Loaves & Fishes, August 19

by Scott Harmon

Loaves and Fishes, not surprisingly, takes its name from the famous story known as ‘The Feeding of the 5,000.’ I would like to propose that it could have been named, ‘The Feeding of the Few Dozen.’ To be clear, I’m not suggesting that Jesus’ most famous miracle was somehow less miraculous than the account in Matthew. Rather, I’m questioning who was ‘fed.’

Sure, the multitudes were fed loaves and fishes. But based on my limited experience with Loaves and Fishes, there’s a lot more feeding going on than what is being served on plates. Volunteering for Loaves and Fishes, whether it’s donating food, or money or time, is an opportunity to be fed as well. It’s an opportunity to join and be a part of our community of faith in action, as we do what our Lord asked of us. As we prepare food, make meals, serve and clean up, we are serving our most vulnerable neighbors. And I think you will find that in the midst of all the hubub and action and swirl, if you can take a moment to breathe, you’ll find that you are being fed, too.

So please, come, be fed. Be fed by making meat loaves or cookies. Be fed by donating to St. Mary’s. Be fed by feeding the less fortunate. Volunteer for Loaves and Fishes. August 19th at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

To Sign Up to donate food and/or volunteer on Saturday, August 19 – visit our SignUp Genius Page.

To find out more about leading a team, email Scott Harmon (scottaharmon@gmail.com).

Meatloaf Recipe

Download a printable recipe here: Meatloaf Recipe (pdf)

  • 1 envelope Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion-Mushroom Soup Mix
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup ketchup

Preheat oven to 350°.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Bake in a disposable loaf pan or form into a meatloaf and bake in any pan one hour or until done.  If you don’t use a disposable pan, please remove the meatloaf from the pan and wrap it in foil before you bring it to the church.

If possible, please drop off your meatloaves at the Nassau Presbyterian Church kitchen on Friday, August 18, by 12:00 p.m.   If that drop off time does not work for you, you can drop your meatloaves off anytime between now and August 18.  They can be placed in the freezer in the church kitchen – just look for the marked shelves.

Directions to St. Mary’s Cathedral

Download printable directions from Nassau Church here: Directions to St. Mary’s (pdf)

Or use the Google Map Location

151 North Warren Street, Trenton, NJ

  1. Take Route 1 South. (Where Route 1 and Business Route 1 divide, remain on Route 1 (that is, stay left).)
  2. Get off at the Perry Street exit. Make a left at the top of the exit ramp onto Perry Street.
  3. Proceed straight down Perry Street, through the intersections with North Stockton, North Montgomery and North Broad. You will soon see the Cathedral ahead of you, at the corner of Perry Street / Bank Street and North Warren Street.
  4. There is plenty of free secure parking behind the Cathedral.


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Send Hunger Packing with Summer Breakfast Program at Witherspoon

SHUPP (Send Hunger Packing Princeton), a beneficiary of the Nassau Hunger Offering, in conjunction with other public and private organizations, is participating in a summer breakfast program at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church aimed at vulnerable children. This is an extension of the program that provides meals during the school year. They are looking for volunteers to greet the children each morning.

If you are interested in serving, please sign up on SignUpGenius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4daaab2ba02-ccksummer/32024988.

Posted in Mission

Adult Education – July 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.

Mission Matters: Christianity in Taiwan Today

Jonathan Seitz

July 2, 11:15AM
Assembly Room

Come hear about what Presbyterians are doing in Taiwan today. Explore ongoing issues and challenges and questions that impact the future. You will have a chance to ask your questions of our mission coworker on the ground in Taiwan.

Jonathan Seitz has lived in East Asia for more than a decade, first in Beijing and Singapore, and now in Taipei after first going in 2005. Jonathan and Emily are two of about 120 PCUSA mission co-workers serving throughout the world. Jonathan teaches at Taiwan Graduate School of Theology. They also lived in New Jersey for about ten years. Jonathan did his MDiv and PhD at Princeton Theological Seminary and Emily did graduate school in library science at Rutgers. Nassau has proudly supported their work since 2013.

Advocacy and Change Matter: Writing Checks, Signing Petitions, and Protest Marches… Is That All There Is?

Sam Daley-Harris

July 9, 11:15AM
Assembly Room

Are you hungry for a bigger voice in our democracy? Are you frustrated by the options you see: writing more checks, signing more petitions, and joining more protests or counter-protests? Are you wondering if that’s all there is? Sam Daley-Harris answers no, there’s so much more. For Daley-Harris the key is connecting with an organization committed to helping dissolve the powerlessness, but that’s not an easy task. Join Sam as he guides us around the pitfalls and on a path to making a profound difference on issues like getting money out of politics, climate change, ending global and
domestic poverty, and reducing the Pentagon budget.

Sam Daley-Harris founded the anti-poverty lobby RESULTS in 1980 and founded the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation (CCET) in 2012. CCET helps non-profits train their members to create champions in Congress and the media for their cause. Daley-Harris coached Citizens Climate Lobby the first seven years of its existence and is author of Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break between People and Government. Ashoka (Everyone a Changemaker) founder Bill Drayton called Daley-Harris “one of the certified great social entrepreneurs of the last decades.”

The Constitution Matters: Reviewing the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016–17 Term

Larry Stratton

July 16, 11:15AM
Assembly Room

Explore the U.S. Supreme Court’s cases regarding playgrounds and religious school funding; the scope of the duty of prosecutors to give defendants exculpatory evidence; presidential appointees and congressional recesses; gerrymandered congressional districts; land use regulation and takings; and other hot-button legal issues in the overall context of the judiciary’s place on the constitutional map following Justice Neil Gorsuch’s elevation to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Lawrence M. Stratton is Director of Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, and Assistant Professor of Ethics and Constitutional Law at Waynesburg. Dr. Stratton received his M.Div. and Ph.D. in Christian Social Ethics from Princeton Theological  Seminary and also has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. As a field education intern at Nassau Presbyterian during his M.Div. studies, Dr. Stratton began an ongoing exploration of American constitutional  law in relation to insights from the Christian faith during many sessions at Nassau Presbyterian beginning in the fall of 2001.

The Constitution Matters in the Age of Trump

Keith Whittington

July 23, 11:15AM
Assembly Room

Come and explore constitutional issues in the Trump administration. Included will be an examination of the Supreme Court confirmation politics.

Keith E. Whittington is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He is the author of several books on American  constitutional history, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. presidency. He has two forthcoming books, one on the history of judicial review of federal statutes and one on free speech on college campuses.

The Presidency Matters: What God Wrought?

Mark Herr

July 30, 11:15AM
Assembly Room

No, not Samuel B. Morse, but Trumpalooza. Come for a post mortem of the 2016 election and an interpretation of the first six months of life under the presidency of Donald J. Trump.

Mark Herr is a Managing Director and Head of Corporate Communications of Point72 Asset Management, L.P. He is responsible for creating and  overseeing the firm’s enterprise-wide internal and external communications strategy and operations. Previously, Mr. Herr was a member of the administration of New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, serving as the Director and Assistant Attorney General in charge of New Jersey’s  Division of Consumer Affairs and Bureau of Securities. Mark is a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church.


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Mission Partnership Quarterly – June 2017

June has brought opportunities to be particularly present with each of our three major mission partners. Read about the experiences of Dr. Barbara Edwards in Malawi with Villages in Partnership, and about 30 of Nassau’s members and  friends who worshiped on Pentecost Sunday with the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Trenton. Our third partner, Cetana in Myanmar, was present in spirit as their board met on our third floor over Memorial Day weekend , beautifully hosted and fed by Nassau’s Susan and Michael Jennings. All these encounters emphasize the major characteristic of partnerships that thrive – strongly nurtured relationships. Look for the signs!

As always, we welcome your questions, suggestions, and support as we seek to deepen our commitments beyond the Nassau Church community.

For the Mission & Outreach Committee,

Joyce MacKichan Walker, staff

Mission Partnership Quarterly Email Newsletter

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Update from Villages in Partnership

by Barbara Edwards

Every year the Allentown NJ based non-profit Villages in Partnership sends a medical team to Malawi. This year’s 28 person team, largely composed of doctors, nurses and nursing students, treated over 5000 patients in the deeply impoverished villages of Malawi from May 9-20. I represented Nassau Presbyterian Church as a member of this year’s team. Among other amazing experiences we spent a day away from the clinics and at local primary schools:

Wednesday was a great, fun, exhausting day. I think we are all a bit tired from everything we’ve already done this week. We never stop moving here but it is always interesting and fun. Wednesday most of the group went to visit local primary schools. They helped to clean the schools by sweeping with the local homemade brooms (made with small branches held together in your hand) and then mopping with old t-shirts on their hands and knees. Then they went to visit the classrooms where they spoke with the students. The students had lots of questions such as, “What do you eat in America? What do you do for fun? How many languages do you speak? Do you have HIV/AIDS in America? Did you bring a car over with you on the plane?”

While they were at the schools, a few of us went to a village to help cook our lunch. We prepared a large community meal for well over 100 people. We cooked outside under the trees over small fires that they built between bricks. They used corn cobs, sticks and corn stalks for fuel. We chopped greens, shelled peas, pole beans, and ground nuts (peanuts). We ground up the peanuts with a giant mortar and pestle and added them to the food. They also roasted peanuts and ground that up for the most delicious peanut butter I have ever tasted. We fetched water from the well and carried it back to the cooking area about 200 yards on our heads! We also helped to cook nsima, the local version of cooked cornmeal. With the nsima we made “relishes” that are eaten alongside mustard greens, pumpkin leaves, and sweet potato leaves cooked with tomatoes and ground nuts, okra, pigeon peas, and goat cooked with tomatoes. All the food was delicious! We sat on the ground in groups of 3-4 and ate out of shared bowls using our right hand. Yes, we wash our hands beforehand by pouring water from a cup over them. After the meal we all thanked the village and the chief for providing such a wonderful meal for us! We all feel blessed to be here.

We are looking forward to continuing our work with VIP and will keep you updated as to how you may become involved. Any questions? Please contact Loretta Wells at lorwells4@gmail.com.

Update from Cetana Educational Foundation

by Sue Jennings

Nassau members will have a chance to see firsthand the work of our mission partner Cetana if they join a trip to Myanmar/Burma in January 2018. This will be the third trip since the Nassau/Cetana partnership began four years ago. This time participants will travel to Kanpetlet in Chin state where Nassau is supporting a teacher training project. Joyce MacKichan Walker traveled there with Sue Jennings this past January to get an overview of the project.

Kanpetlet is near Natma Taung National Park, a place of pristine natural beauty that provides opportunities for  birdwatchers, hikers, photographers, and orchid fanciers. Participants in the January 2018 tour will visit the Kanpetlet schools where Cetana is working and have a chance to meet the local leaders involved in the project. In addition, the tour will include stops in Yangon to see the Cetana flagship learning center and the country’s most revered temple, Shwedagon Pagoda; in Bagan, one of the world’s best preserved archaeological sites, where many of the two thousand plus temples date back to the 11th century; in KyaingTong on the border with Thailand, where Cynthia Paul, a beneficiary of Cetana scholarship support, now runs an English learning center; and at Inle lake, famous for its floating gardens and markets and exquisite craft workshops.

The tour is a rare opportunity for travelers to get an inside look at Myanmar/Burma and its fascinating, complex culture. We will have daily contact with local people, who have a reputation for friendliness and generosity; we will have access to monasteries, schools, and other institutions that the casual tourist never sees; and we will see the results of the Myanmar people’s resilience and ingenuity, which make our partnership so rewarding.

Exact dates and the itinerary for the trip are not yet set, but we are planning on a stay of approximately 15 days and looking for a minimum of 10 participants (maximum 16). The exact cost will depend on the number of participants and number of nights (last year for 17 nights the cost was $4600 pp, double occupancy, excluding international airfare). Some financial assistance is available for those with need. Please contact Sue or Michael Jennings (susancjennings@gmail.com) or Joyce MacKichan Walker (609-924-0103, x103, joyce@nassauchurch.org) BEFORE JULY 9 if you are interested. Deposits will not be due till early August.

Your ideas for making this a vital partnership are welcome. For more information, contact Sue Jennings (susancjennings@gmail.com).

Update from Westminster Presbyterian Church

by Angie Belmont

“We are standing on Holy Ground, and I know that there are angels all around. Let us praise Jesus now. We are standing in God’s presence on Holy Ground”.  On Pentecost Sunday, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, we sang Holy Ground led by the children of the church. As I looked around at all of the members, visitors, and guests, joined in song, I truly felt the presence of God. In an amazing multicultural, multigenerational, multimedia service, together with over 30 friends from Nassau Presbyterian Church, we participated in a song-filled, praise-filled, worship service that filled our hearts with love.

Our guest preacher was the Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim, professor of Earlham School of Religion, and co-editor of the book entitled, Intercultural Ministry: Hope for a Changing World. Pastor Karen shared the story of Westminster’s transformational story in its’ chapter 12. Pastor Karen and Rev. Dr. Kathie Sakenfeld also shared information about their book entitled, Faith of our Mothers, Living Still, which will be out in October.  Rev. Joanne Rodríguez, Rev. Patti Daley, Rev. Joyce MacKichan Walker, Rev. Wayne Meisel, and Rev. Dr. Marianne Rhebergen served as liturgist and officiants.

During the celebration of communion, Pastor Karen explained the meanings of the salutation “sawabona” and the response “sikona,” two South Africian phrases that mean “I see you, as you truly are” and the response “I exist” or “I am” not as you imagine, but as I truly am. Each person upon receiving communion, was given a hug and a “sawabona”. This traditional Westminster greeting, usually repeated during the benediction, reinforced the feeling of “una familia” throughout the worship service.

Westminster’s presence in the City of Trenton is a staple portion of the weekly “Seeking the Shalom of the City” PowerPoint presentation during our worship service. On Pentecost Sunday, various pictures were displayed highlighting the partnerships and events shared by Westminster and Nassau churches. Together, we are making a difference in the City and throughout the communities where our shared partnership has been a witness to God’s work through us.

Westminster’s Deacon, Crystal Jordan, a former caterer, prepared a delicious luncheon with funds provided by Nassau. The spirit of joyful communion during worship trickled down into our fellowship time. Many members of both churches remained after worship to break bread together as they got to know one another better.

Interested in visiting Westminster’s 11AM worship and meeting our partners? Contact Patti Daley (pattidaley@aol.com). Google directions from Nassau Church: https://goo.gl/maps/6qpZsBXv8T82

Posted in Events, Mission, Mission Partner, Trips

Ingrid Ladendorf to Direct Choirs for Children and Youth

Ingrid Ladendorf

Ingrid has worked with the Joyful Noise Choir since 2011. Above right, she works with the group this past May.

The choral director search committee is pleased to announce that Ingrid Ladendorf has been selected as our new Associate Director of Choirs for Children and Youth.

Ingrid has been the director of the Joyful Noise Choir and has directed numerous Pageants and Chancel Dramas since arriving at Nassau in 2010, and we are looking forward to her work with children and youth of all ages.

She holds degrees from Ithaca College and the Teachers College of Columbia University, is a Program Director and Childhood Advisor at the Diller-Quaile School of Music in Manhattan, and is an Adjunct Professor in music education at The College of New Jersey.

Ingrid will formally start on August 1, though you will certainly see her around this summer putting the plans together for an exciting first year with Carol Choir, Choir 345, the Middle School Choir, and Cantorei.

The committee was impressed not only by Ingrid’s considerable wealth of experience and creative teaching technique, but also by her extraordinary spiritual depth and her love for Christ’s church.

We are delighted to have found such a wonderful individual as Ingrid to be our new director for our children and youth!

With gratitude,

Noel Werner
Kim Kleasen
Shana Lindsey-Morgan
Rebekah Sterlacci
Kristen Ward

Posted in About, Children & Family Ministry, Music & Arts

Cetana Trip in January ’18

Journey to Myanmar/Burma in January 2018

Planning is underway for the annual Cetana trip to Myanmar/Burma in mid- to late-January. Exact dates for the trip of approximately 15 days, are not yet set, but the tour will include a visit to Kanpetlet, where Nassau Church’s mission partner Cetana has just launched a teacher training project. Also on the itinerary are Yangon (and the glorious Shwedagon pagoda), archaeological site Bagan, Kyaing Tong, and Inle Lake.

Kanpetlet at Dawn

We need a minimum of 10 participants (maximum 16). The exact cost will depend on the number of participants and number of nights (last year for 17 nights the cost was $4600 pp, double occupancy, excluding international airfare). Some financial assistance is available for those with need.

If you have any interest in visiting this beautiful and unique country, where Nassau is committed to building mutually transformative relationships, contact Sue or Michael Jennings (susancjennings@gmail.com) or talk to Joyce MacKichan Walker (609-924-0103 x103, joyce@nassauchurch.org) BEFORE JULY 9 . Deposits will not be due till early August.

Posted in Mission, Trips

Congregational Meeting

A meeting of the congregation of Nassau Presbyterian Church will be held next Sunday, June 25, at 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary for the purpose of electing new Ruling Elders, Deacons, the Audit Committee, and the Nominating Committee and approving the terms of call for the pastors. See the list of nominees below.

Ruling Elders

Russell Annich (Class of 2020)
Audrey Brown (Class of 2018, youth)
Polly Griffin (Class of 2020)
Holly Hardaway (Class of 2019)
Camille Ladendorf (Class of 2020, youth)
Je Oh (Class of 2020)
Monisha Pulimood (Class of 2020)
Jason Sterlacci (Class of 2020)
John Thurber (Class of 2020)


Karen Berliner (second term)
Josie Brothers (youth)
Melissa Davis (second term)
Janine Edwards
Katherine (Kate) Harmon
Alan Hendry
Margaret Hill (youth)
Frances Katrishen (second term)
Anne Kuhn
Jeff Kuhn
Cecelia (Celia) Tazelaar
Deborah Toppmeyer
Edwin (Ned) Walthall (second term)

Nominating Committee

Linda Jesse
Michael Dean Morgan
Alexandra (Allie) Rounds (youth)
Donna Saragnese
Carol Wehrheim

Audit Committee

Ann Elmes

Posted in Events

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.”


Posted in Adult Education

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
Posted in Mission Partner, Small Groups

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