200th Anniversary of Sanctuary Celebrated Worship at the Replica Three Mile Run Church

About 50 people, members and guests, attended our worship service of celebration out at the Three Mile Run Church, the replica which is a part of the East Jersey Olde Towne Village. Employing his voice as our guide, Benjamin T. Berman, our Music Director, led each hymn. The Choir, some of whom were dressed in traditional Dutch outfits, sang beautifully – all a capella! Actually the small sanctuary and the intimate character of the setting was a perfect setting for the union of our voices through song.

“Ugly” stones were handed out at the beginning of worship as a sign of our pilgrimage and burdens, i.e. being on a journey of faith and life as the ancient Israelites. They were travelling to the Promised Land; we travel through ups and downs personally and as a church. These “ugly” stones were, then, handed back, deposited on a table after the Prayer of Confession. We laid our burdens down. Thanks to Lolly Schenck, who collected half an island, beautifully white, rounded stones – ones which showed how rough edges smooth over time and constant agitation – were handed out to each person as they departed.

Pastor Hartmut’s message spoke about the past, why the sanctuary was built in the manner that it was and how this journey of faith is to both burden and hope. He did hint at an “hoped for” future with the plans FRC has is exploring for the re-design of the sanctuary.

We are deeply grateful for the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, which allowed us to use the replica Three Mile Run Church for this event, as well as their generous free luncheon, followed by a tour and a lecture. The entire day was a blessed time.

Don’t miss the next and cumulative Celebration Dinner on November 10th at 7:00 pm at the New Brunswick Elks Lodge [Livingston Avenue]. All the proceeds for the dinner will provide a basis for repairing the Rose Window in the steeple of the church. Tickets are $50/person and are on sale now. Call or write the Church Secretary at secretary@firstreformedchurch.net.

About Susan Kramer-Mills

Susan Kramer-Mills' journey as a pastor has led her to a variety of places. Before attending McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago she was a Volunteer-in-Mission for two years West Berlin, Germany. After returning to the United States and graduating from seminary, she returned with her husband Hartmut to Germany. From 1990 to 1992 she was campus chaplain and registrar at Naumburg Seminary in former East Germany. With the closing of the seminary she assumed the pastorate for the yoked congregations of Stoessen, Goerschen and Rathewitz in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. At the same time she taught Religious Instruction at two public elementary schools until 1998. During this time she was assigned six additional congregations to the original three. In 1998, she received a call as Associate Pastor to Trinity Presbyterian Church in East Brunswick, New Jersey. She served in that position until 2000, when she and her husband accepted a call as co-pastors to First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Since April 1, 2004, Rev. Kramer-Mills has also been working part-time as Classis Minister to the Classis of New Brunswick.
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