Join a small group this fall – it’s a great way to strength the bonds that hold us together as we together face the many challenges of this season. From contemporary Sci-Fi films to ancient Psalms, our small group opportunities will expand and enrich your mind, your faith, and your fellowship. All small groups will meet virtually using the Zoom platform. Sign up today!
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The fall Linked-In Learning series focuses on the Psalms. In this is season of extreme challenges, personally and communally, no other Biblical text brings words to our many emotions quite so aptly. There are Psalms for weeping, Psalms for praising, Psalms for gratitude and even Psalms for cursing. These ancient hymns and poems direct our prayer life, support our worship, and allow for the expressions of all emotions. Join a small group and learn how these timeless texts offer unending outlets for growth, faith, and encouragement. All small groups will meet virtually using the Zoom platform.
Weekly small groups will preview the coming Sunday’s theme and text. Brent A. Strawn, a Psalms specialist and Professor of Old Testament and Professor of Law at Duke University, will lead Adult Education these weeks in series titled The Psalms and the Life of Faith in 2020: Praise, Sorrow, Curse. Each week Brent will teach on a different genre of Psalm and Pastor Dave Davis will then preach on a Psalm of that same genre.
Mondays, October 12-November 16, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Corrie Berg, Director of Educational Ministry, counts Small Group involvement as a highlight of her work at Nassau Presbyterian. She has been a life-long lover of Psalms and is eager to journey through this book with her Monday group.
Mondays, October 12-November 16, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Carol Wehrheim is Clerk of Session. She finds small groups a necessary part of her life with Nassau Church, and enjoys playing cornhole.
Tuesdays, October 13-November 17, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
This group is FULL
Kathie Sakenfeld retired from Princeton Seminary in 2013 after teaching Old Testament there for 43 years. Her special interests are the Pentateuch and stories of women throughout the OT. An ordained PCUSA clergywoman, she has participated in the life of Nassau Church since 1970 and has served the denomination at Presbytery, national, and international levels.
Wednesdays, October 14-November 18, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Dave Davis has been pastor and head-of-staff at Nassau since the fall of 2000. His PhD in Homiletics from Princeton Theological Seminary focused on preaching as a corporate act and the active role of the listener in the preaching event. He has published two sermon collections A Kingdom You Can Taste and Lord, Teach Us to Pray.
Thursdays, October 15-November 19, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Marshall McKnight, a Nassau Church member since 2011, serves as a deacon and is active on the Mass Incarceration Task Force and the Membership Committee. He was a journalist for seven years and for the last fourteen has worked for the State of New Jersey.
Kids’ Group on Psalms
Mondays, October 12-November 16, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Rising 4th-7th graders
Corrie Berg, Director of Educational Ministry, loves stories (all stories). She’s looking forward to talking about Psalms, old and new.
Other Small Group Options
Nassau Book Group 2
3rd Sunday of the Month, September-May, 2:00 p.m.
Read a good book, lately? Want to share it? Join our new book club! We will meet monthly to read and discuss novels, short stories, memoirs and nonfiction. The first gathering was Sunday, September 20, and we’ll continue to meet the 3rd Sunday of each month through May 2021.
Each participant will take a turn facilitating the monthly book discussion and choosing two books for the group’s consideration.
Science Fiction in Films
Sundays October 11-November 15, 7:00-8:00pm
In this small group we’ll have the chance to watch and discuss some great examples of science fiction — a genre that’s been the perfect breeding ground for rich ideas (often theological) and visual creativity from the very beginning. But science fiction encompasses many sub-genres as well: spiritual epic, horror, existential thriller, anime, and even romance. Whether you want to take a closer look at the influential films we’ll be exploring or just enjoy some classics for the first time, this is the place to be!
Movies: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Alien, Blade Runner, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Arrival.
Karl Bjorkmanjoined Nassau last year and is an M.A.(TS) student at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is also a recent graduate of St. Olaf College, where he studied both religion and film. He lives at the CRW Apartments with his wife, Eszter, who is an M.Div. candidate at PTS.
Adventures in Barth, Episode 2
This group is FULL
Tuesdays, October 13-November 17, 7:00-8:00pm
Long-haul times need long-haul texts. After a delightful summer session with Barth’s dialectics we return to Church Dogmatics for Episode II. Get “Barth Smart” as we discuss grace, freedom, time, and trinity. Jesus may come up too. First-timers and experts are welcome as we gather around Barth’s theological challenge to the church & world. Reading is ~40 pages a week.
Mark Edwards joined Nassau as Director of Youth Ministries in September of 2013. He is a lifelong Presbyterian and holds a PhD (Philosophy and Theology, 2013) from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has been a Lecturer at Princeton University, and an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey and Princeton Theological Seminary. Mark is married to Janine and they have two children.
The Sacred Art of Photography (Intro Session)
Tuesdays, October 13-November 17, 7:30-8:30pm
Psalms are poems and poems are (partly) about images. To wit:
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul.
Participants will take photographs inspired by Psalms. No special equipment, knowledge, or skill is required. You will a need camera of some sort–a pinhole, a smart phone, and iphone, a DSLR, something–a desire to read the psalms, and some imagination.
The Sacred Art of Photography (Returning Members)
Thursdays, October 15-November 19, 7:30-8:30pm
This group is FULL
This group will continue to explore the relation of images to Biblical texts. Psalms and their expression in photographic images created by members will to be explored, but Psalms will not be the exclusive focus of this group. You will a need camera of some sort–a pinhole, a smart phone, and iPhone, a DSLR, something–a desire to read the scripture and the explore how images evoke the spirit; and some imagination.
Ned Walthall has been thinking about and taking photographs for years. He received an MFA in Photography from The New England College Institute of Art and Design (formerly The New Hampshire Institute of Art). His work has been exhibited at Gallery 14 in Hopewell, New Jersey; The New England School of Photography in Boston; and (currently) at the Glasgow Gallery of Photography. He is currently the editor of the Light Has No Enemies blog, at https://lhne.tumblr.com/