Maranatha news for December 23-29

Greetings, Maranatha!

Thanks to Carol Maus for closing out our Advent series last Sunday with a thoughtful, thought-provoking lesson on peace. If you missed hearing her, you can find her lesson and other previous lessons at .

We have an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company this Sunday at our year-end brunch. Please plan to join us – and bring a dish to share.


This year’s CHRISTMAS PARTY AND AUCTION really was the best one yet! Auctioneers Jim and Scott used a game show format to announce that the auction raised a whopping $27,035 for missions. What a caring, generous group! Mark and Susie Butterworth will not be in class this Sunday, so if you haven’t paid up yet, you can do that next Sunday, January 6.

Happy Birthday to Karen Harris and David Kooker – both today, December 28.

We welcomed guests Kelsey Luks, Kristin Harlan, and Stephen Echols to class Sunday. We also welcome Steve Schnitzer as a new member!

Thanks to Pam Sherman for our prayer last Sunday, and to the Embreys and Jeff Allen for our snacks. Meredith Davisson will lead us in prayer this Sunday.


These mission projects have been set for 2019 so far – please put them on your calendar:

February 8 – Serve dinner at the Day Center for the Homeless

February 10 – Work Area on Missions’ Chili Cookoff – Our class will provide a basket to be auctioned and a chili contestant. Contact Ed Payton to volunteer.

July 28 – Serve dinner at Redemption Church

October 11 – Serve dinner at the Day Center for the Homeless

November 24 – Serve dinner at Redemption Church


Allene Donley was back in class, and she thanked class members for their support.

Valerie Grogan expects a full recovery.

The Giessens’ daughter had unscheduled surgery, and Ruth thanked Dr. Clark Bundren for making time to do the surgery so that she is no longer in pain.

Denise Klein is thankful that their house sold at list price in a cash deal.

Debbie Jacoby was to have surgery yesterday (12/27) to remove part of her colon. An update will be shared as soon as it becomes available.

Glenna Arnott’s friend Brett is fighting cancer, and his meds are running $21,000 a month.

Dave Shepherd asked for prayers for his sister, Leslie Bark, whose husband has died.

Please also remember the people affected by the tsunami in Indonesia.


The five class party dates for 2019 are:

February 3, 2019 – Super Bowl Party

April 6, 2019 – Progressive Dinner

June 14, 2019 – Potluck Dinner & Trivia Event

August 16, 2019 – Diner Dinner & Movie at B.A. – Hamburgers & Hot Dogs in the Diner & a movie in the Theater

November 8, 2019 – Pizza Dinner & Bunco

Thanks for a great year in Maranatha! I’m looking forward to great food and fellowship with you this Sunday as we bring 2018 to a close. See you then!

– Shari

Published in: on December 28, 2018 at 6:41 pm  Comments Off on Maranatha news for December 23-29  
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