Update from the CVUU President

The Minister, Staff, Board, and volunteers have been extremely busy with ongoing programs and starting some new ones as well.  Folks have been creative, committed, and willing to adapt and try new things.  We have much to be grateful for.

In-Person Worship

Current Covid Risk levels have reduced and we may resume in-person worship while the current Covid infection levels are High. The time of our in-person worship will be at 11:00 AM and, for the time being, the virtual worship will be at 9:00 AM. Registration will be required for the in-person service. On the Wednesday prior to the service, a reservation link will be made available in the Courier and on our social media platforms. It will be good to be together again!

I will keep you updated and you will continue to see updates on the CVUU Website, Facebook Page, and Courier.


CVUU is monitoring the positivity rates in the Virginia Beach Metropolitan area. Here is the link to the Virginia Beach metro, NC area.  (https://covidactnow.org/us/metro/virginia-beach-norfolk-newport-news_va-nc/?s=24791394). The Risk Level is in the upper left of the webpage and is next to a vertical bar.

The risk trend in Hampton Roads has reduced from Very High to High and trending downward. The Minister and Church leadership will be closely monitoring trends. We are continuing to monitor the numbers daily/weekly and evaluating weekly.

Streaming live from the Sanctuary

We have a contract for the installation of 2 video cameras in the sanctuary.  This will allow us to Zoom worship (and other events) from the sanctuary.  Thanks to Rev. Viola, Ellie Fetterly, and Doug Throp for joining me to meet the contractor to review requirements.  This equipment will be integrated into our existing Audio, Visual, and Network gear in the church. The Minister, Worship Services and Tech team be working on ways to integrate this new capability into worship. One of our Tidewater Cluster churches – Unitarian Universalist Community Church – in Glen Allen has offered to meet with us to discuss how they are doing this.

Nominating Committee

This year’s Nominating Committee consists of Valerie Rottink, Joseph Lock, Jiffy Shore, Bruce Powers, and Linda Smith.  They will be reaching out to you soon regarding positions on the Board of Directors for 2022 – 2023. It’s a great time to do this type of service.  CVUU is really coming into its own.

Stewardship Committee

This year’s Stewardship Committee currently consists of Kim Bedinger, Brian Schiller, and David Hutcheson with Board support from Ed Welp and David Howell.

My Asks

If you are eligible for a covid vaccination, please comply with the CDC guidance – get vaccinated and booster shots.  The evidence is that if you have done this and are infected with the Omicron variant of Covid, the effects and symptoms are fewer. We want to reduce risk to our community – those that have compromised health, those that cannot get vaccines for health reasons, and children.

The Minister, Staff, Nominating Committee,  committee volunteers, and I will be reaching out to you for support.  Please support them.  It takes a lot to plan worship, execute the tech for services and maintain safety within the building with the staff and volunteers that are available. There are many areas in the Church where you may be of service as a volunteer.  It’s a new year and a great time to make a modest volunteer commitment. It is a great way to get to know people in our Church.  We have a critical need for tech team volunteers.  Please contact me if you are interested.  We also have a great opportunity to serve on the CVUU Board right now as we have a Treasurer position open.  This is a great opportunity to get engaged – and the commitment will be only until June 30 of this year.  Please contact me if you are interested. These are great volunteer opportunities and a wonderful way to meet people in the church.

Thank you,


Steve Ciganek


CVUU Board President