March 12, 2020

Dear UUCS Community, 

In light of the evolving CoVID-19 pandemic, the UUCS Board and Rev. Aileen are canceling the Sunday service on March 15th, and all UUCS in-person events through the end of April, such as choir rehearsal and small group meetings. This also includes the following in-person events: Living my Truth: A Transgender Virginian’s Story on March 13th, Swing Dancing on April 18th, and Rev. Aileen’s installation. We will reschedule these events. The stewardship dinner on March 20th will take place as a “virtual dinner” online.

We are exploring ways we can meet as a community for Sunday services online beginning March 22, so be on the lookout for guidance on how we can gather together virtually then.

Those members and friends who are set to participate in the March 20th stewardship event, please look out for guidance from the Stewardship Committee for gathering online that evening.

Those who lead small groups, such as covenant groups or Soul Matters groups, please contact Rev. Aileen to set up Zoom meetings if your group would like to meet using that platform.

You will still be able to donate, make a pledge, or pay your pledge online to support our beloved community. On our website, http://uusterling.org/, just go to “Donate” and the drop down menu will give you options which include: “Pay Pledge”, “Living our Values Out Loud – 2020 Stewardship Campaign”, and “Make a Donation.” We are investigating ways for us as a community or individually to continue to support Backpack Coalition and Mobile Hope during this time.

During this pandemic, we urge you to follow CDC and county health department guidelines to safeguard your health, and the health of your loved ones. 

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at board@uusterling.org.

Signed,

UUCS Board and Rev. Aileen

March 10th Letter

Dear UUCS Community,

The UUCS Leadership takes the wellbeing of our congregation seriously, and in the face of the evolving CoVID-19 spread we want to provide you with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and let you know of the plans for our church community. Cases of CoVID-19 have been  identified in Virginia. Moreover, flu season is still upon us, which the flu has the potential to cause similar health issues as CoVID-19, particularly to those with chronic health conditions and older adults. So the recommendations are also valid, regardless of the spread of CoVID-19.

First, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that you:

  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your cough with a tissue or your elbow – not your hands
  • Disinfect areas which are used frequently
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid being within 6 feet of someone who appears sick

For more information and guidance and tracking from CDC on please visit their CoVID-19 website

The CDC specific guidance for people who are at high risk (older adults and those chronic health conditions): which can be found here

The CDC also has specific guidance for return travelers from high risk countries. Right now there are four: China, Italy,  South Korea and Iran. Use this link  for more information.

Secondly, UUCS will monitor Loudoun County public health guidance daily and may elect to cancel services if social distancing is recommended. 

Everyone should use individual judgement on whether they should be in places where people congregate even if there is not known widespread circulation of CoVID-19. Most people who contract this virus will have mild symptoms and will not have confirmed cases. However, they may still infect vulnerable people. To date the data indicates that older adults, those with chronic health conditions and healthcare workers caring for infected people are at highest risk. 

Thirdly, UUCS will do the following:

Encourage meetings by Zoom when possible. 

Before and after services volunteers will disinfect door handles, light switches and other high traffic surfaces.

Pastoral Care Team will identify members of the older adult demographic who do not have adequate family/social support and make check-in calls at regular intervals to ensure they have up to date information. If someone has symptoms, they should CALL their medical provider before seeking medical assistance unless it is an emergency. 

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at board@groups.uusterling.org.

Signed,

UUCS Board and Rev. Aileen