I love this time of year. There is something special about spring. Plants are ending their dormancy and things that appeared brown and lifeless are now green and full of the promise of what is to come. Birds and other animals are welcoming new life, too. It is amazing that we are a part of this never-ending cycle, too. Our Seventh Principle asks us to affirm and promote the interdependent web of existence. We should do what we can to honor the sanctity of all life. Not just human life. What we are seeing all around us can serve as a reminder of that.
Last Saturday we had our first Earth Hour event at CVUU. Earth Hour is a planet-wide project, organized by the World Wildlife Fund. While there are activities all year that bring attention to the need to take action that will halt the destruction of our environment, on the last Saturday in March, people are asked to turn their “lights out” from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM local time. At our event, we heard a brief talk from Karen Forget, the Executive Director of Lynnhaven River Now, and then saw an episode from the documentary series “Our Planet.” We had about twelve people in attendance. Perhaps more people will participate next year! If you have some ideas about what it might be fun to do during Earth Hour next year, let me know.
If you have not pledged yet, please do so. There is still time to let us know what you intend on giving for the upcoming church year. The Finance and Stewardship committees and members of the Board are working together to develop the budget for the church year that runs from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023. What is included in the budget depends on you. You can make your financial pledge here: https://tinyurl.com/cvuupledge.
If some of you are interested in working with others and being relational support for families or individuals in need in Virginia Beach, the Interfaith Alliance at the Beach (IAB) is looking for volunteers for the Open Table program. This is a program that helps to empower and support people in bringing about sustainable change in their lives. To find out more about Open Table, visit https://www.theopentable.org/, and to see what Open Table has done so far in Virginia Beach, please watch this video https://youtu.be/B1J2uM-oBCk.
There is a training that is beginning on April 21st. If you are interested in being a part of this program, email Alice Testerman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now that programming has resumed in the building, volunteers are needed to help each week. We need dedicated CVUUers to help us with Worship, Religious Education, and other areas. If you would like to help CVUU, and I hope that you do, please reach out to Susie Gullixson at email@example.com or me at firstname.lastname@example.org. WE NEED YOU!
The Check-In and Chat is tomorrow at 12 PM. Come, bring your lunch and let’s spend some time together in good conversation!
I will be out of the area from tomorrow evening to April 9th. But don’t worry. In my absence, our capable staff, our Lay Pastoral Care Team, and our Caring Committee will be able to handle whatever comes their way! I will be checking email and voice messages periodically, but you may not hear back from me right away.
I can never say enough about how much I love this time of year. Whether you believe in the existence of a divine force or not, what we are seeing all around us is a miracle unfolding. And so, I close with this song by Queen called “The Miracle.”
In peace and love,
Rev. Viola Abbitt
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