In need of Shabbat peace? Then make plans to bring in Kabbalat Shabbat on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. Rabbi David Fainsilber will lead a meditative, music-filled service that will soothe your soul. Guests and visitors to Stowe are most welcome. The Jewish Community Center of Greater Stowe is located o…

This past Sunday we celebrated the baptism of our Lord, as reported in the Gospel of Matthew 3:13-17.

On Sunday, we will be thinking about John the Baptist who came preparing the way for the Messiah, Jesus, as predicted by Isaiah and Malachi over 400 years earlier. As we discuss the meaning of the baptisms for the people, and even for Jesus, it will also be interesting to consider the meanin…

Parishioners were greeted for our 8:30 a.m. service by Bill and Carol Moulton, with Carol serving as worship leader.

Pastor Ethan Kallberg shared some updates from mission points in Iran and India. As in the book of Acts, the gospel is flourishing in these nations; at the same time they need our prayers as they are experiencing strong persecution.

On Sunday, Jan. 19, our fellowship will not be meeting at the regular 4:30 p.m. time. Instead we will gather at 6 p.m. that day at St. John’s Episcopal Church for its annual Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition commemorative program to honor Martin Luther King Jr.  

In the Rev. Barbara Lemmel’s absence on the second Sunday in January, the congregation welcomed back to the pulpit as guest preacher the Rev. David Vanderlind-Abernathy of Barre.

As we start a new year, we often talk about the baptism of Christ. This is an interestingly controversial discussion topic because many ask, why did Jesus need to be baptized? As the son of God, wasn’t he perfect anyways?

“O day of peace that dimly shines through all our hope and prayers and dreams,

Guide us to justice, truth, and love, delivered from our selfish schemes.

May swords of hate fall from our hands, our hearts from envy find release,

Till by God’s grace our warring world shall see Christ’s promised reign of peace.”

— Carl Daw Jr., “O Day of Peace”

We hope you will join us at Holy Eucharist Service on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m. Coffee hour and welcoming fellowship follow the service, with the Rev. Rick Swanson, celebrant, and the Rev. Deacon Zarina Suárez O’Hagin, preacher.

The Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition is honored to welcome Kiah Morris as the keynote speaker for its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration. Join us on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m., at St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church, 1994 Mountain Road, Stowe.

Morning prayer: Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 9 a.m.

Helping our refugees: Bring your donations of clothes and household items to St. John’s for delivery to Shalom Shuk in Burlington.

Spirituality group: Thursdays, Jan. 16 and Jan. 23, at 10 a.m. This is an ecumenical gathering of women sharing and discussing a wide range of interesting topics. All are welcome.

Mah Jong: Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m.

AA meeting: Saturday, Jan. 18, at 5 p.m.

Contacts: the Rev. Richard Swanson, 802-253-7578; the Rev. Deacon Zarina O’Hagin, 802-535-7117; Senior Warden Dick Kraemer at; Junior Warden Sandy Duncan at

Church office hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 3:30.

— Barbara Cunningham

“With promised mercy will God still the covenant recall, the oath once sworn to Abraham, from foes to save us all; that we might worship without fear and offer lives of praise, in holiness and righteousness to serve God all our days.”

Make plans now to attend our Reform-style musical Kabbalat Shabbat services honoring the musical life and legacy of the late Debbie Friedman.

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