Youth Schedule March – May 2019

More information about Youth Activities at Nassau Church can be found on the Youth Ministry webpage.

Middle School and High School can be grand. But they are also rough. Each week we gather to blow off some steam, reconnect with God and each other, and recharge for the coming week. Some nights are serious, some nights aren’t. Either way, you’ll find just what you need most: fellowship with God and friends.

For regular schedules, click the links above  – exceptions listed here:

  • March 17 (Youth Sunday) – no Church School/no Choirs/no Fellowship
  • April 7 – Combined Choirs at 5:00PM, walk to dinner at 6:15PM
  • April 14 – Combined Choirs at 5:00PM, dinner 6:00PM, combined fellowship
  • April 21 – Easter Sunday – no Church School/no Choirs/no Fellowship
  • April 28 – Communiversity – one service at 9:15AM, Combined Choirs at 10:15AM, no Fellowship
    ASP Fundraising at Communiversity (details to come)
  • May 5 – no Choirs/no Dinner – Hike the Sourlands (details to come)
  • May 12 – Combined Choirs at 5:00PM, Senior Send off at 5:30PM


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One Great Hour of Sharing (2019)

On Palm Sunday, April 14, we will take up a special offering “One Great Hour of Sharing.”

Sharing God’s Love with Our Neighbors-In-Need

Open Doors, Open Hearts

All around the world we see people whose homes and even loved ones have been washed away by hurricanes and floods, people trapped in systems of injustice and oppression, and people who will go to bed tonight hungry or without a roof over their heads.

One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) lets us come together to open our doors — as well as our hearts — to share the love of Christ through our ministries of justice, compassion, and joy.

OGHS is the single, largest way that Presbyterians join together to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. Each gift helps to improve the lives of people in challenging situations through three impactful programs:

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance  
Restorers of Streets to Live In
Works alongside communities as they recover and find hope after the devastation of natural or human-caused disasters

Presbyterian Hunger Program  
Share your Bread with the Hungry
Takes action to alleviate hunger and the systemic causes of poverty so all may be fed

Self-Development of People 
Loose the Bonds of Injustice
Invests in communities responding to their experiences of racism, oppression, poverty and injustice and educates Presbyterians about the impact of these societal ills

One Great Hour of Sharing lets us come together to open our doors — as well as our hearts — to share the love of Christ through our ministries of justice, compassion, and joy.

Text SHARING to 56512 to receive a link to resources to learn more about how your gift to One Great Hour of Sharing makes a difference, or visit

Questions? Contact us at 502-569-5047 or email

PC(USA) Special Offerings
100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202

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Valentines for Food help support Arm in Arm

February 1 – February 14 we are participating in Arm In Arm’s annual Valentines for Food drive. With other congregations, McCaffrey’s Supermarkets, and area schools and community groups, we join with Arm In Arm to raise funds, food, and awareness to end hunger in our community. For the sixth year, several generous church members have pledged to honor the memory of Bill Sword, Jr., by collectively matching total Valentines for Food donations made by Nassau Church.

Your donation can be made at or in special pew envelopes on February 3 and 10. It will be greatly appreciated by everyone at Arm In Arm.

Valentines for Food is Arm In Arm’s biggest community drive of the year, and we can help support it as volunteers, donors, and advocates. To learn more, take a flier from the literature rack outside the office or download one here: 2019 VFF Flier (pdf), visit, or call 609-396-9355. Arm In Arm is grateful for your involvement — and hopes you will help this Valentines for Food will be the strongest yet.

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Adult Education – February 2019

A Month of Mission and Music

Come learn about Missional Living. What is it? How do you do it? During the first three weeks of the month we will hear how Nassau members respond to God’s call in their lives. For some, this call directly affects their career choice while others seek to give time and talents through avocational opportunities. As God’s people, we all strive for faithfulness in our respective lives. Come and hear as members of our community reflect on the meaning of this practice in their own lives.

The month wraps up with a special session from Ingrid Ladendorf, Associate Director of Choirs for Children and Youth, who will provide us a preview of John Rutter’s Mass of the Children which will be sung by members of Nassau’s choirs (Adult, Middle School, and Choir 3-4-5) on Saturday, March 2 at 5:00 pm. Mark your calendars.

February Classes
Missional Living
Music and Arts

Download the full brochure: February 2019 (pdf)

Missional Living

February 3

Living as God’s “Sent-Ones”

Darrell Guder, moderator
Polly Griffen, Shana Lindsey-Morgan, Ron Zink

9:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

God’s mission is the purpose and action that informs who we are as a Christian community and as individual followers of Jesus Christ. To use language that Pastor Dave has often used, we are “sent-ones,” and God is doing the sending. Come explore this understanding of our Christian vocation; how does our life as a gathered community support and inform our missional living seven days a week?

Darrell Guder, member of Nassau’s Mission and Outreach Committee and an ordained Presbyterian minister, is the Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary. Guder has a life-long commitment to forming faith in congregations, faith that reflects one’s understanding of being sent by Christ, as Christ was sent by God, to serve the world God loves. Guder continues to teach all over the world, including regularly at Vancouver Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books, most recently Called to Witness: Doing Missional Theology.


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February 10

Christianity and Taiwanese Religions

Jonathan & Emily Seitz

9:15 a.m.
Niles Chapel

Jonathan and Emily will share briefly about their work in Taiwan. Jonathan will also report on the recent 7th Parliament of the World’s Religions, which includes several missionary Buddhist groups from Taiwan. What does it mean to be Christian in a pluralistic world? How do Christians as minorities relate to the other religions?
Jonathan Seitz was a Nassau member during college and seminary and now lives and works in Taiwan with his family. He serves in Taiwan through PCUSA World Mission, teaching at Taiwan Theological Seminary.
Emily Seitz is a librarian by training and serves part-time at the Presbyterian college outside of Taipei. They have three children: Samuel (fifth grade) and Eva and Eli (second grade).

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February 17

Villages in Partnership: Journey to Malawi

Karen Brown and Kim Kleasen

9:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

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. Last year Kim and Karen joined VIP in Malawi on a friendship trip – today they will will share their experiences from Malawi and the impact VIP is having in this developing country. Those who are considering joining a trip this year from Nassau are encouraged to attend!

Karen Brown is a consulting clinical pharmacologist by day, and, after an amazing trip to Malawi this summer, a dedicated supporter of Villages in Partnership in her off time. Karen and her husband, James Takasugi, are long-time members of Nassau, and raised their two now-adult sons (Alan and Andrew Takasugi) in the church. She and James live in Lawrenceville.

Kim Kleasen is currently a ruling Elder, member of the Adult Choir and flautist with the Princeton Presbyterian Quintet. Kim made her first Friendship trip to Malawi in August 2018, filling a long-held desire to spend a week in village life in the developing world. During that trip, Kim was inspired by the partnership model of VIP and its powerful possibilities to continue to improve the lives of villagers in Malawi.

Karen will be returning to Malawi on a medical mission trip with VIP in March. Specific needs include batteries (AAA and D cell), tylenol (acetaminophen) and advil (ibuprofen) for adults and children, iron tablets, and disposable gloves (eg latex). If you would like to help support VIP, she will have a collection box at the class.

Download the presentation: VIP Adult Ed-1 (pdf)

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Music and Arts

February 24

It’s So Much More Than Just the Notes!

Ingrid Ladendorf

9:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

All children can improve their ability to sing and benefit from their participation in music, especially by leading worship in church. Come hear how Ingrid prepares the children’s choir for John Rutter’s Mass of the Children, to be presented in an evening choral service with our Adult Choir on March 2. We’ll consider what is actually learned in an ensemble, how singing serves all ages, and hear directly from Nassau’s own children and youth!

Ingrid Ladendorf thoroughly enjoys her work as Nassau’s Associate Director of Choirs for Children and Youth. She thrives off the endless energy, joy and perspective that is shared at each rehearsal. She also teaches music education students at The College of New Jersey, at The Diller-Quaile School of Music in NYC, and is often seen running around Pennington, literally. She is Mom to Nassau teenagers, Camille and Duncan.

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Concerts & Recitals – February 2019

Trenton Children’s Chorus & Westminster Jubilee Singers
Thursday, February 7

Total Praise

The Westminster Jubilee Singers and Trenton Children’s Chorus join voices to present an engaging concert featuring musical selections celebrating the heritage and contributions of African-Americans. Join us on Thursday, February 7 at 6:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary for this meaningful musical tribute. All are welcome to attend this free concert and reception immediately following the program.

Trenton Children’s Chorus

Westminster Jubilee Singers

New School for Music Study
Sunday, February 10

Sounds of Spain

Please join us Sunday, February 10 at 2:30 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church for a recital of piano music from Spain.

These recitals take place in the Sanctuary of Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street in Princeton. They are open to the public and free of charge.

New School for Music Study

Westminster Conservatory at Nassau
Thursday, February 21

On Thursday, February 21 at 12:15 p.m. Westminster Conservatory at Nassau will feature pianist Richard Woo in a solo recital.

These recitals take place in the Niles Chapel of Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street in Princeton. They are open to the public and free of charge.

Westminster Conservatory of Music

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Mission Weekend 2019

January 20-21 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 20-21, 8PM – 8AM

After a normal Fellowship night on Jan. 20th, Senior High 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 (, 609-933-7599)

Signed Permission Form Required

Morning of Mission, Monday, January 21

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 (, 609-924-0103 x108)

Bring donations to the church on Sunday or Monday:

Donation List

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 Clean-up

A group will again join our partners at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Trenton in cleaning up parks and removing sidewalk debris from the neighborhood surrounding the Bethany House of Hospitality (BHOH) at 426 Hamilton Ave, Trenton NJ (across the street from Columbus Park).

  • Bring your own tools (work gloves, rakes, shovels)
  • Dress for the weather

Meet at 8:30 AM at Nassau to carpool to Bethany House of Hospitality for a time of service and fellowship from 9 AM–Noon.
Contact Len Scales (, 609-924-0103 x103)

Refreshments and bathroom facilities at BHOH
MLK Day 2019 Clean Up Facebook Event: MLK Day of Service 2019


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Donations Needed – Morning of Mission, January 21

Donations requested for our Morning of Mission on Monday, January 21. Download the flyer here Morning of Mission Donations Flyer (pdf).

Please bring your donations to the church office by Sunday, January 20.


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Guatemala Bistro – January 13

Again this January, we will hold our “Guatemalan Bistro” featuring a lively Guatemalan marimba band, gourmet Latin pizzas, pastries, and coffee and a report on the Princeton/Parramos Partnership. Join us on Sunday, January 13, at 12:15 in the Assembly Room. This is the last year of our support for the New Dawn Trilingual Education Center in Parramos, Guatemala.  The Bistro will support the breakfast program for the entire primary school. Tickets are $20/person and $50/family and will be sold at the Assembly Room door.

For information contact Mea Kaemmerlen ( or Jonathan Holmquist (

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Adult Education – January 2019

Back to the Beginning: Genesis in January

You think you’ve got a complex family? Take a fresh look at these first families of faith. Amidst betrayal, competition, and jealousy, there is also love, loyalty, and redemption. Each week will focus on a different family and God’s work in their lives. Let’s explore family dynamics in Genesis in an inter-generational, interactive class of middle school, high school, and adults of all ages. Grab this opportunity to have more than “Hi, how are you?” conversations between Nassau youth and adults while you enjoy a continental breakfast.

All classes 9:15 a.m. in the Assembly Room

Download the January brochure: Adult Ed January 2019 (pdf)

January 6

Beyond the Garden

Anne Whitaker Stewart

In the beginning was…intrigue, turmoil, and sibling rivalry. Between forbidden fruit and murder, life is off to a rocky start in the early chapters of Genesis. The first family grapples with desire, jealousy, knowledge, and the mysterious nature of God’s favor. Join Adam, Eve, their children, and a slithering serpent to explore life in the garden and beyond.

Anne Stewart moonlights as an Old Testament scholar. By day she works at Princeton Theological Seminary as Associate Vice President for Communication and Deputy to the President.

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January 13

It’s Complicated: At Home with Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar

Jacq Lapsley

We all know families are complicated, our own included. But fraught family dynamics are not a modern invention. Within their blended family, Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael, and Isaac are all enmeshed in a web of anxiety, love, jealousy, longing, rage, violence, and more. Plus, God is a major player in their story, in both inspiring and disturbing ways. Come explore this fascinating, difficult story, and reflect on how the messiness of this biblical family can help us think about our own families.

Jacq Lapsley wears many hats, including being mom to Emma and Sam Bezilla. She has loved traveling with the church youth on their adventures. By day, she serves as Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Old Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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January 23

Are All Happy Families Alike?

Matthew Larsen

What does a happy, loving family look like? Is there really any such thing as a normal family? The story of Jacob, Esau, Rachel and Leah invites us to consider what kind of stories the scriptures tell about how families love each other, how they deal with conflict, and—most importantly—how God never leaves or forsakes his people in the midst of it all.

Matthew Larsen is a cultural historian whose work focuses on the lived experiences of Jewish and Christian communities in classical and late antiquity. Matthew came to Princeton University from a teaching position at Yale, where he also received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies. He is the author of the book, Gospels before the Book (Oxford University Press, 2018). He is currently writing a cultural history of early Christians and incarceration. Matthew is also a priest in the Episcopal church with several years of parish experience.

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January 30

Joseph and all those Brothers (or) Where is God in all this mess?

Joel Estes

Looking for a story about family intrigue? This story has it all! Jealousy, deception, betrayal, dungeons, starving cows, silver cups, and sudden reversals. It shows God at work in all sorts of strange, hidden, topsy-turvy, unexpected ways. Come and explore how God moves in the midst of our mess to produce something good.

Joel D. Estes is a New Testament PhD candidate at Princeton Seminary, where he also serves as Associate Director of Web Communication. A former high school teacher and worship pastor, he is the father of four kids—two boys and twin girls—all under the age of seven. He used to enjoy reading, traveling, playing guitar, and getting enough sleep, but has recently developed interests in cleaning crayon off the walls and building pillow forts.

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Food Drive – Sunday, December 16

Arm in Arm Food Drive

Nassau Presbyterian and Trinity Episcopal Church are partnering to collect 10,000 pounds of much needed supplies for Arm in Arm’s three food pantries!

Arm in Arm’s inventory is running low due to reduced government allocations and decreased produce donations after a difficult harvest season. Carolyn Biondi, Arm in Arm’s Executive Director, says “Our shelves still have food on them, but our selection is not robust, and the situation could deteriorate further as we run down our inventory. It would be incredibly helpful to have a community effort between our founding and strongest supporting congregations to fill our shelves and store rooms.”

A list of needed items is below. Please bring your donations to the Conference Room on Sunday, December 9 and Sunday, December 16. There is also always a bin inside the ramp door for Arm in Arm food pantry donations. Thank you for the continued support of Arm in Arm, especially as we work to make sure families have food for the holidays!

Download a printable copy of the food list Shopping List (pdf) or pick one up at the church.

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