St. John on the Mountain

Advent Arts & Crafts
You won't want to miss Coffee Hour on December 6th and 13th!  Please join us for some creative seasonal arts and crafts in the Parish Hall during coffee hour.
Community Hymn Sing
December 6 from 4 pm-7 pm
Save the date: December 6 from 4 pm-7 pm, Music on the Mountain! Rick Morgan will accompany us as we draw ballots to select our all-time hymn book favorites. Singing will be followed by a holiday feast in the Parish Hall.
The SJOTM Choir Christmas CD
The Choir is excited to release their first recording "Merry Christmas". Copies are available for $15.
Children's Choir Christmas Music - Rehearsal
All children are welcomed and encouraged to rehearse some old favorites and some great new music every Sunday at 10 am in the Chapel in preparation for the Christmas Pageant and for the 5 pm Christmas Eve Service.  Just go into the Chapel and sing with Director Katie Morash and Director of Children's Ministries Lynn Mitchell!
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 forms by Wednesday, December 16th.  Forms can be found in the narthex or call the office 908-766-2282 to have one mailed to you.
Coffee and Conversation
Want to learn more about SJOTM programs?  Want to talk about a program you'd like to see at our parish?  Join Lynn Mitchell, Director of Children's Education, and Sally Hespe, Vestry Member and Outreach Co Chair, for coffee and conversation. Thursday, December 10th, 9:30 -10:30 am at Sally's home, 36 Southfield Drive, Bernardsville. RSVP to Sally at (908) 875-1518 or If you are unable to attend during the day, we will offer another evening date in January.
Ladies Holiday Lunch
The Ladies' Lunch for December will be hosted by Wendy Argent-Belcher at Roxiticus CC on December 17th at noon.  The cost will be $25; there will be an elaborate holiday buffet including soup, carving stations, chicken, seafood, rice, potatoes, vegetables and dessert.  Please make your reservation by sending your check to Wendy at 55 Seney Drive, Bernardsville, NJ 07924 by December 10th.  Merry Christmas!
Greening of the Church for Christmas
Please join the Altar Guild on Monday, December 21st at 10 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.
Christmas Pageant Rehearsals

Thursday, December 17th at 4 pm

For those with speaking parts and musical roles
Saturday, December 19th at 10 am (with a parent)
Mandatory practice for the ENTIRE cast
Kids Helping Kids 
Kids Helping Kids will again be engaging our youth in the process of giving by providing Christmas gifts to local children in youth shelters. These are kids who would otherwise have no gifts and are without family on Christmas morning. Last year we were able to deliver over 40 gift bags and provide each shelter with one big item for their residents to enjoy. The response from the shelter kids, administrators and our own parish was nothing short of amazing. This year we are proud to serve: the Morris County Youth Shelter, The Somerset Home and St. Peter's orphanage. Our kids will be collecting funds over the next few Sundays at coffee hour so please support their efforts. You can also help by volunteering your time sorting gift bags, transporting gifts, or taking your kids shopping for a homeless child. Lists will be coming out very soon. Any questions please call: Sandy Keegan at 908-234-0043
2016 Stewardship
If you haven't already done so, please return your 2016 Pledge Card ASAP, as the Vestry needs them to make their budget decisions for the upcoming year.  Extra pledge cards can be found on the web in the narthex or call the office 908-766-2282 to have one sent to you.  
This Week on the Mountain

December 6th, The Second Sunday of Advent
   8:00 am     Holy Eucharist Rite I, Chapel
   8:30 am     Parish Choir rehearsal, Church
   9:00 am     Nursery Care, Room 2 Lower Level
                     Confirmation Class, Meeting Room                    
                     Parish Choir rehearsal, Church 
 10:00 am     Advent Lessons & Carols with Holy Eucharist
1 1:15 am     Coffee Hour, Parish Hall
                     Advent Arts & Crafts, Parish Hal
  4:00 pm      Hymn Sing, Church
December 8, Tuesday
   7:30 pm     Parish Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room
December 9, Wednesday
   8:15 am     Men's Bible Study, Meeting Room 
December 13, The Third Sunday of Advent 
   8:00 am     Holy Eucharist Rite I, Chapel
   9:00 am     Nursery Care, Room 2 Lower Level
                     Confirmation Class, Meeting Room
                     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

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