The August Beacon
Olivia Wilhite
New Face(s)

Mason United Methodist Church would like to welcome our new Co-Directors of Children and Youth Ministry Olivia Wilhite and Margo Gislain.

Olivia J Wilhite
Co-Director of Children and Youth Ministries
Olivia feels excited and blessed to be welcomed into the Mason family in order to serve the children and youth. She is a student at University of Puget Sound, where she is studying Politics & Government and Mathematics. Olivia is a born-and-raised Methodist from the wonderful state of Oregon, and found her passion for working with children and youth through her own incredible experiences with 7 years and counting in United Methodist Camping Ministries.  In her campus community, Olivia is an Interfaith Coordinator for the Department of Spiritual Life, an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta, a member of the Habitat for Humanity Club, and an advocate for quality coffee and quality naps.

You might have seen Margo in the nursery on a Sunday morning.  She's been working with the little ones for the past few months.  Here is some more information on her.

Margo Gislain
Co-Director of Children and Youth Ministries
Margo is a first year student at the University of Puget Sound studying biochemistry and neuroscience. She was born and raised a Methodist just outside of Chicago, Illinois, and this is her first year in the Pacific Northwest. In her spare time, she participates in the school radio station, and loves seeing live music and going to plays or musicals. Over the summer, she's a camp counselor with the YMCA.

Next time you see them, help them feel welcome.  They already have some great ideas cooking.  We know they will be a great addition to Mason!
What's Happening at Mason
Mason's Artistic Side

Proctor Arts Fest in the Proctor District is August 6th from 10a.m. - 5p.m. and is a  celebratory experience of the arts for the public.
The Juried Art Show will be held at Mason UMC on August 6th 10a.m. - 5p.m and August 7th from 10:30a.m. - 2p.m. 
Art-Inspired Stories from the Juried Art Show will be created and read by Judith Cullen at Mason UMC on August 6th at 11:30a.m.

Meetings and Reminders

Here is the important info for August:
  • No Sunday School on August 7th and 14th
  • You can now see the church calendar on the website.
  • The Mason United Methodist Booth at Proctor Arts Fest still needs volunteers to hand out water, set-up, tear-down, etc.  Please email the office if you are available (  The dates are above.
  • The Proctor Beach Party and Car Show! Sunday, August 14, 2016This will impact parking and traffic on that Sunday -- North Madison and 27 th  streets will be shut down beginning at 11:00 AM to make room for awesome cars!  We will host a few in our parking lot, plus we will set up tables and chairs for folks to rest at and we'll make our restrooms available to the community.  If you have a couple of hours to serve as a host, please sign up in the foyer or email Rachel and let her know.
  • United Methodist Women -- Our next meeting will be TUESDAY, AUG 9, 6:30pm at Sandy Roszman's Home.  Meeting will include refreshments and working on stuff for the October Bazaar.
From the Calendar:
Sundays:  9:30 AM Worship followed by Fellowship and Sunday Study Hour.
Tuesdays: 10 AM -- Weekly Prayer Meeting
Aug. 3rd at 7 PM -- The Medicine Wheel
Aug. 6th and 7th -- Proctor Arts Show & No Sunday School
Aug. 8th at 7 PM -- Monday Covenant Discipleship Group
Aug. 9th at 6:30 PM -- UMW Meeting (see above)
Aug. 14th -- No Sunday School
Aug. 23rd at 9:30 AM -- Calling Group AND Articles due for the September Beacon

August Birthdays

Aug. 1st -- Gary Larson & Tarycca Queree
Aug. 3rd -- Mark Patterson
Aug. 5th -- Jamie Kieszling
Aug. 11th -- Daly Smith-Worden & Ellie Welton-Loiselle
Aug. 12th -- Doris Leister
Aug. 14th -- Glenda Garrett, James Kaapana, & Susan Matson
Aug. 16th -- Tyler Johnson
Aug.17th -- Shirley Monthy & Stephanie Reed
Aug. 18th -- Kikya Atkins
Aug. 19th -- Teresa Dobbins & Nate Fetrow
Aug. 20th -- Katie Glassman & Christopher Perkins
Aug. 21st -- Kirsten Lind, Peggy Oliver, & Troy Strong
Aug. 24th -- Kali McDonald-Kelley
Aug. 25th -- Elizabeth Hamilton & Amy Leister
Aug. 28th -- Lynn Stetson & Sierra Wang
Aug. 29th -- Sam Smith-Worden
Aug. 30th -- Sophie Nevin
Member News 
Mary Dennend will have a booth at the Eatonville Art Festival this year on August 5, 6 and 7. Her booth will be open from 10 am to 7pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 10 to 5 on Sunday.  
Hope to see those of you who can make it.  It is a nice show The festival will be conducted at Glacier Park, 213 Fir St, Eatonville, WA 98238.
Reminder from Mason Church Librarians:
Completed folders for the UMW Reading Program are due by August 15th.  Please give them to Roberta.
In the heat of summer, a good book is a good companion!
Visit the Mason Church Library soon!
Children and Youth News
August has its Secrets

A Top Secret plan is being hatched by our new Co-Directors of Children and Youth Ministries.  Stay tuned for more information.

Did you know that Mason UMC's Youth now have their own Facebook page.  It's true.  Check Youth Facebook for more info. 
Adults:  Don't be jealous.  We have one too: Facebook
Looking Ahead to September
For a Blessed School Year

Blessing of the Backpacks! September 4, 2016.  Calling all students from kids to college! Be sure to bring your backpack to church on September 4 for a special new school year blessing! 

Back to School Bash!
September 11, 2016
Join us for worship, pancakes, and fun! More details coming soon!
Save the Date
Join Pastor Stephanie this Fall for an exciting new study opportunity! Since 1987, Disciple Bible Study has reached nearly 3 million people worldwide, introducing the grand sweep of Scripture in a 34-week format. Now Disciple Fast Track maintains the integrity and principles of the original study, but its modifications can better meet the needs of a hectic world. Participants still receive a thorough introduction to the Bible, but in almost a third less time.   We will meet together on Wednesday mornings from 10 AM - 11:30 AM from September 7 - November 23 (for the Old Testament) and January 11 - April 5, 2017 (for the New Testament).  There will also be an evening opportunity on Sundays from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM from September 11 - November 27 and January 15 - April 2.  Each class must have a minimum of four participants. Look for sign-up opportunities soon!
Looking Forward to October
Mason U Presents...

Public Faith in Action: How to Think Carefully, Engage Wiseley, and Vote with Integrity  by Miroslav Volf and Ryan McAnnally-Linz.  Published by Brazos Press.  Available at major booksellers including 
Book Club coming in October!  Look for the date in next month's Beacon.
From the publisher: "Christian citizens have a responsibility to make political and ethical judgments in light of their faith and to participate in the public lives of their communities--from their local neighborhoods to the national scene. But it can be difficult to discern who to vote for, which policies to support, and how to respond to the social and cultural trends of our time.  This nonpartisan handbook offers Christians practical guidance for thinking through complicated public issues and faithfully following Jesus as citizens of their countries. The book focuses on enduring Christian commitments that should guide readers in their judgments and encourages legitimate debate among Christians over how to live out core values. The book also includes lists of resources for further reflection in each chapter and "room for debate" questions to consider."
A July Recap
Goodbye July
  1. The United Methodist's Men's Annual Yard Sale went very well this past weekend.  The total was over $2,200.  Well done UMM (and Women)!
  2. Katherine Parker's presentation on 7/30 went very well and had an enthusiastic audience of 40+.  Word is the ice cream wasn't bad either.