CUC Newsletter – March 26, 2021

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Zechariah 9:9 NIV


Sunday, March 28, 2021

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Scott Dickson will again be our CUC speaker. Scott always delivers an excellent message. His chosen scripture this week is:

Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz: “Ask a sign from the Lord your God. Make it as deep as the grave a or as high as heaven.” But Ahaz said, “I won’t ask; I won’t test the Lord.” Then Isaiah said, “Listen, house of David! Isn’t it enough for you to be tiresome for people that you are also tiresome before my God? Therefore, the Lord will give you a sign. Isaiah 7:10-14a (CEB)


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 21

In Classroom 17, on Zoom 68, Total = 85

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


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: 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.


Come Back to Our Classroom!

Sandy Griffin sent an email to her Neighborhood Care Group this week and Fred wants to share it with the whole CUC class:

“Good Afternoon! I hope this finds everyone in good health and ready to restart our lives! I am assuming (and yes I know what that means) that all of you have been vaccinated and are ready to begin our lives again. The classroom has been open now for several weeks and now with the new guideline of distancing 3 feet instead of the 6 feet that was requested early on, we can accommodate at least 50 people if not more! I urge each and every one of us to please consider coming to back to class. I know how easy it is to Zoom but it is not easy sometimes to worship our God in the way He would like for us to worship Him.

His house has been empty too long! I do understand that some of you are not able to come to class at this time because of health issues not related to Covid. We are so thankful we have Zoom for those persons.”

Quote of the day: If I waited until I had all my ducks in a row, I’d never get across the street. Sometimes you just have to gather up what you have and make a run for it! Judge Lynn Tolerate

See y’all at church!


A Message from the CUC President

The Sixth Sunday of Lent—Palm Sunday

What Is Palm Sunday?

Debbie McDaniel writes,

“Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter that begins the Holy Week. It is the day that we remember and celebrate the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem as Savior and King. As Jesus rode a donkey into the town of Jerusalem a large crowd gathered and laid palm branches and their cloaks across the road, giving Jesus royal treatment. The hundreds of people shouted ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”-

5 Quick Things to Know about Palm Sunday

Everything about the scene is important (John 12:12-19, Mark 1:1-11, Matthew 21:1-11, Luke 19:28-44) Jesus fulfills the prophecy of the Messiah in Zechariah 9

There is meaning behind the lowly donkey Jesus rode into Jerusalem

Palm Sunday marks Jesus’ humble and triumphant journey toward His sacrifice and the cross

The people hailed Jesus as King and called out Hosanna, which means ‘save us’

Why a Donkey? “In the ancient Middle Eastern world, leaders rode horses if they rode to war, but donkeys if they came in peace. First Kings 1:33 mentions Solomon riding a donkey on the day he was recognized as the new king of Israel. Other instances of leaders riding donkeys are Judges 5:10; 10:4; 12:14; and 2 Samuel 16:2. The mention of a donkey in Zechariah 9:9-10 fits the description of a king who would be “righteous and having salvation, gentle.” Rather than riding to conquer, this king would enter in peace.

I hope to see you Sunday,

God Bless all of you,
Fred Brown


Ushers Needed

RUMC needs ushers for Easter Sunday. Please call Joann Hobbs at 770-261-1731 if you can help.


CUC Fellowship

The Fellowship Committee is looking for opportunities for us all to reconnect. Here are our current ideas and we are certainly open to any suggestions from the group at large:

  • Pop-up lunches on the Commons to occur when weather permits after Easter.
  • Begin Dinners for 8 or 6 or whatever is comfortable for a host – all participants will assumed to be vaccinated.
  • Possible gathering for dinner on the patio at Peach and the Pork Chop in May (this would be in lieu of a Patriotic Party this year)

Hope you will share your ideas with us as we move forward and reconnect over the next few months. Garlinn and Mike Story


CUC Missions

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


My Neighbors Pantry

My Neighbor’s Pantry will operate as normal through the end of this month. On 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!


RUMC Weekly “To Go”

From Jacob Crane:

This week we Served 487 Hot Meals and 140 Frozen Meals

RUMC Weekly Take Home Menu

Week of March 30th – April 1st

  • Tuesday: Beef Stroganoff w/ Buttered Egg Noodles, Glazed Carrots, Yeast Roll.
  • Wednesday: Teriyaki Chicken w/ Sesame Chive Rice, Roasted Asian Veggie Medley, Sesame Roll.
  • Thursday: Cheesy Potato, Bacon, & Ham Casserole, Roasted Broccoli, Buttered Roll.

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

  1. Pan Fried Chicken w/ Red Beans and Rice
  2. Chicken Parmesan
  3. Shepherd’s Pie
  4. BBQ Pork w/ Mac and Cheese
  5. Macaroni and Cheese

  • Margie Avery – has been undergoing radiation treatment and chemo, but having problems with low blood count which is delaying treatment.
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she is continuing with 2 more rounds of chemo
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease

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
  • Betty Smith as she continues recovery from a stroke
  • 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.

Thanksgivings

  • We’re so thankful for the CUC prayers and support. Dave Wistrand has been discharged from the heart surgeon and home health therapy and will continue recovery with cardiac rehab for the next number of weeks.
  • The Gardener’s neighbor Doug Reed has transferred out of ICU and is in a rehab center in Athens.

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

  • Nancy Wright – March 29
  • Nancy Wistrand – March 31
  • Pat Stamps – April 1
  • Tom Knight – April 1

Anniversaries

  • Sue & George Waite – March 30, 1968-East Orange, NJ, 53 years!
  • Pat & Ron Peterson – March 31, 1962- Birmingham, AL, 59 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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