Maranatha Newsletter April 7-13, 2019

Dr. Joel Panciera concluded his interesting Lenten series with an overview of the previous weeks’ lessons and a thoughtful discussion of "Ultimate Hope in Suffering". When our suffering makes us feel helpless, we can finally let go of the illusion that we are in control. Being loved puts us in unity with God who is always working for good in the world. Many thanks to Joel for this thought provoking discussions over the past five weeks. We have grown spiritually and intellectually.

Class Announcements

Happy Birthday this week to Rob Reck (7), Bruce Chucoski (8), Dee Dueck (10) and Lee Ann Nichols (13). Three couples are celebrating their anniversaries this week: Martha and Dan Blevins (7), Judy and John Markins (9) and Jim and Sherry Griffin (7).

Thanks to Bruce Chucoski for our prayer today. Next week Kendall Carpenter will have our prayer. Our abundance of snacks were provided by the Chucoskis, the Rowes, and Judith and Ed Payton. Next week the Goodwins and the Paytons will bring the snacks.

The Class Progressive Dinner that was held last night was a big success with over 60 members attending. Thanks to the Rowes, the Martins, the Evans, the Tallents and Jeff Allen for hosting the party in their homes and to Charlotte and Melanie for organizing it!

Our next class social will be a Pot Luck Dinner/Trivia Game at the Church on June 14.

The Christmas Auction Beach Party hosted by the Butterworths will be held this weekend.

The Boston Avenue youth will be presenting the musical "Little Mermaid" on April 12 and 14th.

The Fall Maranatha Mission trip to Port Arthur, Texas will be October 7-11, 2019. Richard Wansley suggested that we partner with Vernon AME Church in this mission endeavor. The class was in agreement.

Pam Sherman announced that "12 and 12", a local drug and alcohol treatment facility, is in need of men’s clothing. If you have any to donate, just bring them to Sunday School and Pam will take them to the treatment facility.

We will have an Easter Brunch on April 21st.

On June 2 Rabbi Weinstein will be speaking to the class about Judaism. If you have any questions that you would like answered, please email them to the Maranatha email: maranathaclass

Church Announcements

The class is invited to the UMW Unit Meeting on April 18 at 11:30 am. Tony Moore, Executive Director for the Gathering Place will be speaking.

Senior Seekers is showing the movies, "Easter Parade" on April 10 at 1:00 pm in Room 2016.

On Good Friday, April 19, the church will be holding a prayer vigil. If you are interested in signing up for a 15 minute segment, please call the church or sign-up next week in the Bishop’s Hall.

Joys and Concerns

Cisco Maldonado is in the hospital and not having visitors. However, he is appreciative of our cards and prayers.

Several class members attended Jennifer Hall’s funeral last Saturday in Collinsville.

Jane Smith thanked the class for the desserts which the class served at her mother’s (Louise Schloss) funeral.

Michael Turner’s funeral will be held in Perkins, Oklahoma, his hometown, on April 13.

Suzy Morgan talked about attending a workshop on "Radical Hospitality" last week. Thanks for being the coordinator of the greeters, Suzy!

Please continue to keep all of our classmates in our thoughts and prayers during this Lenten season.

Have a wonderful week! We hope to see you next Sunday.

Carol and Meredith

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Cisco

Class… Cisco has been readmitted to the hospital due to an infection which has caused a severely low white blood cell count. Sarah has requested that there be no visitors, but our continued prayers are appreciated.

Dave

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Julie Allen – Parkinson’s Rally Walk and 5K

Dear Friends,

Even though we will very much miss having our team captain lead us again this year, we look forward to honoring Julie and continuing her legacy in the fight against Parkinson"s disease. The Parkinson’s foundation of Oklahoma’s Rally Walk and 5K is the state’s largest event to raise awareness and support for Oklahoma Parkinson"s families. The rally Walk and 5K will be held at Oral Roberts University Maybee Center on April 28th, 2019 at 1 p.m. We would love for this to be the most successful year yet for the Parkinson’s Walk and need your help for that to be possible! Please know that children, infants, grandparents and even pets are all welcome. There will be plenty of fun activities for everyone.

We are so very thankful for the amazing love and support that Julie and our family has received from our many wonderful friends. If you would like to join us this year, you may do so by donating, or even better, registering for the event and joining Team Jules. 100% of your support will stay in Oklahoma, going directly to the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma to help provide local families with Parkinson’s specific therapy, education, and support.

This event and cause is very near and dear to our family, so please join Team Jules today!

To donate directly to the Team Jules page, click the link below:

http://pfo.convio.net/site/TR/RallyWalk/General?team_id=1556&pg=team&fr_id=1120

PS. If you are having difficulty donating through the website, feel free to send any donations to the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma Tulsa office at 1831 E, 71st Street, Tulsa OK 74136. Or contact Richard McCutchen at 918-877-2704.

Thanks,

Jeff Allen

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Jennifer Hall

Maranatha class member Jennifer Hall’s funeral service will be at the Collinsville Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 5th with Rev. Amy Venable officiating. There will be a viewing Thursday evening.

Jennifer died at Clare House Tuesday, early afternoon, with her family around her.

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Update on Janet Purinton

Wonderful news! Janet is feeling great and was at choir practice last night. Evidently her fainting was caused by a drug interaction with DayQuil! We are so happy to hear that it was nothing serious.

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Maranatha Newsletter March 31-April 6, 2019

This Sunday Dr. Joel Panciera continued his Lenten series with a discussion of sacraments, Baptism and Communion. The word sacraments comes from "sacra" meaning set apart or holy. We should strive to make the act of baptism a way of life rather than a single act. Since we become a new creation following baptism we should life our life differently. His series of presentations have been very thought provoking, both spiritually and intellectually.

Class Announcements

Happy Birthday this week to Stephanie Kelly (31), John Harkin (1), and Jim Banes (2). Stephanie and Rick Kelly are celebrating their anniversary on April 6 this week.

Thanks to Pam Sherman for our prayer today. Next week Bruce Chucoski will have our prayer. Snacks were provided by the Luks. Next week Sharon and Bruce Chucoski and Roger and Charlotte Rowe will bring the snacks.

It’s not too late to sign up for our next class social, a Progressive Dinner, will be held on April 6th at 5:00 pm. Either call or email Charlotte Rowe at 918-496- 0215 or charlotterowe. Also, she will be sending an email to everyone who signed up and will let them know the date, time, place, and what they signed up for.

The Boston Avenue youth will be presenting the musical "Little Mermaid" on April 12 and 14th.

We will have an Easter Brunch on April 21st.

On June 2 Rabbi Weinstein will be speaking to the class about Judaism. If you have any questions that you would like answered, please email them to the Maranatha email: maranathaclass

Joys and Concerns

Cisco Maldonado is now at home but is very tired and not having visitors. However, he is appreciative of our cards and prayers.

Several class members (Richard Wansley, Jeff Allen, Micky Maus, Walter Berg and Rick Evans) along with pastor Rev. Amy Venable celebrated Jimmy Berg’s retirement after 39 years at the Downtown Hyatt Hotel last week. Congratulations, Jimmy!

It was a joy to have Jim and Sheri Griffin in class on Sunday!

Carol Grim had a severe drug reaction that caused itchy hives this week. We hope she is doing better.

Bruce and Sharon Chucoski’s daughter-in-law who recently had a baby is now out of the hospital. Sharon has traveled to their home to stay for a few weeks to help the family.

Please keep all of our classmates in our thoughts and prayers during this Lenten season.

Have a wonderful week! We hope to see you next Sunday.

Carol and Meredith

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Designer Showcase Party Date has changed to May 3rd

Lynn Jesse asked that the class be notified that her Showcase Party date has been moved to May 3rd.

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Update on Janet Purinton

For those of you who didn’t attend church at 11:00 am this morning, Janet Purinton fainted during the service. She was singing in the choir this morning. EMSA was called but Janet had regained consciousness she decided to go home. She is going to her physician tomorrow to get checked. The regular newsletter will follow later this week with an update. Meredith

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Maranatha Newsletter for March 24-30, 2019

Spring is clearly in the air, and as seen in the ever blooming of nature! And, God is with us in all this beauty! This theme was carefully crafted into a beautiful prayer by Carol Maus this Sunday morning at Maranatha, March 23, 2019. Thank you, Carol! The prayer next week will be given by Michelle Place.

Joel Panciera continued his lesson for our Lenten season. This morning, he challenged us in many ways, not the least of which was an active discussion on our view of God as a “noun” versus a “verb”. Thank you, Joel, for your well-prepared and thoughtful lesson which includes take-home challenges for us. Joel will be with us as our teacher through April 7th, and Ruth Weston will be our teacher on April 14th.

Dave Grim noted several announcements today including a reminder that will be a re-dedication of Bishop’s Hall on March 31st at 9:30am where the guest of honor will be our own Reverend Mouzon Biggs. He also listed two events for our attention: Progressive Dinner on April 6th, and Easter Brunch in our class on April 21st.

Several of our classmates will be participating on the church-wide mission trip to Port Arthur, Texas, beginning on Monday, March 24th. Please pray for their constructive work and safety as our church continues to help those who are recovering from Hurricane Harvey. Another Maranatha mission trip to Port Arthur is being scheduled for the Fall 2019, likely in early October but not yet confirmed – more later on this opportunity.

Birthdays acknowledged this morning included Suzy Morgan (27th) and Susan Morgan (29th). Happy Birthday Suzy and Susan!

Today’s tasty snacks were provided by the Shermans and Scott & Debra Morgan. Nice! Next weeks snacks will be supplied by the Luks.

Sarah Maldonado reported on Cisco’s health status, now recognized as Stage 2 of an extremely rare form of cancer. Treatment begins this week with in-patient care at St. Francis Hospital, then home for a short period, then back again to the in-patient treatment. Please pray for Cisco and Sarah as they embark on this difficult time. If you wish to contact Cisco, it is likely best to speak with Sarah to ensure that all is well enough for visitors, but we’re certain cards and other forms of well wishes will be welcomed.

Sharon and Bruce Chucoski reported that their daughter who recently gave birth is suffering from post-partum eclampsia which results in sudden and potentially dangerous spikes in her blood pressure. Prayers are requested for her, her family, and Sharon and Bruce as well.

Jim and Sherry Griffin are on their way home to Tulsa where Jim will be entering a clinical trial, experimental treatment for his cancer. Pray for Jim and Sherry.

Art Campbell announced a joy – Karen’s daughter, Alexis, gave birth to a baby boy whose name is Noah. Our prayers are with them on this great wonder of new life.

A big thank you to Richard Wansley for writing the notes this week!

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Designer Showcase Event at Harwelden

Class… there appears to be some confusion about the date for the Designer Showcase Event. The date is Friday, May 3, 2019. Please mark your calendars accordingly.

Thanks,

Dave Grim

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