CUC Newsletter – February 12, 2021

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Lori Walsh will deliver our message on Feb. 14th. Lori is our RUMC Church Business Administrator. Her message is titled “ A Journey of Giving Back”. Her bible verse for her lesson is 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.

CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 44th Sunday we have met on Zoom.

CUC attendance February 7

Zoom: 79
Class: 5
Total: 84

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

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.

CUC Retreat for Fall of 2021?

Please remember to email, call, or text Gene Osborn with your Fall Retreat wishes before February 28, and let him know whether or not you would attend, so plans can be made.

Ash Wednesday

This coming Wednesday, February 17, there will be a drive-in service from 10:30 AM to 12:30 and 4:00 to 6:00 PM. You may attend at any time during the two time slots offered: This experience will take place outdoors, just outside the front Chapel entrance near the front lawn on Mimosa Blvd.

Park outside the Chapel and walk up to one of the Lenten stations. A Pastor will be at each station to guide you through a time of prayer, sharing of Scripture, and the imposition of ashes. You will be invited to administer the ashes on yourself due to our current COVID protocols.

A Message from the CUC President

by Ed McMinn

“Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God”, Psalm 42: v. 5b

Only when a life has no hope does it become not worth living. To hope is not merely to want something; that is desire or wishful thinking. Desire must be coupled with some degree of expectation to produce hope.Therein lies the great problem. We may wish for a million dollars, relief from our illness, world peace, or a way to lose weight while stuffing ourselves with jelly filled doughnuts. Our hopes, however, must be firmly grounded, or they will inevitably lead us to disappointment, shame, and disaster. In other words, false hopes ruin us.

One of the most basic issues of our lives, therefore, becomes discovering or locating that in which we can place our hope. Where can we find sure promises for a future that we can count on? Where can we place our hope with realistic exceptions that we can live securely even though some of the promises we rely on are yet to be delivered? In God. In God and God alone lies our hope.

God and his sustaining power are the course of the only meaningful hope possible in our lives.

“Never let hope elude you. That is life’s biggest fumble.”—College Football Hall-of-Fame coach Bob Zuppke, Coach of the Fighting Illini for 28 years.

Zuppke’s philosophical remarks were called Zuppkeisms. The best known Zuppkeisms, including the one above are: the greatest athlete is one who can carry a nimble brain to the place of action; moral courage is the result of respect from fellow men; a good back should keep his feet at all times and never lose his head; men do their best if they know they are being observed; alumni are loyal if a coach wins all his games; and advice to freshmen: don’t drink the liniment.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

God bless,
Fred Brown

My Neighbors Pantry

Help us make sure we have enough food for everyone! For just $20, you can provide two bags of groceries to a family who needs them. Fresh chicken, beef, produce, cheese, milk, tortillas and more . We need black beans, feminine hygiene products and laundry detergent! You can drop these items off on Mondays 12-2:00 PM. Just drive to the back of the B Building at RUMC, honk your horn, and a masked volunteer will get them from your car.

CUC still has funds in its treasury to reimburse class members for their purchases for items for the My Neighbors Pantry program. They can mail or email Charlie Mason a copy of their receipts and he will reimburse them for their purchases.

RUMC Weekly “To Go” Menu

Week of February 16th, 17th, and 18th

  • Tuesday: RUMC Country Captain Chicken w/ Raisin Almond Rice Pilaf, Sauteed Green Beans, Buttered Yeast Roll
  • Wednesday: Salisbury Steak w/ Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Roasted Garlic Butter Broccoli, Yeast Roll
  • Thursday: Chicken Parmesan w/ Spaghetti Marinara, Cesar Salad, Garlic Bread.

  • Margie Avery – undergoing radiation treatment and chemo
  • Pat Deaton and her daughter Lara as Pat has been placed on home Hospice Care
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she recovers from another round of chemo
  • John Lemke for success in rescheduling needed foot surgery which was canceled this past week
  • Don Macleod – recovering from further surgery
  • Shirley May suffering from severe back pain
  • Betty Smith – in rehab following a stroke
  • Wanda Taylor – recovering from rotator cuff surgery
  • Dave Wistrand for a good recovery from major heart surgery this past Wednesday
  • 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.
  • Please pray also for Craig Bruner, a very dear friend to Bill and Sandy Griffin, who is dying due to prostate cancer, and for his wife Marene. He has fought the good fight for many years, but it has now spread through his body.

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Betty and Don Gay– at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan Thomason – following his loss of Virginia last week. 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.


  • Mr. Patrick Cooney – February 15
  • Tom Erdman – February 19
  • Dee Scott – February 20


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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.

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