1300 Evans St. | Morehead City, NC 28557 | 252-240-2283 | ucfminister@ucfnc.org

UCF Ministry in the Time of the Corona Virus

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UCF Updates:

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