A Hot Contest

Our annual Chili Cook-off on March 1 resulted in a larger crowd than ever. Our Invitation & Outreach Committee had done a great job preparing the affair. It was so hot that most people were happy about the extra amounts of ice cream served in the end.

All in all, we enjoyed an evening of fun and fellowship and a great variety of chilies. It is amazing how this simple dish can become a conveyor belt into experiencing other cultures and backgrounds. Josh Bernhofer’s friend Thakshila Upasena from Sri Lanka, for example, had contributed a very interesting chili. In addition to its great taste, it was vegetarian, too.

You can see this year’s winners in the attached picture. From left to right, they were: David Scibetta (1st place), Rick Vingara (2nd place), Marlana Moore and Nicola Mammes (3rd place).

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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