Rutgers Scarlet Service Day a Boon to the Church

It was a wonderful workday when, on Saturday, September 17, twenty-two Rutgers students and their leader came to our church in order to help with our property maintenance. Finally, long delayed projects had a serious chance to be accomplished. The students were part of a work force of 450, all engaged in various service projects in the community.

At the same time, Gary and I used the opportunity of a lunch break to tell the students the story of Rutgers University being founded by our once Dutch denomination. Since the students reflected an incredible scope of ethnic diversity, our presentation felt like coming to the world. It was met with great interest and a lot of questions.

Here is what we accomplished that day:

  • Painting of the annex-entrance to the Randolph Room.
  • Scraping of a part of the Sexton’s House to support Paul Nulton’s work there.
  • Spraying herbicides around tombstones and covering sprayed areas with mulch.
  • Complete painting of the upper parts of the rear stairwell in the education building.
  • Hang curtains in much of the education building.
  • Repair ceiling tiles in the kitchen.
  • Remove two broken storm windows of the education building for repair.
  • Prepare the replacement of the broken AC-unit in fellowship hall.

The whole day was a blessing, and I want to thank Gary, Lauren, Rod, Robert and Susan for helping supervise our volunteers. The church is a lot nicer for it.

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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