Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia

Sunday Services Begin at 11:00 a.m.

January 20, 2019  Topic:  Being More Than an Ally  Speaker:  Todd Shaw

January 27, 2019  Topic:  My Path2Redemption  Speakers:  Lester Young and Laura Hartwig

February 3, 2019  Topic:   The Beginnings & Endings of Us, God and the Universe  Speakers:  Ron Edge and Chris Edge

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.

January 20, 2019  Topic:  Climate change and the possibility of future mass migrations

January 27, 2019  Topic:  What are the impacts of neoliberalism on christianity?

February 3, 2019  Topic:  Language as the source of misunderstandings–the impact of different meanings for words and interpretation of differing terminologies

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.

Want a UU Tee Shirt?
We are taking pre-orders now, hoping to get the cost down to $8 per shirt.  Long sleeved shirts will be just $10 each.  Please email Social Action with your size and sleeve length preference.  All orders must be received (and paid for) by Sunday, January 27th.

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.

2020 Boston Heritage Trip Matching Challenge
After the congregational conversation last Sunday, one of our members anonymously offered a $2,500 match to all monies either directly donated or raised by our teens and their parents for the Boston Heritage Trip.  It is nearly impossible to adequately express gratitude for this generosity.  This is an  exceptional example of unselfish concern for a vital part of our religious education program.

Now is the time for the rest of us to do our part.  Please support our high school students in their fundraising efforts. Car washes, the chili cook-off, pancake breakfasts, the chocolate auction, or even a simple cash donation…each dollar received from the congregation will become two dollars through the match. Individual cash donations should be put in a collection envelope and labeled “Boston.,” On checks, please put “Boston” on the memo line.

Inclement Weather Donations Needed
The Social Action Committee is collecting magazines and unused personal-sized toiletries for clients using the shelter.  Clean and gently used or new gloves, warm hats, and winter clothing will again be accepted.  Please place your donations in the basket in the social hall.  For more information, contact Tom Clements, or call (803) 240-2768.

New UUCC Members & Friends Directory Available in the Foyer
Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the new directory in the foyer. One copy per family, please.

Encore Men’s Chorus
It’s time to warm up for the new year. First rehearsal will be on January 20 at 9:30 in room 9. ENCORE is open to men (and women tenors) who can carry a tune and like to sing. We rehearse and perform once or twice each month. First performance is February 3. Want to join this impressive group? Just show up at 9:30 on January 20!

Animal Ministry
Our next meeting had to be rescheduled a couple of times for several reasons, typical this time of year (illness, people being out of town, etc.). Nevertheless, the current plan is to meet next Thursday, January 24th, at 5:00 p.m. in room 10 in the CYRE wing. Please try to attend this meeting as we will be brainstorming ideas for the coming year’s events. Keep movies, vegan potlucks in mind, as well as a possible re-education on “Meatless Mondays” which we did a few years ago. Patty Drews has been in close contact with the Cotton Branch Animal Sanctuary and we may be collaborating with them on an event in late February or March!  Contact Anita with questions.

CANstruction is Coming!
Children should be ready to bring cans when our January RE classes begin. CANstruction is January 27. This is a fun event where RE Classes compete for the best construction made of cans and other donated food items. Congregation members vote with their dollars. The food and proceeds go to Harvest Hope Food Bank.

Adult RE Life Lessons Classes Coming Soon! 
What are your life lessons? Come with us on this intriguing journey as we explore:

  • Who are three people who have had the greatest impact on your life?
  • What have been three of the most important decisions you have made in your life?
  • What have been two of the saddest and two of the happiest experiences of your life?
  • If your life story were a movie or a novel, what would be the title and the main plot?

Does this sound thought-provoking to you?  Look for sign-ups and more from the Adult Religious Education Committee coming soon! For more info contact Rebecca Drennan at rebecca@creativetransformation.com.

Save the Date for the Cabaret, February 3, 7pm
For the most memorable evening of the UUCC year!  The Partner Church “UU Broadway Review” promises to be elegant, fun and filled with talent. Do NOT miss it!  See more information in the January 9 Unigram.

Riverwalk & Potluck
Getting cabin fever? We have just the right medicine! Join the Outdoor Group for a riverwalk on Saturday, February 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.! The exact meeting place will be announced later. When done walking, we will gather at Mary and Morgan Maclachlan’s house for a potluck. Please R.S.V.P. at membership@uucolumbia.org with the number of guests and if you plan on bringing a salad, appetizer, dessert, or other item.

Your Baking Skills Needed for February 10 Chocolate Auction 
Brownies, cookies, cakes — no item is too small for our bake sale or too large for the silent auction. Contact contact Choco-Chair Jim DuPlessis., or text 803.669.0055, to let him know what you will be bringing.

In this annual UUCC high holiday, you can expect opportunities to eat chocolate, buy chocolate, bid on chocolate and even bet on chocolate (we’ll have a cakewalk). We’ll hold it after the service on Sunday, Feb. 10, so it will begin shortly after noon. Stay tuned for other details. This will benefit the high school youth’s 2020 trip to Boston.

Last Call to Pilgrims to Transylvania
In September, the Unigram carried a proposal for an exciting pilgrimage to be led by Rev. Zsolt Solymosi in July 2019 and invited those interested to a meeting on September 23. As of now we number about 15. Before mid-January we need to settle on a solid list of participants as we will be asking for a $500 or $600 deposit to enable Zsolt to begin making necessary travel arrangements. January 9 is set for the deposit deadline. Hence we are reaching out again to the Congregation in case some of you may still be interested in joining this group.

For more on this journey, and an exciting opportunity regarding the Gertrude Edge Pilgrim Travel Assistance Award, click HERE.

UUCC Ladies LUUnch BUUnch
February 14, Noon
Our Ladies LUUnch BUUnch wanted to try something different this time so we have found the Magnolia Buffett at 10052 Two Notch Road, Columbia. This is a lovely new Chinese Buffet with a delightful array of Asian foods as well as some traditional fare (they even have mac & cheese.) The buffet includes sushi and a hibachi grill and works well for vegetarians and vegans with plenty to choose from. The price is $8.99 for all you care to eat and the selection is excellent. They have a very large private dining room that is available for groups and we have tables reserved in that room. If you haven’t joined this group of ladies before make 2019 the time to try us out. It is a fun time to get together with old friends and new. Sign up at the Membership/Welcome table to join us or email Linda McLeod at bonneylass44@gmail.com. We want to see you there!

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.