Lauren McFeaters Announces Sabbatical Plans

See a letter below from Pastor Lauren McFeaters about the plans for her upcoming sabbatical. Lauren’s sabbatical begins on Monday, May 22.

Beloved Friends, I am writing to let you know of my sabbatical plans for this summer of 2017. With deep gratitude for the support of the Session and our Human Resources Committee, I am marking the conclusion of my 16th year as associate pastor of Nassau Presbyterian Church with a sabbatical. Sabbatical 2017 will begin after Confirmation on May 21st and will last through Labor Day weekend.

The focus of my sabbatical study finds its home in the words of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians: “Bear one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (6:2) and in an old Jewish prayer which asks God to help us “Walk with Sight among Miracles.” To this end I will:

  1. Study the monastic healing practices that attend to soul care with solitude and silence. I will travel by train to Le Monastère des Augustines in Quebec City to study at the Augustine Sisters’ monastery, established in 1639, where their motto for 378 years has been, “Neither hunger, nor cold, nor isolation would prevent them from establishing a haven here to heal the bodies of an entire people.”
  2. Michael and Josie and I with travel to Washington’s Whidbey Island, Seattle, and onto Tonasket in the Okanagan Fruit Valley for a family wedding. We will return for Josie to leave on Nassau’s mission trip to Tennessee with the Appalachian Service Project and onto a musical theater camp at Westminster Conservatory.
  3. Then comes library time for study and research on behalf of the Deacons and the creation of a broader educational experience in the areas of ministry serving persons experiencing losses related to aging, persons needing long-term care, and persons experiencing grief in its many forms.

Dave Davis, Joyce MacKichan Walker, Len and Andrew Scales, and the Deacons will look after the pastoral care of the church. I am forever grateful for this sweet sabbatical chapter where I may study, explore new realms of pastoral work, spend time with my precious family, and continue to give thanks for Nassau Church. It is my deepest prayer that through renewal and study Nassau and I can find rejuvenation for heart and soul, continue to serve our Lord together, and “walk with sight among miracles.”

With deep and abiding love,


Lauren J. McFeaters

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2017-18 Program Year Registration



For more information, contact Lauren Yeh (609-924-0103 x106,

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Childcare Opportunities

Childcare positions available for 2017-18 program year:

Tuesdays (11:15AM – 1:15PM) short-term small groups

Fall: October 3 — November 14, 2017
Lent: February 20 – March 27, 2018

Wednesdays (4:00—5:30PM) September 20, 2017 —May 16, 2018 (except: 11/22, 12/20 & 27, 1/3, 3/28, 4/4)

Sunday Morning Substitute (8:45AM – 12:30PM) September 10, 2017 – May 13, 2018 – on-call only

Special October Sessions:

  • Monday, Oct. 23 – 3:30-9:00 PM
  • Tuesday, Oct. 24 – 8:30 AM-1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, Oct. 24 – 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25 – 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM

On-call for Other Special Sessions (weekdays)

$12/hour, minimum of 2 hours per shift.
Must successfully complete online child protection policy training and background check.

Contact: Lauren Yeh,, 609-924-0103 x106


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Childcare at Nassau

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May Concerts

A Festival of Song: Nassau’s Soloists and Section Leaders

Saturday, May 6
7:00 PM, Sanctuary

The beautiful voices of our talented section leaders will be featured in a voice recital in Nassau’s sanctuary.  Accompanied by Mark Loria, our recitalists will include Maria Palombo, Marissa Chalker, George Somerville, Steve Updegraff, and Bill Walker.  Art song, Broadway, opera, folksong, and oratorio will be among the styles presented in this eclectic and engaging program.  All are invited to this free recital presented by Nassau’s own!

Westminster Conservatory Recital
Loeffler Trio: Melissa Bohl, oboe; Marjorie Selden, viola; Kathy Shanklin, piano

Thursday, May 18
12:15 PM, Niles Chapel


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The Great 50 Days of Easter Prayer

Easter isn’t just a Sunday. It’s a season.

Traditionally, the season of Easter lasts seven weeks, a “week of weeks,” spanning the “Great 50 Days” from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, a time to rejoice, give thanks, and live in gratitude. Easter is a new way of life, in which we are “dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 6:11), called to “walk in newness of life” (Rom. 6:4).

This year we will celebrate the Great 50 Days by coming before God in prayer. Beginning Sunday, April 23, Prayer Cards will be available in the pews. Fill out a card with a prayer each week, drop it in the basket at the church entrance, and pray with others through the Prayer Chain.

You may also submit your prayers online via the form below. Online submissions will go to Deacon Debbi Roldan and then to the Prayer Chain. All prayers are confidential.

You are also invited to join the deacons for times of prayer on Sunday mornings in Niles Chapel on April 23, May 7, and May 21, 10:15–11:00 AM.

We invite you enter this season in prayer.

Submit a Prayer

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Adult Education – May

Download a copy of the print brochure here: Adult Education, April 23 to May 28 (pdf)

In the Neighborhood

Sundays, 9:15 AM, in the Assembly Room, unless otherwise noted.
Summer schedule begins Sunday, May 28 — worship at 10:00 AM, Adult Education at 11:15 AM.

From Mister Rogers to Myanmar, Sunday classes start near and go far with an emphasis in May on mission. Learn about Nassau’s mission partners and explore opportunities to be a part of these growing relationships.

May 7

Trenton Children’s Chorus: Making Music, Making Friends, Making a Difference

John J. Floyd II, Linda Helm Krapf

Trenton Children’s Chorus (TCC) began as a twinkle in Sue Ellen Page Johnson’s eye, and an idea kernel in Eric Johnson’s mind. Come and hear today’s Trenton Children’s Chorus story in word and song. Listen with pride and learn from this extraordinary and talented TCC Intermediate Choir (6th and 7th graders), their director, John Floyd, and Executive Director, Linda Helm Krapf. We promise a joy-filled start to your Sunday.

John J. Floyd II directs the Intermediate Choir at TCC. He holds a B.M. in Music Education from Westminster choir College of Rider University. John is a Southern New Jersey native. He joined the faculty at Somerville Middle School as a music teacher, choir director, and director of the annual school play. John also directs the summer musical theater camp in Somerville.

Linda Helm Krapf, TCC Executive Director, has directed non-profit programs and organizations for more than 30 years. Prior to coming to TCC, Linda directed the Printmaking Center of New Jersey and the Myhelan Cultural Arts Center. She also wrote, directed and produced an award-winning documentary film on the environmental issues that threaten the health and well-being of the Navajo people.

May 14

Research, Relationship, Reconciliation, and Reparation

Nancy Prince

Begin by examining some of the experiential hurt the African American population in Princeton lived through from the mid 1800’s to 2015. Then hear the story of the 2005-06 celebration of 250 years of the Presbyterian Church in Princeton, where relationship and reconciliation grew between the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, a historically black church,  and Nassau, leading to several significant events, including an offering of reparations in 2015. Come and hear the story from someone involved is this story for many years.

Nancy Prince has been an active member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 1963, and a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church since October 2003. She regularly attended the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church from 2001-2003 when her husband, the Rev. David Prince served as Interim Pastor. She returned to Witherspoon Church in the summer of 2014 for regular attendance and congregational gatherings when Dave Prince served as Pastor in Residence.

May 21

Bethany House of Hospitality: Doing the Right Things in Trenton

Founded and maintained by our partner, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Trenton, Bethany House of Hospitality is a young adult intentional living community with a community garden in its backyard. Each month NPC members travel to Trenton and share vespers, conversations with local leaders, dinner, and some very satisfying hands-on projects with our WPC team at Bethany House. Come and meet some of the remarkable residents and emerging leaders, their support team and learn how they are making a real difference in Trenton.

May 28

Burma/Myanmar through Our Eyes

Summer schedule begins
11:15 AM in the Assembly Room

Work and a better life in Burma/Myanmar depend on speaking English well enough to become a tour guide, an interpreter, an employee of an international company, and so much more. Come and hear stories from Joyce, Susan, and Michael’s January trip to visit our mission partner CETANA’s English language centers. Be inspired by the teachers, fall in love with the children and youth in whose faces you can read the dreams and hopes of families. Leave knowing you are making a difference, and you can make more!

Joyce MacKichan Walker went to Burma/Myanmar on behalf of the Mission and Outreach Committee to enrich their view of CETANA’s vital work in this country still struggling to emerge from years of military rule. Susan and Michael Jennings empower this work with their love for Burma and their leadership within CETANA by leading a yearly exploratory excursion to this fascinating country. And Lois Young, founder with her husband, Jack, and her siblings over twenty years ago, will join us!

Ongoing through May 14

In-Depth Bible Study: First Corinthians

George Hunsinger

9:15 AM
Maclean House

George Hunsinger returns for the 20th year to lead this verse-by-verse examination of the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians. 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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Artists Survey

Master weaver Armando Sosa is our 2016-2017 Artist-in-Residence. Armando lives and works in Hopewell.

Do you know a local artist who would make a valued Nassau Church Artist-in-Residence? The Worship and Arts Committee would like to learn more about local artists in the Princeton area whom we might consider for the coming year, especially those with connections to the congregation.

Artists can be writers, visual artists, and beyond. Current and previous Artists-in-Residence include a weaver, a theater director, a dancer and choreographer, and a poet.

Fill out the survey by Sunday, April 30, and learn more about the artist residency program on the Music and Arts page.

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All-Church Retreat Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28

A great way (actually, the BEST way) to start your summer

  • Retreat begins with dinner on Friday, May 26 and ends after lunch on Sunday, May 28. Families are also welcome to stay at NorthBay through Sunday afternoon and continue to enjoy facilities and setting.
  • Cost is $130.00 for adults, $65.00 for children (3-10), under 3 are free. All food and access to facilities included. We do need to bring our own linen.
  • Rev. Austin Crenshaw Shelley, Director of Christian Education at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church. will lead the retreat. Austin is a huge fan of intergenerational ministry. “All-Church retreats are my jam!”

Registration deadline – EXTENDED to Monday, May 8.

Sign-up HERE.

Questions? Email or call Corrie Berg (, 609-924-0103 ext. 108). Scholarships are available.

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April Concerts

Westminster Conservatory Recital
John Paul Velez, jazz piano and Paul Hofreitter, upright bass

Thursday, April 20
12:15 PM, Niles Chapel

New School for Music Study Recital

Sunday, April 23
2:30 PM, Sanctuary

Mark your calendars!  The New School for Music Study, in partnership with Nassau Presbyterian Church, presents its spring Faculty Recital!  The recital will feature solo, duet and collaborative music by Bizet, Bolcolm, Debussy, Schubert, and MORE! Join us on Sunday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church for an afternoon of beautiful music!


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