Town Clock CDC and Liaison Committee – Working Together!

By Susan Kramer-Mills, Executive Director

Town Clock CDC

Town Clock CDC

The construction is coming along; just like the work of the Town Clock CDC and the Liaison Committee.

Sherri, Hartmut and I walked up to the new third floor in late June. We were overwhelmed with a sense of great accomplishment, although we had not hit one nail into the wood. Nevertheless, the work and worry of getting the funding to refurbish this wonderful space inside the sanctuary were our hammer and nails. Walking up gave us the opportunity to really see how much space the third floor will have for meetings and storage. That will be a blessing to both the church and the Town Clock CDC.

Now we are meeting with the interior design people in order to determine colors. Imagine my surprise when they suggested orange, blue and white! “REALLY?!” I exclaimed. “Yes, these are the newest colors right now,” they stated. “Did you have any idea that these are the old Dutch Protestant colors?” I asked with a smirk. Of course, they had no idea about that!

I pondered this, though. We always think that we are creating something new, however, our heritage still comes through whether we planned it or not.

The Liaison Committee has been meeting with Architect Gary Wagner, who has advised us about how to make the worship space bigger. As I write this article, the new floor to the worship space is being laid between the wings of the balconies. Soon we will be able to see our new location and imagine how worship will be! Gary Wagner also produced a 3-D drawing for us, which helped us to plan the changes.


Please pass the word along about this amazing project! So many people want to hear about our story and want to know how they can help support it. Both Sherri Novack and I enjoy meeting with different groups and sharing about what we are doing. You all are our best advertisers.

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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