Spring Church Retreat Under Way

“Finding Community” – our church retreat in May, 2007, finally has firm dates: Friday, May 18th through Sunday, May 20th. During this period, we will be spending time with the congregation of the First Reformed Church of Astoria, a true community church in Queens (27-26 12th Street, Long Island  City., NY 11102). As in previous years, we will also organize opportunities for sightseeing and fun things, especially our children.

I know these dates, May 18-20, are not equally convenient for everybody. However, between our own busy church schedule and the schedule of our hosting pastor, Rev. Dwayne Jackson, there was not much choice. The next available date would have been a weekend in June.

Soon there will be more information, especially how to register for the trip. Our Christian Education Committee is preparing all this. I hope that many of us will be able to go, despite the inevitable date conflicts. To experience First Reformed in Astoria will be worthwhile because this is an integrated church of many backgrounds with most people living in the immediate neighborhood. As we work towards greater integration and better ties with our own community, we want to learn from First Astoria.

With blessings,
Pastor Hartmut

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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