March Communion Offering
For the last year and a half, Princeton UMC (through its Outreach/Missions Committee) has been an active member of the Interfaith Resettlement Committee. Under the leadership of the Jewish Center of Princeton, we welcomed a (religious) Refugee family from Pakistan in Spring, 2016. Housing, tutoring in English, transportation, medical care, job training, citizenship classes, transportation and shopping assistance are a few of the supports provided to this family. They were frequent guests at CCK meals and the Clothing Store as well. We supported the registration and documentation required by the Department of State and even found a preschool for their little one. Currently, the committee is supporting a family from Cameroon.
The Interfaith Resettlement Committee of Princeton works in partnership with Interfaith-RISE, (Refugee and Immigrant Services and Empowerment) an organization in Highland Park area that is currently resettling several refugee families in the New Brunswick area. For more information or to get involved in welcoming the stranger, please contact Karen Longo-Baldwin or LaVerna Albury.
Thanks to all who filled out the communications surveys in January. The Communications Committee has already taken some of your suggestions to heart! One parent asked for more notice about important dates in the church calendar, and you will find “Save the Date” announcements throughout this month’s newsletter. Another person wanted to hear more news from the conference headquarters and national headquarters, and we added that on page 9. The strategic plan for our own church council is on page 6. If you didn’t get a chance to tell how you like to get church news, copies of the survey will be on the table in the lobby to the Sanford Davis room. If you have more comments, please email email@example.com.
Signup For UMC of Greater New Jersey Digest
To get the UMC GNJ conference newsletter by email, go to https://www.gnjumc.org/the-gnj-digest/newsletter-signup.
Contemporary Issues Class [Sundays, 9:30 am – Library]
The Contemporary Issues Class is currently studying “The Unwinding” by George Packer. We meet 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.
Volunteers For Sound System
PUMC recently invested in a new Sanctuary sound system. Now that the system is fully operational, we are looking for volunteers to run the sound board during Sunday services. Please contact John MacDonald. Training and support will be provided.
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 www.princetonumc.org 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.
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 or Catherine@princetonumc.org
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- This is in addition to collecting drink pouches and cores, salty snack bags, cereal bags/liners and energy/granola bar wrappers.
- 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)princetonumc.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 for the Winter. Please add your name to the list on the coffee table. Many Thanks in anticipation of your help. CONTACT: email@example.com
Greeters – Join in a ministry of hospitality by greeting at the exterior doors before Sunday Worship. CONTACT: church office firstname.lastname@example.org | 609-924-2613