On Saturday, October 14th, there will be a display of two beautiful portions of the AIDS Quilt. Between 11am – 1pm, you can experience the grace and beauty of this, the largest group art project in the world. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, it tells stories and shares history.
Admission is free, the experience is priceless.
There will also be a special AIDS Awareness service on Sunday, the 15th, at the regular worship time of 10:30am.
Our church has been a part of the Rahway community for more than 275 years. In that time, we have offered Rahway a space for worship, creativity, learning, and recreation among other things. This fall and winter we will offer our community a space to experience all of that through music. We have three incredibly diverse concerts planned for October, November, and December. Each concert will highlight different ways of music-making from a jazz trio, to a Vespers Service, to a vocal ensemble. All concerts will be in our Sanctuary with a suggested donation of $10 per person.
Meant to Be is a three piece jazz ensemble based in Oxford, NJ. They have been together for more than 15 years, and in that time they have developed an amazing chemistry that is evident through their music. Here at First Presbyterian Church in Rahway, we have been blessed to have had Meant to Be join us for our Christmas Eve service for the past three years. Join us for a night of traditional and contemporary jazz music! To go to their website and hear some music clips, click here.
Deanna Witkowski has an accomplished career as a pianist, arranger, and composer. She has been praised by publications like Jazz Times which published, “If, among contemporary pianists, Brad Mehldau and Bill Charlap represent the gold standard, then Deanna Witkowski deservedly ranks as their sterling sister.” A prolific composer, Wikowski is well known for her work combining jazz and liturgy. Last year Deanna led our church during a worship service. This year she will join us again and will lead our community in a Jazz Vespers Service. The Jazz Vespers will include traditional church music with a jazz twist. To learn more about Deanna and hear some of her music, click here.
“The Glassbrook Vocal Ensemble is an emerging professional choir. We seek to serve our arts community by supplying the highest caliber of choral repertoire to the needs of the Greater New Jersey and Trenton area.” Founded in 2016, Glassbrook specializes in a wide range of choral music, from classical to contemporary. Their opening concert, Songs of Love and Light, was filled with beautiful musical moments. The program featured works by Bach, Wesley, Whitacre, Szymko, Paulus, and many more. Click here to go to their website.