Stewardship

PLAN FOR TODAY. BE REMEMBERED FOR GENERATIONS.

Please consider making the future of our church a priority in your estate plan. As a donor, you are in control of your gift. You can designate it with a specific place or purpose in mind, or leave your gift unrestricted so we can apply it toward the areas of greatest need.

When you inform us of your planned gift intentions, you become a member of the UUCS Legacy Circle, which allows us to recognize you appropriately for your generosity and foresight.

Type of Legacy giving may include:

  • Wills and bequests
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Charitable Lead Trusts
  • Life Insurance
  • IRA/Retirement plan beneficiary designations

Want to learn more about Legacy Gifting at UUCS? View the UUCS Legacy Circle brochure here.

Or, contact the UUCS endowment fund at endowment@uucs.org to learn more, ask questions, or find out about resources available to help you in planning your legacy giving.

You can also use the online form below to make a direct contribution to the UUCS Endowment Fund.

Acoustic musical journey with multi-instrumentalists Pam and Fred Stoll, including a surprise guest singer and virtual collaborators!

Fred and Pam Stoll
Fred & Pam Stoll

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

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 hospitality@uucs.org for more information.

May 2021 Share the Plate Donation

Latinx Immigrant Support

In partnership with PASOs and a coalition of immigration advocacy groups statewide, UUCS has established a fund to provide direct assistance during the pandemic to individuals and families who are Latinx immigrants in South Carolina. Many are essential workers on whom our economy and community life depend, but who have been marginalized. Providing direct support and solidarity for these immigrants has grown from our local community to a statewide effort. To date, we have served more than 1,295 individuals in more than 30 of 46 counties statewide. Please join us in offering vital support to people on whom we all depend, and who are members of our communities.

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

1st-Fridays-button

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).

 

 

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

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

office@uucs.org / 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

Fund to Support Immigrants 

In partnership with PASOs and a coalition of immigration advocacy groups statewide, UUCS has established a fund to provide direct assistance during the pandemic to individuals and families who are Latinx immigrants in South Carolina. Many are essential workers on whom our economy and community life depend, but who have been marginalized. Providing direct support and solidarity for these immigrants has grown from our local community to a statewide effort. To date, we have served more than 1,295 individuals in more than 30 of 46 counties statewide. Please join us in offering vital support to people on whom we all depend, and who are members of our communities.

You may learn more about the project and give to this fund:

2021 1st Quarter Report – Fund to Support Latinx Immigrants in SC – Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg, SC (UUCS)

Submit donation Here:

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

You shop. Amazon gives 5% to UUCS.


 

 

  • UUCS receives 5% of your sale when to use the above ‘Buy from amazon.com‘ button.
    • Before you make your Amazon purchase, use the yellow ‘amazon.com’ 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 amazon.com‘ button is located on the bottom of all UUCS electroic publications, website https://uucs.org, weekly newsletter ‘Happenings’, monthly newsletter ‘UNISON’.
  • You can create a ‘shortcut’ to Amazon on your desktop. Looking for easy access to UUCS ‘Buy from amazon.com’ 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 amazon.com‘ button, or your desktop shortcut.

 

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