Yue-Yue Christmas Concert

At the crossroads of cultures, our church has always stood for its appreciation of music and fine arts. This season’s Christmas concert of the Chinese/Taiwanese Yue-Yue Ensemble reflected this very well. It featured pieces from Eastern and Western traditions, and of various epochs.

A flute, a cello and the piano accompanied the choristers under the well-tried leadership of conductor Dr. Sheng-Hwa Yu. It was wonderful to have an audience of 100 people join together – despite the horrible school shooting in Newtown, CT just two days earlier. For this reason, the concert began with a moment of deep silence.

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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