CUC Newsletter – December 16, 2022

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased! Luke 2:14

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

For the last Sunday of Advent, we will continue to be guided by Susan Robb’s book; “The Angels of Christmas, Hearing God’s Voice in Advent”. John Sharp will finish our Advent Series this Sunday morning with Chapter Four of “The Angels of Christmas, Hearing God’s Voice in Advent”. His lesson title is “Hark the Herald Angels Sing: The Angels and the Shepherds.” Key scripture verses for this chapter are Luke 2:13-14. Our lesson this week will include Susan Robb’s video as she shares her insights into the birth of Christ and the angel’s visit to the shepherds.

CUC Sunday School Class

We continue to have class both in the classroom and on Zoom. 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.

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

CUC Attendance

December 11

Members 78

Teacher 1 (member)

Zoom 11

Total 90

CUC Has Lots of Christmas Spirit!

The men started with their gay Christmas socks the past 2 Sundays. This Sunday, the last Sunday before Christmas, we will have a Christmas tie contest. So guys… wear your best Christmas ties!

  • Jeannie Ehlers is beginning a new schedule requiring 3 weeks of chemo at Northside Forsyth then a week off, and then repeat. Jeannie and Jim really appreciate all of your prayers for healing.
  • Rose Lappe – continue prayers as she also continues chemo
  • Edna Smith is suffering from progressive Parkinsons disease and is recovering from a severe infection. She very much appreciates your prayers.
  • Doug Tatom – suffering from back pain and various other medical problems keeping him “under the weather”. Pray for his recovery.
  • Laverne Lamb asks for prayers for her daughter Kathy who has another lesion in her brain.
  • Susan Gunter’s husband Charlie has been discharged home from the hospital after suffering several strokes. Please pray for his complete recovery.

Ongoing Prayers

  • Sister Backus – for relief of increased back pain and other disabilities
  • Babs Skillings – to have relief of pain
  • Pray for the 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 help keep your weekly CUC newsletter editor updated as to prayers needed for our fellow CUC members and their families.)


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  • Fred & MariAnna Brown – December 18, 1966 Flora, MS, 56 years

RUMC Christmas Concerts

The Christmas Concerts last weekend were outstanding! Everyone says the best yet! We are proud of the CUC members of the Choir… Bill Griffin, choir president, Martha Jane Mason, and Cecelia Moore who have to leave CUC early each week to participate.

Christmas Party Photos

Thanks to Jeff Coelho’s son, last Sunday we received photos that he took at the Christmas party. If your portraits turned out well and you would like to have the negatives, please write your name on the back and get them to Jeff.

CUC Computer

The CUC IT Committee determined that CUC needed a new computer and we have gotten a new computer for our use. The old CUC has been donated to Homestretch.

Handel’s Messiah

This Sunday, December 18, at 3:00 pm in our sanctuary is the MOS sing along of Handel’s Messiah., $15 General Admission. Tickets are available online and at the door of the sing-along. Add your voice to a chorus of hundreds in this annual holiday tradition! Bring your own score, or purchase one there. Along with vocal soloists, chamber orchestra, hundreds of singers under the baton of Michael O’Neal, Conductor, will perform the Christmas portion and “Hallelujah” from Handel’s Messiah. Listeners are also welcome!

Update from Jacob

Although our Hot Meal Programs are taking a break until January 2023, the RUMC hospitality team and kitchen crew are still cooking up some delicious meals to put in the freezer! Wednesday Night Suppers will return on Wednesday, January 11! We will start a new Sit Down or Take-Home Hot Lunch on Tuesday, January 12. Keep an eye out for upcoming details!

You can still pre-order any frozen meals by clicking the links published each week and frozen meals can be picked up at your convenience between the hours of 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday-Thursday at the RUMC Kitchen.

MUST Neighborhood Pantry

Our next MUST Neighborhood Pantry is on Tuesday, January 3rd!

Rain prevented us from giving out the coffee and children’s pajamas at our last pantry, so we’ll continue collecting these items throughout December and give them out in January!

For January, there are three ways to help:

Donations: We need laundry detergent, feminine hygiene products, coffee and children’s pajamas (all sizes) this month! You can drop-off donations at the pantry building on the RUMC campus Sundays 9:00-12:00 PM or at the Fellowship Hall on the day of the pantry (January 3rd) 12:00-4:00 PM.

Volunteers: There are many ways to volunteer on pantry days! To volunteer for all shifts, sign-up here:

Money: We use monetary donations to buy detergent and feminine hygiene products to supplement what is donated. We also buy fresh produce (apples, oranges, onions and potatoes), ground beef and tortillas for our families.

To donate, go to, then choose About/Giving/Give Online. After you click on “Give Online,” there’s a page with a drop-down menu that says: “Tithes and Offerings 2022.” Pull-down that menu to “MUST Neighborhood Pantry” and you can donate there. You can also drop off monetary donations in the RUMC front office! Just write “MUST Neighborhood Pantry” on the check or envelope to ensure it gets to us.

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.
  • 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.


  • Dec. 18 3:00 p.m. MOS “Messiah” Sing-a-Long
  • Dec 24 Christmas Eve Services
    • 10 a.m. Worship Service with Communion in the Chapel
    • 4 p.m. Family Worship Service with Candlelight in the Sanctuary
    • 6 p.m. Traditional Candlelight Service in the Sanctuary
    • 11 p.m. Candlelight and Communion Service in the Chapel
  • December 25 – 10:30 service in the Chapel
  • Oct 17- 19, 2023 CUC Fall Retreat

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