April 2021 – Adult Education

April 18 | Villages in Partnership

Transformational Travel: Lessons from Malawi

Hear Nassau Church’s own Stephanie and Maddie Patterson, Carla Tuan, and Bob Wells reflect on experiencing life together with our brothers and sisters living in the materially impoverished but spiritually rich villages of Malawi, Africa, in a panel discussion moderated by Aaron Shaver from Nassau’s Mission Partner, Villages in Partnership (VIP).

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Aaron Shaver is a Texas native who moved to NJ and started working with Villages In Partnership in 2018. He, his wife Arielle, and their two kiddos are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He likes hiking, board games, and amateur woodworking. His passion is finding beauty in other cultures, and he looks forward to visiting Malawi soon himself.
Madelyn Patterson is a freshman at Hopewell Valley Central High School. She is very active in athletics, including soccer and lacrosse, and will be making her confirmation at Nassau Presbyterian Church this May. She traveled to Malawi in 2019 is looking forward to making the trip back.
Stephanie Patterson, the mother of three young children, lives in Hopewell,NJ and works in the employee benefits field. She is an elder at Nassau Presbyterian Church, where she has also served as a deacon, and serves as a trustee with Villages in Partnership. She has visited Malawi twice, in 2016 and 2019.
Carla Tuan and her family — sister Susanna and parents Wayne and Emily — have been at Nassau all of Carla’s life. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a major in Mathematics in 2018, and lives in NYC where she works in finance. Carla loves traveling, running, and reading, and she can do a Rubik’s cube!
Robert Wells (Bob), a consulting arborist, started Wells Tree & Landscape(now led by his son, David) in Princeton in 1973, and retired from the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania as an Associate Director of Urban Forestry Consulting on July 1. His community service includes 15 years as chair of the Princeton Township Shade Tree Commission, five years as president of the Marquand Park Foundation, ten years in the local Rotary Club, and seven years as scoutmaster for Troop 50. He and his wife, Loretta, live in Princeton, where they raised their four children.

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April 11 | Arm In Arm

This is Home

ArminArm has modeled resilience and an unwavering commitment to the community it serves this past year. Last month, they created a compelling video celebration lifting up the volunteers and mission of their organization titled, This Is Home, A Celebration of Home and a Triumph of Community. Learn about the adaptive and innovative methods employed to strengthen their support of at-risk families and individuals. The clip includes an interview with Dr. Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer Prize winning author of “Evicted.” The video is a bit longer than the usual adult education offerings. Time stamps are included below to help navigate this resource.

  • 0:00 – 17:19: the work of Arm in Arm in 2020 in the face of the pandemic
  • 17:20 – 39:23: gratitude for Arm in Arm volunteers and donors
  • 39:24 – end: interview with Dr. Matthew Desmond

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April 4 | Jason Oosting

The Art of Easter

Jason Oosting returns for a special Easter Sunday Adult Education offering! Learn about works of art that help us consider the theology, meaning and significance of the resurrection of our Lord in a new way. Jason specializes in examining unconventional depictions of an ancient story and reflecting on what these works can teach about our life of faith.

Born at an early age, Jason Oosting lives in Holland, MI with his wife Shari and kids Asher, Ezra, Elia, and Ada. He taught AP Art History for seven years at Montgomery High School and now teaches at Holland Christian High School.

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