Lunchtime Ministry Very Successful

The accompanying pictures reflect very well the atmosphere during the various lunchtime recitals during this season of spring. Years ago now, our preparation team refocused its goals. We resolved to target not just white-collar office workers but groups that could not normally afford this type of cultural experience.

We identified residents of local nursing homes and children from the schools of New Brunswick. Since many of the children have an immigration background, we wanted the recitals to become part of their integration into the life in this community. What we did not plan and yet enjoy very much is the intergenerational component of many of the recitals, when children and senior citizens begin to interact.

It’s been a great season for the series this spring, and we want to thank especially Janet Waanders, who organized and coordinated everything in her well-tried ways.

Another thank-you goes to our funders: Due to a grant from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission, and the NJ State Council on the Arts, we are able to offer each concert and the following meal without charge.

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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