UUS:E Virtual Sunday Services

Dear Unitarian Universalist Society: East Members and Friends:

I warmly invite you to join us for Virtual Worship Services, Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM

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On Finding Hope: A Service for Easter, 2020

Join us for our annual Easter music service! The image of Jesus’ body in its tomb has special relevance in this time of quarantine and social distancing. We all find ourselves in a metaphorical tomb these days, cut off from normal activities, sequestered, hidden away. From within our tombs, we’re all seeking signs of hope. May the music and the message of this morning bring hope! Coordinators: Mary Bopp, Gina Camplellone, Jane Osborn, and Rev. Josh Pawelek

Join by Zoom:

Login information for our Virtual Sunday Services appears in our congregational eblast on Wednesday mornings and Saturday afternoons. To add your email address to our list, please contact the UUS:E office at (860) 646-5151 during regular business hours; or, at any time, send an “add me to the list” request to  e-new@uuse.org.

See below for more information on joining by Zoom.

The order of service can be found here on Sunday morning.

If you would like to have a joy or concern read during the service, please send a message to joysandconcerns@uuse.org before 9 PM on Saturday evening.

Give to our Sunday Service Collection by clicking the Donate button on the right.

How to join us on Sunday Mornings

First: If you would like to join by video on any device, login information for our Virtual Sunday Services appears in our congregational eblast on Wednesday mornings and Saturday afternoons. To add your email address to our list, please contact the UUS:E office at (860) 646-5151 during regular business hours.

If you haven’t used Zoom before see below for more information.

However, your device must be properly enabled. If you have not used Zoom video conferencing before, go to https://zoom.us/support/download. Downloading Zoom is free and quick. I recommend that you do the download as soon as possible to make sure you are all set for 10:00 am.

Second: You can also join the virtual service by phone. Call in at the number included in the eblast a few minutes before 10:00 AM. You will be prompted to provide the supplied Meeting ID. You may be prompted then to provide a participant ID. If so, ignore that prompt and just hit # again. Please mute your phone during the service and during songs.

Tip: If you cannot hear well using your computer or tablet sound, join by Zoom, mute your mic, and then call in to listen.

Third: We will be passing a virtual Sunday Service Collection basket. Unspecified donations are split 50/50 with our monthly Community Outreach Ministry and UUS:E’s operating cost fund.

I cannot attend at 10 AM, can I still view the service?

You can participate in services after Sunday morning in several ways:

Additional Information

Please note, Zoom is a fabulous resource, but it is not always reliable. Sometimes the connection is glitchy. Sometimes there’s a lag between the speaker and the audio on your computer. This may not work for everyone. For that, we apologize in advance. This is the first time we’ve ever done this, so we expect there will be glitches, especially technical glitches. If we have problems on our end, we’ll do our best to fix them in real-time. If you have problems on your end, please let me know afterward at minister@uuse.org. We have folks who can troubleshoot with you during the coming week. In short, we will learn from whatever problems arise, so that we can make the experience better for everyone on future Sundays during our suspension of regular programming.

Also, please note that when you arrive in what we expect will be a big online group, your computer or phone will be muted. We respectfully ask that everyone remain muted for the service. One unmuted computer or phone with a dog barking or a siren whirring in the background—or even just shuffling papers–can make it difficult for everyone else to hear.

We anticipate that the service will last between 30 and 45 minutes. It will feel similar to our regular minister-led services. The sermon will be shorter. There will be no hymns, though Mary Bopp will be providing beautiful piano music. If we have our act together, we will record the service and post it to the UUS:E website afterward.

Obviously we don’t know how long this shutdown will last. We hope these virtual Sunday services will serve as a meaningful way UUS:E members and friends to stay connected to each other during a very challenging time.

With love,

Rev. Josh