First Reformed Causing Turmoil in the Street

During the latter part of February many motorists on Neilson and Bayard Street had to bear the brunt of us updating our heating system from oil to gas. PSE&G brought in the new gas line from Hiram square, opening a trench right across Neilson Street. Thanks to the New Brunswick Police Department the traffic was managed in ways that kept delays and inconveniences at a minimum. I had a lot of respect for the workers and the police officers who did all this at rather frosty temperatures and with a cutting wind in their faces!

The switch-over is not too far away, hopefully sometime this month. After this, we will use up the remaining oil in our tank, before Preferred Tank Services will retire it. I want to use the opportunity and also thank the folks from our contractor, BUIST Inc., for their speedy and clean work, and BUIST President Mike Freund for assisting me in establishing a workable time line that takes the needs of our church into account. And, finally, a big thank you goes out to Jim Hance for his constant good counsel and his efforts in making sure that all involved companies were on the same page.

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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