Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church would like to invite members of Nassau to join us on a trip to the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC on Saturday, June 29. The cost per person to cover the trip (bus and museum tickets included) is $90 per person.
We will leave at 7:00 am from Princeton in the parking lot for the Billie Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve off of Mountain Avenue between Route 206 and Bayard Lane, returning to the same location at 9:00 pm.
The Museum includes artifacts, short films, panoramas, technology-enhanced exhibits, and a biblically themed restaurant (foodies should definitely check it out!). It tells the story of how the Bible came to us, illustrates the culture, and of special interest is a current exhibit called “The Slave Bible: Let the Story Be Told.”
Please make your reservation for this trip ASAP as seats are filling up. To reserve your spot, contact Audi Peal (908-938-9573, firstname.lastname@example.org). Checks should be made payable to “Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church” with “Museum of the Bible” on the memo line, and mailed on or before Wednesday, June 19, to:
Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
124 Witherspoon Street
Princeton NJ 08542
Bethany Community Garden Party – Saturday, June 29
You are invited to the 7th annual Bethany Community Garden Party, on Saturday, June 29, from 2:00 – 6:00 pm at 426 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton. The Garden Party celebration will include honoring Westminster partners an open mic, spoken word, drumming, and dancing from 4:00–5:00 PM. Light refreshments will be provided by ArmInArm and The Bonner Foundation.
Designed by David Byers, the Bethany Community Garden is a project of the Bethany House of Hospitality, and the produce goes to their residents and neighbors and also to clients of ArmInArm.
My YAV experience in Peru is and always will be an experience I will not know how to put into words. Even though it has been almost a year since my return from Peru, it still is something I am processing and probably will continue to process for many years.
I served as a YAV in Huanuco, Peru, a small city north east of Lima. I was working at Casa Del Buen Trato Hovde, a nonprofit center for women and girls who were victims of sexual abuse and/or domestic violence. It is actually the only shelter like this in all of Peru. Working alongside the psychologist, I organized and lead workshops on topics such as self-esteem, trauma, healing, etc., yoga and meditation classes, and was just a person that the girls could come and talk to. What I experienced there gave me so many new and different perspectives on life, privilege, and so much more. I am so grateful for all the amazing people I met throughout the year, including my host family, fellow YAVs, the girls at the shelter, the women I worked with, and so many more.
I first heard about the YAV program through Nassau church in high school. I remember hearing about it and thinking what an incredible opportunity it was. About six years later, I ended up applying. Nassau church helped me throughout my entire application and fundraising process. I could not have done it without their support. Returning to Nassau after my YAV year and being able to lead a talk and discussion about what my year was like was such a surreal experience. I am so grateful to have a place like Nassau church that continues to feel like home no matter where I am in the world and I look forward to returning in the future.
Read more about Nassau’s support for young adults in mission here.
Please note: there will be no Adult Education Class on June 2
Nassau Goes to Westminster
Join us at 11:00 a.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1140 Greenwood Ave, Trenton, to worship God and celebrate the Nassau-Westminster Mission partnership. This is an annual event, and we encourage participation by making this a emphasis of our educational ministries on this day. An opportunity for fellowship follows worship. If you need a ride, or can take someone in your car, sign-up HERE.
Joy to the World: A Reappraisal of Isaac Watts’ 1719 Psalter
Oscar Wilde once said “there seems to be some curious connection between piety and poor rhymes.” In fact, for many Presbyterians in the 18th century, beautiful lyrics were considered suspect. In such an environment, Watts’ Psalter set off alarm bells with lines such as Joy to the world the Lord is come and Jesus shall reign where’er the sun. Denominations split over the question of singing these paraphrases in church. In this 300th anniversary year of Watts’ revolutionary Psalter, we will consider some of these well-loved texts and the impact that they have had on Presbyterian worship through the centuries.
In 1615 Galileo Galilei’s Letter to the Grand Duchess Cristina argued for the compatibility of science and scripture, or at least for the relative autonomy of each body of knowledge. Come learn more about Galileo’s treatise and discuss the various ways in which the relationship of science and scripture is treated in the present day.
11:30am, Assembly Room (following the Congregational Meeting in the Sanctuary)
An Introduction to St. Augustine’s Confessions
The Confessions of St. Augustine, one of the most influential books of the Christian tradition, recalls important events of the author’s life, including: life with his devoutly Christian mother in rural 4th century Algeria; his struggles with human desires, his eventual renunciation of secular ambitions and marriage; and the recovery of his Christian faith.
Writing before the publication of the King James Version of the Bible, William Shakespeare relied for the most part on the Geneva Bible. Rather than turning to scripture as a source of truth or meaning as earlier dramatists did, we find him treating scripture like any other source. Come learn how Shakespeare explores the tensions about the authority of scripture that dominated so much of public life in the century after Martin Luther posted his 95 theses.
Storm Center Report:
Ethical Reflections on the US Supreme Court’s 2018-19 Term
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once observed that the U.S. Supreme Court is a “storm center” of political controversy. This session will focus on several of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions including: census questions about citizenship; the constitutional status of religious symbols on public memorials; gerrymandering of legislative districts; out-of-state wine purchases; double jeopardy in state and federal prosecutions; and other critical cases.
Political and Constitutional Crises in Historical Perspective
In the midst of a political crisis, people tend to think nothing could be worse. Join us for a look back at previous occasions in American history when democracy, or even national survival, was threatened, perhaps an even greater threat than today.
American political rhetoric is increasingly filled with cries of constitutional crisis. What does constitutional crisis even mean, and how would we know if we were in one? When does political dysfunction, disagreement and scandal signal more fundamental problems with the constitutional order, and what are the dangers of declaring a crisis prematurely?
Please note: there will be no Adult Education Class on August 11
Noel Werner & Friends
11:30 a.m., Assembly Room
Before Thy Throne of Grace: A Celebration of Spirituals and Poetry
Come enjoy the liberating power and uplift of African-American spirituals, interspersed with readings from a classic of American poetry, God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse, by James Weldon Johnson. Best known as the author of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” Johnson was also an author, educator, lawyer, poet, diplomat, newspaper columnist, songwriter and civil rights activist. In 1927, he wrote and published God’s Trombones as a tribute to the old-time preachers he had heard in his childhood. Noel has paired the poems with spirituals which we will sing together in response to hearing these engaging and inspiring verses.
Villages in Partnership (VIP), one of Nassau’s major mission partners, has created an enduring collaborative partnership with the people of Sakata, Malawi – one of the poorest regions in one of the poorest countries of the world. VIP focuses on six key development needs: water, food security, education, health care, infrastructure, and economic development. Come learn about this work from members of this summer’s VIP trips.
Hear from Azing Chin, a child of Nassau Church, about her year of service as a Young Adult Volunteer with the PC(USA). Len Scales will interview Azing about her experience, and we will consider together how Young Adults lead the Church in doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with our God.
Read reflections of former Nassau YAV’s on our website:
Bus Trip to the Cloisters Museum with Karlfried Froehlich
Saturday, June 15
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
On Saturday June 15, Karlfried Froehlich will lead a tour of highlights of The Cloisters Museum, located in Upper Manhattan. A chartered bus will leave from Princeton Shopping Center – where you may park and pick up something for breakfast on the bus.
After the tour, we will head to a restaurant for lunch. A prix fixe menu from which to choose will be available in early June. Limited spaces are available. To reserve yours contact Lauren Yeh (LYeh@nassauchurch.org, 609-924-0103 x106) in the church office by Wednesday, May 29. Payment will be due by Wednesday, June 5.
Fees, per person:
Chartered Bus: $45.00
Student (with ID) $14.00
Metropolitan Museum of Art Members – Free
(with your membership card)
It is with great pleasure that the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical Society, Witherspoon-Jackson Development Corporation, and the Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Association announce the First Annual Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Welcome weekend!! This will be a weekend to beautify, learn, and connect with our neighbors…and celebrate our neighborhood as being designated Princeton’s 20th Historic District. Following is the schedule of events. Join us…we look forward to seeing everyone and getting the entire neighborhood involved!
Schedule of Events
Saturday, May 18
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Pick-up free flowering plants at Mary Moss Playground for your home front lawn
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Unveiling of Heritage Tour Plaques at Studio Hillier. Light refreshments served
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Join in a neighborhood clean-up project at your home and street
10:00 AM – Noon Historic Tour of Neighborhood by Shirley Satterfield. Tours starts at Studio Hillier
Sunday, May 19
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM Yard sales and visiting throughout the neighborhood
9:00 AM – Noon Curbside pick-up following Saturday’s clean-up
Noon – 3:00 PM Free cookout with cultural neighborhood displays at Mary Moss Playground
2:00 PM Ceremonial planting of native tree at Mary Moss Playground
“Our history is our foundation…our strength is our diversity”
We traveled the road to Jerusalem with Jesus, during Lent, and wrestled with the challenging questions put to Jesus by his own community. We are now an Easter people discerning how our Lenten journey directs (or re-directs) our days ahead.
Our two Adult Education sessions in May feature individuals from our community who came to faith in other cultures. They will share the stories of their own faith journey, their own questioning and where Jesus has led them.
Note: There is no Adult Education on Sunday, May 19, due to Confirmation, or Sunday, May 26, Memorial Day Weekend. Also, our summer worship schedule begins on Sunday, May 19, with one service only at 10 a.m.
Bittersweet Christianity in Korea and Beyond: Wrestling with Economic, Religious, and Cultural Clashes
Sung Uk Lim and Seol Young Ryu, interviewed by Nate Stucky
In the last half of the 20th century, the rapid growth of the Korean economy accompanied by the rapid growth of Christianity in that country created an upheaval in their cultural landscape. Today we will explore the challenges of being Christian in Korea and in Korean-American churches. Come hear the stories of Sung Uk and Seol Young’s personal faith journeys as children in Korea. Then learn about their ministry to Korean immigrants wrestling with our white-dominated culture and their ethnic heritage.
Unfortunately, the recording for this class was not successful.
Bewildered Survival: Growing Up in Post-War Germany
Growing up in Germany, Karlfried lived through the years of Hitler seizing power, experienced the pressure of the Nazi educational system, the initial war years with their German military triumphs but then, of course, the bitter years of retreat and defeat. As a teenager during the misery of the post-war years, he wrestled with the existential questions we all ask: What is the purpose of suffering? And how does a survivor find meaning in having survived? Come hear how his faith played a major role in his struggle to cope.
The All-Church retreat is a great way (actually, the best way) to start your summer.
We are going to NorthBay, located two hours south on Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Our retreat begins with dinner on Friday and ends after lunch on Sunday. The cost is $130 for adults or $65 for children (3–10), and under-3s are free. Private rooms plus bath available at slightly higher cost ($160 adult; $80 children 3-10). Includes all meals and access to activities.
Join the Summer Choir as your schedule allows on Sundays through September 2. We rehearse at 9:00 AM in the Music Room for the morning service, learning music that is easily prepared in one rehearsal. Supported by our section leaders, singers of all abilities, middle school and older, are welcome for this “come as you are” choir. Join us and make a joyful noise unto God.
A despised man does a good deed. A jealous older brother. A judge gives in. A feast for the poorest people in town. Jesus’ stories are truly extraordinary and extra ordinary. Come to VBS and learn through them about living as God’s people.
Monday-Thursday, June 24-27
VBS, 9am – 12pm – age 3 through rising grade 6 ($30)
PresbyCamp, 12-3:30pm – VBS’ers who are rising grades 4-6 (+$25)
A Musical about Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Some things never grow old and never go out of fashion — some things remain “cool” forever. Bible stories are timeless, and the tale of a Godly guy named Daniel, his three side-kicks and a fiery furnace is about as cool as it gets. So too is the classic children’s musical that recounts this captivating tale with humor, action, and spiritual heart.
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 17th at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Saturday, August 17
St. Mary’s Cathedral, 151 North Warren Street, Trenton, NJ
Sign Ups for Meatloaf & Cookie Making, as well as jobs on Saturday in Trenton, to be announced soon – watch this space!