A Clean-up Day Turned Community Day

Our Clean-up Day on Mar 21st was remarkable in that it gave rise to a new concept of volunteerism. That day we were nineteen volunteers, six of whom had joined us from the wider community.

There is a growing sense in our neighborhood of caring for one another and our diverse historic heritage. Increasingly, there is an interest in helping one another in very concrete, hands-on kind of ways. It does not automatically mean that the helping neighbor is searching for a new church home. In fact, the same neighbor may help at another house of worship a few weeks later. It does mean, however, that there is a discernable sense of neighbors caring for the various sub-groups of our neighborhood, a desire to see them survive and even thrive, because they make our neighborhood what it is. We are very grateful for this.

As result, we accomplished an awful lot that Saturday: We continued scraping and priming the sanctuary windows. We filled a hole left by a fallen window sill of the Church House. We cleaned the cemetery of branches, old leaves and debris. We prepared two chancel chairs for further repair. We fixated a computer cable in pastor’s office. And we took measures for a little fence to hide our garbage bins outside the Randolph Room. A great thank you goes out to all our volunteers that day!

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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