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UUFA Response to COVID-19

The UUFA is CLOSED until further notice, in response to the spread of COVID-19.  All in-person services and activities have been canceled.  We will, however, continue to come together ONLINE!  Please stay tuned in to this page for opportunities to connect virtually with the Fellowship community, as well as information on when in-person activities and services are expected to resume.

Click here for closure announcement letter (March 13)

 

Sunday Streaming at the Fellowship

Join us LIVE on Sunday mornings as we come together for Religious Education and Sunday Services!  Plans are shifting from week to week, as we adjust to keep making it a better experience for you, so check back to this section for schedule updates. Recordings are not available at this time, so be sure to join us!

SIGN ON HERE for both RE and Service, and we'll get you where you need to go!  (Or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 997 408 874)

April 5, 2020
9:15-9:30: Grade 3-5 check-in
9:30-9:45: Time for All Ages (PreK-Grade 5)
9:45-10:15: PreK-Grade 2 class
9:45-10:15: Grade 3-5 class
10:20-10:50: Children's Choir
11:00: Popcorn Theology
11:00: Sunday Service

 

Other Events

Click on the links to join the gathering!  If you would like to schedule a get-together, please contact the office.

April 5: Mindfulness & Meditation, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 258-912-292)

April 6: Climate Action Team Leadership, 3:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 787 178 759)

April 6: Women of Wisdom, 3:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 787 178 759)

April 6: Women's Book Group, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 978 924 624)

April 7: Beyond Sunday (Adult Ed with Rev. Kent), 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 557 330 449)

April 8: Fellowship Family Night, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

April 8: Board Meeting, 6:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

April 8: Youth Group, 7:00 pm (online method changes each week, contact Jamila for more info!)

April 10: ROMEOs (Men's Breakfast Group), 9:00 am (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 357 606 820)

April 12: Buddhism Discussion Group, 4:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 204 489 222)

April 12: Mindfulness & Meditation, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 258-912-292)

April 13: Women of Wisdom, 3:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 787 178 759)

April 13: Climate Action Team, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 366 413 903)

April 14: Skadberg Science Circle, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 946 803 823)

April 15: Fellowship Family Night, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

April 15: Youth Group, 7:00 pm (online method changes each week, contact Jamila for more info!)

April 17: ROMEOs (Men's Breakfast Group), 9:00 am (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 357 606 820)

April 19: Mindfulness & Meditation, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 258-912-292)

April 20: Women of Wisdom, 3:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 787 178 759)

April 21: Beyond Sunday (Adult Ed with Rev. Kent), 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 557 330 449)

April 22: Executive Leadership Team, 4:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 523-341-816)

April 22: Fellowship Family Night, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

April 22: Generosity Team, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

April 22: Youth Group, 7:00 pm (online method changes each week, contact Jamila for more info!)

April 24: ROMEOs (Men's Breakfast Group), 9:00 am (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 357 606 820)

April 26: Buddhism Discussion Group, 4:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 204 489 222)

April 26: Mindfulness & Meditation, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 258-912-292)

April 27: Women of Wisdom, 3:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 787 178 759)

April 28: Skadberg Science Circle, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 946 803 823)

April 28: Soul Matters Listening Circle, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 946 803 823)

April 29: Fellowship Family Night, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

April 29: Youth Group, 7:00 pm (online method changes each week, contact Jamila for more info!)

May 1: ROMEOs (Men's Breakfast Group), 9:00 am (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 357 606 820)

May 3: Mindfulness & Meditation, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 258-912-292)

May 4: Women of Wisdom, 3:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 787 178 759)

May 4: Women's Book Group, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 978 924 624)

May 5: Beyond Sunday (Adult Ed with Rev. Kent), 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 557 330 449)

May 6: Fellowship Family Night, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

May 6: Youth Group, 7:00 pm (online method changes each week, contact Jamila for more info!)

May 8: ROMEOs (Men's Breakfast Group), 9:00 am (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 357 606 820)

May 10: Buddhism Discussion Group, 4:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 204 489 222)

May 10: Mindfulness & Meditation, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 258-912-292)

May 11: Women of Wisdom, 3:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 787 178 759)

May 12: Skadberg Science Circle, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 946 803 823)

May 13: Fellowship Family Night, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

May 13: Youth Group, 7:00 pm (online method changes each week, contact Jamila for more info!)

May 15: ROMEOs (Men's Breakfast Group), 9:00 am (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 357 606 820)

May 17: Mindfulness & Meditation, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 258-912-292)

May 18: Women of Wisdom, 3:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 787 178 759)

May 19: Beyond Sunday (Adult Ed with Rev. Kent), 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 557 330 449)

May 20: Fellowship Family Night, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

May 20: Youth Group, 7:00 pm (online method changes each week, contact Jamila for more info!)

May 22: ROMEOs (Men's Breakfast Group), 9:00 am (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 357 606 820)

May 24: Mindfulness & Meditation, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 258-912-292)

May 24: Buddhism Discussion Group, 4:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 204 489 222)

May 25: Women of Wisdom, 3:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 787 178 759)

May 26: Skadberg Science Circle, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 946 803 823)

May 27: Fellowship Family Night, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

May 27: Youth Group, 7:00 pm (online method changes each week, contact Jamila for more info!)

May 29: ROMEOs (Men's Breakfast Group), 9:00 am (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 357 606 820)

May 31: Mindfulness & Meditation, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 258-912-292)

 

Fireside Chats

Join us for open conversation and check-in with those in our community!  All are welcome!

Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 953 440 877)
Tuesdays (2nd, 4th, and 5th weeks), 7:00-8:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 946 803 823)
Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 699 256 587)
Fridays by appointment (or call 515-292-8929)
Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 am (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 220 647 782)

 

Children's Chapel

Children of the Fellowship are invited to come together for a time of check-in and fun!  All children are welcome!

Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 311 245 405)

 

Online Meeting How-To's

Joining a Meeting (fast video tutorial)
Joining a Meeting for the First Time (slower video tutorial) 
Helpful Hints Sheet
One-Minute Video Tutorials
Extended Video Tutorials
Resources from Foothills UU, Ft. Collins, CO (includes tips you don't usually see and a video tutorial of setting up and navigating during a meeting)
Improving Sound Quality for Live Music (or if voices are distorted) 

How Does an Online Meeting Work for My Group at the UUFA?

1)  Contact the office to set up an online meeting at your requested time
2)  The office emails the group leader an invitation to send out to group
3)  Everyone in the group signs on at the requested time
4)  A staff member (we're splitting these up as we go) will be in the virtual meeting space to get you started
5)  Staff will transfer the meeting hosting capabilities to someone in the meeting
6)  Staff member leaves meeting & the rest continue
7)  New host (designated above) will click "end meeting" when it's over!

If a group leader would like to learn more about how to work the meeting program as a host and how some features work, please have them get in touch with the office to set up a one-on-one.

 

Articles/Videos on Social Distancing & Preventing Spread

Article: Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day by Dr. Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH
Article: A Psychologist’s Science-Based Tips for Emotional Resilience During the Coronavirus Crisis by Jelena Kecmonovic, The Washington Post 
Video: Alton Brown Explains the Science of Why Handwashing Helps Fight Coronavirus
Story: My Social Distancing Story by Tobii Dyvanox - a story for children
(NEW March 26) Video: How to See Germs Spread by Mark Rober
(NEW March 26) Article: Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times (Toolkit from University of North Carolina)
(NEW April 2) Article: How Do We Keep Kids Mentally Healthy? by Rachel Buchholz, Kids and Family Editor in Chief, National Geographic
(NEW April 2) Article:Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus by Malaka Gharib, NPR

 

Activities for Social Distancing (Kids & Adults)

Storytime & Reading

Flamingo Rampant holds a live storytime every weekday at 9:30 am on Facebook.  
People Get Ready Bookstore also holds storytime videos, but with a set schedule at this time.
Storyline Online, a platform that shares famous actors reading their favorite children's books.
Stories.audible.com has hundreds of audio book titles available that are free.  Great for non-screen time!

Active/Movement

GoNoodle! is a website and app with tons of videos focused on movement and mindfulness, used in schools across the nation.  Free accounts have access to lots of material, or you can check out GoNoodle! on YouTube.
(NEW April 2) Cosmic Kids Yoga has videos of yoga instruction geared towards kids
(NEW April 2) Tinkergarten at Home Live! every Tuesday at 11:30 am on Facebook.  Outdoor classes where kids learn through play and creativity.

Education

Scholastic "Learn at Home" Project: this new project from Scholastic has compiled 20 days worth of learning materials for various age levels.  You can also create a free Bookflix account here!
This article also lists a ton of free online learning sites.  Check it out!
(NEW March 25) List of Sites for Families to Use While School is Closed

Art

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: Join the illustrator of Elephant & Piggie and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, daily from his personal studio at the Kennedy Center.  Episodes are also available on YouTube.
Art For Kids Hub is a website with all kinds of art lessons for kids, including drawing, painting, origami, and more!

Museums, Parks & Zoos

This article features 12 of the world's most famous museums offering virtual tours.
The Kansas City Zoo offers 24-hour streaming of their penguin plaza.  Many zoos and aquariums in major cities are providing streaming services (like the Monterey Bay Aquarium).  Pick a city and Google the zoo!
Tour some National Parks, right from home!  (Google Arts & Culture is also a great site to explore.)
(NEW March 25) Virtual tour of the Catacombs of Paris
(NEW March 25) Paris Museums has 300,000+ works online.

Games & Entertainment

Netflix Party: a Google Chrome extension that lets you have movie nights while social distancing!
Tabletopia: play board games online with your friends!
(NEW March 25) Amazon has made many kid's shows free to stream (usually one episode if you don't have a Prime account, or reduced to free for the series if you do have Prime).

Classes

YMCA360.org: The YMCA has launched 60 free online classes you can stream from your home!
(NEW March 25) Free Online Classes with the American Quilter's Society
(NEW March 25) ISU Recreation Services is hosting free home workouts via Instragram.
(NEW March 25) Free guided meditations for adults and kids at Health Journeys
(NEW March 25) The Greater Good Magazine (UC Berkeley) has lots of helpful articles for mindfulness, meditation, and navigating the challenges of quarantine.
(NEW March 26) Fender Guitar is offering free guitar/bass/ukulele lessons for 3 months
(NEW April 3) Virtual Pasta-Making with Nonna Nerina, 84-year old Italian grandmother
(NEW April 3) PBS is offering streaming of every episode of The French Chef with Julia Child (through your PBS Passport membership or Amazon Prime)

 

Medical & Mental Health Services:

McFarland Clinic has a page on their website dedicated to information on testing, hotlines to call, and quality information on COVID-19.
Mary Greeley Medical Center updates on policy changes can be found on their website.
Primary Health Care also has new procedures/policies in place, as does the Story County Medical Center.
Ames & Des Moines Therapy & Consulting offices are offering telehealth visits.
National Council for Behavioral Health
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Article: A Psychologist’s Science-Based Tips for Emotional Resilience During the Coronavirus Crisis by Jelena Kecmonovic, The Washington Post 
Article: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty by Dr. Doreen Marshall
Article: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health
Online AA (Alcoholic's Anonymous) Meetings (nationwide) can be found on this document
Online AA meetings for Ames
Online AA meetings for Des Moines
(NEW April 3) Mental Health Resources for Youth, Families & Schools -Pleasepassthelove.org 

 

Resources from Ames-Area Schools:

Ames Community School District information is found here, including regular updates, and information on the Summer Food Program for kids age 1-18 (March 19 update, program starts March 23 & has a bus shuttle available).
(NEW March 26) ACSD has also created a list of Story County Community Resources, which covers transportation, mental health, child care, housing, un/employment, food, and other resources.
(NEW March 26) ACSD Supplemental Digital Learning Resources can be found here.
Nevada Community School District information is found here.  They are also running a meal program for students.
Gilbert Community School District information is found here.  They have a meal program and many online educational resources.

 

Ames-Specific Resources for Getting Supplies:

As word continues to spread in the community that these resources are available, particularly delivery services, expect delays (days or even a week).  Check availability early and often, and be sure to plan ahead!

United Way of Story County has a resource page.
Walgreens - FREE delivery of all prescriptions during this crisis. Call 515-232-8284.
Ames Clinic Pharmacy (Hy-Vee Pharmacy in downtown McFarland Clinic) - FREE delivery of prescriptions in Ames for those who can't get out due health concerns. Call 515-233-7315.
CVS - FREE 1 to 4-day delivery on $35+ orders.
Target - Online shopping with option for FREE drive-up/curbside delivery to your car, so you don't have to go in to the store. Some of their cold/frozen grocery items are limited.  Call 515-663-9500 upon arrival at store.  (https://www.target.com/c/drive-up/-/N-9d42z?lnk=DriveUp)
Hy-Vee - Online shopping with 2 options - home delivery for $9.95 (on orders over $30) OR free pick up at store (orders over $30). Store hours have been modified company-wide, and 7:00-8:00 am is dedicated to those 60+ or with chronic conditions succeptible to COVID-19.
Fareway - No delivery service, but 8:00-9:00 am on Monday-Saturday is dedicated to those 65+ or with chronic conditions succeptible to COVID-19.
Wheatsfield Cooperative - 8:00-9:00 am dedicated to those 60+ or with chronic conditions succeptible to COVID-19.  Also revised hours.
Aldi - 8:30-9:30 am on Tuesday/Thursday dedicated to vulnerable populations.
Ames Public Library - Books and movies can still be downloaded or streamed.  Visit https://www.amespubliclibrary.org/books-movies-more/stream-download.
Treats on a Leash - FREE delivery on orders of pet supplies of $10+.  Call 515-233-4592.

 

Miscellaneous

(NEW April 3) COVID-19 Legal Information Hotline with Iowa Legal Aid - 1-800-332-0419

 

Information on COVID-19:

Iowa Governor's Proclamation of Public Health Emergency, March 17
CDC: COVID-19 Situation Summary
CDC: COVID-19 in the United States
CDC Information for At-Risk Persons
Iowa Department of Public Health
COVID-19 in Iowa
(NEW April 3) Google Analytics on Community Mobility to Combat COVID-19

 

This page last updated on 2020.04.03, 10:20 am.

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