CUC Newsletter – March 20, 2021

But when God found fault with the people, he said: “The day is coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah.

Hebrews 8:8 (NLT)



Sunday, March 21, 2021

Times Up!

Scott Dickson will again be our CUC class teacher this week. The title he has chosen for his lesson is “Times Up”.

This is the covenant that I will make with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my Instructions within them and engrave them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. They will no longer need to teach each other to say, “Know the Lord!” because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord; for I will forgive their wrongdoing and never again remember their sins.

Jeremiah 31:33-34

CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 49th Sunday we have met on Zoom.

CUC attendance March 14

Zoom: 59
In Class: 15
Total: 74


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: http://www.rumc.com/connect-card 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.


A Message from the CUC President

The Fifth Sunday of Lent 2021

Then a voice came from the sky: “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” John 12:28

This Sunday marks the beginning of Passiontide, a deeper time of Lent.

Passiontide is the last two weeks of Lent, when the readings and prayers of the liturgy focus on the Passion of Our Lord. The word “passion”, in the Christian sense, does not mean an intense emotion; it refers to the historical events of Jesus’ suffering and death. Although for several centuries the Fifth Sunday of Lent was known as “Passion Sunday”. The liturgy of the word of this day speaks of re-creation, resurrection, and new life.

Jesus said, “….Now is the time for judgement on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.

He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. John 12: 31-33.

As we get closer to Easter Sunday, I ask you to consider returning to the CUC class in person. If it has been two weeks or longer since you have had your second COVID vaccine, you are fully protected. Please join us this Sunday. Our goal is to have 47 back in class by Easter Sunday.

God Bless,

Fred Brown


Telephone Volunteer Needed

Volunteers are needed to make welcome phone calls to First Time Visitors at RUMC Job Networking. This is the most satisfying and heartwarming volunteer opportunity you will ever have! As Nancy Lane use to say, this is the “bow on the ministry”. It’s a simple call asking how their job search is going. People knowledgeable about the offerings at the church will love this as it is a chance to refer people to other areas of RUMC. Call Katherine Simons for further details.


CUC Missions

Some feedback has come from members of the CUC Mission Outreach Committee. They are Hugh and Sue Gardner, Virginia Hardy, Dave and Norma Hills, and Larry and Betty Hunt. If you buy items from Amazon through its AmazonSmile program, 0.5% of the purchase price on most items will go to the charity of your choice. The CUC Mission Outreach Committee requests that you designate Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center when you sign in to smile.amazon.com. After this, the procedure is the same as usual for purchasing from Amazon. THANKS to you members who already support needy children at Murphy-Harpst.

You can do the same with AmazonSmile to support Homestretch, another of the missions supported by CUC.


My Neighbors Pantry

From Scotty Brewington

Over the past 10 months, we have served 300 families each week by providing them two big bags of free groceries. That’s 12,000 sets of groceries to families in our community. YOU did that!…Now, it is time to look ahead. My Neighbor’s Pantry will operate as normal through the end of this month. On Monday, March 22nd and Monday, March 29th we will still collect donations and distribute groceries to all of our families as we have been. Then, we will take April and May off and return Monday, June 7th in partnership with MUST Ministries as the Summer Grocery Program!

Can you help us finish strong? We still need black/pinto beans, laundry detergent and feminine hygiene products for these last two Mondays. You can drop 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.


RUMC Weekly “To Go”

From Jacob Crane

Another amazing week here in the RUMC kitchen! Our team of chefs and volunteers (mostly CUC members) were able to Serve up 445 Hot Meals and 225 Frozen Meals this week! We are still seeing new faces every week, and everybody is so thankful and positive about this ministry. Thanks to you all for keeping the community informed! We are so blessed and thankful to be able to provide for the community! Meals continue 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.

Week of March 23rd, 24th, and 25th

  • Tuesday: Cheesy Beef Enchiladas, Mexican Rice, Pinto Beans.
  • Wednesday: Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti Marinara, Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread.
  • Thursday: BBQ Pulled Pork, Mac and Cheese, Cole Slaw, Yeast Roll.

Our Current Selection of Frozen Meals…First Come First Serve!

  • Irish Beef Stew w/ Basil Mashed Potatoes
  • Pan Fried Chicken w/ Red Beans and Rice
  • Soups $4 (3 for $10)
  • Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Vegetable Minestrone
  • Tomato Basil soup
  • Loaded Potato and Leek Chowder

  • Margie Avery – has been undergoing radiation treatment and chemo, but having problems with low blood count which is delaying treatment.
  • Wilfred Boayue on the recent loss of his older brother (age 100)
  • Ann O’ Meara whose sister Grace Helmer in NC has been placed on Hospice Care
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Dave Wistrand for a continued good recovery from major heart surgery

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
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she is recovering well from her Chemo and has follow-up tests
  • Betty and Don Gay– at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Don Macleod – recovering from surgery
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Betty Smith is back living at the Mansions.
  • Vince Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison as she continues chemotherapy and The Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts continuing radiation therapy at the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer. They appreciate your continued prayers.
  • Stan Thomason – He appreciates phone calls as he does not use a computer and is alone in an elder care facility.

Thanksgiving

  • Hugh & Sue Gardner ‘s neighbor Doug Reed continues to improve. He is responsive to his environment and is breathing on his own several hours a day. His wife Chris thanks everyone for their prayers.

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! Prayers also for our nation and its people.


Birthdays

  • Dave Hills – March 22

Anniversaries

  • Sharon & Bob Schnakenberg – March 23, 1968- Las Vegas, NV, 53 years!

Support for Our Missions: Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses! Continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.


  • October 10,11,12 – CUC Retreat at Hiawasee
  • December 7 – CUC Christmas Party


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