CUC Newsletter – January 22, 2021

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it… Hebrews 12:11

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Did God Send the Pandemic?

One of CUC’s own – and favorite – speakers, Mark Goodwin, will give our lesson this Sunday: “Did God Send The Covid 19 Pandemic?” His scripture will be Luke 13:1-5

CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 42nd Sunday we have met on Zoom.

CUC attendance January 17

Zoom 92
In Class: 6
Total: 98

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.

2021 CUC Fall Retreat

The 2021 Fall Retreat Team (Bill & Dee Scott and Gene & Maureen Osborn) has been working to schedule our retreat. We were hoping to have a “Save the Date” notice by this time but the pandemic has not subsided to allow that. Please email Gene Osborn to let the team know your thoughts: Will you commit to attending a Fall 2021 retreat? We need a minimum of 50 positive responses (25 room guarantees) to obtain discounted rates and proceed with booking a suitable facility.

A Note from the CUC Vice President

When Fred Bauer was a kid growing up in Ohio, he made extra money picking strawberries for a man who had a small farm on the edge of town. He sold his produce from a little roadside stand. Because Fred was paid by the quart, he figured the faster he picked, the more he would make. But the farmer informed him that there was another requirement.

“Don’t just fill your boxes to the edge. Fill them till they run over and won’t hold any more,” he said. “I’ve always operated on the principle that if I charge a fair price and give my customers a little extra, they’ll come back again.” And they did.

What Fred learned was that we reap what we sow … in every facet of our lives. Give the minimum; expect to receive the minimum. Give lavishly, extravagantly, and be rewarded in kind. Not that that should be our motivation. But the law that says you can’t outgive the Lord is immutable. Jesus confirmed it when He preached, “Give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back” (Luke 6:38, RSV). It applies to strawberries—and the fruits of the Spirit, as well.

Quote for Today: Martin Luther King: “Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.”

To all CUC’ers: Thank you for giving so lavishly of your time, talents, money and love to truly be the hands and heart of Jesus on earth.

Sandy Martin

My Neighbors Pantry

Remember us while you’re shopping ! We serve 250-300 families each week and still need donations of several items. So far, we’re receiving less than half of what we need each week and when we run out, families go without. Here’s what is needed: Laundry detergent, Feminine hygiene products (pads more popular than tampons),Household cleaning products, Black or pinto beans (dry preferred),Flour,Vegetable oil. You can drop-off items on Mondays 12:00-2:00 PM. Just drive-up to the Fellowship Hall double doors at RUMC, honk your horn, and a masked volunteer will retrieve them from your car.

RUMC Weekly “To Go” Menu

The RUMC Hospitality team will be back in the kitchen next week preparing convenient, delicious, affordable meals, and continue these meals every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM. You can pick up meals at our drive-through outside of Fellowship Hall. All meals are just $5.00. You can register online to purchase both hot and frozen meals with your credit card. Online orders are closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 10:00 am – 3:00 pm., but open at all other times. You should receive an email confirmation if your order has been successfully submitted. You need to click both the left side of the item you would like to purchase as well as the right side for the quantity. Drive up orders are also welcome with no pre-registration and you can pay by cash or check. Please contact Jacob via email if you have any issues with ordering, or questions about menu items

  • Tuesday: White Bean and Chicken Chili, Rice Pilaf, Southwest Cole Slaw, Green Chili and Cheddar Corn Bread
  • Wednesday: Shepherd’s Pie, Peas and Carrots, Yeast Roll
  • Thursday: Italian Meatball Lasagna, Cesar Salad, Garlic Bread

Frozen Meal options will change daily and are available while supplies last!

  • Jim Adcock – at Northside Hospital very ill with Covid and multiple complications
  • Margie Avery is undergoing Chemo and radiation treatment and is asking for your prayers.
  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Don Macleod – as he recovers from surgery
  • Betty Smith – following a stroke which caused loss of function of her right side. She prefers communications by text at this time.
  • Vince Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison as she is currently having chemotherapy 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

  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • 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.

Thank You From Patsy Lanham –Thanks to all of you for your prayers, cards, emails and meals following my knee replacement. You never realize how much these things mean until you are the one on the receiving end. I am doing well and trying to survive the physical therapy! Thank you again – our class is the absolute best!


  • Ann McNew – January 28


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New Bible Studies

Jeff Ross has started a weekly Bible study 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

Arise: A Study of God’s Heart for Justice

Rev. Melissa Kime-Hall is leading this study to better understand what justice is to God and how it matters to us. Explore scripture, hear stories from those who have committed their lives to justice, and imagine ways we can respond to God by acting justly in our communities. Thursdays, 11-12:15 p.m., Jan. 21-Feb. 25

Stephen Ministry

If God is calling you to serve in a new way, you’re invited to apply to become a Stephen Minister. Following 50 hours of training in Christian Caregiving skills, Stephen Ministers are prepared to offer loving support to individuals in crises such as illness, death of a loved one, divorce, relocation or financial setback.

Applications are currently being received for the Spring training class (to be held on weekday mornings). Please contact Toni Fagan for information.

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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