This week’s Maranatha news

Hello, Maranatha family and friends-

Here’s this week’s class news:

The Rev. Dr. Gary Peluso Verdend shared an articulate, thought-provoking lesson Sunday, and he will teach us again this week. His topic, “The role of religion in public life in the U.S.,” led him to a comparison of culture to soil. Both need to be healthy in order to enable growth.

Gary is on sabbatical from Phillips Theological Seminary for a year, then he will be creating and leading a new Center for Religion and Culture in Public Life in Oklahoma, which will be based at Phillips. He’s always been a class favorite! If you missed his first lesson and would like to hear it, you can find it at . Thanks, Gary!

Don Hertzler will teach August 19 and 26 on “Paul and Women.”


We welcomed guests Heather and Bryant Stein, Jerry Harris and Kate Staat Barnes Sunday. It was great to have them!

Happy birthday to Mary Staat on August 5, and Glenna Arnott and Jill Thomas on August 6.

Happy anniversary to Lisa and Denzil Tallent on the 6th, Patty and Jim Banes on the 7th, Angie Dale and Jim McCann on the 8th; and Frieda and Rob Reck on the 11th.

Thanks to Janet Purinton for leading us in prayer Sunday, and to Rob and Suzy Morgan and Angie Dale and Jim McCann for our snacks. Scott Morgan will lead us in prayer this Sunday, and Carol Grim (guilty/setup) and Sharon and Bruce Chucoski (healthy/cleanup) will be our hosts.


Our class will serve dinner at the Day Center for the Homeless this Friday, August 10. Volunteers will begin loading food at the church at 4:30 that afternoon, then arrive at the Day Center by 5:00 to set up and serve. Everyone should be finished by 5:30-5:45. Meredith Davisson has probably already contacted you if you signed up to help.

Richard Wansley announced a possible upcoming outdoor project at Burroughs. He will share more information as it becomes available.

(All other upcoming mission opportunities are listed at the bottom of this email.)


Jimmy Berg is still improving, and he hopes to be back in class in a few weeks.

Please remember Julie and Jeff Allen. Julie is out of ICU, but was still hospitalized and does not need visitors. Cards would be a good way to let them know you’re thinking of them.

Debra Chucoski, Sharon and Bruce’s daughter in law, is expecting her second baby, and she has been battling stomach problems.

Lynn Russell’s friend, Derek Bakeman, needs our prayers, as does Barbara Meehan’s friend, Robert Chase.

Denzil and Lisa were celebrating 35 years of living “happily ever after” on Sunday. Congratulations!

Please remember the families of Jerry Hudson and Jerry Roberson, who both passed away last week.

Julee and Jim Embrey’s son Sam was honored to serve on the Honor Guard last week for the military burial of the sailor whose remains were finally identified and returned home to Oklahoma after he was killed on the U.S.S. Oklahoma during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. (You’ll see his picture from the Tulsa World if you scroll all the way to the bottom of this email.)

Please continue to remember our friend and classmate, Jennifer Hall, in your prayers as she battles cancer.


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; chicken will be provided for $5 per couple. Plan now to come and enjoy Dave Shepherd’s Bluegrass band, yard games, great food and fellowship, and even karaoke for those who are love to sing.


All are invited to participate in Restore Hope Ministries’ Annual Golf Tournament on September 10.

The Wesley Foundation at OSU will host an Open House of its new facility on September 8.


August 26 – Boston Avenue BASE Camp: Rise Against Hunger

August 26-September 1 – Family Promise

October 4 – Project School Bell – help fit uniforms, shoes, et. for Burroughs students

October 11 & 25 – Maranatha helps with Compassion Dinners on these Thursday evenings.

November 25 – serve dinner at St. Luke’s Redemption Center

December (tentative) Neighbor for Neighbor Christmas event

Thanks for all you mean to our class. We’ll see you Sunday


Published in: on August 8, 2018 at 9:37 pm  Comments Off on This week’s Maranatha news  
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