Class news for October 7-13

Happy Wednesday, Maranatha –

What a treat it is to have Dr. Mouzon Biggs, Jr. teaching us this month! He is focusing this series, entitled “THOSE SEVEN OLDEST LETTERS!” on the writings of Paul. We always learn so much when he teaches our class!

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome to our visitors, Robert Chase, Gail Biggs, and Stefanie and Rick Kelly!

Happy birthday to Scott Morgan on October 7th, Jim McCann on the 8th, Jennifer Hall on the 11th, Karen Campbell on the 12th, and Mary Bundren on the 13th!

Meredith Davisson thanked all who helped with Operation School Bell last week, and reminded everyone that this month is our class’s turn to help host the Compassion Dinners – tomorrow, the 11th, and Thursday the 25th. Volunteers are needed from 5:00-7:30. Come when you can – it’s a great way to serve others. It’s great to have as many class members as possible.

Rick Evans’ and Roger Rowe’s “reign of terror” is coming to an end just 3 ½ months from now, and they’re starting to fill the slate of officers for next year. The list is on the board – please consider filling one of these hotly-contested positions. They say, “If it’s blank, you’re qualified!”

Thanks to Sharon Chucoski for leading us in prayer Sunday, and to the Dale/McCanns, Barbara Meehan, and Robert Chase for our snacks. Kendall Carpenter will give our prayer this week and Denzil and Lisa Tallent (guilty/setup) and Sam and Sarah Smith (healthy/cleanup) will be our hosts.

JOYS AND CONCERNS:

Congratulations to Karen and Art Campbell, whose daughter and son-in-law, Alexis and Chris McGeehee, are expecting a baby boy in March.

Bob Russell’s heart procedure was successful. There is still more to come.

Dave Shepherd and family are relieved that his brother does not have cancer.

Debbie Jacoby’s daughter Shannon is getting married this month in Turks & Caicos.

Albert Klein is still in Hillcrest Heart Institute on the fifth floor, but is in good spirits.

Charlotte Rowe’s sister’s husband has been battling an infection and needs prayer.

Jimmy Berg’s friend Rick Cook will have a kidney transplant, and neighbor Jerry Hunter is battling dementia. Also, Jeff Baker has some health problems.

Please keep our classmates, Jim Griffin and Jennifer Hall, in your prayers as they battle cancer.

UPCOMING MISSION OPPORTUNITIES:

October 11 & 25 – Maranatha helps with Compassion Dinners on these Thursday evenings.

November 5-9 – Maranatha Mission Team will work in the Houston area

November 25 – serve dinner at St. Luke’s Redemption Church

December (date tentative) – Neighbor for Neighbor Christmas event

SOCIAL EVENTS:

For those who purchased this auction item at last year’s Christmas party, the barbecue dinner with the Gardners and Dale/McCanns will take place on November 9.

Our Maranatha Christmas Party and Auction will be held on December 14.

OTHER

Chanticleer, one of the top men’s choral ensembles in the world, will be singing at Boston Avenue on October 26 at 8:00 p.m. This is a rare opportunity! Tickets are on sale on the Sistema Tulsa website. If you enjoy great music, this will be a real treat. If you know others who enjoy great music, please pass the word!

Seeking Seniors is hosting a tour of Holy Family Cathedral next Thursday, October 18. It will be led by Joseph Chavez, a well-known Catholic artist. Box lunches will be available at 11:30 for $5 for those who want to eat lunch before the tour.

Our church is now posting a daily devotional prayer on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at 6:00 every morning. These devotionals will help us all prepare our hearts and minds to take our part in the annual stewardship campaign. You can also sign up for these prayers in the "Connect" section of our website.

Hope you’re having a good week. See you Sunday!

Shari

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Published in: on October 10, 2018 at 8:06 pm  Comments Off on Class news for October 7-13  

Dr. Biggs’ lesson series

Dear Maranatha friends –

Thought you might like to read what Dr. Biggs had to say about the lesson series he will be teaching in our class during October, starting this Sunday:

He writes, "I will be breaking in a new series called, ‘Those Seven Oldest Letters!‘ When I earlier taught you the order of the 27 writings
in our New Testament, I gave almost all of the time to the four Gospels. This series will be designed to give Paul’s writings a much more detailed look."

Hope you can join us Sunday –

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Maranatha news for October 1-6

Greetings, Maranatha –

It’s a month we’ve been waiting for! The Rev. Dr. Mouzon Biggs, Jr. will teach us all month, beginning this Sunday, October 7. Everyone who has heard him before knows we’re in for a treat!

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome to Rosa Castellanos, our visitor Sunday. Rosa is the mother of one of our Sistema Tulsa students.

Happy birthday to Dan Blevins on September 30th, and to Nancy Morgan and Lynn Russell on October 5th. Happy anniversary to the Gardners and the Kleins.

Thanks to Richard Wansley for leading us in prayer Sunday, and to Glenna Arnott for our snacks. Sharon Chucoski will give our prayer this week and the Dale/McCanns (guilty/setup) and Meehan/Chases (healthy/cleanup) will be our hosts.

Thanks for your generosity! Our love offering Sunday brought in more than enough to purchase ten ukuleles needed for a music class at Burroughs Elementary, our adopted school. We also have plenty of volunteers to help fit needy students in uniforms at Operation School Bell this Thursday. Our class is truly a blessing to others, and to each other, thanks to each of you!

If you are willing to lead us in prayer on a Sunday morning, please contact Sharon Chucoski. She needs volunteers.

JOYS AND CONCERNS:

Al Klein’s heart surgery went well. He was moving from ICU into a room on Sunday, and was planning to go home soon.

Bob Russell will have a mitral valve procedure tomorrow, October 3, to fix a leakage. Please hold him in prayer.

Jim Griffin started his second round of chemo Monday in Florida, but he’s still trying to recover from the first round. Sherry returned to Florida on Monday to be with him.

Please remember Bill Hunt, a longtime church member who is on hospice and is dying.

Susan Day is working on selling her house, and her brother and sister-in-law are adopting a child.

Please remember the family of Kendall Carpenter’s friend, who was murdered in Memphis last week.

Please keep our classmate, Jennifer Hall, in your prayers as she undergoes chemo.

UPCOMING MISSION OPPORTUNITIES:

October 4 – Operation School Bell – help fit school uniforms, shoes, et. for our Burroughs Elementary students

October 11 & 25 – Maranatha helps with Compassion Dinners on these Thursday evenings.

November 5-9 – Maranatha Mission Team will work in the Houston area

November 25 – serve dinner at St. Luke’s Redemption Church

December (tentative) Neighbor for Neighbor Christmas event

SOCIAL EVENTS:

For those who purchased this auction item at last year’s Christmas party, the barbecue dinner with the Gardners and Dale/McCanns will take place on November 9.

Our Maranatha Christmas Party and Auction will be held on December 14.

OTHER

Chanticleer, one of the premiere men’s choral ensembles in the world, will be singing at Boston Avenue on October 26 at 8:00 p.m. This is a rare opportunity! Tickets are on sale on the Sistema Tulsa website. If you enjoy great music, this will be a real treat. If you know others who enjoy great music, please pass the word!

Seeking Seniors is hosting a tour of Holy Family Cathedral on October 18. It will be led by Joseph Chavez, a well-known Catholic artist. Box lunches will be available at 11:30 for $5 for those who want to eat lunch before the tour.

Our church is now posting a daily devotional prayer on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at 6:00 every morning. These devotionals will help us all prepare our hearts and minds to take our part in the annual stewardship campaign. You can also sign up for these prayers in the "Connect" section of our website.

Hope you’re having a good week. See you Sunday!

Shari

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Burroughs Apple Tree Opportunity

From Richard Wansley:

At this week’s church administrative board meeting, Rev. Montgomery reported on the status of the Burroughs Apple Tree, the project which helps provide supplies and equipment to our partner elementary school, ensuring that the children have best possible learning environment. The "good news" is that nearly all of the "apples" have been picked, and likely many of our Maranatha class members are those who will provide needed items. The "bad news" is that there was one item which would enrich the school’s music program, 10 ukuleles, that no person nor class had picked due to the cost, about $500. At the board meeting, Sharon Earley, Shari and Lynne Goodwin, and I sat at the same table and almost simultaneously heard a calling (from Sara or an even "higher authority") that Maranatha should respond to this opportunity to serve! Therefore, we invite our classmates to join us by bringing your cash or check donation this Sunday to enable the purchase of these enrichment items – I know that we can reach the threshold of $500 and if or when we exceed this goal, we’ll work with the school for ways to supplement this gift to their music program as well. Thank you, and God bless you for your willingness to serve at this calling!

Roger

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Prayers for Al Klein

Denise has asked for prayers for Al as he undergoes open heart surgery tomorrow (Friday) morning at Hillcrest at 11th and Utica. Please keep Al, Denise and the Klein family in your prayers.

Roger

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Maranatha news for September 23-29

Happy Wednesday, Maranatha –

We’re in for a real treat the next five Sundays! This Sunday, the Rev. Dr. Lisa Davison, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Phillips Theological Seminary, will teach us, then the Rev. Dr. Mouzon Biggs, Jr. will teach us during the month of October. It’ll be great to hear both of these outstanding scholars!

Last Sunday we gathered early, conducted class business, then went down to hear David present the State of the Church address. The video of his exciting presentation is available on our church’s Youtube channel, and you can also access it at www.bostonavenue.org . It appears with the sermons. The videos that appeared during the address, as well as some additional videos that Caitlin Dryke, our Director of Communications, is producing, will appear on our Boston Avenue Youtube channel and Facebook and Twitter pages over the next couple of weeks.

If you wish to participate in Boston Avenue’s daily devotional, the prayer for the day is now being posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at 6:00 every morning. You can also sign up for it in the "Connect" section of our website.

Everyone is welcome to share their prayers for the future of our church on social media by using the hashtag #PrayYourPiece. You’ll see others’ prayers there as well.

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome to Michael Dishman, who joined Boston Avenue Sunday as a Maranatha member – and who is now engaged to fellow Maranatha member Wanda Williams. Congratulations to both of you!

Happy birthday to Susan Hamilton and Alan Smith this week.

Thanks to Lynn Jesse Russell for leading us in prayer last Sunday, and to Art and Karen Campbell and Rick and Melanie Evans for our snacks. Richard Wansley will give our prayer this week and Glenna Arnott (guilty/setup) and the Butterworths (healthy/cleanup) will be our hosts.

JOYS AND CONCERNS:

Bob Russell had a CTE on Monday, then will have a mitral valve procedure on October 3 to fix a leakage.

Sharon Earley’s father is fighting infection after a knee replacement.

Please keep our classmate, Jennifer Hall, in your prayers as she undergoes chemo to battle cancer.

Please hold in prayer the people in the Carolinas, our church after the State of the Church address, and the travelers from our church who are heading to England to see Wesley sites.

UPCOMING MISSION OPPORTUNITIES:

October 4 – Operation School Bell – help fit school uniforms, shoes, et. for our Burroughs Elementary students

October 11 & 25 – Maranatha helps with Compassion Dinners on these Thursday evenings.

November 5-9 – Maranatha Mission Team will work in the Houston area

November 25 – serve dinner at St. Luke’s Redemption Church

December (tentative) Neighbor for Neighbor Christmas event

SOCIAL EVENTS:

Our Maranatha Christmas Party and Auction will be held on December 14.

OTHER

Chanticleer, one of the premiere men’s choral ensembles in the world, will be singing at Boston Avenue on October 26 at 8:00 p.m. This is a rare opportunity! Tickets are on sale on the Sistema Tulsa website. If you enjoy great music, this will be a real treat. If you know others who enjoy great music, please pass the word!

Movies Worth Talking About begins this Sunday, September 30, at 12:30 p.m. in Jubilee Hall, sponsored by the Religion and Race Committee. Come watch a movie about three women “who are no longer hidden,” then dialogue together. Pizza and popcorn will be provided, and donations are accepted. All are welcome.

Basic Chaplaincy Training is being offered in October for all who are interested in learning how best to help and support others, or who feel called to that ministry. Led by the International Fellowship of Chaplains, this 45-hour training will be held at Southern Hills Baptist Church, 5590 S Lewis, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, October 22, through Friday, October 26. Contact Blythe Fowler, 918-636-0385 or bfowlerb or visit www.ifoc.org for more information.

See you Sunday!

Shari

Published in: on September 26, 2018 at 3:12 pm  Comments Off on Maranatha news for September 23-29  

Volunteer Need Met

Thanks to all for the quick response to the need for more volunteers for Operation School Bell. This need had now been met.

Roger

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More Volunteers Needed

From Richard Wansley:

Please consider being a volunteer for Operation School Bell, Thursday, October 4th, 9:00am to 11:30am, to take place at the Assistance League – Tulsa headquarters, 5350 East 31st Street in Legacy Plaza (East of 31st and Yale). Burroughs Elementary students in need of school uniforms, other clothing, and hygiene kits, will require your help in fitting uniforms, handing out kits, and other tasks. Presently, we have 3 volunteers but need 6 people to work with members of the Assistance League as they organize for the morning and then work with the children. Men and women are needed. If you are willing to volunteer, please contact Richard Wansley at his email address, rawansley. The first 3 to contact Richard will be added to the list, then others will be added as backups in case one of the 6 volunteers happens to drop out for whatever reason. Richard will provide additional details when he hears from you. Thank you, and God bless you!

Roger

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Maranatha news for September 16-22

Good morning, Maranatha –

This Sunday, September 23, is a big one! We will begin at 9:00 a.m. with fellowship and snacks, followed by announcements and joys and concerns. At 9:20 we’ll all go downstairs to Jubilee Hall together to hear David Wiggs’ “State of the Church” update. The staff has been working long hours to help David prepare this presentation, and it should be well worth your time! Come learn about plans for our church’s future, as well as our current ministries. There will not be an 8:30 worship service – Sunday at 11:00 is our next unity service.

The Rev. Dr. Lisa Davisson, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Phillips Theological Seminary, will teach us on September 30 to close out the month.

Thanks so much to the Rev. Dub Ambrose for teaching us the last two weeks! Last Sunday he led an interesting look at how Mary and Martha might have felt as they greeted Jesus after the death of their brother, Lazarus, and the emotions Jesus himself might have been dealing with as well. If you’d like to hear his lesson, or any of our past lessons, you can find them at http://www.bostonavenue.org/maranatha.html .

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS

We were excited to welcome several guests Sunday – Randy and Laura Darden, Robert Chase, Mary Wiggs, and Rick and Stefanie Kelly. It was nice to have them all!

Happy birthday to Christi Luks on September 16, Debbie Jacoby on the 18th, Rick Evans on the 19th, and Dana Solomon on the 22nd.

Thanks to Jerry LeDoux for leading us in prayer Sunday and to Becky Morris and Richard and Jeanie Payton for our snacks. Lynn Jessee will give our prayer this Sunday and the Evans (healthy) and Campbells (guilty) will be our hosts.

JOYS AND CONCERNS

Janet Purinton is home and doing well.

Please remember the Latchems’ family, and all who are struggling with flooding along the east coast.

Please keep our classmate, Jennifer Hall, in your prayers as she continues to battle cancer.

UPCOMING MISSION OPPORTUNITIES:

October 4 – Operation School Bell – help fit school uniforms, shoes, etc. for our Burroughs Elementary students

October 11 & 25 – Maranatha helps with Compassion Dinners on these Thursday evenings.

November 5-9 – Maranatha Mission Team will work in the Houston area

November 25 – serve dinner at St. Luke’s Redemption Church

December (tentative) Neighbor for Neighbor Christmas event

SOCIAL EVENTS:

Our Maranatha Christmas Party and Auction will be held on December 14.

OTHER

Movies Worth Talking About will take place on Sunday, September 30, at 12:30 p.m. in Jubilee Hall, sponsored by the Religion and Race Committee. Come watch a movie about three women “who are no longer hidden,” then dialogue together. Pizza and popcorn will be provided, and donations are accepted. Sign up Sunday in Bishops’ Hall.

Basic Chaplaincy Training is being offered in October for all who are interested in learning how best to help others, or who feel called to that ministry. Led by the International Fellowship of Chaplains, this 45-hour training will be held at Southern Hills Baptist Church, 5590 S Lewis, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, October 22, through Friday, October 26. Contact Blythe Fowler, 918-636-0385 or bfowlerb or visit www.ifoc.org for more information.

Hope to see you Sunday –

Shari

Published in: on September 19, 2018 at 8:09 am  Comments Off on Maranatha news for September 16-22  

Class news for September 9-15

Good morning, Maranatha friends –

As we approach another weekend, we thank the Rev. Dub Ambrose, Chaplain at Methodist Manor for his good lesson last Sunday, “What Is the Lord Up To?” and we look forward to what he has to teach us this week.

On the following Sunday, September 23, we will begin class with fellowship and snacks at 9:00 a.m. Class announcements and joys and concerns will begin at 9:10, then we’ll all go downstairs to Jubilee Hall at 9:20 and sit together to hear David Wiggs’ “State of the Church” update. There will not be an 8:30 worship service, as our next unity service will begin that day at 11:00. This service will feature our youth Chapel Choir and children’s choirs.

The Rev. Dr. Lisa Davison, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Phillips Theological Seminary, will teach us on September 30 to close out the month.

If you’d like to hear Rev. Ambrose’s lesson last Sunday, rf any of our past lessons, you can find them at http://www.bostonavenue.org/maranatha.html .

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS

We welcomed Cathy Ambrose as our guest. Cathy thanked the class for our past Christmas gifts to Methodist Manor residents who don’t have family to care about them. She shared just how much those small gifts mean to those who receive them.

Happy birthday to Beth Green, Pam Sherman and Kraemer Luks on September 9, Michelle Place on September 11, Michael Caballero on September 12, Sherry Griffin on September 13, and Sharon Earley on September 15. Happy anniversary to Susan and Thad Leonard on September 10, Susan and David Rose on September 11, and Karen and Joe Harris on September 12.

Thanks to Susan Hamilton for leading us in prayer Sunday and to Rex and Allene Donley for our snacks. Jerry Ledoux will give our prayer this Sunday and Richard and Jeannie Payton (healthy, setup) and Becky Morris (guilty, cleanup) will be our hosts.

UPCOMING MISSION OPPORTUNITIES:

October 4 – Project School Bell – help fit school uniforms, shoes, et. for our Burroughs Elementary students

October 11 & 25 – Maranatha helps with Compassion Dinners on these Thursday evenings.

November 25 – serve dinner at St. Luke’s Redemption Church

December (tentative) Neighbor for Neighbor Christmas event

JOYS AND CONCERNS:

Janet Purinton is traveling home to Tulsa today! She and her nurse companion have a long day of travel, and will arrive this evening. It will be great to have her home.

We welcomed Jimmy Berg back to class after a long recuperation.

Susan Hamilton shared again how much she enjoyed Ashliann Payton’s performance in her recent talent show. Ashliann won that event last year. Susan encourages everyone to come and enjoy Ashliann’s next talent show on October 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Mary Bundren shared their joy at their new granddaughter Charlotte’s birth. Charlotte came early, but both she and her mom Michelle are doing well.

Karen Campbell shared a joy that the new Wesley Center at OSU held its grand opening last weekend and now has rooms for 12 resident students.

Susan Day is selling her house and moving into an apartment.

Glenna Arnott requested prayer for her friend Becky, who fell and broke both wrists.

Please remember our classmate, Jennifer Hall, in your prayers as she continues to battle cancer.

SOCIAL EVENTS:

Thanks to Ken Privett for arranging the Sunday buffet and tour at Philbrook Museum last Sunday. Everyone had a wonderful time.

For those who purchased this auction item, the downtown-dwellers’ progressive dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. this Saturday at the McCann’s place.

Our Maranatha Christmas Party and Auction will be held on December 14.

OTHER

You are invited to participate with our church’s team in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s this Saturday, September 15, on the University of Tulsa campus. Whether you can walk or not, please consider donating to support our team and this important cause. Information is available at Tulsawalk.org – just look for “Boston Avenue Support Group.”

Basic Chaplaincy Training is being offered in October for all who are interested or who feel called to that ministry, led by the International Fellowship of Chaplains. This 45-hour training will be held at Southern Hills Baptist Church, 5590 S Lewis, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, October 22, through Friday, October 26. Contact Blythe Fowler, 918-636-0385 or bfowlerb or visit www.ifoc.org for more information.

Hope you’re having a great week! Thanks for all you mean to our class – see ya Sunday.

Shari

Published in: on September 13, 2018 at 9:32 am  Comments Off on Class news for September 9-15