This Week on the Mountain

for the week of Sunday, April 10, 2011


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 Announcements & Events


"Brackets" Meets "Biblical Idol" - The Rite-13 Group Needs Your Biblical Knowledge   

With all the talk about the NCAA Brackets we wondered how such a competition would work in Bible times.  It's not known who could dribble, pass or shoot (and the long robes would probably get in the way) but we thought that we could evaluate the strengths and weaknesses and analyze who might be more righteous - in our eyes, not God's.  The Rite-13 group has been researching various biblical persons and we also need the knowledge and analysis of the parish to see who makes it to the Final Four.  Join us in the Parish Hall at coffee hour for the next few weeks and help pick the winners.  Each person has a brief "stat sheet" to outline his/her deeds, sins, doubts and victories.  Check out the instructions posted in the Hall.  Even though we know that we are all worthy, please help us decide who you feel is most deserving.  Share your opinions with our youngsters.  Your choices may be based on serious analysis or "American Idol" reasons like you like the person's name.


Tuesdays in Lent - Lenten Service & Pot Luck Supper

A service of Evening Prayer with Taize music will be offered at 6pm on the Tuesdays during the season of Lent. The service (in the chapel) will be followed by a potluck supper at 6:30 (in Parish Hall). Please join us and bring a friend!


Volunteers Are Still Needed for the Habitat for Humanity Work Day for Saturday!

Saturday, April 9th from 8:30am to 3:30pm for the Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity in Bridgewater. Spaces are available. Sign-up early to get your spot!  The sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board near Parish Hall.


April Ladies' Luncheon 

 Please join us for the April Ladies' Luncheon, which will be hosted at the home of Gerry Jo Cranmer on Wednesday, April 20th at 12 noon (Note that this is not on Thursday). Please bring your sandwich; drinks and dessert will be provided.  The address is 320 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville.  Please RSVP to Gerry Jo at 908-766-0199.


Donations for Easter Baskets Needed for Morris County Youth Shelter Are Needed for This Sunday

The High School Youth Group will once again provide Easter baskets for the residents of the Morris County Youth Shelter.  Please help us in this endeavor by donating suggested items from the list below.  We will prepare baskets for ten boys and six girls.  Donations can be brought to church  on Sunday.  Please contact Janette Carlucci (908) 234-1269 or Diane Morash  (908) 953-8212 with any questions.  The staff and residents at the shelter are very appreciative of our continued support.

 Easter candy

Egg dye kits

Plastic eggs

Toiletries (hotel size are perfect)



Small notebooks/journals

Decks of cards (requested by the boys)

Friendship bracelet kits (requested by the girls)

Nair (hair remover)



Adopt-a-Family for Easter

Please help bring Easter smiles to your neighbors by buying and delivering an uncooked Easter meal to those in need.  Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board just outside of Parish Hall. For more information, contact Pete Ackerman (908) 537-9905.


Junior High Youth Group (Grades 6-8) to Staff the Food Bank

On Saturday, April 30th, the Jr High Youth Group will be staffing the Food Bank in Somerville.  Please meet at the SJOTM parking lot for a swift 9:30am departure.  We are expected to return at 12:15pm. Space is limited.  Please RSVP to the office at 766-2282 or to reserve your spot.


A Celebration of Life to Remember Cathy Sutcliffe 

Will be held on Saturday, April 30th at the Sutcliffe home, 131 Mt Harmony Rd, Bernardsville, with a luncheon at 12:30, followed by a time for remembrance and dedication of an arbor and garden bench. All are invited. Please contact Lynn Sutcliffe if you can attend ( or 848 565-1213). 


50/50 Raffle Fundraiser for Playground Equipment  

Don't miss out on your chance to win big, while helping us to create an outdoor play space for the kids of St. John on the Mountain. Tickets will be sold for $10 a piece or three for $25.  All proceeds will be split 50/50.  Our goal is to raise $10,000.  As an FYI - The nursery school playground, that is on the lower-level, is designed and built for pre-school aged children and, is not appropriate for the elementary-aged kids of our parish, hence the need for our own equipment.  Tickets can be purchased on Sundays during coffee hour or stop by the office Monday-Thursday between 8:00am - 3:00pm. The drawing will be held during the Parish Picnic on Sunday, June 12th.  Click here for more information.


Save the Date for Some Cinco de Mayo Fun!

Come to FIESTA CINCO DE MAYO on Friday, May 6th, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Join the fun at our Spring Fundraiser while you enjoy fabulous Tex-Mex hors d'oeuvres including award winning chili made by our own chef Joe Ray!! Taste refreshing margaritas, mojitos, Mexican beer, and wine as you listen to festive music and stroll through our Mexican Marketplace. Purchase handmade treasures from Colonial Mexico brought to you by Talaverica.  St. John's will earn a percentage of the sales made at the Fiesta.  Mark your calendars and invite your friends! Please send in your response cards by April 30. Extra invitations are available in the narthex and on the table outside the kitchen. If you have any questions, contact Mary Courtemanche, Tressa Baird, or Kathy Christie.  Click here for more information.


VBS Summer Camp returns to SJOTM - SAVE THE DATE for June 27th - 30th

Join us Monday - Thursday, from 9:30am - 12:00pm.  Kids will get-together to create, connect, and journey together down Main Street where they will play sports, games, hear music, make snacks, listen to Bible stories, and make cool crafts!  The cost is $60 per child pre-k through rising 4th grade.  Space is limited.  For more information, download a flier here and a registration form here.


Youth Volunteers Needed for Camp

Rising 7th Grade (and up) volunteers are needed to make camp a success!  Credit for community service hours for school, scouts, and/or honor societies is available. For more information contact the office at 766-2282 or email .


Easter Plants, Flowers, and Special Music

St. John on the Mountain is now accepting contributions for Easter plants, flowers, and special music.  Donations may be memorials or thanksgivings.  In order that we might publish all names in the Easter bulletins, we ask that you send in your donations by Monday, April 11th.  If you would like to contribute, please complete the form below, or your own version of it and return it to the Parish Office, along with a check made payable to St. John on the Mountain, with a note in the memo section: Easter Flowers and Music.  If you have any questions, please contact the Parish Office (908) 766-2282 ext 10 or or click here to download a form.


Somerville Food Bank Staffing Opportunities

St. John staffs the Food Bank every Saturday in April, from 10am-12noon.  Reserve your space! The sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board near Parish Hall. 


Upcoming Baptism Dates

We have three upcoming dates scheduled for Baptism: Saturday, April 23rd at 7:00pm (Easter Vigil), Sunday, May 8th at 10:00am, & Sunday, June 12 at 10:00am.  If you're interested please contact the office at 908-766-2282.


Youth Group Mission Trip for Grades 8-12 with St. Luke's in Gladstone

Please join us for the Summer Mission Trip to Philadelphia to return to The Philadelphia Project.  We plan to depart after church on Sunday, July 24th and return on Friday, July 29th.   We will spend the week helping people, playing games, singing songs, worshiping God, and sleeping on the floor.  To learn more about The Philadelphia Project click here.   For more information about the trip, please contact Norm Penney, Interim Youth Director at St. Luke's Episcopal Church


 Diocesan trip to Ecuador 

Save the date September 27 - October 4, 2011 for the Diocesan trip to live, work and worship with our companions and partners in the Diocese of Ecuador Central.  Details to follow soon.

St. John on the Mountain

Weekly Calendar 


April 10, Fifth Sunday in Lent

     8:00 am     Holy Eucharist Rite I, Chapel

    9:00 am      Adult Formation, Meeting Room

                         Nursery Care, Room 2 Lower Level

                         Rite 13, Parish House

                         Cherub Choir Rehearsal, Acolyte Room  

                         Parish Choir rehearsal, Choir Room

   10:00 am     Holy Eucharist Rite II, Church

                         Sunday School 

  11:15 am      Treble Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

                         Coffee Hour, Parish Hall

    3:00 pm      Mini-Series on Pauline Theology and Letter, 

                         St.Mark's, Basking Ridge

April 11, Monday

     6:00 pm      Vestry Meeting, Meeting Room

April 12, Tuesday

      8:15 am     Men's Bible Study, Meeting Room

      6:00 pm     Evening Prayer, Chapel

                          Outreach Committee, Meeting Room

      6:30 pm     Lenten Potluck Supper, Parish Hall

      7:30 pm     Parish Choir rehearsal, Choir Room

April 13, Wednesday

    10:00 am    Art Show Meeting, Parish Hall

      4:00 pm    Fencing Class, Parish Hall

April 14, Thursday

     10:30 am    Knitting Needles & Thread Group, Meeting Rm

     12:00 pm    Pastoral Care Meeting, Meeting Room

April 16, Saturday

      9:45 am      Food  Bank Pantry Staffing, Somerville

April 17, Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

       8:00 am     Holy Eucharist Rite I with Palm Blessing, Chapel

       9:00 am     Nursery Care, Room 2 Lower Level

                           Rite 13, Parish House

                           Cherub Choir Rehearsal, Acolyte Room  

                           Parish Choir rehearsal, Choir Room

     10:00 am     Blessing of the Palms, Procession, Outside

                           Holy Eucharist Rite II, Church

                           Sunday School 

     11:15 am     Bell Choir Rehearsal, Church

                           Coffee Hour, Parish Hall


Holy Week & Easter Services



The Sunday of the Passion:

 PALM SUNDAY, April 17

8am Holy Eucharist, Rite I with Palm Blessing 


10am Blessing of the Palms, Procession, 

Holy Eucharist, Rite II



6pm Dinner

7pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Footwashing



12noon Good Friday Liturgy at St. Bernards



7pm The Great Vigil of Easter, with Holy Baptisms followed by  reception


The Sunday of the Resurrection: 

EASTER DAY, April 24

8am Holy Eucharist, Rite I, with hymns

10am Festival Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 

with Children's Message

11:15am Easter Egg Hunt, Outside

Parish Directories

If you would like a print out of the Parish Directory, please stop by the Parish House. The listing is updated frequently. Copies of the current Directory are on a clipboard posted on the bulletin board which is located in the hallway outside the Parish Office. Please help yourself. If your contact information has changed, please let the office know. Thank you!


Prayer List

If you would like to have someone added to the Prayer List, please call or email the Parish Office 908-766-2282 or

St. John on the Mountain

379 Mount Harmony Road

Bernardsville, New Jersey 07924



Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm