Regarding Julie Allen

Dear Maranatha class family members,

I had a meaningful conversation with Jeff Allen this afternoon and with his permission, I am sharing this update.

Julie and Jeff’s daughter Rebecca is due to deliver Lincoln at any time. The memorial service will not be scheduled until the birth is complete so that Rebecca and Matt can be present at the service. With that said, it is unlikely that the memorial service will occur in the next 10 days, and maybe longer. That is not definite, it is a best guess at this time. As soon as we become aware of specific plans you will be updated.

Jeff’s personal behavior has been amazing. Don’t misunderstand, he is grieving, but he is working through issues remarkably. Continue to hold Jeff in your prayers. His strength is a gift from God. Your friendship and prayers for Jeff are likewise a gift from God.

Rebecca and Matt and Taylor and Lauren are also dealing with their grief with courage and grace. They are a reflection of their mom, and mother-in-law.

Roger or I will provide an update in class on Sunday. If you have specific questions regarding Caranatha or other needs, we will update those on Sunday. In the meanwhile, please include Rebecca, Matt and soon-to-be Lincoln Williams in your prayers!

Rick
321-303-9873

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Julie Allen

I am heartbroken to report that Julie Allen passed away this morning. Her family was with her. As details regarding a service become available, we will update you.

Please pray for Jeff, Rebecca and Matt, and Taylor and Lauren.

Jeff and Julie had a repair project underway at their house, so if you are inclined to send something to Jeff you may send it in the following manner and I will make sure he gets it.

Jeff Allen
c/o Rick Evans
10708 S. Forest Ave.
Jenks, OK 74037

Rick
321-303-9873

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Maranatha news for August 12-18

Hello, Maranatha –

Thanks so much to the Rev. Dr. Gary Peluso Verdend for his excellent series, “The role of religion in public life in the U.S.” He gave us good food for thought! If you missed either of his lessons and would like to hear them, you can find them at http://www.bostonavenue.org/maranatha.html . Thanks, Gary!

Dr. Don Hertzler will teach us the next two Sundays on “Paul and Women.” Don has been a very active UMC layman at the Oklahoma Conference level, and was one of our Annual Conference delegates the last two years. He was a professor at Southwestern State University in Weatherford before he and his wife retired, moved to Tulsa, and joined Boston Avenue. We’re in for a treat!

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Happy birthday to Gene Martin on August 14.

Happy anniversary to David and June Kooker on the 12th, Ruth and Paul Giessen on the 13th, and Rob Smith and Suzan Morgan, also on the 13th.

Thanks to Scott Morgan for leading us in prayer Sunday, and to Carol and Dave Grim and Sharon and Bruce Chucoski for being our hosts. Carol Maus will lead us in prayer this Sunday, and the Wansleys (guilty/cleanup) and Campbells (healthy/setup) will bring our snacks.

MISSION OPPORTUNITIES:

Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in BASE Camp: Rise Against Hunger on August 26. Our class will work at Burroughs School and/or packing food in Jubilee Hall. It’s a great mission experience for all ages!

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

JOYS AND CONCERNS:

Julie Allen is in acute care now at St. John South and will be there a while. Cards are a great way to let her know you’re thinking about her.

Please remember the family of Sherry Griffin’s friend, David Cane, who was killed in a brush hog accident. He was working on it when the jack failed and it crushed him. David has a 13-year-old son.

Sharon and Bruce Chucoski’s daughter-in-law is expecting a baby in March, but has been very sick and has lost 11 pounds. An ultrasound last week shows that the baby is ok.

Pam Sherman is expecting another great grandchild. It’s a little boy, and she thinks he will be named “Porter.”

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

SOCIAL EVENTS:

The potluck picnic and Bluegrass concert at Keystone State Park, Shelter #5, will take place this Saturday, 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 love to sing.

On Sunday, September 9, we will experience a wonderful Sunday buffet together in a private room at Philbrook Museum. Arrive by 12:30, then we will enjoy a docent-led tour of the museum after lunch – no later than 2:00 p.m. Their special exhibit is “Innovative Impressions.” Cost is $32 per person, and guests are welcome. They can take up to 35 people. Checks can be made out to “Maranatha Class.” A clipboard will be passed each Sunday through September 3rd. Thanks to Ken Privett for arranging this.

OTHER

Our church has formed a team to paricipate in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will be held September 15 on the University of Tulsa campus. Please consider walking with or donating to support our team. More information is available at Tulsawalk.org – look for “Boston Avenue Support Group.”

Our class will meet in Jubilee Hall on September 23 to hear David Wiggs’s State of the Church update. The staff was thrilled with all the completed surveys they received, and those results will be part of his update, along with other information.

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.

UPCOMING CLASS MISSIONS:

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 Church

December (tentative) Neighbor for Neighbor Christmas event

You are a blessing to our class. We’ll see you Sunday

Shari

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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 http://www.bostonavenue.org/maranatha.html . Thanks, Gary!

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

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

MISSION NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES:

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.)

JOYS AND CONCERNS:

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.

SOCIAL EVENTS:

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.

OTHER

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.

UPCOMING CLASS MISSIONS:

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

Shari

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Volunteer Opportunity

All,

Brenda Worthington advises that we have a volunteer opportunity this Sunday, August 5th. Restore Hope Ministries will be putting together school supply kits in the afternoon from 1:30-4:30 for distribution beginning Monday, August 6th. Address is 2960 Charles Page Blvd., Tulsa, Oklahoma 74127. In all, they need about 30 people willing to donate an afternoon to this worthwhile cause. We are not being asked to fill all 30 slots, but there will be plenty of room for any and all comers from Maranatha. No need to sign up – just show up.

This is a perfect opportunity for those people who want to volunteer but don’t have time on a regular basis.

Roger

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Update regarding Julie Allen

Julie continues to make progress with breathing treatments and other procedures related to her pneumonia. Both Rebecca and Taylor are in town and present at the hospital.

Because of the setup of Julie’s room at the hospital, there is no place for visitors to be with her. Jeff told me that they have plenty of snack food and the like. For now, our best expression of love and care for Julie is to remember her in prayer throughout the day and the days ahead, and be sure to greet her face-to-face when she recovers and returns to class. If a need is expressed, I will get in touch with our Caranatha team for response.

Rick
321-303-9873

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Julie Allen

Jeff let me know that Julie has been running a fever off and on since Friday, and he took her to the doctor yesterday. They discovered she has pneumonia. She is in a "staging" room at St. John’s as they are full.

At this time, they simply need our prayers for Julie. Since Julie doesn’t yet have a room, there is nowhere to visit her, and we probably would not be helpful spreading germs right now anyway.

As more facts are available, we will update this note.

Rick

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Maranatha news

Happy Tuesday, Maranatha friends-

The Rev. Dr. Gary Peluso Vendend will teach us the next two Sundays. His topic is, “What is the role of religion in public life in the U.S.?” Gary is now on sabbatical from Phillips Theological Seminary for a year, then will be creating a new Center for Community Theology in Tulsa. He is always so thoughtful and well-informed – it should be a most interesting lesson.

We all enjoyed Rev. Warren Danskin’s lesson on Boston Avenue’s oral histories last Sunday. If you missed it, you can hear it at http://www.bostonavenue.org/maranatha.html . Thanks, Warren.

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS

We welcomed a new member, Clifford Webster, last Sunday! Be sure to greet him and introduce yourself!

We also welcomed a visitor, Ann Howard. Ann worked with Pam and Karey Low as a dental hygienist.

Happy birthday to David Carpenter on the 29th and to Shannon Latchem on August 2. We have no anniversaries to celebrate again this week.

Thanks to Sharon Chucoski for leading us in prayer Sunday, and to Frieda and Rob Reck and Charlotte and Roger Rowe for hosting. Angie Dale and Jim McCann (guilty/setup) and Suzy Morgan (healthy/cleanup) will be our hosts this week.

MISSION NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES:

Family Promise, our church’s newest mission involvement to help homeless families, is hosting our first family this week at Boston Avenue. Please keep the program and the family in your prayers, and contact Sarah Pugh Montgomery if you are interested in helping. There are still a few openings.

Our class will serve dinner at the Day Center for the Homeless on Friday, August 10. We 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. All volunteers should be finished by 5:30-5:45. Sign up Sunday if you’re interested.

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

JOYS AND CONCERNS:

Jimmy Berg wanted everyone to know how much he has appreciated the cards and prayers. He is slowly improving, and he hopes to be back in class in a few weeks.

Pam Sherman is excited to meet four biological siblings she recently found. She will meet them in Las Vegas this week.

Albert Klein was discovered to have a heart valve defect this week. He was meetin with a surgeon today to determine the best way to treat it. He will also need hernia surgery, once the heart issue is resolved.

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

SOCIAL EVENTS:

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 waiting to be discovered.

OTHER

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.

UPCOMING CLASS MISSIONS:

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

Hope your week is going well. Thanks for all you mean to our class! We’ll see you Sunday

Shari

Published in: on July 31, 2018 at 8:31 pm  Comments Off on Maranatha news  

Maranatha news for July 22-28

Greetings, friends-

Many thanks to theRev. Sarah Pugh Montgomery’s for her two great weeks of lessons. If you missed either of them, you can hear them and all of our past lessons at http://www.bostonavenue.org/maranatha.html .

This Sunday the Rev. Dr. Warren Danskin will talk to us about, “The Methodist Church in Cuba.” It should be a most interesting lesson.

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome to our visitor, Clarissa Leland, daughter of Sharon and Bruce Chucoski. Fun Fact: Clarissa was the first baby born into the Maranatha Class!

Happy birthday to Charlotte Rowe on the 25th and to Terri Todd on the 28th. We have no anniversaries to celebrate this week.

Thanks to Pam Sherman for leading us in prayer last week, and to Becky Morris, Wanda Williams, and Michael Dishman for hosting. Jerry LeDoux will give our prayer this Sunday, and our hosts will be Rob and Freida Reck (guilty/setup) and Roger and Charlotte Rowe (healthy/cleanup).

MISSION NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES:

Richard Wansley thanked all who brought snack pack items for the Cookson Mission. He also announced that there are still a few openings for volunteers with Family Promise, July 29-August 4. Contact Sarah Pugh Montgomery if you are interested.

Our class will serve dinner at the Day Center for the Homeless on Friday, August 10. We 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. All volunteers should be finished by 5:30-5:45.

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

JOYS AND CONCERNS:

Jimmy Berg in home resting, and should be back soon.

Please remember all the families of those who died in the tragic boating accident in Branson.

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

SOCIAL EVENTS:

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 waiting to be discovered.

UPCOMING CLASS MISSIONS:

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

Hope your week is going well. Thanks for all you mean to our class! We’ll see you Sunday

Shari

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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 http://www.bostonavenue.org/maranatha.html .

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS

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).

JOYS AND CONCERNS:

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

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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.

SOCIAL EVENTS:

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!

Shari

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