Welcome 2017!!
New Year's Day Worship
10 AM -- No Sunday school or fellowship time.
Our Normal Sunday Schedule Will Return on January 8
                Worship -- 10 AM
                Fellowship -- 11:00 AM
                Sunday school for all ages -- 11:15 AM - Noon.
All Church Conference  
Mark your calendar for our 2016 All Church Conference, January 11, 2017, 6:30 PM.  Come celebrate 2016 with us.  Bring your favorite dessert to share.
Other Important Dates in January

Every Week:
Sundays:
Worship: 10:00 AM
Fellowship: 11:00 AM
Sunday School (for all ages): 11:15 AM

Thursdays:
Chancel Choir:  7:00 PM

January at a Glance
 Monday, Jan. 2nd -- Office Closed in observance of New Years Day
Saturday, Jan. 7th at 1:00 PM -- Dorothy Bell Funeral
Monday, Jan. 9th at 7:00 PM -- Monday Covenant Discipleship Group
Wednesday, Jan. 11th at 6:30 PM -- Charge Conference
Monday, Jan. 16th -- Office Closed in observance of MLK Jr's Birthday
Tuesday, Jan. 24th at 9:30 AM -- Calling Group
Waldorf Update

The Tacoma Waldorf School, who has been our tenant for six years, has outgrown our space, so in June 2017, they will be leaving.  This gives Mason Church the opportunity to reclaim our Christian Education Space for the purpose of ministry and mission.  We will have the exciting task of getting the space ready for the mission and ministry that is to come.  During Advent and Christmas, we raised over $7,000 to help with that transition (buying new furniture and décor) and starting new mission and ministries.  If  you would like to give to the cause, you still have time.  Simply write "Christian Ed Wing" on your check or envelope, or, if donating online, use the "other" column and type in "Christian Ed Wing."  Thank you for your support as we look to the future!

Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn't Say  
January 8 - February 5, 11:15 AM - Noon
   
They are simple phrases.  They sound Christian -- like something you might find in the Bible.  We've all heard these words.  Maybe we've said them.  They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Join us in our search for the whole truth by comparing the following common Christian sayings with the wisdom found in Scripture:
·   "Everything Happens for a Reason,"
·   "God Helps Those Who Help themselves,"
·   "God Won't Give You More Than You Can Handle,"
·   "God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It," and
·   "Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin.
 
You're invited to join us for Adult and Youth Sunday School classes, January 8 - February 5, 11:15 AM - Noon, to discuss these interesting topics.  Twenty books are available for $14 each.  (It is also available at cokesbury.com, amazon.com, as an Audible book, and as an eBook.) 

Is There a Way to Heaven?
January 15 - February 26
 
Is there a way to heaven?  The great evangelist John Wesley believed there is, and he developed his theology to help people make the journey from sin to salvation.  God's grace is the keynote from start to finish.  Using the key resource, The Way to Heaven by Rev. Dr. Steve Harper, Pastor Stephanie will lead the congregation through a study of Wesley's understanding of grace and how grace impacts our daily living.  Twenty copies of the book will be available for $12 each beginning in January. (It is also available at cokesbury.com, amazon.com, as an Audible book, and as an eBook.) 
Youth Group is Changing it Up

Hey youth! Starting in January, Youth Group will be held ONCE a month from 5 to 8PM!
 
Get pumped(!) for 3 hours of fun, food, games, and learning about God in applicable ways. We're starting this new model on January 29th, and will also be meeting on February 19th and March 19th (April and May dates TBA later). All you need to do is to bring yourself, and you can bring a friend along too! If you have any questions, please email youth@masonchurch.org. See ya there!"
We Want You (to update your address)

Rachel (your lovely neighborhood Office Manager) will be in church on January 8th, 15th, and 29th to update the church database.  We have found that a number of addresses are not correct.  Please check in with her on one of the aforementioned dates to make sure your address is up to date. 

If you will not be here, please email your current address/email/phone to admin@masonchurch.org
 
Thank you!
UMW

New United Methodist Women (UMW) officers were chosen during their December Meeting.  The officers are as follows:
  • President:  Sandy Roszman  
  • Vice President:  Joyce Schuetz
  • Treasurer:  Thea Alongi
  • Secretary & Communications: Gail Parker
Stay tuned for more information about the Tea they are planning for February.
New Fountain

The malfunctioning water fountain outside the Sanctuary is being replaced.  The new fountain will have a water bottle filler as well.  The word is it will be ready for the thirsty Mason mouths by January 1st.
Enjoy Early Music?
Mason United Methodist Church will once again house the Salish Sea Early Music Festival.  Take a look below for more details.
Please submit articles for the February Beacon by Monday, January 23rd.