Tag Archives: Pastor’s Desk

A Small Thank-You Note

It was such a surprise to the two of us, when we could not simply close the Congregational Meeting on Dec 12th. We should have grown suspicious when we saw the beautiful buffet for the luncheon — but, of course, none of our other coffee hours is exactly meager. Continue reading

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Annual Congregational Meeting Has “Secret” Agenda

On a gray, rainy Sunday afternoon in mid-December, the annual congregational meeting worked its way through serious agenda items such as the 2011 budget, volunteer recognition and an update on the Community Development Corporation. As Pastor Hartmut rose to give the closing prayer, he was interrupted by Lauren Bernhofer who introduced the secret agenda: recognition of Pastor Hartmut’s and Pastor Susan’s ten years at First Reformed Church. Continue reading

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Redrawing the Map

Sometimes, we hold maps in our heads that are misleading rather than providing the orientation we need. Such is the case with the map that defines New Brunswick as the city to which most of our members commute from the suburbs. Continue reading

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No Vacancy

Why do I keep thinking about no room in the inn when it’s time to be thinking about Good Friday and Easter? Some of us on the Building Usage or even the Invitation and Outreach Committees could answer that question. … Continue reading

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I Was Asked to Come

Dear Friends, About a month ago, a visitor came in to speak with Pastor Hartmut. “You’re doing all the right things,” he said encouragingly, “but you’ve forgotten a few places to knock on doors and to meet folks.” So he … Continue reading

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Mercury Containing Light Bulbs Go to Church!

Anyone who goes fishing knows about the mercury pollution of New Jersey waters and fish. For this reason, frequent government warnings advise against fish from this or that area or tell the fishing population what fish to avoid, and how … Continue reading

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Getting to Know You

Dear Friends, We do spend a lot of time together. Sometimes it is in worship, other times it is at meetings, or a clean-up day, or a special Saturday evening event. We see a lot of each other. However, sometimes … Continue reading

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