St. John on the Mountain
Upcoming Events

Healing Service with Holy Eucharist - Today 

Thursday, December 18th at 10 am

The Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing will take place today 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

Intergenerational Choir Rehearsal    

Sunday, December 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!

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 Eve Family Service - Building of the Crèche    

Wednesday, December 24th

During the Christmas Eve Family Service at 5 pm, children who would like to participate in the Procession for the Building of the Crèche should arrive by 4:40pm and gather in Parish Hall.  Childcare is available.

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    
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
Christmas Lessons and Carols    

Sunday, December 28th at 10 am

Join us on Sunday, December 28th at10 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.


This Week on the Mountain    

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

December 22, Monday

   11:00 am       Greening of the Church

December 24, Christmas Eve

                        Office Closed

    4:30 pm       Nursery Care, Room 2 Lower Level

    5:00 pm       Eve of the Nativity Family Service, Church

  10:30 pm       Carols by Candlelight, Church

  11:00 pm       Christmas Eve Festival Holy Eucharist, Church  

December  25, Christmas Day

  10:00 am       Holy Eucharist for Christmas Day, Chapel

December 26, Thursday

                        Office Closed

December 27, Friday

                        Office Closed

December 28, The First Sunday after Christmas

   8:00 am        Holy Eucharist Rite I, Chapel

   9:00 am        Nursery Care, Room 2 Lower Level

  10:00 am       Holy Eucharist Rite II, Church

   11:15 am      Coffee Hour, Parish Hall

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