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A (COVID) Moment with Megan - July 13

On a regular basis, Council Moderator Megan Fackler-Bretz will share emerging guidance from the “Path Forward” task force as CUCC responds to the pandemic.  

Questions from two CUCC members were discussed at the July 13 “Path Forward” meeting. The task force’s responses are below, along with their answers to previous questions. Please send issues you’d like discussed at the August meeting to Thank you!

Could the congregation establish small “house churches” that would meet on church grounds, in parks, members’ homes, etc.?
At this time, the pandemic numbers are headed in the wrong direction, and the task force is not comfortable encouraging members to meet in-person. However, the church office has access to three Zoom accounts and can set up recurring small group meetings anytime.

Since some people need to access the church buildings to keep CUCC running smoothly, how can we best protect them?
This week, sanitation tables will be placed at each of the main entrances in both buildings.  The tables will contain hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and instructions on how to clean surfaces such as door, toilet and sink handles. The instructions will also ask people to wear masks when accessing the buildings, keep a social distance if they encounter another person and limit their time in the buildings.

Information shared in previous postings is below:

What metrics are we following to assess when we can again meet in-person?
The “Path Forward” taskforce has recommended that we continue with online worship services and events until COVID-19 infections have dropped steadily for 30 days in the Triangle. You can check on the state’s progress here:

Are outdoor services and/or events a safe possibility?
Currently, outdoor events are limited to 10 people who wear masks and practice social distancing. When the 30-day metric is met, the taskforce will look at options for expanding in-person meetings.

Are we in touch with people who have not joined any of the virtual services, groups or events?
Many of our congregation’s small groups are in touch with members who have not participated online. Pastor Lacey and the Deacons are also touching base with members who are not involved in worship or other CUCC activities.  If you’re aware of a need for support, please contact Pastor Lacey at

Who is currently accessing our buildings?
A small number of people access our buildings to keep CUCC running smoothly.  They include our janitor, who cleans three mornings a week; our treasurer and assistant treasurer, who pay bills and collect mailed contributions; Pastor Lacey; Merrilee Jacobson, Property Ministry chairperson, who checks the buildings for maintenance needs; and our organist Doug Barrick and videographer Sophie Flynn, who record music for Sunday services.