Westminster Presbyterian Church – June 2018

Join us for one (or all!) of these events with our Mission Partner church in Trenton

Sunday, June 3

Join us as we worship God and celebrate the Nassau–Westminster Mission partnership. This an annual event in which we worship with our friends at  Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1140 Greenwood Ave, Trenton. An opportunity for fellowship follows worship. If you need a ride or can take someone, let Joyce MacKichan Walker (joyce@nassauchurch.org, 609-924-0103 x103) know. Come for this special Sunday!

Saturday, June 9

Join David Byers, Landscape Architect, Master Gardener, Member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and Stephani Register, Senior Planner, City of Trenton, for a guided tour of community gardens and urban development.

Bus leaves Mountain Lakes parking lot at 9:00 a.m. and returns by 1:30 p.m., lunch included. Cost: $25.00; Limited seating so register now on the website or through Lauren Yeh (LYeh@nassauchurch.org; 609-924-0103 x106). Questions? Joyce MacKichan Walker (joyce@nassauchurch.org, x103).

Sunday, June 10

Families from Nassau Presbyterian Church are invited to join Get S.E.T. families from Westminster Presbyterian Church to watch the Trenton Thunder (AA Yankees) play the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (AA Mets) on Sunday, June 10, at 1pm. Sign up online.

Tickets are $8 per seat (normally $12).

Make checks out to “Nassau Presbyterian Church” indicate “Baseball-June 10” in the memo line. Mail or bring to the church office:

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

Questions? contact Lauren Yeh.

Saturday, June 23

Come to the 6th Annual Bethany Community Garden Party, on Saturday, June 23rd from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM at 426 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton, NJ. The celebration will include an open mic, spoken word, drumming, and dancing from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Light refreshments will be provided by Arm in Arm and Bonner Foundation.

Bethany Community Garden was designed by David Byers of Westminster Presbyterian Church. It was initially funded and supported by New Brunswick Presbytery’s Urban Mission Cabinet member churches, Isles of Trenton, I Am Trenton, Arm in Arm, the Jewish Community Center of Princeton, and the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. In 2015, Westminster Presbyterian Church received a Faithful Families grant to expand the Bethany Community Garden. The produce harvested is shared with clients of Arm in Arm, and the Bethany House of Hospitality residents and neighbors. Muchisimas Gracias, once again to Arm in Arm for providing light refreshments!

Want more details?  Email Rev. Karen Hernández-Granzen at Karisuhg@aol.com


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Guatemala Dinner – June 16

“Paellada” – ‘Paella Dinner’ for New Dawn School

At the home of Jonathan and Jane Holmquist
10 Allegheny Avenue, Lawrenceville, NJ
Saturday, June 16, 5:30 p.m.

Join us for a “paellada” ‘paella dinner’ hosted by Charo Juega (from Madrid), Fredy Estrada, and Jane and Jonathan Holmquist.  The authentic menu will include tapas, gazpacho, paella, salads, dessert, and Spanish beverages.

All proceeds support New Dawn school in Parramos, Guatemala; a donation of $50 is requested.

Sign up at the table outside Niles Chapel or contact jonathan.holmquist@temple.edu.

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Retirement Celebration for Joyce MacKichan Walker

Joyce MacKichan Walker

Joyce MacKichan Walker

The word is out! The Rev. Joyce MacKichan Walker has announced her retirement at the end of August. “How can that be?” we all thought. Joyce has served Nassau Presbyterian Church as director of Christian education and minister of education for 30 years.

It is time to celebrate her years with us and wish her well in her retirement endeavors. We can be assured that retirement won’t mean rocking on the porch for Joyce.

Therefore, you are invited to celebrate Joyce in these ways:

  • Register for a luncheon on Sunday, July 1, at 12:30 p.m. at MacKay Center, Princeton Theological Seminary.
  • Contribute to a purse to express our thanks for her ministry among us.
  • Submit your words of thanks and well wishes to Joyce and photographs of Joyce during these years of ministry — contribute to the scrapbook below.

The deadline for each of these is June 15 extended to June 21. But don’t put it off, do it now.

Choose the meal for each attendee:
Chicken, which is gluten-free, or Vegan

Choose the “Staff Retirement Fund”

Thank you,

The Committee to Celebrate Joyce

Carol Wehrheim and Kathie Sakenfeld, co-chairs; Larry Alphs, Cathy Cook Davis, Ned Walthall

Joyce’s Scrapbook

Visual instructions for uploading pictures and/or documents (PDF)


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Concerts – May 2018

Westminster Conservatory at Nassau
Thursday, May 17

The 2017-2018 season of Westminster Conservatory at Nassau will conclude on Thursday, May 17 at 12:15 p.m. with a performance by Trio Brillante. The recital will take place in the Niles Chapel and is open to the public without charge.  The performers, Katherine McClure, flute; Melissa Bohl, oboe; and Phyllis Alpert Lehrer, piano are members of the Westminster Conservatory faculty.

The program on May 17 includes J.S. Bach’s Sonata in E-flat BWV 1031 for flute and continuo and the Trio for flute, oboe, and piano by Jean-Michel Damase.

Westminster Conservatory at Nassau recitals will resume on Thursday, September 20.

Westminster Conservatory of Music

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Adult Education – May 2018

May Line-up
1st Amendment Freedoms
Sanctuary: A Legal Perspective
In-Depth Bible Study: First Corinthians

Download the brochure: AE May 2018


Please note: there will be no Adult Education Classes on May 20 (Confirmation) or May 27 (Memorial Day Weekend).

Our First Amendment Freedoms

Americans have abruptly stumbled—with almost no preparation—into an era of corrosive anxiety. In the space of two or three years, respected political scientists and policy experts have come to worry that our democracy itself is at risk. We will also consider whether leaders past have not left us the tools to save our unique political system now.

May 6

Making Use of Our First Amendment Freedoms in the Midst of Dangerous Times

Gustav Niebuhr

9:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

In a year in which so many feel overwhelmed by signs of debilitating disruption and savage eruptions, can we draw inspiration and action from the ideals of the Founders? The rights they left us may be the greatest defense of our civic culture that we have.

Gustav Niebuhr is Director of the Carnegie Religion & Media Program and Associate Professor at Syracuse University in New York. During a 20-year career in journalism, most recently at The New York Times and, prior to that, at the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Gustav Niebuhr has established a reputation as a leading writer about American religion. His work has been published in books, magazines and online, and he provides occasional commentary on religion for NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Niebuhr is the author of Beyond Tolerance: Searching for Interfaith Understanding in America (Viking, 2009). He was previously a visiting fellow and scholar in residence at Princeton University.

May 6

Using Our Freedoms

Gustav Niebuhr

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
In partnership with Princeton Public Library

How do the first 16 words in the Bill of Rights point us toward a better society than the one that so challenges our sense of decency now? We will look at a vital legacy of James Madison, 18th century genius whose ideas can act on our behalf now.


Part of the continuing process of discernment regarding this topic.

May 13

Immigration Law related to Church Sanctuary

9:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

Join us for a summary of the legal issues relevant to churches offering sanctuary to undocumented residents. Our guest will address questions about the status of those who enter the US and remain without immigration classification; obstacles to gaining immigration status on one’s own; and possibilities for undocumented workers, particularly those who have houses, jobs, families with American children. Also explore questions about a church’s role and process, including risks and expectations. Following a presentation there will be some time for questions which have not been addressed.

Sally L. Steinberg is an Attorney, Arbitrator and Mediator, practicing Immigration Law as well as Family Law since 1980. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association and Immigration Court Volunteer Lawyer Project.  She participates in the Ask a Lawyer sessions at the Princeton Public Library and actively works with politicians, lobbies for Immigration Reform and works with local Immigration clients. Her office is located at 281 Witherspoon Street, Princeton.


1 Corinthians In Depth

Sunday, May 6 & 13, 9:15 a.m.
Maclean House (Garden Entrance)

George Hunsinger leads a verse-by-verse examination of the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians. In this epistle the Corinthian congregation wrestles with doctrinal and ethical issues in conversation with their “founding pastor,” Paul, and Paul offers compelling good news in his understanding of the cross, the resurrection, worship, and life together in Christian community.

George Hunsinger is Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the founder of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.

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5th Annual Unity Gathering – May 6


Sunday, May 6th, United Mercer Interfaith Organization (UMIO) is holding its Unity Gathering for the families, friends and those concerned about the victims of homicide violence during the past year. This prayer gathering is focused on remembering those murdered in Trenton over the last twelve months.

The Unity Gathering will be held in Mill Hill Park (165 E. Front Street, Trenton) from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. The prayer gathering is being held by in coordination with several other organizations. The timing of the Unity Gathering each year coincides with National Prayer Day. This year is UMIO’s 5th Anniversary in holding this Unity Gathering.

The interfaith ceremony will feature music, readings, commentary, and prayers. The moderator for this year’s memorial gathering is the Rev. Karen Herandez-Granzen, Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Trenton.  Music will begin at 2:00pm, which will allow families an opportunity to interact with others and avail themselves of information on support services they might find helpful. Speakers will make up the formal portion of the program from 3:00-4:00pm, followed by more music and refreshments.

The families of the victims are invited, as well as members of the community impacted by their loss.  UMIO is reaching out to members of the community in the hope of locating as many families as possible.  Family members who are interested in attending should contact Rev. Molly Dykstra at Covenant Presbyterian Church, cpctrenton.molly@gmail.com, 609.989.8282.

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Listening Events with Session

The Session is hosting two listening events on the question of providing sanctuary for undocumented persons in our building, should that need arise. The events are on Sunday, April 15, at 12:10 p.m. in the Assembly Room and on Sunday, April 22, at 10:20 a.m. in Niles Chapel. Each one is scheduled for one hour.

These are part of the continuing process of discernment regarding this topic. Each event will begin with the presentation of guidelines for how we will listen, speak, and engage with one another and the topic. Everyone is welcome to attend.

— Carol Wehrheim, Clerk of Session

At the request of Session, the Immigration Task Force has prepared documents that will be available in print at the listening events. They are available for preview below in PDF format.

Sanctuary at Nassau Presbyterian Church


Q and A Sheet on Sanctuary

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VBS Volunteers

Use this form for either Adult or Youth Volunteers.

Youth Volunteers (Grade 7 – HS Graduates) must submit a completed “NPC Release and Permission” form. You may download it here: NPC Release and Permission Form (pdf).

Please contact Lauren Yeh (lyeh@nassauchurch.org, 609-924-0103, x106) if you have any questions.

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Summer at Nassau – 2018

What’s going on at Nassau this summer? Plenty!

Come join us! There’s something for everyone.

Summer Worship at 10:00 am begins with Confirmation on Sunday, May 20

  • Nursery Care for our youngest in Room 09
  • Preschool Class in Room 07
  • Activity & Bible Story for rising Kindergarten through rising Grade 2 in Room 04

Youth Trips (July/August)
Chancel Drama (August)
Loaves & Fishes (August)

Teach Summer Church School

Try on teaching for a week! We provide curriculum, morning schedule and lots of encouragement. You provide a willingness to try something new and love for the children of our church.

All-Church Retreat

The All-Church retreat is a great way (actually, the best way) to start your summer.

We are going to NorthBay, located two hours south on Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Our retreat begins with dinner on Friday and ends after lunch on Sunday. The cost is $130 for adults or $65 for children (3–10), and under-3s are free. Private rooms plus bath available at slightly higher cost ($160 adult; $80 children 3-10). Includes all meals and access to activities.

Vacation Bible School & PresbyCamp

“David, the Shepherd King”

Hear stories of how a young shepherd boy became king of all Israel. Chosen by God, this almost-overlooked youngest son grows up to be the hero of the Jewish nation.

  • Monday-Thursday, June 25-28
  • VBS, 9am – 12pm – age 3 through rising grade 6 ($30)
  • PresbyCamp, 12-3:30pm – VBS’ers who are rising grades 4-6 (+$25)
  • Register online: VBS & PresbyCamp 2018
  • For more information, contact Corrie Berg (corrie@nassauchurch.org, 609-924-0103, x108)

Chancel Drama

“Once Upon a Parable”

Come be part of our group of energetic storytellers who will try to capture the humor and contemporary nature of some of Jesus’ most familiar parables.

  • August 12-17 & 19
  • Rising grade 3 through 12
  • $50 per participant (includes souvenir t-shirt)
  • Register online (including auditions for solo singing/speaking roles): Once Upon a Parable
  • Audition Dates: Wednesday, May 16; Sunday, May 20; or Wednesday, May 23
  • For more information, contact Ingrid Ladendorf (ingrid@nassauchurch.org, 609-924-0103, x108)

Loaves & Fishes

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 18th at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

  • Saturday, August 18
  • All ages
  • St. Mary’s Cathedral, 151 North Warren Street, Trenton, NJ
  • Sign Ups for Meatloaf & Cookie Making, as well as jobs on Saturday in Trenton, to be announced soon – watch this space!

Youth Trips

Time to double-check those packing lists and download all the forms!

  • NorthBay, Thursday, June 28, to Monday, July 2
  • ASP, Sunday, July 15, to Saturday, July 21
  • Beyond Malibu – Mountain, Friday, July 27, to Saturday, August 4
  • Beyond Malibu – Sea Kayak, Wednesday, August 8, to Friday, August 17
  • For more information, contact Mark Edwards (mark@nassauchurch.org, 609-933-7599)

Links to forms and due dates and required meetings, etc. 2018 Summer Youth Trips


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VBS & PresbyCamp 2018

Registration is now closed!

Lauren Yeh, 609-924-0103 x106, lyeh@nassauchurch.org

I am sorry to report that all of our classes are filled. If you have already registered your child or children and need information about fees due, forms due or drop-off/pick-up procedures, please contact Lauren Yeh.

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