Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia

Sunday Services Begin at 11:00 a.m.

November 18, 2018  Topic:  Cornbread Communion  Speaker:  Rev. Pat Jobe

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.

November 18, 2018  Topic:  The concept of perceived social isolation – just how significant are social interactions to human health and fitness?  What happens when these interactions or relationships are not present or functional?

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.

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.

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.

Share the Plate Votes Due November 18
Don’t miss your chance to vote your choice for the 2019 Share the Plate recipients in all eleven categories. Ballots and nominee information can be found on the table in the foyer or online at http://www.uucolumbia.dreamhosters.com/justice/share-plate/. It’s just that simple so no excuses. The UUCC Share the Plate program has given approximately $83,000 to charities and social justice organizations since 2011 by  using our voting process. It is up to you to decide who we will share our loose plate offerings for 2019. Make sure you are a part of this important process.
Encore, The UUCC Men’s Choral Group
Join us for practice Sunday morning,November 18, at 9:30 in room 9. New singers are always welcome.

Families Helping Families
Sun, November 18- Sun, December 9th
Look for the holiday trees in the social hall this Sunday!  We will once again be sponsoring four in-need
families through the Palmetto Project.  The families they serve are referred by social service organizations as having special needs beyond their staff’s ability to help.  Often the breadwinner has been laid off, become disabled, or forced to spend limited savings on a medical emergency. With many, the consistent lack of food in the home has become so significant as to affect the health of the family members. Take a tag with a gift request and sign the tag out on the forms on the table.  Return your wrapped gift with a gift receipt and with our tag attached no later than Sun, Dec 9th. People are encouraged to team up to cover the costs of the larger requests. We will be delivering the gifts on Monday, Dec 10th. Contact SocialAction@uucolumbia.org with any questions.

Membership Committee Meeting
Have you ever been told that you have a nice smile?  We need people to help greet people at the doors and/or at the Welcome Table after the service.  Enjoy the Chili Cook-Off, vote for your favorite chili, and join us at 1:00 p.m. in room Priestly/8.  Questions?  Contact membership@uucc.org.

Holiday Decorations
We’ll be decking our halls on Friday, November 30th and could use your help if you have some time to spare between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. that day (hoping it won’t take that long, but reserved the place, just in cast).  Lis Turner will be in the social hall after the service with the supplies and directions for making wreaths.  All wreaths need to be ready to hang on the 30th.

Our budget is small, so Lis is looking for help from any of you who would be willing to give or loan some special symbol of your holiday tradition.  This is a time when most religions celebrate our coming out of the darkness and turning toward longer days of light.  I think we have Christianity covered, but if you have a seasonal Jewish, Pagan, Buddhist, or whatever that would symbolize your holiday roots, we would try to display it prominently.

UU Little Elves
On December 1st, from 11:30 to 3:00 p.m., we will have the little elves crafting and shopping event for children.  We need donations of gently used items that the children can buy for their parents in the Santa Shop for about $1.00.   Look for the donation box on the table near the DRE Office.  This fun event for children gives parents a break as the Holiday Season begins.  For more information, contact Beck Sullivan.

Holiday Pageant Schedule
Support a tradition and participate in the annual Holiday Pageant on Sunday, December 16th.   This year, the play will be Las Posadas, a story about refugees and welcoming strangers.  We need narrators and singers as well as high school and junior high teens.  Contact rechair@uucolumbia.org if you can participate.  Upcoming rehearsals:  Nov. 25th, Dec. 2nd, and 9th.

Got Talent?
“Life is a cabaret, old chum, come to the CABARET!” The Partner Church Committee presents the excitement of the Cabaret on February 3, and now is the time for the talented and gutsy to sign up to perform. Can you sing, dance, play the oboe, recite Shakespeare, or have other talents to share? Contact Richard McLeod (richardmcleod@bellsouth.net), let him know, and start rehearsing!

Now is a Great Time to Join the UUCC Book Club!
The UUCC Book Club, established in July 2012, is beginning its annual process of selecting books to discuss for the upcoming year, so now is a good time to become an active participant by nominating three fiction or nonfiction books (one will be selected by majority vote). The person nominating the book that is selected facilitates the discussion for that book. The groups meets monthly on Sundays  6:30-8:00 pm, typically at a group member’s home, to discuss that month’s book selection. (Note that not all group members host meetings and not all UUCC Book Club participants nominate books and facilitate discussions.) The UUCC Book Club is open to all members and friends of the UUCC.

Book nominations are due to Ruthie Saunders by Monday December 3. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Ruthie Saunders.

Sunday, November 18 is the Chili Cook Off!
To ensure the success of this annual Boston Trip tradition, we need about ten or more members to bring a 9 X 13 pan of uncut baked cornbread. Volunteers are asked to deliver their pan to the kitchen prior to the service as their support for the Chili Cook Off. Unfortunately, we will only be able to accept the cornbread that is already baked. Volunteers are asked to sign up so we can assess how much cornbread we will have.

Thanksgiving Gathering Potluck at UUCC
In an annual tradition that goes back many years, UUCC will be hosting a Thanksgiving Day potluck.  We’ll gather for socializing at 1:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, with dinner beginning at between 2:00 and 2:20.  Turkey will be provided, and a small donation will be asked of those who partake.

Organizers of the potluck are Linda and Richard McLeod.  If you would like to attend, please sign up at the Membership Table or email Linda with answers to the following questions:

  1. How many are in your group?
  2. How many in your group will want turkey?
  3. What food would you like to bring? (see below for some ideas)
  4. Can you provide a turkey, ready to serve?  You will be reimbursed.
  5. Do you prefer to show up early for setup, starting at 10:00 a.m., or
  6. Can you stay a little late and help with cleanup?

Some suggestions for foods to bring to add to our Thanksgiving Feast include:  ham, tofu, veggies, salads, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, sweet potatoes, cranberries, pies, cakes, and whatever you holiday food tradition includes…

Save the Date!
Could it be that time already?  The Membership Committee is happy to announce another Holiday Party at the Turner’s home.  This one will be on Saturday, December 15th beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Specific details will follow later, but dare we say that there will be s’mores and foosball involved!

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.

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.