2015 Class Officers

President: Jim Embrey

VP Curriculum: Michelle Place

VP Finance: Grim/Campbell/Blankenship

VP Missions: Rex Donley & Roger Rowe

Social: Dale/Maldonado/Solomon/Campbell/Payton

Auction: Richard and Meredith Wansley

Greeter/Refreshments: Debbie and Scott Morgan

Reporter: Sharon Earley

Secretary: Carol and David Grim

Caranatha: Lynn Jessee-Russell, Nancy Christy, Karen Harris and Patti Smith

Chili Supper: Nancy and Joey Manduano

Historian: Pam Low

Treasurer: Susie Butterworth

Web Master: Barbara Meehan

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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Dec 10 Auction Update

From: Michelle Place
Sent: Thursday, December 1, 2011 5:24 PM

Dear Class,

We have had a few more forms for auction items turned in and have heard several rumblings of potential items. Anything you could send me Friday would be great so that I could organize them prior to leaving town for 8 days. After Friday, you will need to contact Pam Sherman.

Here is what we have so far:

Live Auction Items:
A Chili & Blues Party,
Super Bowl Party, Witching for Unmarked Graves in the Perryman Cemetery followed by rooftop beverages,
another Gourmet Dinner for 24 people,
Dinner for 4 at Juniper’s,
an Outdoor Movie Night,
A week in a Chicago apartment

Silent Auction Items:
2 handmade somethings from Beverly North, 1 Christmas quilt & 1 other quilt, 12 months of PC maintenance, 2 tickets to Fiddler on the Roof, a dog bed & toys. Please bring your silent auction items the night of the event but having the form ahead of time would be helpful.

If you are unable to attend the party on Saturday, Dec 10, consider finding someone to bid for you. Also, cash contributions are certainly accepted. Invoices will be produced and distributed to bidders.

Again, Friday is my deadline and after that, any auction forms need to go to Pam Sherman. I’ll be thinking of the party and praying for its success while I am out of town. Remember that all proceeds go to missions inside the church and in our community.

Michelle Place

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Maranatha Auction

Our Annual Christmas Party and auction are quickly approaching.   If you have put this creative and organizational task off, please take some time to move it up on your to do list.  Kirk and I leave town on Saturday and will be gone all the week before the auction.  If I could get this organized before I leave, my committee members would be less stressed about their own to do lists.  Use these links for the auction form – in PDF and in Microsoft Word.
Please email to mplacetul(at)sbcglobal.net.

We will auction all parties or gatherings in the live auction and “things” will be silent.

So far we have the following items to auction:

1.        Super Bowl Party in February
2.       Witching for Unmarked Graves at the Perryman Cemetery followed by beverages & appetizers on El Guapo’s rooftop in April
3.       Chili & Blues party

Silent Auction – I didn’t look closely at the items
1.        2 handmade items by Beverly North
2.       Something rolled up like a print or poster

Michelle Place, Lynn Russell, Pam Sherman & Nancy Morgan

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Sunday 20 November 2011

Thank you to Michelle Place for a wonderful presentation Sunday. We also want to thank Michelle for the wonderful job she has done as Curriculum Coordinator.

Thank you to Denny Meredith-Orr for a wonderful prayer.

Thank you to those who Greeted and Refreshed us:
Mick and Carol Maus
Keith and Sue Madden
Beverley North

November Birthdays:
20 Brenda Miller
25 Sandi Gardner
26 Lynn Goodwin
26 Patti Smith

Susan Brown
Jake Mitchell

ELECTIONS for 2012 Officers continues.
Planning for 2012 continues – What class activities and speakers do you want to see in 2012?

Our Speaker for Sunday 27 November is Rev Paul Staat.
Richard Wansely will be running the class.

Greeters and Refreshments for Sunday 27 November
Set up:  Janet Purinton
Clean up: Cisco and Sarah Maldonado

Tuska Mission Sign up available in class.

Five Faith Sharing Questions:
1. How have you seen Good at work this past week?
2 What song or hymn best expresses you faith? In what way?
3. How has your faith been strengthened lately?
4. Who do you share your faith journey with?
5. What scripture is particularly helpful to you?  Why?

Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless
Family Room & Playground Holiday Wish List
inside small cars, big trucks-indoor or out door
small baby dolls, 5X8 indoor-outdoor rugs
chunky Fisher Price Little People
building toys, outdoor riding toys, outdoor playground items
See: http://www.walmart.com/giftregistry/gr_detail.do?registry_id=80522610073
or search by name first-Tulsa Day Center

Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless
Men’s & Women’s Community Wish List
jackets & coats, shoes, scarves, hat & gloves, socks, & underwear, warm shirts, sweaters, jeans, warm pants, towels, snack food, cereal, drink mixes, toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, paperback books

For More information or to set a date to celebrate with Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless
Please contact:  Debra Dester, Volunteer Coordinator, Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, 415 W Archer Tulsa OK 74103
Phone: 918-583-5588×218

There are residents at Methodist Manor who do not have family to spend the holidays with. If anyone is willing to buy a small gift and visit with these residents please contact Denny and Suzy Meredith-Orr.

Redemption Church is collecting gifts for children whose parent a incarcerated. Each child is provide a number which should be appended to the gift. Gift must be $25 or less.

Meals on Wheels:  There is an emergency need for volunteers to work in the kitchen at Centenary United Methodist during the month of December. Deliveries to the homebound are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Food Handlers work from 8AM to 10AM and may choose to work only one day in the month or once each week. People are also needed to assist the site coordinator with the overall running of the kitchen. The site coordinator works from 8AM to 12PM. For more information please contact Cathy Perlingiere  Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa Director of Volunteer Services 2620 E 31st Street Tulsa, OK 74146
Office  918-627-4103
Fax: 918-663-8914
Email: cperlingiere(at)atlasok.com

Restore Hope 2011 Thanksgiving Basket Drive: Each Thanksgiving, Restore Hope Ministries expands its food assistance program to include a Thanksgiving Basket. The basket includes a whole turkey and other items to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving Feast. The goal for 2011 is to provide 600 Thanksgiving Baskets. A $30 gift will provide a basket for a family of four.  Please make checks payable to: Restore Hope Ministries for: Thanksgiving Baskets or Donate Online at http://www.restorehope.org click “Thanksgiving Basket.” Restore Hope Ministries 2960 Charles Page Blvd Tulsa OK 74127-8318

Restore Hope 2011 Christmas Sponsors: Restore Hope Ministries is looking for “Family Sponsors”. Sponsors will be matched with an RHM client family. Sponsors will have the opportunity to meet and personally express God’s love with Christmas gifts and food. Individuals, families, work or church groups may request one or more families to sponsor. Please call 918-582-5766 to be matched with a family or become a family sponsor before 16 December.
Restore Hope Ministries 2960 Charles Page Blvd Tulsa OK 74127-8318

Restore Hope Family Sponsorship Offering:  Restore Hope’s “Family Sponsorship Fund” provides direct assistance to families in financial crisis. Our troubled economy is forcing record numbers of families to seek rent and food assistance from Restore Hope. A gift to the “Family Sponsorship Fund” will feed and house our neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet. The average aid per family is currently $450. Please prayerfully consider supporting this vital mission opportunity.  Make your gift payable to Restore Hope Ministries for: “Family Sponsorship Fund” or Donate Online at http://www.restorehope.org, click “Christmas Family Sponsorship”.
Restore Hope Ministries 2960 Charles Page Blvd Tulsa OK 74127-8318

Food, Faith & Sharing, November 27 2011 5:30PM to 7:00PM. An old Fashion covered dish supper in Community Hall for the Sunday evening after Thanksgiving will be our monthly Vesper Service. We will gather around tables of eight, share a meal and share experiences of memorable and meaningful Thanksgiving and Advent Season times in our lives. This is intergenerational, all ages included. We will have facilitators at each table to help the discussion and then we will conclude with communion at each table. We will design the discussion as a way to make the transition from Thanksgiving  Weekend into the beginning of Advent, preparing for a more meaningful Christmas. So, if you will be in town, join us for an old fashioned potluck supper, table fellowship, informal devotion and communion. For more information, please contact Dr Bill Tankersley or Sheri Nellis at sherinellis(at)bostonavenue.org

Boston Avenue United Methodist Church and John Burroughs Elementary School Partner’s In Education since 1999. Burroughs Elementary  1924 North Cincinnati Ave Tulsa OK. Student population is approximately 363 with the school at 99% poverty. In 2007, was name the Title 1 Distinguished School. This school year Burroughs has added 6th Grade and ED class.
Ways you can support Burroughs Elementary:
1. Be a  mentor through the Big Brother and Big Sisters School Based Program
2. Pick an apple from the Apple Tree and fill the request.
3. Provide funding for special projects through our Boston Avenue and
Burroughs Together Account
4. Provide any of the following items:
Ongoing Needs of Burroughs Elementary
Copy Paper, Kleenex, Hand Sanitizers, Box tops for Education
child size socks, Gloves, Belts, Laundry Detergent, Dish Soap
Children’s games and puzzles, Prize items for Incentive Store
Children’s uniform pants and shirts:  Khakis or Navy Pants, Red, Yellow or White collared shirts (in size extra small, 3T, 4T, 5T)
Upcoming Events:
Apple Tree for the Teachers – Fall 2011
Mid Year School Supply Drive – January 2012
Snacks for Spring Testing – April 2012
Test Monitors – April 2012
Teachers Appreciation – May 2012
For more information please contact:  Reverend Eva Marie Campbell, 918-699-0120 evamariecampbell(at)bostonavenue.org  or Principal Michell Cullom,  918-833-8780  cullomi(at)tulsaschools.org

Maranatha Christmas Party is Saturday December 10 at 6PM at the Tulsa Country Club. Cost is $25.00 per person. The price change is due to a class voted to remove ordure’s from the menu.

Maranatha Auction, 10 December – We are needing people to Submit Auction Forms.
Our goal is to raise $10,000. We are needing Bid Takers and a laptop.

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


Upcoming Speakers

Wonderful news from Paul Staat.


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Paul Staat
Date: Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 3:27 PM
Subject: RE: Upcoming Speakers

I will do November 27th. Topic: God’s grace.

Rev. Paul D. Staat,  M.A.M.C.
The Boston Avenue Church – United Methodist
1301 South Boston Avenue
Tulsa, Oklahoma  74119
(918) 583-5181 Ext. 133

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Michelle Place
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2011 1:10 PM
Subject: RE: Next Sundays Speaker and December Speakers


I had a cancellation for Nov 20 & 27.  I will take the 20th .  I’m still working on the 27th and will let you know.

11/20/11      Michelle Place – Parable of the Wheat & the Tares
11/27/11      ?
12/04/11      Richard Wansley
12/11/11        Martha Blevins
12/18/11       Carol Maus
12/25/11       No Class
01/01/12      Brunch
01/08/12      Sheila Parr – Spirituality
01/15/12       Sheila Parr – Spirituality
01/22/12      Sue Venable – King James
01/29/12      Sue Venable – King James

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Christmas Auction Forms

Michelle Place has provided the form for this year’s Christmas Auction form in excel & pdf. Click on the appropriate link to download a form to your computer.

She writes:

I will have 35 copies with me on Sunday.  These can
either be returned to me in class or via email to mplacetul(at)sbcglobal.net.
NOT AT MY tulsahistory.org address.

(Substitute the @ symbol for “(at)” in the above email address.)

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Sunday, 25 September 2011

What a wonderful presentation given by Michelle Place. I hope all who were there found something that can help.
Thank you to Sharon Earley for a wonderful prayer.
Thank you to those who Greeted and Refreshed us:
Jim McCann and Angelyn Dale
Michelle Place

Bobbi – Our new Apartment M Resident

September Birthdays:
26 Margaret Been
28 Alan Smith
30 Dan Blevins

September Anniversaries:
25 James and Denise Kilman

October Anniversaries:
1 Scott and Sandi Gardner


Our speaker for Sunday October 2 is Patricia Johnson who is a BA Intern in Pastoral Care

Greeters and Refreshments for Sunday October 2:
Paul and Barbara Loyd
Ed and Judith Payton

Cookson Hills Christmas Giving October 1 through 31
It is time once again to collect gifts for our United Methodist Mission at Cookson. Tables will be in Bishops’ Hall each Sunday in October to receive these gifts. All gifts must be NEW and UNWRAPPED. They will be taken to the Cookson Center for their Christmas store shopping. Gift list are available in Bishops Hall, Information Desk Window and in the church Paper (The Word)

Just a Reminder Flu Shots are on the way.
When: Sunday October 2, 2011 From 9:30AM to 12:30PM in the Aldersgate Room at Boston Avenue United Methodist. Cost $25.

If you want to learn the basics of Fly Fishing, including casting, knots, rigging, and more! Instructor John Sherman has over 50 years of Experience and is past President of Trout Unlimited & Tulsa Fly Fishers. He is a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor with over 20 years of Teaching Experience.
When: Tuesdays 6:30PM to 8:30PM, October 4 through November 8. Cost $15 for printed material. To register please contact Paula Gradney 918-699-0129 or paulagradney(at)bostonavenue.org

Discover Islam: Come and learn about Islam and help dispel the many myths about Islam in America.
October 4 Islam: Faith & History
October 11 Islam: A Faith Hijacked
October 18 Christians & Islam
October 25 African Americans 7 Islam
November 1 Islam: An American Faith
November 8 Women in Islam
One hour session begins at 6:30PM. For more information please call 918-583-5181 or billcrowell(at)bostonavenue.org for free reservations. Respected members of the Tulsa Islamic Community will be present to hear comments and answer questions.

Thursday 6 October, Clarehouse’s Under the Harvest Moon from 6PM to 9PM at Southern Hills Country Club 2636 E 61st Street Tulsa OK
Special Honoree: Jim Geurin , M.D.
Tickets $95 Cocktail Attire

Thursday October 13 2011 at 1:00PM: TU Wesley Foundation The 18th Annual Golf for Student Missions Tournament
Location: WhiteHawk Golf Club 14515 South Yale Avenue Bixby OK 74008
Phone: 918-366-4653
Cost: $100 per player (Sorry for the mistake in class). $50 for Golf and Meal and a $50 tax deductible donation to campus ministry at TU. Come at 11:30AM to sign up, buy some mulligans and hit a bucket of balls. The $100 player fee includes range balls, cart, green fee, door
prizes, meal and great fellowship. Sponsors who sponsor a hole get a color sign courtesy of Dunbar Signs, recognized in our tournament program and in our newsletter. Par-$150, Birdie-$200, Eagle-$250, Hole-In-One-Sponsor $500. Additional we are looking for gifts/merchandise we can offer as gifts or prizes to our players. AKA: golf clubs, gift certificate, sport blankets, Cd’s, umbrellas, craft items. Please contact wesley(at)wesleytu.org or 918-592-5778 if you can provide
gifts or merchandise.

15 Oct is Downtown for Good: We are looking for people who need help. Specifically, people who would not be able to do the task needed on their own. If you know of such a person please email Denny and Suzy Meredith-Orr, odms2(at)yahoo.com
Registration being taken in Bishop’s Hall. T Shirts are now available, the color is gray.

Please sign up for picture directory appointment at http://www.bostonavenue.org. All who participate will receive a free 8X10 portrait and pets are welcome.

The Front Porch Project of Tulsa, 2 day Community Training Sunday, October 9 12PM to 5:30PM and Sunday October 23 12PM to 5:30PM at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church. Lunch and Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by September 26. Kathleen Benfield 918-699-0503 or kbenfield(at)parentchildcenter.org. The Front Porch Project is aimed at training people from all walks of life on how to safely and appropriately intervene in such circumstances and this past year became the latest Primary Prevention Program of The Parent Child Center of Tulsa, a child abuse prevention agency.

Ugandan Orphan Choir , November 18, 19 and 20th. Anyone who is willing to open there house and provide Choir members and their Families a place to stay please contact Dr Joel Panciera.

Maranatha Christmas Party is Saturday December 10 at 6PM. More details to come.

Joys and Concerns:
Barbara’s Daughter – Breast Cancer
Denise – Needs a car
Parker – severe burns
Robert and Theresa

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


Note that in order to help avoid spam, the email addresses in this message will need to be edited before they will work. Simply replace the “(at)” with a “@.” – Barbara

Teachers through mid-November

Here is the list of upcoming teachers.


—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Michelle Place
Subject: Teachers through mid-November

Michelle Place
What to Do and Not Do With Your Talents

Patricia Johnson
BA Intern in Pastoral Care

Pam Sherman
Historical Conflicts Between Islam & the West

Susan Southard
Phillips Professor

Sarah Morice Brubaker
Something from Hebrew Scriptures/Phillips Professor

5th Sunday Visit

Janet Purinton

Janet Purinton

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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)gmail.com 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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