MISSING PERSON - WHAT WE'RE TO DO!
There are 3 roles: the sower, the ground, and the grower. We are to sow, others (missing person) receives, and it is up God to produce the harvest. The missing person needs US to sow so God can grow within them. 

God has certainly colored our horizons with his beautiful paint brush! Take in all the wonderful sights and smells of the season and join us online or in-person as we continue our "Missing Person" sermon series!

Click on the image above to join us online this Sunday, October 18 at 10 am. 


A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR MARK DAMSCHRODER
AND HARRY BRUCE

LEADERSHIP BOARD NOMINATIONS
Do you want to give of yourself, so the church may live out its mission of: worshiping, connecting, and serving so all may experience life in Christ?

Do you want to see the church live into its vision of: moving all people from receiving to also sharing life in Christ?

If you answered "Yes" to these two questions, then perhaps you might want to consider being a member of the Leadership Board!

The Mason UMC, is led by a 9 member Leadership Board.  Each board member serves a 3-year term, with 3 new members being placed on the board each year.  This means that we are beginning the process of filling 3 board positions to serve from 2021 through 2023.  If you feel you have the gifts, talents, passion, and commitment to serve on the Leadership Board please let us know.

To fill these board positions, a clearly defined nomination process has been established:
  1. Individuals interested in serving on the Leadership Board are asked to:
    1. Review the Leadership Board Member Covenant
    2. Prayerful consider their desire and ability to serve
    3. Complete the Application for the Leadership Board
  2. The Nomination Committee will review all applications, and interview those who the committee is considering nominating.
  3. The Nomination Committee will present the slate of nominations at the church's annual Church Conference, where the congregation will elect its new Leadership Board members.
Application for Leadership Board


All applications to serve on the Leadership Board must be received by THIS TODAY: Oct. 15, 2020.

The Nomination Committee members are: Pastor Mark (chair), Gwen Goode (current Board Member), Debbie Griffiths, and Gary Standadfer.
QUEEN CITY SOUP KITCHEN
We have rescheduled our date to serve at the Queen City Soup Kitchen! Our next mission is now Saturday, November 7, 2020.

We are looking for cookie bakers, people to prepare the meal Friday at the church and people to pack to-go meals and serve outdoors on Saturday in Over-the-Rhine. This is a wonderful way to serve your community who find themselves in need during this difficult time. 

If you would like to prepare meal at church on Friday, Oct  9, we are going to do something a bit different. With the weather change we are going to offer a heartier to-go meal. We will be boiling macaroni, browning meat, baking cornbread, and bagging cookies. 

On Saturday to make final meal preparations and serve (this is where we have most need for helpers), meet at the church at 10:15 am on Saturday morning to load up. People who would like to meet directly at The Queen City SoupKitchen can arrive at 11:00 am

Our guests LOVE cookies! If you would be willing to bake cookies, please drop cookies by the church between 5 - 6 pm on Friday, October 9. Enter by the side door where volunteer will greet you. 

We are also on the look out for a shopper for the food. A list will be provided, as well as the church credit card.

Please contact Kristen Smith at  kristenandjeffsmith@gmail.com if you would be interested in preparing meal, serving, baking or shopping. 

REMINDER: Please wear your mask while at church preparing food with others or serving downtown. THANK YOU!


Special thank you to Paul Harkins for the beautiful cherry wood base that he hand-crafted for a cross that has is displayed on the Altar. 

Deb Griffiths, Louise Dusing and Patty Sands

BOOK CLUB
The Book Club is back to meeting!  If you love to read, this group is for you! Our upcoming schedule is as follows:

November 4: Educated (352 pages) by Tara Westover

December 2: The Orphan's Tale (368 pages) by Pan Jenoff

We will be meeting in rooms 9/11 for social distancing purposes.  Bring your mask and can't wait to see ya! 

COMMUNITY CUPBOARD
We are experiencing a GREAT need during this pandemic for food donation. Help keep families that may find themselves struggling at this time afloat by picking up a few extra items at the store. 

A reminder that the weather is getting chillier and any donations of gloves or hats will be appreciated as well. Laundry detergent also goes quick and is extremely helpful. We can't thank you enough for helping replenish the shelves! For a full list visit: www.masonumc.org/communitycupboard



Kid's Corner
Read: Matthew 22:15-22

I have some questions to ask you today. Now, listen carefully, here is the first question. If it takes twenty minutes to hard-boil one egg, how long does it take to hard-boil two eggs? Who knows the answer? The answer is twenty minutes. It doesn't take any longer to hard-boil two eggs than it does to hard-boil one egg. OK, here is another question. A farmer has 15 sheep and all but nine of them ran away, how many sheep does he have left? Who thinks they know the answer to that question? The answer is nine. I told you all but nine of them ran away! I tricked some of you on those questions, didn't I? 

Do you ever try to trick someone? Has anyone ever tried to trick you? Sometimes tricks can be mean and sometimes they are meant to get someone else in trouble. Did you know that some people tried to trick Jesus? They asked him questions so that he would get into trouble with one group or another no matter how he answered. The people in Jesus' day were required to pay taxes to the Roman government. That was not very popular with the people. One day a group of religious leaders came to Jesus and asked him if he thought the people should pay the taxes. They were actually trying to trick Jesus, because they knew if he said, "Yes," the people would be angry. But if he said, "No," he would get into trouble with the Roman authorities. Jesus saw right through their plan and he did a very wise thing. He asked them for a coin, and then he said, "Whose picture is on this coin? "They answered, "It is Caesar." Caesar was the Roman ruler and all taxes had to be paid to him. Jesus then said to them, "Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God. 

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"Look at this coin. Whose picture is on it? It is a picture of George Washington, our first president. What does it say right above his picture? It says, "The United States of America." Well, I guess that means that this coin belongs to "George" and we will have to use it to pay our taxes whether we like it or not. 

But what about God? Jesus also said "Give to God what belongs to God." The Bible says that we were created by God and that we were created in the image of God. If we are created by God, and we were created in His image, we must belong to Him. That means we must give ourselves to Him!

Heart to Jesus:
Provide children with a large piece of construction paper or a large heart to decorate with ribbons, stickers, glitter, and markers. Children can write I GIVE MY HEART TO JESUS, or can tape a typed out title (I GIVE MY HEART TO JESUS) that the teacher has prepared before class time. Hole punch the top and add a ribbon to the heart to be hung on a door knob or a nail in the child's bedroom!
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Money Relay:
Have your family divide into two teams. Have a basket of coins for each team. Have the first person on each team run down to the basket and grab a coin. Have them run back to the next person and have them run down to the basket and grab a coin. The first team to collect all the coins and sit down wins. 

Children's Bulletins:
Print off these bulletins for your kids and have them ready for Sunday's worship service. 




NEW PRAYER REQUESTS:
  • Donna and Art McBeath's daughter-in-law, Kim McBeath is continuing testing to determine the cause of a spot on her left lung. They have ruled out COVID-19. Prayers for Mark (Donna and Art's son) for Kim's doctors, for positive results and a treatment plan. 
  • Sandi Michaels' sister, Luanne Pope underwent emergency Gallbladder surgery and was in the hospital for five days. She would also like prayers for her brother-in-law, David Pope (Luanne's husband) who is experiencing some serious health issues. 

CONTINUED PRAYER REQUESTS:
  • Anna Woodrow
  • Emily Schmidt (our Children's Ministry Director) is home and resting after surgery. Prayers for healing. 
  • Connie Smith's daughter, Betsy Smith Compa underwent surgery to amputate her leg.  
  • Clara Bertram's sister, Marilyn Ferrell has been diagnosed with Stage l Uterine Cancer.
  • Kristen Smith's aunt, Debby has been diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. is in her second round of chemotherapy and doing well. 
  • Rev. David Buckey
  • Mary Ann Sanders' brother, Alton 
    is still in the ICU, but seems to be improving. 

LONG TERM PRAYER REQUESTS:
  • Barbara Fitzer's son Larry Holden is fighting a third round of cancer. 
  • Dee Schuessler requests prayer for Gary Cron.
  • Will Becker
  • Barbara Gibler's friend, Gail. 
  • Roosa's friends, Jim and Karen
  • Suriya Soundari requests prayer for her dad who is in India.  He Has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. 
  • Tina Harris' niece, Jenna Elder (7 years old), who has Pilocytic Astrocytoma Low Grade. 
  • Harold Utley
  • Heidi Mori, a friend of Patty Sands who has glioblastoma.
Remember those who are no longer able to attend worship and their caregivers:
John Bamber; Judy Covert; Kathleen Fearing; Dorothy Gibson; Bill Katenkamp; Kathy Richardson, Jim Roosa, Jerry Wortham

For prayer requests: please email prayer@masonumc.org or call the church office. Thank you!