All-Church Retreat 2020 – Registration

Saturday, May 23 to Monday, May 25

The all-church retreat is a great way (actually, the best way) to start your summer.

Come join this great tradition. Enjoy a beautiful setting, fabulous accommodations, and fellowship with the people of God at NorthBay Adveture Camp, located two hours south on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Our retreat begins with dinner on Saturday and ends after lunch on Monday. The cost is $130 for adults, $65 for children (3–10), and under-3s are free. Private rooms plus bath available at slightly higher cost. Includes all meals and access to activities. Scholarships are available. Sign up online or get more information by emailing Corrie Berg by May 4.

Contact Corrie Berg (corrie@nassauchurch.org, x108)

Scholarships are available. Register below by May 4. Contact Corrie Berg for more information (x108, corrie@nassauchurch.org)

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Concerts & Recitals – March 2020


Westminster Conservatory at Nassau

Thursday, March 19
12:15 pm, Niles Chapel

Westminster Conservatory at Nassau recitals will continue on Thursday, March 19 with a recital of music for flute, clarinet, and piano.  The performers, all members of the Westminster Conservatory teaching faculty, are Katherine McClure, flute; Kenneth Ellison, clarinet; and Esma Pasic-Filipovic, piano.  The recital will take place at 12:15 pm in the Niles Chapel of Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street in Princeton.  It is open to the public free of charge.

The March 19 program comprises Johannes Brahms’ Sonata No. 2 in E-flat Major, opus 120 for clarinet and piano, Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A Major for flute (originally violin) and piano, and Gary Shocker’s French Toast for flute, clarinet, and piano.

On April 16 Westminster Conservatory at Nassau will present Inessa Gleyzerova in a recital for solo piano.

The William & Mary Choir

Saturday, March 21
7:00 pm, Sanctuary

The William & Mary Choir, under the direction of James Armstrong, will undertake its annual spring tour March 20-25, 2020. The Choir will give two concerts in Virginia (Sterling and North Chesterfield), appearing also in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, and Princeton, NJ. (For full itinerary with concert locations and times see http://choir.blogs.wm.edu/concert-schedule.)  The program, entitled “A Trip Around the World: Postcards from the American South, Europe, Japan and South Korea”, will feature premiere performances of two works commissioned by Classical Movements’ Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program for the William & Mary Choir in connection with their Japanese and South Korean Tour in May of 2020: Teruaki Suzuki’s Two Postcards on a text by the renowned Japanese poet Shuntarō Tanikawa and Hyowon Woo’s Jubilate Deo. The program will also include works by Claude Debussy, James Erb (And Peace at the Last: An Anthem for Evening), the Latvian composers Pēteris Vasks and Ādolfs Ābele as well as African American spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan, James McCullough and Hall Johnson. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Lent and Easter 2020

In Lent and Easter we observe the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We examine our discipleship, scrutinize our Christian journeys, and acknowledge our need for repentance, mercy, and forgiveness.

Join us in worship and community this season.

Throughout Lent

Small Groups
Offering fellowship and community, Small Groups are studying The Shape of Salvation in Luke. Learn more and find a group.

Lenten Devotional
Don’t miss our church-wide, daily Lenten Devotional. Members and friends of the church have written meditations on Scripture to accompany us through the season of Lent. Read it here.

Lenten Home Dinners
“Come to the table of grace. Come to the table of love. Come to the table of peace.” You are invited to a Lenten Home Dinner with Communion. These casual, welcoming groups are a lovely practice for this season of Lent. Extend the table and expand your fellowship this Lent. Learn more and sign up.

Easter Memorials
We remember and honor our loved ones by giving towards the Easter Sunday tulip display and brass ensemble. You can pick up an Easter Donation Card from the church office or email Sarah Finbow by April 5, 2020.

Wednesday, Feb. 26
Ash Wednesday Noon Communion Worship
12:00 p.m., Niles Chapel

Lenten Craft Fair
4:00–6:00 p.m., Assembly Room

Saturday, Feb. 29 Jazz Lent Service
5:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Sunday, Mar. 1 Lent I Communion Worship
Luke 1:5-25

Sunday, Mar. 8
Lent II Worship
Luke 4:16-30

Sunday, Mar. 15
Lent III Worship Youth Sunday
Luke 7:36-50

Sunday, Mar. 22
Lent IV Worship
Luke 8:26-39

Sunday, Mar. 29
Lent V Worship
Luke 19:1-10

Thursday, Apr. 2
Nassau at Windrows Communion Worship
3:00 p.m., Windrows Wilson Gallery

Sunday, Apr. 5
Palm Sunday Worship
One Great Hour of Sharing
Luke 13:1-5

Tuesday, Apr. 7
Nassau at Stonebridge Communion Worship
3:00 p.m., Stonebridge Auditorium

Thursday, Apr. 9
Maundy Thursday Communion Worship
7:30 p.m.

Friday, Apr. 10 Good Friday Noon Worship
12:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 12 Easter Sunrise Worship
6:00 a.m., Princeton Cemetery

Easter Worship
9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
Luke 23,24

Breaking Bread Easter Worship and Feast
6:30 p.m., Niles Chapel
7:30 p.m., Assembly Room

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Adult Education – Lent 2020

The Shape of Salvation in the Gospel of Luke

Sundays, 9:30 a.m., in the Assembly Room
unless otherwise noted

Come explore the Shape of Salvation in the Gospel of Luke this Lent. In Luke’s narrative, Jesus preaches salvation for all who believe in him. But what does salvation mean? Is it only a future hope or possibly a present reality? What are Jesus’ followers saved from? And what are they (and we) saved to?

Join us each Sunday morning as Eric Barreto leads us through the Gospel of Luke, examining not only the Biblical and historical context of Luke’s narrative of Jesus’ life and ministry but also its timely and timeless impact on our lives today.

Be linked in for Lent: each week small groups will study the same texts from a more personal and contemplative point of view, and Pastor Davis will preach them in Worship.

Download the Lent 2020 Brochure (pdf)
for more details and speaker bios

March 1 | Eric Barreto

Luke 1:5-25

Promise Fulfilled: Jesus saves us from hopelessness to hope.

Weekly | In-Depth Bible Study with George Hunsinger


Sundays, 9:15 a.m. (resumes March 8)
Maclean House (Garden Entrance)

George Hunsinger continues with a verse-by verse examination of the Letter to the Colossians.

March 8 | Eric Barreto

Luke 4:16-30

Freedom Fulfilled: Jesus saves us from oppression to liberation.

March 15 | Eric Barreto

Luke 7:36-50

Hunger Fulfilled: Jesus saves us from hunger to an abundant table.

March 22 | Eric Barreto

Luke 8:26-39

Wholeness Fulfilled: Jesus saves us from sickness, death, and the ways they divide us to resurrected life.

March 29 | Eric Barreto

Luke 19:1-10

Belonging Fulfilled: Jesus saves us from isolation to belonging.

April 5 | Eric Barreto

Luke 13:1-5

Worship Fulfilled: Jesus saves us from idolatry to trust.

April 12 | Easter Sunday

No Adult Education Classes

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One Great Hour of Sharing 2020

On Palm Sunday, April 5, we will take up a special offering “One Great Hour of Sharing.”

Sharing God’s Love with Our Neighbors-In-Need

in a world of disaster, hunger, and oppression

Millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity.

The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing – Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People – all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance  
Restorers of Streets to Live In
Works alongside communities as they recover and find hope after the devastation of natural or human-caused disasters

Presbyterian Hunger Program  
Share your Bread with the Hungry
Takes action to alleviate hunger and the systemic causes of poverty so all may be fed

Self-Development of People 
Loose the Bonds of Injustice
Invests in communities responding to their experiences of racism, oppression, poverty and injustice and educates Presbyterians about the impact of these societal ills

One Great Hour of Sharing lets us come together to open our doors — as well as our hearts — to share the love of Christ through our ministries of justice, compassion, and joy.

Text SHARING to 56512 to receive a link to resources to learn more about how your gift to One Great Hour of Sharing makes a difference, or visit www.pcusa.org/oghs

Questions? Contact us at 502-569-5047 or email specialofferings@pcusa.org

PC(USA) Special Offerings
100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202


Before a hunger emergency struck Somalia, Hawo Abdi and her husband were successful herders near their country’s border with Kenya.However, two years of intensive drought parched the land to the point that they could no longer raise the camels, cattle, sheep and goats that supported them. As her family faced economic ruin, Abdi’s husband died. She was two months pregnant with the couple’s fifth child. Desperate to feed her children, Abdi felt she had no choice but to make the two-day journey to a camp for internally displaced persons to ensure the safety of her four young children and unborn child. Against the background of Somalia’s civil war, the journey was fraught with danger, including the possibility of attack from armed groups and assault. “We had nothing to take with us, and we had to beg for water,” she says. Abdi’s mission to bring her children to a safe refuge was successful. Now she and her children receive a monthly allocation of rice, beans, cooking oil and sugar that One Great Hour of Sharing gifts help provide. While their day-to-day life remains difficult, Abdi and her children, including her new baby, are safe and nourished. “The food aid has improved the living conditions of my family,” she says. “I was able to feed my starving children.”Sadly, Abdi’s story is not unique. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 5.4 million people in Somalia are food insecure, and another 2.6 million people are displaced. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) partners with Kaalmo Relief and Development to provide food aid to people in the camp. “We are very grateful for your contribution,” says Mohamed Ahmed Iriri,

Kaalmo’s director. “It will help us a lot in fighting the hunger and poverty affecting our people in Somalia.”One Great Hour of Sharing gifts are helping to address famine and extreme hunger through PC(USA) partners in other countries, including Northern Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen. These partners help with emergency food assistance and address the underlying causes of hunger and homelessness for the millions of people struggling to maintain their very existence.In Isaiah 58, the prophet calls us to be “repairers of the breach, restorers of streets to live in,” to care for the hungry, the weak and the vulnerable. Through One Great Hour of Sharing, we extend shelter to those who have no place to stay, food to those who are hungry and compassion to those who have pain—be it physical, emotional or spiritual. Together, we become the household of God; and all are welcome. Won’t you join us with a gift to One Great Hour of Sharing? Because when we all do a little, it adds up to a lot.

Let us pray,

God of refuge, gather us into your household. Under your roof, let us meet together at your table of grace to be fed with good food. Grant us the dream of your world where all are fed, all are housed and all have the dignity you granted from the beginning. May our gifts begin to build this dream. Amen.

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Lenten Home Dinners 2020

Come to the table of grace. Come to the table of love. Come to the table of peace.

You are invited to a Lenten Home Dinner with Communion. These casual, welcoming groups are a lovely practice for this season of Lent. Extend the table and expand your fellowship this Lent.

Sign Up Online:
Sign Up!

For more information or to find out how YOU can host a dinner this Lent, email Corrie Berg.

Find out more about Lent and Easter at Nassau Church this year.

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Small Groups – Lent 2020

The Shape of Salvation in Luke

We confess Jesus saves.
But how does Jesus save us?
What does Jesus save us from?
What does Jesus save us to?

Lenten Small Groups will focus on stories from the gospel of Luke encouraging participants to reflect and wrestle with them. Our hope for this study is that you bring your full self and community with you as you read Luke. Bring your stories, your hopes, your questions and your fears. Through small group fellowship find a vision of salvation wide enough, graceful enough, and merciful enough to carry you through challenging days.

Be linked in for Lent

Join us each Sunday morning as Eric Barreto leads us through the Gospel of Luke, examining not only the Biblical and historical context of Luke’s narrative of Jesus’ life and ministry but also its timely and timeless impact on our lives today. Each week small groups will study the same texts from a more personal and contemplative point of view, and Pastor Davis will preach them in Worship.

The 2020 Study Guide is now available! Pick one up at the church office or download a copy here: Small Group Study Guide Lent 2020 (pdf)

Find out more about Lent and Easter at Nassau Church this year.

Sign Up

Sign up in Fellowship beginning Sunday, February 9, or online beginning Monday, February 10.

Available Small Groups

Groups meet weekly for six weeks unless otherwise noted. The small groups with spaces available are listed below.

Complete catalogue: Small Groups – Lent 2020 (pdf)

Sundays, Feb. 23 – Mar. 29, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (join Youth Dinner)
Room 301, Nassau Presbyterian Church

Madison Roberts, leader

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Madison is now a second-year student at Princeton Theological Seminary. In the context of spiritual nourishment, if prayer and worship are Madison’s main course, then fellowship and Bible study within a small group would be Madison’s dessert!

Mondays, Feb. 24 – Mar. 30, 12:00-1:30 p.m. (Soup & Bread provided)
Berg Home, Princeton

Corrie Berg, leader

Corrie is Nassau Church’s Director of Educational Ministries. She counts hosting the “Soup Group” on Mondays a highlight of each Lenten season. Come join this lively group of fellow Lenten pilgrims as, together, we discern the shape of salvation in our own lives.

Mondays, Feb. 24 – Mar. 30, 4:15-5:00 p.m. (Snacks provided)
Conference Room, Nassau Presbyterian Church

Corrie Berg & Carol Wehrheim, leaders

New This Year – A Small Group for 4th, 5th and 6th graders. This small group is geared especially for 9-12 year olds and a great way for your child to make friends, gain some basic Bible knowledge and begin to learn more about faith. Snacks provided.
First-timers and friends warmly welcomed!

Tuesdays, Feb. 25 – Mar. 31, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
VanWart-Thorton Home, Kingston

Kate Torrey & Tim Flood, leaders

Kate and Tim started coming to Nassau Church in 2018 and were quickly impressed by a faith community that is warm, welcoming, thoughtful, and passionate. Join them in their first small group to make new friends, challenge old assumptions, and explore what it means to prepare our hearts for Easter.

Wednesdays, Feb. 26 – Apr. 1, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sakenfeld Home, Skillman (Stonebridge)

Kathie Sakenfeld, leader

Kathie retired from Princeton Seminary in 2013 after teaching Old Testament there for 43 years. 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, Feb. 26 – Apr. 1, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Dolley Madison Room, The Windrows, Princeton

Liz & Kim Beasley

Liz and Kim were married in the Nassau sanctuary in 2010. Liz has served as an elder and on the membership and adult education committees. She was ordained as a deacon in November, 2019. Kim has served on the property committee since 2016. They are very much looking forward to leading a group for the The Windrows community.


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Adult Education – February 2020

Incarceration, Race, and Restoration

“If you, even you, had only recognized the things that make for peace!
But now they are hidden from your eyes.”
Luke 19:42 (NRSV)

Sundays, 9:30 a.m., in the Assembly Room
unless otherwise noted

As Christians, we are called to be a part of God’s transformative work of peace, justice, and reconciliation in the world, yet we live in a country with the highest incarceration rate in the world: despite making up close to 5% of the global population, the U.S. has nearly 25% of the world’s prison population. Join us to learn more about crime and punishment in our time, as we consider how we might be part of God’s transformative work.

Download the February 2020 Brochure (pdf)
for more details and speaker bios

February 2 | Nathan Jérémie-Brink

Expanding the Map and Reconsidering the History of Christianity and Slavery

Christianity and slavery are interrelated world movements, a paradox of our understanding of the history of human bondage and racism. In this class, we will look at how Christian theologies and practices both reinforced and challenged the institution of slavery.

Weekly | In-Depth Bible Study with George Hunsinger


Sundays, 9:15 a.m.
Maclean House (Garden Entrance)

George Hunsinger continues with a verse-by verse examination of the Letter to the Colossians.

February 2, 9, 16 | Membership Committee & Rev. Lauren J. McFeaters

Inquirers’ Class

Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
Niles Chapel

The Inquirers’ Class, led by our Membership Committee, gives you time to explore the meaning of the Christian faith and church membership, and to learn more about the history and foundations of the Presbyterian Church, PC(USA). Discover opportunities for spiritual growth, service, outreach, and fellowship; learn about the worship, theology, and programs of Nassau Church. What might it mean for your life if you joined in the ministry and mission of this congregation?

February 9 | Rachel Barkow

Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration

Are we destined to maintain a massive state of criminal punishment in America? While it may seem like this is an active time for criminal justice reform, most of the reforms have been relatively minor. And we have been achieving the reforms we have with low crime rates. If crime goes up, all bets are off. What can we do? In this talk, Prof. Barkow will explain why we need far more fundamental changes than the “low-hanging fruit.”

Why do so many of our criminal justice policies fail to make us safer? What are the political dynamics that produce such ill-advised policies? Our speaker will suggest three targets of institutional change.

February 16 | Retha Onitiri

150 Years is Enough

New Jersey’s current youth incarceration system is a failed experiment—morally, financially, socially, and from a rehabilitation and public safety perspective. Statistically, black and white children commit offenses at similar rates but two-thirds of New Jersey’s youth prisoners are black and one-third are white. New Jersey spends over $200,000 to incarcerate each child for one year.

Come hear about the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice’s 150 Years is Enough campaign which seeks to close two youth prisons—the New Jersey Training School for Boys (Jamesburg) and the Female Secure Care and Intake Facility (Hayes)—and invest in community-based systems of care as alternatives to incarceration.

February 23 | Cuqui Rivera, Jondhi Harrell, and Mia Hart, with Jonathan Shenk, moderator

Strategies for Engagement

Join us to hear from these community leaders whose programs offer hope and support for those caught up in the criminal justice system or seeking a path out of poverty. Consider how you might offer your time and talents to this transformative work.


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Opportunities with Mission Partners – February 2020

Donate REUSABLE Shopping Bags

You are invited to help us care for our planet by donating reusable bags to Arm in Arm! In an effort to better steward our resources and to protect the environment, we would like to reduce plastic waste by using reusable bags in our food pantries. We truly appreciate all of your donations and we are very humbled by your continual generosity in partnering with us to continue serving our community’s needs and also caring for our planet. Please stop by our Nassau pantry located at 61 Nassau St. Our 123 E. Hanover pantry or our Hudson pantry located at 48 Hudson St.  to donate your reusable bags!

Community Matters Panel Discussion

ArmInArm invites you to attend the second in a series of three Community Matters panel discussions, dedicated to education that inspires action. Find out more.

Valentines for Food with ArmInArm

ArmInArm is asking for your support of the 16th annual Valentines for Food, its biggest hunger awareness event of the year. Visit www.arminarm.org/valentines or find out more here.

Brothers On Broadway

Saturday, February 22, 7:30 p.m.
Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church – Church Life is sponsoring Brothers on Broadway featuring Keith Spencer performing in concert at the Patriots Theater in Trenton at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 22. We only have 25 tickets! Please contact Jeffrey Mascoll or Barbara Flythe if you are interested in purchasing tickets. Tickets are $45 each and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. Visit this website for details.

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Concerts & Recitals – February 2020

Trenton Children’s Chorus

Thursday, February 6
6:15 pm, Sanctuary

The Trenton Children’s Chorus is joined by the renowned Westminster Jubilee Singers for a concert led by conductors Patty Thel and Vinroy D. Brown, Jr.  Come enjoy an evening celebrating African-American heritage and culture featuring favorite songs and hymns to shine light on your day.


Westminster Conservatory at Nassau

Thursday, February 20
12:15 pm, Niles Chapel

Westminster Conservatory at Nassau continues with a  recital featuring music of Franz Schubert and African-American composer Nathaniel Dett.  The performers will be guest soprano Holly Gash and two members of the Westminster Conservatory faculty, Kenneth Ellison, clarinet and Clipper Erickson, piano.

The February 20 program comprises spiritual arrangements by Dett, Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock) for soprano, clarinet, and piano, and a work by Dett for solo piano, Enchantment.

On March 19 Westminster Conservatory at Nassau will present music for flute, clarinet, and piano performed by Katherine McClure, Kenneth Ellison, and Esma Pasic-Filipovic.

Open to the public and free of charge.

Westminster Conservatory of Music

New School for Music Study Recital

Sunday, February 23
2:30 pm, Sanctuary

The New School for Music Study faculty recital series continues with a concert celebrating American composers.  Join faculty members Marvin Blickenstaff, Jason Gallagher, Esther Hayter, Angela Triandafillou Jones, Margie Nelson, Allison Shinnick, and Trevor Thornton as they present a wide array of American music, featuring compositions by Amy Beach, Aaron Copland, Tom Gereau, Charles Griffes, Scott Joplin, and Fanny Price.

These recitals are open to the public and free of charge.

New School for Music Study

Jazz Lent Service with Ike Sturm

Saturday, February 29
5:00 pm, Sanctuary

Jazz bassist and composer, Ike Sturm and his ensemble will be returning to Nassau Presbyterian Church for an evening Lent service.   Original compositions and improvisations will be woven through prayer and scripture for a truly remarkable beginning to the Lenten season.

The Ike Sturm Ensemble is a family of friends and musicians playing original, contemplative music and creatively leading congregational song at Saint Peter’s Church (the “Jazz Church”) in New York City and around the world.  Featuring world renowned soloists Melissa Stylianou (voice), Godwin Louis (saxophone), Chris Dingman (vibraphone), Jesse Lewis (guitar), and Ike Sturm (bass/compositions).

A free-will offering benefiting the Latin-American Legal Defense Fund will be collected, and the service will be followed by a reception.  Be sure to bring your family and friends!

Ike Sturm Ensemble

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