November – From Your President

Modified on: November 3, 2017

Your Committee on Ministry, your Minister, and your Board of Trustees held a New Minister’s Start-Up Retreat on September 29 and 30 at our location. Our facilitator from the UUA was Ann Marie Alderman, a UU minister from New Jersey, who worked briefly with our Search Committee the year before. Rev. Alderman’s services were provided at no cost to us. The goal of the retreat was to help Scott and the Board get off to a good start in his new ministry and I believe that was achieved.

The Board came away with three goals that it will be working on this year: (1) communicate better to the Spartanburg community about who we are and what our religious society can offer people looking for a faith community; (2) strengthen our Social Justice Program; (3) further develop our Adult Religious Education program. Your Board has begun work on all three goals. I am very pleased to announce that we received an anonymous donation of $3000 to help fund our Building and Grounds expenses. Our Henry Place building was built in 1985 and we added our large sanctuary in 2006. In 2000 we purchased the Hatcher House, which was built in 1924. As our religious society grows in size, so does the need to expand our facilities and maintain our property. We have freon leaks on our HVAC unit that heats and cools our sanctuary. Many of our large trees need to be trimmed, and two are dead or dying and should be removed. Our main parking lot needs resurfacing and our parking lines have faded and need repainting. We are working on all these problems. We can always use any special donations you can make to fund our building-and-grounds needs. Karen Mitchell and our Building and Grounds Committee are working hard to get those needed repairs done as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Pam Stoll is chairing the Wilde Hall Committee to finally begin to design our lower level. Their committee is just in the planning stages but has $7500 to work with from part of Susan Griswold’s generous donation last year. We also now have about $9000 toward our long-term project to build an elevator to Wilde Hall. We will need many more donations to complete this project. Donations to any of these accounts would be most appreciated.

I would like also to thank Sybil and all our volunteers who I know worked very hard to make Boo in the UU a really fun event again for both our youth as well as our adults. Much volunteer time and planning goes into making this a special yearly event. Thanks again for making this a great event.

Finally, any help that you can give our Hospitality Committee on Sunday mornings would certainly be appreciated. Let Pam Stoll and her crew know you can help out at least once a month. Many volunteers are needed on this committee.

Peace and Love,
Rick Hahnenberg

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