ENEWS: May 15, 2020

UUCHSunday Virtual Worship Service – May 17

May Theme:  Thresholds

Sermon:  Building a New Way

A poem we have often used during our worship service, written by Micky ScottBey Jones, claims that we need to focus on creating brave space together, because there is no such thing as “safe space.”  What is “safe enough” space?  This morning we begin to explore the changes UUCH may need to make and when to make them, as we move forward as beloved community.

Note:  If you have a Facebook account, you can watch the service in community with others by going to the UUCH Facebook page at 10:30 am on Sunday. The video is easily found from UUCHNC.org and clicking on the FB icon. If you don’t have a FB account, the link to the recording will be available on YouTube. The link will be sent out Sunday morning at around 10:25 as a special ENEWS along with the Order of Service. Join us for a Virtual Coffee Hour immediately following the service at approximately 11:00 am. The link to the Virtual Coffee Hour will be included in the Sunday morning ENEWS or find it in the FB chat during the service.

Other Announcements

Memorial Weekend Camping Trip Cancelled:  The UUCH Memorial weekend camping trip and May 24 church potluck is cancelled due to the N.C. stay at home order.

Our Share the Plate for May is the Orange Congregations in Mission (OCIM), one of UUCH’s community partners.

The mission of OCIM is to minister to the urgent needs of citizens of Northern Orange County through the volunteer efforts and financial contributions of diverse congregations and individuals, and to enhance self-sufficiency and awareness of other community resources.  OCIM has been an important part of our community for almost 40 years, organizing the Meals on Wheels Program and managing the on-site food pantry.  Their services help people needing the very basics of life, including food, shelter, water, electricity, and clothing.  You can find more information about OCIM through their website: www.ocimnc.org.

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has made this a critical time for OCIM, with many Orange County residents out of work and children at home.  Recently OCIM has needed to purchase basics such as soup, fruit and beans to meet demand.  During this time when we’re not meeting in our building as a faith community, we encourage you to support OCIM by dropping canned food off directly at their door, 300 Millstone Drive, Hillsborough.  We also encourage you to make a one time donation for the month of May through the UUCH website.  Please designate your donation as “share-the-plate.”  Thank you for your generosity!

UU the Vote is offering an online session to learn about the effort and enlist help. Register here to learn more and sign up

The session will include music and centering as UUs engage in social justice as spiritual practice.

New Group for People Living Alone 

People living alone are in a unique circumstance in this stay at home situation.  If you are interested in gathering socially with other people living alone at this time of social distancing, contact Lorri Drozdyk at lorripeacetoyou@gmail.com.

Interested people can connect and decide how we want to interact socially and support each other at this time. One possibility is to meet in person at a park or some other outside location while practicing good social distancing (6 feet minimum, bring your own chair, etc).


Covering COVID-19, and the coming weeks:

Your support and understanding is greatly appreciated as we navigate this situation.  Your / our health and well-being are of primary concern, and we want to reiterate the recommended key actions from the CDC that will help limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth, and nose.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Put about six feet of distance between yourself and other people, if you need to be out.
  • Stay home!  The best way to minimize the overloads at hospitals and clinics is to stay at home and avoid physical contact with others.
  • Wear a mask when in the presence of others / outside the home.

Need a mask?

Please use this simple form to enter your information, and one of the mask-making brigade (including several of our congregants!) will be in touch.  Well.  Not *literally* in touch, but you know what we mean 🙂