May 22, 2019

Dear CVUU Members and Friends:
This Saturday, May 25 at 11AM, we will remember our beloved member Pat Chenault in a memorial service. 

Here is her obituary from the Virginian Pilot: Patricia-Bailey-Chenault.

The Caring Team is arranging the reception following the service.  Our choir will sing.  It will be a fitting tribute and send off to a great lady, who will be sorely missed.

This past weekend I had the honor of officiating at a wedding for Aaron Martin and Beth-Ann Dick.  It was a beautiful day – warm sun and a gentle breeze, and their backyard was full of friends and family, good food, a blue grass band, and lots of love. 

Being in community means that we so often are called to hold joy and sorrow together, wiping away tears of sorrow one moment and tears of joy the next.  You all do this so beautifully – accompanying each other on life’s journey.
This Sunday in worship we will gather in honor of Memorial Day, a time when we open our hearts and minds to those we have lost on the battlefield and in our own lives. This is an all-age service.  There is no religious education; children are invited to stay with their parents during worship, but nursery care will be available.  It will be good to be together.

Thank you to Musicians Amy Ferebee and Regina Scott Sanford for sharing their gifts with us to help raise money for the playground (over $1,000 was raised!) on Saturday evening.  Thanks also to Leo Bevon for organizing and producing the concert. 
Our leaders are working on finalizing the budget for the next fiscal year.  We count on getting pledges from everyone to create a balanced budget that will allow us to meet all of our financial commitments: paying fair wages to our staff, taking care of our buildings and grounds, funding the ministries and outreach that are at the core of who we are and mean to be in the world.  No pledge is too small (or too large), but we need to hear from everyone to be successful.  Please pledge today to ensure that CVUU continues to flourish and grow.
Peace and Love to you,
Rev. Justine Sullivan, Interim Minister