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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)

 

May 31, 2020
9:30-9:45: Time for All Ages
9:45-10:00: PreK-K
9:45-10:15: Grades 1-2
9:45-10:15: Grades 3-5
10:00-10:45: Popcorn Theology
11:00: Sunday Service
After Service: Virtual Coffee Fellowship

 

Schedule of Events

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

Wednesday, May 27: Executive Leadership Team, 5:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

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

Wednesday, May 27: Youth Group, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

Wednesday, May 27: Women in the Round, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

Wednesday, May 27: Generosity Team, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

Thursday, May 28: Caring Network, 11:00 am (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 311 245 405)

Thursday, May 28: Children's Chapel, 11:00 am (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 311 245 405)

Thursday, May 28: Fireside Chat, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 699 256 587)

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

Sunday, May 31: Buddhism Discussion Group, 4:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 204 489 222)

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

Monday, June 1: Climate Action Team Steering Committee, 3:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 787 178 759)

Monday, June 1: Women of Wisdom Weekly Check-In, 3:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 787 178 759)

Monday, June 1: Women's Book Group, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 978 924 624)

Tuesday, June 2: Beyond Sunday, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID 946 803 823)

Wednesday, June 3: Fireside Chat, 2:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 953 440 877)

Wednesday, June 3: Fellowship Family Night, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

Wednesday, June 3: Youth Group, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

Wednesday, June 3: Women in the Round, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

Thursday, June 4: Children's Chapel, 11:00 am (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 311 245 405)

Thursday, June 4: Fireside Chat, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 699 256 587)

Thursday, June 4: Persephone's Children, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 699 256 587)

Friday, June 5: ROMEOs (Men's Breakfast Group), 9:00 am (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 357 606 820)

Sunday, June 7: Mindfulness & Meditation, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 258-912-292)

Monday, June 8: Women of Wisdom Weekly Check-In, 3:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 787 178 759)

Monday, June 8: Climate Action Team, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 978 924 624)

Tuesday, June 9: Skadberg Science Circle, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID 946 803 823)

Tuesday, June 9: Building Your Own Theology, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID 946 803 823)

Wednesday, June 10: Fireside Chat, 2:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 953 440 877)

Wednesday, June 10: Fellowship Family Night, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

Wednesday, June 10: Board Meeting, 6:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

Wednesday, June 10: Youth Group, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

Wednesday, June 10: Women in the Round, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

Thursday, June 11: Caring Network, 11:00 am (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 311 245 405)

Thursday, June 11: Children's Chapel, 11:00 am (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 311 245 405)

Thursday, June 11: Fireside Chat, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 699 256 587)

Friday, June 12: ROMEOs (Men's Breakfast Group), 9:00 am (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 357 606 820)

Saturday, June 13: Sunday Service Committee, 10:00 am (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 862 5551 0959)

Sunday, June 14: Buddhism Discussion Group, 4:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 204 489 222)

Sunday, June 14: Mindfulness & Meditation, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 258-912-292)

Monday, June 15: Women of Wisdom Monthly Gathering, 3:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 787 178 759)

Monday, June 15: Soul Matters Listening Circle, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 978 924 624)

Tuesday, June 16: Beyond Sunday, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID 946 803 823)

Wednesday, June 17: Fireside Chat, 2:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 953 440 877)

Wednesday, June 17: Fellowship Family Night, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

Wednesday, June 17: Youth Group, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

Wednesday, June 17: Women in the Round, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

Thursday, June 18: Children's Chapel, 2:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 311 245 405)

Thursday, June 18: Soul Matters Listening Circle, 6:45 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 699 256 587)

Thursday, June 18: Fireside Chat, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 699 256 587)

Thursday, June 18: Persephone's Children, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 699 256 587)

Friday, June 19: ROMEOs (Men's Breakfast Group), 9:00 am (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 357 606 820)

Sunday, June 21: Mindfulness & Meditation, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 258-912-292)

Tuesday, June 23: Soul Matters Listening Circle, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID 946 803 823)

Tuesday, June 23: Skadberg Science Circle, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID 946 803 823)

Tuesday, June 23: Building Your Own Theology, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID 946 803 823)

Wednesday, June 24: Fireside Chat, 2:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 953 440 877)

Wednesday, June 24: Executive Leadership Team, 4:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 523 341 816)

Wednesday, June 24: Fellowship Family Night, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

Wednesday, June 24: Generosity Team, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

Wednesday, June 24: Youth Group, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

Wednesday, June 24: Women in the Round, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 604 080 942)

Thursday, June 25: Caring Network, 11:00 am (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 849 8003 3738)

Thursday, June 25: Children's Chapel, 2:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 311 245 405)

Thursday, June 25: Fireside Chat, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 699 256 587)

Friday, June 26: ROMEOs (Men's Breakfast Group), 9:00 am (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 357 606 820)

Sunday, June 28: Buddhism Discussion Group, 4:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 204 489 222)

Sunday, June 28: Mindfulness & Meditation, 6:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 258-912-292)

Monday, June 29: Women of Wisdom Weekly Check-In, 3:30 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 787 178 759)

Tuesday, June 30: Building Your Own Theology, 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID 946 803 823)

 

Fireside Chats

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

Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 953 440 877)
Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 699 256 587)
Fridays by appointment (or call 515-292-8929)

 

Children's Chapel

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

May 21-June 11: Thursdays, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 311 245 405)
June 18-August 27: Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 311 245 405)

 

Beyond Sunday

Join Rev. Kent for adult education!  Each week will stream an episode of the PBS documentary series, Eyes on the Prize, with discussion to follow.  Each episode is an hour long and can stand alone (regular attendance not necessary).  No registration required.

Tuesdays (1st and 3rd weeks), 7:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 946 803 823)

June 2:  Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961)
Black college students take a leadership role in the civil rights movement as lunch counter sit-ins spread across the South. "Freedom Riders" also try to desegregate interstate buses, but they are brutally attacked as they travel.

June 16:  No Easy Walk (1961-1963)
The civil rights movement discovers the power of mass demonstrations as the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. emerges as its most visible leader. Some demonstrations succeed; others fail. But the triumphant March on Washington, D.C., under King's leadership, shows a mounting national support for civil rights. President John F. Kennedy proposes the Civil Rights Act.

July 7:  Mississippi: Is This America? (1963-1964)
Mississippi's grass-roots civil rights movement becomes an American concern when college students travel south to help register black voters and three activists are murdered. The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party challenges the regular Mississippi delegation at the Democratic Convention in Atlantic City.

 

Building Your Own Theology

Starting April 28, join us for a discussion series providing a classic approach to exploring your own beliefs!  Registration is requested, as materials will be sent out weekly - email Rev. Kent!

Tuesdays (2nd, 4th, and 5th weeks), 7:00-8:00 pm (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 946 803 823)

 

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) 
(NEW April 22) Troubleshooting Resource List

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.

Our online meeting vendor has received a lot of attention/media lately for "bombing" - unsolicited distribution of inappropriate material via screen-sharing.  The UUFA has followed the recommendations of the vendor, FBI, and CISA, and taken steps to safeguard our online gatherings.  We continue to monitor the situation and have additional steps that can be taken, if deemed necessary.  We have also obtained this guide to help meeting facilitators mitigate the situation (in real time) if their gathering does get "bombed."  If you are a meeting facilitator, please check out the guide, so you can quickly navigate mitigation, if the need arises.

 

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
(NEW April 10) Teaching Resource: Coronavirus Explained by Brainpop

(NEW May 15) A Conversation: What Do Science and Data Say About the Near Term Future of Singing (panel webinar sponsored by the The National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Chorus America, Barbershop Harmony Society, and Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA)).  Summary article available from The Middleclass Artist.

(NEW May 15) The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them by Dr. Erin Bromage

(NEW May 15) 'I would do anything for a do-over': Calgary Church Hopes Others Learn From Their Tragic COVID-19 Experience by Chris Epp, CTV Calgary, Alberta, Canada

(NEW May 19) A Physicist View of the Airborne Infection by Anchordoqui & Chudnovskyk

(NEW May 19) What Fluid Dynamics Can Explain About COVID-19 Spread - And How to Protect Yourself by Catherine Graham, Johns Hopkins University

 

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!
(NEW April 16) Jason Reynolds, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and author of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, is offering a storytelling video series for kids.  The series, Write. Right. Rite. is meant to be all about the ritual of authentic expression.

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
(NEW April 16) Photomath App - scan a math problem with your mobile device, get the answer and step-by-step breakdown!

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.
(NEW April 10) Cincinnati Zoo (2:00 pm livestreams)
(NEW April 16) Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings are swapping virtual tours

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)

(NEW May 15) The Museum of Modern Art is offering free online art classes

Connection

(NEW May 5): Do you know a teen who misses socializing with other teens?  Ames Public Library's Teen Space Discord server is the perfect virtual hang out!  Sign up for an invite at https://forms.gle/ZJNFeEJdjK8b8rUV7.

UUFA Religious Education Resources

 

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.
(NEW April 7) ACSD Update (includes Chromebook checkout information)
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:

Please note: some of these services, particularly delivery services, can sometimes have 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.

(NEW May 15): Ames Main Street Farmers' Market has gone virtual.  Orders can be placed Tuesday morning through Thursday 9:00 pm.  Pickup Saturday 10:00 am-12:30 pm at 304 Main Street.

 

Other Community Resource Pages

(NEW April 3) COVID-19 Legal Information Hotline with Iowa Legal Aid - 1-800-332-0419
(NEW April 10) Iowa State University Student Wellness Resource Page (quite varied, and many, many excellent resources!)
(NEW April 16) Ames United Church of Christ has built a good page for Story County-specifc resources.

 

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 2020.05.27, 5:00 pm.

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