General

March 2021 Share the Plate Donation

Celebrating International Women’s Day
and the International Women’s Convocation (U*U)

March is Women’s History Month in the United States. UUCS honors this, in part, when we observe the UN-designated “International Women’s Day” (IWD) and recognize the work of the International Women’s Convocation (IWC). As UUCS has for several years, we will Share the Plate with IWC on March 7 and 14.

For more information, click here: Celebrating International Women’s Day

Donate to this month’s Share the Plate here:

IWC is a nonprofit partnership of U*U women working through U*U connections around the globe. It has gained special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), advancing equity for women and girls worldwide through leadership development, empowerment and awareness programs, advocacy, and resources. IWC will host several parallel events virtually at the 65th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, March 15-26, 2021.

1st Friday, November 6th

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

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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 stewardship@uucs.org with any questions or ideas you may have for this new adventure.

Generous Blessings,

Brannon Carter
UUCS Stewardship Chair

stewardship@uucs.org

For more information email auction@uucs.org with your questions.

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

 

 

Actually, there’s much more than that! Glendale Shoals at Lawson’s Fork Creek is a beautiful, nature conservancy, but long ago it was once a neighborhood dump. And now, when it rains, glass is unearthed and lies scattered about. This glass is a hazard to the human and animal visitors on the trail and to the creatures in the water.

One of our UUCS Social Justice goals this year is to partner with the South Carolina Aquarium’s Citizen Science Program. This month we’ll help pick up glass and litter at Glendale Shoals.

Glass Pickup Drop-In: Saturday, October 17 drop by the Glendale Shoals picnic area from 10 – 3 and pick up 50 pieces of glass. Buckets, grabbers, and some gloves will be available. If you have gloves, please bring them and plan on wearing a mask. You’ll get to see this amazing natural wonder and help promote its beauty.

Directions to Glendale Shoals: Address: 351 Broadway St., Glendale, SC

Park at the Goodall Environmental Studies Center. Cross the newly restored iron bridge. Turn left and walk the short distance along the road to the picnic shelter on the left.

Glass into Art Workshop: Stacey Jackson has ideas for us to recycle the glass into art objects (gazing balls, stepping stones, etc.). We’ll hold a workshop in the Hatcher House parking lot on Saturday, November 7th from 9:30 – 12:30. Work stations will be distanced and materials will be provided to create several works of art for our church and other local garden sites. Please bring gloves to this event. Space will be limited.

Register with Joyce Harrison: sptbgwalker@gmail.com.

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.

After more than 10 years leading our music program and more than 300 Sunday services, our beloved Keith Plumley has decided it is time to step down from his role as Music Director at UUCS. Keith has organized and built up our choir, guided us all in singing week after week, and provided exceptional music through his own gifts and through a host of congregational and guest musicians for more than a decade. Irreplaceable, gentle, and the consummate gentleman, Keith will be sorely missed.

We will celebrate Keith’s ministry with us during the Thanksgiving service on Sunday, November 22. Keith has asked not to receive too much spotlight—but we will honor his faithful service.

When asked, Keith said the one gift he would like to receive from the church would be a scrapbook of memories, that he can return to read over the coming years. Please send photos, stories, and notes for Keith to Linda Leible via e-mail (president@uucs.org). Handwritten notes can be written, photographed, and a jpeg e-mailed to be printed.

Please send by Friday, November 6.

Thank you for celebrating all Keith means to us!

Postponed – The glass workshop scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7th, is being postponed. Getting materials ready for the workshop has proven to be more time-consuming than originally thought and we need to experiment a bit more. We’ll reschedule soon and keep you posted.

Glass into Art Workshop: Stacey Jackson has ideas for us to recycle the glass into art objects (gazing balls, stepping stones, etc.). We’ll hold a workshop in the Hatcher House parking lot on Saturday, November 7th from 9:30 – 12:30. Work stations will be distanced and materials will be provided to create several works of art for our church and other local garden sites. Please bring gloves to this event. Space will be limited.

Register with Joyce Harrison: sptbgwalker@gmail.com.

 

Update – Saturday, Joyce led a glass and litter pick up at Glendale Shoals. She says 5,011 pieces of glass were removed from Glendale Shoals today + an additional 279 pieces of litter. Kudos to Alice Sutton, Kaye Savage, Ruth Stanton, Liz Perry, Stacey Jackson, Kaleo Wheeler, and Joyce Harrison for pitching in to round it up and take it out. There’s more to tackle another day!

Glendale Shoals at Lawson’s Fork Creek is a beautiful, nature conservancy, but long ago it was once a neighborhood dump. And now, when it rains, glass is unearthed and lies scattered about. This glass is a hazard to the human and animal visitors on the trail and to the creatures in the water.

One of our UUCS Social Justice goals this year is to partner with the South Carolina Aquarium’s Citizen Science Program. This month we’ll help pick up glass and litter at Glendale Shoals. Glass Pickup was Saturday, October 17 drop by the Glendale Shoals picnic area from 10 – 3 and pick up 50 pieces of glass. Buckets, grabbers, and some gloves will be available. If you have gloves, please bring them and plan on wearing a mask. You’ll get to see this amazing natural wonder and help promote its beauty.

Directions to Glendale Shoals: Address: 351 Broadway St., Glendale, SC

Park at the Goodall Environmental Studies Center. Cross the newly restored iron bridge. Turn left and walk the short distance along the road to the picnic shelter on the left.

Updated smile.amazon.com link is located at the top right of our website https://uucs.org

or you can bookmark your device:

UUCS unique charity link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/57-0947382

 

Hello UUCS Family,

As Stewardship Council Chair, I wanted to reach out and alert you to an update that is being changed in the way we collect donations when you choose to shop at Amazon.com.

In past years we have encouraged our Members and Friends to use our Amazon Affiliate link posted at the top of the UUCS website. This link would register your purchases in association with our UUCS affiliate account, and Amazon would donate a portion of your total purchases back to UUCS. Due to some compliance concerns that we have been unable to get further clarification on from their corporate headquarters, Amazon has decided to withdraw our participation in this Affiliate Program.

We have contacted Amazon for clarification on this decision without much luck. Our Board President, Linda Leible has written a letter to Jeff Bezos asking for help in clarifying this decision, but as of yet, we have not received a response.

So, we have decided to move forward and return to our use of the Amazon Smiles program that will still allow you to shop at Amazon and have a portion of your total purchases donated back to UUCS. Although the donation percentage is a bit lower through the Amazon Smiles program compared to the Affiliate option, we feel using the Amazon Smiles program will still be a positive revenue stream that will help provide support to UUCS programs and services.

Thank you for your continued support of UUCS as you shop for items as you normally would through Amazon.com. If we hear of any updates on our status with the Amazon Affiliate program, we’ll let you know.

Moving forward, please continue to use the Amazon link at the top of the UUCS website when you shop at Amazon. Just note that you’ll be directed to the UUCS Amazon Smiles landing page, so your shopping experience may look a bit different.

In generosity and love,
Brannon Carter
UUCS Stewardship Council Chair

Our Pastoral Care Associates (PCA) team will be making caring calls to UUCS members and friends over the next few weeks to check in with everyone. Who knew the coronavirus pandemic would last so long? Who knew that there would be so many casualties due to job, food, financial, health, and housing insecurities, that so many other anxiety-causing situations would compound the health crisis? We’re all experiencing multiple stressors. Friends can help!

The PCA is initiating a means for us to reach out to one another: LUVUU. We can each connect to others in our congregation through emails, cards/ecards, text messages, an invitation for a Zoom chat or a backyard visit with chairs at a distance. Maybe you’d like to share some baked goods, a few apples, a candy bar or two, a small plant, or a photo of a shared occasion remembered. Reach out to folks you care about or a church member or friend in your geographic area. You can use Breeze to discover folks who share your zip code. If you get a LUVUU note or surprise, pay it forward to someone else as we reconnect with those we’ve missed being with for so long now. LUVUU will begin right away and continue through the end of the year. Who doesn’t like a surprise? Each of these ideas and those you come up with yourself will say “thinking of you,” “missing you,” or “hang in there,” when it’s most needed! Our UUCS children are impacted, too, please reach out to them in loving ways as well. We’ve been missing them and they’ve been missing us at church, too.

jandc@uucs.org

Vigil in Support of Latinx Immigrants

This Sunday, September 27 at 7:15 pm
In front of the Grimké Mural at UUCS
Masks required; social distancing will be practiced.

Dear friends,

This week, our partners in the Latinx community reached out to our church asking if they could hold a vigil on the grounds of UUCS. They turned to us after being turned away by a number of other locations.

Our Board has carefully vetted this request, weighing health risks and the importance of showing solidarity with our fellow community members during this historical moment. With great care, and with strict public health protocols in place, we will host the vigil this Sunday evening. Please feel welcome to attend.

On Sunday evening, September 27 at 7:15 pm, we will host a vigil in partnership with Alianza Spartanburg on the grounds of UUCS. We will gather in front of the Grimké mural. The vigil will witness to the treatment of Latinx immigrants by ICE, the separation of families by immigration authorities, and now especially to reports of forced sterilizations of women in a detention facility in Georgia (https://www.npr.org/2020/09/16/913448209/whistleblower-in-georgia-claims-high-number-of-hysterectomies-at-ice-facility). Here is the message from the organizers:

“Families Belong Together. We invite you to come together with others as a community of hope and care this Sunday evening. We will gather outdoors at sunset for a vigil to remember and honor our immigrant neighbors, and especially families and children seeking refuge, asylum, and safety together in the United States. We are asking attendees to wear white, and encourage you to bring toys, stuffed animals, or other symbols to uplift children and families. Collectively, with our voices and lives, we join together in sorrow, in solidarity, and in hope for a world in which all families can live safely and together.”

As you know, our congregation is being extremely careful in planning and coordinating use of our building and grounds during the pandemic in order to keep everyone safe. We have suspended all regular in-person church activities for the time being. The Board reviews all requests for building use. We are a congregation and we must work together. Our highest goal is our care for one another and for our community. If you desire access to the church building or grounds for any meeting, please contact the church office so that the Board can vet your request to help you find the best and safest way to proceed in coordination with our whole congregation.

Thank you for being the people of science, compassion, solidarity, justice, and care that you are. We show up in the world in ways that matter for us all.

With gratitude,

Scott

“Voting is power. Who has it? And who is exercising their power?

“Oftentimes I use that word ‘exercise’ when talking about democracy. I say, ‘Democracy is like a muscle—it needs to be used in order to be strong.’ My question to you, to us: ‘Are you exercising all of your power—all of your power?’ It can be scary to acknowledge your own power.” (Karen Mitchell)

Deliberate, clear, powerful & empowering: League of Women Voters-Spartanburg President and UUCS member Karen Mitchell’s sermon On Sunday, August 30, 2020, calls us to use all of our power for this election season:

    1. Pay attention

      Is our state legislature making it easier for people to vote during the pandemic? (UUCS Voting Action Team: Look for our new wayside pulpit signs and banner, coming soon. The deadline to register online to vote is Sunday, October 4, 2020, or in person, Friday, Oct. 2nd. We’ll be moving from a focus on getting people registered, to getting out the vote. For the most inspiring presentation on the importance of voting and getting out the vote, watch Rev. Barber lead this program by the poor people’s campaign: https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/?fbclid=IwAR09DlFQX7OgD7nt4rmdzZCm_mEqjGU2iHyT9RbbUqHXJQniDrwRiMe8M94)

    2. Talk about voting

      With someone different every day until the election on Nov. 3.

    3. Get out your calendar

      Mark the day when you will vote—and make time on that day for voting to be the priority, no matter how long it takes.

    4. Follow the instructions carefully when you vote

      Make it easy for the person counting to correctly count your vote.

    5. Vote early

      (Early Voting – Normally called “Absentee Voting”)

      October 5th is the Uniform Start Date for In-Person Absentee Voting

      Everyone may vote early in this year’s general election. Late on Monday, September 21, the SEC Board voted to adopt a policy that no in-person absentee voting should begin prior to October 5th.

      A voter who comes to the office of Election & Registration prior to October 5th has two options:

      1. Apply for an absentee-by-mail ballot at that time. The absentee-by-mail package can be handed to the voter or mailed to the voter.

      2. Wait until October 5th or later, return to the office, and vote absentee in person on the ballot-marking device and scanner.

      (posted by the League of Women Voters-Spartanburg County, SC)

    6. Have patience

      Decide now that you will be patient for the results to come in. It will take days, and perhaps weeks, for the count to come in. Stay focused on the facts, and be patient.

Listen to the whole meditation here—it can move us from anxiety to power in this moment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMe3LIUXdLE

Voter Registration

– Also we want to remind you to make sure your voter’s registration is up to date. If not, you can correct it through October 3, 2020. Just go to SCVotes.gov and you can:

    • Online Voter Registration
    • Check My Voter Registration
    • Update My Voter Registration
    • Get My Sample Ballot
    • Find My Polling Place
    • Get My Absentee Application
    • Check My Absentee Ballot
    • Check My Provisional Ballot
    • Contact My County Office

Vote411.org is another non-partisan source of information – sponsored by the League of Women Voters. It’s a fun, interactive site.

Questions? You can contact Ruth Stanton (ruthjstanton@gmail.com or 864-909-6027)

Volunteer with Voter Registration

– UUCS Social Justice Committee is working to distribute door hangers in conjunction with the League of Women Voters to educate and inform Upstate neighbors on how to register to vote. Email socialjustice@uucs.org to find out how you can help distribute these informational flyers in your area.

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