CUC Newsletter – December 13, 2020

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Leave the Light On

Bill Griffin will lead the CUC class lesson this Sunday, presenting chapter 3 of the book, “Making Room” by Ed Robb. The scripture for Sunday is Isaiah 9:2 and the lesson title is “Leave the Light On”.

CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom and in Our Classroom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 36nd Sunday we have met on Zoom.

Attendance Dec. 6, In Class: 10, Zoom: 75, Total: 85
Sunday we will again have the Zoom meeting in the CUC classroom. It will be displayed on the TV screens in class so it’s really a hybrid meeting. There is a capacity for 47 in the classroom.

If the meeting doesn’t start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, PLEASE check your emails for a new (alternate) link to the Sunday School meeting.

Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.

A Note from CUC President

Show Your Joy To The World

by Karen Ehman
“ But I trust in your unfailing love, my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.” Psalm 13: 5-6
When you think of the phrase, “Christmas is coming!”… What sort of emotion does it evoke?

  • Panic: I only have two more Saturdays of shopping before Christmas.
  • Frustration: There are so many activities this month.
  • Regret: Why did I say we’d host the family get-together.
  • Envy: I noticed on facebook the gorgeous holiday decorations my friend has in her home.

Are these the attitudes we want on display during the month of December? Or should we choose the attitude reflected in the old familiar hymn, Joy to the World?

The verse above declares that our reaction to the salvation God freely offers—which began when Jesus came into the world as a baby that very first Christmas—should be rejoicing. In the old testament verse, the word translated for rejoice actually means “to exult, to go about or to be excited to levity.”

The word exult means to “leap for joy,” and it’s usually connected with a triumph of some kind. Through Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection, He triumphed over death.

We need not fear the future because of the miracle of Christmas. If we have responded to the gospel—the good news about Jesus offering us salvation—we too can

experience a victory over the grave and dwell with God forever in heaven someday. What a reason to rejoice!

Today, let’s chase down some Christmas cheer. But not just keep it to ourselves. Parking our minds on the truth of salvation through Jesus helps us show joy to the world during the Christmas season.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday.

God Bless, Fred Brown

CUC Plans Christmas Party!

Our Merriest Little Christmas Party Ever! is fast approaching on Tuesday night, December 15th from 5:50 – 7 PM. Everyone should have received their invitation by email . The Christmas party committee is Garlinn and Mike Story, Dee and Bill Scott,and Patsy and Bill Lanham and they have planned a fun evening of visiting with one another in small groups and then playing Santa Bingo. Last week, you should have been emailed a bingo card for you to print on your printer along with instructions for putting your own numbers on your cards. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO PRINT ONE, please contact Patsy so she can mail you one. We want everyone to be able to play bingo at our party, so if you have any problem being able to print OR if you are having trouble getting Zoom or understanding HOW you do it, please contact one of us to help you.

Time: Dec 15, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Murphy Harpst Christmas Update

According to CUC treasurer, Charlie Mason, the total amount of money contributed by CUC members to the Murphy-Harpst Christmas collection is now $4855.

  • Jim Adcock – Ongoing recovery at home following partial hip replacement
  • Brenda Burrell – prayers for Bob that he would return to church & to join us in CUC
  • Sister Backus – as she deals with continuing back problems and dealing with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Jeannie Ehlers – as she has another chemo treatment next week
  • Vince and Donna Grosse appreciate all your prayers for his sister, Deidra Morrison, and for their friend Susan Ouzts, both undergoing therapy for cancer
  • Keith Stump passed away last Sunday morning. Please keep Wilma in your thoughts and prayers. The family has asked that contributions be made to the RUMC Foundation in his memory.


  • Pat Phillips – thanks to the class for all of the prayers, loving thoughts and cards. Post surgery, she is feeling fine, and awaiting pathology report and follow up with the surgeon next week.

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Malone Dodson – as he continues his recovery from stroke
  • Betty and Don Gay– at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.

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 with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people and for the reopening of churches.

Virtual RUMC Christmas Festival Concert

This year’s concert will include select footage from last year’s concert and many new offerings as well. Some of these new elements include a virtual choir, new recordings of the Sanctuary Choir and Celebration Ringers, a special piece by members of our children’s choirs, selections by players from the Georgia Philharmonic, an organ solo by Tom Alderman, and a special presentation from our drama ministry, Acting UP. It is sure to be an exciting and joyous experience!

The concert will be streamed this Friday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 13 at 3:00 p.m. and will be available on demand beginning Monday, December 14 through Christmas Day. The link to watch the concert is

Year End Giving to RUMC

As we contemplate our year end giving, please remember the RUMC Foundation and the CUC Endowment. Your gift to the CUC endowment is a “gift that keeps on giving”. Each year the endowment allows CUC to direct the earnings to charities as directed by CUC. And if you want to provide a memorial donation for Keith Stump or other dear departed persons, just make your check out to RUMC Foundation with CUC Endowment on the memo line along with the person’s name you want to memorize.

Meals To Go

The RUMC Hospitality team is still preparing convenient, delicious, affordable meals every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM. Pick up meals at our drive-through outside of Fellowship Hall. All meals are just $5.00. No need to pre-order unless you plan to pay by credit card.

Last Take-Out Lunches of 2020: Week of December 15th– December 17th

  • Tuesday: Turkey Pot Pie, Garden Salad with Pickled Veggies, Fresh Fruit,
  • Wednesday: Chicken and Dumplings over Rice, Corn Souffle, Fresh Fruit
  • Thursday: Southern Shrimp, Chicken and Smoked Sausage Stew, Cheese Grits, HerbedButtered Biscuit, Fresh Fruit.

RUMC Christmas Dinner Take Home Meals

The RUMC Kitchen Crew has put together an amazing menu for Christmas Take Home Meals. We have menu options for both family sized and individual portions of each item being offered. Each individual meal will contain 2 portions, and each family sized item will contain 6-10 servings of each dish. Orders will be accepted through Sunday, December 20th, and pick up will be on Wednesday, December 23 by 4:00 Pm.

Pre-Order Online or E-mail Order to by Sunday, December 20th,

Pick up on Wednesday, December 23rd by 4:00 PM

  • Pineapple Glazed Sliced Ham w/ Grilled Pineapple, Family Size (Feeds 6+) $25.00,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Smoked Gouda and White Truffle Mac and Cheese ,Family Size (Feeds 6+) $20.00,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Bacon and Green Bean Casserole,Family Size (Feeds 6+) $15.00,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Sweet Potato Casserole with Candied Pecan Topping,Family Size (Feeds 6+) $15.00,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Sausage Egg and Cheese Casserole ,Family Size (Feeds 6+) $20.00 ,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Roasted Mushroom, White Truffle and Swiss Cheese Frittata,Family Size (Feeds 6+) $20.00,,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Family Meal Deal #1 $75.00,Includes Family Sized Portions of: Pineapple Glazed Ham, Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese, Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole and a Sausage Egg and Cheese Casserole. ,
  • Family Meal Deal #2 $75.00 – ???? suprise??


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  • Sharon & Tom Erdman – December 13, 1959 – Beaufort, SC – 61 years !
  • Marianna and Fred Brown – December 18, 1966 -Flora, MS – 54 years !

Support for Our Missions:Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses!You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.

Save the Date

  • CUC Virtual Christmas Party – December 15
  • RUMC Virtual Christmas Concert – Friday, December 11 – 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday, December 13 – 3 p.m,Monday, December 14 – Friday, December 25, On-Demand

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