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Amazing Day of Service!

The FRC volunteers were assigned to help people with special needs; another mission of the church. The greatest service was at the end of the commencement as everyone poured out through one gate of the stadium and the rush was particularly overwhelming for all. Continue reading

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Scarlet Day at First Reformed

On September 19th, New Brunswick was flooded with student volunteers who participated in the annual Scarlet Day of Service. Twelve students were assigned to our church, and they brought loads of energy, humor and curiosity. Continue reading

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A Gem on Our Street

It may be true or not that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded to an email, “Who rules the world?” with a lapidary word: “Girls!” The fact speaks for itself. On April 14, five young women, all students at RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, spent an afternoon here at church painting the Sexton’s House. Parts of it had been primed in the fall already, but there had not been enough people power to finish those parts. So the house had looked white. Continue reading

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Rutgers Students Returned to First Reformed!

Thanks to the generosity of Rutgers University and its Student Volunteer Council, we had another great work day on our premises, the Martin Luther King Day of Service on February 18, 2012.

Twenty-three Rutgers students and their two student supervisors followed the call and spent several hours with janitorial and other chores in our buildings. Their cheerful work included: Continue reading

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Another Volunteer Day with Rutgers Students

It is just so contagious when young people take the initiative and come and volunteer at an old church like ours! And so it happened again on Saturday, October 23, under the leadership of Christine José when she brought 15 students to the church. They planted containers, weeded and pruned the front of the church, and built a curb to the sanctuary’s back patio where rainstorms had caused miniature mud slides in the past. Continue reading

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Finally, the Sexton’s House!

It is a miracle that our denomination still has a person like Paul Nulton to help churches like ours that are at times hard pressed with maintenance issues. Paul has been a guest for years in our midst, and we are blessed to have him.

Now, he is tackling the Sexton’s House. He started in September, but when hurricane Irene hit, many churches needed his emergency assistance – and so did our retreat center in Warwick, where Paul has his office. However, Paul keeps coming back faithfully.

This time he is painting the exterior of the Sexton’s House. Our architect, Margaret Westfield, provided the specifications as a gift to the church. Since then, Paul has been applying Victorian colors to the house!

We also want to thank Jaime Johnson, the new chair of our Invitation & Outreach Committee, because he, too, has been diligently involved with scraping and painting the house – besides his volunteering for “House of Manna” on many days.

Enjoy the picture of Jaime and Paul with Robert Longo, our sexton. They all are part of our family here at First Reformed Church. Continue reading

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KNAHT UOY

Sknaht uoy is “thank you” spelled backward. Regardless of the way it is spelled, still it is meant for all those who served at the Men’s Shelter in March.
Some nights there were 15 homeless men; other nights there were only 11 or 1 Continue reading

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