August 2, 2013
Mason UMC
6315 Mason-Montgomery Road
Mason, OH 45040


In This Issue
The Driver's Seat Blog
Special Thanks
Scout Update
Rebekah Circle
Heritage Days of Mason
Sr. Adult Lunch
FAITH Ministries
Mason UMW
Disciple III
Disciple I
Children & Youth Choirs
Financial Report
Festival of Sharing
Communion Volunteers
Mason UMC Staff
Lead Pastor

Pastor of Discipleship & Congregational Care

Esperanza Viva Pastor

Music Director
(Traditional Worship)

Contemporary Worship Director & Office Mgr.

Children's & Youth

Choir Director

Natalie Woodrow



David Skvorak


Director of Communication

Financial Secretary

Nursery Director

Youth Director

Good Afternoon, MUMC Friends! 

How was your week? We're entering the last few weeks of summer, so I hope you're out there enjoying it!

First, a few small things this week:

1. Remember to sign up for Altar Flower dedications at the Welcome Desk!

2. We are in need of volunteers to help run the slides during the 9:45 service! If you are interested, or want to know more, please contact myself or Letty Roosa.

3. If you have any pictures of any Mason UMC group, ministry, event, etc. from the past year, please let me know!

In case you weren't at church last week, this Sunday marks the first of our 4-week sermon series titled "Just Walk Across the Room." Based on Bill Hybels's book, we are learning how 10 steps, and 100 words may be enough to change someone's life. Pastor Lisa will be telling us a very cool story about this during her sermon, so if you can't make it to church this weekend, be sure to read or watch her sermon sometime next week! Watch for it to be uploaded to our website under "More --> Media"

And just for fun, watch this to get ready for the series!
The Walk That Touches Eternity
The Walk That Touches Eternity

Ben Wong
Director of Communications

"The Driver's Seat" Blog

The Mission Has a Church 


"Many times we wrongly assume that the primary activity of God is in the church, rather than recognizing that God's primary activity is in the world, and the church is God's instrument sent into the world to participate in God's redemptive mission." ( 
The internet, especially as experienced on Facebook, is full of articles and comments reflecting person's ideas to bring renewal to the United Methodist Church.  There are many ideas.  There is also one thing they have in common- the ideas often focus on the turnaround of the loss of people and financial resources. 

That is discouraging to me.



Continue Reading...


Prayer Requests


For God's Peace: 

  • Donna and Troy Seppert and family, upon the death of her mother Patricia Ann Armstrong
  • Jim Roosa's brother Bill, whose wife Lois passed away   

For God's Healing: 

  • Becky Hinson's son, Benji, who is home from the hospital
  • Randy Bertram who underwent oral surgery this week
  • Jill and Kevin Keefe's friend, Roley Bechtel
  • Rick Bethel's mother Donna
  • Elizabeth Lightfield's friend, Emilee Joyner
  • Vicki Gilmer's father 

For God's Care for those in the Military:

  • Josh Barshinger
  • Jeffrey Bertram 
  • Zach Reynolds   (Basic Training is now complete!)
  • Chris Resio
  • Greg Riehle  
If you would like to submit a prayer request, or be added to our prayer chain, please email us at
Upcoming Dates


August 6 - Rebekah Circle Picnic

August 7 - Heritage Days Parade Meeting

August 12 - Sr. Adult Lunch @ Bob Evan's

August 18 - UMW Meeting

August 25 - Backpack Sunday 


A Special Thanks


"Thank you for your prayers, cards, calls and visits. They are greatly appreciated."
- Ed Michaels


Scout Update


Thanks to everyone who supported the recent Scout fundraisers for upgrades to our church playground. The first one netted $44.80!

If you know of a child interested in Scouting, please do not hesitate to contact our Church Representative John Reynolds.


Rebekah Circle Summer Picnic


The Rebekah Circle will hold its annual summer event on Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. in Rooms 9 and 11. It was such fun last year inside where we didn't have to be concerned about the weather. We look forward to another fun evening of eating, corn hole, ladder golf, etc. We will be entertaining our spouses/guests. Anyone interested in helping plan the evening, please contact Donna McBeath (398-5453) or Helen Voorhis at (398-6275). It would be helpful if you let us know what food category you plan to share.


Heritage Days of Mason


Mason UMC will have a presence at the Heritage Days of Mason festival/parade! If you would like to be a part of our planning team for this event, please meet in the Library on August 7 @ 6:30 pm


Be sure to mark your calendars for the festival: 

Saturday, Sept. 14!


Senior Adult Lunch


Sr. Adult Lunch

Monday, August 12 11:30 AM

Bob Evans 

(Near the Beach Waterpark)

Everyone is 


No sign-up 


FAITH Ministries: Laptops & Volunteers needed!


FAITH Ministries, run out of MUMC, helps families over 800 times a year. FAITH Ministries provides financial assistance for families who are about to be evicted as well as help with utility bills to avoid discontinuation of services. And it continues to help families buy food. FAITH also helps needy students who do not have enough clothes or personal care products. 


FAITH is looking for volunteers to help with Food card distribution and administration. FAITH is also in need of laptop computers. If you are interested in volunteering, or would like to donate a laptop please contact Joe Schroeder at 513-505-1575

Mason UMW


Do you want to join an exciting and motivated team of women doing great things at Mason UMC, and for our community and around the world? Do you like planning social events, doing fundraising, and spending time with women from all generations?
Mason UMW (United Methodist Women) is looking to include all women who attend Mason UMC to our team to help work at the Once & Again Kid's Sale (Sept. 21) and to help plan events for the entire UMW year. Help wanted in the areas of Publicity and Hospitality for the sale. During the rest of the year, help needed planning the Christmas Dinner, Secret Pal and yearly Women's Retreat. If you are interested in taking a more active role in any of these events, please contact Kelly Ralston, UMW President ( or Heather McCracken, UMW Vice-President (
 Next UMW meeting is August 18, at 12:15 pm in Room 8.




Are you the mom of a first grader through twelve grade? Are you looking to connect with other moms who are going through this season of mothering? If you answered yes to both questions then MOMSnext is for you! 


Starting in September at Mason UMC, we will begin meeting on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 9:30-11:00am in Rooms 9 and 11. If you need childcare for younger siblings it will be provided. Our theme for the upcoming MOMSnext year is "A Beautiful Mess - Embracing our story." Based on Ephesians 2:10, we are God's Masterpiece, we are anew in Jesus, and can do anything through him. We will learn to embrace that as we learn about the messiness of Finances, Organization, Internet/Technology issues, Marriage and much more. Won't you join us?


Registration forms are located in the old narthex or online at Please pick one up today. Registration will be open until July 30. Cost to join is only $25. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Kelly Ralston, MOMSnext Coordinator at or 754-8878


Disciple III Class


Disciple III "Remember Who You Are" will be offered on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:30 beginning on September 3. This study is a 32 week course available to anyone who has completed Disciple I. In the Old Testament, Prophets, and the Letters of Paul, this study examines the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. You can sign up for this class in the narthex or by calling Natalie Woodrow at 893-3721.


Disciple I - Teacher Needed

A teacher for a Disciple I class is needed this year. If you have completed Disciple I, you are eligible to teach it, even if you have not taken the other courses. Please prayerfully consider this opportunity to enrich the spiritual lives of others. Contact Natalie Woodrow at 893-3721 if you are interested.


Children & Youth Choirs

Children's and Youth choirs will begin on Wednesday September 4.


Cherub Choir - 5:45 - 6:30, room 16

(This choir is for children in grades K - 2)


 Hi C Choir - 6:30 - 7:30, room 16  

(This choir is for children in grades 3 - 6)


The Edge - 7:30 - 8:30, sanctuary

(This choir is for youth in grades 7 - 12)


If you have any questions, please call Natalie Woodrow at 893-3721. 


Giving Statements


You can view the June 2013 Treasurer's report by clicking here.


Festival of Sharing 2013


Summer is here - time for vacation, swimming, playing in the sun! What fun! It's also the season of the year when we ask you to bring school supplies and health kit items. For those of you new to this project, we sew school bags and fill them with requested items for children all over the world. Health kits are sent to many parts of the USA and the world. Both types of kits are particularly needed this year due to the many disasters where families have lost everything. Will you help us again this year? Our goal is 50 school bags and 75 health Kits. We have volunteers to sew the bags - please help us fill them.


There will be a box in the Narthex marked "FESTIVAL OF  SHARING" where you may place these items. If you would rather contribute money, please make check payable to MUMC and on the memo line mark Festival of Sharing.

The box will be available through August so you may want to wait until school supplies go on sale. When we have collected school supplies and bags, the children will help fill them.

Please watch for the reminder insert in the bulletin for items needed.


Mary Wortham

Missions Committee


Communion Stewards Needed

We need some help with serving communion at all three of our services. If you are interested in volunteering, or would like more information, please contact Sandy Smith at
*** Please note the edit of the email address ***
Have an announcement you want to share with the MUMC Community? Contact me at! Deadline for announcements is each Wednesday at Noon.
Our purpose is to be a reaching, nurturing, sending community of committed followers of Jesus Christ.


The MUMC Staff