From Your President

Modified on: March 1, 2018

Dear Members and Friends,

First I would like to thank you so much for your generous pledges to our 2018-2019 Annual Fund. Without your continued financial support, this religious community could not be possible. While your pledge will not start until July, your Finance Committee, your program committees, and your Board of Trustees will start work on preparing next year’s spending priorities. I would very much like to thank Linda Leible for agreeing to chair this committee along with Fred Stoll and Karen Mitchell. Your minister, Scott Neely, also provided strong support and guidance from the pulpit as well at our occasional planning sessions. Thanks again for all who pledged and for all who donated their time and energy to our Annual Fund.

If you pledged you received from me a thank-you note asking you to keep Sunday, May 20, open on your calendar for the ordination ceremony for Scott. What does that mean? Ordination is an act by which a person becomes an “official” minister. A strict rule suggests that no one be titled “The Reverend” until after an ordination. Ordaining Scott will allow him to perform the sacrament of marriage as per South Carolina state law, and gives him the opportunities and privileges that ordained ministers may enjoy. This will be a very special occasion for Scott and his family as well as the members and friends of this congregation. This will be the first time in our 64-year UUCS history that we have ever ordained a minister. I hope that you can attend this special event.

I would like to thank our Souper Bowl fundraiser volunteers, led by Joyce Harrison, for a really successful fundraiser. Joyce has written her own article in this Unison, and our volunteer soup chefs and those who helped set up and clean up have all been listed. Thank you so much. The soups were really tasty and it was nice to use Wilde Hall for this event.

Finally, you may have noticed that our Sunday Worship Services are back on Facebook. We have purchased a copyright license so that we can safely broadcast our programs. The Communications Committee has also recently purchased a new video recorder that should be installed soon. I would like to personally thank Alan Jenkins and Andrew Cooke for all their hard work in making these important changes possible.

Thanks again to everyone who pledged and contributed to our Annual Fund.

Peace and Love,


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