August 23, 2013
Mason UMC
6315 Mason-Montgomery Road
Mason, OH 45040


In This Issue
The Driver's Seat Blog
Heritage Days of Mason
Mason UMW
Children & Youth Choirs
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

Hello, MUMC Friends! 

A LOT in this week's publication! Be sure to take your time and look through all the amazing opportunities we have here! Get involved!

Remember that this Sunday is not only the last part of our "Just Walk Across the Room" Sermon Series, but we have our Backpack Blessing in all three services! After the 11:00 service, there will be a meeting about all of our Youth & Children's ministries as well.

Remember, feel free to share your story on our forums at, or on our Facebook page. These are great places to sit down and think about what your story might be, and put it out there to share with others!

Ben Wong
Director of Communications

"The Driver's Seat" Blog

Just Walk! 


"Hi Church Friends!

Wow!  Fall is approaching.  Schools are back in session.  Routine is returning. 

The sermon series "Just Walk Across the Room" wraps up this Sunday, August 25. We have heard how we are called to be Christ-followers who leave our Circles of Comfort and enter the Zone of the Unkown. We follow the Holy Spirit's leading and walk to make connections with new people. 

We have been asked to live in 3D: Develop friendships,   stories, and discern next steps. We are thinking of what our story is. How were we before Jesus and how are we different after Jesus."



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Prayer Requests


For God's Peace: 

  • Naomi and Mitch Bryson, upon the death of her mother.  

For God's Healing: 

  • Dee Wilt, at West Chester Hospital
  • Friends of Harry and Donna Bruce 
For God's Care for those in the Military:
  • Josh Barshinger
  • Jeffrey Bertram
  • 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 25 - Backpack Blessing in Worship & Children's and Youth Ministry informational meeting, following the 11:00 service 


September 3 - MOMSnext

September 4 - MUMC Book Club

September 6 - Mason UMC Tailgate Party

September 10 - Sarah's Sisters Circle

September 14 - Mason Heritage & Bicycle Days  


Children & Youth Opportunities

On August 25, following the "Backpack Blessing" in worship, you may register your child or youth in grades 1-12 for several fun, fellowship and service opportunities that begin in September! Parents are invited to hear about the programs at noon in Room 9/11 while kids and youth enjoy crafts, games, and sports at the shelter. Pizza will be served to both parents
and youth!

Children's & Youth Changes


Exciting New Changes are coming to the Children's & Youth
Ministry Wing! Classrooms & halls are being painted, and at the same time, both ministries are putting finishing touches on their overall programming. Pictures of the murals are being framed, and will be showcased in the library.  



Welcome to a new year!  


Introducing: Coordinator of Connect/Equip Ministries
Mary Ellen Telling has agreed to lead a new ministry that we are calling "Connect/Equip Ministries." She will lead a team of people who will focus on helping newcomers learn about the wide variety of ministries we offer at MUMC and where they may want to get plugged in. Mary Ellen is developing an intentional process of follow-up so that everyone can get connected as quickly as they choose! We want every newcomer to know how glad we are that they want to know more about living as a follower of Jesus!


Mason UMC Book Club
MUMC Book Club will meet the first Wednesday mornings of the month @ 10:30 in Library, beginning Sept. 4th.

Our first discussion will be on the novel, The Light Between Oceans, by M. L. Stedman.

For further information, please contact Deb Griffiths at


The FIRST Annual MUMC Tailgate Party!

This fall, we are starting a new annual event that we are hosting right here in our parking lot! Before the first home Mason High School Football game, there will be a tailgate party! Here are some of the details:

Date: Friday, September 6 
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Open and Free to the Community 
Food, games and fun! 

We would like families to attend starting at 5 p.m. to help draw a crowd, as well as donate a side dish for 12 to share along with 2 dozen cookies. The side dishes can be delivered Thursday night to the church, or be brought on Friday. Help will also be needed with cleanup.

Questions? Contact Kevin Keefe: or 513-289-1017

Fall Discipleship Opportunities

A Walk Through the Book of Acts:

Faith that Changes the World

A short term adult Bible study beginning Monday, 

September 9th. 

Peggy Graham will be leading this course on Monday mornings from 9 - 10:30 


A Disciple's Path:

Deepening Your Relationship with Christ and the Church

A six week session for perspective church members and anyone interested in taking the next step in discipleship and becoming a more dynamic engaged follower of Jesus Christ.

Dave Doster will be leading this group beginning the week of September 9th. The tentative day and time is Tuesday evenings at 6 pm. Other evenings and starting times will be considered if there is a conflict.


Heritage Days of Mason


Saturday, September 14th!

We need walkers, bike riders, strollers, skateboards, etc... Everyone is to wear RED, white & black Times to come. We need folks to work the Festival Booth, greeting, making & handing out popcorn - that will be ALL DAY Saturday!!

Sign up in the Narthex!

Sarah's Sisters Circle Bible Study


Sarah's Sisters will be starting up again on Tuesday, September 10. All women are invited and encouraged to join us for discussion, fellowship, and breakfast! We meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, Sept-May, from 9:30-11:00 am. Free childcare is provided. This year we will be studying Beth Moore's book on Esther. Please contact Deena Little at 336-6967 or for more info.




MUMC 2013-2014 Confirmation Program

Confirmation classes will begin Sunday, Sept.15th. All incoming 7th graders, and older students, are invited to participate in this program. 


Confirmation is the continuation of one's faith journey and the beginning of one's covenant relationship with the church.
Registration forms will be available in the church office. An informational meeting will be held for students and their parents/guardians on Sunday, August 25th,following the 11:00 AM service. For further information, contact Deb Griffiths at  

Tween Event 
2nd Annual District Tweens Event! 
September 22, 4 pm - 7pm 
Sharonville UMC 
$8.00 if you register before September 8; 
$10.00 at the door 
Doors open at 3:30pm for registration 
Enjoy snacks & food from around the globe, learn about Christianity & Missions in other countries,
and listen to live music! 
with questions, or to register

MUMC Artists  
The Artistics 
Join us on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month,
at 1:30 pm in room 10. 
Bring your project and materials! 
All ages & all levels are WELCOME! 

Call Helen Voorhis (398-6275) 
Upward Basketball


Mason UMC will begin its first year hosting Upward Basketball K & 1st Grade Teams!

Practices begin theweek of December 2 on Mon & Wed nights in the MMR. Games will be each Saturday from Jan 11 through March 1, 2014 from 8 am to Noon.


Volunteers Needed from December through March for: 

  • Coaches 
  • Assistant Coaches
  • Pray-ers


Volunteers Needed on Saturday's from Jan 11 to March 11, 2014 for:

  • Referees
  • Half-Time Devotion Speakers
  • Time Clock/Announcer
  • Game Day setup or clean-up
  • Greeters

Find out more info, or register to volunteer at! 

Mason UMW


Volunteers needed for the Once & Again Kids Sale for the week of Sept. 15-21. Help is needed during the week setting up the church for the sale and during the weekend as sales associates, baggers, cashiers and more. Please sign up in the Narthex. Many hands make light work. 




MOMSnext begins Sept. 3. Our theme is "A Beautiful Mess". Moms with school-aged children are invited to participate. Pre-registration is required. Contact Kelly Ralston at 754-8878 or at


Mason UMC Choirs

Children's, Youth and Adult 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)


Chancel Choir - 7:30 - 8:30, room 9/11

(This choir is for adults) 


If you have any questions, please call Natalie Woodrow at 893-3721 for Children's choirs, or Doug Belland at 398-4741, ext. 25 for the Chancel choir 


Volunteers Needed in Worship

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
We also need help with running the slides at all of our services, but specifically the 9:45. If interested, or if you have any questions, please email Ben Wong or Letty Roosa
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