Maranatha Gentle Reminder

Just a quick reminder that our speaker will need to start early tomorrow.We plan on letting him begin at 9:45, so please adjust your normal coffee and donuts schedule accordingly.

Dan B.

Published in: on August 19, 2017 at 7:08 am  Comments Off on Maranatha Gentle Reminder  

Early Start Next Sunday!

Please forgive me. I forgot to mention in the newsletter that our speaker will need to get back to his church next Sunday morning. So, we are going to start our lesson promptly at 9:45 am. Please plan for an early start.

Dan B.

Published in: on August 16, 2017 at 6:28 am  Comments Off on Early Start Next Sunday!  

Newsletter for Aug. 13th

Good day Maranatha.

Attached is your newsletter for Sunday, August 13th.
The Rev. Jeff Jaynes was back this week and spoke to us about the face of homelessness and some of the strategies for combating it.

Rev. Keith McArtor will be giving our lesson for the next two Sundays.

Have a great week!

Dan B.

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Mary Staat’s mother passed away

Mary Staat’s mother Oleta Cheek passed away at the Oklahoma Methodist Manor. Her funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday August 10 at Christ United Methodist Church. Caranatha has been in contact with Mary and there is no need for volunteers at this time.


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Newsletter for Aug 6th


Greetings, here is the newsletter for this past Sunday, Aug. 6th.

We had a great lesson from Rev. Jeff Jaynes on Restore Hope Ministries. He will be back with us again next Sunday to talk about approaches to homelessness in our city.

We’ll see you there,

Dan B.

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Speaker next 2 weeks -Rev. Jeff Jaynes

Jeff has served as the Executive Director of Restore Hope Ministries since June 2011. Restore Hope has a very sharp website that will quickly show you the amazing service they provide the city in homelessness prevention, hunger reduction, hope promotion and other seasonal events. As you may know, they recently added a second location at 67th & Mingo. Also, you may recall Jeff’s televised announcement from Bishop’s Hall in January 2016 that the Way Home for Tulsa initiative celebrated reaching the goal of placing 290 veterans in housing during 2015 along with 78 chronically homeless people. Restore Hope Ministries is an important outreach for Boston Avenue Church as we assist those in need.

Jeff and his wife Adriane are from Tulsa. When Jeff was choosing a college, he felt God was calling him to be President, so attending Georgetown University in D.C. seemed appropriate where he studied Government and Theology. After graduating, he worked in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Deputy District Director for 2 years. Feeling a strong calling to seminary, he attended Duke University and obtained a Masters of Divinity. He served as Pastor of Southern Hills United Methodist Church for 5 years and during that time was ordained as an Elder. He believes the move to Restore Hope ministries in 2011 was the perfect job for him as he always had a heart for public service and a call to help those in need.

Jeff and Adriane are parents of Benjamin (8) and William (4). Adriane works at INCOG on a Department of Energy grant to encourage alternative fuel vehicles. Jeff is a life long Cubs fan (and now a happy one) and of course follows Duke and Georgetown basketball.

I hope you will be able to hear Rev. Jeff Jaynes teachings the next 2 Sundays. Jim Embry will lead the class Sunday and I will return August 13.


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Maranatha Newsletter for July 30th

Good day.

Attached is the newsletter for last Sunday’s class.

The Rev. Susanna Southard gave her second lesson from the Apocrypha. She continued on with stories related to Daniel and I tried to give a quick synopsis in the newsletter of what we covered. She has so much knowledge, it’s hard to get it all out in less than an hour. She already is thinking of what she like to cover on her next visit.

Next week our speaker is Rev. Jeff Jaynes from Restore Hope Ministries.

Have a great week!

Dan B.

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Newsletter for July 23rd


Hello once again. Here’s the newsletter for this week.

This Sunday, the Rev. Susanna Southard gave the first of two lessons on ‘Apocryphal Narratives’ . This week was about Apocryphal writings on Daniel that are not contained the the Book of Daniel. She will continue with other examples on the 30th.

Have a great week and we’ll see you next Sunday.

Dan B.

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Published in: on July 25, 2017 at 8:35 pm  Comments Off on Newsletter for July 23rd  

Our speaker July 23 & 30

As Dan highlighted in the Newsletter Susanna Weslie Southard has taught our class numerous times since she joined the staff at Phillips Theological Seminary in 2007. She has a vast range of responsibilities at Phillips which is why she has 3 titles listed in the newsletter. I want to let you know more about Susanne who the Dean often refers to her as a mystagogue. Before moving to Tulsa, Susanna spent most of her life in Overland Park, Kansas. Her grandfather was a Methodist minister and her father was a Methodist Minister. When Susanna was in 1st grade, her father left the ministry to become a computer programmer. Years later, her mother was ordained. It is clear that Susanna has keen intellectual pursuits from an early age. In grade school her goal was to become the first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. At a 9th grade jurisdictional youth camp, she was called to ministry. Her response was to enter into an agreement with God. If she could study law first, then she would attend seminary. She was a pre-law student at Washington University in St. Louis and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Keeping her bargain, she then went straight to Perkins School of Theology at SMU. She is an ordained elder in the Great Plains Conference (previously the Kansas East Conference). After serving in 5 churches over 11 years, her intellectual pursuits kept calling and she returned to graduate work in Hebrew Bible at Vanderbilt University. She has been a true blessing for Phillips Seminary and keeps a very open door to all students. Her Dean calls her a mystagogue because she is the one that ushers new students into the mysteries of seminary. Also, she has published numerous articles and book reviews too numerous to list.

Clearly, Susanna has a wealth of knowledge and teaching experience. Her topic for the next 2 weeks is Apocryphal Narratives which is a very timing considering today’s news, etc.!

I hope to see you Sunday. The Carpenters and Brenda Worthington will delicious food for you as well!


p.s. Please go see BABA or be shamed.

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Maranatha Newsletter for July 16th


Greetings. Here is the newsletter for Sunday, July 16th.

Our speaker on Sunday was Caroline Holmes to spoke to us on your Christian faith as it relates to the environment and sustainability.

Next week our lesson will be given by the Rev. Susanna Southard of Phillips Theological Seminary.

Thanks to Scott for doing the newsletter for last week.


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Published in: on July 18, 2017 at 8:51 pm  Comments Off on Maranatha Newsletter for July 16th