Maranatha, March 28, 2010

“Could life so end, half told; its school so fail?
Soul, soul, there is a sequel to thy tale!”
Robert Mowery Bell, Poet (written about 1900)

On Sunday, we had several birthdays to celebrate, including Suzy Morgan (3/29), Shannon Reed (3/30), Jim Banes (4/2), Olin Holmes (4/3) and Ralph Jackson (4/3). Happy Birthday! Only one anniversary was acknowledged, the Greens, Beth and Eric (3/28); happy anniversary!

Greeters and those who brought refreshments included Jim McCann and Angelyn Dale as well as Richard Wansley and Meredith Davison. The table was set with pastel tablecloths, adorned with a vase of yellow daffodils, and, oh yes, great goodies to eat!

No visitors on Sunday, but plenty of members were present for the Palm Sunday lesson provided by Reverend Bill Tankersley. Bill completed his lesson about the early Christian church that grew even though it was surrounded by a culture of violence associated with the Roman Empire. Thanks, Bill, for giving us a realistic peek into the history of our Faith.

Several announcements were made by members: The Roses, David and Susan, are expecting a third grandchild! First, there was one, then two, now a third announced within the last month! Bob Russell let us know that Lynn and he are also expecting a new grandchild. Paul Staat passed his Board of Ordained Ministers’s oral exams with flying colors; congratulations! Judith Payton was back in Sunday School, and we’re pleased that she is recuperating successfully from her surgery. Kraemer and Christi’s son got the job offer that he was wanting; great!

Concerns included one for Mary Elliott’s 2-year old nephew, Kaiden, who had surgery for a brain tumor yesterday. Prayers were also asked for the children and families affected by the meningitis outbreak in the Oolagah area.

Our class prayer was offered by Pam Low.

Next week, it is our Easter Brunch. It’s a pot-luck meal; bring what you want, and we’ll see how it works out! Also, remember class will begin at 9:30am. We’ll have a short time for announcements, then Ed Payton will deliver a devotional message for our Easter lesson. Most of our hour will be fellowship while enjoying the meal. Beverly North has graciously agreed to coordinate the preparations for the Brunch; if you have questions, contact Beverly.

The remainder of April at Maranatha has exiciting, interesting guest teachers: Reverend Stan Basler, Director of the Oklahoma UM Conference’s criminal justice ministries (4/11), followed by Dr. Gary Peluso, President of Phillips Theological Seminary (4/18 and 4/25).

Pray for each other and all those in need of what our Faith has to offer as we experience Holy Week! Then, we’ll gather to celebrate the risen Christ next Sunday!

Richard Wansley and Meredith Davison

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