St. John’s Weekly

February 15 – 21, 2021

(online newsletter)
 
 

 
 
   
Sunday Online Morning Worship Service 10:00am
 
1994 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT
(802) 253-7578 

 

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 and Pastoral Care

Contacts: Church office at 802-253-7578, Fr. Rick Swanson at 802-760-7787, Deacon Zarina at 802-535-7117 or Senior Warden, Dick Kraemer at 802-888-5880.

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What is Love asking us to do?

Lent traditionally is about giving something up – chocolate or coffee for example. Well this Lent let’s try something different. This Lent let us strive to display or act out one overt act of loving kindness out-side of our normal routine each week.

Lest you think this is some-thing trivial or simple it is not. It would mean that you would need to reflect upon the normally kind or loving things you do and then come up with something not normal for you. Maybe this week it is making dinner for a friend or family member and delivering it to them, or paying for the groceries for a stranger. I don’t know what it might mean for you but for Lent let us make an effort to increase our acts of kindness rather than deny ourselves something. What is Love asking you to do?  –The Reverend Rob Neville

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Lomond, CA
https://saintandrewsbenlomond.org/2019/03/05/lenten-soup-supper-series/

Remembering Hal Morrow

From Fr. Rick.

Long time parishioner, Hal Morrow, died on Friday, February 19 at Copley Manor Nursing Home in Morrisville. He was 86 years old. At this time, no services have been planned. A few things to consider:

Hal had a cat, Mitty, who is a wonderful, male, indoor/outdoor cat and is in need of a new home. He is an easy cat to love, loves human affection, and a calming presence. If you or someone you know would consider adopting him, please contact Fr. Rick

Gala Keller, Hal’s niece, and her husband will be traveling to Stowe in early March to attend to Hal’s affairs. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, they will be in quarantine at Hal and Maggie’s home on Luce Hill Rd. (directly across the street from the church) for seven days prior to their COVID test. Fr. Rick is in conversation with Gala on how St. John’s might be of assistance to help out with their food needs. More to come.

Gala shared these two photos of a young Hal.

           In the Army                                Hiking the White Mountains

 

If you wish send a note of condolence to Gala and her brothers, Hal’s closest heirs, please do so at:

Gala Keller
903 Sam Day Rd.
Bradleyville, MO 65614

May Hal rest in peace and rise in glory. Alleluia! Alleluia!

     

 

Here I Am, Lord

Choir & Orchestra of St. Lillian

 

Soup Suppers during Lent ~ Thursday

Zoom link below
Each Thursday evening throughout Lent, the Outreach Committee asks you to join us remotely to eat a simple soup supper together. We will enjoy fellowship from 6:30-7:00pm followed by a short conversation about our Outreach charities, and ending with a Compline service.

Note: You will need to provide your own soup. Here is a recipe for one of our Soup Supper’s favorites!

Minestrone Soup
Ingredients
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup minced white or yellow onion (about 1 small onion)
1⁄2 cup chopped zucchini
1⁄2 cup frozen cut Italian cut green beans
1⁄4 cup minced celery (about 1/2 stalk)
4 teaspoons minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
4 cups vegetable broth (Swanson is good broth :*note Do not use chicken broth!*)
2 (15 ounce) cans red kidney beans, drained
2 (15 ounce) cans small white beans or 2 (15 ounce) cans great northern beans, drained
1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1⁄2 cup carrot (julienned or shredded)
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 1⁄2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil
1⁄4 teaspoon dried thyme
3 cups hot water
4 cups fresh Baby Spinach
1⁄2 cup small shell pasta
Directions
Heat three tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot.
Sautee onion, celery, garlic, green beans, and zucchini in the oil for 5 minutes or until onions begin to turn translucent.
Add vegetable broth to pot, plus drained tomatoes, beans, carrot, hot water, and spices.
Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Add spinach leaves and pasta and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until desired consistency.
Makes about eight 1 1/2 cup servings.


Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 6:30 pm

And … every Thursday evening throughout March

Feb 25, 2021 06:30 pm
Mar 4, 2021 06:30 pm
Mar 11, 2021 06:30 pm
Mar 18, 2021 06:30 pm
Mar 25, 2021 06:30 pm

Soup Supper Zoom Link

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83259482711?pwd=VkRLUFNyZkYvbm1yWjRlTUdRaE8vZz09

Meeting ID: 832 5948 2711
Passcode: 802

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Dial by your location
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Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kzlqgXyX2

 

Liturgical Schedule

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Celebrant and Preacher — The Rev. Rick Swanson
Deacon — The Rev. Zarina Suárez O’Hagin
Intercessor and Lay Minister — Barbara Baraw
Lectors — Willa Johnson & Janie Givens
PowerPoint Service Technician — Pete Johnson

 

Week’s Schedule

See Meeting and Service Zoom Log In Information Below

WEDNESDAY, February 24, 2021
Zoom Lunch this week
Lectionary Study at 3:00pm
Compline at 8:00pm

THURSDAY, February 25, 2021
Spirituality Group at 10:00am

SUNDAY, February 28, 2021
Sunday Zoom Service at 10:00am
Coffee Hour

…………………

From Deacon Zarina:
The Faith and Race Committee will be setting a meeting after this week.
Zarina has heard from two parishioners who will join, and invites others
to do so. You can contact her directly. Next week, she will publish
the time of a meeting for the group.

Legislator Open Letter Sign-On

Please fill out the form below to sign in solidarity with the multi-partisan, women-led and drafted letter that aims to address the racism and white supremacy that continues to harm BIWOC in Vermont. These action steps are intended to reinforce, support, and enhance the recommendations and work that is already being championed by so many advocates, activists, BIPOC Vermonters, and the Social Equity Caucus. In the process of drafting this letter, we consulted many BIPOC community members who articulated the importance of antiracist messaging coming from as many places and directions as possible. We hear this feedback and offer that there is value in echoing necessary action steps from all of the avenues that we have access to.

The full letter can be found here: http://bit.ly/Time4Accountability
* Required
Open Letter

To Our Fellow Vermonters:

We, the undersigned, represent a multi-partisan group of white women Vermont legislators. We write this letter in the shadow of a terrorist attack on our nation’s capital by avowed white supremacists; rising public discourse about the influence of organized white supremacist groups in Vermont; and an ever-growing list of Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color (BIWOC) Vermont leaders whose public service and lives have been violated by racist violence in our communities. This statement reflects a collective tipping point in our determination to address the pervasive and cancerous presence of racism, misogyny, and white supremacy in Vermont and the threat that it poses to our democracy.

We shamefully acknowledge that we as white women in positions of influence have done woefully little to protect BIWOC Vermonters from the violence of white supremacy. We offer this statement in an effort to hold ourselves accountable. We stand beside and behind BIWOC Vermonters and state clearly that white supremacy – and its ability to silence BIWOC participation in the public sphere – poses an immediate threat to our collective safety, our democratic institutions, and the richness of our communities in Vermont.

In naming our failings to adequately protect our community, we wish to explicitly acknowledge that we failed our colleague, Rep. Kiah Morris. As white leaders and Vermonters, we did not speak up forcefully enough and demand justice when she faced harassment, threats, and acts of violence. We are working to recognize our failures, we commit to doing better, and we are deeply sorry.

We wish to acknowledge and uplift Selectboard Member Rachel Edens; Councilor Zoraya Hightower; Saudia LaMont, Chair of the Racial Equity Alliance of Lamoille (REAL); Tabitha Moore, former President of the Rutland Area NAACP; Representative and Commissioner Kiah Morris; Sha’an Mouliert, Co-Coordinator, I Am Vermont Too and BIPOC Student Coordinator; Senator Kesha Ram; Commissioner and Alderperson, Lisa Ryan; and Mia Schultz, President of the Rutland Area NAACP; as well as the many other BIWOC leaders who struggle in isolation while faithfully serving the public.

BIWOC Vermonters lead and serve our communities at great personal sacrifice and peril. There is ample evidence demonstrating that BIWOC Vermont leaders have been the shameful targets of abject racist and sexist public scrutiny, criticism, harassment, and abuse by their white colleagues and neighbors. This must end.

We insist that acts of racist abuse committed against these leaders go beyond their unique communities and relationships and constitute a systemic pattern of racist suppression in Vermont. We find that public and governmental responses to this violence and harassment have been fully lacking in urgency, accountability, and solutions. The impact of racist violence against BIWOC leaders must be addressed as a statewide failure to combat the influence of white supremacy in our communities.

We understand that a basic requirement for cogent and courageous participation in public service is a sense of safety and belonging. Vermont fails to provide the safety necessary for BIWOC to lead. A basic requirement of a healthy democracy is the protection of the will of the people. BIWOC elected officials have been chosen by their communities to serve. Any effort to threaten or undermine their capacity to serve is a direct threat to our democratic process and the will of the voters.

Our democracy is equally threatened by the silence of those in positions of power and privilege; namely white Vermont leaders. We wish to be clear that the responsibility of ensuring a safe climate for BIPOC leaders rests in the hands of white Vermonters. All white Vermonters must speak and act with urgency to protect our BIPOC neighbors and our democratic institutions. This is our work to do.

We unequivocally stand with BIWOC Vermonters. We support their individual efforts to seek safety and collective efforts to improve the lives of others. We ask our colleagues and neighbors to join us in actively rooting out white supremacy in Vermont and Vermont politics; and insisting that white supremacy poses an immediate threat to the heart and soul of Vermont itself.

In these efforts, we commit to the following. We urge all white Vermonters to join us in our commitments:

– Use accurate language when addressing racism and white supremacy in Vermont; explicitly name acts of white supremacy when they occur.

– Support Vermont-based initiatives to recruit, retain, and elect BIWOC Vermonters into leadership roles and elected office.

– Expand the Office of Racial Equity and increase its staffing. Empower the office’s jurisdiction to include oversight of racial equity in all governmental administrative agencies. Require standardized BIPOC data collection across state agencies and in partnership with BIPOC organizations.

– Create organizational systems to track legislation aimed at dismantling inequalities, allowing legislators to more easily identify, support, and organize around equity-driven legislation.

– Send this letter to the Attorney General, our respective State’s Attorneys, law enforcement leaders, as well as leaders within our restorative justice systems. Ask all parties to examine the current failings of law enforcement to protect BIPOC Vermonters; outline current obstacles to holding perpetrators of white supremacist violence accountable. Create a mechanism for tracking and sharing this information among ourselves and with the public.

– Create a transparent state-wide strategy to address racism and white supremacist terrorism within Vermont.

– Hold ourselves and one another accountable to these action steps; listen with humility and respond with purpose when others – particularly BIPOC Vermonters – hold us accountable for our actions or inactions. Acknowledge that this work is not finite; it is work that we must recommit to daily, without end, in the face of opposition and our own discomfort.
– We resolve to publicly report our progress on these commitments no later than one year from now.

We call upon Governor Scott to take the following actions:

– Declare racism a statewide public health emergency.
– Acknowledge and condemn all blatantly racist harassment and threats that BIWOC leaders and elected officials experience.

– Explicitly name white supremacy and toxic nativism as primary threats to the safety, social fabric, and democratic institutions of our communities and our state.

We commit to change that lifts, honors, and protects BIWOC Vermonters; to hold accountable those who would harm them – ourselves included; to recover, repair, and augment our relationships through our actions; and to work to alter the systemic structures that allow these harms to occur. We implore you to join us in our efforts.

Undersigned by:

Rep. Alyssa Black; Rep. Tiffany Bluemle; Rep. Michelle Bos-Lun; Rep. Erin Brady; Rep. Jana Brown; Rep. Mollie Burke; Rep. Mari Cordes; Rep. Karen Dolan; Rep. Kari Dolan; Rep. Kate Donnally, LICSW; Sen. Ruth Hardy; Rep. Emma Mulvaney-Stanak; Rep. Barbara Rachelson; Rep. Katherine Sims; Rep. Taylor Small; Rep. Gabrielle Stebbins; Rep. Heather Surprenant; Rep. Tanya Vyhovsky, LICSW

Name (as it will appear in the letter) *
Your answer

By checking the box below, you are consenting to sign on, support, and uphold the action steps outlined in the aforementioned letter. *

____ I consent

From Maria:

Recommended Books
Caste, The Origins of our Discontent, Isabel Wilkerson
The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson
White Fragility,, Robin DiAngelo
How to be an Antiracists, Ibram C. Kendi
Me and White Supremacy, Layla Saad.

Sharing and Caring . . .  

 

 St. John’s Church Directory

If you would like a copy of the updated St. John’s Church Directory, please send email with your request to Barbara Cunningham. The Directory will be sent to you via email. If you need a printed copy of the directory, just let Barbara know and she will print and mail you a copy.

Finally, if you see errors or omissions, please let Barbara know so a correction can be made. Thank you.

cunningham.barbara@gmail.com

From Deb Clark

 

Letters from Church of the Woods
Kneeling Down to Tell the Bees

“The Bee Friend” by Hans Thoma, 1838–1924

2020 was many things to many people, but as I look back, for me, 2020 was the Year of the Bee.

I ordered the hives and frames in the fall of 2019, and with the help of my mentor, I became an initiate into the fascinating world of beekeeping. I spent much of the spring, summer and early fall following thousands of bees around on our four-acre property on Vashon Island, a rural community near Seattle.

A single forager bee can visit up to 5,000 plants a day, and can fly as far as three miles from the hive. The workers dance — it’s called a waggle — to inform one another where the nectar or pollen is. I looked for them and watched what they were feeding on daily. I kept a journal. What plant are you visiting today, ladies? Blackberry? Rosemary? Lavender? I noticed how my honey bees flew in very different patterns from other bees. And, in time, my ears could pick up the difference between a honey bee buzz, a bumble bee buzz and the buzz of a fly (I told you it was the Year of the Bee). For months, I hung out with my bees, sometimes sinking comfortably into my light purple plastic Adirondack chair, about six feet from their hive, watching and listening (yes, safely distanced).

There is a tradition called “telling the bees” that originated in Britain many hundreds of years ago. Telling the bees meant notifying the bees that the beekeeper had died, so they could share in the mourning. Later the tradition grew to include filling in the bees about other family milestones, such as births and marriages.

Day after day, I bent the knee of my heart; I learned both to tell the bees, and also to listen to them. I knelt before their beauty. I knelt before the unfathomable complexity of their social networks. I knelt in sheer delight that they were a part of my world. And, come harvest time, I couldn’t believe that my tongue was tasting something that had come from the bodies of tiny creatures I had seen and heard and, in some small way, known.

On a chilly morning in early December I went out to the hive to say hello, and to feel the energy of the colony. I knelt down by the hive and listened. And listened. Silence. I waited, but finally opened the top of the hive and discovered what I had dreaded: My colony of winged maidens had succumbed to the Varroa mite, a nasty creature that attaches itself to the bee and basically sucks out its life. I sat down in the wet, cool grass, not surprised, but still, stunned.

I was well aware that up to 40 percent of honey bees in America do not survive the winter. And I had experienced grief for family pets before: My childhood cat Twinkle, my sons’ beloved golden retriever Gracie. But this was a new grief: I was grieving not for an individual with a name, but for a company of darting beings who — especially in a year of so much loss — had given me so much joy.

I realized I had become intimate with, and I had loved, a part of God’s creation I had never known or loved before. So the grief I was experiencing was new as well.

Is there any creature before whom we would not kneel down? Is there a human on earth who could create an ocelot? Is there any robot who could roll out a grey wolf? Has someone marketed a 3D printer that could print a single honey bee?

”Have you commanded the morning since your days began?” the Voice in the whirlwind asked Job. “Who provides for the raven its prey? Is it by your wisdom that the hawk soars?”

Our silence is the beginning of our wisdom, our love the beginning of a deeper communion with the Creator.

Speaking to the creatures and hearing from the whole earth community is what Kairos Earth is all about. For Kairos Earth, communion with the natural world is the beginning of a deep wisdom and a deeper joy.

Well, spring 2021 is around the corner now. I can’t wait to say hi to my new colony of bees when I pick them up and drive them home in early April. I’m ready to love again, and to learn. To tell the bees, and to listen to them.

— Carla Pryne, Kairos Earth board member


“The roots of Valentine’s Day date back to the year 496, when Pope Gelasius proclaimed that February 14 would be the feast day of St. Valentine of Rome, taking precedence over Lupercalia—a pagan Roman fertility festival long-celebrated February 13-15.

Besides couples, love and happy marriages, you might be surprised to know that St. Valentine is also the patron saint of beekeepers—charged with ensuring the sweetness of honey and the protection of beekeepers among many other things.”

 

 

 

Lorsche Bee Blessing

(a bee-keeping prayer intended to bring home honeybees in good health to their hives.)

Christ, the bee swarm is out here!
Now fly, you my animal, come.
In the Lord’s peace, in God’s protection,
come home in good health.
Sit, sit bee.
The command to you from the Holy Mary.
You have no vacation;
Don’t fly into the woods;
Neither should you slip away from me.
Nor escape from me.
Sit completely still.
Do God’s will.

 
 
Clothing for Refugees
Thank you to everyone who has donated clothes. Bidi reports that Shalom Shuk manager, Karen is so very grateful to St. John’s for its continuing support ministering to the area population of refugees.
 

Note . . . Yes, Shalom Shuk is NOW taking household goods as well as clothing.

Please call Bidi at (802)279-6838 before dropping off clothing donations (enclosed in plastic bags) to Bidi’s home:

433 Elmore Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672

 

 

If you are in the Burlington area, drop your donation off:

Located behind Ohavi Zedek Synagogue,

Shalom Shuk, The Marketplace of Peace
188 North Prospect Street, Burlington, VT
(802)373-4784

Shalom Shuk is open Sunday to Friday from 11am to 3:50pm
(except on Jewish holidays).

Lamoille Community House


We are 100% confident that we can create a warm, safe, and welcoming place for our guests even given the restrictions of COVID-19. It’s not going to be the same this year (what is??), but we will rally around our neighbors who need help and serve them with the kindness, dignity, and respect they deserve.

From Roger Nicholls

Contact Kim at kanetsberger@lamoilleshelter.org

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries in February

Birthdays
February 1 — Bernice Binginot
February 13 — Steve Fowle
February 16 — Patty Oden
February 18 — Zachary Bland
February 18 — Berta Pykosz
February 20 — Altanai Winston

Anniversaries
February 6 — Patty and Rick Oden
February 6 — Bernice and Rene Binginot
February 27 — Ethel and George Merwin

Prayers

Please keep Irene Bareau, Carole Younkman, Jan Tichansky and her children Peter, Janet, Ann, Hal, Marcia, Joan and David; Kristen Wells; Gail; Zarina’s mother; Adam; Ethel; Bidi; Sarah Morse’s nephew, David Sullivan; Paul, Lindsey; Leslie; Louise; Peter Beck; Ken Squire; and individuals who have contracted Covid-19 and their families. Please pray for the nation.

From SJW Editor: Please email or call Barbara Cunningham with additions or deletions to the Prayer List

cunningham.barbara@gmail.com or 802-253-3911

Sunday Zoom Worship 10:00am

The new, required passcode for all ZOOM worship services is 802.

Please join St. John’s in the Mountains worship in community each Sunday at 10:00 am.

You may login every Sunday at 9:30 AM and stay online for a virtual Coffee Hour until 12 noon.

Join Zoom Meeting press here for joining by computer:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83883105723?pwd=dTFPS3NxalFzOXNaZFVMWDNsdWR1dz09

Meeting ID: 838 8310 5723
Passcode: 802

One tap mobile: +13017158592,,83883105723#,,,,,,0#,,802#

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Meeting ID: 838 8310 5723
Passcode: 802

St. John’s Knitters at 7:00pm

 
Second Tuesday of Every Month
 
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Passcode: 802
 
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Vestry – Third Tuesday of the Month at 6:00pm

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 865 0045 2806
Passcode: 802

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Zoom Lunch / Chat ~ Wednesday at 12:00pm Noon

EVERYONE WELCOME!

Come to lunch at noon. Sign onto Zoom, sit down with a sandwich and beverage and enjoy an informal chat with Fr. Rick and friends at St. John’s and from communities near and far. (Hosted by the Pastoral Care Group)

 

The new, required passcode for all ZOOM meetings at St. John’s is 802.

At Noon, join Zoom Meeting

From Computer

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89321923442?pwd=SDBLWHd6OHIrS21vNDMxc1lwOXB2QT09
MEETING ID: 893 2192 3442
Passcode: 802

 

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Wednesday

Lectionary Study at 6:30pm and Compline at 8:00pm

The new, required passcode for all ZOOM meetings and services is 802.

Join Zoom Meeting (Zoom Sign-In Information same for both)

From Computer

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Meeting ID: 817 3986 7194
Passcode: 802

 

One tap mobile
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Thursday

Women’s Spirituality ~ 10:00am to 12:00pm

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Meeting ID: 821 2132 8314
Passcode: 802

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Birthdays & Anniversaries in January

Birthdays

December 28 — Mara Siegel

January 2 — Warren Azano
January 2 — Reagan Vandenberg
January 7 — Bev Freda
January 11 — Jan Tichansky
January 14 — Roger Nicholls
January 16 — Hank Kessler
January 20 — Emily Bland
January 21 — Rich Reed
January 23 — Eileen Kraemer

Anniversaries

January 16 — Judy Pendell & Warren Azano

If you want to add your birthday or anniversary dates to the Church listing, please see Barbara Cunningham or email to cunningham.barbara@gmail.com.

Parish Contacts

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 mountains.org
Zarina Suárez O’Hagin,  Deacon
802-535-7117
zarinalawvt@gmail.com
Dick Kraemer,  Senior Warden
802-888-5880
RichardKraemer@pshift.com

 

Bill Robinson, People’s Warden
802-851-8357
billrobinson43@comcast.net

 

Nancy Johnson, Theologian-in-Residence
252-717-1869
nanlizjo@gmail.com

 

2020 Officers and Members of the Vestry
Dick Kraemer (Senior Warden), Janet Patching (Treasurer), Maria Davies, Bill Robinson, Jerry Wood, Courtney Olmsted

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

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Ash Wednesday 2021

Please join St. John’s in the Mountains celebrate Ash Wednesday with worship online. The service begins at 6:00 p.m.

 

This traditional Ash Wednesday service as found in the Book of Common Prayer 1979 honors the challenge of not having ashes placed on our foreheads yet still remembering the power of the words we hear, “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.” 

 

Please join us.

 

Click here to log on with Zoom. 

 

To join by phone, please see the below information.

 

Dial by your location

929-205-6099 

Meeting ID: 886 6391 5931
Passcode: 802

Worship at St. John’s

 

 

Welcome to the Worship and Activity Center at St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church.

 

This page contains login information and descriptions of all online worship and activities until further notice. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Father Rick Swanson.

 

 

Please scroll down for the Zoom login information for:

 

Ash Wednesday, February 17 at 6:00pm – click here for more information.

 

For Vestry Meeting Information, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

 

Sunday Worship at 10:00 am (including service bulletin)

 

Wednesday Lunch at St. John’s – Every Wednesday at 12n-1p

 

Lectionary Study, Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

 

Service of Compline, Wednesdays at 8:00 pm (including service bulletin)

 

 


Sunday Worship 10:00am

Please join St. John’s in the Mountains worship in community every Sunday at 10:00 am.

Due to changes with Zoom, our videoconferencing software, you may be required to use a passcode (see below). Once you click the Zoom access link, you will be in a waiting room. The leader of the meeting will then grant you access to the service. These changes are to ensure security.

You may login every Sunday at 9:30 AM and stay online for a virtual Coffee Hour until 12 noon. 

Join Zoom Meeting  press here for joining by computer
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83883105723?pwd=dTFPS3NxalFzOXNaZFVMWDNsdWR1dz09  

Meeting ID: 838 8310 5723
Passcode: 802

One tap mobile +13017158592,,83883105723#,,,,,,0#,,802#

Dial by your location
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 838 8310 5723
Passcode: 802

 

Sunday Reflections

Please click here to view Sunday reflections

 


Wednesday Lunch at St. John’s

Why eat all alone? John friends at St. John’s to “virtually” eat lunch together on Wednesdays at noon. Bring a sandwich, a cup of coffee, or simply yourself.

Join Zoom Meeting  press here for joining by computer

Click here for Wednesday Lunch Login 

Meeting ID: 893 2192 3442
Passcode: 802

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Lectionary Study – Wednesdays at 3:00 pm

Please join Theologian-in-Residence Nancy Johnson for this week’s Lectionary Study at 6:30p on the scripture lessons for this coming Sunday.

You can find the Revised Common Lectionary here.

 

Click here for Biblegateway. 

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Meeting ID: 817 3986 7194
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Meeting ID: 864 3891 6603#  

 

Wednesday Night Compline at 8:00pm

Please join Fr. Rick, Deacon Zarina, and Theologian Nancy Johnson in service of Compline at 8:00 PM

Compline Bulletin

The above link leads you to a PDF bulletin for the service of Compline found in the Book of Common Prayer 1979. You may also use your personal Book of Common Prayer starting on page 127.

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Vestry Meetings – 3rd Tuesdays of the month Click here to join the meeting by Zoom

 

Please email Fr. Rick Swanson here for phone login information 

 

 

 

 
 
 

MLK Jr. Panel Discussion February 21, 2021

 

Celebration of Black History Month

 

 

A Panel Discussion on Faith and Justice for All Peoples with local advocates for racial equality 

 

Panel participants:

 

Chief Don Stevens, Chief of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk-Abenaki Nation

 

Fr. Joseph Ikegbunam, Parochial Vicar, Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, Stowe, Vermont

 

Roger Marcoux, Lamoille County Sheriff

 

Rev. Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas, Pastor, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Jericho VT

 

Marlena Tucker-Fishman, Member of the Waterbury Area Anti-Racism Coalition

 

        Jen Kimmich — Co-founder & CEO, The Alchemist

 

      Maria Davies—Vermont Grant Programs Manager, Vermont’s Racial Equity & Diversity Committee, Steering Committee Member of REA

 

 

Moderator: Jen Daniels, Steering Team member of the Racial

Equity Alliance of Lamoille County (REAL)

 

 

Sunday, February 21, 2021 free & open to all 

4:00 pm

 

 

Click here for Zoom registration

 

Please click here see the first MLK Jr. Panel Discussion from January 17, 2021

 

 

Sponsored by the Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition:  

Baha’i Faith

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church

Jewish Community of Greater Stowe

St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church

Stowe Community Church,

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Stowe

 

MLK Jr. Panel Discussion January 17, 2021

 

Spiritual Justice Lessons:

What We Have Learned from MLK, Jr.

 

A Dialogue on Race, Faith and Justice

With six local advocates for social justice in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Sunday, January 17, 2021 free & open to all on Zoom

4:00 pm, Click here to register.

 

Join the panel discussion by phone:

 

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Sponsor is Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition:  

Baha’i Faith, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church,

Jewish Community of Greater Stowe,

St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church,

Stowe Community Church, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Stowe

Christmas Day

 

Join us on Christmas morning at 10:00 am for a quiet service as we celebrate the birth of Christ by listening to the Gospel of John when he proclaims, “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God.” PLease join us at 9:45 for Christmas carols.

Click here to join the Christmas Day service

Meeting ID: 886 5965 8692
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Worship and Activity Center

 

January 1, 2021 Feast of the Holy Name

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Welcome to the Worship and Activity Center at St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church. This page contains login information and descriptions of all online worship and activities until further notice. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Father Rick Swanson.

 

 

Please scroll down for the Zoom login information for:

 

Sunday Worship at 10:00 am (including service bulletin)

 

Wednesday Lunch at St. John’s – Every Wednesday at 12n-1p

 

Lectionary Study, Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

 

Service of Compline, Wednesdays at 8:00 pm (including service bulletin)

 

Service of Morning Prayer, Fridays at 8:00 am 

 

Vestry Meetings, 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 6:00 pm


Sunday Worship 10:00am

Please join St. John’s in the Mountains worship in community every Sunday at 10:00 am.

Due to changes with Zoom, our videoconferencing software, you may be required to use a passcode (see below). Once you click the Zoom access link, you will be in a waiting room. The leader of the meeting will then grant you access to the service. These changes are to ensure security.

You may login every Sunday at 9:30 AM and stay online for a virtual Coffee Hour until 12 noon. 

Join Zoom Meeting  press here for joining by computer
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Meeting ID: 838 8310 5723
Passcode: 802

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Sermons:

https://youtu.be/3d3t8z__l0A    March 22, 2020, Father Rick Swanson


Wednesday Lunch at St. John’s

Why eat all alone? John friends at St. John’s to “virtually” eat lunch together on Wednesdays at noon. Bring a sandwich, a cup of coffee, or simply yourself.

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Click here for Wednesday Lunch Login 

Meeting ID: 893 2192 3442
Passcode: 802

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Lectionary Study – Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

Please join Theologian-in-Residence Nancy Johnson for this week’s Lectionary Study at 6:30p on the scripture lessons for this coming Sunday.

You can find the Revised Common Lectionary here.

 

Click here for Biblegateway. 

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Meeting ID: 817 3986 7194
Passcode: 802

 

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Meeting ID: 864 3891 6603#  

 

Wednesday Night Compline at 8:00pm

Please join Fr. Rick, Deacon Zarina, and Theologian Nancy Johnson in service of Compline at 8:00 PM

Compline Bulletin

The above link leads you to a PDF bulletin for the service of Compline found in the Book of Common Prayer 1979. You may also use your personal Book of Common Prayer starting on page 127.

Join Zoom Meeting  press here for joining by computer
Meeting ID: 817 3986 7194
Passcode: 802

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Meeting ID: 864 3891 6603#  


Vestry Meetings – 3rd Tuesdays of the month

6:00 pm June 16, 2020

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Meeting ID: 497 256 007

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Christmas Eve 8pm

Christmas at St. John’s in the Mountains: Candlelight and Carols

Join St. John’s in the Mountains as we celebrate Christ’s birth on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24 at 8:00p as we gather to sing the carols and listen to the Gospel of Luke tell the story of Christ’s birth. This online service will offer you the opportunity to remember past and hope for the future in this unsettled year. Carols will begin at 7:45pm

Click here to join the service of Candlelight and Carols

Meeting ID: 830 2937 0052
Passcode: 802

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Christmas Eve 5:00 pm Festive Family Service

Join St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church for our Festive Family Christmas Eve service online at 5:00pm. You can log on early to hear and sing Christmas carols. This service is focused on offering families with young children the opportunity to hear the story of Christ’s birth, sing the carols of Christmas and participate in the sermon as Fr. Rick leads everyone in making an origami star. Click here to download your Christmas Star template. We hope you will join us. 

 

Origami Star Template

 

The Zoom information is found below.

Click here for the Festive Family Service

 

Meeting ID: 835 6737 3383
Passcode: 802

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St. John’s Daily

St. John’s Daily
April 10, 2020

 

Please join St. John’s in the Mountains and Stowe Community for a service of the Last Seven Words of Christ today at 12n. This one hour service will include reflections from clergy and lay leaders from both faith communities and beyond.

Please enter the service in silence and do not “unmute” yourself, yet making sure your volume is on.

I look forward to having you with us.

Fr. Rick Swanson
Rector, St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church

Good Friday Community Service 12 noon

 
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Meeting ID: 616 613 9067
Password: StJohnsVT
 
Join Zoom meeting on your mobile phone:
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Zoom Step-by-Step Instructions

Zoom is a “web-based” program that is fairly simple to use for video-conferences. You do not need to have Zoom downloaded on your computer – no software required.

We invite you to log in at 9:00 am. Morning Prayer will begin at 10:00am.

Directions if you are on a computer
(If you want to join by phone, please see instructions below.)

Please follow these steps to help you log on and join in worship on your home computer (desktop, laptop, IPad).

1. Press the link (blue letters) where it reads “Join Zoom Meeting”

2. You will see a new webpage open on your computer. Do not worry, this is normal.

3. You will see a smaller box appear on your screen that reads, “Join with computer Audio”. Press that button. If you have a webcam, there will also be a prompt that reads, “Join with computer video.” If you want to be present via video, then press that button.

4. You should then see yourself and others in small picture frames. This is where you need to be.

If this process is not clear, or as happens on some computer systems, the process described above is not what you are experiencing, please call one of the folks below for assistance.

Nat Kinney 802-730-7574
Roger Nicholls 603-236-1120
Fr. Rick 802-760-7787
Zarina 802-535-7117

Next steps once you are in the video “Church” to help everyone focus and engage in our worship.

1. Once you are in the “room” say hello. Once people have greeted you, please press the “Mute” button on the bottom, left hand corner of the screen. Please leave the mute button on until Fr. Rick asks you to turn it off. Don’t worry, he will!

2. The bulletin for the service will also be seen on your screen once the service begins. It is designed in our traditional manner – all bold-faced text is for everyone to say together.

3. We will not be singing or have music.

4. If you wish to speak during the announcement time, please raise your hand and Fr. Rick will invite you to speak.

5. There is no capability to share the bulletin with individuals on the telephone. You will know some of the prayers and responses, so please join in as you are able.

If you have a camera, you can turn it on so the group can see you, but you can also keep it off. Please respect each person’s choice.