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.,via Zoom.  Topics will be pulled from the headlines each week.  Contact our Administrator to be added to our email list.

Book Clubs
The UUCC Book Club meets on the third Sunday of the month.
Peck Drennon will facilitate a discussion of Dreaming of Eden:  American Religion and Politics in a wired World by Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite.  We will meet via Zoom on February 21st at 6:30pm. The UUCC Book Club is open to all members and friends of 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 may meet on the second Tuesday of the month, at 7:00 pm.  Anyone with questions may email Sandy Chubon or call (803) 776-0784.

Story Circles
Fun & fellowship Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00 a.m., via Zoom.  The meeting link can be found under News/Meeting Info  Newcomers welcome. Questions? Call Barbara Bates Smith at 828-421-7685 with questions about Story Circles. Contact Phil Turner for information about the meeting connection.

Zappy Hour
Join with your fellow UUCCers on Wednesday’s at 5:30 pm for conversations and catching up.  No set agenda, but we explore themes like memorable vacation events, weather experiences, wackiest vacation photo, craziest airplane flights, etc.  BYOB and snacks.  Questions:  Contact Phil Turner.

UUCC Choir Rehearses Weekly, Thursdays 6:00-6:45 PM
You are invited to sing! The UUCC Adult Choir (adults and teenagers welcome) has resumed weekly rehearsals, Thursdays 6:00-6:45 PM on Zoom. The weekly rehearsal gives us a time to make music together in community.  All are welcome, and no previous experience is necessary. Rehearsals include a basic introduction to music reading, vocal exercises, and a variety of songs chosen to bring hope, peace, comfort, and joy to participants.  Special projects (optional) will include joining our voices together in the virtual world through audio and video recording.

Meetings open 10 minutes before the start time (5:50 PM) (find the link under News/Meeting Info on the Home Page).

Please contact Anna Hamilton with questions or to be added to the UUCC Choir e-mail list: music@uucolumbia.org 

You Can Donate Virtual Flowers for Sunday Service!
Bouquet of flowersWould you like a floral display to remember an upcoming birthday, anniversary, or a special memory? Sunday flowers are now possible, even during the pandemic, by making a $30 additional contribution to the Share the Plate for the Sunday of your choice. You will have a beautiful virtual floral arrangement filling the zoom screen and a tribute read honoring the person or occasion you want remembered. If you would like to send a picture of the person you are honoring, we will display it along with the flowers. If you should have flowers growing in your yard to use for the floral picture, please include it. Please send an email request with a brief paragraph (50 words or less) of what you would like read about your remembrance and the Sunday date you would like recognized to Linda McLeod (kitchen@uucolumbia.org). She will get back with you with further instructions about payment of the $30 donation.  We hope you will all want to share in this opportunity to remember loved ones, restore this part of our Sunday service, and increase our Share the Plate giving.

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.  We are meeting via Zoom these days.  If you are interested, grab your breakfast and check the link under the News menu (Meeting Info…see Eblasts or contact our Administrator for the password) from the Home Page for the link.  Please contact Phil Turner if you have any questions..

Christian Heritage Group
The Christian Heritage Group meets on the 4th Tuesdays of the month.   Many Unitarian Universalists have come from Christian roots and experiences. While many of us have let go of dogma and doctrine which no longer nourish our spirits, we still long for some of the rituals which enriched and guided our lives. All discussion topics are welcome, whether spirituality, prayer, favorite hymns, or questions about faith and practice. The Christian Heritage Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at noon with a brown bag lunch. When we were meeting face to face, we were in the Library, but in these challenging times we meet virtually. Now we bring our brown bag to our desks. If you are curious, we invite you to join us for a session. Contact Rebecca Drennan and she will send you a meeting ID number. All are welcome.

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. Art For All is meeting virtually twice a month.  Please contact Linda Brennison for the contact information.

Virtual Buddhist Meditation
The Buddhist Insight Meditation Community of Columbia, which had met in the UUCC Library, now meets on Zoom, Mondays 7:00-8:15pm. All are welcome. Please contact Jessica Kross, for access information.

UUCC Choir Rehearses Weekly, Thursdays 6:00-6:45 PM
You are invited to sing! The UUCC Adult Choir (adults and teenagers welcome) has resumed weekly rehearsals, Thursdays 6:00-6:45 PM on Zoom. The weekly rehearsal gives us a time to make music together in community.  All are welcome, and no previous experience is necessary. Rehearsals include a basic introduction to music reading, vocal exercises, and a variety of songs chosen to bring hope, peace, comfort, and joy to participants.  Special projects (optional) will include joining our voices together in the virtual world through audio and video recording.

Meetings open 10 minutes before the start time (5:50 PM) (find the link under News/Meeting Info on the Home Page).

Please contact Anna Hamilton with questions or to be added to the UUCC Choir e-mail list: music@uucolumbia.org

Please Donate to the Transitions Winter Shelter
The Social Action Committee is again soliciting donations of lightly used clothing (especially hats, gloves and coats), current magazines and unused personal-sized toiletries for the Inclement Weather Center, known as the “winter shelter” for the city’s adult homeless.  The city-funded shelter, managed by Transitions, is open from November 1 to April 1 when the temperature falls below 40F. So far this season it has already been open several times, serving about 50 clients per night and that number will grow to over 100 as winter arrives. Transitions is doing its best to protect clients, staff and volunteers from COVID19 and does not want to halt serving this population in need.
Once you have accumulated enough items to warrant a pick-up, Tom Clements (tomclements329@cs.com, cell 803-240-7268) will pick up in Columbia and Laura Hartwig (publicity@uucolumbia.org  914-482-2899) will pick up in Lexington County. If you live further out, then Tom, who lives near downtown, could arrange to meet on your trip into the city. Thanks everyone!

UUCC Ladies LUUnch BUUnch / On hiatus for awhile
Join the UUCC Ladies LUUNCH BUUNCH on the second Thursday, of each month at 12:00 noon.  We meet at various restaurants which offer a varied menu to include vegan and vegetarian selections.  We always have a good time so don’t miss out. Sign up at the Membership table or email Linda McLeod if you have any questions.  Hope to see you there!

September Set / On hiatus for awhile
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!
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! If you have questions, email or call Pat Mohr (patmohr@mindspring.com; 803-463-3504) or Jean Capalbo (jacapalbo@aol.com; 803-799-1001).

Knit or Knot Group/ On hiatus for awhile
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.

Gaia’s Rising CUUPS/ On hiatus for awhile
Join the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the Library.  Contact Candace with questions.

Dances of Universal Peace / On hiatus for awhile
DUP are moving spiritual practices honoring many faith traditions. Each dance has its own chant and motions that are taught and led. Respectful eye contact, hand-holding, and occasional hugs are part of the dances. As we move through several iterations of each dance, we become more aware of the energy of the universe flowing through us. Usually we socialize after dancing. DUP are free; we are happy to accept small donations to support the Dances.

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.  Unfortunately, this service has been suspended until further notice. Contact Bob Whitaker with questions.

Harvest Hope Food Donations Needed  No Collections at UUCC Until Further Notice
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!