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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Handbells Ring on Sunday May 21

Handbell quartet: Hyosang Park, Bill Gardner, Curt Hillegas, Robert Scheffler. Photo by Charles Phillips

If you loved the handbell concert on May 7, here is good news.  The handbell quartet will play for both services on Sunday, May 21 (that’s the Sunday Rev. Don Brash will preach). Also that day Hyosang Park will give a solo concert at Hillsborough Reformed Church at 4 p.m. That’s Sunday, May 21, at 4 p.m.

If you have always wanted to try handbells, come to the “handbell open houses” after the Here is Hyosang Park’s bell solo “It’s a Wonderful World.”

And, on the Facebook page for Princeton UMC, here is the familiar Mallotte version of the Lord’s Prayer. 

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Communiversity is April 30

Youth will lead the 9:30 a.m. service, under the direction of Skitch Matson, and Tom Shelton will direct musical selections from the Youth Choir.

At 1 p.m. the Communiversity fun begins. The Feed Truck Cafe begins to serve espresso, and the ASP bake sale begins. At 2 p.m. enjoy the musical, directed by Thomas Shelton. Lots of folks will be able to access PUMC rest rooms and enjoy the seating in the Feed Truck Cafe.  A prize wheel will entice passersby, and we host two charities — the birds from Woman, Cradle of Abundance, and Womanspace.

Join us! we need volunteers!



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See them, hear them — youths talk about race relations

Youth from Princeton and around the nation will talk about race on Saturday morning, April 23. Grace Penn, who attends PrincetonUMC, is the administrator for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, which has its national conference here. Anyone may attend.  Meanwhile students at Princeton High School discuss “See Me, Hear Me,” an open, honest dialogue with today’s youth. Reservations are needed. Details here.

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Handbells: May 7

“How can I keep from singing,” a concert at Princeton United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 7, at 5 p.m., might well be entitled “How can I keep from ringing” because the musicians are handbell artists. Hyosang Park will direct the handbell choir and ensembles. With pianist Julia Hanna, she will also be featured as a solo handbell artist. The concert is free, and donations will benefit the Appalachia Service Project mission team.

The handbell choir plays at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services on third Sundays including Easter Sunday, April 16.

Handbell concerts are rare, and even rarer are solo artists — fewer than a dozen concertize with four octaves of handbells in the Eastern United States. “We aim, not only to bring the sound of handbells to a wider public, but to also enable nonprofit organizations help those who are in need,” says Park. As the director of music at Princeton United Methodist Church, she has master’s degrees in both sacred music and piano performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. She has private piano students and also teaches at St. Jerome Catholic School in West Long Branch.

For 40 years Princeton United Methodist Church has sent teen and adult volunteers to the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) to make homes warmer, safer, and drier. 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.

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