Lunchtime Recitals as Ministry

We just completed another highly successful season of our well-tried Lunchtime Recital Series. The pictures show Janet Waanders, the main organizer of the series, and Maureen Hurd Hause, the clarinet player of the concert on May 4.

  • Why is this series a form of ministry? Well, it bears several qualifying marks:
    It is a selfless endeavor whose costs are shared by the church, the County and the NJ Council of the Arts.
  • It builds community in that it brings populations together that would otherwise not meet – for example students of middle school age and residents of area nursing homes. The meals following the concerts are very important in this regard.
  • It supports integration efforts for immigrant children as they can relate to the music and the performers and become aware of the international origin of much of what is being played.
  • The Question & Answer moments afterwards oftentimes provide opportunities to reflect on the music, the composers, and even the meaning of life.

Thank you, Janet, for enriching our lives with this very special Series! A great thank you goes also out to the many volunteers who work in the kitchen for our success: Joan Fekete, Lolly Schenck, Margaret Coakley, Lilie Suabedissen, Sherri Novack, Liz Hance and many others.

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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