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Services for Holy Week & Easter 2021

Join us for worship services as we mark the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord.


Online Services

If you do not already receive our “Worship Links” emails on Sunday mornings, please sign up to receive them during Holy Week:

Holy Week & Easter (email list)

Holy Tuesday, March 30, 7:00 p.m., a Service of Wholeness & Healing for those in need of care and compassion, with prayer and music. (Zoom)


Maundy Thursday, April 1, 7:00 p.m., a service of Tenebrae readings and Communion. (Zoom)
Watch Tenebrae on YouTube


Good Friday, April 2, 12:00 p.m., a service of readings of The Way of the Cross, music by our youth, and prayer. (Zoom)
Watch Good Friday on YouTube


Easter Sunday, April 4, 6:30 a.m., a service from Princeton Cemetery.
Watch on Facebook Live


Easter Sunday, April 4, 11:00 a.m., Festival celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord and Communion.
Watch on Livestream


Outdoor Prayer Services

You are welcome to join Nassau Presbyterian for brief, covid-safe services around the cross. We will join in song, Scripture, silence, and prayer.

Please use the sign up form to choose one service:

Prayers at the Cross (sign up)

Monday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. (FULL)

Wednesday, March 31, 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday, April 2, 7:00 p.m. (FULL)

Saturday, April 3, 7:00 p.m. (FULL)

Covid-19 protocols apply for these services: social distancing, masking, and limited numbers.


Schedule

Zoom Outdoor Facebook Livestream
Monday, 3/29
7:00 PM
Tuesday, 3/30
7:00 PM
Wednesday, 3/31
7:00 PM
Thursday, 4/1
7:00 PM
Friday, 4/2
12:00 PM 7:00 PM
Saturday, 4/3
7:00 PM
Sunday, 4/4
Sunrise:
6:30 AM
11:00 AM

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Next Week at Witherspoon (Mar. 28-April 3)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact Phyllis Rich for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here.

Courageous Conversations (Google Doc link)


Streaming Worship Service

Sunday, March 28 at 10:00 a.m.

This service can be viewed online.

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Morning Prayers

March 29-April 2 at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, March 31, at 12:30 p.m.

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Maundy Thursday Service

Thursday, April 1, at 7:00 p.m.

Join the Nassau Presbyterian Church service via Zoom.


Good Friday Service

Friday, April 2, at 6:00 p.m.

Please join us for a special Good Friday 7 Last Words service focused on the last phrases spoken by the Christ on the day of crucifixion.  Seven gifted preachers from multiple denominations will preach a short sermon as we focus on the day which our Lord died for our sins.  Witherspoon’s own, the Reverend Lukata Mjumbe will preach the fifth word from John 19:28, “I am thirsty.”

Website:  http://www.msmbcnyc.org/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MorningStarMissionaryBaptistChurchNyc


Adult Bible Study

Saturday, April 3, at 10:00 a.m.

Midweek and Adult Bible Study classes will join together.  Led by Pastor Mjumbe and Elder Audi Peal we will study Matthew 28 and John 20, which offer different gospel accounts of the resurrection of Jesus.  We will compare and contrast texts as we prepare for Easter!

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

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A Virtual Art Show




View the Exhibition (link)


I developed the idea of a small group devoted to photography in the Fall of 2016. I called it–admittedly the title was aspirational–The Sacred Art of Photography.  I was struck at the time by an odd paradox, or what seemed odd to me. Presbyterians are shy by nature, but once you get them talking in a small setting, they talk a lot about their faith. I knew this because as a small group leader, I had been mentored by Carol Wehrheim. Carol’s groups are so good they fill up within twenty minutes of sign-up. In January, it was easier to get a Covid vaccine in New Jersey than to get into a Carol Wehrheim small group, which makes sense, since the latter would do you more good.  And yet what everyone does in every small group I have been in is talk.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. People need to talk about their faith. After a year of Covid, they really need to talk about their faith. And in a predominantly secular world, the opportunities to do so are too few. Hence small groups.

But what seemed odd about this to me is how much the prophets and the psalmists and Jesus and the writers of the epistles speak in images. If Jesus had lived in our time, I think he might have been either a filmmaker or a photographer by trade.  At the very least, you would find him on Instagram. He had a gift for giving the ordinary its beautiful due, as John Updike, trained as a painter, once said. He took the ordinary experiences of human beings and fashioned them into narratives they could understand, visions they could see, images they could comprehend:  a vineyard where people worked and debated how much they should be paid, a wedding where the hosts almost ran out of wine, a coin that got lost, a barren fig tree. You can talk about these things and debate what they mean in the seminars at the seminary next door, patiently trace every signifier back to its sign, but don’t you have to see them to comprehend them?  He leadeth me beside the still waters. When have you last been near still waters? People totally get this in dealing with every other aspect of their lives.  Latest estimates are that there are 250 billion photos on Facebook. People upload about 350 million photographs there a day, and that does not even include the more photocentric Instagram. People are using images to communicate something, yes?  Why would we not use them to communicate our faith?

In early March of 2020, the eighth session of Sacred Art of Photography began meeting in its usual location on Thursday nights in the Conference Room.  You remember the Conference Room, right? We talked about the spring session, the possibility of a trip to galleries in Chelsea in New York, the thesis exhibition I was putting together to finish my MFA.  And then, of course, everything stopped. Everything that is, except for my small group. I see the first zoom invitation on my calendar appeared on March 26, 2020 and the group got to work, documenting whatever was left of our world.  I gave them assignments; but it didn’t matter; leading them is like herding cats. And they knew exactly what to do. Take a breath, pray, think, create.

The group was scheduled for six sessions, but Spring led into Summer which led into Fall which led into the new year. I thought I was doing them a favor by keeping the group going. They need this, I said to myself. But I realized, of course, that it was I who was in need of instruction. Trapped inside of my house, New York City shut down, my thesis exhibition cancelled, I was provided a schooling in how artists respond to adversity.  They rolled up their sleeves and got to work, making sense of the world around them. That’s what you signed up for, Ned, their work seemed to say, now stop feeling sorry for yourself and get back to work.

In this exhibition of their work, which they selected, I am hoping you will see some of that, but you will also see notes of courage and grace and love. You will see humor and wit. You will see a real appreciation for the beauty of God’s creation.  You will see the Holy Spirit at work. You will see the work of ordinary people who have transformed themselves into artists in a community of faith. They also transformed me, and for that, I am truly grateful.

                                                                                                –Ned Walthall, March 2021



View the Exhibition (link)


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#MissionMonday – One Great Hour of Sharing

Restoring Hope, Feeding the Hungry, Empowering the Oppressed


The programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. Bring your donation to OGHS or your fishbank to the church on Saturday, March 27, between 12 and 2 p.m. and pick up a Palm for Palm Sunday!

To donate online, visit Give Now page on the Nassau Church website.

One Great Hour of Sharing (PCUSA website)


Please watch this Moment for Mission from the Presbyterian Mission Agency


In a world of disaster, hunger, and oppression, millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity.

The three programs supported by One Great Hour of SharingPresbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People – all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope.

 


Follow #MissionMonday on our social media platforms to hear about how, with your help, Nassau Presbyterian Church is supporting others in our town, our state, and across the world.

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Next Week at Witherspoon (Mar. 21-27)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact Phyllis Rich for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here.

Courageous Conversations (Google Doc link)


Streaming Worship Service

Sunday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m.

This service can be viewed online.

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Morning Prayers

March 22-26 at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, March 24, at 12:30 p.m.

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Adult Bible Study

Saturday, March 27, at 10:00 a.m.

The Saturday Bible Study at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church will be studying scripture based on the Presbyterian Mission’s Matthew 25 Bible Study (pdf).

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For other opportunities on this Saturday, visit this post: Dr. Katie Cannon honored by WSPC on Saturday, March 27


Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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Dr. Katie Cannon honored by WSPC on Saturday, March 27

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact Phyllis Rich for zoom links.


A Perspective on the Life of the Great Presbyterian “Womanist” Theologian, Saturday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m. on Zoom.

For Women’s History Month, Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church is honoring Katie Cannon (1950-2018), the first African American woman to be ordained in the United Presbyterian Church USA (now PCUSA) in 1974.

Dr. Cannon was a  leading author, pioneer and legend among theologians.  Her writing, research, and teaching were foundational in contributing to the shifting of Reform Christian­ity thought.  Her impeccable scholarship and rigorous study expanded new ways to include African-American religious identity and experience into what she termed “Womanist Theology,” which seeks to escape the male centered views of religion and ethics, and to value the experiences and insights of black women in those areas.  Sushama Austin-Connor, Founding Program Director of the Black Theology and Leadership Institute at Princeton Theological Seminary, will lead the discussion.

 

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2021 Summer Trips – Youth & Families

Register your interest by Friday, March 26


There are a variety of options this year that seek to maximize flexibility, outdoor time, and being together safely. We hope to have some big worthy adventures, some of them for the whole family.

  • “Rising Grades” are as of September 2021.
  • Costs for each trip are approximate until final arrangements are confirmed.
  • Jump directly to the Interest Form

Download the flyer:


Middle School Splash Camp

July 5-9 (Mon-Fri) | Rising 6th to 8th Grade

A cool bus full of kids, day trips to the best swim and splash spots, and a ton of sun ’n fun.  It’ll be a summer week done right.

  • Lodging: your home
  • Location: Greater Princeton Area
  • Transportation: Bus, pick-up/drop-off at Nassau Church
  • Cost: $100/pp (bus, snacks), Bring Your Own Lunch

Jump directly to the Interest Form


Garden State Service Project

July 12-16 (Mon-Fri) | Rising 9th Grade and up

We’re bringing the ASP experience home to the Garden State as we work locally on worthy day-sites. Get your tools and teams ready!

  • Lodging: your home
  • Location: Greater Princeton Area
  • Transportation: personal vehicles
  • Cost: $200/pp (materials, snacks/lunch, donation)

Jump directly to the Interest Form


Local Camino – Bike the GAP

July 19-23 (Mon-Fri) | Rising 10th Grade and up

Bike the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) rails-to-trails, starting in Pittsburgh and ending in Cumberland (~200 miles) or Washington, DC (~330 miles).

  • Lodging: route-side camping or hotel/B&B
  • Transportation: Bikes (of course), Amtrak to Pittsburgh, from Cumberland or DC, possible support vehicle
  • Cost: $200/pp (campsites, meals)

Jump directly to the Interest Form


Adventure Week at New River Gorge

July 25-31 (Sat-Sun) | Families

All-Ages trip to America’s newest National Park, we’ll explore this amazing region together. Hike the Endless Wall, jump in Summersville Lake, and raft the New River with professional guides.

(AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)

Families encouraged to come as a unit; rising 10th grade and above may come solo, provided transportation can be solved.

  • Lodging: group camping, some private cabins may be available
  • Transportation: personal vehicles
  • Cost: $200/pp (lodging, meals, group activities)

Interest Form below



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#MissionMonday – Special Offerings of the PC(USA)

It’s Amazing What Happens When We Join Together


Throughout the year there are several special offerings Nassau contributes to in the PC(USA). During the pandemic, the Mission & Outreach Committee has committed to continuing the average gift for these offerings even as we haven’t “passed the plate” on Sunday mornings. For example, Nassau continued to give to the Christmas Joy Offering this winter to support current and retired church workers in their time of need and leadership development at Presbyterian-related colleges equipping communities of color.

Christmas Joy (website)


Christmas Joy Minute for Mission – A Love Story from Presbyterian Mission Agency on Vimeo.


Presbyterians are part of a remarkable tradition. The PC(USA)’s four church-wide Special Offerings help share Christ’s love with millions of people around the world. God has blessed the Church with incredible leadership in every time and place, but those leaders often need to be supported by their communities as well. The Christmas Joy Offering addresses the support needed by some of our leaders, including supporting leadership development for communities of color, and providing support for Presbyterian church workers in their time of need.

By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, you honor God’s gift of Jesus Christ by providing assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color.


Follow #MissionMonday on our social media platforms to hear about how, with your help, Nassau Presbyterian Church is supporting others in our town, our state, and across the world.

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Next Week at Witherspoon (Mar. 14-20)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact Phyllis Rich for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here.

Courageous Conversations (Google Doc link)


Streaming Worship Service

Sunday, March 14 at 10:00 a.m.

This service can be viewed online.

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Morning Prayers

March 15-19 at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, March 17, at 12:30 p.m.

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Adult Bible Study

Saturday, March 20, at 10:00 a.m.

The Saturday Bible Study at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church will be studying scripture based on the Presbyterian Mission’s Matthew 25 Bible Study (pdf).

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For other opportunities on this Saturday, visit this post: Opportunities at WSPC on Saturday, March 20


Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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Opportunities at WSPC on Saturday, March 20

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact Phyllis Rich for zoom links.


“One Night in Miami” Discussion at 3:00 p.m.

This film is about a fictionalized meeting of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke in a room at the Hampton House in February 1964, celebrating Ali’s surprise title win over Sonny Liston.

Please preview One Night in Miami prior to March 20 and join the discussion on Zoom.  The discussion will be led by a panel of our youth.


International Mission Outreach Committee at 5:00 p.m.

Come learn about Jamaican cuisine at the IMOC meeting.  Topic:  “Jamaican Cuisine” with Victoria Meisel.  Bring a recipe and learn how to put recipes into the online Diaspora Cookbook!


 

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