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Coffeehouse, Saturday – October 26

Sydney McMath Headlines October 26th Coffeehouse

Sydney McMathSaturday October 26th, UUCS friend and accompanist Sydney McMath headlines the UUCS Coffeehouse. Sydney has entertained at a host of venues both in the Upstate and along the East Coast for more than a decade. A Maryland native, she came to study the arts at Converse College in 2000. She has been playing piano since she was 3 years old and has been teaching since she was 15 years old. Until moving to Louisiana, McMath was a piano and voice instructor at her painting studio in West Main Artists’ Co-op in Spartanburg and gave private lessons to all age and skill levels.

McMath served as Contemporary Worship Leader at United Methodist Church of the Covenant in Spartanburg for 7 years as well. She was the lead singer and pianist for the band Rev. Syd & the Homewreckers, which performed both originals and lesser known covers in SC and around the South. Sydney has collaborated on numerous professional studio projects and has performed in musical theater productions as far as New York. Her music is often dark, though she credits Joni Mitchell and Carole King as her major influences.

An avid animal lover, Sydney currently resides with her menagerie of rescue pets, where she performs and makes original silver jewelry to benefit animal rescue and rehabilitation. See more at

Please join us from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on October 26th. Sign up for open mic to sing a song, tell a story, demonstrate a craft, perform a skit, or read a poem during the first hour. We welcome all forms of creative expression that are in good taste. The suggested donation is $5, performers get in free. If you can, please bring a treat to go along with coffee, even better.


We encourage donations of non-perishable food items for our TOTAL Ministries Food barrel, which helps struggling families in our community. An entry donation of $5 for UUCS is suggested if you feel you can afford it; performers get in free. Come join in the fun!

For questions, contact Cindy Freeman, 

(Don’t Fear) The Reaper: An Exploration of Modern Death

9:30-10:30 am, In the Sanctuary on the 4th Sunday of October, November, January, & February

Death is a difficult topic to think or talk about, but a necessary one if we or our loved ones are to have the best possible end of life experience. This series will look at death and dying from a global perspective, and then we will talk about what you can do to make things the best they can possibly be in this phase of life that we will all face at some point. Presenters will be UUCS members Garrett Snipes, MD, Medical Director, Spartanburg Regional Hospice, and Lisa Mowery, BCST, SEP, LMBT, who offer specialized support for all stages of the dying process.

The sessions will be on the 4th Sunday of September, October, November, and January from 9:30-10:30 am in the Sanctuary. Topics in the series will be as follows:

I. Introduction: Modern Death in 5 Easy Questions – October 27

II. Exploring the Process of Dying – November 24

III. Dying Well: An Oxymoron? – January 26

IV. Conclusion: Layers of Support at End of Life – February 23

Please join us for what we hope will be a frank and honest, but not dour, look at death and dying. We also hope to give you some ideas about the things you can do to plan and prepare yourselves and the people you care about. This series is relevant for adults of all ages.
These sessions will be followed by a Saturday workshop which will provide opportunities to complete end of life forms and define individual intentions. Childcare can be arranged for this workshop with prior notice. Date to be announced later.

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