From Pastor’s Desk

Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk

Much faithful ministry is happening here at First Reformed Church in February:

  • We are just concluding the first of two weeks of the Rotating Homeless Men’s Shelter.
  • We have a Teachers’ Training event scheduled for February 2 in order to soon start our newly organizing Sunday School for all children between the ages of three and ten.
  • Our adult Education class “First Wednesdays” will meet on February 5, and the Confirmation Class is ongoing. We have a delegation to our denomination’s regional conversation on the growing ministry partnership between our denomination and the Christian Reformed Church on February 8.
  • We will say farewell to Bruce and Ellen Hamilton on February 9 before they relocate to North Carolina.
  • We will have a table at the Rutgers Civic Engagement Fair on February 12 and serve as a site for student volunteers from Rutgers on February 22.
  • Our Annual Congregational Meeting is scheduled for February 23.
  • and above all, we are working hard on the final funding applications for our sanctuary reconfiguration Project Dina’s Dwelling. Soon, we hope to go into bidding!

With so much activity, it is important that we do not lose sight of what holds us together. We would not be a church, if all our activities were not held together in worship. That short time on Sunday morning keeps us focused. That’s when we first follow the One who calls us to his table; all other activities flow from that.

I know this is true for the weekly life of the church. It is also true for the Christian life we pursue as believers. And so I want to appeal to all of us again: Help that our Sunday mornings reflect even more of our Christian fellowship. We cannot do without you, because we are not the same without you. This holds true for all of us, whether we are there every Sunday or only on occasion.

See then the enclosed three pictures. They document well how God’s love and grace become apparent when we are gathered at the table. I want to thank Gary for submitting these photos.

With fond wishes,

Pastor Hartmut

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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