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CUC Newsletter – June 11, 2021

And observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go. I Kings 2:3


Sunday, June 13, 2021

The Battle for David’s Legacy

Jeff Ross will be our speaker this week. His topic will be “The Battle for David’s Legacy”. His lesson will be based on 1st Kings and 1st Chronicles.


CUC attendance Sunday, June 6

Zoom: 14, Class: 79, teacher: 1 = Total: 94 !

And our CUC treasury added $104 with our in-class collection.
We had 3 visitors (including Peter Oliver joining us on Zoom from France!)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.


Come Back to Class!

Regarding the air quality information for all the RUMC facilities-Sanctuary, Chapel and Dodd Center. Enhancements to the air handling and filtration equipment made during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic brought the RUMC air quality up to or exceeding the same level of area hospitals. Think of that when considering whether or not you are ready to return to CUC or Church—the air in all our buildings is better than the air in your home, school or workplace!


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: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register


CUC President’s Message

The Groaning of the Spirit
By Dean Peppe

We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. — Romans 8:26

Romans 8 speaks of a threefold groaning in our world.

The creation is groaning like a woman in childbirth to be set free from decay. Earthquakes and hurricanes ravage the earth. We cannot fish in many rivers because they are polluted. Our use of fossil fuels is ruining the ozone layer that protects us from excessive radiation from the sun. Can you hear the restless and anguished groans of creation?

Likewise, Spirit-filled believers are groaning. Cancer devastates our bodies. Racial injustice attacks our communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has disabled our nations and killed many, many people while increasing opportunities for abuse. Can you hear the grief-stricken sobs and cries of God’s people?

Along with us, the Holy Spirit is also groaning while interceding for us in ways that only God can understand. And the Spirit’s groaning changes everything, because it enables both creation and us to have hope and to wait patiently. Paul concludes that the creation waits expectantly for the children of God to be revealed, when it will be freed from its bondage to decay (Romans 8:19-21). Likewise, as Spirit-filled Christians, we hope for what we do not see and therefore wait patiently (8:25).

How are you doing as you groan over all the effects of sin in this world? Do you hear the Spirit groaning along with you? Groaning yet hopeful—that’s the life we have as God’s children on this earth.

It was great to see everyone this past Sunday. We have our internet service up and running-finally, so we should be able to join you from our Cabin. Please contact Sandy or me about serving as an officer or committee member for this coming year-starting on August 15, 2021.

God Bless,
Fred Brown


CUC Wednesday Night Dinner

Summer Wednesday Night Dinners for CUC members have resumed. We had 37 dining at Tai House this past Wednesday!

Slope’s BBQ at 34 E Crossville Rd., Roswell, is the venue for WNO, June 16, at 5:30pm. Signup sheet will be passed at Sunday school. If you don’t sign up and can attend or you sign up and can’t attend, please notify Larry Douglas by noon Tuesday.


Invitation from the Vice President:

Hello, CUCers! If you are not currently a CUC committee member – OR if you are already a committee member but are interested in doing something more or something different- please email, text or call me so we can get you set up to contribute your time and effort for the betterment of our class, our church and our community! We are filling committee positions right now for the 2021-2022 year so don’t wait!! We want to put your unique talents and abilities to work!! I’m eager to hear from you!

Sandy Martin


CUC Fall Retreat

We’re still hoping for more to sign up for our Fall Retreat in Young Harris/Hiawassee. It is going to be a great, fun, fall gathering of fellow CUCers so please consider joining us. Phone The Ridges at 888-834-4409 and mention code CUC 2021 to get our special rate of $149.48 and confirm your room. Call, text or email Gene Osborn with questions or just to let him know you plan to attend.


  • Margie Avery – Continuing recovery from chemo and radiation
  • Betty Gay and family on the passing Don
  • John Lemke – peace for his soul. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 20 at 10 a.m. in the RUMC Chapel. Burial will be held in Ohio at a later date.
  • Diane Stephens -asking for prayers for a biopsy on Friday.
  • Gwen Grant – having radiation for brain tumors

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony– as he continues to deal with health problems
  • Sister Bachus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues to recover from her bout with leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Stan Thomason – He appreciates hearing from CUC friends.
  • Vince and Donna Grosse appreciate your continued prayers for their friend Susan Ouzts and Vince’ sister Deidre. Both Susan and Deidra are awaiting decisions about their next treatment options.

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.


Birthdays

  • -=none=-

Anniversaries

  • Beth and Bob Hamilton – June 17, 1961 – Pittsburg, PA – 60 years!!
  • Katherine and Craig Simons – June 17, 1967- 54 years!

From Jacob Crane

This week we Served over 270 Hot Meals and over 100 Frozen Meals in 2 days!
Friday Night… at 5:00 PM…Bring the Family and Enjoy Grilled Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Ice Cream on the Commons!! Great Food and Fellowship

RUMC Weekly Take Home Menu: June 15th and June 17th

  • Tuesday: Creamy Tuscan Sausage Tortellini, Garlic Bread, Chef Salad.
  • Thursday: Beef Stew, Herb Rice Pilaf, Roasted Garlic Butter Broccoli, Yeast Roll.

Our Current Selection of Frozen Meals…First Come First Serve!

Frozen Meals $5

  1. Hungarian Chicken Stew
  2. Macaroni and Cheese
  3. BBQ Pulled Pork w/ Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese
  4. Chorizo w/ Rice and Beans Frozen Soups $4 (3 for $10)
  5. Vegetable Minestrone
  6. Brunswick Stew

40th Annual Patriotic Concert

The Annual RUMC Concert will once again be virtual this year. You may watch the concert any time from Friday, July 2 through Sunday July 4 at rumc.com/patriotic


Malone Dodson Golf Tournament

The Malone Dodson Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, October 11th. This event raises funds for the RUMC Foundation. Of course that is the date of our CUC Retreat. They will need more “outside” volunteers on the day of the golf tournament and CUC’ers have often been some of the volunteers. If you are not attending the CUC retreat and would be willing to volunteer please contact Anne Bridges or Sue Whitton (rwwhitton@comcast.net) to be added to the volunteer list.


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


  • July 2-4 – Virtual 40th Anniversary RUMC Patriotic Concert
  • July 17- RUMC Christmas in July
  • August 14 – 2021 HomeStretch Road Race
  • October 10,11,12- CUC Retreat at Hiawasee
  • October 11- Annual Malone Dodson Golf Tournament
  • December 7 – CUC Christmas Party


CUC Newsletter – June 4, 2021

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies; you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me. Psalm 138.7


Sunday, June 6, 2021

Jesus and the Holy Spirit

This Sunday one of our favorite teachers, Bob Fletcher, will be continuing our lesson series on the book Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense, by N.T. Wright. His subject this week is on worship, prayer, and scripture.


CUC Sunday School Class

CUC attendance Sunday, May 30

Zoom: 18, Class70, Total: 88 !

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


Come Back to Class!

At the RUMC Men’s Breakfast this week Barney Borroughs explained to the group some air quality information for all the RUMC facilities-Sanctuary, Chapel and Dodd Center. Enhancements to the air handling and filtration equipment made during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic brought the RUMC air quality up to or exceeding the same level of area hospitals.

Think of that when considering whether or not you are ready to return to CUC or Church—the air in all our buildings is better than the air in your home, school or workplace!


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: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register


CUC President’s Message

Second Sunday after Pentecost

“Bowing down in the Midst of Trouble” by Bowen Miller

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies; you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me.” (Psalm 138.7)

Not so long ago, I received a rather angry message from someone I respected. And, in that moment and the weeks that followed, I really struggled to know what to do with it. I was angry, upset, sad and I wanted to fight back, to make this person know the truth! I felt well in the midst of trouble. For me, the Psalms are a dance of human emotion and thought, unfiltered and raw. I can identify with that because that is the way I experience life. And this psalm is a beautiful example of a dance I need to do with myself when feeling the way I did when I received the message. Earlier in the Psalm it talks about bowing down, worshipping God. And, doing that “in the midst of trouble” is maybe one of the most difficult, but the most important things, I can do. I know, as I submit and bow down to God, as I re-engage with what Jesus has called me to, seeking to emulate His other-centered love, I start to let the pain sit and be still. Then the pain starts to remove its teeth and I stop having a tantrum about what I think is and isn’t fair. Then I can ask myself, “How do I understand and respond in a way that worships God?”As I seek to define myself in faithfulness to Jesus, I am reminded in these moments of pain how I am called to respond to and love people.

As you read this we will hopefully be in CO. Pray that technology works and we have a strong internet signal. If so, we will see you on Zoom.

God Bless,
Fred Brown


CUC Wednesday Night Dinner

Summer Wednesday Night Dinners for CUC members have resumed. We had 40 dining at Houcks this past Wednesday!

WNO dinner for Wed., June 9, at 5:30 pm, is at Thai House restaurant, 10930 Crabapple Rd., Roswell. Roswell. Signup sheet will be passed at Sunday school. If you don’t sign up and can attend or you sign up and can’t attend, please notify Larry Douglas by noon Tuesday.


CUC Fall Retreat

We’re still hoping for more to sign up for our Fall Retreat in Young Harris/Hiawassee. It is going to be a great, fun, fall gathering of fellow CUCers so please consider joining us. Phone The Ridges at 888-834-4409 and mention code CUC 2021 to get our special rate of $149.48 and confirm your room. Call, text or email Gene Osborn with questions or just to let him know you plan to attend.


  • Margie Avery – Continuing recovering from chemo and radiation
  • The Davis family on the loss of Bob Davis
  • Betty Gay and family on the passing Don
  • Bettie Goss – Continue to pray for her and family on their loss of John
  • John Lemke for recovery from massive stroke suffered earlier this week
  • Stan Thomason – as we remember Virginia at her memorial service this week
  • Gwen Grant – beginning radiation for brain tumors
  • Vince and Donna Grosse appreciate your continued prayers for their friend Susan Ouzts and Vince’ Sister Deidre. Both Susan and Deidra are awaiting decisions about their next treatment options.

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems
  • Sister Bachus– with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues to recover from her bout with leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease.

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.


Thank You

From Lynn Adcock: Thank you for all of the support you have given me since Jim’s passing. The lunch for our family before the service was outstanding. It was nice to visit at the Knight‘s house after the service. Jim would have been so pleased. He loved all of you and I do too. Thanks for being so loving, kind and caring.


Virginia Thomason Memorial Service

Date: Monday, June 7
Time: 1 p.m.
The family will receive friends in the RUMC Parlor following the service.
Inurnment to follow the service in the Garden of Love.


Birthdays

  • Grady Phillips – Jun 7
  • Julianna Goodson -Jun 7
  • Terry Taylor-Jun 9
  • Jan Ligon – Jun 11

Anniversaries

  • Kris and Dave Taylor– June 9, 1968- West Point, NY -53 years!
  • Martha and Tom Knight -June 10, 1961-Macon, GA – 60 years!!

From Jacob Crane

We just finished up a steady first go around for our two day lunch service weeks. We Served 230 Hot Meals + 125 Frozen Meals this week; that’s an average of about 175 meals per day of Service! Thanks so much to all of you for keeping the community informed about this great ministry that RUMC is providing!

RUMC Weekly Take Home Menu

June 8th and June 10th

  • Tuesday: Chicken Pot Pie, Pickled Vegetable Salad, Yeast Roll
  • Thursday: BBQ Pulled Pork, Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese, Cole Slaw, Yeast Roll

Our Current Selection of Frozen Meals…First Come First Serve!

Frozen Meals $5

  1. Chorizo w/ Bean and Rice Pilaf
  2. Chicken Parmesan
  3. Macaroni and Cheese

Frozen Soups $4 (3 for $10)

  1. Loaded Potato Soup
  2. Vegetable Minestrone

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


  • August 14 – 2021 HomeStretch Road Race
  • October 10,11,12- CUC Retreat at Hiawasee
  • October 11- Annual Malone Dodson Golf Tournament
  • December 7 – CUC Christmas Party

Ed. Note: If you have a prayer request or an announcement to be included in the Friday email to the CUC members, please forward it to suewaite@bellsouth.net by Thursday evening. If there is an urgent request, we can distribute it also. There are many announcements that come from RUMC weekly. If you feel any specifically should be included in this CUC newsletter please let Sue know.



CUC Newsletter – May 28, 2021

Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. John 11:25-26 NIV


Sunday, May 30, 2021

Jesus and the Holy Spirit

This Sunday one of our favorite teachers, Bob Fletcher, will be continuing our lesson series on the book Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense, by N.T. Wright. His subject is “Jesus and the Holy Spirit”.


CUC Sunday School Class

CUC attendance Sunday, May 23

Zoom: 22, Class: 51, Total: 73

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


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: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register


Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense

During May and June, we are 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. The series continues with:

  • June 6 – Bob Fletcher (worship, prayer, scripture)
  • June 20 – Sally and Bob – Church and New Creation

CUC President’s Message

Memorial Day message sent separately.

Hope to see you Sunday.

God Bless,
Fred Brown


CUC Wednesday Night Dinner

Summer Wednesday Night Dinners for CUC members have resumed. We had 26 dining at Marlow’s Tavern this past week.

For Wed. June 2 at 5:30, we will dine at Houck’s Grille, 10930 Crabapple Rd., Roswell. Signup sheet will be passed at Sunday school. If you don’t sign up and can attend or you sign up and can’t attend, please notify Larry Douglas by noon Tuesday.


CUC Fall Retreat

We’re still hoping for more to sign up for our Fall Retreat in Young Harris/Hiawassee. It is going to be a great, fun, fall gathering of fellow CUCers so please consider joining us. Phone The Ridges at 888-834-4409 and mention code CUC 2021 to get our special rate of $149.48 and confirm your room. Call, text or email Gene Osborn with questions or just to let him know you plan to attend.


  • Margie Avery – Recovering from chemo and radiation, will probably be having surgery in about six weeks, around the beginning of July.
  • Betty and Don Gay– on palliative care and doing poorly at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Bettie Goss Continue to pray for her and family on their loss of John
  • Gwen Grant – beginning radiation for brain tumors
  • Vince and Donna Grosse appreciate your continued prayers for their friend Susan Ouzts as she had very critical surgery last week, and she needs many prayers.
  • Hugh and Sue Gardener’s neighbor Doug Reed passed away last Sunday from complications from COVID. He had been on a ventilator for more than 100 days. We would appreciate prayers for his wife Chris.

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony– as he continues to deal with health problems
  • Sister Bachus– with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues to recover from her bout with leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Stan Thomason appreciates phone calls

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.


Memorial Service Announcements

  • Jim Adcock Memorial Service
    Date: Tuesday, June 1
    Time: 2 p.m.
    The family will receive friends in the RUMC Parlor one hour prior to the service.
    Inurnment to follow the service in the Garden of Love.
    The family will also receive friends at Tom & Martha Knight’s home following the service
  • Sandy Calvert Memorial Service
    Date: Thursday, June 3
    Time: 3 p.m.
    The family will receive friends in the RUMC Parlor one hour prior to the service.
    Inurnment to follow the service in the Garden of Love.
  • Virginia Thomason Memorial Service
    Date: Monday, June 7
    Time: 1 p.m.
    The family will receive friends in the RUMC Parlor following the service.
    Inurnment to follow the service in the Garden of Love.

Birthdays

  • Charlotte Boroughs – Jun 2
  • Kris Taylor – Jun 3
  • Charlie Mason – Jun 4
  • Louise Booysen – Jun 4

Anniversaries

  • -=None=-

RUMC Weekly Take Home Menu

The RUMC Hospitality team will be back in the kitchen next week preparing convenient, delicious, affordable meals, and they plan to continue these meals every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM all throughout June.

June 1st and June 3rd

  • Tuesday: Country Fried Steak w/ Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Succotash, Honey Butter Biscuit.
  • Thursday: Chorizo Street Tacos, Black Bean and Corn Salad, Fresh Tortilla Chips.

Our Current Selection of Frozen Meals…First Come First Serve!

Frozen Meals $5

  1. Chicken Fried Rice,
  2. Tuna Noodle Casserole
  3. Mojo Pork Medallions w/ Black Beans and Rice
  4. Pesto Chicken Pasta
  5. BBQ Beef Brisket w/ Baked Beans Frozen Soups $4 (3 for $10)
  6. Beef Cabbage Roll Soup
  7. Brunswick Stew

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


  • August 14 – 2021 HomeStretch Road Race
  • October 10,11,12- CUC Retreat at Hiawasee
  • October 11- Annual Malone Dodson Golf Tournament
  • December 7 – CUC Christmas Party

Ed. Note: If you have a prayer request or an announcement to be included in the Friday email to the CUC members, please forward it to suewaite@bellsouth.net by Thursday evening. If there is an urgent request, we can distribute it also. There are many announcements that come from RUMC weekly. If you feel any specifically should be included in this CUC newsletter please let Sue know.



CUC Newsletter – May 21, 2021

“You have heard that it was said , Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those that persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:43-45


Sunday, May 23, 2021

God and Israel.

Our lesson this Sunday, will be given by Sally Dowland from the book “Simply Christian, Why Christianity Makes Sense” by N.T. Wright, Chapters 5 and 6. 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. This week’s topic is “God and Israel.”


CUC Sunday School Class

CUC attendance Sunday, May 16

Zoom: 36 + Class: 53 + 1 teacher , 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 the meeting does not start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, 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: http://www.rumc.com/connect-card 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 are 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. The series continues with:

  • 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

Choosing Love over Rights
By Dr. Charles Stanley

We talk a lot about rights these days. Yet the attention given to human entitlements hasn’t brought about corporate or personal freedom. Instead, most people are prisoners of jealousy (you have greater rights than I do!), greed (I deserve more!), or bitterness (my rights have been violated!).Instead of focusing on the privileges due us, we should take the biblical perspective of loving enemies and forgiving persecutors (Matt. 5:44). Believers lay down their rights so they can take up the cause of a holy kingdom. That doesn’t mean that we let people trample on us. Rather, we offer a proper response according to biblical principles. In short, believers should be more concerned about showing God’s love to those who do wrong than about demanding their rights. Maybe you’re thinking, But he doesn’t know how I’ve been mistreated. Indeed I do not. But what I do know is how Jesus Christ, our example, reacted to terrible abuse. He was betrayed by His friends, persecuted by His people, condemned by His peers, and crucified for our sins. Yet He said, “Father, forgive them” (Luke 23:34).Before assuming that Jesus’ capacity for forgiveness and love is out of reach for mere human beings, remember: His Spirit dwells in believers. We can choose to give away our rights and let God’s love work through us.

Luke 6:29 says to turn the other cheek and give up more than is asked because expressing love outweighs exerting our rights. You can’t lose when you show others the boundless care of the Lord. You gain His blessing, and, hopefully, someone will be saved because of your example.

It was a great turn out for our Spring Fling on Wednesday night. We had 46 attend and everyone seemed to enjoy the night out. Thanks to Mike and Garlynn and the members of the social committee. Special thanks to John Phelps for our citizenship quiz (congratulations to the winning table), Jeff for providing the sound equipment and music, MariAnna for the delicious cakes, and Chuck and staff at the Peach and Porkchop.

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 wants 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 Wednesday Night Dinner

Summer Wednesday Night Dinners for CUC members have resumed. For Wed. May 26 at 5:30, we will dine at Marlow’s Tavern, 625 W. Crossville Rd., Roswell (next to Pike Nursery). Signup sheet will be passed at Sunday school. If you don’t sign up and can attend or you sign up and can’t attend, please notify Larry Douglas by noon Tuesday.


RUMC Weekly Take Home Menu

Jacob reports:

We had a great week this week. Our numbers were back up and we were able to Serve up over 420 Hot Meals! Our Frozen meals are still helping out in the community as well, as we sent out around 150 frozen meals this week. Next week will be our last three-day food service week as we drop down to a Tuesday/Thursday schedule starting in June.

Week of May 25th – May 27th

  • Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti Marinara, Cesear Salad, Garlic Bread.
  • Wednesday: Mojo Pork Medallions w/ Tropical Salsa, Cilantro Rice Pilaf, Seasoned Black Beans, Roasted Plantains.
  • Thursday: BBQ Beef Brisket, Baked Beans, Chopped Slaw, Texas Toast.

Current Selection of Frozen Meals…First Come First Serve!

Frozen Meals $5

  1. Beef and Pork Barbacoa w/ Mexican Rice and Beans
  2. Chicken Fried Rice
  3. Tuna Noodle Casserole
  4. Shrimp Pasta Primavera Frozen Soups $4 (3 for $10)
  5. Vegetable Minestrone
  6. Loaded Potato Soup
  7. Beef Cabbage Roll Soup

MUST Summer Lunch/Grocery Program

MUST Summer Lunch/Grocery Program starting June 7 this summer is exactly like last summer. We no longer make sandwiches nor do we need to collect money for this ministry. If you wish to be involved in this ministry there are 2 ways you may do so. Monday from 12:00-2:00 they will accept donations for the grocery giveaway.

You can do this by driving up to the Fellowship Hall and someone will come out and get the items from your car. They also package items for the later giveaway. Starting at 4:00 Monday they get organized in the Fellowship Hall to hand out the groceries around 6:00 from the Fellowship Hall side of the church. The families drive up to receive the groceries. There is a list of items for donation on the RUMC website. You may also donate money by way of https://rumc.online giving.org/donate/guest. If you wish to volunteer contact Scotty Brewington.


Prayer Requests

  • Margie Avery – recovering of her strength following chemo and radiation treatments
  • Betty and Don Gay – on palliative care and doing poorly at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Bettie Goss and family on their loss of John
  • Gwen Grant and family – as she deals with brain tumors
  • Vince and Donna Grosse appreciate your continued prayers for their friend Susan Ouzts as she has very critical surgery on May 24th, and she needs many prayers.

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony– as he continues to deal with health problems
  • Sister Bachus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues to recover from her bout with leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Stan Thomason – appreciates phone calls.

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.


Thanks

Bob Hamilton wants to express his heartfelt appreciation to all In CUC for the expressions of love & concern during his illness.

He and Beth thank all for the wonderful messages.


Memorial Service Announcements

  • The Memorial Service for Jim Adcock: will be in the RUMC Chapel on Tuesday, June 1, at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m. in the Parlor. Inurnment in the Garden of Love will follow the service
  • Sandy Calvert, a former CUC member, died May 14. The Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, June 3 at 3 p.m. in the RUMC Chapel. Inurnment to follow in the Garden of Love. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. (Her husband, Bob Calvert died in June 2020.)
  • The Memorial Service for Virginia Thomason will be held on Monday, June 7 at 1 p.m. in the RUMC Chapel.

Update on Baby Jack

from MariAnna Brown:

We were blessed to celebrate Jack’s second birthday on April 26. Some of you have inquired about him. He is non-verbal, can’t sit alone, can’t rollover or walk. He has a feeding tube because he doesn’t know how to eat. The doctors believe his handicaps are caused by a rare genetic disorder GRIN2B with microcephaly; not from being a micro premie. He receives several kinds of therapy multiple times a week, not yet knowing if he will talk or achieve a higher level of functioning. He will be going to a daycare for disabled children beginning June 1 rather than having at home nursing care. His parents believe the exposure to other children and adults will be good for him. Jack rarely sleeps and has seizures which recently have become more intense with different characteristics. He will be admitted to Children’s Hospital Thursday for an EEG and other neurological testing.

This little guy and his parents need lots of prayers. Please pray for (1) the seizures can be controlled by a new medication, (2) that Jack will sleep (3) that he will reach a higher level of functioning (4) that he will thrive in the special daycare and (5) please pray for continued strength and courage for his parents. Jack is a beautiful child and is such a blessing to Dianna and Chris! They have grown spiritually and in so many ways since Jack was born!! They consider him such a gift!


Birthdays

  • -=none=-

Anniversaries

  • Linda and Jim Boswell– May 27, 1961 – Troy, AL – 60 years!!

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


Garage Sale today!

The Gay’s have a huge garage sale and all money goes to Wounded Warriors Project.


  • August 14 – 2021 HomeStretch Road Race
  • October 10,11,12 – CUC Retreat at Hiawasee
  • October 11- Annual Malone Dodson Golf Tournament
  • December 7 – CUC Christmas Party


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: http://www.rumc.com/connect-card 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 story.mike@gmail.com 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 Publix.com 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.


Birthdays

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

Anniversaries

  • -=None=-

  • 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


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: www.rumc.com/connect-card 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 Publix.com 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.

Thanksgiving

  • 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


Birthdays

  • Pat Philips – May 9

Anniversaries

  • 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


CUC Newsletter – May 1, 2021

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. John 17: 20


Sunday, May 2, 2021

That They May All Be One

Rev. Michael Cromwell will be our CUC speaker this Sunday. His lesson is titled: “That They May All Be One” and will focus on John 17 (especially verses 20-24).


CUC Sunday School Class

CUC attendance Sunday, April 18

Class 44
Zoom 43
Total 87


Thank goodness for Zoom!

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: http://www.rumc.com/connect-card 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.


A Message from CUC President

What Does it Mean to be Born Again?

…..Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3

There is a great deal of misinformation regarding the meaning of the term “born again.” Such ignorance and confusion could have disastrous ramifications if those who think they are born again really aren’t. In a conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus used this term to explain how one enters the kingdom of heaven. Nicodemus thought the Lord was referring to a subsequent physical birth and couldn’t fathom how this was possible, but Jesus was speaking in spiritual terms. The original Greek phrase literally means “born from above,” signifying that this new birth originates with God, not with man. It also involves being born of water and the Spirit. To enter the kingdom of heaven, we must be cleansed from our sins and regenerated by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5).

When you are born again through faith in Jesus Christ, there is a radical change within you. Your spirit, which was once dead to God, is made alive by the Holy Spirit, who now indwells you. He enables you to understand His spiritual truths and live in obedience to His Word. What begins as an invisible renewal will soon become increasingly visible in a righteous lifestyle.

Taken from Daily Devotions, In Touch Ministries. InTouch.org

I am writing this on Tuesday, as MariAnna and I plan to leave on Thursday to visit family and friends in Mississippi and help celebrate Baby Jack’s second birthday. Because of COVID last year he was not able to truly enjoy his 1st birthday. I leave you in in the capable hands of your VP, Sandy Martin. Please continue to support Sandy, CUC and RUMC by attending in person. MariAnna and I have been attending Chapel Roswell after CUC, and Marion Brown announced this past Sunday that all of our ministers will be returning for another year! Praise the Lord!

God willing, we will see you on Mother’s Day, the 9th of May.

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 at story.mike@gmail.com 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 Fall Retreat

Contact Gene Osborn to be added to the list if you plan to attend the CUC Retreat October 10-12. If you haven’t done so, please make your hotel reservations directly with The Ridges at 888-834-4409. Check-in date is Sunday, October 10, 2021. Mention code “CUC2021”. And don’t forget to send a check payable to CUC to Charlie Mason for incidentals–$60 per person/$120 per couple. We are still hoping to get a few more attendees as the virus restrictions are being lifted and more folks become vaccinated.


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


From Jacob Crane

We had another great week here at the RUMC kitchen! Sales were down a little this week, but we were still able to Serve over 425 total meals to our community! We have another great menu planned next week with two customer favorites and a special meal for Cinco de Mayo on Wednesday. Please help us to keep spreading the word about our wonderful meal program here at RUMC. Please contact Jacob via email if you have any issues with ordering, questions about menu items, or if you would like to reserve a certain frozen meal to pay by cash or check at pick up.

RUMC Weekly Take Home Menu

Week of May 4th – May 6th

  • Tuesday – BBQ Pulled Pork, Mac and Cheese, Cole Slaw, Yeast Rolls.
  • Wednesday – Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers, Tortilla Chips, Fresh Guacamole.
  • Thursday – Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Peas and Carrots, Honey Butter Biscuit.

Our Current Selection of Frozen Meals $5…First Come First Serve!

Frozen Meals

  1. Chicken Cacciatore w/ Rice Pilaf
  2. Shrimp, Chicken, and Sausage Jambalaya
  3. Cincinnati Beef Chili w/ Spaghetti
  4. Shrimp Pasta Primavera
  5. Tuna Noodle Casserole

Frozen Soups $4 (3 for $10)

  1. Brunswick Stew
  2. Black Bean 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 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 – for recovery of her strength following chemo and radiation treatments
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she awaits results of CAT scan
  • John Goss remains in the Emory/St. Josephs as they continue tests and try to determine treatment. Betty and son John have been allowed in to visit.
  • Marlene MacLeod for good recovery from her back injury following a fall
  • Hugh and Sue Gardner’s neighbor Doug Reed has had a setback and is back in ICU at a hospital in Douglasville. He is on a respirator and has pneumonia and a UTI. We ask for prayers for him and his wife Chris.
  • Bev Tatom’s brother-in-law Ron Fox and sister Judy still need our prayers concerning his vision issues. Ron has had the scans and now they are waiting for the results.

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Betty and Don GayDon 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 as he does not use a computer and is alone in an elder care facility.

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.


Birthdays

  • Bob Hamilton – May 7

Anniversaries

  • -=None=-

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

CUC Newsletter – April 23, 2021

And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat,
nor about your body,what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
Luke 12:22,23



Sunday, April 25, 2021

Ask the Big Questions

We are pleased to have Jim McCormick back for this Sunday. His topic is “Ask the Big Questions”. He will be using as scripture Luke 12:13-31.


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 52nd Sunday we have met on Zoom. Every Sunday for a full year!

CUC attendance Sunday, April 18:

In Classroom 48 on Zoom 45 , Total = 93

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

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: http://www.rumc.com/connect-card 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.


A Message from CUC President

The story David and Goliath- The Importance of the Right Motives

“So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.” 1Samuel 17:50

Goliath was a daunting enemy of Israel, and a strong incentive was offered to anyone who could kill the giant: money, exemption from taxes, and marriage to King Saul’s daughter. Though these rewards would intrigue any young man, David was not foolhardy. The young shepherd had a different motivation for standing against Goliath: He wanted to serve the Lord.

And so David called out, “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he has dared to defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Samuel 17:26). To him, a challenge to God’s chosen nation of Israel was the same as defying the Lord Himself. David was prepared to defend Yahweh’s holy name and His people, even against this formidable warrior.

It is possible for believers to seek victory with wrong motives. In fact, many reasons that sound good are actually selfish. For example, I’m tired of being in this mess, or Lord, I can’t run away, so You’ll have to remove this problem, or even, If I had more money, then I’d give more to the church. At the end of the day, the right motive is a desire to follow, serve, and honor God.

Life’s “Goliaths” happen to us all, and they can either impede or strengthen our walk with the Lord. As He did with David, God will give victory to those who stand strong in His name.

Taken from the daily devotions of InTouch Ministries @ intouch.org

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!!!!

We had a great turn out last Sunday for Jim McCormick’s first lesson. Please join us Sunday in person as Jim continues.

God Bless,
Fred Brown


Update from the Fellowship Committee:

Mark your calendar for a Pop-Up lunch this coming Monday, April 26th at 12:30 on the Commons grassy area. Bring your own chair, your lunch and drink and enjoy the company of other members from CUC. Since we are outside it is fine to meet and no sign in or temperature required! If the weather changes we will pick another day. Hope to see you Monday!!

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 at story.mike@gmail.com 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 Fall Retreat Plans

We now have 33 folks signed up for Fall Retreat. As restrictions are eased and most have been vaccinated please consider joining us at The Ridges in Hiawassee on October 10th, 11th & 12th. Total room cost is just $298.96 for two nights. Incidentals are just $60 each or $120 per couple (Check to Charlie Mason for this).

Reserve your room at 888-834-4409 and mention Code CUC2021 to get our special rate. Email, call or text Gene Osborn at with questions or to let him know you plan to attend. The Scotts are working on entertainment and our leaders, The Goodwins, will surely make this a most memorable, rewarding experience.


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


RUMC Weekly Take Home Menu

From Jacob Crane:

We had another great week Serving the community. We Served 412 Hot meals and another 182 Frozen meals this week! We have a great menu planned for next week as well.

Week of April 27th – April 29th

  • Tuesday: Chicken Cacciatore w/ Herbed Rice Pilaf, Roasted Tomato, Garlic Bread.
  • Wednesday: Cincinnati No Bean Chili over Spaghetti, Corn and Bean Salad, Cheddar, Corn Bread.
  • Thursday: Jambalaya Stew w/ Shrimp, Chicken and Smoked Sausage, Creole Rice Pilaf, Sautéed Green Beans, Yeast Roll.

  • Margie Avery – for recovery of her strength following chemo and radiation treatments
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she recovers from what she hopes will be her final round of chemo
  • Betty and Don Gay– Don is on palliative care at home with daily help of caregiver
  • John Goss remains in the hospital into next week, waiting as they continue tests and try to get bilirubin levels down and determine treatment. Betty and son John have been allowed in to visit him.
  • Marlene MacLeod for good recovery from her back injury following a fall
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease.

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Betty Smith as she continues recovery from a stroke
  • 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 as he does not use a computer and is alone in an elder care facility.

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.

Thanksgiving

  • Don and Ann McNew wish to thank class members for the expressions of condolence they have received regarding the passing of Don’s sister Rosa.
    “It has been so meaningful to us to feel the outreach of concern from so many. We certainly are a loving and caring group”.
  • Mary Kay Mills – recovering well and getting out driving again

Birthdays

  • Larry Hunt – April 26
  • George Crolius – April 30

Anniversaries

  • Jim & Coleen Taylor – April 28,2002-Las Vegas, NV-19 years

  • April 26 – Pop-up lunch 12:30 PM
  • May 19- Spring Fling 6:00 PM
  • October 10,11,12- CUC Retreat at Hiawasee
  • December 7 – CUC Christmas Party


CUC Newsletter – April 16, 2021

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28.


Sunday, April 18, 2021

Coping With Change

We are excited that Jim McCormick will be our speaker Sunday. He plans to be live.

His topic will be “Coping With Change” using the scriptures Malachi 3:6. and Romans 8:28.


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom


Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 51st Sunday we have met on Zoom.

CUC attendance Sunday, April 11

In Classroom 38 , on Zoom 48 , Total = 86

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: http://www.rumc.com/connect-card 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.


A Message from CUC President

“They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost.” (Luke 24.37)

The disciples, with plenty of witnesses, believed that Jesus was dead. No wonder there was discussion following the claims of the women, and then Simon and the two returned from Emmaus, that they had witnessed not a ghost but Jesus in the flesh. Imagine your reaction if someone you believe dead once again stands very alive in front of you. How would you test reality?

Distinguishing truth from fiction is essential for navigating life. We measure what is definitive against what is variable, often relying on trust to reach acceptance. To believe a dead man returned to new life requires great faith, especially for those of us not present in that room. Accepting a resurrected Jesus requires faith not only in God, but trust in the witness accounts of others who know Christ. It requires us to consider the critical interpretation of scripture, tradition and history, and to be open to the work of God through and around us.I pray that our faith strengthened by our desire to know God opens our hearts and minds, so permitting us to recognize the resurrected Jesus and in doing so, to know and witness to the joy of this truth.

It was great seeing all the new faces in class this past Sunday. I hope you will join me in welcoming Jim McCormick back in person for the next two Sundays.

God Bless,
Fred Brown


CUC Small Group Dinners Resume!

It’s time to celebrate fellowship, spring, and a healthier community, so the Fellowship Committee is resuming Small Group Get-Togethers, sometimes known as Dinners for Eight. We will sign up via email instead of passing the clipboard in class. Hosts may choose to limit their guest list to fewer than eight and only to those who are vaccinated. Please do what makes you most comfortable as an attendee and/or host. Here’s how it will work:

1) Sign-ups will be taken until April 22nd.

2) Send an email to Kris Taylor to sign-up. Let Kris know if you want to attend as a guest; a host; or both.

3) If you can host, indicate the number of guests you feel comfortable with.

4) Let us know if you are willing or unwilling to participate if other attendees have not been vaccinated.


CUC Fall Retreat Plans

We now have 33 folks signed up for Fall Retreat. As restrictions are eased and most have been vaccinated please consider joining us at The Ridges in Hiawassee on October 10th, 11th & 12th.

  • Total room cost is just $298.96 for two nights.
  • Incidentals are just $60 each or $120 per couple (Check to Charlie Mason for this).
  • Reserve your room at 888-834-4409 and mention Code CUC2021 to get our special rate.
  • Email, call or text Gene Osborn with questions or to let him know you plan to attend. The Scotts are working on entertainment and our leaders, The Goodwins, will surely make this a most memorable, rewarding experience.

A Reminder

This newsletter is not “Sue’s Newsletter” it is The CUC Newsletter! It is only as good as the information submitted to the editor each week by various members of the class. It is only as current as what the editor receives from various sources. If you have information or announcements or updates that would be of interest to CUC members please send them to the editor: Sue Waite by Thursday night.


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


RUMC Weekly Take Home Menu

From Jacob Crane: This week we Served 393 Hot Meals and 223 Frozen Meals for a total of over 600 total meals Served! Thanks to everybody involved; so glad that we are still able to provide this wonderful service to our community! The RUMC Hospitality team will be back in the kitchen next week preparing convenient, delicious, affordable meals, and we plan to continue these meals every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PMl.

You can register online to purchase both hot and frozen meals with your credit card. Online orders are closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 9:00 am – 4:00 pm., but open at all other times. You should receive an email confirmation if your order has been successfully submitted.

I have recently learned that you need to click both the left side of the item you would like to purchase as well as the right side for the quantity. Drive up orders are also welcome with no pre-registration and you can pay by cash or check. Please contact me via email if you have any issues with ordering, questions about menu items, or if you would like to reserve a certain frozen meal to pay by cash or check at pick up.

Here is the menu for April 20th, 21st, and 22nd:

  • Tuesday: Chicken Pot Pie, Pickled Veggie Salad, Fresh Fruit.
  • Wednesday: Pineapple Glazed Ham, Macaroni and Cheese, Green Beans, Yeast Roll.
  • Thursday: Oven Roasted BBQ Beef Brisket, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Yeast Roll.

Our Current Selection of Frozen Meals…First Come First Serve!

Frozen Meals $5

  1. Jamaican Beef Pot Pie
  2. Chicken Enchilada Casserole
  3. Hungarian Chicken Stew
  4. Ginger Sesame Pork Meatballs w/ Fried Rice

Frozen Soups $4 (3 for $10)

  1. Chicken Tortilla Soup
  2. Thai Chicken and Rice Soup
  3. Ginger Carrot Soup
  4. Black Bean Soup

  • Margie Avery – for recovery of her strength following chemo and radiation treatments
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she recovers from what she hopes will be her final round of chemo
  • Betty and Don Gay – Don is on palliative care at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Marlene and Don MacLoed as they return to Roswell from Florida to take care of Marlene’s back injury following a fall
  • Don McNew on the loss of his sister Rosa Brock last Sunday
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease. She appreciates the cards from CUC. She doesn’t do ZOOM so calls and cards are her connection.
  • Bev Tatom’s brother-in-law Ron Fox as doctors determine reason for failing eyesight

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Mary Kay Mills – is doing well following round of treatment
  • Betty Smith as she continues recovery from a stroke
  • 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 as he does not use a computer and is alone in an elder care facility.

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.

Appreciation

  • Margie Avery expresses appreciation for all the assistance of transportation , meals and other kindnesses as she has been undergoing chemo and radiation

Birthdays

  • Paul Beecham – April 22
  • Sister Backus – April 24

Anniversaries

-=None=-


  • October 10,11,12- CUC Retreat at Hiawasee
  • December 7 – CUC Christmas Party


CUC Newsletter – April 9, 2021

And I said, “O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night…. Nehemiah 1:5,6


Sunday, April 11, 2021

What I Have Learned From Nehemiah

Our speaker will be Mark Kramer this Sunday. He is a member of the Berean Class and a Stephen Minister. His title will be “What I Have Learned From Nehemiah.” His scripture is Nehemiah chapter 1; 2:4 and 17-18; 4:9 and 13-14; 6:1-4 and 9-11; and 8:1-12.


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 51st Sunday we have met on Zoom.

CUC attendance Easter Sunday, April 4

In Classroom 33, on Zoom 34, Total = 67

This Sunday we will continue to have class both in the classroom and on Zoom. Doug Tatom and CUC are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: CUC Zoom 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: www.rumc.com/connect-card 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.


A Message from CUC President

Second Sunday of Easter April 11, 2021

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side,and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name. John 20:19-30

Marianna and I missed being with you on Easter. I was pleased to see that 33 of you attended live on Easter. I hope you enjoyed the fellowship and will return this coming Sunday.

Some of you have said that you will return when the guest speakers are live. Well I am happy to say, at least for the next three Sundays, the speaker will be in person. Our speaker for this Sunday will be Mark Kramer. Mark will be in class LIVE! We are also excited to announce that Jim McCormick will be our speaker for April 18 and 25 and he plans to be LIVE in the classroom.

Thanks to Bob Moore and Bill Griffin for securing such great speakers this year.

Hope to see you Sunday.

God Bless,
Fred Brown


CUC Small Group Dinners Resume!

It’s time to celebrate fellowship, spring, and a healthier community, so the Fellowship Committee is resuming Small Group Get-Togethers, sometimes known as Dinners for Eight. We will sign up via email instead of passing the clipboard in class. Hosts may choose to limit their guest list to fewer than eight and only to those who are vaccinated. Please do what makes you most comfortable as an attendee and/or host. Here’s how it will work:

1) Sign-ups will be taken until April 22nd.

2) Send an email to Kris Taylor to sign-up. Let Kris know if you want to attend as a guest; a host; or both.

3) If you can host, indicate the number of guests you feel comfortable with.

4) Let us know if you are willing or unwilling to participate if other attendees have not been vaccinated.


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


RUMC Weekly “To Go”

From Jacob Crane:

We are excited to get back into the swing of things next week! We will be back to our normal service hours of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 12-2. Please help spread the word to come get some amazing meals from our kitchen team and volunteers!

RUMC Weekly Take Home Menu

Week of April 13th – April 15th

  • Tuesday: Lasagna Bolognese, Cesar Salad, Garlic Bread.
  • Wednesday: Chicken Verde Enchilada Casserole, Mexican Rice and Beans.
  • Thursday: Ginger Sesame Pork Meatballs, Vegetable Fried Rice, Fresh Fruit, Egg Roll.

  • Margie Avery – has been undergoing radiation and chemo treatments, due to finish April 13, which have weakened her considerably,
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she is continuing with one more round of chemo next week
  • 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. She appreciates the cards from CUC. She doesn’t do ZOOM so calls and cards are her connection.

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Mary Kay Mills – is doing well following round of treatment
  • Betty Smith as she continues recovery from a stroke
  • Vince Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison stopping chemo as she has heart scan.
  • 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 as he does not use a computer and is alone in an elder care facility.

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.

Appreciation

  • Margie Avery appreciates your prayers, help with transportation, and other acts of kindness by CUC members.

Birthdays

  • Jeff Coelho – April 11
  • Martha Knight – April 12
  • Bonnie White – April 17
  • Bob Leckie – April 17

Anniversaries

  • -=None=-

  • October 10,11,12- CUC Retreat at Hiawasee
  • December 7 – CUC Christmas Party


CUC Newsletter – April 2 , 2021

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live…” – Jesus, John 11:25-26 ESV


Sunday, April 4, 2021

Happy Easter ! He is Risen!

Roger Davis is doing the “Short Devotional” in CUC Sunday. His subject is: “Easter is over – Now what?” The scripture verse is: John 17:20-21. “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me because of their testimony. My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father, – that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me.”


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 50th Sunday we have met on Zoom.

CUC attendance March 28

In Classroom 18, on Zoom 69, Total = 87


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. Class members will initially go online to: http://www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


Easter Sunday Plans

If you are coming to 11:15 Worship on Sunday, you should be in your seats by 11:00. We understand that CUC members, if they have had their shots can sit closer than 8 feet apart. Reservations for seats are full.


A Message from the CUC VP

The seventh-century King Edwin of Northumbria, upon being visited by Christians who wished to share the joy of their faith with him, is said to have challenged them:

“The life of man… is like a sparrow flying through this lighted hall. It enters from darkness without and flits for a moment in the light and warmth and then flies through the casement into the darkness from which it came. But if this new religion can tell us what lies beyond the darkness into which the soul of man passes, speak and we shall hear. For no true voice has yet come to which we can trust.”

The Christians eagerly shared the story of Jesus’s life and his death on the cross and with it the passage from 1st Corinthians 15: 3-8, in which Paul writes: “…Christ died for our sins…and three days afterwards he arose from the grave…He was seen by Peter and the rest of the Twelve…and more than 500 Christian brothers. Then James saw him and later all the apostles. Last of all I saw him…” We have, therefore, said the Christians, come to you to speak for the One who said, ‘Lo, I am with you always’ and ‘Because I live, ye shall live also.’ “

The foundation of our Christian faith – and the faith accepted that day by the king – is not the cross, which is the symbol of His death on our behalf, but rather the Resurrection, the empty tomb, which tells us that He is alive! If the tomb had not been empty, we would have no faith today! A blessed and happy Easter to all!

Excerpted from sermons by Rev. Dr. W. Frank Harrington in “To Comfort To Strengthen and To Guide”

Sandy Martin


CUC Fellowship

The Fellowship Committee is looking for opportunities for us all to reconnect. Here are our current ideas and we are certainly open to any suggestions from the group at large:

  • Pop-up lunches on the Commons to occur when weather permits after Easter.
  • Begin Dinners for 8 or 6 or whatever is comfortable for a host – all participants will assumed to be vaccinated.
  • Possible gathering for dinner on the patio at Peach and the Pork Chop in May (this would be in lieu of a Patriotic Party this year)

Hope you will share your ideas with us as we move forward and reconnect over the next few months. Garlinn and Mike Story


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


RUMC Weekly “To Go”

Serve Team

From Jacob Crane:

We finished with another great week this week Serving 362 Hot Meals and 267 Frozen Meals! The RUMC Kitchen will be closed the week following Easter.

However, the hospitality team is in need of some volunteer assistance on Easter Sunday. We have volunteer roles to fill for all Services as well as a need for hospitality cart drivers for the Services. Please contact myself or JoAnn Hobbs at jhobbs@rumc.com if you are interested in volunteering. If you would like to volunteer to drive a hospitality cart please sign up via the signup genius below or contact me at jcrane@rumc.comhttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4ba9a822a20-easter1

Thanks so much and we hope to see you all back here the week of April 13th for Hot and Frozen Meals from the RUMC kitchen!

Blessings and Happy Easter to you all


Friends of My Neighbor’s Pantry

From Scotty Brewington :

Monday was the end of MNP until it reopens June 7th in partnership with MUST Ministries. We asked for laundry detergent this week and YOU delivered! As the last family passed through the line, we still had detergent leftover. That was a first. THANK YOU!!

Over the past 10 months, hundreds of families – your neighbors – came here looking for help and you were there for them. Thanks to everyone who has carried us. We could not have done any of this without you.


  • Margie Avery – has been undergoing radiation treatment and chemo, but having problems with low blood count which is delaying treatment.
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she is continuing with 2 more rounds of chemo
  • Don Gay who we understand has been hospitalized
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease. She appreciates the cards from CUC. She doesn’t do zoom so calls and cards are her connection.
  • George Waite – in St. Joseph’s hospital awaiting results of tests

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Betty and Don Gay– at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Betty Smith as she continues recovery from a stroke
  • Vince Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison as she continues chemotherapy and The Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts continuing radiation therapy at the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer. They appreciate your continued prayers.
  • Stan Thomason – He appreciates phone calls as he does not use a computer and is alone in an elder care facility.

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.


Birthdays

  • Dave Roberts – April 4
  • Gannett Backus – April 4
  • Nancy Spence – April 8

Anniversaries

  • -=None=-

  • October 10,11,12 – CUC Retreat at Hiawasee
  • December 7 – CUC Christmas Party


CUC Newsletter – March 26, 2021

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Zechariah 9:9 NIV


Sunday, March 28, 2021

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Scott Dickson will again be our CUC speaker. Scott always delivers an excellent message. His chosen scripture this week is:

Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz: “Ask a sign from the Lord your God. Make it as deep as the grave a or as high as heaven.” But Ahaz said, “I won’t ask; I won’t test the Lord.” Then Isaiah said, “Listen, house of David! Isn’t it enough for you to be tiresome for people that you are also tiresome before my God? Therefore, the Lord will give you a sign. Isaiah 7:10-14a (CEB)


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 49th Sunday we have met on Zoom.

CUC attendance March 21

In Classroom 17, on Zoom 68, Total = 85

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


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. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


Come Back to Our Classroom!

Sandy Griffin sent an email to her Neighborhood Care Group this week and Fred wants to share it with the whole CUC class:

“Good Afternoon! I hope this finds everyone in good health and ready to restart our lives! I am assuming (and yes I know what that means) that all of you have been vaccinated and are ready to begin our lives again. The classroom has been open now for several weeks and now with the new guideline of distancing 3 feet instead of the 6 feet that was requested early on, we can accommodate at least 50 people if not more! I urge each and every one of us to please consider coming to back to class. I know how easy it is to Zoom but it is not easy sometimes to worship our God in the way He would like for us to worship Him.

His house has been empty too long! I do understand that some of you are not able to come to class at this time because of health issues not related to Covid. We are so thankful we have Zoom for those persons.”

Quote of the day: If I waited until I had all my ducks in a row, I’d never get across the street. Sometimes you just have to gather up what you have and make a run for it! Judge Lynn Tolerate

See y’all at church!


A Message from the CUC President

The Sixth Sunday of Lent—Palm Sunday

What Is Palm Sunday?

Debbie McDaniel writes,

“Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter that begins the Holy Week. It is the day that we remember and celebrate the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem as Savior and King. As Jesus rode a donkey into the town of Jerusalem a large crowd gathered and laid palm branches and their cloaks across the road, giving Jesus royal treatment. The hundreds of people shouted ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”-

5 Quick Things to Know about Palm Sunday

Everything about the scene is important (John 12:12-19, Mark 1:1-11, Matthew 21:1-11, Luke 19:28-44) Jesus fulfills the prophecy of the Messiah in Zechariah 9

There is meaning behind the lowly donkey Jesus rode into Jerusalem

Palm Sunday marks Jesus’ humble and triumphant journey toward His sacrifice and the cross

The people hailed Jesus as King and called out Hosanna, which means ‘save us’

Why a Donkey? “In the ancient Middle Eastern world, leaders rode horses if they rode to war, but donkeys if they came in peace. First Kings 1:33 mentions Solomon riding a donkey on the day he was recognized as the new king of Israel. Other instances of leaders riding donkeys are Judges 5:10; 10:4; 12:14; and 2 Samuel 16:2. The mention of a donkey in Zechariah 9:9-10 fits the description of a king who would be “righteous and having salvation, gentle.” Rather than riding to conquer, this king would enter in peace.

I hope to see you Sunday,

God Bless all of you,
Fred Brown


Ushers Needed

RUMC needs ushers for Easter Sunday. Please call Joann Hobbs at 770-261-1731 if you can help.


CUC Fellowship

The Fellowship Committee is looking for opportunities for us all to reconnect. Here are our current ideas and we are certainly open to any suggestions from the group at large:

  • Pop-up lunches on the Commons to occur when weather permits after Easter.
  • Begin Dinners for 8 or 6 or whatever is comfortable for a host – all participants will assumed to be vaccinated.
  • Possible gathering for dinner on the patio at Peach and the Pork Chop in May (this would be in lieu of a Patriotic Party this year)

Hope you will share your ideas with us as we move forward and reconnect over the next few months. Garlinn and Mike Story


CUC Missions

If you buy items from Amazon through its AmazonSmile program, 0.5% of the purchase price on most items will go to the charity of your choice. The CUC Mission Outreach Committee requests that you designate Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center when you sign in to smile.amazon.com. After this, the procedure is the same as usual for purchasing from Amazon. You can do the same with AmazonSmile to support Homestretch, another of the missions supported by CUC.


My Neighbors Pantry

My Neighbor’s Pantry will operate as normal through the end of this month. On Monday, March 29th we will still collect donations and distribute groceries to all of our families as we have been. Then, we will take April and May off and return Monday, June 7th in partnership with MUST Ministries as the Summer Grocery Program!


RUMC Weekly “To Go”

From Jacob Crane:

This week we Served 487 Hot Meals and 140 Frozen Meals

RUMC Weekly Take Home Menu

Week of March 30th – April 1st

  • Tuesday: Beef Stroganoff w/ Buttered Egg Noodles, Glazed Carrots, Yeast Roll.
  • Wednesday: Teriyaki Chicken w/ Sesame Chive Rice, Roasted Asian Veggie Medley, Sesame Roll.
  • Thursday: Cheesy Potato, Bacon, & Ham Casserole, Roasted Broccoli, Buttered Roll.

Our Current Selection of Frozen Meals…First Come First Serve!

  1. Pan Fried Chicken w/ Red Beans and Rice
  2. Chicken Parmesan
  3. Shepherd’s Pie
  4. BBQ Pork w/ Mac and Cheese
  5. Macaroni and Cheese

  • Margie Avery – has been undergoing radiation treatment and chemo, but having problems with low blood count which is delaying treatment.
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she is continuing with 2 more rounds of chemo
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Betty and Don Gay– at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Betty Smith as she continues recovery from a stroke
  • Vince Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison as she continues chemotherapy and The Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts continuing radiation therapy at the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer. They appreciate your continued prayers.
  • Stan Thomason – He appreciates phone calls as he does not use a computer and is alone in an elder care facility.

Thanksgivings

  • We’re so thankful for the CUC prayers and support. Dave Wistrand has been discharged from the heart surgeon and home health therapy and will continue recovery with cardiac rehab for the next number of weeks.
  • The Gardener’s neighbor Doug Reed has transferred out of ICU and is in a rehab center in Athens.

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.


Birthdays

  • Nancy Wright – March 29
  • Nancy Wistrand – March 31
  • Pat Stamps – April 1
  • Tom Knight – April 1

Anniversaries

  • Sue & George Waite – March 30, 1968-East Orange, NJ, 53 years!
  • Pat & Ron Peterson – March 31, 1962- Birmingham, AL, 59 years!!

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


  • October 10,11,12 – CUC Retreat at Hiawasee
  • December 7 – CUC Christmas Party


CUC Newsletter – March 20, 2021

But when God found fault with the people, he said: “The day is coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah.

Hebrews 8:8 (NLT)



Sunday, March 21, 2021

Times Up!

Scott Dickson will again be our CUC class teacher this week. The title he has chosen for his lesson is “Times Up”.

This is the covenant that I will make with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my Instructions within them and engrave them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. They will no longer need to teach each other to say, “Know the Lord!” because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord; for I will forgive their wrongdoing and never again remember their sins.

Jeremiah 31:33-34

CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 49th Sunday we have met on Zoom.

CUC attendance March 14

Zoom: 59
In Class: 15
Total: 74


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. Class members will initially go online to: http://www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


A Message from the CUC President

The Fifth Sunday of Lent 2021

Then a voice came from the sky: “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” John 12:28

This Sunday marks the beginning of Passiontide, a deeper time of Lent.

Passiontide is the last two weeks of Lent, when the readings and prayers of the liturgy focus on the Passion of Our Lord. The word “passion”, in the Christian sense, does not mean an intense emotion; it refers to the historical events of Jesus’ suffering and death. Although for several centuries the Fifth Sunday of Lent was known as “Passion Sunday”. The liturgy of the word of this day speaks of re-creation, resurrection, and new life.

Jesus said, “….Now is the time for judgement on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.

He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. John 12: 31-33.

As we get closer to Easter Sunday, I ask you to consider returning to the CUC class in person. If it has been two weeks or longer since you have had your second COVID vaccine, you are fully protected. Please join us this Sunday. Our goal is to have 47 back in class by Easter Sunday.

God Bless,

Fred Brown


Telephone Volunteer Needed

Volunteers are needed to make welcome phone calls to First Time Visitors at RUMC Job Networking. This is the most satisfying and heartwarming volunteer opportunity you will ever have! As Nancy Lane use to say, this is the “bow on the ministry”. It’s a simple call asking how their job search is going. People knowledgeable about the offerings at the church will love this as it is a chance to refer people to other areas of RUMC. Call Katherine Simons for further details.


CUC Missions

Some feedback has come from members of the CUC Mission Outreach Committee. They are Hugh and Sue Gardner, Virginia Hardy, Dave and Norma Hills, and Larry and Betty Hunt. If you buy items from Amazon through its AmazonSmile program, 0.5% of the purchase price on most items will go to the charity of your choice. The CUC Mission Outreach Committee requests that you designate Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center when you sign in to smile.amazon.com. After this, the procedure is the same as usual for purchasing from Amazon. THANKS to you members who already support needy children at Murphy-Harpst.

You can do the same with AmazonSmile to support Homestretch, another of the missions supported by CUC.


My Neighbors Pantry

From Scotty Brewington

Over the past 10 months, we have served 300 families each week by providing them two big bags of free groceries. That’s 12,000 sets of groceries to families in our community. YOU did that!…Now, it is time to look ahead. My Neighbor’s Pantry will operate as normal through the end of this month. On Monday, March 22nd and Monday, March 29th we will still collect donations and distribute groceries to all of our families as we have been. Then, we will take April and May off and return Monday, June 7th in partnership with MUST Ministries as the Summer Grocery Program!

Can you help us finish strong? We still need black/pinto beans, laundry detergent and feminine hygiene products for these last two Mondays. You can drop items off on Mondays 12-2:00 PM. Just drive to the back of the B Building at RUMC, honk your horn, and a masked volunteer will get them from your car.


RUMC Weekly “To Go”

From Jacob Crane

Another amazing week here in the RUMC kitchen! Our team of chefs and volunteers (mostly CUC members) were able to Serve up 445 Hot Meals and 225 Frozen Meals this week! We are still seeing new faces every week, and everybody is so thankful and positive about this ministry. Thanks to you all for keeping the community informed! We are so blessed and thankful to be able to provide for the community! Meals continue every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM. You can pick up meals at our drive-through outside of Fellowship Hall. All meals are just $5.00.

Week of March 23rd, 24th, and 25th

  • Tuesday: Cheesy Beef Enchiladas, Mexican Rice, Pinto Beans.
  • Wednesday: Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti Marinara, Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread.
  • Thursday: BBQ Pulled Pork, Mac and Cheese, Cole Slaw, Yeast Roll.

Our Current Selection of Frozen Meals…First Come First Serve!

  • Irish Beef Stew w/ Basil Mashed Potatoes
  • Pan Fried Chicken w/ Red Beans and Rice
  • Soups $4 (3 for $10)
  • Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Vegetable Minestrone
  • Tomato Basil soup
  • Loaded Potato and Leek Chowder

  • Margie Avery – has been undergoing radiation treatment and chemo, but having problems with low blood count which is delaying treatment.
  • Wilfred Boayue on the recent loss of his older brother (age 100)
  • Ann O’ Meara whose sister Grace Helmer in NC has been placed on Hospice Care
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Dave Wistrand for a continued good recovery from major heart surgery

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she is recovering well from her Chemo and has follow-up tests
  • Betty and Don Gay– at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Don Macleod – recovering from surgery
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Betty Smith is back living at the Mansions.
  • Vince Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison as she continues chemotherapy and The Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts continuing radiation therapy at the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer. They appreciate your continued prayers.
  • Stan Thomason – He appreciates phone calls as he does not use a computer and is alone in an elder care facility.

Thanksgiving

  • Hugh & Sue Gardner ‘s neighbor Doug Reed continues to improve. He is responsive to his environment and is breathing on his own several hours a day. His wife Chris thanks everyone for their prayers.

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.


Birthdays

  • Dave Hills – March 22

Anniversaries

  • Sharon & Bob Schnakenberg – March 23, 1968- Las Vegas, NV, 53 years!

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


  • October 10,11,12 – CUC Retreat at Hiawasee
  • December 7 – CUC Christmas Party


CUC Newsletter – March 14, 2021

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Mark 16:15


Sunday, March 14, 2021
Global Missions Sunday

This Sunday is Church-Wide Mission Sunday. Chris Leiner a member of the RUMC Global Missions Team, will be the CUC presenter with a taped interview from missionaries in Egypt.


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 48th Sunday we have met on Zoom.

CUC attendance March 7

Zoom: 78
Class: 13
Total: 91

This Sunday we will continue to have class both in the classroom and on zoom.
Doug Tatom and CUC are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

If you don’t receive the newsletter any week, andif 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. Class members will initially go online to: http://www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


CUC 2021 Retreat Update

The CUC Fall Retreat is planned for October 10 to 12, 2021-Sunday to Tuesday at The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee. The cost per couple is $420. The cost per single is $360. Our retreat leaders will be Debbie and Mark Goodwin. Please consider joining us. Text, email or call Gene Osborn.


CUC Christmas Party Plans

Good news on the CUC XMAS party. We are now up to 60 CUC’ers signed up for the party. And, we feel we will get many more signups in the next 6+ months!! With this, we will be making a deposit to save the date at the Metropolitan Club – Tuesday, Dec 7th, 2021. Again, if you have not signed up and plan to attend, please email or call Mike Story. It will be a great party!!


A Message from the CUC President

Fourth Sunday of Lent – 2021

A new year offers renewed commitment for our relationship with God. Lent is a perfect time to reflect on how God has renewed our faith and plopped hope down into the middle of our difficulties And not only did 2020 produce many difficulties to all of us, but life in general can be difficult.

In the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul says “…but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, character, and hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Our difficulties in life, relationships, and faith move us through to hope, if we stay close to God and allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives.

“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. 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: 14-16.

A lot of you will get your second shot this Sunday, March 14, in the CUC classroom, and you will be able to join us on the 28th.

As we move forward to Easter Sunday, those of you who have had your second shot and at least two weeks have passed, I ask you to consider returning to CUC in person. We can hold up to 47 in our classroom under current guidelines, it would be great to see 47 on Easter Sunday.

God Bless,
Fred Brown


Telephone Volunteer Needed

Volunteers are needed to make welcome phone calls to First Time Visitors at RUMC Job Networking. This is the most satisfying and heartwarming volunteer opportunity you will ever have! As Nancy Lane use to say, this is the “bow on the ministry”. It’s a simple call asking how their job search is going. People knowledgeable about the offerings at the church will love this as it is a chance to refer people to other areas of RUMC. Call Katherine Simons for further details. 404-518-1377


My Neighbors Pantry

When you grocery shop think of My Neighbor’s Pantry. They are in need especially for laundry detergent, black/pinto beans and feminine hygiene products, Flour, vegetable oil, and household cleaning products. You can drop items off on Mondays 12-2:00 PM. Just drive to the back of the B Building at RUMC, honk your horn, and a masked volunteer will get them from your car. We are also in need of monetary donations to keep our program alive!


RUMC Weekly “To Go”

From Jacob Crane:

We served over 350 hot meals again this week and added another 200+ frozen meals as well. All together almost 600 meals. Keep letting others know about the Service we are providing. We are so blessed and thankful to be able to provide for the community! Meals continue every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM. You can pick up meals at our drive-through outside of Fellowship Hall. All meals are just $5.00.

Menu for the Week of March 16th, 17th, and 18th

  • Tuesday: Chicken Pot Pie, Pickled Veggie Salad, Fresh Fruit.
  • Wednesday: Irish Beef Stew, Basil Mashed Potatoes, Braised Cabbage, Caraway Roll.
  • Thursday: Crispy Pan-Fried Chicken, Red Beans, Seasoned Rice, Biscuit w/ Peppered Gravy.

Our Current Selection of Frozen Meals…First Come First Served:

Frozen Meals $5

  1. Spaghetti and Meatballs
  2. Chicken and Leeks w/ Herbed Raisin Couscous
  3. Shrimp and Sausage Etouffee w/ Rice Pilaf Soups $4 (3 for $10)

  • Margie Avery – undergoing radiation treatment and chemo having problems with low blood count delaying treatment.
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she is recovering from her Chemo and has follow-up tests
  • Vince Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison as she continues chemotherapy and The Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts continuing radiation therapy at the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer. They appreciate your continued prayers.
  • Hugh & Sue Gardner still ask continued prayers for their neighbor Doug Reed and his wife Chris. Doug
    is off a ventilator, having had a trach tube inserted. The doctors have stopped sedation, but as of Wednesday, he remains in a coma.

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Malone Dodson as he continues PT to improve function of right leg
  • Betty and Don Gay– at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Betty Smith is back living at the Mansions. However, she is in a private studio apartment in assisted living, not living in independent living where she was before. She is getting rehab.
  • Dave Wistrand for a continued good recovery from major heart surgery
  • Stan Thomason – He appreciates phone calls as he does not use a computer and is alone in an elder care facility.

Thanksgiving

  • Don Macleod – is doing so well enough following his heart surgery that he can be removed from our prayer list.

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! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people.


Birthdays

  • MariAnna Brown – March 14
  • Pat Ball – March 17
  • Margie Avery – March 18

Anniversaries

  • Sandy & Bill Griffin – March 16, 1968, Newnan GA, 53 years!

Support for Our Missions: Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses! You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.


  • October 10,11,12- CUC Retreat at Hiawasee
  • December 7 – CUC Christmas Party


CUC Newsletter – March 3, 2021

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork. Psalm 19:1


Sunday, March 7, 2021

The Law of the Lord is Perfect

Scott Dickson will begin a Lenten study for us. On this Sunday.

His lesson will center on Psalm 19:7-8:

19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the LORD are sure, making wise the simple; 19:8 The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eyes.


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 46th Sunday we have met on Zoom.

CUC attendance on February 21st: on

Zoom: 84
in classroom: 9
total: 93

If the meeting doesn’t 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. Class members will initially go online to:

http://www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


CUC 2021 Retreat Update

The Ridges at Lake Chatuge

The CUC Fall Retreat is planned for October 10 to 12, 2021-Sunday to Tuesday at The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee [Directions]. The cost per couple is $420. The cost per single is $360. Our retreat leaders will be Debbie and Mark Goodwin. Please consider joining us. Text, email or call Gene Osborn


CUC Christmas Party Plans

We are making great progress on sign-ups for our annual CUC XMAS party. As a reminder, it is December 7th, at the Metropolitan Club, and includes a great dinner, some entertainment, and dancing. We have received 49 sign-ups already, which is great progress for the first week!! If you have not signed up, please let us know if you would plan to attend the XMAS party by emailing Mike Story. We feel we need a minimum of 60 people to financially justify the party, but would love to see 80+ folks sign-up, as we have had in the past. Thank you!!!


A Message from the CUC President

The Unexpected
By Ed McMinn

“ No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Matthew 24:36)

We think we have everything figured out and under control, and then something unexpected happens. About the only thing we can expect from life with any certainty is the unexpected. Reality, as C. S. Lewis put it, “is usually odd.”

Part of the oddness of our reality is God’s active participation in it. God has a habit of suddenly and unexpectedly showing up to remind us he’s still around. A friend who calls and tells you he’s praying for you, a hug from your child or grandchild, a lone lily that blooms in your yard. In unexpected moments such as these, the divine comes crashing into our lives with such clarity that it takes our breath away and brings tears to our eyes.

But why shouldn’t God do the unexpected? The only factor limiting what God can do in our lives is the paucity of our own faith. We should expect the unexpected from God, this same deity who caught everyone by surprise by unexpectedly coming to live among us as a man, and who will return when we least expect it. God continually does the unexpected, like showing up as Jesus to remind us of his presence.

Once you have passed the 14th day after your second COVID vaccine, I hope you will make plans to return to the CUC classroom in person. We miss you!

God Bless,
Fred Brown


My Neighbor’s Pantry

Last week My Neighbor’s Pantry was able to provide Fresh Market rotisserie chicken dinners to 200 of our families in addition to their usual grocery haul!

However they were very low on laundry detergent, black/pinto beans and feminine hygiene products. They also need Flour, Vegetable oil,and household cleaning products. When you grocery shop think of My Neighbor’s Pantry. You can drop items off on Mondays 12-2:00 PM. Just drive to the back of the B Building at RUMC, honk your horn, and a masked volunteer will get them from your car. We are also in need of monetary donations to keep our program alive!


CUC My Neighbors Pantry Update

From CUC Treasurer Charlie Mason:

Throughout 2020 and into 2021 CUC Class members have donated a total of $6,715 for the summer lunch program, which has become known as My Neighbors Pantry. During that time class members who have been shopping for items needed by the program have been reimbursed for their expenditures. The total for reimbursements has now reached $6,786. At this point those who wish to support the food program should continue to do so; but they should do this independently.


RUMC Weekly “To Go” Menu

From Jacob Crane:

Another productive week from the hospitality crew here at RUMC! This week we served 361 Hot meals and 182 Frozen meals! That was an average of 180 meals going out of the door on our 3 days of Service! Please keep letting others know about the Service we are providing; we are so blessed and thankful to be able to provide for the community! Meals continue every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM. You can pick up meals at our drive-through outside of Fellowship Hall. All meals are just $5.00.

Week of March 9th, 10th, and 11th.

  • Tuesday: Italian Meatballs w/ Spaghetti, Steamed Carrots, Garlic Bread.
  • Wednesday: Sauteed Chicken and Leeks w/ Herbed Raisin Couscous, Vegetable Medley, Yeast Roll.
  • Thursday: Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Etouffee, Creole Rice Pilaf, Slow Roasted Tomato, Hush Puppies.

  • Margie Avery – undergoing radiation treatment and chemo but, having problems with low blood count delaying treatment.
  • Pat Deaton ‘s daughter Lara Mittleholzer needs prayers on the loss of her mother. Celebration of Life for Pat will be 5:00 pm this Sunday, March 7 at Woodstock Funeral Home with visitation starting at 4:00. Bill Floyd will be doing the service.
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she recovers from her Chemo and has follow-up tests
  • Don Macleod – recovering from surgery
  • Wanda Taylor – recovering from rotator cuff surgery
  • Dave Wistrand for a continued good recovery from major heart surgery
  • Vince Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison as she continues chemotherapy and The Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts continuing radiation therapy at the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer.They appreciate your continued prayers.
  • Hugh & Sue Gardner still ask continued prayers for their neighbor Doug Reed and his wife Chris. Doug remains in a coma but continues to show slight improvement. The oxygen level that he has to intake from the respirator has been reduced from 75% to 50%.

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Malone Dodson as he continues PT to improve function of right leg
  • Betty and Don Gay – at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Betty Smith – recovering from a stroke
  • Stan Thomason – following his loss of Virginia. He appreciates phone calls as he does not use a computer and is alone in an elder care facility. He thanks CUC for the messages of condolence.

Thanksgivings

  • Shirley May – Thanksgiving for relief of severe pain following kyphosoplasty procedure on her vertebrae last week.
  • Dave and Nancy Wistrand: Thanks so much to our CUC Friends: Dave and Nancy are grateful for and appreciative of the prayers, love and encouragement expressed in the many cards, calls, and messages received for Dave’s 2/10 heart surgery. Doctor says heart and lungs are working well. Dave is exercising with PT to rebuild strength and muscle.

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! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people.


Birthdays

  • Johnie Wright – March 8
  • Betty Smith – March 11
  • Diane Stephens – March 12
  • Patsy Lanham – March 13

Anniversaries

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Support for Our Missions: Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses! You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.


  • September 11-12 – CUC Retreat at Hiawasee
  • December 7 – CUC Christmas Party


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