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From Your President – July 2019

UUCS President

July 8, 2019

July starts the beginning of another UUCS church year that runs from July 2019 through June 2020. Scott Neely will be out of the pulpit during July preparing for his worship services which begin in August. Never fear, though! Scott and our Worship Committee have lined up some great speakers for the Sundays that he will be out of the pulpit, to challenge you while he is gone.
Work will begin again very soon on the Wilde Hall kitchen, in hopes that we can begin to use our new kitchen within the next few months. Because of strict city code requirements, it has become necessary for us to hire a general contractor who knows how to work with Spartanburg city code requirements. Keep your fingers crossed.
One of the things I heard several times over the last few months is that with our many new members and friends coming to UUCS we don’t know each other. This coming church year we will be trying to correct that problem.
For those who don’t know me—my name is Rick Hahnenberg and I am married to Ruth Stanton, one of our Worship Associates co-chairs. Ruth and I have been attending UUCS for twenty-five years, having moved from Greer back in 1994.
I met and married Ruth at the Greenville UU Fellowship back in 1989 and we recently celebrated our 30th anniversary. We have three children and four grandchildren. Our son Mark grew up at UUCS and now lives in San Francisco. Our two daughters, Laura and Krista, both live in Ohio and each has two boys. Our grandson’s ages are seven, five, four, and two.
Ruth works at Spartanburg Regional as a nurse-midwife and has been employed there for over 27 years. I am a semi-retired independent health insurance salesperson who worked for a major health insurer for several years. Beside being active at UUCS, I am founder and president of the Upstate SC Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Our chapter’s first meeting was held at UUCS in January 2004.

To conclude my bio: I was raised a Lutheran in Ohio and moved to Upstate SC in 1982. I have been a UU for the last 40 years at three congregations in Youngstown, Ohio, Greenville, SC, and now here in Spartanburg. I consider myself a proud Freethinker. Looking forward to a great 2019-2020 church year with you.

Love and Peace,

Rick Hahnenberg, UUCS President


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