Women’s Bathroom Ministry

At first, I just wanted to catch your attention with this dubious title. At second glance, however, there may be some truth to it anyway. To extend hospitality is a form of ministry. Renovating a bathroom is a form of hospitality, especially, if others use this bathroom more than we do.

Think about it! We use the women’s bathroom mostly on Sunday mornings or on the few nights when there is a committee meeting. Yet, we have other congregations using the space with us. Then there is the House of Manna which, perhaps, needs this bathroom more than any other group. Already from a brick-and-mortar standpoint, it is high time that we renovate the room. Gender equality also demands it — we did the men’s bathroom last year. But what it all boils down to in the end is a sheer matter of hospitality. That’s why we really do it.

Below please find the proposed schedule for the renovations. We are happy that the volunteer team of the Colts Neck Reformed Church under the leadership of Dotty Weidman will again support our efforts.

We are also happy that Gary Delhagen’s company will do the plumbing — Gary grew up in our church, and we have good ties to his extended family.

If you, Dear Reader, can contribute something to the effort, please talk with Julius Fekete or myself. We will need people to:

  • take apart the old bathroom
  • who can paint or grout
  • who can fill a dumpster

On Saturdays, we also need volunteers to form a kitchen crew. (As you know, a good meal furthers the friendship between various groups.)

Please let us know how you can help. Together, we can achieve a great thing.

Project breakdown for Women’s Bathroom 2010

  1. Plumber removes fixtures and disconnects bathroom heat
  2. FRC removes wall and floor tile
  3. Plumber roughs out, Electrician installs outlets
  4. Colts Neck installs Sheetrock (7 sheets) and sub floor (1st Sat.)
  5. Colts Neck puts down floor tiles
  6. FRC grouts floor tiles
  7. Colts Neck puts up wall tiles (2nd and 3rd Sat.)
  8. FRC grouts wall tiles
  9. FRC paints walls
  10. Electrician installs new light fixtures
  11. Plumber installs new fixtures
  12. FRC installs new partitions
  13. FRC exchanges ceiling tiles and fills the dumpster
  14. FRC installs paper towel holders, mirrors, and changing table

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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