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Celebrating Keith Plumley

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!


Next Phase of Church Activity

We care, for one another and for our community. As the pandemic enters a new phase with the forecast that it will last many more months, the UUCS Board has weighed carefully how to maintain our physical safety while also providing for the emotional well-being of our congregation.

We continue to practice basic public health protocols to keep one another safe:

  • Wearing masks
  • Social distancing
  • Limiting group size
  • Being outside whenever possible
  • Hand washing

Given our need to continue to balance physical safety with connection with one another, the following steps have been approved by our Board with the support of the COVID committee to continue to provide care for one another during this difficult time:

  • Small groups, such as Covenant groups and committees, are encouraged to gather in-person outside at homes or on church grounds, practicing all of our safety protocols. We will not offer meetings inside the church, as we are not able to clean the church regularly enough to accommodate multiple meetings through the week. Please be mindful of how virtual meetings allow some people to participate who cannot otherwise attend, and consider offering hybrid options (outside in-person with a Zoom or Facetime attendance option) so that those who would like to meet in-person can do so, and those who prefer not to do so can equally participate.
  • We will continue to plan one-off events on the church grounds utilizing careful planning and all of our safety protocols, such as our Social Justice Triple and Quintuple Dips, Grimké mural dedication, and upcoming Stewardship events. If you would like to hold an event like this on the church grounds, please contact the church office so we can keep working in coordination with one another. This has worked extremely well so far.
  • Wednesday evening meditation and social hour will begin gathering in-person with a hybrid virtual option in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, November 11 from 5:30pm-7:00pm. We will mask, socially distance, and ventilate the space. If a large number of people attend, we will move outside.

If you have any questions or concerns, ideas or thoughts that you would like to share, please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of the Board or to me (minister@uucs.org / 864-590-8260 ). The Board continues to discuss further ways we might connect with one another, including on Sunday mornings, and will communicate those steps when they are clarified.

Our work is grounded in our care for one another. Let us move forward together with care, and make sure that we all arrive, fully whole, on the other side.

On behalf of the Board with the support of the COVID Committee, and with gratitude for every one of us—

Scott



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