Sunday, April 26, 2020
“Now, LORD our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. 16 LORD, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us. 17″Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, LORD, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. 18Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. 19LORD, listen! LORD, forgive! LORD, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”
Daniel 9:15-19 15
The Power of Nostalgia
Dr. Jeff Ross will be our CUC speaker this Sunday. His topic is “The Power of Nostalgia”. He requests that everyone bring a rubber band. Any size will do.
Note from CUC Pres. Sandy Griffin:
Good morning to all of my fellow CUCer’s. Billy and I have been helping with the curb-side pick-up lunch at church this week so I have been able to see some of you in the flesh and know you are faring well during this time. Cannot wait for us all to be together again in God’s house.
As you know we lost one of our CUC family this week, Johnny Johnson. Please pray for Donna Johnson and her family. This family has had more challenges this past year than some of us have had in our lifetimes.
I read part of the eulogy for Dr. Lois Evans in one of Dr. Jim Denison’s articles this week. She was the wife of Dr. Tony Evans. Their son Jonathan explained how God had responded to his family’s prayers for her: “There were always two answers to your prayers – either she was going to live or she was going to live, either she was going to be with family or she was going to be with family, either she was going to be well taken care of or she was going to be well taken care of.. the two answers to your prayers are “yes” and “yes”, because victory belongs to Jesus.” I love that and think it is a great explanation for “life everlasting “.
Something else I read that is a very good way to improve our moods. Every day at the end of the day, write down 3 things you are grateful for in your life. “See” y’all Sunday and don’t forget, wash your hands, say your prayers, germs and Jesus are everywhere.
CUC 2020 Retreat Cancelled
Sadly, the 2020 CUC Retreat scheduled to be held in October at Winshape on the Berry College campus had to be cancelled due to the Corona virus threat. True to the good Christian values of Winshape, CUC was released from our contract with no penalties.
Thanks to Donna and Vince Grosse and Patsy and Bill Lanham for the work they had already put in on preparation for the retreat.
CUC Activities During the Corona Virus Threat
It was interesting this past Sunday morning hearing on Zoom what CUC’ers were doing to pass the time while we are doing “social isolation”. We even got to see the McLoeds in Naples, Florida. Here are some of the activities mentioned:
taking walks (around the neighborhood, in local parks, and on the boardwalk along the river), gardening, chores around the house, cleaning, pressure washing driveways and porches, cleaning closets, using the treadmill, picking up meals at the church (and some even helping with giving out the lunches), zoom meetings with family and friends, seeing neighbors not usually seen, meeting with family and friends outside in the yard using “social distancing”, occasional “senior shopping”, Sunday drives, enjoying spring flowers, jigsaw puzzles, Mahjong on line, Mexican Train for two, video games with distant grandchildren, baking, genealogy, model trains, woodworking projects, golf with restrictions, online teaching, even a neighborhood outside concert….and growing hair and beards! The Adcocks on total lockdown at Huntcliff have food brought to their door and daily temperature-taking to assure their wellness!
We are thankful we do not have children at home to keep entertained!
A tip….Be careful with your hearing aids when using a mask!
Meals from the RUMC Kitchen
Jacob Crane and his team are serving hot meals from 12:00 – 2:00 pm Mondays through Thursdays and frozen meals each day are provided until 4:00. Each meal is only $5.00 each!
Our Meal program is still picking up speed! Tuesday alone the RUMC kitchen able to serve 107 hot meals to first responders around the Roswell community; what a way to give back and Serve our community! As of Wednesday we have sent over 300 hot meals out the door at RUMC. We also sent out 175 frozen meals this week to Star House Kids Organization. These meals will keep children who were on school lunch programs in Roswell fed during these difficult times.
(Several CUC class members including Gale and Roger Davis, Steve Covert, Ann and Larry Douglas, Sandy and Bill Griffin, and Sandy Martin have been helping with distribution.)
While it is preferred that orders are made online, payments of cash or check are still accepted. Just click on the link below to pre-order online or email Jacob and then pull up to the curb outside the Fellowship Hall doors. You can come inside or (the preferred method) just honk your horn! Same for frozen meals – order online or email or call Jacob during daytime hours and just pull up to the curb!
Online ordering: http://www.rumc.com/wno/
RUMC Weekly $5.00 “To Go” Menu
- Monday April 27th:
- Spaghetti and Meatballs, Italian Veggie Medley, Garlic Bread
- Tuesday April 28th:
- Mild Jerk Chicken, Jamaican Rice and Peas, Roasted Veggies, Grilled Flat Bread,
- Wednesday April 29th:
- Slow Roasted Asian Glazed Pork Belly, Sesame Chive Rice, Sautéed Garlic Green Beans, Sesame Roll.
- Thrusday, April 30th:
- Meatloaf, Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Veggie Medley, Buttered Roll,.
All meals include Bottled Water and Canned Sodas
RUMC Service during Covid-19 Virus
Be sure to live stream the church service on Sunday. Go to RUMC.com/live at the time of the Sunday service you want to watch.
The official lockdown started March 23 and will likely end May 1st.
That is EXACTLY 40 days.
The Latin root of the word “quarantine” is “forty”.
So what does the Bible say about 40?
The flood lasted 40 days.
40 years Moses fled Egypt.
40 days Moses stayed on Mount Sinai to receive the Commandments.
Exodus lasted 40 years.
Jesus fasted for 40 days.
40 days for a woman to rest after giving birth.
Optimum number of weeks for human gestation is 40.
A group of theologians thinks the number 40 represents “change”. It is the time of preparing a person, or people, to make a fundamental change.
Something will happen after these 40 days. Just believe and pray. Remember, whenever the number 40 appears in the Bible, there is a “change”.
Please know that during this “quarantine” rivers are cleaning up, vegetation is growing, the air is becoming cleaner because of less pollution, there is less theft and murder, healing is happening,(the RUMC Sanctuary is getting new carpeting) and most importantly, people are turning to Christ. The Earth is at rest for the first time in many years and hearts are truly transforming.
Remember we are in the year 2020, and 20 + 20 = 40.
Also, 2020 is the year of the United States Census. Jesus Christ, the savior of the world, was born during a census.
Lastly, 2020 is perfect vision. May our sight focus on the Lord and living according to His perfect vision for us knowing He holds us in the palm of His hand. May these days of “quarantine” bring spiritual liberation to our souls, our nation, and our world.
“What Today’s Methodists Need to Know About John Wesley” by Dr. Rem B. Edwards
Pray for all our CUC Classmates and their families to stay safe and avoid this terrible communicable virus which has so changed our daily lives.
- Bob Hamilton for relief of hip pain.
- Donna Johnson on the loss of her husband Johnny on Thursday
- Patricia McCormick as she recovers from a partial hip replacement
- Babs Skillings having a nerve ablation in her lower back on Tuesday for relief of back pain
- Kris Taylor as she recovers from her bicycle accident with 5 broken ribs.
- Susan Ouzts, who recently retired at the age of 56 and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; keep her and her family in your prayers. She is a longtime friend of the Grosses.
- Lena Sharp – better after ER trip, and daughter-in-law Nancy in Brooklyn recovering from virus with no other family members ill.
- Bev Tatom – some relief of pain following injection, and her brother-in-law Ron Fox getting better
- Dick Anthony as he continues his recovery.
- Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma.
- John Lemke as he continues his recovery and is able to be back on his feet again
- Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
We continue to pray for God’s protection for all people during this uncertain time.
The obituary of former CUC member, Nancy Whitehead, was in Thursday’s Atlanta Journal
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, especially at this difficult time of national emergency with the Corona virus!
Congratulations and Best Wishes
- Sharon Schnakenburg on the birth of a new great-granddaughter
- Sandy and Bill Griffin’s daughter to be married on Zoom this Saturday
- Larry Hunt – April 26
- George Crolius – April 30
- August 6-8 – Job Networking Garage (setup beginning Sunday, August 2.)