Category Archives: Memorial Service

CUC Newsletter – November 30, 2018


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

John 1:1,14 (NIV)

Sunday, December 2, 2018

How Could the Eternal God Be So Vulnerable?

Paul Beecham will be presenting our lesson this Sunday. The title of Paul’s lesson is: “How Could the Eternal God Be So Vulnerable?” The scripture references are John 1: 1, 4. We look forward to Paul leading us in our first Advent lesson for the season.

CUC Refreshments

We are thankful for our CUC refreshments each week. This Sunday they will be provided by MariAnna & Fred Brown and Judy & Sieg Hoogstraal

CUC Attendance

Sunday, November 25
84 members + 1 Visitor = 85

CUC Offering

Sunday, November 25

Christmas Contribution to Murphy Harpst

CUC members generously contributed a total of $3708 to Murphy Harpst for Christmas gifts for the 130 children there.

CUC Christmas Party


We look forward to celebrating with you at the CUC Christmas Party, Monday, December 3, from 6PM to 10PM at The Metropolitan Club, 5895 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta, GA. It will be a great night!

Remember to bring a White Elephant gift to exchange. PLEASE don’t cause yourself stress about the White Elephant! Don’t buy anything just bring something you want to regift or something you no longer want. It’s all in fun and hopefully will make you laugh! Red bags will be available if you haven’t received one or you forget it!
Please contact MariAnna Brown if you have any questions.

Open House at Wright’s


December 14 is the annual open house at the Nancy & Johnie Wright’s, 6:00-11 PM.

Please bring finger type appetizer or dessert to share. Carpool if possible and park on sidewalk side of street only.

RUMC 1st Annual Christmas Gift and Craft Show

We hear that the Christmas Gift and Craft Show this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30- Dec. 1, 9am to 5pm in the Dod, is not to be missed! Proceeds from booth rentals, bake sale, raffle, white elephant gift cards, concessions, and tree and poinsettia sales will benefit Youth Missions.


Wednesday Night Out


Join us on December 5 for the last WNO dinner of 2018, 4:45-6:30 p.m.

Students involved in the after-school tutoring program at Vickery Mill Elementary will be singing Christmas songs at 5:30 p.m.

Menu: Beef Bourguignon, Mushroom Wild Rice Pilaf, Green Beans with Butter and Dill, Cream of Mushroom Soup

SEL Winter Session

Registration has begun for SEL’s Winter Session which runs from Jan. 8 – Feb. 28th on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

SEL offers 23 different classes and the $50 fee covers taking as many classes as you like. Registration can be done online at or you can mail in a paper copy. See Bonnie White for a brochure or call 770-587-3750 for more details.

Christmas Festival Concerts

Christmas Festival Concerts will be Friday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. Complimentary tickets are available in the Main Office and in the Worship Arts Office

MOS Christmas Joy Concert

The Michael O’Neal Singers and the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet present Christmas Joy this

Sunday, December 2 at 3 PM.

Featuring the 140-voice MOS chorus, the 36-voice Kaleidoscope ensemble, and the ASO Brass Quintet, Tickets are $23 for adults and $18 for students and seniors age 60+ and are available online or by phone at 770.594.7974. Tickets will also be sold at the door on Sunday ($25/$20),



There will be an Emergency Response Team training event on

Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Dining Room, Chapel building.

To register for the training event or to indicate your interest in a particular area, go to

If you are interested in being a part of the Panama City trip Dec. 13-16 or for more informa­tion, please contact Rev. Marion Brown,

Service of Remembrance

All are invited to gather on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Service of Remembrance to remember those we miss. Gather in the Chapel at 6:30 p.m., the service begins at 7 p.m.

Advent Devotionals

As a part of her Quiet Circle weekly blog, Debbie Goodwin sends out 4 weeks of short Advent devotionals.

This year’s theme is “Make (a) Way for Christmas.” Anyone can sign up to receive them on her website


Best wishes to Lara Todd Deaton, daughter of Pat Deaton, and George Mittelholzer who were married by Rev. Nancy Lane on Saturday, November 24, at Primrose Hall.



  • George Waite – Dec 3
  • George Martin – Dec 7
  • Mary Serafina – Dec 7



  • Sandy & George Martin – December 6, 1996 – 22 years


  • Jim Adcock recovering at home following treatment for congestive heart failure and anemia
  • Malone Dodson for success with his cochlear implant.
  • Shirley May who has been diagnosed with Shingles which are very painful
  • Continuing prayers:
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney as she has chemo for multiple myeloma. Keep her and her husband Pat in your prayers.

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made.







CUC Newsletter – November 25, 2018


I am trusting you O Lord, you are my God! My future is in your hands.

Psalm 31:14-15

Bible Verse

This week’s Bible verse is a favorite of Bonnie White.

The Epic of Eden

Tom Knight will be presenting the lesson this Sunday. Tom’s subject is “The Epic of Eden” based on a book by the same name written by Sandra Richter. This lesson will focus on helping us better understand the story of God’s plan for mankind.

CUC Refreshments

We are thankful for our CUC refreshments each week. This Sunday they will be provided by Charlotte Boroughs, Bob Morisey, Babs & Shaw Skillings, and Diane Stephens

CUC Attendance

Sunday, November 18
93 members +1 visitor+ 1 guest teacher = 95

CUC Offering

Sunday, November 18

Welcome Our New Member

We extend a warm welcome to Margie Avery who is our newest CUC member.

CUC Christmas Party

The CUC Christmas Party is just a little more than a week away! The Social Committee is thrilled so many of you (110 at last count!)will be joining us on December 3 at The Metropolitan Club!

  • Each person will be exchanging a “White Elephant” gift so bring something you want to pass on to someone else to enjoy or not!!!!
  • Red gift bags will be available at CUC again this Sunday. If you have been unable to get one they will also be available as you enter the party on December 3.

The deadline for sign up and payment is this Sunday, November 25.
Please contact MariAnna Brown if you signed up and can no longer attend or if you need to give your payment and won’t be at CUC this Sunday.

Thank you and see you at the party prepared to socialize with our classmates!

Christmas for Murphy Harpst Children


The CUC Mission Outreach Committee thanks all class members who responded to the opportunity to make Christmas merry for residents at Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center next month.

This is the last of the four Sundays in November a Christmas basket will circulate during class to accept cash and checks. Approximately 130 young people will benefit from our generosity. CUC is following a suggestion from Murphy Harpst that “CUC could provide a smaller denomination of cash or gift card for every child ($10-$20).”

In early December the church will send a check for the total amount collected saying that the donation is from the CUC Class for young people celebrating Christmas at Murphy-Harpst. Checks should be made out to RUMC with CUC Murphy-Harpst Christmas on the notation line. Teenagers receiving gift cards will be able to shop for themselves! Thank you, class, for your generosity. Questions? Contact Betty or Larry Hunt.

Operation Christmas Child


Thanks from Lynn Roberts and the many children who will receive Christmas boxes from Samaritan’s Purse because of the CUC members who prepared 81 shoeboxes. And thanks to the others who contributed to boxes on line which brought the CUC box total to over our goal of 100.

Open House at Wright’s


December 14, 6:00-11 PM is the annual open house at the Nancy & Johnie Wright’s. Please bring finger type appetizer or dessert to share. Carpool if possible and park on sidewalk side of street only.

Sunday Brunch

A Sunday brunch will be served on Sunday, Nov. 25, at noon in the Dining Room. Enjoy a full, hot brunch menu: $6 for adults.

Advent Study

You are invited to join Rev. Melissa Mob­ley in a four-week look at The Gift of the Nutcracker. This study by Matthew Rawle takes a look at the Christmas classic The Nutcracker in a new way—through the lens of faith. Join us Sunday mornings beginning Dec. 2 at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor, Chapel building. Registration:

Service of Remembrance

All are invited to gather on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Service of Remembrance to remember those we miss. Gather in the Chapel at 6:30 p.m., the service begins at 7 p.m.



  • Bob Moore – Nov 26
  • Martha Thompson – Nov 26
  • Charlotte Dodson – Nov 29
  • Doug Tatom – Nov 30


  • Pat & Patrick Cooney – November 26, 1960 – 58 years!
  • Martha & Bill Thompson – Nov 28, 1958 – 60 years!!
  • Nancy & Johnie Wright – Nov 28, 1987 – 29 years


  • Jim Adcock for return to good health. He is in Northside Hospital having diagnostic tests and being treated for congestive heart failure and anemia
  • Vince Grosse for a quick recovery following surgery
  • Malone Dodson for success with his cochlear implant.


  • Don McNew – recovering from fractured ribs and back to CUC

Continuing prayers:

Pat (Mrs.) Cooney as she has chemo for multiple myeloma. Keep her and her husband Pat in your prayers.

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made.


CUC Newsletter – May 11, 2018


Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here has sent me that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”-

Acts 9:17

Sunday, May 13, 2018


Happiness or Joy?

We are fortunate to have Michael O’Neal, RUMC’s retiring Director of Worship Arts, as our CUC speaker this Sunday. As part of his talk, which he titles “Happiness or Joy?”, he will share with us several of his poems.

CUC Refreshments

We are thankful for our CUC refreshments each week. This Sunday they will be provided by Gayle & George Crolius and Sara & Paul Beecham

CUC Attendance

Sunday, May 6
85 members, 4 visitors, 1 teacher  |  Total 90

CUC Offering

Sunday, May 6

Memorial Service Information

The service for Carolyn Batterson will be Monday at 11 a.m. in. the Chapel. There will be a sign up in CUC Sunday to help with refreshments following the service. We will be providing the reception after the service. Sandwiches, cheese and crackers, fruit, or sweets would be appreciated. It will be lunch time so probably a little heavier on the sandwiches. Please bring the refreshments to the parlor after 10:30.

There is also a viewing at Northside Chapel Saturday evening from 6 to 8.

‘Tis the Season for CUC’s Wednesday Nights Out!


The CUC Wednesday Night Out Dinner on May 16, 2018 at 5:30 pm will be at Crabapple Tavern, 12350 Arnold Mill Rd Alpharetta, Ga.

If you want to come and can’t sign up on the Sunday clip board, call Grady or Pat Phillips 770-587-5392 by noon Tuesday May 15.

Believe Ministries Benefit Celebration

For this year’s Believe Ministries benefit on May 10, the CUC Fellowship Committee made this one of CUC’s social events and coordinated our participation.

The Bereans Sunday School Class challenged CUC to a “participation” contest for this event. CUC Class won with 40 CUC members attending!

From the Fellowship Committee:

Patriotic Potluck Picnic!








Patriotic Potluck Picnic in the DOD on June 27th! Save the date! More details later.



Be sure to visit the Charis Gallery in the hallway by the south lobby of the Sanctuary to see the “Celebrate” exhibit which includes an award-winning painting by Patricia Mashburn and also a painting by Jan Buckley and one by Perri Wagner, daughter of Gale & Roger Davis.

RUMC May Senior Trip-Mercedes Benz Stadium Tour

From Andrea Cummings: Join us for a tour of the Mercedes Benz Stadium on May 30th. Meeting in the parlor by 9:00 a.m., leaving by 9:15 a.m. We will have lunch at the Hudson Grille (

Tickets are $15 and lunch is on your own. Tickets have to be purchased in advance. As such, I will need payment for your ticket prior to the trip. Please register and pay online, if you can at Otherwise, please drop a check or cash off Monday-Thursday. Make checks payable to Roswell United Methodist Church. If you have any additional questions email or call,|770.261.1796.

RUMC Travelers Club


Looking to take more trips with the wonderful folks of RUMC? Check out these trips with the RUMC Travelers Club:

For more information, contact Cindy Hogan, Secretary, RUMC Travelers, | 404-735-3288.

Little Things Mean a Lot!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

THANK YOU for clipping Box Tops when you see them on boxes, cans, bags you have brought home from stores. Please remember to keep collecting and bring to Sunday School your flip tops from cans for Ronald McDonald Houses and your Box Tops for Redbird Missions. CUC has a basket for their deposit.


  • Pray for George Batterson whose wife, Carolyn Batterson passed away Wednesday morning.
  • Mary Serafina – following mild stroke which has left her with some problems with balance.
  • Jim and Rose Lappe request prayers for their daughter-in-law Melissa Lappe as she will be getting intensive chemo treatments for the next 18 weeks to address cancer in lymph nodes.
  • Aldona & JB Titus former CUC members as JB has been diagnosed with leukemia and lymphoma.
  • Kay Swartz the wife of Dick Swartz, the first Church Business Administrator for RUMC, who served during the 1990’s, passed away suddenly of a heart attack on Friday, May 4. Sympathy cards can be sent to Dick at: 5319 Clover Drive, Sheffield Village, Ohio 440345
Ongoing Prayer Requests
  • Mary Serafina asked that we continue to pray for her daughter Pam Pruit as she battles cancer.
  • Pastor Andrew Brunson, wrongly imprisoned in Turkey, his wife and family, and for Terry and Wanda Taylor’s son Kent who is Andrew’s partner in ministry in Turkey. Andrew’s trial was begun again this past week and then has again been postponed until July 31.
  • Roger Davis – back to class, doing well after back surgery

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made.(Please send updates on any of our ill or recovering classmates so this editor can keep information current)


cookie   Birthdays
love   Anniversaries
  • ~~ none ~~





CUC Newsletter – February 10, 2018


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Travelling with My Eyes Up!
This Sunday we again welcome Rusty Gordon as our CUC speaker. He is planning to give his lesson on “Travelling with My Eyes Up!”. Rusty always presents a lesson that is both fun and insightful.

CUC Refreshments
We are thankful for our CUC refreshments each week. This week they will be provided by Sharon & Bob Schnakenberg and LaVerne Lamb & Dick Anthony

CUC Music
We are thankful to have Virginia Thomason at the piano providing beautiful music as we gather each week.

CUC Attendance
February 4
73 members + 1 visitor + 1 speaker = 75

CUC Contributions
February 4

Murphy Harpst Donations

Sunday the CUC Class voted to make a contribution of $1,000 to the Murphy Harpst Children’s Home. Because of the additional generosity of some CUC class members, the check to Murphy Harpst will be for $1,700 to be taken when representatives of our class go to host the February birthday party .

Thank you, CUC Class, for generously supporting efforts to make our fourth annual birthday party at Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center this Saturday, February 10th, a success.

Homestretch Peachtree Tea

The 11th annual Peachtree Tea to benefit Homestretch will be held February 27, 11:00 – 1:30 at the Country Club of the South with a champagne reception, luncheon and auction.

CUC always has a nice turnout to this event and Lynn Adcock would like to get at least a full table together from our class. So far 8 CUC members are planning to attend. Contact Lynn or sign up on the sheet being passed on Sunday if you are interested in supporting Homestretch and attending. Tickets are $80.


Get your Cans to Church!

February is RUMC’s month to fill the pantry at North Fulton Community Charities. Remember to bring non-perishable items to the church this month.

CUC Prayer Requests

  • Rose and Jim Lappe and family on the loss of their son, Jason. The service is Friday, Feb. 9 at 11:00 A. M. in The Chapel Roswell officiated by Eric Lee. (In lieu of flowers donations are requested to Murphy Harpst 740 Fletcher Street, Cedartown, GA 30125-3249).
  • Mary Serafina asks that we continue to pray for her daughter Pam Pruit as she battles cancer. Pam feels your prayers and feels God’s hand on her life.
  • Dave Taylor on the loss of his mother Carolyn, 92, who died Tuesday. She was hospitalized on Saturday with double pneumonia and sepsis. She never regained consciousness. Dave and his sister were with her at the end and said it was peaceful. It is sad but good. We rejoice that she has been healed completely and reunited with her Lord and her beloved husband of 60 years
  • Nancy VanHorn’s brother – pray for continued improvement of blood and liver disorder


  • Jim Adcock continues recovery from hip fracture back at home
  • Johnie Johnson – back to CUC following knee replacement

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made.

cookie   Birthdays

  • Betty Robertson – February 11
  • Pat Cooney – February 15


love   Anniversaries

  • –none–


calendar   Calendar Reminders

(click for calendar)

  • Saturday, February 10 – Birthday Party at Murphy Harpst
  • February 9 -10 RUMC Women’s Retreat
  • Tuesday, February 27– Homestretch Peachtree Tea
  • March 1-4 – GIC -Life on Mission: Hope In the Face of Injustice
  • Saturday, April 14 – Homestretch 2018 Run the River


Memorial Day Memories – Dave Roberts


Hello class,

The traditional Memorial Day date was May 30th but Congress made the date (the last Monday in May) into a three-day weekend with the National Holiday Act of 1971, and in 2017 the day of observance is May 29th. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.

This year the CUC Class again remembers members of our family, or extended family, who died in our nation’s service, no matter how long ago: brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, ancestors, etc. If you are new to our class and have family members who should be included, please send me their information and I’ll add them to this list. Please send me their name, rank, branch of service, relation to you and their death information to add to our annual remembrance, and let us honor their memory.

Several local communities have Memorial Day celebrations including Roswell, Milton, Marietta and others. Come celebrate this day of remembrance with others in your community.


Dave Roberts

Memoria Day Memories

Bob Hamilton

My uncle, Frank Westhoff, died during the Battle of the Bulge, I believe, in ’44 or ’45. Army infantry.

Betty Smith
My uncle, Eustice Williams, (my Dad’s brother) died in the Pacific during WWII. He was captured by the Japanese and was forced to take part in the “Bataan Death March” in the Philippines on the west side of Manila Bay. He was a member of the US Air Force and later died in a POW camp.
His remains were discovered several years after the war ended and returned to the family for burial in his hometown of Starkville, MS.

Johnie Wright
My father, Major Johnie J. Wright, Jr. (I’m the III), 37, died in Vietnam in late February 1967. I was a senior in high school, 17 years old. My father was in the Army, he was an army aviator, flying Mohawks (OV-1).

Earnie Robertson
Here is the info on my Dad. He was commissioned in the Army as an Infantry Officer in 1933. He came on Active Duty in March 1941 as a 1/Lt. He fought in Europe and was with the 99th Infantry Division during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. There he received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He retired in 1965 as a Major and died in September 1998.

Sandra Nauman
I would like to honor my cousin, Clifford Henry Petz. Clifford served under Gen. George S. Patton in the 3rd Army and was killed in December, 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge. He is buried in the American cemetery in Luxembourg. For those that may not have visited the cemetery, in the front as you enter, there is Patton’s grave/monument and he faces his men. Clifford’s grave is about four down from the center in the first row. We were surprised how easily we found it. About 1-k down the road is a German cemetery. The atmosphere is so stark compared to the American cemetery. The only recognition of who is buried there is a book with the names of the soldiers. Imagine my astonishment when I opened the book and there was a German soldier with the last name of “Paetz” — the original spelling of the family name. I wish I had taken a picture, or at least copied down his first name, but didn’t think of it at the time. Someday, and soon, I hope to go back and visit both cemeteries again — especially in honor of Clifford.

Dave Wistrand
Captain Paul Joyslin, a pilot in the 9th Air Force. Received the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters in the invasion of Normandy. Killed in action September 27, 1944, during the invasion of Holland (A Bridge Too Far) age 25. Left a wife and son. Paul was my first cousin.

Sergeant Donald Harstad, a gunner on a B-17 in the pacific. Donald was killed in action October 25, 1944, which would have been his last mission. Donald was 22 and married. Donald, also a first cousin, died just a month after our cousin Paul. This was a difficult time for our family. We also lost 5 boys who lived in our neighborhood (2 on our street) in WWII.

Bob Leckie
Robert’s uncle, Wordie Leckie, Folkston , Georgia, was killed in the spring of 1943,World War II. He lost his life in the crash of a bomber at a Canadian Air Base in England. He was Sgt.-Gunner Wordie Leckie, a young man who because of his asthma was deferred by the U. S. Military. He wanted so badly to defend his country that he joined the Canadian Royal Air Force and served in the exposed position of top gunner. Leckie and his eight crew members were killed over England and is buried in England. Lynda

Jan Ligon
My uncle, Lt.Col William L. Cook, U S Air Force, WWII, Korea, and 2 tours Vietnam succumbing to agent orange 5-07-2001 buried in Arlington Cemetery.
Thank you, Jan

“Lest we forget.”
On Memorial Day we honor the memory of our forebears, family members, friends, and comrades who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and in defense of freedom.
We fly the flag with pride (properly at half-mast until noon). We seek out current members of the Armed Forces and Veterans, to shake their hands and thank them for their service. We visit civilian and military cemeteries and decorate graves with miniature US Flags. We linger a while in respectful silence, and contemplate the deeds of brave men and women in earlier and current wars and conflicts in far-flung corners of the globe. We take a moment to thank God for liberty and democracy in these United States of America and for our way of life that is sometimes taken for granted.
And finally, we pray that this and future generations will never forget our proud heritage, or allow our legacy to be taken away from us due to ignorance or indifference
David “Mac” McLay
US Air Force 1960­1964


Memorial Service for Betty Williams

The Memorial Service for Betty Williams will be Monday, December 26, at 11:00 at RUMC .
A Celebration of Life reception will be held following the service.

CUC will host the reception.

If you are willing to provide food for the reception please contact Nancy Wright, Lena Sharp, Ann McNew, Martha Knight, or Gloria Stadler and let them know what you plan to provide.

Betty Williams

Our beloved Betty Williams passed away last night, December 20, 2016. She had been on hospice care since her recent hospitalization.

Memorial Service for Joanne Ewing

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Nov. 28, at 11 a.m. in the RUMC Chapel with Inurnment following in the Garden of Love and then the family will receive friends in the RUMC Parlor for lunch.

%d bloggers like this: