December - Nassau Presbyterian Church

December - Nassau Presbyterian Church

Nassau Generations

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)


The Promise

of God

Advent • Christmas

Nassau Presbyterian Church

61 Nassau Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08542 • (609) 924-0103 • fax: (609) 683-1975 •


• 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

Advent/Christmas Calendar

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

Printed on 10% post-consumer fiber, recycled paper. Please recycle.


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

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.


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 Depending on the level of experience

and instrument combinations of the ensembles, we

can help identify and prepare music for church services.


New Members Received by Session, October 30, 2011

By Letter of Transfer:

Tammy Collins

William Collins

14 Yale Terrace

Princeton, NJ 08540




From: Shady Grove United Methodist Church

Glen Allen, VA

From: Third Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA

(Child: Tyler)

Abby Gross

34 Prospect Avenue

Plainsboro, NJ 08536



From: Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church,

West Windsor, NJ

Douglas Ladendorf

Ingrid Ladendorf

106 Darrow Drive

Pennington, NJ 08534




From: The First Presbyterian Church, New York, NY

Children: Camille, Duncan)

Linda Ott

Elizabeth Ott

3 West Palmer Square, Apt A

Princeton, NJ 08542




From: Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church,

Mt. Pleasant, SC

Kate Satterstrom

PO Box 5204, SBN 731

Princeton Theological Seminary

Princeton, NJ 08540



From: Christ Presbyterian Church of Rancho La Costa,

Carlsbad, CA

Anne-Renée Rice-Soumeillant

49 Mercer Street

Hamilton Square, NJ 08690



From: Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church,

Lawrenceville, NJ

(Children: André, Pierre)

Elizabeth Swanson

0843 Frist Center

Princeton University


From: Lake Pointe Baptist Church, Rockwall, Texas

By Profession of Faith

Lisa Callaway

149 Hodge Road

Princeton, NJ 08540



(Children: Alexandra, Tooker, Bailey)

Albert Chung

64 Mercer Street, SBN 043

Princeton, NJ 08540


By Reaffirmation of Faith:

Sarah Fratangelo

526 Brickhouse Road

Princeton, NJ 08540


(Child: Aiden)

Robert Siano

227 S. Main Street

Pennington, NJ 08534


Pending Baptism:

Glenn Fratangelo

526 Brickhouse Road

Princeton, NJ 08540


(Child: Aiden)


Mission Tree!

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

class description.

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


& Outreach

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:

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

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 Please sign up on MY



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

Ben Davis.

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

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 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

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;; 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.


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

or registering for this event on

My Nassau.

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. 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 7

December 14

December 18, 3:30PM Pageant

Senior High Sundays, 6:00PM-8:00PM

December 4

December 11

December 18, 3:30PM Pageant

December 18

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 2012

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.


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


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, 609-759-3306 or Lauren

J. McFeaters 609-924-0103x102;

Men’s Breakfast

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,


Nassau Singles

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

Nassau Walkers

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 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.

Nassau Stitchers

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.

Prayer Chain

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-


Presbyterian Women

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.


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.


Nassau Generations

Nassau Presbyterian Church

61 Nassau Street

Princeton, New Jersey 08542

(609) 924-0103



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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.

Alternative Gifts

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

later years?

• 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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