Important Announcement from UUCSR: In-Person Services Cancelled in March and Strategies To Stay Connected
Over these last few days, UUCSR staff and leadership have been responding to the rapidly shifting situation, making adjustments and plans to keep you and our community both safe and connected. Your ministers and Board of Trustees believe that UUCSR must do its part to minimize the number of interactions that cause the opportunity for COVID-19 to spread. In order to do our part to slow the spread of this virus and keep our healthcare system from being overwhelmed, here are some measures we have decided to take:
UUCSR’s Plans for Worship, Programs, and Services
The following plans have been unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees. They may change at any time. The Board, Ministers, and Lay Chaplains will be constantly reassessing the situation, and will update the congregation as the situation changes.
Worship: In-person worship services and post-service activities are suspended through the end of March; we will do our best to make services available online. This is a work in progress. Please stay tuned for more information on how you can participate in services. We will re-evaluate this at the end of March.
Religious Education: Religious Education will be offered in an on-line format. Jen Freese will be in touch with RE families and teachers about these plans.
Meetings and Groups: Unless absolutely necessary, conduct UUCSR business via email OR choose to meet online. Only committees that are essential to the functioning of the congregation will be allowed to use the building for meetings. The Stewardship Team, Finance Committee, The Board of Trustees, The Lay Chaplains and The Ops Team have permission to meet at UUCSR. If you have any questions about needing access to the building, please call Dawn Silveira at 568-5381 Ext 106 FIRST.
Staff: We are encouraging staff to work as they see fit from home or UUCSR. Our staff will continue to be paid in March.
Renters: The Glaser Center will be closed through the end of March.
Neighborhood Groups: Group leaders will be contacted regarding scheduling their meetings.
Pastoral Care Connections Rev. Dara, Rev. Bonnie, and the Lay Chaplains are all available for you. Because some may feel isolated, we may need some help from those who can make visits, deliver supplies, make a phone call, assist with technology, and help those who may not be going out at this time. If you have decided to, or are ordered to self-quarantine and need any food or other supplies while staying home, please let us know. If you are ill, have tested positive for Covid-19, and/or have been hospitalized, we hope you will let us know. We want to support you. For support, you may reach out to:
Communication: We will use all of the channels at our disposal, including email distribution lists, the website, Facebook group and member database to get the word out about this developing situation. If you are aware of anyone who fails to receive our communications, please share what you know and, if possible, provide contact info to Dawn Silveira to be included in future messages.
The ministers and some of the worship associates are looking into other ways to connect – including online story times, group meditations, group check-ins, and more. We will keep you updated as these plans take shape.
As always, please let us know how we may be of assistance, and what questions you may have.
This is a beloved community, and we are all in this together – let’s take care of one another with kindness, love, and comfort.
Rev. Bonnie Dlott, Sabbatical Minister
Rev. Dara Olandt, Assistant Minister
Jen Freese, Director of Religious Education
Dawn Silveira, Administrative Manager
UUCSR Board of Trustees, Natalie Brundred, President
Good morning UUCSR Community!