Welcome March!!
Looks like it's is going to come in like a lion, so hopefully it will go out like a lamb.  There is much to report this month, so let's get to it!

Are you Ready to Rock and Roll?

Rock-n-Roll Lent
Rock Stars of the Bible begins Sunday.  Come hear how the "rock stars" of the Bible, like Jesus, King David, Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Ezekiel, can help guide us through the difficulties of life. In confronting issues such as spiritual dryness, tragedy and suffering, temptation, and sacrifice we can prepare our hearts to have a beautiful Easter.
MARCH 1st  at 7PM

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year's Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants.

Please join us for this yearly service.

Interfaith Women's Conference
March 4th -- 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at
Curtis High School

The conference will offer a keynote presentation, three workshop periods with 24 workshops to choose from, lunch, a closing ceremony, spiritual practice rooms, wake-up yoga and contemplative practice, as well as booths fro sponsors, vendors, nonprofits, and communities of faith.  Attendees will choose between multiple workshop sessions each period with themes such as sacred acts in everyday life, strength in adversity, and spiritual arts.  To register and see a complete list of workshops, please visit www.associatedministries.org/iwc .  (Registration is $35 and includes lunch. 

Lenten Sunday School Study: Fear of the Other by Bishop Will Willimon.

Tolerate one another...wait. Isn't that supposed to be "Love one another?" It's one thing to genuinely love people who are more or less the same as we are, but what about those who are not only strangers, but people who live completely different lives? Reliable spiritual guide Will Willimon invites you to look more closely at the gospel's command to love-because to genuinely love those considered to be "Other" may be the hardest thing for people of faith to do. Study begins March 12 at 11:15 AM. Books are available for $10.

Congratulations to Audrey McKnight, Betty Serjeant, Judy Whittier, and Roberta Larson for receiving long-awaited certificates of recognition for completing the UMW reading program in 2016.  Judy Wittier completed Plan 2 (10 books) of the program.  Well done, Ladies!

All women, men, and children are invited to participate by reading from the selection of outstanding titles in five categories plus the Methodist magazines, New World Outlook and Response.  Join today.  Psssst...it's FREE!

Look for these new books in March:
  • Although fiction, Richard Paul Evans', A Step of Faith, is book four of an incredible walking journey across the United States that seems true and believable.
  • Jim Kraus', The Dog that Talked to God, is not the Christian fiction one would expect, but dog lovers will lap this up.
  • A beautiful new poetry book, Spirit Walkers, by Nancy Woods, is a vision of the Native Americans of the Taos Pueblo.  Outstanding paintings accompany the poems.
Recent donors to our library have been Marian Berry, Irene and Ken Hardy, and Roberta Larson.  Thank you!

Happy Reading!

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 church. Details will be coming soon, but save the date for some fun!

Youth Group (grades 6-12) will continue to meet once a month, and for March we will gather on Sunday March 19 from 5 to 8pm! Join us as we continue to gather for fellowship, fun, food, and spiritual growth! This month our theme will be Temptation, which will teach kids how to navigate and overcome the daily temptations - greed, pride, envy, and lust - that we all face. Hope to see you there!

The Youth Group would appreciate if a member of the congregation would be willing to provide dinner that evening. Would you be available to bring a meal for 12 at approximately 6pm?  We would be forever grateful!
Email youth@masonchurch.org if you would be willing to help out.

The Youth Sunday School class enjoyed participating in the church wide curriculum on Half Truths last month, but we are excited to move onto a study called "Habits". This is a six-week course that helps students grow in their independence in Christ while exploring their habits and spiritual disciplines. All youth in grades 6-12 are welcome!"

Calling All Women

Mason United Methodist Women will meet Tuesday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Room.  All women are invited and encouraged to attend.
Please come and be involved in our projects to reinstate Adult Ministry Luncheons, support the Tacoma Community House, planning for our Fall Bazaar and the Girls Days project to help young women in African nations.  Your participation will be welcomed and appreciated.
Two Amazing Lives, Lived Well

Muriel M. Masel
Muriel M. Masel was born on Oct. 3, 1916 and passed away on Feb. 10, 2017.
Her parents were Edmund and Mary Elizabeth Farrelly. Muriel grew up on the family farm in the Palouse country near Latah, Wa. She attended WSU and EWU. Muriel taught school for 31 years, teaching in Kelso, Seattle, and Tacoma. During her teaching career and in retirement she was active in educational and professional organizations also did graduate work at the U of W and at UPS.
Muriel married John Masel in Seattle in June of 1945. They were married 57 years. They both retired from teaching and spent many happy retirement years together at Tahoma Terrace in Tacoma. Muriel has resided at Brookdale for the last 3 years. She had been a member of Mason United Methodist Church. Muriel is survived by her niece, Janet Smith of Omak; her nephew, Tom (Jane) Watson of East Wenatchee, great-nieces: Julie (Kurt) Hensley; Sherri (Michael) Wright; Lisa (Norman) Bontje; great-nephew: Dale (Renee) Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents; sisters: Dorothy Shields and Mabel Watson; brother: Thomas Farrelly.
At her request, a service will be held in Spokane at a later date. Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Feb. 19, 2017

Western-themed oil painter Fred Oldfield in his home studio overlooking the water in Tacoma, September 10, 2015. His work is the inspiration for the Fred Oldfield Western Heritage Center at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup. Peter Haley Staff photographer

Famed Western artist and Puyallup Icon Fred Oldfield is dead at age 98
from the Tacoma News Tribune
By Rosemary Ponnekanti

Fred Oldfield, Western painter, cowboy and Puyallup icon, has died just three weeks before his 99th birthday.
The landscape and mural artist who founded the Western art center bearing his name at the Washington State Fair Events Center died Friday in hospice care.
Oldfield's daughter Joella, director of the Fred Oldfield Western Heritage and Art Center in Puyallup, said the artist's 99th birthday fundraiser would go ahead as planned March 17 and a memorial would follow in late spring.
"Nothing was more important to him than a place for the kids to learn about art and the Old West," said Joella Oldfield on Facebook. "There are no words, just no words, to express the loss of the most amazing daddy, grandfather, husband, friend, artist and Gramps to hundreds of children.'
"I am filled with gratitude for the blessing of so many years, days, hours and moments filled with extraordinary memories. ... he touched so many lives."
"Fred Oldfield was a Tacoma institution and an artist to the core," said Faith Brower, Haub curator of Western American art at Tacoma Art Museum. The museum in 2015 exhibited one of Oldfield's works in the Haub wing.
"He taught thousands of people to love and appreciate art, both through his own paintings and his classes and demonstrations at the Fred Oldfield Center," Brower said. "Tacoma's art community has lost a unique and wonderful character."
Born March 18, 1918, in Toppenish on the Yakima Indian Reservation, Oldfield grew up in a cowhand family, traveling the West in a horse-drawn wagon. At 17 he discovered his artistic talent when he painted a thistle on a bunkhouse wall, complete with faux frame and nail, and began a side career selling paintings of horses, cowboys and Western landscapes, often done on discarded wood or linoleum.
After serving in the Army in World War II, Oldfield attended art school and began painting full time at age 40. In addition to traditional canvas paintings, Oldfield also painted murals, many of them in Toppenish, including one more than 100 feet long portraying Haller's Defeat, a local battle won by Native Americans. Oldfield kept riding for most of his life.
In 2002, Oldfield founded the Western Heritage and Art Center near the Red Gate at the fairgrounds, teaching year-round art classes and painting in Western gear and cowboy hat. Many of his light-filled works were also displayed there. For more than 20 years the artist spent several months ahead of the state fair painting works that would be auctioned off, typically around $4,000-$5,000, to fund college scholarships for local students.
"I love it during the fair," he told The News Tribune for a 2015 story. "It's my vacation."
Over his life, Oldfield has been the subject of six books, at least one cowboy song and the public television series "Painting the West with Fred Oldfield" (2007).
Oldfield is survived by three children, six grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, although he touched many more lives by his teaching and love of art.
"Fred Oldfield holds a special place in my heart as he has always encouraged me to continue painting," Northwest artist Kris Ellen Jenott posted on Facebook. "His words of encouragement meant an awful lot to me. He truly is a wonderful individual with a big heart and a God given gift of tremendous artistic talent."
Tacoma Community House The United Methodist Women are collecting new, warm socks, individual packages of tissues, and cash donations for TCH. On Wednesday, March 15, at noon, Audra Hudson (from TCH) will be at Mason giving a presentation about the work TCH is doing. The donations will be presented to her then. All are invited to join us for lunch and this special presentation.
UMCOR Sunday March 26, 2017. This offering is taken on the fourth Sunday in Lent and provides major support for immediate assistance in the wake of natural and human-caused disasters and helps support ongoing ministries of food, shelter, health and peace. One Great Hour of Sharing giving allows 100 percent of designated gifts to be used for the specified disaster response or other ministry. For more information, visit the United Methodist Committee on Relief at umcor.org.
Sunday Service Opportunities We have opportunities available for you to serve on Sunday mornings. We are in need of greeters, ushers, acolytes, liturgists, offering processors, and more. Check out the sign up sheets in the foyer. We appreciate your help very much!
Sunday Morning Hospitality   We are in need of folks to help set up the refreshments on Sunday mornings. If you are willing and able to be part of the rotation, please email or call our Office Administrator, Rachel, at admin@masonchurch.org or 253-759-3539.
March at Mason
(Hard copies can be found in the church lobby)
It's that Time Again!

It's time to Spring Forward once again!  That's right!  Daylight Savings Time is nearly here. 
March 12th at 2:00 AM is the time to set your clocks an hour ahead.  Don't be that person that shows up for church in time for Sunday School.

Community Events
Luck Be A Lady
Guys and Dolls, Jr
March 4th at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM
Lakewood Playhouse

See church member Elena Permann perform in the Broadway favorite, Guys and Dolls (Jr).  This production involves youth from ages 12 to 18.  It's sure to be a good time.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Learn About Gas
Sunday, March 5th
6:30 PM

This Sunday, March 5th, Browns Point UMC is hosting a time for you to learn about the Liquefied Natural Gas Plant being built in the Port of Tacoma. Steve Storms, a member of our church and a retired chemical engineer will be presenting. We will begin at 6:30pm and wrap up by 8:00 p.m. Come learn where things are and bring your questions. Our address is 5339 Browns Point BLVD Tacoma WA 98422. We will have coffee and snacks too!
All are welcome!

My Husband Liked Beverly Better
See fellow Mason Member, Syra Beth Puett in her one woman show.  It is performing at Lakewood Playhouse March 17th through 19th at Lakewood Playhouse.  Tickets can be purchased online here.
Do you have an event that you wan share here?  Please send the information to Rachel at admin@masonchurch.org by March 22nd.
If anyone in the congregation knows a reliable Commercial/historic door company, please contact Hollie (our Facilities Manager) at Hollie@masonchurch.org
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner was Full of Fun!
Our youngest pancake eater did it in style.
Looking good kids!  Looking good!
Look at Mary thinking about those tasty pancakes!
Two of the men responsible for this yummy feast.

Thanks to all the United Methodist Men for making this Pancake Dinner Possible!!