The Church is a Real Community Center

Dear Friends,

Recently I had a phone conversation with one of our “building users”, the Martial Arts instructor who was thrilled that so many groups are using our facilities. “You know, the church is a real community center.” “Wonderful!” I thought. We’ve finally made it. Yes, one could really define us as such. Why just this week I was talking with Yue Yue Ensemble about an extra practice date; emailing with Nicole from Raíces Cultural Center who is heading up an ecological event at our church about water and pollution; as well as setting up a Day of the Dead Exhibition; furthermore I have been in talks with United Way about a huge informational fair that they will be hosting here, too. Phew! This place rarely is empty. Did you know that Young Life, a small Christian group working with disadvantaged youth is also hosting a group here on Monday nights now? Yes, we have become a type of community gathering space.

Besides this transformation, we have been working on updating our website and even our Facebook page. Some of you have received invitations to befriend First Reformed Church on Facebook. If you did not know that we are on there, then please do search us out. I will be trying to keep up on adding the various events happening at First Reformed Church. Of course pictures are always a delight to have. Just this past week Lillie from Pine Grove Nursery School (which is housed in our building, too) just sent me snapshots from the Lunchtime Recital last week. We saw the tables of children, a table of seniors, and tables of visitors enjoying their meal in candlelight; there had been a problem with the electric. Thankfully that is now fixed.

So, come, check out all the interesting groups and events that are happening within the old walls of our church buildings.
Fondly,
Pastor Susan

About Susan Kramer-Mills

Susan Kramer-Mills' journey as a pastor has led her to a variety of places. Before attending McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago she was a Volunteer-in-Mission for two years West Berlin, Germany. After returning to the United States and graduating from seminary, she returned with her husband Hartmut to Germany. From 1990 to 1992 she was campus chaplain and registrar at Naumburg Seminary in former East Germany. With the closing of the seminary she assumed the pastorate for the yoked congregations of Stoessen, Goerschen and Rathewitz in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. At the same time she taught Religious Instruction at two public elementary schools until 1998. During this time she was assigned six additional congregations to the original three. In 1998, she received a call as Associate Pastor to Trinity Presbyterian Church in East Brunswick, New Jersey. She served in that position until 2000, when she and her husband accepted a call as co-pastors to First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Since April 1, 2004, Rev. Kramer-Mills has also been working part-time as Classis Minister to the Classis of New Brunswick.
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