July 2018 From Your PresidentJuly 1, 2018
Dear Members and Friends,
It’s July, when the pace of church activities slows. But as we begin the new church year, we are in a good position of strength, with a newly ordained minister, and some budget surplus from the past year. We are blessed to have effective staff and committee leadership in areas too numerous to list, and I feel a positive spirit within the congregation.
I am excited about many things from last year which promise to be even stronger this year, for example: A robust RE program; Increasing Adult RE programming; Lots of music and musicians in our services; Progress by the Wilde Hall Task Force; Improvements to our Covenant Group program including a strengthened service component; Live video-streaming of our services on the internet; Another successful Earth Day Festival; A strong share-the-plate program; A new Social Justice Council; A calendar of fun, community-building social events/meals; and of course inspiring sermons. Sooner or later I’ll try the Wednesday meditation!
Here are a few suggestions for interfacing with the church:
- Concerns or input regarding our facilities, including safety, should be brought to the Board of Trustees.
- Concerns or input regarding an area of ministry should be brought to the Committee on Ministry.
- The bulletin boards in the Fellowship Hall are maintained with a lot of information about church resources and activities – take a little time to look!
- The UUCS web site can answer many questions you might have about church operations and activities – take a little time to explore!
- The BREEZE link on the web site (and the BREEZE smart-phone application) gives you, among other things, instant access to member and friend contact information.
- If you are looking for ways to get involved, we will hold our annual Volunteer Fair in September.
In peace and love,
Fred Stoll, 2018-2019 UUCS Board of Trustees President
WELCOME TO OUR NEW MINISTER!August 10, 2017
Scott J. Neely begins his full-time ministry with UUCS on August 14, and he will be in the pulpit on Sunday, August 20. Scott is a Spartanburg native and Wofford College graduate, and he holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge MA.
From 2006-2015, he served at First Presbyterian Church as Director of Mission and then as Pastoral Executive. In 2015, he founded the Project for Community Transformation, a faith-based initiative to help strengthen congregations in addressing poverty and combating racism.
Scott is a founding board member of Speaking Down Barriers, a non-profit whose purpose is to bridge differences among people and build connections through community gatherings, dialogue, trainings, teaching, and presentations. With our congregation’s support and encouragement, he will continue his work with this organization whose values and mission align with those of UUCS.
A gifted teacher who has taught courses at USC-Upstate and Wofford, Scott will facilitate religious education classes for adults here at UUCS. He is also an artist with 17 solo or groups shows and installations. And he completed a through-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 6 months!
More information about Scott can be found on his website: https://neelyprojects.com/.
Please join the Board of Trustees in welcoming Scott to our Beloved Community!!
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