Adult Education – May 2019

Faith Journeys

We traveled the road to Jerusalem with Jesus, during Lent, and wrestled with the challenging questions put to Jesus by his own community. We are now an Easter people discerning how our Lenten journey directs (or re-directs) our days ahead.

Our two Adult Education sessions in May feature individuals from our community who came to faith in other cultures. They will share the stories of their own faith journey, their own questioning and where Jesus has led them.

Note: There is no Adult Education on Sunday, May 19, due to Confirmation, or Sunday, May 26, Memorial Day Weekend. Also, our summer worship schedule begins on Sunday, May 19, with one service only at 10 a.m.

Download the full brochure: May 2019 (pdf)

May 5

Bittersweet Christianity in Korea and Beyond: Wrestling with Economic, Religious, and Cultural Clashes

Sung Uk Lim and Seol Young Ryu, interviewed by Nate Stucky

9:30 a.m.
Assembly Room

In the last half of the 20th century, the rapid growth of the Korean economy accompanied by the rapid growth of Christianity in that country created an upheaval in their cultural landscape. Today we will explore the challenges of being Christian in Korea and in Korean-American churches. Come hear the stories of Sung Uk and Seol Young’s personal faith journeys as children in Korea. Then learn about their ministry to Korean immigrants wrestling with our white-dominated culture and their ethnic heritage.

Unfortunately, the recording for this class was not successful.

May 12

Bewildered Survival: Growing Up in Post-War Germany

Karlfried Froehlich

9:30 a.m.
Assembly Room

Growing up in Germany, Karlfried lived through the years of Hitler seizing power, experienced the pressure of the Nazi educational system, the initial war years with their German military triumphs but then, of course, the bitter years of retreat and defeat. As a teenager during the misery of the post-war years, he wrestled with the existential questions we all ask: What is the purpose of suffering? And how does a survivor find meaning in having survived? Come hear how his faith played a major role in his struggle to cope.


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Opportunities with Partner Congregations – April 2019

Palm Sunday Tea

The Presbyterian Women of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church cordially invite you to a Palm Sunday Tea

11:30 AM,  April 14, 2019 Following worship


Holy Week Bible Study

Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall

12:30-1:30 PM,  April 15-19, 2019


Seven Last Words of Christ

Bi-Lingual Service

Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church

Friday, April 19, 2019,  7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary


Easter Sunrise Worship Service

with Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church

6:00 AM, Sunday, April 21, 2019, Princeton Cemetery

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Summer at Nassau – 2019

What’s going on at Nassau this summer? Plenty!

Come join us! There’s something for everyone.

Summer Worship at 10:00 am begins with Confirmation on Sunday, May 19

  • Summer Choir rehearses at 9:00am in the Music Room (begins June 2)
  • Nursery Care for our youngest in Room 09
  • Preschool Class in Room 07
  • Activity & Bible Story for rising Kindergarten through rising Grade 2 in Room 04

Summer Church School
(May 19-Sept 1)
All-Church Retreat (May)
Summer Choir (June 2-Sept 1)
Youth Trips (July/August)
Chancel Drama (August)
Loaves & Fishes (August)

Teach Summer Church School

Try on teaching for a week! We provide curriculum, morning schedule and lots of encouragement. You provide a willingness to try something new and love for the children of our church.

  • Sundays, May 19 – September 1
  • Assist head teachers in either the Preschool or K-2 room
  • Sign Up online: Summer Sunday Mornings (click here)
  • For more information, contact Corrie Berg (, 609-924-0103, x108)

All-Church Retreat

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.

Summer Choir

Join the Summer Choir as your schedule allows on Sundays through September 2. We rehearse at 9:00 AM in the Music Room for the morning service, learning music that is easily prepared in one rehearsal. Supported by our section leaders, singers of all abilities, middle school and older, are welcome for this “come as you are” choir. Join us and make a joyful noise unto God.

Contact Noel Werner (, 609-924-0103, x104)

Vacation Bible School & PresbyCamp


A despised man does a good deed. A jealous older brother. A judge gives in. A feast for the poorest people in town. Jesus’ stories are truly extraordinary and extra ordinary. Come to VBS and learn through them about living as God’s people.

  • Monday-Thursday, June 24-27
  • VBS, 9am – 12pm – age 3 through rising grade 6 ($30)
  • PresbyCamp, 12-3:30pm – VBS’ers who are rising grades 4-6 (+$25)
  • Register online: VBS & PresbyCamp 2019
  • Volunteers Needed! Adults & Teens sign up online: Volunteer Sign Up
  • For more information, contact Corrie Berg (, 609-924-0103, x108)

Chancel Drama

“It’s Cool in the Furnace”

A Musical about Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Some things never grow old and never go out of fashion — some things remain “cool” forever. Bible stories are timeless, and the tale of a Godly guy named Daniel, his three side-kicks and a fiery furnace is about as cool as it gets. So too is the classic children’s musical that recounts this captivating tale with humor, action, and spiritual heart.

  • August 4-9 & 11
  • Rising grade 3 through 12
  • $50 per participant (includes souvenir t-shirt)
  • Register online (including auditions for solo singing/speaking roles): Chancel Drama 2019
  • Audition Dates: Sunday, May 5; Wednesday, May 15; or Wednesday, May 22
  • For more information, contact Ingrid Ladendorf (, 609-924-0103, x108)

Loaves & Fishes

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 17th at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

  • Saturday, August 17
  • All ages
  • 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!

Youth Trips

Time to double-check those packing lists!

Links to forms and due dates and required meetings, etc. 2019 Summer Youth Trips


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VBS & PresbyCamp 2019

Registration is now open!

Lauren Yeh, 609-924-0103 x106,

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Chancel Drama 2019 Registration


  • Kick-Off on Sunday, August 4, 7-8:30pm (participants & families)
  • Monday – Thursday, August 5-8, 12:30-4:30pm (rehearsals, bible study, crafts)
  • Friday, August 9, 12:30-8:00pm (including potluck dinner & the dress rehearsal)
  • Sunday, August 11, 10am Worship (call time 9am)

Ages: rising 3rd through 12th grades

Fee: $50 per person

Registration is open…payment is due on or before Sunday, June 16

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Concerts & Recitals – April 2019

New School for Music Study
Sunday, April 7

 Music That Tells a Story

Please join us Sunday, April 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church Church for the final concert of our 2019-2020 series.  Music That Tells a Story will feature faculty of The New School for Music Study, performing solo and collaborative music with a literary component.  The recital will feature student narration as we tell the stories of famous pieces by Ravel, Prokofiev, Schumann, and MORE!

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, April 25

On Thursday, April 25 at 12:15 p.m. Westminster Conservatory at Nassau will present pianist Mary Greenberg performing music of Claude Debussy.  Please note that this recital is on the fourth Thursday of the month, as the third Thursday falls within Holy Week.  Ms. Greenberg, a member of the Westminster Conservatory faculty, will perform Debussy’s “Bells Across the Leaves” from Images, Book II and the Children’s Corner Suite.The program is intended to mark the centennial of Debussy’s death in 1918 and includes a reading of letters from the Debussy family and a monologue in the persona of Debussy’s second wife, Emma Bardac.

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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Opportunities with Partner Congregations – March 2019

Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church

Sanctuary, Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
Join with the members of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church each Wednesday During Lent from 12:00-12:30 PM for a service of prayer.

Fellowship Hall, Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
Join the Witherspoon Street Congregation as we read and discuss Young, Gifted and Black – Promoting High Achievement among African American Students. We anticipate a lively and thought-provoking discussion which we hope you can attend!
MARCH 24, 2019
Young, Gifted & Black part III – No Mystery: Closing the
Achievement Gap between Africans and Excellence. This
series wrap-up will focus on models of success by
highlighting actual schools and teachers that allow African-
American students to achieve at high levels.

McCarter Theater
In honor of Women’s History Month and the phenomenal women who contribute to the vibrancy of Nassau Presbyterian Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, women of the church are invited to an evening of inspiring conversation and a night at the McCarter Theatre, Thursday, March 28. Reception at 6:00 PM followed by Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy at 7:30 PM. Please RSVP to Len Scales ( by March 18.

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Lent and Easter 2019

The Lenten Craft Fair is one way we mark Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.

In Lent and Easter we observe the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We examine our discipleship, scrutinize our Christian journeys, and acknowledge our need for repentance, mercy, and forgiveness.

Join us in worship and community this season.

Throughout Lent

Small Groups
Offering fellowship and community, Small Groups are working through the book Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith. Learn more and find a group.

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.

Easter Memorials
We remember and honor our loved ones by giving towards the Easter Sunday tulip display and brass ensemble.  You can pick up an Easter Donation Card from the church office or email Taylor Austin by April 14, 2019.

Saturday, Mar. 2  Choral Evening Worship
Rutter’s Mass of the Children
5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 6 Ash Wednesday Noon Communion Worship
12:00 p.m., Niles Chapel

Lenten Craft Fair
4:00–6:00 p.m., Assembly Room

Ash Wednesday Ecumenical Evening Communion Worship
Co-Hosted by Princeton Presbyterians
7:30 p.m., Princeton United Methodist Church

Sunday, Mar. 10 Lent I Communion Worship
Luke 9:51–56

Sunday, Mar. 17 Lent II Worship Youth Sunday
Luke 10:25–37

Sunday, Mar. 24 Lent III Worship
Luke 10:38–42

Sunday, Mar. 31 Lent IV Worship
Luke 13:22–30

Sunday, Apr. 7 Lent V Worship
Luke 17:20–37

Thursday, Apr. 11 Nassau at Windrows Communion Worship
3:00 p.m., Windrows Wilson Gallery

Sunday, Apr. 14 Palm Sunday Worship
One Great Hour of Sharing
Luke 18:18–30

Tuesday, Apr. 16 Nassau at Stonebridge Communion Worship
3:00 p.m., Stonebridge Auditorium

Thursday, Apr. 18 Maundy Thursday Noon Communion Worship
12:00 p.m., Niles Chapel

Maundy Thursday Evening Communion Worship
7:30 p.m.

Friday, Apr. 19 Good Friday Noon Worship
12:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 21 Easter Sunrise Worship
6:00 a.m., Princeton Cemetery

Easter Worship
9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
John 20:1–18

Breaking Bread Easter Worship and Feast
6:30 p.m., Niles Chapel
7:30 p.m., Assembly Room

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Celebrate Women of the Church & Community

pictures from the March 2018 event

Celebrating the Gifts of Women Serving their Church and Community

In honor of Women’s History Month and the phenomenal women who contribute to the vibrancy of Nassau Presbyterian Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, women of the church are invited to an evening of inspiring conversation and a night at the McCarter Theater on Thursday, March 28. Nassau and Westminster Presbyterian Churches are hosting a private reception for 100 women who have been faithfully serving the church and the Trenton/Princeton community. These amazing women put their love into action by serving in every area of our society: education, government, healthcare, and religion.



You are one of these amazing women! We want to celebrate you!

Please accept our hospitality by joining at Nassau Presbyterian Church for a reception from 6:00PM-7:00PM. At that time we will also give you a free ticket to see Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy at McCarter Theater at 7:30PM.

RSVP to Len Scales (, x103) by Thursday, March 14.

More information about the play may be found here.

With Joy,

Pastor Karen Hernández-Granzen
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Rev. Len Turner Scales
Nassau Presbyterian Church

Reception co-hosts: Nassau & Westminster

Thursday, March 28, 2019 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Nassau Presbyterian Church, Assembly Room
61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542

The Gods of Comedy free tickets provided by McCarter Theater

Thursday, March 28, 2019 – 7:30-9:30 p.m.
McCarter Theater Center: Matthews Theater
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540

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Adult Education – Lent 2019

During Lent our Small Groups, Adult Education, and Sermons will all be focused on the same passages from Luke’s “travel narrative” (9:51-19:28). Come, be linked in for Lent.

All classes 9:30 a.m. in the Assembly Room unless otherwise noted

Download the Lent brochure: AE Lent 2019

Read more about: Small Groups

Listen/Read: Sermon Journal

March 3

Lenten Practices in the Early Church

Mary Farag

9:15 a.m., Assembly Room

Today churches follow different Lenten practices, but in antiquity historians find even more diversity. How did the Christian liturgical cycles come to include a forty-day period of Lent? What was the purpose of Lent? What does Lent have to do with Holy Week and Pascha?

Mary K. Farag earned her Ph.D. in Ancient Christianity at Yale University and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Early Christian Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. She has published articles on late antique liturgical and monastic practices of Egypt.


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March 10 – April 17

Questioning Jesus

Shane Berg

9:30 a.m., Assembly Room

Join us for study and discussion of texts from the Gospel of Luke in which Jesus responds to questions from his followers and those he meets as he makes his way to Jerusalem. We’ll explore how Jesus teaches, challenges, and comforts in his answers. While the small groups will be studying the same passages, the adult education class will allow for a deeper dive into the historical, social, and theological context of these passages in the Gospel of Luke.

Shane Berg, Executive Vice President of Communication and External Relations at Princeton Theological Seminary, earned his M.Div. degree from there and his PhD in New Testament and Ancient Christianity from Yale University. In his teaching and research, Dr. Berg strives to read the New Testament faithfully and well by paying special attention to its context in ancient Jewish thought and culture.

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Click the passage for the week to read it on BibleGateway.

March 10

Luke 9:51-56

“Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”

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March 17

Luke 10:25-37

“Who is my neighbor?”

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March 24

Luke 10:38-42

“Do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself?”

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March 31

Luke 13:22-30

“Lord, will only a few be saved?”

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April 7

Luke 17:20-37

“When is the kingdom of God coming?”

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April 14

Luke 18:18-30

“What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

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