Light of the World Bash

This past Christmas, we replaced the traditional Christmas Party with Santa with what we called the “Light of the World Bash”. Instead of focusing on our own families in fellowship hall, we brought the spirit of the season into the community. This means that much of our activities took place on the front steps of the church and in the entrance area as well.

We displayed Susan’s large Nativity painting with proper illumination in one of the vestibules of the church and left the corresponding front door open, so that by passers in the street could see it. Likewise, the brass quintet played first from the steeple and then through the open main doors from the main vestibule of the church. In addition, we had the sidewalk illuminated with candles in milk gallon jugs filled at the bottom with sand. This brought us a lot of attention.

Inside, we served cider, hot chocolate, and various kinds of cookies. We offered guidance in making simple origami paper stars and two of us, armed with lanterns and shepherds’ staffs, gave church tours. Several of us added their voices to the caroling on the front steps.

Many of our neighbors took the chance of becoming acquainted with the church. We had approximately 50 visitors. Hopefully, we can do a similar celebration this year again. For now, treasure the light in your hearts that the Lord has given us.

Dear ones,
Thank you for the outreach event last night, and for the beautiful music, singing, crafts and food.
So thankful for the dedication of the musicians.
After being treated to the brass quintet, it was great to come into the hall for warmth, and drink some the cider and taste the cookies.
Margaret Coakley

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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