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Historic Ribbon Cutting for new Parish House!

On Sunday, October 21, the Rev. Beth Rauen Sciaino alongside Nat Conti of NGC Development, and Dan Lincoln, Architect, gathered with parishioners and friends of St. Bernard's Church to participate in the momentous occasion of the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the church's new Parish House!  
6 months since the ground breaking ceremony back in March the St. Bernard's community has watched their beautiful addition built from the foundations up!

The project, which had been researched for a few years as the parish struggled to maintain the old Parish House, finally came to fruition when Pastor Beth was called to the parish and saw the need for the project to become a reality so that St. Bernard's could look to the future!

The Rev. Beth Rauen Sciaino and the parishioners and staff of St. Bernard's would like to thank Nat Conti, Dan Lincoln, and the Conti Group for their care, quality, passion, and generosity in making this happen!
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Dusk in the Parish House! 6 PM


Please join us for a Fun Raising social evening in our wonderful new premises.

Dusk in the Parish House 

 this Friday, October 26, at 6:00 pm. 

All are encouraged to bring an hors d'oeuvre 
and/or a beverage to share.
All are welcome, bring a friend!

Our new Parish House
Donations welcomed!

We are excited to be moving 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). 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!  

Stewardship Season

Stewardship season is here! Join us for services during October to hear about what St. Bernard's means to many of our parishioners. Pledge certificates can be found in the Narthex and placed in the offering plate or 
mailed to the parish office.

All Saints' Sunday, Nov. 4
Memorial Flowers offering
Guest celebrant, the Rev. Barbara Briggs

On Sunday, Nov. 4, we will welcome as our guest celebrant and preacher the Rev. Barbara Briggs.   All are welcome!  

To donate an offering for All Saint's Memorial Altar Flowers and/or to give a name for the Necrology List for inclusion in the bulletin, please click on the link below for a form.  Thank you!

Join us for our 
October Book Group
Tuesdays, 6-7 pm
Next meeting - October 30

Join us in reading 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 meet from 6-7 pm on Tuesdays in October in the church. Our next meeting is on October 30. All are welcome.

Winter Clothing Drive for
Grace's Kitchen

We are now able to start collecting warm winter clothes for our friends at Grace's Kitchen. If you would like to help get the word out speak to Pastor Beth.

Thanksgiving Turkeys and Hams!

We will be collecting Thanksgiving turkeys (and hams) to be taken to the Somerset County Food Bank the week before Thanksgiving. Consider donating your free turkey or ham from ShopRite. 

We will need extra freezers for storing the food.  If you can help please contact Mindy Kirby or Alison Davidson. Thank you!
God's Giving Garden 
Last week at the garden!
St. Bernard's had the honor of leading the last week of work at the Ross farm gardens. Deliveries were made to the Vets at Lyons VA, the Somerset County Food Bank, and the Bernardsville Food Pantry! Thank you to everyone who came out this year to help at the garden and with deliveries.  Our friends at the Vets and the Food Bank were always very grateful.  
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
Somerset Hills Chorus celebrating Leonard  Bernstein
Sunday, Nov. 4, 5 pm

Come and see the Somerset Hills Chorus in the Music in Somerset Hills concert on Sunday, November 4, at 5 pm at the Pingry School, Basking Ridge. For more information on the concert and for ticket information go to:

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!

October 2018  

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
6 pm
Book discussion

November 2018

10 am Holy Eucharist
All Saints Day
24th after Pentecost
Guest preacher - The Rev. Barbara Briggs
Election Day
11 10 am Holy Eucharist
Remembrance Day
25th after Pentecost
18 10  am Holy Eucharist
26th after Pentecost
22 & 23 Thanksgiving 
Office Closed
25 10 am Holy Eucharist
Last Sunday after Pentecost
Christ the King

Upcoming Events
November, date TBA - Dinner out
December 7 - Christmas Dusk in the Parish House
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.   

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!
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.

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.

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.

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.