Free Spirits Have a Feast

For our October gathering, we had a feast! Oh yes, indeed! We gathered for a potluck luncheon at Jane Parker’s house. She treated us to fried chicken, a baked bean dish, which had been a recipe from Millie Shipman, and a noodle salad. All were absolutely delicious. That was complimented with rolls and biscuits, followed by fruit salad and two types of dessert (One of which was homemade by Ethel Salamone — YUM!). We rolled on home; we were so full.

Before our luncheon, Jane showed us a clip from the movie she had been in. You didn’t know that we have a true Hollywood actress in our midst? Well, we do: Mrs. Parker. In her 20’s, she toured with an all- female jazz band. One of their gigs was being filmed in a Hollywood movie. She appears twice quite prominently, playing her saxophone. More importantly, we really had a wonderful time and decided that we would like to have a similar luncheon for December. That means there will not be a Free Spirits meeting in November. So, mark your calendars for December 15th.

We will discuss over the next few weeks where we will meet. This will be our Christmas Carol Singing. Ben Berman plans to accompany us.

About Susan Kramer-Mills

Susan Kramer-Mills' journey as a pastor has led her to a variety of places. Before attending McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago she was a Volunteer-in-Mission for two years West Berlin, Germany. After returning to the United States and graduating from seminary, she returned with her husband Hartmut to Germany. From 1990 to 1992 she was campus chaplain and registrar at Naumburg Seminary in former East Germany. With the closing of the seminary she assumed the pastorate for the yoked congregations of Stoessen, Goerschen and Rathewitz in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. At the same time she taught Religious Instruction at two public elementary schools until 1998. During this time she was assigned six additional congregations to the original three. In 1998, she received a call as Associate Pastor to Trinity Presbyterian Church in East Brunswick, New Jersey. She served in that position until 2000, when she and her husband accepted a call as co-pastors to First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Since April 1, 2004, Rev. Kramer-Mills has also been working part-time as Classis Minister to the Classis of New Brunswick.
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