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Be Encouraged 
and Be a Good Encourager

Begins Sunday, January 13, 
4-5:15 pm

A four-session training series for teenagers and parents seeking to encourage friends and each other will be held on Sundays beginning Jan. 13 at St. Bernard's Episcopal Church.

The series will be led by the Rev. Beth Rauen Sciaino, Priest-in-Charge at St. Bernard's, and is scheduled for Jan. 13 and 27, and Feb. 10 and 24, from 4-5:15 p.m. in the new Parish Hall adjoining the Church. This is an interfaith opportunity and all are welcome to participate.

The sessions are intended to provide listening techniques for young people and parents. For teens, the goal is "to become equipped to walk alongside a peer and encourage him or her through supportive listening that allows the friend to identify action steps." In addition, each session will include a guided exercise related to self-compassion, compassion for others, anxiety, or focus, offering life-giving responses for daily life.

Spread the word! Questions? Contact Pastor Beth: or 908-766-0602.

Please prayerfully consider a friend or neighbor whom you will invite to "Come and See"  St. Bernard's on a Sunday in early 2019. You'll arrange a date and accompany the friend(s) or neighbor(s) during worship and coffee hour, introducing them to Sunday morning. Perhaps you can extend an invitation for a Christmas service, too! Speak to Pastor Beth or a Vestry member to learn more or if you have any questions. Forms are available in the church pews which can be returned in the offering plate, by mail, or by emailing our Parish Administrator at .
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.

Save the Date!
Sunday, January 27

Save the Date!  Sunday, January 27, after our 10 am service for our Annual Meeting in the Parish Hall.

Stewardship Season

Thank you to all who have submitted their financial pledge for 2019. There is still time to pledge, pledge certificates can be found in the Narthex and placed in the offering plate or mailed to the parish office. 
Thank you!
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.

St. Bernard's Episcopal Church, Bernardsville
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 AA Update:

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

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

January 2019

6 10 am
Holy Eucharist
The Epiphany
Coffee Hour in Parish Hall
13 10 am 
Holy Eucharist
1st Sunday after Epiphany
Coffee Hour in Parish Hall
13 4-5:15 pm
Be Encouraged and Be a Good Encourager
Training series for teens & parents
16 7 pm Vestry Meeting
20 9 am
Joy! Service
For families with young children
20 10 am
Holy Eucharist
2nd Sunday after Epiphany
Coffee Hour in Parish Hall
27 10 am
Holy Eucharist
3rd Sunday after Epiphany
Coffee Hour in Parish Hall
4-5:15 pm
Be Encouraged and Be a Good Encourager
Training series for teens & parents

JOY! Service
Jan, 20
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 January 20
at 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!

The Episcopal Church

Are you an adult interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church? Perhaps you've thought about being Confirmed or Received into the Episcopal Church. Reach out to Pastor Beth for more information and to receive preparation, or 908-766-0602. The next youth Confirmation Class will begin meeting in September 2019, with an organizational meeting in spring of 2019.

Our new Parish House
Donations welcomed!

We are so grateful for financial donations toward furniture and equipment. We are starting to order Phase 2 furniture and items which includes things like signage, shelving, window blinds, etc. If you would like to donate still, please write "Parish House Fund" in the memo line of your check. 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.
Pastoral Needs
For pastoral needs and emergencies contact  the Rev. Beth Rauen Sciaino, Tel: 973-615-4778 or, email: .