Category Archives: History

From Pastor’s Desk

What we have to offer in terms of congregational life, heritage, and our understanding of the love of God is too precious to be withheld from the communities in which we live. Building our invitation on this reality may appeal to those who seek us. And it is theologically responsible at the same time. Continue reading

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A Piece of Historic Identity Returned

It had been announced to Consistory more than 14 years earlier when Susan and I had been here for not even a year. But it came true only now: Mrs. Janice Kuhn returned this pitcher to the church and said it should come home where it belongs. For many, many years, it had been in her extended family, the O’Rourke family. It could have been the fire in 1971 that expatriated the pitcher, but Mrs. Kuhn was not sure about this.
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Irony of History

I consider it an irony of history that some of the most famous members of our church of centuries past left their marks on the footstools of the church! Voorhees, Abeel, and whatever other well-known name they may have carried, aside from the cemetery and the record books of the church we have the most complete collection of their names under the footstools that once graced every pew.
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Ancient Vase with Fox Bones

Director Dr. Belvin and the New Brunswick’s Free Public Library were so kind to host Dr. Ian C. Borrow on June 25 for a presentation on “The Archaeological Dig at the First Reformed Church of New Brunswick”. The event was well attended by the New Brunswick community. The presentation was framed with an introduction from Dr. Belvin and concluding remarks from Rev. Susan as the director of our Town Clock Community Development Corporation.
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Who’s in that Grave?

unday, June 28 gave us our second presentation on the First Reformed Cemetery that month. Genealogist Charlie Morgan had come from Florida after 16 months of hard work on the database of the cemetery. His main achievement was to list most of our graves on www.findagrave.com, supplying each with a description of the grave, its current condition, and a bio of the person buried. Continue reading

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Who’s In That Grave?

As you might imagine, with a historic cemetery like ours, the question is not always easy to answer! If you are interested in the current level of research as far as our cemetery is concerned, join us for worship and … Continue reading

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Designing New Worship Space

We are blessed to have the professional leadership of Architect Gary Wagner as we go about the creation of the new worship space in the church building. Gary has been a very sensitive moderator of our discussions, and he has come several times now to worship with us, so that he can know our ways.Gary’s discussion with the Liaison Committee and members of the Consistory on October 12 was very fruitful. Continue reading

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