Re-opening

Re-opening

If enough people think of a thing and work hard enough at it, I guess it’s pretty nearly bound to happen, wind and weather permitting.

Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867-1957

The quote above describes how I have experienced working with the members and friends of OCUUC. We are the “little engine that could” when it comes to harnessing our ideas, energy and actions to accomplish all things large and small.

Due to the roll out of Covid-19 vaccinations, California has moved into the “yellow tier” of California guidelines for reopening. Because of this we are resuming in person services and meetings at the church in accordance with those guidelines. We will continue to follow the current California guidelines for reopening as circumstances change.

As you know, the pandemic has created a new phenomenon for us all: we can choose to be Roomers or Zoomers when it comes to attending church services and meetings. These last few months, many people have been working to put plans, procedures and technology in place to safely reopen for in person church services and meetings. Our first “hybrid” Sunday service, meaning meeting simultaneously in person and on Zoom, took place May 30th 2021.

Many thanks to Nancy Loughrey, Property Use Group Co-Chair, for leading the reopening task force, and to Rev. Sian, Beth Syverson and many other volunteers who have worked on this challenging endeavor to move to hybrid services. Special thanks to Steve Morihiro for his many hours of work to install upgraded audio and video equipment in Daniels Hall, Suite 4, and the Victoria Room so that we can conduct hybrid meetings and services.

Now that Covid restrictions have lessened, Meg Wilson, VP Finance, has been busy working with short-term renters who wish to return to holding their meetings and events on our campus. These short-term renters bring in much needed revenue and Meg has done a terrific job of managing all that goes along with bringing them back on campus.

The Buildings and Grounds Committee has been hard at work completing remodeling of many of our meeting spaces in the RE/Admin building and Daniels Hall and preparing the buildings for reopening. Shown below is the newly remodeled Victoria Room which is now twice the size of the former room. This room now has TV monitors and equipment at both ends of the room to accommodate those accessing meetings via Zoom. Thanks to a special donation made by four OCUUC couples, the Victoria Room now has eight new tables which can be easily folded and rolled away to increase the versatility of the room.

The newly refurbished Victoria Room

All members are encouraged to attend the Annual Congregational Meeting which will be a hybrid meeting held both in person and via Zoom on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at 11:45 am. Please watch the Blast for further Congregational Meeting announcements which will include links to the agenda, the slate of nominees for elected church positions, the proposed budget, proposed bylaws changes, and the annual reports of all committees and church officers. Hard copies of these materials will be sent to those members who do not have online access.

The UUA General Assembly is again going to be held online this year due to the pandemic. The good news about this is that it is much easier and affordable to attend GA online than in person. If you would like to attend General Assembly, please go to UUA.org to register. If you would like to be a delegate to GA representing OCUUC, please let me know. 

With best wishes,

Debra Quam, president@ocuuc.org