Maranatha, January 17, 2010

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Friends,

We had yet another great class earlier today, with many of our class members able to attend.  For those of you who could not be present with us, we missed you, and hope to see you soon in class!

We acknowledged several people who will be having birthdays this week, including Martha Blevins (January 21st), Joyce Justice (January 21st), and Pam Snodgrass (January 22nd); the Jennings, Teri and Mark, will celebrate an anniversary (January 18th).  Happy Birthday and Anniversary to you!

Our Greeters who also provided refreshments were Skip and Paula Scott as well as Allene and Rex Donley.  Thank you!

We had some visitors, Amanda and Matt DeDonder, Patti and Gary Smith, and Meriel P. Evans.  Welcome, come again, join our class!

Bob Russell and Meredith Davison Wansley reported on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative events being held today and tomorrow (Monday).  Boston Avenue Church is a main sponsor of these events, and Bob is a member of the MLK Board of Directors.  Later today, a march will be held leading from downtown to Boston Avenue Church where a worship service will be held for all who attend the march as well as others wishing only to attend the service.  Bob, Meredith, and many other Maranatha class members will participate in these events.

Denny Meredith-Orr reported on an opportunity for class members to help with the relief effort for the those in Haiti.  The class will sponsor purchase of supplies to package for the United Methodist Commission on Relief (UMCOR) to distribute to needy Haitians.  Further, we will also be putting the package together at some point in the next week.  The supplies are simple, but essential, items such as toothbrushes, wash clothes, bandages, and other items.  Allene Donley stepped up by offering to provide the toothbrushes.  We’ll be putting together about 50 packages.  Denny will contact you about the time and date for when and where you can come to help out with this effort.  If you wish to contact him or Suzy, please use the following E-mail: odms2(at)

Pam Sherman reminded us that the February social will be a Valentine’s Dinner held at Tia Amo, the restaurant’s Southside location, February 12th.  Contact Pam if you are interested in more information or signing up: psherman(at)  Please remember that this is an “everybody” event, not just a “couples” event;  you’re all “sweethearts”!!

Several class members expressed concerns, for David and his son Eddie, the family of Jerry who died earlier this week, Karl, the employees of the City who face layoffs and furloughs, and Dee Copeland.  Please let Karen Campbell or Barbara Meehan know if you have concerns that should be shared to the class before next Sunday or if you feel there is a need for “care”.  Our class prayer was given by Scott Morgan.

The Reverend Ken Tobler was our teacher today, and we were blessed by his continued presentation to us regarding the unique way that Jesus told his stories as lessons for our faith and life.  Next week, our teacher will be the Reverend Debbie Peterson, followed on January 31st by a Brunch where we will hear about our class’s new website.

Blessings to all,

Richard Wansley and Meredith Davison

*Note that you will need to type email addresses into an email program substituting “@” for “(at).” I have edited email addresses so that recipients will not pick up additional spam from autobots that might be searching our posts. Also, for contact information, you can find our newest roster on the Class Member Page. -brm

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