Stewardship Campaign 2021
As of Wednesday of this week, we have joyfully received pledges from the following people. Fr. Dave, the Wardens, and Vestry are thankful for the faithfulness and generosity of..

November 29: The First Sunday of Advent
Spoken Holy Eucharist Rite I, 8 am
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10 am
Please join us at
  •  8 am Spoken Holy Eucharist, Rite I, Church 
  • 10 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Church
You are welcome to attend the 8 and 10 amservice in-person or virtually. If you choose to attend in person, please email the office so we may keep count of attendees. The liturgy is held in the Church where social distancing and safe procedures are maintained. 

If you are joining us at either the 8 or 10 am in-person, please read the guidelines here before responding. Your reservation is acknowledgment that you have read and agree to conform to them,

The 8 & 10 am liturgies will continue to stream in the SJOTM Zoom Room as well. 

All are welcome to and encouraged to join our Sunday Zoom Room Coffee Hour at 10:45 am.

Contact-Free Communion
Happy Christian New Year!
November 29 after 12:30 pm

Please email the Church Office here  before 11 am on Sunday if you wish Pre-concecrated Holy Communion to be dropped off at your front door on this Sunday afternoon. In the early afternoon, a friend will ring your doorbell and hang a bright blue bag containing Host(s), a prayer card, a candle and the invisible but potent prayers of all who love you.  

We are trying everything we can think of to keep everyone safe while keeping everyone together and secure in the Palm of God's hand. We will attempt this "home communion" again probably on the first Sunday of Lent.

You are invited to  life-stream the  10am  liturgy on this first Sunday of Advent and the first Sunday of the Christian year. It is there that this bread will be blessed. 
Choral Evensong for Advent
Saturday, December 5 at 4:00 pm

Christmas Pageant
Mrs. Mitchell is organizing a Virtual Christmas Pageant that will be pre-recorded and shown during Advent. We are looking for families who are interested in participating. If your family is interested, please email Lynn Mitchell.
More than fifty families were fed
Before and After for the Food Bank in Somerville

Remember before? Last week you saw this picture of  our new  freezer filled to the top with chickens, turkey breasts and large pans of lasagna.

The picture below is after we gave almost all of it away and provided about a week's worth of food to more than fifty families because of  your generosity.  
Thank you to all  who  contributed and all who have volunteered.  We especially  affirm those who have staffed this mission for years but made the wise decision to sit this month out.  We expect you back after the pandemic is over! 

We are completely staffed for the month. 
Collection for CASA SHaW
Children being placed in the Foster System because of abuse and/or neglect must usually leave their homes immediately.  Often they are offered not much more than a garbage bag into which they may hastily put their personal belongings. Fostering Love provides these children with a tiny bit of dignity and hopefully shows them that the world around them loves them during this most difficult time. During the season of Advent, we will be collecting items for Fostering Love, which benefits foster children supported by CASA SHaW (Court Appointed Special Advocate of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren counties).

Specific items are requested based on age and gender.  Please use this link to review the available slots on the list and see if there are any items you would care to donate. In past years, generous friends have ordered in quantity from Amazon and had items directly delivered to SJOTM.  Send to: 

St. John on the Mountain, Fostering Love
379 Mount Harmony Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924 

Thank you so much for your consideration and generosity!
Bernards Parishes will meet with NJ Together
Thursday, December 3 at 10 am

Interested persons are invited to join the Priests of the three Bernards Parishes and representatives of NJ Together to continue a conversation about the possibility of  working together.  More about NJ Together can be found here

Please contact the office here for the link.
The Open Table Men's Group continues to meet
Wednesday, December 2, at 8:15 am

For the next two Wednesdays, the men will be continue to read from Frederick Buechner's book, Secrets in the Dark.

Love Is The Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be  next.  

Both books  are  available through Amazon quick ship. 

Please contact Rich McGlynn here for more information.  Especially contact Rich if you want to receive a reminder and the Zoom link early on Wednesday morning.
Vestry Nominations
The following people are soliciting nominations for the incoming Vestry Class of 2023.  If you yourself or someone you know might consider serving as a member of the vestry, please contact

Peter Mercer: 
Sophie Ray.   :
Mattie Sbaraglio:
Bill Young:  
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This Week On The Mountain

November 29, Advent 1
    8:00 am    Holy Eucharist, Rite I, Church      
   10:00 am   Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Church
   10:45 am   Coffee Hour in our Zoom Room
December 2, Wednesday
   8:15 am     The Open Table
   5:00 pm     Evening Prayer in a Time of Pandemic
   5:25 pm     Choir Rehearsal
December 3, Thursday
10:00 am     Conover Parish meeting with NJ Together
12:15 pm     Men's Luncheon, Morristown Club
December 4, Friday
   8:00 am    Quiet Church until 12:00 pm 
December 5, Saturday
   4:00 pm    SJOTM Virtual Choral Evensong
   8:00 pm    Music in Somerset Hills Virtual Concert
December 6, Advent 2
    8:00 am    Holy Eucharist, Rite I, Church      
   10:00 am   Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Church
   10:45 am   Coffee Hour in our Zoom Room
     5:00 pm   Confirmation Class
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