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Adult Education – March 2017

Download a copy of the print brochure here: Lent-2017 (pdf)

Reflecting on Lent in Art and History

Sundays, 9:15 am, in the Assembly Room, unless otherwise noted

See Lent through the eyes of diverse approaches — interpretative dance, art, historical reflection, and theological pondering.

March 5

“I Am the Lord of the Dance, Said He”

Meagan Woods

Come and explore, through demonstration and discussion, dance’s ability to capture themes, characters, and storylines of lent.  Examine how particular movements can evoke emotive or narrative elements of scripture, and how the silent act of dance can expand our interpretations of text and song. Participants will be invited, but not required, to participate in gentle movements during the class.

Meagan Woods graduated with a BFA in dance from Rutgers University. Her company has presented original, high-caliber dance  pieces in venues across the Northeast and twice for TEDtalks. From 2011– 2012, Meagan Woods & Company served as artist-in-residence at Nassau Church.

March 12

Caravaggio’s Passion of Christ

Jason Oosting

Visualize Christ’s Passion through the eyes of a profane genius, Caravaggio. Examine several of his works of art, discussing both the  events of his turbulent life and his revolutionary painting style, focusing primarily on how it was intended to elicit powerful, emotional responses in viewers from the 17th century to the present.

Jason Oosting teaches Advanced Placement Art History at Montgomery High School. He lives in Hopewell with his wife Shari, two  sons Asher and Ezra, and two daughters Elia and Ada.

March 19

Fed at the Table

Eric Barreto

When we talk about “salvation,” what do we mean? For the Gospel of Luke, salvation is not a future reality for which we wait but a lived reality we can experience in the present day. Salvation is something we can taste, like a delicious meal. Salvation is something we  share with others like a marvelous meal. Salvation is here and now. In the Gospel of Luke, such salvation is tangible, real, and  life-altering. For Jesus in Luke then, the table is not just a place to eat but a symbolic center of belonging. The table in Luke is a  welcoming space where sinner and righteous alike are looking for sustenance from God.

Eric Barreto is Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, an ordained Baptist minister,  and a Nassau parent.

March 26

Cultural Trauma and Conflict in England’s Reformations: Two Tudor Stories

Alastair Bellany

Explore two short documents that reveal radically different experiences of England’s sixteenth-century religious struggles: a  gentleman’s lament for the lost religious world of his Catholic youth and a sympathetic account of a poor Protestant woman’s  willingness to sacrifice her own life in the struggle against “Antichrist and the devil.”

Alastair Bellany is Professor of History at Rutgers University, and works on the political and cultural history of sixteenth- and  seventeenth-century Britain. He is the author most recently of The Murder of King James I, co-written with Thomas Cogswell, and  published by Yale University Press.

This series continues April 2 and 9 with Dale Allison, A Historian Looks at the Crucifixion, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus.

In-Depth Bible Study

Ongoing through May 21

1st Corinthians

George Hunsinger

9:15 am

Maclean House

George Hunsinger returns for the 20th year to lead this verse-by-verse examination of the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians. Bibles are available for use during the class. Find them on the Deacon Desk by the church kitchen. Class meets next door in Maclean House (Garden Entrance).

Lament: Voicing Our Cries

Sundays, 9:15 a.m., in Music Room unless otherwise noted

Explore the Christian practice of lament through the biblical text and other artistic resources. Each class will stand on its own,  addressing one of the five facets of lament. Taken as a whole, this series will allow you to construct your own psalm of lament, writing  proficiency not required.

Melissa Martin is a third-year student at Princeton Theological Seminary.

March 5

Lament: What Is It?

In a world filled with evil, we sometimes find ourselves overwhelmed and frustrated. Families deteriorate, relationships are broken,  and power is abused. As people who believe in the goodness of God, come and look at lament as a response to the problem of evil.

March 12

Lament: Addressing God

Following a pattern in the psalms, analyze how the psalmist addresses God. What gives the psalmist the right to talk to God in this  way? To answer this question, we will seek to define the different roles that both we and God inhabit. Once we define these roles and  how they relate to one another, we will work together to write an address to God.

March 19

Lament: Filing a Complaint

The psalmist is not bashful. The practice of lament not only includes acknowledging God’s authority; it also includes filing a complaint  to that authority. Looking to biblical sources like Job and Habakkuk, learn more about what it means to file a complaint to God, even daring to do so ourselves.

March 26

Lament: Declaring Trust

Walking through a history of God’s providence in the lives of God’s people, the psalmist declares trust in a living and loving God.  Before we turn to our own lives, we will recount God’s care as recorded in the Bible. Come and share stories, and construct personal statements of trust in God.

This series continues April 2 and 9 with “Demanding Action,” and “Offering Thanksgiving.

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Letter: “A prayer for acceptance, respect, and love”

We are writing as multi-faith community leaders who are concerned about the growing number of hate crimes that we are seeing in our country. We want to speak up and speak out against any acts of hate directed at a particular group and we hope that parents, teachers and other community leaders will add their voice to ours so that everyone will learn why these actions must not be tolerated in any community and those who commit these crimes should be found and help responsible.

We know from studying history and from each of our own traditions why it is so critical to love your neighbor as yourself, to accept the orphan, widow, and stranger and to demonstrate respect for people of different faiths and backgrounds. We hear the hate speech coming from too many places in our country and we want to counter that speech with language of love and trust and acceptance and honor.

We know of Muslims who feel threatened today by certain policies and statements being made in many public forums and then we witnessed acts of hatred directed at a Jewish cemeteries. This is not only disrespectful to the deceased and their families but it also violates so many of our religious traditions of demonstrating honor to people after they pass away and honoring religious institutions. These actions must stop.

In Princeton, we are proud of the multi-faith voices that come together to celebrate certain national holidays and to unite in support of certain values that are key to our religious traditions and to our country. When the times call for us to speak out against religious discrimination and anti-Semitic acts like we have witnessed this week – we do so as well.

When we gather in our own congregations for communal worship, or when we come together as families and individuals for private reflection and prayer, let’s add a prayer in our own religious tradition for not only peace but also for the end of violence and hatred, a prayer for acceptance and respect and love. Perhaps this prayer from the Jewish prayer book could inspire us all:

May we see the day when war and bloodshed cease, when a great peace will embrace the whole world. Then nation will not threaten nation and humanity will not again know war.

For all who live on earth shall realize we have not come into being to hate or to destroy. We have come into being to praise, to labor, and to love.
Compassionate God bless the leaders of all nations with the power of compassion. Fulfill the promise conveyed in Scripture: I will bring peace to the land and you shall lie down, and no one shall terrify you.

I will rid the land of vicious beasts and it shall not be ravaged by war. Let love and justice flow like a mighty stream. Let peace fill the earth as the waters fill the sea.

Rabbi Adam Feldman
The Jewish Center of Princeton

Rev. David A. Davis
Nassau Presbyterian Church

Rev. Jana Purkish-Brash
Princeton United Methodist Church

Rev. Bob Moore
Coalition for Peace Action

Leaders of the Princeton Clergy Association

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Mission Partners: February 2017

Mission Partnership Quarterly

As you read about Nassau’s three mayor partnerships in Trenton, Malawi, and Burma/Myanmar, you will see very different emphases in three very different contexts: In Trenton, a Unity Rally calling for a prophetic and compassionate response to Muslins, immigrants and refugees; at CETANA the preparations to open a new English language center in the village of Kanpetlet, and with Villages in Partnership a focus on digging wells for need irrigation for crop security.

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

Updates and events with a our local and global mission partners. Four issues annually. Sign up to receive these updates in your email.

Update from VIP (Villages in Partnership)

by Loretta Wells

Solar Irrigation

As the impacts of climate change become more pronounced, the weather conditions during the growing season in Malawi have become more unpredictable. Because of this, Villages in Partnership is investing in irrigation technology. This will allow the villagers we partner with to become less dependent on the weather for the success of their harvests. Thanks to the incredible generosity of our supporters, we were able to raise enough money to bring solar irrigation to two of our villages in 2017. Hundreds of villagers will now be on the path to food security!




Clean water is often the number one priority for villagers when VIP first approaches a village to explore a partnership. That is why Villages in Partnership has been focused on the construction of wells almost since our inception. While we have built and repaired countless shallow wells and water holes, we now focus more on the construction of the deeper borehole wells which are generally cleaner and reach deeper into the water table. To date, VIP has drilled 20 borehole wells, and we are drilling 7 more in 2017! These borehole wells will provide safe drinking water for thousands of villagers.



Read previous reports…ONLINE

We are looking forward to working 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 & Joyce MacKichan Walker

In January, Joyce MacKichan Walker and Sue Jennings, a member of the mission committee and board member of Cetana Educational Foundation, traveled to Myanmar to see our mission partner Cetana’s work firsthand. A day after arriving in Yangon they joined others from Cetana and a group from Metta Partners on a flight to Bagan and then a long, bumpy ride into the Chin hills to Kanpetlet, a gateway to the Natma Taung National Park, a wildlife conservation area noted for its diverse flora and fauna. In Kanpetlet Cetana and Metta Partners are working to improve the teaching of English in the government school. Joyce spent a morning observing classroom instruction while Sue joined a discussion with the school’s principal regarding long term needs. Janet Powers, a retired Gettysburg College professor and ESL expert who has volunteered her services to Cetana, spent her time in Kanpetlet doing a brief evaluation in preparation for a month-long stay in the spring, when she will conduct teacher training workshops. Nassau Church’s support will make this visit possible and will also fund a fledgling, independent English language learning center to be housed in a local church. Improving English instruction is crucial if the standard of living is to be raised in one of the poorest regions of Myanmar. Young people need English to find employment in the local tourism industry, which, since the opening of the country, is poised to take off. And English language skill will also enable some local children to advance beyond the primary level to secondary and post-secondary education, for which English proficiency is a requirement. The children in Myanmar, even in these remote areas, have the same dreams that our own children have, but they face formidable challenges. It was inspiring for Joyce and Sue to spend time with them.

Returning to civilization, Joyce and Sue visited the new quarters of Cetana’s learning center in Yangon. Joyce also had a chance to speak at a chapel gathering at the Myanmar Institute of Theology, the site of another Cetana-initiated English language program, where she brought greetings from Nassau Church and emphasized our fellowship with the people of Myanmar. Joyce and Sue then joined up with a Cetana-sponsored tour of Myanmar–from the archaeological sites in Bagan, to Mandalay, and to Kyaing Tong in remote Shan state, where Cetana has another regional learning center.

Cetana sponsors a yearly trip to Myanmar and encourages Nassau members to participate. Watch for details this summer about the 2018 tour.

Read previous reports…ONLINE

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 Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen

Westminster Presbyterian Church is being called to play a pivotal role during this challenging post-election season. For over 35 years, instead of fleeing the city and its many challenges as many mainline churches did starting in the 60’s, God chose to bless our congregation with the faith, courage, hope and 75-plus partners including Nassau needed to continue seeking shalom of the city through a ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18).  Until recently, most of our resources and programs have been focused on racial reconciliation, becoming a multiracial and multicultural worshiping congregation, improving the low quality of public schools in Trenton, working to dismantle mass incarceration, ministering to reentry / returning citizens and their families, reaching out to young adults who feel disenfranchised by the traditional church through Bethany House of Hospitality, yet still called to serve the city of Trenton, assisting immigrants to acquire English proficiency to support the education of their children and to secure gainful employment, and becoming a welcoming congregation for the LBGTQ-plus community. Now we are also responding to the call of keeping our own Democratic and Republican members united in the midst of our differences in order to talk and walk  the Gospel of Jesus Christ for such a time as this!

Most recently, as the Vice-Chair of United Mercer Interfaith Organization (UMIO) and a founding member of Trenton Mayor Eric E. Jackson’s Latino Advisory Council, I was asked to help organize a Trenton Unity Rally in response to all the recent executive orders that are negatively impacting Muslims, immigrants, refugees, and may eventually affect the LBGTQ-plus community. I was deeply encouraged when every colleague and musician that I invited didn’t hesitate to say “¡Si!” / “Yes!” to participating. Over 250 attended even though the Unity Rally was organized in less than a week! Together we represented Muslims, rabbis and grandsons of Holocaust survivors, Sikhs, the LGBTQ-plus community, and Christians of various denominations. I truly must confess that I was very prideful of all the Presbyterian members representing Nassau, Ewing, Lawrenceville, Flemington, Dutch Neck, Slackwood, and Westminster congregations. I believe that this Unity Rally is only the beginning of many ways that the PCUSA can respond to God’s call to a prophetic and compassionate. Ministry.

As a board member of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF), Nassau’s 10-year plus partner, I invited our new Executive Director Adriana Abizadeh to prepare a statement that included immigrants’ stories. Ruling Elder Bill Wakefield is a founding member of the board, and I have been serving on the board for over 3 years. LALDEF adopted its organizational mission to defend the rights of the Latin American community, facilitate its access to health care and education, and advance cross-cultural understanding within the Mercer County region. LALDEF provides legal services, youth mentoring, and adult education among other services to the immigrant community of Mercer County. Nassau provided LALDEF with office space until we moved our offices to the Chambersburg neighborhood of Trenton over two years ago. Please read below Adriana’s statement which she shared at the Trenton Unity Rally.

I want to talk to you for a minute about the national response to Executive Orders that have come from our current administration. Immediately following the issuance of the order creating the Muslim Ban, attorneys and other concerned individuals flocked to the airports to provide legal support to travelers affected by the ban. They advocated jointly and with concerted efforts were able to get a stay for this ban and ultimately they were able to suspend the travel ban. This overwhelming show of support was well covered by the media and it is a testament to our system of checks and balances.

United we must continue to fight battles at the national level, so that organizations like LALDEF can work with families at the local level. Families are coming into our office and calling in everyday with fears and in need of counsel. Many families are full of anxiety and have concerns that their families will be torn apart. We must show them that there are people who care and that are willing to fight their battles with them. At LALDEF we are assisting families in the creation of safety plans and temporary custody agreements. We are referring clients to counseling that have found the political climate of the last few months too much to bear. Children are coming home telling their parents about their encounters with bullying and we are here to advocate on their behalf. What this nation needs now is education about these issues. This nation needs education on the underlying societal framework to realize the effects that the removal of immigrants would have, not only emotionally and physically to these individuals, but to this nation’s economy.

Our media has played a large role in sharing stories of immigrants affected by raids and torn apart by archaic and inadequate immigration policies. The Super Bowl displayed the power of media and it showcased that this great nation will not allow for large-scale hatred and its associated rhetoric. There were at least 4 commercials that I know of that aired during the game that provided pro-immigrant content. This is a testament to the power of media in our country as the Super Bowl was watched by an average of 111 million viewers. With their advertisements, these companies took public stances on a controversial issue in our nation’s history. Immigrants are welcome here. Together we can spread a message of love and we can combat fear.

On February 21, at the Senator Cory Booker and Senator Bob Menendez Rally in Newark New Jersey, I also read and submitted Adriana’s statement for public record. Please visit these links to read articles and see photos of the Trenton Unity Rally on February 6, 2017:

Trenton rallies against Islamophobia, bigotry

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Interested in visiting Westminster’s 11AM worship and meeting our partners? Contact Patti Daley, pattidaley@aol.com.


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Mass Incarceration Task Force meets Sunday, March 5

Sunday, March 5, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Niles Chapel – All are welcome!

Come hear about our latest initiative: tutoring at Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (T.A.S.K.). Also, sign up to join our 15 Nassau church prison pen pal letter-writers. Time for sharing & brainstorming new initiatives. Light snack provided.

Mass Incarceration Task Force meets in Niles Chapel the first Sunday of each month Sept- May, 12:15-1:15PM. For more information contact one of our co-chairs: Mary Beth Charters (609-937-6318, Marybeth.charters@ptsem.edu) or Jonathan Shenk (609-314-6953, JShenk@greenleafpainters.com) OR visit our web page at Mass Incarceration Task Force

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March Concerts

Westminster Conservatory Recital
Kevin Willois, flute and Kyu-Jung Rhee, piano

Thursday, March 16
12:15 PM, Niles Chapel

The next recital in the noontime series Westminster Conservatory at Nassau will feature music for flute and piano written by women.  The recital will take place on Thursday, March 16 at 12:15 p.m.  The performers, Kevin Willois, flute and Kyu-Jung Rhee, piano are members of the Westminster Conservatory faculty.  The recital will take place in the Niles Chapel and is open to the public free of charge.

The program on March 16 includes the Nocturne of Lili Boulanger, Cecile Chaminade’s Concertino, two works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Allegro Rustico and Sounds of the Forest, and Rhonda Larsen’s Lugnasa for flute alone.

The next Westminster Conservatory at Nassau recital will take place on April 20, and will feature John Paul Velez, jazz piano and Paul Hofreiter, upright bass.

Organ Recital: Catherine Rodland

Friday, March 31
8:00 PM, Sanctuary


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Lent and Easter 2017

Artwork from the Lenten Craft Fair

The Lenten Craft Fair gives children a chance to understand what is happening in this important season.

We invite you to join us as we observe the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord.

Throughout Lent

Easter Memorials

We remember and honor our loved ones by giving for the Easter brass ensemble and Easter tulips, which decorate the church so beautifully on Easter Sunday.

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.

Small Groups

Offering fellowship and community, Small Groups are working through the six-session study Gospel Portraits of Jesus. Learn more and find a group.

Artist-in-Residence Armando Sosa’s Easter Weaving Project

Our artist-in-residence Armando Sosa, master weaver, is creating a set of three tapestries for use in worship during Easter, designed for the delight of our imaginations and the contemplation of the mystery of our salvation. Read about the project and follow his progress by visiting the loom in the church library and watching for photo updates on our Facebook page.

Wednesday, Mar. 1
Ash Wednesday Worship and Lunch
12:00pm, Niles Chapel
1:00pm, Assembly Room
Windrows/Stonebridge bus (note 1)

Lenten Craft Fair
4:00-6:00pm, Assembly Room

Ash Wednesday Potluck and Communion
6:00pm, Assembly Room
See note 2

Sunday, Mar. 5 Lent 1 Communion Worship
9:15 and 11:00am
“The Least of These”
Matthew 5:13-20

Sunday, Mar. 12
Lent 2 Worship
9:15 and 11:00am
“Perfect, Just Perfect”
Matthew 5:38-48

Sunday, Mar. 19 Lent 3 Worship – Youth Sunday
9:15 and 11:00am
“Consider the Lilies of the Field”
Matthew 6:25-34
See note 3

Sunday, Mar. 26 Lent 4 Worship
9:15 and 11:00am
“Following Your Heart”
Matthew 6:19-24

Sunday, Apr. 2 Lent 5 Worship
9:15 and 11:00am
Matthew 7:1-6

Tuesday, Apr. 4 Nassau at Stonebridge Lenten Worship
1:30pm, Stonebridge

Sunday, Apr. 9
Palm Sunday Worship
9:15 and 11:00am
Matthew 7:24-29
Special Offering: One Great Hour of Sharing

Tuesday, Apr. 11 Nassau at Windrows Holy Tuesday Worship
3:00pm, The Windrows

Thursday, Apr. 13 Maundy Thursday Noon Communion Worship and Lunch
12:00pm, Niles Chapel
1:00pm, Assembly Room
Windrows/Stonebridge bus (note 1)

Maundy Thursday Evening Communion Worship

Friday, Apr. 14
Good Friday – Noon Worship
See note 2

Sunday, Apr. 16 Easter Sunrise Worship
7:00am, Niles Chapel
Matthew 28:1-10

Easter Worship
9:00 and 11:00 am
Matthew 28:1-10
See note 4

Events are in the Sanctuary, unless otherwise noted.

(1) For Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday noon worship and lunch, senior bus service picks up from the Windrows (11:00am) and Stonebridge (11:20am) and returns after lunch.

(2) For Ash Wednesday potluck and Good Friday worship, childcare is available.

(3) On Youth Sunday, March 19:

  • No Church School
  • Nursery provided for children up to age two
  • Bible story and craft time for children age three to grade one in Room 07

(4) On Easter, April 16, 9:00 and 11:00am:

  • No Adult Education or Church School
  • Nursery provided for children up to age two
  • Bible story and craft time for children age three to grade one in Room 07
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Join the Princeton-Parramos Partnership Trip to Guatemala (Viaje a Guatemala)

This video slideshow gives an in-depth, day-by-day look at the 2014 Guatemala trip. The group visited and served the students and teachers of the learning center in Parramos and also enjoyed seeing breathtaking Lake Atitlán and Mayan sites.

You are invited to join the 2017 Princeton/Parramos Partnership trip to Guatemala from July 14 to 23. The trip offers educational opportunities including visits to beautiful Lake Atitlán with its surrounding Mayan villages and the colonial Spanish city of Antigua. The highlight is five-day stay in the highlands town of Parramos.

In the town of Parramos, the trip provides service opportunities including interaction with children and teachers at New Dawn Trilingual Educational Center as well as work on projects in the community. Participants will also benefit from presentations by local leaders on local history and public health.

The cost of participation will be approximately $2,250; this includes round-trip airfare between the US and Guatemala, travel within Guatemala, lodging, and most meals. This is an annual trip that began in 2002 as a way to learn about the country of our Guatemalan immigrant neighbors and has included participants of all ages and from many parts of the USA.

An initial 2017 trip information and planning meeting will be held in Room 202 at 12:15 pm on Sunday, March 12.

For more information please contact Jonathan Holmquist (jonathan.holmquist@temple.edu, 609-771-3744) or Fredy Estrada, (fredystrada@aol.com, 609-466-7458).

Viaje a Guatemala 2017 de la “Colaboración Princeton/Parramos”

El viaje a Guatemala 2017 de la Colaboración Princeton/Parramos está programado para el 14 hasta el 23 de julio.  Este es un viaje anual que empezó en 2002 como una manera de aprender sobre el país de nuestros vecinos inmigrantes, guatemaltecos.  El viaje ofrece experiencias educativas que incluyen visitas al bello Lago Atitlán con las aldeas mayas que lo rodean y a la ciudad colonial española, Antigua, y una estancia de cinco días en el pueblo Parramos situado en el altiplano.  En el pueblo, el viaje provee oportunidades de servicio que incluyen interacción con niños y maestros en el Centro Educativo Trilingüe Nuevo Amanecer y trabajo en proyectos en la comunidad.  En Parramos también, participantes beneficiarán de presentaciones por líderes locales sobre historia local y salud pública.  El costo de participación es aproximadamente $2,250; esto incluye el precio del viaje ida-y-vuelta entre USA y Guatemala, viajes dentro de Guatemala, alojamiento, y muchas de las comidas.  Para más información, por favor, comuníquese con Jonathan Holmquist (jonathan.holmquist@temple.edu, 609-771-3744) o Fredy Estrada (fredystrada@aol.com, 609-466-7458).  Una reunión inicial de información y planificación para el viaje 2017 tendrá lugar en Room 202 en Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ a las 12:15 el 12 de marzo.

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Artist-in-Residence Armanda Sosa Weaving for Easter Worship

Master weaver Armando Sosa is our artist-in-residence this year. (Literally in residence – his loom is in the library.)…

Posted by Nassau Presbyterian Church on Friday, February 10, 2017

Weaving an Ancient Story

A weaver/historian writes that about 20,000 or 30,000 years ago, early humans twisted some plant fibers together and created… string! Eventually, over many more thousands of years, evolving humans developed more sophisticated methods of spinning yarns and weaving them into cloth on various sorts of looms, all over the world. And in due time, beyond clothing and shelter, these looms became a medium for telling the stories of the weavers’ cultures, their daily lives, and their faith.

One such hand-built loom, created from memory by our artist in residence to replicate those of his Guatemalan childhood, stands in our own library. Here, master weaver Armando Sosa — New Jersey’s 2015 Folk Artist of the Year — has labored in love, sharing his stories and teaching his craft to many of our youth and others.

Learn more about Armando on the Artist-in-Residence page.

Currently, Armando is weaving a set of three tapestries for use in worship during Easter week, designed for the delight of our imaginations and the contemplation of the mystery of our salvation .

Until then, as you pass through the library, take a look under the loom’s back beam for a glimpse of the woven story. (The tapestry is backside up…) And pause for a moment to talk with this kindly artist, who has been truly gifted and called by God to his craft.

Watch for updates on Armando’s progress in News from Nassau and on our Facebook page – and anticipate with us more weaving events with Armando in May.

A Program of the Worship and Arts Committee

Nassau Church’s Artist Residency is a program of the Worship and Arts Committee. The Worship and Arts Committee seeks to engage all members of the congregation in every aspect of worship, in order build connections to God and amongst people. The Committee’s work is an ongoing creation of vital links among the arts and places of worship. As the Committee works to serve the renewing work of the Holy Spirit amongst us, the question is asked, “Has everyone been fed?”

Posted in Events, Music & Arts

Job Opening: Associate Director of Choirs for Children and Youth

Nassau Presbyterian Church is seeking a part-time Associate Director for its children and youth choir program, to begin August 2017. For a detailed job description and required education and experience, see below or download this pdf document.


To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Noel Werner, Director of Music (nwerner@nassauchurch.org) by March 6, 2017.

Church members who wish to apply are asked to contact Noel directly to schedule a conversation prior to submitting a cover letter and resume.

Position Description

The children and youth choirs play a significant role in the worship experience of the church and the faith experience of the choristers. The Associate Director of Choirs for Children and Youth (ACD) will be expected to build relationships with the children, the youth, and the families of those in the choirs, and the ACD is encouraged to bring their faith and their passion for music and teaching to the role.

This is a 10-month (August-May), part-time position (approximately 19 hours per week, with variability depending on the liturgical season), reporting to the Director of Music.

Music Program Overview

Music is a high priority of Nassau Church and is supported programmatically and financially. A graded choral program for children pre-school through adult is supplemented with bell choirs, instrumental soloists and ensembles, concerts, collaborations outside of our walls, and an annual artist residency. The music program has a choral library with over 3000 titles, a substantial portion of which is devoted to children and youth. Organ, harpsichord, piano, synthesizer, handbells, choirchimes, and a wide variety of percussion instruments (including Orff) are all well-maintained and of high quality.


  • Prepare and direct weekly rehearsals for choirs in grades 1 through 12.
  • Direct children and youth ensembles in worship. Each ensemble participates and leads worship an average of 7 times each year.
  • Direct music for the following special services/events:
    • Christmas Pageant (3:00 PM service the Sunday before Christmas)
    • Christmas Eve (7:00 PM service)
    • Chancel Drama Week (August)
  • Be a committed part of the church’s worship tradition, being a regular part of the Sunday worship life in addition to the times children and youth are singing
  • Maintain regular contact with choristers, their families, and parent volunteers with the assistance of administrative support staff
  • Meet weekly with the Director of Music and administrative support staff to coordinate and support the entire music program
  • Perform related duties as may be required or asked as part of the music and arts focus in the church and in worship

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, Sacred Music, or Choral Conducting with an emphasis in children and youth
  • Master degree in music preferred
  • A minimum of three years choral teaching experience with children/youth within the 1st through 12th grade age range
  • Keyboard skills highly desired
  • Development of choral programming that engages children and youth, supports musical development, and embodies collaboration within the choir
  • Demonstrated use of pedagogical skills to enhance the development of children and youth, both musically and as a whole person

Desired Attributes

  • Collaborative working style
  • Energetic and engaged leadership
  • Commitment to choral excellence balanced with a commitment to the spiritual and musical development of each child
  • Ability to build positive connections with children, youth, and adults
  • Self-motivated and organized
  • Creative thinker
  • Comfortable expressing Christian faith
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