Church Announcements Giving And Donations Opportunities For Service


Handbell Concert [Sunday, May 7 | 5 pm | Sanctuary]

Hear handbells ring in a free concert, How Can I Keep From Singing  on Sunday, May 7, at 5 p.m. Hyosang Park will direct the handbell choir and ensembles and, with pianist Julia Hanna, play solo bells. An offering will benefit the Appalachia Service Project mission team.

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. 

PUMC Education Scholarship

The Princeton United Methodist Church Scholarship is awarded each year to church members attending an accredited undergraduate college and to support those preparing for ministry at the Masters level. The Scholarship Fund was established in the 1930’s and revived in 1996 with a generous endowment from the will of Alice Parker.

Scholarships are awarded in June of each year. Applications are available in the Church office or from links below with a May 1st deadline for all submitted applications, transcripts and references.

2017 PUMC Scholarship Application Form

2017 PUMC Scholarship Application Renewal Form

Signup For UMC of Greater New Jersey Digest

To get the UMC GNJ conference newsletter by email, go to

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

The Contemporary Issues Class is currently studying “Christ in Culture” by Richard Niebuhr. 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.

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 or

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