Food and the Diverse Community

Our annual chili cook-off this past month could not have been more successful. Not only was it extremely well attended. It brought also several groups together that are part of our wider family but do not often have the opportunity to share a meal.

As the pictures show, we actually had salad as well. Just as important was our spiritual wellbeing. Frank and Julian from Young Life gave us a much appreciated insights into this ministry with youth. Julian earned much applause for a rap song he had written and performed.

Events like these help us grow closer to Young Life. Did you know, for example, that Young Life serves dinner to about 50 youth every Monday night in our hall? Every week, the food is being donated by other area churches. By now many of the young people identify with our location. It’s important what is happening here, and it is having an impact on young people’s lives. Sometimes, it needs a chili cook-off to bring this out.

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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