Church Events

Coffeehouse, Saturday – October 26

Sydney McMath Headlines October 26th Coffeehouse

Sydney McMathSaturday October 26th, UUCS friend and accompanist Sydney McMath headlines the UUCS Coffeehouse. Sydney has entertained at a host of venues both in the Upstate and along the East Coast for more than a decade. A Maryland native, she came to study the arts at Converse College in 2000. She has been playing piano since she was 3 years old and has been teaching since she was 15 years old. Until moving to Louisiana, McMath was a piano and voice instructor at her painting studio in West Main Artists’ Co-op in Spartanburg and gave private lessons to all age and skill levels.

McMath served as Contemporary Worship Leader at United Methodist Church of the Covenant in Spartanburg for 7 years as well. She was the lead singer and pianist for the band Rev. Syd & the Homewreckers, which performed both originals and lesser known covers in SC and around the South. Sydney has collaborated on numerous professional studio projects and has performed in musical theater productions as far as New York. Her music is often dark, though she credits Joni Mitchell and Carole King as her major influences.

An avid animal lover, Sydney currently resides with her menagerie of rescue pets, where she performs and makes original silver jewelry to benefit animal rescue and rehabilitation. See more at

Please join us from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on October 26th. Sign up for open mic to sing a song, tell a story, demonstrate a craft, perform a skit, or read a poem during the first hour. We welcome all forms of creative expression that are in good taste. The suggested donation is $5, performers get in free. If you can, please bring a treat to go along with coffee, even better.


We encourage donations of non-perishable food items for our TOTAL Ministries Food barrel, which helps struggling families in our community. An entry donation of $5 for UUCS is suggested if you feel you can afford it; performers get in free. Come join in the fun!

For questions, contact Cindy Freeman, 

Posted on: October 16, 2019

(Don’t Fear) The Reaper: An Exploration of Modern Death

9:30-10:30 am, In the Sanctuary on the 4th Sunday of October, November, January, & February

Death is a difficult topic to think or talk about, but a necessary one if we or our loved ones are to have the best possible end of life experience. This series will look at death and dying from a global perspective, and then we will talk about what you can do to make things the best they can possibly be in this phase of life that we will all face at some point. Presenters will be UUCS members Garrett Snipes, MD, Medical Director, Spartanburg Regional Hospice, and Lisa Mowery, BCST, SEP, LMBT, who offer specialized support for all stages of the dying process.

The sessions will be on the 4th Sunday of September, October, November, and January from 9:30-10:30 am in the Sanctuary. Topics in the series will be as follows:

I. Introduction: Modern Death in 5 Easy Questions – October 27

II. Exploring the Process of Dying – November 24

III. Dying Well: An Oxymoron? – January 26

IV. Conclusion: Layers of Support at End of Life – February 23

Please join us for what we hope will be a frank and honest, but not dour, look at death and dying. We also hope to give you some ideas about the things you can do to plan and prepare yourselves and the people you care about. This series is relevant for adults of all ages.
These sessions will be followed by a Saturday workshop which will provide opportunities to complete end of life forms and define individual intentions. Childcare can be arranged for this workshop with prior notice. Date to be announced later.

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Blood Drive, Sunday, November 3, 2019 – CHP

Congregational Health Program

Blood Drive, Sunday, November 3, 2019

UUCS has the opportunity to join with 7 other churches for a Blood Drive on Nov 3rd. There are only 5 Bloodmobile buses so we will need to go to the back parking lot of First Presbyterian Church to donate at their site on Kennedy Street. It is only a few blocks away.?? Blood donations are always needed and helpful to our community. Please try to go even if you think you may not be able to donate. One of our members discovered he had cancer by the screening. Donations will be made from 8 AM until 1:15 PM.

The bus packs up and leaves by 1:30 pm. UUCS will get a beneficial credit for each donation.

A signup sheet will be available in the Fellowship Hall behind the coffee station. Donation times will be assigned closer to Nov. 3rd. Specify a preference time and we’ll try to oblige.

Posted on: October 3, 2019

Lunch with Marion

November 10
…Fellowship Hall after the church service

In a meeting of the Committee on Ministry last spring, Scott proposed that we plan a series of informal talks about the remarkable history of UUCS to be led by Marion Tisdale, raconteur extraordinaire and witness to the evolution of the church from the 1960’s to well into the 21st century—a period of enormous social and political change and upheaval in our country and in the world. Marion will talk about how UUCS has responded to the times and weathered the changes, from our humble beginnings in the little house on Blue Ridge St. to where we are now. It is a unique history and a powerful story which needs to be remembered and preserved as we continue to move forward. The programs will be recorded and preserved for future generations at UUCS.

For long-time church members and newcomers alike, the talks will be both informative and entertaining, serious and light-hearted, historical and anecdotal, as only Marion can do. It will be a way of remembering, a record of where we’ve been, and a road map for where we’re going.

*1st session was September 29, 2019. 2nd was be October 13 and 3rd will be on November 10. Check the Happenings and bulletin boards for more information in the coming weeks regarding the program and sign up sheets for the lunches.

Posted on: October 1, 2019

SJ – Short Notes

October 2019 SJ – Short Notes…

Share the Plate for October is for landmine clearing. Our services this month focus on death and baseball. Landmines are little instruments of death and destruction, hidden, silent, just waiting– a symbol of death. there are an estimated 110 million anti-personnel mines in the ground, Cambodia is one of the most heavily mined areas in the world, from US action during our war in Vietnam through their long civil war, with estimates of from 4 to 10 million mines. Our STP for October is the Landmine Relief Fund to support the mine-clearing work of Cambodian Self-Help Demining (CSHD), a Cambodian NGO founded by ex-child soldier and CNN hero Aki Ra (Alice visited this program and was deeply moved). More info at
Food Barrel – For September and October, we’re filling the food barrel for PASOS, a school-based program in Spartanburg Co. Items most needed are:

  • Canned: corn, peas, mixture of vegetables, fruit, beans, tuna, milk, and tomato sauce
    Dry beans, rice, pasta, cereal, pancake mix, peanut butter, jelly, sugar, cooking oil, baby food
  • Diapers size 4-5 are the most demanded but any size is welcome, baby wipes
  • Toiletries, soap, shampoo, toothpaste

For more information on all that Pasos does, see

Pride Festival – Oct 25-Nov 2: Our first Fall Community activity! Sign up to volunteer with Stacey Jackson and Mary Underwood at Plan to wear your UUCS T-shirts!!!

T-SHIRT SALES: Larger sizes have been ordered for those who signed up and should be delivered in time for Pride Festival! We’ll distribute them after church Oct. 27th (remember to bring cash or check).

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