Taizé Trip Information Meeting – November 11, 12pm

Sunday, November 11
12 p.m., Assembly Room

Preliminary Trip Details:

  • Youth (15+) and Adults
  • Wednesday, July 17 – Monday, July 29, 2019
  • 2 full and 2 half days in Paris
  • 7 days at Taizé
  • Limited spots available
  • Download the flyer with the draft schedule: Flyer – Taize 2019

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Youth Choir Alumni – Invitation for Christmas Eve 2018

Dear Nassau Choir Alumni,

Fall greetings from Nassau! I hope this finds you well. I am writing to extend an open and heartfelt invitation should you be able to consider singing at our 7 pm Christmas Eve service this year. Whether you are currently singing, or it’s been ages since you’ve sung, this letter is meant for you. There is a seat in the choir loft with your name on it here at Nassau, for as long as you would like to join us.

Some of you may be at the point in your lives where you would prefer to sit with your family to worship at this service, and I wholeheartedly understand. Just please know you are most welcome to join us in the choir loft, for all our singing that evening or for only the closing “Thou Shalt Know Him”. We will have extra octavo on hand for you to join us at the end of the service.

Our pre-service and service music will be quite singable, and I look forward to sharing it with you at our rehearsal on December 23 from 7- 9 pm. Come early to enjoy appetizers, warm cider and visiting with friends, old and new! Drinks and food (hosted by our current Cantorei families) will be ready by 6 pm, and bell peal rehearsal will take place at 6:30 pm. (Bell Peal sign up is HERE.)

Let us know how many to plan for (food & music copies) by signing up online HERE.

If you would like, I would be delighted to mail you our music packet for the evening, just drop me an email and let me know. And of course, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions as well.

Blessings to you this fall in all you are doing!

With anticipation of being together,

Ingrid

Ingrid@nassauchurch.org

 


UPDATED 13 December 2018:

2018 Christmas Eve 7 pm Service
Alumni Choir Anthem List & Audio Links

Pre-Service:

Worship Anthems:

 


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Concerts & Recitals – November 2018


Westminster Conservatory at Nassau
Thursday, November 15

On Thursday, November 15 at 12:15 p.m. the seventeenth season of Westminster Conservatory at Nassau will continue with a performance by High Winds, a woodwind trio consisting of Katherine McClure, flute; Melissa Bohl, oboe; and Kenneth Ellison, clarinet.  The performers are members of the Westminster Conservatory teaching faculty.

The program on November 15 comprises the Trio in G Major by Franz Joseph Haydn, Aubade by Paul de Wailly;  Suite for Three Treble Winds by Sparre Olsen, Nocturne by Marius Flotius, and The Old Man is Dancing by local composer Samuel Livingston.  The first public performance of the Livingston work will take place at the November 15 recital.

 After a pause in the month of December Westminster Conservatory at Nassau will resume on January 17, 2019 with a performance by Kenneth Ellison, clarinet; Dezheng Ping, violin; and Larissa Korkina, piano.

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


New School for Music Study
Sunday, November 18

At the Movies!

Please join us Sunday, November 18 at 2:30 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church for a recital of piano music featured in movies.  Families will enjoy recognizable music from some of their favorite movies, including Aladdin, The Greatest Showman, La La Land, and MORE!

This recital is great for children so please invite your friends!

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


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Taizé Community – Required Forms


Sunday, April 7 – Final Payments and All Completed Forms Due

On Sunday, April 7, between services (10:15-11:00 am) and after the 2nd service (12:00-1:30 pm), we will host a final payment & forms event in the Conference Room (1st Floor, next to the Assembly Room).

Linda Gilmore will also be here that day to notarize documents. Please bring photo ID if you are the person who will be signing the documents and also do NOT sign documents that need to be notarized until you are in her presence.

If you or your child cannot make the April 7 event – please contact Lauren Yeh to make arrangements for a different day.

All forms and payments are due by Sunday, April 7. Please bring them to the church office during regular business hours or before worship on a Sunday morning, or mail them to:

Lauren Yeh
Nassau Presbyterian Church
61 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08542


Sunday, April 7 – Organizational Meeting

On Sunday, April 7, after the Forms Event (1:30-2:30 pm), we’ll gather together in Room 304 – The Couch Room – for a late lunch and a brief meeting getting to know one another and to talk about what to pack, what to expect at Taizé, what will we do on our days in Paris!?! And more…

If you are unable to make this meeting, please contact Mark Edwards (mark@nassauchurch.org, 609-933-7599).


Items to handle before April 7

The chaperones are ticketed on these flights and we would prefer the entire group travel together; before you choose a different flight schedule contact Mark Edwards:

July 17, 2019: Newark Airport to Paris (Orly), Level Airlines #8010 departs 10:40pm, arrives 12:00pm (+1 day)

July 29, 2019: Paris (Orly) to Newark Airport, Level Airlines #8009 departs 6:15pm, arrives 8:40pm

  • Determine if you need additional trip insurance.
    • Nassau uses Faith Ventures to insure trips, you can compare their benefits and rates online here: https://www.faithventures.com/compare-plans/
    • Standard coverage is $29 per person, this fee is already calculated into the trip fee.
    • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is an additional 4% of the total trip cost as reported by you. Contact Lauren Yeh if you are interested in purchasing this insurance.

What to bring with you:

Teens

  1. Taizé Community Registration Form
  2. NPC Assumption of Risk & Release from Liability (Notarized)
  3. Taizé Community Parental Permission – Teens only (pdf)
  4. Parental Consent to Travel Internationally: NPC Travel Permission (pdf) (Notarized)
  5. Flight Itinerary including booking number.
  6. Passport valid through October 2019 (we will make a copy of the photo/signature pages)
  7. Final Payment (contact Lauren Yeh if you are unsure of the amount due)

Adults (21+)

  1. Taizé Community Registration Form
  2. NPC Assumption of Risk & Release from Liability (Notarized)
  3. Flight Itinerary including booking number.
  4. Passport valid through October 2019 (we will make a copy of the photo/signature pages)
  5. Final Payment (contact Lauren Yeh if you are unsure of the amount due)
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NorthBay 2019 – Required Forms


Sunday, April 7 – Final Payments and All Completed Forms Due

All forms and payments are due by Sunday, April 7. Please bring them to the church office during regular business hours or before worship on a Sunday morning, or mail them to:

Lauren Yeh
Nassau Presbyterian Church
61 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08542

On Sunday, April 7, between services (10:15-11:00 am) and after the 2nd service (12:00-1:30 pm), we will host a final payment & forms event in the Conference Room (1st Floor, next to the Assembly Room).

Linda Gilmore will also be here that day to notarize documents. Please bring photo ID if you are the person who will be signing the documents and also do NOT sign documents that need to be notarized until you are in her presence.


What to turn in:

  1. NPC Assumption of Risk & Release from Liability (Notarized)
    1. NPC Release and Waiver – Minors (pdf)
    2. NPC Release and Waiver – Adults (pdf)
  2. Young Life Camping Health, Consent & Release (signed by physician & parent) Young Life Form (pdf)
  3. Final Payment (contact Lauren Yeh if you are unsure of the amount due)

Other items to handle:


 

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Appalachia Service Project 2019 – Required Forms


Sunday, April 7 – Final Payments and All Completed Forms Due

On Sunday, April 7, between services (10:15-11:00 am) and after the 2nd service (12:00-1:30 pm), we will host a final payment & forms event in the Conference Room (1st Floor, next to the Assembly Room).

Linda Gilmore will also be here that day to notarize documents. Please bring photo ID if you are the person who will be signing the documents and also do NOT sign documents that need to be notarized until you are in her presence.

If you or your child cannot make the April 7 event – please contact Lauren Yeh to make arrangements for a different day.

You are welcome to have completed forms notarized on your own. In this case, please return completed forms and final payment to the church office before April 7:

All forms and payments are due by Sunday, April 7. Please bring them to the church office during regular business hours or before worship on a Sunday morning, or mail them to:

Lauren Yeh
Nassau Presbyterian Church
61 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08542


Sunday, May 5 – Organizational Meeting

On Sunday, May 5, we will meet for lunch and a brief organizational meeting in Room 302/303, after the second service (12:30-1:30pm).  Gather with your work team, learn about the project you’ll be working on, talk about what to pack, what to expect – get to know the 50+ other members of this year’s ASP Trip!

If you cannot make this meeting, please contact Mark Edwards (mark@nassauchurch.org, 609-933-7599).


Items to review or complete before April 7:

  1. Read all ASP required documents:
    1. ASP Rules & Regulations ASP Expectations
    2. ASP Safety Manual ASP Safety Manual
    3. ASP 3 S’s (Sensitivity, Safety, and Stewardship) ASP 3 S’s
  2. Be prepared to sign the ASP Trip Covenant (the whole group signs the same document, text below) – sign on “Forms Day” April 7, at the Organizational Meeting in June, or contact Lauren Yeh
  3. Complete ASP Online Registration
    1. Complete ASP Volunteer Statement but do not sign it, VolRegStatement-Group7875 (pdf) – note, this is a 2 page document!
      (all the details you need for the online registration are on this form)
    2. Go to: http://www.servicenetwork.com/reg/APPSERV/Join.asp
    3. Our Group Number is: 7875 (changes each year)
    4. ASP Online Registration Instructions
  4. Review the Packing List ASP Individual Packing Youth with Mark’s suggestions

Forms to turn in:

  1. NPC Assumption of Risk & Release from Liability (Notarized)
    1. NPC Release and Wavier – Teens (pdf)
    2. NPC Release and Waiver – Adults (pdf)
  2. ASP Volunteer Statement, above (Notarized)
  3. Medical Insurance Card (copy front and back)
  4. Final Payment (contact Lauren Yeh if you are unsure of the amount due)

ASP Covenant Text:

A covenant is a promise or vow made between two parties. In Genesis, God took Abraham outside one night and showed him the stars in the sky. God promised that Abraham’s descendants would be as many as those stars and that from those descendants would come a Savior. We now know that the promise was kept in the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.

ASP covenants to our groups that we will do everything we can to facilitate a meaningful service opportunity. We will provide a center facility and staff; we will fulfill all the details that must come together to make a significant mission experience for our volunteers. As a part of the faith walk through service, ASP asks volunteers to enter into a covenant with ASP. Volunteers are asked to abide by the “Expectations, Rules, and Regulations” that make communal living and working successful. ASP also asks that volunteers abide by additional rules that may be given at their particular center.

Have each volunteer read the ASP “Expectations, Rules, and Regulations,” the 3 S’s: Sensitivity, Safety, and Stewardship, and the ASP Safety Manual before signing.


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Adult Education – November 2018

All classes 9:15 a.m. in the Assembly Room unless otherwise noted

Download the November brochure: AE Nov 2018


November 4

The History of Activism and Faith in the U.S.

William Field

9:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

The world we live in today is one where faith is used mostly to stop progress and to keep the United States from changing. Our history, however, reflects a completely different story. From the first European settlers to the American Revolution, to the expansion of the suffrage, abolition, and Civil Rights, faith groups and faith-led activism have driven this country forward. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King might have said that the moral arc of the universe bends toward justice, but it bends only because people pick up the mantle and bend that arc. This session will highlight several major incidents in the American political story where faith-drive activism expanded the circle of moral concern and moved us closer to realizing the Kingdom of God here on earth.

William Field is active in religious and academic circles. He is an Associate Teaching Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University where he lectures on the topic of religion and politics, among other things. He is president of a small congregation of the United Church of Christ in Monmouth County, served for a decade on the UCC’s regional governing body, and went to Germany as a delegate of that body to give a talk on Nationalism, Populism and the Church, here he offered insight into how European and American churches are and should be responding to the rising threat of xenophobia and extremism.

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Ongoing through December 16
no class November 18 or 25

In-Depth Bible Study: Colossians

George Hunsinger

9:15 AM
Maclean House

George Hunsinger returns for the 21st year to lead this verse-by-verse examination of Colossians. Bibles are available for use during the class. Find them on the Deacon Desk by the church kitchen. Class meets next door in Maclean House (Garden Entrance).

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November 11

Jesus, Race & Incarceration:
Why Our Faith Prevents Us from Looking the Other Way

Mary Beth Charters, Jonathan Shenk

Does the life and teaching of Jesus offer any insight on the current climate of racial tension and burgeoning rates of incarceration in our country today? Do white people of faith have any responsibility or culpability regarding our nation’s history of slavery and Jim Crow oppression? How does faith intersect with activism? There are more African Americans under correctional control today than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War. Mary Beth Charters and Jonathan Shenk will speak to these issues and to how race and incarceration have shaped their personal faith journeys, life, and activism.

Mary Beth Charters an ordained elder, is a recent graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, and is currently serving as resident chaplain at RWJ University Hospital, New Brunswick. She is a retired educator after 30+ years in school, medical and psychiatric facilities working with diverse ages, populations, and needs.

Jonathan Shenk is a former associate pastor at Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church, Princeton Junction. For the past 12 years he has been the owner of Greenleaf Painters, a house-painting company. In addition to his business involvement, he is a certified spiritual director and an advocate for transforming the U.S. criminal justice system.

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November 18

Nassau Church in the World: Trends and Current Commitments

Dave Davis

A look back at where we have been and where we are now related to the church’s footprint in our community and in the world. Pastor Davis will present some history and track recent changes in our Mission and Outreach spending while discussing the intent and the discernment that impacts our spending beyond the walls of the church. If you want to know how Nassau Church spends its mission dollars, this presentation is for you!

Download the PowerPoint presentation here: Mission and Outreach Nov 18 (pdf)

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

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November 25

A Multiplicity of Injustices

Adriana Abizadeh, Carolyn Biondi, Karen Hernandez-Granzen

According to a report published by the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey, structural racism and poverty create “a multiplicity of injustices” directly and indirectly affecting the education, housing, employment, legal protections, health and hunger of people of color living in poverty. Panelists from Nassau’s Trenton partners will provide concrete examples of the multiplicity of injustices endured by the people that they serve in Trenton and Princeton and how their programs, activism and advocacy work together to help eradicate these injustices.

Adriana Abizadeh serves as the Executive Director at the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF). LALDEF’s organizational mission is 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. After a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University, she completed a master’s degree in Public Policy at Drexel University.

Carolyn Biondi serves as the Executive Director of Arm In Arm. Prior to joining Arm In Arm, Carolyn held positions in development, data management and program evaluation in community health care, child welfare and emergency shelter settings. She is currently working toward a second master’s degree, this one in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Karen Hernández-Granzen serves as pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Trenton. She also has leadership roles in the Arts, Music and Culture Committee of the City of Trenton, the Princeton’s Civil Rights Commission, the United Mercer Interfaith Organization, the Bethany House of Hospitality, and the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund. She was the inaugural 2017 Community Partner-in-Residence, of the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Princeton University. She is a 2018 PCUSA Women of Faith Award recipient.

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Half Marathon – November 4, 2018

Princeton’s Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, November 4.

Route map with road closings and timing is below. Most roads should be re-opened by 9 a.m. More information can be found on the Princeton Half Marathon website.

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Stories from Syria – November 8

Understanding Syria Through Syrian Stories

…an oral history of the Syrian conflict based on interviews with more than 300 displaced Syrians across the Middle East and Europe since 2012.

7:00 p.m., Assembly Room
Nassau Presbyterian Church

Download an Event Poster (pdf)

How can we make sense of the tragedy in Syria? For years, headlines carry reports of ISIS, chemical weapons, refugees drowning in the sea, and one of the worst humanitarian crises of our times. In the rush of breaking news, however, it can be difficult to get the full picture of the whole conflict is about. Called “essential reading” by the New York Times, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria offers that vital background, exclusively in Syrians’ own words. Prof. Wendy Pearlman spent five years carrying out hundreds of interviews with Syrians across the Middle East and Europe to chronicle the origins and evolution of the Syrian war through the stories of ordinary people who have lived its unfolding. Please join Wendy for a discussion about Syria based on her acclaimed new book.

Copies will be available for sale at the event and Wendy will be available briefly afterward to sign them. Copies will also be available between Sunday Services at Nassau Presbyterian Church on October 21, 28, and November 4.

Wendy Pearlman is the Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University, where she specializes in Middle East politics. She is the author of four books, as well as dozens of articles, essays, and book chapters. Wendy earned a PhD from Harvard  University and a BA from Brown University, and has conducted research in Spain, Germany, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, and the West Bank and Gaza Strip.


 

Posted in Adult Education, Mission

Celebrate CETANA’s 25 Years on November 2

CETANA 25th Anniversary Celebration

November 2, 2018

Nassau’s mission partner, Cetana Educational Foundation, is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Friday, November 2 at 7:30 pm with a champagne and dessert affair at the D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center on Rosedale Road. The event includes an auction of beautiful Myanmar art and handcrafts (preview items at cetana25.com). Cetana, founded by Nassau member Lois Young and her family, has brought educational opportunities to thousands of Myanmar youth, most recently with its Nassau Church-funded English teacher-training project in Kanpetlet.

Tickets are $100 per person. Contact: Sue Jennings, susancjennings@gmail.com.

Auction Items can be previewed online: cetana25.com

To find out more about CETANA please visit: cetana.org

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