Coronavirus at ESUC FAQ

(as of April 18, 2020) 

Are you closed and for how long? 

  • Yes, we are closed until June 19. The staff will reassess the date and any a decision on reopening in June. 
  • This closure includes worship and religious education (moved online), classes, social gatherings, etc.  

How can I participate in Worship? 

  • To virtually attend, please Zoom in using room number 873 515 4944. 
  • To phone into the service, call 669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 873 515 4944 
  • For those joining, please mute as soon as you enter the room, so everyone can hear. Please note, the services will be recorded, but at this time, there are no plans to share the recording. 
  • A virtual coffee hour will take place after both services in the same room. Those who wish to stay and chat can stay on the room and will be placed in smaller (4-5 person) “breakout” rooms. 

How can I participate in Religious Education? 

What if I need pastoral care? 

  • Contact Rev. Furrer directly at minister@esuc.org or 310-367-5314. 
  • If you have been confirmed positive to have COVID-19, please contact Rev. Furrer as he can inform those who may be impacted while keeping confidentiality. 
  • If you are a member or pledging friend, please also fill out this form: https://forms.gle/CjKXyEeWrqippnMj9 

How can I help my fellow members? 

How can I stay connected? 

  • Daily Check-In: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m.: Members are hosting a Daily Check-in via Zoom for anyone who wants to join. Every weekday (M-F) 9:00-9:30 a.m. Keep connected with church members during this time of social distancing; share joys, concerns, and needs with one another; click here or room 569 071 839 
  • Tuesday Night Happy Hour: Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m.: Join us for Happy Hour to continue Community Night! Nicole Duff will greet anyone who wants to bring a drink, snack, or meal and virtually share with others how you are doing. Come one, come all!  Zoom in to room 272 580 349. 
  • Parents Meetup for RE Families: Thursdays, 8:30 p.m.: Parents Meetup is for anyone with a kid or youth in our program. Logon to Zoom meeting ID: 483 385 002 or click here.  
  • Zoom Testing Opportunities: Fridays, 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.: We also know, some of you may still be unsure, so we are going to offer two “trial” runs with our Membership Development Manager Nicole! She will be in the same Zoom room used for worship (Zoom in using room number 873 515 4944) every Friday at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. She will go over how to mute/unmute, use both private and public chat, and let you know if you can be seen. All are welcome to join, even if it’s just to see a friendly face! 

How can I reserve a Zoom room for my event, meeting, or small group? 

Are East Shore staff still working and being paid? 

  • Yes – while most Staff are working remotely, Staff are still working full time to ensure the organization can continue fulfilling our Mission. 
  • In fact, many Staff have been working extra hours to quickly adapt our programming to the virtual world.  
  • East Shore has invested in cloud-based infrastructure and quality Staff that is making the transition easier than other churches. 
  • New opportunities for connection are being rolled out as plans solidify.   

How can I contribute to ESUC? 

  • Text ESUC and any dollar amount to 73256 to contribute to the Operating Fund. Any dollar amount helps during this time. 
  • Go online to https://onrealm.org/esuc/-/give/now for a recurring or one time donation. You are also able to may payments to your pledge online. 
  • Mail a check to ESUC – our Bookkeeper, Vanessa, is still checking mail and making deposits. Make sure you are clear in the memo line what the check is for (Pledge, Operating Fund, Minister’s Discretionary Fund, Second Sunday, etc.) 
  • Thank you for your continued support during this time! 

Is Seabeck still happening? 

  • As of March 27, the Seabeck planning team decided to cancel 2020 Seabeck. A letter will be sent to all registrants this week. 

What about the Auction events that are I planned or purchased? 

  • The organizer(s) of any Auction events are encouraged to postpone such activities until the Governor says it is safe to socialize once again, and they should communicate with the attendees of their event the delay and eventual rescheduling.   
  • If you need a list of those attending your auction event, please reach out to Nicole Duff.

Is Zoom safe? 

  • We stand by our commitment to protect the privacy of our customer’s data. We use data to facilitate the presentation of ads about our products that may interest you, and we provide tools for you to opt out of the ads you may see from us. 
  • If you do not want to receive retargeted ads about Zoom products and services and don’t see a “Do Not Sell My Personal Information” link, simply click the “Cookie Preferences” link at the bottom of any page on the zoom.us site and adjust the slider to “Required Cookies.” 
  • If you wish to be unsubscribed from marketing communications please contact unsubscribe@zoom.us or simply click unsubscribe at the bottom of any marketing email that you’ve received from Zoom. 

How can I help other groups we support? 

  • There are many opportunities to show compassion to those in our larger community hardest hit by this virus and its fall-out, particularly those in the most precarious economic and social situations. 
  • Here are some things we can do to lessen the impact, and let people know they are seen, and this community cares about them. As you give, let them know you’re from East Shore Unitarian Church, and that they can turn to us when they are in need. 

THANK YOU for sharing your heart and resources at this time!!