News from the Gillette Familyl

Trey and Anna Gillette are grandparents! They worshiped here with their three sons (Eric, Peter, and Jeffrey) when they were in seminary. Both Trey and Anna served here on the pastoral staff. Trey now works at the seminary. Anna, currently at Marlton UMC, has just been appointed to St. Andrews UMC in Toms River. And Eric and Abby welcomed their son, Jackson Boone, in March. Anna’s appointment just came through from the conference, as below. Her email is if you would like to say hello.

anna gilletteAnna Gillette: a fervent minister who feels called to lead congregations in clarifying and attaining their vision for ministry. She deeply loves creative and passionate worship and teaching Bible studies for all ages. She has served at Marlton United Methodist Church. Princeton UMC, and Centenary UMC in Lambertville. She and her husband Trey are graduates of Princeton Theological Seminary and her husband is an employee there. They have three boys: Eric who lives with his wife in Lubbock TX and is expecting Anna’s first grand baby, Jeffrey who is a student at Rowan College, and Peter who is a senior at Rider University.



June 14 Celebration Potluck Luncheon

Since my childhood, one thing I have always associated with being a Methodist is food, particularly potlucks. When Methodists celebrate, there is always a potluck.

On June 14, we have a LOT to celebrate. On that Sunday in worship, we will be recognizing our high school graduates, the acolytes, the Discipleship Bible Study members, our Sunday School teachers, the PUMC scholarship recipients, and our youth volunteers.

AND we will be recognizing and celebrating the Gillette family as Pastor Anna, Trey, Eric, Jeff and Peter leave us as Anna becomes Senior Pastor of Marlton United Methodist Church. We have been so blessed to have Anna, Trey and their family with us.

Let’s do what we do best – celebrate with food and fellowship. We will gather for a potluck lunch in the Fellowship Hall following the 11 o’clock service.

So pull out and dust off that favorite family recipe. If you like, bring a few copies to share! Stay tuned for how to sign up.

Let’s celebrate the Methodist way – with food and fellowship!

– Iona Harding



Children’s Sabbath: November 16

2014 nov Shelton choirJoin us on Sunday, November 16, for a Children’s Sabbath service, when the youngest members of our church will lead worship at both 9:30 and 11 a.m. Fourth graders will receive their Bibles and read from them. With Pastor Anna Gillette the fourth and fifth grade class will deliver the sermon.  Led by Tom Shelton, the children’s choirs — shown here in rehearsal — will  sing. All in all we look forward to a very special time, when together we worship God, our loving parent.

Meet the Neals at VBS

Neal Family

Meet Josiah — MercyWes — and Jerusha! Vacation Bible School students will have the chance to make friends with children who live 8,000 miles away. In our evening program entitled “Can You Hear Me Now? God Calls Kids Too!” preschool children through incoming 6th graders will meet — through videos — a missionary family working in Fiji. Set for Tuesday to Thursday, July 29 to 31, 5:30 to 8 p.m., the VBS program is free by registration. Dinner is included, and parents are invited to stay.

Twelve-year-old Mercy Neal and her eight-year-old brother, Josiah, are moving from their home in Belleville, New Jersey to Fiji, an island in the South Pacific. Their parents — Rev. Wesley Neal and Rev. Jerusha Neal, both graduates of Princeton Theological Seminary — will teach at a seminary there.

“The children and youth of Princeton UMC will be writing to Mercy and Josiah, and they will also support the Neal family with prayer and fund raising,” says Anna Gillette, associate pastor for discipleship. “VBS children will hear Bible stories about God calls children into discipleship.” Crafts, music, mission projects and games will tie the week’s theme together.

For information or to register — or sign up to help — call 609-924-2613 or email