Death of Gabriele Blankenship’s Mother

Please see the following message from Gabriele regarding her mother’s death:

“Quick note to inform you that my mother passed away yesterday at Bridgeport Hospital in the “Comfort Wing.” She died peacefully in spite of her strong will to live. Her funeral will be tomorrow in Trumbull CT. Thanking you for your support. Gabriele.”

Shari Goodwin passes along additional information:

“Just wanted to let you know that Gabriele Blankenship’s mother, Elizabeth Kleiner, died yesterday, May 24. Her service will be tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at Black Rock Congregational Church in Fairfield, CT. I’m not sure when Gabriele will be returning to Tulsa. Shari Goodwin.”

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Maranatha, May 23, 2010

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of faith is
to see what you believe.”
Saint Augustine

The quote above is a reminder that the “faith” of our class members is “seen” through the reward of members who move to help and care for another class member or their family. Our class was faithful this week when members demonstrated their support for the family of Jennifer Tye who died earlier in the week. Carol Maus and Mickey, friends of Jennifer, Doug, and their sons, shared loving stories of Jennifer’s life with us. Thank you Carol, Mickey, and all those who gave their time, food, and prayers for the Tye family. Her family will continue to need your prayers!

This morning, we recognized several birthdays for the week (Jane Smith, Amy Michael, and Kevin Meehan) and a number of anniversaries (Dee & Noel Copeland, Suzy & Denny Meredith-Orr, Allene & Rex Donley, Diane & Gene Martin, and Lynn & Bob Russell). Happy Birthday and Congratulations to each of you!

Our greeters who provided refreshments were Rob & Frieda Reck and Janet Purinton. Good food! There was one announcement: the “70s Trivia Party” will be held on June 4th at the Manduanos. Contact them if you have not already signed up to attend this party.

Today, many concerns were shared by our class: For the Bruce Taylor family, for young Amanda, Debbie Jacoby’s father, a class member who is starting chemotherapy this week, and others as well. If you wish for us to share specific concerns and names of those in need of prayer, please let us know and we will send out another report with that information later this week.

Joys were also presented to the class, including the birth of Rorie Hope, the granddaughter of LeDouxs, and celebrations for new graduates.

Scott Morgan led us in prayer.

We welcomed visitors, Ron, Ben, Lisa (Meehan), and Liz (Wansley). Come again!

Our lesson was the completion of the discussion of Jeremiah and his prophetic statements; the lesson was presented by Reverend/Professor Susanna Southard, Phillips Theological Seminary. Many thanks to Susanna for a well-delivered and meaningful lesson!

Next week is a “Brunch Sunday”; so bring a dish to share with the class. Ginny Walker will provide a devotion/lesson for us next week. Bring family and friends for the food and Ginny’s lesson!

Prayerfully Yours,

Richard Wansley and Meredith Davison

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Obituary Notice for Jennifer Tye

Please see the website obituary notice for Jennifer Tye, forwarded by Mickey Maus.  Mickey indicates that there is a way to sign an electronic guest book on the site below as well:

Richard Wansley

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Luncheon for Tye Family at 11:30 Saturday

Doug and Jennifer Tye

Doug Tye has asked for the class’s help with a luncheon for 20 people to be held in the Oxford Room at Boston Avenue, Saturday, May 22, at 11:30 am. The service for Jennifer will be at 1:00 pm at Boston Avenue.

Karen will be coordinating the arrangements through the Lotsa Helping Hands website, where our Maranatha Class has a special home for scheduling help when it’s needed. If you haven’t signed up for Lotsa Helping Hands yet, click the CARE-anatha link under Website Pages at the right and follow the instructions there. Or, contact Karen directly. Her email address is k.brownlee(at)

Here is the list as it now stands:

Main dish:  Spiral-cut ham (Karen will buy — donations to help pay for the ham can be brought to Sunday School)
Corn:  Tallents
Baked Beans:  Meehans
Rolls:  Martins
Tea, Coffee & Water:  Boston Avenue


  • Green Salad (2)
  • Green Beans
  • Chocolate Cake (s)

Volunteers to help

  • Set up
  • Serve
  • Clean up

Please bring your dishes to the main kitchen between 10:30 and 11:00 on Saturday morning, and let Karen know what dish you’ll be bringing and/or if you can volunteer.

We will be using Lots Helping Hands to coordinate meals and other needs as possible, so please be sure to set up your account there by visiting the CARE-anatha website page.

Barbara Meehan

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Jennifer Tye

Sent by Pam Low this afternoon:

It is with great sadness that I inform you that our friend Jennifer Tye died at 2:30 PM today with family and friends at her bedside. Her service will be Saturday at 1:00 at the church. We will help with a lunch afterward for the family.

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Update on Jennifer Tye

Carol Maus sent this update yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon:

Jennifer’s condition is very grave. Doug and I stayed with her last night and she had a very rough time. Her systems are beginning to shut down. She is not responsive to neurological stimulation. I just stopped by the office to pick up some things. Her sister is coming in tonight. We will keep you posted.

Carol has said, too, that nothing is needed from the Maranatha class at this time.

Barbara Meehan

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Gabriele Blankenship’s mother

Please see the note from Gabriele Blankenship. Pray for Gabriele and her mother.

Richard Wansley

From: gabrieleb [mailto:gabrieleb]
Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 10:52 PM
To: Wansley, Richard
Subject: my mother


Brief note to let you and the class know that my mother went into the hospital this morning and this evening her physician just called me that she will be placed in ICU. I have a 6 am flight Wednesday. Kindly pass on to the class for prayers. Thank you.


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Maranatha, May 16, 2010

“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when
you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.”
Pete Seeger

We celebrated several birthdays for this week, all of which are on May 22nd, including those for Angie Dale, Mary Elliott, Bill Gertsen, and Jerry Walker. Happy birthday! Also, we recognized two couples celebrating anniversaries, Debbie & Scott Morgan (5/18) and Kendall and David Carpenter (5/21). Happy Anniversary!

Mark & Beverly North and Skip and Paula Scott were our greeters on Sunday, and provided great snacks, healthy and sugary!!

Larry and Susan Winter visited with us on Sunday; they currently live in Kansas City but are one of the original founders of the Maranatha Class. Larry’s mother, Betty, was also a visitor. Maranatha is still your home, and you’re welcome anytime!

Mark North joined our class; welcome, welcome Mark!

Several parties were announced, including the Karaoke and Cans on August 28th, Maranatha Bells on July 10th, and Mid Life Crisis on May 27th. Denny Meredith-Orr announced that a date in June is being set up for a work trip on the cottage in Tahlequah; more later on this mission opportunity.

Concerns were expressed for Dan Blevins who is ill, Skip Scott who is having dental surgery on Tuesday, John Sherman’s cousin, Bennett, who is having serious kidney problems, and Sam Smith’s mother who is having heart problems. Remember all these in your prayers this week. Beverly North led us in prayer during our class period.

Reverend Susanna Southard, a professor at Phillips Theological Seminary, delivered our lesson on Sunday. Her teachings focused on Jeremiah and she reminded us about how historical context is important to understanding what God intends for us to glean from the scriptures. Reverend Southard will be returning this Sunday, May 23rd, to complete her lessons. Be there, and bring family and friends!

Remember to check out our webcasts found on the Church’s website; most of our Sunday lessons are archived there for your review if you not able to join us on a Sunday.

Have a great week!

Richard Wansley and Meredith Davison

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Rev. Susanna Southard

Please be reminded that this Sunday, May 16th, and the next Sunday, May 23rd, Reverend Susanna Southard, Instructor at Phillips Theological Seminary, will be our teacher. Reverend Southard will teach on “Jeremiah”; below, see a description of her interests and background:

“With a passion for the Hebrew Bible, and especially for reader-oriented and feminist approaches, the Rev. Southard’s current research focus is on representations of time in Hebrew narrative. Her dissertation is entitled, “Intersections of Time: Readings of Simultaneity in the Book of Judges.” She has taught courses in Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Biblical Hebrew, Five Festival Scrolls, and Jeremiah.

Publications include the ancient Israel and ancient Arabia sections of the Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality (Greenwood Publishing, forthcoming), contributions to the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (2006, 2007), articles on Daniel (2006) and Jeremiah (2005) for DisciplesWorld, and “Ruth and Naomi” in the Encyclopedia of Religion, 2d ed. (Macmillan, 2005). Recent presentations include “Daughters of Eve: The Places of Women in Classical Sources” for the Interfaith Trialogue (Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice), “Moses: The Man and the Manna” for the Institute for Theological Studies (Disciples of Christ), “Walking the Faith: Ruth’s Adventure” for the PTS Faith Matter Series, “Ruth” at the South Central Jurisdictional Clergywomen’s Consultation (UMC), “Like Father, Like Son: the Levite in Micah’s House” at the Central States Regional SBL Meeting, 2006, “Woman to Woman: A Comparative Study of Women’s Status as Represented in Law Codes of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Nations” at the SBL Annual Meeting, 2004, and “At Home in Babylon? An Ideological/Rhetorical Consideration of Exodus 1” at the SBL Annual Meeting, 2003.

An ordained elder in full connection with the Kansas East Conference of the United Methodist Church with eleven years of full-time pastoral experience, the Rev. Southard is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Dempster Fellowship from the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the UMC in 2003-04. She joined the Phillips Theological Seminary faculty in 2007.”

See you on Sunday; bring guests!!

Richard Wansley

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Class Member needs your help!

Class Members,
Today, the following request was received from Sharon Bookout who is in need of a loaned auto for an indefinite period of time. I urge you to contact Sharon by E-mail, bookosh, or by calling her at home (check your member’s or church directory for the number). Her message is as follows:

“I would like to make a request of the class if possible. I am need of a vehicle to drive until I can either get mine fixed or replaced. I’m waiting on the insurance company to see what they are going to do, but in the mean time I have no transportation. Thanks. Sharon Bookout”

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