Reflections

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

Psalm 98:4

July/August 2018

From the Pastor’s Desk

In his 2013 book Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road, Brian McLaren makes a case against religious exclusivism, hostility, and violence.

At one point, McLaren refers to the Temple incident in Acts 21-22 where the Apostle Paul was falsely accused of bringing ritually unclean Gentiles onto sacred Temple grounds.  Only the presence of Roman soldiers prevented him from being lynched by an angry crowd.  The soldiers arrested him, but in self-defense, the Apostle managed to give a speech to the mob.  In the speech, he made the claim that God himself had sent him to evangelize to the Gentiles.  This statement proved counter-productive because it aroused again the anger of the people.  They shouted, “Away with such a fellow from the earth!  He should not be allowed to live!”  (Acts 22:22)

McLaren then draws this conclusion from the story: “The more I read the New Testament, the more clearly I realize that this other-aversion is at the heart of what the gospel calls us to repent of.  The old era of us-them thinking and oppositional identity is coming to an end, the gospel declares.  In Christ, God is calling us to a path of reconciliation.”  (p. 203)

Personally, I believe that this form of reconciliation is not the only thing that is at the heart of the gospel.  As much as Jesus called us to reconcile with others, he also reconciled us with the Father.  And he taught us how to die and what to hope for afterward.  Any one of these things is at the heart of the gospel.

But this does not prove McLaren’s observations wrong; it just puts them into a wider perspective.  Of course, McLaren is right!  And anyone who has heard the Lord’s call to love even the enemy will know this.

Here at the Spotswood Reformed Church, we have started something new in order to overcome and even heal some of the other-aversion that still characterizes some of our culture and society.  Back in April, 12 church members and I had our first meeting with a similarly large group from the Muslim Turkish-American Peace Islands Institute in North Brunswick.  And now, on July 1st, a second meeting is coming up.  It is the beginning of a Friendship Group consisting of Muslims and Christians.

What are we doing as a group?  Well, the first meeting was devoted to getting to know each other.  Seated at three tables, we had a rather lavish lunch provided by both sides of the group.  Then we played an icebreaker game:  What’s your favorite hobby, memory, place, etc.?  It took only minutes to overcome whatever initial shyness there may have been.  Soon we discovered that we are people dealing with the same issues in life that everybody else is dealing with:  children, spouses, work, and, for some at least, our aging parents.

The two sides agreed to continue in this vein.  We would like to add family visits, shared social media, and perhaps a project.  We also would like to watch movies together and explain to one another our treasured religious traditions.  But mostly, we would like more time to just sit and talk.

On the following day, I visited with Beverly Jawidzik, one of our housebound members at the Reformed Church Home.  She summarized my report on the Friendship Group with a wonderful question.  “What is the big deal?” she asked.  “Are we not all God’s children?  So, wouldn’t it be normal for us to spend a Sunday afternoon together talking?  What’s the big deal?”

Beverly hit the nail right on!  But of course, none of this allows us to gloss over the unfortunate parts of our shared military histories.  Both sides have often enough labeled the other “infidel.”  But why should we be held captive by these parts of history when we have other parts where we lived peacefully with one another and, actually, were able to appreciate the otherness of the other while knowing that we were both children of the same God?

I would like to close these considerations with the assurance that our Friendship Group remains open to anybody who would like to participate in the neighborly relationship building that it pursues.

May your summer be blessed!

Pastor Hartmut

Thank You

To all who have extended their kindest thoughts and best wishes along with fervent prayers during my recent stay in the hospital, I wish to offer my sincere and heartfelt “Thanks.”  Having experienced such support, I ask for those same gifts for the people who have neither friend nor family by their side during similar illnesses.  We can all be a blessing to someone in need.  Thank you once again.  You will never fully realize the difference you have made during these recent weeks.

Yours in Christ,

George A. Sliker

Our Gathered Community Comes Together

Sunday, July 1

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Communion Service

Please remember your CUP Offering

Sunday, July 8

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, July 15

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Communion Service

Please remember your CUP Offering

Sunday, July 22

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, July 29

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Communion Service

Please remember your CUP Offering

Sunday, August 5

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, August 12

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Communion Service

Please remember your CUP Offering

Sunday, August 19

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, August 26

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

LITURGISTS

7/8        Peggy White

7/22     Victoria Halbert

8/12     Nancy Cano

8/26     Chuck Hager

CHILDREN’S SERMONS

7/8        Mark Ruckdeschel

7/22     Pastor Hartmut Kramer-Mills

8/12     Jennifer Britting

8/26     Mia Styles

GREETERS

7/1         Mandi & Maggie Miller

7/8        Volunteer Needed

7/15      Volunteer Needed

7/22     Peggy White & Judie Nicol

7/29     Volunteer Needed

8/5        Betty Duffy

8/12     Volunteer Needed

8/19     Volunteer Needed

8/26     Volunteer Needed

If you are unable to serve on any of the dates listed above, please find someone to cover for you.  Please let Sherry Ruckdeschel know of any changes to this schedule.  Thank you!

The Lectionary for July and August

July 1 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10; Psalm 48; Ezekiel 2:1-5; Psalm 123; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13

July 8 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12-19; Psalm 24; Amos 7:7-15; Psalm 85:8-13; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29

July 15 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 7:1-14; Psalm 89:20-37; Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

July 22 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; 2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145:10-18; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21

July 29 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13; Psalm 51:1-12;

Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15; Psalm 78:23-29;

Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35

August 5 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33; Psalm 130;

1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34:1-8; Ephesians 4:25-5:2;

John 6:35, 41-51

August 12 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14; Psalm 111; Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34:9-14; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58

August 19 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

1 Kings 8 (1, 6, 10-11), 22-30, 41-43; Psalm 84;

Joshua 24:1-2, 14-18; Psalm 34:15-22;

Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69

August 26 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9; Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Psalm 15; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Christian Education Team

The Prayer Gazebo was dedicated on June 17th during a brief service that was attended by many.  Thanks to all who attended this meaningful event.  The Gazebo was made possible by a donation from Jim and Marilyn Johnson, in memory of Tracy Suchcicki.  It is hoped that this Gazebo will be a place where many people will find peace through prayer.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Matthew 11:28

Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.  John 16:23

Mark Ruckdeschel for

The Christian Education Team

Mission & Outreach Team

According to Sperling’s best places to live in our state capitol… “Trenton, New Jersey, violent crime, on a scale from 1 (low crime) to 100, is 92.  Violent crime is composed of four offenses:  murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.  The US average is 31.1.”

“Trenton, New Jersey, property crime, on a scale from 1 (low) to 100, is 41.  Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.  The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims.  The US average is 38.1.”

We saw for ourselves what happened on Sunday, June 17th, during a peaceful art and music gathering and how safety can be an illusion.

Growing up is hard enough to do in a safe environment.  Anchor House strives to provide a haven to children that simply have no other place to go to be safe.

Last month our congregation did its own small part to support Anchor House’s efforts.  Thanks to everyone’s generosity a packed SUV full of donations made it to Trenton and was delivered to Anchor House.

Please take the time to learn about this organization so you can see how they are working to improve the lives of children caught in situations beyond their control.  This intervention can make a difference in the choice of paths these children take going forward into adulthood.

Once again, thank you to all who contributed.  Information on Anchor House can be found at http://www.anchorhousenj.org.

Laura Woods for

The Mission & Outreach Team

Self-Study Team

Narrative Report to Congregation:

Self-Study Sponsored Visioning Meetings

The Self-Study Team sponsored two visioning meetings based around six questions this past February and March.  The total attendance was around 40 church members.  We asked small groups, and then larger groups, to consider six areas of our church life together.

After these meetings a small group of Self-Study Team members got together and went over every written response – all the newsprint pages, the many marker notes, and all the colored dots – which represented the work of each of the groups.  This group was tasked with identifying themes coming from these answers. The entire Self-Study Team then met and reviewed this work.

The Team decided it was important to further consider one additional question with respect to all of the answers and themes that were identified.  “What is good about that?”  In other words, although we, as a church community, want to build on our strengths, we must be able to critically assess whether these “strengths” will take us where we envision going.

These meetings made it apparent that everyone wants the church to grow in membership and community involvement, but perhaps our past ways of living into the community need to be tweaked or even changed.  If we keep doing what we always have done in the same way and we do not see the envisioned growth, then perhaps we need to identify new paths.

In an article by Don Hotchkiss, he states “…It is much easier to found new congregations based on new ideas than it is to graft them onto an established one.”  One question may be all it takes to move us beyond pointless self-congratulation.  After we count our gifts and blessings, we can say, “that’s good” then take a critical half step back and ask, “Okay.  But exactly what about that is so good?”

With that in mind please ask yourself this question as you read through the following results, as the Self-Study Team is and will continue to do.

  1. Values – discussing why being part of a church community is important and what attracted each of us to our church.

The major themes arising here were that spiritual growth is the most important part of being part of the church community.   And that, in fact, it was the supportiveness, welcoming and nonjudgmental atmosphere of the church body that was the major attraction to our church.  One other theme revolved around a vibrant youth ministry in the past being a draw to increasing church membership.

  1. Outreach – asking how the surrounding community viewed our congregation and how could we be more relevant to our community.

A main theme was that many in the community know the physical building of the Spotswood Reformed Church but nothing about the actual congregation, how we worship or how we work in the community.  Many people simply associate the church with Pixie Preschool.

Themes that arose out of how we could be more relevant circled around being a bigger presence in the community through:

  • Missional outreach
  • Technological outreach via web page and social media
  • Providing more social activities for youth and adults
  • Being more open and involved in ecumenical and interfaith activities
  • More open in baptism and marriage

This will be very important as we look at the demographics of our target community.

  1. Hopes and Wishes – asking what three wishes we would have granted for our congregation and, in light of that, discuss the priorities we would set for our congregation in the next five to ten years.

Hopes and wishes centered on growing the congregation.  There was a lot of discussion around the idea of creating more visibility through marketing and re-visioning the preschool in order to increase its missional and community impact.  There was also overwhelming hope for more community outreach including more cultural and ethnic diversity.

  1. Inspiration – discussing the most positive thing happening in our church right now and asking for a description of an experience or time when we felt most proud to be associated with our church.

Not surprisingly, the most positive thing happening in our church now stemmed from the year after Pastor Jim passed away when the church pulled together and saw complete commitment by all its members to carry on the work of the church, thus creating inter-generational leadership and stronger spirituality.  Also, another theme centered around the past and present ministries of community outreach with respect to Senior Housing, CUP, and Veteran support.

  1. Responsibilities – discussing the questions of what our responsibility is to the congregation and what the congregation’s responsibility is to each of us.

The three central themes with respect to an individual’s responsibility to the congregation were to attend worship and participate in church work, to financially support the church, and to be welcoming to new and existing members.  The two areas with respect to the congregation’s responsibility to the members were to be loving, supportive and live and practice our faith.

  1. Pastoral Leadership – discussing what characteristics, traits or skills we thought our Pastor should have and what type of leader would be ideal for us.

Here we find a non-typical situation – we have contracted with a Pastor that we are intending to call to our church when Classis approves our Self Study.   It is quite clear when we read the responses about the type of leader that we are looking for that the qualities are already expressed in our contracted Pastor:

  • Being a presence in the community
  • Personable with a sense of humor
  • Visible and available in the church
  • Well-spoken and strong teacher
  • A heart for visitation
  • Leadership
  • Spirit filled
  • Making personal connections to congregants

Narrative Report to Congregation and Self Study Document:  Demographics

The Consistory approved the Self-Study Team’s use of an online demographic tool – “PRECEPT” – to look at a target area that comprises our “community.”  The Team defined the target area as Spotswood, Helmetta, Jamesburg, Monroe, East Brunswick, South River and Old Bridge.

The highlights of this report include:

  • How many people live in the defined study area? Currently, there are 166,066 persons residing in the defined study area.  This represents an increase of 25,282 or 18.0% since 2000.  During the same period of time, the U.S. as a whole grew by 16.0%.
  • Is the population in this area projected to grow? Yes, between 2018 and 2023, the population is projected to increase by 2.3% or 3,743 additional persons.  During the same period, the U.S. population is projected to grow by 3.5%.
  • How much lifestyle diversity is represented? The lifestyle diversity in the area is extremely high with a considerable 36 of the 50 U.S. Lifestyles Segments  (These are ways of grouping people together based on identifying factors such as age, education, income, interests.)  The top individual segment in our target area is Prosperous Diversity representing 14.9% of all households.  The second highest is Urban Senior Life.  The third is Suburban Mid-Life Families.  Following are a description of each group:

Prosperous Diversity includes a high number of adults in their thirties, high in the number of children, and very low in older age groups.  There is a concentration of female adults with children.  This segment also reflects a primary Asian population with a second in number two for Pacific Islanders.  Religious affiliation – Judaism, Presbyterian/Reformed, Episcopal, Adventist and Catholic – is higher than the national average and the segment ranks slightly above average with contributions being made to religious organizations, charities and educational institutions.  Their primary concerns include parenting skills, fulfilling marriage, time for recreation and leisure, good schools, satisfying job/career, and childcare.

Urban Senior Life includes persons over 55 years of age.  This segment ranks first in the percentage of households receiving some form of retirement income with one-third of all families containing no workers, and 20% of individuals are veterans of armed services.  Their faith involvement is close to the national average.  Significantly more believe that churches and religious organizations should provide more human services, while less believe the changing racial/ethnic face is a threat to our national heritage.  The religious affiliations which are higher than the national average include Judaism, Episcopal, Congregational, Lutheran, New Age and Holiness, while the primary concerns include better healthcare, health insurance, personal health, neighborhood crime and safety.

Suburban Mid-Life Families include those with the highest in median income by average numbers of adults ages 35 – 69.  There is a strong concentration of white collar job occupations and home ownership.  This group has lower than national average faith involvement with the highest concentrations being found in Congregational, Catholic, Presbyterian/ Reformed, Orthodox, New Age and Unitarian/Universalist.  Their primary concerns include childcare, time for recreation and leisure, retirement opportunities, parenting skills and long term financial security.

  • How do racial or ethnic groups contribute to diversity in this area? Based upon the total number of different groups present, the racial/ethnic diversity in the area is extremely high.  Among individual groups, Anglos represent 63.1% of the population and all other racial/ethnic groups make up 36.9% which is slightly below the national average of 40%.  The largest of these groups, Asians, accounts for 17.8% of the total population.  Hispanics/Latinos are projected to be the fastest growing group increasing by 16.4% between 2018 and 2023.
  • What are the major generational groups represented? Generational groups simply signify populations dates of birth.

The largest age group in terms of numbers is Survivors (born between 1961 and 1981) comprised of 46,797 persons or 28.2% of the total population in the area.  Builders (born between 1901 and 1924) make up 0.3% of the population, which compared to a national average of 0.2% makes them the most over-represented group in the area.

  • Overall, how traditional are the family structures? The area can be described as very traditional due to the above average presence of married persons and two-parent families.
  • How educated are the adults? Based upon the number of years completed and college enrollment, the overall education level in the area is somewhat high.  While 91.9% of the population aged 25 and over have graduated from high school as compared to the national average of 87.0%, college graduates account for 41.5% of those over 25 in the area versus 30.3% in the U.S.
  • Which household concerns are unusually high in the area? Concerns which are likely to exceed the national average include:  Time for Recreation/Leisure, Better Quality Healthcare, Personal Health, Aging Parent Care, Parenting Skills and Long-term Financial Security.
  • What is the likely faith receptivity? Overall, the likely faith involvement level and preference for historic Christian religious affiliations is about average when compared to national averages.
  • What is the likely giving potential in the area? Based upon the average household income of $122,577 per year and the likely contribution behavior in the area, the overall religious giving potential can be described as very high.

A few other highlights where our demographic area exceeded national averages:

  • Higher concentration of married couples
  • Higher amount of households with children up to age 18
  • Higher concentration of those with BA’s and Post-Grad work
  • More home ownership and higher property values
  • Higher commute times to work
  • More affluent families and senior life

Based on the types of groups present in our target area:

  • Leadership preferences were centered around leaders who work with groups to decide what to do and then partner with them to do it.
  • Primary Concerns include:
  • Maintaining personal health
  • Finding/providing aging parent care
  • Finding time for recreation and leisure
  • Finding quality healthcare
  • Developing parenting skills
  • Church related areas:
  • Giving – Household giving higher than national average
  • Programs – Church sponsored day school
  • Worship Style – Traditional, formal, ceremonial worship
  • Mission Emphasis – local community

Reflections on the demographic data:

One of the first things to note is the type of leadership that this demographic group is comfortable with – “leaders who work with groups to decide what to do and then partner with them to do it.”  So, any community outreach should be approached with this in mind.  The first thing is to become relational with groups and then work with them to identify needs and co-plan ways to achieve the fulfillment of the needs.

With that in mind, we can also be open to current trends in helping people maintain their personal health with finding quality healthcare, in finding and facilitating aging parent care, and in developing parenting skills.  These can lead to helping this group find more time for recreation and leisure.

And although the Team does not wholeheartedly agree that the most prominent type of worship style is traditional and formal, this needs to be kept in mind as we continue to grow and diversify our musical programs.

Kathy Romero for The Self-Study Team

Our 2018 Confirmation Class

Each Confirmand made a banner and shared it with the Elders at a meeting on Sunday, May 6th and each was confirmed on Sunday, May 20th.  Congratulations to all!

Isabella Goretskie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Max Swiderski

 

Reformed Church in America Statement on Forced Family Separation

Caring for the most vulnerable is not optional; it is a calling from Christ. We believe this calling means that we have a responsibility to speak up for and take action to help children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. With this statement, the Reformed Church in America condemns the separation of children from their parents and calls for a more biblical, humane approach.

RCA Urges Support of Immigrant Families

In April 2018, the Trump Administration rolled out a zero-tolerance policy of arresting and criminally prosecuting all adults apprehended by border control for illegal entry. Under this policy, when adults are arrested, they get separated from their children. Even those who are seeking asylum—a legally protected right—get prosecuted and separated from their children.

President Trump signed an executive order to end the policy on Wednesday afternoon, June 20. Although this is encouraging news, many challenges and questions still remain. The administration says it will continue its zero-tolerance policy of prosecuting all adults stopped by border patrol, and many questions still remain about how families will be able to stay together and in what conditions.

Given the seriousness of this issue and the questions that remain, we in the Reformed Church in America believe our Christian witness still compels an informed and biblical response to the situation. So it is in this hour that we make a bold, biblical, conscientious statement that affirms our hopes for this country and for those that are seeking the privileges and freedoms the U.S. has to offer.

We recognize the intent of immigration policies that seek to protect U.S. borders and U.S. citizens. However, we condemn the policy of forced family separation and urge the Trump Administration to find more ethical, humane approaches that preserve the family unit as people seek asylum or citizenship status.

The trauma that is inflicted on children when families are forcibly separated has devastating immediate and long-term consequences. Studies show that children who are separated from their parents are more likely to exhibit delinquent behavior, an inability to empathize with others, long-term psychological conditions such as PTSD, and difficulties with memory and impulse control.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we’re compelled to practice a gospel that is “pure and undefiled”—to “care for orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27). Caring for the most vulnerable is not optional; it is a calling from Christ. As part of this calling, when defenseless children are torn from their parents, we believe we have a responsibility to respond.

So we pray. We pray for the reunification of families. We pray for the healing of children who have been traumatized and for them to have strength and comfort while they are away from their parents. We pray for people to find homes free from conflict, extreme poverty, and war.

We speak up. We call for more humane, biblical approaches to enforcing U.S. laws at the border and for the reunification of families that have been separated.

We take action. We seek to participate in meaningful work that minimizes and helps heal the traumatic impact on children and families who are separated. And we urge all RCA congregations to join us in these efforts.

Although the challenges are great, we have hope that God will lead us toward a more biblical, humane, and loving way of treating the strangers in our midst.

In Christ,

Eddy Alemán, General secretary

Eliza Cortés Bast, Coordinator for Local Missional Engagement

Earl James, Coordinator of Cultural Agility and Advocacy

Paul Boice, Assistant secretary

Jill Ver Steeg, Director of transformational engagement

Karen Bogerd, Operations manager for Global Mission

Andrew Bossardet, Coordinator for equipping thriving congregations

Terry DeYoung, Coordinator for Disability Concerns

Elizabeth Testa, Coordinator for Women’s Transformation and Leadership

Annalise Radcliffe, Coordinator for Next Generation Engagement

Ken Neevel, Director of development and facilitation

 

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Prayer Requests

Janet Applegate – at home in Old Bridge;

Deanna Bobash (Kelly Ortt’s mother) – at home in Sayreville;

Chris Broscious (Sharon Farmer’s son) – at home in Kentucky;

Bill Chillczyn – at home in Jamesburg;

Kyle Davidson (Barbara Brain’s great nephew) –

at home in Oregon;

Pat DeFazio – at home in Monroe Twp.;

Wendy DeGroot (Carole George’s daughter) –

in Wyoming;

Teresa Dunlop (Margaret Tierney’s sister) – at home in East Stroudsburg, PA;

Sharon Farmer – at home in Monroe Twp.;

Carole George – at Brookdale in Monroe Township;

Pat Hampson – at home in Spotswood;

Dave Holzman (Kelly Ortt’s friend) – at home in South River;

Ron Jagemann – at home in Spotswood;

Beverly Jawidzik – at the Reformed Church Home

in Old Bridge;

Ellie Knapp (Sue Michalowski’s mother) – at a memory center in Nevada;

Luke Knox – at home in Spotswood;

Ann Law (Pat Hampson’s daughter) – at home in Riverside;

Anthony Martinez (Nancy Goretskie’s grandson) –

at home in Morganville;

Francis Ortt (Kelly Ortt’s father) – at River Bluff Nursing Home in Rockford, Illinois;

Linda Rodriguez (Shirley Leary’s and Barbara Jagemann’s niece) – at home in Florida;

Megan Farmer Rosato – at Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro Township;

Debbie Rosenthal (Carole George’s daughter) –

at home in Holmdel;

Mark Ruckdeschel – at home in Spotswood;

George Sliker – at home in Spotswood;

Gloria Uhl – at home in Spotswood;

Jan Stubbs – at home in Manchester;

Louise Woods – at home in Old Bridge;

Joan Worthington (Shirley Leary’s and Barbara Jagemann’s sister) – at home in Toms River;

Cindy Ziloa (Eunice Harrigfeld’s daughter) –

at home in South Amboy.

Birthdays

July 7 Kathleen Calvaruso
July 10 Kevin Suchcicki
July 15 Brooke Scheid
July 17 Tom Tierney
July 20 Michael Corace
July 22 Sharon Farmer
July 22 Chris Hager
July 22 Patricia Hampson
July 23 Shelley Morgan
July 26 Victoria Siano
July 26 Ken VanWageninge
August 1 Shirley Leary
August 2 Adele Rose Urbanowicz
August 3 Robert VanWageninge
August 4 Brian VanWageninge
August 10 Marcia Halbert
August 12 George Sliker
August 14 Tyler Brant
August 15 Gloria Uhl
August 18 Eunice Harrigfeld
August 21 Rena Baker
August 21 Rose Urbanowicz
August 26 Robert John Hilman
August 27 Linda George
August 28 Peter Siano, III
August 29 Teddy Soley

Reformed Church Home

Friends’ Birthdays

July 1 Carol Teusch
July 2 Manuel Casais
July 2 Joan Zyskowski
July 5 Frances Eden
July 6 Daniel Shabatun
July 7 Theresa Semasko
July 8 John Tapler
July 11 Rosemary Toron
July 12 Eva Stanish
July 15 Helen Bechtold
July 17 Helen Drews
July 17 Mary Meyer
July 20 Terry Reis
July 30 Abdon Rodriguez
August 2 Joan Krenzel
August 2 Joan Leonard
August 4 Joan Mcintyre
August 8 Mary Barclay
August 9 Julia Syslo
August 14 Mary Ann Misyak
August 15 Mary DeCillis
August 22 Mary Puskar
August 22 Bea Reynolds
August 29 Margaret Oberwanowicz
August 30 Stamatis Smirlis
August 31 Linda Pielmeier

Anniversaries

July 14 Kevin & Mia Styles
August 26 Ken & June Vanwageninge
August 27 Jim & Marcia Halbert
August 31 Pedro & Ida Gonzalez

If we missed your birthday or anniversary,

please contact the church office.


For further information, and how to become involved in our church life, please call on one or more of the following people:

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, Pastor

Joseph W. Woods, Pastor Emeritus

Kathryn Romero, Minister of Music

Linda Soley, Church Treasurer

Charles Uhl, Financial Secretary

Sherry Ruckdeschel, Administrative Assistant, Newsletter Editor

George Berry, Elder

Nancy Goretskie, Deacon

Victoria Halbert, Deacon

Rita Hussey, Sunday School Superintendent

Carrie Lawrence, Deacon, COHM Board Member

James Lockwood, Interfaith Network of Care

Jennifer Mullen-Sommer, Elder Delegate to Classis

Janice Ortt, Elder, Clerk of Consistory

Mark Ruckdeschel, Elder, Vice President of Consistory, Second Elder Delegate to Classis

Alice Ryan, Alice’s CUP Food Pantry Coordinator for SRC

Kim Miller, Elder, ShopRite Gift Card Coordinator

Kevin Styles, Deacon

Michelle Tennill, Deacon

Margaret Tierney, Elder, Cemetery Chair, Alternate Elder Delegate to Classis

Peggy White, Elizabeth Circle President

                                                                        TEAM MEMBERS

Building & Grounds Team

Kevin Styles – Chair

Nancy Cano

Kim Miller

Kelly Ortt

Building Projects Team

Sherry Ruckdeschel – Chair

Nancy Cano

Carole George

Judie Nicol

Ellen Popielarczyk

Linda Soley

Kevin Styles

 

Christian Education Team

Mark Ruckdeschel – Chair

Nancy Goretskie

Marcia Halbert

Victoria Halbert

Rita Hussey

Melanie Miller

Cassidy Ortt

Janice Ortt

Nikki Ortt

Finance Team

George Berry – Chair

Chuck Hager

Linda Soley

Charlie Uhl

Ken VanWageninge

Fundraising Team

Victoria Halbert – Chair

Mandi Miller

Melanie Miller

Connie Vicidomini

HOPE Team

Carole George

Rita Hussey

Judie Nicol

Kathy Romero

George Sliker

Peggy White

Minister of Music Search Team

Rev. Hartmut Kramer-Mills, Co-Chair

Michelle Tennill, Co-Chair

Carrie Lawrence

Janice Ortt

Kathy Romero

Mark Ruckdeschel

Margaret Tierney

Mission & Outreach Team

Carrie Lawrence – Co-Chair

Laura Woods – Co-Chair

Pat DeFazio

Sharon Farmer

Eunice Harrigfeld

Pat Hilman

Judie Nicol

Alice Ryan

Barbara Sliker

Peggy White

Pixie Advisory Board

David Sliker – Chair

George Berry

Marcia Halbert

Kelly Ortt

Mark Ruckdeschel

Self-Study Team

Kathy Romero – Co-Chair

Carrie Lawrence – Co-Chair

Nancy Cano

Rita Hussey

Jim Lockwood

Mia Styles

Worship Team

Kathy Romero – Co-Chair

Carole George – Co-Chair

Carol Maluchnik

Mandi Miller

Sherry Ruckdeschel

Margaret Tierney

If you are interested in joining a Team, please contact that

Team’s Chair.

Team Chairs, please contact the church office with

any changes to Team memberships.

Thank you!