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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do we have Sunday Services?
Yes. We have both in-person and online services.
- 9:30 am in-person-only service. Seating is on the main patio.
- 11:00 am in-person in the Main Hall, and online via Zoom. Patio seating is also an option.
To join the service indoors, please show proof of vaccination.
You’ll find a description of the upcoming Sunday service on the This Sunday page.
How do I join the online Sunday Service?
The services are available via Zoom video conferencing and by live stream broadcast on our Facebook page. The services do not require an account on either website. To fully participate, join the Zoom meeting, for which you will need the meeting link or ID and the meeting password. If you can’t or don’t want to join the Zoom meeting, you can skip to the Facebook instructions.
Joining a service on Zoom
To join the UUCPA 11 am worship service, click the link https://bit.ly/uucpa_service_11am, or run the Zoom app, select Join Meeting, and type in the meeting ID 485 021 387. For the latter, you will need the password when prompted; it is included in the Weekly Update (subscribe here) and on UUCPA’s outgoing phone message, (650) 494-0541.
If you don’t have a computer or smartphone for connecting to Zoom, you can phone in. Just call one of the phone numbers below and enter the meeting ID 485 021 387 when prompted, and then the password when prompted. If prompted for participant ID, enter #.
- Dial by your location
- +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
- +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
- +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
- +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
- Find International numbers: https://zoom.us/u/abrr07IpdA
Joining a service on Facebook
If you are unable to join the video service on Zoom, you can instead watch it live-streamed on the UUCPA Facebook page. You can watch on Facebook without a password or a Facebook account. There will be a banner on the page asking you to create an account, but you can ignore it. The Facebook live stream is one-way, so you won’t be able to share your audio/video or to participate in our after-service breakout rooms for coffee time.
Where can I find the Order of Service?
Orders of service are published online along with each week’s service description. The order of service is posted on the This Sunday page before the service begins. Links to it, as well as the words to the hymns, will be posted in the Zoom Chat box.
How will the offering be collected?
During and after the services, you can donate here. If attending in person, you can leave cash or a check in the collection box at the Welcome Table.
How can I share my Joys and Sorrows?
At 9:30, each person with a joy or sorrow comes to the mic to share, or they fill out a card at the table upfront before that point in the service, and Amy shares them aloud. There are also candles at that table.
At 11, the table with cards and candles is available as well. For online sharing, you can share your joys and concerns using the Zoom chat feature. Or you can email them to Joys & Concerns (email@example.com). Amy will look at the chat, the emails, and the cards, and read them all aloud during the Joys & Concerns section of the service, usually about 20 minutes in.
This is all great, but I attend online and I still miss the coffee hour!
At the end of the service we’ll invite everyone to stay online for a “virtual” coffee hour for video chats in small groups using Zoom breakout rooms. You’ll have to supply your own coffee or tea, but you’ll still be able to talk with other members of the congregation.
In person, we stay and chat in and around the Main Hall. The hot drinks served on the patio will return soon!
Where can I get help with Zoom?
If you’re new to Zoom and you’d like someone to walk you through it’s use, join one of our Using Zoom classes or check out Zoom Tips page for step-by-step instructions. Or call Carmela Abraham or Elsa Schafer, church volunteers offering “tech support.” You can find their contact info in our online Realm directory or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for contact info. 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.
Is the office open?
Yes, the office is open. Office hours are listed on the contact page. If you need to access the office or meet with Jeff Cashdollar, Congregational Administrator, please schedule an appointment with him via email: email@example.com. Mail is being picked up regularly.
Should I come to church?
Most UUCPA activities are now approved by the UUCPA board of directors to meet at church. Both weekly worship services are now held at church (The 11am service is also offered on zoom). Check your event on the calendar to find out where your activity is being held.
I am in a small group, can we meet on campus?
The many small groups and activities we offer at UUCPA transform lives. When we attend groups like the Forum, Brown Bag Books, a Chalice Circle, or a Choir rehearsal, we grow, we create beloved community, and we have a lot of fun. To make safe in-person meetings possible, the Covid Safety Task Force (merged from the Small Group Covid Compliance and the Hybrid Services Task Forces) has developed these group requirements. We are relying on group leaders and participants to follow the requirements as a way of caring for one another and the wider community.
We used the current Federal, State, and County regulations as our baseline, knowing that these will change in the coming weeks and months. This task force will continue to meet as long as needed, updating the requirements as conditions and regulations change.
If you are a group leader who is ready to plan your first on-campus meeting, please start by doing the following:
- Read the requirements spreadsheet carefully, noting which category your group falls under. There are group definitions at the bottom of the sheet.
- Call or email the church office to schedule an appropriate space for your meeting. Responses to space requests may take up to three business days because our staff is still working remotely.
- Communicate clearly and more than once to your group members what the expectations are before you meet.
- As much as possible, plan for a way for remote attendees to participate in your meeting.
- Plan for the easiest way for you to collect contact tracing information at each meeting. Choices include using a paper form in the meeting room and slipping it in the library mail slot, emailing the office the first and last names and phone numbers of all participants, taking attendance using Realm, or using this Google Form.
Please reach out to any member of the Task Force if you have questions regarding the requirements, and enjoy your return to the UUCPA campus!
Members of the Covid Safety Task Force
- Geetha Rao, Board Trustee
- Tamara Harr, music liaison
- Paula Hillard, Board Trustee and Adult Religious Education Portfolio Holder
- Harry Wachob
- Jeff Cashdollar, Congregational Administrator
- Amy Morgenstern, Parish Minister
- Brooke Bishara, Board President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Children and Youth
Is there still Sunday School for children and youth?
Yes! UUCPA is offering outdoor in-person classes on campus, as well as infant and toddler care on site.
We encourage you to sign up for the weekly Sunday School Reminder email and monthly CYRE newsletter. Sign up to get them: https://www.uucpa.org/learning/children-and-youth/newsletter/. If you didn’t get it, please email email@example.com for assistance.
We encourage you to register your children before attending. Registration info can be found here.
Is there still child care?
Yes! Child care is back for children of all ages! Our caregivers for infants and toddlers, Antonia, Pamela and Maria, are in Room 4 / 5.
Classes and Groups
Is my class/group still meeting?
Check with your particular group, meeting, or class, to find out if/how you are meeting.
I’m just needing some extra support, or a friend of mine is. Can UUCPA help?
That’s what we’re here for! Send your concern to the Caring Network at firstname.lastname@example.org. We all count on each other to let us know where there is a need.