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

E-Mails from Monday

Message 1

A prayer request from Lee Nichols.


— Forwarded message —
From: Nichols, Lee
Subject: Prayer request
Date: Monday, August 8, 2011, 12:15 AM


I was wondering if you could say a prayer for my brother. He is having a family crisis and would appreciate a prayer to help him during this time. Thank you.

Also, I just wanted to say please keep me and my daughter in your prayers too. We both have been sick. My daughter is much better and doing well. I hurt my back last September and again in April. I have fallen down my stairs twice :(. I have been working hard in rehab all summer to heal myself and I am doing much better. I did not know that backs could make one so immobile or be so painful. I hope to return to work and a more normal active life soon.

Thank you.

Lee Anne Nichols

Message 2

Information on Neville Webre.


— Forwarded message —
From: Shari Goodwin
Subject: Neville Webre
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2011 13:04:49 -0500

William, please share with the class:

Our former classmate, Nevil Webre, died unexpectedly yesterday, August 7. Services are pending at Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, but will probably be Thursday. Please keep his wife, Pat; daughter, Linda Love; and grandsons, Brian and Ben Davis, in your prayers.


Message 3

We need volunteers for Day Center for The Homeless Friday August 12.
Please view Sharon Earley’s message below.


— Forwarded message —
From: Earley, Sharon
Date: Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 11:24 AM
Subject: Day Center Meal


Our class is scheduled to feed the Day Center THIS FRIDAY, Aug 12. I neglected to get you an announcement for Sunday School. Can you please send out an e-mail to the class asking for volunteers? They need to meet at the Day Center at 5:15 to 5:30 to set up, fix lemonade, etc. I’ll pick the food up and meet them there. Please also ask them to e-mail me at Sharon.earley(at) williams.com to let me know they can help. Or they can call me at 918-492-1803. Thank you.

Sharon Earley

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Proposed Maranatha 2011 Donations

The items listed will be up for discussion on Sunday, 13 March.

William Meyer

———- Forwarded message ———-
From Sharon Earley

Dear Maranatha Class Members,

Your donations committee has been hard at work.  We solicited donation requests and ideas, met to discuss those items and prepared the following proposal for your consideration.  We took care to stay within the donation guidelines previously drafted in 2003 which focus, first, on the needs of our Church and its outreach missions and ministries and, secondly, on others in need.

An Excel spreadsheet* is available for download here (Maranatha donations 2011) which summarizes the proposal by category.  Additional information is provided in the narrative below.  Please take a moment to review this information and bring any questions you may have to Sunday School this Sunday, March 13.  We will address your questions, make any necessary modifications and vote on the proposal.

Maranatha 2011 Donations

Within Boston Avenue:

Chapel Choir tour  – $800
This is a less expensive, close to home trip, but an extra bus will need to be chartered due to the size of the choir.

Children’s Camp Scholarships – $750
Cost of all camps has risen this year. B.A. tries to pay half tuition for one camp of each child’s choice. EvaMarie has 8-12 Boston Avenue families who need full tuition in order for their children to be able to participate.

Little Disciples Library – $200
Money will purchase books and needed supplies for the children’s library.

Advent Workshop – $400
This would cover supply and food expenses not covered by the Holly Rose Endowment Fund. We will also discuss the option of adding to that endowment.

Middle School computer lab – $500
Debbie needs 3 computers and some software for the youth to use on the third floor. We think 2 computers may be donated.

Senior High furniture – $1400
This will go for group seating in an extra classroom and computer chairs for the fourth floor.

Seminary scholarship – $500
Maranatha’s own Ben Pascoe has received a nice scholarship to Perkins but still needs help with textbooks.

Quilting for Others – $300
This Boston Avenue group gives their time to make quilts for people in need; they just need help to purchase materials.

Boston Avenue Outreach Ministries:

Burroughs Elementary School – $300
These monies would provide special meals for the teachers, supplies for the students and teachers, uniform items, copy paper and any other requests

Boy Scout Troop 20 – $300
Money will be used for scholarships for the boys to attend events and camping equipment.

United Methodist Circle of Care – $500
COC has a great ministry to Oklahoma children who need nurture and care.

New Day Camp – $1250
This would provide 5 scholarships for children of incarcerated parents to attend. Camp helps them feel loved, learn to deal with their situation.

Exodus House – $500
This money will help restock our Apartment M for a new tenant.

Day Center for the Homeless – $300
Helps provide food and shelter.

Meals on Wheels – $300
Helps keep meals affordable for people who cannot get out and need this assistance.

Neighbor for Neighbor – $300
Neighbor for Neighbor offers ten basic programs that assist the uninsured, low income, unemployed, seniors, handicapped and the impoverished.

Good Samaritan Fund – $300
This fund helps people who come in asking for help. No cash is given, but we help purchase food, gas, pay rent, etc. Those being helped include Boston Avenue families.

Bolivia Medical Clinic – Backpacks and ponchos for nurses – $500
We have a covenant relationship with Bolivia UMC. Nurses ride bicycles to their various clinics and the backpacks and rain ponchos would help them carry their supplies with them.

Other Ministries:

Clarehouse – $300
This ministry helps people who are dying, and their families, through those last days – often at no charge.

Car Care Ministry – $300
This ministry repairs cars for people who can’t otherwise afford it. Clients pay for parts and this ministry provides labor.

* You will need the newest version of Microsoft Excel or comparable software to open this .xlsx file.

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Day Center Meals

In Sunday’s news from William Meyer, he mentions a Sharon as coordinating meals for the Day Center, meaning Sharon Cambridge, Boston Avenue’s cook. Sharon Cambridge is coordinating entrees for those who want someone to do most of the cooking. You can contact her at the church, 583-5181.

If you are interested in having the class serve at the Day Center again for one of their open spots, please let Sharon Earley know so that she can coordinate with Paul Staat.

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Maranatha, March 7, 2010

“If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.”
Elbert Hubbard, American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher (1856 – 1915)

Elbert Hubbard made the above statement about 100 years ago, demonstrating that, even then, there was debate regarding health care and how much you need versus how much you want. Earlier today, Michael Lapolla, a professor at OU-Tulsa, presented to our class on the standards that he uses to “score” health care reform proposals. He also informed us about several local efforts to serve those in our community who are uninsured or under-insured, the Unused Prescription Medicine program and the Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner’s State Coverage Intiative, the latter which is designed to subsidize insurance coverage for many who cannot otherwise afford health insurance.

Following Mr. Lapolla’s presentation, there was a long line of Class members who sought more conversation with him. Several members asked if it were possible to set up a special event at the Church to allow more time to hear and talk about this important issue that is currently much in the news and our thoughts. I’ll be speaking with our Church officials and Mr. Lapolla to see if this option might be feasible.

Several celebrations were noted in class, Kendall Carpenter’s birthday (3/8), as well as Michelle & Kirk Place’s anniversary (3/7) and Pam & John Sherman’s anniversary (3/10). Our Greeters who also provided tasty refreshments were Kendall & David Carpenter and Nancy & Joey Manduano. Dave and Carol Grimm are no longer visitors, they are MEMBERS! Welcome Dave and Carol! Other visitors for some or all of today were Ashley Ann Payton and Alexis Brownlee. Come back, anytime!

Denny Meredith-Orr reported on the mission “painting party” on Saturday at Exodus House. Thank you to all those Class members and your families who helped with this important Methodist program yesterday. In April, our Class will be invited to help with the Habitat for Humanity houses being built jointly by Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Tulsa. Stay tuned for more information from Denny on this opportunity.

Sharon Earley reported that the Funds Committee met earlier this morning to begin its deliberations on distribution of those dollars raised at our annual Christmas auction. The next meeting will be held at 9:00am, Sunday, March 21st, in our classroom, prior to Sunday School. If you wish to nominate a candidate for our funds, please send an E-mail or other message to Sharon (sharon.earley(at)williams.com) or Richard Wansley (richard.wansley(at)okstate.edu). Please be specific about the interest and the amount of funds that you are recommending. Be reminded that our agreed upon policy regarding funds distribution prioritizes our own Church’s needs, then Methodist interests, and finally, other community programs or projects.

An unusual joy was reported by Ginny Walker. A baby was born at “Methodist Manor” this past week! Yes, a baby! Apparently, a staff member unexpectedly give birth at the Manor before being able to get to the hospital. The child who is doing well was dutifully named “Miracle” by the parents. Other joys included Beverly’s report of having finally found a teaching job, and Judith Payton who is recovering with success following surgery. It’s a blessing to us to share your joys with you!

Concerns were expressed for Lynn’s friend, Nancy, who has suffered a massive stroke, children at Sharon’s school whose parents were killed recently, and Jim’s friends who are struggling with post-traumatic stress. William gave us an update on his health; he’s been dealing with chest pains without any meaningful diagnosis from physicians. Gabriele’s mother has had a heart attack, and Gabriele is heading back to her mother’s home to help as best she can. Our thoughts and prayers are with all these people, family, and friends mentioned here and reported this morning. If you wish members to know about concerns that our Class might address, please contact our Caranatha Chairs, Karen Campbell or Barbara Meehan.

Lynn Russell gave our prayer before the presentation by Mr. Lapolla.

Next week, our teacher will be Professor Sandra Costen Kunz, Phillips Theological Seminary, who will address the topic entitled, “The Human Spirit We Nurture in Christian Education: A Human “Part” or a Human “Capacity”?” We do so hope that you will be with us next week. Have a marvelous week!

Don’t forget to check out our website from time to time, http: www.maranathaclass.org.

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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