Town Clock CDC – Great News!

By Susan Kramer-Mills, Executive Director

This is a wonderful spring for us, because our project is beginning to get noticed by community leaders and developers. Every person who has been presented the project has expressed a piqued interest in it. “This is so unique. What a fascinating way to re-design a sanctuary.” “You’ve thought of all the aspects – mission-oriented, historical, and connectional.” Thus, you will see through Sherri’s article about the Antiques Afternoon that our goal is MORE than just trying to raise money for the project. Really, our goal is to raise awareness about affordable housing and domestic violence, and the way that our church has decided to address these issues as well as our building concerns.

We are blessed this month for these reasons:

  • Marlana Moore is putting together a wonderful website for us for FREE! She also designed a logo for the Town Clock CDC, which she presented at our April Board meeting.
  • The New Jersery Historic Trust awarded First Reformed Church and the Town Clock CDC a $50,000 planning grant!
  • Federal funds are flowing into New Jersey for disaster relief, and these funds are to be directed toward projects for permanent, affordable housing in our county. We are planning to apply for these funds, which otherwise were not available.
  • Hunter Research, Inc. will begin digging this month and registering where the graveshafts are located at the back of the sanctuary, in order to present a report to the State Historic Preservation Office. Once this is completed, and we receive approval from their office, we can go before the Planning Board of the City of New Brunswick.

Please pray for the project, for funding sources, for philanthropists to hear about this wonderful thing we are doing, and that they may help to support.

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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