Report from the Collegiate Picnic

Bemoaning the decline of our brand of Christianity has hardly ever convinced newcomers to join our ranks. How different is this when Christians from several Reformed Churches of our area come together to share a short devotion, a not-so-short meal and a final introduction to each others’ ministries with one another! All of this happens every year during the Collegiate Picnic of the Reformed Churches in our part of the Raritan Valley.

This year it was held on August 23 and for the second time in Donaldson Park in Highland Park.

Over the years, many friendships have developed, and several of us look forward to seeing old acquaintances from the other churches on this occasion. And for the newer members in our midst it is always a good opportunity to see that we are more than we appear to be on an average Sunday morning.

I would like to thank the Worship Committee, and especially Sherri and Ken Novack, Heather Epstein, and Ben Berman for their contributions to the event.

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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