The Bears Are Coming!

Teddy Bear Sunday December 6

NEW bears or other NEW stuffed animal lovables can be dropped off at the front Hatcher House porch (closest to the street) now through December 6. Bears can also be dropped off during the Social Justice drive-by on December 6. For this year, no gently used animals will be accepted. We will be donating bears again to the Spartanburg Police Department and the Child Advocacy Center.

Thank you,


Join our “Be a Good Neighbor” project, and Join the South Converse Neighborhood Association Pickup Morning on Saturday, November 28th.

Meet at 8 am (Pictures for the SCNA Newsletter taken then) at the small park at the bottom of the hill on South Converse Street, not far from UUCS. Pickup assignments are made then. Wear Masks, bring “grabbers” if you have them, and gloves. Trash bags are provided. The pickup is scheduled for 2 hours, but come even if you can’t stay the whole time.

It’s a great way to show our partnership with our neighborhood, and get in some outside time with a purpose!

Thank you!

If you can come, we meet at the small park at the bottom of the hill on South Converse StreetBring work gloves, trash bags are provided. It’s for 2 hours, but it’s fine if you need to step out early.

UUCS has long been a part of the South Converse Neighborhood. The South Converse Neighborhood Association has a monthly cleanup on the fourth Saturday of every month. UUCS Social Justice Committee decided to add our support every other month. Plan to meet at Park on South Converse Street, at the bottom of the hill of South Converse Street at 8:00 AM. The pickup lasts till about 10 am (or whenever you need to leave). It’s great to bring a pair of work gloves. Trash sacks are provided. Come, show our pride, and care for our church neighborhood! Thanks!

Curious as to what else is happening in the South Converse Neighborhood? Look on the ‘Community’ bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall for the current month’s posting of SCNA Community News(letter).

Sunday, Nov. 22 Thanksgiving Service @ 11:00 am is next Hybrid Service

(Both In-Person and live-stream Worship Option)

As the pandemic surges again around us, it has become clear that we must both continue to practice stringent safety protocols to keep one another safe, and also connect with one another to sustain our emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being through the months that lie ahead. We must stay safe, and we must stay connected.

After extensive deliberation by the COVID committee, Worship team, A/V team, and our Board, we will offer an outdoor, socially-distanced, masked, in-person worship option this Sunday, Nov. 22 at 11:00am:

  • We will practice all of our safety protocols, meeting only outdoors, social distancing, wearing masks. (Please use the restroom before you come to the service!)
  • The service will also be livestreamed simultaneously at 11:00am at and
  • If weather is bad, we will cancel the in-person option and revert to our usual virtual-only service.
  • The service will be outside on the back lawn of the church grounds.
  • If you would like to attend, please bring your own chair or quilt and sit distanced from one another on the back lawn.
  • This will be a one-off event, modeled on the successful one-off events our congregation has held about once/month this summer and fall.
  • It is our hope to be able to offer this same kind of one-off, outdoor, socially-distanced, masked, in-person option with simultaneous livestreaming two other times this winter for:
    • our Dec. 21 Winter Solstice Service @ 6:30pm, and
    • our Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Service @ 6:30pm.

Join us, in-person or online, as we celebrate our Beloved Community together. Adaptability and teamwork will be our by-words, and we will give ourselves the grace to make adjustments whenever needed. Our goal is care, for one another and for our community. We can keep ourselves safe and also connected with one another through the months ahead.

Next Path to Membership Class January 10, 2021
Are you considering joining the congregation of UUCS?  Then the Path to Membership Class is the place to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and our congregation. The next Path to Membership Class will be held, Sunday, Jan 10, 2021, starting at 12:30. In-person or virtual to be determined.
If you are ready to learn more about UUCS please register by clicking the Path to Membership Class (link), or by sending an email to


UUCS Membership Committee



1st Friday, November 6th

The Launch of 1st Fridays and Our New UUCS Online Fundraising Tool


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 with any questions or ideas you may have for this new adventure.

Generous Blessings,

Brannon Carter
UUCS Stewardship Chair

For more information email with your questions.

*Donations submitted for auction are tax-deductible. Items and services purchased thru auction may not be tax-deductible (



Banner Update

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.

Banner At Krispy Kreme

Our signs andVote Now Signs 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.

UUCS Vote Banner
UUCS Vote Banner


Our UUCS signs are the ONLY signs on Church St. directing people where to vote!

Vote Now Signs
Vote Now Signs








To participate, email


Small bouquets, formal bouquets, potted plants: they’ve all made our Sunday services more inviting.

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:

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

Thursday, Feb. 6th, 6:00 Determined to Soar Art Exhibit. A talk by painter Nancy Corbin will open this exhibit of paintings celebrating the resilient and collaborative nature of women. Converse College, Milliken Art Gallery. Reception follows, and exhibit will be on display from February 6-27, 2020. The exhibition is located in the Milliken Art Gallery and is free of charge. Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 am-5:00pm, and Sundays 1:00-5:00.

The Drag Queen Story Hour Sun., Feb. 9th, 2:00-4:00, Fellowship Hall. We will have one or two police officers on site, plus a couple UU members to help direct traffic. Please wear your UU T-shirt (if you have one) and park by Hatcher House. Register to attend at

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 7:00 pmVoices in American Art: Lecture presented by the Johnson Collection, at Wofford College: Dr. Evie Terrono, Professor of Art History, challenges her students to see the vital intersection between ideas of American exceptionalism, and understandings of race, gender and politics in material culture and fine art. The presentation will be in the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts on the Wofford Campus.

Friday, February 14, 2020, 12-2:00 pmLeague of Women Voters Birthday – 100 Years! Celebrate and Act! Join League members for coffee or tea and toast the LWV – and ourselves! Then we will act – writing postcards to our legislators telling them our state needs Fair Maps. Spill The Beans, 174 E. Main Street, Spartanburg (In the Aug Smith Building).

Saturday, Feb. 15th, 12:00. SCNA will meet in our fellowship hall to celebrate the unveiling of the two newest Lightbulb Art, in the South Converse Neighborhood. All are welcome!

Sunday, Feb. 16th. 12:15 Dialogue on social justice issues after our service led by Rev. Scott Neely

Mon., Feb. 17th. 2:00 at the main library, Barrett Room, or 6:00 pm at the CC Woodson Ctr. “The Other Boys of Summer”,a film that explores the history of Negro League Baseball. Spartanburg was host to the Spartanburg Sluggers from 1928 to 1952, a team in the Negro Textile League, and a number of well-known black players appeared at the Duncan Park Field. More at

ALSO Monday, February 17, 2020, 7:00 pmThe Life of Viola Desmond, Canadian civil rights activist Viola Desmond . Join us as John Abercrombie presents a lecture on the life of Viola Desmond, who is the face on the Canadian $10 bill. Hoechst-Celanese Room (downstairs) of the Spartanburg County Public Library.

Thurs. Feb. 20, 7:00. League of Women Voters’ celebration of 100th Birthday, Main Library.

Wed. Feb. 26th, 2:00 and Mar. 11th, 7:00 at Humanist Meeting. Film “Suppressed: The Right to Vote.” More about this important film at

Mon., Mar. 2, 6:00 for potluck, 6:30 for meeting. Speaking Down Barriers, at Arthur Center, 400 E. Kennedy. Visitors always welcome! More info at

Books, books: New at the library: “Amazons, abolitionists, and activists : a graphic history of women’s fight for their rights” by Kendall, Mikki. And info on more books at

On Sunday, February 9, from 2:00-4:00 pm in our Fellowship Hall, UUCS will host a Drag Queen Story Hour. Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is an event for drag entertainers to share books and stories with children in libraries, schools, bookstores, and community centers. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood. Kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.

The February DQSH will celebrate Black History Month with readings by three favorite Drag entertainers, who will showcase stories of African/African American heritage, beauty, and excellence.

The event is free, but you do need a ticket. There are two sessions – 2:00-2:45 and 3:00-3:45. Sign up here:

Come for the fun and the power of this event–

Anne & Scott