Town Clock CDC – Old Things Come to Light

Susan Kramer-Mills, Exec. Dir.

First of all, the construction is moving along beautifully. If you are interested in peeking inside, please contact me. I lead small groups through on a weekly basis.

And that brings me to my next point… Recently, I received a phone call. A kind woman on the other end said, “I believe that you are building something which is baring my great, great, great, great grandmother’s name.” I was astonished, as you can imagine. Yet, indeed, Dina Van Bergh’s great( x 4) granddaughter, Sharon Burke, stopped by to see what we will are building and to learn a bit more about Dina. Sharon’s son works for an ancestry TV show by doing the research into the old records and things. One day he decided to look into his own family lineage and found out that they are direct relatives from Rev. Johannes Frelinghuysen and Dina Van Bergh. It was quite a ‘welcome home’ for Sharon. She plans to visit us again soon and bring her son along, too!

Then there was the new find of the archaeologists as they dug around the maple tree at the front. Unfortunately, the tree is in the pathway of the utility connection for the construction and will be removed. Still these old pennies, which date from the early 1800’s, and are larger than our modern quarters, were discovered. They will be catalogued and then returned to us.

Finally, the Town Clock CDC wants to give thanks for the excellent work which our two Rutgers summer interns provided us as well as the church. Amy Hendricks and Katelyn Realpe, who were a part of the Women in Leadership Internship Summer Program were simply amazing interns! They produced a 5-page document which explained in quick easy-to-read language how to apply for affordable housing, section 8 housing, food stamps, WIC, TANF and so much more. Further, they worked with me on developing an oversight mechanism for the social services that each resident will be receiving, as well as many other smaller projects – such as organizing the entire church office filing cabinet! We were truly blessed to have these excellent women working in the office. Their work helped TCCDC give a bit back to FRC for all its support in this important mission.

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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