Wilde Hall Kitchen Update, Nov 2020


The professional trade work (Electrical, Plumbing, and Exhaust Hood) is nearly complete. Installation of cabinetry is planned for December 2020. Equipping with utensils, pots and pans, serving equipment, etc. is planned for 2021 by the Hospitality Committee (Pam Stoll, Chair).


Wilde Hall Task Force 2017-2018 that initiated the Kitchen Project: Pam Stoll, Karen Mitchell, Mary Miles, Linda Leibel, Jan Jerome, David Hudnell, Shane Wolcansek, Roy Haynes


Wilde Hall Elevator Campaign

Throughout all the challenges we have faced this year, your love has lifted us higher. Even while we haven’t been present physically, work on the church facility has continued. We are closing in on a major milestone: the Wilde Hall kitchen is almost complete! A special “Thank You” to the Wilde Hall Task Force and to every person who has made this a reality. The kitchen marks a transformation for our church. Now that groups can cook there, Wilde Hall will become a center not only for church life, but community life as well.

With the completion of the Wilde Hall kitchen, the Long Range Planning team and our Board would like to share plans to move forward with the construction of an elevator. The elevator would connect the physical heart of our building, creating safe, convenient movement between Wilde Hall and the Sanctuary foyer for us all…more…

Coming in SpringA Gift Registry to stock the kitchen in Wilde Hall

Email for more information.

November 2020 Share the Plate Contribution

International Red Cross – Hurricane Eta – Emergency appeal by Central American Red Cross

This Emergency Appeal seeks 20 million dollars to enable the IFRC to support the Honduran, Nicaraguan, and Guatemalan Red Cross to deliver assistance and support the early recovery of the people affected by Hurricane Eta for 24 months, with a focus on the following areas of focus and strategies for implementation: Shelter; Livelihood and basic needs; Health (including Mental Health and Psychological Support); Water, sanitation, and hygiene; Protection, etc.

We decided that the November 15 & 22 Sundays, we’ll share the plate with victims of Hurricane Eta in Central America, through the work of the International Red Cross, which already has boots on the ground there. For more on their efforts, see

Donate to this month’s Share the Plate here:

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 (



Updated link is located at the top right of our website

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UUCS unique charity link:


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

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 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

UU Church of Spartanburg
P.O. Box 1942
Spartanburg, SC 29304-1942
(Location: 210 Henry Place, Spartanburg, SC 29306) / 864-585-9230

Please enter the amount and click on the dropdowns (▼) for your options:

The Grimké Sisters: A Mural at UUCS
The Grimké Sisters: A Mural at UUCS

In partnership with Alianza Spartanburg (previously the Hispanic Alliance Spartanburg) and the PASOs site in Spartanburg, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg has established a fund to provide direct assistance to individuals and families who will not receive federal assistance through the CARES Act because of their immigration status—even though they pay taxes. Even if only one family member is out of status, no one in the family will receive funds—even children who are US citizens. You may give to this fund here:

You can pay for your Fair Trade products with this form.

Our congregation is on the move and we’ve got a lot of exciting projects, events, outreach, learning and growth opportunities, and social justice actions planned for the next 18 months and we need your help to make this happen.

The budgeting process is a key part of what allows us to expand our mission and vision through Spartanburg and to engage in cooperative efforts on a National scale. I’m asking for you to continue supporting UUCS by completing a Generosity of Giving Pledge Commitment stating how you’d like to support our congregation and these many programs with your financial generosity.

Updating your Pledge information for the next fiscal year, growing your contribution, or getting started with a new pledge is quick and easy.

Just click the link – – to fill out and submit our— it takes 3 minutes!


Linda Leible,

You shop. Amazon gives 5% to UUCS.



  • UUCS receives 5% of your sale when to use the above ‘Buy from‘ button.
    • Before you make your Amazon purchase, use the yellow ‘’ button. Using the button to access Amazon page for your purchase activates Amazon’s percentage of your order calculation that Amazon donates to UUCS, no additional cost to you! The UUCS ‘Buy from‘ button is located on the bottom of all UUCS electroic publications, website, weekly newsletter ‘Happenings’, monthly newsletter ‘UNISON’.
  • You can create a ‘shortcut’ to Amazon on your desktop. Looking for easy access to UUCS ‘Buy from’ button without going to website?

3 Simple Steps to Create a Shortcut to a Website. The following steps will guide you through the process of creating a desktop shortcut to a website using Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer (IE).

1) Resize your Web browser so you can see the browser and your desktop in the same screen.

2) Left click the icon located to the left side of the address bar. This is where you see the full URL to the website.

3) Continue to hold down the mouse button and drag the icon to your desktop. This creates the shortcut.

Create a Desktop Shortcut to a Website

After creating the shortcut you can right-click on the icon and select Rename to edit the text description.

Edit Desktop Shortcut Text


UUCS receives 5% of your sale when to use the above ‘Buy from‘ button, or your desktop shortcut.


The golden ‘Buy from’ button appears on all of UUCs electronic publications for any time use, if you have an Amazon account or not.