Class News for January 15, 2012

This is a belated post to the blog from the 1/15/12 email by Denny Meredity-Orr


Here’s the news from Maranatha Class this week . . .

I introduced Suzy and myself, since we had forgotten to do so last week.  I also offered that Meredith-Orr comes from the combining of our names after we weret married – we had formerly been Suzy Meredith and Denny Orr.

Jim and Julie Allen and Susan and David Rose – Thank you!

Valerie Carpenter and Stewart Maus were guests in class this morning

Birthdays (No Anniversaries this coming week)
David Worthington – Jan. 16
Joyce Justice – Jan. 21
Martha Blevins – Jan. 21

~ Debbie Morgan cleaned the closets in the class room last week and moved several items to the table at the front of the room.  The items need to be claimed or they will be donated.
~There is still an opportunity to place an ad in the upcoming BA Directory.
~Work Area On Missions is sponsoring a canned food drive in January for the NE Oklahoma Food Bank- donations can be left in Bishops Hall
~ 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.
~ Paul Loyd announced that he and Barbara were collecting book suitable for first time readers and text books of any kind and level for children in Malawi. He asked that people bring them to class next week.
~ Bob Russell reminded us that the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration would be taking place in the Church this evening (Jan. 15) at 6pm. He also mentioned the MLK, Jr. parade on Monday (Jan. 16) at 11am
~ Pam Lowe had 2012 Maranatha Class Rosters available.  They will also be sent in electronic format as that becomes available.

Joys and Concerns
~ Pam Sherman shared that Ann Sherman was to be back in church this morning and would be celebrating her 89th birthday.  She also asked for our prayers as she begins teaching the HS class for the next 6 weeks – topic World Religions
~ John Sherman asked for Prayers for his cousin who has cancer of the Gall Bladder
~ Carol Grim asked for Prayers for her son-in-law who has been out of work for sometime and now has a good prospect coming up
~ David Rose asked for Prayers for his nephew who has been diagnosed with possible brain cancer
~ Sharon Bookout asked for Prayers for her son, Nathaniel, who is starting school without a working vehicle
~ Barbara Loyd asked for Prayers for one of the Docents at the Philbrook who is having health issue
~ James Kilman asked for Prayers for his Step-Mother, Anell Kilman who is battling cancer
~  Pam Sherman asked for Prayers for Barbara in her office who will probably be losing her job after running a red light in a city vehicle last week and being hit by another car
~ Jim Embrey asked for Prayers for Tom Garrett, a fellow military member, who has MS and is in very critical condition ans slipping away

Judith Payton offered a beautiful prayer for the class

Sue Venable was the Guest Speaker this morning.  She spoke to us about King James and his life and times.  Next week she will focus on how King James created his Bible. A recording of her talk will be available on the Maranatha Class website.

Next Week
Hosts  – The Embreys and The Martins
Speaker – Sue Venerable will be with us again, speaking about how King James came to create his Bible

See you next week . . . Denny

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Maranatha, January 17, 2010

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Friends,

We had yet another great class earlier today, with many of our class members able to attend.  For those of you who could not be present with us, we missed you, and hope to see you soon in class!

We acknowledged several people who will be having birthdays this week, including Martha Blevins (January 21st), Joyce Justice (January 21st), and Pam Snodgrass (January 22nd); the Jennings, Teri and Mark, will celebrate an anniversary (January 18th).  Happy Birthday and Anniversary to you!

Our Greeters who also provided refreshments were Skip and Paula Scott as well as Allene and Rex Donley.  Thank you!

We had some visitors, Amanda and Matt DeDonder, Patti and Gary Smith, and Meriel P. Evans.  Welcome, come again, join our class!

Bob Russell and Meredith Davison Wansley reported on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative events being held today and tomorrow (Monday).  Boston Avenue Church is a main sponsor of these events, and Bob is a member of the MLK Board of Directors.  Later today, a march will be held leading from downtown to Boston Avenue Church where a worship service will be held for all who attend the march as well as others wishing only to attend the service.  Bob, Meredith, and many other Maranatha class members will participate in these events.

Denny Meredith-Orr reported on an opportunity for class members to help with the relief effort for the those in Haiti.  The class will sponsor purchase of supplies to package for the United Methodist Commission on Relief (UMCOR) to distribute to needy Haitians.  Further, we will also be putting the package together at some point in the next week.  The supplies are simple, but essential, items such as toothbrushes, wash clothes, bandages, and other items.  Allene Donley stepped up by offering to provide the toothbrushes.  We’ll be putting together about 50 packages.  Denny will contact you about the time and date for when and where you can come to help out with this effort.  If you wish to contact him or Suzy, please use the following E-mail: odms2(at)

Pam Sherman reminded us that the February social will be a Valentine’s Dinner held at Tia Amo, the restaurant’s Southside location, February 12th.  Contact Pam if you are interested in more information or signing up: psherman(at)  Please remember that this is an “everybody” event, not just a “couples” event;  you’re all “sweethearts”!!

Several class members expressed concerns, for David and his son Eddie, the family of Jerry who died earlier this week, Karl, the employees of the City who face layoffs and furloughs, and Dee Copeland.  Please let Karen Campbell or Barbara Meehan know if you have concerns that should be shared to the class before next Sunday or if you feel there is a need for “care”.  Our class prayer was given by Scott Morgan.

The Reverend Ken Tobler was our teacher today, and we were blessed by his continued presentation to us regarding the unique way that Jesus told his stories as lessons for our faith and life.  Next week, our teacher will be the Reverend Debbie Peterson, followed on January 31st by a Brunch where we will hear about our class’s new website.

Blessings to all,

Richard Wansley and Meredith Davison

*Note that you will need to type email addresses into an email program substituting “@” for “(at).” I have edited email addresses so that recipients will not pick up additional spam from autobots that might be searching our posts. Also, for contact information, you can find our newest roster on the Class Member Page. -brm

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