Maranatha, September 5, 2010

"Generosity is giving more than you can,
and pride is taking less than you need."
Kahlil Gibran

Yesterday at Maranatha, we had a few less people than usual, about 60 people. No doubt, the holiday weekend, a beautiful one, was too good of a "get away" opportunity to pass up for many of you. We’re hoping that you’ll be back in class next week if you weren’t able to attend last Sunday.

We welcomed two members to the class, Will Johnson and Johnny Romo. Welcome, welcome!

Also, there were several visitors on Sunday, including Dave & Melody Sheppard, Alexis Brownlee and her OSU roommate, Caitland McDaniel (hope I got the right name). Come again on Sunday or other Maranatha events!

David Carpenter led us in a reading and discussion of 2 Corinthians, Chapters 8 and 9. It was an interesting conversation, and I invite you to read these passages, if you have not already done so. David will return next week, facilitating a Bible Study course during the entire month of September.

Birthdays recognized were those for Bob Russell (9/5), Kraemer Luks (9/6), Beth Green (9/9), Pam Sherman (9/9), and Michelle Place (9/11). Anniversaries included ones for Barbara & Paul Loyd (9/9), Susan & Thad Leonard (9/10), and Susan & David Rose (9/11). Hope you enjoy your special celebration day!

Susan Morgan, Meredith and I provided refreshments. Thank you. Next week, Janet Purinton, Eric & Beth Green will be bringing refreshments and serve as greeters.

We had several announcements, including that next Sunday is the last opportunity to sign-up for Disciple Bible class in Bishops Hall; the Maranatha Amish Dinner is scheduled for October 2nd (contact Pam Sherman if you wish to sign up); there is a reunion and open house at Exodus House today, September 6th, 2p to 4p, and all Maranatha members are invited to attend; Signature Symphony, featuring works by our own Rob Reck, will be performing at Asbury UMC on September 19th at 7pm.

David Rose shared that Linda (Nicks) Morrissey, a District Judge, is running for re-election, and he encouraged us to help her in this effort. Contact David or Linda for more information.

Denny Meredith-Orr announced that we will be having another mission opportunity to help serve dinner at Redemption Church on September 26th (contact Denny if you are interested in helping).

Jeanie and Richard Payton joyfully announced that they will become grandparents next February. Paul Staat, who led us in an opening prayer, let us know that he was doing "just fine" after his first chemotherapy treatment.

Lynn Russell gave us an update on the status of her friend, Rick Jacobsen, who was injured in Mexico; not good, he’s suffered a heart attack and is in critical condition.

Karen Campbell led us in a beautiful, meaningful prayer following our Joys and Concerns. Thank you, Karen.

Meredith and I will not be in class next Sunday; personal and business matters will take us out-of-state; but, we’ll be thinking about you. Bob and Lynn Russell, past Presidents will take our place in facilitating the class. Thank you, Bob and Lynn.

Have a great week!

Richard Wansley

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