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

Tom and Sharon Cox
George and Robin Carstens

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) or Principle Michell Cullom, 918-833-8780 cullomi(at)

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) 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


Maranatha, May 23, 2010

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of faith is
to see what you believe.”
Saint Augustine

The quote above is a reminder that the “faith” of our class members is “seen” through the reward of members who move to help and care for another class member or their family. Our class was faithful this week when members demonstrated their support for the family of Jennifer Tye who died earlier in the week. Carol Maus and Mickey, friends of Jennifer, Doug, and their sons, shared loving stories of Jennifer’s life with us. Thank you Carol, Mickey, and all those who gave their time, food, and prayers for the Tye family. Her family will continue to need your prayers!

This morning, we recognized several birthdays for the week (Jane Smith, Amy Michael, and Kevin Meehan) and a number of anniversaries (Dee & Noel Copeland, Suzy & Denny Meredith-Orr, Allene & Rex Donley, Diane & Gene Martin, and Lynn & Bob Russell). Happy Birthday and Congratulations to each of you!

Our greeters who provided refreshments were Rob & Frieda Reck and Janet Purinton. Good food! There was one announcement: the “70s Trivia Party” will be held on June 4th at the Manduanos. Contact them if you have not already signed up to attend this party.

Today, many concerns were shared by our class: For the Bruce Taylor family, for young Amanda, Debbie Jacoby’s father, a class member who is starting chemotherapy this week, and others as well. If you wish for us to share specific concerns and names of those in need of prayer, please let us know and we will send out another report with that information later this week.

Joys were also presented to the class, including the birth of Rorie Hope, the granddaughter of LeDouxs, and celebrations for new graduates.

Scott Morgan led us in prayer.

We welcomed visitors, Ron, Ben, Lisa (Meehan), and Liz (Wansley). Come again!

Our lesson was the completion of the discussion of Jeremiah and his prophetic statements; the lesson was presented by Reverend/Professor Susanna Southard, Phillips Theological Seminary. Many thanks to Susanna for a well-delivered and meaningful lesson!

Next week is a “Brunch Sunday”; so bring a dish to share with the class. Ginny Walker will provide a devotion/lesson for us next week. Bring family and friends for the food and Ginny’s lesson!

Prayerfully Yours,

Richard Wansley and Meredith Davison

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Maranatha, May 16, 2010

“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when
you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.”
Pete Seeger

We celebrated several birthdays for this week, all of which are on May 22nd, including those for Angie Dale, Mary Elliott, Bill Gertsen, and Jerry Walker. Happy birthday! Also, we recognized two couples celebrating anniversaries, Debbie & Scott Morgan (5/18) and Kendall and David Carpenter (5/21). Happy Anniversary!

Mark & Beverly North and Skip and Paula Scott were our greeters on Sunday, and provided great snacks, healthy and sugary!!

Larry and Susan Winter visited with us on Sunday; they currently live in Kansas City but are one of the original founders of the Maranatha Class. Larry’s mother, Betty, was also a visitor. Maranatha is still your home, and you’re welcome anytime!

Mark North joined our class; welcome, welcome Mark!

Several parties were announced, including the Karaoke and Cans on August 28th, Maranatha Bells on July 10th, and Mid Life Crisis on May 27th. Denny Meredith-Orr announced that a date in June is being set up for a work trip on the cottage in Tahlequah; more later on this mission opportunity.

Concerns were expressed for Dan Blevins who is ill, Skip Scott who is having dental surgery on Tuesday, John Sherman’s cousin, Bennett, who is having serious kidney problems, and Sam Smith’s mother who is having heart problems. Remember all these in your prayers this week. Beverly North led us in prayer during our class period.

Reverend Susanna Southard, a professor at Phillips Theological Seminary, delivered our lesson on Sunday. Her teachings focused on Jeremiah and she reminded us about how historical context is important to understanding what God intends for us to glean from the scriptures. Reverend Southard will be returning this Sunday, May 23rd, to complete her lessons. Be there, and bring family and friends!

Remember to check out our webcasts found on the Church’s website; most of our Sunday lessons are archived there for your review if you not able to join us on a Sunday.

Have a great week!

Richard Wansley and Meredith Davison

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Rev. Susanna Southard

Please be reminded that this Sunday, May 16th, and the next Sunday, May 23rd, Reverend Susanna Southard, Instructor at Phillips Theological Seminary, will be our teacher. Reverend Southard will teach on “Jeremiah”; below, see a description of her interests and background:

“With a passion for the Hebrew Bible, and especially for reader-oriented and feminist approaches, the Rev. Southard’s current research focus is on representations of time in Hebrew narrative. Her dissertation is entitled, “Intersections of Time: Readings of Simultaneity in the Book of Judges.” She has taught courses in Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Biblical Hebrew, Five Festival Scrolls, and Jeremiah.

Publications include the ancient Israel and ancient Arabia sections of the Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality (Greenwood Publishing, forthcoming), contributions to the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (2006, 2007), articles on Daniel (2006) and Jeremiah (2005) for DisciplesWorld, and “Ruth and Naomi” in the Encyclopedia of Religion, 2d ed. (Macmillan, 2005). Recent presentations include “Daughters of Eve: The Places of Women in Classical Sources” for the Interfaith Trialogue (Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice), “Moses: The Man and the Manna” for the Institute for Theological Studies (Disciples of Christ), “Walking the Faith: Ruth’s Adventure” for the PTS Faith Matter Series, “Ruth” at the South Central Jurisdictional Clergywomen’s Consultation (UMC), “Like Father, Like Son: the Levite in Micah’s House” at the Central States Regional SBL Meeting, 2006, “Woman to Woman: A Comparative Study of Women’s Status as Represented in Law Codes of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Nations” at the SBL Annual Meeting, 2004, and “At Home in Babylon? An Ideological/Rhetorical Consideration of Exodus 1” at the SBL Annual Meeting, 2003.

An ordained elder in full connection with the Kansas East Conference of the United Methodist Church with eleven years of full-time pastoral experience, the Rev. Southard is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Dempster Fellowship from the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the UMC in 2003-04. She joined the Phillips Theological Seminary faculty in 2007.”

See you on Sunday; bring guests!!

Richard Wansley

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Maranatha, May 9, 2010

“May you run and not be weary. May your heart be filled with song. And may the love of God
continue to give you hope and keep you strong.”

This portion of the choral response above, now song by us all at the end of the Church’s service, could be describing mothers, running and not appearing to ever be weary, hearts filled with song, and always seeming to be hopeful and strong! Yesterday, Sunday, those who were able to attend class at Maranatha were reminded of all these characteristics when we heard from four mothers, Lynn Russell, Pam Sherman, Debbie Jacoby, and Meredith Davison, who spoke about being mothers and daughters. It was a loving, moving devotion from each presenter!

We celebrated two birthdays, Paula Scott (5/11) and Jim Embrey (5/13). Happy Birthday! No anniversaries were noted for this week.

Our greeters and providers of refreshments were Gary and Patti Smith and Rex and Allene Donley. It was a lovely table adorned with red roses and white carnations on a red tablecloth, and great snacks, both healthy and guilt-ridden. Our thanks to each of you for keeping the calories coming!

Visitors this Sunday were Maranatha alums, Phil and Cindy Allbritten, who now reside in Texas.

Our announcements included appreciation for the talents of Susan Panciera; Susan played a lively rendition of “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” on the clarinet at Sunday’s main services. Also, we heard joys expressed from proud parents, the Carpenters and Jacobys, for the graduation of daughters who will now be pursuing advanced degrees. Congratulations to you and others in our class who will also be sharing in such a joy as schools hold their commencements.

Angie Dale led us in a special Mother’s Day prayer that was a devotional in itself; it was lovely and meaningful!

Next week, we will welcome Professor Susanna Southard, Phillips Theological Seminary, who will teach us for two successive Sundays. Bring friends and family! If we haven’t seen you for a while, you have been missed! We look forward to seeing you soon.

Have a great week!

Richard Wansley and Meredith Davison

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