Community and COVID-19

Illustration of the ultrastructure of the Covid-19 virus

We are connected to each other. More than ever, it is important for us to affirm and strengthen the ties that bind us to each other. Though physically isolated and socially distant, we are still the Beloved Community known as High Street Church.

It is during times like these that we become increasingly aware that the church is more than the building we inhabit for worship on Sunday mornings, choir practice on Wednesday evenings, or those beloved committee meetings which we attend at various times during the month. THE CHURCH IS US. Not a physical structure at a given address in a specific city. But the flesh-and-blood, living, breathing, singing, sharing, grieving, celebrating, crying, shouting, hugging (or waving or fist-bumping or elbow-bumping, or bowing), complaining, agreeing, disagreeing, worshipping, learning, loving folk that we have come to know and love and who collectively comprise our spiritual home.

Below you’ll find information about ways we can maintain and enhance our feelings of connected and community during these troubling times.

High Street “Virtual” Church

All meetings during the COVID-19 crisis will be held using the Zoom web platform. You can “Join a Meeting” using either your computer, smartphone, tablet, or landline (telephone).

  • Computer: Got to the Zoom website and click on “Join a Meeting” at the top of the page. Download the software to install the Zoom application on your computer. Enter the Meeting ID and Password as instructed.
  • Smartphone/Tablet: Download and install the Zoom app from either The App Store (Apple/iOS) or Google Play (Android). Open the app and click on “Join a Meeting.” Enter the Meeting ID and Password as instructed.
  • Landline/Telephone: Dial  929 205 6099. Enter Meeting ID. No password is required.

Detailed instructions for using Zoom can be found here. Tips for being a “good” meeting attendee can be found here. Meeting IDs and Passwords can be found below.

Finally, the UUA has produced a brief video entitled “How to Login and Use Zoom as a Participant.” You can find it here.

Sunday Morning Worship (11:00 AM)

  • Go to https://bit.ly/3dGCnr8 or Call 929-205-6099
  • Meeting ID: 909 828 555
  • To obtain the password, go to our homepage and follow the instructions at the top of the page.

Join us each Sunday at 11:00 AM for our virtual worship service. There’ll be music and singing, the opportunity to check in and share passages and milestones, a reading or two, and a brief message from Rev. Cassandra. Almost everything we normally do on a Sunday morning (except an offering; more about that later). And instead of look at the backs of the heads of the folks sitting in front of you, you’ll get to see their bright and shining faces (and maybe their PJs, a cup of coffee, a pet or two at the edges of the screen or … well, use your imaginations).

Minister’s Office Hours

Our Interim Minister, the Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan, is available for ZOOM meetings with members or friends during the day (Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM), early evening (Tuesday through Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM), and on Saturday (9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon). To set up an appointment with her, contact her via email at minister@hsuuc.org.

Children’s Religious Education

  • Go to https://bit.ly/3avmFgH or Call 929-205-6099
  • Meeting ID: 273 401 630
  • Password has changed; see our Facebook group page or contact our DRE, Paula Del Rio, at pdelriob@gmail.com to request new password.

Our DRE, Paula Del Rio, will be hosting a together time for the youth and children of our congregation on Saturdays at 12:00 Noon.

Resources

Congregational Contacts

  • Our Community Care Coordinator is Nana’ Kratochvil. Contact her if your health prohibits you from tending to your own physical needs like getting groceries, medicine, driving to doctors appointments, etc. Also contact Nana’ if you would like to be on our Community Care team (giving rides, doing grocery runs for people in need, etc.) You can reach her by phone at (478) 841-2906 or by email at nanakratochvil@gmail.com.
  • Our Parish Nurse is Judy McMillon. If you have questions or concerns about symptoms, COVID 19, feel free to contact her between 9am and 9pm. You can reach her by phone at (478) 986-0752.
  • Our Tech Point Person is Vanessa Scott. Please contact Vanessa with any questions surrounding social media, zoom, or online ministry. You can reach her by phone at (478) 714-0151 or by email at willolea39@hotmail.com.
  • Our Zoom Worship and Chalice Circle leader is Rev. Cassandra. Contact her if you wish to collaborate with her and others to create meaningful worship and chalice circle meetings. Please contact her if you would like to be on the Zoom Worship Team. You can reach her by phone at (510) 225-8921 or by email at highstreetrev@gmail.com.
  • If you would like to participate in a Meditation and Prayer Team, contact Rev. Cassandra by phone or email as indicated above. You can find a suggested format for prayer and meditation here. For those who we hold in our love and our concern, visit our We hold these in love … page.
  • All of the above can also be contacted via Facebook.

Useful Links

  • If you need the most up-to-date information about the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the Centers for Disease Control or Georgia Department of Public Health websites.
  • You can find A Word from Our Minister here.
  • You can find A Word from Our Co-Presidents and Minister here.
  • Our largest congregation, The Church of the Larger Fellowship (an online-congregation), has numerous resources for those who find themselves isolated from other Unitarian Universalists. These include weekly worship services on Sundays at 8:00 PM and a video talk show on Thursdays at 11:00 AM. You can find their website here.
  • Our denomination, the Unitarian Universalist Association, is a good place to go for finding out how UUs all over our nation are coping with the current crisis and discovering fresh new ways to “be the Church!” You can also check on current UU stories and activities through our denominational magazine, UU World.
  • The UU Mental Health Network has a list of resources for coping with life during a pandemic for those who are (or who are caregivers for) persons with mental health issues.
  • If you know persons in need of housing assistance, food assistance, funds for rent, utilities, or medication, contact Daybreak (478-216-9119), the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank (478-742-3958), Macon Outreach at Mulberry (478-743-8026), Loaves and Fishes (478-741-1007), or the United Way of Central Georgia (2-1-1 or 478-745-4732).
  • If you seek some assistance in deepening your spirituality during these days, you can find prayers, meditations, and other readings on the UUA’s WorshipWeb. You can also download an app at the App Store (Apple/iOS) or Google Play (Android).
  • You may also want to visit Frederic and MaryAnn Brussat’s website Spirituality and Practice. For over 30 years, the Brussats have been gathering resources for the spiritual journey, mining all the major religious traditions for wisdom and insight. On their site, you’ll find readings, “how-tos” on a variety of spiritual practices, movie and book reviews, photography galleries, music playlists, and on and on. You could spend days exploring the riches of this site. You’ll especially want to check out Spiritual Resources for the Coronavirus Pandemic.