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Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24
5 pm - Family Carol Eucharist
8 pm - Festal Choral Eucharist

Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25
10 am - Holy Eucharist with Carols
Tonight!
December 7,  7:00 pm

Festive Dusk in the Parish House, 
with Paul and Michele!

Join Paul & Michele tonight for a Festive Dusk in the Parish House.   As well as an opportunity for us to feel the Christmas spirit, Michele and Paul are providing the catering for the evening as way of them extending their recent wedding celebrations and to thank their St Bernard's family. Please let Michele and Paul know if there are any special dietary requirements: Paul.Edwards0966@gmail.com .
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 9, 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, priest@stbernardsnj.org or 908-766-0602.


Christmas Flower and Music Donations


Dear parishioners and friends of St. Bernard's Episcopal Church,
 
What a blessing to follow Thanksgiving with the season of Advent! During Advent, we look for ways to deepen our relationship with God and with one another as we await the birth of Christ, that amazing in-breaking of God and God's love into the world.
 
Come prepare yourself for Christ's birth by spending time with one another at St. Bernard's. Our Holy Eucharist is held each Sunday at 10 a.m. During worship, children and youth are invited to color an Advent poster on a Gospel of Luke theme: Mary's Song. Or you can stop by during the week to color, pray, or find peace. The church is open from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 

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 blessings,
   
The Rev. Beth Rauen Sciaino
Priest-in-Charge
Advent Wreath Lighting
December 9, 16 and 23

This week is the second Sunday in Advent. If you would like to light the Advent Wreath please reach out to Pastor Beth to choose a Sunday: Dec 9, 16, or 23 - priest@stbernardsnj.org or 
973-615-4778.
December Food Drive
Saturday, December 8, 10 am - 4 pm

Join us for our annual Food Drive at the Bernardsville ShopRite on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 am to 4 pm. 
ShopRite patrons donated very generously to our collection for our friends at Grace's Kitchen in Plainfield. Be prepared for any kind of weather - nothing stops us! 

Thank you for giving an hour or two of your time to this effort, all ages are welcome.
We will bag up the food this Sunday after coffee hour in advance of its distribution in late December at Grace's Kitchen in Plainfield.


To sign up for the Food Drive, reach out to Greg Canose,   grcanose@aol.com or 908-766-4251.

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 Admin@StBernardsNJ.org.

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!

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. 

Thus far we have collected a total of 36 pledges for a total of $120,050.
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:  Admin@StBernardsNJ.org 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

 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.  

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

December 2018

7
6 pm
Christmas Dusk in the Parish House
Celebrate with Paul & Michele
8 10 am - 4 pm December Food Drive at ShopRite, Bernardsville
9 10 am Holy Eucharist 
2nd in Advent
Coffee Hour in Parish Hall
9

Advent Formation:
Journeying the Way of Love
16 9 am Joy! Service
For families with young children
16 10 am Holy Eucharist 
3rd in Advent
Coffee hour in Parish Hall
16

Advent Formation:
Journeying the Way of Love
18
Deadline for Xmas Music & flower donations
19 7 pm Vestry Meeting
23
10 am Holy Eucharist
4th in Advent
Coffee hour in Parish Hall
23

Advent Formation:
Journeying the Way of Love
24 5 pm Christmas Eve
Family Choral Eucharist
24 8 pm 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

JOY! Service
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!
Pastoral Needs
For pastoral needs and emergencies contact  the Rev. Beth Rauen Sciaino, Tel: 973-615-4778 or, email:   priest@stbernardsnj.org .
Missed Pastor Beth's Sermon?
Pastor Beth's weekly sermons are now available to listen to via audio file.  Just go to www.stbernardsnj.org/sermons 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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Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry of New Jersey - Faith in Action, sign up for their email newsletter using this link
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