All posts by Carrie Dirks

CALTR Project Coordinator, Harry Pangemanan in the News!

The incredible story of Harry Pangemanan, CALTR’s beloved Project Coordinator, and his journey from needing assistance himself to blessing countless others through service is featured in a recent article by the Asbury Park Press.

Harry has been working to rebuild homes and transform lives along the New Jersey shore since Superstorm Sandy made landfall. Many hundreds of volunteers have had the opportunity to work with Harry, including those pictured in this story from Community Christian Reformed Church in Kitchener, Onterio who spent a week in August 2016 working with CALTR.

First Reformed Church of New Brunswick is CIC’s 2016/17 Focus Church!

CIC’s Focus Church Campaign (FCC) has chosen First Reformed Church of New Brunswick as the 2016/17 Focus Church! This means that First Reformed will be working with CIC throughout the coming year to establish goals and objectives for expanding the breadth and depth of First’s community ministry, and working toward accomplishing those goals.

We will post regular updates here on the CIC website on our progress. Congratulations First Reformed!!

2nd Annual Classis Work Trip Aug. 6-16

CIC is excited to announce its 2nd Annual Classis-Wide Storm Recovery Summer Trip, August 6 – 13! This year the group will repair storm- and flood-damaged homes in Andrews, South Carolina.

For more information on joining the trip, or to donate, please contact Anthony Di Grgioli at

We hope to see you there!

May 6 Benefit Concert at Crossroads Theater

ELEGIES: A Song Cycle
by William Finn

An Exceptional Musical Event
Performed by Carl Phillips and Friends
Friday, May 6, 8 PM
Crossroads Theater, New Brunswick


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Benefiting NeighborCorps Re-Entry Services & Who Is My Neighbor, Inc.?

For tickets visit or call 732-379-0897.

This is Carl’s farewell concert before he joins the Peace Corps! Come hear this fabulous pianist and hear a remarkable musical event!

About Elegies:

“The show offers infinite joy!

“The work is breathtaking in the depth and breadth of its commentary on the rewards and woes of being part of a family, of a group of friends, and of a society in good times and bad. The 19 separate pieces were composed in memory of Finn’s friends, several of whom died of AIDS. Three songs deal specifically with the passing of his mother, Barbara Finn. The final set of songs deal with the collapse of the World Trade Center and its emotional aftermath.

“In a review of a regional production in 2004, the reviewer wrote: “Never morbid, Elegies is touching, funny, and ultimately buoyant; floating on the spirits of those who inhabit its songs. The styles and tones range throughout the musical from the unabashedly optimistic — “Life has infinite, infinite joys!” — to the hilariously irreverent.”

(See, Rick.“A CurtainUp DC Review. ‘Elegies’ “, March 28, 2004).