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Next Week at Witherspoon (January 23-29)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact the WSPC Office for zoom links.


Saturdays: January 29, February 26, March 26, April 30

Christian Education Committee Criminal Justice Series

Mass Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System in New Jersey
Saturdays, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

This Week: The first speaker in the series is Antonne Henshaw, a student at the Rutgers Camden School of Criminal Justice Graduate School and Executive Director of C.A.N.D.O. (the Camden African Neighborhood Development Organization). As a Community Organizer, Mr. Henshaw has dedicated himself to eradicating mass incarceration and changing legislation to end the structural violence that threatens the public health of our communities.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here.

Courageous Conversations (Google Doc link)


The Bending the Moral Arc webinar recording and resource can now be found online:

Watch the Webinar (YouTube) | Download the Resource (pdf) | Read the news story (link)


Don’t miss the January 2022 update from the WSPC/NPC Joint Partnership.

Update (link)


Streaming Worship Service

Sunday, January 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Sermon Title: “Are the Possibilities Really Possible?”

Preacher: Elder Lissette Gonzalez Sosa

Scripture: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

This service can be viewed online.

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Morning Prayers

January 24-28  at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Adult Bible Study

Saturday, January 29, at 10:00 a.m.

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

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Next Week at Witherspoon (January 16-22)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact the WSPC Office for zoom links.


Annual Multi-faith Service to Honor the Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Monday, January 17, 7PM

Read More (link)



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here.

Courageous Conversations (Google Doc link)


The Bending the Moral Arc webinar recording and resource can now be found online:

Watch the Webinar (YouTube) | Download the Resource (pdf) | Read the news story (link)


Streaming Worship Service

Sunday, January 16 at 10:00 a.m.

Sermon Title: “Love Me, Before I’m Dead”

Poem: “A Dead Man’s Dream” Carl Wendell Hines Jr.

Scripture: Isaiah 29:13-15

This service can be viewed online.

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Morning Prayers

January 17-21  at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, January 19, at 12:30 p.m.

Book study of The Last Christmas

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Adult Bible Study

Saturday, January 22, at 10:00 a.m.

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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WSPC/NPC Joint Partnership Update

On Tuesday, January 11th at 5:30 pm, members of the Bending the Moral Arc Courageous Conversations groups met with the Princeton Civil Rights Commission at their invitation. At question is the Civil Rights Commission’s proposal to create a civilian review board to increase police accountability in the face of disparate Princeton Police excessive force. 

 At this link you will find data that the Civil Rights Commission believes  supports their proposal. 

BMA/Courageous Conversations members added their perspectives based on its Policing the Police Conversation, lived experience, and review of developing “reimagining” police news reports and research. Karen S. Brown, Tracy Eskridge, Denyse Leslie, Claire Mulry and Cameron Stout participated in the discussion with Commission members Caroline Clark, Lew Maltby, and Patricia Soll. 

Planned next steps include sharing the civilian review board proposal and other information with Witherspoon and Nassau congregations, our Sessions, relevant Committees such as the Mass Incarceration Task Force and the Campaign to End the New Jim Crow. BMA members were generally supportive of a Princeton Police Civilian Review Board, yet pressed for the Commission to embrace bigger and bolder reimagining Police solutions. A civilian review board with teeth should be the goal.

On Sunday, January 16th at 3:00 pm, Witherspoon and Nassau Churches will join 2 other “paired” Matthew 25 churches — Harlem Presbyterian Church (Harlem NY) and Northminster Presbyterian Church (Indianapolis, IN) to begin a 4-church conversation on race and social justice through the vehicle of discussing Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. If you’ve started Caste or read it many times, this is a great opportunity for Witherspoon members to join in what should prove to be a lively monthly discussion and a rich collaboration with 2 Matthew 25 Presbyterian congregations that have been paired for several years under the umbrella of Undoing Racism.The Synod of the Northeast has invited this collaboration to write an Innovation Grant to fund Next Steps / Mission(s) the 4-church effort proposes. We have 5 volunteers from the BMA/Courageous Conversations small groups — Ben Colbert, Denyse Leslie, Jane Holmquist, Claire Mulry, Holly Hardaway. We would like to have a total of 10 — 5 Witherspoon; 5 Nassau. If you are interested in joining this collaboration contact Denyse Leslie (email).

All those interested in learning more about the Bending the Moral Arc Courageous Conversations initiative, please review the November 30th webinar, and other materials at the Presbyterian Mission Agency Scattered Church website. Audi Peal, Ben Colbert, Barbara Flythe, Grace Kimbrough, Elsie McKee, Denyse Leslie, Michelle Peal, Tracy Eskridge, and Cameron Stout are Witherspoon members of the 2 small groups. 

The Bending the Moral Arc webinar recording and resource can now be found online:

Watch the Webinar (YouTube) | Download the Resource (pdf) | Read the news story (link)

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Annual Multifaith Service to Honor the Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. David Latimore, Director of the Betsey Stockton Center for Black Church Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary, to preach for annual Multifaith Service (this year again online) to Honor the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 7 PM on Monday, January 17

LINK:  https://peacecoalition.org/events/690-multifaith-service-to-commemorate-the-rev-dr-martin-luther-king-jr.html

The Rev. Dr. David Latimore, Director of the Betsey Stockton Center for Black Church Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary, will be the preacher for the annual Multifaith Service honoring the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. starting at 7:00 PM on Monday, January 17. The Rev. Dr. Latimore previously served four Baptist churches and taught at Belmont University.

Due to the upsurge in the pandemic, this years’ Service will again be online, and the information for attending can be found under Upcoming Events at peacecoalition.org. The Service will also include faith leaders and music from a wide range of faith traditions, in addition to Dr. Latimore, and is expected to end by 8:30.

The Service has been taking place annually for over three decades and is co-sponsored by the Princeton Clergy Association and the Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action. It has been hosted live at various Houses of Worship in Princeton prior to the 2021 Service.

Among the faith traditions represented by the faith leaders co-leading the Service are AME, Baha’i, Baptist, Christian Science, Jewish, Muslim, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ.

“We are thrilled to have such a prominent faith leader as our preacher this year, as well a diverse group of faiths represented in the leadership of the Service ever for this years’ Service on the official Holiday for Dr. King’s birthday. We will also have powerful and spiritually uplifting music. We strongly encourage interested people from all backgrounds to visit peacecoalition.org to find the information to participate in this major annual event,” said the Rev. Robert Moore.

Rev. Moore is Executive Director of the Coalition for Peace Action and Treasurer of the Princeton Clergy Association. He has been serving as Chair of the Planning Committee for the Annual MLK Service since late 2017.

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Next Week at Witherspoon (Jan 9-15)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact the WSPC Office for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here.

Courageous Conversations (Google Doc link)


The Bending the Moral Arc webinar recording and resource can now be found online:

Watch the Webinar (YouTube) | Download the Resource (pdf) | Read the news story (link)


Streaming Worship Service

Sunday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m.

This service can be viewed online.

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Morning Prayers

January 10-14  at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, January 12, at 12:30 p.m.

Book study of The Last Christmas

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Adult Bible Study

Saturday, January 15, at 10:00 a.m.

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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Refugee Resettlement Update

In the words of Howard Thurman:

 When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the people,
to make music in the heart.


More than fifty years ago, members of Nassau Church led a grassroots movement of our congregation to welcome our first refugee family. Since then, countless Nassau members – recently including Tom Charles, Sue Jennings and Ann Youmans – have worked together to welcome twelve refugee families from eleven different countries into our midst. This opportunity to witness to our faith and act on our convictions has been a deeply meaningful experience.

Today, Nassau members are continuing this important ministry by preparing to welcome a family from Afghanistan. The New York Times recently reported that 11,000 people who fled from Afghanistan as it fell to the Taliban are being temporarily housed in tents at Fort Dix. All of them are awaiting resettlement to towns across our country as their health and security screenings are completed and they become fully vaccinated.

Church World Service is one of the organizations that is working to assist in this Afghan Placement and Assistance process, and we are once again partnering with them as a community resettlement sponsor. We have just been informed by them that they have identified a family that is a good match for us, and we have agreed to sponsor them. We expect to welcome them into our community on or about January 5th.  The family is larger than those we have hosted in the past, with six children — ages 11, 17, 19, 21, 22 and 23 — so our tasks in welcoming and supporting their resettlement will be somewhat different than before, including helping the older children to find appropriate educational and work opportunities. We are very excited to begin this work.

If you have been involved in one of Nassau’s previous resettlements, you know that it takes many, many volunteers and lots of generous support for the effort to be successful. A network of volunteers from across our congregation has begun making these preparations. This group has already found appropriate housing and furnished it with donated furniture. We are grateful to Princeton Theological Seminary for its support for this housing, and we thank everyone who has already volunteered in this effort and to hose of you who have already generously provided housewares, furniture, and other items.

The Nassau Generations newsletter on Friday, December 31, contained a link (also found below) to a “SignUp Genius” list for additional donations to meet the needs of this large family. As we find out more about their specific needs, we will continue to add items to that list. We thank everyone who has already responded to help us welcome this family. Monetary donations can be made using the “Give Online” link below by choosing the “Refugee resettlement” fund.



One important note about this resettlement – it is vital that we respect the privacy of the family and the confidentiality of their arrangements, given the circumstances of the Afghan resettlement. Unfortunately, there is a very real risk that politics and fear could threaten the security of the family as they seek to begin a new life in our community. We all need to commit to do everything we can to keep them safe by protecting their privacy. This includes information about their individual names, as well as their address and living arrangements.

We are very likely to need your help and support over the coming weeks and months in several areas, such as clothing, transportation and food. These needs will be communicated through Nassau Generations and listed on the SignUp Genius.

Please join us in prayerfully considering how you can join in this important resettlement ministry.

Thank you.

The Refugee Resettlement Team

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Next Week at Witherspoon (January 2-8)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact the WSPC Office for zoom links.


On Sunday, December 19, “Here and Now,” a news program from ABC 7 (New York), aired a follow up story on the Paul Robeson House of Princeton restoration including an interview with Pastor Lukata Mjumbe. We are sandwiched in between two really good segments on NYC Mayor Elect Eric Adams and Black ballet dancer Misty Copeland — watch them all!



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here.

Courageous Conversations (Google Doc link)


The Bending the Moral Arc webinar recording and resource can now be found online:

Watch the Webinar (YouTube) | Download the Resource (pdf) | Read the news story (link)


Streaming Worship Service

Sunday, January 2 at 10:00 a.m.

“Lost Wisdom”

Daniel 2:17-28a | Matthew 2:1-2

This service can be viewed online.

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Morning Prayers

January 3-7  at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, January 5, at 12:30 p.m.

Book study of The Last Christmas

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Adult Bible Study

Saturday, January 8, at 10:00 a.m.

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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Learn More about Affordable Housing – January 9, 5:30pm

Affordable Housing in a Just World: Basics and Beyond

Sunday, January 9 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm on Zoom

Our speakers will include Diane Ciccone, attorney and former West Windsor councilperson, who had to deal with the challenge of complying with affordable housing requirements in a suburban town; Mitchell Newman, senior vice president at Lennar, a Fortune 500 national affordable housing builder;  and Alice Small, president, Princeton Community Housing Development Corp., which builds 100% affordable developments.

The social justice committees of Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction, Har Sinai in Pennington, and the Jewish Center in Princeton are offering the panel discussion in accordance with the value of welcoming the stranger, including people who are unable to afford market rate housing in our communities.

This free program is open to all. To register for the Zoom link or more information, email Linda Oppenheim. Hope you can make it and encourage others to attend.

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Next Week at Witherspoon (Dec 26-Jan 1)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact the WSPC Office for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here.

Courageous Conversations (Google Doc link)


The Bending the Moral Arc webinar recording and resource can now be found online:

Watch the Webinar (YouTube) | Download the Resource (pdf) | Read the news story (link)


Streaming Worship Service

Sunday, December 26 at 10:00 a.m.

This service will be virtual only.

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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Next Week at Witherspoon (Dec 19-25)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact the WSPC Office for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here.

Courageous Conversations (Google Doc link)


The Bending the Moral Arc webinar recording and resource can now be found online:

Watch the Webinar (YouTube) | Download the Resource (pdf) | Read the news story (link)


Streaming Worship Service

Sunday, December 19 at 10:00 a.m.

This service can be viewed online.

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Christmas Eve Service

Friday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m.

This service will be virtual only.

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Morning Prayers

December 20-24  at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

They are recorded and available for later viewing on YouTube and Facebook.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, December 22, at 12:30 p.m.

The Biblical Foundation of the Christmas Story: Matthew 2 and Luke 2

They are recorded and available for later viewing on YouTube and Facebook.

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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