This Week on the Mountain
Sunday, December 15, 2013
The Third Sunday of Advent

Adult Christian Formation this Sunday


For several weeks this fall, Father Malloy has taught us much about our heritage as Episcopalians, beginning with exploring our first Prayer Book.   Following the 10:00 service this week, The Rector and Father Malloy will facilitate a dialogue about our own experiences of our life of common prayer here on the Mountain, with particular consideration given to the placement of furniture and the Rood screen in the front of the room (the chancel).  


Advent Arts and Crafts


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


Morris County Youth Shelter


This Christmas St. John's Youth Group is helping to bring smiles to 30 teenage residents of the Morris County Youth Shelter.  With your generosity, they have raised over $400 to buy each child two gifts off their wish list.  The Youth Group is still collecting through today.  Please drop-off any donations to the Parish Office or place in the offertory plate.


New - Intergenerational Christmas Choir


St. John on the Mountain invites you to join our new Intergenerational Christmas Choir.  The vested members of both the Treble Choir and the Adult Choir will sing a simple anthem together during the Offertory at both the Pageant on Sunday, December 22nd and at the 5:00 pm Christmas Eve Eucharist. The choristers are inviting their siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, grown children, and care givers to simply walk up and join them around the piano to sing an anthem together. Visiting singers are not required to vest, sit with the choir or process (unless they want to) and can simply return to their seats after singing.  Visiting Choristers are invited to practice the anthem with the choir at 11:15 am on December 15th, 9:30 am on December 22nd, and at 4:30 pm on Christmas Eve.  Copies of the Anthem can be picked up in advance in the Choir Room piano or in the Parish Office.


2014 Stewardship


As of  December 11th, we have 88 pledges for $283,825.  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.


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.


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, with 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 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

                           Adult Christian Formation, Church

                           Intergenerational Christmas Choir Rehearsal, Choir Rm

                            Advent Arts and Crafts, Parish Hall

                           Children's Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

December 16, Monday

  6:00 pm         Finance Meeting, Meeting Room 

December 17, Tuesday

  6:00 pm        Vestry Meeting, Meeting Room

  7:30 pm         Parish Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

December 18, Wednesday

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

December 19, Thursday

 10:30 am       Knitting Needles & Thread, Meeting Room

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

December 21, Saturday

   10:00 am     Pageant Rehearsal for ALL, Church

     7:00 pm      A Holiday Festival for Organ and Brass Concert, Church

 December 22, 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 

    9:30 am      Pageant Actors Assemble in Parish Hall 

                          Intergenerational Christmas Choir Rehearsal, Choir Rm

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

   11:15 am     Coffee Hour, Parish Hall

                          Greening of the Church

St. John on the Mountain
379 Mount Harmony Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
In This Issue
Adult Christian Formation
Advent Arts & Crafts
Morris County Youth Shelter
Intergenerational Christmas Choir
2014 Stewardship
2013 Pledge Tax Credit
Children's Choir
Ladies' Luncheon
January 12th Baptisms
This Week at a Glance
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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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