The following email was sent from Rev. Rob and Traci Hughes, Executive Director on March 12th.
Dear All Souls,
As we contend with an ever-evolving response to COVID19, our primary objective is to take care of one another and the larger community. As you may be aware, the Mayor of the District of Columbia yesterday declared a state of emergency and a public health emergency. The DC Department of Health recommends that non-essential mass gatherings, including conferences and conventions be postponed or cancelled through March 31. The Unitarian Universalist Association now advises that churches cancel all gatherings of 25 people or more. What is most critical at this time is that we all do our part to help stem the spread of COVID19. It is with the health and safety of our staff, congregation, loved ones, and the larger community in mind that we have made the decision to close the church building and hold worship online through the end of the month. We want to reassure you that the ministry of the church will continue during the building closure and that your church is here for you during this uncertain time. Online worship – The staff is developing an intimate, online worship experience to share with you on Sunday morning. By 9:00 am this Sunday you will receive an email with a link to a pre-recorded worship experience led by Rev. Rob Hardies, Rev. Tony Coleman, Jen Hayman, and Rochelle Rice. You may also access this worship experience through the church’s Facebook page. Worship experiences will be provided online every Sunday the church building is closed.
Congregational care and support – Our congregational care team is ready is ready and willing to help. If you are in need of pastoral or spiritual care, please reach out to our Minister of Congregational Care, Rev. Tony Coleman (email@example.com); our chaplain Christin Green (firstname.lastname@example.org); Rev. Rob Keithan (email@example.com); or me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Furthermore, the congregational care team will be creating opportunities for congregants to connect through Zoom in order to check-in and support one another. We’ll be sending you more details about these online support groups next week. Religious education for children and youth – Dolores Miller and James Ploeser will soon send an email updating families and teachers about interim solutions for our RE program.
Church meetings and business – Because the church building will be closed through March 31, we encourage you to convene church committees, affinity groups, and classes via Zoom or another online platform. Please contact your committee chair or group leader about meeting information. To gain access to a church Zoom account for your meeting, please contact Executive Director Traci Hughes (email@example.com). Finally, just as your church will be here for you, we ask that you please be here for the church. Our full-time staff will be working throughout the building closure, and we will also pay our part-time hourly employees through the closure. Your generous support of the church will keep our community strong through this difficult time. You can make a contribution online or by texting ‘ascu’ to 73256 and following the directions. You can let us know how you plan to support the church in FY 2020-21 by filling out this commitment card. Friends, trust and believe that we will get through this together. Thank you for your care for one another and for our congregation.
Rev Rob and Traci