Maranatha, April 11, 2010

I regret I was unable to send out the regular Report earlier in the week, but work-related demands have prevented me from do so. But, here it is now:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our teacher/presenter on Sunday was Reverend Stan Basler, Director of the Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries for the Oklahoma Conference, United Methodist Church. Stan, his wife, and local staff members attended our class; we all listened as he described the New Day Camp, a summer camp for children of incarcerated parents. We were all impressed with this very worthwhile and labor-intensive effort of the UM church that is designed to provide a unique, positive experience for these children while also helping reduce the children’s risk for their own incarceration. Statistics show that children of incarcerated parents are from 7 to 10 times at greater risk of criminal acts later in their lives leading to an incarceration.

Reverend Basler’s presentation was most timely given that Sunday was the day that we made a decision regarding distribuition of our class funds, and New Day Camp was one of our designated beneficiaries. Sharon Earley lead us through a description of the process that the Funds Committee and class has used to date in identifying proposed financial recipients. She then presented the proposal; it was approved by the class without objection. Later this week and, again, on Sunday, a final statement of the distributions will be forwarded to you. Thank you Sharon and your Committee for sheperding a good process and great outcome, and my thanks to all class members who contributed financially to our missions within and outside Boston Avenue!

Prior to Stan’s presentation and approving the funds distribution, we recognized several birthdays and anniversaries: Birthdays – LeeAnne Nichols (4/11), Pam Low (4/14), Jerry Russell (4/15), and Joey Manduano (4/16); Anniversaries – Beth and Bob Winchester (4/11), Ginny and Jerry Walker (4/14), Nancy and Joey Manduano (4/15). Happy Birthday and Congratulations to those celebrating annivesaries!

Pam and John Sherman, Beth and Eric Green provided great refreshments, and welcomed class members and visitors. Thank you!

We had a number of visitors including Jeannine Bezotte, Janet Basler, Nancy Morgan (who we hoping to move from “visitor” to “member” soon), Matt North (Beverly’s husband; come again Matt), Brantley Tillery, Delores Ritter, Pat Herron, Kim Orr, and Darren (sorry, we missed the last name). Great members, great visitors!

There were a number of joys, concerns, and announcements; it was a busy morning. Prayers were asked for concerns that included Katie (and her family), young 33 year old mother of 2-year old twins, who recently started chemo for breast cancer, for Noel Ray who recently suffered a serious stroke, and a friend, Dale, who has been disappointed by the actions of a young woman whom she has been mentoring. We were also reminded of Kaiden, the 2 1/2 year child, who has a brain tumor.

One true joy was Beth sharing with us that Eric has received a “clean bill of health” at his last checkup; indeed, good news! Scott Morgan let us know that his adult child and family are moving back to Tulsa for work; however, Scott let me know as class was ending that they have a need – a good rental house. If you have or know of such rental house, or need information about the need, contact Scott Morgan as soon as possible.

Rob Reck led us in prayer prior to Reverend Basler’s presentation.

Several announcements for your calendars:

  • Our mission to assist with the Interfaith Habitat House is this Saturday, April 17th. Contact Suzy or Denny Meredith-Orr for more information.
  • New “Dinners/Lunchs for Eight” will be formulated soon; Pam Sherman will start sign-ups next week.
  • The May 2010 Class Social will be attending with other Church members a Tulsa Drillers baseball game on Sunday, May 23rd. The game starts at 2:05pm but lunch will be provided to all attendees at the new ONEOK Field immediately following the 11am service. Cost for the lunch and ticket is $20 per person. Contact Pam Sherman for details.
  • For those who purchased the Champagne Bruch with Gary Peluso-Verdend, President, Phillips Theological Seminary is Saturday, April 17th. Contact Ginny Walker, your host, for more information.
  • The Designer Showcase party is Monday evening, 7pm to 9pm, April 19th. If you have not paid and want to attend, the cost is $20 payable to Maranatha Class; contact Lynn Russell for more information.

Next week (April 18th) and the Sunday following (April 25th), Dr. Gary Peluso-Verdend will be our teacher/presenter. Be there, you’re invited; invite others as well!

We had a busy Sunday and lot’s going on; isn’t it great? Hope that I got all the facts straight. If not, let me know.

Richard Wansley

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Maranatha, March 21, 2010

“Every Spring is the only Spring, a perpetual astonishment.” Ellis Peters (aka, Edith Mary Pargeter) – Mystery Writer

Yesterday was the first day of Spring, and as Ellis Peters pointed out, we were “…astonished” by a snowy beginning of the season, especially since it followed a 70+ degree Friday! With snow still on the ground and winds blowing hard, we had a warm Sunday morning at Maranatha! Somewhat smaller in size than usual, the class celebrated Spring with a refreshment table filled with flowers and colorful napkins, healthy snacks and those other tasty items as well. Our thanks go out to Brenda and David Worthington for a lovely setup and Beverly North for her contributions to the goodies.

Several birthdays were acknowledged, including those of Suzanne Anderson (3/22), Doug Tye (3/26), Eric Green (3/27), Suzy Morgan (3/27), and Linda Nicks (3/27). Two anniversaries were noted as well, including Debbie and Neal Pascoe whose celebration is today (3/21), and Sue and Keith Madden whose anniversary is on March 24th.

We had a number of announcements and “joys and concerns”.

On Friday, March 26th (this coming Friday), the annual Maranatha “egg stuffing party” will be held at our classroom beginning at 6:30pm. It’s a “pot-luck” event; so, bring a dish if you’re planning on attending. Also, this year, we ask that you to bring wrapped treats for the eggs; the church will not be providing all the items needed as it has done in the past. Contact Pam Sherman for more information.

Lynn Russell let us know that the Designer Showcase party will be on Monday, April 19th. This was an auction item, but it’s open to all those who wish to be added to the list (however, a contribution will be required if you have not already previously paid for this event). Contact Lynn for more information.

Several concerns were shared with us, including the death of Bill Gertsen’s father, William Marvin Gertsen. We learned later in the hour that Bob Ronne was hospitalized with heart complaints. Pam Sherman shared a concern for a friend and co-worker, Tom. Concerns were also expressed for those who are struggling with finding employment and others learning about losing their jobs. Please remember all these people, their families, and close ones in your prayers.

Joys were shared with the class as well. Paul Staat will go before the Board of Ordained Ministries this week as one of the final tests toward completion of his Seminary studies. Remember, Paul, we’re all with you; you’re in our thoughts and prayers. “You can do it!”

Denny Meredith-Orr let us know that Suzy has been chosen to play the rehearsal piano for Tulsa’s Light Opera. Congratulations, Suzy! Pam Sherman’s son has found a new position as a chef. Word is that Judith Payton is still progressing following her surgery.

Janet Purinton announced that she will become a grandmother in August! Meredith Wansley reported that she and Richard will be adding to their family, another grandchild is expected in October.

The Reverend Bill Tankersley provided our lesson today, teaching us about some of key characteristics of the Roman Empire at the time of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Reverend Tankersley will continue his discussion next week, Palm Sunday, focusing on the symbolism of Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem in that last week of his mortal life.

Join us next week and the following Sunday, Easter! What better time is there than Holy Week to invite friends and family members to visit with us at Maranatha! If we haven’t seen you in class recently, please come see us. We’ve missed you, and look forward to welcoming you home!

Remember, also, that Easter Sunday is a “brunch Sunday” at Maranatha. Ed Payton has graciously agreed to give us an Easter devotional message. Thank you, Ed.

Enjoy the week; see you soon!

Richard Wansley and Meredith Davison Wansley
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