Mission Partners: February 2017

Mission Partnership Quarterly

As you read about Nassau’s three mayor partnerships in Trenton, Malawi, and Burma/Myanmar, you will see very different emphases in three very different contexts: In Trenton, a Unity Rally calling for a prophetic and compassionate response to Muslins, immigrants and refugees; at CETANA the preparations to open a new English language center in the village of Kanpetlet, and with Villages in Partnership a focus on digging wells for need irrigation for crop security.

As always, we welcome your questions, suggestions, and support as we seek to deepen our commitments beyond the Nassau Church community.

For the Mission & Outreach Committee,

Joyce MacKichan Walker, staff

Updates and events with a our local and global mission partners. Four issues annually. Sign up to receive these updates in your email.

Update from VIP (Villages in Partnership)

by Loretta Wells

Solar Irrigation

As the impacts of climate change become more pronounced, the weather conditions during the growing season in Malawi have become more unpredictable. Because of this, Villages in Partnership is investing in irrigation technology. This will allow the villagers we partner with to become less dependent on the weather for the success of their harvests. Thanks to the incredible generosity of our supporters, we were able to raise enough money to bring solar irrigation to two of our villages in 2017. Hundreds of villagers will now be on the path to food security!




Clean water is often the number one priority for villagers when VIP first approaches a village to explore a partnership. That is why Villages in Partnership has been focused on the construction of wells almost since our inception. While we have built and repaired countless shallow wells and water holes, we now focus more on the construction of the deeper borehole wells which are generally cleaner and reach deeper into the water table. To date, VIP has drilled 20 borehole wells, and we are drilling 7 more in 2017! These borehole wells will provide safe drinking water for thousands of villagers.



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We are looking forward to working with VIP and will keep you updated as to how you may become involved. Any questions please contact Loretta Wells at lorwells4@gmail.com.

Update from Cetana Educational Foundation

by Sue Jennings & Joyce MacKichan Walker

In January, Joyce MacKichan Walker and Sue Jennings, a member of the mission committee and board member of Cetana Educational Foundation, traveled to Myanmar to see our mission partner Cetana’s work firsthand. A day after arriving in Yangon they joined others from Cetana and a group from Metta Partners on a flight to Bagan and then a long, bumpy ride into the Chin hills to Kanpetlet, a gateway to the Natma Taung National Park, a wildlife conservation area noted for its diverse flora and fauna. In Kanpetlet Cetana and Metta Partners are working to improve the teaching of English in the government school. Joyce spent a morning observing classroom instruction while Sue joined a discussion with the school’s principal regarding long term needs. Janet Powers, a retired Gettysburg College professor and ESL expert who has volunteered her services to Cetana, spent her time in Kanpetlet doing a brief evaluation in preparation for a month-long stay in the spring, when she will conduct teacher training workshops. Nassau Church’s support will make this visit possible and will also fund a fledgling, independent English language learning center to be housed in a local church. Improving English instruction is crucial if the standard of living is to be raised in one of the poorest regions of Myanmar. Young people need English to find employment in the local tourism industry, which, since the opening of the country, is poised to take off. And English language skill will also enable some local children to advance beyond the primary level to secondary and post-secondary education, for which English proficiency is a requirement. The children in Myanmar, even in these remote areas, have the same dreams that our own children have, but they face formidable challenges. It was inspiring for Joyce and Sue to spend time with them.

Returning to civilization, Joyce and Sue visited the new quarters of Cetana’s learning center in Yangon. Joyce also had a chance to speak at a chapel gathering at the Myanmar Institute of Theology, the site of another Cetana-initiated English language program, where she brought greetings from Nassau Church and emphasized our fellowship with the people of Myanmar. Joyce and Sue then joined up with a Cetana-sponsored tour of Myanmar–from the archaeological sites in Bagan, to Mandalay, and to Kyaing Tong in remote Shan state, where Cetana has another regional learning center.

Cetana sponsors a yearly trip to Myanmar and encourages Nassau members to participate. Watch for details this summer about the 2018 tour.

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Your ideas for making this a vital partnership are welcome. For more information, contact Sue Jennings, susancjennings@gmail.com.

Update from Westminster Presbyterian Church

by Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen

Westminster Presbyterian Church is being called to play a pivotal role during this challenging post-election season. For over 35 years, instead of fleeing the city and its many challenges as many mainline churches did starting in the 60’s, God chose to bless our congregation with the faith, courage, hope and 75-plus partners including Nassau needed to continue seeking shalom of the city through a ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18).  Until recently, most of our resources and programs have been focused on racial reconciliation, becoming a multiracial and multicultural worshiping congregation, improving the low quality of public schools in Trenton, working to dismantle mass incarceration, ministering to reentry / returning citizens and their families, reaching out to young adults who feel disenfranchised by the traditional church through Bethany House of Hospitality, yet still called to serve the city of Trenton, assisting immigrants to acquire English proficiency to support the education of their children and to secure gainful employment, and becoming a welcoming congregation for the LBGTQ-plus community. Now we are also responding to the call of keeping our own Democratic and Republican members united in the midst of our differences in order to talk and walk  the Gospel of Jesus Christ for such a time as this!

Most recently, as the Vice-Chair of United Mercer Interfaith Organization (UMIO) and a founding member of Trenton Mayor Eric E. Jackson’s Latino Advisory Council, I was asked to help organize a Trenton Unity Rally in response to all the recent executive orders that are negatively impacting Muslims, immigrants, refugees, and may eventually affect the LBGTQ-plus community. I was deeply encouraged when every colleague and musician that I invited didn’t hesitate to say “¡Si!” / “Yes!” to participating. Over 250 attended even though the Unity Rally was organized in less than a week! Together we represented Muslims, rabbis and grandsons of Holocaust survivors, Sikhs, the LGBTQ-plus community, and Christians of various denominations. I truly must confess that I was very prideful of all the Presbyterian members representing Nassau, Ewing, Lawrenceville, Flemington, Dutch Neck, Slackwood, and Westminster congregations. I believe that this Unity Rally is only the beginning of many ways that the PCUSA can respond to God’s call to a prophetic and compassionate. Ministry.

As a board member of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF), Nassau’s 10-year plus partner, I invited our new Executive Director Adriana Abizadeh to prepare a statement that included immigrants’ stories. Ruling Elder Bill Wakefield is a founding member of the board, and I have been serving on the board for over 3 years. LALDEF adopted its organizational mission to defend the rights of the Latin American community, facilitate its access to health care and education, and advance cross-cultural understanding within the Mercer County region. LALDEF provides legal services, youth mentoring, and adult education among other services to the immigrant community of Mercer County. Nassau provided LALDEF with office space until we moved our offices to the Chambersburg neighborhood of Trenton over two years ago. Please read below Adriana’s statement which she shared at the Trenton Unity Rally.

I want to talk to you for a minute about the national response to Executive Orders that have come from our current administration. Immediately following the issuance of the order creating the Muslim Ban, attorneys and other concerned individuals flocked to the airports to provide legal support to travelers affected by the ban. They advocated jointly and with concerted efforts were able to get a stay for this ban and ultimately they were able to suspend the travel ban. This overwhelming show of support was well covered by the media and it is a testament to our system of checks and balances.

United we must continue to fight battles at the national level, so that organizations like LALDEF can work with families at the local level. Families are coming into our office and calling in everyday with fears and in need of counsel. Many families are full of anxiety and have concerns that their families will be torn apart. We must show them that there are people who care and that are willing to fight their battles with them. At LALDEF we are assisting families in the creation of safety plans and temporary custody agreements. We are referring clients to counseling that have found the political climate of the last few months too much to bear. Children are coming home telling their parents about their encounters with bullying and we are here to advocate on their behalf. What this nation needs now is education about these issues. This nation needs education on the underlying societal framework to realize the effects that the removal of immigrants would have, not only emotionally and physically to these individuals, but to this nation’s economy.

Our media has played a large role in sharing stories of immigrants affected by raids and torn apart by archaic and inadequate immigration policies. The Super Bowl displayed the power of media and it showcased that this great nation will not allow for large-scale hatred and its associated rhetoric. There were at least 4 commercials that I know of that aired during the game that provided pro-immigrant content. This is a testament to the power of media in our country as the Super Bowl was watched by an average of 111 million viewers. With their advertisements, these companies took public stances on a controversial issue in our nation’s history. Immigrants are welcome here. Together we can spread a message of love and we can combat fear.

On February 21, at the Senator Cory Booker and Senator Bob Menendez Rally in Newark New Jersey, I also read and submitted Adriana’s statement for public record. Please visit these links to read articles and see photos of the Trenton Unity Rally on February 6, 2017:

Trenton rallies against Islamophobia, bigotry

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Interested in visiting Westminster’s 11AM worship and meeting our partners? Contact Patti Daley, pattidaley@aol.com.


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Mass Incarceration Task Force meets Sunday, March 5

Sunday, March 5, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Niles Chapel – All are welcome!

Come hear about our latest initiative: tutoring at Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (T.A.S.K.). Also, sign up to join our 15 Nassau church prison pen pal letter-writers. Time for sharing & brainstorming new initiatives. Light snack provided.

Mass Incarceration Task Force meets in Niles Chapel the first Sunday of each month Sept- May, 12:15-1:15PM. For more information contact one of our co-chairs: Mary Beth Charters (609-937-6318, Marybeth.charters@ptsem.edu) or Jonathan Shenk (609-314-6953, JShenk@greenleafpainters.com) OR visit our web page at Mass Incarceration Task Force

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March Concerts

Westminster Conservatory Recital
Kevin Willois, flute and Kyu-Jung Rhee, piano

Thursday, March 16
12:15 PM, Niles Chapel

The next recital in the noontime series Westminster Conservatory at Nassau will feature music for flute and piano written by women.  The recital will take place on Thursday, March 16 at 12:15 p.m.  The performers, Kevin Willois, flute and Kyu-Jung Rhee, piano are members of the Westminster Conservatory faculty.  The recital will take place in the Niles Chapel and is open to the public free of charge.

The program on March 16 includes the Nocturne of Lili Boulanger, Cecile Chaminade’s Concertino, two works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Allegro Rustico and Sounds of the Forest, and Rhonda Larsen’s Lugnasa for flute alone.

The next Westminster Conservatory at Nassau recital will take place on April 20, and will feature John Paul Velez, jazz piano and Paul Hofreiter, upright bass.

Organ Recital: Catherine Rodland

Friday, March 31
8:00 PM, Sanctuary


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Lent and Easter 2017

Artwork from the Lenten Craft Fair

The Lenten Craft Fair gives children a chance to understand what is happening in this important season.

We invite you to join us as we observe the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord.

Throughout Lent

Easter Memorials

We remember and honor our loved ones by giving for the Easter brass ensemble and Easter tulips, which decorate the church so beautifully on Easter Sunday.

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.

Small Groups

Offering fellowship and community, Small Groups are working through the six-session study Gospel Portraits of Jesus. Learn more and find a group.

Artist-in-Residence Armando Sosa’s Easter Weaving Project

Our artist-in-residence Armando Sosa, master weaver, is creating a set of three tapestries for use in worship during Easter, designed for the delight of our imaginations and the contemplation of the mystery of our salvation. Read about the project and follow his progress by visiting the loom in the church library and watching for photo updates on our Facebook page.

Wednesday, Mar. 1
Ash Wednesday Worship and Lunch
12:00pm, Niles Chapel
1:00pm, Assembly Room
Windrows/Stonebridge bus (note 1)

Lenten Craft Fair
4:00-6:00pm, Assembly Room

Ash Wednesday Potluck and Communion
6:00pm, Assembly Room
See note 2

Sunday, Mar. 5 Lent 1 Communion Worship
9:15 and 11:00am
“The Least of These”
Matthew 5:13-20

Sunday, Mar. 12
Lent 2 Worship
9:15 and 11:00am
“Perfect, Just Perfect”
Matthew 5:38-48

Sunday, Mar. 19 Lent 3 Worship – Youth Sunday
9:15 and 11:00am
“Consider the Lilies of the Field”
Matthew 6:25-34
See note 3

Sunday, Mar. 26 Lent 4 Worship
9:15 and 11:00am
“Following Your Heart”
Matthew 6:19-24

Sunday, Apr. 2 Lent 5 Worship
9:15 and 11:00am
Matthew 7:1-6

Tuesday, Apr. 4 Nassau at Stonebridge Lenten Worship
1:30pm, Stonebridge

Sunday, Apr. 9
Palm Sunday Worship
9:15 and 11:00am
Matthew 7:24-29
Special Offering: One Great Hour of Sharing

Tuesday, Apr. 11 Nassau at Windrows Holy Tuesday Worship
3:00pm, The Windrows

Thursday, Apr. 13 Maundy Thursday Noon Communion Worship and Lunch
12:00pm, Niles Chapel
1:00pm, Assembly Room
Windrows/Stonebridge bus (note 1)

Maundy Thursday Evening Communion Worship

Friday, Apr. 14
Good Friday – Noon Worship
See note 2

Sunday, Apr. 16 Easter Sunrise Worship
7:00am, Niles Chapel
Matthew 28:1-10

Easter Worship
9:00 and 11:00 am
Matthew 28:1-10
See note 4

Events are in the Sanctuary, unless otherwise noted.

(1) For Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday noon worship and lunch, senior bus service picks up from the Windrows (11:00am) and Stonebridge (11:20am) and returns after lunch.

(2) For Ash Wednesday potluck and Good Friday worship, childcare is available.

(3) On Youth Sunday, March 19:

  • No Church School
  • Nursery provided for children up to age two
  • Bible story and craft time for children age three to grade one in Room 07

(4) On Easter, April 16, 9:00 and 11:00am:

  • No Adult Education or Church School
  • Nursery provided for children up to age two
  • Bible story and craft time for children age three to grade one in Room 07
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Join the Princeton-Parramos Partnership Trip to Guatemala (Viaje a Guatemala)

This video slideshow gives an in-depth, day-by-day look at the 2014 Guatemala trip. The group visited and served the students and teachers of the learning center in Parramos and also enjoyed seeing breathtaking Lake Atitlán and Mayan sites.

You are invited to join the 2017 Princeton/Parramos Partnership trip to Guatemala from July 14 to 23. The trip offers educational opportunities including visits to beautiful Lake Atitlán with its surrounding Mayan villages and the colonial Spanish city of Antigua. The highlight is five-day stay in the highlands town of Parramos.

In the town of Parramos, the trip provides service opportunities including interaction with children and teachers at New Dawn Trilingual Educational Center as well as work on projects in the community. Participants will also benefit from presentations by local leaders on local history and public health.

The cost of participation will be approximately $2,250; this includes round-trip airfare between the US and Guatemala, travel within Guatemala, lodging, and most meals. This is an annual trip that began in 2002 as a way to learn about the country of our Guatemalan immigrant neighbors and has included participants of all ages and from many parts of the USA.

An initial 2017 trip information and planning meeting will be held in Room 202 at 12:15 pm on Sunday, March 12.

For more information please contact Jonathan Holmquist (jonathan.holmquist@temple.edu, 609-771-3744) or Fredy Estrada, (fredystrada@aol.com, 609-466-7458).

Viaje a Guatemala 2017 de la “Colaboración Princeton/Parramos”

El viaje a Guatemala 2017 de la Colaboración Princeton/Parramos está programado para el 14 hasta el 23 de julio.  Este es un viaje anual que empezó en 2002 como una manera de aprender sobre el país de nuestros vecinos inmigrantes, guatemaltecos.  El viaje ofrece experiencias educativas que incluyen visitas al bello Lago Atitlán con las aldeas mayas que lo rodean y a la ciudad colonial española, Antigua, y una estancia de cinco días en el pueblo Parramos situado en el altiplano.  En el pueblo, el viaje provee oportunidades de servicio que incluyen interacción con niños y maestros en el Centro Educativo Trilingüe Nuevo Amanecer y trabajo en proyectos en la comunidad.  En Parramos también, participantes beneficiarán de presentaciones por líderes locales sobre historia local y salud pública.  El costo de participación es aproximadamente $2,250; esto incluye el precio del viaje ida-y-vuelta entre USA y Guatemala, viajes dentro de Guatemala, alojamiento, y muchas de las comidas.  Para más información, por favor, comuníquese con Jonathan Holmquist (jonathan.holmquist@temple.edu, 609-771-3744) o Fredy Estrada (fredystrada@aol.com, 609-466-7458).  Una reunión inicial de información y planificación para el viaje 2017 tendrá lugar en Room 202 en Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ a las 12:15 el 12 de marzo.

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Artist-in-Residence Armanda Sosa Weaving for Easter Worship

Master weaver Armando Sosa is our artist-in-residence this year. (Literally in residence – his loom is in the library.)…

Posted by Nassau Presbyterian Church on Friday, February 10, 2017

Weaving an Ancient Story

A weaver/historian writes that about 20,000 or 30,000 years ago, early humans twisted some plant fibers together and created… string! Eventually, over many more thousands of years, evolving humans developed more sophisticated methods of spinning yarns and weaving them into cloth on various sorts of looms, all over the world. And in due time, beyond clothing and shelter, these looms became a medium for telling the stories of the weavers’ cultures, their daily lives, and their faith.

One such hand-built loom, created from memory by our artist in residence to replicate those of his Guatemalan childhood, stands in our own library. Here, master weaver Armando Sosa — New Jersey’s 2015 Folk Artist of the Year — has labored in love, sharing his stories and teaching his craft to many of our youth and others.

Learn more about Armando on the Artist-in-Residence page.

Currently, Armando is weaving a set of three tapestries for use in worship during Easter week, designed for the delight of our imaginations and the contemplation of the mystery of our salvation .

Until then, as you pass through the library, take a look under the loom’s back beam for a glimpse of the woven story. (The tapestry is backside up…) And pause for a moment to talk with this kindly artist, who has been truly gifted and called by God to his craft.

Watch for updates on Armando’s progress in News from Nassau and on our Facebook page – and anticipate with us more weaving events with Armando in May.

A Program of the Worship and Arts Committee

Nassau Church’s Artist Residency is a program of the Worship and Arts Committee. The Worship and Arts Committee seeks to engage all members of the congregation in every aspect of worship, in order build connections to God and amongst people. The Committee’s work is an ongoing creation of vital links among the arts and places of worship. As the Committee works to serve the renewing work of the Holy Spirit amongst us, the question is asked, “Has everyone been fed?”

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Job Opening: Associate Director of Choirs for Children and Youth

Nassau Presbyterian Church is seeking a part-time Associate Director for its children and youth choir program, to begin August 2017. For a detailed job description and required education and experience, see below or download this pdf document.


To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Noel Werner, Director of Music (nwerner@nassauchurch.org) by March 6, 2017.

Church members who wish to apply are asked to contact Noel directly to schedule a conversation prior to submitting a cover letter and resume.

Position Description

The children and youth choirs play a significant role in the worship experience of the church and the faith experience of the choristers. The Associate Director of Choirs for Children and Youth (ACD) will be expected to build relationships with the children, the youth, and the families of those in the choirs, and the ACD is encouraged to bring their faith and their passion for music and teaching to the role.

This is a 10-month (August-May), part-time position (approximately 19 hours per week, with variability depending on the liturgical season), reporting to the Director of Music.

Music Program Overview

Music is a high priority of Nassau Church and is supported programmatically and financially. A graded choral program for children pre-school through adult is supplemented with bell choirs, instrumental soloists and ensembles, concerts, collaborations outside of our walls, and an annual artist residency. The music program has a choral library with over 3000 titles, a substantial portion of which is devoted to children and youth. Organ, harpsichord, piano, synthesizer, handbells, choirchimes, and a wide variety of percussion instruments (including Orff) are all well-maintained and of high quality.


  • Prepare and direct weekly rehearsals for choirs in grades 1 through 12.
  • Direct children and youth ensembles in worship. Each ensemble participates and leads worship an average of 7 times each year.
  • Direct music for the following special services/events:
    • Christmas Pageant (3:00 PM service the Sunday before Christmas)
    • Christmas Eve (7:00 PM service)
    • Chancel Drama Week (August)
  • Be a committed part of the church’s worship tradition, being a regular part of the Sunday worship life in addition to the times children and youth are singing
  • Maintain regular contact with choristers, their families, and parent volunteers with the assistance of administrative support staff
  • Meet weekly with the Director of Music and administrative support staff to coordinate and support the entire music program
  • Perform related duties as may be required or asked as part of the music and arts focus in the church and in worship

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, Sacred Music, or Choral Conducting with an emphasis in children and youth
  • Master degree in music preferred
  • A minimum of three years choral teaching experience with children/youth within the 1st through 12th grade age range
  • Keyboard skills highly desired
  • Development of choral programming that engages children and youth, supports musical development, and embodies collaboration within the choir
  • Demonstrated use of pedagogical skills to enhance the development of children and youth, both musically and as a whole person

Desired Attributes

  • Collaborative working style
  • Energetic and engaged leadership
  • Commitment to choral excellence balanced with a commitment to the spiritual and musical development of each child
  • Ability to build positive connections with children, youth, and adults
  • Self-motivated and organized
  • Creative thinker
  • Comfortable expressing Christian faith
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“From Day to Day” – Thu, Feb. 23

Nassau Presbyterian Church Hosts Timely Thought-Provoking Discussion of Rare Diary of a Nazi Concentration Camp Survivor

Long-forgotten masterpiece back in print in English after sixty-five years

Princeton, NJ. – Nassau Presbyterian Church will host a discussion and book signing with Timothy Boyce, editor of the concentration camp diary From Day to Day, on Thursday, February 23, at 7:00PM. Boyce will discuss the story of Norwegian architect and humanitarian Odd Nansen, who was arrested in 1942 by the Nazis. Nansen spent the remaining years of World War II in various concentration camps in Norway and Germany. During that time he kept a secret diary on tissue-paper-thin pages he later smuggled out of the camps.

With an unsparing eye, Nansen described the casual brutality and random terror that was the fate of a camp prisoner. His entries reveal his constantly frustrated hopes for an early end to the war, his longing for his wife and children, his horror at the especially barbaric treatment reserved for Jews, and his disgust at the anti-Semitism of some of his fellow Norwegians.

An English translation of the diaries was first published in 1949. It received rave reviews, but soon fell into obscurity. In 1956, in response to a poll about the “most undeservedly neglected” book of the preceding quarter-century, Carl Sandburg singled out From Day to Day, calling it “an epic narrative,” which took “its place among the great affirmations of the power of the human spirit to rise above terror, torture, and death.” Indeed, Nansen witnessed all the horrors of the camps, yet still saw hope for the future.

This new edition, from Vanderbilt University Press, is the first published in over sixty-five years, and contains extensive annotations from editor Timothy Boyce and new diary selections never before translated into English. Forty sketches of camp life and death by Nansen, an architect and talented draftsman, provide a sense of immediacy and acute observation matched by the diary entries.

Nassau Presbyterian is located at 61 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ. Admission is free. The event is co-sponsored by the Princeton Public Library, the Princeton Clergy Association and The Jewish Center of Princeton.

Odd Nansen (1901–1973) was a Norwegian architect and humanitarian. Son of the famous explorer, statesman, and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen, Odd followed in his father’s footsteps when he founded Nansenhjelpen in 1936 to address the plight of Central European refugees fleeing Nazism. Arrested in 1942, Odd Nansen spent the remainder of the war in various concentration camps. Following the war he remained active in humanitarian organizations such as UNESCO, and continued to speak out against injustice, oppression, and violence.

Timothy J. Boyce practiced law for thirty-five years.  He retired in 2014 as the Managing Partner of the Charlotte, North Carolina, office of Dechert LLP, an international law firm.

PRAISE FOR From Day to Day: One Man’s Diary of Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps

“A long-forgotten masterpiece. . . . Rarely has the inhumanity of the camps been captured with such humanity.” —Nikolaus Wachsmann, author of KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps

“This is one of the most searing contemporaneous accounts of the Holocaust, but also one of the best written of the great documents of World War II. It is a profound indictment of evil, a daily diary of torment and torture, yet also somehow a deeply moving love letter. It should find a place on the bookshelf of every home, be taught in every school, made into a movie, and feted for what it says about man’s capacity for humanity in the face of satanic loathsomeness.”

—Andrew Roberts, author of The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War; Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 19411945; and Napoleon: A Life

From reviews of the 1949 edition:

“Writing with no thought of publication, merely to keep a record for his wife and to express his own boiling emotions, Mr. Nansen somehow created a remarkable book. Using stolen paper and stolen time, always in fear of being caught, he described each day’s adventures with stark simplicity and intimate authority. His book, although immensely long, is a continuously engrossing narrative. It is filled with vivid, concrete details, sharp character sketches, unspeakable horrors.”

—Orville Prescott, New York Times

“Most citizens, one hears, are fed up with books about the atrocities of the Nazi concentration camps. But this book is different from all the others this reviewer has read. True, it does not slur over the unspeakable barbarities. But it rises above them and reminds us in never-to-be-forgotten pages how noble and generous the human spirit can be in the face of terrible adversity.”

—William L. Shirer, New York Herald-Tribune


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Legacy Parents – Sat, Feb. 25

Stop by and enjoy fellowship with those of us with kids who are out the door, almost out the door, or just if you want to get out the door – all are welcome!

Join us for the first Legacy Parents get together of 2017 – Saturday, February 25th, 7:00 pm, at the home of Keith and Joan Kettelkamp: 7 Concord Lane, Skillman, NJ  08558.  

Please bring an appetizer to share and the drink of your choice.

Questions, please contact Joan Kettelkamp, joan.kettelkamp@gmail.com, 908-812-3176; or Katie Windom, windoms4@comcast.net.

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February Concerts

Choral Evensong: Rejoice in the Lamb (Britten)

Sunday, February 5
5:00 PM, Trinity Episcopal Church

All are welcome to a choral evensong at Trinity Episcopal Church on February 5 at 5PM.  The adult choirs of Nassau and Trinity will be joining forces to present one of Britten’s masterpieces as well as music from the Anglican tradition.  The offering that evening will be in support of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), and a reception will follow.

Music by Johannes Brahms Featured on February 16 Noontime Recital

Thursday, February 16
12:15 PM, Niles Chapel

The next recital in the noontime series Westminster Conservatory at Nassau will feature music by Johannes Brahms for violin and piano.  The performers, Dezheng Ping, violin, and Phyllis Alpert Lehrer, piano are members of the Westminster Conservatory faculty.

The centerpiece of the program will be Brahms’ Sonata no. 2 in A Major, opus 100 for violin and piano.  The program also includes two short works by Brahms for solo piano, Capriccio in b minor, opus 76, no. 2 and Intermezzo in C, opus 119, no. 3.  The Czardas for violin and piano by Vittorio Monti will conclude the recital.

The next Westminster Conservatory at Nassau recital will take place on March 16, and will feature Kevin Willois, flute and Kyu-Jung Rhee, piano performing works by women composers.

New School for Music Study Faculty Recital

From the Streets of Paris

Sunday, February 26
2:30 PM, Sanctuary

Performances by: Marvin Blickenstaff, Kristin Cahill, Angela Triandafillou Jones, Allison Shinnick, Denitsa VanPelt, and Michael Van Pelt.


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