Hello, most wonderful people of the Midcoast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship!

I bring glad tidings: Sunday, March 22, MUUF will present its first video conference worship service. Our service will be led by future intern Lisa Kynvi, who I’m sure most of you know. She’s been with us several times and leads a crackin’ good service.

The elves have been working industriously for the past week and will continue this week, to put this live video service together. It will not be exactly like our services in Porter Hall, but then how could it? The important thing is that we have the opportunity to end our isolation from one another. That said, you will need to provide your own coffee, tea, and snacks. There will be time for all ages (children are encouraged to stay with us for the duration of the service). We will share joys and sorrows, and accept an offering. An Order of Service email will contain details on how to make an offering from home.

The video conferencing system we will use is Zoom. Many of you are already familiar with Zoom technology. Those who aren’t, don’t worry. It’s about as simple as it gets. More on that in a moment. Later this week, probably Saturday, we’ll send an Order of Service email with a link to join the meeting. If you don’t have Zoom already on your computer, you will be prompted to install it as you click the link to join the service. The installation is quick and easy, and won’t hold anything up. Basic instructions on how to join a Zoom meeting are here:

https://youtu.be/NIYudDeULlw

Lisa will lead worship. Courtney will provide the tech support necessary to keep the flow smooth. We suggest you join the meeting 15 minutes early. Some of us will be around and we can practice together before the service. If you enable video on your computer or tablet, and you are still in your jammies, make sure they are your Sunday-go-to-meeting jammies.

Which reminds me. You can join by telephone as well. There will be a phone number in the OOS. The video capabilities of using your phone will be diminished, or nonexistent, so please use a computer or tablet if possible. We want to see as many of your smiling faces as we can.

Most importantly, if you’ve never video conferenced before, don’t be tense. It’s not that hard; mistakes will be made (who cares?), and we will be together.

Warmly in Faith,

~Bob Whitmire, President
Midcoast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
He/Him/His

Our mission is to nurture spiritual growth; engage in justice; and love joyfully, without limits.