St. John on the Mountain

Advent Arts & Crafts
You won't want to miss Coffee Hour on December 13th!  Please join us for some creative seasonal arts and crafts in the Parish Hall during coffee hour.
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.  Download forms here or forms can be found in the narthex or call the office 908-766-2282 to have one mailed to you.
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.  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
Christmas Eve Service - Building of the Crèche
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 4:40 pm and gather in Parish Hall.  Childcare is available.

Flower Dedications for 2016 
Donations of flowers are made as memorials or in thanksgiving for special occasions.  A date can be shared by more than one donor.  The 2016 flower sign-up charts are now posted on the bulletin board in the hallway of the church building, opposite the entrance to the Chapel sacristy. For dedications and specific floral requests contact Sue Kennedy at or the office 908-766-2282 or  The cost is $100 for church altar flowers and $70 for chapel altar flowers.
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 13th, 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     Advent Lessons & Carols with Holy Eucharist
                     Sunday School
 11:15 am     Coffee Hour, Parish Hall
                     Advent Arts & Crafts, Parish Hall
                     Pageant Costume Pick-up, Parish Hall
December 15th, Tuesday
 7:00 pm       Vestry Meeting, Meeting Room
 7:30 pm       Parish Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room
December 16th, Wednesday
   8:15 am     Men's Bible Study, Meeting Room
December 17th, Thursday
  12:00 pm    Ladies' Holiday Luncheon, Roxiticus
   4:00 pm     Pageant Rehearsal, Singers and Speakers only
December 19th, Saturday
 10:00 am     Pageant Rehearsal for ALL, Church 
December 20th, 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 & Holy Eucharist Rite II, Church            11:15 am    Coffee Hour, Parish Hall
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