This Week on the Mountain
Sunday, December 4th
The Second Sunday of Advent  

Stewardship Thanks

Intergenerational Choir for Christmas Eve
Adults, children and youth 3rd grade and up are invited to join us to form a special Intergenerational Choir for our 5pm Christmas Eve Eucharist. We will help lead congregational singing and learn a few new carols to sing. This is a great family activity that will be fun and engaging for all ages. We will rehearse on Sunday Dec. 11th,11:15 to Noon (after church) and/or Dec. 21st 5:00-6:00 pm. Please try to attend at least one of these rehearsals.. To signup, just show up, or email Christopher Jennings.
Advent Arts and Crafts
Sunday, December 4
You won't want to miss Coffee Hour on December 4th!  Please join us in the Parish Hall for some creative seasonal arts and crafts following the 10 am service.
Fostering Love
CASA SHaW  serves the Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren (SHaW) counties of New Jersey. They are the voice of children in foster care, and they work to ensure that every child is provided an opportunity to be placed into a safe, loving, and permanent home.   Seventy percent of the children are under the age of 13; the remaining children are under the age of 18.  This fall the  Church of St. John on the Mountain  is collecting items for these foster children in NJ. Please consider p urchasing a duffle bag and filling it with toiletries, a stuffed animal, and a book; or purchasing a backpack and filling it with school supplies, a stuffed animal, and a book; or purchasing a gift card for $25 or $50 from Walmart, Target, Kohl's, or GameStop. Items can be dropped off in the church office until December 21st.  For more information about CASA, please click here 
Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 18

Mandatory practices 

  • Sunday, December 11th Pageant costume pick up after 10 am                                          service (in Parish Hall)
  • Saturday, December 17th  9 am Rehearsal for Speakers Only                                             10 am Rehearsal for All
  • Sunday, December 18th Pageant at 10:00 am (meet in                                                       Parish Hall at 9:30 am)
Please note the rehearsal scheduled for 4pm on Thursday, 12/15 has been cancelled.
Ladies' Christmas Luncheon
Thursday, December 15
The Ladies' Christmas Lunch will be at Roxiticus CC on December 15th at noon.  The cost will be $30; there will be an elaborate holiday buffet that includes hot soup, carving station, chicken dish, seafood dish, vegetables, rice, potatoes and a selection of desserts.  Please make your reservation by sending your check made out to Wendy Argent-Belcher to the office at 379 My Harmony Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924 by December 9th.  Any questions? Email Sue Catlett.
Pastoral Care Meeting
Thursday, December 8
The next Pastoral Care meeting is Thursday, December 8th. If you would like to have someone added to the Prayer List, please call 908-766-2282 or email the Parish Office
Adopt a Family
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.
Nominations for Vestry
The nominating committee has been formed and will be working in the coming weeks to nominate Four Vestry members and a new Warden for the coming year.  The Vestry is an essential part of our community, and those interested in being nominated for this leadership ministry ought to be members of St. John's who are regular attenders of worship and who support the parish financially.  They should be passionate about this parish and its people, and willing to serve in areas of ministry that are in line with their gifts and talents.    If you would like to nominate someone for this ministry,  please email  Bob Courtemanche or Steve Sbaraglio who will be co-chairing the Nominating Committee.  Also serving on this committee are the Rector, Joy Baird, Margot Lewis, Michael Mitchell and Patty Vollmar.  Thank you for helping us prayerfully discern this important part of our life together! 
This Week on the Mountain
December 4, The Second Sunday of Advent
   8:00 am        Holy Eucharist Rite I, Chapel 
   9:00 am        Nursery Care, Room 2 Lower Level
                        Parish Choir rehearsal, Church
                        Confirmation Class, Meeting Room                       
  10:00 am       Holy Eucharist Rite II with Choir, Church
                        Sunday School
  11:15 am       Coffee Hour, Parish Hall
                       Advent Arts and Crafts
December 6, Tuesday
    6:00 pm       Mission Outreach Meeting, Meeting Room
December 7 Wednesday
    8:15 am       Men's Bible Study, Meeting Room
    7:30 pm       Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room
December 8, Thursday
   10:00 am      Women's Bible Study, Meeting, Room
   11:00 pm      Pastoral Care Meeting, Meeting Room 
December 11, The Third Sunday of Advent
    8:00 am       Holy Eucharist Rite I, Chapel        
   9:00 am       Nursery Care, Room 2 Lower Level
                       Parish Choir rehearsal, Church
                       Confirmation Class, Meeting Room
  10:00 am      Holy Eucharist Rite II with Choir,  Church
                       Sunday School
  11:15 am      Coffee Hour, Paris h Hall
                       Intergenerational Choir Practice, Choir Room
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