Dear Ones,

It has been an incredible year!  It is almost unbelievable that we are in the last two weeks of December!   

One of the good things December has brought us is our first in-person worship in the sanctuary since the start of the pandemic.  And for me, it was the first in-person worship for me in the CVUU sanctuary ever.  It was truly wonderful.  I look forward to the opportunity to lead more worship in that space.  Let’s all hope and pray that conditions continue to make that possible.  Remember, for the in-person worship at 9:00 a.m., you must register at the link that is in the Courier and on the website each Wednesday.  We are asking that those choosing to come to the in-person service be vaccinated.  But, if you are not vaccinated, don’t worry, you will not be left out.  We are still having our virtual service at 11:00 a.m.!

We are also having in-person and virtual Christmas Eve services. The in-person service will be at 5:00 p.m. and the virtual service will be at 6:30 p.m.  Registration is required for the in-person service at 5:00 pm.

The thing that it is important to remember is that things are changing rapidly. The number of daily new cases, infection rate and positive test rate continue to climb. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook accounts. Information will be posted there if we need to cancel any of our in-person services because of an increase in COVID risk.

And now comes a call for help.  I know that we all look forward to being able to worship together.  But right now, we are in a position where we need more volunteers to help with the in-person and virtual services.  We especially need people who are willing to serve as Safety Ambassadors for our in-person services.  And that includes this coming Sunday. If you want to volunteer to be a Safety Ambassador and help make our worship services happen, please send an email to Susie Gullixson, our Congregational Administrator, at office@c-vuu.org and let her know!

Next week the staff and I will take some much-deserved time off.  That means there is no regular Courier next week. We will all be back on Jan. 3rd.  Even though I will be away and not checking email, if you need me in the event of a pastoral care emergency, you can reach me by calling my mobile number. 

Whatever holidays you celebrate, as we end one year and begin a new one, may the coming days be safe, happy, and full of love for you! And my holiday greeting to all of you is this really upbeat song, by Meghan Trainor and Earth, Wind & Fire, “Holidays.” 

Rev. Viola Abbitt
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Office: 1-757-627-5371×3
Mobile: 757-354-4541


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