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Ribbon Cutting for our new Parish House!

Sunday, October 21, 11:30 am
Join us for refreshments, celebration, and a time of thanks.
All are welcome - invite a friend or neighbor.
The Heritage at Claremont

For photos, a fabulous video on the final renderings and information on The Heritage at Claremont condominiums 
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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.

On Sunday, October 7 St. Bernard's parishioners celebrated the Feast of St. Francis which included a blessing of the animals (real and stuffed!).  The animals were even invited to coffee hour afterwards where animal snacks were provided!
Here are some photos of the morning.
Jeri Minter with her dog Lacey.
Pastor Beth blessing Elsa.

Pastor Beth blessing the Galpin's dog Lucy.

Phoebe and Lacy having fun!
Peggy & Jim Francis with Cooper.

All pets, real and stuffed were blessed!
Coffee hour with Cooper and Elsa.

Winter Clothing Drive for
Grace's Kitchen

Once we are moved into the new Parish House we'll be 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.

God's Giving Garden 
Over 1500 lbs harvested!
We made it to over 1500 lbs!
1511 lbs harvested so far this season! 

Come and join us for our upcoming work sessions:

Tuesday, 10/16 - noon-1:30 pm
Wednesday, 10/17 - 4-5:30 pm
Friday, 10/19 - 9-10:30 am

Please come and help if you can. There is always plenty to do! 

Check out the Ross Farm website for some great events at the Farm!

Thank you to everyone who has helped at the Garden so far this year!
Cathy Ferrara, email: 
Misty morning at the Garden!
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.

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.

Join us for our 
October Book Group
Tuesdays, 6-7 pm
Next meeting - October 16

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 16. All are welcome.

JOY! Service
October 21, 9am

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!
Guest Preacher, November 4
All Saints' Day

On Sunday, Nov. 4, we will welcome as our guest celebrant and preacher the Rev. Sara Lilja, Director of the Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry of NJ ( ). 

Pastor Sara Lilja inspires us to live lives of faith in action, as we embrace God's justice at the heart of our Gospel. All are welcome!  

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 are looking forward to moving into our new offices soon! 
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.  

 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!

October 2018  

14 10 am Holy Eucharist
21st after Pentecost
Coffee Hour
16 6 pm
Book Group Discussion
in the church
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
21 11:30 am Ribbon Cutting for Parish House!
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

November 2018

10 am Holy Eucharist
All Saints Day
24th after Pentecost
Guest preacher - The Rev. Sara Lilja
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
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.

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!
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
Somerset Hills Chorus featuring St. Bernard's parishioners & staff! 

Come and see St. Bernard's parishioners Pam Hull, Valerie McEntee and Julia Somers, and staff member Alison Davidson sing with 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:

St. Bernard's Episcopal Church, Bernardsville