Come Share the Joy! Dutch Psalm Singing, Food and Dance!

The Congregation of First Reformed Church would like to cordially invite you to partake in our series of events to celebrate our 200th anniversary. The year 2012 marks an important anniversary for the history of our church. We would be honored to have your company as we converge on this milestone.

We will open our series with a Dutch cultural event, which is an important outgrowth of our diverse heritage. This will take place at First Reformed Church on February 12, 2012 at 4:00pm. The descendants of Dutch immigrants kept our denomination alive in the New World, and New Brunswick was a haven for the first churches of the RCA (Reformed Church in America). We will learn how to sing traditional and modern settings of psalms, led by Professor Martin Tel of Princeton Seminary, see a performance of the Van Wickle Dutch Dancers, led by Erie Beemsterboer, and eat a delicious ethnic meal prepared by Ellen Hamilton, Janet Waanders, Mrs. Beemsterboer and others.

Please join us for this exciting celebration of culture. Price for admission is $20 per person, $16 for senior citizens, and $12 for students and children (each price includes food).

Here is the bit of history: On September 27, 1812, the congregation of First Reformed Church dedicated their sanctuary across from Hiram Square and we officially settled into our modern location. Two hundred years later, we look back upon our achievements and our ministry in the city of New Brunswick. This year, we plan to celebrate our rich history; at the same time, we want to look to the future and evaluate our place in modern society.

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