Maranatha Newsletter for January 7, 2018

Dear Maranatha friends,

Welcome to 2018! We’d like to start the year with a big THANK YOU to last year’s excellent officers – they set the bar pretty high and we know we have big shoes to fill! We’ll do our best.

Your new officers met before class this morning, and we’re off to a good start. Teachers are scheduled for the year, and upcoming mission projects and socials (both class socials and auction items) will be posted on the board each week, along with information about our attendance and finances, to keep you “in the know.”

When our Caranatha leaders send out a notice of a class member’s need this year, they will be including that member’s cell phone number so that you can send a quick text to tell them you’re thinking of them, if you wish.

We’re also working on the Maranatha website ( to update it and make it easier to use. The site includes a members-only page that is password protected for privacy, and that page has a new password. Check with Barbara Meehan or Shari Goodwin, and they will gladly give it to you.

Our new class presidents, Rick Evans and Roger Rowe, introduced themselves and shared their history together – their years of friendship, work history together, and interests. This reporter didn’t write it all down, but I think the last statement was that Roger is an OU fan and Rick is wrong – or something like that. They also shared ideas for our class and our church. Rick ended by asking class members to sit near the front of the sanctuary for worship, if possible, to enhance our worship atmosphere.

Thanks to William Meyer for our prayer this morning, and to Rob and Andrea Davis and Suzanne and Andy Hood for our refreshments. Jerry LeDoux will give our prayer next week, and Glenna Arnott and David Cooley will be our hosts.

Welcome to our guests, Connie and Jim Morrison. It was good to have Karen Holmes, too, though she’s really not a visitor.

Happy birthday to Gary Smith, Ken Privett, Billy Pitts, David Rose and Kristy Hayes. No anniversaries this week.
Joys and Concerns: * Congratulations to Melanie Shepherd, who is retiring this week. She and Dave are celebrating with a trip to see Skip and Paula Scott in Belize. * Jeff and Julie Allen are also celebrating, as their son Taylor and his family are moving to Tulsa. * Jim Griffith is doing much better, but he will start chemo again this Thursday. He will get a lighter dose this time, and hopefully will tolerate it better. * Glenna Arnott asked for prayers for the family of her friend, Sharon Brenson, who has passed away.

Finally, thanks to Brenda Reed for her first of two lessons on the state of our church. She discussed staffing, endowment, and financial matters, then answered questions this week. She also talked about a staffing and systems study that Rick and Roger are currently doing for our church.

Next week she will talk about our church’s programs and ministries, and share any upcoming changes. It should be a most interesting session! Hope you can join us –

The recording of this week’s lesson has been uploaded and is available, along with hundreds of our class’s lessons since 2008, at this link:

Published in: on January 8, 2018 at 8:38 am  Comments Off on Maranatha Newsletter for January 7, 2018  
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