Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia

On-site Services Cancelled until further notice.  Contact Administrator if you have questions.

Virtual Sunday Services begins at 11:00 a.m. (you may begin to log on at 10:30)  See eblast for connectivity details.  Sunday sermons are recorded and available from the Service Archives found on the Home Page.

If you are on the Forum email list, please check your email for documents to read ahead of time.  If you would like to be included on the Forum email list, please email uucc@uucolumbia.org.

April 18, 2021  Topic: Climate Crisis and UU:  Beyond Our 7th Principle  Speaker:  Rev. Dan King

April 25, 2021  Topic: Becoming-with guest musician Lea Morris

Virtual Forum
We’ll be meeting via Zoom on Sundays at 9:30 a.m.  Find the meeting link under News/Meeting Info   We shall be discussing topics taken from the headlines

Save The Dates for These Important Zoom Events:
Discussion of the 2021/2022 Budget with the Finance Committee: Friday, June 4 at 7pm
Annual Meeting of the Congregation: Sunday, June 6, after regular service
Watch your Eblasts for Zoom links to these meetings and more details!

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

Children and Youth Religious Exploration (CYRE)
Check out what is happening with Religious Exploration classes. get the Sunday schedule, and find out about extracurricular activities here.  If you’d like to view the weekly CYRE newsletter, or just have a good laugh, click here.  Scott Sargent, Director of CYRE is a riot!

Elementary, Middle & High School CYRE Class Schedule
All classes will be held via Zoom on the 1st & 3rd Sunday each month. Links will be made available before classes begin.  If your student wishes to participate, please print and complete a registration form (available here) and submit to Scott Sargent via “snail mail” to UUCC, 2701 Heyward Street, Columbia SC 29205. If you have any questions, please contact Scott Sargent, Director of Religious Explorations.

  • 2nd – 5th Grades, 10:00am
  • Middle School, 11:00am
  • High School, 11:15am

April Share the Plate Recipient: MIRCI
Half of our cash collection in April goes to MIRCI (Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc.) which assists individuals with mental illness to recover in the areas of their lives impacted by their illness through housing, behavioral healthcare, and assistance with obtaining and managing their disability income.  Merrell Johnson will be their representative on April 4.

If sending a check please write “Share the Plate” in the memo line or you can give by either going to our website, uucolumbia.org, and clicking on the ‘donate’ bar at the top of the page, or entering “abundant.co/uucc/give” in your browser.  Please be sure to select “Share the Plate.”

CYRE Visits the USC Belser Arboretum, Sunday, April 18, 2-4pm
Calling all families and youth!  We will meet at the Arboretum for a stroll through the park to learn about the amazing work and diversity of the project!   If we have extra time we may sit and relax or walk around the neighborhood.   You are welcome to drop in at any time between 2-4pm.  Permission Form is required and can be filled out prior or at the Arboretum. Form  
Address: 4080 Bloomwood Rd, Columbia, SC 29205, United States RSVP to dre@uucolumbia.org

Building and Grounds Committee at Work
Our building may be closed due to the pandemic but the UUCC Building and Grounds Committee has been busy this past year. You can expect to see many positive improvements when you return. All these improvements are made possible by your pledges and gifts from our 2020-21 budget. Thank you and please consider this when you think about your pledge or consider additional gifts to UUCC for the coming year. Your continued support in this next fiscal year will allow us to carry out further planned repairs and necessary upgrades to our building and grounds. Here is what you have already made happen.

  • A new HVAC system has been installed in the sanctuary and social hall area so no more cold winter mornings or lack of A/C in the summer.
  • A drainpipe that had created a leak in the roof on the social hall side has been repaired and some of the roof area replaced.
  • The basement that was once so full one could barely step inside is completely cleaned out and reorganized. Nine fluorescent light fixtures with one switch at the door has been installed. Wiring has been installed to bring us up to the electrical code.
  • A handicap ramp has been installed in front of the library to aid those in need.
  • Our floors have been shined and buffed with special new equipment to make them look their best.
  • The soffits in the RE wing are being repaired due to damage from animals chewing through and creating large holes.
  • The ceiling in the RE wing has been repaired in damaged areas and then painted.
  • The display case in the foyer now has a nice smooth gliding door for easy access which replaces the heavy wooden door that was difficult to lift.
  • Cove border has been installed around the sanctuary wall floor for a neater finished appearance.
  • A new 65” smart TV has been installed in the social hall between the kitchen pass-through and the storeroom doors. This was an anonymous gift and has endless possibilities.
  • New, updated light fixtures have been purchased for the library and the foyer and will soon be installed.
  • Be watching for upcoming improvements on our grounds.

Exploring Reopening Possibilities
We’ve been meeting as a congregation on Zoom since March, 2020, with substantial success by some measures, despite Zoom fatigue. What comes next? When and how will we be able to safely gather, face to face? The Board has requested a cross-functional team to explore reopening in safe and logical phases. The team includes committee chairs or designated appointees, as well as key individuals with varied skills and knowledge. The first meeting of the cross-functional team is Monday, March 8, from 6:30 to 7:30.  This is intended as a meeting reminder to task force members, and to let the Congregation know that we are working on this.
A new website tab “Reopening” has been set up as a “one stop shop” for information; we will be adding to it as we move forward.  For more information please refer to the “Reopening” tab; to pose pertinent questions following the first meeting please email reopen@uucolumbia.org .   Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters together.

All Souls Waccamaw UU Cookbook
All Souls invites you to submit a few of your own favorite recipes to their upcoming cookbook by June 1, 2021. The cookbook will be published in the fall at a cost of $10 each. For more information, contact Sue Pearly  or Lisa Jacobs.

UUCC Fall Retreat, Save the Dates!
With normalcy slowly returning, we want to make sure you put our Fall retreat on your calendars.  For you newcomers, our Southeastern UU region purchased a camp and conference center about 40 years ago near Highlands, NC, and named it The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center. The UUCC has had a long-time tradition of enjoying a weekend retreat at The Mountain as a congregation.  This year our weekend will be Friday, September 17, through Sunday, September 19.  You will be hearing more about this in future publications so watch this space for more information to whet your appetite. Please contact Joan Watterson with any questions at joan.l.watterson@icloud.com.

New Section in Eblasts and Unigrams during COVID-19 Crisis: “Community Updates”
If you have news that you would like to share with our UUCC community, please send a brief write-up (no more than 5 sentences, please) to Nancie Shillington-Perez or call Nancie at 803-553-2280. This is similar to Joys & Concerns, in that it helps us know what is going on in each other’s lives. But “Community Updates” is in a written form for those that cannot/do not tune in for our Sunday Zoom services or would benefit from having it in written form. Please know that we may need to edit submissions.

UUCC Security Grant
The Department of Homeland Security, as part of the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, has awarded UUCC a grant of about $83,000 to improve our building’s security. Click here to see how we are planning on spending that money.
Comments and queries should be directed to Joe Long .

From UUCC Board of Trustees:  We anticipate that we will remain a virtual congregation for an undetermined amount of time. The Board will periodically review the CDC and SCDHEC guidelines to determine a future opening date. Our virtual connection via Zoom has been extended way beyond our Sunday Services to include everything from our discussion group, The Forum, to social gatherings. We created new small virtual groups for all ages that will keep us in beloved community until we can meet in person again..  Please click here for more details.

Follow UUCC Social Media for the Latest Updates!
UUCC now has their own social media accounts.  This is a great way to stay connected when we can’t be together.  Submit your posts to Laura Hartwig at publicity@uucolumbia.org.  Follow us: Facebook Instagram YouTube Twitter 

2020-2021 Pledges May Be Submitted Via email
Please Note: You may email your 2020/21 Pledge amount, in confidence,to our Administrator or call her at 803-799-0845.

UUCC Will Accept Contributions Electronically
UUCC is a resilient community and although we’ve moved our ministry online during this crisis, we trust you will continue your generous support of UUCC and our community.  Our new eGiving service, Vanco, provides tools to make giving simple, safe and secure. It also allows you to designate your contribution to the funds you’re most passionate about (such as your Pledge and Share the Plate.)  Give either here at our website by clicking on the ‘donate’ bar at the top of the home page, or by entering abundant.co/uucc/give in your browser.  If you should have any questions or need help, please contact our Administrator, Andrea Dudick, or call 803-799-0845, between the hours of 6am-Noon, Monday-Friday.  Thank you for your generosity.

UUCC Music on YouTube!

CLICK ON THIS LINK

You are invited to visit the UUCC Music Coordinator’s YouTube page to view and listen to music from recent services and performances from our talented UUCC musicians and friends. Click on the link above. New items will be added weekly, so please keep coming back!

You can enjoy the following playlists on the page by clicking the links here:

UUCC Musicians

Music from Anna

UU Hymns

UUCC Benediction