CUC Newsletter – May 16, 2021

“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” – 1 Peter 5:7

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Echoes of a Voice

Our lesson this Sunday, will be given by Sally Dowland from the book “Simply Christian”. Sally will be our speaker again on May 23. This week, Echoes of a Voice, will be her topic and cover the first 4 chapters of the book. In those chapters the author discusses justice, spirituality, relationship, and beauty.

CUC Sunday School Class

CUC = Christian Unity and Commitment

CUC attendance Sunday, May 9

Zoom: 34
Class: 44
Total: 78

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

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

A Message from CUC President

Throw It onto Him
by Greg Laurie

Sometimes we put our eyes on a man or a woman, expecting them to be everything for us. We expect them to never make a mistake. We expect them to have all the answers, and they don’t. The prophet Isaiah wrote about King Uzziah, who ascended to the throne at age 16. Ultimately, he ruled for 52 years. And according to Scripture, he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and his people loved him. But King Uzziah made mistakes. Interestingly, Isaiah made a statement about Uzziah’s death that we often can overlook: “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple” (Isaiah 6:1 NKJV).

In other words, “This man was removed, and now I see the Lord.” Instead of looking to people, look to Jesus Christ. He is the only one who will never fail you. He is the only one who will sustain you. And He is the one you will meet one day if you put your faith in Him. John the Baptist said of Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30 NKJV).

Maybe today you’re feeling anxious and worried and afraid. The Bible tells us, “[Cast] all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7 NKJV). The original word Peter used for “cast” isn’t a word we’d normally use for throwing something. Rather, it signifies an act in which we stop worrying about something and let God assume the responsibility for our welfare. So take the thing that burdens and concerns you and throw it onto the Lord. Protect your mind, and do everything you can to stay close to Jesus Christ.

Thanks to Jacob, we have coffee and sweets in our classroom on Sunday mornings. I invite you to join us at 9:15-9:30 for fellowship.

As we announced last week, beginning this Sunday, we will be studying the Book, Simply Christian, by N.T. Wright. I received my copy from Amazon Prime on Tuesday so I could read along with the lessons.

July 4 this year will be on a Sunday. Based on the information I have gotten from Jeff Ross, RUMC will have regular services that day but nothing special is planned.

Sunday Schools have option to meet or not. We currently do not have a speaker for the 4th, so unless one of our CUC members want to volunteer to teach the class, I am recommending we take the week off. If you want to be the speaker on July 4th let me know.

God Bless,
Fred Brown

CUC Spring Fling is This Wednesday!

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. It is this coming Wednesday, May 19th at 6:00pm at the outside patio of The Peach and the Pork Chop. Order off the menu – there will be a set 20% gratuity added to each of our bills. Email Mike Story at with the name of the attendees no later than today, Friday, May 14th .

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 Murphy Harpst school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.

From Jacob Crane – Meals for May 18 – May 20

Our numbers were back down a little this week; hopefully just due to the gas shortage. We did still Serve 270 Hot Meals and @150 Frozen Meals. We have a great menu next week highlighted by Leo’s famous Meatloaf on Wednesday!

RUMC Weekly Take Home Menu

Week of May 18th – May 20th

  • Tuesday: Chicken Fried Rice, Vegetable Egg Roll, Fresh Fruit.
  • Wednesday: Southern Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes /Gravy, Smothered Green Beans, Buttered Roll.
  • Thursday: Chicken and Steak Fajita Quesadilla, Mexican Rice, Fresh Guacamole and Chips.

Frozen Meals $5

  1. Beef and Pork Barbacoa w/ Mexican Rice and Beans
  2. Jamaican Beef Pot Pie
  3. Sweet Italian Sausage and Peppers Pasta
  4. Shrimp Pasta Primavera Frozen Soups $4 (3 for $10)
  5. Brunswick Stew
  6. Vegetable Minestrone
  7. Loaded Potato Soup
  8. Beef Cabbage Roll Soup

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 @ 5 pm 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, selling his amazing Grilled Burgers and Hot Dogs starting at 5:00 PM on the Commons! Come on out for a little food, fun and fellowship! 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 and Bettie Goss – John is in a coma in Heritage Hospice, Marietta. Drugs are keeping him pain free. Betty says: We love all the cards, emails and concerns for us and for our beloved John.
  • Gwen Grant – Prayer requests from daughter Myra: For the Lord to continue to put the right people in our path, to lead us to the right Dr’s, to open the doors and make it abundantly clear and smooth the next step for us to take. For my dad. For the Holy Spirit’s peace that passes all understanding to fill him. For his strength and endurance in loving and caring for my mom.

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony– as he continues to deal with health problems
  • Sister Bachus– with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Betty and Don Gay – Don is on palliative care at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Vince and Donna Grosse appreciate your continued prayers for their friend Susan Ouzts as she has surgery on May 24th to remove her stomach, pancreas, gall bladder, and resection the arteries in that area. It is very critical surgery, and she needs many prayers. They appreciate all the prayers for his sister who is stable now .She really appreciated knowing that people were praying for her.
  • 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, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Prayers also for our nation and its people.

Please help keep your CUC newsletter up to date. If you wish to be added, removed, or updated on our prayer list or have knowledge of an update on anything on our prayer list please let the editor know prior to Thursday evening.


  • Mark Goodwin – May 16
  • Martha Jane Mason – May 19
  • Bob Schnakenberg– May 21
  • Myra Belote – May 21


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  • 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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