Church Picnic


for all Reformed Churches
in the New Brunswick area

Sunday August 23, 2015 5-7 pm
Donaldson Park – Grove # 3-A
at end of South 2nd Ave., Highland Park – by boat launch

Bring a dish to share — casseroles, salads, desserts, etc. & lawn chairs
Paper goods, hot dogs and lemonade will be supplied!

Come for fun, fellowship, food, singing, and God’s great outdoors

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Weekly Update – August 18 – 23, 2015

Dear Friends ~
Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and the Lord will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:3-4 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
Some people take this to mean that God will give us anything that we desire. That is not the point of this Psalm. When we trust in the LORD to the point of delighting in GOD, our heart will go from carnal desires to wanting the right things. Then we will stop trying to find fulfillment in things that we don’t have and begin to enjoy the life that God has given us. What is it that you truly desire? Love? Friendship? Peace? Contentment? Hmm….Consider carefully your true heart’s desire and trust that you will see it come about.

Here is what’s happening at FRC this week:

Monday Aug 17
10:00 am Staff Mtg.
5:15 pm Bible Study – Cancelled

Tuesday Aug 18

Wednesday Aug 19
1:30 pm TCCDC Social Service Team Mtg.

Thursday Aug 20

Friday Aug 21
9:00 am City Market Board Mtg.

Saturday Aug 22
8:30 am ISP Workers

Sunday Aug 23
9:30 am Breakfast & Banter
10:30 am Worship
Ushers: Bruce & TBD
11:30 am Coffee Hour host: tbd
5:00 pm Collegiate Picnic at Donaldson Park, Highland Park – bring a salad or dessert and lawn chairs.


Prayer List – August 17, 2015

Church Picnic

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Fundraising Support for the Hall Fund

Dear all,
Please come out to support the Hall Education Fund.

See attached flyer: Hall Education Fund 8-16-15 (1)


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From Pastor’s Desk…

Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk

I know we are not supposed to tie our hearts to temporary things when they so easily can become objects of idolatry. But on the other hand, we cannot always be so brain-oriented. The entire idea of holistic worship began in response to this need. And so I claim: Yes, even a physical sanctuary with all its mortar, wood and stone, can serve as anchor for the soul.

Take a moment then and study this picture of our future worship space. It offers a rare view from above. Soon, the separating wall to Dina’s Dwellings will be closed and photographs like this one will become impossible.


So what do you see? Obviously, a lot of dust caught on the lenses of my camera and on the ground. You can also see the organ console moved out of the way and one of the tarps that are covering the shudders to the pipe chambers.

And then there is this roughed-out framing that will soon be covered by the new sanctuary floor. In the past, we had nothing but a small crawl space beneath the sanctuary. Now, there will be all these rooms. A pessimist who sees this as a sign that we are losing our rootedness in the ground! Theologically much more interesting is the perception that here, in the new sanctuary, we will be carried by the life beneath.

But there is more to the picture. The rounded lines of the pews seem to promise a certain feeling of intimacy and of being at home. The way they are arranged makes it clear: The worshippers will be called to be an interactive group rather than an audience of individual listeners.

And so the choice of colors and fabrics has become a group process as well. Officially, Consistory has referred the decision-making to the Liaison Committee, but with the understanding that the doors of that meeting will be open to Consistory and other interested church members. The picture shows several choir members during a sneak preview. If you are interested in these questions, please join the meeting of the Liaison Committee on Thursday, July 16th at 7:00 PM. The meeting will include a construction site visit.


With fond wishes,
Pastor Hartmut

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Ancient Vase with Fox Bones

Director Dr. Belvin and the New Brunswick’s Free Public Library were so kind to host Dr. Ian C. Borrow on June 25 for a presentation on “The Archaeological Dig at the First Reformed Church of New Brunswick”. The event was well attended by the New Brunswick community. The presentation was framed with an introduction from Dr. Belvin and concluding remarks from Rev. Susan as the director of our Town Clock Community Development Corporation.

Ian Burrow is a specialist in his field. For over 30 years, he has been directing cultural resource management projects in the United States and the United Kingdom. He holds a Ph.D. in History and Archaeology from the University of Birmingham in England.Dr. Burrow started his presentation with some of the unusual finds from the dig at First Reformed Church’s construction site for Dina’s Dwellings:

  • an ornate vase or bowl from the early 19th century containing fox bones,
  • a copy of the New Testament for 1849
  • a bag filled with coffin nails.

Dr. Burrow was very appreciative of the good cooperation between the architects, the developer and contractor, the church leadership and Hunter Research, the archaeological group he serves as principal archaeologist since 1988.

The dig had two goals, the discovery of unmarked graves and the location of the foundation of the 1767 church. As Dr. Burrow delineated, several graves were found, and the location of pilings for the building extension to the church was adjusted accordingly. He explained that graves remained oftentimes unmarked when there was no funding for a tombstone at the time of the burial.

The search for the 1767 foundation was also successful. While the results are not fully conclusive, Dr. Burrow believes that the ground plan of the 1767 square church building was 60’x60’.

It was an interesting evening which much discussion during the Question & Answer part following the presentation.

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Benevolence of Month – July

Our partnership church in Middelburg, South Africa

Rev. Molehe from the Uniting Reformed Church in South Africa writes to us: “Thanks a lot for everything that you are planning to do for us as URCSA Middelburg Congregation. We are so grateful and we are looking forward to have a Good Partnership and Relationship with your congregation. Let us come together as Brothers and Sisters in Christ… We are building up the Temple of the Lord and currently we are in need of $3000 – $4000 so that we can complete our church building.”


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Benevolence of the Month – August


From the website: Welcome to Young Life New Brunswick!

Young Life is for everyone who wants to get the most out of life. Whether you are in middle school, high school or college; whatever your interests or abilities; no matter who you hang out with — Young Life welcomes you. If there is a Young Life club or camp near you, check it out!

And if you’re a parent, or simply an adult who cares about kids in your community, Young Life welcomes your involvement. There is a variety of ways you can serve and impact the lives of kids in your neighborhood and around the world.

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