Hamilton Union’s Mask Policy Changed on March 13th- We have gone mask OPTIONAL!
New York State lifted the mask requirement for indoor spaces on February 10th. On February 25, 2022, the Centers for
Disease (CDC) control announced a new classification for community levels of COVID risk which is based on three
measures: 1.Hospitalizations with COVID (not just for COVID), 2. Hospital bed availability, and 3. New COVID cases.
For those counties with Low and Medium case levels, the CDC no longer recommends that masks be worn indoors for the
general population. As of this writing, Albany County is classified at a Medium level. Following this new guidance, the Session voted on March 1st to no longer require masks to be worn in the building or during worship starting on March 13th.
Although masks will not be required, individuals may still choose to wear a mask at any time, and we expect that some
members will continue to do so. We strongly encourage everyone to take into account their own personal and family
circumstances and health concerns in deciding whether to wear a mask or not in the church building and during worship.
As always, we greatly appreciate everyone’s respect for others’ individual circumstances and choices.
In addition, signing in for contact tracing purposes is no longer required when entering the Sanctuary or church buildings.
For now, we will continue social distancing during Worship. As Covid cases continue to fall, please keep an eye out for
additional changes as guidance is updated.
The Purple Pantry
Presbyterian Women has started an ongoing collection of personal care items (feminine care products, toothpaste, facial tissues, and deodorant, shampoo, soap, contact solution, tissues, cotton swabs & razors), for The Purple Pantry, which is the food pantry on the UAlbany Campus. Please leave donations in the box at the top of the stairs in the Christian Education Building or in the box in front of the Christian Education Building, labeled that they are for the Purple Pantry.
Guilderland Food Pantry
|The Guilderland Food Pantry is currently in need of jarred tomato sauce, beef stew, juice, jelly, canned fruit, deodorant, shampoo, hand soap, paper towels, and laundry and dish detergent. The pantry also needs the following items for the clients’ Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners: corn muffin mix, boxed stuffing, turkey gravy, cake mix and frosting. Cash donations can be sent to the Guilderland Food Pantry, 4 Charles Park, Guilderland, NY 12084. Donations of food, household, and personal care products can be brought to the Pantry at Charles Park, Monday through Saturday, 9:30 to 11:00 AM. Non-perishable items can be placed in the bin in front of the HUPC Education Building, and the bin next to the Food Pantry entrance. For more information, contact Cindy Schultz, HUPC liaison to the Food Pantry.
The deck box near the outside entrance of the Education Building will be used for ongoing Food Pantry and Purple Pantry donations and will be checked weekly. It will also be used for other items as needed. If there are any questions, please contact Cindy Schultz.
Got fundraising ideas? Our 2021 church budget includes substantial income from fundraisers. We are putting together a group of members and friends to receive and generate fundraising ideas, and to hold and manage fundraisers. If you have fundraising ideas, expertise, or are willing to help, please contact Sue Ferris. Thank you!
Please find the QR code for HUPC donations pictured below. This is another means of donating to our church. Simply open your camera app on your electronic device as if you were taking a photo of the code. When you do this, a notification with the donation website will appear at the top of your screen.
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Every Sunday, 10:00 am – Worship Service in person and on Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86764200810 Tel. 1-929-205-6099 Meeting ID: 867 6420 0810
Every Tuesday, 5:00 pm – Upcoming Events and Bulletin Deadline. Please submit to the church office at email@example.com or 518-456-5410. Ann can provide help with writing.
- Second Thursday of the month – Good News newsletter deadline. Send articles to Editor Mark Hutchinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INSTRUCTIONS – Revised 4/8/20
With the recent upgrades to Zoom security, and in light of the Zoom-bombing that occurred during the Bible study this week, all of our more public Zoom meetings will now require passwords. Many of these meetings are recurring and the same Password is used for these meetings each week. When these meetings expire, there will be new links and new passwords. The links to the meetings will continue to be published, but the passwords will be removed.
First – if you enter by computer, tablet, Kindle, Smartphone, do what you always do – follow the link provided. (On-going meetings have the same link for multiple weeks, and Rev. Janice will alert you when a new link is needed). If you enter by non-smart phone or landline, you will dial in as usual, and then you will need to enter the meeting password.
Join Zoom Meeting: example https://zoom.us/j/162506373, or call phone 1-929-205-6099 Meeting ID: example 162 506 373. NOTE that the meeting ID is the numbers found in the “address”Password: example 123456. Again – call or text if you have an issue. Also, there is no local number to call for Zoom meeting, so yes, long distance charges do apply.
Second – if you enter the meeting before the moderator does, you will find yourself in a waiting room. Just hang out and wait. This is the second level of security, as Rev. Janice will then “open the door” and “let you in” to the meeting, and then close it again. What this means is that we will be in need of a second person to be a co-moderator, especially during worship, as it is difficult to do both at the same time. If you would like to volunteer, let me know. Remember, there is always grace! Zoom meetings all have the same instructions except that the Links, Meeting Identification Numbers (ID’s) and Passwords will change. We will note the data that changes in the corresponding event above.
Standard instructions follow:
-From your computer, tablet or smartphone, for visual and audio,
Click on the link to join the Zoom meeting: example https://zoom.us/j/123456789 Input the Meeting ID: example 123 456 789. Input the password: example 123456
– From your telephone or cell phone, for audio only, dial by your location:
1-929-205-6099 US (New York)
Input the Meeting ID: example 123 456 789
Input the password: example 123456
Please Note: Depending on your phone plan, long-distance charges may apply.
To Leave a Telephone Message at the HUPC Office:
- Dial HUPC at 518-456-5410
- To skip the opening message, you may dial an extension at any time:
10 – Office, or 11 – Rev. Kyle
(Or you can listen to the entire message and input the extension at the end.)
- When you reach the individual mailbox, press * to skip the message, and wait 5 seconds for the beep.
(Or you can listen to the entire message and leave your message after the beep at the end.)
- Leave your message.
- Hang up.
(Or you can press * to receive verification [after a few seconds] that your message has been sent.)
For More Information
Please check any of the following:
The Good News
Our website hamiltonunionpresbyterianchurch.org
Facebook at Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church – HUPC
Call the HUPC office at 518-456-5410 to leave a message.
Administrative Assistant: hupc@HamiltonUnionPresbyterianChurch.org