NAMI Walk 2017

NAMI Mercer Walk
On the morning of Saturday, May 6th we walked to raise awareness about mental illness and to benefit the Mercer County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This year we walked together with our brothers and sisters from the Institute of Islamic Studies.

It was a wonderful day.
You can still donate to support this important cause. Visit, click donate, then search for “Compassion for ALL Our Neighbors”. Every donation gets us one step closer to our goal.

Christmas Eve Worship Celebrations

December 24 – Christmas Eve
5:00 pm – Christmas Pageant and Candlelight Service
10:00 pm –  Candlelight Service with Bell Choir and Christmas Meditation







NAMI Walk 2015

NAMI Mercer is an affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and of NAMI New Jersey, serving the Mercer County area.   NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. It provides education and support for individuals and families affected by mental illness, and advocates for lives of quality and respect, without stigma or discrimination.  Last year, seven people from Dutch Neck formed a team and walked in NAMI Mercer’s annual fundraising 5K.

2015Nami Team


This year, seventeen people registered to walk in support of NAMI Mercer with the church’s team, raising both awareness and funds for this worthy organization’s programs.  NAMI Mercer provides all of its services free of charge.

May 2nd was a beautiful day, and all team members enjoyed the fine spring morning and the unique opportunity to enjoy fellowship, get some exercise and raise money for a good cause.  Last year’s team of seven raised $2,764.  To date, the 2015 team has raised over $4,200.  It is possible to make a donation through June 30, 2015 and help us reach our goal of $5,000.  To do so, give here.

For more information about NAMI Mercer and its programs, learn more at the NAMI site.


Fellowship Hour instructions

DNPC Fellowship Hour instructions

Christmas and Easter Mission Projects for local kids

Each year, the Children’s Home Society provides us with the names and Christmas wishes of local underprivileged children.

Dutch Neck Presbyterian church members respond by providing gifts for each of them.

In 2013, we will share Christmas joy with more than 50 children!


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Welcome The Rev. Jan Willem Van der Werff!

Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church welcomes a new pastor!

The Reverend Jan Willem Van der Werff will be installed as Dutch Neck’s Designated Pastor on Palm Sunday, April 13 during the 9:30 AM worship celebration. We invite you to come welcome him and his family!


About Rev. Jan Willem Van der Werff

Jan Willem (pronounced “yahn villem”) was born, raised, and educated in the Netherlands. He has been living in the United States since 1996 with his wife AnneMarie Luijendijk, an associate professor of religion at Princeton University. They have four children, Kees, Erik and Annabel and Rosemarie.

Prior to coming to Dutch Neck he served Covenant Presbyterian Church in Trenton, NJ, and as an interim at Boehm’s United Church of Christ in Blue Bell, PA. Before that, he was pastor of the Allin Congregational Church (UCC) in Dedham, Mass, and Montvale Congregational Church (UCC) in Woburn, Mass. He also has served as a port chaplain for Seafarer’s Friend in Boston, a religious reporter for Dutch Public Radio, and Public Relations Manager for the Amsterdam Council of Churches. Rev. Van der Werff is looking forward to being in ministry together at Dutch Neck to explore the Vision Statement “to be a dynamic, interactive, innovative church,” and he hopes to see everyone in church soon as you can read in his message below.


I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’ Ps. 122: 1

My first day at Dutch Neck will be Sunday, December 1st. One of the lectionary readings on that day happens to be Psalm 122. When I was growing up, my father read this psalm every Sunday morning at the breakfast table. I treasure its jubilant opening: “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’”

I strongly believe it is our calling to make people glad to come to the house of the Lord. Church is a place where we can bring our joys and sorrows. A place where we get re-energized, rejuvenated and invigorated for a new week with its happiness and challenges. We are called to create a worshipping atmosphere where we become spiritually filled so we brim over with energy to go out and work in the world in Christ’s name.

Mark your calendars: you can’t miss a Sunday! Therefore, let us live up to the word of the psalmist and together proclaim: “I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord!’”

God bless,
The Rev. Jan Willem van der Werff

Preachers for November 2013

November 3 Elizabeth Niehoff

November 10 Elizabeth Niehoff

November 17 Nancy Lammers-Gross

November 24 Nancy Lammers-Gross


Preachers for October 2013

October 6 Ben Johnson

October 13 Ann Schoonover Brown

October 20 Dr. Aaron Sizer

October 27 Jake Willard-Crist

October 2013 Newsletter

In this issue: Re-creation, Session meeting notes, a note from Ben Johnson, and plenty more.

Click here to read the newsletter (PDF)

Sunday School begins Sep. 15

Sunday School starts this Sunday, September 15th!  Children sit with their families at the beginning of the 9:30 AM Worship Service.

Following the “Word with Children” message, children age 4 to 5th grade are invited to Sunday School.  They will be escorted by adult shepherds to the Christian Education building, where our new curriculum, Feasting on the Word, will be taught along with music and activities.

At the end of service, before Fellowship Hour, parents are requested to come directly to the classroom upstairs to claim their children.