Building Usage

As I have reported in the past, every week our office receives new building usage requests. So many, in fact, that we cannot accommodate all of them. To just give you an idea of how many, let me list them for you. At this time, we are negotiating with six different groups: the Seventh Day Adventists for regular Saturday usage; Raices Cultural Center for a late Sunday afternoon practice time; a Latino Pentacostal congregation for Sunday evenings (possibly); Collaborative Arts for another weekend theatrical performance; and two one-time events. Phew! It is quite overwhelming, to say the least, because we have to keep processes and negotiations going at times. This isn’t easy considering the regular workload of the pastorate.

It is truly amazing how many groups are seeking affordable space. It is our hope and vision to be able to accommodate many groups here in our buildings. Each one has their own constituency, which has proven beneficial in the long-run for supporting our facilities. As we have experienced in the past, our building usage groups have helped us out with upkeep, work days, painting, and donations. It is a true blessing to have so many groups interested.

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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