Joyful Summer Music

There are a number of things, in which we really excel here at First Reformed Church. The music of our senior choir belongs to these. We may be small, but we have energy and joy, as the accompanying pictures clearly show. They were taken on Jun 14th, when Lauren and Gary renewed their wedding vows in a festive worship service. The same day, Jack and Bernice Ramezzana joined our church. It is of no surprise that our choir shows so many happy faces.

In addition to the choir, our summer music enjoyed a number of special contributions. There were Sundays when John Coakley played the clarinet, Erie Beemsterboer the bass recorder, Ellen Hamilton the flute, and Stef Beemsterboer the violin during the Warwick service. We also had special hymn singing occasions prior to each summer worship service. Ben Berman, our organist and choir director, enhanced these sessions with little presentations on the content of particular hymns or information on the biographies of various composers. Now we have quite a repertoire of newly studied hymns. We can look forward to seeing them employed in our worship life this fall.

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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