August 2020

Updates from the Fellowship

  • The solar project has been installed and is awaiting final inspection before being switched on. It’s a beautiful sight on the CARE Building roof!
  • Based on the continued spread of the coronavirus, we expect that worship will continue to be “online only” well into the fall and possibly beyond. Thanks to a generous grant from the Eno River Foundation, webcast recording equipment has been installed in the ERUUF Sanctuary. Staff are eagerly learning the new system so that even though you can’t come to ERUUF, soon we’ll be able to “bring ERUUF to you!” We’re very grateful to the Foundation for this generous gift which will make it possible to continue to share Sunday morning from the Sanctuary long after the pandemic is just a story we tell in the future.
  • We’re also planning for church school and adult programs to be “online only” this fall. We’re ready to pivot back to “in person” as soon as it’s safe to do so. But while it’s not safe we’re checking in with our members to find out what they need and we’ll do our best to respond with online groups and classes.

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June 2020

***ERUUF is Online. We are following all City of Durham and State of North Carolina pandemic guidelines.***

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June 11, 2020

***ERUUF is Online. We are following all City of Durham and State of North Carolina pandemic guidelines.***

Mark Your Calendars for Sunday, June 28, 2020, 1:00 - 2:30 PM via Zoom.  Our Annual Meeting will be virtual this year and will include very important information regarding the state of ERUUF and our future. We will also vote on our fiscal year 2020-21 budget as well as nominees for the Board of Trustees, Healthy Congregation Committee, and Nominating Committee. All members are asked to join us for this very important meeting. Contact the Board directly with questions: .

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June 5, 2020

ERUUF is Online. We are following all City of Durham and State of North Carolina pandemic guidelines.

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May 21, 2020

ERUUF is Online. We are following all City of Durham and State of North Carolina pandemic guidelines.

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May 14, 2020

ERUUF is Online. We are following all City of Durham and State of North Carolina pandemic guidelines.

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May 7, 2020

ERUUF is Online. We are following all City of Durham and State of North Carolina pandemic guidelines.

 Click below to read Rev. Cayer's update from May 7, 2020. 

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April 23, 2020

ERUUF is Online. We are following all City of Durham and State of North Carolina pandemic guidelines.

Date Change for Annual Meeting
At the April Board meeting, ERUUF’s Board set the date for the Annual Meeting on June 28, 2020. This is much later than we usually hold the meeting. The Board believes this will give Stewardship and Annual Pledge Team leaders the time we need to complete the Annual Pledge Campaign, and for the Coordinating Team and Board to create a budget for the coming year based on realistic financial resources. If you haven’t yet made your pledge of support for 2020-21, it would help immensely if you would do that online now.

Update From Rev. Cayer: April 23, 2020
 

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May 1, 2020

 ERUUF Helping ERUUFians 

Thank you to everyone who has sent contributions to the Ministers Discretionary Fund. Some have sent their stimulus checks and others have contributed $10, and each represents a genuine sacrifice.  Thanks to everyone’s love and support, together we’ve helped fellow members close the gap on essentials such as rent and mortgage, food, transportation, and utilities. Many are still waiting after six or more weeks to hear back from the unemployment office, or about their SBA loans. Those pictures of long lines of very nice middle-class cars in line at food pantries?  That’s us, middle America, one paycheck, one health crisis away from losing it all. But in this congregation, we won’t let each other go hungry or sit in the dark with the lights turned off. Thank you also to everyone who has contributed to ERUUF itself by pledge completion, or extra contribution. You inspire me, ERUUF…you really do.  

Click below to read Rev. Cayer's update from May 1, 2020. 

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Rev. Cayer Update: April 16, 2020

Update from Rev. Cayer: April 16, 2020

How are you doing?

I hope you’re figuring out new regular routines; these can be very helpful in supporting a healthy experience of work/life balance.

ERUUF’s Finances
Just as this pandemic has thrown businesses, non-profits and each of our families into financial uncertainty, it’s also had an effect on ERUUF. ERUUF’s income mainly comes from our members’ generous financial support (given weekly or monthly by most) and building rentals. Our rentals left the campus at the same time we did, and it’s normal that all of us hold our resources closely in the midst of uncertainty. So as might be expected, in March ERUUF’s income was down by almost 40%, and it looks as though this will be true for the month of April as well. We are fortunate to have some savings to draw on to cover this loss of income in the short term. We have also applied for a Small Business Administration Loan, which does offer support for employees of religious institutions (not the institutions themselves). We have not yet had a response but will share results when we do.

Read more: Rev. Cayer Update: April 16, 2020

Rev. Cayer Update: April 9, 2020

Update from Rev. Cayer: April 9, 2020

It’s felt to me as though we’ve been living the mythic story of Passover, when the ancient Israelites saw their chance in the midst of horror, grabbed everything they could carry, and left Egypt so fast their bread didn’t have a chance to rise. Now we know how that could happen. We left public life so quickly we only had time to grab what we thought we’d need in order to work and study at home for a short while. It’s looking much longer now. How long? To be determined.


ERUUF’s Finances
In a special meeting on April 2, the ERUUF Board met in emergency session to learn about an emergency federally backed loan program from the Small Business Administration (SBA 7a) that allows all small businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profits, including religious institutions, to borrow money to keep all their employees on payroll for two months. If these conditions are met the loan becomes a federal grant. The Board voted to apply for a loan because this is a national effort to keep all sectors of the economy afloat. The program essentially will enable everyone to “press pause” for a couple of months, and then get back to speed more quickly than if we sink into worldwide financial depression. (Large American corporations also are receiving assistance.) ERUUF’s application is being processed and we’ll share results as soon as we know what they are.

Read more: Rev. Cayer Update: April 9, 2020