President

It’s starting to feel like Spring some days. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter every week. More folks are being vaccinated, and gratitude for many is running high. I want to thank you all for the generous pledges you have been giving for the next church year. We are coming to the conclusion of the Generous Giving & Generous Service annual fund drive and if you haven’t yet pledged, please consider doing it this week.

We are getting the final cost projections for the elevator and hope to sign the contracts this month.

Weather permitting we will start having some of our services in the back yard of the church on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the coming months. And I am very happy to say on April 18th Brannon Carter and his team are going to run the auction after the church service.

Please continue to wear your masks everywhere, keep your family and friends safe and practice social distancing. Don’t hesitate to call on any board member if you need something. Soon we will be able to come back together. I want to see every one of you there.

Stay Safe,

Linda Leible

Hello All.

February is the start of our Generous Giving & Generous Service Annual Fund Campaign. I would like to thank Brannon Carter and his team for stepping up to do the work that is so important for our congregation. You will be able to pledge again either online, by mail or by telephone with one of our annual fund stewards. Your pledge which is about 80% of our yearly budget helps to continue the work of our church, salaries of our Ministers and employees, the work of all our committees, our insurance, dues to the UUA, utility bills and the upkeep of our buildings and grounds. Please help us with whatever pledge amount you can afford, nothing is too small.

This month Jim Scanlan has a new series on the history of our Unitarian Universalist movement. Check the Happenings for info. Our Whole Lives for Parents of K-6 graders will begin also. Please contact Sybil to enroll.

As always, wear your masks everywhere, keep your family and friends safe and practice social distancing. Don’t hesitate to call on any board member if you need something. Soon, we will be able to come back together. I want to see every one of you there.

Stay Safe,

Linda Leible

Good Bye 2020, Hello 2021. It’s been a hell of a year. Our Church has gotten an amazing amount of work done this year even though we haven’t been able to meet in person. We have a wonderful mural on our wall and a beautiful place to sit and enjoy it. The amazing people making masks to help keep us safe have passed the 5500 piece mark. The UUCS community donated over $20,000 to help undocumented immigrants. We worked on voting rights and helped out at the polls in November. We collected so much food for Total Ministries over the months. We are in our second month of first Friday’s and we have reached 25% of our goal. A big shout out to Stewardship Chair Brannon Carter for all his work. We had an in person Solstice celebration and a wonderful Christmas Eve service. We held a few in person services when we could and the Goddesses willing, the kitchen will be finished soon and the new siding for the building will be started in January.

As we move into the New Year the light at the end of the tunnel is a lot brighter with the vaccines coming. When it’s your turn, get out, roll up your sleeve and get the shot. The sooner we all get vaccinated the faster we can get back together. Our Annual Fund Drive/Unsung Hero’s event will kick off at the end of January. Since we can’t get together for a meal with each other, we will have a Zoom event for all to enjoy. You will be receiving information about this soon.

As always, wear your masks everywhere, keep your family and friends safe and practice social distancing. Don’t hesitate to call on any board member if you need something. Soon, we will be able to come back together. I want to see every one of you there.

Stay Safe,

Linda Leible

Coming up this week in December is our 2nd, 1st Friday. We have raised over 1,200.00 in November. Brannon Carter from Stewardship has been working long and hard to bring this first piece of the Annual Auction to us. When you see him let him know how much he is appreciated.

The Wilde Hall elevator campaign is underway. If you have any questions please read Alan Jenkins’ article in the unison.
Teddy Bear Sunday is coming this week. If you would like, please drop off a new bear or stuffed animal sometime this week to the front porch of Hatcher House or bring it by on Sunday the 6th at the SJ drive-by.

Worship is gearing up for two in person services this month. First is the Solstice on the 21st, and then Christmas Eve on the 24th. Hope many of you can join in the celebrations. Looking forward to continuing some of our services in January with many attending as the weather permits.

Some good news on the horizon for January. Looks like some folks can start getting ready for Vaccines against Covid-19. When my turn comes, I will be in line with my sleeve rolled up and ready. Hope by next fall we can be back to something that looks normal again!!!

As we get ready for the holiday season, stay safe and keep wearing those masks.

See you all soon

Linda Leible

As we move into November you will be receiving a letter in the mail letting you know what has been going on around UUCS. Since mid-March we have been holding virtual Sunday services and meeting on zoom. Our Board is now planning the next phase of church activity for the months ahead.

Our auction will not be held at the end of this month, we are looking at early spring to do this. The stewardship team will be introducing a new way to offer services and meals for us to get together and enjoy with each other. The most important thing we all can do this month is VOTE!!! 86.8 million People already have. You have until 5:00 on Monday November 2nd, to cast your vote early.

On Wednesday night, the 4th, come join in on the zoom gathering starting at 5:30. You can find the info on the church Facebook page, Happenings or the Unison. Then we wait patiently for the votes to be counted.

As we go through November and the start of the holiday season, wear your masks everywhere, keep your family and friends safe and practice social distancing. Don’t hesitate to call on any board member if you need something. At some point we will be able to come back together. I want to see every one of you there.

Stay Safe,

Linda Leible, UUCS President 2020-21

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!

Welcome to October!

If you need a Flu Shot, you can sign up for one on October 6th. Dr. Mel and Nurse Betty have set this up for the congregation. https://uucs.org/flu-vaccine-clinics/ 

Once a quarter, we will gather as a congregation to do the work of consciousness through workshops and dialogues on becoming an anti-racist, anti-oppression, multicultural congregation. From this commitment to consciousness, four teams will work on four projects in the areas of Immigration, Voting, Ecology, and Being a Neighbor. The first one will be Sunday, October 4th from 12:15-1:45 pm. Please check the Happenings for the Zoom link to join in the discussion.

After more than 10 years and 300 services, Keith Plumley has decided it is time to step down as Director of Music. His last day will be October 30. Over the years he has created a wonderful music experience for us all. Keep an eye out for information on how we will celebrate Keith’s retirement at UUCS.

Fred Stoll has been working non-stop on the kitchen in Wilde Hall.  Appliance’s will be delivered this week and we hope to have the work finished up by the end of the month. The cabinets will be finished up a little later.

The deadline to register online to vote in the election is Sunday, October 4, 2020, or in person, Friday, Oct. 2nd.
October 5th is the start date for In-Person Absentee Voting. Everyone may vote early in this year’s general election at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in the lower level from 8:30-5:00.

As we move into October, wear your masks everywhere, keep your family and friends safe, and practice social distancing. Don’t hesitate to call on any board member if you need anything. At some point, we will be able to come back together. I want to see every one of you there.

Stay Safe,

Linda Leible

As we move into September we have had a couple of chances to see each other in the last month. The food drive for Total Ministries and the Grimké mural dedication brought us together. What wonderful ways to get together.

The Social Justice team is working on ways to get the vote out for November. If you want to help please contact Alice Sutton, socialjustice@uucs.org.  In mid-August the sewing team members completed 3,000 masks.

The board has decided it is time to complete the kitchen in Wilde Hall. All contractors are working now to finish their jobs. We have purchased the appliances and are waiting for delivery. Work is underway to find a path to complete the elevator in the next year.

I found out that 3 members of our church are involved with a Covid 19 vaccine trial happening here in the Upstate. I wish them well and a big thank you for stepping up to do this.

In June our outgoing President Rick started a COVID-19 Team. The team’s role is to provide the Board with clear, science-based guidance. The COVID team has identified a two-tiered approach for building use:

  1. a baseline–that the building remains closed until science-based reopening criteria are met–we are far from meeting any of those criteria, and so the guidance is for the building to remain closed at present
  2. variation from the baseline–that in order to fulfill our mission of care for one another and our community, there are times that we need to permit access to the building, under strict public health protocols.

The Board considers these requests for variation on a case-by-case basis and decides on building use.

As we move into September, wear your masks everywhere, keep your family and friends safe and practice social distancing. Don’t hesitate to call on any board member if you need something. At some point we will be able to come back together. I want to see every one of you there.

Stay Safe,

Linda Leible

WOW!!! The Grimké Mural looks fantastic. We thank Karen Mitchell and the LWV for bringing this project to the Church and neighborhood. Next up the LWV will be doing some landscaping. Stay tuned!!!

The Mask team is kicking it. They have made over 2400 of them. On Sunday August 9th, 5 -7 pm and Tuesday August 11th, 9 – 11 am, they will be out in the cul-de-sac to collect food for TOTAL Ministries. Please look for the list of needs in the Social Justice Info in the Unison. In return they will give you masks for your family if you need them until they run out! Please put any food that you can donate in a box or bag in your trunk or hatchback and pop it open for them to remove.

The kitchen hood installation will be started in the next week. Thank Fred Stoll when you see him.

Let’s give a big thanks to the ladies doing the services for us this month. Robin Carter, Ruth Stanton, Mary Underwood and Stacey Jackson have given us some interesting UU Women’s history.

I want to personally thank Faith Taylor for leading our Wednesday evening zoom Meditation and Social Hour group while Scott is away. Drop in and say hi if you get a chance.

Sybil will be offering Sunday morning zoom preschool storytime and a time for all ages. These programs will begin Sunday, August 2, and continue through December.

Some of you have asked how to give financially to the church during this time. You can go to uucs.org/contribution/, mail checks to UUCS, P.O. Box 1942, Spartanburg, SC 29304 or stop by and drop off at the church office during Pat’s hours (Monday – Friday, 10 am-Noon, call first 864-585-9230).

As we move into August, wear your masks everywhere, keep your family and friends safe and practice social distancing. Don’t hesitate to call on any board member if you need something. At some point we will be able to come back together. I want to see every one of you there.

Stay Safe,

Linda Leible, UUCS 2020-2021 Board of Trustees President

Welcome to another year at UUCS. My name is Linda Leible and I will be serving as your President this year. I would like to thank our outgoing board members Rick Hahnenberg, Rob Gettings, Julie Harling and Brannon Carter. They have done a great job this year. Please welcome our new board members Robin Carter our President-Elect, Janice Tuck our Secretary, Betty Koester, Trustee and Kristie Magnuski, Trustee. Pate Randall remains as Treasurer and Peggy Hamrick as a Trustee.
Rev. Scott Neely will be out of the pulpit for 6 weeks starting July 1st. The worship team has got a fantastic summer lineup on UU women heroes to start us off on.

The OneSC Fund has awarded a grant to us on behalf of the statewide coalition of non-profits serving the Latinx immigrant community in SC that we are helping to organize. The amount is for $37,500, and our Social Justice chair, Alice Sutton will be helping to make decisions on spending the grant money.

The Grimke mural will be started the first week of July. We thank Karen Mitchell and the LWV for bringing this project to the Church and neighborhood. A presentation by the artist, Nancy Corbin, is planned via Zoom for Wednesday, July 1 at 6:00pm.

We have been averaging 350 views per week of our services since March. This would not be possible without the skills of Scott Neely and Anne Garner, Andrew Cooke on video, Erin Galloway and Keith Plumley for the music and Fred Stoll and Ed Stokes on the sound board. Big thanks to all the good folks that come every week to assist on the sidelines.

There was such a large amount of people that voted for the Combination Project for our Social Justice project this year, reflecting the intense commitment our congregation feels for so many social justice issues. We voted for the most challenging option, and, less than 10 days later, we’re getting a powerful start on our plan.

If anyone has any announcements over the summer, please send them to me by Friday so they can be included on Sunday mornings.

As we move forward this year, wear your masks everywhere, keep your family and friends safe and practice social distancing. Don’t hesitate to call on any board members if you need something. At some point we will be able to come back together. I want to see every one of you there.

Stay Safe,

Linda Leible, 2020 – 2021 UUCS Board of Trustee President