Weekly Update – July 22 – 26

Dear Friends ~

Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them.” —Ecclesiastes 12:1

Thoughts on Today’s Verse… When we are young and have so many things to do, many things can distract us from what is important. This verse is a reminder to hold God close even when we are young because when we are older age brings a crescendo of limitations of one kind or another. This doesn’t mean life has to be bad, just that we had better put our priorities in order. Hopefully we learned the lessons of faith in our youth so that we have the maturity and wisdom to be mentors, examples, and counselors for those who come after us on the path.

Pastors Hartmut and Susan will be away July 27 – August 2.
Please call Rev. EJ Emerson (1-973-632-1305 cell) for any pastoral emergencies.

Here is what’s happening at FRC this week:

Monday July 20
10:00 am Staff Mtg.
5:15 pm Bible Study
7:00 pm Property Comm. Mtg.

Tuesday July 21

Wednesday July 22

Thursday July 23

Friday July 24
5:30 pm TCCDC Board Strategy Mtg.

Saturday July 25

Sunday July 26
9:30 am Breakfast & Banter
10:30 am Joint Worship w/ Triumphed Covenant House of Prayer
Ushers: Margaret & Marilie
11:30 am Coffee Hour host: tbd


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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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Weekly Update – July 13 – 19

Dear Friends ~

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
—1 Timothy 4:12

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
How do you command the respect of others when you are young? You don’t! You earn that respect by the character and quality of your life. Those of us who are older must recognize and validate younger folks, too, especially those who are people of character and faith.
Those of us who are younger, need to live a life of character that cannot be questioned. Character, values, faith, and loving kindness are essential attributes of a Christian, no matter his or her age.

Here is what’s happening at FRC this week:

Monday July 13
10:00 CIC MTG
5:15 pm Bible Study

Tuesday July 14
1:00 pm NBDVAC
5:30 pm TCCDC Board Mtg.

Wednesday July 15
9:00 am City Market Mtg. @ FRC
1:30 pm TCCDC meeting w/ Edison Housing Authority

Thursday July 16
10:00 am Construction Mtg.
7:00 pm Liaison & Consistory Mtg. – All welcome to attend!

Friday July 17

Saturday July 18
8:30 am ISP Work Group
5:00 pm Rod’s Grill Night – All are welcome!

Sunday July19
9:30 am Breakfast & Banter
10:30 am Worship
Ushers: Thakshila & Bruce
11:30 am Coffee Hour host: tbd


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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!

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