Coronavirus Updates

This page will be updated regularly as we continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19.  Last Updated: November 12, 2021.

SHIFT TOWARD HYBRID SERVICES

All services are held on Sundays at 10:30am on Zoom, and some are HYBRID (in-person and on Zoom). For those who would like to join the service via teleconference, the number is 1-301-715-8592.  The Meeting ID is 632 068 0813.  We hope to be able to provide most of what you have come to expect from a UUFF worship experience, as well as virtual breakout rooms for children’s Religious Education.

FELLOWSHIP BUILDING

When Rev. Doug returns from sabbatical on December 1, he will continue to be available for 1:1 counseling and meetings in his office.  Until then, our Sabbatical Minister, Michele Nierle, is available for 1:1 counseling by appointment. She can be reached at michelenierle@gmail.com or 484-824-0611.  Our Office Administrator, Nancy Michael, will be doing some of her work at home but will need to come into the office from time to time to check the mail and issue checks. Therefore, the regular office hours will not be in effect while we in this State of Emergency. The best way to reach the office at this time is via email at uuff@verizon.net, and she will respond as she is able.

GROUP MEETING POLICY (UPDATED November 12, 2021)
Click here for the full group meeting policy (pdf)

We are encouraging people who attend in person gatherings on Sundays to be fully vaccinated. We are aware that there are some people who are unable to be vaccinated at this time. Please make the decision that is best for you and your family’s health and safety regarding attending in person activities at UUFF.

Indoor/Outdoor Gatherings:

  • Groups wishing to meet inside or outside the fellowship must email the UUFF Office Administrator for approval at least one week in advance.
  • Only one person or family unit may use the bathroom at a time and must be masked.
  • All meetings must have a designated leader or staff member who has reserved the space with the Office Administrator at least 1 week in advance. The leader/staff member is responsible for assuring adherence to this policy. Any person who chooses to ignore this policy will be asked to leave the meeting in order to protect all participants from possible exposure to the coronavirus.
  • It is recommended that individuals immediately wash their hands or use sanitizer upon entry to the building and after using the restroom.
  • If the group chooses an activity that includes participants removing their masks, such as eating and singing, the activity takes place outdoors.
  • Group leaders must keep a list of all participants present in case contact tracing is required after the meeting.
  • Clorox spray and wipes found on the sink counter are there for your use as needed to clean surfaces.

Indoor Gatherings:

  • All group meeting participants for indoor activities need to wear masks and maintain physical distancing of 6 feet.
  • No eating or drinking while indoors.
  • Groups may meet in the smaller rooms if physical distancing requirements can be maintained although groups larger than 4 participants are still recommended to meet in the main hall.
  • Groups meeting indoors are limited to 50 participants in order to maintain physical distancing; indoor group meetings are limited to 90 minutes in length.
  • Any UUFF Group meeting at a non-UUFF location is recommended to adhere to these same policies for indoor events.
  • No indoor congregational singing at this time.  Choir may meet indoors, and must follow policies and procedures.

Outdoor Gatherings:

  • Groups meeting outdoors must maintain physical distancing of 6 feet when eating. Participants must bring their own food and drink; no sharing of food is permitted.
  • Groups meeting outdoors are limited to 50 participants in order to maintain physical distancing. Meetings are limited to 2 hours in length.
  • All outdoor groups must wear masks or maintain 6 ft. physical distancing. It is recommended that any person who is not fully vaccinated wear a mask.

 

The Sick Person Policy remains in effect for all activities connected to the Fellowship. Please review this policy prior to attending any UUFF affiliated meeting.

 

 

ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE IN NEED

Should you be a person who lives alone and might need assistance, let Michele Nierle, or Diane Elstein know of your circumstances. If you know of someone in our community needing support, please pass on that information.

During the time of COVID-19, we want to ensure that everyone is getting the supplies and services that they need. Two forms have been created: one for volunteers and one for those wanting help with getting groceries, pharmacy needs, and/or babysitting.  Please contact Michele Nierle if you have any questions or concerns.

For those who want to volunteer, please click here to fill out this form.

For those who would like help with getting groceries, pharmacy needs, and/or babysitting, please click here to fill out this form.