Maranatha News from March 25, 2012

Just realized I had the wrong date in the Subject line – in case that kept some of you from reading it . . .

Sorry

Denny

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Maranatha News from March 15, 2012

Here’s the news from Maranatha Class this past Sunday . . .

~ Christie Luks announced that the Easter Egg Stuffing Pot Luck will be Friday, March 30, at 6pm – Probably in our Classroom +++ Bring candy to stuff the eggs with as well!

~ Pam Sherman asked that we poll the class as to whether they prefer Friday or Saturday for the Auction Party in December – respond and let us know. This past year it was on a Saturday.

Hosts
Bill Gertsen and Judith & Ed Payton – Many Thanks!

Next Week’s Hosts– Scott & Debbie Morgan
Next Week’s Speaker – Rev. Ken Tobler – the 3 Pillars of the Methodist Faith

Birthdays

26 Doug Tye

27 Eric Green

27 Suzy Morgan

27 Linda Nicks

29 Suzan Morgan

Anniversary

28 Beth and Eric Green

Guests

Kathryn – Richard Wansley’s sister

Announcements

~ Funds Disbursement Vote next week – see attached information to review
~ Our class Offering today is going to One Great Hour of Sharing to support UMCOR

~ Lynn announced that the Gourmet Dinner will be Next Saturday – email reminders will be sent

Joys and Concerns

~ Richard Wansley announced that Michelle Place had been selected as the new Tulsa Historical Society Exec. Director!
~ Susan Rose asked for prayers for her friend Angie, who is dealing with issue around in vitro fertilization
~ Jeff Allen announced that their daughter, Rebecca has been accepted in the PAC program in Clinical Psych at Auburn

~ Sharon Earley asked for prayers for her Mother who is having a hip replaced this week
~ Mary Staat shared a joy that Paul was able to see his mother recently
~ Bill Thomas shared the following – Lo Detrich was helicoptered in intensive care to St. Louis this past weekend; she is dealing with complications with pneumonia. Now at twenty seven, Lo has endured two double-lung and one kidney transplant in her remarkable life. Lo has served as an avid life-time fund money raiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, including serving a one year honor as their national representative in her late teens (a wonderful speaker, I might add!). Her parents, Terry & Don Detrich, taught the Maranatha Class a few years ago, after writing The Spirit of Lo, An Ordinary Family’s Extraordinary Journey. Please extend prayers for Lo, her family and her many friends across the country.

Prayer

Paula Scott led us in a beautiful Lenten prayer.

Speaker
Valerie Judkins shared her narrative and pictures of the 10 day trip taken to Israel last year by several church members – it was amazing to see some of those places!

Have a great week!

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Eric Green Update – Great News!

Hello, All,

Soon after the last News email was sent Janet stopped by to let me know she had just spoken to Eric and it appears the first round of treatment has done some great things – so much so that he was talking about coming home for the weekend and maybe being in class Sunday. WONDERFUL NEWS!

Eric’s birthday is next week and Janet suggested that if you would like to bring a birthday card for him we will collect them secretly at the sign in table on Sunday. Audra Fogel has indicated she will collect them and deliver them along with others form the Youth.

Please keep Eric in your prayers and, if you wish, bring a card on Sunday to help him celebrate his birthday!

Thank you!

Denny

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Maranatha News from March 18, 2012 – Draft

We were very excited to have so many people from various classes came together on Sunday to hear Rev. Cynthia Harvey, Deputy General Secretary of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Her passion for carrying out the work of the church and providing humanitarian efforts wherever needed was very inspiring. She is a role model for the devotion to people in need we all should strive to nurture. We were blessed with her presence in our classroom.

Here’s the news from Maranatha Class this past Sunday . . .

Since we learned that UMCOR is funded by the One Great Hour of Sharing offering held each year during Lent, the Donley’s and others in the class suggested we have our own One Great Hour of Sharing and donate the collection from this coming Sunday’s class to UMCOR.

Hosts
The Fabulous Morgan Sisters Suzan and Nancy and Shari Goodwin – Many thanks!

Next Week’s Hosts– Bill Gertsen and Judith & Ed Payton
Next Week’s Speaker – Valerie Judkins will share experiences from her trip to Israel last year.

Birthdays

18th Joe Harris

18th John Sherman

19th Carol Grim

19th Susan Panciera

20th Meredith Davison Wansley

Anniversary
21th Debbie & Neal Pascoe

24th Sue & Keith Madden

Guests
Many people from other Sunday School Classes! What a treat to have a full class

Announcements

~ The Mission Fair is Sunday, March 18, from 9:30a until 1:30p in the Parlor and Bishop’s Hall

Joys and Concerns

~ Shannon Latchem’s mother passed away – we ask you to keep the family in your prayers

This was in last weeks email, but bears repeating . . .
~ Janet made an announcement about Eric Green. He will be in Little Rock for a few weeks as they monitor and treat his condition which has morphed into something new. Cards and notes can be sent to this address through April 4th:

Eric Green
2200 Riverfront Drive #4111
Little Rock, AR 72202

Janet asked this info to be passed along as well . . . We are starting a two dinner a week plan. This week we’re taking food on Wednesday evening and Friday evening, but that schedule is very flexible. I have the first week covered with donations from the casserole brigade. We’re looking forward to receiving more HALF size casseroles—there will be only three Greens eating here in Tulsa. No lasagna, they seem to have plenty. If you have desserts that you can freeze, those would be very welcomed as well. Please e-mail me at purinton2 or call me at 918-230-3416 if you have meat or a casserole or dessert that you’d like me to pick up. There will be a cooler at Sunday School this coming Sunday to store anything you have prepared until I can get it to my freezer if that would be more convenient.

Prayer
David Carpenter led us in a wonderful Lenten prayer.

See you Sunday – remember to get there early to get your seat for our guest Speaker!

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Maranatha Class News from March 11, 2012

We hope as many of you as possible will be in class on Sunday to hear Rev. Cynthia Harvey, Deputy General Secretary of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). The Church has been invited, so come early to get your usual seat! She will also speak at 2pm in the Asbury Room. You can read more about her at http://gbgm-umc.org/global_news/full_article.cfm?articleid=5723

Here’s the news from Maranatha Class this past Sunday . . .

Our Speaker

We were pleased to welcome Rev. Jeff Jaynes from Restore Hope, a United Methodist Ministry. He was a dynamic speaker and challenged us with issues that face people around the world, in Oklahoma and here in Tulsa. He also explained what Restore Hope is about and the wonderful good it does for people in need in Tulsa. He mentioned a number of ways to get involved. He left brochures in the classroom and you can contact Restore Hope directly to learn more.

Hosts
Kendall & David Carpenter and Carol & Dave Grim – Many thanks!

Next Week– March 18 – the Fabulous Morgan Sisters

Birthdays

13th Jeannine Romo
14th Ginger Smyrl

Anniversary
14th Jeanie and Richard Payton

Guests
Bill and Christie Cavitt – new church members we hope to see back!

Announcements

~ Janet Purinton reminded people about the Note Writing Mission Project – there will now be 2 sessions – after Class at 11am and then at Noon after Church.
~ The Mission Fair is Sunday, March 18, from 9:30a until 1:30p in the Parlor and Bishop’s Hall
~ Lights on for Cookson raised a record $8200+ – thanks to everyone who help with that project
~ Jim Embry announced that he and Richard Wansley would be contacting people about DTFG projects – the date has been set for Sept 29, 2012

Joys and Concerns

~ Janet made an announcement about Eric Green. He will be in Little Rock for a few weeks as they monitor and treat his condition which has morphed into something new. Cards and notes can be sent to this address through April 4th:

Eric Green
2200 Riverfront Drive #4111
Little Rock, AR 72202

Janet asked this info to be passed along as well . . . We are starting a two dinner a week plan. This week we’re taking food on Wednesday evening and Friday evening, but that schedule is very flexible. I have the first week covered with donations from the casserole brigade. We’re looking forward to receiving more HALF size casseroles—there will be only three Greens eating here in Tulsa. No lasagna, they seem to have plenty. If you have desserts that you can freeze, those would be very welcomed as well. Please e-mail me at purinton2 or call me at 918-230-3416 if you have meat or a casserole or dessert that you’d like me to pick up. There will be a cooler at Sunday School this coming Sunday to store anything you have prepared until I can get it to my freezer if that would be more convenient.

Prayer
Bob Russell led the class in prayer

See you Sunday – remember to get there early to get your seat for our guest Speaker!

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Maranatha Class News – March 4, 2012

We had a good crowd to hear Nancy Day speak this morning. It was great to learn about the important work the OCCJ does in Tulsa and throughout Oklahoma. We are lucky to have such an organization in our community.

Next Sunday, we look forward to hearing Jeff Jaynes from Restore Hope, a United Methodist Ministry. We understand he is a dynamic speaker and it will be good to learn more about this organization. (Don’t forget to “spring forward” one hour!)

Please put a big red star on your calendar for the following Sunday, March 18, when the head of UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) in New York, will be coming to Tulsa just to speak to us! We have Shari Goodwin to thank for this scheduling coup. Rev. Cynthia Harvey replaced Rev. Stan Dixon after he was killed in the Hotel Montana when the 2010 earthquake hit Haiti. You can read more about her at http://gbgm-umc.org/global_news/full_article.cfm?articleid=5723

Shari said “Rev. Harvey has been wanting to connect with some of the large churches and she will be on her way to Dallas for a General Board of Global Ministries Board of Directors meeting the week of March 20, so she wants to come by here on her way. Rev. Harvey remembered that our church was Bishop Finis Crutchfield’s church and the bishop’s granddaughter, Melissa Crutchfield, now heads the international work for UMCOR. Melissa’s dad is Bishop Charles Crutchfield in Arkansas.”

This will be a wonderful opportunity to learn how our church helps people impacted by tragic circumstances and to connect with our national office on disaster relief. We really hope you’ll plan on being in class that Sunday to welcome this important visitor.

We’ve been wanting to say for some time how wonderful it is to be part of Maranatha. This class has a reputation for being loving and giving to many, but you are also so respectful of those who come to speak to us. It doesn’t matter if the speaker isn’t the most entertaining person on the planet, or if they have a few more stories to share that take us very close to 11am, you have all been respectful and compassionate towards them. Everyone who has spoken to this class this year has remarked on a special feeling they get from this group. Some have described it as “fun,” others as “loving.” We are proud to be members of this class! Thank you for welcoming us when we arrived four years ago, and for accepting us as your presidents this year.

Here’s the news from Maranatha Class this past Sunday . . .

Hosts
Lisa Tallent and Karen & Art Campbell – Thank you so much for the treats!

Next Week– March 11 – the Carpenters and the Grims

Birthdays

4th Ruth Giessen
6th Kenny King
6th Barbara Loyd
8th Kendall Carpenter

Anniversary
5th Christi & Kraemer Luks

7th Michelle & Kirk Place

10th Pam & John Sherman

Guests
David Harp, Karen Harper, Colin Rainey

Announcements

~ Janet talked about the Note Writing Mission Project – there will now be 2 sessions – after Class at 11am and then at Noon after Church. If you want lunch it will
be just $5 and is being prepared by Sharon and Ethel. Make sure Janet knows if you do NOT wish to have a meal.
~ Allene thanked everyone for helping with the Chili Supper. It looks like we served just over 250. She sent around a Thank You card for the kitchen staff. 3
Cheers for Allene and Rex for their great job coordinating the event!
~ Scott passed around the clipboard for Hosting duties
~ Pam sent the sign up sheet around again for the Dinners for 8 social for March. She will make the assignments

Joys and Concerns
~ Pam shared that John’s mother had moved in with John’s sister and asked for prayers for the family
~ Kendall spoke about the passing of Roy Lewis and what a good friend and supporter he had been for people within the church. Several people recalled his
sending notes of congratulations to people
~ Judith asked for prayers for her friend Kathy who was just diagnosed with leukemia
~ Sharon said her Dad’s surgery last week went well and asked for prayers for his recovery and also for her mother as she tries to balance pending hip
replacement with caring for her husband

Prayer
Carol Maus lead the class in a wonderful Lenten Prayer

See you next week!

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