In response to a recent Sunday Service “Zoombombing” interruption, we’ve adopted a few changes to help lower the odds of this happening again.

  1. Every virtual Sunday service will now use a unique Zoom meeting link and password going forward — we will no longer be using a recurring link. This change will only affect virtual Sunday services. At this point, other Zoom events and meetings will remain unchanged, but will include the implementation of a waiting room.
    NOTE: The original recurring link has been completely deleted and will error out to anyone who tries to use it or join it.
  2. This change is being enacted for the sole purpose of improving security but will require members and friends to now take responsibility for accessing each week’s unique service link and password. Service links will be available weekly via the newsletter, Google Calendar and/or Upcoming Services on the website.
  3. You may notice that the Zoom link itself looks different. It has changed to a tinyurl, which basically takes an existing hyperlink and makes it something that doesn’t contain nearly as many characters, i.e. it shortens the link. This will also serve another purpose for us in “hiding” the Zoom link from trolls or other bad actors online when we post or share this.
  4. Additional minor in-meeting security features will be implemented. Everyone will be muted completely and their videos turned off for the entirety of the service EXCEPT for the host (Andy our tech guy) and co-hosts (speaker and other service facilitators.) Once we get to break out rooms at that end we will allow participants to use their video and unmute themselves.
    NOTE: In the past we gave folks the ability to turn their own video on and off and unmute themselves in-meeting…this will be a change for the participants.  
  5. Please continue to rename yourself using GB, OC, SP, DC, etc. (E.G. “GB John Z”). Avoid the use of ambiguous labels like a default phone number or “My iPad” which makes it more difficult to recognize if a hacker joins our participant list. (See below for more details on how to rename yourself.)
  6. We will NOT share any links about the meeting via social media (Instagram and Facebook), but will continue to post weekly information about the service topic or theme.  
  7. A Reaction Plan is under development and will be shared with the congregation upon completion. The plan will identify where to turn and what to do IF we were again hacked.

If you experience difficulties using Zoom, please check out this Zoom Support help page.


Generally speaking, expect Rev. Jim to conduct services on the first and third Sundays each month. Open Circle, Stevens Point and GBAUUF will share in the coordination duties of booking guest speakers on alternate Sundays. 

The Order of Service remains familiar and will generally follow this format:

  • Gathering/Welcome
  • Opening Words
  • Chalice Lighting
  • Hymn
  • Storie for All Ages
  • Readings
  • Musical Meditation
  • Sermon
  • Closing Hymn
  • Extinquishing of the Chalice
  • Benediction

Following the Benediction, participants will then join their individual congregations in a Breakout Room where Joys and Concerns, Announcements unique to their fellowship and the Congregational Response will be offered. Rev. Jim will “visit” each fellowship, floating between each of the congregations before concluding with a social time. You will not need to log on to a separate Zoom link. Bring your own coffee!

If you have a Joy or Concern or an Announcement to share during an upcoming service, please click on the embedded links to submit a request. Every effort will be made by the facilitator to include it as part of the service. Facilitators will also ask congregants to add any missed or new Joy or Concern during the service.

Give using our online offering basket. Make a single donation during the Sunday service or create an account contribute regularly toward your annual pledge.

We look forward to “seeing” you!

Note: This is a work-in-progress. Please be patient as we work out the kinks and become accustomed to using Zoom for our weekly services. Check back from time to time for updates.


VIRTUAL SERVICE TIPS AND ZOOM ETIQUETTE

Logging on
Click on the link above or dial in with a phone. The link will remain the same each week. The service link is live beginning at approximately 9:45 a.m.

  • Please make sure your name on the screen includes our congregational reference. This will help facilitate the breakout sessions at the end of the service. To change your name after entering a Zoom meeting, click on the “Participants” button at the top of the Zoom window. Next, hover your mouse over your name in the “Participants” list on the right side of the Zoom window. Click on “Rename”.
    • Add GB for Green Bay and the name you’d like to appear in the Zoom meeting and click on “OK.” (E.G. “GB John Z”)
    • Double check the screen to make sure your name and GB appears
  • Note: If, during the service, you get disconnected due to a poor or unstable internet connection, Zoom will automatically attempt to reconnect. When it does, you may need to rename yourself. The reconnection does not retain any of the past meeting information and reverts to your device name. All previous chatroom dialogue also disappears.

Muting

  • You will automatically be muted during the service so we don’t have background noise.
    • To unmute yourself during the congregational response or for participating in Joys and Concerns, look for a microphone icon usually at the bottom of your screen. (Or it may be on the top of your screen if you’re using a tablet or phone.)
    • You may need to hover over that space to get it to appear.
    • You remain muted when the microphone has a diagonal slash over it.  If you click on it, the slash will disappear and you will be unmuted.
  • If you’re calling in on your phone with voice only, you will need to use the mute functions of your particular phone.

Video

  • Those of you using video, you will see a camera icon next to your microphone icon. 
    • It is recommended that you have your camera off until the breakout room sessions at the end so we can have a more stable signal. The more folks we have on the Zoom call, the less stable it may become.
  • When the facilitator is sharing the screen, their face or the faces of a few others (participants and others who may be involved in the service will appear in small boxes over the top or along the side.)  
    • We don’t have any control over how this appears on your screen.
  • If you hover at the top of the little video box, you will see a bar appear with a few options represented by tiny boxes.  
    • TIP: Click on the middle option, to limit the video box to just the speaker.
    • You may also click on the bar at the top and drag the whole video box to anywhere on your screen that is convenient – so it’s not blocking part of the slide.

Offering

  • Please continue donating to our Fellowship if you can. We still have monthly mortgage and utility bills despite being unable to use our building. Without services for the foreseeable future, please continue to support the fellowship through weekly or monthly pledges.
    • Please mail your pledge to the Fellowship or request to set-up an automatic Electronic Funds Transfer.
    • Online giving is another option for both a one-time or recurring donation.

All in-person services, meetings and gatherings held at our fellowship have been cancelled until further notice. The Green Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is guided by science, not politics, and we are following Covid-19 safety recommendations established by the CDC and the UUA


As we continue to navigate this new normal, please take care of yourself in this time – physically, yes, but also psychologically and emotionally and spiritually. Your UU family is here to help. Please don’t hesitate to reach out through email or leaving a message on voice mail.