Dear Beloved Community,
It has been an incredible three months since we last communicated about suspension in-person of activities at our congregation. Regrettably not much has improved with the health and safety of our greater community. With regret, sadness, and a longing for change, we the members of the board of Trustees met and voted on Tuesday, August 24th to extend the suspension of in-person activities through October 31st.
Unfortunately, this decision came far too easily. Unanimously we felt there was no way we can justify safely meeting while infection rates remain over 5% in both Scott and Rock Island County (and Clinton County is over 15%!) even though many of us are feeling very stressed as we contemplate sending our children and teachers back to school, and economic hardship is a great concern.
Meanwhile, we the members of the board of trustees promise to keep working. We have formed a task force to formulate plans to reopen safely and hope to see plans at our next meeting on September 15th at 6 PM. This will allow time to revise and finalize before the end of October. Will we be ready to open by then? We don’t know. But we’d like to be as ready as we can.
In addition to our worries about the larger community, we worry about our own. Are our spiritual and emotional needs being met? How do we continue to reach out to each other? How do we stay connected?
We urge you to join us for Sunday Worship to recharge and reconnect and then after during the virtual coffee hour. If Sunday doesn’t work for your schedule or your interests, perhaps one of our other gatherings work for you: consider joining us for “A Time to Talk” on Thursday evenings to share the weight of the world with your fellow congregants or Meditation and Social Justice Conversations on Mondays, just to name a few opportunities to connect. Your participation would be so welcome - and it’s an opportunity to lift your spirits during this endlessly unsettled time.
Please check the UUCQC calendar or the weekly UU News for details of congregational activities. We invite you to participate and connect so we can continue our work to create the Beloved Community of which we dream.
Lastly, we thank you for moving our community online for the health of our whole community.
The Board of Trustees
How can you help:
Pastoral Care: Please don’t hesitate to contact our Pastoral Care team if you or someone you know is in need. Pastoral Care is actively connecting with members who they know don’t have access to email and maybe isolated.
Sources of information about how our community is affected by COVID-19:
TogetherQC.COM - the Quad Cities Coalition on COVID-19
Scott County Health Department
Illinois and Iowa Departments of Public Health updated daily with information on the spread by county.
If you or someone you know are in need of assistance - food, childcare, rental assistance, utility assistance.
United Way Information Hotline 211
Community Action of Eastern Iowa
UUA’s response to COVID-19
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Sunday September 20 @ 10 AM
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Rev. Jay Wolin
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It has been a hard year. Let us look to the past to see how others have struggled and remained resilient. As we are at the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days let us look at the life of Victor Frankel, a Jewish Concentration Camp survivor and how he found meaning in life during and after the Holocaust.
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