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#MissionMonday – Refugee Resettlement

Partnering with the Jewish Center Refugee Group


The Mission & Outreach Committee has partnered with the Jewish Center Refugee Group to support the resettlement of a new family in our area. A grant will assist the two adults in their medical licensing exams to transfer their work as physicians to the United States. A thoughtful Nassau member also provided a bike for the child. Please pray for all new neighbors in our area.


Follow #MissionMonday on our social media platforms to hear about how, with your help, Nassau Presbyterian Church is supporting others in our town, our state, and across the world.

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Next Week at Witherspoon (April 11-17)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact Phyllis Rich for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here.

Courageous Conversations (Google Doc link)


Streaming Worship Service

Sunday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m.

This service can be viewed online.

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Morning Prayers

April 12-16 at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m.

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Adult Bible Study

Saturday, April 17, at 10:00 a.m.

Midweek and Adult Bible Study classes will join together. Led by Pastor Mjumbe and Elder Audi Peal we will study Matthew 28 and John 20, which offer different gospel accounts of the resurrection of Jesus. We will compare and contrast texts as we prepare for Easter!

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

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Next Week at Witherspoon (April 4-10)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact Phyllis Rich for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here.

Courageous Conversations (Google Doc link)


Sunrise Service

Sunday, April 4 at 6:30 a.m.

This service can be viewed online.


Streaming Worship Service

Sunday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m.

This service can be viewed online.

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Robeson Birthday Celebration

The town of Princeton celebrates the life of Paul Robeson April 4-9, 2021. Visit this page to learn more.


Morning Prayers

April 5-9 at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, April 7, at 12:30 p.m.

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Adult Bible Study

Saturday, April 10, at 10:00 a.m.

Midweek and Adult Bible Study classes will join together. Led by Pastor Mjumbe and Elder Audi Peal we will study Matthew 28 and John 20, which offer different gospel accounts of the resurrection of Jesus. We will compare and contrast texts as we prepare for Easter!

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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April 2021 – Adult Education


April 18 | Villages in Partnership

Transformational Travel: Lessons from Malawi

Hear Nassau Church’s own Stephanie and Maddie Patterson, Carla Tuan, and Bob Wells reflect on experiencing life together with our brothers and sisters living in the materially impoverished but spiritually rich villages of Malawi, Africa, in a panel discussion moderated by Aaron Shaver from Nassau’s Mission Partner, Villages in Partnership (VIP).

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Speakers

Aaron Shaver is a Texas native who moved to NJ and started working with Villages In Partnership in 2018. He, his wife Arielle, and their two kiddos are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He likes hiking, board games, and amateur woodworking. His passion is finding beauty in other cultures, and he looks forward to visiting Malawi soon himself.
Madelyn Patterson is a freshman at Hopewell Valley Central High School. She is very active in athletics, including soccer and lacrosse, and will be making her confirmation at Nassau Presbyterian Church this May. She traveled to Malawi in 2019 is looking forward to making the trip back.
Stephanie Patterson, the mother of three young children, lives in Hopewell,NJ and works in the employee benefits field. She is an elder at Nassau Presbyterian Church, where she has also served as a deacon, and serves as a trustee with Villages in Partnership. She has visited Malawi twice, in 2016 and 2019.
Carla Tuan and her family — sister Susanna and parents Wayne and Emily — have been at Nassau all of Carla’s life. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a major in Mathematics in 2018, and lives in NYC where she works in finance. Carla loves traveling, running, and reading, and she can do a Rubik’s cube!
Robert Wells (Bob), a consulting arborist, started Wells Tree & Landscape(now led by his son, David) in Princeton in 1973, and retired from the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania as an Associate Director of Urban Forestry Consulting on July 1. His community service includes 15 years as chair of the Princeton Township Shade Tree Commission, five years as president of the Marquand Park Foundation, ten years in the local Rotary Club, and seven years as scoutmaster for Troop 50. He and his wife, Loretta, live in Princeton, where they raised their four children.

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April 11 | Arm In Arm

This is Home

ArminArm has modeled resilience and an unwavering commitment to the community it serves this past year. Last month, they created a compelling video celebration lifting up the volunteers and mission of their organization titled, This Is Home, A Celebration of Home and a Triumph of Community. Learn about the adaptive and innovative methods employed to strengthen their support of at-risk families and individuals. The clip includes an interview with Dr. Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer Prize winning author of “Evicted.” The video is a bit longer than the usual adult education offerings. Time stamps are included below to help navigate this resource.

  • 0:00 – 17:19: the work of Arm in Arm in 2020 in the face of the pandemic
  • 17:20 – 39:23: gratitude for Arm in Arm volunteers and donors
  • 39:24 – end: interview with Dr. Matthew Desmond

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April 4 | Jason Oosting

The Art of Easter

Jason Oosting returns for a special Easter Sunday Adult Education offering! Learn about works of art that help us consider the theology, meaning and significance of the resurrection of our Lord in a new way. Jason specializes in examining unconventional depictions of an ancient story and reflecting on what these works can teach about our life of faith.

Born at an early age, Jason Oosting lives in Holland, MI with his wife Shari and kids Asher, Ezra, Elia, and Ada. He taught AP Art History for seven years at Montgomery High School and now teaches at Holland Christian High School.


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Robeson Birthday Celebration (April 4-9)

Join us as we celebrate Paul Robeson Day in Princeton

After a year of confinement and cancellations because of the COVID 19 pandemic, the Paul Robeson House of Princeton will sponsor a series of activities to commemorate the 123 anniversary of Paul Robeson’s birth in Princeton. A combination of virtual and live events is scheduled for the week of April 4-9, including:

  • a “Football Toss and Hunt” in Palmer Square on Sunday, April 4, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • the Princeton Public Library will host a Robeson themed virtual “Storytime” on Tuesday, April 6
  • a short video featuring Robeson House Board members and friends will premiere on the Paul Robeson House of Princeton YouTube channel on Thursday, April 8.

The highlight of this year’s celebration will be the memorial wreath laying ceremony at the Robeson Bust in front of the Arts Council of Princeton on Friday, April 9, at 12:00 noon. Mayor Mark Freda will present a Proclamation designating April 9 as Paul Robeson Day in Princeton. The celebration will end with a tour of Robeson sites in the Witherspoon Jackson Neighborhood led by our historian Shirley Satterfield. We will wear masks and observe social distancing for all in-person events.

For more details visit the website: Paul Robeson House of Princeton.

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#MissionMonday – Churches for Middle East Peace

Working Together: Justice & Peace are Possible


Join CMEP for Journeys: Educate, Elevate, Advocate, Participate.

These are great events around which to gather your group for fellowship, fun, and faith-in-action! The series will introduce the people, issues, and work of pursuing peace and justice in the Middle East through a variety of virtual activities, such as Tours of the Holy Land, Cooking Classes, Book Clubs, Advocacy Action Days, and More! Our six programmatic tracks give you and your community the opportunity to dive deeper into learning about CMEP’s work and relationships, as well as the chance to bring new people into the work of peacebuilding through introductory events.


REGISTER HERE (CMEP website)


What is the mission of Churches for Middle East Peace?


Follow #MissionMonday on our social media platforms to hear about how, with your help, Nassau Presbyterian Church is supporting others in our town, our state, and across the world.

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Services for Holy Week & Easter 2021

Join us for worship services as we mark the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord.


Online Services

If you do not already receive our “Worship Links” emails on Sunday mornings, please sign up to receive them during Holy Week:

Holy Week & Easter (email list)

Holy Tuesday, March 30, 7:00 p.m., a Service of Wholeness & Healing for those in need of care and compassion, with prayer and music. (Zoom)


Maundy Thursday, April 1, 7:00 p.m., a service of Tenebrae readings and Communion. (Zoom)
Watch Tenebrae on YouTube


Good Friday, April 2, 12:00 p.m., a service of readings of The Way of the Cross, music by our youth, and prayer. (Zoom)
Watch Good Friday on YouTube


Easter Sunday, April 4, 6:30 a.m., a service from Princeton Cemetery.
Watch on Facebook Live


Easter Sunday, April 4, 11:00 a.m., Festival celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord and Communion.
Watch on Livestream


Outdoor Prayer Services

You are welcome to join Nassau Presbyterian for brief, covid-safe services around the cross. We will join in song, Scripture, silence, and prayer.

Please use the sign up form to choose one service:

Prayers at the Cross (sign up)

Monday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. (FULL)

Wednesday, March 31, 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday, April 2, 7:00 p.m. (FULL)

Saturday, April 3, 7:00 p.m. (FULL)

Covid-19 protocols apply for these services: social distancing, masking, and limited numbers.


Schedule

Zoom Outdoor Facebook Livestream
Monday, 3/29
7:00 PM
Tuesday, 3/30
7:00 PM
Wednesday, 3/31
7:00 PM
Thursday, 4/1
7:00 PM
Friday, 4/2
12:00 PM 7:00 PM
Saturday, 4/3
7:00 PM
Sunday, 4/4
Sunrise:
6:30 AM
11:00 AM

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Next Week at Witherspoon (Mar. 28-April 3)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact Phyllis Rich for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here.

Courageous Conversations (Google Doc link)


Streaming Worship Service

Sunday, March 28 at 10:00 a.m.

This service can be viewed online.

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Morning Prayers

March 29-April 2 at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, March 31, at 12:30 p.m.

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Maundy Thursday Service

Thursday, April 1, at 7:00 p.m.

Join the Nassau Presbyterian Church service via Zoom.


Good Friday Service

Friday, April 2, at 6:00 p.m.

Please join us for a special Good Friday 7 Last Words service focused on the last phrases spoken by the Christ on the day of crucifixion.  Seven gifted preachers from multiple denominations will preach a short sermon as we focus on the day which our Lord died for our sins.  Witherspoon’s own, the Reverend Lukata Mjumbe will preach the fifth word from John 19:28, “I am thirsty.”

Website:  http://www.msmbcnyc.org/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MorningStarMissionaryBaptistChurchNyc


Adult Bible Study

Saturday, April 3, at 10:00 a.m.

Midweek and Adult Bible Study classes will join together.  Led by Pastor Mjumbe and Elder Audi Peal we will study Matthew 28 and John 20, which offer different gospel accounts of the resurrection of Jesus.  We will compare and contrast texts as we prepare for Easter!

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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A Virtual Art Show




View the Exhibition (link)


I developed the idea of a small group devoted to photography in the Fall of 2016. I called it–admittedly the title was aspirational–The Sacred Art of Photography.  I was struck at the time by an odd paradox, or what seemed odd to me. Presbyterians are shy by nature, but once you get them talking in a small setting, they talk a lot about their faith. I knew this because as a small group leader, I had been mentored by Carol Wehrheim. Carol’s groups are so good they fill up within twenty minutes of sign-up. In January, it was easier to get a Covid vaccine in New Jersey than to get into a Carol Wehrheim small group, which makes sense, since the latter would do you more good.  And yet what everyone does in every small group I have been in is talk.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. People need to talk about their faith. After a year of Covid, they really need to talk about their faith. And in a predominantly secular world, the opportunities to do so are too few. Hence small groups.

But what seemed odd about this to me is how much the prophets and the psalmists and Jesus and the writers of the epistles speak in images. If Jesus had lived in our time, I think he might have been either a filmmaker or a photographer by trade.  At the very least, you would find him on Instagram. He had a gift for giving the ordinary its beautiful due, as John Updike, trained as a painter, once said. He took the ordinary experiences of human beings and fashioned them into narratives they could understand, visions they could see, images they could comprehend:  a vineyard where people worked and debated how much they should be paid, a wedding where the hosts almost ran out of wine, a coin that got lost, a barren fig tree. You can talk about these things and debate what they mean in the seminars at the seminary next door, patiently trace every signifier back to its sign, but don’t you have to see them to comprehend them?  He leadeth me beside the still waters. When have you last been near still waters? People totally get this in dealing with every other aspect of their lives.  Latest estimates are that there are 250 billion photos on Facebook. People upload about 350 million photographs there a day, and that does not even include the more photocentric Instagram. People are using images to communicate something, yes?  Why would we not use them to communicate our faith?

In early March of 2020, the eighth session of Sacred Art of Photography began meeting in its usual location on Thursday nights in the Conference Room.  You remember the Conference Room, right? We talked about the spring session, the possibility of a trip to galleries in Chelsea in New York, the thesis exhibition I was putting together to finish my MFA.  And then, of course, everything stopped. Everything that is, except for my small group. I see the first zoom invitation on my calendar appeared on March 26, 2020 and the group got to work, documenting whatever was left of our world.  I gave them assignments; but it didn’t matter; leading them is like herding cats. And they knew exactly what to do. Take a breath, pray, think, create.

The group was scheduled for six sessions, but Spring led into Summer which led into Fall which led into the new year. I thought I was doing them a favor by keeping the group going. They need this, I said to myself. But I realized, of course, that it was I who was in need of instruction. Trapped inside of my house, New York City shut down, my thesis exhibition cancelled, I was provided a schooling in how artists respond to adversity.  They rolled up their sleeves and got to work, making sense of the world around them. That’s what you signed up for, Ned, their work seemed to say, now stop feeling sorry for yourself and get back to work.

In this exhibition of their work, which they selected, I am hoping you will see some of that, but you will also see notes of courage and grace and love. You will see humor and wit. You will see a real appreciation for the beauty of God’s creation.  You will see the Holy Spirit at work. You will see the work of ordinary people who have transformed themselves into artists in a community of faith. They also transformed me, and for that, I am truly grateful.

                                                                                                –Ned Walthall, March 2021



View the Exhibition (link)


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#MissionMonday – One Great Hour of Sharing

Restoring Hope, Feeding the Hungry, Empowering the Oppressed


The programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. Bring your donation to OGHS or your fishbank to the church on Saturday, March 27, between 12 and 2 p.m. and pick up a Palm for Palm Sunday!

To donate online, visit Give Now page on the Nassau Church website.

One Great Hour of Sharing (PCUSA website)


Please watch this Moment for Mission from the Presbyterian Mission Agency


In a world of disaster, hunger, and oppression, millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity.

The three programs supported by One Great Hour of SharingPresbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People – all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope.

 


Follow #MissionMonday on our social media platforms to hear about how, with your help, Nassau Presbyterian Church is supporting others in our town, our state, and across the world.

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