Happy Independence Day
The July Beacon

Brothers and sisters in Christ,
 
Summer is upon us!  Temperatures are (slowly) rising, and we've already passed the longest day of the year.  It is strange to think about, but the church staff is already looking ahead to Fall and even Advent!  The year is half over already, but so far it has been a good year.  We have successfully transitioned from a traditional leadership model to a Lead Team.  The Lead Team has been meeting and discussing facility issues, mission and vision, and lots of other things.  We are slowly getting other ministry teams started, and we are interviewing people for the position of Director of Youth Ministries.  As we are moving forward in many different ways, I would like to take the opportunity to thank many people who have been so helpful over the past year that I have been here.

To those of you who served on the previous Administrative Council, thank you for your support and input.  Special thanks to Denny Denend for his excellent service as the Lay Leader of the church. 

Many thanks also to the United Methodist Men who are always so willing to show up and serve!  You have washed dishes, cooked pancakes, given out water, managed rummage sales, and more.  I so value your dedication to Mason UMC and this community!

And who could forget the United Methodist Women! Thank you most especially for  your help with funeral receptions.  (A big shout out to Jane Brosius for coordinating the events.)  Your cookies and service have added so much love to what are typically very sad days.  A smile and a cookie from a United Methodist Woman goes a long way in helping people feel better!

Many thanks to the former Trustees who helped with so many projects at the church.  Truth be told, many of you are still helping!  There has been and continues to be so much work, and I know that it wouldn't be done without your dedication to the church. 

  To those of you who lead Sunday school, helped with the worship committee, served as liturgists, helped with fellowship hour, donated cookies, served on the calling committee, given to mission causes, served on the children and youth committee, served on the finance committee         , and so much more, I say thank you.  Because of you our congregation and our community feels loved and appreciated and the message of Jesus Christ is being given to the world. 

Thank you for loving Jesus enough to share him.

In Christ's peace,
Rev. Stephanie Roberts White
Notice!!  This Sunday (June 26th) there will be a bike race in the neighbor hood.  They will start blocking off the Streets at 11:00 AM.  Please park in or around the back parking lot, or carpool to avoid Problems.
Discover a Book You Haven't Read in the MUMC Library

What Ever Happened to Dinner, by Melodie M Davis is a collection of memories, celebrations of family and community connections, biblical illistrations, and recipes!  It is also a how-to on how to reclaim the somewhat diminishing family mealtime.  Part of the UMW Reading Program choice for "Nurturing For Community."

Have you ever taken a long railroad trip?  If you have, you must read Judith Cullen's
Traveling Tales title.  Judith has a way of making you a part of every story.  Judith has donated copies of several of her books to the Mason Church Library.

A Gradual Disappearance and
The Dangers of Denial by Elizabeth Lonseth are two paperbacks about dementia and Alzheimer diseases.  Simply written, personal experiences and definitions of the diseases make them informative and give the reader a sense of what is happening in the medical field.  Along with these, Pat Summit's autobiography is worth reading about a well known sports figure as she deals with Alzheimers.

UMW Reading Program Readers:  Your reading record folders for the 2015-2016 reading program are due August 15.  Please give the folders to Roberta.

Youth Group News
We are still searching for the right person to serve as our director of youth ministries, but our ministry will not stop! 

Cookout at the Parsonage! Sunday, July 10, from 7 PM - 9 PM (4022 N. 28th Street).   
We'll meet on the patio and start with a short devotional time.  Then we'll have a cook out, complete with s'mores!  Bring as many friends as you like, but please let Pastor Stephanie know how many are coming so that there  is plenty of food.  (You can email her at stephanie@masonchurch.org or call the church office at 253-759-3539.)
 
Sunday, July 24, 7 PM - 9 PM: Movie Night in the Ocean! Come hang out in the newly decorated conference room/ocean Sunday school room.  We'll watch Dolphin Tale , eat popcorn, and relax under the sea!
 
Until we find a new Youth Director, the youth group is invited to join the adult Sunday school in the parlor.  The adults love having the youth come and share their experiences and ideas!
 
Children's Ministry News
               
Sunday, July 17, Noon - 2 PM:  Kids ages 0 - 5 th  grade and their families are invited for a cookout at the parsonage!  We'll have hot dogs, hamburgers, and watermelon!  All are invited, but please let Pastor Stephanie know you're coming so that we'll have plenty of food.
 
Sunday, July 31, 6 PM: Kids ages 0 - 5 th  grade and their families are invited for a Movie night in the Ocean!  Come hang out in the newly decorated conference room/ocean Sunday school room.  We'll watch Finding Nemo , eat popcorn, and relax under the sea!
 
For summer camp opportunities (Children and Youth), check out http://pnwcamps.org/.  Scholarships are available through the church.  Contact Pastor Stephanie for more information.


How Special...
Jeff Orr is looking for vocalists and instrumentalists to provide
Special Music during the worship services this summer, while the choir has time off.   If you are interested, please contact him via his email address: Jeff_orr@aw.org
Church Events

Summer Sermon Series
This summer's series on the Fruit of the Spirit will coordinate with the children's Sunday school curriculum!
July 3:  1 Corinthians 13 (Love)
July 10: Psalm 100:1-5 (Joy) 
July 17: Matthew 5:1-9 (Peace)
July 24: Luke 18:1-8 (Patience)
July 31: 2 Samuel 9:1-13 (Kindness)
August 7: The Book of Ruth (Goodness)
August 14: 2 Kings 22:1-23 (Faithfulness)
August 21: Psalm 23 (Gentleness)
August 28: Daniel 1:1-21 (Self Control)

Upcoming Meetings :
The HOME Team: July 6, 6 PM 
Lead Team: July 10, Noon - 2 PM, Lunch will be provided.
UMW Meeting: July, 12th at 6:30 PM
UMW Calling Ministry Group: July 26th at 9:30 AM
UMM Garage Sale: July 29th and 30th
               
An Invitation
Members and friends of Mason UMC are invited by Gary and Roberta Larson on the renewal of their marriage vows on Saturday, July 16th at 4PM (in the Sanctuary).  A reception will follow in the Parlor. 
No gifts please.
 
Remember
The Church office will be closed on Monday. July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

July Birthdays

July 2nd -- Shelby Alongi & John Pflueger
July 4th -- Carolyn Sparks
July 7th -- Betty Ecklund & Wendy Firth
July 8th -- Randy Hansen & Natalie Shunk
July 9th -- Jennifer Orr
July 10th -- Anna McBeath & Charles Monthy
July 12th -- Evan Kelly & Lillian Zacarias
July 14th -- David Corner
July 15th -- Al Stacey & Greg Worden
July 17th -- Thomas Johnson & Rita Wentlandt
July 19th -- Carol Portaski
July 21st -- Linda Emhoff
July 22nd -- Elizabeth Gingrich, Kasey Grindley, Nancy Patterson & Bob Ward
July 23d -- Marian Berry, Eve Clemmons & Doug Nelson
July 24th -- Barbara Cramer & Larry Stetson
July  26th -- Judy Parks
July 30th -- Kaitlin Stephens

July Annivesaries
7/5 -- Pat & Jack Roundy
7/12 -- Carolyn Sparks & Marley Walkup and Mike & Tina Queree
7/16 -- Gary & Roberta Larson -- Happy 50th!!!!!!
7/18 -- Katie & Gary Grindley
7/20 -- Sue & Dave Turner
7/22 -- Eve & Jim Clemmons and Mark & Kathy Emmerson
7/23 -- Dick & Chris Wittstock
7/30 -- David & Deloris Leister
7/31 -- Roland & Annette Funk
 
If your Birthday or Anniversary are wrong or missing, please contact the office with the correct information.  We will correct it in our database.

SALE...

What: The Annual Garage Sale
Who: The United Methodist Men
Where: Mason United Methodist Church
When: July 29th from 9 AM to 4 PM & July 30th from 8 AM to 3 PM
How:  Donations can be brought to the church during any business hours or contact Larry Stetson, Devin Alongi or George Schuetz to have items picked up.  (Volunteers are happy to pick up  items in the evening or on Saturdays.)
 
Things to Note: 
  • We CANNOT accept Childern's car seats, toxic materials and firearms.
  • We need volunteers to assist setting up Wednesday & Thursday and to help with selling on Friday & Saturday.
ALL BUYERS WELCOME!

Help Syra Beth, Rachel, and others Raise Money for the Victims of the Orlando Shooting.  
What:  A benefit reading of The Laramie Project  by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project - in cooperation with Dramatist Play Services - benefitting the Florida Equality Institute and Tacoma's Rainbow Center
Who:  The Tacoma Theatre Community
Conceived and Produced by:  Rachel Fitzgerald
Where:  Tacoma Little Theatre - 210 North I St., Tacoma, WA, 98403
When:   Sunday, June 26 th  at 7:30 PM (first come, first seated)
How Much:  Free - Donations will be taken during the show.
The Tacoma theater community is coming together to support the victims of the Orlando massacre.  The brainchild of Rachel Fitzgerald, this benefit reading of The Laramie Project , by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project, came from a simple question.  "What can I do?" 
What can I do to make a difference in the lives that this tragedy has touched?  Well, I thought if I had that question, other people must as well.
 
The cast:  Charlie Stevens, Christian Carvajal, Deya Ozburn, Hayden Pedersen (seen in Godspell), James Venturini, Jed Slaughter, Jeffery Swiney-Weaver, Jen King (seen in Godspell), Jeremy Thompson (Director of Godspell), John Munn, Kadi Burt,  Karen Norlin Christensen, Katelyn Nicole, LaNita Hudson (seen in Godspell), Luke Amundson, Lydia Helt, Maggie Knott, Marcy Rodenborn, Rachel Fitzgerald, Rachel Lionheart, Russ Coffey, Scott Campbell, Shelby Isham (seen in Godspell and the Youth Auction), Steve Barnett, Susan Anderson-Newham, Syra Puett, Tyler Lydic (seen in Godspell), Wade Hicks,  and Xander Layden.
 
Jennifer Permann and Pastor Stephanie will be helping with the show as well.
Have a safe and joyful July!

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