Maranatha Class News from January 8, 2012

Suzy and I are excited to finally begin this year serving you all as Class Presidents! It is a warm and comforting feeling to look out and see so many familiar and supportive faces in Class this morning. With your help, we’ll work out the kinks and have things flowing smoothly in a short time.

Suzy opened the Class with a prayer.

Debbie and Scott Morgan and Debbie and Neal Pascoe – Thank you!

Special Presentation
We presented William Meyer with a Bible Dictionary as a token of thanks and gratitude from the class for his leadership and decision to step in and facilitate the class when no one else was prepared to do so. We admire his courage and conviction in taking on such a role. There was also a thank you gift for Michelle Place for her service as Curriculum Coordinator for 2011. It will be presented to her at a later date.

Will Haskell was our only guest in class this morning

Birthdays (No Anniversaries this coming week)
Gary Smith – Jan. 8
Joel Panciera – Jan 9
David Rose – Jan 12

~There is an opportunity to place an ad in the upcoming BA Directory. A sheet was passed around for people to sign-up
~There is a canned food drive taking place in January – donations can be left in Bishops Hall – donations will go to the Food Bank
~ The January Social Event – Friday, January 20 at 6:30pm January Social – a Pot-luck Dinner and Texas Hold’em night in the Maranatha Class room. It will also benefit the Food Bank – Poker chips for the evening’s activities will be “purchased” by bringing canned food items.

Joys and Concerns
~ John Sherman’s Mother is improved and has been moved to Methodist Manor
~ Patty Harrison has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer – prayers are asked on her behalf
~ Bill Thomas expressed deep appreciation on behalf of himself and his brother and their families, for the outpouring of concern and support after the recent death of their father just before Christmas

I announced that there would be forms available at the check-in desk for people to share Joys and Concerns in writing. This will enable us to make sure we have the correct information for the Class News. It is not necessary to complete the forms, they are just being provided if needed.

Richard Wansley lead us in a thoughtful prayer

Ron Marsh was the Guest Speaker this morning. His topic was a discussion of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. A recording of his talk will be available on the Maranatha Class website. Barbara Meehan indicated she would post the PowerPoint of the presentation to the site when it is available.
Next Week
Hosts – the Allen’s and the Rose’s
Speaker – Sue Venerable will speak on King James and his Bible

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Re: Class Agenda

The following messages are taken from three emails sent this morning:


Thank you for you comment Mick


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Maus, Mickey
Date: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 8:01 PM
Subject: RE: Class Agenda

At times we dwell to much on joys and concerns. I agree with you
these could be e-mailed in to you in advance. You will still get a
few that will need to be addressed that day. I think you are doing a
great job.



V.M. “Mickey” Maus – Sr. Market Manager
(918) 510-0622
(918) 512-4174 Fax

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Thank you for your comment Pam


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Sherman, Pam
Date: Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 8:14 AM
Subject: RE: Class Agenda

I too appreciate the tough job that William is doing. As an
occasional teacher of this class I know how daunting getting up in
front of this group of folks can be so I know that John and I
appreciate the job that William is doing.

I also do believe that joys and concerns are the key to our class. We
tried previously to have a ‘box’ where people would drop joys and
concerns into it and it would be read to the class. That might work
for some but I think for the majority of people they would like to
voice what’s on their heart.

We might try both for a while and see how that works, but in any
event, I want to reiterate that we should thank William for his
willingness to step up when no one else was interested. I’ll get off
my soap box for now.

Thank you Lord for this wonderful group of people who can air their
differences and come together for the good of all.

Pamela Sherman
Right of Way Administration and
Support Manager
Phone 918.596.7619
Fax 918.699.3476

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Thank you for your comment Skip.


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From: Skip Scott
Date: Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 5:54 AM
Subject: Re: Class Agenda

I believe that our joys, concerns, and announcement section is very
important, but the problem is people won’t sit down in a timely
manner. when we first attended the class, it was very bothersome not
to be able to get to the coffee, people mingle in front of the doorway
and snack table, we have a very large classroom and people mingle in
the way. the president tries to get people to sit down but he is
ignored for a period. William is doing a great job. i believe he
stepped out of his comfort zone to take on this job. My hat is off to
him. keep doing what you’re doing and maybe we can all be happy.

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House Repair & Class Agenda

First, relating to the earlier email thread, “House Repair:”

Thank you Pam.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Sherman, Pam
Date: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 1:34 PM
Subject: RE: House Repair

I do have Johnny’s cell number if any one wants it. It’s 918-402-9104.

Pamela Sherman
Right of Way Administration and
Support Manager
Phone 918.596.7619
Fax 918.699.3476

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And then, an email message, response and reply, also from today, but this time related to “Class Agenda:”

I appreciate your comment.


———- Forwarded message ———-
Date: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 5:12 PM
Subject: Re: Class Agenda

I just wanted to say that I love our joys and concerns section. I
really like that we spend the time on issues that clearly are
important to many individual members of our class. I hope we keep
things exactly the way that they are now. And, I think our president
is doing a great job. Thank you to him.

In a message dated 7/25/2011 4:16:53 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
maranathaclass(at) writes:

It has been brought to my attention that several members feel we are
spending to much time with Announcements and Joys and Concerns. I
apologizes to any and all who are irritated by this. It has been one
of my goals has President to make sure the speaker has plenty of time
to speak and that Choir members are able to hear as much of the
speaker as possible. So, Thank you to the class for keeping me on my
toes, it is greatly appreciated.
Having said that, and discussing this with Michelle Place, I am going
to offer another avenue for Announcements and Joys and Concerns.

The Yahoo address I check twice a day. The Maranatha address I check
once a day, sometimes twice. The announcements and Joys and Concerns
will be forward right away. However, let us keep in mind we will have
those who prefer to address the class and this option is still open.
Any suggestions are welcome and appreciated.


William Meyer

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