Chimney Secure at First Reformed Church

Have you ever watched This Old House on TV? If you have, chances are that you have already encountered Mark Schaub and his work crew from Chimney Savers. For the rest of us, there was a great chance of seeing him in action during the week of Apr 14th through 18th when he worked on replacing the liner of the chimney on our Education Building, the “Church House” as we are used to say. Please note the red trucks in front of the building and the long hose that reaches up to the chimney.

Why are we doing all of this? We do it because it is part of switching our heating system from oil to gas. This will be cheaper, environmentally more friendly, and for us easier to maintain. Hopefully, I can report to you in the next newsletter that we have retired the underground oil tank and that we are running on gas. But we will see. There is still some work to be done by Buist, Inc. before the Preferred Tank Services can move in to retire our tank.

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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