Hurray! Construction Has Started!

Finally, the education building, also known as “The Church House”, is enveloped in scaffolding. If you consider that we applied for the planning grant in 2007 and for the preservation grant in 2009, you get an appreciation of the time periods a project like ours requires. This is no small residential stuff!

In addition, much of the beginning construction required coordination with Pine Grove Nursery School. As construction began, the school went through the last stages of state and city inspection and code review. You can probably imagine what this meant for the inspectors, but also for the staff of the school and our church, who tried to comply with every need.

How long will the construction last? It cannot be phrased shorter than in the language of one of our performance reports:

Education Building soffits: Targeted substantial completion date September 30, 2010. Structural repairs in church attic and steeple; exterior steeple restoration: Targeted substantial completion date December 15, 2010

This means that the current projects might be finished by Christmas. The current phase, however, will continue, and there will be more construction until the summer of 2013.

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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