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January 14, 2021
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Scripture Reading

Jonah 3:1-10 and Mark 1: 14-20

Rev. Nancy Mikoski

Rev. Casey Aldridge; Matt Heisler, Seminary Intern

The premiere of the worship service will be at 10:15 am and will be available on-demand after that at

A bulletin as a PDF is available at a clearly marked link on the worship online page just below the video player.

Scroll down to learn how to access the service by telephone.
Joys and Concerns
If you have a joy or a concern you would like lifted up in prayer this Sunday in our worship, by 9 am on Friday, please send an email to  Rev. Nancy Mikoski with "Joys & Concerns" in the memo. She will gather them and lift them up in prayer. 

Note: All of our worship services are available on our website.  Visit the church website home page and follow the link in the upper right. On the worship online page, look for the video player and the link for 'Past Worship Services' is at the bottom of the page.
Sunday Virtual Worship Service Link
The premiere is at 10:15 am.
You will be starting at the homepage of Click on the worship button on the upper right of the page. (This means you do not have to search elsewhere. The actual video address changes on each occasion.) If your browser and the video player do not 'play' well together, please try rebooting your computer.

By Telephone:
Please share the phone number and meeting identification with those who'd like to listen starting at 10:15 am only.

Dial: +1 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 857 7731 5421#

(This is a hosted call and takes place only on Sunday at 10:15 am.).


O Lord, my help and my glory are in you--granite strength and safe-harbor God. We put our absolute trust in you. We lay our lives on the line for you, Lord. You are a safe place to be. Amen.

(Adapted from Eugene Peterson's The Message, Psalm 62:7-8 by Rev. Nancy Mikoski)

News . . .  Briefly
  • On Saturday (1/16), at 11 am, in the courtyard of PPC, you are invited to join in prayer for 10-minutes (with a mask on and physical distancing.) The prayers will be for a peaceful transfer of power; for the healing of broken hearts, minds, and bodies; and for an end to violence. We will also pray for those with COVID, those who have lost their lives to COVID, and for everyone in healthcare and those getting the vaccines out. 
  • At 2 pm, on January 17, you are invited to the premiere of the Presbytery of New Brunswick's Justice Concert. PPC is a sponsor of this event. The link to the premier is: . This concert continues the Presbytery's focus on justice and is for the benefit of the Poor People's Campaign. The concert's program includes original music and video, spoken word, graphic art, and dance... from all corners of New Jersey, and from Portland to Palestine. You may enjoy the concert as it premieres, or return at your convenience. (See the poster below.)
  • The PPC Mission, Peacemaking, and Justice Committee assembled reflections, poems, and quotes appropriate for remembrances on Martin Luther King weekend. Here is the link for the document you may pull up, print our and share. 
  • Also, look for an email from the PPC Office on Saturday with prayers from the Pennington Clergy Group so you may participate in interfaith prayers even while we are distancing for safety. (If we get all the input, we'll try to get this out on Friday evening.)
  • We continue to need a volunteer to cover the church office desk in support of PPNS on Thursday and Friday mornings. The most crucial times are from 9-11:15 am on Thursdays. You may volunteer for one week or for multiple weeks. There are safety procedures in place and you will be alone in the office and behind a plexiglass shield. The office is not open to any unscheduled visitors at this time. The key duties are to sign for a very occasional package or answer the phone. (You have access to remote support from Eva.) Your presence is just in case so that Hope Anderson may handle her PPNS duties uninterrupted. Contact Jane Simpson if you can make time available to help with this mission. Thank you for considering this.
  • Please remember that diapers are still needed by HomeFront. Please leave them in the bins at the front of the church or in between the double glass doors off the courtyard. HomeFront continues to need all sizes but particularly the larger sizes. Thank you for your efforts in support of the neediest in our community.
  • Additional support is still needed for the traditional college student packages. Please learn more below.
  • All child, youth, and adult Christian Education programs continue over Zoom. See the recurring schedule at the end of this newsletter.
  • For youth programs, please contact Rev. Casey Aldridge, or if you are already registered, look for his emails.

The YouTube link for the Presbytery of New Brunswick Justice Concert is embedded in the image below so just click on the picture anywhere. The link to the Poor People's Campaign website is here.

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Click the picture to open the document full of inspiration, prayer, and remembrance in honor of MLK weekend.

If you want to share the link, copy it from here:

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2021 College Care Package
In years past the Deacons’ Heart Tree allowed the PPC congregation to sponsor Care Packages that were delivered to our young-adult members who were attending college, working from home or working elsewhere.  This year, due to COVID-19, there will be no Heart Tree, so we ask for your help by making monetary donations either by check or by using the Donate Now button at the top of the website. Please make sure you write “College Care Package” on the check memo line or in the Donate Now Notes section. Your donations will be used to buy food items and gift cards as well as to offset the cost of shipping.  All donations are due by Sunday, Feb. 7, so that we can purchase the items, package, and ship.  Please contact Ron Russell or Kathy Pietras with your questions.
Pray for our Community ...
  • A safe and peaceful transition of power in our government
  • Our neighbors at the Princeton Community Church
  • Our healthcare workers who are doing heroic work as the pandemic continues to accelerate
  • All those suffering from COVID19 or who have lost family and friends to COVID
  • All those developing, approving, manufacturing, transporting, receiving, and  administering the COVID19 vaccines so that this pandemic may be controlled
  • All those suffering the many forms of insecurity due to COVID19 and all those who are helping
Continue to Pray for …
Galen Meyer and his family (1); Edna Neu (2); Barb Sergeant; Jean Cooper's family and friends; Ruth Morewood's family; Cindy Reeder; Evelyn Marion Keneman; Virginia Silliphant; The family of Dorothy Bryan; the family of Alice Blackwell; Don Trismen; Edna Stout; Robin Hepburn; Elsa and Charles Koczan; Melanie Parsons; Bob Macek; Shirley Norton; Corinne Beyer; Bill Sherman; Marji McAvoy; Hal Wittlinger; Marge Ryan; David Anderson; Michael Berkowitz; Karen Kelly; Dawn Cocco; Bob Fletcher; Dee Wilson; Caroline Woodward; Jayne and Jay Neary; and all families who are grieving and lonely.

(1) Galen is on a transplant list and he and his family ask for prayers for the donor, his/her family, and Galen and his family.
(2) Edna has been diagnosed with COVID.
Pray for Our Church Family ...
We pray each week for those listed alphabetically in our church family directory. This week: Kathryn, Kevin, and Victoria Michels; Nancy, Gordon, Peter, Charissa, and Anna Mikoski; Joy Molinelli and Family.

Pray for the People of the World …
Please continue praying for the world. All nations are being impacted by the pandemic, on top of the daily universal challenges that include climate change, and economic, food, and physical insecurity. 

Prayer Chain ... 
Contact Nancy Lehman to request prayers. She will distribute the request to the PPC's Prayer Chain. If you want to use a telephone, please call Barbara Pratt.
Let us Pray in the Name of Jesus Christ ... 
Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS,
For they shall be known as the Children of God.
But I say to you that hear, love your enemies,
Do good to those who hate you,
Bless those who curse you,
Pray for those who abuse you.
To those that strike you on the cheek,
Offer the other one also;
And from those who take away your cloak,
Do not withhold your coat as well.
Give to everyone who begs from you;
And of those who take away your goods,
Do not ask for them again.
And as you wish that others would do to you,
So do to them.


(From the Mission Committee's special package in remembrance of MLK weekend.)

Recurring Schedules at a Glance

It's never too late to sign up for any Christian Education, Youth Group, or other repeating events. You may send an email to to be put in contact with the program leader.


Sunday Schedule
9:00-10:00 am - Adult Education: Bible and Theology on Zoom (final 2020 meeting on 12/20)
9:15-9:45 am  Age 3 - Grade 4 Church School and Music with Mr. Phil on Zoom
10:15 am  Worship via our website (available on demand; except the first Sunday when the communion service starts at 10:15 am exactly and then on-demand after 11:30 am)
11:30 am - Virtual Coffee Hour on the first Sunday of the month (Find the link on the online worship page.)
11:30-12:30  Grades 5-8 Church School on Zoom
11:30 - 12:30 Grades 9-12 Church School on Zoom
6:30-7:30 pm Sunday Night Central Youth Group (grades 5-8) on Zoom

Youth Group Event Coming Up
Please contact Rev. Casey Aldridge, Youth Minister, if you are interested in programs for middle-shool and high school-aged young people. Registered youth and their parents will receive an invitation to Church School and youth activities with the link to a Zoom meeting.

Weekday Christian Education and Fellowship Events
Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 am, Shalom (a women's study group) on Zoom) Contact Madeleine Mansier if you are interested in joining. (final 2020 meeting on 12/16; 2021 starts Jan. 6)

Thursday, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Racial Equity Discussion Group (formerly the Wednesday afternoon group) following Eddie Moore Jr's "21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge."  Contact Nancy Schluter.

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