This Sunday

How Can We Miss You If You Won’t Go Away

Rev. Barnaby Feder

Rev. Barnaby riffs on a classic song by Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks and reflects on some things CVUUS has to gain from his upcoming sabbatical.

Rev. Barnaby Writes

From the Minister

I’m writing this on the eve of Thanksgiving, looking forward to a December that will be my last month with you before my sabbatical – the very first extended break from a job that I have ever taken! My three months away from CVUUS will be a short break by college professor sabbatical standards, which some of you have experienced. But it will be a longer time set aside for professional growth and renewal than most people ever enjoy.

    As I prepare for this sabbatical, I’m profoundly grateful for this gift from CVUUS of an opportunity to seek some fresh perspective on how I am ministering to you and with you. I’ll be sharing in more detail about what I will be doing with this time in weeks to come, and especially in the Dec. 17 worship service.  And you’ll hear plenty about how the staff and your lay leaders are prepared to make my absence a growth experience for you as well. But today I’m in a Thanksgiving mood so I want to focus simply on blessing and the feeling of being blessed. Read More about “From the Minister”

Save the Dates!

Join us for worship on Sunday Dec 24 Christmas Eve!

Please bring friends, neighbors, and visiting family members to our spirited celebrations of the Christmas traditions.  Both services will end with the traditional lighting of the candles and singing of Silent Night.

 5 pm —No-Rehearsal All-Ages Nativity Pageant!  Join our family-friendly service in which all are welcome to take part in our joyful story with Mary, Joseph, shepherds, sheep, angels, animals, wise ones, and stars – flexible depending on who shows up (last year we had 3 Marys, each with a baby Jesus). We provide costumes or bring your own.  Or just sit, watch, and sing along with the traditional carols.  Holiday Youth Choir will sing.   Led by Director of Religious Exploration Poppy Rees.

7:15 pm —Carol Singing with CVUUS Choir

7:30 pm — Stealing Jesus  Rev. Barnaby Feder and the CVUUS choir will lead our traditional service of carols, lessons and reflection, with special musical guests.

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Member Stories

As some of you know, I was raised in this community from the age of 9. I vaguely remember the infamous first meeting in the Berninghausen’s, and remember well every stage of our growth leading up to this lovely space. In the early days of planning CVUUS it was my own mother who made the “piss or get off the pot” pronouncement which perhaps prompted the paths of fate which have brought us all together today. I know her bluntness and aforementioned approach to life and decisions has prompted many a move in my own life.

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