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Andrew W. UUCS President 2016-2017

July 1, 2017
Rick Hahnenberg, UUCS 2017-2018 Board President

Every July we start another fiscal year at the UUCS, and it is the changing of the guard on our Board and for some committee leaders. I wish to thank Andrew Waters, Kim Danner, and Pam Stoll for their leadership and all their hard work as they exit off our Board of Trustees.

Many of you are feeling sad to say goodbye to our minister, Rev. Sally Beth Shore. Our faith community was lucky to find her two years ago, and Sally Beth has made a real impact on me as well as on many of our members. Thank you, Sally Beth, for a job well done.

For some of you who do not know me, my name is Rick Hahnenberg. I have been a member of UUCS for over twenty-four years and a Unitarian Universal- ist for thirty-eight years. I grew up in Ohio and moved down to South Carolina in 1982, where I was a member of the Greenville UU Fellowship for nine years prior to moving to Spartanburg. I am married to Ruth Stanton, who is in our choir and one of our worship associates. Ruth is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and works for Spartanburg Regional, and I work for Humana, a health insurer. We have three children and four grandchildren. Our son Mark grew up at UUCS and now lives in California. Our daughters Laura and Krista both live in Ohio and each has two boys.

As of this writing, there are only two days before I become your congregational president; Ruth and I just returned a few days ago from attending the UUA General Assembly in New Orleans. I tried to find a few ideas about possible programs that the UUA National could offer us. I will share them with our Board to see if they think they could work in our congregation. We carried our UUCS banner which hangs in our Fellowship Hall and which was made by three of our former members in 1993. Ruth and I were very proud to represent our religious society along with the other 250 banners in the UU Parade. Our banner’s theme is “Weave Us Together.” We would always close our worship service in the Fellowship Hall (then our Sanctuary) by holding hands in a large circle and singing “Weave”.

Weave, Weave, Weave Us Together,

Weave us Together in Unity and Love;

Weave, Weave, Weave Us Together,

Weave Us Together in Unity and Love.

In this time of ministerial transition we can sure use some extra Unity and Love.

Regards, Rick

From the Board President

Andrew W. UUCS President 2016-2017

May 1, 2017

The end of April is here already and we have so much to celebrate at UUCS. I hope you will join us at our Annual Congregational Meeting next Sunday, May 7, immediately following the service. Since joining UUCS in 2014, I’m still getting used to the rhythms and schedules of the church year. I can’t believe this one is already drawing to a close, although there is still much work to achieve. Our leadership development committee has put forth an outstanding slate of Board and officer candidates for election, and we have a strong budget proposal that puts more resources into our youth education program and development of Wilde Hall. We’ll also get an update from our Ministerial Search Team on their ongoing efforts to recruit a settled minister. Trust me, I don’t like a long meeting either, so we’ll keep it brief and positive.

I’m so proud of everything you’ve achieved for UUCS this year. We’ve started to address some tough issues, such as the status (dare I say “stasis”) of our Covenant Group program; dedicated our downstairs as “Wilde Hall,” start- ing what I feel will be a new era of focus on this resource; met our goal of raising $200,000 in our Annual Fund Campaign while paying off some long-term debt; staged a truly spectacular Earth Day Festival; and much more; all while focusing on our board goal of “Building a Culture of Positivity and Gratitude.” And we did all this while undergoing a ministerial transition and searching for a settled minister. The road ahead will not be free of conflicts and challenges. It never is. But thanks to you I’ve come to know a congregation that can work together to achieve great things in an atmosphere of love and positivity. I hope you will come to the meeting next Sunday so I can thank you for all you do for UUCS.

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