Church Is Fun!

If church is not fun, what is? Theologically, this is a very serious question, because chances are that we are closest to God’s grace when we are in church. And if we cannot enjoy God’s grace, there may not be much left in life for us to enjoy. So, if church is not fun, what is?

Coming from this strain of thought it is only natural that dancing has become a staple in the life of First Reformed Church. Dutch Dancing, Square Dancing, Line Dancing, and even sometimes a bit of liturgical dance – we cherish it all. On April 26th, it was Square Dance, accompanied by an impressive silent auction that the Women’s Guild had put up in the Randolph Room.

I believe that the pictures speak for themselves; I do not know more eloquent ways of conveying our love of life than sharing pictures with you.

The snapshot of Rod and his cooler, though, is rare. Rod was always carrying heavy burdens, but he did not like to be seen. Most of the time, he kept his mysterious cooler in some side hallway of the church and from time to time people would visit him there, and one could hear a lot of laughter. We pastors assumed that he had engaged in a new form of small groups’ ministry.

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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