Back to VBS — and back to school!


Bring school supplies — and friends — to Vacation Bible School! Register now, and it starts with a family meal on Tuesday, August 11, at 5:30 p.m. Questions?,

The school supplies will be used for the VBS mission project. There are children in our community who will struggle to come to school with everything they need to be part of the fun! Try to bring the supplies to the office — or in the bin by the nursery — before Wednesday morning, but they will be welcome any time.

 Crayons  Markers  Pencils  Pens  Colored Pencils  Erasers  Glue/Glue Sticks  Rulers  Stencils  Highlighters  Post-it Notes  Notebooks All Sizes  Folders  Book Bags  Water Bottles  Dictionaries

Finding Community at VBS

VBS 2014 Eby, Gillette, Roth, Blomgren, BarnesIf we look through the Vacation Bible School albums from years past, we see pictures of children who were in VBS just a short time ago — it seems like seconds — and now they are working in mission on the Appalachia Service Project. The fun and learning that happened  in church, at Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, has helped kids grow up to be Christian adults.

Vacation Bible School this year is three evenings, August 11 to 13, 5;30 to 8 p.m. Children will learn about God’s people (like Sarah and Abraham) and the parables of Jesus (the Good Samaritan). They will learn why it’s important to love your neighbor, and  do hands-on mission projects to help others.

Making Christian education happen is so important. Invite your neighbor’s children!

VBS is also a chance to be in community.  All adults, not just parents, are invited to join VBS for the family meal at 5:30 or for the closing worship at 7:45.

Please pray for the VBS team to effectively tell of God’s love. Call Kaleigh at 609-924-2613 or email

Welcome to Scott Sherrill!

scott sherrill headshotWe welcome Scott Sherrill as our new pastoral assistant, serving 1/4 time, in charge of fostering multi-generational ministries for our PUMC family. Prior to serving at PUMC he was the Education Intern at Trinity Episcopal, the Pastoral Intern at First UMC of Hightstown, the Lay Leader at Painesdale UMC and a frequent preacher at Chambers UMC.

Scott has been pitching right in, all along, to the work of this church. Last year, for instance, he helped with Vacation Bible School. Last month he preached on “God is Always With Us,” using as his text Psalm 121. He will preach again on August 9.

Scott will begin his third year at Princeton Theological Seminary in the fall as a M.Div student. Originally from Michigan and most recently the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Scott and his wife Deb — who is our fabulous office administrator — are enjoying the area but miss their kids, grandkids, and regular bridge games. Anyone for bridge?

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