This Week on the Mountain
Sunday, December 9th
The Second Sunday of Advent
St. John on the Mountain

2013 Stewardship


Please remember to return your 2013 Pledge Card to the Parish Office by Monday, December 10th.  As of Thursday, December 6th, we have 86 pledges totaling $270,597 for the 2013 EMC campaign, which includes a few new members. But we still have a ways to go to surpass last year (115 pledges for $355,622) and achieve this year's goal of $370,000 in pledges. 


Extra pledge cards can be found in the narthex or click here to download or email the office to have one sent to you.


Don't forget that you can donate your Stocks to SJOTM. The tax advantages of giving stock, instead of cash, to church 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  We would be happy to accept stock donations for 2013 as form of  pledge payment.

Advent Arts & Crafts this Sunday

You won't want to miss Coffee Hour this Sunday, December 9th and next Sunday, December 16th!  Please join us for some creative seasonal arts and crafts in Parish Hall at 11:15 am.

Christmas Adopt-a-Family

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-FamilyA sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board near Parish Hall.  Please call Sue Kennedy at 908-234-0267 with any questions.  If you have a particular family you have been supporting in the past, please let Sue know so that she can inform the Food Bank.


December Ladies' Luncheon this Tuesday, Dec 11th at 11 am

The Ladies' Luncheon will take place at a unique restaurant called TradeWins located at the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, 12 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater at 11:00am on Tuesday, December 11th.  This holiday buffet for $12 per person, is run by two professional chefs who provide culinary arts students an authentic taste of restaurant management.  For reservations, please contact Erna Haueis 908-781-6993 or


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 Monday,  December 17th.  Click here to download form.


Greening of the Church for Christmas 

Please join the Altar Guild, on Sunday, December 23rd after the 10 am pageant as they prepare the church for Christmas.  Help decorate trees, hang wreaths, and stay for refreshments.  Altar Guild members should plan to gather on Saturday, December 22nd at 9:30 am to prepare the decorations for staging on Sunday.

Christmas Services

Monday, December 24th ~ Eve of the Nativity

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

The Festive Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist with the Treble Choir will include the Building of the Crèche.  Families with young children are invited and encouraged to celebrate the Nativity with us.  Children who would like to participate in the Procession should arrive by 4:40pm and gather in the chapel.  Childcare is available.

  • 10:30 pm Carols by Candlelight
  •  11 pm Christmas Eve Festival Holy Eucharist 

Please join us in the church beginning at 10:30pm with Carols by Candlelight, followed by a Christmas Eve Festival Holy Eucharist.

2013 Lectors

The 2013 schedule is being created for Lectors.  If you would like to be added to our list of readers, kindly email Louise Vivona-Miller to let her know.
2013 Celtic Fundraiser 

If your name is Thomas, Jones, Evans, Williams, or begins with a Mc, Mac, or O'  then you are a Celt and you are needed.  And if you are not a Celt by heritage we need you, too.  Our parishioner, Dan Thomas, has created a series of 50 water color paintings titled "A Journey Through Britain" which will be featured in a Celtic Fortnight of events to be held in February/March 2013. We hope to have enough volunteers to offer the following: 

  • Celtic Concert and Art Reception with Bagpipe music, choir, food
  • Rugby Breakfast - streamed games from the UK and English breakfast
  • St. David's Day celebration hosted by the Welsh Society
  • Spiritual Journey through Britain - Art and Religious sites talk
  • Tea and Crafts - outside crafters rent space - tea and lunch
  • Scotch tasting - possibly Scottish dancing - We are in need of a Scotch "expert"

Please contact Debbie Hennel at as soon as possible to offer your time, talent, and ideas.

This Week at a Glance



December 9, The Second Sunday of Advent  

    8:00 am     Holy Eucharist Rite I, Chapel

    9:00 am     Nursery Care, Room 2 Lower Level

    9:15 am      Grades 6/7/8 Sacred Stories, Parish House

                        Parish Choir rehearsal, Church

  10:00 am     Holy Eucharist Rite II, Church

                        Sunday School

  11:15 am      Coffee Hour, Parish Hall

                        Advent Arts & Crafts, Parish Hall

December 11, Tuesday

  11:00 am      Ladies' Luncheon, TradeWins

    6:30 pm      Handbell Choir Rehearsal, Church

    7:00 pm      BIG - Believe, Inspire, Grow Meeting, Parish Hall

    7:30 pm      Parish Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

December 12, Wednesday

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

    9:30 am      Mountain Morning Prayer, Chapel

  10:00 am      Staff Meeting, Meeting Room

    5:15 pm       Treble Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

December 13, Thursday

  10:30 am       Knitting Needles & Thread, Meeting Room

December 14, Friday

    9:30 am        SJNS Concert, Church 

December 16, The Third Sunday of Advent  

    8:00 am       Holy Eucharist Rite I, Chapel

    9:00 am       Nursery Care, Room 2 Lower Level

    9:15 am        Grades 6/7/8 Sacred Stories, Parish House

                          Parish Choir rehearsal, Church

  10:00 am       Holy Eucharist Rite II, Church

                          Sunday School

  11:15 am        Coffee Hour, Parish Hall

                          Advent Arts & Crafts, Parish Hall

                          Pageant Costume Pick-Up, Parish Hall

St. John on the Mountain
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Bernardsville, NJ 07924
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Advent Arts & Crafts
December Ladies' Luncheon
Christmas Flowers & Music
Greening of the Church
Christmas Services
2013 Lectors
2013 Celtic Fundraiser
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