This past Monday the Sanctuary was prepared for construction for the new AV project. Lifts are in place, the piano and banners have been stored, and the floor is covered. In light of this, during construction, for as long as covid conditions safely allow, we invite anyone who wishes to attend the service to gather in the Fellowship Hall at 11:00 am to watch the live stream.  

We’re offering this in-person worship option in support of the people who've told us how much they really need to be at ERUUF with fellow members. Based on other congregations' experience and extremely low attendance so far at ERUUF, we're not expecting large crowds, which is good because there is no possible overflow seating. This will be the case on Aug. 29, Sept. 5, Sept 12, and possibly Sept. 19 (again, for as long as covid conditions allow us to gather in person).  

See the latest covid phased reopening policy pdfhere.  

Masks (available if anyone needs one) and social distancing are required. Singing will be possible, softly. Masks must be worn at all times, including while singing. A Greeter will light the Fellowship Hall chalice when the time comes in the service. There will be no Coffee Hour.  

Also, in accord with NC DHHS guidance for congregations, our safety policies now require that all ministers, staff, and volunteers who interact and have contact with the congregation (Sunday morning volunteers, RE teachers) show proof of vaccination or a negative covid test no more than 48 hours before Sunday morning.  

Contact a minister or staff member if you wonder if this applies to you. If it does, you’re asked to photograph your vaccination card and email it to the minister or staff member who supports your program.  Alternately, you may forward your negative covid test result no more than 48 hours before Sunday. You can take a quick test, but it can take time to get an appointment so be sure to plan ahead. The state of NC website has helpful information about finding a testing site https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/about-covid-19/testing/find-my-testing-place. Individual’s personal information will be securely and confidentially kept by our Administrator, and carefully cross-shredded when no longer needed. 

We’re grateful to our team of health care professionals who review our safety policies and share their expertise. Watch the ERUUF website and weekly e-news for the latest updates. Covid conditions seem likely to be in fluctuation for some time to come. If conditions worsen, we’ll have to tighten our safety restrictions. And we’ll certainly relax them as soon as it’s safely possible when conditions improve.