Autumn at St. John’s
St. John’s will have three Christmas Eve services on Sunday, December 24, as follows:
Holy Eucharist at 10 AM
Festive Family Holy Eucharist at 5 PM
Candlelight, Carols & Holy Communion at 8 PM
Monday, December 25th Christmas Day
Holy Eucharist with Carols on Christmas Day, December 25, at 10 AM
Thank you for thinking of St. John’s as your place of worship during the Christmas season!
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 fuelyourneighbors.org, 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 https://usun.state.gov/contact.
DONATE: To help the more than 400,000 refugees who are fleeing Burma:
Special Olympics Swim Team, Vermont
A local Special Olympics swim team is being organized which will meet at Johnson State College twice a week, starting this Thursday afternoon. The practices will be at JSC on Thursdays, 4-5:30 and Saturdays, 10-11:30. The first swim competition is on December 10th at St. Michael’s College. We are hoping to reach out to anyone who might be interested in participating. We have coaches and assistants but need swimmers, minimum age of 8!
This page describes how to become an athlete in this program: https://specialolympicsvermont.org/get-started/athletes/
From that page:
Who can become a Special Olympics Vermont Athlete?
To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, you must be at least 8 years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required specially designed instruction.
Please spread the word and tell them to contact Janet Lockyer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Janet is the Lamoille Special Olympics Volunteer Coordinator.
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.
Reading & Discussion at Stowe Community Church
Beginning June 29 at 7:00pm
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.