Maranatha, May 30, 2010; Request for men to volunteer for a Father’s Day lesson

The Report is arriving a bit later than usual due to the holiday this week, and our hosting family at our house. My apologies for the late posting.

Being the 5th Sunday, it was a Brunch Sunday, and the food was ample and delicious. We also had a great turnout especially considering that it was a holiday weekend.

Ginny Walker gave an inspired lesson, a description of her loving relationship with Jerry, her husband, who resides at Methodist Manor. Ginny and Jerry’s story served as a reminder to us that our personal world can be a fragile one, and when it breaks, we need the support of family, friends, and our Christian faith. Thank you, Ginny, for sharing your story with us! Also, our thanks to Steve Dickie, Executive Director for Methodist Manor, who joined Ginny in describing the Manor and its plans for the future.

We recognized several birthdays and anniversaries: Birthdays – Doug Justice (5/31); Deb Nihiser (5/31); Sharon Bookout (6/2); Debbie Morgan (6/2); Neal Pascoe (6/4); Diane Martin (6/5). Anniversaries – Jeff and Julie Allen (5/30); Terry and Amy Michael (5/30); Steve and Debbie Jacoby (6/4). Celebrate; you deserve it!

It was our pleasure to welcome visitors, as well, including Kay Boswell, Steve and Doris Dixon (returning visitors), Ann Walker (Ginny and Jerry’s daughter), Vicky Langston, and, of course, Steve Dickie.

Joys and concerns were expressed by members and prayers were heard for those who were raised up in need of our help.

Now, I need your help! If you recall, we had several women volunteer to speak on Mother’s Day Sunday regarding being a mother or their own mother. It was a great lesson! On that Sunday, the idea was presented that we do a similar lesson for Father’s Day Sunday, June 20th. So, I’m looking for 3 or 4 volunteers who would speak about 5 or 6 minutes each about either being a father or about your father. I would like to have 4 men, 2 for each topic. If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know as soon as possible. I will take the first volunteers that fit into the two topics.

In June, Rev. Bill Crowell, will be our teacher. He will also teach on June 20th if we don’t have enough men to volunteer for the Father’s Day lesson. Bill’s lessons will be entitled, “A People’s History of Christianity”. This Sunday, June 6th, he will teach about two people, Justin Martyr and Perpetua. See you Sunday!!

Richard Wansley and Meredith Davison

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Maranatha, May 23, 2010

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of faith is
to see what you believe.”
Saint Augustine

The quote above is a reminder that the “faith” of our class members is “seen” through the reward of members who move to help and care for another class member or their family. Our class was faithful this week when members demonstrated their support for the family of Jennifer Tye who died earlier in the week. Carol Maus and Mickey, friends of Jennifer, Doug, and their sons, shared loving stories of Jennifer’s life with us. Thank you Carol, Mickey, and all those who gave their time, food, and prayers for the Tye family. Her family will continue to need your prayers!

This morning, we recognized several birthdays for the week (Jane Smith, Amy Michael, and Kevin Meehan) and a number of anniversaries (Dee & Noel Copeland, Suzy & Denny Meredith-Orr, Allene & Rex Donley, Diane & Gene Martin, and Lynn & Bob Russell). Happy Birthday and Congratulations to each of you!

Our greeters who provided refreshments were Rob & Frieda Reck and Janet Purinton. Good food! There was one announcement: the “70s Trivia Party” will be held on June 4th at the Manduanos. Contact them if you have not already signed up to attend this party.

Today, many concerns were shared by our class: For the Bruce Taylor family, for young Amanda, Debbie Jacoby’s father, a class member who is starting chemotherapy this week, and others as well. If you wish for us to share specific concerns and names of those in need of prayer, please let us know and we will send out another report with that information later this week.

Joys were also presented to the class, including the birth of Rorie Hope, the granddaughter of LeDouxs, and celebrations for new graduates.

Scott Morgan led us in prayer.

We welcomed visitors, Ron, Ben, Lisa (Meehan), and Liz (Wansley). Come again!

Our lesson was the completion of the discussion of Jeremiah and his prophetic statements; the lesson was presented by Reverend/Professor Susanna Southard, Phillips Theological Seminary. Many thanks to Susanna for a well-delivered and meaningful lesson!

Next week is a “Brunch Sunday”; so bring a dish to share with the class. Ginny Walker will provide a devotion/lesson for us next week. Bring family and friends for the food and Ginny’s lesson!

Prayerfully Yours,

Richard Wansley and Meredith Davison

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