Dick Kraemer (Senior Warden), Emily Bland (People’s Warden), Fred Harries, Max Neal, Rich Reed, and Janie Given.

St. John’s in the Mountain Church, 1994 Mountain Road,  Stowe, VT 05672