Howard Dean Olson was born in 1921 to Glen and Florence (née Lewis) Olson. He was their third child and first son. He was predeceased by sisters Geraldine (1918) and Eleanora (1940) and brother Glenn (2009). When Howard was two years old his parents purchased 100 acres in the Swedish community of Lake City, Pennsylvania, which they developed into a dairy farm.
Those who go through life without a father, recognize a missing link,
Of course, you are never really without a father, if you have faith,
What you will miss are the strong arms to carry you as a child,
Someone who really never wants to let you go, Continue reading
Mythical definitions: Zookeeper, “General,” Accompanist, Attorney,
Artist, Chef, Housekeeper, Teacher, Babysitter, Nurse, Manager, Coach
And countless other unnamed designations
Real definition: LOVE Continue reading
“THEY ARE JUST BOWLING”
“God bless April and its showers”
When I was a wee-tot, afeard of lightening and thunder rolling,
My mother would calm my fears by saying, ‘Oh, they are just bowling,’
It is Easter morn,
Watch the sun rise,
Lift your eyes, beyond the skies,
That is where freedom can be found,
A point beyond our bound,
Therein lies the foundation of our faith, our belief,
Believing without seeing – simply feeling, knowing God’s love – relief, Continue reading
We are celebrating our Lenten experience by exploring the meaning and purpose of the sacrament of Holy Communion. Join us every Wednesday evening at 7 pm through Lent. We will be using the book “Holy Communion: Celebrating God with Us” as our guide. You don’t need to have the book to participate, but if you would like a copy so that you can read further on your own it can be obtained through Cokesbury or through Amazon.
Come let Lent be a time of deepening communion
with Christ and his church.
“Love abounds, it’s all around, in the sun’s warmth, a bird’s joyful song, in
each other’s mind, and heart, and soul… Life is Love – Love abounds” Jeanette Dowdell
Do you know that roses are blue,
and violets are red?
When you have imagination, that can be said, Continue reading
“EVERY DAY IS A NEW YEAR”
Memories last forever. Tomorrow cannot be yesterday’s eraser.
A New Year
A new second, new minute, new hour, new day, new week, new month,
Aha! Another New Year
And so life goes on, but with a couple of everlasting burning questions,
Where did the time go?
What have we done with that time?
Ponder that. Continue reading
What could be more beautiful than the birth of God’s son under His sacred star?
You know, the one that has a meaning all its own; raises every bar,
How many eyes look up on Christmas Eve to find that beautiful treasure? Continue reading
Don’t be surprised to encounter Ebenezer Scrooge himself when the Crafty Ladies’ Christmas Bazaar opens at 11 am this Friday, December 4. The vast array of handmade gifts and decorations will put the Christmas spirit into the heart of even the most curmudgeonly grouch.
The Bazaar is open from 11am to 7 pm on Friday, December 4 and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, December 5. In addition to the hand-sewn and handcrafted Christmas items, there’s also a bake sale with many delectable home-baked goodies.
Pastor Hal Low
November 22, 2015
A thankful heart is like a fruit orchard. That someone goes to everyday and waters the trees, and prunes the branches, and gives attention to its needs. And as time goes by the trees in the orchard blossom, and the blooms develop into fruit, and the sunlight causes the fruit to ripen; the orchard is able to feed the people and the animals alike.
Save the date!
The Crafty Ladies’ Christmas Bazaar will be held Friday, December 4, 11 am – 7 pm and Saturday, December 5, 10 am – 4 pm. The sale will consist of unique handmade gifts and decorations. There will also be a bake sale, the proceeds from which will go to support local families in need.
A friend said, ‘Thanksgiving is a lovely day and word,’
I agreed; it was the way it was said – the tone I heard,
Truly, it means so much,
It’s obviously one of a few days we take time to keep in touch,
A day of acknowledgment for all we have, not, for all we have not,
NSUMC will host The Glorification Singers in concert on Saturday, November 14. We welcome all in the community to enjoy an evening of Christian music by one of Eastern Long Island’s favorite groups. The doors will open at 6 pm, and the concert will begin at 7 pm. Tickets are available now: $10 for adults, $5 for students, children five and under, free. Cash only please; no credit cards or checks. Reserve tickets in advance at email@example.com or 631-929-6075.
Pastor Hal Low
October 25, 2015
There is a wonderful poem by Joyce Kilmer:
I THINK that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
Pastor Hal Low
October 11, 2015
Before reading the excerpt from this past Sunday’s sermon, close your eyes and take a moment to think about something that is troubling you, really troubling you, perhaps a sin you are struggling with or some deep grief or regret, and hold it a moment in your mind’s eye. Then when you open your eyes take a series of three deep breaths, and then read the amended lyrics from this popular song, and think of Jesus and let the words penetrate you:
Fall is waiting in the wings; it’s on its way,
Memories will emblazon living pictures of nature at play,
Like chameleons on twigs, leaves will quiver with color change,
Their hues will struggle to hold their richness within their range, Continue reading