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.