Committee Night
Join us for Committee Nights on the first Wednesday of every month.  We begin with a potluck meal at 6:00 p.m.,  We then 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 show up and join in the fun and work of the church.

Book Clubs
The next Book Club discussion is 6:30 pm on Sunday January 21st.  Bauer Westeren will facilitate a discussion on Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild.  Please contact Ruthie Saunders if you have questions or would like more information.

The Women’s Book Group meets monthly to discuss their latest book. Next year’s books are yet to be determined.  Anyone with questions may contact Sandy Chubon, or call (803) 776-0784.

New Members Classes
New Member Classes have returned at 1:00 p.m.  Rev. Jeff will lead the class which will last approximately 1 1/2 hours.  We will be using the book “A Chosen Faith” which will be available for purchase.  The final class meeting time is to be determined.  The class will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will be held in the library   Please contact Dot Brown, Adult RE Chair, with any questions.

UUCC Women’s Choir
You are invited to join the new UUCC Women’s Choir!  Weekly rehearsals will be on Thursdays from 7:00-8:00 p.m., in Classroom 5.  Please contact Anna Hamilton, our new Music Coordinator, with questions, or if you are interested in singing with the group but unavailable for the Thursday rehearsals.

September Set
Calling All Seniors!
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 often 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. Because of concerns about nighttime driving, between October and March we will be doing lunch potlucks at noon (but do come at 11:30 to socialize and have an appetizer). Hope  to see you at our next September Set lunch on November 24!  If you have questions, email or call Jean Capalbo  (803) 799-1001 or Pat Mohr (803) 463-3504.

Gaia’s Rising CUUPS
Join the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the Library. Contact Lewis Richardson  or call (803)729-4319.

Meditation Group, Mondays
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). Sittings are free. Contact Jessica Kross for more information.

Sitting with Sadness, Mondays
Sitting with Sadness, a group for Conversation, Meditation, and Mindfulness, meets Mondays from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.  The purpose of this group is to allow a safe place to experience your sadness and to grieve. Led by Nyna Dalbec. You may participate for as many weeks as you find helpful.  There is no fee.  To register and find out more, please contact Nyna Dalbec.

Art for All Group, Thursdays, Cancelled Nov. 23
If you are interested in working on your art with others for support, encouragement and feedback, the Art Group is for you. We meet in the Social Hall on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – noon. Bring your own supplies and prepare to enjoy the company of other artists. No instruction provided. Please contact Ruthie Saunders if you would like to participate or if you have questions.

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.

The Kitchen Committee Needs Snacks and Cookies for Coffee Time
Ever wonder where those cookies come from that we gobble down each Sunday? They are your kind donations and we say thanks. Please keep them coming. Not just cookies but healthy treats like cut veggies and fruit, cheese, crackers, and snacks with less sugar. Let’s think healthy. Please put your snack donations in the container marked “coffee time donations”. Thanks for your kindness.

Can you lend a Helping Hand?
The Caring Committee is looking for people who can cook an occasional meal, provide someone a ride to the doctor, or, perhaps, move some furniture.  We would like to create a list of folks willing to lend a Helping Hand every once in awhile, when a member or friend is in need.  No meetings or other commitments – just reaching out and helping.  This is a perfect way for newer and younger members to get to know other people in our religious community.  If you want to be a Helping Hand, please email Sandy Chubon.