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Weekly e-Nouncements
Patrice E. Bickford

This week St. Bernards Church and the Bickford family has been mourning the passing of long time parishioner Pat Bickford who died, September 24, from cancer. We ask your prayers for her husband Mike, daughter Kerry, and stepson James, who have been a steadfast team supporting Pat as she went through treatment for pancreatic cancer. Pat did well in treatment until experiencing a major setback last week.
Over the years, Pat was a dedicated volunteer at St. Bernard's, with Girl Scouts, and the Feeding America Backpack Program at the county food bank. She loved her family and was a true friend, delighting all with her culinary skills and unparalleled baking. We wish we had many more years with Pat. May her memory be a blessing to us all.

A wake will be held on Friday, Sept. 28, from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm at Gallaway & Crane Funeral Home,
101 S. Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920, 908-766-0250.
Her funeral will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bernard's Episcopal Church, 
88 Claremont Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924. 
Join us as we give thanks for Pat's life and mourn her death. 
Family will attend a brief graveside service immediately follow the funeral.
All are invited to lunch and to share memories of Pat on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11:30 am at Vine , 95 Morristown Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920, 908-221-0017.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Pat's memory can be made to:
Food Bank Network of Somerset County
P.O. Box 149
Bound Brook, NJ 08805
In the memo section please include "Backpack Program"
Notes of condolence can be sent to the Bickford family at 5 Dawn Drive, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.
Our new Parish House!

The time is drawing closer for our fabulous new Parish House to be ready for us to move in!

Parish Hall

The Sky Room & The Parish Office

The Heritage at Claremont

For photos, a fabulous video on the final renderings and information on The Heritage at Claremont condominiums 
Like their Facebook page.
Click on link below and like the page!

Stewardship Season

Stewardship season is almost upon us.  Please join us for our services throughout October to hear what the community of St. Bernard's Church means to them.  More information to follow very soon!

October 7, 10 am
Feast of St. Francis &
Blessing of the Animals

Join us for our service on Sunday, October 7 at 10 am to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis which will include a blessing of the animals. Most likely the blessing portion will be inside the church due to construction. Bring your pets (real and stuffed) for a blessing before the service.  All are welcome!

God's Giving Garden 
Next week is St. Bernard's final work week in the garden.  See below for scheduled work sessions.  Or if you have an hour spare anytime, there is always something to do. 

The garden is continuing to produce, and it continues to need our attention. Critters and bugs are mounting an attack. Your help is needed to keep what we have producing and to assist in harvesting!
This coming week the garden volunteer hours are as follows:
Sunday 9/30 afternoon 4-5:15 pm
Tuesday 10/2  9-11:30 am
Thursday 10/4 9-11:30 am

Please come help us feed our neighbors!
Cathy Ferrara, email: 

Join us for our 
October Book Group
Tuesdays, 6-7 pm
First meeting - October 2

Join us in October to read Lauren Winner's book, Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God. You can purchase the book online in paperback or electronic format. We'll meet from 6-7 pm on Tuesdays in October. 

Let Pastor Beth know of your interest, or 973-615-4778. Please read the introductory chapter and note before our first meeting on Oct. 2. All are welcome, invite a friend or neighbor!

Office closed, Oct. 8

In observance of Columbus Day the Parish Office will be closed on Monday, October 8.
JOY! Services

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.   

The next service will be on October 21.  

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!
Parking availability this Sunday
This Sunday parking will available in the lower parking lot and in the triangle across the street.

Pastoral Needs
For pastoral needs and emergencies contact  the Rev. Beth Rauen Sciaino, Tel: 973-615-4778 or, email: .

Parish Office Hours
Due to the construction work  our Parish Administrator occasionally works from home. Voicemail is checked daily. We are nearing completion and hope to be moving in to our new offices soon! Thank you.
Pastor Beth's Office Hours
Pastor's Beth is in the office each week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 
Monday is her day off.  On Fridays she works from home.  
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
Event Calendar  @ St. Bernard's!
Check the dates of all the upcoming events below and mark them in your calendar!

September 2018

10 am
Grace's Kitchen
30 10 am Holy Eucharist
19th after Pentecost
Coffee Hour

October 2018 

2 6 pm First Book Group Discussion
7 10 am Holy Eucharist
20th after Pentecost, Feast of St. Francis & Blessing of the Animals
Coffee Hour

Columbus Day
Parish Office Closed
14 10 am Holy Eucharist
21st after Pentecost
Coffee Hour
17 7 pm Vestry Meeting
21 9 am
JOY! Service
for families with young children
21 10 am Holy Eucharist
22nd after Pentecost
Coffee Hour
25 7:30 pm Prayer Shawl Group
26 6 pm FUN RAISING: Dusk in the Parish House
10 am
Grace's Kitchen
28 10 am Holy Eucharist
23rd after Pentecost
Coffee Hour

Upcoming Events
November 4 - All Saints' Day
November, date TBA - Dinner out
December 7 - Christmas Dusk in the Parish House
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.

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.
Women's Retreat
October 12-14

To register  click on the link below

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.

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!
Harvest Cookout
at Ross Farm
Sept 29, 5-9 pm

For tickets and  more information on this fun fundraiser for Ross Farm, go to:
St. Bernard's Episcopal Church, Bernardsville

 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.