This Week on the Mountain
Sunday, December 22, 2013
The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Pageant Rehearsal 


Thursday, December 19th   

Pageant rehearsal 4:00-5:00 pm Speakers Only

Saturday, December 21st   

Pageant rehearsal for All at 10:00 am 


Pageant on Sunday, December 22nd 


Please join us this Sunday, December 22nd for our Annual Christmas Pageant at 10 am.


Greening of the Church for Christmas on Sunday, December 22nd


 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.


Christmas Service Schedule


Tuesday, 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 Intergenerational Christmas 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 

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


Wednesday, December 25th 

Christmas Day


10 am Holy Eucharist for Christmas Day

Join us in the chapel for Holy Eucharist.


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.


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.


2014 Stewardship


As of  December 18th, we have 103 pledges for $313,675.  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.


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


Grace's Soup Kitchen on Friday, Dec 27


Join us as we prepare and serve lunch from 10 am - 1 pm at Grace's Soup Kitchen in Plainfield.  We help on the last Friday of each month.   The kids are not in school on Friday, December 27th.  This is a great day for them to earn community service hours.  For more information contact or Sally Hespe


Lessons & Carols on Sunday, Dec 29


Join us on Sunday, December 29th at 10:00 am when we will continue to celebrate the Christmas season with the reading of the nine lessons.  The Choir of St. John on the Mountain will lead us in the singing of our favorite Christmas Carols.  It is truly a family service as we begin with the journey of Adam and Eve in the garden, hear the promise of the prophets and are once again inspired by the birth of Jesus as told to us in the Gospels.  Many familiar carols, sung by all of us, and a few remarkable new ones, sung by The Choir, are interspersed with the readings.


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 19, Thursday

  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

December 24, The Eve of the Nativity

   4:30 pm       Nursery Care, Room 2 Lower Level

   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

December 25, The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

  10:00 am      Holy Eucharist, Chapel 

December 24th - December 27th

           Parish Office Closed

December 27, Friday

   10:00 am     Grace's Soup Kitchen, Plainfield

December 29, The First Sunday after Christmas  

    8:00 am       Holy Eucharist Rite I, Chapel

    9:00 am       Nursery Care, Room 2 Lower Level

                            Parish Choir rehearsal, Church 

  10:00 am        Lessons & Carols, Church

December 30 - January 1,

          Parish Office Closed 

January 2, Thursday

  12:15 pm       Men's Luncheon, Morristown Club

January 5, The Second Sunday after Christmas 

   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

St. John on the Mountain
379 Mount Harmony Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
In This Issue
Pageant Rehearsal
Christmas Service Schedule
Christmas Schedule
Intergenerational Choir
2014 Stewardship
2013 Pledge Tax Credit
Lessons & Carols
January 12th Baptisms
This Week at a Glance
Quick Links
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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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