Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI)
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI)Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 at 11:49pm
Sunday Service, April 5 at 10 am
via ZOOM
"Loving in the Face of Loss"
with Rev. Emily Melcher, Mark Simpson, and Eileen Soskin
Our usual ways of doing things are suspended, possibly for a very long time. How do we nurture and express love when we can’t gather in person, can’t share hugs or meals, can’t sing together, or work for justice side-by-side? Perhaps the greatest spiritual capacity is the ability to love deeply and fully in the face of loss.
Check uucwi.org for the link.
Plan to stay after the service to join in a virtual coffee hour! Imagine you’re moving through coffee hour, connecting first with one small group of people, then another. Please join in this experiment in connecting via zoom’s “breakout groups.” PLEASE NOTE: you do not need to exit the zoom worship and log in to another zoom meeting - simply stay connected via the worship zoom link, and we’ll move right into coffee hour!
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI)
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI)Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 at 9:51pm
Kate Sheppard, member of UUCWI and PhD, RN, FNP, PMHNP-BC, submitted this:

GREATEST RISK: The most likely source of COVID-19 is from your own hands!

HANDS: Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth! This will reduce 99% of COVID cases!!

Wash hands with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds (sing a song). If you don’t have hand wash, use alcohol solution (minimum 60% concentration)

MASK: What about a mask? You don’t need an N95 mask but our health care providers do!

Home-made? Won’t prevent the virus but reminds you not to touch your face!

MENTAL WELL-BEING:
Get outside and breathe some fresh air.
Call a friend or even better, check in on someone else.
Get out your to-do list and start crossing things off that list.
Take the time to read that book, learn a language or instrument, or virtually tour museums.
Become unglued from social media and even the news: Give your mind a rest!!

GROCERIES and essential errands:
Imagine that everything in the grocery store is contaminated. You still need to eat! You pick up the jug of milk; who else touched that jug? Now the checker touches it, and then possibly the bagger. It is contaminated. The bag itself is contaminated. You touch the bags to load in the car; now your hand is contaminated. So don’t touch your face! And use your alcohol solution after you load your groceries in the car. Consider leaving your shoes outside or in a garage. Unload the groceries and put everything on one counter. Wipe down every item possible, remembering that the virus can live on plastic for 72 hours. With each item you wipe down, move to a clean counter. Fruits, vegetables, put them in the sink and wash them down. Now wipe down the contaminated counter. Wash your hands.

PHYSICAL HEALTH:
Don’t stop your prescription medications unless ordered by your provider!!!!
Listen to your own provider, not Dr. Google or worse, Dr. Facebook.
Get some physical exercise daily.
The best and most proven way to improve your immunity is to reduce your stress!

PHYSICAL DISTANCING: Still the safest way to prevent getting – or GIVING the virus.
Please remember, it isn’t just about you.
Every physical interaction you have with someone outside your own home places you at risk.
Every item you touch that was touched by someone outside your own home places you at risk.
And every person that enters your space (less than 6 feet) is now at risk for the virus you may unknowingly have.

WHAT IF….you develop symptoms that suggest COVID-19?
Dry cough, fever, body aches, fatigue, sore throat: Stay HOME and take care. Call your provider with questions.
You can call the Whidbey Health Community hotline but do NOT go to the emergency department.
The reality is you probably will not meet criteria for COVID-19 testing, and will be sent home.

Shortness of breath, chest pain: call 9-1-1

And if you have read this all the way through and are ready to watch a wonderful video, here it is. BUT WATCH THE WHOLE VIDEO! Effective ONLY if you follow all the instructions:
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI)
Protecting Your Family From COVID-19 by Dr. David Price
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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI)
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI)Sunday, March 29th, 2020 at 4:23pm
Thanks to the Foothills (Fort Collins, CO) congregation for permission to use their Zoom Tutorial:
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI)
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI)Friday, March 27th, 2020 at 7:20pm
This Sunday's Service, March 29, 2020, at 10 am
A Simple Change of Heart
The Reverend Margo (Waldroup) Rinehart
and Becky Myrick
*** ZOOM service - check uucwi.org for the link ***

How do we have difficult conversations and participate in deep listening with another, especially in this time of not being able to gather in person. Learn how to set an intention and follow through with staying connected and acting with our UU values.

Following a 20 year career is social work, Margo Rinehart, M.Div. is now a recent graduate from Seattle University School of Theology & Ministry. She is a twenty year member of Kitsap UU Fellowship in Bremerton. Visiting and speaking at different UU churches throughout the Pacific Northwest is an interest and privilege for Margo and she speaks every 3rd Sunday at Olympic UU Fellowship in the Sequim area.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI)
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI)Thursday, March 26th, 2020 at 8:29pm
A Prayer from Rev. Victoria Safford:

Defenseless under the night our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light flash out wherever the just exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them of Eros and of dust, beleaguered by the same negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.
- W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939

Spirit of life,
may we remember, in these days of isolation,
that none of us exists alone.

Across the canyon of our loneliness, that widens every hour,
may we remember that still we're bound by rainbow ribbons of essential care,
a love that will not let us go - as long as we hold on.

Everywhere and always, light flashes out, as we exchange our messages:
recipes and silly songs, memes of cats and dogs,
pictures of the baby as she takes that first bold step, even if she can't yet step outside.
May her strong spirit lead us on.

May we hold in our hearts our children, and other leaders, too, this week,
for truly, this virus is no respecter of persons nor of titles;
it will visit every kind of house, with no regard
for what we once thought lofty or important:

We pray for Tim, our governor, in his concern for all of us, sheltering in place;
We pray for Peggy, our lieutenant governor, in her grief for her beloved brother;
We pray for Amy, our senator, in her fear and strength, as her husband struggles to recover.
We pray for everyone they represent - all of us, the people - grieving and fearful and caring
- and still we're shining on.

May we, composed like them of love and dust,
Beleaguered by the same despair,
Show an affirming flame.

AMEN
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI)
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI)Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 at 8:51pm
Dear UUCWI friends, I got a Facebook memory in my notifications that today, eleven years ago, was the day we dedicated the beautiful new building we all built with our own hands (and a little outside help!). Happy Anniversary!