Hello, NWUUC beloveds.
How are you holding up?
How are you holding each other up?
As for my house, we’re doing just fine. My family back in Illinois is stubborn, ornery, but also doing fine, as far as I can tell.
Please reach out to me, or to any member of our Care Corps team, to let us know how we can support you in this strange time. We’re all just learning as we go along, aren’t we? Never feel hesitant to reach out. Times like these are EXACTLY what our faith community is here for!
Hey, I want to remind you that we are hosting our first online worship service this Sunday at 10AM, our regular worship time, and I hope you will log in and join us. Our tech guru and acting Communications Team Leader, David Morgen, has set up this Zoom link for us: http://bit.ly/nwuuc.
New to Zoom? It’s easy! When you click that link above, your device will tell you whether or not you have Zoom installed. If not, it will direct you on next steps. Installing Zoom doesn’t take very long and it doesn’t use up very much space. I highly recommend that you choose this route! It seems that your streaming experience might be better this way than if you use other means.
Speaking of other means, we will also be livestreaming on our public Facebook page, if you would like to try connecting that way. (Again, we have a hunch that the FB live stream might be glitchier than connecting via Zoom, but it’s just a hunch.)
And the third alternative, where we will also attempt to be live, is through our Youtube channel, at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIiEMEoq5IBfV-mwsS8LrOg?fbclid=IwAR0aBiUFk7wp0OUSITpa8PTA0mX914JIZkZZBcRbUa2Uj9mKLqzQ7m3PqAw.
Expect enthusiastic connection, loads of imperfection, on-the-job learning by your worship team, and The Unexpected. Along with David Morgen and me, our wonderful Director of Music, Dr. Philip Rogers, and our amazing Director of Religious Education, Adia Fields-Udofia, have been hard at work creating beauty and connection for us all. Expect guest appearances by several friends from our music department, as well. I am really excited to see what happens!
Did I mention that I am still here for you just as certainly as back in the good ol’ days, when I could look into your beloved face, squeeze your hand, or hug you in person? Please practice physical distancing, but continue with your social connecting! We are living in the very best time in Earth history for being isolated. We have technology that helps us remember that we are never alone unless we choose to be. And that’s reassuring.
I love you and there’s nothing a global pandemic can do about it.
In it with you,