December 11, 2011
This Week on the Mountain
 
In This Issue
Advent Quiet Day
December Newsletter
Advent Arts & Crafts
Pageant Costume Pick-Up
Photo Gallery
Christmas Flowers & Special Music
2011 Pledges & Tax Return
Stewardship Update
Stock Donations
December Mission Outreach Meeting
December Ladies' Luncheon
Christmas Pageant
Greening of the Church
Christmas Services
Adopt-a-Family
Grace's Soup Kitchen
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Quick Links
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OFFICE HOURS/

CONTACT US

908-766-2282

 

Rector 

The Rev. Susan Ironside

Mon-Thurs 9am - 5pm

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Administrator 

Patti Lippman

Mon-Thurs 8am - 3pm

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Bookkeeper

Lisa Keenan

Monday & Wednesday

8:30am-2:30pm

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Lynn Mitchell

Hours by Appointment

 

DON'T MISS OUT ON
ADVENT QUIET DAY  
TOMORROW!

Please join us tomorrow, Saturday, December 10th from 10am-2pm, with lunch, for an Advent Quiet Day here at St. John on the Mountain.  We will be joined by St. Mark's, in Basking Ridge, to spend a day of prayer and reflection, led by Father Rick Morley and Mother Susan Ironside, and we will contemplate the Angel Gabriel's announcement to Mary, and her brave response, "Let it be unto me according to your word."  

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

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Advent Arts & Crafts this Sunday, December 11th

 During Coffee Hour

Calling all kids!  Come and make a variety of age-appropriate crafts for all during coffee hour.

Pageant Costume Pick-Up
 this Sunday, December 11th
 Please pick-up your costume in the Parish Hall, during Coffee Hour. 
Photos from the Institution of 
The Reverend Susan R. Ironside
To view the photo gallery from 
The Institution of 
The Reverend Susan R. Ironside 
 
CHRISTMAS FLOWERS & SPECIAL MUSIC 

 If you would like to dedicate Christmas Flowers & Special Music, please send your dedications to the Parish Office.  In order that we might publish all names in the Christmas bulletins, we ask that you send in your forms by Wednesday,  December 14th.  Click here to download form.

COMPLETE YOUR PLEDGE PAYMENTS FOR
 YOUR 2011 TAX RETURN
In order to be eligible for tax purposes, on your 2011 tax return, your pledge payments will need to be either post marked by December 31, 2011 or received in the office by that date. 
STEWARDSHIP/EVERY MEMBER CANVASS UPDATE

As of Wednesday, December 7th, we have 82 pledges totaling $272,402 for the 2012 EMC campaign, which includes a few new members. But we still have a ways to go to surpass last year (115 pledges for $343,509) and achieve this year's goal of $370,000 in pledges.  If you have not already done so, please send in your pledge card to the Parish Office by Monday, December 12th. If you misplaced your Pledge Card or did not receive one in the mail, extra Pledge Cards can be found in the narthex or  click here to download a copy.  You can also call the office at 908-766-2282 to have one mailed to you.

STOCK DONATIONS

Did You Know You Can Donate Your Stocks to SJOTM?

 

The tax advantages can make doing so very worthwhile.   To learn more, please contact Lisa Keenan in the office at 908-766-2282 ext 13 or by email at L.Keenan@SJOTM.orgWe would be happy to accept stock donations for 2012 as form of  pledge payment.
DECEMBER MISSION OUTREACH MEETING
DATE CHANGE - DECEMBER 18TH

The next next Mission Outreach Committee meeting will take place on Sunday, December 18th immediately following the 10am service in the choir room.  Please let us know of any organizations or local charities that are in need of money or volunteers, by contacting Sally Hespe, Fenn Putman or any other commission members. 

DECEMBER LADIES' LUNCHEON

Please join us on Thursday, December 15th at noon at the Somerset Hills Country Club for a special luncheon.  The cost is $20 per person; alcoholic beverages are extra.  Please RSVP to Katie Porter at 973-543-4003 or email katieporter304@gmail.com by Monday, December 12th.

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT on DECEMBER 18th at 10am

Important Dates to Remember

  • Sunday, December 11th after the 10am service ~ Costume pick up in the Parish Hall.
  • Thursday, December 15th from 4-5pm ~ Pageant rehearsal for Singers & Speakers only, in the church
  • Saturday, December 17th at 10am ~ Pageant rehearsal for All, in the church
  • Sunday, December 18th ~ Meet at 9:30am in Parish Hall for the 10am Pageant

If you have any questions, contact Lynn Mitchell lynnmitchell@sjotm.org. 

GREENING of the CHURCH for  CHRISTMAS
Join the Altar Guild as they prepare the church for Christmas on Thursday, December 22 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Help decorate trees, hang wreaths, and stay for refreshments.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES  

Saturday, December 24th 

Eve of the Nativity

  • 5pm Christmas Eve Family Service with Building of the Crèche

The Festive Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist with the Cherub Choir will include the Building of the Crèche and will take place at 5pm.  Children should arrive by 4:40pm to meet with Lynn Mitchell and Mother Susan to participate in the Procession.  Families with young children are invited and encouraged to celebrate the Nativity with us.

  •   9pm Christmas Eve Festival Holy Eucharist 

Please join us in the church beginning at 8:30pm with Carols by Candlelight, followed by a Christmas Eve Festival Holy Eucharist.

  

Sunday, December 25  

The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

  • 10am Holy Eucharist, Chapel

ADOPT-A-FAMILY for CHRISTMAS

Help save a struggling family's Christmas by providing an uncooked meal.  It's easy!  Just buy the makings for a meal, and deliver it  uncooked to your Adopt-a-Family. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.  For more information, contact Pete Ackerman jbajr@comcast.net or (908) 537-9905. 

GRACE'S SOUP KITCHEN
We will work at Grace's Soup Kitchen, at Grace Episcopal Church in Plainfield,  on Friday, December 30th from 10am-1pm.  This is a great time to bring your children to see how fortunate they are and how they can help others.  Volunteers do not need to bring anything.  A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board near Parish Hall.  Please sign-up so that we will know how many will be there.  For directions to Grace Episcopal click here.
PILGRIMAGE to the HOLY LAND

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land-2012

Hosted by Bishop George Councell

July 23rd- August 5th

 $2524 for double occupancy ($385 extra for single occupancy)

 

Click here for more information

Click here for a registration form

 
St. John on the Mountain
379 Mount Harmony Road
Bernardsville,  NJ 07924  
 908-766-2282