CUC Newsletter – December 27, 2020

“Now have come the salvation, and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah…” Revelation 12:10

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 27, 2020

The Other Christmas Story

One of our favorite CUC teachers, Bob Fletcher, will teach our class this coming Sunday. The title is “The Other Christmas Story!” Scripture: Revelation 12:10. We will be 100% zoom starting at 10.

CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 38nd Sunday we have met on Zoom.

Attendance Dec. 20:

11 in the Classroom, including Bill and Caren Floyd. On Zoom there were 72, Total: 83

This Sunday we will have our class entirely on Zoom. We will not be in the classroom at all. The RUMC service is at the same time but can be watched at your leisure at 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

First Sunday after Christmas

by Christopher Bate

“Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.” Psalm 148:13

When I use to row, I loved the last 500 meters of the race. This was when you started to hear the crowd shout praises, egging you on after the first 1500 meters. Your body was stuffed, but you knew you had to push through to the end. The praises of the crowd ignited an energy that you didn’t know you had, spurring you on to finish the race.

In Psalm 148, we read about how all creation sings praises to the Lord, seeking to express admiration, appreciation and thanks to God. We are also reminded how this praise from creation is independent, but also part of the whole. This is how we as Christians should praise God-individually, but also as part of the great cloud of witnesses, and with the whole of creation.

However, this praise is not meant to be kept to yourself, as it’s designed to be shared. Just like the crowd shouted praise to themselves, but openly for their teammates, friends, and family to finish the rowing race. We ,too, are to share our praises for God and everything he has done with others and encourage them to praise God.

As we embark on this last week of the year and look to a new year, let’s take a moment to pause and reflect on the year. Let’s give praise to God for who he is and what he has done; looking to continue those praises with the whole creation into the New Year, encouraging others along the way.

I hope everyone was able to have a Merry Christmas and I wish all of you a Happy New Year!

God Bless,

Fred Brown

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to have health problems.
  • Sister Backus – as she deals with continuing back problems and dealing with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Jeannie Ehlers – as she anticipates surgery scheduled for January 7
  • Don Macleod – having surgery for bladder cancer on January 4th
  • Craig Simons – For good recovery following gallbladder surgery on lastWednesday
  • Pat Stamps’ son John and daughter-in-law, Carol Ann. They both have had COVID-19 and Carol Ann is hospitalized
  • Susan Emmons asks for prayers for her brother-in-law Gordon in serious condition following open heart surgery with triple by-pass and aortic valve replacement this past week. Also please pray for peace for all of us.

Continuing Prayers

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

In last Sunday’s AJC there was a nice obituary for Warren Allen. He died Saturday, December 12th. Warren and Barbara were very active in the CUC Class quite a number of years ago.

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.


  • Jim Boswell – December 27
  • Brenda Burrell – December 28
  • Patricia Deaton – December 28
  • Lynn Adcock – December 29
  • Claudia Phelps – December 30
  • Donna Grosse – December 31
  • Vince Grosse – December 31


  • Bettie and John Goss – December 27, 1961, Louisville, KY, 59 years!
  • Pat and Grady Phillips – December 28, 1963, Washington DC, 57 years!


Sunday, Dec. 27 will have one worship service, at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary led by Rev. Melissa Kime-Hall

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 any 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.


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.

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