A workshop presented by Garry Snipes and Lisa Mowery, who will provide clear and simple recommendations to realize a good death when our time has come, and to be able to support others in their dying process. An opportunity for dialogue will be an important part of this course, so that we can all learn from each other.
The 5-part workshop will take place:
- Wednesdays from 12:00-1:15 PM via Zoom
- March 17, 24, 31,
- April 14, 21
See the flyer for further information.
Register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Long Strange Trip: A History of Unitarian Universalism
Wednesday evenings 7-8:30 – continuing through March 17th
This is the first adult enrichment program of the year, a Zoom watching of a video series produced by the UUA that will be facilitated by UUCS member Jim Scanlan. The series presents a history of liberal religion beginning with the early Christian era, followed by the development of Unitarian and Universalist faiths, through the merger of the two faiths to the present. We will watch 6 1-hr videos during 6 consecutive weekly sessions. After each viewing, there will be 30-min of discussion. Wednesday evenings 7-8:30 in February, continuing through March 17th
Please join us! Email email@example.com with your request to join our Wednesday evening ‘Long Strange Trip’ series.
The Social Justice Consciousness Team invites you to several upcoming movie nights! We have scheduled these movie nights leading up to the congregational dialogues. Even though we can’t gather, we can all watch the movie at the same time! Or, if it works better for you, feel free to watch the movie on your own schedule. Following the movie, we will have a short Zoom gathering where we can discuss the movie.
You should be able to find these movies on multiple streaming services or on DVDs at the library.
Monday, March 22, 7:00 pm – “Just Mercy”
Available on Netflix and YouTube
Zoom link for a post-movie discussion on “Just Mercy”- 8:45 pm will be posted in the weekly ‘Happenings’ email newsletter.
Watching these movies as a congregation helps us do the consciousness work that is at the center of our social justice emphasis this year. We hope you can join us for the discussion. But we hope you will watch the movie even if you can’t attend the Zoom conversation.
Acoustic musical journey with multi-instrumentalists Pam and Fred Stoll, including a surprise guest singer and virtual collaborators!
Hear J.S. Bach for two violins, old-time and new-time fiddle and dance tunes, waltzes, English country music, a 1930’s swing classic, and more. The UUCS 1st Fridays Fundraising Events would like to invite you to fix yourself a hot drink, sit back in a comfortable chair, and enjoy! (Recorded on Jan 9, 2021, at 7:30 pm, at UUCS.)
All are invited to attend this virtual fundraising event — you can donate a little as you are able, the suggested donation amount of $12/person, or you can also elect to help purchase a ticket for someone else by simply donating a little extra towards this event. Click here to learn more or to donate towards this event.
The virtual event is posted on the UUCS 1st Friday’s “Shop” page for this event. No need to pre-register. You can donate right before or even after this event is over to help support this event and all the many wonderful programs at UUCS, as well as future Coffeehouse events planned for the upcoming months! https://bit.ly/2MoFtqQ
Pam and Fred Stoll – Hosting Musicians
Each year, UUCS has hosted its annual Auction Event in early November. This has always been a time of great fun, good food, and lively bidding that supports the UUCS fiscal budget.
Because of the pandemic, this year’s Auction will look different.
This year we’ve decided to take this opportunity to create a revised vision for what the UUCS Auction can look like. The excitement of the auction has traditionally centered around one main event, on one night. This year, we’re taking a different approach. We’ll be releasing an updated monthly online catalog of services, events, and items for purchase. This will lead up to a main auction event in the Spring that will likely be an online version of our traditional main Auction.
Starting in November, we’ll be launching our Auction + Events fundraising tool on the UUCS website, allowing us to offer an easy way to organize items and allowing you to participate in the process from the comfort of your home. While you may browse the online catalog alone, the goal of the months ahead is to offer members and friends a platform to connect with one another, safely, while also allowing for your generosity to support the mission of our congregation.
In the months to come, each 1st Friday of every month, we’ll be releasing a newly updated list of virtual events, items for purchase, and services you can select and purchase directly through our fundraising tool.
We’ll be kicking off our first 1st Friday event coming up soon on November 6th. Stay tuned to your email and the UUCS website for more information.
We’ve purposefully planned for the initial offerings to be a sampling of the possibilities so that you can get a feel for the types of items, events, and services that could be offered. The hope is that you’ll be inspired to see how you can share your generosity, your talents, and your space with others while drawing on inspiration from past auction events. Each month, we’d love for you to add to our catalog of offerings as your schedule allows — by filling out a quick and easy online form. Together, we can all engage with other UUCS members and friends in a way that feels comfortable to each of us.
Please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or ideas you may have for this new adventure.
UUCS Stewardship Chair
Our four banners advertising early voting: at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium (stolen after 12 days), UUCS, Mt Moriah Baptist Church, and Bunton Institute CME, on Wofford St. These big, clear banners are all well-placed to catch attention of the many people driving by.
Our signs and banners are in place advertising early voting at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium from Oct 5-Nov 2, M-F, 8:30-5:00 plus Saturday, Oct 31st, 9:00-1:00. After the first day, votting is going smoothly, about 30 minutes in and out, a bit longer later in the day. Our banners are also up at UCS and at Mt Moriah Baptist Church.
Social Justice Quintuple Dip has been rescheduled from this Sunday the 11th to Sunday the 18th, 3:00-5:00 due to expected rain.
Sunday, Oct. 18th 3:00-5:00
or Tues., Oct 13th, 10:00-Noon
Swing by UUCS, see a few friends, and …Donate your native wildflowers for planting on church grounds. If you have native SUN-LOVING wildflowers that have been multiplying in your garden, would you like to share them? Or native groundcovers (e.g. green and gold or Lyreleaf sage). We’re planning a long row of SUN-LOVING perennial wildflowers along the children’s play yard. If you have extra perennial sunflowers, coneflowers, goldenrod, asters, joe pye weed, native salvias, asters, etc., we will plant them along the fence for all of us to enjoy! Later in the month, we’ll be planting a mix of blueberries, flame azaleas, and eastern red cedars to create a beautiful native garden between our grounds and Staffing Associates. Groundcovers will go down towards the mural.
How do you know if your flowering plant is native? The best way is to look it up—the lovely yellow daylilies we see growing wild came from Asia, via England, in the 1700’s, so, not native. If you are not sure if the plant multiplying in your garden is native, feel free to call Merike (864-583-4018) or Alice (541-8819) to check with them.
Donate WINTERWEAR – new or lightly used coats, jackets, scarves, hats, and gloves or new socks, for men, women, or children. Winter pajamas for children only. We’ll get them to folks in need!
Donate to TOTAL Ministries – Fill, not the food barrel, but the SUVs ! Most needed right now- hygiene items, toilet paper and paper towels, peanut butter, canned fruit and canned vegetables. pasta sauce and macaroni and cheese.
Bring your stash of old newspapers for Animal Allies. They would really appreciate them, as animals still need care! Their goal for 2020 is 18,500 surgeries (spay and neuter).
VOTING TEAM: Enjoy our pictures! Our voting team is hard at work.
Our UUCS signs are the ONLY signs on Church St. directing people where to vote!
To participate, email email@example.com.
We’ve all appreciated the flowers that have adorned out chalice table on Sunday mornings. Many have come from the home gardens and plants; others have been gifts from special events. Thank you, generous donors!
Our UUCS Aesthetics Committee would like to offer UUCS members and friends the opportunity to provide flowers for a particular Sunday. Blooms from your garden, inexpensive bouquets from grocery stores, or more formal florist arrangements are all welcome.
You can sign up for a particular Sunday through Sign Up Genius and can add details there if you want to offer the flowers to honor a person or occasion or in memory of someone. Those gifts will be acknowledged in the Order of Service for that particular Sunday. In addition, you can indicate if you’d like to be notified of any upcoming vacant Sundays for flowers. Our signup includes dates from Sept. 6th – June 30th.
Link to Sign Up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0B4AACAF2CA1FB6-sunday
Sign Up Genius will send you a reminder 3 days ahead of time for your Sunday.
- Delivery of Flowers: Flowers need to arrive at the church at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Both doors to the sanctuary foyer will be open. Please wear a mask, practice social distancing, and place your flowers on the Chalice Table if you feel comfortable coming in. You are also welcome to place the flowers on the table at the back of the sanctuary, then announce their arrival. The taping of the service is limited to a minimal number of people to provide ultimate protection for everyone serving that Sunday, so you won’t be able to stay in the sanctuary for the taping of the service.
- Plans for your flowers following the service: Notify the worship associate as to your plans for the flowers once the service has ended. Let them know if you’d like to pick them up at 11:00 and which door you prefer. They’ll be left just outside that door. Please label your flowers with your name.
Jean Snipes will be coordinating our flower calendar and may be contacted with further questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.