Update: Good News about Paul Staat!

See the message below from Shari Goodwin:

"Good news! Paul’s test results have come back. He learned yesterday that his lymphoma is B cell, non-Hodgkins, which is the most treatable kind. There is no indication that the cells have spread any place other than the lymph nodes. He will have to have chemo for a year – a full dose every three weeks with maintenance chemo in between, beginning just as soon as his abdomen is sufficiently healed. His port will be put in this afternoon, and the prognosis is very good for a full recovery and no reoccurrance.

Dr. Yeary told him that it would have been a completely different scenario two months from now if the lymphoma had gone undetected. What a blessing that he had the hernia surgery when he did and had an excellent, thorough surgeon performing it!

He said to tell everyone that he is feeling God’s grace and feeling everyone’s love and prayers, and he wants you to know that you’re in his prayers as well. He has appreciated all the visits, but is beginning to get tired after all the surgery and tests. He suggested that, for a while, it might be good for everyone to check with Mary before visiting. He would love to get cards any time!

He should go home tomorrow, then will need to stay down and heal. He’s hoping to create a blog as soon as he is able, to include everyone who wants to be with him on this journey.


Shari Goodwin"

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BABA, Friday, July 30th – One Ticket Left, Just For YOU!

See message from Pam Sherman; contact her directly if interested.

"I have one ticket left for the Music Man performance.
Thanks, Pam"

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Maranatha, July 25th, 2010

"Will the circle be unbroken
By and by Lord, by and by
There’s a better home awaiting
In the sky, Lord, in the sky."
Refrain, Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Great day on Sunday! There was a nice number of members and visitors who joined us on Sunday to hear the third Bible Study lesson presented by David Carpenter. Thank you, David; you’re doing a great job at generating some interesting observations and discussions.

We celebrated several birthdays, Charlotte Rowe (7/25), Skip Scott (7/29), Mary Ninde (7/31), and a couple of anniversaries, Jim & Ginger Smyrl (visitors who are nearly members) and Mark Lee & Brenda Miller. Congratulations!!

Our thanks for our greeters who provided refreshments: Jim McCann & Angie Dale and Rex & Allene Donley. Yummy, yummy! Next week, our greeters and providers of snacks are Sharon Bookout (guilty snacks / setup) and Jennifer Hall (healthy snacks / cleanup).

One of our announcements pertained to the expected arrival of a new resident at our sponsored apartment at Exodus House. However, today, I received notice from Bob Russell that the prospective resident committed infractions prior to his release which will result in his continued incarceration for some future time. Whether it will be the same or a new person assigned to the apartment in the future is yet to be known by us.

There were announcements of joys and sharing of concerns. First, the joys. Bill and Susan Thomas announced the engagement of their daughter. Denise and Albert Klein’s son, Matt, has completed his requirements for the Eagle Scout award (an update from Matt will be sent seperate from this weekly report). Darlene Lorenz, hospitalized last week, while still in the hospital (Hillcrest), is doing much better and expecting to head home by Tuesday.

As to concerns, there were several. Former member, Karen Koller has discovered that she has cancer; Michelle Place’s grandmother is moving to a nursing home. Kendall Carpenter’s father had a stroke while in OKC, and is hospitalized there. All these members, friends, and family members need your prayers and expressions of concern.

Paul Staat was hospitalized last week for abdomidal surgery, relatively routine. Regrefully, there were complications. First, the routine surgery was not routine; greater repair was required than originally expected. Second, swollen, inflammed lymph nodes were removed for further testing. The tests have shown that Paul is suffering from lymphoma. Further testing will reveal the type of lymphoma and whether there are other sites for the disease or additional complications. Paul had a great attitude when Meredith and I visited with him (and Mary) on Saturday evening, expressing his feeling of being blessed by God that the original surgery enabled the discovery of a disease that was otherwise without symptoms. Please pray for Paul, Mary, and Kate! Visit Paul; he enjoys company! We’ll keep you updated on his progress.

Karen Brownlee Campbell has arranged for meals to Mary and Kate (and Paul when he returns home), and it is my belief that she currently has sufficient volunteers. However, I urge you to contact Karen if you are interested in helping. At this time, we don’t know when Paul will be returning home. News today indicates that he might be staying longer than expected to begin treatment for the lymphoma.

Next week, David will complete his first of two 4-week Bible Study sessions. The Bible verses for this coming Sunday are: Galations – Chapters 5 and 6.

Following David, we will be joined on two Sundays by Don Forsman who will be our teacher.

Have a great week! Look for updates.

Richard Wansley

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Corrected Update on Paul Staat

The earlier message was cut off, just as it was getting good. Here it is again:

Paul Staat’s surgery was Thursday and much more involved than anticipated and his stay has been extended to Wednesday, July 28th.  He is in St. John’s room 1027.  Paul welcomes visitors.  The next four days will probably get pretty long.

The surgery was successful and the doctors are sure that he will feel much better for having gone through it.  However, during the surgery the doctors did detect abnormal lymph nodes.  Of course, they removed them for testing.  They will also be running more tests tomorrow, keeping Paul busy.  Whatever this is, they feel certain that it has been caught very early, as he has shown no symptoms.

Mary is juggling between Paul at the hospital and Kate at home and Kate visiting the Paul.
I am going to take some quick-fix lunch/dinner items to Kate and Mary for the juggling time period.  Perhaps a few meals next week would be helpful.  I am thinking Wednesday would be nice — that first day home time gets away from you.  Then another meal Friday or Saturday, whichever works into your schedule.  Mary starts back to work August 4th, so they may need some help about then, depending on how Paul’s recuperation is coming along.

If you would like to help with one of the two meals for next week, email Karen Brownlee Campbell at k.brownlee(at)sbcglobal.net (substitute @ for “(at)”).  She will email you in return to confirm plans.  We will keep you posted on the needs for the week of August 1.

We ask for you to remember Paul and Mary in your thoughts and prayers.

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Need for prayers – Darlene Lorenz

Maranatha Members,

Janet Purinton has notified me that Darlene Lorenz has been hospitalized for several days at Hillcrest Hospital suffering from a serious infection. Prayers are requested for Darlene. We are not aware of any other needs at this time. I expect to be able to give an update on her condition on Sunday.

Richard Wansley

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Bible Verse for Sunday, July 25th


David Carpenter has informed us that the Bible verse for Sunday, July 25th’s lesson is: 1 Thessalonians 1 – 2:8. Please read and bring your Bibles!! See you Sunday!

Richard Wansley

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BABA Ushers Needed!

I could sure use some Maranatha ushers for BABA next weekend (July 29, 30, and 31). Ushers would need to be outside of Community Hall by 6:20 on the 29th and 30th and by 1:50 on the 31st. Need 5 per day. Can stay and watch the show if they would like (free!). E-mail me at ssmorg or call/text me at 261-5377.


Suzy Morgan

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Maranatha, July 18, 2010

“Most folks are about as happy as they
make up their minds to be.”
Abraham Lincoln

A great class on Sunday, with a good number of members in attendance. David Carpenter lead us on the second in his series of Maranatha Disciple Bible Study. The lesson pertained to Matthew 5: 21-48. Next Sunday, David will be teaching once again, and I will forward the Bible verse for your reading prior to the class. Remember, BRING YOUR BIBLE! It will enhance your experience in this Maranatha Study course.

We acknowledged several birthdays, including those of Nancy Christy (7/18), Steve Jacoby (7/18), Mark Butterworth (7/20), and Lydia Jackson (7/2), as well as the anniversaries of Carol and Mickey Maus (7/19) and Beverly and Mark North (7/20). Party till you drop; just remember to get back up!!

Mary and Randy Elliott and Charlotte and Roger Rowe provided tasty treats for all us. Personally, I had one too many Crispy Cremes; I should have had a healthy bagel instead! It’s nice to have options. Thanks Mary, Randy, Charlotte and Roger.

Next week, our Greeters who will also bring snacks are Angie Dale and Jim McCann (Cleanup and Guilty Snacks) and Rex and Allene Donley (Setup and Healthy Snacks).

Visitors on Sunday were Rebecca Allen, Alexis Brownlee, and returning for the second time, Jim and Ginger Smryl. Bring guests next Sunday; we love visitors!

Several important announcements were reported by members, including that the July social is group attendance to the BABA performance on July 30th. The group membership is set but if you’re interested and haven’t signed up, then contact Pam Sherman. Paula Scott let us know that the Cans & Karoke Party will be held on August 28th. If you bought tickets to this event, contact Paula for details. Suzy Meredith-Orr informed us that we will be serving food at the Day Center for the Homeless on Friday evening, August 13th. More details from Suzy later, but let her know if you’re interested in attending this mission opportunity.

David Rose celebrated the joy of being one year past his quadrupal bypass surgery; great news! Paul Staat is having surgery and there was request for prayers. The Low’s neighbor had a serious accident and suffered brain trauma. Jerry Jessee, Lynn Russell’s stepdaughter’s father, has advanced cancer. There was mention of the continuing treatment of a boy with a brain tumor, and the death of a child. Today, I was notified that Jim Seymore’s mother is dying from lung cancer, and has moved to hospice care. Your prayers are requested for all these mentioned in class and others who are need of our Christian concerns even though they may not have been mentioned aloud on Sunday.

On Sunday, Michelle Place led us in prayer following the sharing of Joys and Concerns. If I missed any announcements, feel free to let me know and I will pass the information along to other members.

We’re fortunate have each other as classmates! Have a great week.

Richard Wansley

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Maranatha, July 11, 2010

“It’s not length of life, but depth of life.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We had a great group of people in class on Sunday;if you weren’t able to be there, then we hope to see you next Sunday. We celebrated the birthdays of Frieda Reck (7/11), Linda Reid (7/11), Darlene Lorenz (7/16), Terry Michael (7/17), and Nikki Smith (7/17) as well one anniversary this week, Judith and Ed Payton (7/17). Enjoy!

Our greeters who brought tasty refreshments were Ray and Sharon Earley, Ed and Judith Payton. Next week, the greeters will be Mary and Randy Elliott (set up and guilty snacks) and Charlotte and Roger Rowe (clean up and healthy snacks).

Announcements: the Class social for July is group attendance to a BABA performance, Friday evening, July 30th, 7pm. Contact Pam Sherman for ticket information. The Rose’s daughter is availabe for house-sitting this Summer; contact them if you need this service.

One concern is that Susan Rose needs new employment; she has worked as an office manager. Contact Susan if you have any leads on jobs or need additional infomation. If there are others in the class looking for employment, let me know if you wish me to publish your inquiries to the rest of the class.

James Kilmer led us in a well prepared prayer for the morning.

David Carpenter was our lesson leader, the first of 8 weeks of a mini-Disciples Bible Study. He will teach for three more Sundays, then we’ll return to regular lessons for 4 Sundays, followed by 4 additional weeks with David. It was a good start to the series, and your appreciation for his teaching will be enhanced by you bringing your Bible to class. Our scripture for the next week is Matthew 5:21-48.

See you Sunday!

Richard Wansley

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Maranatha, July 4, 2010

“The goodness you live will set you free.”
Desmond TuTu and Mpho Tutu

Sunday, the “4th of July/Independence Day”, we had a delicious brunch at Maranatha, with a large number of members in attendance and a few visitors. If you were away this week, we hope to see you next week!

In between bites, we celebrated birthdays and anniversaries coming up this week: one birthday, Patty Banes (7/8) and anniversaries, Jim and Sherry Stinson (7/7), Patrick and Mary Bones (7/8), Dave and Carol Grim (7/8), Gary and Patti Smith (7/9). Enjoy your special day!!

Prayers were requested for Susan Lewis and her daughter; her daughter lost a baby this last week. Lucy Batson will have surgery this week. Good news: Carol Maus is improving from her injuries, and the Wansley’s son has found employment.

Mark you calendar: the Maranatha Christmas Party will be held on Friday, December 10th, Tulsa Country Club. Pam Sherman let us know that we have made the reservation for the space on that date.

The July social will be attending the BABA performance on Friday, the 30th. Pam has reserved 20 tickets for those interested in attending and sitting together. Contact Pam if you want tickets.

Beginning July 11, David Carpenter, who teaches Disciple’s Study in the Church, will be our leader in a series that he refers to as “Disciple Bible: Introduction to New Testament Lite.” David will lead us for 8 weeks (in 4 week blocks), July 11th, 18th, 25th, and August 1st, then he will take a break for several weeks, leading us again for 4 Sundays in September. Invite guests to join Maranatha for this series of presentations.

See you on Sunday!

Richard Wansley and Meredith Davison, Presidents

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