Ministry Guide A to Z

This guide is an at-a-glance overview of ministry opportunities in 2016–2017 at Nassau Church.


ABC Prison Literacy

Provides the basic language skills of reading, writing, and spelling to adults in correction institutions.

Marcia VanDyck (mvandyck1@gmail.com)


Al-Anon

Program of healing and recovery for relatives and friends of alcoholics.

Nancy Prince (609-759-3479, princenancy4@aol.com)


Arm in Arm

Formerly known as the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County. Preventing hunger and homelessness and promoting long-term stability for low-income residents of Mercer County. Volunteer opportunities in the food pantries and home food delivery service, homelessness prevention, and workforce development programs.

www.thecrisisministry.org

Becca Jensen-Compton (beccaj@thecrisisministry.org)
Princeton Office (609-921-2135)
Trenton Office (609-396-9355 x35)


Breaking Bread

Looking for an evening worshipping community in the heart of downtown Princeton? All are welcome to Breaking Bread, a New Worshipping Communities of the PC(USA). Throughout the academic year (starting September 18, 2016), we will gather together Sundays at 8:00 PM in the Niles Chapel of Nassau Presbyterian Church. The worship service includes prayer, reading scripture, reflection, and weekly communion. For more information visit the “Breaking Bread: A New Worshipping Community” Facebook page.

www.princetonpresbys.org

Andrew Scales (ascales@princeton.edu)
Len Scales (lscales@princeton.edu)


Card Making for Mission

Gatherings for those who want to assist in creating greeting cards and paper art that help fund Nassau’s local and global Mission Partners.

Anne Steel (annesteel52@gmail.com)


Central New Jersey Interfaith Stitchers for Peace

Knit, crochet, and quilt items for charities the second Sunday of each month, 1:30–3:30 PM, hosted jointly by the Jewish Center, Islamic Society of Central Jersery, and Nassau Presbyterian Church.

Juannel Boyd (732-940-9442, juanellbo@aol.com)
Sue Rodgers (609-921-7171 )


Cetana Educational Foundation

Lois Young, long-time Nassau Church Member, founded Cetana Education Foundation in 1993 with her siblings. Lois grew up in Burma/Myanmar, where her parents served as missionaries. The foundation provides educational opportunities to the young people of Myanmar, one of the world’s least developed nations, which has suffered from decades of violence, human rights abuses, and political repression. The foundation operates learning centers in Yangon, Kyaing Tong, and, opening soon, in Kanpetlet and Dawei. As part of the partnership, congregation members travel to Myanmar, attend educational events, and support library development and scholarship programs.

Sue Jennings (609-865-5644, susancjennings@gmail.com)


Childcare

Offered during all worship services and education classes on Sundays and as requested at other church events.

Corrie Berg (609-924-0103 x108, corrie@nassauchurch.org)


Church Mouse Program

Provides anonymous support for young adults post high school through letters, cards, and care packages.

Ginger August (609-924-6391, gingeraugust@gmail.com)


Churches for Middle East Peace

Nassau Church has long worked for both Israeli security and Palestinian justice through denominational activities and organizations supportive of the peace process. We sponsored an overture to the 2006 General Assembly that called for the financial support of intercommunity peacemaking groups in the region, including Mar Elias Educational Institutions, the Oasis of Peace, and the Parents Circle.

www.cmep.org

Tom Charles (609-731-1402, twc48@msn.com)


Club 3-4-5

This group for grades 3–5 is designed to support our older elementary students with fun, relevant, and engaging programming and opportunities to build relationships with friends at church.

Corrie Berg (609-924-0103 x108, corrie@nassauchurch.org)
Lauren Yeh (609-924-0103 x106, lauren.yeh@nassauchurch.org)


Deacon’s Ministry

Deacons are responsive to needs within our church family. They stand ready to minister in many of life’s transitions, challenges, and joys.

Lauren McFeaters (609-924-0103×102, lauren@nassauchurch.org)
Nicole Huckerby (609-737-2309, nicolejhuckerby@verizon.net)


Early Bird Women’s Bible Study

Eat, Sing, Read, Discuss, Pray. Fridays, 7:00 AM.

Lynne Seidel (908-359-7497, seidellnne8@gmail.com)
Doodie Meyer (609-275-9647, doodie@howarddesign.com)


Educational Opportunities

Children’s, Youth, and Adult Ministries Committees offer weekly classes and special events for all ages.

Contact the Church Office (609-924-0103, office@nasauchurch.org)


Grace Note Singers

Join us at Kingston Presbyterian Church every Tuesday from 1:00–2:15 PM for fellowship and nurture through participation in a choir that is open to all, but especially welcoming to those who have physical, visual, or schedule limitations that make it difficult to participate in Adult Choir. As opportunities arise, Grace Note Singers may participate in services of worship and provide music ministry of healing to shut-ins and the ill.

Juanell Boyd (732-940-9442, juanellbo@aol.com)


Grades 6–8 Middle School Fellowship

Mark Edwards (609-924-0103 X109, mark@nassauchurch.org)


Grades 9–12 High School Fellowship

Mark Edwards (609-924-0103 X109, mark@nassauchurch.org)


Immigration Reform Advocacy Group

The Immigration Reform Advocacy Group is Nassau Presbyterian Church’s response to the national immigration problem. It seeks reform of the current, broken system, in order to provide hardworking people of good character with a real path towards citizenship.

Bill Wakefield (609-924-1736, bill.wakefield0@gmail.com)


In-Choir Bible Study

While young children’s choir programs are in session, parents gather to study the biblical passage children will explore in church school the coming Sunday. Led by Carol Wehrheim, educator and author, Wednesdays 4:00–4:40 PM. Childcare is provided for infants – age 3. This group meets September through May.

Corrie Berg (609-924-0103 x108, corrie@nassauchurch.org)


International Mission Worker Support

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) works with partner churches and organizations in more than 100 countries and has appointed mission personnel to serve in more than 50 countries.

Nassau Church supports Revs. Robert and Stacy Bronkema, Revs. Darren and Elisabeth Kennedy, and Rev. Dr. Karla Ann Koll.

www.pcusa.org/worldwide


Latin American Legal Defense Fund

The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) is a grass roots nonprofit organization formed to defend the civil rights of Latin Americans and facilitate their access to health care and education, as well as to advance cross-cultural understanding in the Mercer County regional area. LALDEF acts as a conduit between the existing resources of social services and the local immigrant community, helping dismantle the barriers that stand in the way to a more fair and just society, and supporting the incorporation of these immigrants to the social fabric.

www.laldef.org

Executive Director Maria Juega (877-452-5333, info@laldef.org)


Loaves and Fishes

For more than fifteen years, Nassau Church has provided a meatloaf dinner for the hungry and homeless on the third Saturday of August at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Trenton. Volunteer opportunities include preparing food in advance, volunteering for the day in Trenton, and providing financial support.

Scott and Kate Harmon (978-505-2517, scottaharmon@gmail.com)


Mass Incarceration

An emerging program which seeks opportunities for Nassau members to connect with those incarcerated or formerly-incarcerated through tutoring or mentoring.

Mary Beth Charters (609-937-6318, marybeth.charters@ptsem.edu)
Bill Stoltzfus (609-577-7110, w.a.stoltzfus@gmail.com)


Membership

Becoming a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church gives you an opportunity to explore the meaning of Christian faith and church membership, and to learn more about the Presbyterian Church (USA). Inquirers Classes are Sundays, 9:30–10:30 AM, in Niles Chapel. The Fall 2016 class is October 9, 16, and 23. The Spring 2017 class is March 5, 12, and 19.

Lauren McFeaters (609-924-0103×102, lauren@nassauchurch.org)


Men’s Breakfast

Open to all men every Friday morning at 7:30 AM. We take turns leading the discussion, often on the upcoming scriptural preaching texts.

David Boyd (732-940-9442, davidcbo@aol.com)


Mission and Outreach Committee

Advises and educates the church on local and world social witness.

Loretta Wells (609-924-0983, lorwells4@gmail.com)
Peter Loupos (609-333-8984, loupos@comcast.net)


Mothers of Young Children

Mothers of young children meet for coffee, conversation, and support on Fridays, 10:00–11:30 AM, in the Conference Room. Childcare provided. This group meets September to May.

Corrie Berg (609-924-0103 X108, corrie@nassauchurch.org)


Music Ministry

Choir from pre-K through adults and hand bell ensembles rehearse each week from September to May. Opportunities also exist for instrumentalists to share their gifts in worship.

Noel Werner (609-924-0103×104, noel@nassauchurch.org)


Nassau Book Group

Nassau Book Group meets the third Sunday of the month at 12:15 PM.

Ginger August (609-924-6391, gingeraugust@gmail.com)


Nassau Stitchers

Knitting, sewing, and quilting. Meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday at 1:00 PM, September to May.

Ginger August (609-924-6391, gingeraugust@gmail.com)
Sue Rodgers (609-921-7171)


Prayer Chain

Request prayers for yourself, a loved one, or friend. All concerns are confidential.

Debbi Roldan (609-688-9550, 6drrar@gmail.com)


Princeton Presbyterians

A fellowship at Princeton University that welcomes undergraduate and graduate students. Events planned thoughout the academic year include conversations on the intersection of life and faith, meals together, and space to grow as the beloved community.

Andrew Scales (atscales@gmail.com)
Len Scales (len.scales@gmail.com)


Project Teach

Volunteers teach sewing every other Wednesday, October to June, to pregnant and parenting adolescents.

Loretta Wells (609-924-0983, lorwells4@gmail.com)


Refugee Resettlement

Helps refugee families recently admitted to this country from Europe, Africa, and Asia—most recently Bosnia, Sudan, Myanmar, and Iraq, and currently Syria. All have fled their homelands because of war or political and religious persecution.

Sue Jennings (609-865-5644, susancjennings@gmail.com)
Tom Charles (609-430-0795, twc48@msn.com)


Senior Adult Ministry

Provides on-going fellowship opportunities for our senior adults through education, activities, and lunches throughout the year.

Bob Woods (732-589-1954, rawoods53@gmail.com)


Session

Session members are elected by the congregation to exercise leadership, governance, and discipline.

Dave Davis (609-924-0103 x100, dave.davis@nassauchurch.org)


Singalong Traveling Singers

An outreach program that originated with the Adult Choir more than twenty years ago. Our mission is to involve residents of the extended care facilities in singing along with familiar, well-loved melodies of their youth.

Helen Duncan (609-452-2477, hsdunc@aol.com)


Small Groups for Study and Fellowship

About ten new short-term small groups form each fall and spring for fellowship, study, prayer and nurturing one’s life of faith. These meet in private homes or at church, both daytime and evening, weekday and weekend. Friends from the community are welcome!

Linda Jesse (609-259-9157, labjesse@gmail.com)


Sound Room

Training for volunteers of all experience levels from 8th grade–adults, provide sound reinforcement and recording for worship services.

John Baker (jbaker8809@cs.com)


Trenton Children’s Chorus

Founded in 1989 by Nassau Church, Trenton Children’s Chorus (TCC) is a unique after-school program that provides exceptional musical, academic, personal, and social opportunities for 170 young people in grades K–12 in the Greater Trenton area. TCC offers choral music education and performance opportunities as well as drumming instruction, music theory instruction, tutoring, homework assistance, SAT prep, college application help, and summer camp scholarships. Tuition is on a sliding scale; no child is ever denied participation because of limited resources. One hundred percent of TCC’s graduates attend college. TCC has performed at the White House, United Nations, the National Cathedral, in concert with Bobby McFerrin and Dave Brubeck, and for corporate, community, church and private events in the greater Trenton area. Volunteers are needed to serve snack, tutor, and help with homework.

Linda Helm Krapf (609-278-0822, linda.helmkrapf@trentonchildrenschorus.org)


Ushers

Teams are assigned for 9:15 AM and 11:00 AM services, and serve every fourth month through the year.

Gary Patteson (609-731-3562, gopatteson@mac.com)


Villages in Partnership

Working with local development experts, Villages in Partnership helps implement programs in Malawi, Africa, that address the root causes of extreme poverty: lack of access to clean water, food insecurity, poor health care, inadequate education, insufficient infrastructure, and lack of economic opportunities.

Lorreta Wells (609-924-0983, lorwells@gmail.com)
Stephanie Patterson (609-240-4510, sr_patterson@hotmail.com)


Walk Talk Pray

Fitness, fellowship and faith for moms in one weekly session on Thursdays (September to May) at 9:00 AM for 45 minutes of walking, then return to the church for a brief time of prayer.

Corrie Berg (609-924-0103 x108, corrie@nassauchurch.org)


Walking Group

Nassau members and friends gather for walking at local parks and tow paths throughout the year.

Barbara Happer (908-581-8610, whapper666@aol.com)


Westminster Presbyterian Church Partnership

The partnership is designed to enable the members of Nassau to engage in a wide range of ministries with the members of Westminster Church. In the course of pursuing these ministries together, we anticipate that participants will deepen their understanding of, and empathy for, the challenges both communities face that deprive individuals and families of their capacity to thrive as children of God. Ministries in which Nassau members can participate include: Get S.E.T. (Scholastic Enhancement Tutoring) Program, an award-winning after-school program in its 25th year of service; The English School at Westminster, teaching English to Get S.E.T. parents and new immigrants, in partnership with The English School of Lawrence Road Presbyterian Church; Healing Communities, programs provided for returning citizens/re-entry from prisons for men and women; and Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More, a program to battle the health problems of obesity and diabetes.

Patti Daley (609-924-6846, pattidaley@aol.com)
Karen Hernandez-Granzen (karisuhg@aol.com)


Worship and Arts Committee

Develops and implements arts initiatives and supports staff in the maintenance of worship. Artist residencies, communion, music, dance, drama, and art shows are among our many areas of involvement.

Pam Kelsey (609-921-7579, pkelsey@kelseyfamily.com)