With so many things changing, we’ve decided to capture all of UUCPA’s information and policies related to COVID-19 on this single page. Can’t find the answers you are looking for? Please email your question to ministers@uucpa.org.

General Questions

Sunday Services

Children and Youth

Classes and Groups

General

Is the office open?

For the sake of everyone’s health and safety, the office is closed for the foreseeable future.  We are checking emails while we are out of the office, so feel free to email us with any questions or requests at uucpa@uucpa.org.

Should I come to church?

No, you should not come to UUCPA unless you are volunteering with Heart & Home. In-person indoor events, including services, are canceled. We will put the service out via Zoom as planned, at 9:30 and 11. Note that the gardening group will continue to weed (at least 6 feet apart) on Thursdays.

Sunday Services

Will we have Sunday Services?

Yes, but not in-person. For the time being, the services are available only online or by phone. There will be no in-person attendance in the Main Hall.

Can I access Sunday’s Services remotely?

Yes! The services are available via Zoom video meeting(s) and by live stream broadcast on our Facebook page. The services do not require an account on either website.

Where is the Order of Service?

Orders of service are published along with each week’s service description. Check the This Sunday page to get the link.

How do I access the services remotely?

Via Zoom meeting. There will be two separate Zoom meetings, one for each service.

IMPORTANT NOTE: UUCPA’s Zoom video conferences each require a unique password.  The passwords will not be published on uucpa.org or social media to minimize our chances of getting hacked.  Passwords will only be sent via email to announce and other uucpa email lists. If you don’t have the password, you can call the UUCPA main phone # 650-494-0541 to get the password or watch the live-streamed service on the UUCPA Facebook page without a password. Worship Service details below.

Topic: UUCPA 9:30 worship service: https://zoom.us/j/173520662 (password required)

  • Meeting ID: 173 520 662 (password required)
  • Dial by your location
    • +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
    • +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
    • +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
    • +1 253 215 8782 US
    • +1 301 715 8592 US
    • +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
  • Find International numbers: https://zoom.us/u/abrr07IpdA

Topic: UUCPA 11:00 am worship service: https://zoom.us/j/485021387 (password required)

  • Meeting ID: 485 021 387 (password required)
  • Dial by your location
    • +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
    • +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
    • +1 253 215 8782 US
    • +1 301 715 8592 US
    • +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
    • +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
  • Find International numbers: https://zoom.us/u/abrr07IpdA

Check your email (from announce or creparents) for the password. Didn’t get a password? Send an email to uucpa@uucpa.org at least an hour before the service starts and we’ll email it to you or call the UUCPA main phone # 650-494-0541.

OR – You can watch the services via live stream on UUCPA’s Facebook page: facebook.com/uucpa without any passwords. Live stream via Facebook is one-way, so you won’t be able to share your audio/video. You can watch via Facebook without a Facebook account, but there will be a banner on the page asking you to create an account. You can ignore the banner.

Help! I’m really new to Zoom and need someone to walk me through it.

Visit our Zoom Tips page and see if you can find answers to your questions there, or call Carmela Abraham or Elsa Schafer, church members who have volunteered to be “tech support.” We won’t put her cellphone numbers here, but you can find them in our online Realm directory; or e-mail Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern and she’ll connect you.

If you feel adventurous, here is a one-minute tutorial on how to join a meeting, and you can even do a practice meeting there.

Will the offering be collected?

Yes; during and after the services, you can donate here.

Please also support our justice partner, Heart and Home, extra-generously. Folks without shelter are doubly afflicted during this time of shelter-in-place. We at UUCPA are helping by extending our hosting dates and hours so that our guests have a safe place to stay during the shelter-in-place order. This requires Heart and Home to pay their staff for more hours as well, and that takes money.

Can I share my Joys and Sorrows?

Yes. To share your joys and sorrows, you can send an e-mail to Joys & Concerns (joyconcern@uucpa.org), any time up until that moment in the service (i.e., approximately 9:50 and 11:20). Amy will check them then and there and share them aloud. If you are on Zoom, you can also share via the Zoom chat feature and Amy will share them aloud from there.

The service was wonderful on March 15, but I could barely hear the piano!

Our tech wizards have fixed that! You should be able to hear Veronika’s playing in its full beauty this Sunday and beyond. Thanks for your patience as we all figure this out, and thank you for your feedback, which helps make the online services better.

I’d like to follow along in the order of service.

The order of service is posted on the This Sunday page before the service begins, and links to it, as well as the words to the hymns, will be posted in the Zoom Chat box.

I’m going to stay home and tune in via Zoom, but I sure will miss chatting with everyone after the service. Can’t I be a part of coffee hour?

Through most of the service, it’s best to keep video off so that people’s internet connections are not overloaded, but at the end, we’ll encourage everyone to start their video and unmute audio so that we can all chat and wave. You’ll have to supply your own coffee . . . !

See more UUCPA Zoom Tips

Children and Youth

Will there be child care?

No. All in-person events and services are canceled through May. It is safe to assume that child care will not be available for the foreseeable future. We will continue to pay our staff, knowing that they want to work and can ill afford the missed income.

Will there be Sunday School for Children and Youth?

All in-person children and youth programs at UUCPA are cancelled through May. This includes OWL, Sunday School, SHYG, and Navigators. See below for online options.

Are there remote options for Sunday School?

Yes! The following classes will have Zoom video conference on March 22, March 29, and April 5 as follows:

  • 10:30 AM: Green class, Ecojustice class
  • 11:30 AM: Red and Yellow classes combined,
  • 11:30 AM: Blue classes
  • 12:30 PM: Neighboring Faith Communities class
  • SHYG: to be determined by SHYG advisors, but probably 6:30 PM

The teachers for each class will email all registered families with links to the online meetings. If you have a child registered in any of the above classes, keep a lookout for an invitation on Thursday or Friday to an online meeting on Sunday. Please note that these online meetings are only intended for our families who are already registered with UUCPA’s CYRE program. If you would like to invite a friend to one of these meetings, please ask them to email Dan Harper at DanHarper@uucpa.org by the Friday prior to the Sunday when they would like to join. Dan will get the information he needs, and he will let the teachers know to include the new families on the call. We hope this service helps you and your family remain connected to UUCPA and to each other.

Classes and Groups

Is my class/group still meeting?

Except for Heart and Home, UUCPA is closed to in-person events for the foreseeable future.  Events may be canceled or held online.  Check with your particular group, meeting, or class, to find out if/how you are meeting.