The Session is hosting two listening events on the question of providing sanctuary for undocumented persons in our building, should that need arise. The events are on Sunday, April 15, at 12:10 p.m. in the Assembly Room and on Sunday, April 22, at 10:20 a.m. in Niles Chapel. Each one is scheduled for one hour.
These are part of the continuing process of discernment regarding this topic. Each event will begin with the presentation of guidelines for how we will listen, speak, and engage with one another and the topic. Everyone is welcome to attend.
— Carol Wehrheim, Clerk of Session
At the request of Session, the Immigration Task Force has prepared documents that will be available in print at the listening events. They are available for preview below in PDF format.
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.
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 18th at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Saturday, August 18
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!
Time to double-check those packing lists and download all the forms!
NorthBay, Thursday, June 28, to Monday, July 2
ASP, Sunday, July 15, to Saturday, July 21
Beyond Malibu – Mountain, Friday, July 27, to Saturday, August 4
Beyond Malibu – Sea Kayak, Wednesday, August 8, to Friday, August 17
Join the Full Faculty of The New School for Music Study in their final recital of the 2017-2018 season. The recital will take place on Sunday, April 15 at 2:30 in the Sanctuary of Nassau Presbyterian Church. The recital, “Music Is Emotion” will celebrate the transformative power of music. The performances will journey through a range of emotions and moods, featuring solo and chamber works by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Debussy, Glass, and many more!
The recitals are free and open to the public. Donations accepted.
Westminster Conservatory at Nassau
Thursday, April 19
On Thursday, April 19 at 12:15 p.m. the series Westminster Conservatory at Nassau will present Larissa Korkina and Esma Pasic-Filipovic, duo pianists. The recital will take place in the Niles Chapel and is open to the public without charge. The performers are members of the Westminster Conservatory faculty.
The program on April 19 includes Franz Schubert’s Fantasy in F Minor, D. 940, and two works by Felix Mendelssohn: Fantasy in D Minor and Allegro brillante, op. 92.
The final Westminster Conservatory at Nassau recital of the academic year will take place on May 17 and will feature Trio Brillante – Katherine McClure, flute; Melissa Bohl, oboe; and Phyllis Lehrer, piano.
Please note: there will be no Adult Education Classes on April 1 (Easter) or April 29 (Communiversity).
Nassau Making a Difference
Nassau’s engagement in and commitment to local mission runs deep and wide. This year’s mission series focuses on three long-standing relationships in Princeton and Trenton. Come both to be inspired by the work in progress and drawn into the stories of the need for justice, advocacy and helping hands.
Against All Odds
Princeton native, Paul Robeson, was the epitome of the 20th-century Renaissance man. He was an exceptional athlete, actor, singer, cultural scholar, author, and political activist. Several NPC members are working with our Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church friends to restore and renovate Paul’s birthplace at 110 Witherspoon Street. The Paul Robeson House is established as a memorial to Paul’s life and his unwavering commitment to equality on behalf of the poor and underserved.
Denyse Leslie, Clerk of Session at the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church and Vice President of the Robeson House Board; Ben Colbert, President of the Board; and Board members from both churches will help us know more about this remarkable man and the exciting plans for his birthplace.
Trenton – A Tale of Two Cities
Come for an insider understanding of the city of Trenton and many of the challenges and opportunities Trenton currently faces, including the changing demographics and medical state of affairs, among others.
Jane Rohlf Boyer, MD, an internal medicine specialist in Trenton, is also a long-time community activist, enthusiast and supporter. She and her husband Ted know and care deeply about Trenton and about those who live there.
Adriana Abizadeh is the Executive Director of The Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund (LALDEF) in Trenton. She is committed to programs and services focused on the well-being of Latin Americans, their civil rights, and access to health care and education.
Free at Last
Come hear Jim McCloskey tell the story of his latest, and one of his “most rewarding” cases. On December 20, 2017, Centurion freed and returned to their eagerly awaiting families three ex-soldiers who had spent 26 years falsely imprisoned for a 1992 Savannah, Georgia murder. From start to finish Jim will walk us through this nonsensical tale of justice going awry and how truth can indeed be stranger than fiction.
Jim McCloskey is a current member of Nassau’s session, and the founder of Centurion Ministries, the Princeton based non-profit that works to free persons who have been wrongly convicted.
Retirement on Your Terms
Retirement isn’t a rocking chair and a gold watch anymore. There are nearly as many ways to retire as there are retirees, and what works for one may not be the best solution for another. Join us for a series on successful retirement that addresses questions like when to retire, and the impact of work, familial and community engagement, lifestyle, and faith on quality of life in retirement. (Please note: Financial planning will not be discussed in this series.)
Factors associated with health and successful aging
People in the U.S. are living longer than ever before and many seniors live active and healthy lives. But there’s no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change. There are things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age. Come and discuss some of the most important factors associated with healthy aging. Review the health “secrets” of the people leaving in the Blue Zones; areas where people live long and wholesome lives. Participants will have the chance to ask questions on specific “issues” and “difficulties” that they may have faced in their quest to change unhealthy behaviors and attain a healthy lifestyle.
Labros Sidossis is currently Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Kinesiology and Health, at Rutgers University, USA and Professor of Nutrition at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Harokopio University, Athens, Greece. Dr Sidossis’ teaching and research has focused on the mechanisms regulating human health and diseases (e.g obesity, insulin resistance, dyslipidemias, severe burn injury). He has also studied the factors determining successful aging in populations in the Mediterranean region and the USA.
Meaning and Purpose As We Age
As we age our roles and responsibilities change, but every stage of life presents opportunities for purpose and meaning. Learn strategies for engaging with others, serving, and deepening our faith that can make our retirement spiritually rich, satisfying and happy.
The Rev. Robin Bacon Hoffman serves as chaplain to the diverse community at Meadow Lakes, a Springpoint Senior Living retirement community in East Windsor. She earned her M.Div. and Th. M. degrees at Princeton Theological Seminary, after careers in chemical engineering and IT consulting. Ms. Hoffman leads a variety of continuing education workshops for Rutgers University School of Social Work, including Positive Aging, Promoting Wellness in Older Adults and Ethics Essentials. She lives in Princeton Jct. with her husband Jeff, not far from her daughters and grandchildren.
1 Corinthians In Depth
Sundays, 9:15 a.m.
Maclean House (Garden Entrance)
George Hunsinger leads a verse-by-verse examination of the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians. In this epistle the Corinthian congregation wrestles with doctrinal and ethical issues in conversation with their “founding pastor,” Paul, and Paul offers compelling good news in his understanding of the cross, the resurrection, worship, and life together in Christian community.
George Hunsinger is Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the founder of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.
The voices of incarcerated men of color speak out in writings by current and former inmates. Tackling the prison-industrial complex, assumptions about prison life, and the challenges faced after release, Caged lays bare the human costs of a for-profit justice system.
Caged follows a Black family’s struggle to survive the generational cycle of mass incarceration. Combining stories, interviews, and writing by current and former inmates, this poignant community-devised play uses gripping truths and soulful dialogue to reveal the human cost of America’s for-profit justice system.
Nassau & Westminster Presbyterian Churches are going as a group on Opening Night, Saturday, May 5 AND the following week, Saturday, May 12. You are invited to participate at the special group rate.
Group rate tickets for these performances are very limited. Please make your reservations as soon as possible.
Please note our schedule for Palm Sunday through Good Friday:
Sunday, March 25 we will have a combined Cantorei and Middle School Choir rehearsal from 5 – 6:15 pm. Please meet in the choir room at 5 pm. We will end this rehearsal in the Sanctuary. (Fellowship will begin at 6:15 with dinner “on the town.”)
Good Friday, March 30, 12 Noon service, we will meet in the Sanctuary at 11:00 am. Both Cantorei and Middle School choirs will be singing at this reflective service. Joey Hsia will be playing violin with us. Thank you for your efforts to be there.
The rest of the program year:
April 1, Easter Sunday – NO choir rehearsals
April 8, normal rehearsal schedules resume
April 29, Communiversity – rehearsals at 10:15 am, immediately following the one service of worship that day
Sunday, May 6, Middle School Choir sings at 9:15 am (with Carol Choir and Choir 345 and bell ensemble)
Sunday, May 13, 6 pm Cantorei sings for Senior Send Off
Sunday, May 20, 10 am, Cantorei sings with Adult Choir for Confirmation
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 adults; $80 children 3-10). Includes all meals and access to activities.
Scholarships are available. Register below by May 1. Contact Corrie Berg or get more information (x108, firstname.lastname@example.org)