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Pastor Susumu Ando

Pastor Susumu Ando

Sunday June 14 is Pastor Ando’s last worship service. Fellowship Hour after the service will be a time for honoring him, celebrating his 17-year ministry here, saying goodbye and wishing him well.

Pastor Hal Low

Pastor Hal Low

Rev. Hal Low becomes our pastor as of July 1. He will move into the parsonage that day, lead his first worship service on July 5, and be officially welcomed by the congregation with a special Fellowship Hour after the service. Continue reading

Pastor Ando: Called to a New Ministry

After serving 17 years as pastor at NSUMC, Susumu Ando reflects on the events and experiences that have culminated in a sabbatical leave and his departure at the end of June. He sees clearly that what seemed to be separate occurrences were actually very much interconnected.

“The theme is wholeness,” Susumu explained. “The Scripture that God gave me is the Great Commandment: Love God with your whole heart, whole mind, whole soul, and whole strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. This is why I strongly feel that God is calling me to a new ministry.” Continue reading

2nd Annual Golf Outing at Rock Hill—Register Now!

2nd Annual NSUMC Golf TournamentNorth Shore UMC’s 2nd annual golf outing is set for Wednesday, September 30 at Rock Hill Golf and Country Club in Manorville. The $150 registration includes cart, driving range, all fees, a sleeve of balls, lunch, beverage cart on the course, and dinner with an open bar.

Check-in begins at 11 a.m. The BBQ lunch buffet is at 11:30, and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Golfers will use the best ball format and compete for several prizes: longest drive, nearest to the pin, and hole-in-one. Continue reading

Introducing Our New Pastor: Rev. Hal Low

Pastor Hal LowOn Sunday, March 8, Staff/Parish Relations Team Leader Linda Orth announced that Rev. Hal Low has been appointed as our pastor as of July 1. At the same time Pastor Hal, as he likes to be known, was informing his congregation at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Franklin Square, NY (Nassau County).

Although the announcement’s timing was unknown to everyone except the SPR team who had met with Pastor Hal the day before, the announcement itself was anticipated.  The congregation had known since early February that Pastor Ando would leave NSUMC after June 30, responding to a new calling from God to serve Him in a different way. Continue reading

Thrift Shop Opens…Finally!

NSUMC Thrift Shop has openedWith great joy, the team finally opened for 2015 on February 19. Team Leader Joyce Borghard expressed joyful appreciation to the many people who were responsible for all that was done:

To the trustees for overseeing the contractors who carried out the mold remediation, the partial removal of ceiling tiles and wallboard; the removal of carpeting in the Youth Room which was replaced with tile; the fixing of leaks and the cleaning of all ducts. Continue reading

GODSPELL Fundraiser

Dramatic Finale in RFCT's performance of GODSPELLOn February 7th and 8th, 2015, NSUMC was blessed to host two outstanding presentations of GODSPELL by Riverhead Faculty Community Theater (RFCT). The cast was overjoyed to perform this show again after their very successful run in November 2014. When approached with the idea of performing it again as a benefit for the Good Samaritan House, the RFCT was very willing to see all the proceeds go toward that end. Continue reading

Thrift Shop News

thriftshopAfter many necessary renovations, the Thrift Shop plans to open on February 12.

The original reopening date was set for February 5, but unfortunately, we were not able to open on that date. Until the winter storm hit on January 24/25, all construction had gone very smoothly, like clockwork. The Trustees obtained the necessary estimates, awarded the contracts, and scheduled everything in the order it had to be done. Amazingly, the contractors came when they were scheduled, worked diligently and sometimes finished more quickly than they had planned. Even the few surprises that were revealed as work was in process, did not cause major setbacks. The work proceeded quickly and with just a few days to go, opening on February 5 seemed a certainty. Continue reading

New Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF)

UMC youth fellowshipThe new Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF) group is off to a great start. The February meeting dates are February 13 and 27. Games will be the theme for Feb. 13, and Feb. 27 will be a PJ/movie night. Youths are requested to bring some supplies for the food pantry to each meeting.

The meetings will be at the church from 6 to 8 p.m. Youths do not have to be members of NSUMC to attend, or be a member of any church. All youths are welcome regardless of denomination or church affiliation. Continue reading

Brainstretching and Focusing FORward at the FORtreat!

Isaiah provided the day’s dominant theme as 16 members of the NSUMC family gathered on January 24 “to focus forward for the future of our church.”

From Isaiah 43: “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is!” [Verses 18 & 19, Message].

After opening prayer and praise, our responses to the question, “What brings me joy at NSUMC?” gave us a solid foundation for looking forward. The people. Our music. Laughter. Sense of family. Teamwork. Maureen’s Haven. Crafty Ladies and the fun we have. Thrift Shop joy. Compassion for others. Serving others. And more. Continue reading

WOW! Let’s Celebrate MORE of Our Education Ministries

February’s featured ministries are the MYF group, the Young Adult group, and all our adult Bible study groups. WOW Coordinator Judy Meserve has scheduled Sunday, February 9 as the specific day for celebrating these ministries. The Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF) group is very new, having had its first two meetings in January. (See related MYF article.) Continue reading

WOW! Let’s Celebrate Our Education Ministries

five_happy_childrenWOW! Coordinator Judy Meserve plans a two-month celebration for NSUMC’s Education Ministry teams, because this ministry includes everything from Sunday School to adult Bible Studies. The January features are the Sunday School, Confirmation, and Vacation Bible School teams. Continue reading

Music Director Fady Deeb: Another Wonderful Blessing from God

“God has been more than generous to NSUMC,” said guitarist Pete Zaita. “He keeps sending us amazingly talented musicians, who are also very good people, to help us worship Him.”

Nearly four months have passed since Stephen Gamboa left for Yale School of Music to continue his harpsichord study in the prestigious Artist Diploma program. (Stephen also became Music Director at Hartford UMC.) And it’s been four months since we first heard Fady play the organ, piano, and keyboard and direct the Choir. The transition has been seamless. Continue reading

WOW! Let’s Celebrate Our Ministry Teams

The WOW! ministry being featured in December is Communications.

This is the first time that the Communications Ministry is being defined as such, and appears in our list of ministry teams. Team leaders Doc Watson and Chris Wesselborg are the technology experts for the team. The PowerPoint, the sound system, the computers, the web page and more are under their loving care. Continue reading

CROP Hunger Walk 2014: Walking to Make a Difference

NSUMC CROP Walk 2014Sunday, October 26 was a beautiful day for the annual Brookhaven CROP Hunger Walk with brilliant sunshine, crisp fall air, and crunchy leaves underfoot! The 19 walkers representing NSUMC joined folks from the host church, Setauket Presbyterian, Mt. Sinai UCC, and several other congregations, for the three-mile trek through the streets of Setauket. Continue reading

NSUMC Outreach

NSUMC Outreach TeamWOW! Our Outreach Ministry includes our entire congregation. Yes, there’s a team of people who meet occasionally, make decisions, and set times to do specific tasks—most of the team members appear in this photo. But it is the whole congregation that makes our ministry as effective as it is. Many people bring items for the pantry, and every single item is needed and appreciated. Many people participate in funding all of our recurring projects such as Back to School or Adopt a Child for Christmas, as well as occasional one-time collections that arise from natural or people-made disasters. Continue reading

Give Thanks in All Circumstances


NSUMC stained glass window crossThanksgiving is a wonderful tradition for us to remind ourselves of God’s blessings in our lives. Sometimes it is a difficult time when we are in the midst of life’s predicaments, or when we mourn for the loss of a loved one. Often our struggles make us blind to see God’s blessings in those circumstances. Therefore we need to intentionally count God’s blessings, starting with “I can see. I can hear. I can talk. I can move my lingers. I have food enough to fill my stomach. I have a warm place to sleep…”, in order for us to refocus on eternal God by using our minds. Continue reading

NSUMC Outreach

The Outreach Ministry’s finest moments occur in times of emergency or urgent need, and involve many people in the congregation, not just the few who are listed as team members. One such moment occurred recently. A family in the midst of a tragic crisis had to move very suddenly to a new location. They were referred to our church by counselors in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Continue reading