Welcome to Fady Deeb, Our New Director of Music

Fady Deeb comes to NSUMC from Israel via SUNY Stony Brook where he is in the fifth year of his doctoral program in the piano under the direction of Gilbert Kalish.

Former Director of Music Stephen Gamboa recommended Fady. “Stephen’s recommendation got Fady an interview with the Staff Parish Relations (SPR) team,” said team leader Linda Orth. “He did the rest on his own.”

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NSUMC Outreach

“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Pantry and Garden:

Our Outreach Ministry is blessed in so many ways. Even when it seems like our pantry supplies are low, somehow we are always able to accommodate the requests for food. That’s because of very regular donations from many in the congregation and partners from outside the church. Just when we had no more peanut butter and jelly, for example, two angels from Teachers Federal Credit Union in Wading River came with several boxes full. Continue reading

Farewell to Stephen Gamboa

After five wonderful years with Stephen Gamboa as Director of Music, the congregation bid him farewell on August 24. Stephen is now at an extremely selective education program “for students who wish to study their craft at the highest level.” Tears of joy for Stephen’s talent, good fortune, and bright future mixed with tears of sadness. Fortunately, Stephen made sure that the church will experience a smooth transition by recommending his very talented friend Fadi Deeb, who we welcomed the following Sunday. All is well in our music ministry. Continue reading

Thank You Blood Donors

The recent, August 10, Blood Drive resulted in 51 pints, our best result ever! Thanks to everyone for your cooperation in accommodating the NY Blood Center staff. Special thanks to all our willing donors!

Golf Outing Will Benefit Good Samaritan House

golf_outingBaiting Hollow Golf Club will be the site for the August 20 golf outing. All proceeds will go to the Good Samaritan House Fund. Put together your best foursome and register by August 10. Eighty golfers is the limit.

The $150 cost per golfer includes lunch, greens fees, golf cart, the driving range, the beverage cart on the course, cocktail hour, dinner, and prizes. Continue reading

Thrift Shop Update

thriftshopAll is well with the Thrift Shop. A plethora of donations continue to appear every week: clothing and a variety of household and other items. Without the donations, the shop would not only lack the fresh inventory that regular clients long for, but soon would have nothing to sell. Thus, the team is grateful for all donations and appreciative of those who think of our shop as a good place to recycle their treasures. Continue reading

NSUMC Summer Concert

Bach is Back
Friday, June 27, 2014 at 7:30 PM:
Louise Schulman (Viola)
Amanda Tabor (French Horn)
Stephen Gamboa (Harpsichord & Organ)
Perform Bach & More
Suggested donation: $15 at the door, to benefit the Good Samaritan House.

Bach is Back

Carnegie Hall comes to NSUMC on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 7:30 PM when our favorite organist and harpsichordist Dr. Stephen Gamboa plays the music of Johann Sebastian Bach accompanied by renowned musicians Louise Schulman (viola) and Amanda Tabor (French horn). Don’t miss this special evening of beautiful classical music by Bach and other composers, benefiting the Good Samaritan House. Suggested donation: $15 at the door.

Community Garden

Future location of community Garden

Future location of the Community Garden.

A couple of years ago I attended a workshop of Long Island Council of Churches, and learned about a vital ministry to serve the community: a community garden. On Long Island some nonprofit organizations and churches have community gardens and provide fresh vegetables to needy people and to soup kitchens. Dix Hills United Methodist is one of them. I discussed this ministry with a few church members. They were enthusiastic and started organizing it. Then our church member Jacob Morabito offered to build the community garden as his Eagle Scout service project. His project plan was approved by our Board of Trustees in March and by his Scout board in April. Continue reading

Thrift Shop has reopened

Thrift Shop ClipartThe Thrift Shop reopened yesterday, Saturday, February 8, 2014 to a new season. Staff warmly greeted the shoppers, many of whom were pleased to find the doors open once again. The shop had closed for the winter break from December 15 until February 7. (Store hours: Thursday and Saturday from 9:30 to 12 noon.)