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UCF Ministry in the Time of the Corona Virus

For general info on UCF Communications during the Corona Virus and Useful links, click HERE.

UCF Updates:

Saturday, 5/23/20

UCF Online Worship This Sunday: May 24: Memorial Day.  On this Memorial Day weekend, who are the service members and who are the heroes that we remember and we celebrate?  Let us invite their memories and their legacies into our circle. The service will start at 10:30 am.  You should have gotten a Zoom link in your email update today, but if you didn’t, contact Rev. Sally and she will send you the link.

Coffee with Board: There will be a Zoom Coffee with the Board of Trustees and the New Building Team TOMORROW (May 24) after the Sunday Worship service.  Plan to stay on the Zoom call after the service ends, to review progress on our new home on Bridges Street.  We as a congregation will face some important decisions about this in the near future, so please plan on participating in this important conversation.

Newsletter Deadline:  This Sunday, May 24th, is the deadline for information for the Coastline.  Please send any information that you want to be included in the June Coastline to Vicki Barrett at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com no later than Sunday evening.  Thank you!

5th Sunday Collection for May:   The Storehouse and The Lighthouse Food Pantries

As is our UCF tradition, whenever there is a 5th Sunday in the month all non-pledge offerings are donated to a charity or cause. Resources in our county’s food banks are stretched due to the historic job disruptions and school closures.  Daryl Walker serves on the Food and Waste Program of Carteret Food and Health Council and identified two food pantries in great need of financial assistance.  These are the Storehouse Food Pantry in Morehead City and the Lighthouse Community Church in Stacy.

If your personal situation allows, please give generously and we will divide your non-pledge offerings in May between these two organizations that are literally feeding hundreds of people in our county.  You can contact David Hughes at ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com to arrange an electronic donation or checks can be mailed to Unitarian Coastal Fellowship, P.O. Box 425, Morehead City, NC 28557.  Please note 5th Sunday in the memo line.  If you have a Paypal account, you also can go to the UCF website, https://www.ucfnc.org/, and click on the DONATE button on the bottom of the page.  There will be a place to put a note and you can type “5th Sunday” in that space.

“Suppressed” Showing

Unitarian Coastal Fellowship is hosting a virtual viewing and discussion of the film “Suppressed:  The Fight to Vote”  Monday June 8 at 6:30 PM.  Please click HERE for details.

Wednesday, 5/20/20

UCF Online Worship This Sunday: May 24: Memorial Day.  On this Memorial Day weekend, who are the service members and who are the heroes that we remember and we celebrate?  Let us invite their memories and their legacies into our circle. The service will start at 10:30 am.  More than 50 members and friends have been gathering at these services, which are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.  Watch for Zoom login information the UCF Update on Saturday.

Coffee with Board: There will be a Zoom Coffee with the Board of Trustees and the New Building Team this Sunday (May 24) after the Sunday Worship service.  Plan to stay on the Zoom call after the service ends, to review progress on our new home on Bridges Street.  We as a congregation will face some important decisions about this in the near future, so please plan on participating in this important update next week.

Annual Meeting: Our UCF annual business meeting will take place Sunday June 14.  Your Board of Trustees will convene a virtual meeting immediately following our Zoom service.  Members who desire to have an issue included in the agenda should contact Tom Cullison (trcullison@gmail.com) prior to 25 May (next Monday).  Details are in the May newsletter.

Pet Parade Zoom: Pat Harms came up with the idea of a Pet Parade – UCF members and friends introducing their pets and telling their stories.  Next Saturday (May 23) we’re taking the pet parade live on Zoom!  Log on with your animals and show them off (we’ll see who’s camera-shy!)  The fun begins at 2pm!  Look for the Zoom link in Saturday’s UCF Update.

5th Sunday Collection for May:   The Storehouse and The Lighthouse Food Pantries

As is our UCF tradition, whenever there is a 5th Sunday in the month all non-pledge offerings are donated to a charity or cause.  During these uncertain and challenging times with COVID-19, food insecurity and hunger are affecting the most vulnerable people across our country and our community.

Resources in our county’s food banks are stretched due to the historic job disruptions and school closures.  Daryl Walker serves on the Food and Waste Program of Carteret Food and Health Council and identified two food pantries in great need of financial assistance.  These are the Storehouse Food Pantry at 3114 Bridges St. in Morehead City and the Lighthouse Community Church at 2015 Hwy 70 E in Stacy.

If your personal situation allows, please give generously and we will divide the May 31 non-pledge offerings between these two organizations that are literally feeding hundreds of people in our county.  You can contact David Hughes at ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com to arrange an electronic donation or checks can be mailed to Unitarian Coastal Fellowship, P.O. Box 425, Morehead City, NC 28557.  Please note 5th Sunday in the memo line.  If you have a Paypal account, you also can go to the UCF website, https://www.ucfnc.org/ and click on the DONATE button on the bottom of the page.  There will be a place to put a note and you can type “5th Sunday” in that space.  Thank you for your generosity and please contact Barb Thomas and Amy Jones if you have  ideas and suggestions for social action outreach during this time of social distancing.

Unitarian Coastal Fellowship is hosting a virtual viewing and discussion of the film “Suppressed:  The Fight to Vote”  Monday June 8 at 6:30 PM.  Please click HERE for details.

Saturday, 5/16/2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday:  This Sunday, May 17th, our online (Zoom) worship will be Be Gentle With Yourself.  When you first started “sheltering at home,” did you think you might finally get to all those projects / chores / hobbies you’d been putting off?  Some of us are finding we’re not as productive as we thought we might be.  Can we honor the difficult spiritual work we are doing, whether we realize it or not?  And, knowing this, can we be  gentle with ourselves?  The service will start at 10:30 am, these services, are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.  Watch for Zoom login information the UCF Update on Saturday, May 16th.

There will be a Zoom Coffee with the Board of Trustees and the New Building Team on May 24th after the Sunday Worship service.  Plan to stay on the Zoom call after the service ends, and hear about progress and plans for our new church home.

UCF now has a PayPal account. You can access our PayPal account via the “Donate” button on our webpage (ucfnc.org) or at ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com from your PayPal account. While PayPal is not our preferred means for accepting donations due to its 3% fee, it may be more convenient in certain circumstances. Feel free to contact the treasurer, David Hughes, at ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com with any questions.

5th Sunday Collection for May:   The Storehouse and The Lighthouse Food Pantries

As is our UCF tradition, whenever there is a 5th Sunday in the month all non-pledge offerings are donated to a charity or cause.  During these uncertain and challenging times with COVID-19, food insecurity and hunger are affecting the most vulnerable people across our country and our community.

Resources in our county’s food banks are stretched due to the historic job disruptions and school closures.  Daryl Walker serves on the Food and Waste Program of Carteret Food and Health Council and identified two food pantries in great need of financial assistance.  These are the Storehouse Food Pantry at 3114 Bridges St. in Morehead City and the Lighthouse Community Church at 2015 Hwy 70 E in Stacy.

If your personal situation allows, please give generously and we will divide the May 31 non-pledge offerings between these two organizations that are literally feeding hundreds of people in our county.  You can contact David Hughes at ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com to arrange an electronic donation or checks can be mailed to Unitarian Coastal Fellowship, P.O. Box 425, Morehead City, NC 28557.  Please note 5th Sunday in the memo line.  If you have a Paypal account, you also can go to the UCF website, https://www.ucfnc.org/ and click on the DONATE button on the bottom of the page.  There will be a place to put a note and you can type “5th Sunday” in that space.  Thank you for your generosity and please contact Barb Thomas and Amy Jones if you have  ideas and suggestions for social action outreach during this time of social distancing.

Enjoy this beautiful Saturday!  Stay well.

Wednesday, 5/13/2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday:  This Sunday, May 17th, our online (Zoom) worship will be Be Gentle With Yourself.  When you first started “sheltering at home,” did you think you might finally get to all those projects / chores / hobbies you’d been putting off?  Some of us are finding we’re not as productive as we thought we might be.  Can we honor the difficult spiritual work we are doing, whether we realize it or not?  And, knowing this, can we be  gentle with ourselves?  The service will start at 10:30 am, these services, are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.  Watch for Zoom login information the UCF Update on Saturday, May 16th.

There will be a Zoom Coffee with the Board of Trustees and the New Building Team on May 24th after the Sunday Worship service.  Plan to stay on the Zoom call after the service ends, and hear about progress and plans for our new church home.

On Monday, June 8th at 6:30 PM, the Social Action Committee and the Adult Religious Education Committee will be holding a Zoom showing of the movie “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote”.  This 38 minute film was produced by Brave New Films and depicts the voter suppression that occurred in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race.  After the film, a representative from Democracy NC will talk to us about efforts to suppress the vote in NC and what we can do about them, followed by a discussion.  All are welcome to attend. Please email Amy Jones (amjones0912@gmail.com) or Barb Thomas (bsthomas2@gmail.com) if you plan to attend so we will have a rough idea of how many to expect.  We will send out the Zoom link closer to the event.  Please feel free to share this information with members of the community and ask them to email us if they would like to attend.

5th Sunday Collection for May:

The Storehouse and The Lighthouse Food Pantries

As is our UCF tradition, whenever there is a 5th Sunday in the month all non-pledge offerings are donated to a charity or cause.  During these uncertain and challenging times with COVID-19, food insecurity and hunger are affecting the most vulnerable people across our country and our community.

Resources in our county’s food banks are stretched due to the historic job disruptions and school closures.  Daryl Walker serves on the Food and Waste Program of Carteret Food and Health Council and identified two food pantries in great need of financial assistance.  These are the Storehouse Food Pantry at 3114 Bridges St. in Morehead City and the Lighthouse Community Church at 2015 Hwy 70 E in Stacy.

If your personal situation allows, please give generously and we will divide the May 31 non-pledge offerings between these two organizations that are literally feeding hundreds of people in our county.  You can contact David Hughes at ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com to arrange an electronic donation or checks can be mailed to Unitarian Coastal Fellowship, P.O. Box 425, Morehead City, NC 28557.  Please note 5th Sunday in the memo line.  If you have a Paypal account, you also can go to the UCF website, https://www.ucfnc.org/ and click on the DONATE button on the bottom of the page.  There will be a place to put a note and you can type “5th Sunday” in that space.  Thank you for your generosity and please contact Barb Thomas and Amy Jones if you have  ideas and suggestions for social action outreach during this time of social distancing.

 

I hope you are having a good day.  Take care and stay well.


UCF Online Worship This Sunday:
 This Sunday, May 10th, our online (Zoom) worship will be Mothering.  Perhaps you have had or been a surrogate mother or teacher?  Or there was someone who had listened to or guided you along your life’s journey?  We have all been mothered sometime by someone, and we may have mothered others.  Our message will be in several voices as  members of the Worship Committee bring us together to reflect on stories of mothering we have done and/or having been mothered by others, and of how our views of mothering have changed over our life spans.  Together we will explore these ideas and hope to inspire in you reflections of mothers and mothering.  The service will start at 10:30 am.  Nearly 50 members and friends have been gathering at these services, which are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.Saturday, 5/9/2030

Postcard Project for Social Action

The Social Action Committee is participating in a project of the Center for Common Ground called the “Reclaim our Vote Project.” It is an effort to contact people who have been taken off the voter rolls for various reasons and let them know that they need to re-register before the next election.  Please watch this 7 minute video about the project:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3Z9AYeKQPg .

 If you are would be willing to fill out 20 postcards for this project, please let Barb Thomas (bsthomas2@gmail.com) or Amy Jones (amjones0912@gmail.com) know by Sunday, 5/10.  If you decide to participate, you will receive a “kit” with all the materials you will need, including the stamps and the markers.

 

Wednesday, 5/6/2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday:  This Sunday, May 10th, our online (Zoom) worship will be Mothering.  Perhaps you have had or been a surrogate mother or teacher?  Or there was someone who had listened to or guided you along your life’s journey?  We have all been mothered sometime by someone, and we may have mothered others.  Our message will be in several voices as  members of the Worship Committee bring us together to reflect on stories of mothering we have done and/or having been mothered by others, and of how our views of mothering have changed over our life spans.  Together we will explore these ideas and hope to inspire in you reflections of mothers and mothering.  The service will start at 10:30 am, these services, are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.  Watch for Zoom login information the UCF Update on Saturday, May 9th.

 Postcard Project for Social Action

The Social Action Committee is participating in a project of the Center for Common Ground called the “Reclaim our Vote Project.” It is an effort to contact people who have been taken off the voter rolls for various reasons and let them know that they need to re-register before the next election.  Please watch this 7 minute video about the project:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3Z9AYeKQPg .

 If you are would be willing to fill out 20 postcards for this project, please let Barb Thomas (bsthomas2@gmail.com) or Amy Jones (amjones0912@gmail.com) know by Sunday, 5/10.  If you decide to participate, you will receive a “kit” with all the materials you will need, including the stamps and the markers.

Update on 2900 Bridges St. from the New Building Team

We will have an update from the NBT later in this month.  The New Building Team has been working very hard on this project.

Take care and stay well!

 

Saturday, 5/2/2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday:  This Sunday our online (Zoom) worship will be “Paddling As Fast As I Can: The Parable of the Duck.”  Even in this time of corona virus, many of us present a calm appearance to the world.  But like the duck, gliding smoothly over the water, it may feel like under the surface we are paddling as fast as we can just to stay afloat.  For a time this morning, let’s honor both the outer and the inner truths, and let us share spiritual practices that might help us foster serenity.  The service will start at 10:30 am.  Nearly 50 members and friends have been gathering at these services, which are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.  The link to the online service was sent out in a congregational email.  If you didn’t get it, call or email Rev. Sally at 252-622-1978 or sb.white@earthlink.net.

5th Sunday Collection for May:   The Storehouse and The Lighthouse Food Pantries

As is our UCF tradition, whenever there is a 5th Sunday in the month all non-pledge offerings are donated to a charity or cause.  During these uncertain and challenging times with COVID-19, food insecurity and hunger are affecting the most vulnerable people across our country and our community.

Resources in our county’s food banks are stretched due to the historic job disruptions and school closures.  Daryl Walker serves on the Food and Waste Program of Carteret Food and Health Council and identified two food pantries in great need of financial assistance.  These are the Storehouse Food Pantry at 3114 Bridges St. in Morehead City and the Lighthouse Community Church at 2015 Hwy 70 E in Stacy.

If your personal situation allows, please give generously and we will divide the May 31 non-pledge offerings between these two organizations that are literally feeding hundreds of people in our county.  You can contact David Hughes at ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com to arrange an electronic donation or checks can be mailed to Unitarian Coastal Fellowship, P.O. Box 425, Morehead City, NC 28557.  Please note 5th Sunday in the memo line.

Thank you for your generosity and please contact Barb Thomas and Amy Jones if you have ideas and suggestions for social action outreach during this time of social distancing.

Wednesday, 4/29/2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday:  This Sunday our online (Zoom) worship will be “Paddling As Fast As I Can: The Parable of the Duck.”  Even in this time of corona virus, many of us present a calm appearance to the world.  But like the duck, gliding smoothly over the water, it may feel like under the surface we are paddling as fast as we can just to stay afloat.  For a time this morning, let’s honor both the outer and the inner truths, and let us share spiritual practices that might help us foster serenity.  The service will start at 10:30 am.  Nearly 50 members and friends have been gathering at these services, which are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.  Watch for Zoom login information the UCF Update on Saturday, May 1.

Annual Meeting:  Our UCF annual business meeting will take place the second week in June.

The meeting is normally held in the sanctuary following the Sunday service, however.it is highly unlikely we will be able to meet in person.  Your Board of Trustees plans to convene a virtual meeting to include election of officers, budget presentation, committee and officer reports, and consideration of a Bylaws change.  Voting will be by secret ballot, as required in our Bylaws.  An agenda call was published in late March.  Members who desire to have an issue included in the agenda should contact Tom Cullison (trcullison@gmail.com) prior to 25 May.

 If you have a pledge     payment or an offering to make, please contact treasurer David Hughes at ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com to arrange for electronic payment, or write a check to UCF, and mail it to our secure post office box: P.O. Box 425, Morehead City, NC, 28557.  If you are sending contributions for both the Capital and annual pledge, please use separate checks. It is difficult to split a single check between two accounts.

Saturday, 4/25/2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday:  This Sunday our online (Zoom) worship will be “Poetry of Our People.”  Members and friends of UCF will share poetry they have written.  The service will start at 10:30 am.  You can log in any time after 10:00.

Nearly 50 members and friends have been gathering at these services, which are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.

The link to the online service was sent out in a congregational email.  If you didn’t get it, call or email Rev. Sally at 252-622-1978 or sb.white@earthlink.net.

   Newsletter deadline is THIS SUNDAY APRIL 26.  Send your information to ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com by 6pm on Sunday.

Your pledge payments and offerings:  If you have a pledge payment or an offering to make, please contact treasurer David Hughes at ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com to arrange for electronic payment, or write a check to UCF, and mail it to our secure post office box: P.O. Box 425, Morehead City, NC, 28557

 

Wednesday, 4/22/2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday:  On this Sunday before Earth Day, our online (Zoom) worship will be “Poetry of Our People.”  The service will start at 10:30 am.  Nearly 50 members and friends have been gathering at these services, which are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.  Watch for Zoom login information the UCF Update on Saturday, April 25.

A reminder about new UCF emails:  Rev. Sally’s new email at church is ucfministernew@gmail.com.  If you want to reach Rev. Sally quickly, please use her home email (sb.white@earthlink.net), or call or text her on her cell phone (252-622-1978).  To reach David Hughes, Treasurer, email ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com. For Vicki Barrett, Secretary, use vlbarrett142@gmail.com.  Please continue to use ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com for all Newsletter related items!

Newsletter deadline is THIS SUNDAY APRIL 26.  Send your information to ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com by 6pm on Sunday.

 Your pledge payments and offerings:  If you have a pledge payment or an offering to make, please contact treasurer David Hughes at ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com to arrange for electronic payment, or write a check to UCF, and mail it to our secure post office box: P.O. Box 425, Morehead City, NC, 28557

 Carteret County Food Resources:  If you and/or someone you know is in need of food during the COVID-19 pandemic, local Carteret County food resources are listed in the attached flyer.  Please share this information widely through your contacts.

Children and Youth Zoom MeetingSaturday the 25th at 10:00 a.m..  I will be offering a Zoom Meeting for all children and youth to catch up with each other, share what they have been doing and just visit.

It will ask for a password which is in yellow below in order to access the meeting.

You must download zoom meeting in order to get in.  If you need help logging in please let me know.

Sarah

Topic: UCF youth zoom

Time: Apr 25, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 898 7788 5279

Password: 791039

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday:  On this Sunday before Earth Day, our online worship is called “For the Earth Forever Turning.”  The service will start at 10:30 am.  The service will be short, and accessible through Zoom, an online videoconferencing program.  To join the service, you will need to download Zoom onto your computer, tablet, or smart phone.  If your device has a camera in it, you will be able to hear, see, and join the conversation that will be part of the service.

We know that there have been security problems with Zoom.  These are rare, and they affect the meeting, but not your device.  To maximize our security, we have downloaded the most recent security patches, we are inviting only UCF members and friends, and we will not record the service.

If you are already a Zoom user, please join the meeting around 10:20 for a sound check and a chance to say hello before the service begins.

If you’ve never used Zoom before, we recommend that you download Zoom onto your device before Sunday morning (downloads are free, and are available at https://zoom.us/download ).  There’s a quick, clear YouTube tutorial on how to join a meeting at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIkCmbvAHQQ.  If you have questions about how this works on your device, Marilynn Cullison will be happy to help!  Just call her at 808-222-4986.

On Sunday morning, join the meeting just after 10:00.  Together, we can make sure your audio and video are working.  If you are joining by phone – land line or cell phone – dial in using one of the listed numbers (below).  In this case, your experience will be like being on a conference call.  You will be able to hear, and be heard, but you will not be able to see the service.

 You may get clearer sound if you use earbuds or headphones.

If you would like information about how to attend, email Rev. Sally White at sb.white@earthlink.net

New UCF emails:  UCF’s email provider, GoDaddy, has dropped our free email accounts.  You may have noticed that messages to the familiar ucfminister email address have been bouncing.

Rev. Sally’s new email at church is ucfministernew@gmail.com  She only checks that email at church, and for the time being, she is only doing that a couple of times a week. If you want to reach Rev. Sally quickly, please use her home email (sb.white@earthlink.net ), or call or text her on her cell phone (252-622-1978).  David Hughes, Treasurer – ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com is the new email address.   Vicki Barrett, Secretary –  vlbarrett142@gmail.com .  Please continue to use ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com for all Newsletter related items!

 

Will you share your poetry?  Our online worship service on April 26 will feature poets in our congregation.  If you have a poem that you have written and that you are willing to read as part of the April 26 worship service, please email Rev. Sally at sb.white@earthlink.net, and include a copy of the poem.

 URGENT HELP NEEDED

The Food and Waste Recovery Program of Carteret Food and Health Council alerted us to the urgent needs of Carteret County Food Pantries.  If your personal situation allows you to assist these food pantries, please consider donating any packaged/canned foods or making cash donations which are preferred.

Martha’s Mission

901 Bay Street, Morehead City

10:30-3:00 Mon., Wed., Fri.

252.726.1717

 Online donations at https://marthasmission.com

Checks can be mailed to:

Martha’s Mission

c/o Ginger Wade

901 Bay St.

Morehead City, NC  28557

ACTS Food Pantry

450 Hwy 70, Bettie

11:00-1:00 Thursday

252.241.7642

Checks can be mailed to:

Woodville Baptist Church

c/o ACTS Food Pantry

450 US 70

Beaufort, NC 28516

The Storehouse Pantry

3114 Bridges St., Morehead City

11:00-3:00 Monday-Friday and weekends by appointment

443.956.4633

Checks can be mailed to:

Storehouse Pantry

c/o Ms. Delicia

P.O. Box 1793

Morehead City, NC 28557

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

UCF Updates are emailed and posted each Wednesday morning and occasional Saturdays to keep us all current on our Fellowship’s activities and schedule.  Posts should be limited to information regarding congregational issues.  This is not intended as a forum for personal statements or commentary on social, economic or political events.  Submit posts to Vicki Barrett at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com before 9am on Tuesdays.

UCF Online Worship This Sunday: Just in time for Easter, Rev. Sally and Music Director Tom Cullison are planning an online worship service for this Sunday morning (April 12).  The service will be short, interactive, and accessible through Zoom, an online videoconferencing program.  To join the service, you will need to download Zoom onto your computer, tablet, or smartphone (downloads are free, and are available at https://zoom.us/download ).  If your device has a camera in it, you will be able to hear, see, and join the conversation that will be part of the service.  More details about Sunday’s service, (including log-in information and a pre-service practice session on using Zoom) will be included in the UCF Update on Saturday, April 11.

Meditation:  The Meditation Group is not getting together physically to meditate, however, we continue to meditate “together”.  Anyone who is available and wishes to meditate “together” do so at 6:30 PM Monday evenings and 9:00 AM Wednesday mornings.  We join each other on the astral plane (The astral plane is often described as an intermediate world of light between “heaven and earth”.)    All who would like to join are welcome.

            Meditation is a practice of aligning your mind, body and spirit by going deep within.  It helps to improve brain function and also helps to bring you back to being heart centered.  There is a very nice web site/APP called Insight Timer that some of us use.  It has lots of options for meditation.

            If you have any questions contact Vicki Barrett at vlbarrett142@gmail.com.

 Your pledge: Please send your monthly pledge or weekly contribution in by mail to the church (1300 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC 28557).  Although we are not having services or meetings in the building, we still do have bills to pay and a payroll to make.

 

Wednesday, March 31, 2020

Sunday Services:  Sunday services will not be held until national, state and local leaders announce that groups of 50 are more allowed to meet.   Your Board of Trustees, Minister and Worship Committee will then make a decision regarding our Fellowship’s meetings and services, keeping in mind the increased risk that age and medical condition confers upon many of our members and friends.

 

Saturday, March 28, 2020:

Sunday Services:  This week’s service and children’s worship, March 29th, are cancelled.  Subsequent Sunday services will not be held until national, state and local leaders announce that groups of 50 are more allowed to meet.   Your Board of Trustees and Minister will then make a decision regarding our Fellowship’s meetings and services, keeping in mind the increased risk that age and medical condition confers upon many of our members and friends.

In the meantime, we will actively meet on Zoom, by email and through phone calls with each other.  We will continue to support each other through this difficult period.

Annual Meeting Agenda Call:

This year’s annual congregational meeting is scheduled for June 14.  Further information will be forthcoming on how this year’s meeting will be conducted as the time draws closer.

The agenda call is to be issued by the end of March.  Due to interruptions from     COVID-19 the Board of Trustees is issuing this year’s agenda call through as many methods of communication as possible to include on the final agenda any business individual members may wish to have addressed at the Annual Business Meeting.  To be included items must be received by the UCF Secretary Vicki Barrett (ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com) by June 1.

            The annual meeting is an important milestone in our Fellowship’s annual calendar.  We receive reports from Trustees and committees, adopt a budget for the following church year, elect officers, update bylaws, and transact other business important to the life of our congregation.  Active participation of all members is always important, particularly this year with the new building, interruption in our services from social isolation and the impact on our nation’s economy.  A quorum is required for voting.

            It is important everyone’s thoughts be shared regarding our future.

Tom Cullison

President, Board of Trustees 

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020:

This is the first in a series of weekly emails to be posted each Wednesday morning and occasional Saturdays to keep us all current on our Fellowship’s activities and schedule.  Posts should be limited to information regarding congregational issues.  This is not intended as a forum for personal statements or commentary on social, economic or political events.  Submit posts to Vicki Barrett at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com before 9am on Tuesdays.

Website updates: Website gurus Barb Thomas and Hilary Schultz have created a new page on the UCF website to keep all the information you need to know about UCF in this time of the Corona Virus in one place.  The “portal page” is at https://www.ucfnc.org/ucf-ministry-in-the-time-of-the-corona-virus/.  There, you will find a link to information on services, cancellations, and how we are communicating.  The information there includes Updates (the all-congregation emails we have sent out), as well as UCF Community and Connections, and links to useful information.  On the portal page, you will also find a link to “Rev. Sally’s Reflections”. From time to time, I will post a poem or a short message that I hope might bring you hope, comfort, inspiration or courage in these difficult days.  Tuesday’s reflection is a poem we used as the benediction in the (small) service at UCF on March 15.  You can read it at https://www.ucfnc.org/reflections-from-rev-sally/.

Zoom: UCF now has a Zoom account, which allows two or more (up to 100) people to meet in a video conference, using computers, tablets, or phones.  Zoom makes it possible to hold a committee meeting, a consultation, or to connect with a friend or a group of friends without leaving home.  If you would like to schedule a Zoom meeting or a chat with a UCF friend, just contact Rev. Sally at sb.white@earthlink.net or 252-622-1978.  If you’re interested but you’ve never used Zoom, Rev. Sally will be glad to help you get started.

Your pledge: Please send your monthly pledge or weekly contribution in by mail to the church (1300 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC 28557).  Although we are not having services or meetings in the building, we still do have bills to pay and a payroll to make.

Friday, March 20, 2020:

Dear UCF Members and Friends,

We have enough stress in our lives right now, and so the Finance Committee has decided to hold off on continuing the current Annual Pledge Drive until we get past this health emergency.  If you have not committed your pledge yet, or find, due to current financial conditions, that you will not be able to meet the pledge that you have made, do not hesitate to put your and your family’s needs first.  Let us know, when you can, what you intend to do, so that we can adjust the budget accordingly.  We would usually try to create a proposed balanced budget in April for the coming year, however this year may be the exception to the schedule, and we will be flexible and understanding of the situation we are all finding ourselves in.

If you are able to continue your support, please send your monthly pledge or weekly contribution in by mail to the church, since we may not be having services, and unfortunately we still do have bills to pay and a payroll to make.  Many people have their bank make payments for them and have the money automatically deducted monthly.  The banks mail the check directly to UCF and it is usually a free service.

However you support us, we certainly appreciate it.  We are in this together, we will get through this, and soon we will all be together again in our beloved space.

Stay healthy,

Finance Committee: Dave Hughes, Jo Ellen Essex, Lauren Donnachie, Mary Anna Newman, Sally Davis, Scott Travers, and Rev. Sally White

 

Thursday, March 19, 2020:

The UCF Board of Trustees yesterday voted to pause construction plans for our new sanctuary at 2900 Bridges Street in this time of uncertainty from the COVID-19 epidemic.  The Sunday School Building (annex) is nearly complete and should be available for our use in the near future.

The New Building Team will continue discussions with building contractors in anticipation of resuming the process of sanctuary demolition and construction after the crisis resolves. No commitments will be made until after things stabilize.  This incredible group has brought us part of the way to our new home.  We expect to continue the journey when it is prudent to do so.

Tom Cullison, President, Board of Trustees

Sunday, March 15, 2020:

Dear UCF members and friends,

Because of the health risks posed by COVID-19, the UCF Board has decided to cancel worship services and Children’s Religious Education classes for the next two weeks (March 22 and 29).  In making this difficult decision the Board considered the advice of the UUA, NC Governor Roy Cooper, and US public health officials; and sought input from Worship Committee chair Martha Naset, RE Administrator Sarah Sutherland, and members and friends of the congregation.  The Board will monitor the situation and reassess the situation in two weeks.

Committees will make decisions about holding meetings, classes, programs and other activities on a case-by-case basis.  Please check with Committee chairs or event organizers in advance to see whether your event is happening.  The Meditation Group and Meditation class scheduled for Monday March 16 are cancelled.  The Open House at 2900 Bridges Street, scheduled for March 29, is cancelled. If your group decides to meet in the church building, please use disinfectant wipes to clean tables, door handles, light switches, etc. before and after your meeting.

If you would like to participate in online UU worship, the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), a UU congregation that operates largely online, offers an interactive, real-time video worship service every Sunday evening at 8pm Eastern Time.  To participate on your computer, you will need to download the Zoom app.  Visit the CLF website at https://www.questformeaning.org/worship/ for information and links to download Zoom.

So that we may stay in touch without touching, we will rely heavily on virtual interactions: email, telephone calls, and possibly small meetings.  We may be able to use Zoom for meetings and other virtual gatherings.  We will mobilize Care Circles, the Pastoral Care Team, the UCF website and Facebook page, the UCF Exchange, an email round robin, and other resources as we learn and as we reinvent UCF’s ministry in this time of the corona virus.

Stay tuned for more information. Stay safe.  Stay well.

Blessings,

Rev. Sally and the UCF Board of Trustees: Tom Cullison, Melva Kearney, Vicki Barrett, David Hughes, and Susan Fetzer