CUC Newsletter – December 20, 2020

And the Angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:10-11

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Making Room

Linda Boswell will be leading the CUC Class study this week with the conclusion of the Advent study book “Making Room”.

CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom and in Our Classroom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 37nd Sunday we have met on Zoom.

Attendance: Dec. 13, 13 in Class, 78 on Zoom, Total: 91

Sunday we will again have the Zoom meeting in the CUC classroom (capacity 47). It will be displayed on the TV screens in class so it is a hybrid production.

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

Has Grinch Stolen Your Christmas?

By Dr. Jeff Schreve

Without a doubt, Christmas is to be a time of GREAT JOY. On that first Christmas night , the angel announced to the shepherds “good news of a great joy. “The savior has come! WOW! Those shepherds were so excited. That announcement changed their lives forever. They were filled with joy and wonder and praise.

At Christmas time, are you filled with joy and wonder and praise? Or has the devil, the original Grinch, the thief who comes only to steal and kill and destroy, stolen those things from you? If so, there is still time to get it back!

  1. The Savior has come to save you from a dark past. So many people are suffering with intense guilt over bad things they have done in the past. All the terrible, horrible things you have done are no match for the Savior’s blood that He shed for you on the cross. The moment you confess those sins to God and repent of them, you are forgiven!
  2. The Savior has come to save you from an empty present. Many people are surviving and not really living. Jesus came at Christmas not to fill your empty stocking, but to fill your empty life! He has a purpose and a plan for you. He wants to use your life to make a difference in others, a difference that will last for all eternity.
  3. The Savior has come to save you from a hopeless future. Everyone without God is without hope. No one comes to the Father without the Savior, Jesus Christ. But now He has come, and we can really know Him personally, and we can be assured of His presence and provision while we live…and His heaven when we die.

My friend, do not let the devil steal from you and your Christmas time any longer! The Savior has come, and He has come for you! Receive the good news and rejoice in the truth!

It was good to see everyone at the “Merriest Little Christmas Party Ever” on Tuesday night. A great time of fellowship! Thanks to Patsy and Bill, Garlinn and Mike, and Dee and Bill.

Look forward to seeing everyone Sunday,

Fred Brown

CUC Christmas Party

Our Merriest Little Christmas Party Ever! The Christmas party committee Garlinn and Mike Story, Dee and Bill Scott, and Patsy and Bill Lanham planned a fun evening of visiting with one another in small groups, some music, and dancing, and then playing Santa Bingo. A good time was had by all!

Thank you! It was a great party!

  • Jim Adcock – Ongoing recovery at home following partial hip replacement and also on the loss of his sister Jo Adcock
  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – as she deals with continuing back problems and dealing with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Jeannie Ehlers – as she recovers from chemo treatment
  • Sandy Griffin – on the loss of her mom, Lois Shepard, 97, who passed away on Wednesday. Her mother’s 101 year old sister passed away on Sunday.

Continuing Prayers

  • 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.
  • Vince and Donna Grosse appreciate all your prayers for his sister, Deidra Morrison, and for their friend Susan Ouzts, both undergoing therapy for cancer

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.

RUMC Christmas Services

  • Christmas Eve services are both streaming and on demand services at 10 a.m, 4 p.m.and 6 p.m., 11 p.m.
  • Outdoor candlelight services will be held in the Sanctuary parking lot at 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.Services will last approx. 30 min. If standing for this length of time is challenging, please bring your own chair. Masks are required.

Virtual RUMC Christmas Festival Concert

This year’s concert includes 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 an exciting and joyous experience!

The concert will be available on demand 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.

RUMC Christmas Dinner Take Home Meals

The RUMC Kitchen Crew has put together an amazing menu for Christmas Take Home Meals. There are 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


  • Lynda Leckie – Dec 26


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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.

  • RUMC Virtual Christmas Concert – Monday, December 14 – Friday, December 25, On-Demand
  • Evening in Bethlehem – Journey to the Manger: A Drive-Thru Experience- Saturday, December 19th from 2:30-4:30

Have a safe and healthy Merry Christmas!

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