Summer Fun Nights

Every second week, starting July 16, enjoy an informal time for people of all ages to come together, play games, create new friendships and deepen others.

Thanks to Hyosang Park, Skitch Matson, and Pixar, the first Summer Sunday Night was great fun for all. Hyosang cooked her delectible specialties (plus of course popcorn!) and Skitch screened the Pixar favorite “Inside Out.”

Is Monopoly or Scrabble your favorite board game, or have you latched on to a trendy favorite? Bring it to Board Game Night on Sunday, July 16, 7-9 p.m. 

Contact Skitch Matson ( if you can help plan Board Game Night or one of the other nights, like Party Game Night on July 30.  It’s Parent Date Night on August 13, (bring your children to PUMC for a movie while you go on a date) and a chance to win big at  Jeopardy on August 27.


Do you have friends you’d like to invite to church without seeming pushy? Start by bringing them to  Summer Sunday Nights.

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Summer Sunday Thespians Needed

Summer Sunday: Princeton UMC Thespians act out the story of Miriam, written by Richard Gordon, directed by Rachel Callendar.

Summer Sunday children’s plays have begun! These are the wonderful plays about Biblical stories written by Richard Gordon.

Rachel Callender’s professional headshot

Directing this year is seminary student Rachel Callender, who is also an actress with a BFA in theatre performance from Kean University

Everyone had great fun at the first week’s play about Miriam. 

In July, children have three chances to be in a play — or to watch a play.  On July 2, kids will act out the story of Ruth. On July 16, it’s all about David and Abigail. Every girl’s favorite — the story of Esther — is July 30.

Students going into 3rd grade and above will meet at 9:30 a.m. in Room 204 to begin rehearsing. Younger children can be dropped off closer to 10 a.m. at rooms 102-103 and will be brought upstairs halfway through service to watch the play

No one — whatever age — wants to miss seeing and hearing the ASP team report on Sunday, July 9, so there will be no play that day.

And this month we will have our first monthly Alternative Worship, so families will worship together on July 23.

We need volunteers — two adult assistants to the Play Director, two adults to supervise younger children before the play starts, plus Thespians — children who wish to be actors in the play. Please sign up online here! 

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ASP Team Works in Flood-Ravaged Town:

Pictured, back row, from left: Will Hare, Alex Roth, Lincoln Roth, Robert Scheffler, Jack Tunkel, Lachlan McCarty, Nathaniel Griffith, Yannick Ibraham. Second row: Julia Kahn, Thomas Bartell, Matthew Heim, Catherine Kenney, Rich Kahn. Third row: Sydney DiStase, Dan Bartell, Christine Shungu, Mary Jo Kahn. Not pictured: Skitch Matson, Matthew Ireland, and Kieran Ireland, Connor Langdon, Alex Lenart, Andrew Lenart.

With hammers and saws they work in Appalachia, then return to share their inspiring stories about making homes warmer, safer, and drier. For four decades Princeton United Methodist Church has sent teen and adult volunteers to work for the Appalachia Service Project (ASP).

Rainelle on the day after the 2016 flood

This year’s 23-person team will go to Rainelle, West Virginia. Founded as a sawmill town (the sawmill is gone now), it was ravaged by flash floods on June 24, 2016. At least 200 people from the 1,500 people in Rainelle had to be rescued, and residents fear that it will become a ghost town. ‘Here is a video. “It looked like a war zone,” said a state trooper.  

Skitch Matson, youth pastor, leads the team along with Mary Jo and Rich Kahn, Christine Shungu, Robert Scheffler, Matthew Ireland, and Dan Bartell. Don’t miss this inspiring worship service on Sunday, July 9, at 10 a.m.

ASP is a Christian ministry, but it is open to those of any faith. It aims to inspire hope and service — instilling compassion for other people and a fresh appreciation for one’s place and purpose in the world. Preparation was an eight-month process that included learning Appalachian culture and raising funds with an auction dinner and Super Bowl hoagies.

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Introducing Ginny Cetuk and Trey Wince

Virginia Cetuk PUMC

Ginny Cetuk

“I am humbled and delighted to be joining the Princeton United Methodist Church on what I think is the most exciting journey in life, namely, being ever growing disciples of Jesus Christ,” says Virginia  (Ginny) Samuel Cetuk. She will preach on Sunday, July 2, at 10 a.m., and the service will include Holy Communion.

Trey Wince PUMC

Trey Wince

Ginny has been appointed as Interim Administrative Pastor for 2017-2018, along with Trey Wince, who was appointed as Interim Worship Pastor. Essentially they are splitting the job of our former Senior Pastor, Jana Purkis-Brash.

“My favorite things in life include asking questions,  exploring big ideas, reading books about things I know nothing about, gardening,  and getting to meet and work with others,” says Ginny. “All of these things happen in church!”

Norman and Ginny Cetuk

Born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania, Ginny has a BA from Lycoming College and a Masters in Divinity from Drew Theological Seminary. She was Associate Pastor of the Martinsville United Methodist Church and then staff chaplain at Overlook Hospital for two years followed by an additional three years as Hospice Chaplain.

Returning to Drew in 1981, she served as Associate Dean for 32 of her 35 years at the school. She also served as Dean of Students for two years and interim Dean of the Theological School for one year. She met her husband, Norman Cetuk, in college; they live in Bridgewater and have two sons, Russell and Mitchell.

Debbie and Trey Wince with Liam

During his years of church leading, planting, consulting and pastoring, Trey earned a reputation as a vibrant, fun-loving leader. He knows the area well because he served as pastor of Kingston UMC.

He majored in English at Baylor University and has a master’s degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has served as 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. 

Currently Trey is Director of New Disciples at the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference and he will continue part-time in that position. Trey and his wife, Debbie, live in Kingston with their son, Liam.  Trey’s first sermon will be July 16 at 10 a.m. 




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Rev. Catherine Williams: Her New Job

Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Catherine Williams, celebrated as a recipient of the Women of Color scholarship program and newly appointed as Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lancaster Theological Seminary. She has been Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care here at Princeton United Methodist Church.


She completed her Ph.D. program in homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. A Forum for Theological Exploration Doctoral Fellow and Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellow, Williams’ work focused on non-mainstream preaching and bringing it into conversation with traditional preaching. She wrote about developing a distinctive, post-colonial homiletic for Trinidad and Tobago rooted in the indigenous music of calypso.

Catherine graduated summa cum laude graduate from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree. An accomplished musician, she is a teacher of piano and voice.

Her teaching experience also includes serving as a graduate instructor and teaching fellow at Princeton Seminary and as an adjunct professor at Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, where she earned a Master of Divinity degree.

Lancaster Seminary President Dr. Carol E. Lytch, in announcing the appointment, said, “I believe our community will be richly blessed with the teaching, ministry, and vibrant presence of Dr. Williams.”



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Sermon: Passing on a Legacy of Faith

“Passing on a Legacy of Faith,” sermon by Phoebe Lorraine Quaynor, Princeton United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 11, 2017 (Recognition Sunday) based on Exodus 3:1-6, and 9-10.

Today as a church family we celebrate all things education! We celebrate the passing down of truth from one generation to the other. We celebrate the custodians of this truth in our community. Whether science, theology or philosophy or math…it is TRUTH and graduation means somebody passed a body of knowledge  down to another. I stand here as one who has received much TRUTH and GRACE from this church family.

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New Breakfast Program

Ross Wishnick and Larry Apperson made this exciting announcement:

After several months of planning and discussions, we are pleased to announce the commencement of a new and free breakfast program that will begin on Tuesday June 27 at the Witherspoon Presbyterian Street Church.  The collaborators of this new initiative includes Princeton Cornerstone Community Kitchen, Princeton Human Services and Send Hunger Packing Princeton, the Witherspoon Presbyterian Street Church. and the Trenton Department of Parks and Recreation.

First, we’d like to acknowledge our gratefulness to the Church for their enthusiastic willingness to host the breakfast all summer long.  And second, we’d like to thank Trenton’s Fiah Gussin, Trenton Parks and Recreation, for the support she has provided in helping us get the program approved by the USDA.

The meals will be available from 7:30 to 8:30 Monday through Friday throughout the summer.  They are available for Youths 18 years of age and younger.  The meals need to be consumed on premises. The address is 124 Witherspoon Street, the corner of Witherspoon and Quarry Streets. Children will be greeted at the door

This new program is an exciting addition to the already robust and growing sources of food and meals in our Princeton Community.  More information can be obtained by calling the Human Services office at 609-688-2055.

Ross Wishnick

Larry Apperson



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Again, they said, Rejoice!

Want to know what goes on in the administration of the United Methodist Church in our state?

Here’s the “wrap up” of the annual conference and here it is in a longer video. You will hear the command “Rejoice in the Lord always” many times!

On Sunday our own Rev. Dr. Catherine Williams was ordained in this video.

The Monday Morning worship had a great praise band, here. 

Erin Hawkins, from the General Commission on Religion and Race, offered a “teaching moment” to introduce a 10-year intercultural competence initiave.

Retired N. J. Supreme Court Justice Gary Stein talked about integrating the public schools in New Jersey. Included in this video about inclusiveness (welcoming immigrants) is the talk that Judge Stein gave (starts at minute 11).

Watch these videos — especially Bishop John Schol’s major address — if you want to know what the future holds for United Methodists in Greater New Jersey.


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Passing the baton with Brahms: Lyn Ransom

Princeton UMC has been blessed with wonderful music directors; Lyn Ransom held that post 30 years ago, in the same time period that she founded the VOICES chorale. After 30 years she is retiring from VOICES; she will direct the Brahms Requiem with the Riverside Symphonia on Friday, June 16, at 8 p.m. at Richardson Auditorium.

Also on the program is Randall Thompson’s Frostiana. Soloists include Rochelle Ellis, soprano, and Mischa Bouvier, baritone.

The choristers from Voices were kind enough to sing (excerpt here) at the memorial service for Lynn Hight, who with her husband Bill was a charter member.

The Brahms is “deeply spiritually based in me,” she told Anthony Stoeckert for an article in the Packet. “I’ve just loved this piece and I’ve identified with it.”

For tickets, ranging from $25 to $45, click here. 



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Feed Truck Cafe: community built here

This video (click here) showcased the The Feed Truck Cafe and featured Skitch Matson and Jessica Winderweedle. The cafe is open weekends in May (Thursday and Friday 7 to midnight, Saturday 2 to midnight). You’re invited!

Here is the intro from the screening at Greater New Jersey Annual Conference #gnjac17

New places of worship and ministry for new and difference people are popping up in Greater New Jersey.

Princeton UMC, Kingston UMC, Princeton University Wesley Foundation, and the Feed Truck exemplify connectionism by coming together in launching the Feed Truck Cafe

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