Love Offering

Dear Maranatha Classmates:
This Sunday we will be taking up a love offering for the Staat family to help with extraordinary expenses during this very difficult time.
Maranatha work teams have helped a great deal with various outside projects, including lawn maintenance provided by Rick, Melanie and Michael Evans. The Roundtable Class provided a love offering in April to help with some of the preparation expenses. But there are still two major projects remaining on the “To do before Paul has Stem Cell Therapy” List:  tear out very old carpet in three bedrooms and finish wood floors or re-carpet; and replace old windows.  Both items must be coordinated to be completed during Paul’s upcoming 30-day hospital stay.
Paul and Mary are most sincerely humbled by the outpouring of love, prayers and assistance.  They never would have expected such generosity, but are more grateful to their church community than words could ever express.  Although they are blessed with excellent health insurance, they have exhausted their savings to come to this point.  It is hard to believe, but they have been dealing with illness for a year now and still have a long road ahead of them.
They would never ask for a love offering to be collected on their behalf, but so many people have asked about ways to help, in addition to providing meals, we felt that this would be an opportunity for everyone to participate at an individualized level.
If you wish to contribute, but are unable to be in Sunday School this Sunday, you may mail your check (made payable to Maranatha) to Kevin Meehan, Treasurer; 4712 S 66th E Ave; 74145.

Karen Brownlee Campbell & Barbara Meehan
Care-anatha Coordinators

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Update on Paul Staat

When my daughter, Lisa and I took dinner to Paul and Mary’s house on Saturday, Paul met us on the porch and called us “little elves.” He told us how much they appreciate everything that the class has done for them and asked me to let everyone know. I was really surprised when he actually came outside onto the porch and gave us each a little side hug. He also said that he would be going back to St. John’s today for more chemo.

Then when I saw Mary at church she said that Paul’s blood count is so good that he’s not too worried about the germ scare. She said that he will be at St. John’s for five days this week.

Barbara Meehan

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Sunday 15 May 2011

Another wonderful lesson by Don Forsman, I cannot wait to hear next weeks lesson.
“We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Thank you to Pam Sherman for keeping the class minutes.

Thank you to those who Greeted and brought Refreshments:
Set Up: Keith and Sue Madden
Clean Up: Skip and Paula Scott

Thank you to Bob Russell for a wonderful prayer.

May Anniversaries:
18th Scott and Debbie Morgan
21st David and Kendall Carpenter

Broadway at Boston Avenue tryouts  Tuesday May 17th at 7PM,  Thursday May 19 at 7PM and  Saturday May 21 and 10AM.
This years performance will be White Christmas.

22 May Our Speaker will be Don Forsman
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” John 20-29
Scripture Reading: Luke 16:19-31.
For those needing a copy of Don Forman’s lessons or have a question for Don, please email him at

22 May  Greeters and Refreshments:
Set Up: Rob and Frieda Reck
Clean Up: Brenda Spencer

22 May Attend and Tulsa Drillers Game and Brunch with Boston Avenue.
22May  Recital for District Superintendent Mike Chaffin  2PM to 4PM.
22May 12:30PM  Recital by Grant Carpenter.
29May Sunday Brunch – Plan to bring your favorite dish for all to try.

Prayers and Concerns:
Christi Luks  – Bolivia
Rev Paul Staat –  Paul has graduated from Phillips Theological
Seminary, Congratulations.
Johnnie Romo and Jeannie – Congratulations on the Engagement.
Roger and Charlotte Rowe- Congratulations on their Daughters Graduation.
Max – Congratulations for graduating.

Thank you to all for participating each Sunday. Your participation is
greatly appreciated
Have a excellent week and God Bless.

William Meyer

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Lotsa Helping Hands Community

As we shared with you last week, the Maranatha Lotsa Helping Hands Community will be coordinating meals for Paul and Mary for the next 4 to 6 months.  We wanted to let you know that we have opened our “Community” to other BAUMC classes and groups, as well as Mary’s Broken Arrow School co-workers to assist with providing meals.  This will help Mary and Paul to direct everyone who wants to help to this one tool for scheduling and instructions.

Although any of these participants may access Lotsa Helping Hands by way of this Maranatha Class website, we wanted to assure you that only our Maranatha class members will have access to the secured information on our class site.

If you haven’t signed up to become a member of our “LHH Community,” use the LHH Instructions  and get started.

We started with 52 dinners to schedule and still have 48 available for the taking!

Karen Campbell and Barbara Meehan

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Lotsa Helping Hands Site

This is a follow-up to Karen Campbell’s email of last night. Here are the instructions for getting into the Lotsa Helping Hands CARE-anatha site:

If you have not already done so, you will need to sign up to become a member of the CARE-anatha Lotsa Helping Hands community by following this link:

Your first name, last name, telephone number and email address will be required. After you have signed up, and after you have been verified by Karen or Barbara, you will be sent an email to verify your email address. Follow that email’s link back to the site, and use the email’s instructions for setting your password.

After you have successfully logged in, go to the “Me” page for your email opt-out settings, and visit the Calendar to see whether you can help the class by signing up for any “activities.” If you are already a member of the Lotsa Helping Hands site, then use the same link above and login.

If you can’t remember your password, follow the instructions on that web page (as I had to do today).

You may also find these instructions on this site, by clicking the link on the  right to the CARE-anatha page.

Karen has set up several weeks of slots (called “activities”) for those who would like to volunteer to take dinner to the Staats on the CARE-anatha Lotsa Helping Hands calendar, beginning with the first week in May. Once you sign up, you will be sent a confirmation email, and then reminder emails one month, one week, and one day before your scheduled date. It’s really very slick.

If you would like to provide a meal next week, then please contact Karen Brownlee directly <k.brownlee(at)>, as she is doing all of the coordinating.

Barbara Meehan

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Food for Staat Family

Dear Maranatha,

Mary, Paul and Kate Staat have a lot on their plates right now.  However, beginning next Monday they will have long, tiring days of in and out of hospitals and treatments.  We would like to be sure that food on their plates isn’t something they have to think about.

If you would be able to provide a meal for them next week, please email me at k.brownlee(at)  It will just be Mary & Kate and they like EVERYTHING!!!!!  We will have an ice chest sitting out for you on the Staats’ porch to put your food into sometime between 4 and 5:30 pm (4917 S. Madison).  That way nobody is on a tight schedule.  I just want to be sure we are covered for next week. I will confirm next week’s schedule with people by email.

After next week, we will be using the Lotsa Helping Hands website to calendar food assignments.  We will send out a reminder about how to sign up and use the site.

Also, Kate has her driver’s license, so we don’t need to help with driving.  However, should Mary need to stay over night at the hospital, she would want someone to stay with Kate or she may ask for someone to stay with Paul if she needs to be away and doesn’t feel comfortable leaving him alone.  If you are able to help with overnights with Kate or spelling Mary at the hospital, please email me, giving me an idea of your schedule at k.brownlee(at)

Thanks so much for your tender loving care!

Karen Brownlee Campbell

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Update on Paul Staat

William, Karen, Barbara and Shari,

Below is an excerpt from a message from Paul Staat who is reporting
after the visit with his physician.  He has also communicated with
Teri Brannin (Missions Committee) and others regarding his situation,
and I believe that Maranatha’s response ought to be coordinated with
Teri and others who wish to help Paul and Mary.  Unless I hear
differently from you, I will assume that Karen will take the lead on
making recommendations for Maranatha members.  Whether you wish to
send the excerpt below to our class members is a decision that I leave
to you.  I look forward to hearing from you how I can be a part of
Maranatha’s support for Paul.

Richard Wansley

From: Paul Staat []
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 11:20 AM
Subject: RE: Doctor

This procedure is serious stuff, but the track record for remission
after this procedure is excellent and the over all survival rate is

Start April 24; St Johns. In hospital one week. Home one week. Maybe
light office work two weeks. Then in hospital one week. Home one week.
May be back to work two weeks.  Transfer to St. Francis transplant
unit. One week in hospital, one week home, then back in for final
heavy chemo, radiation, transplant and recovery. Approx 21 to 30 days
during that process from the time I enter St. Francis for the final
chemo. There goes the summer! This schedule may undergo some
adjustments as we look at my bodies response after each step of the

I will be able to have visitors if they do not have coughs or open
sores or wounds. Still have to do the work on the house, but
afterwards will be able to have visitors. No quite as dire as thought

We will take things as they come. I will try to stay as connected as I
can by laptop.
Blessings and Peace, especially during this most holy of weeks.

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
(918) 938-8302 (cel)

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E-mail from Paul Staat

My family and I are speechless with gratitude for the loving
kindnesses and generosity all of you have expressed.  I am humbled
with wonder as to why I should demand such attention. There are so
many others in Maranatha, Roundtable, and other classes who have had
similar medical issues as I have presently. You all always find
profound ways to lift up, to energize, to affirm. Mary, Kate and I
thank you from the bottom of our heart.

I will receive the whole picture of what will be happening on Monday.
My oncologist Dr. Stephan Lynch. Good doctor I understand. Lots of
experience. Know that I have every confidence in a good outcome. With
an ever present, gracious, loving God, amazing family, and a faith
community of friends second to none, how much better could it get.
I’ll keep you in the loop via Mary or email.

By the way, one little correction, Mary and Kate will probably wear
masks and gloves at the hospital, not sure yet about home. That’s to
find out Monday.

Blessings and Peace to you my good good friends.

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Paul and Mary Staat – PS

Mike owns Tulsa Turfmasters, and his phone number is 918-269-3712.

He grew up in Sunday School with Nicholas Staat.

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Paul and Mary Staat

 Maranatha Classmates,

Class representatives have been talking with Paul Staat regarding the challenges that he and Mary will be facing once he starts his stem cell treatment program.  Paul has an appointment with his physician this next Monday, and expects that he will get more specific instructions on the process and needs at that time.  

It is likely, however, that Paul and Mary’s house will need some substantial re-fitting in order to create a sterile environment for him once his immune system is depleted in preparation for the treatment.  Therefore, when Paul and Mary have an idea of house needs, we will get that information to the class and see if anyone has special talents or connections that may be of help on this project.

In the meantime, Maranatha has proven time and time again that we can take care of a yard in need.  Here is another opportunity—-This Saturday, April 16, 8:30-11 AM meet at Paul and Mary’s house (4917 S Madison Ave) with work gloves and rakes.  Shari & Lynn Goodwin will be coordinating this project.  We realize it is also Burrough’s Clean Up Day, but if we divide, we can conquer both projects!

In addition, Maranatha Alums, Rick & Melanie Evans have reached out from Florida to help with the ongoing yard needs.  Their son, Michael, owns and operates a lawn service here in Tulsa.  After we get the yard cleaned up on Saturday, Michael will be servicing the Staat’s yard, courtesy of Rick & Melanie!

As always, we will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available.


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