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 Join us  at Monmouth Park Races!
Sunday, August 26

Join us at Monmouth Park for an afternoon at the races.  
We will leave after church for the afternoon at Monmouth.  There is food and drink available at the course.  We can carpool from church if folks are interested.  We will be meeting parishioners from St. Andrews in Lambertville and St. James in Eatontown who will be joining us at Monmouth.  We have use of a private box this time, which will be fun.  People should plan on getting home early evening.  Rain will cancel.

All are welcome!
News from God's Giving Garden 
993.5 lbs of fresh food harvested so far!
The weather has been challenging for the garden. We have had to cancel many work sessions due to rain, and some of the plants are drowning. Even so, we have managed to harvest and distribute
993.5 lbs of fresh food to local people in need.  

Cathy Ferrara delivered 1/2 of this to the Somerset County Food Bank and 1/2 to Community Hope at the Lyon's VA.  The gentlemen at the VA are so very grateful each time the produce is delivered, so heart warming.   

St. Bernard's week starts this Saturday, 8/18.   Cathy Ferrara will be away until Monday, August 20 so Jan Williams from St. Marks will lead, she will return for the Wednesday session. Please watch for Jan's e-mail with the work session times. 

Also - if you have extra vegetables from your own garden, you are welcome to bring them to any work session and we will deliver them with the garden produce to the food bank. 

August 18-26;  September 10-16; October 1-7

Cathy Ferrara, email: 

Recent photo from the garden shows the amazing harvest!

Rally Sunday,  September 16

Join us for our service on Sunday, September 16 for our Rally Sunday!  Where we welcome everyone back from the summer.  A celebratory Coffee Hour will be held - hopefully in our new Parish House!!

St. Bernard's Choir returns 
September 9

Join us at our service on Sunday, September 9 to welcome back our wonderful St. Bernard's Choir!

September 16, 9 am
JOY! Service resumes
Families with young children (infants and up) are welcome to join us for our monthly JOY! service, on the 3rd Sunday of the month, resuming on September 16 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!
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.
Parking availability this Sunday
This Sunday parking will available in the lower parking lot and in the triangle across the street.

Pastor Beth Vacation and Pastoral Needs
Pastor Beth rwill be away on retreat at Cross Roads from August 20-24.
For pastoral needs and emergencies contact  the Rev. Shawn Carty of the Community of St. John Baptist, Mendham, Tel: 208-471-0244 or, email: .

Summer Parish Office Hours
Due to the construction work and the quieter summer months our Parish Administrator is mainly working from home. She will be present in the office occasionally. Voicemail is being checked regularly. Please bear with us during the next couple of months while we await our upcoming move in to our new Parish House. 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.  
Good News in the Garden State Newsletter

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Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry of New Jersey - Faith in Action, sign up for their email newsletter using this link
Jim Hicks performs at benefit Concert for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Sept. 8, 5 pm

Acclaimed NJ organist Jim Hicks will be performing at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 119 Main St., Millburn, NJ at 5 pm. $20 suggested donation per person. ALL proceeds to the concert will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more info go to

 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!

August 2018

19 10 am Holy Eucharist
13th after Pentecost
Refreshments in the Narthex
19 2 pm Giant Picnic at Cross Roads Camp & Retreat Center

Pastor Beth on retreat at Cross Roads Camp & Retreat Center
26 10 am Holy Eucharist
14th after Pentecost
Refreshments in the Narthex
InReach outing at Monmouth Races

September 2018

2 10 am Holy Eucharist
15th after Pentecost
Refreshments in the Narthex
Labor Day
Parish Office Closed
9 10 am
We welcome back the 
St. Bernard's Choir
9 10 am Holy Eucharist
16th after Pentecost
Refreshments in the Narthex
9 am
JOY! Service
Fun service for families with young children
16 10 am RALLY SUNDAY!
Holy Eucharist, 
17th after Pentecost
Celebratory Coffee Hour!
19 7 pm Vestry Meeting
23 10 am Holy Eucharist
18th after Pentecost
Coffee Hour
30 10 am Holy Eucharist
19th after Pentecost
Coffee Hour

Cross Roads Camp & Retreat Center
Giant Church Picnic!
August 19, 2 pm

Women's Retreat
September 28-30
October 12-14

To register for either of the above 
Cross Roads Events click on the link below
Our new Parish House
& The Heritage at Claremont  !

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

See photos below on the most recent progress of our new Parish House.  

Stone work on the front and entrance  of the 
Parish House

St. Bernard's Episcopal Church, Bernardsville