Church Life Is Colorful

The accompanying pictures give you a glimpse how colorful and diverse our life together as a congregation really is. All of these photos were taken in the relatively short time since we’ve moved into the new sanctuary.

Start with the picture of child musician Robert Dorsey. Sometimes, it’s just amazing who makes some serious music here! Robert and his father Paul have delighted us now for quite some time with their beautiful Renaissance and Baroque music. The simplicity of their instruments paired with the incredible skill of the musicians has given many of us unrepeatable experiences.

Then there is the Friesian costume that our Vice President Lauren Bernhofer wore on the occasion of our sanctuary re-dedication. It was her way of upholding our Dutch tradition. It also added a very dignified touch to a beautiful day.

Heather and her son Andy stand for the young life in our congregation. We are not a church defined by only older semesters! Everybody is welcome here; and this brings smiles to our faces.

Finally, there was the bridal shower for Thakshila and Josh. I know, phrasing it like this contains an oxymoron. But Sherri and Lolly, who hosted the affair, made it quite clear that the event would be open to men as well. So should we call it a wedding shower, then? Whatever, the food and the atmosphere on June 19 were superb and gave us a glimpse of what it means to be a part of the people of God.

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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