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Christmas Pageant, December 17

Roles were announced on Wednesday, November 30th. Parent volunteers are needed. Contact Lynn Mitchell for ifo.

•Mandatory practices for those with speaking parts and musical roles:

Saturday, December 16th at 9:00 am (with a parent)

•Mandatory practice for the ENTIRE cast:

Saturday, December 16th at 10:00 am (with a parent)

Christmas Worship Schedule

Sunday, December 24th ~ Eve of the Nativity

  • 4:30 pm Christmas Eve Choral Prelude, Church
  • 5 pm Christmas Eve Family Service with Building of the Crèche
  • 10:30 pm Christmas Eve Choral Prelude, Church
  • 11 pm Christmas Eve Festival Holy Eucharist
  • Monday, December 25th ~ Christmas Day

  • 9:30 am Holy Eucharist for Christmas Day
  • Tax Deductible Gift in 2017

    You can make a contribution to the church or fulfill your pledge using your IRA.

    If you are 70 1/2 or older:

    •You may transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to the church.

    •If you have not yet taken your required minimum distribution for 2017, your gift can satisfy all or part of that requirement.

    •You pay no income tax on the gift. The transfer generates neither taxable income nor tax deduction, so you can benefit even if you do not itemize your tax deduction.

    Don’t delay! To help ensure that your gift counts this year, transfers will need to be made by December 29, 2017 (last business day of the year).

    Foster Some Love

    1st night bags are being assembled for foster children to make their first few nights away from home a little easier. These children are all receiving support from CASA SHaW (Court Appointed Special Advocates of Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Counties)

    Item needed (all new) by December 24

  • Stuffed animals
  • blankets
  • Children's books
  • Toiletries
  • Crayons, markers, coloring books
  • Duffle bags
  • Water bottles
  • Christmas Flowers & Special Music

    If you would like to dedicate Christmas Flowers & Special Music, please send your dedications to the Parish Office. In order that we might publish all names in the Christmas bulletins, we ask that you send in your forms by Friday, December 15th. Forms can be found here, in the narthex, or call the office 908-766-2282 to have one mailed to you.

    2018 Stewardship

    By now, you should have received your stewardship letter and pledge card in the mail. Please return your 2018 Pledge Card, as the Vestry needs them to make their budget decisions for the upcoming year. Extra Pledge Cards can be found in the narthex or call the office 908-766-2282 to have one sent to you. If you have any questions about Stewardship, please contact Bob Courtemanche.

    Ladies’ Christmas Luncheon, December 14

    The Ladies’ Christmas Lunch will be at Roxiticus CC on December 14 at noon. The cost will be $30; there will be an elaborate holiday buffet that includes hot soup, carving station, chicken dish, seafood dish, vegetables, rice, potatoes and a selection of desserts. $40 will include wine with lunch. Please make your reservation by sending your check made out to Wendy Argent-Belcher to the office at 379 Mt. Harmony Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924 by December 8th. Any questions? Email Wendy Argent-Belcher.

    Coffee Hour Schedule

    Click here for the 2017-2018 Coffee Hour Host Schedule. Copies of the schedule are also available in the narthex and kitchen. In an effort to involve all families, Coffee Hour will be assigned to each family one time between the months of September 2017 and June 2018. If you can’t make the Sunday that you’re assigned, we kindly ask that you swap with another family. Preparations are minimal and implementation is easy. We all love Coffee Hour and this is a vital part of Fellowship. By having everyone involved, we can all be a positive force for St. Johns! If you have any questions, please contact the coordinator, Paul Zanardi.

    Altar Flower Request Sign up Available

    St. John on the Mountain continues the tradition of having fresh flowers on the altars. The arrangements enhance the sanctuary and are shared afterwards with the sick or divided to use again the following week in the chapel. Donations of flowers are made as memorials or in thanksgiving for special occasions. A date can be shared by more than one donor. The 2017 flower sign-up charts are posted on the bulletin board in the hallway of the church building, opposite the entrance to the Chapel sacristy. For dedications and specific floral requests contact Sue Kennedy at gdirak@aol.com or the office. The cost is $100 for church altar flowers and $70 for chapel altar flowers.

    Ushers Needed

    Please consider joining this important ministry. Greeting people, distributing bulletins, conveying the sacred elements to the altar, and inviting parishioners to partake of Communion are central to our worship services. No experience needed. To sign-up or for more information contact office@sjotm.org or call 907-766-2282.

    2018 Dates for Holy Baptism

    We baptize primarily on those dates set aside for baptism, as listed in the Book of Common Prayer. Since the presence of the community of faith is essential for welcoming the newly baptized into the church, baptisms take place in the principal service on the appointed Sunday. The next dates for Baptism are:

  • Sunday, January 7 - The Baptism of Our Lord
  • Saturday, March 31 - The Great Vigil of Easter
  • Sunday, May 20 - The Day of Pentecost
  • Sunday, November 4 - All Saints' Sunda
  • Questions about baptism? Please contact Mo. Susan at rector@sjotm.org.

    2017 Stewardship

    If you haven't already done so, please return your 2017 Pledge Card ASAP, as the Vestry needs them to make their budget decisions for the upcoming year. Extra pledge cards can be found on the web in the narthex or call the office 908-766-2282 to have one sent to you.

    2017 Stewardship

    2017 Stewardship Letter

    2017 Stewardship Pledge Card

    Please return your 2017 Pledge Card, as the Vestry needs them to make their budget decisions for the upcoming year. Extra Pledge Cards can be found in the narthex or call the office 908-766-2282 to have one sent to you. If you have any questions about Stewardship, please contact Chip Baird or Melissa Sharron.

    Stock Donations

    Don't forget that you can donate your Stocks to SJOTM. The tax advantages of giving stock, instead of cash, to church can make doing so very worthwhile. We would be happy to accept stock donations for 2016 as form of pledge payment. To learn more, please contact Lisa Keenan in the office at 908-766-2282 ext 13.

    Confirmation Class Sundays at 9 am

    We are excited to begin confirmation preparation with a fantastic group of young people in grades 7-8! Confirmation Class is on Sundays at 9 am, and will meet weekly in the the Parish House Meeting Room. Your daughter or son is welcomed and encouraged to participate in this program, even if she or he is uncertain about confirmation at this time. It’s normal and healthy to struggle with belief, and we welcome doubters! For more information or to learn more about the class, please contact Mother Susan or Lynn Mitchell.

    Acolytes Wanted

    Children ages 10 and older (or in the 5th grade) are welcome to become Acolytes, where they will serve at the 10 am Sunday services and other festival services. The servers, who will assist Mother Susan during the liturgy, will receiving training on all aspects of serving at the altar. For more information please call Robin McKeon at 908-204-9799.

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    Prayer List

    If you would like to add someone to the prayer list, please call or email the Parish Office.

    Parish Directories

    Copies of the current directory are posted on the bulletin board in the Parish House. Please help yourself. To have an electric copy emailed to you, please send your request to office@sjotm.org.

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