Maranatha news for July 15-21

Greetings, friends-

So …. Here’s the latest Maranatha news this week:

Rev. Sarah Pugh Montgomery’s first lesson was great! She helped us explore how creation worships God and how we worship, and she reminded us that worship is about God, not us. She will teach us again this Sunday, July 22, on “PRAYING WITH SCRIPTURE.” You won’t want to miss it!

If you missed last Sunday’s lesson, you can hear it and all of our past lessons at http://www.bostonavenue.org/maranatha.html .

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS

We have a new member! Michael Dishman took Rick up on his “membership discount” last Sunday, and we are glad to welcome him. There’s a chance he may be greeting with his friend, Wanda Williams, this Sunday morning – if so, it’ll be a great opportunity to welcome him in person!

The deadline has been extended to next Sunday for all who are willing to bring items for snack packs for the Cookson Hills Mission Center. Cookson serves some of Oklahoma’s poorest people, and they have a critical need for food items to keep area children from going hungry. You’ll find a list of needed items under “Mission news” at the end of this email.

Happy birthday to Darlene Lorenz on July 16th, Steve Jacoby on the 18th, and Mark Butterworth on the 20th! Happy anniversary to Judith and Ed Payton on July 17th, and to Carol and Mickey Maus on the 19th!

Rick shared very nice thank-you notes from Mary Staat and from the Staat family for our class’s support after Paul’s death, and from Angie Dale for our support at her mother’s memorial service.

Thanks also to Dave Grim for organizing our reading day at Project Transformation, and to all who volunteered to read and helped provide food.

Ed Payton announced that our church’s missions committee is looking to add a long-term national missions partner, like the international partnership we have with Bolivia. This partner should be within driving distance and offer projects that involve all ages. Please share any ideas with Ed.

Ed is also still collecting names of class members who are interested in going to do reconstruction work in Houston this fall.

All are invited to play in Restore Hope’s 12th Annual Golf Tournament on September 10 at Forest Ridge.

Thanks to Bruce Chucoski for leading us in prayer last week, and to Ginny and Jerry LeDoux and Scott and Debra Morgan for our snacks. Pam Sherman will give our prayer this Sunday, and our hosts will be Wanda Williams (guilty/set up) and Becky Morris (healthy/clean up).

JOYS AND CONCERNS:

Jimmy Berg in home now after being hit by a car, but he is still in a brace. Please remember him and Walter in your prayers.

Kip Jones has also been in the hospital, but is home now.

Prayers for Jeff Allen to have a successful golf tournament.

Shari Goodwin’s mother has been placed on hospice.

Please continue to remember Jennifer Hall in your prayers as she battles cancer.

UPCOMING CLASS MISSIONS (in addition to those stated above):

Please remember that Maranatha has been challenged to provide 22 snack packs for the Cookson Mission near Tahlequah. Please bring one or more of the following items to class this Sunday:

Individual Dry Milk & Hot Chocolate Packages – Beef Jerky – Single Serving Cereal

Small Bags of Peanuts – Small Bags of Cheese Nips or Gold Fish – Non-perishable Lunchables

Ramen Noodles – Easy Open Soups and Meals – String Cheese – Vienna Sausage –

Tuna or Chicken in Pouches – Individual Drink Flavor Packages – Peanut Butter & Cheese Crackers

Pudding and Apple Sauce Cups

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We will serve dinner at the Day Center for the Homeless on August 10.

Maranatha will help with Project School Bell on October 4. Volunteers always enjoy helping our Burroughs Elementary School students find uniforms, shoes, and other items for school.

Volunteers are also needed to help host Family Promise July 29-August 4 and again August 26 to September 1. Intake of families has now begun. Please sign up or contact Richard Wansley if you are interested. Training will be provided as needed. Richard has more information, and information about the ministry is available on their website.

Other future mission opportunities are listed on the board, and lists are available on the check-in desk.

SOCIAL EVENTS:

Bruce Chucoski announced that the Seeking Seniors group (we all should qualify) will meet this Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the church and will feature Charles Kuralt. All who attend will also get to sample Blenham ginger ale.

Those who reserved a spot will eat lunch together at noon at Mexicali Border Café this Sunday, July 22nd, then return to the church to see this year’s Broadway at B.A. production, Guys and Dolls.

The potluck picnic and Bluegrass Concert at Keystone State Park will take place on August 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please bring a side dish to share and chicken will be provided. The cost of the chicken, if you haven’t already paid, is $5. More details later as they become available.

Hope your week is off to a good start. We’ll see ya Sunday!

Shari

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BABA lunch and tickets

The lunch outing and tickets for the July 22 BABA performance is now fully subscribed or "sold out". If you are attending this performance and want to sit near the our members, we are occupying the 3rd and 4th row on the south side.

Scott

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Maranatha news email for July 8-15

Greetings, Maranatha friends-

Hope your week is off to a good start. Rev. Sarah Pugh Montgomery will be our teacher this Sunday and next, July 15 and 22. Her topic is, “HOW WE WORSHIP GOD: PRAYING WITH SCRIPTURE.” It promises to be a great series.

Many thanks to Rev. Susanna Weslie Southard for her challenging lessons on Esther and Judith the past two Sundays. You can hear her presentations, and all of our past lessons, at http://www.bostonavenue.org/maranatha.html .

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome to our guests/honorary members, Carlene Tallent and Kate Staat Barnes.

Happy birthday to Patty Banes on July 8th and Frieda Reck on July 11th!Happy anniversary to Dave and Carol Grim on July 8th and Gary and Patti Smith on July 9th!

Thanks to Sharon Chucoski, who filled in for Jimmy Berg to lead us in prayer last week, and to Mickey and Carol Maus and Ed and Judith Payton for our snacks. Bruce Chucoski will give our prayer this Sunday, and our hosts will be Ginny and Jerry LeDoux and “S. Morgan.” (Scott and Suzy, I hope you know which one of you that is!)

JOYS AND CONCERNS:

Our friend Jimmy Berg was hit by a car as he stepped off a curb after the fireworks show on July 4. In addition to a road burn on his chest and four staples in his head, he sustained a back injury and is in a brace for six weeks. Please remember him and Walter in your prayers. Cards can be sent to him at their home address, 6902 S Houston Tulsa, OK 74132.

After watching our class in action supporting the Staat family last Thursday, I have to wonder what people do who don’t have a faith community. You are a blessing! Please continue to keep the family in your prayers.

Pam Sherman’s 17-year-old grandson is getting to play in an invitation baseball competition in Arkansas.

Glenna Arnott asked for prayers for the family of Doug Palmer, who died of cancer last week, and especially for his friend Nancy Daugherty.

We continue to remember the boys who are being rescued from the cave in Thailand, and to pray that all are brought out safely.

Please continue to remember Jennifer Hall in your prayers as she battles cancer.

UPCOMING CLASS MISSIONS:

Thanks to all who volunteered to read with children at Project Transformation yesterday. We also provided lunch for the leaders, and snacks for the 65 students in PT.

Please remember that July is Mission Month, and Maranatha has been challenged to provide 22 snack packs for the Cookson Mission near Tahlequah. Please bring one or more to class this Sunday, if you can. The packs should include: Individual Dry Milk & Hot Chocolate Packages, Beef Jerky, Single Serving Cereal, Small Bags of Peanuts, Small Bags of Cheese Nips or Gold Fish, Non-perishable Lunchables, Ramen Noodles, Easy Open Soups and Meals, String Cheese, Vienna Sausage, Tuna or Chicken in Pouches, Individual Drink Flavor Packages, Peanut Butter & Cheese Crackers, and Pudding and Apple Sauce Cups

Volunteers are also needed to help host Family Promise July 29-August 4 and again August 26 to September 1. Please sign up or contact Richard Wansley if you are interested. Training will be provided as needed. Richard has more information, and information about the ministry is available on their website.

We will serve dinner at the Day Center for the Homeless on August 10.

Other future mission opportunities are listed on the board, and lists are available on the check-in desk.

SOCIAL EVENTS:

Hope you can join us to eat lunch together at Mexicali Border Café on Sunday, July 22nd, then go back to the church to see this year’s Broadway at B.A. production, Guys and Dolls. Text or email Scott Morgan if you want him to get a ticket for you, or you can call or stop by the church to purchase your own ticket.

The potluck picnic and Bluegrass Concert at Keystone State Park has been rescheduled for August 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please bring a side dish to share and chicken will be provided. The cost of the chicken, if you haven’t already paid, is $5. More details later as they become available.

Blessings to all of you – We look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Shari

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Jimmy Berg – resent

For some reason, this email did not make it to everyone. If you already received it yesterday, sorry for the "spam".

Sent at 1255pm Thursday:

Carol and Mickey Maus just left St. Francis after visiting Jimmy Berg. He was hit by an SUV last night after the fireworks. He needed 4 staples in his head and had a road burn on his chest. He should go home tomorrow and would appreciate cards mailed to his home address, 6902 S Houston Tulsa, OK 74132. He will be wearing a back brace for 5 weeks. He will not be able to say the prayer on Sunday, however he volunteered to say the prayer in October for the class.

Carol and Mickey – thanks for gathering this information and sharing with all of us.

Rick

p.s. Sharon Chucoski accepted my request to fill in for Jimmy giving the opening prayer this coming Sunday.

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Snack N Pack Grocery List

Individual Dry Milk & Hot Chocolate Packages

Beef Jerky

Single Serving Cereal

Small Bags of Peanuts

Small Bags of Cheese Nips or Gold Fish

Non-perishable Lunchables

Ramen Noodles

Easy Open Soups and Meals

String Cheese

Vienna Sausage

Tuna or Chicken in Pouches

Individual Drink Flavor Packages

Peanut Butter & Cheese Crackers

Pudding and Apple Sauce Cups

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A Maranatha Tale, from the lost book of “Stuff We Forgot to Tell You”:

In the days of the ruler Reagan, two young men, Rick and Roger, felt compelled to go hiking on Turkey Mountain. As they were hiking on the trail, an elf popped out of the brush and said, “Hey, you guys look like you could use a set of Snack Commandments!” Thinking this was a trick of the great Keebler to tempt them, the young men looked at each other, then at the elf and both said “Nope.” The elf scurried back into the brush and the young men finished their hike.

The years went by and the young men forgot about the elf and focused on raising their families and securing their respective retirements. They acquired a small amount of wisdom – mostly by making mistakes – and soon found themselves thinking of their sixties as the new forties, or at least the new late fifties.

Now in the days of the ruler Trump, they found themselves leading the tribe known as Maranatha. They quickly adopted a policy of “Try not to mess this up”. The first six months went well, but then there was a great outcry, lamenting and gnashing of teeth regarding the snacks and more specifically with the understanding of responsibilities regarding the snacks. To be fair, there was always gnashing of teeth with the snacks. That’s what you do with a snack – you gnash it with your teeth. Duh.

After the briefest of investigations, the two men concluded that the tribe could benefit from a set of Snack Commandments and regretted the day they turned away from the elf. “Where, oh where can we find such a set?” cried the men. Lo, the elf appeared to the men, who rejoiced that they did not have to hike Turkey Mountain again to find him. The elf then presented them with the following commandments along with a complimentary set of festive napkins:

The Snack Commandments

I. Thou shall set before the tribe a table with two kinds of snacks, each divided according to their kind, guilty and healthy.

II. There shall be a Provider of each kind of snack unless a single Provider chooses to provide both.

III. The Provider of one kind of snack shall setup the snack table and the Provider of the other kind of snack shall clean up the table immediately after class.

IV. Both kinds of snacks shall be delivered and set up by 9:40 on the Sabbath Day.

V. The Provider responsible for cleanup shall profusely thank Becky Morris for her help, but they shall not rely upon her to do it for them.

VI. After setup, the Providers shall be stationed at the door and greet the members of the Maranatha tribe upon arrival. Lost and wandering members of the tribe shall be shown the way and prospective members and visitors shall be dragged forcibly into the classroom.

VII. The Providers shall warmly welcome visitors and lead them to walk in the righteous path that leads to the coffee machine and the snack table.

VIII. When called upon to report visitors and guests, the Providers shall do so in a loud and cheerful voice that conveys the great joy with which the tribe celebrates the presence of these wanderers.

IX. That’s about it. We couldn’t think of nine, much less ten.

The two men read the commandments and said: “Let there be clapping of hands and slapping of thighs for the Maranatha tribe has been given the Snack Commandments. Surely Snack Joy will reign in the house of Maranatha for all the days of our lives. Or at least until the end of our term.”

And the tribe said “Amen.”

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Class news for the week of July 1-7

Happy final moments of Independence Day, Maranatha friends!

Rev. Susanna Weslie Southard will continue her excellent series, “Apocryphal Narratives in Judith, Esther and Tobit,” this Sunday. Hope you can join us! You can hear her first presentation, and all of our past lessons, at http://www.bostonavenue.org/maranatha.html .

Rev. Sarah Pugh Montgomery will teach us on July 15 and 22.

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome to our guests, Clifford Webster and Michael Dishman.

Happy birthday to Patty Banes on July 8! Happy anniversary to Sherry and Jim Stinson on July 7th, and to Carol and Dave Grim on the 8th.

Thanks to Lynn Russell for our prayer last week, and to the Evans and Denise Klein for our snacks. Jimmy Berg will give our prayer this Sunday, and our hosts will be Mickey and Carol Maus and Ed and Judith Payton.

IMPORTANT INFO:

We continue to remember Mary Staat and family after the death of our friend Paul last week, and we were so grateful to have her and Kate in class last Sunday. Thanks to all who are supporting them tomorrow (Thursday) by bringing food, serving, and housesitting, and to the Donleys for coordinating. Paul’s memorial service begins at 10 a.m.

As part of our congregation’s 125th Anniversary, all church members are encouraged to take a survey by this Sunday, July 8, to help with long-range planning. Your input is important and is greatly appreciated. You can take it online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BostonAvenueUMC . If you prefer a paper version, those are available on the desk in our classroom.

JOYS AND CONCERNS:

Karen Campbell thanked the class for all their expressions of sympathy after the death of Karen’s and Denzil’s father, Carrell Tallent.

Bill Tankersley shared that Karen has finally turned a corner and is getting better, but she has a large incision that is painful. He thanked the class for all the meals, cards and visits.

Bruce’s sister had her leg amputated and she and her husband are having some related financial issues.

Please continue to remember Jennifer Hall in your prayers as she battles cancer.

UPCOMING CLASS MISSIONS:

Seven more volunteers are needed next Tuesday, July 10, from 9:30 a.m. to noon to read with children at Project Transformation. It meets at Metropolitan Baptist Church on Apache in north Tulsa. Please contact Dave or Carol Grim if you can help. We will also need to provide lunch that day for 12-15 college interns who are leading that ministry, and snacks for 65 students who are participating in PT this summer.

Richard Wansley announced that July is Mission Month, and each of the classes have been challenged to provide snack packs for Cookson. Maranatha is challenged to provide 22 packs, and you can bring them (as many as you want) to class this Sunday or next.

Volunteers are also needed to help host Family Promise July 29-August 4. Please sign up or contact Richard Wansley if you are interested. Training will be provided as needed. Richard has more information, and it is also available on their website.

Other future mission opportunities are listed on the board, and lists are available on the check-in desk.

SOCIAL EVENTS:

The Drillers baseball game auction event is this Friday, July 5, at 6:05 pm. The game starts at 7:05. You can park right behind OSU Tulsa.

All are invited to eat lunch together at Mexicali Border Café on Sunday, July 22nd, and then watch this year’s Broadway at B.A. production, Guys and Dolls. Sign up this Sunday and we will try to sit together. Text or email Scott Morgan if you would like for him to get a ticket for you.

The potluck picnic and Bluegrass Concert at Keystone State Park has been rescheduled for August 18 at 2:00 p.m. More details later.

OTHER:

We give thanks for all of you! We’ll look forward to seeing you Sunday.

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Thursday Need Met

All, the food needs for the Staat family meal after Paul’s services have been met.

Thanks to all,

Roger

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Additional Help Needed Thursday – Correction

Allene’s phone number is corrected below:

All,

Allene has five more opportunities to bring food to help feed the Staat family on Thursday. Please contact Allene at (918) 851-0630 if you can help.

Roger

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Additional Help Needed Thursday

All,

Allene has five more opportunities to bring food to help feed the Staat family on Thursday. Please contact Allene at (918) 851-630 if you can help.

Roger

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