Category Archives: Consistory

From Pastor’s Desk

It has been a long tradition at First Reformed Church that the pastor shares every year at the April of Consistory a Report on the Future of the Church. My predecessors chose this date because it constitutes the first Consistory meeting of the year with newly installed members. With the following, I would like to share some lightly edited passages from this year’s report. I do so, because pondering the future of our church is good for all of us and not just the Consistory. Continue reading

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The Ordination of Peter Connolly

Whenever we pray over someone on the occasion of his or her ordination to one of the offices of the church, it is a special moment. You may wonder why, because contrary to other traditions in our Reformed understanding the offices of deacon, elder and pastor do not constitute a permanent change in the person’s character. You enter an office, you fill it with God’s help, and then you step back and let someone else continue. Continue reading

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Exciting Design

At its last meeting before the summer, Consistory had cleared the way for an open meeting of the Liaison Committee to decide on the colors for the interior design of the community space beneath the new sanctuary. This means that the meeting was open to all interested church members. Continue reading

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New Consistory Members

Two new, young people joined the ranks of the Consistory in December: Gina Vingara and Brad Redeker! While Brad is a “returnee,” Gina is new to the Consistory and will be one of our youngest Deacons. We are grateful to their willingness to serve and excited about new ideas which will be generated by their participation in the leadership of our congregation.
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Weekly Update – August 11 – August 17

Dear Friends ~ Please respond to Pastor Hartmut about attending the Esther Award Ceremony at New Brunswick Theological Seminary on September 3, 2014, beginning with worship at 6:00 PM and the President’s Dinner at 8:00 pm. All are invited to … Continue reading

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2014 List of Officers and Committee Chairs

2014 List of Officers and Committee Chairs Continue reading

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Consistory Corner

Consistory has been meeting for their regularly scheduled meetings, with the exception of this month’s, which was rescheduled until early February due to inclement weather. Continue reading

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