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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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Hard at Work!


5/15/2014 by Dale Lykins
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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 ...

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Hospitality


5/12/2014 by Dale Lykins
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Dear Friends:
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 ...

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Incovenient


5/2/2014 by Dale Lykins
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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.  ...

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Practice


4/24/2014 by Dale Lykins
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Hello Friends:

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 ...

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Jesus Prayed For Us


4/17/2014 by Dale Lykins
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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...

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Foundations


4/9/2014 by Dale Lykins
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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...

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