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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Published in: on April 3, 2019 at 5:32 pm  Comments Off on Maranatha Newsletter March 31-April 6, 2019  

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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Cisco Maldonado Visitation

Class… Jim Embrey notified me that Cisco will be able to see visitors this week except for Wednesday morning. He is at St. Francis in room 7124. Use the "Green" elevator (via the main entrance) to reach his room.

Be advised that there may be instances that when you show up he may not want to visit. He is receiving multiple treatments this week and the affects can vary.

Dave Grim

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Refreshment volunteer May 26?

We only need one more volunteer to complete the April-June refreshment list.
If you can bring Healthy snacks and handle cleanup on May 26 please text Scott at 918-640-4068 or send him an email at smorgan.

THANKS to everyone for signing up. We love snacks!

scott

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Maranatha Class Newsletter – March 17 to 23

Dr. Joel Panciera, Director of Music Ministries at Boston Avenue, continued with the second of his series of lessons for Lent. He taught us about sensing the presence of God through the mindset of the mystics, an awareness of the divine that begins with wonder. about the challenged us to "aim for a higher target" in our spiritual life.

Class Announcements

Happy Birthday this week to John Sherman (18), Joe Harris (18), Carol Grim (19) and Meredith Davison (20). There were no anniversaries this week.

Thanks to Carol Grim for our prayer today. Next week Carol Maus will have our prayer. Snacks were provided by the Grims’ and Suzy Morgan. Next week the Shermans’ and Scott and Debra Morgan will bring the snacks.

Our next class social, a Progressive Dinner, will be held on April 6th at 5:00 pm. You can sign up at church next Sunday.

We will have an Easter Brunch on April 21st.

Other upcoming events include: The Senior Seekers will be doing a mission project on Wednesday, March 20th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Lunch will also be served.

Oklahoma Methodist Manor will have a celebration on Monday, March 25 at 2:00 pm in the Fleming Center to celebrate their kickoff of Phase II of their fundraising for the new community Center. They have recently received a $500,000 matching gift. All are welcome.

Rev. Gary Paluso-Verdend will present the last of his series "REPENT AND TRY AGAIN: THE CHURCH & PUBLIC MATTERS" on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30 pm in Room 420.

The church is no longer using Styrofoam cups because of environmental concerns. We have exchanged them with paper cups.

Joys and Concerns

Cisco Maldonado is still undergoing testing to determine the best treatment for his cancer. His family is visiting from out-of-town.

Jim Griffin was not accepted into either of the treatment trials but has one more treatment option.

Debbie Jacoby is feeling better and looking great in her new home at Montereau.

Richard Wansley had talked with Jimmy and Walter Berg who are working on their situation and would like prayers from the class.

The Car Care Clinic was robbed but individuals have come forward with donations and a new security system. We will see if they have any more needs at this time.

We are keeping our classmates in our thoughts and prayers and hope to see all of them back at church soon!

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

Carol and Meredith

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Published in: on March 17, 2019 at 2:25 pm  Comments Off on Maranatha Class Newsletter – March 17 to 23