Town Clock Community Development Corp. – update

TCCDC_logoBy Susan Kramer-Mills, Executive Director

Once again, this has been a busy month!

The project was featured with a video clip during the General Synod President’s speech. Many people contacted the Town Clock CDC because of this and messaged us about how wonderful they find this project.

Fundraising is going well. While we have made great strides in getting verbal commitments from several funding sources, which will cover the majority of our construction costs, still we have a gap of approximately $ 200,000. At this point, the projected cost is $3.4 million. That is a huge sum! However, we are really close to raising it, so please keep the project in your prayers and tell more folks about it.

A variety of fundraising events, including web-fundraising, will be started in October. We hope to raise at least $10,000. We will keep you posted.

Marlana Moore joined the Board officially at the June meeting. She also designed and is updating our new website. Please look at her beautiful work:

Many of you know that the archaeologists have been digging and investigating various locations where the new entryway will be built behind the sanctuary. Well, they did discover several unmarked graves in their most recent dig. None of our cemetery registries contain the names, nor the fact that graves are in this location. So this discovery came as quite a surprise. Thankfully the pier supports will not disturb the graves. The architect, who came by to check on the discoveries, determined that the pier support in that area will be adjusted so that the graves will remain in their present location. They will continue to rest in peace.

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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