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9/29/2014 by Dale Lykins
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Dear Friends:
 
First let me say this: BRING BACK YOUR MULTIPLIED DOLLAR BILLS (given out on 9/7) THIS COMING SUNDAY 10/5.
I can’t wait to see what God is doing through all of us to collect this offering for Christmas Giving Tree (this is our fourth quarterly mission offering).
 
I mentioned the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of ...

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Catch-Up


9/18/2014 by Dale Lykins
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Let’s play Catch-Up!

On September 7, the first Sunday of the “Power of One” sermon series, everyone in worship was given $1 to multiply.  If you still need to pick up your dollar there are a few left at the Welcome Desk.  As you saw in the e-news Friday, a “photo” booth was set up this past Sunday to video ...

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Spin Cycle


9/12/2014 by Dale Lykins
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Dear Friends:

Have you ever seen a washing machine get off balance?

It jumps.  It “walks” across the floor.  It bangs against the dryer or the wall.

In our last parsonage the washing machine was the kind without an agitator.  When it was sensing an out-of-balance situation was eminent, the machine would jump the drum ...

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Not So Much


8/31/2014 by Dale Lykins
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Saturday I went to Family Christian Store. I was looking for a book I needed in just a couple of days for my Re:News community. No other bookstore had even one copy.

The clerk asked me if I had a rewards card? I said no and she asked if I wanted to sign up for one, “It is free.”

“I don't shop here that much,” I

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Power Surge!


8/25/2014 by Dale Lykins
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At the eleven o’clock service on Sunday there was an energy surge. It took out the building’s server and consequently the projectors all went down as the Media Shout software did too. All is now well!

As I mowed my grass (yes I seem to do that often huh?) today I thought, “I’d love to have an energy surge about right now.&

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The Yard For The Trees


8/13/2014 by Dale Lykins
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I was mowing last week and I realized something.  I really don’t like mowing around the base of trees.  I avoid it until I can’t avoid it any longer.  As I am mowing straight rows across my yard I make great progress.  Every pass with the mower covers more ground.  Eventually there is a tree in my path.  I ...

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Yoga Lesson


7/31/2014 by Dale Lykins
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I have done yoga about 4 days per week for the past four years.  I enjoy the movement.  The poses are challenging.  The workout is good. 

I use videos by Rodney Yee.  Rodney will call out the poses as the music plays.  It works for me.

Some poses take some concentration.  Some require more focus than others.&...

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Proud Outcome


7/28/2014 by Dale Lykins
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Hi Church Friends:

This is the last week of the Be Friendly effort organized by Beth Cooper, Director of Welcoming Ministries.  We have worn our smiley faces, both on our shirts and our faces, with enthusiasm!  They have reminded us of our renewed commitment to be hospitable as we show God’s love to everyone.

I want to commend you...

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No Plan B


7/17/2014 by Dale Lykins
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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...

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SAFE


6/27/2014 by Dale Lykins
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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...

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Such a Time As This


6/13/2014 by Dale Lykins
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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 ...

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Offer God's welcome


6/6/2014 by Dale Lykins
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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 ...

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Step Forward!


5/30/2014 by Dale Lykins
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Hi Friends,
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 ...

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Now is the Time


5/26/2014 by Dale Lykins
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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

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A Vision Big Enough!


5/19/2014 by Dale Lykins
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Dear Friends:

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...

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