This Week on the Mountain
Sunday, March 30, 2014 
The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Healing Service Today - Thursday, March 27th at Noon


The Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing will take place today, Thursday, March 27th at noon in the chapel. This simple service of prayer, Holy Communion, and the laying on of hands for those who desire it, is an extension of the ministry of the Pastoral Care Committee. All are welcome.


Grace Soup Kitchen - Friday, March 28th


 Grace Soup Kitchen serves 1,000 hot nutritious meals the last five days of each month to the hungry of Plainfield.  St. John on the Mountain parishioners help on the last Friday of each month.  Join us on Friday, March 28th as we prepare and serve lunch from  10 am - 1 pm. 

Sign-up sheets are on bulletin board outside kitchen or contact Fenn Putman or Sally Hespe


Adult Christian Formation this Sunday

  Join us for a Three-part Series 

on Initiation into the 

Body of Christ Through Baptism

March 30, April 6, and April 13

immediately following the 10:00 service


This year at St. John's we will have a three-part adult formation series on initiation into the Body of Christ through Baptism.  We will also talk about the Eucharist as the on-going way God strengthens the once-and-for-all bonds established in baptism.  We will also spend one Sunday exploring Confirmation:  a rite that was originally part of baptism but for many cultural reasons was split off into a separate thing.  The Church is still trying to figure out what it is and what to do with it!


Evening Prayer on Tuesdays: Praying in Lent

April 1, April 8

On Tuesdays evenings at 6 pm, the community will gather for Evening Prayer in the Chapel, followed by a simple pot-luck supper. Members of our community will preside at this simple service of prayer.  Bring a dish to share for supper, and come and allow the word of God to wash over you, and pray with the assembled community, as our ancestors did before us. 


NEW - Women's Bible Study this Wednesday, April 2nd

A new Women's Bible Study group will meet Fridays from 9:15 am until 10:30 am in the Parish House meeting room, alternating with the first Wednesday of the month at 8:15 am in the upstairs meeting room instead. We are studying Bible Stories based on the E-100 (Essential One-Hundred Bible Reading Plan) curriculum.  Books can be ordered at $10.  Please join us! 


Men's Luncheon on Thursday, April 3rd


Please join us on the first Thursday of each month at 12:15 pm at the Morristown Club at 27 Elm Street in Morristown.  The luncheons are open to members of the parish and their guests.  For more information please email Alan Enos  or call  908-234-1321.


Easter Adopt-a-Family


Help a struggling family this Easter, by providing an uncooked meal.  It's easy!  Just buy the makings for a meal, and deliver to your Adopt-a-Family. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. For more information, contact Please call Sue Kennedy at 908-234-0267 with any questions. If there is a particular family that you have been supporting, please let Sue know so that she can inform the Food Bank.


Feeding America Backpack Program


The Outreach Committee urges you to help hungry children this Lent and Easter season by participating in the Backpack Program.  This program, that operates in conjunction with the Food Bank of Somerset County, fills backpacks to be taken home by students who depend on school meal programs during the week and do not have enough to eat on the weekends. Think of the hungry kids each time you go to the supermarket and for just a couple of dollars you can purchase something from the list below.  Please place your donations into the large, clearly labeled container in the hallway.  The contributions will be collected each week and taken to the food bank where volunteers sort them into the backpacks. They are then distributed to schools, where on Fridays, school nurses give them to the students.  Please help by providing any of the following items:

  • Fruit/applesauce cups
  • Raisins
  • Box of oatmeal packets
  • Box of granola bars
  • Ramen noodles
  • Juice boxes
  • Chef Boyardee meals
  • Individual serving-size boxes of cereal
  • Easy Mac & Cheese 
  • 6-pack single 
  • serving milk boxes
  • Gallon ziplock slider bags 
  • pudding snack packs (non-perishable only)

April Food Bank Staffing


Volunteer for the Somerset County Food Bank.  Join us each Saturday in April from 9:30 am to noon at the United Reformed Church at 100 West Main Street in Somerville.  Work entails interviewing clients, and bagging and distributing groceries.  This is a great opportunity for students to earn their community service hours. For more information, please contact Sally Hespe.


St. John's Intergenerational Choir 


We will be preparing an anthem to sing on Sunday, May 4th.  As it was at Christmas, the SJIC is open to everyone; children, adults, parents, aunts, uncles, friends and significant others!  Those of you who are not already in the choir may simply come forward to join the choir during the exchange of the Peace (no vestments needed) and then return to your seats in the congregation following the anthem.  Rehearsals will be about 20 minutes following the services on April 13th and April 27th.  Music will be available at those rehearsals or can be emailed to you directly.  We hope you will join us.


Baptism on Saturday, April 19th

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.  Questions about baptism?  Please contact the office 908-766-2282 or The 2014 dates for Holy Baptism

  • Saturday, April 19th - The Great Vigil of Easter
  • Sunday, June 8th - The Day of Pentecost 
  • Sunday, November 2nd - All Saints' Sunday

Spring Fundraiser


Save the date for the  the St. John's Nursery School & St. John on the Mountain Annual Spring Fundraiser on Saturday, May 17th at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall.  Formal Invitation and Details to Follow.   If you would like to volunteer to be part of the event committee, please contact  Blake Putnam


Spring Fundraiser Silent Auction Donations Needed


St. John's Nursery School and the Church of St. John on the Mountain will host a joint fundraiser on Saturday, May 17th at 6:30 pm.  Every dollar raised at this event will help fund five scholarships to the nursery school.  This fun-filled evening will include a silent auction for which we are seeking donations.  In addition to the silent auction, there will be a basket raffle.  Please consider donating items or money to any of the themed baskets below:

  • Men's Summer Reading  (books, beach blankets, kindle, sunglasses, drink holders, etc.)
  • Women' Summer Reading (same as above, sun block, beach umbrella, etc.)
  • Gardening Supplies (gift certificates, donations of time, tools, seeds, plants, etc.)
  • Cooking Basket (fun kitchen tools, cook books, serving or cooking items)
  • Health and Fitness (yoga mat, gift cards to fitness studios, sports drinks, juicing machine)

Please contact Katherine Hermes with donations and ideas  at


VBS Summer Camp


VBS Summer Camp June 23rd - 27th   

Children ages 3 through rising 4th graders are welcome to join us from 9:30 am - 12:00 noon.  Kids will learn, create, and have fun.  Join us for sports, games, music, snacks, Bible stories, and cool crafts!  The cost is $60 per child (with a $150 cap per family).  Click here for registration forms.  Space is limited.  For more information contact Lynn Mitchell.

This Week at a Glance


March 30, The Fourth Sunday in Lent

   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      Adult Christian Formation, Church

                         Coffee Hour, Parish Hall

                         Treble Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

April 1, Tuesday

    6:00 pm     Evening Prayer, Chapel

    6:30 pm     Pot-Luck Supper, Parish Hall

                          Mission Outreach Meeting, Meeting Room

    7:30 pm      Parish Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

April 2, Wednesday

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

                         Women's Bible Study, Parish House Lounge

    6:00 pm    Finance Meeting, Meeting Room

April 3, Thursday

 12:15 pm      Men's Luncheon, Morristown Club

 12:30 pm      Pastoral Care Meeting, Meeting Room

April 6, The Fifth Sunday in Lent

   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     Adult Christian Formation, Church

                         Coffee Hour, Parish Hall

                         Treble Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

St. John on the Mountain
379 Mount Harmony Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
In This Issue
Healing Service
Grace's Soup Kitchen
Adult Formation
Evening Prayer
New Women's Bible Study
Men's Luncheon
Easter Adopt-a-Family
Backpack Program
Food Bank Staffing
Intergenerational Choir
Baptism on April 19th
Spring Fundraiser
Silent Auction
This Week at a Glance
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The Reverend Dr. Patrick Malloy

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Parish Administrator
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Director of Children's Ministries

Finance Manager
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