St. John on the Mountain
Upcoming Events

Town Hall, hosted by the Wardens and Vestry 
This Sunday, November 30th

Join us on November 30th after the 10:00 a.m. service in the church for an open question and answer session. This is an opportunity to engage in open dialogue with the community. If you would like to submit questions in advance, please contact the office 908-766-2282 or Heather Leef.

Advent Wreath Making for ALL

This Sunday, November 30th

Please join us this Sunday, November 30th as we make Advent Wreaths (in Parish Hall).  All materials will be supplied.  A $5 donation to help off-set the cost of supplies is greatly appreciated.

  • Children will make their wreaths at 10:00 (in lieu of Sunday School).
  • Adults are welcome to make theirs immediately following the 10:00am service.

Knitter's Wrapping Party for Plaid House Girls 

Thursday, December 4th

The annual wrapping party for the Plaid House Girls' gifts will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, December 4th, in the Meeting Room. The Plaid House, located in Morristown, is a home that provides residential and related services to adolescent girls as they reenter into society.  Our knitted gifts this year are afghans for each girl. 

Men's Luncheon 

Thursday, December 4th

 Please join us on Thursday, December 4th 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.  The favor of a reply is requested in order that a place may be reserved for you at the table, but last minute drop-ins are always welcome.  Hope to see you there.  For more information please contact Alan Enos at 908-234-1321.

Advent Art & Crafts   
Sunday, December 7th and 14th

You won't want to miss Coffee Hour on December 7th and 14th!  Please join us for some creative seasonal arts and crafts.

Directory Photos to be Taken   

Sign-up to meet with Patty Vollmar or Michael Mitchell

before or after the 10:00 am service to have your photo taken for our new photo directory every Sunday through December 21st.
November Food Bank Staffing   


St. John parishioners will staff the Food Bank Pantry each Saturday in November from 9:45 am to noon. Located at the United Reformed Church, 100 West Main Street in Somerville All are invited, including older children, to help interview clients, bag and distribute food.  Sign-up sheets are located on the bulletin board near the Parish Hall kitchen.  For more information contact Sally Hespe.

Food For Fenn   
The Outreach Commission has designated November 2014
"Food for Fenn" month in honor of its beloved leader, Fenn Putman, who died this summer. Fenn was an inspiration to us all. We remember his outstanding dedication to the hungry at the Food Bank Network of Somerset County and Grace's Soup Kitchen at Grace Church, Plainfield.  We ask all parishioners to step to up their efforts this month and bring donations of food or money to provide for the hungry guests who arrive at the Food Bank in Somerville every Saturday morning. We have even provided commemorative shopping bags to encourage your donation efforts.



2015 Stewardship    
The 2015 Stewardship Campaign is off to a strong start!  As of November 24th, we have 49 pledges for $182,174. If you have any questions about Stewardship, please contact Jeff McKeon or Bob Courtemanche.  

If you haven't already done so, please return your 2015 Pledge Card ASAP, as the Vestry needs them to make their budget decisions for the upcoming year.  Extra Pledge Cardcan be found in the narthex or call the office 908-766-2282 to have one sent to you.


Church Buddies

The Sunday School is still looking for 7th graders and up to become a buddy with a child in the Pre-K/K class.  Once a month the older children will "shadow" their buddies and attend chapel time and Sunday School with them, sit in church with them, and hang out with them after church during coffee hour. It will be a great experience for the older kids and a special treat for our younger buddies. We hope to get the program started as soon as possible. If your child is able to help us in this important ministry by "shadowing" a buddy, please email Devon McKeon or Lynn Mitchell and your child will be matched up with someone. This is a great way to earn community service hours, and we are hoping that this will make a positive difference in our church's youth community.

Peaceful Parenting - New Date!

Join the Nursery School on Thursday, December 11th from 7-8 pm in Parish Hall for a free seminar sponsored by The United Way.  Please email  Jeanne Williams to register.

Nominating Committee for the Diocese 

Currently there are some vacancies in the slate and volunteers are needed from the northern region of the diocese to represent us in Trenton.  Vacancies needing to be filled are listed below.  If you are interested in serving and for more information go to The deadline for submission is December 15th.

Standing Committee: 1 spot

Cathedral Chapter: 1 spot

Clerical Compensation: 1 spot

Diocesan Investment Trust: 1 spot

Disciplinary Board: 1 spot

Treasurer: 1 spot

This Week on the Mountain

November 28, Friday

                        Office closed

 10:00 am        Grace Soup Kitchen, Plainfield

November 30, The First Sunday of Advent

   8:00 am        Holy Eucharist Rite I, Chapel

   9:00 am        Nursery Care, Room 2 Lower Level

                        Parish Choir rehearsal, Church 

  10:00 am       Advent Lessons & Carols with Holy Eucharist, Church

                        Advent Wreath Making, Parish Hall

  11:15 am       Town Hall Meeting, Church

                        Coffee Hour, Parish Hall

                        Treble Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

December 2, Tuesday

   6:00 pm         Mission Outreach Meeting, Meeting Room

   7:30 pm        Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room 

December 3, Wednesday

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

December 4, Thursday

  10:30 am       Knitting Needles & Thread, Meeting Room

  12:15 pm      Men's Luncheon, Morristown Club

December 5, Friday

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

December 7, The Second Sunday after Advent

   8:00 am       Holy Eucharist Rite I, Chapel

   9:00 am       Nursery Care, Room 2 Lower Level

                       Confirmation Class, Parish House Lounge

                       Parish Choir rehearsal, Church 

  10:00 am      Holy Eucharist Rite II, Church

                       Sunday School

  11:15 am      Coffee Hour, Parish Hall

                       Treble Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

                       Advent Arts & Crafts

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