Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia

Sunday Services Begin at 11:00 a.m.

September 23, 2018  Topic: Sacred Soundscapes  Speaker:  Nicki Anahaat Planet

September 30, 2018 Topic: Embodying Hospitality  Speaker: Candace Chellew-Hodge

Forum Topics  For adults interested in discussing current issues on a wide range of topics. Meets on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the library building at the side of the property.

September 23, 2018  Topic:Would a guaranteed  minimum income (GMI) solve the problems we see in America related to poverty, unemployment and minimum wage employment?

September 30. 2018   Topic: Is “Medicare for all” a solution to the healthcare crisis in America?

Children and Youth Religious Exploration (CYRE)
Check out what is happening with Religious Exploration classes and their extracurricular activities here.

For information on Adult Religious Explorations, look here.

Social Action Activities
Our church keeps busy making a difference in our world.  Check out what we’re doing now here.

Pancake Breakfast
Bring your appetite and friendly self to the Pancake Breakfast in the Social Hall this Sunday, September 23, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Vegan selections will be available. This is a fundraiser for the CYRE Heritage trip. $5 per person or $15 per family.

Substitute Nursery Worker Needed
We are losing our beloved Nursery Workers, Erin and Katie.  Until we hire replacements, we need a few volunteers to give care and love to our youngest members.  On average, we have 3-5 toddlers under 3 in our nursery weekly.  Please call Stephanie at (207) 400-9428 if you would be willing to miss a service or two and spend time with the sweetest UUs you’ll ever meet!

Membership at the UUCC
Have you been attending services for a while and are considering making the congregation a larger part of your life?  If you are interested in joining or have questions about membership, please email the Membership Committee. or talk with someone at the Welcome Table (with the red tablecloth) after one of the services.

Ministerial Discretionary Account
Our congregation has a Ministerial Discretionary Account [MDA] to be used by the minister to assist members and friends with emergency financial needs. The board has recently adopted more formal Policies and Procedures for management of this account; these are on our website. The Board oversees the management of the account in the absence of a minister and has asked the Caring Committee to handle requests for assistance with emergency needs.
This account is the recipient of Share the Plate in January, but this year it has been depleted more quickly than in the past, with several more months to go in the year. Contributions would be most welcome at this time. If contributing by check, please write “MDA” on the memo line.

Potential Pilgrims
If you are interested in journeying with Rev. Zsolt Solymosi the latter part of July 2019 then join us at 12:30 on Sunday, September 23 in Room 10. This meeting will be to answer general questions, hear a few anecdotes from 2016 pilgrims, and gauge general interest and numbers for the trip. Questions, if they can’t wait for the meeting, can be directed to Yoli and Tony Ganong: ganong@bellsouth.net  and/or Jean Capalbo: jacapalbo@gmail.com. Those of us who treated ourselves to the UUCC “pioneer pilgrimage” in August 2016 to visit our Partner Church in Beszterce, one of many destinations along the way, know what a life changing experience this can be.

Concert Across America
Please join the Faith Coalition on Gun Violence for this year’s Concert Across America to honor the memories of victims of gun violence in South Carolina and across the nation. This free concert will take place on Sunday, September 23 at 4:00 pm at Main Street United Methodist Church, 1830 Main Street, Columbia SC 29201. A diverse group of local musicians will perform, including several members of our congregation (Sara Williams, Richard McLeod, Anna Hamilton, Elizabeth Harris, and Prism).

Crafting Night, Wednesday
On Wednesday, September 26 at 6:00pm we will get together in the RE Wing to craft for Spirit Play.  Bring your creativity and join us for felting, painting, drawing, cutting felt, etc.  All supplies are included!

Recycling: Mysteries of the Blue Bins
Please join the Columbia Audubon Society and UUCC on Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm for “Recycling: Mysteries of the Blue Bins.”
If you are a diligent citizen you collect your recycling and put it out in a blue bin to be picked up. Then what? What happens to the stuff after it is picked up? What happens if you put something in that can’t be recycled? And what can and can’t be recycled anyway? Jane Hiller of Sonoco, which manages most of the processing for recycled items in our area, will discuss DOs and DON’Ts of recycling and will show how recycled items are processed. We will also discuss ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle some of the items that don’t go in the blue bins.

Ladies, Let’s Do Lunch
How often do you say to your friend, “Let’s get together for lunch” but it never seems to happen? Ever try for five or six of you to get together and the restaurant is so noisy you can’t hear each other talk. That’s no fun. How about all of the UUCC ladies getting together every other month for lunch and maybe you will even dis-cover somebody you didn’t really know. The UUCC La-dies LUUnch BUUnch would like to invite all ladies to meet at Arabesque at 2930 Devine Street on Thursday, October 11 at 12:30 for our first lunch in our own private room where the only noise we will have to contend with is our own. The room will hold fifty people so we will be able to be seated comfortably and move around and visit as we please. We can order from their menu which most of you know is vegan/vegetarian friendly. For those of you who have never been there, Arabesque serves Mediterranean (Lebanese) selections including pizza and great salads. They have been a popular restaurant choice for UUCC members. We are hoping that even you working girls might be able to take your lunch time and join us. We will have a signup sheet at the Welcome Table or email Linda McLeod at bonneylass44@gmail.com to let us know you will join us. We will need to have an accurate count for our reservations by Monday, October 8. Hope you all will want to join us for a fun day Out to Lunch.

UUCC Transitions Volunteer Library Staff
For the past 7 years, UUCC has staffed the Transitions Library from 4-5 p.m. on Fridays. This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of providing a much-needed quiet area, recreational reading, and a source of information to the clients of Transitions. The work is fun and involves checking materials in and out and re-shelving. It is a great way to get to meet folks from a variety of backgrounds who have in common a lack of housing.
There is a group of UUCC volunteers who staff the library during our slot, but we need a couple more so that each person only has to serve once every two months. Phil Turner schedules volunteers and provides the training. Please email him if you are interested or have questions. Thank you!

Wake Now Our Vision Collaborative Campaign
When we designate the UUCC as a beneficiary in our will, the impact of this generosity is often far out in the future (we hope!).  Now, through the Wake Now Campaign, the impact can be NOW.  Simply put, if you designate UUCC in your will, UUCC can receive 10% of the amount designated in cash NOW!  Of course, it is not quite that simple, but close. See the brochure and FAQ sheet in the Social Hall or talk to Phil Turner (940) 453-8214.  Let’s not miss this opportunity!

The Mountain Retreat
This long-time UUCC tradition is a wonderful way refresh your body and mind and get to know fellow UUCC-ers better.  Join us from Friday, October 5, through lunch on Sunday, October 7. We enjoy a multitude of activities from hiking any of the many trails to quiet meditation and reflection to Happy Hour on the deck.  If you have never been to this wonderful place it should definitely be on your “to do” list.  It is a pleasant 4- hour drive.
Costs include 2 nights and 6 meals from dinner on Friday through lunch on Sunday:
Adult double occupancy – $190
Adult single occupancy – $260
Youth 8-17 – $70
Children 0-7 – FREE
Registration choices are either online at themountainrlc.com or call the Mountain office at 828-526-5838.

Share Your Talents at The Mountain?
Are you a yoga fanatic?  Do you know all the major spider groups in the SE states?  Can you identify all the major constellations?  Know four different line dances by heart?  Can you make origami animals?  Are you willing to share your knowledge with others?  We are looking for people to lead small groups (15 minutes-2 hours) to enhance everyone’s time at The Mountain, October 5-7.  If so call Joan Watterson 803-787-7873 or Ginny Verne 803-606-6260.

Spring Yard Sale!  Be thinking about it…
UUCC will have a Yard Sale this Spring, so hold on to all of your unbroken, working, unwanted items until then. Anything you have except large appliances and clothing will be accepted as long as they are in reasonably good condition. This year books will be welcomed.
We cannot accept items until the week of MAY 12. If you would like to join in the fun of taking in, arranging, pricing, or selling, and getting to know our UU community, let Jean Capalbo know at (803)799-1001 or jacapalbo@gmail.com.

8th Annual Blessing of the Animals
The Animal Ministry is proud to be holding its 8th annual Blessing of the Animals event this year. Please be sure to save the date of Sunday, November 4 at 3:00 P.M.