Winter “Warwick” Wonderland

Have you ever thought that church is all about bureaucracy, burned-out volunteers and money-stress? Well, on February 10th,  we all experienced a very different church: the fellowship of our winter chili cook-off. Eight different versions of the beloved dish made for a fierce competition with red paper ballots drawn later that evening. First prize winner was Andrew Hoeksema, a member of the Highland Park Reformed Church. Second and third prizes were won by Liz Hance and Marie Knox. We thank all contestants for their tasty submissions, and we include in our thanks all those who contributed other delicacies but chili that evening. The attendance speaks for itself: It was the best attended dinner event of our Invitation & Outreach Committee so far.

But why the reference to Warwick, the famous place of our summer camp-outs? Well, there was a tent, too, in Fellowship Hall that night. Our church school staff had decided to grant a long harbored wish of our youngsters for – not a complete sleep-over – but a rest-over during much of the evening. So we had a tent in Fellowship Hall, a cushy camping carpet in it, and the big old TV-screen in front of it. All our kids in one tent, and there was silence anyway! That’s because they watched “The Prince of Egypt”, the story of Moses leading Israel out of Egypt land.

Indeed, it felt like a typical Warwick evening – the children did their thing, while we adults sat in a circle after dinner and had a good and spirited conversation. If you were there but have never been in Warwick with us, won’t you consider coming now?

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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