Concerts & Recitals – September 2018

Westminster Conservatory at Nassau
Thursday, September 20

On Thursday, September 20 at 12:15 p.m. the seventeenth season of Westminster Conservatory at Nassau will open with a recital of music for piano, four hands.  The performers, Inessa Gleyzerova Shindel and Galina Prilutskaya, are members of the teaching faculty of Westminster Conservatory.

On September 20 the program will comprise two works of Moritz Moszkowski, Nouvelles Danses Espagnoles, op. 65, no. 1 and the “Polonaise” from Polish Folk Dances op. 55; Edward Elgar’s Salut d’amour; Sergei Bortkiewicz’s Russian Tunes and Dances, op. 31; and an arrangement of the traditional Russian melody, Dark Eyes.

On October 18 Westminster Conservatory at Nassau will present Timothy Urban, baritone and Kathy Shanklin, piano performing The House of Life by Ralph Vaughan-Williams, a song cycle on poetry of Dante Gabriel Rosetti.

The recital will take place in the Niles Chapel of Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street in Princeton.  It is open to the public free of charge.

Westminster Conservatory of Music

New School for Music Study
Sunday, September 30

Celebrating Schubert

Join the New School for Music Study as they open their 2018-19 season with an afternoon of celebrating the master of the lyrical line, Franz Schubert.  This recital features solo and chamber works, including the complete set of the famous Op. 90 Impromptus!

The recital will take place in the Sanctuary of Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street in Princeton.  It is open to the public free of charge.

New School for Music Study


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Adult Education – September 2018

September Classes
For a look at all the Adult Education offerings in September, download the brochure: Adult Education September 2018

Please note: there will be no Adult Education Classes on September 2

September 9

I’ll Say a Little Prayer for You…

Ann Schoonover

9:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

 What are our sensibilities when it comes to praying? Join me in an informal conversation, where there are no right or wrong answers, and questions are encouraged.  We will consider our denomination’s tradition of prayer during worship, and explore the role(s) prayer plays in our congregation’s life together. What about contemporary views, practices and expressions of prayer? If time permits, we will share stories about praying and its impact upon ourselves as well as the world around us.

Ann Schoonover, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, is ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PCUSA and currently serves Covenant and Hamilton Square Presbyterian churches. She is developing a regional older adult ministry (ROAM) program involving PCUSA churches in the greater Trenton area.  Formerly, Ann served in hospital, behavioral health, hospice and homecare settings as a chaplain. She has obtained certificates from Good Shepherd Mediation program and additional training in spiritual direction from Oasis Ministries. Keenly interested in people, Ann is fulfilled by guiding individuals, families and congregations through change and transition. Before attending seminary, Ann had a first career in labor relations, where she met her husband Tim Brown; they both now serve the PCUSA in various capacities.

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Ongoing: September 9 through December 16

In-Depth Bible Study: Colossians

George Hunsinger

9:15 AM
Maclean House

George Hunsinger returns for the 21st year to lead this verse-by-verse examination of Colossians. 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).

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September 16

Preaching the Gospel

Andrew Scales

9:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

How do we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ today? That question has shaped worship and preaching for Presbyterians since the Reformation. In a world filled with plenty of bad news, preachers are listening to the Scriptures to discern what the Spirit is saying to God’s people. Join Andrew Scales as we explore together how preachers craft sermons that speak truth amid our hopes, fears, and needs.

Andrew Scales is a PhD Candidate in Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. He also serves as a Chaplain and Executive Co-Director of the Princeton Presbyterians campus ministry with his wife, Len Turner Scales. He is currently finishing his dissertation, “’Every Last Christian Takes Part’: Oscar Romero and Remembrance of Disappeared Persons in El Salvador.”

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September 23

Confessions in Worship and Life?

Dirk Smit

9:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

The Presbyterian and Reformed practice of weekly corporate confession of sin in worship, and weekly unison reading of a selection from a confession or creed in the PC(USA) Book of Confessions, often garners questions and strong reactions from congregants. Do Reformed people really need creeds and confessional documents? What role could they play in worship and life, and what role do they play?

Dirk Smit is the Rimmer and Ruth De Vries Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life at Princeton Theological Seminary. He recently came to Princeton from South Africa, with years of experience in Reformed circles and the ecumenical church, including experience with confessional documents and their reception and use in church and public life.

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September 30

Surely the Presence of the Lord is in This Place

David A. Davis and Noel Werner

9:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

At each weekly gathering of the church staff, one of our major tasks is the preparation of Sunday worship. Within the four-fold movement of Reformed worship, all of our choices are governed by fidelity to scripture, the pastoral needs of the congregation, commitment to discipleship, and our calling in the world. Come hear Dave Davis and Noel Werner as they describe the creative and prayerful process of shaping the worship life of our church.

Dave Davis has been pastor and head-of-staff at Nassau since the fall of 2000. His PhD in Homiletics from Princeton Theological Seminary focused on preaching as a corporate act and the active role of the listener in the preaching event. He has published two sermon collections, A Kingdom You Can Taste and Lord, Teach Us to Pray.

Noel Werner has been the Director of Music at Nassau Presbyterian Church since 2006. He lectures on occasion at Westminster Choir College and Princeton Theological Seminary, and spearheads many cooperative music endeavors in the community, in addition to directing Nassau’s adult choir, coordinating Nassau’s extensive music program, and staffing the Worship and Arts Committee.

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Registration for Children & Youth


Dear Families,

Warm greetings to you.  Planning is in full swing for the coming programming year at Nassau Presbyterian Church.  We are very much looking forward to welcoming you and your children, and our year together!

To register your child for all church school, fellowship, and music opportunities – download the form here: 2018 Registration Form! Note that page one is Family/Parent information, page two has space to register 2 children. You may make as many copies of page two as you require. Please be sure to submit at least one page one for your family.

Families with children who were registered last year should have received updated registration forms by mail and by email. Contact Lauren Yeh (LYeh@nassauchurch.org, x106) if you need an additional copy.

Please return registration forms to the church office as soon as possible. You may leave them in the “Forms Box” on the desk in the church office, or mail them: Nassau Presbyterian Church, Attention Lauren Yeh, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.

More details about each of the programs is available elsewhere on this website. Download a list of the program start dates here: NPC Start Up Dates 2018 (pdf)

With anticipation!

Corrie Berg (x108, corrie@nassauchurch.org)

Mark Edwards (x109, mark@nassauchurch.org)

Ingrid Ladendorf (x105, ingrid@nassauchurch.org)

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Childcare Opportunities

Childcare positions are available for the 2018-19 program year.

The positions are $12/hour, minimum of 2 hours per shift, 2 trained childcare workers are assigned to any one shift.

First Aid and Child/Infant Certification is preferred but not required. The Church occasionally offers this training to volunteers and childcare workers.

Before hire applicants must successfully complete our child protection policy training including a criminal background check and an interview with the Director of Children’s & Family Ministry.

Please contact Lauren Yeh (lauren.yeh@nassauchurch.org, x106) for more information or to schedule an interview.

Year-long (September to May)

Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 PM

  • September 26, 2018, to May 8, 2019 (except Nov 21, Dec 19 & 26, Jan 2, April 17)

Sunday Mornings On-call Substitute, 8:45 AM-12:30 PM

  • September 9, 2018, to May 12, 2019


Mondays, 11:45 AM-1:15 PM, during short-term small groups in the fall and spring.

  • October 2 to November 13, 2018
  • March 11 to April 15, 2019


Weekdays On-call for Special Sessions


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Adult Education – August 2018

August Classes
For a look at Adult Education offerings (June-August), download the brochure: Summer2018

Please note: there will be no Adult Education Classes on September 2

August 5

Peter Paul Rubens: His Life and Work

Karlfried Froehlich

11:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was one of the great, if not the greatest artist of Dutch Baroque painting in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries whose famous monumental works of religious as well as secular art are found in numerous churches and museums all over the world. While born into a strictly Reformed family who fled persecution in the Spanish Netherlands, he was raised as a Catholic after his father’s death and became the most influential representative of the Catholic Counter-Reformation. Living in the harbor city of Antwerp, he was extremely successful and widely in demand for altar pieces and portraits by wealthy patrons including the French, English, and Spanish royal courts, Italian princes and the Vatican. Come and learn all about him!

Karlfried Froehlich, a native of Saxony, Germany, studied theology, history, and classical languages in Germany, Paris, and Basel. Moving to the United States in 1964, he taught at Drew University and from 1968 to 1992 at Princeton Theological Seminary where he held the Benjamin B. Warfield chair in church history. An active member of the Lutheran Church in America (today the ELCA), he was a member of the Lutheran – Roman Catholic National Dialogue in the 1970s and 80s and of the Reformed – Lutheran Conversations in the 1990s which led to the 1997 declaration of full communion between the churches involved.  His scholarly interests include the history of Christian art and the history of biblical interpretation, a field to which he has contributed significantly through his teaching and writing.

August 12

Peter Paul Rubens: The Constantine Tapestries at Philadelphia

Karlfried Froehlich

11:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

The Philadelphia Museum of Art houses a fabulous and quite unique treasure—thirteen large pieces of tapestry woven in Paris and Rome after sketches by Rubens and a friend which depict the story of Constantine the Great, the first Christian Emperor. While much of it is legend, the scenes constitute a fascinating account of one of the most important periods of Early Christian history. Focus on the story told in the tapestries as you hear highlighted its intended parallels to the religious history of France during those turbulent times of upheaval and religious wars.

Karlfried Froehlich, a native of Saxony, Germany, studied theology, history, and classical languages in Germany, Paris, and Basel. Moving to the United States in 1964, he taught at Drew University and from 1968 to 1992 at Princeton Theological Seminary where he held the Benjamin B. Warfield chair in church history. An active member of the Lutheran Church in America (today the ELCA), he was a member of the Lutheran – Roman Catholic National Dialogue in the 1970s and 80s and of the Reformed – Lutheran Conversations in the 1990s which led to the 1997 declaration of full communion between the churches involved.  His scholarly interests include the history of Christian art and the history of biblical interpretation, a field to which he has contributed significantly through his teaching and writing.

August 19

A Year as a Young Adult Volunteer in Peru

Katie Hastings

11:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

Selected for a year of service from Nassau Presbyterian Church, Katie will tell us about her time in Peru working in the Casa Del Buen Trato Hovde shelter for women and girls. Come see and hear about her emotional journey, what she found to be most valuable about the YAV program, and what she has learned.

Katie Hastings was born and grew up in Tokyo as a missionary kid. She moved to Princeton at the age of fourteen and was very involved with the youth group and choir at Nassau Presbyterian Church which she attended with her parents, Tom and Carol Hastings. In May of 2017 she graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, studying psychology and economics. She has always been passionate about traveling and learning from different cultures.

August 26

Teaching with Nassau’s Mission Partner, Villages in Partnership, in Malawi

Carla Tuan

11:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

After completing a final senior year semester in Paris this spring, Carla flew to Malawi and was introduced to the work of Nassau’s mission partnership in Africa by Liz Heinsel-Nelson, VIP’s Executive Director. Carla divided her time between teaching mathematics at a local high school, teaching computer classes to hopeful college students, and going to the homes of twenty vulnerable families. “They are incredibly poor, with not enough to eat. I am hoping to be able to raise money for them when I get back. Malawi is engulfed in poverty, and yet sometimes not just money, but communicating with villages and letting them do the work is the best solution.” On her return, Carla raised over $1,600.00 for one goat per family and other life-giving supplies.

Carla and her family – sister Susanna and parents Wayne and Emily – have been at Nassau all of Carla’s life. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a major in Mathematics this spring. Beginning in July she started working in NYC doing trading with BMO Capital Markets. Carla loves traveling, running, and reading, and she can do a Rubik’s cube!


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School Supplies for Westminster Children


Like Christmas, a new school year brings excitement and lots of new goodies. The supplies add up. In 2017 the average family spent $179 per student, just too much for many families in our area. We are joining with Westminster Presbyterian Church, our partner church in Trenton, to provide 200 backpacks filled with essentials for local kids.

Help us fill backpacks by choosing an item or two to donate from our Back-to-School display on the Great Wall. Or contribute an amount to the Back-to-School Fund and we’ll do the shopping:

  • Writer’s Workshop, $15
    (provides a 3-ring binder, loose leaf paper, composition books)
  • Pencil Case, $15
    (pencil pouch, pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers, crayons, pencil sharpener)
  • Homework Pack, $45
    (academic year planner, 1-subject notebook, index cards, glue sticks, portfolios, ruler)
  • Fully-Loaded Backpack, $100
    (all above in a backpack)

Supply and monetary donations can be dropped off in the church office through Sunday, August 26. Make checks out to Nassau Presbyterian Church, noting “Back-to-School” in the memo line.

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Loaves & Fishes – Saturday, August 18

by Scott Harmon

Loaves and Fishes, not surprisingly, takes its name from the famous story known as ‘The Feeding of the 5,000.’ I would like to propose that it could have been named, ‘The Feeding of the Few Dozen.’ To be clear, I’m not suggesting that Jesus’ most famous miracle was somehow less miraculous than the account in Matthew. Rather, I’m questioning who was ‘fed.’

Sure, the multitudes were fed loaves and fishes. But based on my limited experience with Loaves and Fishes, there’s a lot more feeding going on than what is being served on plates. 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.

To Sign Up to donate food and/or volunteer on Saturday, August 18 – visit our SignUp Genius Page.

To find out more about leading a team, email Scott Harmon (scottaharmon@gmail.com).

Meatloaf Recipe

Download a printable recipe here: Meatloaf Recipe (pdf)

  • 1 envelope Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion-Mushroom Soup Mix
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup ketchup

Preheat oven to 350°.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Bake in a disposable loaf pan or form into a meatloaf and bake in any pan one hour or until done.  If you don’t use a disposable pan, please remove the meatloaf from the pan and wrap it in foil before you bring it to the church.

If possible, please drop off your meatloaves at the Nassau Presbyterian Church kitchen on Friday, August 18, by 12:00 p.m.   If that drop off time does not work for you, you can drop your meatloaves off anytime between now and August 18.  They can be placed in the freezer in the church kitchen – just look for the marked shelves.

Directions to St. Mary’s Cathedral

Download printable directions from Nassau Church here: Directions to St. Mary’s (pdf)

Or use the Google Map Location

151 North Warren Street, Trenton, NJ

  1. Take Route 1 South. (Where Route 1 and Business Route 1 divide, remain on Route 1 (that is, stay left).)
  2. Get off at the Perry Street exit. Make a left at the top of the exit ramp onto Perry Street.
  3. Proceed straight down Perry Street, through the intersections with North Stockton, North Montgomery and North Broad. You will soon see the Cathedral ahead of you, at the corner of Perry Street / Bank Street and North Warren Street.
  4. There is plenty of free secure parking behind the Cathedral.


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Mercer Street Food Bank seeks to fill summer hunger gap

Of the 21 counties in New Jersey, Mercer County ranks 7th highest in food insecurity. Summer is a particularly difficult time of the year for food banks. Donations always decline following the holiday season and reach their lowest point during the summer months. Food banks also face their greatest need in the summer. Families with children who have been receiving free or reduced-cost breakfast and/or lunch at school need to find a way to replace those meals during the summer break. Mercer Street Friends Food Bank has put out a call for donations to help Trenton’s children receive food for the summer.

We are asking for help in two ways:

1. Donations of money: The food bank buys large quantities of food at reduced cost. Donations can be sent directly to:

Denalerie Johnson-Faniel
Mercer Street Friends
824 Silvia Street
Ewing, NJ 08628

Phone: 609-278-5543
Cell: 917-334-3640

2. Donations of food:

Food Drives – Available all Seasons

Canned Proteins ~ Tuna, Sardines, Salmon or Chicken, Canned Vegetables
Canned Fruits in a Light Syrup or Juice, Rice, Pasta and Pasta Sauce
Shelf Stable Milks ~ Parmalat, Cereals & Oatmeal, Pancake Mix (Non~Sugar)
Peanut Butter & Jelly

Children’s Menu
Shelf Stable, 2% Reduced Fat Milk ~ 8oz Single Serving Size
Cereal ~ Individual Bowls or Boxes, Starkist Tuna to Go or equivalent,
Bumble Bee Tuna Salad with Crackers to Go or equivalent
Chef Boyardee Microwaveable Bowls or equivalent,
Campbell or Progresso Microwaveable Bowls or equivalent
Hormel Completes Entrees or equivalent
Peanut Butter 18oz, Jif to Go ~ little peanut butter cups
Grape Jelly in a Plastic Container*, 14 to 18oz, Granola Bars
Pudding Cups, shelf stable

Mercer Street Friends Food Bank will pick up the donated food at your location. Call the number above to schedule a pickup.

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Garden Tour of Trenton – Saturday, July 7, 2018

Only 4 seats left!

Saturday, July 7

Join David Byers, Landscape Architect, Master Gardener, Member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and Stephani Register, Senior Planner, City of Trenton, for a guided tour of community gardens and urban development.

Meet at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1140 Greenwood Ave, Trenton, NJ 08609, at 9:30 a.m., parking available behind the church. We’ll end with lunch at Trenton Social (449 S Broad Street Trenton NJ). Please bring $10.00 cash for transportation expenses.

Contact Linda Gilmore for reservations (linda@nassauchurch.org; 609-924-0103 x134). Questions? Joyce MacKichan Walker (joyce@nassauchurch.org, x103).

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Adult Education – July 2018

July Classes
For a look at Adult Education offerings (June-August), download the brochure: Summer2018

Please note: there will be no Adult Education Classes on July 1

July 8

“O Sacred Head Now Wounded,” A Hymn for the Ages

Paul Rorem

11:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

With loose attribution to Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), “O Sacred Head Now Wounded,” has become a hymn for the ages – through the Lutheran Reformation to J.S. Bach to James Alexander of Princeton.  Originally written in Latin, the text is comprised of seven parts that outline the body of Christ:  feet, knees, hands, sides, heart and head. This hymn was later translated into German and, during the Thirty-Years War, became a profound source of comfort for those affected. James Alexander of Princeton translated this hymn into English, and this piece has remained a prominent fixture in worship services ever since.

Paul E. Rorem is Princeton Theological Seminary’s Benjamin B. Warfield Professor of Medieval Church History. An ordained Lutheran minister, he is interested in medieval church history. His courses cover the confessions and influence of St. Augustine, the Christian mystical tradition, medieval Christianity, and the spiritual and theological legacy of the Pseudo-Dionysian writings.

July 15

Momentous Moment: Ethical Reflections on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2017-2018 Term

Larry Stratton

11:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told Georgetown University law students just before the Supreme Court’s 2017-2018 term began, “There is only one prediction that is entirely safe about the upcoming term, and that is: It will be momentous.” Come and focus on several of the U.S. Supreme Court’s “momentous” decisions involving bakers and wedding cakes at gay weddings, political gerrymandering of legislative districts, immigration travel bans, and the taking of private property for burial ground access. Assess the judicial opinions in a wide-ranging discussion which will raise issues of constitutional interpretation, Christian ethical engagement, and the Separation of Powers.

Lawrence M. Stratton, Director of Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, and Associate Professor of Ethics and Constitutional Law has both religion and law degrees. As a field education intern at Nassau during his Princeton seminary M.Div. studies, Larry began an ongoing exploration of American constitutional law in relation to insights from the Christian faith during many sessions at Nassau Presbyterian Church beginning in the fall of 2001.

July 22

Universities and Free Speech

Keith E. Whittington

11:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

Universities have a distinctive and important mission in American society. They assemble and nurture an open and diverse community of scholars, teachers and students dedicated to the production and dissemination of knowledge. The robust protection of free speech and civil discourse is essential to that mission.  Better understanding the relationship between the critical functions of the university and the principles of free speech can help guide us in resolving the difficult challenges that confront the members of modern universities.

Keith E. Whittington is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He writes about American constitutional law, politics and history and American political thought. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Law, is a member of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, and is currently a fellow with the National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement. His most recent books include Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech and Repugnant Laws: Judicial Review of Acts of Congress from the Founding to the Present.

July 29

Pay Up or Die!

Eric Barreto

11:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

It’s hard enough to imagine that we would, like the earliest believers in Acts, choose to sell our possessions and trust the church to take care of our every need. Harder still is making sense of the strange story of Ananias and Sapphira whose deceptions and deaths don’t exactly seem to function as a lesson for us today. Come and read these puzzling texts together.

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


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