Sunday 3 April 2011

“What we think about things determines our actions.  What we think about God is the most important thing about us. How we answer that question will determine our spiritual future, as well as how we live day by day.”
By James Bryan Smith,  The Kingdom and the Cross..  Thank you to Paula Scott for the wonderful lesson.

Thank you to our Greeters and those who brought Refreshments:
Paul and Ruth Giessen
Jim McCann and Angelyn Dale

Visitors:
Susanne Taylor  – Houston TX

April Birthdays:
4th Anita Rounds
7th Rob Reck
7th Eric

April Anniversaries:
7th Dan and Martha Blevins
7th Jim and Sherry Griffin
9th Judy Harkins

Announcements:
Our speaker for 10 April will be Jim Embrey

Greeters and Refreshments for 10 April:
Set Up:  Ed and Judith Payton
Clean Up: Mark and Beverly North

11 April Golf Tournament to Benefit MSgt Tom Garrett and Family at MeadowBrook Country Club.  Lunch and Registration 11AM, Start 1PM.  Cost: 4 Person Team $260, Single Player $65 – will be paired into 4 man teams.

15 April Easter Egg Stuffing and Potluck – contact Skip and Paula Scott for more details.

We continue to restock Apartment M. We still need some items, please consult list being passed around or see Sharon Early.

Joys and Concerns:
Paul – Pet Scan
Dana’s Father passed away
Pam Sherman – Presentation Roots of Islamic Terrorism and Politics
Tom Garrett and Family
Bethany Willyard – Bethany will visit us on 17April
Laura – Abdominal Pain

Have a Great Week. I hope to see all on Sunday

William Meyer

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Sunday 27 March 2011

I hope all  enjoyed Dr Howard Plowman March 20 and 27th. I found it interesting to hear people’s favorite scriptures and the reasons behind it.
Thank you to Denny Meredith-Orr for a wonderful prayer.
Thank you to Bill Gertsen and Art and Karen Campbell for Greeting us and providing refreshments.
A special Thank you to Boston Avenue Children’s Area and Mid High Youth for the wonderful Thank You Notes.

March Birthdays:
27th Eric Green
27th Suzy Morgan
27th Linda Nicks
29th Susan Morgan

April Birthdays:
1st Mark North
2nd Jim Barnes

March Anniversaries:
28th Eric and Beth Green

Visitors:
Jancy – Carol Maus’s Friend
Gracson
Megan
Josephine
Geneva

New Member:
Elaine Wilson – Grand Daughter of John and Pam Sherman.

All are welcome back anytime.

Announcements:
Sunday 24 April – Easter Sunday

Our speaker this week will be our own Paula Scott.

This weeks Greeters and Refreshments:
Set Up: Paul and Ruth Giessen
Clean Up:  Angie Dale and Jim McCann

We still need people to Greet and bring Refreshment. If you are interested contact Johnnie Romo or Beverly North.

Join the Boston Avenue Facebook Discussion by picking up your Daily Lenten Devotional written by Church Staff and Church Members.

April 1st is Cascia Hall’s Trivia Party.

Mid High Mosaic – Saturday April 2 at 10AM, Boston Avenue United Methodist Church Community Hall, Cost $6. Come enjoy our Mid High Youth’s talent.

Eagle Court of Honor, Saturday April 9th at 4PM, Where: First United Methodist Church 1007 S Osage Ave  in the Gymnasium.  Come support Matthew J Klein as he receives this great honor.

April 11th –  Help Sargent Tom Garrett and his Family: Golf Tournament and MeadowBrook Country Club.  Lunch and Registration at 11AM.  Shotgun Start 1PM.
4 man team $260.  Single Player $65 – will be paired into teams

April 15 – Easter Egg Stuffing and Potluck Dinner – Sign up sheet going around or see Paula Scott.

Joys and Concerns
Sargent Tom Garret
Citizen of Japan
Don – Hospice
Ford – Award Winner
Todd – Plate in leg, injury healing.
Jeanette – Son

Have a wonderful week. I hope to see all on Sunday

William Meyer

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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
Presidents

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Maranatha, March 14, 2010

“Be kind to those who meet you as you rise, you may pass them again as you fall”
Irish Proverb

About 70 or so people joined us today to hear from Dr. Sandra Costen Kunz, a professor at Phillips Theological Seminary, present her lesson, entitled “The Human Spirit We Nurture in Christian Education: A Human Part or a Human Capacity?”. It was a fascinating, thoughtful presentation that challenged us to consider the role of our biology, specifically the workings of the brain, in the formation of our spiritual self. She help us better appreciate the importance of our “Christian community” and Christian eduation in modelling the principles taught us by Jesus, speculating about how this process triggers our “spiritual gene”, a unique quality of humans, that connects us with God. Thank you, Dr. Kunz; we hope you will join us, again, in the future. And, our appreciation to class member Ginny Walker in our class who has facilitated invitations to Phillips Seminary faculty members who have been sharing their scholarship with us.

Prior to Dr. Kunz’s lesson, we celebrated several birthdays, Joe Harris (3/18), Susan Panciera (3/19), and Meredith Davison Wansley (3/20), and one anniversary, Jeanie and Richard Payton (3/14). A lovely and very appropriate St. Patrick’s Day theme adorned our table of delicious refreshments. Christi and Kraemer Luks prepared the table and provided the healthy snacks, including muffins with “green” zucchini. Yummy! Bill Gertsen tempted us (and many of us yielded to the temptation) with guilty snacks – donuts, donuts! Thanks, Christi, Kraemer, and Bill for the snacks and serving as greeters.

Beverly North, who has done a marvelous job with organizing refreshmens and greeters needs your help; more volunteers are needed for future weeks. Please contact Beverly at bevjnorth(at)earthlink.net.

We had two visitors, Adam Wood and Melissa Young. Please join us, again, at any time!

Several announcements were made by class members. Darlene Lorenz asked for help with moving furniture at Exodus House, next Saturday, March 20th, at 3:00pm. Pam Sherman told us that we can join her and others to “stuff Easter eggs”, an annual Maranatha project, on Friday evening, March 26th. Contact Pam for additional information. Denny Meredith-Orr announced that our class will be helping with the Church’s Habitat for Humanity project on either April 10th or 17th. More later on this opportunity to serve.

David and Susan Rose informed us that they have learned of yet another grandchild that is expected in the future, the second of such announcements for two weeks in a row. John Sherman’s mother was hosptalized but is now successfully recovering from her illness. John also let us know that he has a contract on the sale of his house; he has been looking forward to its sale for some time.

Lynn Russell asks that we all “save the date” for an evening at the Designer Showcase, scheduled for April 19th, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Ginny Walker share a prayer and meditation with us this morning following announcements.

If you there this morning, it was great fellowship and education, as you well know. If you were unable to be with us this morning, we missed you, and recommend that you check out our website (www.maranathaclass.org) for what’s going on in the future. Also, Dr. Kunz’s lesson will be posted on our podcast soon; look for it at http://www.bostonavenue.org/maranatha.shtml.

Next Sunday and the following week (Palm Sunday), we will have Reverend Bill Tankersley as our teacher. Later this week, I’ll send you an announcement about his topic. Remember that Easter Sunday will a “brunch Sunday” for us. Have a blessed week!

Richard Wansley and Meredith Davison
Presidents

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Maranatha, February 28, 2010

“Being a missionary doesn’t mean you have to cross the sea, just see the cross.”

When Reverend Marsha Alexander, our teacher/presenter at class this morning, made this comment to us on Saturday evening at our home where she spent the evening, we knew that this was to be Sunday’s Quote. Our Class was blessed by Reverend Alexander’s description of her journeys as a United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries’ missionary, not only those journeys of geography (the Phillipines and Mexico) but also the one of her calling by God to mission. Marsha shared with us that many people over the years have said that “…she must have given up so much to be in such service”, but Marsha simply concluded that “…she can’t think of a thing that she’s given up that hasn’t been replaced 10-fold by God through her service to our Lord, Jesus Christ.” Whether called across the sea, across the border, across town, across the street, or across the room, we give up nothing but we gain everything! God speed, Marasha; we are blessed by your message to us this morning!

Our classroom was filled to near capacity earlier today; what a great Sunday! However, there were those of you who weren’t able to be with us, and you were missed. Hope to see you soon!

We celebrated several birthdays inlcuding Ruth Giessen (3/4), Kenny King(3/6), and Barbara Loyd (3/6), and one anniversary, Christi and Kraemer Luks. To each and all, congratulations! Our thanks to Susie and Mark Butterworth, Sarah and Cisco Maldonado for delicious refreshments, both healthy and not, displayed with loving care over a quilted tablecloth. Our lone visitor was a family member, Ms. Lisa Meehan. Come again, Lisa!

Suzy Meredith-Orr announced our next mission opportunity, a painting party at Exodus House, on Saturday, March 6th, 9:30am till about 1:00pm. Contact Suzy for more information.

Pam Sherman let us know that the annual “Easter egg stuffing” is scheduled for Friday evening, 6:30pm, March 26th. Contact Pam, but we’ll provide more information in future Sunday Reports as well.

Sharon Earley is heading up the Funds Committee effort to nominate recipients for our donations. She asked that the Committee and other interested folks meet with her next Sunday at 9:00am in our classroom to discuss the process. Nominations will be presented to the class in April (probably the 11th) for our actions on this important mission of our Class. Contact Sharon or me if you have a nominee or comments/questions.

Jennifer Hall expressed her joy at the news of being an expectant grandmother. Judith Payton will have surgery next Friday; our thoughts and prayers are with you, Judith. Glenna Arnott shared concern for a granddaughter who is in harms way; she distributed information regarding this matter, asking for prayers and support. Glenn has asked to send this information to you via E-mail, and we will do in a seperate mailing later this week once she has provided it to us. Bob Russell led us in prayer following these expressions of joy and concerns.

March 2010 should be another interesting month of informative presentations and Christian education leading us into the Easter week (Palm Sunday is March 28th). Next week, Professor Michael Lapolla will be in our class to help us better understand some of the critical points within the national and local debate on “health care reform”. Professor Lapolla’s research and thoughts are often reported in our newspapers and other media locally and regionally, especially as it pertains to policy affecting underserved and underinsured people, a population of great concern to all us who are Christians. Professor Lapolla’s presentation is expected to be an unbiased report to you with an opportunity for questions and answers.

On other Sundays in March, expect teachings by Professor Sandra Costen Kunz (3/14) and Reverend Bill Tankersley (3/21 and 3/28). Also, please remember that Easter Sunday (April 4th) will be a Brunch Sunday at Maranatha.

Have a wonderful week; contact us anytime.

Richard Wansley and Meredith Davison
Presidents

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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
Presidents

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