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Opportunities with Mission Partners – January 2020

Presbyterian Women Winter Gathering and Mission Fair

Join our Presbytery Mission Fair on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 10:30 am-1:30 pm at the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, Princeton for a light lunch followed by Epiphany Cake and projects including bedding for children in Puerto Rico who are suffering the effects from Hurricane Maria and sleeping mats for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Program, lunch, and registration: $5. RSVP by January 15.

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Mission Weekend 2020

January 19-20 is Mission Weekend, when we remind ourselves of our Christian commitment to human flourishing in all places. Join us for these opportunities to get involved.


Youth Mission

Lock-In, January 19-20, 8PM – 8AM

After a normal Fellowship night on Jan. 19th, Senior High Youth are invited to stick around and spend the night in the church. We’ll do some help-out projects for Arm-in-Arm, have some fun, take a midnight run to Hoagie Haven, and maybe even get some sleep. Our Sr. High Leadership Team (Kelsey, Jesse, Nathan, Lauren & Mark) will be here all night.

Contact Mark Edwards (mark@nassauchurch.org, 609-933-7599)

Signed Permission Form Required


Morning of Mission, Monday, January 20

Come and join an effort below as we equip and serve local organizations. All hands are needed and welcome.


Hands-on Projects

From 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at the church we will be making pet blankets for orphaned animals, putting together sack lunches for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, assembling Creativity Kits for HomeFront, collecting personal care products for Arm in Arm clients and making calendars for ABC Literacy.

Contact Corrie Berg (corrie@nassauchurch.org, 609-924-0103 x108)

Bring donations to the church on Sunday or Monday:

Donation Lists

Creativity Kits for HomeFront

  • pkgs. of crayons (24–48 ct.)
  • pkgs. of colored pencils (24–28 ct.)
  • pkgs. of markers (10–12 ct.)
  • coloring books
  • coloring pads/sketch pads
  • individual packages of stickers

Personal Care Products for Crisis Ministry

  • toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • razors and shaving cream
  • soaps and lotion
  • feminine products


Community Project

This year’s MLK Day of Service project will take place at the historic Hedgepeth/Williams Middle School of the Arts located in Trenton, New Jersey. The service activities will include school beautification projects such as painting several walls, decorating stairways, and organizing various spaces.

Meet at 8:00 AM at Nassau to carpool and return by 1:00 PM.
Contact Christ Werner Robinson (cwerner@trenton.k12.nj.us)

MLK Day 2020 Community Project Facebook Event


MLK Worship Service

Princeton Clergy Association invites everyone to gather for a service to celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 20, at 7PM in Nassau Presbyterians’ sanctuary. Those wishing to join the community choir should come to the music room at 6PM. Reception to follow.


 

Posted in Children & Family Ministry, Events, Mission, Music & Arts, Youth

January Conference Room Art Show

Flying Solo – 2018

Collage birds and portraits by NPC Artist-In-Residence, Trudy Borenstein-Sugiura, will be displayed in the Conference Room Gallery. Originals and giclees (fine art photographs) will be available for sale, and private commissions accepted.

Trudy’s artistic output was originally focused primarily on jewelry design and goldsmithing. All the while, she has had a lifelong devotion to paper and has saved, catalogued and hoarded report cards, postcards, travel brochures, invoices, documents, medical records and books of travels, important personal events and several generations of her family’s ephemera.

Hero – 2016

After the death of her mathematician father, her longstanding interest in paper collage was rekindled; she wanted to make use of and honor his personal papers and writings to make a collaged momento mori portrait of him. This set her on a new path on which she have been traveling since. She is continuing that path with us, creating a large collage from materials submitted by our congregation.

In the last 4 years, her 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 several private collections.

See more online: https://trudy-borenstein-sugiura.squarespace.com/

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Adult Education – January 2020

Trees of the Bible

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

The Bible is a forest, but we don’t need to feel lost. This January, our All Ages Class (middle school to adults) will return as we spend four weeks finding our way by looking at classic stories of “Trees of the Bible.” From Genesis to Revelation we will see how God’s redemptive plan for the world is rooted in these stories, one tree at a time.

Continental breakfast of bagels, cream cheese, peanut butter, Nutella, fruit, coffee & hot chocolate available at 9:15 a.m.

Download the January 2020 Brochure (pdf)
for more details and speaker bios


January 5 | Craig Barnes

Paradise Isn’t Perfect: The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in Genesis

Even in paradise there are some things you just can’t have. As we kick off our January series on Trees of the Bible, come see how the seeds of human longing and God’s good plan for creation grow up and get tangled in this first story about this first tree.


Weekly | In-Depth Bible Study with George Hunsinger

Colossians

Sundays, 9:15 a.m. (resumes January 5)
Maclean House (Garden Entrance)

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


January 12 | Lindsey Trozzo

The Burning Bush & the Name of God

Sometimes extraordinary things catch our attention and draw us in, especially when we find them in familiar places. This Sunday, join us as we revisit one such moment in the well-known story of Moses and the Burning Bush. Come explore some new (and very old!) ways of reading that will draw you into this familiar story in unexpected ways.


January 19 | Theresa Thames

The Oaks of Righteousness: Martin Luther King and Isaiah’s Vision of Justice

Looking to the Old Testament prophet Isaiah and his radical vision of liberating justice, Dr. Thames will guide us through the diverse imagery of Isaiah 61: 1-3. Come see how a passage that served as Jesus’s opening declaration of his mission (Luke 4) and as a rallying call for Civil Rights can take root in your own life.


January 26 | Eric Gregory

The Tree of Life & the American Utopia

America’s early religious communities often saw this land as offering a utopia of peace and freedom. Have we turned out this way? For our final session, Eric Gregory will walk us through Revelation’s Tree of Life, the art of Edward Hicks, and Augustine’s understanding of original sin as we inquire whether the leaves of America’s trees truly offer healing for the nations.

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Opportunities with Mission Partners – December 2019

Villages in Partnership Friendship Trip

Find out more about the 2020 VIP friendship trips here.


Christmas at Witherspoon Music Concert

Saturday, December 7, 2019
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
124 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ

Come enjoy the music of the season.  Reception to follow. Free Will offering.

 

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Adult Education – December 2019

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

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


December 1 | Shane Berg

The Politics of the Incarnation

Join us for an exploration of the political themes woven in Luke’s story of the birth of Jesus. We’ll discuss how the Gospel writer boldly asserts the relevance of Jesus’ birth within the Roman Empire, and what this narrative means for our own attempt to live faithfully in a complex world.


December 8 | Joyce Irwin

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

So many Advent themes, so few Sundays in Advent! This Sunday, join us as we discuss timeless Advent hymns. Come to learn not only about the variety of thematic material in the poetry but also the stylistic variety of music from different historical eras.


Weekly | In-Depth Bible Study with George Hunsinger

Colossians

Sundays, 9:15 a.m. (December 8 & 15 only)
Maclean House (Garden Entrance)

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


December 15 | Maria LoBiondo

The Story of the Other Wise Man

First read as a holiday sermon, Presbyterian minister Henry Van Dyke’s parable imagining a fourth Magi’s lifelong search for the King of Kings remains one of his most popular works. Storyteller Maria LoBiondo will share her version of “The Other Wise Man,” as well as a brief history of the author, who was educated at Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary and called Princeton home.


December 22 | Dale Allison

The Infancy Narratives of Matthew and Luke

The infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke are very, very different, and they have no parallels elsewhere in the New Testament. Why is this the case? What is distinctive of each narrative? How much history might lie behind them—behind the visit of the magi, the star of Bethlehem, the virgin birth, and so on? And how might we go about interpreting the infancy narratives for ourselves today?


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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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Sing We All Noël

December 1 | 12:15 PM, Assembly Room

Come to our All–Church Lunch and Christmas Carol Sing, 12:15–1:15 PM, in the Assembly Room. Suggested donation: $8/adult, $25 max/family (exact change is always appreciated). Good food, good company – a joyful start to the season.

Princeton offers free metered parking on the Sundays in December!

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Beyond Malibu 2020 – Required Forms

Beyond Malibu – Mountain Trips

Thursday, July 23 – Saturday, August 2, 2020

Due at registration:

  • 2020 Summer Trip deposit form (pdf)
  • Deposit: $375.00 mountain trips; $175.00 base camp trip
    • checks made out to Nassau Presbyterian Church
    • cash payments, please bring exact amount and contact Lauren Yeh to arrange a date & time

PLEASE READ – Full packet of information and forms from Beyond Malibu/Young Life: Beyond Malibu Hiking Participant’s Guide (pdf)

Due on or before Sunday, March 29, 2020:

Adults (19+ at time of travel):

Teens (18 and under at time of travel):

Participants who are 18 or over at the time of signing must be present, with photo i.d., to sign their own form. Please wait to sign any form that needs to be notarized until you are in the presence of a notary.

On March 29, between services (10:15-11:00 a.m.) and at 12:00 pm, we will hold a “Forms Fair” in Niles Chapel. We will have people available there to notarize documents as well as make copies of insurance cards, and collect final payments. If you cannot make this date, please contact Lauren Yeh to schedule another time to turn in your documents and payment.

Due on or before Friday, June 12, 2020:

  • Flight details, including flight confirmation code
  • Alternative drop-off/pick-up details if you/your child are not traveling with the group
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NorthBay 2020 – Required Forms

NorthBay Adventure Camp

Thursday, July 2 – Monday, July 6, 2020

Due at registration:

Due on or before Sunday, March 29, 2020:

OR

PLUS:

  • Camping_Health_Consent_and_Release_Form_NorthBay (pdf), requires multiple signatures from a parents and immunization information from your doctor. NorthBay does NOT require a doctor’s signature.
  • Final Payment $225.00
    • checks made out to Nassau Presbyterian Church
    • cash payments, please bring exact amount

Participants who are 18 or over at the time of signing must be present, with photo i.d., to sign their own form. Please wait to sign any form that needs to be notarized until you are in the presence of a notary.

On March 29, between services (10:15-11:00 a.m.) and at 12:00 pm, we will hold a “Forms Fair” in Niles Chapel. We will have people available there to notarize documents as well as make copies of insurance cards, and collect final payments. If you cannot make this date, please contact Lauren Yeh to schedule another time to turn in your documents and payment.

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