Church Announcements Giving And Donations Opportunities For Service


Plastic Film Recycling [Begins September 1]

Beginning Sept. 1 we will be collecting plastic film for recycling, in cooperation with Sustainable Princeton and McCaffrey’s. Clean and dry single-use plastic shopping bags, produce bags, plastic shipping envelopes, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, case wrap, packing air pillows, newspaper bags, food storage bags, bubble wrap and product overwrap (napkins, paper towels, etc.) can be dropped off in the bin under the stairs next to the collection site for Arm-In-Arm.

Tithe Sunday [Sunday, September 2 | 10 am]

Next Sunday, September 2 during worship, we will be dedicating the commitments our congregation makes towards their Tithe contributions. For some this will be a re-dedication. For others an increase in their pledge representing what their tithe would be or a % increase towards that goal, or a one-time gift representing their personal tithe for month or other time period. Through your participation in this special Tithe Sunday we will be able to celebrate together God’s call for charity, and response to the resources we have been blessed with.

UMM Breakfast [Sunday, September 9 | 8 am]

September’s breakfast will feature Steve Besserman who will speak about his film about his parents Holocaust survivor’s love story and other films about the Holocaust he has created. Steve is founder of AriJoe Productions and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Mercer County Holocaust, Genocide and Human Right Education Center. 

Sponsored by UMM. All are welcome. $5 suggested donation.

Princeton UMC Timeline!

Help Pastor Jenny learn the stories, tradition, history and memories of PUMC! There will be color coded “leaves” available in worship and in the Sanford Davis Room/Café for you to make note of milestones in your life and the communal life of PUMC to add to our tree.

Special thanks to Susan Lidstone & Laura Felten for their work creating our Timeline Tree!

Leaves are color coded for different types of events:

  • Pink: ceremonies, celebrations, comings & goings
  • Blue: times of struggle, challenge, grief, strife
  • Beige: buildings or physical milestones & memories
  • Yellow: mission milestones & memories
  • Green: educations, youth, Sunday School, music, small group, and other program milestones & memories.

We invite you to add photos, write phrases or stories & have fun with this project as we put together a picture of our living history as a church family. When you’re done you can hang the leaf on the tree or leave it in the marked basket for hanging by the team

Get to know our new lead pastor Rev. Jenny Smith Walz

During July and August, we are planning opportunities for you to meet and be in conversation with our new Lead Pastor, Jenny Smith Walz. Gatherings will be in people’s homes and at the church. We will be adding more dates and locations, so check the weekly Happenings e-blast, the bulletin and our website.

While the gatherings in people’s homes are geography based, if it is more convenient for you to attend one in a geography other than your own, that’s fine. We are trying to keep the attendance at each home gathering at about twelve to allow for maximum conversation.

Here is the schedule so far for geography-based and special gatherings:

Date/Time                                                 Location/Host/Address/Phone

Wednesday, August 29, 7:00 pm               Home of Lula Crawford

Saturday, September 8, 5 pm                     Home of Bernhard and Karin Brouwer

Please let us know if you will be attending one of the gatherings. You can register via SignUpGenius  or sending an email to Tracey Feick-Lee or calling the church office at 609-924-2613.

Also, let Tracey know if you would like to host an event at your home this summer.

Annual Backpack Drive

We interrupt your summer holiday to remind you that September and “Back to School” shopping is just around the corner! As you prepare for this “most wonderful time of the year”, please consider contributing backpacks and school supplies to Princeton UMC’s annual backpack drive. Watch for details and drop-off points later this month.

School supplies that would be helpful to our neighbors’ children: 
Crayons, markers, pencils, pens, colored pencils erasers, glue, glue sticks,
Rulers, stencils, highlighters, post-it notes
Notebooks of all sorts and sizes, folders, book-bags, water-bottles, dictionaries

Thank you. We now return you to your regularly schedule summer fun!

Calling All Singers!

Come join our summer pickup choir. We rehearse at 9 am in the music room and perform during the service on July 1, July 15, August 5 and September 2. All are welcome!

Library News

Make a New Year’s Resolution to check out the PUMC library!  There are lots of interesting, inspiring good reads color-coded by topic:  spirituality, biography, death and dying, and (of course) John Wesley, to name a few.  The library is conveniently located in the hall near the Sanford Davis room, so come in during coffee hour to browse.  Come check it out—and check out a book, too! 

Stay Connected
Let the office know if you aren’t getting the newsletter in your email, and feel free to pick up a hard copy in the narthex.  Check “news and events” on or subscribe to the website’s blog. Or “like us” on Facebook (Princeton United Methodist Church). If social media isn’t your thing, check the bulletin board on the second floor for printouts of blog posts. The first floor bulletin board, near the office, has member news.

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No One is untouched! At some point everyone faces a period of crisis, transition or difficulty. During these times one can receive great benefit from a caring relationship with someone who will faithfully listen, empathize, pray with and for them, and encourage them with Christ’s love and care. Our PUMC Stephen Ministers are available to provide prayerful, listening, Christ-centered care. Find out more about Stephen Ministry by talking with Gerri Fowler or LaVerna Albury.

Giving And Donations

Clothing Donations
Your gently used and no longer needed clothing is a welcome gift to those struggling with self-sufficiency in our area. Trenton Rescue Mission, Cornerstone Community Kitchen and other agencies appreciate your thoughtfulness. Donations can be dropped off in the community storage room.

Arm in Arm Food Donations (Formerly The Crisis Ministry) [Sanctuary]
Heart healthy, non-perishable food items are collected for Arm in Arm (formerly Crisis Ministry), in the shopping carts under the stairwell on the lower level.

Personal Care Items  [Connection Point – Big Blue Tub]
Soap, shampoo, tooth paste and other personal care items are needed by families in transition. Agencies throughout Mercer County who provide shelter and support to families in need are grateful for PUMC’s ongoing support.

TerraCycle (ASP Recycling Fundraiser)

We are collecting the following items:

vitamin bottles and supplement packaging (new), salty snack bags, cereal bags and liners, GoGo Squeez and similar squeezable snacks, beauty care items (shampoo, conditioner, makeup, etc.) , deodorant, mouthwash, toothbrushes, foil-lined granola bar wrappers, febreze packaging of all kinds including aerosol bottles.

If you have any questions, please email asp-planning-team-pumcgroup(at)

McCaffery’s Sales Slips
Save your McCaffery’s sales slips! McCaffery’s donates a percentage of  the total to Arm in Arm (formerly Crisis Ministry).

Opportunities to Serve

Acolytes – All 5th-7th graders are encouraged to join our acolyte team. We will be serving each Sunday during the school year at 10 am. Sign up in the Sanford Davis Room or email your name, grade and contact email address to

Altar Guild – Looking for a way to get more involved in the life of our church, but are limited on time? Consider serving on the Altar Guild! Volunteers help out at the 10 am service, volunteer commitments are flexible. Preparing the sanctuary for worship is a meaningful way to contribute your time and talents to PUMC. Training provided.

Altar Flower Sign Up

Please consider donating altar flowers in honor or memory of a loved one or event. The sign up sheet is in the Sanford Davis room, or you may contact Beth Griner.

Coffee Hour Hosts – Looking for hosts. Please add your name to the list on the coffee table. Many Thanks in anticipation of your help. Contact:

Cornerstone Kitchen Volunteers

A few highly desirable volunteer positions are available for service once a month at the Wednesday evening (4:30-6:30 pm)  meal service. You would join a team led by a PUMC member you probably already know, and be responsible for serving the actual food onto china plates to be delivered to our guests by other volunteers. Fun, rewarding, only once a month, and no homework!
For more information visit

Greeters – Join in a ministry of hospitality by greeting at the exterior doors before Sunday Worship. Contact: church office | 609-924-2613