Church Move Complete

It’s kind of scary to see the empty sanctuary, isn’t it? Yet this is part of our congregation’s preparation for the pending construction of ten apartments for victims of domestic violence. In the end, we will have provided space for this disenfranchised group in society – even though this is heartily little, as statistics tell us. In recent years, an average of 240 women found refuge in the shelters of Women Aware in Middlesex County. Of these 240, an average of 34 women is successful in finding a permanent and affordable place to live. Our project will add 10 homes to the list – truly a drop in the bucket!

Meanwhile, we want to thank the many helpers involved with our endless “church move” as it’s being referred to after so many Saturdays of emptying the church building of furniture, light fixtures, ceiling tiles, loudspeakers, etc.

Lolly Schenck was a great quartermaster in assigning each removed piece a new location. She spent hours for this not only on Saturdays, but during the weeks as well. Gary Bernhofer and the Property Committee helped immensely providing the tools and people power. Phil Coakley came extra from NYC to take down the sound system that he and his father had installed a few years ago. Julius Fekete supervised the dismantling of the furniture in the Church Library that he had built not too long ago. Rutgers University Student Volunteer Council sent us many students, often under the well-tried leadership of Ming Man Cheung, who is an international student from Hong Kong. Last but not least is Rutgers Protestant Campus Ministry with Taylor Barger as leader. She and her fellow students were most selfless in helping us out.

We are truly blessed with so much help!

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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