This Week on the Mountain
Sunday, November 6th
The Feast of All Saints'

Fall Back
Saturday, November 5
Don't forget to fall back on Saturday get an extra hour of sleep......zzzzz.....then come celebrate All Saints' Day with us!
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! 
Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 18th   
G et Your Forms in by November 21st 
The pageant is open to all interested Pre-K - 12 th grade students. Please take the time to discuss with your child(ren) the time commitments involved with each type of role and their willingness to perform it.  In order to participate they must be able to attend the required practices.  See below.

  • Mandatory practices for those with speaking parts and musical roles:
    • Thursday, December 15th at 4:00 pm
    • Saturday, December 17th at 10:00 am (with a parent)
  • Mandatory practice for the ENTIRE cast:
    • Saturday, December 17th at 10:00 am (with a parent) 

 Click here for Sign-up forms. Forms are also located on the table in the narthex, in the Parish House Church Office, on, or email Lynn Mitchell.  Forms must be returned no later than November 21st.   Roles will be announced and scripts will be available on Wednesday, November 30th.  Parent volunteers are also needed.
Food for Fenn

Sunday, November 12
The Outreach Commission has designated every November "Food for Fenn" month in honor of its beloved leader, Fenn Putman.  Fenn was an inspiration to us all. We remember his outstanding dedication to the hungry at the Food Bank Network of Somerset County and Grace's Soup Kitchen at Grace Church, Plainfield. In recognition of this fine man we propose to flood the Food Bank with "Food for Fenn." once again this year. We ask all parishioners to step to up their efforts this month and bring donations of food or money to provide for the hungry guests who arrive at the Food Bank in Somerville every Saturday morning. We still have some of the commemorative shopping bags to encourage your efforts. You can pick one up in the Narthex.  We welcome all types of non-perishable food, plus hams and frozen turkeys for Thanksgiving meals.  We will collect the frozen turkeys for distribution on November 19th. Please bring them to the Church on Sunday November 12th, or at the latest, by Thursday, November 17th.. They should be left in the freezer in garage (behind the Parish House.) 
Adopt a Family
Help save a struggling family's Thanksgiving and 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.
Volunteers Needed for Food Bank
St. John on the Mountain will staff the Food Pantry in Somerville each Saturday in November. This is an important outreach ministry to the needy in our community and is an excellent opportunity for youth to earn community service hours.  We need volunteers Saturday November 5, 12, 19, and 26th from 9:15 to noon.   The pantry is located in the rear of the United Reformed Church, 100 West Main Street, Somerville. There is municipal parking behind the church, near the entrance of the food pantry. Tasks involve bagging and distributing food and receiving and interviewing clients.  Click here to sign up on line. For further information please email  Sally Hespe .
2017 Stewardship
By now you should have received your Stewardship letter for 2017.  If you haven't already done so, please return your 2017 Pledge Card ASAP, as the Vestry needs them to make their budget decisions for the upcoming year.  Click for extra pledge cards, find them i n the narthex or call the office 908-766-2282 to have one sent to you.  
This Week on the Mountain

November 6, All Saints' Day
   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 & Baptism with Choir, Church  
                        Sunday School
  11:15 am       Coffee Hour, Parish Hall
November 8, Tuesday, Election Day
November 9 Wednesday
    8:15 am       Men's Bible Study, Meeting Room
    7:30 pm      Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room
November 10, Thursday
  10:00 am      Women's Bible Study, Meeting Room
November 12, Saturday
   9:15 am      SJOTM Staffs the Food Bank, Somerville, NJ
November 13, The Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
   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

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