Forum
Adults interested in discussing current issues on a wide range of topics are invited to join our Forum on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., in the Library building at the side of the UUCC at 2701 Heyward St., Columbia. Topics are posted in our newsletter, The Unigram, under News/Events page on this site, the Order of Service on Sundays, and in our weekly eblast. Contact our Administrator to be added to our email list.

Committee Night
Join us for Committee Nights on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. when we’ll break into committee groups where we discuss the important work of the congregation.  If you have never joined us for one of these evenings, it is not too late.  Just contact the chair of your chosen committee to be sure they are meeting that night and join in the fun and work of the church.

Book Clubs
The UUCC Book Club meets on the third Sunday of the month.   We usually meet at a member’s home.   Our next meeting will be at 6:30 on Sunday, April 14 and our book will be American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee. The UUCC book club is open to all members and friends of the UUCC.  We welcome new and returning participants!  Please contact Ruthie Saunders if you have questions or would like more information.

The Women’s Book Group meets monthly in the CYRE wing at 7:00 p.m. to discuss our latest book selection. Our next book is Less by Andrew Sean Greer and we’ll be meeting on Tuesday, April 9th.   Anyone with questions may contact Sandy Chubon or call (803) 776-0784.

“Meaning in Movies”
Traditional religions typically rely on a sacred text for direction, such as the Bible, the Torah, or the Koran. Unitarian Universalists look for guidance wherever wisdom may be found, not only in religious texts, but also in the words and deeds of prophets and teachers, nature, history, literature, art, reason, science, personal experience, conscience, and even movies. February through May, the Membership Committee will show a series of movies, one per month, to spark discussions about the meaning and purpose of life. Our former pastor, Rev. Neal Jones, did this series this fall in his congregation, and he was willing to share his discussion questions with us! Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

Friday, April 12, 6:30-9:00 p.m. : Last Holiday  Rated: PG 13
Upon learning of a terminal illness, a shy department store sales clerk (Queen Latifah) decides to sell off all her possessions and live it up at a posh European hotel. In the process, she learns how to truly live, and she teaches others, as well.

Friday, May 10, 6:30-9:00 p.m. : One True Thing  Rated: R
This drama, starring Meryl Streep (who was nominated for Best Actress), William Hurt, and Renee Zellweger, tells the story of how a mother’s cancer diagnosis causes her family to reexamine the meaning of their lives.

Life Stories Sessions on March 5, 12, 19 & 26
The Adult Religious Education Committee invites you to four Life Stories sessions. If you signed up for Life Stories don’t forget to attend. Barbara Beeler at babssc@outlook.com.
What you will do: Meet weekly for four Tuesday’s in March to explore a weekly question:
You should join your group at either 10-11:30 am or 7-8:30 pm as planned.
March 5: Who are three people who have had the greatest impact on your life?
March 12: What have been three of the most important decisions you have made in your life?
March 19: Share two of your saddest and happiest experiences of your life.
March 26: If your life story were a movie or a novel, what would be the title and the main plot?

UUCC Ladies LUUnch BUUnch
If you haven’t had a chance to enjoy the UUCC Ladies LUUnch BUUnch we will meet again on Thursday, April 11, at Noon, at Grecian Gardens, 2312 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. This will offer another variety to our eating-out experience welcoming all UUCC ladies with a delightful Greek menu that will include vegetarian and vegan options. Our luncheon gatherings have proven to be a fun opportunity of getting to know each other better as well as making new friends. If you haven’t tried it, now is the time! Please sign up at the Welcome/Membership Table or email Linda McLeod at bonneylass44@gmail.com. We must have our count in by the Tuesday, April 9 RSVP deadline to reserve the private dining room.

Men’s Breakfast Group
The group will meet at 9:00 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Lizard’s Thicket 402 Beltline Blvd. as long as there is interest. At least one member of the group offered to host a breakfast at his home, so look for details in the Order of Service/Unigram/Web.

Insight Meditation
The Insight Meditation Community of Columbia, a Vipassana meditation practice group, meets at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays at the UUCC Library (the octagon shaped building on Heyward): meditation instruction at 6:30, silent sitting at 7:00 and Dharma talk at 7:30.  Sittings are free and all are welcome. Contact Jessica Kross for more information.

Knit or Knot Group
Do you knit or have other needle craft you would love to share?  If so, you are welcome to join us weekly on Mondays at 2:00 p.m. in Room 8 in the CYRE wing.  Or, if you are interested in learning to knit or crochet, we have folks who are ready to help you with the basics.

Christian Heritage Group
The Christian Heritage Group will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 19 at 12:00 in room 8.  We will consider the origins of Easter. Easter is the greatest and most ancient holiday of the Christian Church, with a long and complex preparation and a date of celebration which varies each year. Bring a light lunch or snack for yourself if you would like to stay and eat and chat after our hour-long meeting. If you are interested in our group, do come join us. If you have any questions, call Rebecca Drennan at 415-377-1791

Chair Yoga
Chair yoga entails about 45 minutes of real yoga but it takes place mostly seated. It is ideal for people who want to improve flexibility but who do not enjoy (or for physical reasons cannot do) the typical yoga class. The class will meet every Wednesday in the UUCC Social Hall 11:00-11:45 am. No special clothing or equipment is needed.  If you are interested, please contact RuthieSaunders, or (803) 776-6608.  Note:  Chair Yoga will not meet April through August. We will start again in the Fall if there is interest.

Gaia’s Rising CUUPS
Join the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the Library. Contact Johnnie Nelson at (803) 729-4319. with questions.

Art for All Group
If you are interested in working on your art with others for support, encouragement and feedback, then the Art for All Group is for you. We meet weekly on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – noon in the Social Hall. Bring your own supplies and prepare to enjoy the company of other artists at no cost. No instruction provided. Please contact Ruthie Saunders if you have questions.

Animal Ministry
The Animal Ministry holds its meetings on the second Thursday of the month.  All who share an interest in animals and their welfare are welcome to join us at 5:00 p.m. in Room Priestly/10,   Contact Anita with questions.

September Set
On the fourth Friday of every month the UUCC has a pot-luck for seniors (self-defined: no ID required :-)) that we call September Set. This is a great opportunity to simply talk and eat with old friends—and make new ones! Sometimes we will have a program after the meal, but usually we just catch up with what’s happening in each other’s lives.  No need to sign up; all you have to do is bring a dish to share with others.  If you have questions, email or call Pat Mohr (patmohr@mindspring.com; 803-463-3504) or Jean Capalbo (jacapalbo@aol.com; 803-799-1001).

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.

Donations for Pets
The UU Animal Ministry has a new donation bin for pet food, pet care and pet toys. We wish to thank everyone for their generous donations which support Senior Resources. When Senior Resources noticed that some recipients of Meals On Wheels were saving a portion of their meals to share with a beloved pet, they began accepting donations of pet food. Small bags and cans of pet food are preferred because these can be more easily delivered by Meals on Wheels volunteers at the same time meals for the elderly are delivered. Pet care items and toys are also welcomed. Opened bags are not accepted. Please look for the new aqua blue donation bin in the Social Hall. We would love to fill it up!

Transitions Volunteers Needed
UUCC has a recurring obligation to help serve the evening meal at Transitions Homeless Recovery Center>, 2025  Main Street in Columbia, on the second Saturday of every month.  Contact Bob Whitaker to volunteer.
We also cover the library at Transitions every Friday from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. It is a nice way to get to know the stay at/visit Transitions on a one to one basis.  If you are interested in helping out at the library contact Phil Turner.

Contribute to UUCC When You Shop at Smile.Amazon.Com!
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.
UUCC is registered to receive donations from AmazonSmile!  That means that our congregation will receive 0.5% of any purchase you make if you designate UUCC as your charity and shop at smile.amazon.com.  The more people who enroll, the more revenue we will receive.  So if you shop at Amazon, please do the following:
Go to smile.amazon.com and type in Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia SC in the search bar to select us.
If you bookmark the page or install the Amazon 1Button app, you can easily return to the AmazonSmile website for all of your Amazon shopping.
That’s all there is to it!  You only need to make this selection once.  Now whenever you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate one-half of one percent of your purchase price to UUCC.  Thank you for supporting our mission in this additional way!