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/Current 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.

Book Clubs
The UUCC Book Club meets on the third Sunday of the month.   We usually meet at a member’s home.
CANCELLED: UUCC Book Club for Sunday, September 15
The next UUCC book club discussion is 6:30 pm on Sunday, October 13. Marlene Mackey will facilitate a discussion of The Diary of a Bookseller, by Shaun Bythell.
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 on the second Tuesday of the month, at 7:00 pm in Room 10.  The book for October 8th is The Round House, by Louise Erdrich.  Anyone with questions may email Sandy Chubon or call (803) 776-0784.

Choirs at the UUCC
Please join us in song!  Singers of all levels of experience are invited to participate in choral opportunities at the UUCC: Adult Choir, Encore (Men’s Choir), Prism (Women’s Choir), and the Junior Choir. All are welcome as we bring voices, hearts, minds, and intentions together in the beauty of music. More information about our choirs and rehearsal schedules can be found here. You may also contact UUCC Music Coordinator, Anna Hamilton.

Would You Like To Donate Flowers For A Sunday Worship Service?
Do you want flowers in the sanctuary to express an upcoming birthday, anniversary, or a special memory? Now you can do this by signing up for the Sunday of your choice on the UUCC Flower Calendar found at the Membership Table. A $30 donation made to the UUCC Flower Fund at least two weeks in advance of your chosen date will be required to cover the cost of the flowers. A group of our talented members will prepare an arrangement for our sanctuary for your chosen Sunday. Linda McLeod will be the contact person when you sign up and will explain all the details upon contact. We hope you will all want to share in this opportunity to enhance our sanctuary and at the same time recognize a special day.

UUCC Ladies LUUnch BUUnch
The women of UUCC meet on an irregular regular basis to keep in touch and just have a good time.  Watch this space for a notice of the next meeting time and place.

UUCC Men’s Breakfast Group, Second Thursday of Each Month
The UUCC men’s breakfast group will meet at 9:00 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month (next one is October 10).  This time we meet at the Lizard’s Thicket on Beltline. If you are interested, please let Phil Turner  know so we can have space available.

September Set
On the fourth Friday of every month the UUCC has a potluck 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. Hope to see you at our next September Set dinner on September 27th! If you have questions, email or call Pat Mohr (803-463-3504) or Jean Capalbo  (803-799-3504).

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 the fourth Tuesday, September 24, at Noon in the UUCC library. Please note the change of date and place. We will consider the personal and diplomatic issues of late life. For instance, how can one help parents make necessary life adjustments?  Bring a light lunch or snack for yourself or to share.  If you are interested in our group, do come join us. If you have any questions, email Don Cooper or call (803) 466-5087.

Gaia’s Rising CUUPS
Join the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the Library. Contact shewhowonders2000@yahoo.com 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 Linda Brennison if you have questions.

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.  Please arrive by 5:15pm, as the service window is 5:30 – 6:00pm. Park in the Transitions lot. Sign in at the Security Office. Remember to bring a hat unless you prefer to wear one of the disposable hair nets they provide. We have stools for anyone who might find it uncomfortable to stand for 30 minutes. 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 folks on a one to one basis.  If you are interested in helping out at the library contact Phil Turner.

Harvest Hope Food Donations Needed
Please bring your donations, such as canned soups, vegetables, fruits, juices, peanut butter, and pastas for Harvest Hope Food Bank and leave them in our shopping cart in the social hall. Another item always needed is disposable diapers – NO adult sizes. Harvest Hope does not accept glass containers or expired food.

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!