Class News from January 22, 2012

This is a belated post to the blog from the 1/22/12 emails by Denny Meredity-Orr

 

Here’s the news from Maranatha Class this week . . .

Hosts
Gene & Diane Martin and Julee & Jim Embrey – Thank you so much for the cheerful decorations and wonderful food you brought!
(My apologies for identifying Jeff Allen as Jim in last week’s email)

Guests
Valerie Carpenter and Brice Venable were guests in class this morning

Birthdays (No Anniversaries this coming week)
Thad Leonard – Jan. 25
Rob Morgan – Jan. 26
Judy Harkins – Jan. 28

Announcements
~ Work Area on Missions is sponsoring a mission trip to Bolivia in July,  It is a medical and construction trip.  The cost for each participant will be $1000 (WAOM is picking up $1000 of the cost).  There is a table in Bishops Hall for sign-ups and information
~ This is the final week for the canned food drive for the NE Oklahoma Food Bank- donations can be left in Bishops Hall
~ Paul Loyd announced that he and Barbara were still collecting books suitable for first time readers and text books of any kind and level for children in Malawi. He  said people could still bring them to class next week
~ The next class social will be February 11 – a Valentine’s Dinner at Ti Amos
~ Suzy announced that next week’s class is a special presentation by a visiting speaker about the St. John’s Bible. This is the first hand illuminated bible commissioned since the invention of the printing press. Please see http://www.saintjohnsbible.org for more information about this amazing work. Maranatha has been invited to hear this speaker with two other class in Community Hall. So we will meet in our classroom for a combination social and announcement time starting at 9:40 so we can be on our way downstairs by 9:55.
~Janet Purinton brought greetings from former class members Rick and Melanie Evans.  Janet visited with them on her recent trip to Florida.  Janet said she hoped that one day in the not to distant future they would be back in Tulsa and return to class.

Joys and Concerns
~ Andrea and Rob Davis are grandparents again – Audrey had a baby girl – they named her Hanna!
~ Jim Embrey announced that Tom Garrett, a fellow military member, has passed away from ALS.  He thanked us for our prayers over the past few months
~ Angie Dale asked for prayers for her mother, Lou Ann.  She is struggling with feelings that she could have done more to help as a result of being on the phone with Joanna Waters when she suffered a stroke or heart attack and died
~ Lynn Russell asked for prayers for Kathryn who has cancer
~ Lee Anne Nichols asked that we keep Darla in our prayers – in a relatively short time, her husband was diagnosed with throat cancer, her mother was found to have with Alzheimer’s and her brother died of a massive heart attack at 51

Prayer
Jim Embrey blessed the class with a prayer

Speaker
Sue Venable was the Guest Speaker again this morning.  She spoke to us about how King James brought several groups together to create his Bible. A recording of her talk will be available on the Maranatha Class website.

Next Week
Hosts  – Janet Purinton and Meredith Davidson & Richard Wansley
Speaker – Steve Nelson, the ambassador for the new hand-illuminated Saint John’s Bible, will share the amazing story about how this ecumenical work of art came to be.  We will meet for a quick social and announcement time and then move to Community Hall for this talk. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Maranatha News from Sunday, February 5

Here’s the news from Maranatha Class this past Sunday . . .

VALENTINE DINNER SOCIAL – Saturday, Feb 11 – Ti Amos at 61st & Sheridan for 6:30 – A room has been reserved and there are some extra spaces if you would still like to attend!

Hosts
Sharon Earley and Bev North – Thank you so much for your effort!

Next Week – Feb 12 – Christi & Kraemer Luks and Carol & Mickey Maus

Birthdays
David Been – Feb 5
Sherry Stinson – Feb 7
Art Campbell – Feb 7
Karey Low – Feb 8
Jerry LeDoux – Feb 11

Anniversary
Sarah & Cisco Maldonado – Feb. 10th – 22 years Congratulations!

Guests
No one dropped in this past week

Announcements
~ The next class social will be February 11 – a Valentine’s Dinner at Ti Amos
~ CHILI SUPPER – Volunteers needed for February 27th – you’ll have more chances to sign up!
~ Work Area on Missions is sponsoring a mission trip to Bolivia in July, It is a medical and construction trip. The cost for each participant will be $1000 (WAOM is picking up $1000 of the cost). There is a table in Bishops Hall for sign-ups and information
~ Lights on for Cookson drive began – donation envelopes were passed around – continues all month
~ There will be a special luncheon session with Dr. Bruegemann – you can arrange for your ticket by contacting Paula Gadney

Joys and Concerns
~ Shari and Lynn announced the engagement of their daughter, Julie
~ David and Kendall Carpenter announced that Grant had been accepted into OU Law School

Prayer
Scott Morgan offered the class prayer

Speaker
We are thrilled to have Ed Payton, a Walter Brueggemann scholar, back for another week. Dr. Brueggemann will be the Barton-Clinton-Gordy Lecturer at the end of February.

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Maranatha Class News – January 29, 2012

Here’s the news from Maranatha Class this week . . .

NEXT WEEK’S SPEAKER – We are thrilled to have Ed Payton, a Walter Brueggemann scholar, right here in our midst! Ed will be offering lessons over the next 2 Sundays from the works of this renown Old Testament scholar and theologian. Dr. Brueggemann will be the Barton-Clinton-Gordy Lecturer at the end of February.

Hosts
Janet Purinton and Meredith Davidson & Richard Wansley – Thank you so much for your effort!

Birthdays (No Anniversaries this coming week)
Brenda Spencer – Jan. 29
Sarah Maldonado – Jan. 30
Susan Rose – Jan. 30
Paul Giessen – Feb. 2

Guests
Ray and Megan Gamero with kids Genevive and Josephine and Brian Hill

Announcements
~ Super Bowl Auction Party is next Sunday!
~ Work Area on Missions is sponsoring a mission trip to Bolivia in July, It is a medical and construction trip. The cost for each participant will be $1000 (WAOM is picking up $1000 of the cost). There is a table in Bishops Hall for sign-ups and information
~ This is the final week for the canned food drive for the NE Oklahoma Food Bank- donations can be left in Bishops Hall
~ Lights on for Cookson drive begins next Sunday
~ The next class social will be February 11 – a Valentine’s Dinner at Ti Amos
~ Warren & Lynette Bennett Danskin shared information about a cruise to the Baltics they will be hosting starting September 6. Bishop Will Willimon will be the guest lecturer. There will be an informational luncheon on Feb 5, at Noon, in the Little Dining room off the kitchen.

Joys and Concerns
~ Lynn Russell asked for prayers for Jim Griffin who has cancer

Speaker
Steve Nelson spoke about the new hand-illuminated Saint John’s Bible. A recording of his talk will be available on the Maranatha Class website.

Next Week
Hosts – Sharon Early and Bev & Mark North

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Maranatha, January 10, 2010

“Without faith, nothing is possible; with it (faith), nothing is impossible”

Mary McLeod Bethune

Thank you for your acceptance of Meredith and me as your Presidents in 2010.  We are excited about the new year and the ability to work with magnificent people who are serving as other offices for our Class.

Earlier today, we had a large number of Class members who heard a lesson given by Reverend Ken Tobler; Ken will continue to “surprise, shock, and, perhaps, offend” us next week as he continues his teaching.  If you weren’t able to attend this week, we’ll be looking for you next week.

We recognized several members who are having birthdays in the next several days, including David Rose, Jim Seymour, and David Worthington. No anniversaries this week.

Refreshments and greetings were provided by Debbie and Neal Pascoe as well as Jennifer Hall.

Several concerns were raised for others, including Noel Copeland; a friend, Chuck, who lost his wife; Jim’s friend (Charlie Snow) who died, Charlie’s wife and daughter; Kim who lost her son.  The prayer was delivered by Shari Goodwin.

Announcements highlighted the Dinners (or, better named, “Meals”) for 8 (contact Pam Sherman for more information).  Pam also is planning a February social as a “Valentine’s Dinner” at Ti Amo on February 12th (again, contact Pam if you are interested).  Shari Goodwin solicited volunteers to participate in a Focus Group on the “church/denomination and HIV/AIDS”.  Contact Shari if you are interested in being a part of this Group.  Denny and Suzy Meredith-Orr reminded us that our next mission opportunity is January 27, helping at the Day Center for the Homeless.  Let Denny or Suzy know if you are willing to participate and have not yet signed up for this activity.

We had visitors this morning, Carol and Dave Grim, and Beth Lyons.  We encouraged them to return next week; look for them and welcome them!

If you have any Caranatha announcements or requests for help from our very giving class, contact either Karen Campbell or Barbara Meehan, or me.

You are welcome to get in touch with me at any time.  Use the E-mail, richard.wansley(at)okstate.edu,* or call me on my cell phone, 918/520-8787.

By Later this month, we hope to announce the opening of a new Maranatha Class website/blog that will be a “one-stop” communication tool for the class. At that time, communicating needs, your thoughts, mission opportunities, and social events will all be possible through this site. Our thanks to Barbara Meehan for her dedicated work on this project.  Until that time, however, please use our individual E-mail addresses, and, of course, telephone numbers.

Have a terrific week!

Richard Wansley and Meredith Davison

*Note that you will need to type Richard’s email address into an email substituting “@” for “(at).” I have edited his email address so that he 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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