CUC Newsletter – January 31, 2021

Ephesians 2:8, 9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Paul’s gospel of Grace

We are fortunate to have our own Tom Knight as the CUC speaker on 1/31. Tom always presents a well-thought-out lesson. His topic is Paul’s Gospel of Grace. Scripture: Ephesians 2:8,9 “

CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 43nd Sunday we have met on Zoom.

CUC attendance January 24

Zoom: 81
Class: 13
Total: 94

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.

Murphy Harpst Birthday Party Plans

Pam Kramer, our contact at Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center, has written, “Christmas was very different on campus without our usual volunteers and families, but the children truly enjoyed the fellowship opening their gifts on Christmas morning together. Thank you for helping support a beautiful day.”

After being informed about CUC members’ reluctance to celebrate in person this year’s annual birthday party at Murphy-Harpst, Pam Kramer replied. “I agree, with the continued COVID challenges, the agency also wants to be proactive in keeping everyone safe, so we will remain closed to volunteers and visitors through April of this year.” “Love the idea, if the CUC would be amenable, to have the group send funds this year for gift cards and possibly a few individual cakes? I am happy to purchase needed items at our local Walmart and bring them to the campus. We have six February birthday honorees.”

Charlie Mason reports that $1000 is available in the class treasury for M-H. He suggests that two checks be written: $300 for the party on February 19 (gift cards, cakes, miscellaneous) and $700 to M-H itself. Those checks can be written at any time. A motion and vote to agree to this action can be on our agenda during the CUC meeting on Sunday, January 31.

A Note from the CUC Vice President

In the summer of 1859 Charles Blondin crossed Niagara Falls – 160 feet over the Falls between the US and Canada – on a tightrope several times. Once he crossed in a sack, once on stilts, another time on a bicycle, and once he carried a stove and cooked an omelet! On July 15, Blondin walked backward across the tightrope to Canada and returned pushing a wheelbarrow while blindfolded. He then asked for a volunteer from the crowds watching him in awe and amazement to get into the wheelbarrow and take a ride across the Falls with him! It is said that he asked his audience, “Do you believe I can carry a person across in this wheelbarrow?” and that the crowd shouted as one voice that yes, they believed! It was then that Blondin posed the question, “Who will get in the wheelbarrow?” No “believers” volunteered. The story of Charles Blondin paints a real life picture of what faith actually is. The crowd had watched his daring feats. They shouted that they believed, but their actions disproved it. Saying “I believe” is different than putting all of our trust in Him and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and living our lives accordingly. “This is the confidence that we have in our relationship with God: If we ask for anything in agreement with his will, he listens to us.” — 1 John 5:14 / ESV


“While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.” George Washington

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

We just finished up with our busiest day and week of the year to date. This program is continually growing, and we are so thrilled to be able to Serve so many! Thank you all for all that you do to support this ministry; we are making a difference in so many lives. This week we Served 400 Hot Meals and 155 Frozen Meals; that is an average of 185 meals per day of Service! We would love to be able to communicate other important events or information about RUMC through our meals. Please let me know if you have any ideas for communications that we could add that could benefit other ministries here at RUMC. The meals continue 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.

Week of February 2nd, 3rd and 4th

  • Tuesday: Chicken and Smoked Sausage Jambalaya over Creole Rice Pilaf, Glazed Carrots, Hushpuppies
  • Wednesday: Chicken Pot Pie, Pickled Veggie Salad
  • Thursday: Chimichurri Pulled Pork w/ Coconut Rice, Black Beans, Grilled Flat

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

  • Lynn Adcock on Jim’s “passing to a better place” on this past Thursday
  • Margie Avery – undergoing radiation treatment. She appreciates all the cards and texts she has received.
  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she recovers from surgery and starts another round of chemo
  • John Lemke as he has to have further foot surgery
  • Don Macleod – recovering from surgery
  • Pat Phillips beginning radiation therapy
  • Betty Smith – in rehab following a stroke, at Salud, 601 Norholt Causeway, Suwanee 30024
  • 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

  • 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 and dental work
  • 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 been moved to a nursing home on palliative Hospice Care. Stan more than ever 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.


  • Lesleigh Coelho – January 31
  • Jim Lappe – February 2
  • Tom Cantrell – February 4
  • Don MacLeod – February 4
  • Gayle Crolius – February 6
  • Patricia Mashburn – February 6


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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 CUC 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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