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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Artists Survey

Master weaver Armando Sosa is our 2016-2017 Artist-in-Residence. Armando lives and works in Hopewell.

Do you know a local artist who would make a valued Nassau Church Artist-in-Residence? The Worship and Arts Committee would like to learn more about local artists in the Princeton area whom we might consider for the coming year, especially those with connections to the congregation.

Artists can be writers, visual artists, and beyond. Current and previous Artists-in-Residence include a weaver, a theater director, a dancer and choreographer, and a poet.

Fill out the survey by Sunday, April 30, and learn more about the artist residency program on the Music and Arts page.

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All-Church Retreat Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28

A great way (actually, the BEST way) to start your summer

  • Retreat begins with dinner on Friday, May 26 and ends after lunch on Sunday, May 28. Families are also welcome to stay at NorthBay through Sunday afternoon and continue to enjoy facilities and setting.
  • Cost is $130.00 for adults, $65.00 for children (3-10), under 3 are free. All food and access to facilities included. We do need to bring our own linen.
  • Rev. Austin Crenshaw Shelley, Director of Christian Education at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church. will lead the retreat. Austin is a huge fan of intergenerational ministry. “All-Church retreats are my jam!”

Registration deadline – Monday, May 1.

Sign-up HERE.

Questions? Email or call Corrie Berg (corrie@nassauchurch.org, 609-924-0103 ext. 108). Scholarships are available.

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April Concerts


Westminster Conservatory Recital
John Paul Velez, jazz piano and Paul Hofreitter, upright bass

Thursday, April 20
12:15 PM, Niles Chapel


New School for Music Study Recital

Sunday, April 23
2:30 PM, Sanctuary

Mark your calendars!  The New School for Music Study, in partnership with Nassau Presbyterian Church, presents its spring Faculty Recital!  The recital will feature solo, duet and collaborative music by Bizet, Bolcolm, Debussy, Schubert, and MORE! Join us on Sunday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church for an afternoon of beautiful music!


 

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Adult Education – April

Download a copy of the print brochure here: Lent-2017 (pdf) for April 2 & 9

Brochure for Eastertide to be posted (pdf) for April 23


Reflecting on Lent in Art and History

Sundays, 9:15 am, in the Assembly Room, unless otherwise noted

See Lent through the eyes of diverse approaches — interpretative dance, art, historical reflection, and theological pondering.


April 2

A Historian Looks at the Crucifixion of Jesus

Dale Allison

How Christians and theologians interpret the last days of Jesus is one thing. What historians think of the sources and how they evaluate them is another. Come and hear an attempt to interpret the earliest sources for Jesus’ last days in their original first century context and ask, What can we really know happened? Today we’ll look at the crucifixion.

Dale Allison is professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary and author, most recently, of Night Comes: Death, Imagination, and the Last Things.


April 9

A Historian Looks at the Burial and Resurrection of Jesus

Dale Allison

In this session Dale Allison continues his discussion of historical sources in their original context, with an eye to Jesus’ burial and resurrection.


April 16

Easter Sunday – No Adult Education Classes

 


April 23

Why “Mister Rogers’ Neighboorhood” Worked (and what Fred was really like)

Eliot Daley

Eliot Daley will take us behind the scenes at “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” to describe the concept behind the program and the dynamics of interaction between Fred (Mister) Rogers and the viewing child that made him such a beloved member of American families.

While serving as associate minister of First Presbyterian Church of Princeton (now Nassau), Eliot Daley wrote many articles about the influence of TV on American families and children.  This led to his connection with Fred Rogers who invited Eliot to join him in producing “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”  Eliot served as president of the production company and wrote many early episodes before management responsibilities eventually required his full attention.  In later decades, Eliot served as a management consultant in the health care field and now writes punditry posted at www.eliotdaley.com.


In-Depth Bible Study

Ongoing through May 14
Class will not meet on April 16 or April 30

1st 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).


Lament: Voicing Our Cries

Sundays, 9:15 a.m., in Music Room unless otherwise noted

Explore the Christian practice of lament through the biblical text and other artistic resources. Each class will stand on its own,  addressing one of the five facets of lament. Taken as a whole, this series will allow you to construct your own psalm of lament, writing  proficiency not required.

Melissa Martin is a third-year student at Princeton Theological Seminary.


April 2

Lament: Demanding Action

Can we demand God to act? Practically speaking, this may be the hardest part of the process of lament. Looking at examples in the prophets, we will work together to formulate our own “demands” of God.


April 9

Lament: Declaring Trust

The psalmist concludes the process of lament with a vow to offer God thanksgiving for God’s act. This vow not only expects action from God but necessitates an embodied response. Not only will we work to articulate these vows of thanksgiving, but then we will practice what we promise: a thanksgiving celebration!


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Women Are Not for Rent, Children Are Not for Sale

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Adult Education – March 2017

Download a copy of the print brochure here: Lent-2017 (pdf)


Reflecting on Lent in Art and History

Sundays, 9:15 am, in the Assembly Room, unless otherwise noted

See Lent through the eyes of diverse approaches — interpretative dance, art, historical reflection, and theological pondering.


March 5

“I Am the Lord of the Dance, Said He”

Meagan Woods

Come and explore, through demonstration and discussion, dance’s ability to capture themes, characters, and storylines of lent.  Examine how particular movements can evoke emotive or narrative elements of scripture, and how the silent act of dance can expand our interpretations of text and song. Participants will be invited, but not required, to participate in gentle movements during the class.

Meagan Woods graduated with a BFA in dance from Rutgers University. Her company has presented original, high-caliber dance  pieces in venues across the Northeast and twice for TEDtalks. From 2011– 2012, Meagan Woods & Company served as artist-in-residence at Nassau Church.


March 12

Caravaggio’s Passion of Christ

Jason Oosting

Visualize Christ’s Passion through the eyes of a profane genius, Caravaggio. Examine several of his works of art, discussing both the  events of his turbulent life and his revolutionary painting style, focusing primarily on how it was intended to elicit powerful, emotional responses in viewers from the 17th century to the present.

Jason Oosting teaches Advanced Placement Art History at Montgomery High School. He lives in Hopewell with his wife Shari, two  sons Asher and Ezra, and two daughters Elia and Ada.


March 19

Fed at the Table

Eric Barreto

When we talk about “salvation,” what do we mean? For the Gospel of Luke, salvation is not a future reality for which we wait but a lived reality we can experience in the present day. Salvation is something we can taste, like a delicious meal. Salvation is something we  share with others like a marvelous meal. Salvation is here and now. In the Gospel of Luke, such salvation is tangible, real, and  life-altering. For Jesus in Luke then, the table is not just a place to eat but a symbolic center of belonging. The table in Luke is a  welcoming space where sinner and righteous alike are looking for sustenance from God.

Eric Barreto is Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, an ordained Baptist minister,  and a Nassau parent.


March 26

Cultural Trauma and Conflict in England’s Reformations: Two Tudor Stories

Alastair Bellany

Explore two short documents that reveal radically different experiences of England’s sixteenth-century religious struggles: a  gentleman’s lament for the lost religious world of his Catholic youth and a sympathetic account of a poor Protestant woman’s  willingness to sacrifice her own life in the struggle against “Antichrist and the devil.”

Alastair Bellany is Professor of History at Rutgers University, and works on the political and cultural history of sixteenth- and  seventeenth-century Britain. He is the author most recently of The Murder of King James I, co-written with Thomas Cogswell, and  published by Yale University Press.


This series continues April 2 and 9 with Dale Allison, A Historian Looks at the Crucifixion, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus.


In-Depth Bible Study

Ongoing through May 21

1st 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).


Lament: Voicing Our Cries

Sundays, 9:15 a.m., in Music Room unless otherwise noted

Explore the Christian practice of lament through the biblical text and other artistic resources. Each class will stand on its own,  addressing one of the five facets of lament. Taken as a whole, this series will allow you to construct your own psalm of lament, writing  proficiency not required.

Melissa Martin is a third-year student at Princeton Theological Seminary.


March 5

Lament: What Is It?

In a world filled with evil, we sometimes find ourselves overwhelmed and frustrated. Families deteriorate, relationships are broken,  and power is abused. As people who believe in the goodness of God, come and look at lament as a response to the problem of evil.


March 12

Lament: Addressing God

Following a pattern in the psalms, analyze how the psalmist addresses God. What gives the psalmist the right to talk to God in this  way? To answer this question, we will seek to define the different roles that both we and God inhabit. Once we define these roles and  how they relate to one another, we will work together to write an address to God.


March 19

Lament: Filing a Complaint

The psalmist is not bashful. The practice of lament not only includes acknowledging God’s authority; it also includes filing a complaint  to that authority. Looking to biblical sources like Job and Habakkuk, learn more about what it means to file a complaint to God, even daring to do so ourselves.


March 26

Lament: Declaring Trust

Walking through a history of God’s providence in the lives of God’s people, the psalmist declares trust in a living and loving God.  Before we turn to our own lives, we will recount God’s care as recorded in the Bible. Come and share stories, and construct personal statements of trust in God.


This series continues April 2 and 9 with “Demanding Action,” and “Offering Thanksgiving.

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Letter: “A prayer for acceptance, respect, and love”

We are writing as multi-faith community leaders who are concerned about the growing number of hate crimes that we are seeing in our country. We want to speak up and speak out against any acts of hate directed at a particular group and we hope that parents, teachers and other community leaders will add their voice to ours so that everyone will learn why these actions must not be tolerated in any community and those who commit these crimes should be found and help responsible.

We know from studying history and from each of our own traditions why it is so critical to love your neighbor as yourself, to accept the orphan, widow, and stranger and to demonstrate respect for people of different faiths and backgrounds. We hear the hate speech coming from too many places in our country and we want to counter that speech with language of love and trust and acceptance and honor.

We know of Muslims who feel threatened today by certain policies and statements being made in many public forums and then we witnessed acts of hatred directed at a Jewish cemeteries. This is not only disrespectful to the deceased and their families but it also violates so many of our religious traditions of demonstrating honor to people after they pass away and honoring religious institutions. These actions must stop.

In Princeton, we are proud of the multi-faith voices that come together to celebrate certain national holidays and to unite in support of certain values that are key to our religious traditions and to our country. When the times call for us to speak out against religious discrimination and anti-Semitic acts like we have witnessed this week – we do so as well.

When we gather in our own congregations for communal worship, or when we come together as families and individuals for private reflection and prayer, let’s add a prayer in our own religious tradition for not only peace but also for the end of violence and hatred, a prayer for acceptance and respect and love. Perhaps this prayer from the Jewish prayer book could inspire us all:


May we see the day when war and bloodshed cease, when a great peace will embrace the whole world. Then nation will not threaten nation and humanity will not again know war.

For all who live on earth shall realize we have not come into being to hate or to destroy. We have come into being to praise, to labor, and to love.
Compassionate God bless the leaders of all nations with the power of compassion. Fulfill the promise conveyed in Scripture: I will bring peace to the land and you shall lie down, and no one shall terrify you.

I will rid the land of vicious beasts and it shall not be ravaged by war. Let love and justice flow like a mighty stream. Let peace fill the earth as the waters fill the sea.
Amen.


Rabbi Adam Feldman
The Jewish Center of Princeton

Rev. David A. Davis
Nassau Presbyterian Church

Rev. Jana Purkish-Brash
Princeton United Methodist Church

Rev. Bob Moore
Coalition for Peace Action

Leaders of the Princeton Clergy Association

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