December 2011 The Newsletter of Nassau Presbyterian Church
A Church for All Generations For the Lord is good; God’s steadfast love endures forever,
and God’s faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100:5)
Advent • Christmas
Nassau Presbyterian Church
61 Nassau Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08542 • (609) 924-0103 • fax: (609) 683-1975 • www.nassauchurch.org
• New Pageant & Christmas Eve Service ........3
• Come Join the Bell Peal................................3
• PW Advent Luncheon..................................3
• Communitites of Light.................................3
• Advent Service of Remembrance...................3
• Adult Education on Sundays.........................4
• Calling Adult Chamber Musicians................4
• New Members..............................................5
• Mission Committee News.............................6
• Ecumenical Advocacy Days...........................6
• Weekend of Mission: January 14-16.............7
• Senior Adult News........................................7
• Children’s and Family Ministry News...........8
• Youth Fellowship News.................................8
• Mercer Project Teach.....................................9
• Winter Clothing for Seminary Students........9
• Fellowship and Support..............................10
• Tending the Flock.......................................11
• Poinsettia Memorials...................................11
• Conference Room Art Show.......................12
• Alternative Gifts..........................................12
• Thinking About/Rethinking Retirement.....12
Please find all
Advent and Christmas
Services and events on the enclosed
David A. Davis, Pastor
Lauren J. McFeaters, Associate Pastor— Elizabeth Schultz, Associate Pastor — Matt Schultz, Associate Pastor
Joyce MacKichan Walker, Minister of Education — Corrie Berg, Christian Education Associate for Children’s and Family Ministries
Noel Werner, Director of Music — Sue Ellen Page, Director of Choirs for Children and Youth — Janet Miller, Organist/Accompanist
John Baker, Sound Engineer — Tara Woodard-Lehman, Presbyterian Campus Minister
Linda Gilmore, Business Administrator — Patrick Lyons, Director of Communications
Administrative Assistants: Reese Hansen, Pastoral Care/Fellowship — Susan Mathews, Business
Lauren Yeh and Shannon Smythe, Christian Education/Worship — Edie Estrada, Building Superintendent — Verny Cano, Custodian
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NASSAU GENERATIONS 2 DECEMBER 2011
This Year, a New Christmas Eve Service and One Pageant
With Christmas Eve falling on a Saturday this year, we have
the opportunity to do something new in our congregation’s
worship life. These last few years it has become increasingly
difficult to find the volunteers and participants necessary to
support two pageants. This year we will offer our traditional
Christmas Pageant with full cast and choirs the Fourth Sunday
of Advent, December 18 at 3:30PM. On Christmas Eve we
will offer Christmas Eve Worship at 2:30PM (in addition to
7:00PM Communion and 10:00PM Lessons and Carols). This
worship service will be interactive, participatory and engaging
for all ages, telling the story through art and song. Children,
youth and adults will find there is something for everyone at
the pageant on December 18 (at 3:30PM) and the Christmas
Eve Worship service at 2:30PM on December 24.
Come Join the Christmas Bell Peal This Year
A Nassau tradition continues as we ring in Christmas at the
conclusion of the 7:00PM service. Groups of four ringers each
are placed throughout the sanctuary to ring a glorious peal during
the singing of “Joy to the World.” All ringers must attend
the rehearsal on December 23 at 6:00 PM, and those who need
to learn the peal or have a refresher course can take advantage
of one of the following rehearsals in Room 202: December 1
& 8 at 5:15 PM and December 5 & 12 at 4:30 PM. Contact
Lauren Yeh or use My Nassau to sign up to participate. We
need at least 32 ringers, so sign up to ring today!
Presbyterian Women’s Advent Luncheon, December 4
December 4, 2011 at 12:30PM in the Assembly Room. Music
is by soloist, Carol Fagundus, accompanied by Noel Werner on
piano. Come join the fun, enjoy a delicious hot lunch of baked
ham, bean salad, cole slaw, rolls and Christmas cookies! For
Womanspace Communitites of Light, December 12
The Nassau Deacons invite you to participate in the annual
Communities of Light, Luminary lighting on Monday, December
12 at dusk. This program has raised awareness and over
$500,000 to benefit victims and survivors of domestic violence
in Mercer County. Last year the thousands of candles in Mercer
County, including on the front steps and portico of Nassau
Presbyterian Church, were powerful symbols of hope for all
those who struggle with violence in their homes.
Our Artist-in-Residence, Meagan Woods, has created and
choreographed a new dance piece for the event that will be
many years, PW have hosted this luncheon to honor our hardworking
staff members. A few extra meals will be available at
the door, after the November sales of meals, at $10 per person.
Contact Ginger August (609) 924-6391.
presented on the portico. Preparations are underway so you
can purchase, for $10, environmentally-friendly luminary kits
that come preassembled in a small box with candles, bags and
All proceeds from Communities of Light 2011 will directly
benefit programs, ensuring that no victim or survivor is
ever turned away. Kits can be purchased at McCaffrey’s Market,
PNC Bank, Terhune Orchards, and Wegman’s. For more information
contact Womanspace at www.womanspace.org.
Advent Service of Remembrance December 18, 2:00PM
Advent and Christmas are very often a time for memories and
remembering. For some, this is a particularly difficult season,
especially when beloved spouses, family members, and friends
have died, and the pain of their loss is very present. For others,
the memories of happier times, the anguish of broken relationships,
the insecurity of unemployment, and the challenges of
poor health shadow the season. In the midst of festivities and
celebrations, we can feel very much alone.
Please join us at Nassau Presbyterian Church for a Service of
Remembrance. We will gather to acknowledge our sadness and
grief; we will seek God’s healing and restoration; and we will
offer one another the gift of fellowship.
Be with us as we worship in Niles Chapel and remember that
God’s Word comes to give light to our darkness. There will be
a reception following the service.
NASSAU GENERATIONS 3 DECEMBER 2011
Adult Education on Sundays
Sojourners September 18, 2011 – May 20, 2012
9:30 – 10:30 AM, Maclean House, Princeton University
Join a small group that enjoys learning, discussing, reflecting,
and praying together with the intent of deepening faith
and creating community. The group generates their own topics
and occasionally attends scheduled adult education classes in
order to reflect on them. Linda Gilmore, Keith Mertz, and Jon
and Mary Ann Alger serve as coordinators, but members of the
group also lead. The group meets in Maclean House which is
just across the university driveway from the church. Come to
the library in the front of the house.
December 4, 9:30 – 10:30AM, Niles Chapel
Diseases of Poverty and the Role of
Presbyterian Mission Hospitals
Examine some of the key health problems that affect people
in low and middle income countries based on recent work
in Tropical Diseases at two Presbyterian Mission Hospitals in
Kenya, Africa. Discover how the Presbyterian Church of East
Africa (PCEA) is addressing the health needs of the region,
and plans for the opening of the new medical and pharmacy
school at the Presbyterian University in Kikuyu, Kenya. Gain
an overview of ongoing work with the Tuberculosis Alliance to
develop improved therapies, and clinical trial research based in
the large Kibera slum in Nairobi, Ken-ya.
Daniel E. Everitt is a physician with board certification
in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Clinical Pharmacology.
He has spent the past 20 years working in Pharmaceutical
Research and Development. In 2010 Dan retired
from Johnson & Johnson to redirect his career to international
health and diseases of poverty. He has participated in medical
mission trips to Guatemala each of the past 3 years with the
Presbyterian-affiliated group “Faith in Practice.” Early this year
he completed the diploma course in Tropical Medicine at the
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and then
spent six weeks in Kenya working in hospitals of the Presbyterian
Church of East Africa. In June Dan started his work as
Senior Medical Officer of the TB Alliance in New York City,
a non-profit product development partnership that develops
drugs to treat tuberculosis. Dan joined Nassau Church in 2010
and lives with his wife, Paula, in Newtown, PA.
December 4, 11, and 18, 9:15 – 10:15AM, Assembly Room
Prophets of Advent
Jesus quoted the prophet Isaiah to describe his own ministry:
“The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord
has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news . . . .”
These same words aptly describe the work of God’s prophets
through time and the church’s calling today. Join this exploration
of the messages of three prophets of Advent: Isaiah, John
the Baptist, and Mary of Nazareth. Each day, consider how we
are also anointed in our baptism for a ministry of good news.
December 4: Isaiah 40:1-11
December 11: John 1:6-8, 19-28
December 18: Luke 1:46-55
After graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary,
Christy Lang Hearlson served the Brick Presbyterian Church
in New York as an Associate Pastor. Currently a doctoral student
in Christian Education at PTS, she worships at Nassau
and enjoys teaching all ages.
December 11, 9:30 – 10:30AM, Niles Chapel
Cultivating a Culture of Creativity
Artists are always asked, “Where do you get your ideas?”
The answer is usually the same, “I have no earthly clue!” But
we need to know, if we hold it as true that creativity is a Godgiven
gift, creativity is necessary to make church relevant in
changing times and places, and creativity is an essential part
of our prayer, worship, and spiritual life. So how do we understand
creativity from a theological perspective, and how do we
make sure that our church is a place that cultivates it, and not
a place that neglects or even squelches it?
Matt Schultz is Associate Pastor with primary responsibility
for ministry to youth and their families. He is also an artist,
and an aficionado of creativity.
Opportunities for Adult Chamber Musicians
We are organizing small instrumental ensembles to play in
church services. If you are a string, wind, or keyboard musician
and interested in participating in one of these groups, contact
Je Oh at email@example.com. Depending on the level of experience
and instrument combinations of the ensembles, we
can help identify and prepare music for church services.
NASSAU GENERATIONS 4 DECEMBER 2011
New Members Received by Session, October 30, 2011
By Letter of Transfer:
14 Yale Terrace
Princeton, NJ 08540
From: Shady Grove United Methodist Church
Glen Allen, VA
From: Third Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA
34 Prospect Avenue
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
From: Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church,
West Windsor, NJ
106 Darrow Drive
Pennington, NJ 08534
From: The First Presbyterian Church, New York, NY
Children: Camille, Duncan)
3 West Palmer Square, Apt A
Princeton, NJ 08542
From: Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church,
Mt. Pleasant, SC
PO Box 5204, SBN 731
Princeton Theological Seminary
Princeton, NJ 08540
From: Christ Presbyterian Church of Rancho La Costa,
49 Mercer Street
Hamilton Square, NJ 08690
From: Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church,
(Children: André, Pierre)
0843 Frist Center
From: Lake Pointe Baptist Church, Rockwall, Texas
By Profession of Faith
149 Hodge Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
(Children: Alexandra, Tooker, Bailey)
64 Mercer Street, SBN 043
Princeton, NJ 08540
By Reaffirmation of Faith:
526 Brickhouse Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
227 S. Main Street
Pennington, NJ 08534
526 Brickhouse Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
NASSAU GENERATIONS 5 DECEMBER 2011
Our former “Mitten Tree” is becoming a “Mission” Tree! You
are invited to help decorate the Christmas Tree in the Assembly
Room with scarves, hats, mittens, and gloves (hand made or
purchased, all sizes) to be shared with our neighbors in need at
Womanspace. We will also be collecting items for “Clean Up
Buckets” for Church World Service. Ornaments with needed
items can be found on the tree. These buckets will be assembled
on Monday, January 16 at our MLK weekend Mission Program
for children and youth, from 10:30AM to 12:30PM.
Bring your donations and hang them on, or place them by,
the Christmas Tree. We’ll decorate our tree throughout Advent.
Womanspace donations will be picked up on Sunday, December
18. Contact Elizabeth Schultz
Adult Education Opportunity Diseases of Poverty and the
Role of Presbyterian Mission Hospitals. Dr Dan Everitt 9:30-
10:30AM in Niles Chapel. See Adult Education section for full
Nassau Fellows Program Nassau Church has a mission opportunity
for college graduates ages 21 – 25 who were formerly
associated with Nassau’s youth programs. The Nassau Fellows
Program (NFP) is a one-year opportunity to serve God in a
variety of domestic and international mission sites.
NFP is partnered with the PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteers
(YAV). Established in 1994, YAV has sent over 1000 volunteers
to domestic and international mission sites. YAVs have
engaged in environmental protection work in Peru, immigration
reform in Arizona, and sex traffic prevention in Kenya,
among many other sites. Our current NFP, Elizabeth Wall, is
serving in Northern Ireland.
We strongly encourage you—or possibly your son or
daughter—to consider the NFP/YAV partnership as an option
for the 2012-2013 academic year.
YAV comes with a price tag. Volunteers must provide between
$6500 (domestic sites) and $8000 (international sites),
Mission Committee News
which helps meet the cost of
travel, retreats, health insurance,
room and board. However,
through the Nassau Fellows
Program, Nassau Church
is now helping YAV volunteers
meet up to 90% of these expenses.
How do I become a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer?
Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
Information about YAV and the YAV online application can be
found at the following website: http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/yav/.
Note that YAV’s application deadline for the 2012-
2013 academic year is January 20, 2012. This deadline is not
How do I become an NFP fellow?
The NFP application is simply a duplicate of the YAV application
and letters of reference. Please submit these items to Nassau
Presbyterian Church (ATTN: Nassau Fellows Program),
61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ, 08542. Like YAV, the NFP
application deadline is January 20, 2012. After reviewing your
application, we will contact you in order to set up an interview,
either in person or by phone. If you are selected as the 2012-
2013 NFP fellow, we will work closely with you throughout
the YAV discernment process as together we ask for God’s vocational
direction in your life.
We hope that through the NFP/YAV partnership you will
experience God’s deep love for humanity and the mission of
the church as one in the same. We hope that you will grow in
vocational understanding and missional awareness as you serve
God either at home or abroad. We also hope that through you
Nassau Church will develop new mission partnerships with sister
churches, at home and around the world. We look forward
to hearing from you!
For more information, please contact NFP Coordinator
Elizabeth Schultz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ecumenical Advocacy Days: March 23-26, 2012
2012 Conference Theme
Is THIS the Fast I Seek? Economy,
Livelihood and Our National Priorities
Nassau Youth from grades 10 to 12 are eligible to sign up
for our Annual Mission Trip to Washington D.C. to take part in
this amazing conference on Christian witness, which includes
an opportunity on Monday to visit Capitol Hill to meet with
appropriate representatives. Our team will depart on Amtrak
from Trenton on Friday afternoon and arrive back home Monday
evening. While in Washington, we will be staying at the
Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City, where the conference is being
The cost of the trip this year is $175 per student. A $50 deposit
is due on January 1, 2012. This cost includes the roundtrip
train ticket, hotel reservations, conference fee and most
meals. Students will need to bring money for three meals and
any extra food or souvenirs. More information about the trip
can be found at http://advocacydays.org. Please sign up on MY
NASSAU GENERATIONS 6 DECEMBER 2011
Weekend of Mission: January 14 - 16, 2012
Weekend of Mission in honor of the
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Nassau Presbyterian Church
Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking
to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith…so that what is lame
may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.
Hebrews 12:1-2; 12
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Prayer Circle for the Mission Trip to Haiti
6:00AM; Nassau Church parking lot
Come pray with members of the Nassau, Hopewell and Kinston
Presbyterian Churches as they prepare to fly to Port au Prince.
This joint Mission Trip, in cooperation with the Mission Committee
of Presbytery, will travel to Haiti to support the work
of Dr. Katie Wolf and her organization Friends for Health in
Haiti, (FHH.) FHH is building a medical clinic for the 50,000
people in the Jeremie area who have no primary medical care.
Participants from Nassau include Elizabeth Schultz, Tom Lee,
Marcia VanDyck, Dan, Paula, and Dana Everitt, and Cathy and
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Church Fair: A Church-Wide Celebration of Mission &
10:15 and 12 noon; Assembly Room
The Membership Committee will host a church-wide celebration
of the ministries and missions of Nassau Church. It’s an
opportunity for the congregation to understand more about the
various possibilities for individual and community journeys of
faith. To ensure that your group is represented, contact Bruce
Heagstedt at email@example.com.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Day of Mission with Church World Service (CWS)
10:30 – 12:30 PM; Assembly Room
Children, youth, families, adults -- join us for an intergenerational
event of education and service. We will assist CWS in
the creation of Emergency Clean-Up Buckets. In the face of
natural disasters, Emergency Clean-Up Buckets enable people
to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood, hurricane,
tornado, or other disaster here in the United States. A
list of items needed can be found on the Mission and Outreach
bulletin board and on ornaments to take with you from the
“Mission Tree.” Please RSVP on MY NASSAU or with Shannon
Smythe at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-
An Interfaith Service of Worship in Celebration of the
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
7:00 PM; Mt. Pisgah AME Church
170 Witherspoon Street, Princeton
Leadership by Princeton Congregations
Brown Bag Lunch Workshops - Friday, December 9,
12:00PM Insomnia: Tired of Being Tired Co-sponsored by
Princeton HealthCare System.
Senior Adult News
the show. Register online at http://register.communitypass.net/
princeton or pick up a registration form at the Suzanne Patterson
Building, 45 Stockton Street.
Brown Bag Lunch Workshop - Friday, December 16,
12:00PM. Project Life Saver & Photo IDs presented by the
Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. Contact: Princeton Senior
Resource Center at the Suzanne Patterson Building, 45
Stockton Street, Princeton; www.princetonsenior.org; 609-
Join a trip to Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular;
Thursday, December 1, 9:00AM -4:00PM. The Princeton
Recreation Department is sponsoring the trip to New York
City at a cost of $75 that includes bus ride and admission to
Computer Classes at the Princeton Senior Resource
Center You asked for this and here it is! Computer Classes are
available in a wide variety of subjects and learning levels and
take place at the computer lab at the Princeton Senior Resource
Center. Classes include Intro to Microsoft Word, More about
Excel, Skype, Facebook, iPad, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn,
Downloading eBooks and Audiobooks, downloading photos
to the computer, and editing photos with Picasa. Cost: $5 per
session, call 609-924-7108.
NASSAU GENERATIONS 7 DECEMBER 2011
Children’s and Family Ministry News
Children’s Library – Our new Children’s Library in room 204
is open and ready for visitors. Please stop by to investigate our
wonderful collection of children’s books, Bibles stories, and
parent and teacher resources. Advent and Christmas titles are
featured this month. Children and families are encouraged to
sign out books and enjoy them at home. We have several special
Christmas coloring books available for our youngest visitors to
“color & carry.”
Upcoming December events to note…
Advent Craft Fairs – Thursday, December 1, 4:00-5:30 PM,
and Thursday, December 8, 4:00-5:30 PM. Children, of all
ages, join us for this festive afternoon of Advent crafts, holiday
treats, and Christmas stories by our Christmas tree. There will
be a variety of projects suitable to every ability, and childcare is
available, if requested in advance. This is a great opportunity
for your children to create memorable and hand-made gifts.
Parents are welcome to join in the fun or take advantage of this
afternoon and do a little Christmas shopping. New crafts will
be featured each week. Please sign up now for either one or both
of these festive sessions by contacting Shannon Smythe at email@example.com
or registering for this event on
Christmas Eve Worship service on December 24 @ 2:30 PM
– Parents, grandparents, visitors, and especially children are invited
to join us for this special worship service on Christmas
Eve. Childcare will be provided for infants – age 3.
No church school on Christmas Day, December 25, or New
Year’s Day, January 1 - There will be a 10:00 AM worship
service on these two Sundays. Childcare for infants - age 2 will
be located in room 105, and an activity time for age 3 – kindergartener
will be held in room 07/08.
And into January…
Day of Mission with Church World Service – Monday, January
16, 2012, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Children, youth, families,
and adults are invited to join us for an intergenerational
event of education and service. This year, we will assist CWS
in the creation of Emergency Clean-Up Buckets. In the face of
natural disasters, Emergency Clean-Up Buckets enable people
to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood,
hurricane, tornado or other natural disaster here in the United
States. Stay tuned for a list of items to bring with you. Please
RSVP on MY NASSAU or with Shannon Smythe at shannon.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-924-0103.
Club 3-4-5 – Monday January 16, 2012. 3 rd , 4 th , and 5 th graders
are especially included in our Day of Mission event. Club
3-4-5ers will stay for lunch and a fun afternoon activity. Watch
your inboxes for more details in the next few weeks.
Youth Fellowship News
Middle School Wednesdays, 5:45PM-7:30PM
December 18, 3:30PM Pageant
Senior High Sundays, 6:00PM-8:00PM
December 18, 3:30PM Pageant
CAYA – December 11 Come worship with the Senior High
Fellowship group on Sunday December 11 in the Assembly
Room at 7:02PM. The worship service is called C.A.Y.A.:
“Come As You Are,” and is intentionally creative and casual.
You are invited to join us for this multi-generational evening of
worship - followed by dessert.
Alumni Gathering at Winberies at 9:00PM on December
23rd. Please join in this Alumni-only fellowship event following
the choir rehearsal at church. ALL alumni invited.
Montreat is an experience that will stay with you for a long
time. It is a youth conference set in the beautiful Mountains of
North Carolina where we worship, sing, play, have great discussions
and bond as a youth group.
The group will leave Saturday, July 28 and return Saturday,
August 4. We will attend the youth conference at Montreat
Confernence Center. This year’s theme is “Perfectly Imperfect.”
The cost of the trip is $475 which includes housing, transportation,
a t-shirt, the conference fee, and most meals. Youth
should bring money for 6 meals on the road and any additional
spending money they’d like to have.
Signup under “Available Upcoming Events” on My Nassau.
Nassau Church Youth have first priority on spaces through
December 1, after which time other churches in our presbytery
will be invited to join our group.
NASSAU GENERATIONS 8 DECEMBER 2011
Mercer Project Teach: Sewing and Yoga Classes
Classes have resumed for the school year 2011-2012 at Mercer
Project TEACH in Ewing. Project TEACH (Teen Education
and Child Health) is an alternative, year round education program
for pregnant or parenting teens at risk of school failure.
All students are working through the requirements for their
high school academic diploma. The students bring their children
to school. The children are cared for in appropriate areas
with developmental programming by licensed child care professionals.
Twenty five students are currently enrolled. Fifteen
children attend the child care center.
All students participate in both sewing and yoga classes.
Sewing classes meet on the first and third Wednesdays from
October through May resulting in a total of eighteen classes
for the year. Yoga classes meet on Thursdays weekly from October
through May. These programs are coordinated and led
by teacher volunteers. Participation in these programs provides
learning experiences in areas that are not funded in the general
school budget. The learning is valued and counts toward the
New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards for Art and Physical
The sewing program allows for students to learn the basics
of sewing through hand sewing and machine sewing. They
learn button sewing and clothing repair techniques, baby quilt
construction, patch work pillow assembly and more.
Students come to class eager to learn and soon are focused
and engaged in the project work of the day. The project of one
student often inspires and influences the project choice of another
student. The curriculum allows for the students to experience
a sequential and incremental series of activities and related
projects. The students complete their projects and are delighted
with the results.
A multi-racial team of dedicated volunteers, all but one of
whom are retired educators, staffs the sewing classes which have
been continuing for more than twenty years. Representing Nassau
Church are Elaine Barger, Loretta Wells and Nancy Prince.
Other volunteers are Adrienne Daniels Paris, Agnes Bougot,
Janet Byard, Birgitta Paddack and Mary Libourel.
The yoga program is in its second year. Romy Toussaint, a
certified yoga instructor, teaches the classes as a volunteer. She
is assisted by Jerry Farina, another volunteer. This program was
piloted through a very small budget. The Mission and Outreach
Committee gave a grant to purchase suitable clothing.
Yoga pants were purchased at Kohl’s which gave a very generous
discount. The Pennington Ewing Athletic Club donated the tee
shirts. Yoga mats were donated. Students are gradually becoming
receptive to practice yoga where they learn about mentally
centering, mindful breathing, achieving balance, developing
strength and flexibility and relaxation.
Some of the feedback the teachers hear comes from both the
professional school staff and the students. The Principal shared,
“The students get to be part of a normal social setting guided
by a very cohesive and congenial volunteer team of teachers.”
A student said, “I like the fabric we work with.” The principal
and teachers often say, “The attendance of the students is the
highest on sewing day.” Fourteen students achieved their high
school diploma last June.
The Mission and Outreach Committee provides financial
support and personal encouragement for this local mission
program each year. Donations through the Advent Alternative
Gift Program provided additional support. These gifts and
expression of interest and goodwill are very much appreciated
by the school, the students, and the volunteers. Mercer Project
TEACH is an approved program to receive donations through
the Advent Alternative Gift Program, 2011. Any questions or
comments can be directed to Nancy Prince at 609-882-9459 or
Winter Clothing for International Seminary Students
For years, Nassau Church has given one of the most warm and
beautiful gestures of welcome and hospitality to our international
Seminary students––donations of winter clothes, especially
needed by students from warmer climates. If you have
jackets, parkas, coats or fleecetops in good condition, please
contact Hester van Huyssteen, 21 Dickinson St. Princeton,
609-683-4689 or email:email@example.com.
NASSAU GENERATIONS 9 DECEMBER 2011
Fellowship and Support
Al-Anon Support Group
An Al-Anon Support Group meets at the Church on Thursdays
at 10:00AM. Al-Anon is a program of healing and recovery for
relatives and friends of alcoholics. Al-Anon is also a fellowship of
persons who share their experience, strength, and hope in order
to solve common problems that stem from being affected by another’s
alcoholism. Contact Nancy Prince 609-882-9459.
Alzheimer’s Disease Caregivers Support Group
For friends and family members caring for someone with Alzheimer’s
Disease. They meet the first Monday of the month at
4:00PM in the Conference Room. Contact: Carol Wehrheim
Cancer Support Group
A group which offers comfort and companionship and is a place
for people to share common concerns, receive emotional support,
medical information and fellowship for members and friends of
Nassau Church who have experienced cancer. We generally meet
on the second Saturday morning of every month at various locations.
Please call ahead for date and time. Contact: Ted and
Alice Vial, firstname.lastname@example.org 609-759-3306 or Lauren
J. McFeaters 609-924-0103x102; Lauren@nassauchurch.org.
A group of men in our church meets every Friday morning from
September through May at 7:30AM in Room 204. Contact: Ted
Nassau Book Group
Usually meets on the third Sunday of the month in Room 202
to enjoy a lively discussion of a book, however, there is no
December meeting. Contact: Ginger August 609-924-6391,
Single adult members of the congregation are invited to join
Nassau Singles for fellowship and community service opportunities.
The organization is self-led; members brainstorm activity
ideas and then volunteer to coordinate them. For information or
to be added to the group’s e-mail list, contact Liz Hough Beasley
This come-when-you-can group meets each week at a different
location in Princeton and surrounding area to walk for health,
exercise (no power walking), fresh air, relaxation and fellowship.
Contact Barbara Happer at email@example.com or 609-921-
1487 to be placed on the email list. They meet on Tuesdays,
10:00AM to 11:00AM (weather permitting). Location of walk
announced by email on Mondays.
Join us in this friendly group which meets on the second and
fourth Monday in the Conference Room, main floor, from
1:00-3:00PM. We do not meet when the church office is closed
for holidays or for other reasons. Bring your embroidery, mending,
knitting, crocheting, or other “easy-to-carry” handwork to
the gathering. Be prepared for much laughter and camaraderie.
Contact: Ginger August 609-924-6391.
To request prayer, call Debbi Roldan to initiate the prayer chain.
You may also write your concerns in the prayer book in the
narthex. All concerns are confidential. If you wish to participate
in this ministry, Debbi would be happy to add you to the
email or phone prayer chain. Contact Debbi Roldan 609-688-
PW-NPC meets monthly in Circles. All women are welcome.
No membership is required. Circles are small groups of women
who gather to nurture faith through prayer and Bible study, enjoy
fellowship in a caring community and support the church
and its mission worldwide.
Circle 1: Contact Helen Duncan 609-452-2477
Circle 2: Meets 4 th Tues. 9:30AM. Contact Claudene Harkins
Circle 3: Contact Jeanne Katen 609-921-7364
Circle 4: Meets 2 nd Tues. 10:00—11:30AM in Room 204.
Childcare available for Circle 4 with prior notice.
Walk, Talk, Pray
Mother’s Fellowship meets Mondays from 9:00 to 10:15AM at
the church to walk, talk and pray. Childcare is provided from
8:45 -10:30AM, with a reservation. All mothers of infants
through high school students are welcome. Contact Corrie Berg,
Women’s Book Group
The Women’s Book Group will meet on Monday evening,
December 19, (please note, this is the third Monday, not the
second), 7:30PM, at the home of Ellen Wilson, 243 Russell
Road. We will discuss Rococo by Adrianna Trigianni and have
some Christmas refreshments. All women are welcome. Contact
Judy Matthies at 609-924 6331 for more information.
Women’s Early Friday Morning Bible Study
Women meet for breakfast, fellowship and Bible study in various
homes at 7:00AM on Fridays. Contact Doodie Meyer 609-275-
6331 for information and meeting locations.
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Tending the Flock
Anna Lindsey Gearen, daughter of Molly Christiansen and John Gearen,
granddaughter of Lindsey and Knud Christiansen, on September 3, 2011
Mircea Lynn Twitchell, daughter of Erica and Aaron Twitchell, on October 19, 2011
Joseph John Shaw, father of Tom Shaw, on September 27, 2011, in Toms River, NJ
Gertrude Covin, grandmother of David Covin, on October 8, 2011 in Longview, TX
Dean Chace, husband of Sue Chace, on October 20, 2011
Virginia Link, on October 27, 2011 in Princeton
Charles Dennison, on October 27, 2011 in Princeton
Thomas W. Gillespie, on November 5, 2011 in Princeton
Bill Lynch, on November 7, 2011 in Princeton
Emily Patterson, daughter of Stephanie and Tom Patterson, on October 9, 2011
Chloë Silowka, daughter of Mandy Johnson and Dennis Silowka, on October 16, 2011
Allison Fay on October 23, 2011
Azing Chin on October 23, 2011
Rem Rem Cuai, daughter of Par Tha Hniang and Za Bik Thang, on October 23, 2011
Van Lal Ven, son of Par Tha Hniang and Za Bik Thang, on October 23, 2011
Advent/Christmas Memorial Poinsettias
From now until December 11, you can give a poinsettia as a
Memorial for a friend or loved one or to Honor someone. A
full listing of poinsettias will be printed in the worship bulletin
on December 18. After services on the forth Sunday of Advent
deacons will deliver the plants to those in need. Make checks
payable to NPC and completely fill out the note card to ensure
an accurate listing in the bulletin – the deadline is December
11. Note cards are available in the office.
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Nassau Presbyterian Church
61 Nassau Street
Princeton, New Jersey 08542
Conference Room Art Show in December
Art for Advent and the Nativity will be on display in the
conference room. Come see paintings, sculpture, créches,
and other works of art on the themes of the season contributed
by members of our congregation.
The Mission and Outreach Committee invites you to participate
in Nassau’s Alternative Gift Program 2011 during each
Sunday of Advent (November 27, December 4, 11, and 18).
Information regarding each of the ministries and programs
listed below, as well as mail-ready Alternative Gift Cards, will
be available at coffee hour. Your Alternative Gift greets and
honors a loved one by meeting significant needs in our community.
These important ministries and programs need our
support more than ever—please participate!
Boys and Girls Club of Trenton and Mercer County • Churches
for Middle East Peace • The Coalition for Peace Action •
Crisis Ministry of Trenton and Princeton • Housing Initiatives
of Princeton • Mercer Project Teach • Princeton Community
Housing • Princeton-Parramos Partnership in Guatemala •
Stony Point Center • Trenton Area Soup Kitchen • Trenton
Children’s Chorus • United Front Against Riverblindness
Thinking About/Rethinking Retirement
Saturday, February 25, 2012, 8:45AM – 3:00PM
Retirement is changing. We live longer. We are healthier. We
still have a lot of energy. Choose to use this day to pause and
reflect on what you want to do in those vital years before you.
Especially focus on your vocation and your use of time in your
retirement years. Some questions that will be addressed:
• When is the right time to retire?
• What gifts and talents have I gleaned from my work
and life experience?
• Who am I and who does God call me to be in my
• How will I redefine work, and will work continue to
shape my identity?
• Where do I/we want to live and what kind of living space
do I/we want or need?
• What personal support network will I/we need (family,
friends, church, community)?
Our leader will be David Rich, a retired PC(USA) minister
with over 30 years experience as a teacher, retreat leader, and
life/work planning facilitator for individuals and churches. David
formerly served as the Director of the Retirement Planning
Program of the Board of Pensions of the PC(USA). He has led
similar day and weekend long events in the past and many at
Nassau Church have benefitted from his wise leadership.
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