Stewardship 2020: A Letter to the Congregation


To the Members and Friends of Nassau Presbyterian Church,

Each Lord’s Day morning in our life together at Nassau Church, I find myself awed by the spirit, the movement, and the vitality in the building. In each service of worship, we have new faces that I do not know. The energy in the classes all around is palpable. The sharing of the peace, the welcome in the narthex, the conversation in the hallways, and the enjoyment of refreshments all serve to tend to and deepen the ties of our fellowship. Every Sunday morning, I try not to take the whole experience for granted. Yes, our congregational life and commitment go far beyond Sunday morning and include so much more than what happens at 61 Nassau Street, but I would like to invite you to join me both looking around on Sundays with a bit of wonder and not taking any of it for granted. For God has blessed each one of us to be called to be part of this Body of Christ.

I want to thank each one of you who support Nassau Church with a financial gift. More than 98% of our annual operating revenue comes from those who pledge and give regularly. Every contribution we receive serves to sustain the breadth, health, and future of this ministry. November is the time when we express as a congregation our gratitude for all God is doing in our midst and prayerfully discern our commitment looking ahead to 2020. Celebrating God’s abundance and God’s grace is a defining quality of our community’s identity. This November, please be a part of our celebration and reflection.

Moving into 2020, the Session will be sharing more of the vision and strategy conversation they began last year. We believe it is a very exciting time for our congregation to discern initiatives, commitments, and convictions as we strive to answer God’s call to be the Body of Christ for one another so together we can be the Body of Christ in the world. I have included a copy of the recently approved Mission Statement for you to see.

More information will be coming about our Celebration and Pledge Dedication Sunday which will be December 1, 2019 in both services of worship. Until then, I am confident of God’s call on our lives to grow in faith and service, our salvation promise in Jesus Christ, and the overwhelming generosity of the people who know themselves to be Nassau Presbyterian Church.

With gratitude, grace, and peace,

David A. Davis
Pastor

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Opportunities with Mission Partners – November 2019

Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church

Annual Harvest Bazaar
Sunday, November 24, 2019
11:30 AM-2:00 PM
Baked goods, holiday gifts, African dresses, jewelry, door prizes, apparel, knitted hats and scarves

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Adult Education – November 2019

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

Download the November 2019 Brochure (pdf)
for more details and speaker bios


November 3 | Jacq Laplsey & Anne Stewart

The Curtain, The Cloud, and Some Conclusions (Exodus 25-31 & 35-40)


Weekly | In-Depth Bible Study with George Hunsinger

Colossians

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

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


November 10 | Karlfried Froehlich

Part 2 – Bewildered Survival: Growing Up in Post-War Germany

Listen to Part 1 (from May 2019) here:


November 17 & 24 | Lauren J. McFeaters

An Act of Faith and Witness to the Resurrection: Lessons in Aging with Dignity & the End of Life

November 17, Part 1: Focus on end-of-life decisions, aging with dignity, and how to begin having these conversations within your own family.

November 24, Part 2: Focus on how to pre-plan a funeral service and anticipating the many decisions one is faced with at the time of death.


 

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Concerts & Recitals – November 2019


New School for Music Study Recital

Sunday, November 3

Join us in the Sanctuary at 2:30 pm on November 3 to celebrate gratitude for music with the NSMS Faculty and Students.  This recital will feature music by Bach/Busoni, Mozart, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Chopin, and features NSMS students!

These recitals take place in the Sanctuary of Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street in Princeton. They are open to the public and free of charge.

New School for Music Study


Westminster Conservatory at Nassau

Thursday, November 21

On November 21 at 12:15 pm in Niles Chapel, Westminster Conservatory at Nassau will present a recital of music from France for two flutes and piano.  The performers, Ellen Fisher Deerberg and Kevin Willois, flute, and pianist Christopher McWilliams, are members of the teaching faculty of Westminster Conservatory.

On November 21 the program will comprise an arrangement for two flutes of Léo Delibe’s “Flower Duet” from the opera Lakmé; Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Pièces de claveçin en concert no. 5 in D Minor; and the “Andante” from Jean-Michel Damase’s Trio for two flutes and piano.

 After a break in December Westminster Conservatory at Nassau will resume on January 16, 2020 with piano duets performed by Ikumi Hiraiwa and Megan Hofreiter.

Open to the public and free of charge.

Westminster Conservatory of Music


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Adult Education – October 2019

Exodus: Wilderness Formation

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

Download the Exodus Series 2019 Brochure (pdf)
for more details and speaker bios

Do a deep dive into Exodus. Read the stories, remember the events, and revisit the characters that are formative to our faith. Each week, Drs. Anne Stewart and Jacqueline Lapsley will lead us through a section of the text and help us learn how and why God takes a group of wandering refugees and forms them into the people of God. Pastor Dave Davis will be preaching in worship on texts from these same passages during this series.


October 6 | Anne Stewart

From Call to Crossing (Exodus 1-15)


Weekly | In-Depth Bible Study with George Hunsinger

Colossians

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

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


October 15 | Jacq Lapsley

Lost & Found in the Wilderness (Exodus 16-18)


October 20 | Jacq Lapsley

Commandment as Covenant (Exodus 19-24)


October 27 | Anne Stewart

When Things Fall Apart (Exodus 32-34)


November 3 | Jacq Laplsey & Anne Stewart

The Curtain, The Cloud, and Some Conclusions (Exodus 25-31 & 35-40)


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Concerts & Recitals – October 2019


Westminster Conservatory at Nassau

Thursday, October 17

On Thursday, October 17 at 12:15 pm in Niles Chapel, Dezheng Ping, violin and Larissa Korkina, piano, members of the teaching faculty of Westminster Conservatory, will perform works for violin and piano, Johann N. Hummel’s Sonata, op. 64 and the Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, op. 45 for violin and piano by Edvard Grieg. Open to the public and free of charge.

Westminster Conservatory of Music


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Opportunities with Mission Partners – October 2019


Lunch With Villages In Partnership

October 6, 12:15 PM, Assembly Room
Four Villages in Partnership staff from Malawi will be in worship at Nassau on October 6. Join for Lunch after worship and learn more about VIP.


Men Who Cook with Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Join for a broad selection of homemade treats served buffet style in the WSPC Fellowship Hall or as take-out to enjoy at home. Tickets ($25 for adults and $15 for children under 12) may be purchased from any member of the WSPC Men’s Association or a call to the Witherspoon Church office (609‑924‑1666). Proceeds will benefit the WSPC Building Fund.


 

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Trudy Borenstein-Sugiura, Artist-in-Residence

2019-2020 Artist Residency

The Worship and Arts committee is pleased to announce our new Artist-in-Residence, Trudy Borenstein-Sugiura.  Trudy is local collage artist who has been commissioned for a Nassau community specific work created from the papers and materials important to (and provided by) our congregation.   All ages will have the opportunity to participate through contributing personal papers and attending workshops, starting with informational presentation on October 20, at 12:15 where you will be able to see a sketch of the final design and even begin to add to the work yourself!  We hope to display this newly-created artwork in worship in May of 2020.  This residency is supported by the Frances Clark Fund and the Ammons Music Fund.


I have been a working artist since attending Philadelphia College of Art and graduating with a BFA from Tyler School of Art. My focus is primarily on jewelry design and goldsmithing and I have sold and exhibited my work internationally.  All the while, I have had a lifelong love affair with paper and have saved, catalogued and hoarded report cards, postcards, travel brochures, invoices, documents, medical records and books of travels, important personal events and several generations of my family’s ephemera.  After the death of my mathematician father, my longstanding interest in paper collage was rekindled; I wanted to make use of and honor his personal papers and writings to make a collaged momento mori portrait of him.  This set me on a new path on which I have been traveling since. In the last 3 years, my work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in NYC, LA, Chicago, Denver, Cincinnati, Princeton, the Nassau County Museum of Art and the Hamptons, and many commissioned portraits are included in private collections.

View some of this work online: https://trudy-borenstein-sugiura.squarespace.com/

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Concerts & Recitals – September 2019


Westminster Conservatory at Nassau

Thursday, September 19

On Thursday, September 19 at 12:15 pm in Niles Chapel, Melissa Bohl and Phyllis Lehrer, members of the teaching faculty of Westminster Conservatory, will perform works for oboe and piano – the Sonate by Francis Poulenc and Solo pour hautbois by Émile Paladilhe – and additional works for solo piano. Open to the public and free of charge.

Westminster Conservatory of Music


New School for Music Study Recital

Sunday, September 22

On Sunday, September 22, at 2:30 pm in the Sanctuary, the 2019-2020 NSMS Faculty Recital Series will begin with an afternoon of music by Mozart.  This recital will feature, duets, sonatas, and chamber music.  Join us for an afternoon of beautiful music!

These recitals take place in the Sanctuary of Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street in Princeton. They are open to the public and free of charge.

New School for Music Study

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Youth Trips – Summer 2019 Recap


NorthBay Middle School Week [June 27 – July 1, 2019]

Seventeen of us spent an energetic and cross-centered week at NorthBay Camp on the Chesapeake Bay in MD, run by Young Life’s middle school ministry.  Returning for our fourth year, the group enjoyed the bubble soccer, theologically rich talks, swimming, and good cabin time discussions.

Led by Mark Edwards with Madeline Baas (PTS Field Ed 2019-20), Jordan Goodwin (PTS Grad ’19), and Scott Harmon.


Appalachia Service Project in Charmco, WV [July 7-13, 2019]

Fifty-six of us spent a hard working week in Greenbrier County working on homes in Rainelle, Charmco, and the neighboring towns.  We had seven teams, our largest number yet, chaperoned by Ron & Sally Zink; Rachel Gilmore & Kelsey Lambright; Julie Swanke & Scott Harmon; Katie Gallagher & Jonathan Milley; Claire Mulry & Doug Ladendorf; Alli Fay, Martin Tel & Noel Werner; Jacq Lapsley & John Parker; with Mark Edwards as trip leader and Nick Isder (PTS Grad ’19) as additional support.

The trip continues to grow in a way that fosters pure hearts, neighborly love, and appropriately sore backs.

 


France: Taizé + Paris  [July 17-29, 2019]

Seventeen youth and adults from Nassau Presbyterian were joined by three from Pennington Presbyterian for a week of spiritual pilgrimage to the ecumenical and international Taizé Community.  While we spent time enjoying the theological and cultural riches of Paris, the highlight of the trip was a full seven days camping in the French countryside and enjoying the artistic worship and prayerful community of the Taizé brothers and their approximately three thousand guests.

The trip was led by Mark Edwards and chaperoned by Richard Davis (PTS), Kate Harmon, BJ Katen-Narvell, Ingrid Ladendorf, Kelsey Lambright, and Ted Borer of Pennington.  Frances and Nicos Scordis and Bill Narvell joined us in Paris.


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