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Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24
5 pm - Family Carol Eucharist
Come sing Chrstmas carols with our wonderful Choir 
throughout this Christmas Eve service, complete with child friends sermon!

8 pm - Festal Choral Eucharist
Join us as we celebrate the arrival of the Christ Child with service music sung by our inspiring Choir, with incense and Christmas sermon.

Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25
10 am - Holy Eucharist with Carols
Take time to give thanks for the gift of Jesus Christ to the world on the morning we commemeorate his birth as we sing Christmas carols together.

Join us tomorrow, 
Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9 am 
for the greening of the church!

All are welcome!

The Annual ShopRite Food Drive

G reeting shoppers are from left, Betsy Klausing, John Smith, the Rev. Beth Rauen Sciaino, Mary Kempen, Leslie Curialle, Greg Canose.

Volunteers from St. Bernard's gathered at ShopRite on Saturday, Dec. 8, to collect donations of food and toiletries for its annual drive to support the needy at Grace's Kitchen in Plainfield. Thanks to the generosity of shoppers, an estimated 22 tons of food items have been collected in the last 17 years that St. Bernard's has held the drive at ShopRite.

Below: the first crew at ShopRite

Left and below:  Parishioners unpack and sort the bags of food and toiletries collected at ShopRite and prepare to repack them in new canvas bags to be distributed to the needy at Grace's Kitchen in Plainfield.

The food will be delivered to Grace's Kitchen and distributed on Saturday, December 29. 

Thank you to all who donated and volunteered to help!
Advent Formation opportunity
Continues this Sunday!

Continuing this Sunday, join us for a four week Advent series on  Journeying the Way of Love held after coffee hour on  Sundays Dec 16, 23 , in the Church. 
All ages are welcome!!

Using our Advent readings from the Gospel of Luke we will explore how we can live the Way of Love as individuals, as families and friends, as a community, and out in the world. An accompanying Advent Calendar (click on link below for a Calendar) encourages us to engage in actions that help us Turn, Learn, Prayer, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest. 

Reach out to Pastor Beth with any questions, or 908-766-0602.

Christmas Flower and Music Donations

To ensure your dedication appears in the Christmas Bulletins, please return your donations and forms by 
Tues. December 18

Every Christmas we celebrate with beautiful music and flowers. Our marvelous choir will sing at both Christmas Eve services, the 5 p.m. Family Carol Eucharist and the 8 p.m. Festal Choral Eucharist. On Christmas Day, we celebrate with Holy Eucharist and Carols at 10 a.m. Here at St. Bernard's we look forward to welcoming your family, friends, and you at Christmas.
If you would like to contribute to our Christmas celebrations through a special gift for music and/or flowers, perhaps in memory or honor of a loved one, please return the form (click this link for form) to the parish office or drop it in the offering plate by December 18, 2018. If you are donating by check, please note "Flower/ Music Fund" in the Memo line. Thank you very much for your generosity.
Advent Wreath Lighting

This week is the third Sunday in Advent. If you would like to light the Advent Wreath please reach out to Pastor Beth: or 
Christmas Turkey and Ham Collection

Sunday, December 16 is the last day for you to donate your hams and turkeys for the Somerset County Food Bank to help our neighbors celebrate Christmas. Thank you! 
If you would like to make a contribution please speak to Mindy Kirby, Email:

During the season of Advent, 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
Be Encouraged and Be a Good Encourager

Begins Sun. Jan 13.

A four session training series for teenagers and parents seeking to encourage friends and each other. Come learn techniques that work, ones you can practice right away. Sundays, Jan. 13, Jan. 27, Feb. 10, and Feb. 24, from 4:00-5:15 pm in the Parish Hall. This is an interfaith opportunity - all are welcome to participate. Spread the word! Questions? Contact Pastor Beth: or 908-766-0602.

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.

Stewardship Season

Please submit your financial pledge for 2019. Pledge certificates can be found in the Narthex and placed in the offering plate or mailed to the parish office. 
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.

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

December 2018

16 9 am Joy! Service
For families with young children
16 10 am Holy Eucharist 
3rd in Advent
Coffee hour in Parish Hall

Advent Formation:
Journeying the Way of Love
Deadline for Xmas Music & flower donations
10 am Holy Eucharist
4th in Advent
Coffee hour in Parish Hall

Advent Formation:
Journeying the Way of Love
24 5 pm Christmas Eve
Family Choral Eucharist
24 8 pm Chirstmas Eve
Festive Choral Eucharist
25 10 am Christmas Day
Eucharist with Carols
30 10 am Holy Eucharist
First Sunday after Christmas
Coffee Hour in Parish Hall
24 - Jan

Office Closed for Christmas Holidays
Re-opens Jan 2

JOY! Service
This Sunday!
Dec 16
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 December 16, 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!

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!

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

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Good News in the Garden State Newsletter

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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.