Staying Safe

During the Covid-19 shutdown, you may find content in this section to help you keep yourself and your family safe.

UUFP Building Use (Updated November 6, 2020)

UU Fellowship of Poughkeepsie Building is now CLOSED!    

In September, when the Board of Trustees created our policy opening the UUFP building to small meetings, we agreed that we’d shut the building down if the risk went higher for either NY State or Dutchess County. At that time we decided to use the tool to inform us.  Cases have been on the rise world-wide and on Nov 5, the Dutchess County risk was raised from Yellow to Orange. Unfortunately, this appears to be part of a trend that could last for several months. We will maintain ethical and principled behavior by standing by our agreement.  Even small gatherings of 5 - 20 people could increase risk by multiplying the exposure if someone gets ill. So our building is now closed until further notice.

Supporting each other is one of our core values, and we encourage each member of our UUFP family to reach out to someone else. Make a phone call or schedule your own Zoom meeting. Connect safely in pairs or tiny groups: outdoors on a mild day or in your home with a window cracked and masks worn, or however you’re best able. Keep yourselves and each other safe until we can enter our beloved building.

To me, respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person means that, above all, each person should be guarded from harm. I wish safety and love to each one of you, and I’ll see your sweet faces on Zoom.

Sadly but sincerely and with love,
Paula Greenspan, President,
On behalf of the board

"Wash Your Hands" Song

Our former minister, Viola Abbitt's  lyrics from a March 2020 UUFP Sunday Service.
Sung to tune of UU hymn “Come, come, whoever you are”.

“Scrub, scrub, scrub both of your hands
Fronts of them, backs, of them,
Between the fingers.
Please don’t forget to wash both of your thumbs.
And, under your nails.”

(Alternate last line is “Scrub, yet again, scrub”)


Making Face Masks

They are now saying that wearing face masks is a good thing. So here are three that I found to be good and fun. I suggest you watch all three, choosing the one that uses the materials you have available.

For those of you who can’t make one, don’t have the supplies, or whatever, I can make one or more for you and mail it to you.  I would love to hear back from you, and “see” what you have made.  Happy sewing

-Contributed by Reed Asher

  • For BEGINNERS! ❤ How To Make A Fabric Face Mask At Home Easy

    This one for beginners is really fun to watch, and quick, and uses elastic like the first one.


    This one has the coolest idea for no-sew stretchy ties. And I really like the demonstrator.

  • How to SEW a Medical Face Mask//Tutorial

    This one has really great directions, and uses elastic for going around your ears. You need a machine.