Maranatha news for July 15-21

Greetings, friends-

So …. Here’s the latest Maranatha news this week:

Rev. Sarah Pugh Montgomery’s first lesson was great! She helped us explore how creation worships God and how we worship, and she reminded us that worship is about God, not us. She will teach us again this Sunday, July 22, on “PRAYING WITH SCRIPTURE.” You won’t want to miss it!

If you missed last Sunday’s lesson, you can hear it and all of our past lessons at .


We have a new member! Michael Dishman took Rick up on his “membership discount” last Sunday, and we are glad to welcome him. There’s a chance he may be greeting with his friend, Wanda Williams, this Sunday morning – if so, it’ll be a great opportunity to welcome him in person!

The deadline has been extended to next Sunday for all who are willing to bring items for snack packs for the Cookson Hills Mission Center. Cookson serves some of Oklahoma’s poorest people, and they have a critical need for food items to keep area children from going hungry. You’ll find a list of needed items under “Mission news” at the end of this email.

Happy birthday to Darlene Lorenz on July 16th, Steve Jacoby on the 18th, and Mark Butterworth on the 20th! Happy anniversary to Judith and Ed Payton on July 17th, and to Carol and Mickey Maus on the 19th!

Rick shared very nice thank-you notes from Mary Staat and from the Staat family for our class’s support after Paul’s death, and from Angie Dale for our support at her mother’s memorial service.

Thanks also to Dave Grim for organizing our reading day at Project Transformation, and to all who volunteered to read and helped provide food.

Ed Payton announced that our church’s missions committee is looking to add a long-term national missions partner, like the international partnership we have with Bolivia. This partner should be within driving distance and offer projects that involve all ages. Please share any ideas with Ed.

Ed is also still collecting names of class members who are interested in going to do reconstruction work in Houston this fall.

All are invited to play in Restore Hope’s 12th Annual Golf Tournament on September 10 at Forest Ridge.

Thanks to Bruce Chucoski for leading us in prayer last week, and to Ginny and Jerry LeDoux and Scott and Debra Morgan for our snacks. Pam Sherman will give our prayer this Sunday, and our hosts will be Wanda Williams (guilty/set up) and Becky Morris (healthy/clean up).


Jimmy Berg in home now after being hit by a car, but he is still in a brace. Please remember him and Walter in your prayers.

Kip Jones has also been in the hospital, but is home now.

Prayers for Jeff Allen to have a successful golf tournament.

Shari Goodwin’s mother has been placed on hospice.

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

UPCOMING CLASS MISSIONS (in addition to those stated above):

Please remember that Maranatha has been challenged to provide 22 snack packs for the Cookson Mission near Tahlequah. Please bring one or more of the following items to class this Sunday:

Individual Dry Milk & Hot Chocolate Packages – Beef Jerky – Single Serving Cereal

Small Bags of Peanuts – Small Bags of Cheese Nips or Gold Fish – Non-perishable Lunchables

Ramen Noodles – Easy Open Soups and Meals – String Cheese – Vienna Sausage –

Tuna or Chicken in Pouches – Individual Drink Flavor Packages – Peanut Butter & Cheese Crackers

Pudding and Apple Sauce Cups


We will serve dinner at the Day Center for the Homeless on August 10.

Maranatha will help with Project School Bell on October 4. Volunteers always enjoy helping our Burroughs Elementary School students find uniforms, shoes, and other items for school.

Volunteers are also needed to help host Family Promise July 29-August 4 and again August 26 to September 1. Intake of families has now begun. Please sign up or contact Richard Wansley if you are interested. Training will be provided as needed. Richard has more information, and information about the ministry is available on their website.

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


Bruce Chucoski announced that the Seeking Seniors group (we all should qualify) will meet this Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the church and will feature Charles Kuralt. All who attend will also get to sample Blenham ginger ale.

Those who reserved a spot will eat lunch together at noon at Mexicali Border Café this Sunday, July 22nd, then return to the church to see this year’s Broadway at B.A. production, Guys and Dolls.

The potluck picnic and Bluegrass Concert at Keystone State Park will take place on August 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please bring a side dish to share and chicken will be provided. The cost of the chicken, if you haven’t already paid, is $5. More details later as they become available.

Hope your week is off to a good start. We’ll see ya Sunday!


Published in: on July 16, 2018 at 8:47 pm  Comments Off on Maranatha news for July 15-21  
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