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March 27, 2020
Thoughts from Rev. CTC…


“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality; tied in a single garment of destiny. ”
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Dear Ones,

I’m writing this after another ZOOM call.  Yes, I said another.  I’m a little tired of ZOOM and screens.  This week EVERYBODY seemed to discover ZOOM (well, everybody who didn’t know about it before).  It’s a little frightening how quickly we all filled our cabinets, closed our doors and jumped online. My screen time this week was way too high.  It was also incredibly lovely and uplifting.  The New Normal is only about two weeks old and my friends have never been closer.  I’ve connected with every member of my family. I am grateful.

I am also puzzled.  I wonder, what will happen when:

  • the novelty of connecting via ZOOM, Facebook and 10 second
    video texts wears off? 
  • I get tired of propping my iPhone up on a pile of cookbooks to “make dinner” with a friend?
  • When my grandson decides that reading books, with GiGi,
    via FaceTime is dumb?

I was already missing Drewbie sitting on my lap for a story.  He’s a busy 5+ year old, turning 6-years-old in May.  Lap-time was disappearing from our visits.  It could disappear all together if he gets tired of screens and ZOOM too. Sigh.

So, I am figuring out this new space in time.  Laying aside my comfortable routines.  Starting to miss the little things like stopping at Good Day Café for freshly steeped tea and chatting with Michelle about her brilliant daughter.  The things I did on autopilot, that I took for granted, are gone.  It feels complicated and the solution is blurry and unclear.  I feel like I am trying to solve a math problem, and the answer requires a complex formula, that I do not know.

I also know that solving this puzzle – is not optional.  I cannot drop this course and take a W.  I’ve got to keep trying to figure it out.  I also know that my connections to UUFCC, my family and dear friends will see me through.  Yours will do the same.  Technology will continue to play a large role in making connections and surviving this New Normal.  Kindness will too.

I found this in my email yesterday. The kindness buoyed my spirits. I hope it lifts you up today too.

Take Good Care,


revcissel@uufcc.com
814.237.7605 ext. 100


“Recently, a Girl Scout mom delivered cookies to our home after I ordered via text. She had just been to the grocery store and was thrilled to have found a multi-pack of disinfectant wipes. When I asked her where she found them, because I hadn’t been able to find any, she thrust a container into my hands. I tried to give her cash, and even to return a box of cookies. She wouldn’t take any payment and said, ‘This is a time when we all need to be kind.’”

Karen Baker, New Mexico

March 25, 2020 Update:

Join UUFCC in doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community.

  • Based on guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, UUFCC plans to continue “stay-at-home” services, meetings, and social gatherings through May 17, 2020.
  • We will continue to connect with each other online and by telephone.
  • The UUFCC building remains closed.

As you know, this is an ever-changing situation. Please look for updates via our website (www.uufcc.com),
Facebook (faceboook.com/UUCentreCounty) , email, and phone/voicemail.  We have added the capacity to broadcast time-sensitive announcements by text message.

Please contact the CV Team at cvteam@uufcc.com any time you have information, questions or ideas to share.


March 12, 2020

Dear UUFCC Community,

After deep thought and careful consideration, this afternoon the Board of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County, voted unanimously to close our building beginning at 5pm today, March 12, 2020 through March 29, 2020.

This letter and phone calls will notify our members and friends today.  We are working on rescheduling important Fellowship events; and figuring out ways we can safely be together and stay in community.  We are working towards using online tools and social media platforms to stay in touch and to organize avenues for us to help and support one another.  We have also decided that the UUFCC staff will work remotely/from home.

Our decision was made after considering information from the UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association), the CDC (Center for Disease Control); several local organizations (including other faith communities, Penn State University and the State College Area School District).  We have decided to act in the same way that those groups have, by taking actions to protect staff, members, friends and the State College community that we are all a part of.

What does this really mean?

1. All Services, Meetings and Events are cancelled. The UUFCC building is closed. Please do not try and access it at this time.

2. Rev. CTC is available for pastoral care, conversations and will continue the many facets of ministry that serve our congregation.  She will visit people as able and needed.  You can reach her on her office line 814.237.7605 (ext. 100) or email revcissel@uufcc.com.

3. Our Office Administrator, Michelle, who is here each weekday to greet people and answer questions is reachable too. She will continue to handle UUFCC calls, voicemail, the website and our ENews. She can be reached at office@uufcc.com.

4. Ashley, our DLRE, is also available to meet your family’s RE needs, via phone and email (ahamlin@uufcc.com).

5. Board members will reach out to hear your needs and ideas for staying in community over the next few weeks, both online and by other means.

Thank you for your understanding as we take these steps. We will keep you informed of any changes via our website (www.uufcc.com), email, F/book page (facebook.com/UUCentreCounty), ENews and telephone. Additionally, we promise to keep you informed about opportunities to help and support one another, even if we cannot be together in our usual ways.

Know this: UUFCC is not closed.  Only the building is.  Our community is caring and alive.  We are not bound by brick and mortar walls.  Please reach out and care for each other as often as possible.

In Faith and Fellowship,

The UUFCC Board
and
Rev. Carol Thomas Cissel

NOTE: Please read this letter from UUA President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray: https://bit.ly/3aP0T7f

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