This Week on the Mountain
Sunday, December 8, 2013
The Second Sunday of Advent
December Newsletter

Advent Coffee Hour


 Please join us this Sunday, December 8th for an Advent Coffee Hour immediately following 10:00 worship to celebrate and honor the many wonderful new people who have come to our community this year.  In addition to delectable treats, there will be hot chocolate and Arts & Crafts for the children.


Advent Arts and Crafts


 Please join us this Sunday, December 8th and Sunday, December 15th for  Advent Arts and Crafts during coffee hour in Parish Hall following the 10:00 worship


2014 Stewardship


As of  December 4th, we have 92 pledges for $296,425.  Our goal is to increase participation from last year's 113 pledges and reach a total of $362,000 for 2014.  If you have any questions about Stewardship, please contact Chip Baird or Bob Courtemanche.  


If you haven't already done so, please return your 2014 Pledge Card, as the Vestry needs them to make their budget decisions for the upcoming year.  Click here to read the 2014 Stewardship Letter.  Extra pledge cards can be found in the narthex or click here to download or email the office to have one sent to you.


You can also donate Stocks to SJOTM. We would be happy to accept stock donations for 2014 as form of  pledge payment. 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  


2013 Pledge Tax Credit 


Pledge payments for the calendar year 2013 will need to be received in the office or post marked by December 31, 2013 in order to receive tax credit for the current year.


Children's Choir - Christmas Music


All children are welcomed and encouraged to rehearse some old favorites and some great new music every Sunday after the 10:00 worship in preparation for the Christmas Pageant and for the 5:00 pm Christmas Eve Service.  Look for Mr. Morgan in the Choir Room or at the organ console.  Parents, we are in need of your support by bringing your children to rehearsal to allow for adequate preparation time.  Little ones are welcome to come too and practice singing Away in a Manger and Angels We Have Heard on High.



Christmas Flowers and 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 16th.  Click here to download form  or call the office 908-766-2282 to have one mailed to you.


Special Holiday Ladies' Luncheon & Cookie Exchange


All are invited to the December Ladies' Luncheon and Cookie Exchange at the home of Katie Porter, 304 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham on December 12th at noon.    The luncheon will be catered, (cost  $10).  Please bring one dozen cookies to share.  Kindly RSVP to Katie 973-543-4003 or to the parish office 908-766-2282 by December 7th.


Greening of the Church for Christmas


 Please join the Altar Guild, on Sunday, December 22nd 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 Friday, December 20th at 9:30 am to prepare the decorations for staging on Sunday.


Concert on Saturday, December 21


A Holiday Festival for Organ and Brass

Saturday, December 21st at 7:00 pm

'Tis the season for celebration and music, and here's a concert the whole family will love! Join organist Brian Harlow and the Somerset Hills Brass Ensemble for a delightful program of holiday music by Gabrieli, Praetorius, Bach and others, contrasting the brightness of St. John on the Mountain's Petty Madden pipe organ with the mellow sonorous tone of brass instruments. And come ready to join us in an old-fashioned carol sing-along!  To purchase advance tickets visit


Christmas Adopt-a-Family


Help bring joy to a struggling family's Christmas by providing an uncooked meal for their Christmas Dinner.  It's easy!  Just buy the makings for a meal, and deliver it uncooked to your Adopt-a-Family.  A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board near Parish Hall.  Please call Sue Kennedy at 908-234-0267 or email 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.


Baptisms on January 12th


We baptize primarily on those dates set aside for baptism, as listed in the Book of Common Prayer.  Since the presence of the community of faith is essential for welcoming the newly baptized into the church, baptisms take place in the principal service on the appointed Sunday. The next day for Baptism is Sunday, January 12th at 10:00 am.  Questions about baptism?  Please contact Mo. Susan at

This Week at a Glance


 December 8, The Second Sunday of Advent

   8:00 am      Holy Eucharist Rite I, Chapel

   9:00 am      Nursery Care, Room 2 Lower Level

                          Parish Choir rehearsal, Church 

                          Confirmation Class Grades 7/8, Parish House Lounge

  10:00 am     Holy Eucharist Rite II, Church

                          Sunday School

  11:15 am      Special Advent Coffee Hour, Parish Hall

                          Advent Arts and Crafts, Parish Hall

                          Children's Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

December 10, Tuesday

  6:00 pm       Finance Meeting, Meeting Room

  7:30 pm        Parish Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

December 11, Wednesday

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

December 12, Thursday

 10:30 am       Knitting Needles & Thread, Meeting Room

December 15, The Third Sunday of Advent

   8:00 am       Holy Eucharist Rite I, Chapel

   9:00 am       Nursery Care, Room 2 Lower Level

                           Parish Choir rehearsal, Church 

                           Confirmation Class Grades 7/8, Parish House Lounge

  10:00 am      Holy Eucharist Rite II, Church

                           Sunday School

  11:15 am       Coffee Hour, Parish Hall

                           Advent Arts and Crafts, Parish Hall

                           Children's Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

St. John on the Mountain
379 Mount Harmony Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
In This Issue
December Newsletter
Advent Coffee Hour
Advent Arts and Crafts
2014 Stewardship
2013 Pledge Tax Credit
Children's Choir
Christmas Flowers
Ladies' Luncheon
Greening of the Church
January 12th Baptisms
This Week at a Glance
Quick Links
Contact Us
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The Rector
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The Reverend Dr. Patrick Malloy

Director of Music & Organist
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Parish Administrator
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Director of Children's Ministries

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