God’s Trombones – August 4

Special Adult Education Event

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VIP trip to Malawi

Help Pack Suitcases For Malawi

Stephanie Patterson, Madelyn Patterson, and Loretta & Bob Wells are traveling in August to Malawi, Africa, on a friendship trip with our mission partner, Villages in Partnership. Help fill their “extra” suitcases! Requested items include:
– Shoes (flip-flops and soccer cleats most appreciated)
– Toothbrushes and toothpaste
– Unscented soaps
– Light-weight blankets
– Crayons
Place goods in the collection bin in the church office by Sunday, July 28. Please also keep Barbara Edwards and the July medical mission team in prayer along with the August friendship trip and all our mission partners in Malawi. Thank you!

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Loaves & Fishes – Saturday, August 24, 2019

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 24th at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

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

To Sign Up to donate food and/or volunteer on Saturday, August 24 – visit our SignUp Genius Page.

Sign Up!

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 23, 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 23.  They can be placed in the freezer in the church kitchen – just look for the marked shelves.

Cookies by the Dozen

We do not have a specific recipe for cookies but do ask that you avoid using nuts. Cookies will be part of the “take away” sack lunch handed out and need to be packaged 3 to a bag. Please drop off your cookies in the marked boxes on the counters of the Nassau Presbyterian Church kitchen on Friday, August 23, by 12:00 p.m. If that drop off time does not work for you, you can drop your cookies off anytime between now and August 23.  They can be placed in the refrigerator in the church kitchen – just look for the marked boxes inside.

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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Opportunities with Partner Congregations – July 2019

School Supply Drive for GetSET

We are once again joining with Westminster Presbyterian Church, our partner church in Trenton, to provide 200 backpacks filled with essentials for local kids.

Please stop by Nassau Church and choose an item or two to donate from our Back-to-School display on the Great Wall. Thanks to the generosity of Princeton University Class of 1974, money has already been donated to purchase the backpacks for this fall! If you would like to make an additional financial contribution, this will be used by Westminster to handpick toys for young people in their community.

Supplies and monetary donations can be dropped off in the church office through Sunday, August 11. Make checks out to Nassau Presbyterian Church, noting “GetSET” in the memo line. Thank you!

All supplies and money collected at Nassau Church during the back to school drive will be donated to the GetSET program at Westminster Church.

The Earth is the Lord’s: Climate Change and Environmental Justice

A summer program for youth grades 6-12 sponsored by Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church

Saturday, July 13, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
124 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ

To register, contact Michelle Peal (michellepeal@comcast.net, 908-313-4178).

Download the flyer (pdf).

Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church Outdoor Worship and All-Church Picnic

Sunday, July 14, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Due the flash flood on Thursday evening, the Van Nest park is unable to be cleaned sufficiently.

We have been blessed to find a new location which is larger and has more parking, closer access for seniors at the West Windsor Community Park located at Bernt Midland Blvd / Slayback Road, Princeton Hightstown Road (571). http://www.wwparks-recreation.com/parks/wwcommunity.html

The amenities at West Windsor Community Park include basketball, soccer, skate and bike park, tennis courts, football fields, and a playground.  We will have games as well.  Come with an appetite to fellowship and have fun.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Please let Sarah Finbow (sfinbow@nassauchurch.org, x107) know if you plan to attend by July 8, 2019 so that we can give accurate numbers.

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Officer Nominations 2019

The following nominations will be presented and voted on at the congregational meeting of Nassau Presbyterian Church on June 30, 2019.

2019 ELDER Nominations

Rich O’Brien

Benjamin Yeh

Janet Roman

Bill Wakefield

Allison Harmon (youth)

Barbara Edwards

Jeff Santoro

Shana Lindsey-Morgan


2019 DEACON Nominations

Beth Coogan

Lynette Dunn

Zack Gilmore

Linda Jesse

Marshall McKnight

Pam Wakefield

Eliana Hansen (youth)

John Parker

Miriam Eley

Liz Beasley

Susan Smiley

Karen Barrows



Gordon Thomas

Cynthia Moorhead

James Takasugi

Joan Kettelkamp

Youth- tbd


 2019 AUDIT COMMITTEE Nominations

Gabriella Milley (2020)- 2 more years

Zhengqing Li

David Hill





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Opportunities with Partner Congregations – June 2019

Museum of the Bible – Saturday, June 29

Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church would like to invite members of Nassau to join us on a trip to the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC on Saturday, June 29. The cost per person to cover the trip (bus and museum tickets included) is $90 per person.

We will leave at 7:00 am from Princeton in the parking lot for the Billie Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve off of Mountain Avenue between Route 206 and Bayard Lane, returning to the same location at 9:00 pm.

The Museum includes artifacts, short films, panoramas, technology-enhanced exhibits, and a biblically themed restaurant (foodies should definitely check it out!). It tells the story of how the Bible came to us, illustrates the culture, and of special interest is a current exhibit called “The Slave Bible: Let the Story Be Told.”

Please make your reservation for this trip ASAP as seats are filling up. To reserve your spot, contact Audi Peal (908-938-9573, apeal@comcast.net). Checks should be made payable to “Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church” with “Museum of the Bible” on the memo line, and mailed on or before Wednesday, June 19, to:

Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
124 Witherspoon Street
Princeton NJ 08542

Bethany Community Garden Party – Saturday, June 29

You are invited to the 7th annual Bethany Community Garden Party, on Saturday, June 29, from 2:00 – 6:00 pm at 426 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton. The Garden Party celebration will include honoring Westminster partners an open mic, spoken word, drumming, and dancing from 4:00–5:00 PM. Light refreshments will be provided by ArmInArm and The Bonner Foundation.

Designed by David Byers, the Bethany Community Garden is a project of the Bethany House of Hospitality, and the produce goes to their residents and neighbors and also to clients of ArmInArm.

Contact Karen Hernández-Granzen (karisuhg@aol.com)


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International YAV Experience


My YAV experience in Peru is and always will be an experience I will not know how to put into words. Even though it has been almost a year since my return from Peru, it still is something I am processing and probably will continue to process for many years.

I served as a YAV in Huanuco, Peru, a small city north east of Lima. I was working at Casa Del Buen Trato Hovde, a nonprofit center for women and girls who were victims of sexual abuse and/or domestic violence. It is actually the only shelter like this in all of Peru. Working alongside the psychologist, I organized and lead workshops on topics such as self-esteem, trauma, healing, etc., yoga and meditation classes, and was just a person that the girls could come and talk to. What I experienced there gave me so many new and different perspectives on life, privilege, and so much more. I am so grateful for all the amazing people I met throughout the year, including my host family, fellow YAVs, the girls at the shelter, the women I worked with, and so many more.

I first heard about the YAV program through Nassau church in high school. I remember hearing about it and thinking what an incredible opportunity it was. About six years later, I ended up applying. Nassau church helped me throughout my entire application and fundraising process. I could not have done it without their support. Returning to Nassau after my YAV year and being able to lead a talk and discussion about what my year was like was such a surreal experience. I am so grateful to have a place like Nassau church that continues to feel like home no matter where I am in the world and I look forward to returning in the future.




Read more about Nassau’s support for young adults in mission here.
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Adult Education – Summer 2019

All classes meet at 11:15 a.m. in the Assembly Room unless otherwise noted.
Coffee and bagels provided.

Download the Summer2019 Brochure (pdf)


Please note: there will be no Adult Education Class on June 2

June 2


Nassau Goes to Westminster

Join us at 11:00 a.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1140 Greenwood Ave, Trenton, to worship God and celebrate the Nassau-Westminster Mission partnership. This is an annual event, and we encourage participation by making this a emphasis of our educational ministries on this day. An opportunity for fellowship follows worship. If you need a ride, or can take someone in your car, sign-up HERE.

June 9

Martin Tel

Joy to the World: A Reappraisal of Isaac Watts’ 1719 Psalter

Oscar Wilde once said “there seems to be some curious connection between piety and poor rhymes.” In fact, for many Presbyterians in the 18th century, beautiful lyrics were considered suspect. In such an environment, Watts’ Psalter set off alarm bells with lines such as Joy to the world the Lord is come and Jesus shall reign where’er the sun. Denominations split over the question of singing these paraphrases in church. In this 300th anniversary year of Watts’ revolutionary Psalter, we will consider some of these well-loved texts and the impact that they have had on Presbyterian worship through the centuries.

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June 16

Eileen Reeves

Galileo on Science and Scripture

In 1615 Galileo Galilei’s Letter to the Grand Duchess Cristina argued for the compatibility of science and scripture, or at least for the relative autonomy of each body of knowledge. Come learn more about Galileo’s treatise and discuss the various ways in which the relationship of science and scripture is treated in the present day.

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June 23

Alastair Bellany – class canceled

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June 30

11:30am, Assembly Room
(following the Congregational Meeting in the Sanctuary)

Paul Rorem

An Introduction to St. Augustine’s Confessions

The Confessions of St. Augustine, one of the most influential books of the Christian tradition, recalls important events of the author’s life, including: life with his devoutly Christian mother in rural 4th century Algeria; his struggles with human desires, his eventual renunciation of secular ambitions and marriage; and the recovery of his Christian faith.

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July 7

Rhodri Lewis

Shakespeare and the Bible

Writing before the publication of the King James Version of the Bible, William Shakespeare relied for the most part on the Geneva Bible. Rather than turning to scripture as a source of truth or meaning as earlier dramatists did, we find him treating scripture like any other source. Come learn how Shakespeare explores the tensions about the authority of scripture that dominated so much of public life in the century after Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses.

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July 14

Larry Stratton

Storm Center Report:
Ethical Reflections on the US Supreme Court’s 2018-19 Term

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once observed that the U.S. Supreme Court is a “storm center” of political controversy. This session will focus on several of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions including: census questions about citizenship; the constitutional status of religious symbols on public memorials; gerrymandering of legislative districts; out-of-state wine purchases; double jeopardy in state and federal prosecutions; and other critical cases.

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July 21

Jim McPherson

Political and Constitutional Crises in Historical Perspective

In the midst of a political crisis, people tend to think nothing could be worse. Join us for a look back at previous occasions in American history when democracy, or even national survival, was threatened, perhaps an even greater threat than today.

This session was not recorded.

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July 28

Keith Whittington

Are We in a Constitutional Crisis?

American political rhetoric is increasingly filled with cries of constitutional crisis. What does constitutional crisis even mean, and how would we know if we were in one? When does political dysfunction, disagreement and scandal signal more fundamental problems with the constitutional order, and what are the dangers of declaring a crisis prematurely?

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August 4

Cecelia Hodges, Noel Werner & Friends

11:30 a.m., Assembly Room

Before Thy Throne of Grace: A Celebration of Spirituals and Poetry

Come enjoy the liberating power and uplift of African-American spirituals, interspersed with readings from a classic of American poetry, God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse, by James Weldon Johnson.  Best known as the author of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” Johnson was also an author, educator, lawyer, poet, diplomat, newspaper columnist, songwriter and civil rights activist.  In 1927, he wrote and published God’s Trombones as a tribute to the old-time preachers he had heard in his childhood.  Noel has paired dramatic readings of the poems by Cecelia Hodges with spirituals which we will sing together in response to hearing these engaging and inspiring verses.

Cecelia B. Hodges, an Elder at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, has  followed academic and theatre pursuits as Instructor at Talladega College, Associate Professor of Speech and Dramatic Art at Douglass College , Rutgers University, and as English Department faculty and Assistant Dean of the College at Princeton University. She has certificates of study from Birmingham University (England) and the University of Ghana at Legon and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Her theatre experience is as a member of casts at the Penthouse Dance and Drama Theatre, the Players Company, Theatre of NJ, etc. Currently  she is a member of OnStage Seniors: a Community Project of McCarter Theatre, is the Founding Director of the Witherspoon Verse Speaking Choir, and has been a member of many committees at the church. She is grateful that “God is good all the time”.

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August 11

Jim McPherson

Political and Constitutional Crises in Historical Perspective, Pt. 2

In the midst of a political crisis, people tend to think nothing could be worse. Join us for a look back at previous occasions in American history when democracy, or even national survival, was threatened, perhaps an even greater threat than today. Just us for Part 2 of this popular class!


August 18

Karen Brown & Friends

VIP: Villages in Partnership

Villages in Partnership (VIP), one of Nassau’s major mission partners, has created an enduring collaborative partnership with the people of Sakata, Malawi – one of the poorest regions in one of the poorest countries of the world. VIP focuses on six key development needs: water, food security, education, health care, infrastructure, and economic development. Come learn about this work from members of this summer’s VIP trips.


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August 25

Azing Chin

Reflections on a Year as a Young Adult Volunteer

Hear from Azing Chin, a child of Nassau Church, about her year of service as a Young Adult Volunteer with the PC(USA). Len Scales will interview Azing about her experience, and we will consider together how Young Adults lead the Church in doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with our God.

Read reflections of former Nassau YAV’s on our website:

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Please note: there will be no Adult Education Class on September 1


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Cloisters Museum Trip, Sat. June 15, 2019

Bus Trip to the Cloisters Museum with Karlfried Froehlich

Saturday, June 15
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

On Saturday June 15, Karlfried Froehlich will lead a tour of highlights of The Cloisters Museum, located in Upper Manhattan. A chartered bus will leave from Princeton Shopping Center – where you may park and pick up something for breakfast on the bus.

After the tour, we will head to a restaurant for lunch. A prix fixe menu from which to choose will be available in early June. Limited spaces are available. To reserve yours contact Lauren Yeh (LYeh@nassauchurch.org, 609-924-0103 x106) in the church office by Wednesday, May 29. Payment will be due by Wednesday, June 5.

Fees, per person:

  • Chartered Bus: $45.00
  • Museum Entrance:
    • Adult $20.00
    • Senior $17.00
    • Student (with ID) $14.00
    • Metropolitan Museum of Art Members – Free
      (with your membership card)
  • Lunch: to be determined
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Opportunities with Partner Congregations – May 2019

Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church

A Tribute to Beverly Owens

May 18, 2019 6:00 – 10:00 pm

For more information and reservations


Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Welcome Weekend

It is with great pleasure that the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical Society, Witherspoon-Jackson Development Corporation, and the Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Association announce the First Annual Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Welcome weekend!! This will be a weekend to beautify, learn, and connect with our neighbors…and celebrate our neighborhood as being designated Princeton’s 20th Historic District. Following is the schedule of events. Join us…we look forward to seeing everyone and getting the entire neighborhood involved!

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 18

  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM     Pick-up free flowering plants at Mary Moss Playground for your home front lawn
  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM   Unveiling of Heritage Tour Plaques at Studio Hillier. Light refreshments served
  • 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM     Join in a neighborhood clean-up project at your home and street
  • 10:00 AM – Noon       Historic Tour of Neighborhood by Shirley Satterfield. Tours starts at Studio Hillier

Sunday, May 19

  • 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM    Yard sales and visiting throughout the neighborhood
  • 9:00 AM – Noon         Curbside pick-up following Saturday’s clean-up
  • Noon – 3:00 PM         Free cookout with cultural neighborhood displays at Mary Moss Playground
  • 2:00 PM                      Ceremonial planting of native tree at Mary Moss Playground

“Our history is our foundation…our strength is our diversity”



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