April 2019 – From Your PresidentApril 1, 2019
Dear Members and Friends,
April will be an energetic month as we prepare to support the 4th annual Spartanburg Earth Day Festival which will take place on May 4. Please step forward for volunteer opportunities as we continue to build this regionally important event.
And take advantage of our new-this-year Countdown to Earth Day speaker series, to be held at the public library at 7 PM on Tuesday evenings of April 16, 23, and 30. Bring your kids for the April 23 event to see Prof. Jon Storm’s presentation on Nature In your Backyard. See posters at church for details.
We had a very successful Pledge Drive in February. When the results were tallied we had pledged $223,300 of our $225,000 goal for next fiscal year, over 99% to target, and ~$12,000 greater than our pledge level at the same time last year. This increase lets us continue fair compensation for our paid staff as we accommodate increases in membership and RE enrollment, expand our social justice work, and continue to pay off our mortgage.
This does not reflect approximately $12,000 we donated directly to social causes last year through our Share-The-Plate program. Nor does it reflect many hundreds of hours put in each year by volunteers to perform our ministries, keep our facility attractive and operational, and support administrative functions; through this volunteer work, we build community, and keep our costs down.
In love and peace, Fred Stoll
March 2019 – From Your PresidentMarch 1, 2019
Dear Members and Friends,
The days are slowly getting longer, the temperatures creeping warmer, trees and bushes are starting to flower. It has been an intense couple of months since New Year. Sadly we lost longtime members Steve Fowler and Kathleen Wilde. But the Bright New Beginnings supper brightened our Fellowship Hall and enabled us to honor several “unsung heroes,” and at the Pledge Drive Kickoff event a couple weeks later, we had fun with whimsical entertainment, music, and singing organized by Ruth Stanton.
We had outstanding attendance at the MLK Day work party to assemble personal hygiene supply kits for homeless people in our area. And over a dozen of our church leaders attended a class in Public Speaking led by Patrice Fentiman, to help enliven their parts in our Sunday services.
As of this writing, we near the formal end of the “Living Our Mission” Pledge Drive for the next fiscal year, and while we are not quite up to our $225K goal, we have already surpassed the pledge level for the current fiscal year. With Reverend Neely well into his second year, we have so much positive energy at UUCS, for example: so many volunteers advancing our Social Justice work including the Earth Day Festival, strength in our formal and informal religious education offerings, wonderful Sunday services full of music, multiple opportunities each week for various forms of meditation, and an incredible team of Pastoral Care associates serving our many members and friends who are in situations of need. We are truly engaged in Living Our Mission.
Many of us donate money to other nonprofit organizations for specific causes. Please think of UUCS in the same way. When you contribute to UUCS, you are not just helping “keep the lights on,” you are enabling UUCS to perform its ministries, to achieve its Mission.
In love and peace,
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