Kramer to be installed at St. John UCC
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"An installation service for the Rev. Kenneth D. Kramer,
Jr., newly called minister at St. John United Church of Christ
in Lincoln, is planned for 3 p.m., Sunday Oct. 25 at the church.
The public is invited.
Installation is a rite that recognizes the new
relationship between church and pastor. Rev. Kramer
likened it to a marriage ceremony publicly
confirming the relationship before God. The theme
for the service is: “Moving in faith toward a new
future that God will give us.” The theme is based on
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for
you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and
not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a
Besides Rev. Kramer eight people will take part in
the service, including members of the local
congregation, representatives of the parent
denomination and long-time friends of the newly
called minister. In addition, St. John members will
provide special music.
Local participants are St. John president Warren
Goetsch and Gary Atteberry, co-chair of the pastoral
search committee. “It’s a pivotal point in both the
life of the church and in Rev. Kramer’s life,”
Atteberry said. “It’s a new beginning for the
church. I think Pastor Kramer is excited to be here,
and the congregation is excited to have him here.”
The installing pastor is the Rev. Tom Norwalk,
associate conference minister of the Illinois
Conference of the United Church of Christ. The
Illinois Conference comprises five associations. St.
John UCC in Lincoln belongs to the 35-member Western
Association, which will send three representatives.
They include the Rev. Robert Sherman, moderator, and
two members of the Church and Ministry Committee,
the Rev. Dan Dexter and the Rev. Dwight Borden.
The Rev. Ron Ziemer will give the charge to the new
minister, and the Rev. Connie Williams Moodie will
present the charge to the congregation. Both are
long-time friends of Pastor Kramer.
Following the installation ceremony, the
congregation will serve a dinner. The public is
invited to attend both the service and the meal. The
church is located at the corner of Seventh and Maple
streets in Lincoln.
This is the eighth installation service for
Rev. Kramer. He was ordained in 1980 by his father,
the Rev. Kenneth D. Kramer, Sr., at St. John’s UCC
in Belvidere, IL, and has since served the United
Church of Christ in both called and interim
positions. He came to Lincoln from an interim
pastorate at Salem Evangelical UCC in Quincy. His
most recent called pastorate was in Marion, IL.
The Rev. Ken Kramer holds a bachelor’s degree in
history education from Northern Illinois University
in DeKalb and a master’s of divinity from Eden
Theological Seminary in St. Louis.
He began work in Lincoln on Aug. 1. In July his
wife, Norma Kramer, suffered a broken back from a
fall. Rev. Kramer said they have found members of
St. John UCC to be “wonderfully generous and kind;
we are deeply appreciative” for their work on the
parsonage and their care when Norma was most
fragile. He added that the citizens of Lincoln have
been wonderful in helping the couple get settled in