CUC Newsletter – September 2, 2022

Sunday, September 4, 2022

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!… Matthew 6:22–23

Optimism vs. Pessimism

Allan Kennedy has our lesson Sunday. His topic: Optimism vs. Pessimism: Can Christians be pessimists? This lesson will look at this issue from a Biblical as well as a psychological perspective. It is good to have a CUC speaker who is a psychologist as well as a good Christian.

Those attending class via Zoom should be signed into Zoom and admitted no later than 9:40 AM to prevent feedback noise. Thanks for everyone’s cooperation on this!

CUC Attendance

August 28

Members: 72

Teacher: 1

Visitors: 3

Zoom: 20

Total: 96

New CUC Member

Please welcome our newest CUC member, Karen Sledge

Save the Date

The CUC Christmas Party will be December 6 at 6:00 pm at The Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta. The price will include the same lovely venue and delicious food, with some fun holiday activities! You don’t want to miss it!! More details to follow with sign up beginning soon.

Prayer Requests

  • Tom and Linda Cantrell ‘s son, William Cantrell died suddenly last week in California. They are working with authorities to get William back to GA. They request prayers for the family as they go through this tragic time, and thank you for the calls, cards, and texts.
  • Gayle Crolius for relief of her chronic back and leg pain
  • Ann Douglas for good healing of cellulitis of foot.
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she continues chemo next week after what she describes was a good visit to MD Anderson
  • Rose Lappe for prayers as she is being treated with radiation
  • Shirley May-pray for a full recovery from surgery
  • Don and Marlene McCleod – as they move to assisted living in September
  • Babs Skillings – pray that she can have relief of her pain.
  • Brenda Burrell’s husband Bob Burrell for good recovery following a stroke
  • Laverne Lamb’s daughter, Kathy Acree. Prayers still needed . Until Sept. 8, she will be at Emory University rehab center then she will have surgery and chemo for lung cancer.
  • Don & Ann McNew’s son Mike who has been in Piedmont Hospital being treated for infection following recent illnes. Pray for his full recovery.

Ongoing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony who is doing better with multiple myeloma
  • Sister Backus- for relief of increased back pain and other disabilities
  • Edna Smith is now at home with the help of caregivers
  • Stan Thomason, former CUC member in declining health
  • Please keep Vince Grosse’s ’s brother, Vern, in your prayers as he has had some complications as he continues to have treatment for cancer in his liver. Vern sends his appreciation to the class.
  • Pray 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 and for the people of Ukraine.

(Please continue to keep your weekly CUC newsletter editor updated as to prayers needed for our fellow CUC members and their families.)


  • Virginia Hardy-September 5
  • Bill Scott-September 5


  • Jack and Gloria Stadler-September 4, 1954 – Gibsonville, NC—68 years!

Meals-To-Go and Wednesday Night Supper

Information from Jacob:

The RUMC Hospitality Team will be serving up more great meals next week September 6th and September 8th! Our Tuesday/Thursday Hot Lunches are available from 11:30 Am -1:30 PM.(We are still around after that if you need to pick up later). Our freezer is fully stocked up with great meals for the whole family!

  • Tuesday: Chicken Pot Pie, Fresh Fruit Salad, Yeast Roll.
  • Thursday: Peruvian Pork Stew, Yellow Rice, Roasted Plantains, Flat Bread.

We are also thrilled to be resuming our Wednesday Night Suppers in the Fellowship Hall each Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. This Wednesday, September 7th, we are having Country Fried Steak w/ Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Roasted Corn and Sweet Peas, Buttered Biscuit, Black-eyed Pea Soup, Featured Salad Bar, Bobby’s Chocolate Chip Browned Butter Blondies, and Assorted Cookies

MUST Neighborhood Pantry

The MUST Neighborhood Pantry on Mimosa is gearing-up for its next grocery distribution on Tuesday, September 6th. Though most pantries will be held on the first Monday of each month, the September pantry will be on a Tuesday because of the holiday weekend. Because the pantry is now monthly, the larger size of detergent and larger boxes/bags of pads are ideal. Each month, the pantry will also ask for donations of a “special item” that has been identified as a need in the community. Throughout the month of September, we will collect paper towels and bath towels, which will be distributed to our client families at the pantry on October 3rd. Donations of laundry detergent, feminine hygiene products, paper towels and bath towels can be dropped off in the pantry building on Sundays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM or on the day of the pantry (Tuesday, September 6th) 12:00-4:00 PM. For more information, contact Scotty Brewington ( or Mary Ann Bender (

Volunteers: Still several open shifts! We need lots of volunteers to pack produce and groceries, unload the MUST delivery trucks and distribute groceries to families. Note that the produce team shift has moved to 1:00-3:00 PM to help bag the MUST produce delivery, which is delivered around that time. To volunteer in-person for any and all shifts, sign up here:

RUMC Mission Booth

From Annette Whaley:

The RUMC mission booth at City Antiques is looking for furniture, Holiday items (no garland or wreaths unless spectacular), nice lamps, pictures, decorative items, antiques, Jewelry (fine and costume). If uncertain about what we will take, email me with pictures at or call/text at 770-634-2289 to Annette Whaley. If you have a whole house of items and need pick up that can be arranged with 2 weeks notice (maybe less). Items in boxes and bags can be dropped off at church office or if just a couple of pieces of furniture and you want to drop it off at City Antiques Mission Booth, I or one of the Booth Babes will meet you there. These 2 booths have been donated to us by City Antiques and all the money goes to various missions. So try to go by and support City Antiques. It is a wonderful place to browse and find a treasure.

Bad Girls of the Bible

Debbie Goodwin will be teaching a Women’s Bible study based on Liz Curtis Higgs’ book, Bad Girls of the Bible: Character Studies that Share Warnings, Hope, and God’s Unfailing Love. It will meet on Thursdays, September 15 – November 17 (except October 20), 9:45-11:30 in Room 246/248. This is a study about making choices. Using the humor and heart-challenging insights from Liz Curtis Higgs, we’ll gather big lessons about God’s grace and reaching love. Cost is $10 for workbook, available at the first session. Register online at or by contacting Debbie at

The Color of Compromise

What does it mean to be complicit with racism? Read & Discuss THE COLOR OF COMPROMISE by Jemar Tisby, Thursdays 11:00 – 12:30pm, Sept 8 – Oct 13, in the Trinity Café/Dining Rm. The Book and Audio are available on Amazon. Contact: Nancy Wistrand. This link goes directly to the Color of Compromise Sign Up.

Seniors Enriched Living

The SEL program begins live Tuesday and Thursday mornings beginning the 3rd week in September. For more information go to

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!

Support for Our CUC Missions:

  • Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses.
  • Nancy Wright received a letter thanking CUC for the contribution of 150 pounds of flip tops which are worth $5 /pound. Keep up the good work CUC flip top collectors!
  • 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 and Kroger.
  • Malone Dodson Golf Tournament -October 10
  • CUC Retreat- October 18-20
  • CUC Christmas Party – Tuesday, December 6

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