Our Nursery – A Room in the Inn

It is natural for great preservation projects to have smaller projects travel in their wake. In many churches these are the projects not funded by grants and other outside sources. Here at our church the Nursery is one such project.

 Did I say “small”? Oh boy, just ask Julius Fekete of his opinion in this regard! He gathered a few of the faithful (Gary, Rod and myself) on Presidents Day for what should have been a short morning of demolishing two walls. But then one thing came to another. The Wayne’s coating proved to be too old and bridle for recycling when we took it off; it had to be discarded. The sheetrock walls came down all right, but the wooden framing behind it was pretty strong and tall, and some of us got bruised a bit in the process of taking it down.

Then we had to deal with the drop ceiling. This was no problem, except that we had to leave enough of it intact as to provide support for the ceiling light. If Julius had not warned us to watch this, who knows, we would have probably demolished until electrocution!

Once we could see through the drop ceiling, we saw the original ceiling above, and how pieces of plaster were about to come loose. For lack of hardheads we tabled the problem until the following Saturday.

Then it was time to tackle the floor. Three quarters of it were easily picked up and stored outside until we have a dumpster. But that last quarter was incredible! When it was put down, a master builder must have used a nail every two inches. It took Julius almost two subsequent days to remove this piece of floor that was surely intended for eternity!
But the project developed followers! Now a good group of our children, led by Ahjani, is so excited about their new nursery that they want to help paint it. So shall it be – after all, what more could we wish for than out youngsters identifying with their church?

Besides, once the wall was removed, we discovered that the current young generation is not the first one involved in nursery renovation. For the old wall, once opened, revealed to us a secret of the past: a paper plane built by none other than David Shipman who had used a Sunday School assignment for this purpose. If you are good at deciphering, try your skills on the picture included and see the results of an interview that David once held with the Delhagen family. But do me one favor and do not assume that the interview was, actually, held! By the way, Gary Delhagen is now the plumber in charge of the renovation of the downstairs men’s bathroom.

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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