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Letter From Staff Parish Relations Committee 

To Members and Friends of Princeton United Methodist Church,

Almost two months ago, we announced that our Senior Pastor, Jana Purkis-Brash, was appointed to a new position to serve as the Executive Director of the Greater New Jersey Conference Stewardship Foundation effective July 1, 2017.   We received that news with sadness for our loss and joy for Jana and this wonderful new opportunity.

We expected that shortly after this announcement the Cabinet of the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church would identify a new Senior Pastor.  But we learned that our time is not necessarily God’s time.

In April, the Staff Parish Relations Committee had a conference call with Bishop Schol.  He shared with us his personal commitment to finding the RIGHT senior pastor for Princeton – someone with the gifts and experiences that we need to help us continue to grow in numbers and in faith, someone with the right balance of skill in administration and preaching.  And on that call, Bishop Schol told us that the RIGHT person is not available this year and that we would have an interim clergy appointment for the next year.

Like you, we were disappointed, but trusted that there would be an interim appointment that would continue to move us forward, not stand still.

On Sunday, it was our joy to announce that we will have an interim clergy team – two individuals, both part time, that are exceptionally talented and experienced with complementary gifts.  These two individuals will officially begin on July 1 and will serve PUMC through June of 2018. 

Rev. Virginia (Ginny) Samuel Cetuk has been appointed as the Administrative Pastor for Princeton United Methodist Church.  Ginny will oversee the coordination of our staff, the many programs of our church, and participate on key committees including Church Council, Staff Parish Relations, Finance and Stewardship and Trustees.  Ginny is a gifted leader and communicator.  Ginny recently retired as Associate Dean at Drew where she also served as Dean of Students and Interim Dean of the Theological School. She has also served as an Associate Pastor at Martinsville UMC, Chaplain at Overlook Hospital and as a Hospice Chaplain. 

Rev. Trey Wince is Director of New Disciples for GNJUMC.  Trey will serve PUMC as our Worship Pastor, preaching three times a month and working with our music staff, Worship Committee and Vital Worship Team.  Trey is a gifted preacher.   During his years of church leading, planting, consulting, and pastoring, Trey has remained convinced that high impact churches are really just churches who know how to take care of the little stuff first. He has served as pastor of Kingston UMC, College Director (serving students at Vanderbilt, Belmont and Lipscomb Universities), Director of Young Adult Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville and international missions coordinator with Joshua Expeditions.

Members of Staff Parish Relations had the opportunity to meet with Ginny and Trey last weekend.  We are so enthusiastic about what they will bring to our church.  We were immediately put at ease by their faith, enthusiasm and commitment to serving Princeton. We truly made this announcement on Sunday with joy.

We know that you have many questions.  So do we.  Over the next few weeks, Jana, Catherine and Skitch along with all of the members of our staff, SPRC and lay leaders will be working with Trey and Ginny to make this a smooth transition.  We know that you will keep this process in your prayers and will enthusiastically support all of the members of our clergy team and staff.  At PUMC, we are no stranger to change.   And this is yet another change.  But God is at work here.  We are going to be richly blessed this year, and we will see God continuing to work among us as we welcome Trey and Ginny and receive the blessing of their talents.

Staff Parish Relations Committee

Celebration for Catherine Williams [Sunday, May 28 | During Both Coffee Hours]

May is a very special month for Catherine Williams. On Saturday, May 20, Catherine will graduate and receive her Doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary. The very next day, Sunday, May 21, Catherine will be Ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church at the Annual Conference of the Greater New Jersey Methodist Church in Wildwood, New Jersey. Either of these alone would be a lot to celebrate! Please join us on Sunday, May 28, as we acknowledge and celebrate these major accomplishments in Catherine’s life during both coffee hours. And, Catherine will be preaching that Sunday, too!

Celebration for Jana & Don {Sunday, June 4 | 12:15 pm | Fellowship Hall]

We are planning a very special celebration for Jana and Don on Sunday, June 4, at 12:15 pm in the Fellowship Hall. This is our opportunity to recognize and thank Jana for her leadership and countless contributions to the life of PUMC as our Senior Pastor for the last nine years. We also want to thank Don for leading the Heart of Our Faith Sunday School class and his contributions as our “resident theologian.” 

This will be a very special event. Our own resident chef, Ian MacDonald, will be preparing a truly memorable meal, one befitting the occasion. There will also be entertainment. 

Tickets for the celebration will be $15 per person, and we will begin to sell tickets on Sunday, April 23, during both coffee hours. Due to seating capacity in the Fellowship Hall, we will be selling a maximum of 150 tickets – so you will want to get yours early! You can also reserve your tickets by sending an email to Emelia Timpo at 

Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing more information about the menu and the program. For now, SAVE THE DATE! 

If you have any questions, please feel free to speak with a member of the celebration planning committee: LaVerna Albury, Ida Cahill, Theresa Cann, Lula Crawford, Iona Harding, Andrew Hayes, Ian MacDonald, Michele Tuck-Ponder and Susan Victor. 

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Contemporary Issues Class [Sundays, 9:30 am – Library]

The Contemporary Issues Class meets every Sunday at 9:30 am in the Library. We welcome new class members.

The Heart of Our Faith Class [Sundays, 9:30 am – Fellowship Hall]
The Heart of Our Faith class meets in the Fellowship Hall on Sundays at 9:30. Led by Rev. Don Brash, it will study the differences between the Word as Jesus of Nazareth, the word as the preaching of the preacher, and the Word as the messages of the Scriptures. “We will explore the possible ways of understanding God’s relationship to the words of the Bible and the words of the preacher,” says Don. He is associate professor of historical theology at Palmer Theological Seminary. Everyone is welcome.

Youth Group [Sundays, 6 – 8 pm]

Every Sunday we have dinner, play games, worship and dig into small groups. All 6th – 12th grade youth are invited to come join the family. Meals are prepared by parents and friends; volunteers are coordinated by Christine Shungu.

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.

Stephen MinistryStephenMinistryLogo

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. CONTACT: (609) 924-2613

Giving And Donations

Reading Donations for T.A.S.K
Please donate your gently used paperbacks and magazines to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. No catalogs please. Drop-off box is outside the Church Office.

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)

Items collected include:

  1. Hair care packaging: shampoo bottles and caps, conditioner bottles and caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray bottles and triggers,  and hair plastic jars and caps.
  2. Skin care packaging: lip balm tubes, face soap dispensers and tubes, face lotion bottles, tubes and plastic jars, body wash containers, soap tubes and dispensers, body lotion dispensers and bottles, shaving foam tubes (No Cans), and hand lotion bottles and tubes.
  3. Cosmetic packaging: lipstick cases, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, bronzer cases, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eye shadow tubes, concealer sticks, and lip liner pencils.
  4. This is in addition to collecting drink pouches and cores, salty snack bags, cereal bags/liners and energy/granola bar wrappers.
  5. Mouthwash bottles and caps, Deodorant containers and caps, Toothpaste tubes and caps, Soap packaging, Floss containers and Toothbrushes.

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 for Service

Acolytes – All 5th-7th graders are encouraged to join our acolyte team. We will be serving each Sunday during the school year at the 9:30 am service. 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 either the 9:30 or 11:00 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.  CONTACT: Lori P.

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:

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