Class news for June 24-30

Greetings, Maranatha friends,

Our hearts are grieving the loss of our friend, Paul Staat, this evening. We will keep you posted as more information and needs are known. He did get to walk his daughter Kate down the aisle and dance at her wedding last Sunday, and he was so excited about that. He then got really sick early this morning, went into septic shock and couldn’t recover.

Rev. Susanna Weslie Southard will be our teacher for the next two Sundays. She will be talking to us about “Apocryphal Narratives in Judith, Esther and Tobit.”

Many thanks to Rev.David Wiggs for his excellent series on John Wesley and the central beliefs of the United Methodist Church. He shared some of his personal theological guidelines and also helped us to explore and better articulate our own beliefs. You can hear recordings of all his presentations at .


Welcome to our friend and visitor, Carlene Tallent, who came with Denzil and Lisa Sunday.

Happy birthday to William Meyer on June 26th and to Roger Rowe on the 29th! Happy anniversary to Mark and Susie Butterworth on the 24th, Lynn and Shari Goodwin on the 28th, and Allen and Jane Smith on the 30th.

Thanks to Shari Goodwin for our prayer last week, and to the Butterworths and Becky Morris for our snacks. Lynn Russell will give our prayer this Sunday.


As part of Boston Avenue’s 125th Anniversary, our church staff is asking all church members to take a survey to help with some long-range planning. Your input is important and greatly appreciated. You can take it online at . If you prefer a paper version, those are available on the desk in our classroom. Please make your thoughts known by July 8!


Our thoughts and prayers are with Karen and Art Campbell and Denzil, Lisa and Carlene Tallent and their family as they deal with the death of Karen’s and Denzil’s father, Carrell Tallent.

Thoughts and prayers are also with Dee Dueck, whose stepfather died last Saturday.

Walter Berg is having a CT scan of his chest this week.

Bethany Willyard is doing well after surgery, and Susan Day is better.

Amber Young Is celebrating her new job with Operation Prison Ministry.

Please continue to remember Jennifer Hall in your prayers as she battles cancer.


Volunteers are needed on July 10 from 9:30 a.m. to noon to read with children at Project Transformation. Please contact Dave or Carol Grim if you can help. We will also need to provide lunch that day for 12-15 college interns who are leading that ministry, and snacks for 65 students who are participating in PT this summer.

Richard Wansley announced that volunteers are also needed to help host Family Promise July 29-August 4. Please sign up if you are interested. Training will be provided as needed. Richard has more information, and it is also available on their website.

Other future mission opportunities are listed on the board, and lists are available on the check-in desk.

POSSIBLE MISSION TRIP: The Maranatha Missions Committee and the Boston Avenue Missions Committee are co-sponsoring a mission trip to the Houston area to help repair a home that was damaged during the hurricane and subsequent flooding. Only Maranatha members will be participating. The trip will take place sometime between mid-October and early November; the exact dates will depend on the schedules of those interested in going. The cost will be covered by the church. If you are interested in exploring this trip, please send an email to Ed Payton at edpayton


The potluck picnic at Keystone State Park had to be postponed Sunday due to rain, but it will be rescheduled.

The Drillers baseball game auction event will take place next Friday, July 5. Please let Mickey Maus know if you purchased that item and cannot attend.


Pam Sherman announced that her son’s new restaurant, Boston Title and Abstract Company, will open this Friday and will serve brunch on Sunday. Reservations are suggested for the future.

We received a nice thank-you note from Joel Panciera for our class’s financial support of the Chapel Choir Tour. It is posted on the board.

Thanks for all you mean to our class! We’ll look forward to seeing you Sunday.

Published in: on June 28, 2018 at 9:44 pm  Comments Off on Class news for June 24-30  
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