CUC Newsletter – December 3, 2021

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Sunday, December 5, 2021

When Everything is Wrong

CUC is continuing our series for Advent for 2021. Martha Jane Mason is our teacher this Sunday from the Book The Heart that Grew Three Sizes by Matt Rawle. She will teach from two chapters . The chapter titles are “When Everything is Wrong” and “When Christmas isn’t Christmas”. We look forward to Martha Jane’s lesson.

CUC Sunday School Class

CUC attendance Sunday, November 21st

Members 74

Total 88

We continue to have class both in the classroom and on Zoom. It is good to be together again face to face, but we still have Zoom for those of CUC who prefer to stay at home or who are away from home! CUC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

If you are attending by Zoom be sure that you register your attendance at to register

Note: We will have CUC on both 12/26 and 1/2/22. On both days please bring your own coffee and snacks, if you want refreshments! If you cannot join us in person, please try to zoom with us!

CUC Christmas Party This Coming Tuesday!

There are 102 signed up for the CUC Christmas Party, 6:00 PM , on December 7 at the Metropolitan Club on Windward Parkway. Plan to leave early as the traffic can be really backed up in that area at that time of day and you do not want to miss the hors d’oeuvres and entertainment! We are looking forward to a great party put on by our wonderful CUC social committee with Jeff Coelho as “Entertainment Master”.

Birthday Party for Jesus – Help Wanted !

There is a small group of CUC women who have been meeting from 10:00 t0 12:00 on Wednesday mornings for a number of years to prepare crafts and supplies for the Children’s Sunday School teachers each week and to keep the Sunday School craft supplies in order for future programs.

All children are invited to a birthday party for Jesus on Sunday, December 12 at 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, Chapel building! They will be celebrating the birth of Jesus with a live nativity, crafts, and fun. There is a lot of preparation that goes into this and CUC help is needed! Nancy Spence is currently serving as Interim Director of Children’s Ministry and needs our help! If you can spare a couple of hours this coming Wednesday morning from 10:00 to 12:00 please join us in the “rotunda” down the hall from our CUC classroom to help prepare things for Christ’s Birthday Party.

Christmas Brunch/Lunch

Not to be outdone by the CUC Single Ladies….There will be a “Married Ladies” brunch/lunch on Friday, December 10, 11 a.m. at Babs Skillings’. Coffee and iced tea will be furnished. Bring a dish to share. Any questions call Babs or Gale Davis

ALL CUC ladies are invited to a Christmas lunch/brunch at Babs Skillings on Dec 10. Please RSVP to Babs

Christmas Open House

Johnie and Nancy Wright have again decorated their home to have their annual Christmas open house this year and CUC members are invited. They are having it on Monday, Dec 13 starting at 2:00. Guests are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert to share. Please bring food items on a disposable dish. The Wrights will provide drinks and Chick-fil-A nuggets. Please plan to carpool. Parking is limited to one side of the street and leave the semi-circular driveway free for drop-offs.

  • Dick Anthony will be having major jaw surgery on December 9th. Pray for him and also for Laverne Lamb as she cares for Dick.
  • Margie Avery is currently back in the hospital. Please continue to remember Margie in your prayers.
  • Sister Backus – for relief of increased back pain and other disabilities
  • Malone Dodson who is making progress in recovery at home with caregivers.
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she has begun receiving chemo.
  • Shirley May suffering with back pain

Continuing Prayers

  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Marlene and Don MacLeod – who both are having multiple health issues.
  • Mary Kay Mills as she continues treatment and physical therapy, gaining back her strength
  • Earnie Robertson at Vickory Rose
  • Betty Smith at The Georgian Lakeside
  • Edna Smith at the Mansions, Alpharetta
  • Stan Thomason – He enjoys hearing from CUC friends
  • Vince and Donna Grosse thank you for your continued prayers for their friend Susan Ouzts. She greatly appreciates our prayers.
  • Pray also for our Caregivers of those who are ailing!

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.

Help needed

Due to a fire in her home, Bobbie Causey will be displaced for about 3-4 months. She is looking for a furnished MIL suite, Carriage house or other small home to rent in the interim. If anyone knows of such a place that is empty please contact her.


  • Hugh Gardner– December 10


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Neighborhood Care Groups

Don’t forget to make a call or a text or visit this week to someone in your CUC Neighborhood Care Group!

From Jacob Crane

Next Wednesday, December 8, will be the Last Wednesday Night Supper of 2021. We will return on January 12, 2022! The menu is: Cranberry Apple Stuffed Pork Loin w/ Apple Cider Pork Jus, Vanilla Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Vegetable Medley, Buttered Rolls, Featured Salad Bar, Creamy Mushroom Soup, Chocolate Toffee Bars, Cookies.

The RUMC Hospitality team will be back in the kitchen for one more week this year preparing convenient, delicious, affordable meals, and we plan to continue these meals every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM starting back on January 11th. Here are the menus for December 7th and December 9th (Last Take Home Meals of 2021)

  • Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan w/ Spaghetti Marinara, Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread.
  • Thursday: Roast Beef w/ Mushroom Gravy, Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, Herb Roasted Carrots, Buttered Yeast Roll.

Frozen Meals available this week:

  • Ham Pasta Cacciatore
  • Roasted Turkey Brest w/ Herbed Stuffing and Gravy
  • Chimichurri Pulled Pork w/ Black Beans and Rice
  • Turkey Pot Pie, Sundried Tomato and Chicken Penne Pasta
  • Ham and Cheese Tortellini Alfredo. And Chicken noodle soup.

Christmas Gift & Craft Show

Join us December 2-4 in the Dodson Youth Center for a festive show and bake sale supporting RUMC Student Ministry Missions and 80 small, local businesses. Pre-sale raffle tickets are available online for items from each of our 80 vendors.

Christmas Festival Concerts

The Christmas Festival Concerts are:

  • Friday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 12 at 3 p.m.

A limited number of complimentary tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Worship Arts Office, Sanctuary Building; Main Office, Chapel Building; or by calling 770.594.0512.


Share God’s love for one and all at RUMC during the Holiday Season and Beyond!!

The RUMC Sunday Morning Volunteer Team is always recruiting for volunteers to serve as Welcome Hosts and Sanctuary Hosts each Sunday morning now and into the New Year. (Scheduled weekly so there is no requirement for an individual set schedule commitment!) Contact JoAn Hobbs, Coordinator, for more info!

Christmas Eve Day RUMC will have four (4) worship services:

  • 10:00 am – Worship and Communion – In the Chapel
  • 4:00 pm – Worship Service – Sanctuary
  • 6:00 pm Worship Service — Sanctuary
  • 11:00 pm Worship and Communion – In the Chapel

Welcome Hosts (Greeters) are needed for all 4 services – (Each Volunteer assignment is for about 30 minutes prior to a selected service – then one can attend that service) Please contact JoAn Hobbs – 770-261-1731 or email

Racial Reconciliation Talk

Next Wednesday Dec 8th, 4:00-5:30pm in the Dining Room – Rev Brian Tillman will talk about what’s going on with Racial Reconciliation in the No.GA Conference and the Methodist Church.

Support for Our Missions:

Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses.

Continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using AmazonSmile.

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

CUC President’s Message

The Candle of Love

Lighting both the second and the first candles on the second Sunday of Advent gives greater light, symbolizing the coming of Jesus, the light of the world.

The second candle reminds us of His presence among us, as prophesied over 400 years before his birth in Zechariah 2:10: “‘Shout and be glad, O Daughter of Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,’ declares the Lord.”

The second candle reminds us, too, that God sent Jesus into the world because of his great love for us. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

How blessed we are to have this beautiful advent season!

Sandy Martin

  • Dec 2-4 – RUMC Annual Christmas Gift and Craft Show
  • Dec 5 – MOS Concert 3PM “It’s the Holiday Season”
  • Dec 7 – 6:00 PM – CUC Christmas Party
  • Dec 10 – Ladies Christmas Lunch/Brunch
  • Dec 13 – 2PM – Wright’s Christmas Open House
  • Feb 22 – Homestretch Peachtree Tea

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