Update from the President

Many thanks to all who participated in the “Buy Nothing” fair! It is wonderful that we are doing these types of events. Thanks to Stacia Sanders and her children, Susie Gullixson, Suzanne Miles, Parker Miles, Doug Throp, Tracy Brune, the Kitchen Committee and all the performers who made it happen!


Our Stewardship campaign continues and we aren’t where we would like to be yet with our FY23 Pledge goal.  We will be doing another update this week after the service on Sunday and I will be available to answer questions.  You will be receiving the FY23 Budget in the mail along with information about the annual meeting in the mail later this week.  The Budget is based on received/projected pledges/other income and with input from the Minister, Board, Committees, Finance and Stewardship committees.  The Board is required to submit a proposed budget to the Congregation 30 days before the annual meeting – so there is still time to adjust the budget if more/increased pledges are received. The Budget will be presented at the Annual Meeting and we will be able to discuss as a congregation.

If you haven’t pledged, please do so now.  All of the Board members have pledged generously as they are able. Consider increasing the percentage that you give this year so that CVUU can fully support all of our existing budget items and proposed for the new year. This year’s Stewardship Committee consists of Brian Schiller and David Hutcheson with support from the Minister, Board and Finance Committee.  It’s two parts – we make a pledge to fund our church and then we fulfill our pledge by paying. If you haven’t pledged for July 01, 2022 – June 30, 2023 please use the link in the Courier, Webpage or Facebook Page.

A reminder for folks to continue to fulfill their pledge commitment for this fiscal year – which ends June 30th.

I had some great questions on pledging recently  – how much should I give? 

Here’s a link to the UUA Fair Share Contribution Guide.


It explains various levels of pledging.  Thank you for pledging so that we may continue to do all the great things we want to do as a congregation.

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

Social Hall Floor Bond Campaign

CVUU is dependent on income beyond your generous pledge commitments. We have lost much fundraiser and rental  income over the last several years due to the pandemic.

The Board realizes this and is committed to accelerating the social hall completion so that it may generate rental income for CVUU from weddings, parties, dinners, meetings, receptions, seminars, workshops, etc.  Last Thursday the Board authorized a Social Hall Floor Bond Campaign to raise 15,000 to complete the floor and trim in the social hall, so that we may start to generate income from this wonderful facility.  We have received over 6500.00 in commitments from Board members already.

What is a Social Hall Floor Bond?  It’s a financial commitment to help CVUU complete our social hall floor.  You can give 100.00 for a tile or a 100.00 a month for 12 months to help CVUU complete this project.

Click here for the online Floor Bond pledge form. Our Office administrator (Susie Gullixson) has already setup the VANCO account with a “Social Hall Floor” fund line.

My Asks

We have air purifiers in the sanctuary, social hall, classrooms and other spaces throughout the building. If you are unable to attend services in person please attend via Zoom.   Welcome to all!

As we continue to do more in person activities at CVUU,  we are mindful of adjustments that we need to make as we gather together in person. We are starting to resume in person Children’s Religious Education and the nursery is open Sunday during the service.  Mindful that children 4 years of age and under are not yet able to be vaccinated for COVID and mindful that the value of having our RE program is crucially important to our beloved community, the CVUU Board is now requiring masking for everyone inside the church building when children 4 and under are present. The intention of the CVUU Board is to remove this requirement 60 days after vaccines are available for those 4 and under.

If you are eligible for a covid vaccination, please comply with the CDC guidance – get vaccinated and booster shots.  There are recent updates for boosters. The evidence is that if you have done this and are infected with 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.

Please schedule rooms with the Office Administrator. The Church calendar is on the website.  Please let Susie know if you are no longer meeting or need to update the calendar. Please send your committee and group representatives to attend the Program Council and Building Council meetings.  As we think about being in-person, we have a great opportunity to “Begin Again”. We don’t need to go back to doing things the same way by default. Consider hybrid meetings for those that can’t make in person –  Zoom or even just using the low-tech phone part.  

Thank you,


Steve Ciganek