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Strategic Leadership Part 3


1/22/2015 by Dale Lykins
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Hi Church:

This is the third and last blog in a series about leadership changes for 2015.

Kami Ohmer brings so many gifts to our staff in the area of communications.  In the past, this role has created, printed, and cut to the right size communication pieces.  Video and website design has been added as time and technology moved on. ...

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Strategic Leadership Part 2


1/16/2015 by Dale Lykins
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Hi Folks!

Last week I shared about leadership and staff changes that were taking effect this year.  The Leadership Board has approved the creation of a new role for Community Events Coordinator which will be Cheri DiFabio.  Cheri will give leadership to our Strategy of increasing visibility and building relationships with our neighbors ...

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Strategic Leadership Part 1


1/9/2015 by Dale Lykins
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Here we are into the first full week of 2015 and the Leadership Board has had their first meeting.  Members are: Krista Bommarito, Chair; Darin Little, Secretary; Mark Woodrow, Lila McCabe,  Kelly Waldrop; Karen Jordan; Gary Standafer; Tim McIlvena; Kathy Maehler.
 
One of the actions taken Tuesday night was to adopt a few changes to...

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Everything Matters. Everything.


1/4/2015 by Dale Lykins
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When I lived in Jackson, Ohio, Wal-Mart got blamed for many store closings. We have all heard those stories that have made news and contributed to the bad reputation Wal-Mart has for closing down independent mom-and-pop stores. It is hard to shop local when the competition is offering cheaper prices and much more selection.

It is true that Jackson

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Intentional Not Additional


12/24/2014 by Dale Lykins
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I’m really busy. 
 
Often we use this as an answer to the common question, “How have you been lately?”  We say some variation of, “I have been so busy!”
 
No doubt our modern lives are full of activity.  Let’s face it most of it is our choice, but nonetheless, it feels as if we can’...

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Eye to Eye


12/19/2014 by Dale Lykins
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It is the season of celebration as we each anticipate spending time with family and friends.  As our staff and other church leaders and volunteers plan some time to take earned vacation and needed break to see their families we will  be altering our usual schedule as we did last year.

The church office will be open Monday 12/22 and ...

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What a great year!


12/15/2014 by Dale Lykins
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I know there are times when people in the congregation wonder what is actually being accomplished.You may have thought, “What is going on?”Or, “I wonder what ever happened with…?”

Well the last few years I have shared a list of what I call accomplishments. So, here it is for 2014:
 
 

  • We have a new
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Advent Renewal


12/4/2014 by Dale Lykins
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In the time Jesus was born the Hebrew people were living in a world of scarcity.  Many were living in poverty under the weight of Roman taxes.  Violence was a common occurrence.  The state exercised a powerful heavy hand to control the populace.  Uprisings to deliver the people from the Roman oppression came and went.  ...

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Less Full


11/23/2014 by Dale Lykins
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On November 16 Mason United Methodist Church celebrated our first Church Conference under our new leadership structure. Around eighty people (best estimate!) attended. That was amazing. I was so glad to see the number of people who are invested in the ministry of our congregation.

The meal was great-- thanks to all of the people who brought dishes

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Legacy


11/16/2014 by Dale Lykins
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Today (I’m writing this November 16) someone said to me, “You are now joining an older generation.”   They were referring to the news that my first grandchild was born Friday, November 14. 

I never thought of that up until now.  I have seen someone in the newest/youngest generation born.  William (Liam) ...

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It is a Joy!


11/6/2014 by Dale Lykins
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It is a joy to give!

Sunday, November 9, is the Give door of our Four Doors Initiative.

Next Sunday, November 16, is when we get to make commitments. Now Don’t let that scare you!

In II Corinthians 8:2, the Apostle Paul talks about the “joy of generosity.” Speaking of the church at Macedonia he says: their abundant joy and

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We Are Getting Ready!


10/31/2014 by Dale Lykins
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We are getting ready!

The Church Conference is on November 9 following the last worship service of the day (about noon).

The Leadership Board is providing the meat and asking everyone else to bring side dishes and desert to share (see article in the last enews).   We will celebrate what God has done through Mason United Methodist Church...

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Not About Me


10/16/2014 by Dale Lykins
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My first experiences of worship really emphasized what I got out of it.  As a child I attended worship occasionally with my grandparents.  I did not usually want to go.  Often we would not since I didn’t want to.  It was all about me.
 
Later in my teen years worship in my local congregation was focused on my ...

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When You Need It


10/10/2014 by Dale Lykins
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I love to cook.  Most nights when Shelly and I are very busy I assemble some food to eat so we can have dinner.  However, my passion in cooking is best expressed when I have time to make a recipe.  Choosing what to cook.  Buying the ingredients I don’t have.  The process from start to finish is a lot of fun.

I don&...

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Flexible in Strategy


10/5/2014 by Dale Lykins
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Dear Friends:

First of all, I can't wait to see how much God has multiplied our $275 handed out on September 7.  I'll let you know the results as soon as it's counted Monday.  If you forgot to bring your offering back Sunday, don't worry, bring it any time.  Drop it off at the Church office, or drop it in the ...

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