Saint John’s Weekly

St. John’s Weekly
September 18-24, 2017
(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.

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Tuesday and Thursday  9:30am to 3:30
Fridays by appointment only
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Hurricane Relief Efforts
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Matthew’s Discourse on Forgiveness

This concludes Matthew’s fourth discourse on life in the community of faith. Here Jesus’ radical pronouncement that there is to be no limit on forgiveness toward

those who sin against us is reinforced by the parable of the unforgiving servant. Surely those who have been forgiven are also called on to forgive others.

The reading begins with Peter, in his role as spokesman for the disciples, asking how often one should forgive another – “As many as seven times?” Peter thought he was being generous in suggesting seven times but Jesus replies that it is necessary to forgive seventy times seven. However, the exact number of times is not the point here. Jesus is saying that there is no cutoff point on forgiveness.
As a reflection of relationships in God’s Kingdom, we are called to repent and in turn show mercy and compassion from the heart as we extend forgiveness. We cannot win God’s forgiveness, but we can lose it by refusing to extend it to others. To God alone belongs judgement, and to God alone are we ultimately accountable. This truth leaves no room for pettiness about variation in practices, but rather encourages charity towards others in all aspects of living.
From Your Editor, Bidi
Did you know this . . .
about Leslie Lindig?
My Personal Life

I was born and raised in Stowe and have a sister, Hillary, who lives outside of Steamboat Springs, CO.  In 1981, Warren and I were married and two years later welcomed our son, Charles (C.P.).

Love of Sports
I  . . .
  • have skied since I was 3 years old.  Ski raced for Mt. Mansfield Ski Club, and went to  a ski racing camp in Austria (age 15).
  • played tennis, played doubles on the Eastern tour, and belonged to the Stowe Tennis Club.
  • tried to play field hockey but it interfered with Fox Hunting (that I loved) where I was a member of the staff.  And, please note, the hounds chased a scent of fox urine and not an actual, frightened fox!
  • showed my horse, Peter Pan, in Hunter Classes.
  • played basketball my junior year, juggling between that and ski racing.
My Interest in Nutrition & Food Preparation 

I  . . .
  • took beginners and advanced Chinese cooking courses, French cooking courses with Lillian Mcarew and Seafood cooking at New England Culinary Institute.
  • studied nutrition at the University of Vermont.
  • prep cooked at local restaurants
And  . . .   I thank my mom, Alice Hartigan, for most of all that I’ve done.
P.S.  Hated piano lessons!
Leslie, as a teenager, on a Fox Hunt

A note from Bernice:   Leslie is a dedicated and selfless volunteer at St. John’s as evidenced by her participation in the Good Samaritan Haven ministry.   Her generosity was evident last Mother’s Day when she provided a flower to each Mom following the Sunday service.  Leslie is also very active in the care and treatment of animals in Lamoille County.

Prayers of Thanksgiving
As we celebrate the effort St. John’s undertook to build the current building ten years ago, we will be offering prayers of thanksgiving for their generosity throughout the Fall.  These names are also found on a plaque in the stairway leading from the narthex to the church basement.  Please see Father Rick if you would like more information.
Weekly Schedule ~ September 18-24
Mah Jong
Rosh Hashana
Vestry Meeting
Spirituality Group Meeting
Men’s Breakfast at The Charlmont
AA Meeting
Holy Eucharist with Special Healing Service
Coffee Hour
NAMI Walk at City Hall Park in  Burlington
Liturgical Schedule ~ September 24
Barbara Baraw & Rick Oden
Inter/L.E. Minister
Jan Tichansky
Tom Younkman
Audrey Coty
Altar Guild
Barbara Baraw & Tim Heath-Swanson
Flower Guild
Patty Oden
Mark Vandenberg & Ethel Merwin
Coffee Hour
Copley Woodlands Rides
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.
Spirituality Group Meeting~ September 21
Spirituality Group will resume gatherings on Thursdays at 10:00am.
NAMI Walk ~ Sunday, September 24
The NAMI (Nat’l Alliance on Mental Illness) Mind Wellness Walk is on Sunday, September 24, at 1:00pm.  Meet at City Hall Park, Burlington.
To register or donate, please speak to:
 Susu Brown (253-2952 or email
New Ministry- Healing and Prayers ~ Sept 24
Spiritual healing has been a central part of the Christian faith since biblical times. As the church grew and developed, the act of healing in the name of Jesus has taken many shapes and forms, and in the past three decades, healing services as a part of the Eucharist have been embraced by many Episcopal churches.
On Sunday, September 24 and continuing on the last Sunday of each month, Fr. Rick and members of the parish invite anyone who wishes prayers for any purpose to come forward to the altar rail for a prayer and blessing immediately following communion.
Visiting Priest ~ October 1
On October 1, The priests of St. John’s, Christ Church, Montpelier, and Church of the Good Shepherd, Barre will start a pulpit/altar swap to learn about our neighboring parishes and how we might join together in ministry.   On Sunday, October 1, Fr. Rick and members of the Vestry will be visiting The Church of the Good Shepherd, Barre, and the Rev. Paul Habersang from Christ Church, Montpelier will be at St. John’s, along with members of Christ Church leadership.   During coffee hour, there will be a time for fellowship and conversation with our neighbors.   Please plan on attending.
Rev. Paul Habersang, Priest in Partnership, is a second career priest who first worked in the electrical industry with both GE Company and the Square D Company for a number of years. After living a life-long dream of relocating to Vermont, Paul was called to serve as the Priest-in-Partnership at Christ Church, Montpelier. Rev Paul strongly believes in the practice of mutual ministry and in the empowerment of all people within this vibrant faith community.
Blessing of the Animals ~ October 1
October 1 at 4 pm at St. John’s
Good Samaritan Haven ~ October 3
The Good 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.
We also want to thank everyone who has so generously donated food to the Haven each month all these years.  It is so appreciated by the homeless folks who are there temporarily and are hopefully passing through until they can become independent again and on their own.  It is truly a Ministry for all of you.
Drivers, We Need Your Help!
We are in need of drivers willing to deliver suppers to Good Samaritan Haven the first Tuesday of the month.  The prepared meals are picked up at St.John’s about 1:00pm and taken down to Barre.  With a larger pool of driver volunteers, each person would only need to be the delivery person once every few months.  So, please join us “in the pool” and let Jan Tichansky (253-5060) know you’re willing to help out.
Silent Meditation ~ Wednesday, October 4
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. (or any part thereof)
Please join us as we sit in silence, in the Church, on Wednesday evening,
October 4. 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).
A Labyrinth Has Come to Stowe Community Church!
Have you ever walked a labyrinth? Unlike a maze, it has no confusing paths or dead ends. It is a single winding path that provides a meditative walk to the center and back out again. It is an ancient circular pattern found in many cultures and dating back over 5000 years.
On August 31 we did it! Labyrinth builder Nathan Wiles led the group to create the labyrinth design and paint it onto a 21-foot canvas.
On October 14, from 9am to noon we’ll hold a Labyrinth Learning Lab to talk about the history and uses of labyrinths today, including guidelines on how to walk a labyrinth and ending with a labyrinth walk.
Please join us for one or both workshops. They will take place in Fellowship Hall and are free of charge. For more information call Kathe Rhinesmith at 253-1942.
Stowe Community Church Offering a Special Class on Thursday nights at 7 pm
From Pastor Will Vaus:  We are reading and discussing Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis.
This book began as radio talks on the BBC during World War II reaching millions of listeners. Even in recent years, Mere Christianity continues to be among the top ten religious paperback bestsellers with hundreds of thousands of copies selling every year. There is no need to read the book in advance.
The class is open to all regardless of religious background and we are most welcoming of questions. Even though the class has been running for a few weeks, anyone can join in any time. Each week kind of stands on its own as we cover a different chapter and different topic each week.
Confirmation ~ January 7, 2018

Bishop Thomas Ely is coming to St. John’s on Sunday, January 7, 2018.  During his visit, he will perform confirmations, receptions into the Episcopal Church, and reaffirmations of faith.  All youth in high school and all adults are invited to participate in these special blessings while the Bishop is here.  If you are interested, please see Fr. Rick.

The Mountain Chapel Day of Remembrance
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, Edie, Honey, Hal, H.S., Karen, Lois, Celene, Richard, Robert, Tory, Julie, Jordan, Dick, Joe, and the victims of Hurricanes Harvey  and Irma in your prayers.  We pray that God’s healing hands be upon them.  We pray in thanksgiving for the lives of all who have passed away.
Birthdays and Anniversaries in September
Sept 1
Dick Kraemer
Sept 17
Barbara Cunningham
Deb Clark
Bev Kessler
Jill Carroll
Joan O’Keefe
Ron Lucier
Leah Kuhnery
Kathy Preston
Jane Lowe
Sept 1
Emily & Richard Bland
Sept 23
Eileen & Dick Kraemer
Nancy & Dick Collins
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