Dear Church Family,
 
Every year all of the churches in the Pacific Northwest Conference gather together for Annual Conference. This is a time for worship and celebration, as well as a time to make conference-wide decisions regarding things like the budget and conference policy.  This year's Annual Conference will be especially exciting as it will be a gathering of both the Pacific Northwest Conference and the Oregon-Idaho Conference.  We are gathering this way this year because the two conferences share the same bishop - Bishop Elaine Stanovsky.  This is Bishop Stanovsky's first Annual Conference with us so there will be an installation service and reception to kick off the conference.
 
Each church sends their pastor(s) and lay members as representatives.  We are looking for a lay person to represent Mason Church.  The conference is June 14 - 17 at the Red Lion on the River in Portland, Oregon. Travel expenses will be paid by Mason Church.  If would like to know more, visit www.greaternw.org/ac2017 where you will find the schedule of events or other pertinent information.  If you are interested in representing Mason Church, please give me a call or send me an email.

Thank you,
Rev. Stephanie Roberts White
Also From the Pastor

If you have been visiting Mason Church for a while and are thinking about being baptized and/or joining, Easter Sunday is a great day to join!  I will be hosting a special class after the Palm Sunday Brunch from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM where you will hear a little bit about the United Methodist Church and Mason UMC specifically.  We will also discuss the concepts of baptism and church membership.  If, after hearing the information, you decide to be baptized and/or join the church, you will be given an information form to fill out and your name will appear in the bulletin. If you have any questions, please feel free to email ( stephanie@masonchurch.org) or call (253-759-3539)me.  I would love to discuss this with you!

  Rev. Karen Yokota Love
  
Big News from the District Superintendent

Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ!  I am writing to inform you that it is Bishop Elaine Stanovsky's intent to appoint Rev. Karen Yokota Love as the pastor of Mason United Methodist Church, effective July 1, 2017.
 
Rev. Yokota Love currently serves as the associate pastor of Puyallup United Methodist Church.  She is a gifted leader with skills in administration, worship leading, empowering leadership, and community networking.  I hope that you will welcome Rev. Yokota Love and the many gifts and graces she will bring to her ministry at Mason UMC.
 
As part of the United Methodist Church's appointment system, I have consulted with the cabinet and your Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPR) to identify your congregation's needs and the needed skills in a pastor.  In addition, your SPR committee met with Rev. Yokota Love to ask her questions, learn more about her background in ministry, and get to know her better.
 
In the months ahead, I hope you will continue your work with Pastor Stephanie as you prepare for this transition.  I encourage you to celebrate the ministry you have shared together and look forward with anticipation to the new thing God will do in and through your community.
 
I invite you to join me in praying for Pastor Stephanie and Pastor Karen, their families, and Puyallup United Methodist Church as they journey through this season of change.
 
May God be with you all as you walk through this time of transition.
 
Sincerely,
Rev. Cara Scriven
District Superintendent
Tacoma District of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church
Lead Team Minutes

The last Lead Team meeting was Sunday, March 26th.  Here is what was discussed:
  1. Budget-the budget for 2017 was approved, with the understanding that it is a work in progress and that the shortfall created by the departure of the Waldorf School needs to be addressed.
  2. Other methods of meeting the shortfall were discussed, including increased use income by allowing smaller groups to use the rooms in the education wing, and consideration of sharing with another church, assuming that their hours of service would not conflict in any way with ours.
  3. Continued refurbishing of the foyer and parlor, with a committee appointed to begin looking at design.  Addition, as well, of better signage for the restrooms.
  4. Composition of a committee to look into bringing the nursery and Sunday School wing back to functioning condition.  We need fresh paint, furniture, and supplies. The good news is that we have nearly the $10,000.00 we wanted to raise for this project.
  5. Extension of the Waldorf contract for one additional month to allow them sufficient time to get all their materials out of the building.
  6. Parsonage:  a group will make a punch list of things that need to be fixed or replaced prior to the new pastor or renters occupying the space.
  7. Needs:  People to help clean up the church prior to the Jr Daffodil Parade.  Please check in with Larry Stetson.  Also, we need a Lay Member to Annual Conference.  This year, it is at the Red Lion on the island in the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington, where we will meet as a combined ministry region.  The Bishop will be formally invested.  The dates are June 14-17. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Stephanie.
Lead Team Members:  Jane Brosius, Jeff Hansen, George Hoivik, Doug Nelson, Sandy Roszman, Pat Roundy, Lynn Stetson, Ann Welton.
Come and see the talented Collin (and Erin) and a number of their colleagues perform this exciting interpretation of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.  The concert is to benefit the music program at Mason Church -- 50% of all donations will go towards the program here.  

Date: April 2nd
Time: 2:00 PM
Location:  Mason United Methodist Church's Sanctuary
Suggested Donation: $10

Let Your Inner Rock Star Free
Calling all Rockers! 
There's still time!  In the next couple weeks, the Mason Band will be re-forming to prepare music for our Good Friday and Easter Sunday services.  Music will include songs by David Crowder Band, Don Henle, and X Ambassadors.  Rehearsals will take place in the sanctuary on Sunday, April 2nd, and Sunday, April 9th from 12:30 - 1:30 pm.  Come to one or all rehearsals as you are able.  Enthusiastic youth and adults of all ages are encouraged to participate!  Bring your guitar, drums, or just your rocking singing voices and prepare to have lots of fun!  Please send me an email at collin@masonchurch.org if you are interested in joining or have any questions.  
Brunch Anyone?

Join us on Sunday, April 9th -- aka Palm Sunday -- for a brunch with your fellow Mason UMCers after the 10 AM Worship Service. 
It's certain to be a tasty time!



If April Showers bring May Flowers, what do March Showers bring----Easter? A week late? Join us for an Easter Funfest to be celebrated the week after Easter, Sunday April 23, right after the 10 AM Worship Service.
Church Calendar
Did you know you can access the church calendar any time you like?
The church website has a calendar that continually updates.  You can find it here.
Sunday, April 2nd
10 AM -- Worship
11 AM -- Fellowship Time
11:15 AM -- Sunday School for all ages
2 PM -- Marriage of Figaro (see above)
 
Wednesday, April 5th
10 AM -- Disciple Fast Track
7:30 PM -- Salish Sea Festival Concert (see below)

Thursday, April 6th
  7:00 PM -- Chancel Choir Rehearsal
 
Sunday, April 9th -- Palm Sunday
(The beginning of Holy Week)
10 AM -- Worship
11 AM -- Palm Sunday Brunch (yummy!)  -- Provided by the United Methodist Men

Monday, April 10th
7 PM -- Monday Covenant Discipleship Group
 
Tuesday, April 11th
6:30 PM -- UMW Meeting

Thursday, April 13 -- Maundy Thursday
6:30 PM -- Maundy Thursday Soup Dinner

Friday, April 14th -- Good Friday
7 PM -- Good Friday Service

Sunday, April 16th -- EASTER SUNDAY
He is risen!
10 AM -- Worship Service
11 AM -- Fellowship Time
No Sunday School -- Enjoy Your Easter!

Thursday, April 20th
  7:00 PM -- Chancel Choir Rehearsal
 
Friday, April 21st
6 PM -- Decorate the Daffodil Float and Pizza Party!

Saturday, April 22nd
10 AM -- Junior Daffodil Parade (see below)

Sunday, April 23rd
10 AM -- Worship
11 AM -- Easter Celebration -- Brunch provided by the United Methodist Women.  Get ready for fun Easter Activities and Egg Hunts for the kids.  Be sure to bring your Easter Basket!

Monday, April 24th
Article's for the May Beacon are due

Tuesday, April 25th
9:30 AM -- Calling Ministry

Thursday, April 27th
  7:00 PM -- Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, April 30th
10 AM -- Worship
11 AM -- Fellowship Time
11:15 AM -- Sunday School for all ages
Library News

April is full of special days!  It's National Poetry Month!  Please notice the special poetry books on the hall library shelves.  Check them out and read a poem each day.  National Library Week is the week before Easter (April 9-15)!  Visit our church library and enjoy a new book!

New UMW Reading Program books:
  1. Wesley and the People Called Methodists
  2. Journey with J.W. , John Wesley's Ride Through Methodist History (designed for adults working with children, but an excellent quick background for folks new to the Methodist faith)
  3. Just for Today -- a children's book that makes you wonder if Saint John XXIII knew John Wesley!
Recent Donor:  Larry Stetson
When Larry showed up with a garage sale find entitled, Equality on the Oregon Frontier -- Jason Lee and the Methodist Mission 1834-43, I was pleasantly surprised.  What a treasure!  It's a detailed account of Lee's appointment by the Missionary Society on the Methodist Episcopal Church of Christianize the Native Americans.  Even history buffs will find it a challenge to read.  But what a challenge!  So it's easily found, it is catalogued in the Biography/Northwest History section of our library.  Thanks Larry!

--Roberta Larson

Help decorate our church and support the Jr. Daffodil Parade
 
We will be decorating our Church windows with paper daffodils again this year.  You may purchase them in the foyer after the service today. The donation is $1 each and we put your name on them. This is a great way for us to show our support for this community activity. The money helps to finance the Parade activities throughout the Proctor District.  
 
Don't forget the Parade is April 22 nd at 10:00 a.m. The theme is "Daffodil Paradise" We are also in need of volunteers to help make this parade happen. Signup sheets will be in the foyer at the parade display or talk with Tina Queree if you will be willing to help greet, serve, clean up or walk in the parade. We also could use some help passing out the daffodils on Friday, April 21 st from 10:00am till 4:00 pm. If you have a couple of hours that you can spar we can use your help. Please let Katie or me know if you can. Please mark your calendar for "Parade Day" April 22 nd .   
 
Thank you for your support, Gary Grindley

Jr. Daffodil Parade - fun activities for the whole family!
 
Friday, April 21, 6 PM -- Come help decorate our Jr. Daffodil Float on Friday, April 21, at 6 PM.  We'll serve pizza for dinner and get the float ready for Saturday morning.    
 
Saturday, April 22, 9:00 AM - Help put the finishing touches on the float - the flowers! - then march in the parade.  All are welcome to march!
We are also looking for other volunteers who would be willing to be hosts at the church before, during, and after the parade.  Look for sign-up sheets in the foyer or email admin@masonchurch.org to let us know you'd like to volunteer!
 
We will have the church open so that folks have a place to sit and rest, use the restroom, and get water as they participate in the day's activities.  We are asking for donations of water bottles to hand out. If you can help, please bring your donations to the office by April 21.

* The Art of Modulation *
Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque flute
Linda Melsted ~ baroque violin
Romaric Pokorny ~ baroque violin
Jonathan Oddie ~ harpsichord

Celebrate the art of modulation, or the artful transitioning between musical tonalities and modes of expression in a program of innovative baroque chamber music next Wednesday at 7:00 PM
at Mason Church.

François André Danican Philidor (1726-1795), the son of Louis XIV's celebrated music librarian, was world chess champion for almost 5 decades, from 1747 to 1795. Philidor's six Sinfonias comprising The Art of Modulation (1755) demonstrate more than just his technical mastery, as in Berlin in 1751 when he simultaneously played 3 chess games blindfolded and won them all. Philidor explores the art of transitioning between musical tonalities and expressive colors, and develops new modes of musical expression , building an intense, clear harmonic environment that twists and modulates, transporting and astonishing the listener in delightful and unexpected ways. Philidor was known primarily as a composer of opéra comique, and The Art of Modulation is his major surviving instrumental work. Three Sinfonias from Philidor's work will be complemented with music from Italy and Germany: concerti for flute and strings by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Johann David Heinichen and Georg Philipp Telemann, in continuance of the festivities for Telemann's 250th anniversary.
A Cry for Help from The Pacific Northwest United Methodist Volunteers in Mission:

Someone decided they needed some of the tools from our ERT trailer parked at the St. Andrews UMC in Lacey so they cut the locks and helped themselves. Our generator, compressor, power washer, battery operated hand tools, socket sets, spare saw blades, and extension cords are all missing. This is not only unfortunate because we will have to find a way to replace the tools and equipment but the timing is most inconvenient. The flooding in eastern Washington, especially in Sprague, means we will most likely need our trailers to respond to calls for support.

Our trailers and their contents are insured but there is a $5,000 deductible. It is not likely that the total cost of what was taken will exceed the deductible so we will have to raise money to replace the lost items. If you can help financially, please send your check to the Conference Treasurer, PO Box 13650, Des Moines, WA 98198 with Advance #353 on the memo line.

Thanks for your continued support of this valuable ministry.