ERUUF COVID-19 Updates
- Published: Mar 20, 2020 Mar 20, 2020
At ERUUF we are committed to following Durham's Stay at Home order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (in effect until April 30).
We have moved to online only worship. On Sunday morning join us at 9:00 for the live stream service; the recording will be posted by 11 am. On our home page scroll down to Online Together.
On Wednesday evening join us by Zoom for a Wednesday Evening Vespers Service at 7pm. This will be a shorter, more informal service led remotely by Revs. Cayer and Brett, and will include recorded music, readings, stories, spoken and silent meditation, or prayer.
ERUUF lay leaders are in the process of moving their small groups, classes, and meetings online using programs such as Google Hangouts or Zoom.
Last week we moved our worship and meetings online, and we’re in the process of supporting leaders as they move their groups and classes online.
Several of our children’s classes and groups met last weekend via Google Hangouts, or homeschool type lessons for children to work on with their families. Our adult Coming of Age class met in Hangouts as well. Amazingly, Eno River Singers and Beloved Community Chorus have been meeting and singing together online!
In the coming weeks we plan to live stream Sunday worship services at 9:00 am.
We are committed to limiting the number of people in the Sanctuary to state mandated levels (this week it’s 10 people who may gather at safe distances). We’ll be 6 or however many feet apart are mandated at the time. If anything (such as a mandatory quarantine) necessitates a change, we’ll switch services over to Zoom (which allows us to lead from separate locations).
We also plan to offer a simple Wednesday evening Vespers service at 7:00 pm using Zoom
(If you are unable to access the Zoom website, you may dial in at 301-715-8592, Meeting ID: 677 260 396.)
Our Pastoral Care Team is organizing regular phone calls to members. Ministry team and small group leaders are also being encouraged to set up regular communication among their groups while we’re apart. Reach out to any of the senior staff if you’d like to make or receive a call. And if you want to talk to someone now, contact any of the ministers and one of us will get back to you asap.
See “Meet Up With a Minister” for opportunities for small group conversations.
We’re in the middle of our Annual Pledge Drive, and our Co-Chairs, Rose Auman and Michael Field know that connecting with each other and loved ones is everyone’s primary job right now. Read an inspiring message from them in E-news.
Thankfully, it appears at this time that help from the federal government will be coming to those most affected. Even so, if you also discover that you unexpectedly are in need of supplemental financial assistance, contact one of the ministers and we may be able to help with funds from the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. We give to this fund when we’re able, and when any of us are in need this is exactly what it’s for. If your circumstances are fortunate and you would find solace in giving, see ERUUF’s giving page for ways to do that, including to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund which helps our members in need.
We’re in the process of finding information about the needs of local community organizations that are working with our most vulnerable fellow citizens. Here are a few examples of how to help with immediate needs:
The Durham Public Schools Foundation has an urgent need for volunteer drivers to deliver prepared meals to several hundred families this weekend. Link to volunteer.
Volunteers are needed at the Food Bank Durham Branch as elsewhere. Register to volunteer.
The School for Conversion (not the scary one, a reputable local group) is pairing young volunteers in Durham with elderly folks. Young people can sign up here.
Durham locals are setting up block-by-block mutual aid networks throughout Durham. Visit the Facebook group if you're interested in taking part and look at this Google Spreadsheet of local resources.
Daily Operations and More
Staff are working remotely, and only come to the office as needed (bill payments, check processing, worship). Campus buildings are closed and they’re in the process of receiving a deeper cleaning. While we’re closed the Durham police department will perform a drive through check-in daily.
On a bright note, our gardening team has been able to be on campus, since they work outside far apart in separate areas. It’s rejuvenating to get your hands into the earth, and we’re grateful for their efforts.