CUC Newsletter – November 1, 2019

He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? ”

Mark 4:30 (NRSV)

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Looking Deeper at the Parables

Scott Dickson again has our CUC lesson for Nov 3. He continues with part 2 of his very interesting and enjoyable lesson of last week “Looking Deeper at the Parables”. Scott has led our class a number of times before and always brings us an excellent lesson.

CUC Announcements – Nov. 3, 2019

CUC Refreshments

We are thankful for our CUC refreshments each week. This Sunday they will be provided by Debbie & Mark Goodwin, Virginia Hardy, and Mary Serafina

CUC Attendance

October 27
1 teacher + I guest + 86 members = 88 total

CUC Collection

October 27

Christmas is coming!

The annual CUC Christmas Party will be Tuesday, December 3, 6-10 PM at the Metropolitan Club. This is the biggest and best CUC party of the year. Already over 106 CUC’ers have signed up! Be sure you have marked your calendars! The cost will be $40 per person and the reservations will need to be in by November 17th. Be sure to pick up your bag for the white elephant gift exchange. The sign-up sheet will be passed this Sunday. Contact members of the fellowship committee with any questions.

Operation Christmas Child

Yes, Christmas is coming! Collect your goodies to put in the boxes for Operation Christmas Child which are now available and will be collected by Lynn Roberts any time you want to bring them in. Or you can contribute on- line. Please let Lynn know if you choose to donate your box on-line. The aim is for CUC to contribute 100 boxes !

CUC Mission Outreach

CUC Mission Outreach pamphlets were distributed recently describing the mission outreach of our CUC class. Be sure you get a copy to learn about these missions and how CUC supports them.

Service Opportunity

Needed – Part time substitute bakery pickup and delivery to church, etc.

Pickups available from either Publix at Northridge or Publix at Holcomb Bridge and 400

Pickups can be either morning or closing at pm. (Full time positions also available!!)

Please call either Claudia or John Phelps

Annual Pledge Sunday

With this coming Sunday being the Sunday when we consider what our annual pledge to the church will be, Vince Grosse offers the following information for your consideration:

When you take a distribution from a “Traditional” IRA, you must pay taxes on it as you haven’t paid taxes on the money you put into the IRA originally. However, if you are 701/2 years of age and you make a charitable deduction directly from your “Traditional” IRA to a qualified charity, it is not considered a taxable distribution.

You can use this charitable donation to meet all or part of your IRA’s RMD (required minimum distribution.) If you itemize your deductions, you cannot also claim this charitable donation as a deduction on Schedule A. If you don’t itemize but take the standard deduction, a charitable donation from your RMD will give you a tax break. Talk to your tax preparer or IRA manager for more information.

This is a great way to meet your annual pledge or donate to the Foundation, or both!

RUMC Wednesday Night Out Dinner

WNO Menu for November 6:

  • Beef Lasagna, Herbed Veggie Medley, Garlic Bread
  • French Onion Soup, Featured Salad Bar
  • Cannoli Cream Cake

Serving hours: 4:45-6:30 pm, take out available until 6:45 pm

Time Forgotten – Time Remembered

Stop by the Charis Gallery to view the The Spirit Lives On exhibit featuring photographs and drawings by Alzheimer’s patients and their Caregivers.

Pecan Sale

It’s back! The annual pecan sale has begun. Proceeds support Boy Scouts, MUST Ministries, and Discovery Sunday School missions. Order online or at the RUMC Main Office, Chapel building. $9/bag, 3 bags for $25, or 30 bags for $240

Tell It Like It Can Be

Jim McCormick , one of our favorite CUC speakers, has a new book out, Tell It Like It Can Be , and it is available on Amazon. According to Amazon: Each chapter of this book contains inspiration, encouragement, and challenge for those who take God seriously and who seek to be followers of Jesus. Not narrowly denominational or fundamental, it speaks to everyone who wants to experience the gracious gifts of God that are available to all sincere seekers and to pass that on to all the children of God.

Box Tops and Flip Tops, etc.

Before the Box Top plan is completely discontinued and changed to an online system, please keep on bringing in those accumulated Box Tops for Education for Red Bird Missions.

Save and bring in those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses!

And remember to set up accounts and use your purchases at Publix and Amazon Smile to support Murphy Harpst.

  • Dick Anthony – Still hospitalized at Northside Hospital Cumming. Awaiting move shortly to Glancy Rehabilitation Center in Duluth. Visitation is 4 to 9 and he will be there two weeks.
  • Julian Belote – for continued good recovery following discharge from rehab on Thursday after 20 days. He has improved so much. They are very appreciative of the loving support from our incredible CUC Class.
  • Barbara Davis – recovering at Glancy Rehab Center in Duluth. Visitors are allowed.
  • Johnny Johnson and Donna as he has begun chemo for his pancreatic cancer, and returned back to Atlanta for subsequent treatments. He’ll also continue exploring additional therapies. It was good to see them in class with their son on Sunday, having returned to their old home in Roswell.
  • George Martin and Sandy as George remains at home, placed on Hospice care last weekend. No visitors at this time but Sandy expresses thanks to everyone at CUC who have showered them with affection and prayers. Their family has rallied around them.
  • Tom Cantrell – as he begins treatment for stage 1 bladder cancer


  • Betty Smith – back to CUC class, pain free, and settled in her new home

Continuing prayers:

  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma.
  • Betty and Don Gay at home with assistance

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made.

(Please help to keep this list up to date by notifying the editor( any CUC members who need to be added, updated, or removed from the list)


  • Mary Lee Copeland – Nov 4
  • Bill Griffin – Nov 5
  • Betty Hunt – Nov 7
  • Garlinn Story – Nov 8
  • Norma Taylor – Nov 8
  • Allen Buckley – Nov 9


  • Virginia & Stan Thomason – Nov 5, 1960 -59 years!
  • Debbie & Mark Goodwin – Nov 8, 1980 – 39 years
  • Sara & Paul Beecham – Nov 8, 1958 – 61 years!

  • Dec. 3 – CUC Christmas Party at Metropolitan Club
  • Dec. 5, 6, 7 – RUMC Christmas Gift Show
  • Oct. 21-23, 2020 – CUC annual retreat at Winshape at Berry College

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