CUC Newsletter – January 17, 2021

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Jesus Friend, the One We Don’t Talk About

One of CUC’s favorite speakers, Rusty Gordon, will be the CUC speaker this Sunday. His Lesson title is “Jesus friend, the one we don’t talk about!” his scriptures are

Matthew 27:3, Luke 6:12-16, and 2 Cor 5:16-2

CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 41st Sunday we have met on Zoom. Attendance January 10 was 83 on Zoom and 3 in class, Total = 86

This Sunday we will continue to have CUC class both in the classroom and on zoom.

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.

New CUC Members

We are delighted to welcome as our newest CUC members, Bill and Caren Floyd

A Note from CUC President

Thirsty for Righteousness
by Max Lucado

“IF ANYONE is thirsty, Jesus said “Let him come to me and drink” (John 7:37)

Admission of thirst doesn’t come easy for us. False fountains pacify our cravings with sugary swallows of pleasure. But there comes a time when pleasure doesn’t satisfy. There comes a dark hour in every life when the world caves in and we are left trapped in the rubble of reality, parched and dying.

Some would rather die than admit it. Others admit it and escape death. “God I need help.”

So the thirsty come. A ragged lot we are, bound together by broken dreams and collapsed promises. Fortunes that were never made. Families that were never built. Promises that were never kept….

And we are very thirsty. Not thirsty for fame, possessions, passion or romance. We’ve drunk from those pools. They are salt water in the desert. They don’t quench—they kill.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness….”

Righteousness. That’s it. That’s what we are thirsty for. We’re thirsty for a clean conscience. We crave a clean slate. We yearn for a fresh start. We pray for a hand which will enter the dark cavern of our world and do for us the one thing we can’t do for ourselves—make us right again.

As we enter 2021, let’s all pray that God will make us right again.

Look forward to seeing all of you Sunday,

Fred Brown

Thank You From Murphy Harpst

Thank you for supporting Murphy-Harpst this Christmas! Christmas 2020 was a year unlike no other. Your willingness to adapt to the constant challenges and changes of 2020 is the reason 140 kids at Murphy-Harpst had the best Christmas ever! We are so grateful that you found creative ways to help our children and staff safely celebrate. Whether you participated in a gift drive, a tree sale, a fundraiser, or a wrapping party, you made a difference in the life of a child on Christmas Morning!

New Bible Study

Jeff Ross is starting a bible study at the end of January called the Grand Sweep. It is study based on reading the whole bible in a year. He will have a weekly “Facebook Live” meeting instead of an in person meeting. There will be a discussion board for people to talk with other people and with him.

From Jeff Ross:

Read through the Bible with me starting the 3rd week of January 2021. We will be using J. Ellsworth Kalas’s “The Grand Sweep”. I will host a weekly Facebook live group that will look at what we have read that week and consider the threads tying it to the weeks before and the weeks to come. To join go to “Jeff’s Grand Sweep” on Facebook and ask to join. Or, if you are not on Facebook or just have questions email me at

RUMC Weekly “To Go” Menu

We had a great first week back with our take home meals here at RUMC! This week we served about 315 Hot Meals and 215 Frozen Meals! We have a great menu lined up next week with a few church favorites. It was great to be back serving our community again.

Week of January 19th – January 21st

  • Tuesday: Cincinnati Beef Chili with Spaghetti, Cole Slaw, Mini Corn Dogs Fritters
  • Wednesday: Sweet and Sour Pork over Sesame Chive Rice, Fresh Fruit, Sesame Roll
  • Thursday: Southern Fried Chicken Thighs with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Succotash, Honey Buttered Biscuit.

  • Jim Adcock– at Northside Hospital very ill with Covid following surgery to remove blood clot on brain following recent fall.
  • Lynn Adcock – on isolation following testing positive for Covid
  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Jeannie Ehlers– as she recovers at home following successful surgery
  • Patsy Lanham recovering from a second knee replacement
  • Don Macleod – as he recovers from surgery
  • Betty Smith – following a stroke which caused loss of function of her right side. She will be going to a rehab facility near her daughter. She prefers communications by text at this time.
  • Vince Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison as she is currently having chemo therapy following successful colon cancer surgery and the Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts as she has finished chemo and is having radiation therapy at the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer.

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.

Thank You’s

  • From Nancy Spence: Dear CUC, Losing a loved only brother is always hard – but even harder during a pandemic. Your calls, e-mails, cards, prayers and concern mean so much to me. Thank You!
  • The Adcocks appreciate all your calls, cards, and emails during this difficult time.
  • From Gale and Roger Davis: Dear CUC friends, Thank you for your love and prayers for our daughter, Cynthia , and Grandson, Tyler. Cynthia was here this past week and brought us the huge stack of cards you had sent after Roxane died. We were all encouraged by your many expressions of thoughtfulness. Our CUC community is unique and we thank you for that!

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.


  • Julian Belote – January 17
  • Janice Scalzo – January 21


  • Sister and Gannett Backus – January 22, 1972- 49 years-Birmingham, AL

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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