CUC Newsletter – February 19, 2021

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

Sunday, February 21, 2021

24 hours That Changed the World

Our own Don McNew will be our CUC speaker this Sunday. His lesson is
“24 Hour That Changed the World”. The scripture for the lesson is from Paul’s message to the Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 2:2 “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.“

CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 45th Sunday we have met on Zoom.

CUC attendance February 14th

Zoom: 76
Class: 6
Total: 82

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 whether or not you would attend, so plans can be made.

A Message from the CUC President

by Ed McMinn

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!” Luke 24: vv.5, 6a

The world tells us that happy endings are for fairy tales and the movies, that reality is Cinderella dying in childbirth and her prince getting killed in a peasant uprising. But that’s just another of the world’s lies.

The truth, however, is that Jesus Christ has been producing happy endings for almost two millennia. That’s because in Jesus lies the power to change and to rescue a life no matter how desperate the situation. Jesus is the master at putting shattered lives back together, of healing broken hearts and broken relationships, of resurrecting lost dreams.

And as for living happily ever after—God really means it. The greatest Hollywood ending of them all was written on a Sunday morning centuries ago when Jesus left the tomb and death behind. With faith in Jesus, your life can have that same ending. You live with God in peace, joy, and love—forever. The End.

Hollywood’s happy endings are products of imagination; the happy endings Jesus produces are real and are yours for the asking.

I hope you braved the cold and attended Ash Wednesday services at RUMC. Lent began on Wednesday and ends Saturday, April 3. What have you given up for Lent this year?

See you on Sunday!

God bless,
Fred Brown

Murphy Harpst Thank You

A message came recently to the CUC Class from Pam Kramer, Director of Corporate and Community Engagement Advancement for Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center: She is addressing the donation of $300 from our class for the birthday party we host every February.

” This is wonderful news! Thank you so much for supporting our February birthday tradition again this year with the kind donation.”

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 23rd, 24th, and 25th

  • Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan w/ Spaghetti Marinara, Cesar Salad, Garlic Bread
  • Wednesday: Grilled Ham w/ Scalloped Potatoes, Peas and Carrots, Buttered Biscuit
  • Thursday: Peppered Steak w/ Herbed Rice Pilaf, Roasted Vegetable Medley, Garlic Butter Rolls

  • Margie Avery – undergoing radiation treatment and chemo
  • Pat Deaton and her daughter Lara as Pat is on Home Hospice Care
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she has another round of Chemo this coming Wednesday
  • 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 who got home from the hospital Tuesday, for a good recovery from major heart surgery
  • 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 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
  • Hugh & Sue Gardner ask prayers for their neighbor Doug Reed – Although he is slightly improved, he remains in a coma on a ventilator in the ICU because of COVID-19.

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. He appreciates phone calls

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.

Thanksgiving From Ann McNew: We appreciate your thoughtfulness and prayer support so much. Don’s sister, Rosa Lee, is now in rehab and is showing signs of slight improvement. Don and I spent quality time with her and her family (observing social distancing guidelines, of course!). Blessings on each of you, hope you and your families are doing well


  • Dee Scott – February 20
  • Babs Skilling – February 22
  • Judy Zierk – February 22
  • Cecelia Moore – February 22
  • Jane Bailey – February 25
  • Marlene MacLeod – February 27, 2021


  • Linda and Tom Cantrell – February 27, 1965- Atlanta, GA, 56 years!
  • Stella and Wilford Boayue – February 27,1972- Ganta, Liberia, Africa, 49

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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