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From Your President

UUCS President

February 1, 2018

While February is the shortest month of the year, it will be a busy one at UUCS. First though, I must thank our mem- bers for their strong support of Scott Neely as our settled minister. He was elected with over 98% approval from our congregation. Since Scott is no longer on a one-year contract, this will give him the opportunity to work and develop long-term goals and create innovative programs at UUCS. Welcome aboard, Scott! We are so glad that you are here.

February is the start of our Annual Fund Campaign. We hope that you consider making a generous pledge to support our UU Community here in Spartanburg. Your pledge in February will not start until July 2018. Your 2018-19 donations will support the salaries of Scott, Sybil Argintar (director of religious education), Keith Plumley (director of music), Pat Landry (office administrator), Ron Fowler (sexton), Monnie Cannon (Unison coordinator), Miga Batten (bookkeeper), and our childcare workers. While Scott is our only full-time employee; all our staff put in full-time efforts to bring liberal religion to Spartanburg and create a caring community throughout the entire year. That does not count the hundreds if not thousands of hours that our members and friends give to this religious community to make it a special place.

Paying our staff, paying our utility bills, insurance, and UUA dues, and paying for maintenance on our buildings and grounds all cost money. Our annual budget requires us to raise around 80% or more of that amount to meet our expenses with your annual pledges. Linda Leible will be chairing our Annual Fund Committee. During our four- to-six-week annual fund campaign we have challenged you this year to help us raise $215,000 for our budget for July 2018 to June 2019. Since Scott now has a long-term contract with UUCS, thanks to your support, he is extremely excited about adding new programs to expand our religious message to the Spartanburg community. You will be able to pledge again either online or in person with one of our annual fund stewards.

Please help us financially with whatever you are able to afford. If you are like Ruth and me, you get financial requests almost daily. Keep in mind though, when making your Annual Pledge, what you get from our Sunday worship services with our remarkable music program led by Keith, or Sybil’s growing RE program, and lastly from Scott’s thought-provoking sermons, writings, and leadership. Keep our chalice burning brightly.

Love and Peace

Rick


From Your President

UUCS President

January 1, 2018

From Your President

I hope everyone has enjoyed the December holidays and that you are thinking of making a few New Year’s Resolutions that you try to keep.
January will be a very busy month at UUCS. We will have a New Beginnings Potluck on Saturday, January 6. I hope you can attend this event, which is hosted by our Hospitality Committee.

December was an extremely busy month for us at UUCS, starting off with our 24th Annual UU Auction. Special thanks once again to Palma and Mitch Eisner for another successful fundraiser—we raised over $17,000. The Auction Committee members consisted of Linda Leible, Jan Jerome, Deb Williams, Michael Rainey, Karyl Fuller, Julie Harling, Lisa Harling, Diane Dixon, Karen Byars, Karen Mitchell, Joyce Harrison, Alice Sutton, Riley Lanier, and Dan McBride. The few fundraisers that we hold each year are critical to meeting our annual budgetary goals. Again to our Auction Committee, our Auction donors, and our generous Auction bidders—thank you so much.

While the Auction was being set up downstairs in Wilde Hall, our Sanctuary was being beautifully decorated by Roy Haynes, David Hudnall, and Ruth Stanton to get us in the holiday mood. Great job! All month long we were blessed with great music from our numerous musical members and our Choir reached an all-time high of nineteen members! We have loads of musical talent for a small congregation We cannot forget our outside clean-up led by our Building and Grounds Committee. Dead trees and limbs were removed from our property and after that, a December leaf-raking party followed. Thanks to our leaf-raking crew of Karen Mitchell, Rick Christian, John Tarrant, Pate Randall, Jule Klotter, and Judy Allen. Thank you.

On Sunday, January 14, we will have a congregational meeting to call Scott Neely as our settled minister. Last summer your UUCS Board hired Scott on a one-year contract which would have ended on June 30, 2018. If Scott is approved by our congregation as your settled minister, a new contract will be signed with him with no end date to his length of service. It will give both parties permanency so that we can grow our liberal religious message in Spartanburg County and beyond. Please vote yes that you want Scott as your full-time minister on or before January 14.

Our Annual Fund Campaign is gearing up to kick off in February. Linda Leible has agreed to chair this committee and your Board certainly appreciates her willingness to do this. Your Finance Committee and Board will be working on putting forward a 2018-19 pledge goal for this campaign. The UUCS fiscal year for next year begins on July 1, 2018, and ends June 30, 2019.

Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year.
Peace and Love
Rick


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