Maranatha, 4 January 2015

Class,

I hope you enjoyed Jose-Luis message as much as I did this past Sunday. He is a great person with a vision that I personally believe will lead us, as a church and society, into the next evolution of “reaching out” to those in need and less fortunate. The audio recording has been posted to the Maranatha website and is ready to be listened to:

http://www.bostonavenue.org/uploads/audio/150104maranatha.mp3.

This coming week our speaker will be Mr. B. Brandon Scott from PTS. Please, be ready for class to start at 9:45 and for Mr. Scott to start at 10:00. Business will be wrapped up before and after he speaks.

If you have an announcement, please let me know before class if possible. Time is precious and so please be brief and to the point.

I apologize for the lack of time to reach out to the class for Joys & Concerns. Please feel free to email your J & C and I will include them in our class newsletter.

On the technical side from Barbara Meehan: “If you are receiving duplicate class news emails, and would like to make the duplicates stop, find the unsubscribe link in the email from “Maranatha Class Website” and delete your subscription to the maranathaclass.wordpress.org website.”

Blessings and Peace,

Jim

Jim Embrey

Class President

Maranatha, 2015

Cell: 918-625-3373

Email: jjsembrey

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Sunday, 16 October 2011

Our speaker was Susanna Southard from Phillips Theological Seminary who spoke on Deuteronomy 34. It is amazing how much we can learn from the Bible.

October Anniversaries:
16 Ray and Shannon Latchem
19 Sam and Sarah Smith

Greeters and Refreshments:
Set up: Ray and Sharon Earley
Clean up: Karey and Pam Low

Visitors:
Tom and Sharon Cox
George and Robin Carstens

Announcements:
ELECTIONS for 2012 Officers begin Sunday 23 October at 9:30AM.
Are you not satisfied with how things are going this year or in years past? Remember, the Officers do have an impact on what happens Sunday Morning, in Missions, in Social Event, Attendence and Church Events. So, don’t stand in the corner, GET INVOLVED, or forever hold your peace. Here is your chance to WOW the class and possibly set a standard for future officers.

Our speaker for Sunday 23 October is Sarah Morice Brubaker, Phillips Theological Seminary
Something from Hebrew Scriptures

Our Greeters and Refreshments for Sunday 23 October:
Set up: Michael Lane
Clean up: Scott and Debbie Morgan

Sunday 30 October is our Fifth Sunday Brunch

We are needing people to pray during class. If interested please contact Sharon Earley.

We are still needing Greeters and Refreshment providers for:
Sunday 6 November
Sunday 27 November
Sunday 11 December
Sunday 25 December
If you are able to provided on a Sunday listed please contact Beverly North.

Last Call:
This is the last week that the photographers will be working at the church to take pictures for the new picture directory. If you have not had yours made, please stop by the church office to make an appointment.

Intergenerational Flag Football Game During the Downtown Hoedown, Sunday October 30 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Questions? Call Audra Fogle 918-699-0130

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 named 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 Principle Michell Cullom, 918-833-8780 cullomi(at)tulsaschools.org

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).

Discover Islam: Come and learn about Islam and help dispel the many myths about Islam in America.
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.

The Front Porch Project of Tulsa, 2 day Community Training Sunday Sunday October 23 12PM to 5:30PM at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church. Lunch and Refreshments will be provided. 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 their 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 at the Tulsa Country Club. Cost is $29.95 per person

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

William

Sunday 9 October 2011

Thank you to Pam Sherman for a wonderful presentation on Historical Conflicts Between Islam and the West. It was surprising to me on how much I really do not understand about Islam.
Thank you to Denny Meredith-Orr for the prayer.
Thank you to those who Greeted and Refreshed us:
Shannon Latchem
Elaine Wilson

October Birthdays:
11 Jennifer Hall
12 Karen Campbell
12 Mark Jennings

Visitors:
Andrea Davis’s Mother

Announcements:
Our speaker for Sunday 16 October is Susan Southard from Phillips Theological Seminary

Greeters and Refreshment for Sunday 16 October:
Set up  Ray and Sharon Earley
Clean up: Karey and Pam Low

We are needing people to pray during class. If interested please contact Sharon Earley

We are still needing Greeters and Refreshment providers for:
Sunday 6 November
Sunday 27 November
Sunday 11 December
Sunday 25 December
If you are able to provided on a Sunday listed please contact Beverly North.

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:
Downtown for Good  October 15, 2011
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@bostonavenue.org  or Principle Michell Cullom,  918-833-8780  cullomi(at)tulsaschools.org

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)

Discover Islam:  Come and learn about Islam and help dispel the many myths about Islam in America.
October 11 Islam: A Faith Hijacked
October 18 Christians & Islam
October 25 African Americans & 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 October 13 2011 at 1:00PM:  TU Wesley Foundation The 18th Annual Golf for Student Missions Tournament
Location:  White Hawk 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: Projects have been assigned. For those who signed up you should receive a call from your project coordinator this week. It appears Maranatha will be working at Burroughs Elementary. However there will be Maranatha members working on other projects.

Mid High Mosaic, October 16, 2011 at 2PM in Community Hall
Tickets $6, Buy tickets on Sunday in Bishops Hall or at the information Desk

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
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 their 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.

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

William

Maranatha, March 14, 2010

“Be kind to those who meet you as you rise, you may pass them again as you fall”
Irish Proverb

About 70 or so people joined us today to hear from Dr. Sandra Costen Kunz, a professor at Phillips Theological Seminary, present her lesson, entitled “The Human Spirit We Nurture in Christian Education: A Human Part or a Human Capacity?”. It was a fascinating, thoughtful presentation that challenged us to consider the role of our biology, specifically the workings of the brain, in the formation of our spiritual self. She help us better appreciate the importance of our “Christian community” and Christian eduation in modelling the principles taught us by Jesus, speculating about how this process triggers our “spiritual gene”, a unique quality of humans, that connects us with God. Thank you, Dr. Kunz; we hope you will join us, again, in the future. And, our appreciation to class member Ginny Walker in our class who has facilitated invitations to Phillips Seminary faculty members who have been sharing their scholarship with us.

Prior to Dr. Kunz’s lesson, we celebrated several birthdays, Joe Harris (3/18), Susan Panciera (3/19), and Meredith Davison Wansley (3/20), and one anniversary, Jeanie and Richard Payton (3/14). A lovely and very appropriate St. Patrick’s Day theme adorned our table of delicious refreshments. Christi and Kraemer Luks prepared the table and provided the healthy snacks, including muffins with “green” zucchini. Yummy! Bill Gertsen tempted us (and many of us yielded to the temptation) with guilty snacks – donuts, donuts! Thanks, Christi, Kraemer, and Bill for the snacks and serving as greeters.

Beverly North, who has done a marvelous job with organizing refreshmens and greeters needs your help; more volunteers are needed for future weeks. Please contact Beverly at bevjnorth(at)earthlink.net.

We had two visitors, Adam Wood and Melissa Young. Please join us, again, at any time!

Several announcements were made by class members. Darlene Lorenz asked for help with moving furniture at Exodus House, next Saturday, March 20th, at 3:00pm. Pam Sherman told us that we can join her and others to “stuff Easter eggs”, an annual Maranatha project, on Friday evening, March 26th. Contact Pam for additional information. Denny Meredith-Orr announced that our class will be helping with the Church’s Habitat for Humanity project on either April 10th or 17th. More later on this opportunity to serve.

David and Susan Rose informed us that they have learned of yet another grandchild that is expected in the future, the second of such announcements for two weeks in a row. John Sherman’s mother was hosptalized but is now successfully recovering from her illness. John also let us know that he has a contract on the sale of his house; he has been looking forward to its sale for some time.

Lynn Russell asks that we all “save the date” for an evening at the Designer Showcase, scheduled for April 19th, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Ginny Walker share a prayer and meditation with us this morning following announcements.

If you there this morning, it was great fellowship and education, as you well know. If you were unable to be with us this morning, we missed you, and recommend that you check out our website (www.maranathaclass.org) for what’s going on in the future. Also, Dr. Kunz’s lesson will be posted on our podcast soon; look for it at http://www.bostonavenue.org/maranatha.shtml.

Next Sunday and the following week (Palm Sunday), we will have Reverend Bill Tankersley as our teacher. Later this week, I’ll send you an announcement about his topic. Remember that Easter Sunday will a “brunch Sunday” for us. Have a blessed week!

Richard Wansley and Meredith Davison
Presidents

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Maranatha – Sunday, February 7th, Professor Brandon Scott

Please be reminded that this coming Sunday, February 7th, B. Brandon Scott, PhD, Darbeth Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Phillips Theological Seminary, will be our teacher, speaker.

Professor Scott, who has written or co-written nine (9) books, is internationally noted for his work concerning hermeneutics and the historical Jesus.  His is a Charter Member of the Jesus Seminar, an organization of about 100 scholars such as Professor Scott; the Jesus Seminar is known worldwide for its efforts to define those parts of the Gospels that reflect the true historical Jesus as well as the likely intent of his words and actions.

Professor Scott’s title for his presentation to us is “Resurrection: A Quiz”.

Be there for this lesson, and bring friends!

See you Sunday.

Richard Wansley

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Maranatha Class, January 31st and beyond

I am writing to remind you that this Sunday, January 31st, will be a “Brunch”.  That means, you should bring a dish of food as a “potluck” meal to share with everyone; bring as little or as much as you like.  If, for whatever reason, you are not able to bring a food item, then please don’t let this stop you from being there with us for informal social conversation.  The room will be arranged in rounds of tables rather than in the classroom style.

We will have one formal item on the schedule for this Sunday, that is a 15 to 20 minute, live demonstration of our new website by our “webmaster”, Barbara Meehan.  I think you will find this one-stop site for our Class to be a valuable resource should you decided to subscribe to its use.

I also want to give you an idea of how the year is stacking up with regards to Christian education for our Class.  Meredith and I have been working on a schedule that has quality teachers who will lead us in topics that reflect the theological diversity of our class’ membership.  In your evaluation responses, many of you suggested that we invite teachers from within our own Church but also beyond our own walls, especially taking advantage of such resources as Phillips Theological Seminary (PTS).  To that end, we have been moving forward with your suggestions.

Ginny Walker, a fellow Class member, has been instrumental in working to engage PTS faculty members to come to our class.  Thank you, Ginny!  Thus far, we have secured agreements from the following faculty to teach our class: Professors Bernard Brandon Scott, John L. Thomas, and Sandra Costen Kunz.  Phillips President Gary Peluso has also committed to teach for us.  We are negotiating one or more dates for their presentations in future months as well as seeking others from PTS to lead in our education series.

Dr. Scott, the Darbeth Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Phillips, will be teaching on Sunday, February 7th, and we are discussing his topic currently.  When we have defined that subject matter, we will forward more information to you.

Also, we have arranged for ministers at our own Church to teach in our Class including, at present, Debbie Petersen and Bill Crowell.

Finally, we invite those of you who wish to share your faith story or teach in our class to let us know so that we can add you into the year.  We are blessed in our class to have fine teachers who present not only at Boston Avenue but other churches and faith-related venues; we will be asking these folks to teach us as well.  Let us know if you have favorites who we can consider for the year.  Rob Reck will be teaching/reporting to us regarding his trip to England on February 14th, a Valentine’s gift for us all.

See you on Sunday at Maranatha!

Richard Wansley and Meredith Davison
Presidents

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