CUC Newsletter – May 9, 2021

Opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the one who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him. Acts 10:34,35

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mother’s Day!

A Christian Viewpoint

Our speaker on Mother’s Day will be Allan Kennedy. His lesson will address how we as Christians view and feel about others that are different from us or our world view. His scripture will be Romans 10 :12 and Acts 10:34-35.

CUC Sunday School Class

CUC = Christian Unity and Commitment

CUC attendance Sunday, May 2

Class: 49
Zoom: 41
Total: 90

Thank goodness for Zoom! But it is good to see each other again face to face!

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

If you don’t receive the newsletter any week, if you have jotted down this meeting ID number, then you may just click on join meeting in Zoom and type in that number to join the meeting. If the meeting does not 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. Go online to: to register within Ministry Platform, select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that the class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.

Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense

During May and June, we will be studying the book Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense, by N.T. Wright. You are encouraged, if you like, to read along with the lessons.

The book is a fresh presentation of the timeless truths of Christianity. Wright makes the case that faith is reasonable and rewarding for us today, and leaves believers with a reason for renewed faith.

  • May 16 – Sally Dowland (Echoes of a Voice),
  • May 23 – Sally Dowland (God and Israel),
  • May 30 – Bob Fletcher (Jesus and the Holy Spirit),
  • June 6 – Bob Fletcher (worship, prayer, scripture)
  • June 20 – Sally and Bob – Church and New Creation

CUC Music

Thank you to Maureen Osborne for playing her flute in the absence of our piano to add a pleasant atmosphere as we gather in the CUC classroom.

A Message from CUC President

Billy Graham on the Prayers and Influence of His Mother
Writing in Just As I Am, Billy Graham shared several stories that point to the important role his mother played in shaping his life.

“In many Crusades over the years,” he wrote, “I have devoted at least one message to the subject of the family. In my Depression-era growing-up years, I suppose we Grahams on our North Carolina dairy farm bore some resemblance to the fictional Walton family on television. It’s easy to feel nostalgic about simpler times, but they obviously were not easier times. Nor were they necessarily happier times.

“What we did have back then was family solidarity. We really cared about each other, and we liked to do things together. Jesus’ word picture of a hen gathering her brood under her wing fits my mother. She saw to it that we gathered frequently and regularly—and not just around the dinner table or in front of the radio for favorite broadcasts. She gathered us around herself and my father to listen to Bible stories, to join in family prayers, and to share a sense of the presence of God.”

On August 14, 1981, Morrow Graham quietly left this earth in her sleep and entered heaven.

“When word came,” Mr. Graham said, “I wept and yet rejoiced at the same time. Of all the people I have ever known, she had the greatest influence on me. I am sure one reason that the Lord has directed and safeguarded me, as well as Ruth and the children, through the years was the prayers of my mother and father.”

Speaking on Mother’s Day in 2003, Mr. Graham told the audience in San Diego that his mother was a farm woman. “She and my father didn’t have much education … but my mother was a woman of God. She always had devotions with us, she always prayed with us, she always loved us, and did so many things, as I look back now, out of the way. And she and my father, when I was in Bible school, they would go up to a room upstairs and kneel down every morning at 10 o’clock to pray for their son in Bible school.

We are honored to have Allan Kennedy as our guest speaker this Sunday, on Mothers Day.

In order to allow Allan to leave early to prepare for the 11:15 Service (Choir), I will cover the announcements after he finishes.

If you haven’t signed up for our Spring Fling on Wed., May 19, I encourage you to do so. We need a minimum of 30 people or we will have to cancel. Deadline to sign up is May 14.

See you Sunday!
God Bless, Fred Brown

Update from the Fellowship Committee:

Join us for a Spring Fling to reconnect after such a long absence from one another. This event will take the place of our usual Patriotic Party. Details include:

  • When: Wednesday, May 19th at 6:00pm
  • Where: On the outside patio of The Peach and the Pork Chop.
  • Cost: Order off the menu – there will be a set 20% gratuity added to each of our bills.

R.S.V.P : email Mike Story with the name of the attendees no later than May 14th .

Other info: We are not planning a “rain” date – we will have the option to move indoors if the weather is inclement.

CUC Missions

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 with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.

From Jacob Crane

We had a great week here at RUMC. After a slower week last week, our numbers were back up this week! We Served 387 Hot Meals and 217 Frozen Meals this week! We are so thrilled to still be able to provide this ministry to so many wonderful people! We have another great menu planned next week, so please feel free to share with anybody.

Week of May 11th – May 13th

  • Tuesday: Shrimp Pasta Primavera, Roasted Broccoli w/ Pickled Red Onions, Buttered Yeast Roll.
  • Wednesday: Jamaican Beef Pot Pie, Roasted Plantains, Braised Cabbage
  • Thursday: Italian Sausage and Peppers w/ Sweet Pasta Marinara, Cesear Salad, Garlic Bread.

Frozen Meals $5

  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken w/ Mashed Potatoes and GravyCincinnati Beef Chili w/ Spaghetti
  • Shrimp, Chicken, and Sausage Jambalaya
  • Mac and Cheese Frozen Soups $4 (3 for $10)
  • Black Bean Soup
  • Brunswick Stew

RUMC Friday Evening Gatherings on the Commons

Starting on May 14th RUMC will be gathering on the 2nd Friday of each month – May thru October for Food, Fun, and a variety of entertainment. We want to create a time and place for the church community and the neighborhood around the church to meet, relax, smile and share the commons.

Bring your own chair and/or lawn blanket. Jacob will supply the food, we will have live music, lawn games, space to run around, and some special guests to entertain. 5:30 – 8pm. Come and sit together as a Sunday school class!!!!

  • Margie Avery – recovering of her strength following chemo and radiation treatments
  • John Goss is home from the hospital and getting occupational and physical therapy
  • Bob Hamilton was hospitalized for a few days but is back home and doing OK
  • Marlene MacLeod for good recovery from her back injury following a fall

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Betty and Don Gay- Don is on palliative care at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Betty Smith as she continues recovery from a stroke
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Vince Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison finished with chemo as she deals with heart issues.
  • Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts continuing radiation therapy, then will have surgery at the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer. They appreciate your continued prayers.
  • Stan Thomason – He appreciates phone calls. The memorial service for Virginia Thomason will be held on Monday, June 7 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel.

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. Prayers also for our nation and its people.


  • Jeannie Ehlers – CAT scan shows her to be cancer-free!

Dear CUC class,

Jim and I would like to thank you again for your prayers and support during my sickness. I have received a huge stack of cards with wonderful uplifting messages. I felt the love and support with each card. Both Jim and I also want to thank those who brought us food. It gave us good nutrition during those difficult days. I also appreciate all the very thoughtful gifts. This class is amazing and so supportive. We feel blessed to be a member of this wonderful group.

Love, Jeannie and Jim


  • Pat Philips – May 9


  • Linda & Bob Mooney – May 9, 1964- Elton MD – 57 years

  • Wednesday, May 19 — 6:00pm – CUC Spring Fling
  • October 10,11,12 – CUC Retreat at Hiawasee
  • October 11 – Annual Malone Dodson Golf Tournament
  • December 7 – CUC Christmas Party

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