Adult Education – June 2017

The Heart of the Matter

Grab this summer opportunity to reflect on our role as Christians in a world of uncertainty, change, and anxiety. Come looking to claim your hope, Christian resilience, and the gifts God bestows for the work our times call us to do.

Coffee and bagels served at every class

For a look at the entire Summer offerings, download the brochure: AE Summer-2017 bro.


Churches Matter! Lives Matter!

Rick Ufford-Chase

June 11, 11:15AM
Assembly Room

Rick will focus the conversation on one of the central questions he takes on in his recent book, “What does it take to create strong faith communities that have the capacity to provide solidarity to those who are most at risk in our community and around the world.” Rick knows Nassau Church well, and we have worked together on numerous projects over the last few years. Please come for a conversation together about what it takes to shape a relevant Christian witness in the challenging times in which we live.

Rick Ufford-Chase and his wife Kitty are the Co-Directors of Stony Point Center and co-founders of the multifaith Community of Living Traditions. Rick is the author of the book Faithful Resistance: Gospel Visions for the Church in a Time of Empire, and he is the Associate Director for Interfaith Formation for the Presbyterian Mission Agency. He is an avid outdoorsman, and spends his spare time guiding whitewater raft trips in the Adirondacks.


Refugees Matter!

Deborah Amos

June 18, 11:15AM
Assembly Room

Deborah Amos of NPR will bring us an update on current refugee resettlement developments. Deborah has become our life-line to knowledgeable analysis and continuing compassionate action on this issue.

Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News with reports heard on “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” and “Weekend Edition.”


 

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Holy Moments: Story-Listening Partnership Project

Nassau and Westminster Presbyterian Churches have had a long history of sharing opportunities for faithful action together.
The Nassau/Westminster Partnership is about to launch a new inter-congregational project
for strengthening and expand personal relationships between our two congregations.


The Holy Moments: Story-Listening Partnership Project

Acknowledging our united communities as a vibrant and powerful sharing partnership; tapping into the personal stories of faith we have to offer one another, learning to notice, name, and celebrate evidences of God’s Presence among us—both yesterday and today!

Phase One

In the next few weeks, members of the Nassau/Westminster Partnership team will be approaching individuals in their counterpart congregation who have been identified/recognized for their individual faith, courage, or joy—all gifts of the Spirit and evidence of God at work. The members of the team will ask these identified individuals to share a story of faith from their personal journey in a one-on-one interview—Storyteller and Story Listener in a private and personal holy moment.

Phase Two

A few weeks later, Story Listeners will publically reflect on their personal experiences of listening to the story of their Storytellers—not sharing the stories of the Storytellers, for they are not the Story Listeners’ stories to tell. Instead Story Listeners will share with both congregations the spiritual gifts they received from their holy moments with their Storytellers.

If you are approached to share—or lend—your story of faith, courage, or joy, please say yes!

For those who want to know more about or join in on the “Holy Moments: Story-Listening Partnership Project,” you can find an introduction to the project in printed form at both churches:

  • at Nassau in the literature rack outside the Church Office or contact Patti Daley pattidaley@aol.com, 609-273-3345
  • at Westminster in the Narthext or contact Paula Alekson at bobalek@aol.com
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June 4 – Worship with Westminster

Have you ever worshiped with our partner church in Trenton, Westminster Presbyterian Church?

Nassau and Westminster work together for the justice of the city, and promotion of the good news of Jesus Christ. Come and worship at Westminster on Sunday, June 4 at 11:00 a.m. Celebrate our partnership, participate in a sharing of the Lord’s Supper, and join in joyous worship! Carpooling or maps provided – it’s 20 minutes from Nassau! Pastors Joyce MacKichan Walker and Patti Daley are leading the way!

If you are able to offer a seat in your car OR you need a seat in a car, sign up on the clipboard in the Narthex on Sunday or call the church office during the week.

Driving Directions to 1140 Greenwood Ave., Trenton (Google Map)

  • From Nassau Presbyterian Church, take Mercer Street/Princeton Pike to Rt. 95 N/295 S (9 min, 5.3 mi)
  • Take 295 S to Exit 63, Rt. 33 W/Nottingham Way (5 min, 4.6 mi)
  • Stay on Rt. 33 W, slight left about 0.9 miles, Rt 33 becomes Greenwood Ave
  • Destination is 1.2 miles further on the right (6 min, 2.0 mi)
  • Parking is available in a lot behind the church or on the streets surrounding the church

 

Posted in Mission Partner

Job Opening: Associate Director of Choirs for Children and Youth

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Posted in Job Openings, Music & Arts

Immigration Resolution and Ministry Opportunities

The Session of Nassau Church has passed the following resolution, which was written for adoption by members of the Princeton Clergy Association:

“Love Your Neighbor/Welcome the Stranger”

As congregations serving the town of Princeton, we seek to live out the very foundations of our faith by being in solidarity with immigrants, refugees, and other vulnerable populations in our community. Our covenant is to a ministry of accompanying, advocacy, and bold, faith-filled hospitality. We seek to walk with and support individuals and families who are involved in immigration proceedings, to advocate for fair and just immigration policies, and to care for our neighbors negatively impacted or families torn apart by immigration enforcement.

We pledge to work with non-profit groups, schools, and public officials in representing and carrying out the values of loving neighbor, welcoming the stranger, and speaking up for those who have no voice.

Our intent is to continue to carry out our existing ministries and services while discerning how best to be faithful and serve in the months and years ahead.

Consistent with this resolution, members of Nassau Church who share a concern for immigrants carry out a variety of support activities and advocate for broad-based immigration reform. Two groups provide support services to our immigrant neighbors. Read about their activities below and reach out to the contacts listed to get involved.

For general questions about immigration advocacy and service, contact Bill Wakefield (609-306-5299; bill.wakefield0@gmail.com).


Love Your Neighbor, Welcome the Stranger, Help Your Neighbor

This group connects volunteers to people in need, identified by the Princeton Clergy Association, Princeton Human Services, the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Neighborhood Sanctuary Alliance.

Volunteers are needed in a number of areas:

  • Legal aid
  • Notary public services
  • Support for people under deportation orders and their families
  • ESL instruction
  • Issuance of Community Identification Cards
  • Transportation for people without driver’s licenses
  • Support for frightened children
  • Monitor ICE operations in case of a raid
  • Friendship

If you want to help, please contact Frances Slade (fran.slade@gmail.com) and indicate your areas of interest and skills.


Sanctuary

If a person or family is actually and directly threatened with detention or deportation, the Session may take action to offer sanctuary in the church. In that eventuality, volunteers will be needed to provide a more intensive level of support, including:

  • Being on site or on call at night when the church is closed
  • Providing transportation for family members who are free to go to work, school, doctors appointments, etc.
  • Shopping for food and other basic needs
  • Liaison with LALDEF, a lawyer, or others who are providing other support
  • Going to immigration court with them to show support

If you would want to help, please contact Maureen Llort (mllort54@gmail.com) or Frank Llort (llortf@gmail.com).

Posted in Mission

Three Fun Dinners Support Guatemala Scholarships

You’re invited to three fun dinners

In May and June, the Princeton/Parramos Partnership is holding three dinners-plus-entertainment to raise scholarship and other funds for New Dawn school in Parramos, Guatemala.

A contribution of $40 is asked of each guest. Sign-up on sheets (with more information and hosts’ street addresses) in the hallway outside Niles Chapel.  Or contact Mea Kaemmerlen at 609-799-1419 or meakaem@aol.com, or Jonathan Holmquist at 609-771-3744 or jholmqui@temple.edu.


“Dinner and a Mayan Movie”

Saturday, May 20, at 6 pm

Hosted by Hana and Ed Kahn in Princeton

The Kahns are well known for their wonderful cooking and hospitality. Hana is also a scholar of Guatemalan culture. The evening’s film, “Ixcanul,” is Guatemala’s first feature film in the Kaqchikel-Maya language (with English subtitles). On the dramatically beautiful Pacaya volcano, a traditional family works a coffee plantation. A marriage is arranged for the 17-year-old daughter, and the plot unfolds from there—exploring some of the contemporary issues faced by the multilingual and multicultural Guatemalan society. Says Toronto’s Globe and Mail: “…‘Ixcanul’ bubbles with the tension of a teenage girl at odds with her family’s native customs—before erupting into a frantic and quietly devastating third act.”


“Dinner with the Joe Saint Michael Trio”

Sunday, May 28, at 6 pm

Hosted by Cindy and Charlie Clark in Hillsborough

The Clarks’ lovely woodland-surrounded deck is the setting for dinner and a delightful, sometimes rousing, performance by the Saint Michael Trio. The trio (keyboard, sax, drums and vocals) performs a wide range of music—country, rock, dance, pop and old standards. They will surely be a crowd pleaser, playing everyone from Carole King and Neil Diamond to Ray Charles and Elvis Presley; from John Denver and Neil Young to Richie Valens and James Taylor. Should be a very lively evening!


“Dinner with the Weaver”

Sunday, June 25, at 6 pm

Hosted by Jane and Jonathan Holmquist in Lawrenceville

Along with dinner (and you may know about Jonathan’s excellent cooking), Armando Sosa, superb Guatemalan weaver, is the featured guest. Mr. Sosa has been artist-in-residence at Nassau Presbyterian Church this year and, for the church, created three magnificent Holy Week tapestries.  He was born in the Guatemalan Highlands where he learned to weave and build his own looms: “My work is a continuation of a thousand-year-old craft rarely practiced today.”  He will show and discuss his work and tell his story.


For more information contact Mea Kaemmerlen at 609-799-1419 or meakaem@aol.com, or Jonathan Holmquist at 609-771-3744 or jholmqui@temple.edu.

Posted in Events, Mission

Lauren McFeaters Announces Sabbatical Plans

See a letter below from Pastor Lauren McFeaters about the plans for her upcoming sabbatical. Lauren’s sabbatical begins on Monday, May 22.

Beloved Friends, I am writing to let you know of my sabbatical plans for this summer of 2017. With deep gratitude for the support of the Session and our Human Resources Committee, I am marking the conclusion of my 16th year as associate pastor of Nassau Presbyterian Church with a sabbatical. Sabbatical 2017 will begin after Confirmation on May 21st and will last through Labor Day weekend.

The focus of my sabbatical study finds its home in the words of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians: “Bear one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (6:2) and in an old Jewish prayer which asks God to help us “Walk with Sight among Miracles.” To this end I will:

  1. Study the monastic healing practices that attend to soul care with solitude and silence. I will travel by train to Le Monastère des Augustines in Quebec City to study at the Augustine Sisters’ monastery, established in 1639, where their motto for 378 years has been, “Neither hunger, nor cold, nor isolation would prevent them from establishing a haven here to heal the bodies of an entire people.”
  2. Michael and Josie and I with travel to Washington’s Whidbey Island, Seattle, and onto Tonasket in the Okanagan Fruit Valley for a family wedding. We will return for Josie to leave on Nassau’s mission trip to Tennessee with the Appalachian Service Project and onto a musical theater camp at Westminster Conservatory.
  3. Then comes library time for study and research on behalf of the Deacons and the creation of a broader educational experience in the areas of ministry serving persons experiencing losses related to aging, persons needing long-term care, and persons experiencing grief in its many forms.

Dave Davis, Joyce MacKichan Walker, Len and Andrew Scales, and the Deacons will look after the pastoral care of the church. I am forever grateful for this sweet sabbatical chapter where I may study, explore new realms of pastoral work, spend time with my precious family, and continue to give thanks for Nassau Church. It is my deepest prayer that through renewal and study Nassau and I can find rejuvenation for heart and soul, continue to serve our Lord together, and “walk with sight among miracles.”

With deep and abiding love,

Lauren

Lauren J. McFeaters

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May Concerts


A Festival of Song: Nassau’s Soloists and Section Leaders

Saturday, May 6
7:00 PM, Sanctuary

The beautiful voices of our talented section leaders will be featured in a voice recital in Nassau’s sanctuary.  Accompanied by Mark Loria, our recitalists will include Maria Palombo, Marissa Chalker, George Somerville, Steve Updegraff, and Bill Walker.  Art song, Broadway, opera, folksong, and oratorio will be among the styles presented in this eclectic and engaging program.  All are invited to this free recital presented by Nassau’s own!


Westminster Conservatory Recital
Loeffler Trio: Melissa Bohl, oboe; Marjorie Selden, viola; Kathy Shanklin, piano

Thursday, May 18
12:15 PM, Niles Chapel


 

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The Great 50 Days of Easter Prayer


Easter isn’t just a Sunday. It’s a season.

Traditionally, the season of Easter lasts seven weeks, a “week of weeks,” spanning the “Great 50 Days” from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, a time to rejoice, give thanks, and live in gratitude. Easter is a new way of life, in which we are “dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 6:11), called to “walk in newness of life” (Rom. 6:4).

This year we will celebrate the Great 50 Days by coming before God in prayer. Beginning Sunday, April 23, Prayer Cards will be available in the pews. Fill out a card with a prayer each week, drop it in the basket at the church entrance, and pray with others through the Prayer Chain.

You may also submit your prayers online via the form below. Online submissions will go to Deacon Debbi Roldan and then to the Prayer Chain. All prayers are confidential.

You are also invited to join the deacons for times of prayer on Sunday mornings in Niles Chapel on April 23, May 7, and May 21, 10:15–11:00 AM.

We invite you enter this season in prayer.


Submit a Prayer

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Adult Education – May

Download a copy of the print brochure here: Adult Education, April 23 to May 28 (pdf)


In the Neighborhood

Sundays, 9:15 AM, in the Assembly Room, unless otherwise noted.
Summer schedule begins Sunday, May 28 — worship at 10:00 AM, Adult Education at 11:15 AM.

From Mister Rogers to Myanmar, Sunday classes start near and go far with an emphasis in May on mission. Learn about Nassau’s mission partners and explore opportunities to be a part of these growing relationships.


May 7

Trenton Children’s Chorus: Making Music, Making Friends, Making a Difference

John J. Floyd II, Linda Helm Krapf

Trenton Children’s Chorus (TCC) began as a twinkle in Sue Ellen Page Johnson’s eye, and an idea kernel in Eric Johnson’s mind. Come and hear today’s Trenton Children’s Chorus story in word and song. Listen with pride and learn from this extraordinary and talented TCC Intermediate Choir (6th and 7th graders), their director, John Floyd, and Executive Director, Linda Helm Krapf. We promise a joy-filled start to your Sunday.

John J. Floyd II directs the Intermediate Choir at TCC. He holds a B.M. in Music Education from Westminster choir College of Rider University. John is a Southern New Jersey native. He joined the faculty at Somerville Middle School as a music teacher, choir director, and director of the annual school play. John also directs the summer musical theater camp in Somerville.

Linda Helm Krapf, TCC Executive Director, has directed non-profit programs and organizations for more than 30 years. Prior to coming to TCC, Linda directed the Printmaking Center of New Jersey and the Myhelan Cultural Arts Center. She also wrote, directed and produced an award-winning documentary film on the environmental issues that threaten the health and well-being of the Navajo people.


May 14

Research, Relationship, Reconciliation, and Reparation

Nancy Prince

Begin by examining some of the experiential hurt the African American population in Princeton lived through from the mid 1800’s to 2015. Then hear the story of the 2005-06 celebration of 250 years of the Presbyterian Church in Princeton, where relationship and reconciliation grew between the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, a historically black church,  and Nassau, leading to several significant events, including an offering of reparations in 2015. Come and hear the story from someone involved is this story for many years.

Nancy Prince has been an active member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 1963, and a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church since October 2003. She regularly attended the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church from 2001-2003 when her husband, the Rev. David Prince served as Interim Pastor. She returned to Witherspoon Church in the summer of 2014 for regular attendance and congregational gatherings when Dave Prince served as Pastor in Residence.


May 21

Bethany House of Hospitality: Doing the Right Things in Trenton

Founded and maintained by our partner, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Trenton, Bethany House of Hospitality is a young adult intentional living community with a community garden in its backyard. Each month NPC members travel to Trenton and share vespers, conversations with local leaders, dinner, and some very satisfying hands-on projects with our WPC team at Bethany House. Come and meet some of the remarkable residents and emerging leaders, their support team and learn how they are making a real difference in Trenton.


May 28

Burma/Myanmar through Our Eyes

Summer schedule begins
11:15 AM in the Assembly Room

Work and a better life in Burma/Myanmar depend on speaking English well enough to become a tour guide, an interpreter, an employee of an international company, and so much more. Come and hear stories from Joyce, Susan, and Michael’s January trip to visit our mission partner CETANA’s English language centers. Be inspired by the teachers, fall in love with the children and youth in whose faces you can read the dreams and hopes of families. Leave knowing you are making a difference, and you can make more!

Joyce MacKichan Walker went to Burma/Myanmar on behalf of the Mission and Outreach Committee to enrich their view of CETANA’s vital work in this country still struggling to emerge from years of military rule. Susan and Michael Jennings empower this work with their love for Burma and their leadership within CETANA by leading a yearly exploratory excursion to this fascinating country. And Lois Young, founder with her husband, Jack, and her siblings over twenty years ago, will join us!


Ongoing through May 14

In-Depth Bible Study: First Corinthians

George Hunsinger

9:15 AM
Maclean House

George Hunsinger returns for the 20th year to lead this verse-by-verse examination of the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians. Bibles are available for use during the class. Find them on the Deacon Desk by the church kitchen. Class meets next door in Maclean House (Garden Entrance).

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