Snow Storm Jonas

Let’s take a moment to thank our Snow Team here at First Reformed: Lauren and Gary, Josh and Thakshila, Lolly, Ben, Susan and Hartmut. It took several hours on January 24 to shovel the church free. In some instances, the snow drifts were higher than our big snow blower! But Josh and Thakshila had serviced both machines prior to the storm so that we were ready when it hit!Snow-Storm-Jonas-pic-1

Unfortunately, we cannot forever continue to master these events by purely relying on volunteers. We are not getting any younger, and it does not pay to stress ourselves beyond a reasonable limit.

Therefore, the Property Committee will come up with a rationale that involves professional snow removal. We will, of course, continue to appeal especially on the younger generations of our membership to help when help is needed.

I would also like to take the opportunity to introduce a short worship cancellation policy so that next time a storm comes around we have some help in our decision making processes:

Worship during Inclement Weather

When considering church attendance in inclement weather conditions, please know that the safety of our congregation, guests and staff is our first concern. Since we come from a variety of communities and distances, please use your own judgment on whether it is safe to drive to church. This is important even if you have a leading role in church – whether it is in the choir, the bell choir, in Sunday School or during coffee hour afterwards. Please do not take unnecessary risks by driving in conditions that are not safe.
Cancellations and schedule changes will be announced by email and posted on the church’s Facebook page. Please check also the phone answering machine in the church office (732.545.1005).

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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