Sherry Griffin’s Dad

Karen Campbell received a message from Lynn Russell this afternoon. Apparently, Sherry Griffin’s dad fell recently and broke his neck. Although the doctors thought he would be fine, he had a heartattack and passed away last night. They don’t have any needs at this time, but thoughts, prayers and cards would be appreciated.


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Sunday 26 December 2010

We had a wonderful class the Sunday after Christmas. Thank you for all those that attended and brought treats. A special Thanks to our teacher Paul Loyd “The Blessing of Light”. What Paul said is so appropriate especially this time of year.

The prayer was given by Denney Meredith-Orr. Thank You.

We had several visitors: Valerie Carpenter, Bruce and Sharron Chucoski, Scott and Joe Morgan, Lyndsie Philpot, Audrey and Jason. All are welcome back anytime.

Concerns: The Carpenter Family – We lift them up in there time of loss and pray that they may be blessed during this time frame. The Loyd’s Grandson who is traveling, Bethany Willyard – We pray for her continued recovery.

Joy/Concerns: Company/Family for Christmas and New Years – It is always wonderful to see loved one on the holidays but is can also be very stressful. For those who have had or will have Family coming to visit we pray for patience and understanding. We also pray for member of our class who were not present and for those members who are traveling.

A special Thanks to Chancel Choir for the wonderful music at Messiah and throughout the year.

Birthdays: Ray Adams 12/27, Karen Harris 12/28, Lee Snodgrass 12/30, Mike Stephenson 12/29, Bob Winchester 12/30
Anniversaries: Karey and Pam Low.

Upcoming Events: 2 January 2011 our teacher will be William Meyer.
9 and 16 January our teacher will be Dr Joel Panciera.
23 January our teacher will be Richard Wansley.
26 January is the Will Rogers Romance with Betty and America at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Williams Theatre, Admission $10.
30 January our teacher will be Barbara Loyd.
We need teachers for February and beyond. If anyone is interested or knows someone outside the class who is willing to teach Sunday morning contact William Meyer or Michelle Place.

Congratulation to all for a wonderful 2010 and may 2011 be a success and blessing to all.


William Meyer

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Death of Rob Davis’ brother, Steve

On Sunday, I announced that Rob’s brother had moved to hospice care at his home in Arkansas. Sadly, I now report that Steve, Rob’s brother, died early on Sunday morning. Rob and Andrea received the news just prior to Sunday School, accounting for their absence in class. Please join me in keeping Rob, Andrea, and all of Steve’s family in your prayers.

Richard Wansley

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Sunday, December 19th and 26th, Maranatha

One last posting from Meredith and me before we leave service as your Presidents. Thank you so much for the honor of serving as one of your Class officers, and our special appreciation to each person who, as an officer and/or committee chair, helped make 2010 another successful year at Maranatha! You’re awesome, and we are blessed by having you in our lives!

Thanks to all who volunteered to step up as officers for 2011, some of whom are accepting responsibilities for the second year or even more. A great big thank you to Michelle Place and William Meyer who agreed to serve as Co-Presidents. I’ve prepared the new list of officers for Michelle and William, and will be meeting with William tomorrow to pass along my book of notes for the 2010 year. I look forward to their leadership, and our continued fellowship and learning at Maranatha in the new year.

Sunday, December 19th, we had an inspired lesson delivered by Michelle Place. So many people had such positive comments. If you weren’t able to be with us, then look for the posting of Michelle’s (and other Advent teachers’) lesson on the Maranatha section of the Church’s website. Each Advent teacher has brought great meaning to the Season!

On Sunday, we acknowleged all those who will be having birthdays before the end of the year, including Randy Elliott (12/24), Denise Graham (12/24), Ray Adams (12/27), Karen Harris (12/28), Mike Stephenson (12/29), Lee Snodgrass, and Bob Winchester (12/30). Only one anniversary, Pam & Karey Low (12/30). Happy Birthday to each, and Congratulations to Pam & Karey.

Our greeters who also brought snacks, and decorated a lovely seasonal table, were Dave & Carol Grim and Gary & Patti Smith. Thank you. Next week, there are no designated members who are to bring treats, so we ask that everyone bring some Christmas day leftovers (or other snacks) to share with your fellow class members. It’s not a Brunch, but an "Everyone Greets and Treats Sunday" on December 26th.

We had two visitors, Tiffany and Jeremy Bjorlie. Please come back to visit anytime! Stephen Edwards was back in class after a bit of an absence. We hope to see him again, soon.

There were a number of joys and concerns shared with us, including: Rob Davis’ brother, Steve, has been moved to hospice care in Arkansas, coming to the end of almost 2 years suffering from lung cancer; Bethany Willyard fell and broke her ankle; Sarah Smith’s sister, Jane, continues to struggle with her cancer; John Sherman’s sister, Suzanne, had knee surgery; a friend and work colleague who collapsed at work and died. Please pray for all those and their family who were mentioned and those unspoken ones who are held in our hearts and are in need of God’s touch. Several joys were also shared: Paula Scott met the man whose POW bracelet she had worn for nearly 40 years when Paula and Skip were in Hawaii recently (unfortunately, this man’s oldest son recently died from a heart attack); Randy Elliott reported that his sister’s grandson had responded positively to treatment for cancer; Lynn Russell thanked all who contributed to gifts for those at Redemption Church; Johnnie thanked the class for gifts to him as he continues his reentry.

Pam Sherman delivered a Christmas prayer, noting the many concerns and joys expressed by members. Thank you, Pam.

Next week, December 26th, Paul Loyd will deliver the last lesson in our Advent series, entitled "The Blessing of Light". The Bible verses for the lesson are: Isaiah 9:2-7; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20. Be there if you can do so, and bring your guests for the Christmas weekend; it will be a meaningful completion to our teachings during this Season.

For those who will be travelling and we will not see, have a blessed, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you at Maranatha!

Richard and Meredith Davison Wansley

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Advent Sunday at Maranatha, December 19, 2010 – See you tomorrow!

Hope to see you tomorrow for continuation of our Advent celebration at Maranatha! Our teacher will be Michelle Place, and the title of her lesson is "The Blessing of God With Us". Bible references for the lesson are: Isaiah 7:10-16; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25. See you tomorrow!

Meredith and I will leaving in the middle of next week for an extended holiday trip, visiting our children who, literally, live around the world. We will not be back in Sunday School until the third Sunday in January 2011. So, we will not be able to give you another electronic report for the class prior to our return, and will no longer be your Presidents beginning in January. Long story short, I expect this may be our last report given our commitments prior to leaving on the trip.

Therefore, I want to also let you know about the lesson at class on December 26th. Our teacher will be Paul Loyd who will be teaching the final lesson of the Advent Season series entitled, "The Blessing of Light". The Bible passages associated with his lesson are: Isaiah 9:2-7; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20. On December 26th, there is no planned greeters or people who will bring snacks. It will be an "everyone greets and treats" Sunday! Everyone is encouraged to bring a snack and greet your fellow members and visitors!

We’ll miss being with you even though we will be be pleased to be with our family! So, from us, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Meredith have been honored to serve as your Presidents, and are blessed to be a part of the Maranatha community!

Richard and Meredith Wansley

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Carpenter Family Luncheon

Dear Maranatha Classmates:

As you know, David Carpenter’s mother passed away this month. However due to family members’ travel needs, the memorial service has been scheduled at Boston Avenue on Wednesday, December 29, at 11 AM.

The Maranatha Class will provide lunch for the family immediately following the service. A ham will be purchased using Caranatha funds. We are asking class members to help in several ways:

17 people to provide food.
Salad for 10 – 5 people
Bread for 25 – 2 people
Vegetable for 10 – 5 people
Dessert for 12 – 5 people

Set up for the luncheon.
10 AM until service time.

Serve during the luncheon.
Immediately following the service (approximately 1 hour).

Clean up after the luncheon.
From 1 to 2 PM.


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Johnnie Romo Christmas Gift: A message from Bob Russell

Bob Russell has asked me to let all Maranatha members know that you have an opportunity to share in this Christmas season by giving a gift to Johnnie Romo. You know that Johnnie is a member of our class who also resides in our sponsored apartment at Exodus House. On Tuesday, December 14th, Exodus House will have its annual Christmas Party, and you can help Johnnie through a gift as he continues to rebuild his life. If you wish to give Johnnie a modest gift of any sort, then you can bring it to class this Sunday for Bob to handle on your behalf or you can make a direct arrangement with Bob Russell before next Tuesday. Any questions, contact Bob please.

Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you at the Christmas Party then again on Sunday!

Richard Wansley

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Maranatha Christmas Party, Friday, December 10, 2010 – Important Information

Maranatha Belles are looking forward to seeing you Friday evening

Tulsa Country Club

Silent Auction – Cocktails (Cash Bar) 6:00 pm

Dinner 7:00

Live Auction 7:45

Grand Prize Awarded

We know there are lots of Maranatha members who are unable to attend the party on Friday night. The Maranatha Belles would like to offer an opportunity to all class members. How would you like to make a donation to missions and have an opportunity to win a $250 gift certificate to Flemmings? For every $5.00 donation, your name will be placed into a drawing for the gift certificate. You can make your donation at the sign in desk at the Christmas party or by contacting Michelle by Friday at noon and telling her how much you would like to donate. Please email her at mplacetul if you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation. You can write a check to Maranatha and bring it to the party, to Sunday School, or mail it to Michelle at 3306 E. 88th St., Tulsa, OK 74137. The more you donate, the more money we raise for missions and the greater your chance of winning. Those attending will be able to specify their donation amount at the check in desk. That amount can be added to your other purchases and then paid with one check

Attached are forms should you like to submit something. Just bring it to the auction. Also attached is the list of live auction items. Check your calendars

Maranatha auction form.xls

2010 Live Auction.xls

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Maranatha, Sunday, December 5, 2010; Upcoming Christmas Party

Thank you, Paula Scott, for delivering an inspirational lesson in our Advent Season, entitled "The Blessings of Peace". Next Sunday, December 12th, Pam Low will be our teacher; her lesson will be "The Blessings of Waiting". Her Bible references for the lesson are: Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11.

On Sunday, we acknowledged several birthdays, inlcuding those of Shari Goodwin (12/6), Noel Copeland (12/11), and Susan Leonard (12/11). Happy Birthday to each of you!

Nancy Morgan, Meredith and Richard Wansley brought treats to a seasonally decorated table, and they greeted members and visitors as they arrived. Thanks, Nancy!

Speaking of visitors, we had several. It was our pleasure to welcome Ginger Joiner, Mike Ward, Virginia Grey, Warren & Lynette Danskin, and Megan, Genevieve, & Gamerro to the class.

Ed Payton delivered a thoughtful prayer this morning following announcements, joys, and concerns.

TAKE NOTE: The Christmas Party/Auction is scheduled for this Friday, December 10th, 6:00pm for the reception with dinner following. Contact Pam Sherman directly if you have any questions. Contact Michelle Place directly if you have questions about the auction.

Ruth Giessen is looking for others to join in sponsoring a Mothers Day Tea for auction; contact her directly if you wish to join with other hosts.

I hope to see everyone on Friday evening, and then again on Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent.

Richard Wansley

Published in: on December 7, 2010 at 6:43 pm  Comments Off on Maranatha, Sunday, December 5, 2010; Upcoming Christmas Party  

Updated information – James Killman’s mother

Karen Campbell has updated information regarding the death of James Killman’s mother:

"His mother’s name is Ann Kilman and she’s been a member of BAUMC for the past six years upon moving to Tulsa to be near James, her only surviving child.

Mrs. Kilman experienced some severe leg pain two weeks ago and they continued to seek out the problem. They were unable to find any problem, until last Friday when she was unable to stand up and her vitals were in bad shape. She was rushed to the hospital, where it was determined her condition was very grave and she passed away a short time later.

Her services are scheduled for Friday, December 10 at 2 PM at Boston Avenue Church. Both James and Denise are very active in the Chancel Choir and their bereavement committee is coordinating a luncheon before the services. I have left a message for the coordinator to contact me if there is some way Maranatha might be of assistance. I will let you know the response.

I will send a card to James and Denise expressing our sympathies.


Published in: on December 6, 2010 at 2:55 pm  Comments Off on Updated information – James Killman’s mother