Maranatha, August 29, 2010

"So Philip ran to him…and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?" And he said, " How
can I unless some one guides me?"
Acts 8: 30b – 31a

The above verse is a portion of this morning’s lesson, Acts 8: 26-40, entitled, "Multiculturism In Ministry – What We Can Learn From Each Other". Our teacher was Professor John L. Thomas, Phillips Theological Seminary. It was an interesting lesson; Dr. Thomas helped us understand the typical interpretation of these verse, but challenged us to visit the "Twilight Zone" and look at what is written from differing perspectives, then think about how that new view might impact on our interpretation of the verses. Thank you, Professor Thomas.

Today was a Brunch Sunday, and the food was great! Thanks, all.

We also recognized several birthdays and a couple of anniversaries, including the birthdays of Andrea Davis (8/30), Allene Donley (9/3), and Ginny LeDoux (9/4), and the upcoming anniversaries of Bill & Susan Thomas (8/30) and Skip & Paula Scott (9/2). Happy Birthday Andrea, Allene, and Ginny! Congratulations, Bill & Susan and Skip & Paula! Enjoy your special days.

Not only did we have a number of members present this morning, but we also had visitors. Will Johnson returned to our class, and Andrea Davis’ parents visited with us as well. Tell them to come, again!

Several joys and concerns were expressed, including Lynn Russell sharing a concern for her friend, Rick Jacobson, who was injured in Mexico. Earlier this week, a prayer request was forwarded with more information about Rick’s situation. Ginny Walker let us know that she has the joy of her daughters who will be arriving soon for a visit, but a concern that Jerry’s health continues to decline. Beverly North had a joy that she has been invited to teach more classes at TCC.

Following the class this morning, I was informed that Paul Staat will begin his chemotherapy this Thursday. We’ll keep you posted on his progress.

Please pray for those above, their family, and friends who are ill, injured, and receiving treatment.

Next week, David Carpenter will begin his final four-week Disciples Bible Study sessions.

It’s Labor Day weekend next week; be with us in Sunday School and Church, then go play! We NEED and WANT you at Maranatha!!

Richard Wansley

Published in: on August 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm  Comments Off on Maranatha, August 29, 2010  

Prayer request from Lynn Jessee Russell

I received a communication from Lynn earlier today asking for prayers for her friend, Rick, who was involved in a severe automobile accident while in Mexico. He suffered many breaks and head trauma which has left him in a coma. Apparently, Lynn’s friend is being held liable for the wreck and injuries to others; consequently, he is "under arrest" and being guarded by police. It seems to be a horrible situation. Lynn requests your prayers for Rick. We’ll ask Lynn to update us this Sunday.

Richard Wansley

Published in: on August 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm  Comments Off on Prayer request from Lynn Jessee Russell  

Exciting Sunday, August 29th!

Maranatha members,

Please plan on attending class this Sunday. Our guest teacher will be Dr. John L. Thomas, Jr., professor at Phillips Theological Seminary. The title of his lesson is "Acts 8:26-40: Multiculturalism in Ministry – What We Can Learn from Each Other”.

Remember: Sunday is a Brunch Sunday; you are invited to bring food to share with all others. Also, the church is still recognizing classes as attendance "achievers" during this month. Last week, we were one of only a couple of "super-achievers" at Boston Avenue. Let’s keep it up! We need your presence and bring family, friends, and others as your guests!

See you on Sunday. It will be "exciting"!

Richard Wansley

Published in: on August 26, 2010 at 10:00 am  Comments Off on Exciting Sunday, August 29th!  

Update on Mowing for Staats

Thank you for all who have volunteered to help with mowing for the Staats. Karen has set the schedule for the first four mowings:
1st — Jim and Sam Embrey
2nd — Lynn and Shari Goodwin
3rd — Jeff Allen
4th — Eric Green
Karen will contact each of these and work out details for the exact dates. She has had offers from others she can contact if additional mowings are needed.

Thanks again for all of the offers to help.


Published in: on August 25, 2010 at 7:00 pm  Comments Off on Update on Mowing for Staats  

Prayer request from Brenda Spencer

Message to Richard Wansley – Contact Brenda for any additional information:

"Could you please send out a prayer request for my new niece, Gracie, born yesterday. She is being brought to Tulsa today for a transfusion – complication of blood types.

Thank you,

Brenda Spencer"

Published in: on August 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm  Comments Off on Prayer request from Brenda Spencer  

Help for the Staats’ lawn

Mary is back to work, Kate is back to school and Paul is working half days while building his strength up to begin chemo treatments this Friday. For now, they are doing well. It is their lawn that could use some help!

Mary is thinking one mowing every 10 days would take care of things. They have an electric mower in their garage, so it is light weight and easy to use. The task of love could be done any time, as they can leave the garage unlocked for the time period you request.

The first mowing would need to be done some time this week. Then we can schedule people every week or so, hitting somewhere between once a week to two weeks. If you would like to volunteer for mowing duty, please call my cell 625-5989.

Thanks so much,


Published in: on August 24, 2010 at 11:03 am  Comments Off on Help for the Staats’ lawn  

Update on Randy Elliott

"The news on Randy’s biopsy is good. The growth is called a "lentigo
maligna". Basically, this is a pre-melanoma that is non-invasive and is
expected to be a cure. When the doctor cut the growth out he cut deep and
wide enough to make sure he got "clear margins". This means that the growth
is contained inside the tissue removed and is not invading any of the
surrounding tissue. There is no "treatment" needed as there is nothing left
to be treated. We obviously are quite pleased with these results and
appreciate your interest, concern and especially your prayers.
Mary and Randy Elliott"

Published in: on August 23, 2010 at 8:03 pm  Comments Off on Update on Randy Elliott  

Maranatha, August 22, 2010 – “A Great Day”

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because
without courage you can’t practice any other vitue consistently."
Maya Angelou

Not only was it a Great Day at BA but it was a great day at Maranatha! Our numbers in class swelled to 103 members and guests; we were recognized at the 11am service as being "superachievers"! Let’s keep it up for next Sunday; we need your participation, and please invite guests.

It was an unusual Great Day celebration because we also recognized 30 years of service by Dr. Biggs and his family to Boston Avenue. At the 11am service, Dr. Biggs received a standing ovation by the congregation, and we were honored to have all of the Biggs family members present as well. Thank you Dr. Biggs for the precious gift of your ministry to us for so many years! And, we look forward to your years with us yet to come!

In class, we recognized several who will have birthdays this week, including Jeff Allen (8/22), Albert Klein (8/25), and Jacque Gallegos (8/28), as well as one anniversary celbration, Dana & Stuart Solomon. Congratulaions!

Our Greeters this morning who also brough refreshments were Jacque Gallegos and Beverly & Mark North; thank you. Next week, it’s a "fifth Sunday"; so, it will be a Brunch. Please bring food to share with others, but if you can’t bring anything, please come to Sunday School regardless. There will be plenty to eat!

Visitors included Johnnie Romo, Will Johnson, Terry & Dino Todd, and Muriel Evans. Please join us again at any time; your always welcome at Maranatha.

We had a number of announcements. First, it was reported to all us who were unable to attend the the Maranatha 30th Anniversary Dinner last Friday evening that it was a rousing success! Our appreciation for making it so was expressed by the class to Pam Low and Pam Sherman. It was also reported that one exciting discovery revealed at the dinner was that Maranatha has donated over $250,000 to charities and the church over the years. Amazing!

The Kans and Karoke Party will be held at the Scotts this coming Saturday, beginning at 6pm. If you are a new member and wish to attend or you are looking for additional information, contact Skip Scott at scott (or scott at Bring canned goods as a donation, and bring a lawn chair for outside (weather permitting). If you’re not certain whether you purchased at ticket to this party, contact Skip or Paula.

The Amish Dinner, an all member event, will be held on October 2nd; so, mark your calendars. Pam Sherman will give us additional information in the near future.

There were many Joys and Concerns expressed this morning, and if I don’t report them all here, please let me know and I will send out a supplemental report later in the week. Joys included an announcement by Denzil Tallent of the pending marriage (engagement) of their daughter; Richard Payton had his first "hole in one"; Kendall Carpenter told us her father has finally home after suffering a stroke, their son is in France and daughther setteled away in college. We were also asked to keep our nation’s veterans in our prayers, a joy for their service and a concern for sometimes failing to recall their service on behalf of us all.

Concerns were many, including for Megan Davis, diagnosed with MD; Nikki Smith who lost her employment; Randy Elliot who had a biopsy this last week; friends who died including Phyllis Blalock and Rick Garner; and concerns for Suzy Meredith-Orr’s grandfather. Following class, I received a message from Ginny Walker whose not been in our class recently, in part due to the failing health of her husband, Jerry. Please keep all these, their family, friends, and loved ones in your prayers.

Our Joys & Concerns prayer was delivered by Paul Staat. It was good to have Paul back in class and at the Church!

Professor Sandra Costen Kunz, Phillips Theological Seminary, was our teacher this morning. Her topic was "Christian Discernment and Christian Peace Education". Sandra’s teaching elicited questions and comments that continued for some time even after class was dismissed. Thank you, Professor Kunz, for your thoughtful lesson this Sunday and in the past.

Next Sunday, Professor John L. Thomas, Phillips Seminary, will be our teacher. We’ll have an abbreviated time for announcements, joys and concerns during our Brunch, then invite Dr. Thomas to deliver his lesson. It’ll be great! You need to be there!

See you Sunday! Many blessings!

Richard Wansley

Published in: on August 22, 2010 at 7:36 pm  Comments Off on Maranatha, August 22, 2010 – “A Great Day”  

Sunday, August 22nd: Great Day and Dr. Biggs’ Celebration

This Sunday, August22nd, is "Great Day at BA". Maranatha has always been a leader in having large numbers for "Great Day". Let’s keep up the tradition. Be there; call other members to encourage their attendance; bring family, friends, and other guests!

Also, remember, Sunday is the day we honor the 30 years of service by Dr. Biggs and his family to our church. Our gift to him will be our presence at one or both of the Church Services. Please plan on showing your appreciation by being in church on Sunday!

Professor Sandra Costen Kunz will be our teacher on Sunday; what a "great day" it will be!

Richard Wansley

Published in: on August 18, 2010 at 1:05 pm  Comments Off on Sunday, August 22nd: Great Day and Dr. Biggs’ Celebration  

Maranatha, August 15, 2010

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Next Sunday, August 22nd, is "Great Day at BA"; it is also the day chosen to celebrate the 30 years of service by Dr. Biggs and his family to BAUMC. Your gift to Dr. Biggs in honor of his service will be your presence at Sunday School and Church on Sunday, August 22nd. Be there and contact other members to encourage their attendance!!

This Sunday, we had a great group of members and were glad to have everyone in class. If you weren’t able to be there today, make certain that you’re with us next Sunday if at all possible.

We recognized several people for their birthdays and anniversaries, including Richard Payton and Richard Wansley (both whose birthdays are on August 19th) and Lee & Pam Snodgrass whose anniversary is August 18th.

Johnny Romo was our only visitor; he is the new resident at the Maranatha sponsored apartment in Exodus House. Johnny tells us that he plans on being a regular at Sunday School and Boston Avenue. Welcome Johnny!

Friday evening, 6pm, August 20th, will be the Anniversary Dinner for Maranatha’s 30th; the dinner celebration will be held at the Church. Contact Pam Sherman or Pam Low for reservations and more information. I know that some of us (including Meredith and me) have prior committments that will prevent our attendance, but we’ll be thinking of our Maranatha friends. If possible, join your Maranatha family on Friday evening! Enjoy!

Suzy and Denny Meredith-Orr told us that the mission activity, serving at the Day Center, was successful. Photos of the service were placed on the Mission Board in the classroom. Thanks, Suzy and Denny, for organizing this and other mission opportunities.

Several concerns were shared with the class, including news that Michelle Place’s grandmother continues to have both good and bad days; Kirk Place’s mother, Margie, has learned that she has Stage 4 cancer; Jim Seymour’s mother, Theda, died earlier this week (services will be held for her on Thursday, August 19th, 10am, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1222 S. Guthrie); Jim Smryl’s mother, Kathryn who lives in San Antonio, has esophageal cancer; John Sherman’s friend, Steve "the Greek" Vaniadis died this week. Please remember all these people and their families and friends in your prayers. Christi Luks is travelling in Bolivia, visiting the shores of Lake Titicaca. Keep Christi in your thourghts and prayers, as well.

Jim Embrey led us in a prayer; thank you, Jim!

Keith Madden taught a interesting lesson on the crusades, and affored us ample opportunities to consider how contemporary times can mirror history. Thanks, Keith! After class was dismissed, I presented Keith with a Certificate of Appreciation for stepping up at the last minute to be our teacher.

Next Sunday, our teacher will be Professor Sandra Costen Kunz, Phillips Theological Seminary. Dr. Kunz has taught our class in the past, and we look forward to hearing from her next week.

Have a blessed week!

Richard Wansley

Published in: on August 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm  Comments Off on Maranatha, August 15, 2010