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Picture of the month!

This photo was taken at another church back in 1993.
These two young ladies are now loyal members of our church.
Do you recognize them???

Picture of the Month Archive

This old black and white photo was found in a cabinet in the church library.
It is our church sanctuary from a long time ago.
Does anyone have a clue as to what era this might be from?

Circle of candlelights singing Silent Night at the conclusion
of our Christmas Eve service in 2017.

As we stated last month, those large group pictures that we take at church events don't just happen.
Here's Greta, once again, at this year's Fall Retreat taking charge!

Those large group pictures that we take at church events don't just happen.
It takes someone to organize it and get everyone facing the right direction.
Here's Greta at last year's Fall Retreat taking charge!

Summer at Olney Pres means VBS and Community Fest!
This photo is 2 of the hard workers at VBS 10 years ago.  They are Jason Brannan and Verna Mack.

During this May/June cycle, our church will hold their annual
Church Picnic (aka the Sunday School Picnic).
This photo was taken at the picnic back in 2002!  This is the beginning
of the pie eating contest at a time when full size pies were used!
Doesn't Howard look hungry?

An event of our church over 50 years ago.  Photo taken out on Clarkson Avenue.
Can you name the event?

The singing of Silent Night to candlelight at the 2016 Christmas Eve service
with the congregation in a circle around the sanctuary.

What a motley crew you say?  Not so!  This is the band of men who attempted to tackle the Disc Golf course
at the Fall Retreat on October 28th-30th (plus Howard who took the picture).  Alas, after 11 holes and over 2 hours,
the course won.  A good time was had by all including the 5 kids who went ahead of us on the course showing us the way.

These 3 young people are very special to our church family.  They attended our church for years when they were much younger.
Then their family moved to Guyana.  But, they came back this summer for a visit.  It was great to see them!

Summer at Olney Pres means Movies Under the Stars, VBS, and Community Fest!
Community Fest is held in August (August 13th this year) and is always filled with FREE food, fun, and fellowship for the entire neighborhood!
This collage of photos is from Community Fest 2015!

This is the birthday bench!  This photo was taken by Howard Guertler in the church hallway
on the last Sunday of April.  Pastor Randy's birthday was on the Saturday,
and Frieda D'Auria's 89th birthday was on the Sunday

As we enter the Spring and Easter season of 2016,
let's look at an Easter photo from back in 1980.

Our children are our future!  This photo of the Barbor, Frank, and Guertler children
was taken in the church library back in the early 90's.

Here's a photo of our own Joel Kamm and his new bride, Rachel,
at their wedding several weeks ago.

Thanksgiving falls in November!  This photo is the serving line from last year's
Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner held at our church.  There was lots of great food!
This year we'll be holding our 6th annual Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner after church
on Sunday, November 22nd. Tons of good food, and it's FREE!

Here is a photo of Robin and Melissa Ford taken back in 2004 at a church event.
Do you know what the event was?
Spruce Lake Family Retreat

Here's the head of this year's Vacation Bible School, Joel Kamm,
relaxing with this young lady after a long night of VBS and
Family Movies Under the Stars!

Here's an oldie!  This is a photo of the Fellowship Bible Class, an adult Sunday School class from our church, from the early 1960's.
This may have been taken at their annual banquet.  Who do you recognize???
The photo is courtesy of Pat McKeown, and I believe that all the names of the people are written on the back.

Want a closer look?  Here are close-ups of the right and left halves of the picture.

Here's an elder of our church, Allan McKeown, hanging out
with some friends who were promoting their up-coming movie.
Allan does hang out with Bob and Kevin a lot (Kevin's the tall one).
Speaking of family movies, don't forget that our church will be having
Family Movies Under the Stars this summer starting on June19th!

Here's a photo from a Christian Endeavor outing back in July of 1991.
Can you identify the people???

We're going way back in the archives for this month's picture.
This is one that even Ginny Wisler won't remember.
The handwritten caption on the picture says,
"Laying the Corner Stone of the Tabor Road Sabbath School Building - September 5th, 1903."

Back about 10 years, the Mariners group from our church
took a trip to spring training with the Phillies.
I hear that it rained A LOT!
Who do you recognize in these photos?

These 3 young ladies, all long-time members of our church, just celebrated birthdays.
Mildred Sparlow turned 92,
Margaret Everett turned 96, and Frances Barbor turned 90!

In keeping with the month of January, here's a photo of our former
youth director's wife, Charity Brannan, enjoying the snow
outside church back in December of 2009.

Back in 2011, these 2 young shepherds were part of our children's
Christmas Pageant.  They have since moved away.
Do you remember them?

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