Church Retreat to Warwick Center

Our retreat to our Regional Synod’s center in Warwick, NY was a lot of fun. We were fourteen this year, and most of us traveled in a van organized by Lauren and Gary. It was only a retreat of one day without staying overnight.

We arrived around 11:00 a.m. and went on a hike around the retreat center. The estate is large, and with the new St. Paul’s Prayer Chapel there are now two nice sanctuaries to pick from. After the hike, we returned to the Picnic Grove and had a lavish potluck lunch.

Slideshow – Pictures from the Warwick Retreat

Then the Circus opened! As in many years before, we used the performance to test features of the Rally Sunday program at church in the end of summer. Everybody had a good laugh, and we decided the program was worthwhile.

Following this, the majority of us took a long break at the swimming pool while others went on a hike in the woods belonging to the Center.

We concluded the retreat with a devotion in the newly built prayer chapel. Most of us were back home between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.. It was a fun day.

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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