2021-22 CVUUS Canvass Pledge Drive: Bound for Joy

Pledge online here: https://cvuus.breezechms.com/form/boundforjoy Mary Hadley (hadleyme@juno.com) is happy to go through the online form for with you versus mailing out and returning a paper form. (trying to go green where we can.)  She did a few pledges that way last year.

Pledge by mail sending in this form: Bound for Joy Pledge Form

We believe a better time is coming when we will be together again, in person, in all the different ways we gather to do good in the world and to support one another. We look forward optimistically to the time we are in our beautiful sanctuary and in the Ann Ross Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings. This year has been one of extraordinary challenges, requiring us in our remote lives to be creative and resilient. The resources needed to get CVUUS back to our full program are significant. We trust that CVUUS members and friends will be as generous as possible in providing for this hopeful future. Bound for Joy suggests a forward-moving train: Climb aboard! Questions? Contact Brett Millier (millierb@gmail.com) or Karl Lindholm (lindholm@middlebury.edu) or your Village Leader.

Watch for:

As someone who has grown up in this church community, I have so many great memories of CVUUS. As a child, I remember playing a dead body in a Monty Python skit and making art projects in RE. And with the youth group I was able to cook dinners at the John Graham Shelter and travel to NYC. This church let me try so many new experiences and helped to build my confidence in public speaking. I’m grateful to now be able to give back to this church as a worship.”  Wren Colwell

“For us, CVUUS is an extended family that both ties us to our roots and gives us wings.  This warmly interconnected community offers nurturing, inspiration, and support in many ways – to us as a family and to the wider community.  It is a joy to experience the loving creativity that emerges from CVUUS hearts and minds!  Our involvement brings depth to our lives, and we in turn happily share our resources to support the values that CVUUS embodies and shares with the larger world.”  Hanson Martin Family

“CVUUS provides our family with a community of people who are open to various ways of being, who are inquisitive about the wider world, and who individually and collectively strive to make things better. For our children especially, it is a space where they can be their true selves, ask questions, and feel valued.” Lindsey & Kemi Fuentes-George

“We are grateful to be part of the CVUUS community, surrounded by others who strive to live out UU principles.  Whether through local, national, or global efforts, CVUUS inspires us to look beyond the challenges in our own lives to see how we can make a difference in the lives of others. We are thankful to have raised our three sons in this open, welcoming community that helped them become the thoughtful adults they are today.” Mary & Peter Conlon

This Train Is Bound for Joy

This train is bound for joy, now, this train.

This train is bound for joy, now, this train.

Every person, find your joy, now,

This train is the real McCoy, now.

This train is bound for joy, now, this train.

 

This train needs you to hop on, this train.

This train needs you to plop on, this train.

While we move, or when we stop on

Every vale or mountain top on,

This train needs you to hop on, this train.

 

Climb aboard our Canvass train, now, won’t you?

Climb aboard our Canvass train, why don’t you?

Despite pandemic stress and strain, now,

Our communal love remains, now,

Climb aboard our Canvass train, now, won’t you?

 

We will soon be all together, this train.

In the dark or sunny weather, this train.

This train can’t wait to gather,

Face to face, the way we’d rather.

This train will stay together, this train.

 

This train has Canvass-Vision, this train.

Our 2021 edition, this train.

Our heartful gifts provide ignition

Helping to support our mission.

This train has Canvass-Vision, this train.

 

This song don’t need no chorus, this song.

This song don’t need no chorus, this song.

All these verses passing o’er us,

Like a train of joy before us,

This song don’t need no chorus, this song.

 

This train is bound for joy, now, this train.

All our love we must deploy on this train.

Every person, find your joy, now,

This train is the real McCoy, now.

This train is bound for joy, now, this train.

With love and smiles, Ted

Additional verses:

This train is optimistic, this train.

Honest-eyed and idealistic, this train.

Loving God or atheistic,

This train’s love is futuristic.

This train is optimistic, this train.

 

This train is openminded, this train.

This train is never blinded, this train.

This train is openminded,

Just the way we all designed it.

This train is openminded, this train.

 

This train is openhearted, this train.

This train is openhearted, this train.

This train is openhearted,

Finishing the work we’ve started.

This train is open-hearted, this train.

Charitable Giving Options

Stock Transfer Giving: We recently converted one of the CVUUS investment funds to a brokerage account that allows transfer/donation of stock from member or friend non-Vanguard accounts to the CVUUS Vanguard account. This will simplify our financial processes and costs less than our previous process through Cetera. We have successfully received the first stock donation using the new Vanguard account, so if you are interested in giving to CVUUS in this way you can refer to Vanguard account 29559438 and DTC# 0062.

Online Giving: Our new Breeze Church Management software enables many different ways to contribute funds to CVUUS!  3 are documented below and demonstrated further here: New Giving Methods demo

It defaults to Share the Plate 50/50 giving but you can change it by clicking on the arrow icon in the “to Gifts Non-pledge” bar as viewed below or by left clicking on the bar if you can’t see the arrow. Either route will allow you to see your giving options.

Enter the amount you want to give. It defaults to Gifts Non-pledge but remember you can use the drop down on the right of that field to choose another giving category.

You can choose the add a gift to another fund

Fill out the other fields in the form including credit card information and select frequency (it defaults one time gift, but you can use the drop down on the right to choose something different)

Indicate if you wish to pay the service charge for online giving.

Add comments for Kris Butler our Bookkeeper if necessary and click Donate Now.

A copy of the transaction will go to fm@cvuus.org (the bookkeeper account) and you will get a confirmation email if you provided that information.

  • Credit card by phone: (point your camera phone at the QR code)

it should pop up a form for contributing – It defaults to Non-Pledge, general giving but you can change it or add more to split

Point your camera at the QR code and the box “hones in” on the code and provides the popup at the op asking if you want to open breezechms.com in Safari so you click that to continue (this is an iphone, other phones may work differently, but should be similar)

Clicking that popup takes you to our CVUUS giving page

Enter the amount you want to give and it defaults to Gifts Non-pledge but you can touch those words and choose another giving category from the list provided (this shows a scroll list at the bottom of my screen)

Or choose the add gift to another fund

Fill out the other fields in the form including credit card information and select frequency (it defaults one time gift, but you touch those words and choose another frequency from the list provided (this shows a scroll list at the bottom of my screen)

Add comments for Kris Butler our Bookkeeper if necessary and click Donate Now.

A copy of the transaction will go to fm@cvuus.org (the bookkeeper account) and you will get a confirmation email if you provided that information

  • Text to give by phone:  call (518) 255-8053   (any amount appreciated) format:

Text $50 to give $50 to Non-Pledge, general giving

Text $50 pledge to give $50 to Pledge 2019-2020

Text $50 donee to give $50 to Share the Plate Donee

First time text givers will be prompted to provide their payment method via a secure web page (the same process as you see in the QR code method of giving)

once done you get this text

You can only text to one fund at a time.

You can setup reoccurring donations from texts by adding the word weekly, biweekly, monthly, or yearly after the amount and fund, if named.

You can also type refund to refund a text gift within 24 hours of giving it.

The next time you text

It thanks you right away without having to enter anything else.

Questions? Contact Mary Hadley or Kris Butler.