From the Minister 5/11/22

Dear Ones,

The ceremony acknowledging our relationship as minister and congregation is slightly more than two weeks away! And thank you to all of the people who are working so hard to make sure that it turns out to be a wonderful day.  While the event might technically be referred to as my installation, it is really about recognizing our shared ministry and the covenant all of you at CVUU and I have made to work together.  In fact, the theme of the service is “The Power of Covenant and Community.” I hope you can be there.  It will be on Saturday, May 21st at 2:00 PM in-person at the church, and virtually in Zoom. All are welcome. We will have a special surprise for the children . . . and the young at heart . . . in the playground area after the service.

Starting May 15th, once each month, the Membership Committee will be hosting a Welcome Table Coffee Hour in the foyer after the service. This will be a time for first-time guests and long-time visitors to come and ask questions about CVUU and about Unitarian Universalism. So, if you have some questions that you would like to have answered, please stop by. If you are a member of CVUU and would like to help at one of these special coffee hours, please let the folks at the Welcome Table know.

And speaking of membership, we will be having new member classes on June 4th and 11th, and a New Member service on June 19th. If you are interested in becoming a member, and we haven’t already had a chance to talk, I invite you to schedule a time to speak with me at this link

Kevin St. George is still a “committee of one” insofar as organizing things for our table at the PrideFest this year. He has done a lot of the work, but there is still more to do. If you would like to help, and I hope you do, please contact him at

We are having difficulty finding enough volunteers to help run our multi-platform worship service on Sunday. You don’t need any special skill. Whatever you think you don’t know but need to know, we will teach you. We are also interested in any youth who would like to help with the technical aspects of our services.  Please send an email to if you would like to help.

We have not made our stewardship goal yet, and we are hoping to get some more pledges in. You can make your financial pledge here:

The General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association will be taking place from June 22 to June 26, 2022, in Portland, Oregon. It will be multi-platform, so you can participate virtually if that is your preference. Aside from the fact that it is a great event to participate in, CVUU needs delegates to represent the church in the business meetings where decisions are made about the future of the denomination. These delegates will also report back to the church on what has taken place. If you think you might like to provide this valuable service to CVUU and have the opportunity to meet and hear about Unitarian Universalists from all over, please send me an email at To find out more about this year’s General Assembly, visit this link, 

The Check-In and Chat is tomorrow at 12:00. Come, bring your lunch and let’s spend some time together in good conversation!

Lastly, have some sad news for all of you.  After working for CVUU for almost three years, our Lifespan Faith Development Coordinator Rayven Holmes will be leaving CVUU at the end of May.  Rayven has done so much for the Religious Education program here at CVUU, and she will be sorely missed by everyone who has worked with her or whose children and youth have benefited from her dedication and commitment to them. CVUU’s Director of Religious Education Paul Greggs, the Children’s Religious Education Committee and I will be working together to fill the void created by her departure until we are able to fill her position.  Her last Sunday with us will be on May 29th. After the service that day, there will be a farewell reception for her at the church.

I can only speak for myself when I say that I wish Rayven all the best in what comes next for her, but I am sure others feel the same.  And so, I close with this song by Earth, Wind & Fire, “Shining Star.”

In peace and love,

Rev. Viola

Rev. Viola Abbitt
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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