From Your President

Modified on: April 4, 2018

Dear Members and Friends,

While spring has arrived and most folks are doing their spring planting, your Finance Committee and your Board of Trustees have been working on the 2018-19 budget beginning in July. This is never an easy task since there is usually a disagreement on how to allocate funding priorities. Our Finance Committee is chaired by Barbara Tisdale; other members include David Hudnall, Kim Danner, Linda Leible, Fred Stoll, and Pate Randall. Thank you, Finance Committee, for agreeing to serve.

Another committee that is very active but not very visible is our Pastoral Care Committee. The pastoral care associates are there to give comfort and support to our members and friends when difficult times arise. The committee is co-chaired by Joyce Harrison and Mitch Eisner. Thanks to all our PCA committee members: Abby Fowler, Angie Willes, Clare Van Sant, Dave Drum, John Tarrant, Judy Allen, Riley Lanier, Sally Hicks, and our minister, Scott Neely. The PCA Auxiliary Card Team includes Palma Eisner, Abby Fowler, Angie Willes, Annie Brasington, Barbara Tisdale, Cindy Howe, Jan Jerome, Sally Hicks, Riley Lanier, Sam Collins, and Seher Kul. This group is really doing terrific work. Thank you all so much.

Another one of our social justice projects is working with the Converse Neighborhood Association, of which we are a dues-paying member. We have committed to help clean up our neighborhood every other month on Saturday mornings. The clean-up crew is led by Ruth Stanton. Church members who showed up for this month’s clean-up included Pam and Fred Stoll, Alice Sutton, and Judy Allen.

While not a scheduled event, the March for Our Lives was attended by several of our members. If you drove to this event in Greenville, you may have seen Warren Bareiss, Lizah Ismail, and their son Ben; Peggy Hamrick and her granddaughter Sandra Underwood; and Seher Kul, Anne Waters, and Ruth Stanton. I also saw other UUs that I know from Greenville as well as members of the Upstate SC Chapter of AU. Ruth and I were glad we went to show our support against gun violence, and hope that we can finally get reasonable gun legislation in this country.

Peace and Love, Rick

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