It's great news that cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations, in general, are falling in North Carolina, and it's encouraging to see that some universities are managing to educate students while keeping outbreaks at a minimum (bravo Duke!). And as we learn more each day about this disease, it's clear that we need to remain vigilant and continue to "wash, wear, and wait six feet apart" until an effective vaccine becomes widely available. 

Phased Reopening Documents

pdfOverview of Phased Reopening Plans - Sept. 2020

pdfSpecial Policy - ERUUF Board Delegation to Ministry and Process for Establishing Operating Procedures

pdfERUUF Health Self-Screen Form

 

Staying Connected at ERUUF

And so at ERUUF we're also doing everything we can to help our members stay connected. We have lots of online offerings, from Sunday Religious Education for children and youth at various times, worship for everyone at 10:30, and lots of groups and classes seven days a week. Our Care Team is hosting Caring Conversations during the day and evening in October. Our Covenant Groups and Chalice Circles have 175 people currently signed up. Reach out to immediately if you'd like to be part of this. A group meets to stand on Garrett Rd. Saturdays at 5:00 pm with masks and social distancing to share ERUUF's commitment to racial equity and inclusion, and that we believe that Black Lives Matter. And our Justice leaders will host a meeting at 12:30 pm on Sunday, October 4 to share information about various actions each of us can take to make a difference, with a special focus that day on voting rights.

Campus Meeting Guidelines

Earlier this month we were happy to be able to welcome ERUUF groups to meet on campus. In order to keep each other as safe as possible, group leaders must reserve space in advance and share Rules of Use with their group members. Rules of Use can be found within these Guidelines for ERUUF Phased Reopening During COVID-19 here. This is also where you can find the Health Self-Screen Form that all participants must sign upon arrival. A recording of the September 9 Group Leaders meeting where we talked through all of this can be found here

Staying Connected with You

This fall several of our ministry teams will work together to reach out to each of our households. We want to hear how you're doing and if there's anything we can offer in terms of programs or services to support you in this time, help you stay involved, etc. We love to hear from you anytime actually, and you can always send us an email or give any staff, ministers, or group leaders a call if you'd like to talk about anything.

Early Voting at ERUUF 

And finally, we want to make sure you know that from October 15 through 31, ERUUF's Fellowship Hall will be an early voting site for the Durham County Board of Elections. County officials are planning for a carefully managed, socially distanced, "sanitizer everywhere" space with excellent fresh air ventilation. In 2016 ERUUF was the 2nd busiest early voting site in Durham (18,281 people voted here that fall) and we're pretty sure it's going to be busy this year as well. This is just one way that even though we're not meeting in large groups, we're able to offer our campus to support the democratic process, which is so much a part of who we are and how we act when we're together.

The ministers, staff, and lay leaders hope you are well. We're here and look forward to connecting with you this fall.

Blessings,

Deborah