March 26, 2020: Message from Rev. Joan

Hello, friends,

I hope you are faring well and finding the ways that work for you and your loved ones to adapt to the changes in our day-to-day lives.

I am especially thinking of all of you who are on the front lines of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic working in our hospitals, nursing care facilities, grocery stores and other essential places of service. I recognize that this is a demanding time for you, and I am wishing you ease even as you serve the greater good.

I miss you all, and I am glad to say that this coming Sunday, we return together in worship! Thank you to everyone who joined us over Facebook Live two weeks ago. And, thank you for allowing our worship team a break to catch our breaths and figure out the best options for our community in this new world for us of long distance, online worship.

There are a few different ways you can join worship this Sunday at 10AM which are detailed in this week’s e-newsletter and also on our website,

We will be trying out Zoom as some other UU congregations are doing and also live streaming to our UCM Facebook page. The service will also be viewable from the UCM homepage. Again, check our church website under “Worship” for more details.

I want to also thank all of you who have been part of our effort to reach out to everyone in our church directory. I have heard many reports of how meaningful these conversations have been for both those making the calls and also those receiving the calls.

Our church staff and leaders are making many efforts to keep us all connected despite the physical distancing that’s needed right now to keep people healthy and safe. I hope you’ll read through the weekly newsletter for more information.

I also know that online communications aren’t easy or accessible for everyone, so I will be posting a daily phone message Monday through Friday with a brief reflection – a poem, a prayer, a song, or just a question to reflect on. If you want a brief and simple touchpoint for the day, I invite you to call 802-552-8854 and listen to my daily message.

Take care of yourself, and please reach out if you are struggling or if you have a gratitude or joyful story to share. I welcome hearing about your sorrows and your joys in this time.

With love,

Rev. Joan