We have two occasions for which we would like to have a “coffee and cookie” reception.
The first is Sunday September 8, Alex Tartakovsky’s first Sunday. We want to have an informal meet and greet for Alex between services and after the 10am service.
The second is Friday November 1, All Saints/confirmation. This would be after the service, so about 9PM.
We want to keep both simple, so COOKIES AND BAR COOKIES—strictly finger foods, nothing that requires cutting (pies or cakes) or the use of forks or is messy to eat.
For November 1, a mix of sweet and savory would be appropriate.
If you or someone you know, can help with either event (or both), please contact me by email, text or call. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaron Murray at the Robert Baden-Powell [father of Scouting] campsite at the Kandersteg International Scouting Center in Switzerland. The pink sweatshirt was the uniform of the day and the neckerchief around his neck is tied with the friendship knot. Aaron worked in Kandersteg for approximately three months in 2017.
On July 26, 2019, our very own Aaron Murray will be the proud recipient of "The Duke of Edinburgh Award". This prestigious award is earned through grit and determination and Aaron is to be congratulated on this wonderful achievement. It will be presented to Aaron during World Scouting Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Reserve, where Aaron is working for the summer.
This award was founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and now covers 144 nations throughout the world. Google it - it is a great honor! A note of congratulations to Aaron would show him CHS is behind him all the way. Follow the Jamboree on Facebook!
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In his Report to the Congregation on Growth and Discipleship, Fr. Philip
Recklessly fostering heartfelt connection
Remembering to fully listen with compassion
Serving generously and being courageously inclusive
Sharing faith creatively, telling our story
Worshiping boldly, joyfully and with purpose
Read the entire document here >
We had a wonderful, enlightening, and thoughtful discussion on June 23rd about "All the Light We Cannot See." While it certainly was extremely well-written, the general consensus was that, like war, it was a pretty grim work.
Our next selection is one that Father Phil suggested, "Cutting for Stone," by Ethiopian-born, Indian-American medical doctor and author, Abraham Verghese. This is the story of conjoined, twin brothers, orphaned by their mother's death at birth and forsaken by their father. Born in Addis Ababa, they are separated medically, and the novel focuses on their upbringing by two doctors and their subsequent paths in life. Verghese weaves their stories with the past half-century of Ethiopia's. The book was on the New York Times bestseller list for two years and, while quite lengthy, promises to be a great read.
Because of summer schedules, we decided to order the books kit to arrive at CHS on August 18, with the group meeting October 20 for our discussion.
Whaling is a form of pfishing known as whaling. It doesn't just affect us! The Diocese of Newark has recently had a series of these attacks and has published an article explaining the phenomenon and what you can do about it.
"You receive an email that appears to be from the Bishop, or your clergy person, asking you to take some kind of action – click a link, download an attachment, wire money to a specified account, purchase gift cards and reply with the serial numbers, or simply to reply quickly.
Watch out – it could be a form of email “phishing” known as “whaling.”
"Whereas “phishing” involves sending a fraudulent email to a large group of people in the hope that a few will respond, “whaling” involves forging communications that look like they’re from the “big phish” in an organization, i.e. the “whale.” For us, this usually means the Bishop or a clergy person, although it could be someone else in authority.
"Because these emails are usually crafted more carefully than your standard “phishing” email, they can be more difficult to detect."
Read the whole article, but here are some brief suggestions about what to do:
Please know that Father Phil, Deacon Dot, your wardens and your Vestry would never make such a request. They will never ask for personal information, money, gift cards or anything else by email or on social media. Ignore any such request and, if possible, report it to your ISP as a fraud/scam.
One email looked like this:
I am not in the position to make a phone call at the moment as i am in a meeting and that is why i am contacting you via email. I will like you to help handle a personal matter. I would need you to help send out couple of gift cards to a family member in school concerning her project.and i will need this handled immediately. Kindly let me know if you are available to run this task right now so i can advise the quantity and domination.
Pay attention and stay safe!
This program began in October 2015. Students from local colleges in advanced music degrees in vocal and instrumental programs have been selected.
Future programs will be announced here
December 16, 2018: A Jazz Trio from Mason Gross School of Arts in New Brunswick will provide the music for the 10 am service. Members include Dave Mosko, Trombone, from Marlton, NJ; Ian Young, Bass, from North Brunswick, NJ; and Ilan Eisenzweig, Guitar, from Princeton, NJ. Music to be determined.
November 25, 2018: Abigail Kempson is from Wilton, Connecticut and studied voice (soprano) at Westminster Choir College in Princeton. She graduated in 2016 with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. She resides in Princeton. She will sing “I will extol Thee, O Lord” from Eli by Michael Costa for the offertory and “I will sing unto the Lord a new song” from Judith by CHH Parry for the postlude for the 10 am service.
November 4, 2018: Pierre Lawrence is studying piano at Mason Gross School of Arts in New Brunswick. He led the congregation in singing the opening hymn "For all the Saints" in the jazz style. He also played a jazz improvisation for the postlude.
October 21, 2018: Sarah Ridddle is from West Virginia and studied voice (soprano) at Westminster Choir College in Princeton. She graduated in May 2017 with a masters degree and resides in Pennington. She sang "Come unto Him, all ye that labor" from The Messiah by G.F. Handel for the offertory and “My Heart Ever Faithful” from the Pentecost Cantata by J.S. Bach for the postlude during the 10 am service.
April 15, 2018: Sarah Riddle is from West Virginia and studied voice (soprano) at Westminster Choir College in Princeton. She graduated in May 2017 with a masters degree and resides in the Princeton area.
On April 15th she sang "I Know That my Redeemer Liveth" (No. 45 Part III Messiah) by G.F.Handel for the offertory and "Hear ye, Israel" (aria from Elijah) by Felix Mendelssohn as the postlude.
September 23, 2018: Jaime Reyes (cellist) from Far Hills, New Jersey, who graduated from Mason Gross School of Arts in May 2017 performed “Sicilienne” op. 78 by Gabriel Faure for the offertory and a section from one of Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello suites for the postlude as a part of the 10:00 a.m. service.
March 18, 2018: Jaime Reyes (cellist) from Far Hills, New Jersey graduated from Mason Gross School of Arts in May 2017 performed "Gabriel's Oboe" by Ennio Morricone for the offertory and "Be Thou My Vision" for the postlude as a part of the 10:00 a.m. service.
January 14, 2018: A Jazz Trio from Mason Gross School of Arts in New Brunswick provided the music during the 10 am service. Members included Dave Mosko, Trombone, from Marlton, NJ; Ian Young, Bass, from North Brunswick, NJ; and Ilan Eisenzweig, Guitar, from Princeton, NJ. They played We Three Kings by John Henry Hopkins, Jr. for the Offertory and Take Five by Dave Brubeck for the Postlude.
December 17, 2017: Pierre Abdou is studying piano at Mason Gross School of Arts in New Brunswick. He performed Beethoven's Sonata Pathetique - Adagio Cantabile for one of the lessons and a jazz improvisation on a Christmas Carol for the postlude.
November 26, 2017: Tyler Cesario is a tenor from National Park, New Jersey and graduated in the Music Ed Primary Program from Westminster Choir College, Princeton in May. He will be performing from Saint-Saens' Oratoria de Noel "Domine, ego credidi" with the Senior Choir for the offertory. For the postlude, he will sing from Felix Mendelssohn's ELIJAH the recitative "Ye people, rend your hearts" and the aria "If with all your hearts".
November 12, 2017:
Sarah Riddle is from West Virginia and studied voice (soprano) at Westminster Choir College in Princeton. She has sung with us before. She graduated in May 2017 and resides in the Princeton area. She performed two songs during the offertory, "Come Thou and with us dwell" by William Byrd and "Come, Thou dear Redeemer" by Cesar Franck, as well as the aria "Now Robed in Cool Refreshing Green from Joseph Haydn's THE CREATION " as the postlude.
October 29, 2017
Peter Griggs guitar concert - There was no admission charge. This concert was offered as a part of the Jane Self Burnham Scholars Program. Mr. Griggs presented "500 Years Of Music For Guitar" from the Renaissance to the Contemporary, as well as Flamenco, Brazilian music, jazz, blues and several of his own compositions. There was something for listeners of all tastes on this wide-ranging program.
October 29, 2017
Grace Gilday, from Kensington, Maryland and currently residing in Princeton, graduated from Westminster Choir College in Princeton this May with a MM in Vocal Performance (soprano). She sang "A Simple Song" (from MASS) by Leonard Bernstein for the offertory. For the postlude she sang the Air "If God be for us, who can be against us" (from MESSIAH) by George F. Handel
APRIL 30, 2017
Jaime Reyes from Far Hills, New Jersey and studying cello at Mason Gross School of Arts performed with us for the April 30th 10 am service. He accompanied on some of the hymns and performed the Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninoff. He also played the Unaccompanied Cello Suite by J.S. Bach for the postlude.
CONFIRMATION SUNDAY - OCTOBER 30TH
Jaime Reyes from Far Hills, New Jersey and studying cello at Mason Gross School of Arts will perform with us for the October 30th confirmation service. He will accompany the "Panis Angelicus" anthem sung by the Junior Choir and some of the hymns. He will also be performing the "Adagio" from J.S. Bach's organ Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C and the "Sarabande" from J. S. Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suite in C.
50TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCES SEPTEMBER 25TH
We had four graduate students from Westminster Choir College in Princeton participating in our 50th Anniversary of our church on September 25th. Besides singing with the Senior Choir, they sang “The Prayer” by David Foster and the sopranos sang the lovely duet “The Flower Song” from Lakme by Leo Delibes. The singers were: Sarah Riddle, soprano; Rebecca Achtenberg, mezzo-soprano; Evan Stenzel, tenor; Aaron Eaves, bass.
April 3rd: Sarah Riddle from West Virginia and studying voice at Westminster Choir College in Princeton sang "Alleluia" and "Laudate Dominum" by W.A. Mozart, sang with the choir and with the hymns.
March 6th - Devenny Bennett from Bridgewater New Jersey and studying trumpet at Mason Gross School of Arts. She played "Andante" from Concerto in Bb by Joseph Haydn and "Minuet and Hornpipe" by G. F. Handel and accompanied on hymns.
February 28th - Wei Wang from Shanxi China and studying oboe at Mason Gross School of Arts in New Brunswick. He played "Drei Romanzen, Op. 94" by Robert Schumann and "Sonata I" by C. Saint-Saens. He also accompanied the Junior Choir's anthem "Come, My Way" by Ralph Vaughan Williams and accompanied on hymns.
February 21st - Raelee Gold from Texas and studying voice at Westminster Choir College in Princeton sang "Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not" from Cantata 21 by J.S. Bach and "I know that my redeemer liveth" from MESSIAH by G. F. Handel.
February 14th - Jaime Reyes from Far Hills, New Jersey and studying cello at Mason Gross School of Arts. He played "Prelude" from unaccompanied cello Suite 1 and three "Gigues" from unaccompanied cello Suites 1, 2 & 3. He also accompanied the choir anthem and hymns.
December 13 - Catherine Heiba from Bridgewater New Jersey and studying clarinet at Mason Gross School of Arts in New Brunswick. She played "Introduction, Theme and Variation" by Gioachino Rossini and accompanied on hymns.
November 29th - Devenny Bennett from Bridgewater New Jersey and studying trumpet at Mason Gross School of Arts. She played "Aria" from Sonata for Trumpet and Piano by Flor Peeters, "Andante" from Trumpet Concerto in Eb by Johann Nepomuk Hummel and accompanied on hymns.
November 22nd - Brian (Wei) Wang from Shanxi China and studying oboe at Mason Gross School of Arts. He played "Morceau de Salon Op. 288" by Johann Baptist Wenzel Kalliwoda and accompanied on hymns.
November 15th - Jaime Reyes from Far Hills New Jersey and studying cello at Mason Gross School of Arts. He played "Sarabande and Prelude" from unaccompanied cello Suite 2 in d minor by J.S. Bach and accompanied hymns and the choir anthem.
November 1st: Sarah Riddle from West Virginia and studying voice at Westminster Choir College in Princeton sang: Ich will dir mein Herze schenken (Lord, to Thee My Heart is Given) from St. Matthew Passion and Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus by J. S. Bach.
October 25th - Raelee Gold from Texas and studying voice sang Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion from MESSIAH by George F. Handel and Font of Every Blessing by J. S. Bach.
Confirmation Class Plans
Confirmation classes: Sundays 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
September 8 - Bonfire Night: Come with a story of a saint you have known - Examples that show us God
September 22: Disciple has discipline - The structure of faith
September 29: Faith walk after church
October 6: Encounter, Prayer beyond yourself
October 20: Sponsor night
November 1: Confirmation: Friday 7 pm
Ongoing Bible Study/Youth Group Meeting
Every Tuesday night, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. in the St. Jonathan Room
No meetings during August!
Contact Eli Jones email@example.com
Deacon Dot will be holding a “prayer circle” after each service. It is called a “prayer circle” because we will hold hands as we pray together. It will be a time to pray with others who are feeling a need for extra prayer. We will meet in the alcove across from the organ. Anyone interested is welcome to join us. If you have any questions, please speak with Dot.
New Bible study for grades 6 - 12. We will be meeting every Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the St. Jonathan Rm. Please bring your favorite version of the Bible and something to write with (Bibles will be provided). Any questions, contact
Eli (908) 399-7436. Hope to see you there!