Seasonal Events

Winter at St. John’s



St. John’s Has Set Up a Homeless Shelter

 Father Rick worked with Will Eberle at Capstone about using St. John’s space as an emergency shelter to provide help during the extreme cold weather we’re having. Will posted the following on the Capstone website.

“St. John’s in the Mountains in Stowe is providing a pop-up shelter for the cold snap. The shelter will remain open as long as severe cold continues.

All homeless and precariously housed individuals and families residing in the Lamoille Valley who are in need of shelter during that time period are welcome to stay at St John’s (1994 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672).

If you’ll be staying at St. John’s, please:

-Connect with a case manager at Capstone Community Action (802-888-7993) or Economic Services (800-479-6151).

-Have the case manager contact Father Rick at 802-760-7787 so he knows you’ll be coming.

Those staying at St. John’s will need to check in each night between 6 and 6:30pm.

Dinner and breakfast will be provided.

Everyone must leave the premises by 8am each morning.

A warm space, blankets, volunteers, pews with cushions, and bathrooms will be provided.”


The outpouring of support from the Lamoille Community has been expansive.  We have received enough food that should get us through Wednesday morning.  Food has come from lots of sources, including The Bagel Shop, parishioners and members of JCOGS. The UU church wants to provide a pot roast supper for Sunday. The Vermont Red Cross has brought cots, blankets, and bags of personal items such as tooth brushes. Their trailer is in the back of the parking lot.  We’ve also had donations of blankets, pillows, and clothing.  Elaine has provided some information and forms for running a shelter.


Volunteers to run the shelter overnight have come from St. John’s, JCOGS, Laraway, and The United Way.


On Friday and Saturday nights there were six people (including a father with two children) in the shelter.  The family slept in the undercroft and three men slept in the church. A group of parishioners took down the cots, put all bedding away, and spot cleaned the floors before the Sunday service.


Father Rick has been in contact with the town manager and with the chief of police, and asked the police to stop by at 10 PM.  At some point we will have to get the Fire Marshal to certify that our facility meets existing requirements.


At the Jan 1 service, Fr. Rick made an announcement about the shelter and invited the people present to discuss how we go forward.  It’s likely that we will extend the dates to leave the shelter open through another week (the forecast is for more of this bitter cold).  Donations to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund will help provide gas cards for visitors who have cars.


Father Rick has been doing the organization and coordination of the possible clients and recruitment of people to stay overnight. We discussed starting a steering committee to take over some of the work that Father Rick has done, such as scheduling volunteers to stay overnight with visitors to the shelter, working with Capstone, and ensuring that appropriate food is available for the breakfast and dinner.

If you’re interested in participating as a volunteer or want to provide food, contact:

Father Rick  (802-760-7787),

Bill Robinson  ( 802-851-8357 ), or

Emily Bland  (802-253-9057 ).



Martin Luther King Jr.

Social Justice Film Series: January – June 2018

First Film: “13th  Award Winning Documentary

Sunday, January 14, 4:00 PM in Stowe

Helen Day Art Center

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 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 v isit:

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.