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Bring your Thanksgiving Turkeys and Hams
to Church this Sunday for collection!

We will be collecting Thanksgiving turkeys (and hams) this Sunday after church to be taken to the Somerset County Food Bank by Nov. 16. Consider donating your free turkey or ham from ShopRite! If you are unable to make it to church thi Sunday Mindy Kirby is willing to pick up your donation from your home.  Please call Mindy: 908-766-0084. Thank you!
Parish House Update

On Sunday, October 21, the ribbon cutting took place for the opening of our new parish house.  It was a proud and historic day.  The very next day Pastor Beth and our Parish Administrator moved out of the old building and moved in to the new one!  

That was 3 weeks ago.  Since then we have had new furniture delivered, our phones are now finally installed and working, the tutoring lab has begun tutoring, our first Dusk in the Parish House event has taken place, we are currently measuring up for window blinds and shelving for our closets, and more furniture is due to arrive next week - our new Parish House is finally coming to life.

Pastor Beth and our Parish Administrator are very much enjoying their new offices along with the wonderful views from their windows.  

St. Bernard's Church and it's staff and parishioners have been truly blessed with this 
wonderful building.

The Tutoring Lab ready for students!
Beautiful fall view from the new Parish Office window!


Our new Parish House
Donations welcomed!

We are excited to have moved into our new Parish House and grateful for financial donations which have been made toward our new furniture. It's great to have a fresh start! Examples of furniture bought so far include $265 per chair with wooden arms (16 for both floors), $60 per banquet chair (Sky Room), both figures include shipping. 

Phase 1 furniture has been ordered, with some items already delivered. Phase 2 furniture and items will be ordered soon and will include things like signage, shelving, window blinds, coffee machines, etc. If you would like to join in donating towards furniture and equipment etc. for our wonderful new space, please write "Parish House Fund" in the memo line of your check. Thank you!  

Winter Clothing Drive for  Grace's Kitchen
Donate by Nov. 25!

Please donate your clean, gently used coats, warm fleeces, sweater, jeans, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, socks and boots. Bring them in plastic bags to the Narthex by Sunday, Nov. 25. Our friends at Grace's Kitchen come in all sizes, shapes, and ages and truly appreciate clothing that will keep them warm this winter.  Pick up a blue sheet of tags to invite friends and neighbors to donate.

Stewardship Season

As our stewardship season comes to a close please submit your financial pledge for 2019. Pledge certificates can be found in the Narthex and placed in the offering plate or mailed to the parish office. 

Thus far we have collected a total of 26 pledges for a total of $87,410.
JOY! Service
Sun. Nov. 18, 9 am

Families with young children (infants and up) are welcome to join us for our monthly JOY! service, on the 3rd Sunday of the month at  9 am.   

Our next service will be on November, 18, 9 am

This 25 minute service welcomes children into our liturgical tradition in informal, participatory, and fun ways. Please contact Pastor Beth with questions or to help.    And spread the word - all are welcome!
December Food Drive
Saturday, December 8, 10 am - 4 pm

Join us for our annual Food Drive at the Bernardsville ShopRite on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 am to 4 pm. 
ShopRite patrons donated very generously to our collection for our friends at Grace's Kitchen in Plainfield. Be prepared for any kind of weather - nothing stops us! 

Thank you for giving an hour or two of your time to this effort, all ages are welcome. We bag up the food in advance of its distribution in late December. 

To sign up for the Food Drive, reach out to Greg Canose, or 908-766-4251.
Advent Formation opportunity

Join us for a four week Advent series on Journeying the Way of Love held after coffee hour on Sundays Dec 2, 9, 16, 23, in the Church. All ages are welcome. 

Using our Advent readings from the Gospel of Luke we will explore how we can live the Way of Love as individuals, as families and friends, as a community, and out in the world. An accompanying Advent Calendar encourages us to engage in actions that help us Turn, Learn, Prayer, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest. Reach out to Pastor Beth with any questions, or 908-766-0602.

Pastoral Needs
For pastoral needs and emergencies contact  the Rev. Beth Rauen Sciaino, Tel: 973-615-4778 or, email: .
St. Bernard's Episcopal Church, Bernardsville
Good News in the Garden State Newsletter

For up to date news from Bishop Stokes and the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey you can subscribe to receive the weekly email Newsletter.  Go to  to subscribe!
Parish Directory
A Parish Directory is now available for all parishioners of St. Bernard's Church.

Copies are available to take in the Narthex of the church.

If you would like a PDF version (to keep handy on your phone) please email our Parish Administrator: or 908-766-0602.

We do our utmost to ensure the accuracy of everyone's information, but occasionally errors are made. If you see incorrect information in the directory please do let our parish administrator know by emailing her.  Thank you.

St.  Bernard's Prayer List

We are grateful for the opportunity to pray for family, friends and parishioners on our Parish Prayer List.  If anyone you have added in the past can come off the list, or if you would like to add anyone, please let Alison Davidson know:

We invite you to pray for those people on the list during the week. Thank you.

To keep in touch with the
Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry of New Jersey - Faith in Action, sign up for their email newsletter using this link

 AA Update:

Alcoholics Anonymous meets  on Tuesday evenings at 8 pm and Saturday evenings at 6 pm in the church, while construction is going on.  

Event Calendar @ St. Bernard's!
Check the dates of all the upcoming events below and mark them in your calendar!

November 2018

11 10 am Holy Eucharist + Baptism
Remembrance Day
25th after Pentecost

Bring your turkey/ham to church!
- 2 pm
Mutual Ministry Review
for Vestry
Clergy Conference
Pastor Beth attending
18 9 am
Joy! Service
For families with young children
18 10  am Holy Eucharist
26th after Pentecost
Blessing of hats
22 & 23 Thanksgiving 
Office Closed
25 10 am Holy Eucharist
Last Sunday after Pentecost
Christ the King

December 2018

2 10 am Holy Eucharist
1st in Advent + Baptism
Coffee Hour in Parish Hall

Advent Formation:
Journeying the Way of Love
9 10 am Holy Eucharist 
2nd in Advent
Coffee Hour in Parish Hall

Advent Formation:
Journeying the Way of Love
16 9 am Joy! Service
For families with young children
16 10 am Holy Eucharist 
3rd in Advent
Coffee hour in Parish Hall

Advent Formation:
Journeying the Way of Love
19 7 pm Vestry Meeting
10 am Holy Eucharist
4th in Advent
Coffee hour in Parish Hall

Advent Formation:
Journeying the Way of Love
24 5 pm Christmas Eve
Family Choral Eucharist
24 8 pm Festive Choral Eucharist
25 10 am Christmas Day Service
30 10 am Holy Eucharist
First Sunday after Christmas
Coffee Hour in Parish Hall

Upcoming Events
November, date TBA - Dinner out
December 7 - Christmas Dusk in the Parish House
Homework Help and Academic Support - Volunteers Needed!

St. Bernard's/YMCA's after-school academic support program is seeking volunteers to sign up. The program runs through the school year in St. Bernard's Parish House from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Volunteers can be adults or Eighth Grade and up students (so great for Community Service hours!).  

For more information, please contact Jessica Bruno at Somerset County YMCA, (908) 766-7898 ext. 544, or Alison Davidson at St Bernard's Church, (908) 766-0602.

Missed Pastor Beth's Sermon?
Pastor Beth's weekly sermons are now available to listen to via audio file.  Just go to and click on the Audio Play button at the top of the page, or next to the relevant date. Previous sermons (from Dec. 6, 2016 onwards) are also available via audio file.
Offering Card now available 
in the Narthex

If you give electronically (by automatic bill pay) or on a quarterly or annual basis, you are invited to use one of our new cards during the offering to indicate your support for God's mission here at St. Bernard's.