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7/17/2014 by Dale Lykins
Hi Church Friends:
I had a great restful vacation. It was a wonderful time to relax and reenergize. It was even renewing in body and spirit! I also am really glad to be back in the office and llok forward to worship with you again. It is so good to hear the laughter in the offices throughout each day.
I recently read...
6/27/2014 by Dale Lykins
I love a good scary movie! The “Halloween” movies are some of my favorites. But nothing beats the old horror movies that I used to watch on Chiller Theater every Friday night as a kid. The Mummy, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and anything with Vincent Price in it.
What I don’t like is to be scared in real life...
6/13/2014 by Dale Lykins
For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this? –Esther 4:14
I spent last Sunday (6/8) through Wednesday at Annual Conference. The West Ohio Conference ...
6/6/2014 by Dale Lykins
I’ve had such great response and have had further conversations with many of you regarding the Hospitality Blog a couple of weeks ago. (You can read it if you haven’t yet by clicking here)
We continue to have first time guests with us each week for our worship services. Let me give you some numbers which I’m excited ...
5/30/2014 by Dale Lykins
I shared the Leadership Board’s work so far this year in worship yesterday. We unveiled the new direction for Mason United Methodist Church. Our purpose is to equip disciples to live God’s mission to renew the face of the earth. Our vision is to be a reaching, nurturing, sending community of ...
5/26/2014 by Dale Lykins
Here are some pictures (thanks Suriya Soundari) of the Mason Memorial Day parade. Tommy Heisler and Mac McCann are pictured. Tommy was the grand marshal. As I thought about these two men, I thought about the sacrifices they made. I thought of the difficulty their families may have gone through as they served in the military. The sense of duty...
5/19/2014 by Dale Lykins
The Leadership Board (read the latest update if you haven’t yet) has been hard at work in prayer and discernment to set a bold vision to define the future at Mason United Methodist Church.
The first thing they did was refine our Purpose Statement. Out of a desire to engage our community as it exists, they indentified the...
5/15/2014 by Dale Lykins
Back in March of 2013 I wrote about the formation of the Leadership Board in this blog. Here is what I said:
(The Leadership Board) has the responsibility to protect and promote the vision and purpose of Mason United Methodist Church. The board would meet regularly for the purpose of conducting business and for study, reflection and ...
5/12/2014 by Dale Lykins
I first want to express m
y thanks for so many well wishes and prayers during my wife Shelly’s recent foot surgery. The cards, personal inquiries, and food delivered to the house have been a blessing to us. Those meals (which are coming from time to time throughout the month of May) help relieve one more task that ...
5/2/2014 by Dale Lykins
Sassy is the ten year old black Labrador retriever whose home I live in.
She has me well trained. I sweep up her hair (which doesn’t seem to stick to her as much as everything else). I work so I can buy her food. I feed her on time twice a day (she reminds me consistently). I let her outside to relieve herself. ...
4/24/2014 by Dale Lykins
This is my last focused blog sharing some reflection on take-aways from Verge 2014 in Austin, Texas. Pastor Lisa and I joined a couple of thousand other people to discover ways God is calling us to live on mission with God. It was truly a blessed few days.
Over the past two weeks I shared the foundation for missional ...
4/17/2014 by Dale Lykins
During this Holy Week we remember those last moments of Jesus’ life. Before he faced crucifixion on Friday, he spent time in prayer on Thursday. John 17 records that prayer.
Jesus prays that his followers will be one “as we are one.” This basic request shows us the importance of being in relationship. Even...
4/9/2014 by Dale Lykins
This week I want to write about foundations, or the why, of missional communities.
I am sharing from my notes from Verge 2014 and the book “Misisonal Essentials.”
Brad Brisco, from Missional Church Network, shares that the phrase missio Dei is Latin for “the sending of God.” In English it is often translated as...
4/3/2014 by Dale Lykins
Hello Church Friends!
It’s good to be back home. I have been out of worship at MUMC the past 2 weeks and am really looking forward to being with you Sunday 4/6! Thanks to Pastor Lisa, Mark Adams, Dave Buckey, and Jerry Wortham, Lila McCabe, and everyone else who serve to make our weekly worship gathering an environment in ...
3/26/2014 by Dale Lykins
So this week I write before I leave for Austin, Texas. Pastor Lisa and I are attending Verge 2014. This was the event that Lisa attended last year which inspired Re: News. I am excited to experience it myself.
It is amazing what God is doing in the wider world of God’s kingdom. Across the globe there are communities ...
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