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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.

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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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CHURCH


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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