This Week on the Mountain
Sunday, April 6, 2014 
The Fifth Sunday in Lent

April Newsletter







Adult Christian Formation this Sunday

  Join us for Part Two of a Three-part Series 

on Initiation into the 

Body of Christ Through Baptism

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!



Easter Flowers & Special Music


If you would like to dedicate Easter Flowers & Special Music, please send your dedications to the Parish Office.  In order that we might publish all names in the Easter bulletins, we ask that you send in your forms by Wednesday, April 9th.  Click here for form.


Evening Prayer on Tuesday, April 8th: Praying in Lent

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 on Friday, April 11th

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:  Wednesday, April 1st, Friday, April 11th,  and Friday, April 25th.  Please note there will be no Bible Study on Good Friday, April 18th.


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.


The Paschal Triduum - April 17th, 18th, & 19th 


The Three Holy Days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter, are the center of our Christian year and our common life.  In these days we fully enter into the Mystery of the Passion, Death, and Glorious Rising of the Lord Jesus, who we know to be among us.  The liturgy is so rich that it takes three days to unfold.  The Rector, Wardens, Vestry, Staff, and People of St. John on the Mountain invite you to be with us as we celebrate the Paschal Triduum.  Please consider honoring us with your presence and sharing with us in the Divine life of the Lord Jesus who has made us his Sacred Body in the world.


Holy Week and Easter Services 


The Sunday of the Passion:


April 13

  •    8 am     Holy Eucharist in the chapel
  •    10 am   Blessing of the Palms with Procession, Holy Eucharist                       with choir and childcare


April 17

  •  7pm        Holy Eucharist, with Foot Washing, in the church



April 18

  •  7 pm        Good Friday in Parish Hall


April 19

  •  7:00 pm   The Great Vigil of Easter, with babysitting -  Festal                                Reception  Immediately Following


The Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ:


April 20

  •   8 am       Holy Eucharist with hymns in the chapel
  •   10 am     Festal Holy Eucharist with choir in the church,                                        Children's Message and childcare
  •  11:15am   Easter Egg Hunt, Outside

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 
  • Single-serving milk boxes (non-perishable only)
  • 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.


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.


Lost and Found  


Do any of these belong to you?  Please check-out our continually expanding Lost and Found in the hallway.

This Week at a Glance


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

April 8, Tuesday

    6:00 pm     Evening Prayer, Chapel

    6:30 pm     Pot-Luck Supper, Parish Hall

    7:30 pm      Parish Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

April 9, Wednesday

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

April 11, Friday

   9:15 am       Women's Bible Study, Meeting Room

April 13, Sunday of the Passion:  Palm Sunday

   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
April Newsletter
Adult Formation
Easter Flowers
Evening Prayer
New Women's Bible Study
Easter Adopt-a-Family
Holy Week & Easter Services
Backpack Program
Food Bank Staffing
Intergenerational Choir
Spring Fundraiser
Silent Auction
Lost and Found
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

Finance Manager
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