St. John on the Mountain
Upcoming Events

Advent Art & Crafts   
Sunday, December 14th

You won't want to miss Coffee Hour this Sunday, December 14th!  Please join us in Parish Hall, following the 10 am service, for some creative seasonal arts and crafts.

Christmas Pageant Costume Pick-Up   
Sunday, December 14th

Please pick-up your costume for the pageant this Sunday, December 14th in Parish Hall following the 10 am service.

Nominating Committee   
Sunday, December 14th

Following worship this Sunday the Rector and Wardens meet with the outgoing Vestry members who form the nominating committee.  They are charged with creating a slate of names for the next class of Vestry members.   If you feel called to Vestry service, or if you have any suggestions of names of those who might have gifts for leadership in our community, please contact the Bob Courtemanche or Heather Leef in the coming days. 

Intergenerational Choir Rehearsal    

Sunday, December 14th and 21st 

St. John's Intergenerational Choir invites you to join in the music making this Christmas. Once again, all ages are welcome!  Parents, children, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and all members of the Parish are invited to sing together for the Offertory Anthem during the Pageant on December 21st at 10 am and again at the 5 pm Christmas Eve Service on December 24th.  Please arrive a half hour before each service for a brief warm up in the Choir Room.  No vestments needed - street clothes and children in Pageant Costumes will be great.  All singers will be invited forward during the Peace to assemble and sing the anthem.  Meet in the Choir Room for about 20 minutes with Mr. Morgan to rehearse the anthem.  Copies will be provided at this time.  This is a wonderful way to join your family and friends and again welcome the Christ Child in song!

Healing Service with Holy Eucharist    

Thursday, December 18th at 10 am

The Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing will take place on Thursday, December 18th at 10 am 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. 

Christmas Pageant Rehearsals    

Thursday, December 18th at 4 pm

For those with speaking parts and musical roles 


Saturday, December 20th at 10 am (with a parent) 

Mandatory practice for the ENTIRE cast

Christmas Flowers & 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 form by Wednesday, December 17th.  Forms can also be found in the narthex or call the office 908-766-2282 to have one mailed to you.

Greening of the Church    

Monday, December 22nd

Please join the Altar Guild on Monday, December 22 at 11 am to prepare the church and chapel for Christmas. Help hang wreaths and fill baskets.  Any and all helping hands would be most appreciated.   Goodies will be served.  For more information contact Sue Kennedy.

Christmas Adopt-a-Family    

This Christmas help save a struggling family's Christmas by providing an uncooked meal.  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 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. For more information contact Sue Kennedy.


Kids Helping Kids - Update

Thank you so much to all of our generous families!  The Kids Helping Kids mission has raised almost $3,000 and is on it's way to providing Christmas to over 40 children.  Here is another story of the kind of child who benefits from the generosity at Somerset House:


Patrick's Story...

Patrick is a learning disabled 19 year-old and since the death of his adoptive parents, he had been couch surfing and living with friends. Street Smart workers went to the school and met with Patrick and his counselor to discuss housing options. Street Smart helped Patrick obtain his vital documents and made sure he had contact information for Street Smart if he ever needed help. Patrick had a fight with his friends that resulted in them kicking him out of the apartment at 11:00pm. After roaming the streets and unsuccessfully searching for housing, Patrick decided to call Street Smart from a phone at the local QuickChek. When outreach workers picked him up, he was sitting outside on the curb. The workers bought him something to eat and were able to place him at an age-appropriate shelter. Patrick will remain at the shelter while Street Smart continues to help him with permanent, long-term housing.

Directory Photos to be Taken   

Sign-up to meet with Patty Vollmar or Michael Mitchell

before or after the 10 am service to have your photo taken for our new photo directory every Sunday now through December 21st.
2015 Stewardship    
The 2015 Stewardship Campaign is off to a strong start! As of

December 9th, we have 70 pledges for $230,194.  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 Cards can be found in the narthex or call the office 908-766-2282 to have one sent to you.
2014 Pledge Tax Credit    

Pledge payments for the calendar year 2014 will need to be received in the office or post marked by December 31, 2014 in order to receive tax credit for the current year.  For more information please contact Lisa Keenan, the Finance Manager.

Christmas Service Schedule    

Wednesday, 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 Children's Choir will include the Building of the Crèche and will take place at 5 pm.  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 4:40 pm and gather in the chapel.  Childcare is available.

  • 10:30 pm Christmas Eve Carols by Candlelight, Church
  • 11 pm Christmas Eve Festival Holy Eucharist, Church  

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


Thursday, December 25th ~  Christmas Day

  • 10 am  Holy Eucharist for Christmas Day, Chapel
This Week on the Mountain    

December 14, The Third Sunday of 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

                        Advent Arts & Crafts, Parish Hall

                        Pageant Costume Pick-up, Parish Hall

                        Treble Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room 

December 16, Tuesday

  7:00 pm         Vestry Meeting, Meeting Room

  7:30 pm         Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room 

December 17, Wednesday

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

December 18, Thursday

  10:00 am       Healing Service with Holy Eucharist, Chapel

  10:30 am       Pastoral Care Meeting, Lounge

   12:00 pm      Ladies' Luncheon, Fiddler's Elbow

December 19, Friday

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

December 21, 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 

  10:00 am       Christmas Pageant with Holy Eucharist, Church

  11:15 am       Coffee Hour, Parish Hall

                        Treble Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

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