Newsletter for April 15

Dear Maranatha friends,

We thank Dr. Sarah Morice Brubaker, soon-to-be Associate Professor of Theology at Phillips Theological Seminary, for her second lesson on truthfulness. You can hear it at http://www.bostonavenue.org/uploads/media/audio/180415maranatha.mp3.

Marita Morgan will teach "The Kingdom of God" the next two Sundays, then Dr. Ruth Weston will teach “Protestant Perspectives on Mary” on May 6 and 13.

Be sure to mark your calendar for May 20, when Rabbi Sherman will be our teacher. We will join Pilgrimage, Journey and the Pastor’s Bible Study Class in the sanctuary that day. More details as we get closer!

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thanks to Sharon Chucoski for leading us in prayer and to the Rowes and LeDouxs for our snacks. Sarah Maldonado will give our prayer this Sunday and Glenna Arnott and Karen Campbell will be our hosts.

Happy birthday to Ed Vierheller, Joey Manduano and Mickey Maus this week. Congratulations to the Manduanos and Linskys, who are celebrating anniversaries.

Upcoming class events:

April 21 – Drillers Baseball Party (auction item)

April 21 and 22 – Work team goes to the Boys’ Ranch

April 28 – Hot Diggety Dog Party (auction item)

May 19 – Downtown Progressive Dinner (auction item)

JOYS AND CONCERNS:

Janet Purinton is now fighting cellulitis, in addition to injuries from her recent fall, and is on IV antibiotics.

LouAnn Dale, Angie’s mom, is hospitalized and undergoing tests for significant lung and heart issues.

Pam Sherman will have foot surgery on the 19h. She may need help with transportation for a while.

Jim Embrey’s friend Ashley is working to overcome a meth addiction.

The Staat Family is dealing with multiple challenges.

Jeannie Payton’s friend Valerie is having a hard time.

Wanda Williams thanked the class for our prayers. Her son-in-law is slowly recovering and is now in physical therapy.

CHURCH NEWS:

The Senior Seekers trip to Gilcrease Museum to tour the Norman Rockwell exhibit is this Thursday, April 19, at 11:30. Call Melanie Linsky at the church, 918-583-5181, for information or to make a reservation.

United Methodist Women will host Mighty! Guidance to Personal Empowerment and Self Esteem on Sunday May 6, from 12:15-2:00 p.m. in room J221. All are welcome. Presenters are Linda Alegria (Internal Mindfulness) and Rodney Garner (Personal Safety). There is no cost to attend, but a box lunch may be purchased in advance for $10.

OTHER REQUESTS:

Ann Smith, Director of Neighbor for Neighbor, came to class to invite everyone to their fundraiser, an Exhibition of Racin’ & Ropin’ with a humorist relative of Will Rogers as a special guest. It will take place on April 28 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Tom and Courtney O’Brien’s estate, 6655 Riva Ridge Road, and will include a live auction and “lots of delicious BBQ and eats.” Call 918-425-5578, ext. 101 for more information or to RSVP.

Julie and Jeff Allen invite you to participate in the 2018 Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma’s Rally Walk and 5K on May 20th at the ORU Mabee Center. Doors open at 1:00 p.m., 5K starts at 2:00 and the walk begins at 2:05 p.m.

Jeff writes, “This fundraiser is an opportunity for Tulsans to come together to raise awareness and celebrate the lives of more than 15,000 Oklahomans living with Parkinson’s Disease. There will be lots of fun activities for kids…and grandkids! If you would like to join us, please click on the link below, register as a new participant and join “TEAM JULES”. Then fill out your information and make any donation that you might want to give. https://secure2.convio.net/pfo/site/TRR/RallyWalk/General/708875199?pg=utype&fr_id=1110

We so very much appreciate our Maranatha Class and the love and support that we have always received.”

Thanks so much for all you mean to our class! We’ll see you Sunday –

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Maranatha newsletter for April 8

Greetings, Maranatha friends!

We had another great morning last Sunday as Dr. Sarah Morice Brubaker, Associate Professor of Theology (as of July 1f) at Phillips Theological Seminary shared an intriguing and very timely lesson, “What Big Data Has to Do with the Church and How the Church Might Respond To It.” She shared the history of untruthfulness in theology, then talked about “persuasion architecture” and how businesses and special interests are using big data to manipulate people today. She will continue her lesson this Sunday morning, and if you missed Part I last Sunday, you can find it at http://www.bostonavenue.org/uploads/media/audio/180408maranatha.mp3.

Kendall Carpenter presented the Finance Committee’s recommendation for giving, which was sent out last week. It was approved, with some funds still available for later in the year. She also asked for class approval to include fundraisers from other programs that class members are involved in. No one brought up objections with such short notice, so we will try that and see how it goes.

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Marita Morgan will teach our class on April 22 and 29.

Ed Payton asked for volunteers to help take and serve food in Jones, Oklahoma, to teachers who are walking to Oklahoma City.

Welcome to our visitor, Melanie Evans’ sister, Judy Bell.

Thanks to Bruce Chucoski for leading us in prayer. Sharon Chucoski will give our prayer next Sunday. We also appreciate the Chucoskis and Kendall Carpenter for hosting us Sunday. The LeDouxs and Rowes will provide snacks next Sunday.

Happy birthday to Bruce Chucoski, Dee Dueck, Lee Ann Nichols, Pam Low and Michael Lane. Happy anniversary to Judy and John Harkins.

Upcoming class events:

April 21 – Drillers Baseball Party (auction item)

April 21 and 22 – Work team goes to the Boys’ Ranch

April 28 – Hot Diggety Dog Party (auction item)

May 19 – Downtown Progressive Dinner (auction item)

JOYS AND CONCERNS:

Janet Purinton is slowly improving. She is working with a specialist and is planning to be back in class as soon as possible.

Please pray for wisdom for our Oklahoma legislators and for our public school teachers and students as the strike continues.

Pam Sherman will have foot surgery on the 19h. She may need help with transportation for a while.

Gabriele’s friend Jan is fighting cancer.

Keep Ed Monnet’s family and Royse Parr’s family in your prayers after their deaths.

Glenna’s friend Dolores is struggling as her older son is in the final stages of cancer and her younger son recently suffered a stroke.

Please remember the Canadian hockey team members and their families after their tragic accident.

Remember LouAnn, who recently lost her fiancé to cancer.

Please keep all of these in your prayers

OTHER REQUESTS:

A family with eight children in Avant, OK, is in need of a used refrigerator. If you have a spare working refrigerator that you’re willing to donate, please contact Rick Evans at 321-303-9873.

Kendall Carpenter shared a request for Tulsa Oratorio Chorus’s annual fundraiser on April 26 at Centennial Park. Cost is $100 per person or $1000 for a table of eight. See http://tulsachorus.com/toc-news/save-the-date-for-tocs-annual-fundraiser for more information.

Hope your week is going really well. We’ll see you Sunday!

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Misplaced Item in Maranatha today

Kraemer discovered that his overcoat was mistakenly swapped today. If you wore an overcoat home, please check to insure you got the right coat. Kraemer’s email is on this note – please contact him if you got the wrong coat today.

Also – Kraemer needs a saw capable of cutting rock. If you have one, drop him a note about that as well.

Rick Evans

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Guidelines for Maranatha’s support of benevolences

Prior to class this week, you may wish to read the guidelines which were created in the class in 2003 related to finance committee benevolence consideration. These were used by the Finance Committee in preparing the presented proposals we will vote about this coming Sunday. That statement of purpose is attached. Being absent for a number of years while Melanie and I were exiled in Florida, I did not know this statement of purpose existed.

If you have any suggested refinements to the statement of purpose, please drop a note to Kendall Carpenter and she will discuss with the committee and potentially bring a proposal to the class for a vote sometime in the future.

See you Sunday!

Rick Evans

Statement of Purpose.pdf

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2018 Missions and Benevolences Plan from the Maranatha Finance Committee

This Sunday, April 8th, the Finance Committee will be presenting their proposed budget for approval by the class. It is attached. CLASS WILL START PROMPTLY AT 9:45!!!

PLEASE PRINT A COPY TO BRING TO CLASS WITH YOU IF YOU WISH TO DO SO. WE WILL HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF PAPER COPIES IN CLASS. You do not need to print a copy if you are comfortable following your review.

As Finance Committee chairperson, Kendall Carpenter will be providing a very brief overview of the committee’s efforts. She will also answer questions. New nominations will not be considered at this session, as those were previously solicited and provided to the Finance Committee for all of their hard work evaluating alternatives.

To the members of the Finance Committee, thanks for serving the class in this manner for 2018!

Rick Evans

Maranatha Donations Requests 2018.pdf

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Newsletter for Easter Sunday

Happy Eastertide, Maranatha friends!

What a great morning we had in class as we celebrated Easter last Sunday! Thanks to all who brought the delicious food, and to Ed Payton for his update on our church mission outreach. We were also happy to welcome and visit with friends from the Pilgrimage Class.

Ed informed us that, though the numbers are far from complete (for instance, no youth numbers are included), our church groups who reported their mission efforts for 2017 gave almost a half million dollars to those in need through outreach agencies and ministries.

In addition, we know of 2912 volunteers who gave their time to help others and $31,430 in goods that were donated. At least 107,011 people were served. That’s impressive!

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sarah Morice Brubaker from Phillips Theological Seminary will be our teacher this Sunday and next, April 8 and 15. Those who have heard her before know that we’re in for a real treat! We will also have a brief report from our Maranatha Finance Committee.

Welcome to our visitors, Ed Smith, Angelica Wells, Jennifer Tag, and the Pilgrimage Class members.

Thanks to Scott Morgan for leading us in prayer. Sharon Chucoski will give our prayer next Sunday and the Chucoskis and Kendall Carpenter will be our hosts and provide snacks.

Happy birthday to John Harkins, Jim Banes, and Rob Reck. Happy anniversary to Jim and Sherry Griffin and Dan and Martha Blevins.

Rick read a thank-you note from the Cooley Family for our class’s support and meal after David’s funeral. He will certainly be missed by our class.

Upcoming class events:

April 7 – dinner at Carpenters’ (auction item)

April 21 – Drillers Baseball Party (auction item)

April 21 and 22 – Work team goes to the Boys’ Ranch

April 28 – Hot Diggety Dog Party (auction item)

JOYS AND CONCERNS:

Janet Purinton fell and injured her lower vertebra three weeks ago. She will get a cortisone injection next Tuesday that will hopefully get rid of the inflammation and return her to normal. She’s planning to be back in class as soon as possible.

Please keep our public school teachers, students and Oklahoma Legislature in your prayers.

Pam Sherman will have foot surgery on the 17th.

Denzil Tallent is celebrating after his 4-year cancer check was all clear.

Jim Embrey’s friend Cheryl is battling brain cancer.

Meredith Wansley’s sister Sharon was due to get a heart stint today (Tuesday).

Please keep all of these in your prayers.

Best wishes for an enjoyable and fruitful week. We’ll see you Sunday!

Published in: on April 3, 2018 at 6:56 pm  Comments Off on Newsletter for Easter Sunday  

From Joel Panciera

Note that the recording for the conclusion of Joel Panciera’s six-week series is available now here:
Is There a Limit to God’s Love? Two Contrasting Views From Nahum and Jonah – Pt. 6.

And here is a message from Joel to our class via Karen Campbell:

Hi Karen,
Thank you so much for your extremely kind note. It was deeply appreciated. I too really, really enjoyed our time together and think you Maranatha folks are amazing. The experience was a wonderful blessing for me.

Also, I wonder if you could help. I’m not sure how to route this to the class – but I had planned on closing my session on Sunday by sharing this really awesome quote of Albert Einstein. I liked it because he describes how we all must develop a new way of thinking to widen our "circle of compassion" in order for humanity to survive. Although Einstein did not ever -as far as I can tell – express orthodox Christian or Jewish beliefs, he also was uncomfortable with identifying as an atheist and struggled with faith issues most of his adult life. He certainly did not believe in Jesus as a personified deity or as a ‘Son of God’ in a literal sense, but he often expressed reverence for a creative power behind creation that sounds a lot like what most people call ‘God.’ Could you send the attached quote to the class and express my thanks to everyone for such a great experience together this Lent?

Thanks,

Barbara Meehan

Einstein new thinking quote.docx

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Class newsletter for March 25

Greetings, Maranatha, on this Palm/Passion Sunday,

Many thanks to Dr. Joel Panciera for his excellent series, “Is There a Limit to God’s Love?” After a standing ovation from the class, he spoke about “the Kingdom of God” and what that means in today’s world. For Christians, it is a triumph of love and for Jews, it is about justice, the Hebrew word for which meant “enoughness,” or where all people in the community would have enough. He also talked about barriers to the coming of that kingdom in our world today.

It was a very helpful lesson and discussion, and the audio recording will be posted later this week. You will be able to find it, as well as the entire series, at www.bostonavenue.org/maranatha.html

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS

We are hosting the Pilgrimage Class for brunch this Sunday. Because it is Easter, Sunday School will meet from 10:00-10:45. Karen Campbell passed around a signup sheet in class, and if you plan to attend the 9:00 service, please bring your dish to our classroom before the service so that it is in place to start promptly at 10:00. Hope you can join us.

Sarah Morice Brubaker from Phillips Theological Seminary will be our teacher the next Sunday, April 8. We will also have a report from our Maranatha Finance Committee that day.

Welcome to our visitors, Kate Staat, Steve and Nancy Campbell, and Clarkie Williams’ granddaughter Emma.

Thanks to Meredith Davison Wansley for her thoughtful prayer, and to Debra and Scott Morgan and Allene and Rex Donley for our refreshments this morning. Scott will give our opening prayer for next Sunday’s Easter brunch.

Happy birthday to Suzy Morgan on the 27th, and to Suzan Morgan on the 29th.

Rick read a thank-you note from John Harmon for our class’s support during his wife Cindy’s funeral.

Upcoming class events:

March 31 – Cooking Class (an auction item)

April 1 – Easter brunch with the Pilgrimage Class (we are hosting)

April 7 – dinner at the Carpenters’ (auction item)

April 21 – Drillers Baseball Party (auction item)

April 21 and 22 – Work team goes to the Boys’ Ranch

April 28 – Hot Diggety Dog Party (auction item)

JOYS AND CONCERNS:

Congratulations to those who served on the mission team in Houston last week. They were able to accomplish a lot and build new relationships as they shared God’s love.

Walter Berg’s biopsy was negative. He will go back in six months.

Dave and Carol Grim’s daughter Catherine’s house was broken into and she was assaulted. Please hold her in prayer as she recovers.

Allene Donley shared the Cooley family’s appreciation for the wonderful response and food after David’s funeral service on Friday.

Jeff and Julie Allen’s daughter Rebekah was in a car wreck this week. She is four months pregnant, and just found out she’s having a boy.

Bill Thomas celebrated that Congress’s new budget added $414 million more for Alzheimer’s research and treatment.

Welcome home to our prodigal dentist, Pam Low.

Please keep our public school teachers, students and Oklahoma Legislature in your prayers in the weeks ahead.

Congratulations to Jimmy Berg on his retirement.

Debra Morgan reminded us that our Sistema Tulsa’s goal is “to build community through the practice of music” – an excellent example of efforts to bring the Kingdom of God to our city.

CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Please remember the Maundy Thursday (also called Holy Thursday) Service this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary and the Good Friday Service at noon the following day in Great Hall. Both will be powerful worship experiences.

The Easter schedule next Sunday is different from years past. There will be a sunrise service at 6:30 in the park (Rose Chapel if it is raining), then worship services at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. Sunday School classes will meet from 10:00 to 10:45.

Also, the Easter Eve Service, which is led by our children, will begin Saturday, March 31, at 4:00 p.m in the sanctuary, It will be followed by an Easter egg hunt in the park.

We pray God’s richest blessings for all of you during this holiest week of the Christian year. May it be more meaningful than ever before. We’ll see you Sunday as we gather to celebrate the risen Christ.

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Dinner for David Cooley’s Family – Done!

What a great class this is! In less than 24 hours, we have enough volunteers to provide food for David Cooley’s family on Friday. Thanks to all of you who have responded so quickly! I’m sure the meal will be appreciated by David’s family. Thanks also to Allene for coordinating.

Roger

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Maranatha newsletter for Sunday, March 18

Greetings, Maranatha friends,

Dr. Joel Panciera will share the final lesson in his excellent series, “Is There a Limit to God’s Love?” this Sunday. This week he will apply his previous lessons more specifically to our world today. You won’t want to miss it! Be sure to come a little early one last time this week. His lesson will begin promptly at 9:45 so that Joel can leave to rehearse the choir, then we will conduct class business afterward.

You can find last Sunday’s recording here:

http://www.bostonavenue.org/uploads/media/audio/180318maranatha.mp3

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS

We are hosting the Pilgrimage Class for brunch next Sunday. Because it is Easter, Sunday School will meet from 10:00-10:45 (different schedule from years past – see church announcements below). Please let Karen Campbell know if you will attend and what you plan to bring.

Thanks to Paul Staat for his opening prayer last Sunday, and to Dave and Carol Grim and Michelle Place for our refreshments. Snacks this week will be provided by Debra and Scott Morgan and Allene and Rex Donley. Meredith Davison will lead our opening prayer.

Happy birthday to John Sherman, Joe Harris, Carol Grim and Meredith Davison.

Upcoming class events include the following:

March 31 – Cooking Class (an auction item)

April 1 – Easter brunch with the Pilgrimage Class (we are hosting)

April 7 – dinner at the Carpenters’ (auction item)

April 21 – Drillers Baseball Party (auction item)

April 21 and 22 – Work team goes to the Boys’ Ranch

April 28 – Hot Diggety Dog Party (auction item)

JOYS AND CONCERNS:

Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to David Cooley’s family. We will provide dinner for the family after his funeral service this Friday, and all who are able are encouraged to come sit together at the service to celebrate the life of our dear friend. Please let Allene and Rex Donley know if you can help provide food for the family on Friday evening. Instructions were sent out earlier this afternoon.

Our youth team is working in Nicaragua this week. Our adult mission team returned safely today from their construction work in the Houston area.

Paul and Mary Staat are celebrating their granddaughter Lucy’s second birthday.

Walter Berg was expecting biopsy results on Monday and Jimmy Berg is concerned for a friend who is traveling.

Glenna Arnott’s friend Delores needs prayers, as she has two sons with significant health problems.

CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The Easter schedule on April 1 has been changed from years past. There will be a sunrise service at 6:30 in the park (Rose Chapel if it is raining), then worship services at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday School classes will meet from 10:00 to 10:45. Also, the Easter Eve Service, which is led by our children, will begin Saturday, March 31, at 4:00 p.m. It will be followed by an Easter egg hunt in the park.

Base Camp has been postponed from April 21 to August 26. Watch for more details later.

A work team is being formed to do fencing and repair work at the Boys’ Ranch near Gore on April 21, and possibly on the morning of April 22. They are looking for volunteers to help. Contact Richard Wansley or Rev. Sara Pugh Montgomery for more information.

Hope your week is going well. We’ll see you Friday afternoon, if you can make it for David’s service, or Sunday.

Blessings –

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