Maranatha News from Sunday, February 5

Here’s the news from Maranatha Class this past Sunday . . .

VALENTINE DINNER SOCIAL – Saturday, Feb 11 – Ti Amos at 61st & Sheridan for 6:30 – A room has been reserved and there are some extra spaces if you would still like to attend!

Sharon Earley and Bev North – Thank you so much for your effort!

Next Week – Feb 12 – Christi & Kraemer Luks and Carol & Mickey Maus

David Been – Feb 5
Sherry Stinson – Feb 7
Art Campbell – Feb 7
Karey Low – Feb 8
Jerry LeDoux – Feb 11

Sarah & Cisco Maldonado – Feb. 10th – 22 years Congratulations!

No one dropped in this past week

~ The next class social will be February 11 – a Valentine’s Dinner at Ti Amos
~ CHILI SUPPER – Volunteers needed for February 27th – you’ll have more chances to sign up!
~ Work Area on Missions is sponsoring a mission trip to Bolivia in July, It is a medical and construction trip. The cost for each participant will be $1000 (WAOM is picking up $1000 of the cost). There is a table in Bishops Hall for sign-ups and information
~ Lights on for Cookson drive began – donation envelopes were passed around – continues all month
~ There will be a special luncheon session with Dr. Bruegemann – you can arrange for your ticket by contacting Paula Gadney

Joys and Concerns
~ Shari and Lynn announced the engagement of their daughter, Julie
~ David and Kendall Carpenter announced that Grant had been accepted into OU Law School

Scott Morgan offered the class prayer

We are thrilled to have Ed Payton, a Walter Brueggemann scholar, back for another week. Dr. Brueggemann will be the Barton-Clinton-Gordy Lecturer at the end of February.

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Sunday 6 February 2011

Well, despite another round on snow Wednesday,  we had a marvelous class on Sunday. Thank you to Barbara Loyd for her wonderful talk: The Spiritual Aspects of Color”.
We also want to Thank those who Greeted and brought Refreshments: Neal and Debbie Pascoe and  Scott and Debbie Morgan;
Thank You to Barbara Loyd and Sharon Earley for the Class Minutes.

Dorothy Heath
Alexis Brownlee
Bill Thomas (Father of Bill and Bob Thomas)

February Birthdays:
8th  Karen Low
11th  Jerry LeDoux
12th  Kathryn Thomas

February Anniversaries:
10th Cisco and Sarah Maldonado
12th David and Brenda Worthington

Greeters/Refreshments for 13 February
Set Up: Denzil and Lisa Tallent
Clean Up:  Art and Karen Campbell

Janet Purington  (Thank You)

Please Pray for:
Lynn Goodwin – Kidney Surgery

13th Our Speaker will be Mike Chaffin, District Superintendent of Tulsa United Methodist

13th Fred Elder Recital  6PM

21 Greatest Chili on Earth – Plan to help set up, serve and clean up. The adventure starts and 3:30PM. Sign up clipboard in front of room.

Light on for Cookson – For those who wish to make a donation, envelops are available.

Groups for 8 – Groups posted on the bulletin board. Leaders for each group are being appointed.

For those wishing to attend a Tulsa Drillers Baseball Game with Boston Avenue, we need to know what date you plan to attend. Sign up available Sunday.

I hope to see everyone Sunday, have a great week.


William Meyer

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Sunday 30 January 2011

We had a delicious brunch Sunday, Thank You for all who brought food and for the wonderful fellowship. Our speaker this coming Sunday 6 February is Barbara Loyd, “The Spiritual Aspects of Color”.
Thank You to Sharon Earley for the Sunday Morning Prayer.

Thank you to Pam Sherman and Barbara Loyd for helping with the class minutes.

Suzanne Hood from Houston TX
Elaine (I believe this is her third time, maybe fourth or fifth)
All are welcome back anytime.

February Birthdays:
2  Paul Giessen
5  Dave Been
7  Art Campbell
7  Sherry Stinson

Greeter and Refreshments:
6 February  Debbie and Neal Pascoe (Set Up)
Debbie and Scott Morgan (Clean Up)

February 13  Fred Elder Recital  6PM

February 21  The Greatest Chili on Earth – Clipboard sign up on bulletin board to the left of the marker board.

Day Center for the Homeless has empty slots. Please contact Sharon @ 583-5181 ext 144 if you wish to help.

April 10th German Requiem 6PM performed by Chancel Choir
For those who wish to attend a Drillers game with Boston Avenue, the Dates are: April 10, May 22 and June 5. We’ll need a head count this Sunday 6 February.

June 5th Vespers 6PM

Joys and Concerns:
Thank You to the Civil Air Patrol for there outreach program to area schools

Please Pray for:
Mike’s Mother – Heart Problems
Tim – Back Surgeries
Martha – Heart Problems
Mary Ellen – Skull Fracture and Fibromyalgia
Paul – Hair growing back, continues with Pet Scans
Charlene – Foot Surgery
All – That we survive the snow and ice and extreme cold.

I look forward to seeing all on Sunday, stay warm.

William Meyer

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Maranatha, February 21, 2010

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”  Mohandas Gandhi

Dear Maranatha Family:

We were honored  this morning to have Debbie Peterson, our Church’s Director of Mid-High Youth Programs, present to us. Our Class is an ardent supporter of youth activities in the Church, and Debbie helped us understand how important it is for us to be making such an investment.  She made it clear that today’s youth face some of the same challenges that we, sometimes painfully, experienced in our adolescence, while also pointing out the new temptations and decisions faced by young people in contempary times.  Debbie gave us assurance that our Church’s programs strive to be relevant and strengthen the developing faith of our mid-high youth.  Thank you, Debbie, for your presentation to us, and what you and your volunteers do with youth in our Church’s family.

Two Class Members were recognized for their birthdays coming in the next few days, including Ray Latchem (2/26) and Julee Embrey (2/27).   We also acknowledged the anniversary of Karen and Art Campbell on February 26th.  Happy Birthdays and Congratulations!!

An Olympics theme adorned our table of food and drink, thoughtfully arranged by Pam and Karey Low assisted by Suzy and Denny Meredith-Orr.  Pam also offered our prayer this morning.

Suzy reminded us that the Maranatha Class is responsible for the Chili (and Stew) Supper in Community Hall, immediately preceding the Monday, February 22nd presentation by Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman as part of the Barton-Clinton-Gordey Series.  Please help; gather as early as 3pm, Monday, the kitchen in Community Hall. Meal serving begins at 5pm and ends at 6:30pm.  Also, plan on attending as many of the BCG Series presentations by Rabbi Zimmerman as possible, with more of his teaching tonight at 7pm, and, then again, Monday and Tuesday, 7pm each evening.

David Rose told us of not one or two but four joys, each of which pertained to joyous events in the family, a child’s acceptance to college, being an expectant grandparent (again), and members of the family moving back close to home, and a long awaited visit home by other family. Lynn Russell shared a concern, a request for prayers for Carl who is not expected to live many more days.

The Dixons, new members to the Church, visited with us today.  They live in the Catoosa area and seemed to enjoy their experience with our Class today.  Several of our Class Members spent time getting to know the Dixons.  I’m sure this made them feel welcomed; a big “thank you” to those Members who let the Dixons know that we are a great Class not only on Sundays but everyday!

Next Sunday, Reverend Marsha Alexander will be our teacher.  Reverend Alexander has served as a UM Missionary for a number of years, most of which were in the Phillipines.  Her most recent assignment was with Manos Juntas Mexico, a UM project in Northern Mexico which has been a VIM site for our Church in the past.  Be there next Sunday, bring guests!!

Richard Wansley and Meredith Davison

Today, we’re changing the means of our communications with you.  We’re using the Class G-Mail account so that we can have a better record or history of our regular Sunday reports. However, using this system does not permit you to reply to me with a private communication.   So, if you wish to send me a private comment or request, then please use the following E-mail address, richard.wansley(at), or call me on my mobile telephone, 918-520-8787.  Have a great week!

Richard Wansley

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Maranatha, February 14, 2010

“Life must be understood backwards; but … it must be lived forward.”
Soren Kierkegaard, Philosopher/Theologian

We had an inspiring lesson today from our resident “composer” and musician extraordinaire classmate, Rob Reck, about his trip to London during the Christmas holidays to the premier performance of his composition, “Close to Thee”. It was interesting to hear about his trip and understand more about Rob’s passion for composing music.

Today, we recognized birthdays: Keith Madden (2/14), Sam Smith (2/17), and Ginny Walker (2/23) and anniversaries: Mary and Randy Elliott (2/15) and Suzy and Rob Morgan (2/16).  Celebrate!  Valentine refreshments and greetings were provided by Michelle and Kirk Place as well as Barbara and Paul Loyd.  There were announcements about the Chili Supper on February 22st (contact Suzy or Denny Meredith-Orr) and the March social, stuffing Easter Eggs on Friday evening, March 26, for the children’s Easter egg hunt.  Upcoming mission opportunities include an Exodus House project in March and working on the Habitat for Humanity house in April. Joys and Concerns were expressed by members.  Concerns were shared for Terry, Pam Sherman’s friend, who has been put in hospice; Lynn’s friend Larry who was diagnosed with cancer, Allen Briggs brother-in-law who has prostate cancer; Patricia Ketter who has been diagnosed with breast cancer; and a friend who lost her grandfather and grandmother soon after the birth of her child. Ginny Walker expressed joy over her upcoming trip to California to celebrate her birthday with her daughter.  We also expressed sympathy to Joe Harris whose mother Margaret died last week; it was a joy to hear Joe talk about his wonderful memories of his mother and the influence she had on his life.

We welcomed several visitors: Jim and Sarah Young, former members who were visiting from Colorado Springs, Samantha Luks, and Lauren Tallent. We also welcomed a new member, Laurie Spencer to the class. Laurie is an artist whose pottery chalices are used in our communion services.

Next week, Debbie Petersen, BAUMC Mid-High Youth Director,  will discuss her work with the church youth programs.  Join us; invite others!

Have a great week!

Meredith Davison and Richard Wansley

P.S., See this informative note from Allene and Rex Donley:
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Maranatha, February 7, 2010

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending”
Maria Robinson, Writer

We had an amazing lesson today taught by Dr. Brandon Scott, Darbeth Professor of New Testament, Phillips Theological Seminary; the title of his lesson was “Resurrection: A Quiz”. Following the late service, our Maranatha “Group of 8” lunched together, and we were still energized by Professor Scott’s words to us. If you weren’t able to be in class today, visit our website,, and go to Class Recordings where you can hear (or re-hear) Dr. Scott’s presentation. The podcast will probably be posted in the next day or so. And, while you’re at the website, sign up (subscribe); we hope to begin using this site even more in the future as a communication tool for the class.
Today, we recognized birthdays: Art Campbell (2/7), Sherry Stinson (2/70), Karey Low (2/8), Jerry LeDoux (2/11), and Kate Thomas (2/12); and anniversaries: the Maldonados and Worthingtons. Celebrate!
Refreshments and greetings were provided by Lynn and Bob Russell as well as Judith and Ed Payton. There were several announcements, the Chili Supper is February 21st (contact Suzy or Denny Meredith-Orr) and the Valentine’s Dinner is February 12th (contact Pam Sherman). Joys and Concerns were expressed by members. Concerns were shared for Dr. Biggs and his family regarding the death of his Mother last Thursday evening, also Pam’s friend, Terry, who has untreatable brain cancer, and Mary’s friend in the Marines. Carol told us that she is now 10 years cancer-free, a great Joy for her and all of us who call Carol our friend.
We welcomed several visitors, and introduced Patti and Gary Smith as new members. If you know Patti and Gary (or even if you don’t know them), contact our new members this week to let them know how happy we are to have them join our group.
Next week, Rob Reck, our resident “composer” and musician extraordinaire, will share his report to the class on his trip to London where his musical work was debuted last year. It always a great class when Rob is our teacher. Join us; invite others!
Have a great week!

Richard Wansley and Meredith Davison

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