Please check this page for updates about COVID-19, schedule changes, or information on how church life may be affected.

See the Weekly Update for schedule changes.

Join us on Sundays for Online Worship. There is one worship service at 10:00 am.

Read Rev. Mary’s messages here.

Read messages from Ann Yeo, our Parish Nurse here.

OUUC’s first line of contact will be Thurston County Public Health and Social Services with guidance also from the WA State Department of Health.  

March 24 Letter from the County Health Officer

Recommendations from the Unitarian Universalist Association

A reminder of our higher calling when making hard decisions

Flattening the coronavirus curve

Do you need help explaining the virus to your kids? Check out Just for Kids: A comic exploring the new coronavirus.

Click here for information from the CDC about preventing the spread of COVID-19.

From the State Department of Health (the agency that houses nurse licensing):

Social Distancing and Mental Health

We need each other. Being isolated from other people can make our physical and mental health worse and can especially trigger anxiety and depression. Especially if you live alone, social distancing is hard on our bodies and our emotions. And when we add to that the worries about unknowns—will I get sick? Will someone I love get sick? What will happen to my job?—we layer on additional stresses to our physical and mental health. If you find yourself lonely, stressed, or anxious, pay attention to these emotions and take action:

  1. Avoid watching, reading, or listening to news reports that cause you to feel anxious or distressed. A near-constant stream of news reports is not calming. Seek out information from reliable sources like the Washington State Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just a couple times a day. Fact check what you see on social media. Spread good information.
  2. Stay connected with others and maintain your social networks. Go for a walk and wave to your neighbors from six feet away. Ask them if they are well and if they need anything.
  3. Introduce structure into your day. Structure and routine may be helpful for people with mental health vulnerabilities, especially during times of uncertainty. Even if you are working from home or if your life looks completely different right now, try to maintain familiar routines in daily life as much as possible. Maybe we’ll feel better if we shower, get dressed, and eat breakfast.
  4. Check out these resources to help support your mental health or that of a loved one:

And if you are in crisis, don’t hesitate to call the 24-Hour Crisis Line at 866-427-4747 or text HEAL to 741741 to get confidential text access to a trained crisis counselor any time of the day or night.

Remember, you can find great information on the state’s new web portal for information about COVID-19 (coronavirus.wa.gov), on the Department of Health website (www.doh.wa.gov), or on the CDC website (www.cdc.gov). Or you can call our COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-525-0127 and press #, or email us at DOH.Information@doh.wa.gov.

Practice compassion. Staying away from other people is not good for us. It doesn’t make any sense except in the light of the compassion we have for our loved ones and communities. Stay at home to protect the people you love.

Stay home and stay healthy!

See our procedures:

Pandemic Preparedness for OUUC

OUUC Operations in Case of Pandemic

 

It’s important to wash your hands often – let’s make it fun!

Sing this through twice as you are washing (to the tune of Come, Come, Whoever You Are):

Wash, wash, whoever you are!

Wanderer, worshipper

lover of cleaning

Between every finger,

it’s easy to do –

Scrub, yet again scrub!