A Baptism, a Missionary, and a Beautiful Concert

When we think of our worship life, it is really important to remember special Sundays. On September 15, we celebrated one of these.

First, we were surprised by John Coakley (clarinet), John Leonard (cello) and Ben Berman (piano) when they framed worship with pieces from Beethoven and Max Bruch. Our Senior Choir followed suit with an anthem by C.L. Williams.

The sermon that followed was delivered by Rev. Derrick Jones, who works for our denomination’s mission office for Africa in Chicago. Derrick provided us also with a very interesting PowerPoint presentation on the situation in South Sudan. That is the country where Rev. Elly Kajaminyo lives, the missionary our congregation has been supporting for a few years. Derrick renewed in us a sense of the importance of the work in South Sudan.

We also celebrated the baptism of Fawn Stephens on that particular Sunday. Several persons have been baptized as adults in our church in recent years. Each time, it is a reminder how much the world in front of our door steps is asking for God’s grace.

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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