By: Nathan Jeffersnjeffers@heartlandpublications.com
September 6, 2012
MASON — “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.’”
Mark 15:16 is one of several scriptures that direct Christians to go out into the public and spread the word of God and members of the Mason United Methodist Church are working to do just that.
The Mason United Methodist Church will be holding a Block Party/VBS Day from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, in the area known as Zuspan’s Trailer Park, near the Mason Baseball Fields. The block party will feature activities for all ages and will include a bounce house and inflatable obstacle course, a VBS craft table, bingo and other games, door prizes, as well as hotdogs and ice cream.
According to Pastor Scott Knowlton, the Mason United Methodist Church has a mission of “Offering the hope of Jesus Christ to every person in our neighborhood and in our world, by being the hands and feet and voice of Christ.” Knowlton added that the members also discovered they were unable to fully achieve their mission of while remaining inside the church. Knowlton challenge the members to become a church who cared about and showed the love of Jesus Christ in the community.
Knowlton further discussed some other reasons why the block party is being held in the streets as to another location, such as the church. He said when events are held at the church, sometimes non-members and other local residents feel the event is not for them, or they may be afraid of attending since Christians unfortunately have a reputation of being judgmental. By holding the event in this location Knowlton and the other members hope to reach out to those in the community and let them know the event is for them.
“We don’t have to accept them, they have to accept us,” Knowlton said about going out on the streets.
In addition to this event, it was reported the Mason United Methodist Church also holds several other events throughout the year and provides other services to help those in the local community. The members of the church operate the Zerkle House Thrift Store located on Route 62 in Mason, and also provide local residents with a community garden with green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and other produce each summer.
The church has also been holding an ice cream social every year for the last five years, as well as giving away 300 coats last fall, and will again this fall. The church also offers a free dinner every Wednesday evening. Several church members also participate in a Polar Plunge every February where they jump into the Ohio River in order to raise money for MS. The church also has a team running in the half marathon in Columbus, Ohio, in October to raise money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Also in October, members will be taking a second mission trip to New Orleans.