This Week on the Mountain
Sunday, December 16th
The Third 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 13th, we have 93 pledges totaling $291,297 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 16th!  Please join us for some creative seasonal arts and crafts in Parish Hall at 11:15 am.


Christmas Flowers & Special Music

If you would like to dedicate Christmas Flowers & Special Music, please send your dedications to the Parish Office by this 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.
Food Bank Supplies are Low

The Food Bank Network of Somerset County supplies are low due to the strain from Hurricane Sandy.  Please bring in donations to help fill their pantry.  A basket for your items can be found in the narthex.

2013 Flower Dedications

 St. John on the Mountain continues the tradition of having fresh flowers on the altars.  The arrangements enhance the sanctuary and are shared afterwards with the sick or divided to use again the following week in the chapel.  Donations of flowers are made as memorials or in thanksgiving for special occasions.  A date can be shared by more than one donor.  The 2013 flower sign-up charts are now posted on the bulletin board in the hallway of the church building, opposite the entrance to the Chapel sacristy.  For dedications and specific floral requests contact Jane Mercer or the office 908-766-2282  The cost is $100 for church altar flowers and $70 for chapel altar flowers. 

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 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

December 18, Tuesday

    6:00 pm       Vestry Meeting, Meeting Room

    6:30 pm        Handbell Choir Rehearsal, Church

    7:30 pm        Parish Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

December 19, Wednesday

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

  10:00 am       Staff Meeting, Meeting Room

                          BIG-Believe, Inspire, Grow Meeting, Parish Hall

December 20, Thursday

  10:30 am        Knitting Needles & Thread, Meeting Room

    4:00 pm       Pageant Rehearsal for Singers & Speakers, Church

December 22, Saturday

    9:30 am        Altar Guild Preparations for Greening of the Church

  10:00 am        Pageant Rehearsal for Entire Cast, Church 

December 23, The Fourth Sunday of Advent  

    8:00 am        Holy Eucharist Rite I, Chapel

    9:00 am        Nursery Care, Room 2 Lower Level

                           Parish Choir rehearsal, Church

  10:00 am        Pageant & Holy Eucharist Rite II, Church

  11:15 am         Coffee Hour, Parish Hall

                           Greening of the Church

December 24, The Eve of the Nativity

   5:00 pm         Family Service with Building of the Crèche, Church

 10:30 pm         Carols by Candlelight, Church

 11:00 pm         Christmas Eve Festival Holy Eucharist, Church

St. John on the Mountain
379 Mount Harmony Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
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Advent Arts & Crafts
Christmas Flowers & Music
Greening of the Church
Christmas Services
2013 Lectors
Food Bank Supplies Low
2013 Flower Charts
2013 Celtic Fundraiser
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