After-Service Lunches
The Membership Committee has noticed that people have been arranging last minute group lunches after the service.  We’d like to make this a bit more formal to be sure that everyone knows about the lunch and, perhaps, can plan ahead to be sure they are available.  Just head on over to the restaurant-of-the-day after the coffee hour.  So, here is the current schedule:
First Sunday:  Arabesque Lebanese Cuisine, 2930 Devine St.
Second Sunday Yesterday’s Restaurant and Tavern-5 Points, 2030 Devine St.
Third Sunday:  Casa Linda Mexican Restaurant, 2009 N. Beltline Blvd.
Fourth Sunday:  Miyo’s, 3250 Forest Drive
Note:  These restaurants are subject to change.  We welcome feedback.

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 you will greatly enhance your experience.

Friendship Dinners
Our Friendship Dinners have proven to be very popular.  This is good news, but it means that we need more hosts for them.  Think of these as one-time Circle Suppers.  You only have to commit to host one group.  How many you invite and what you ask people to bring will be up to you.  It is a wonderful way to get to know each other better.  See any member of the Membership Committee (look for the blue ribbons on the name tags) or ask at the Welcome Table for details and the sign-up sheets.
Transitions Volunteers Needed Second Saturday of Each Month

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.

Book Clubs
The Women’s Book Group meets monthly to discuss their latest book.  The next meeting will be on July 11 at 7:00 PM in Room 8. We will be discussing Losing Moses on the Freeway:  The Ten Commandments in America by Chris Hedges.  .Anyone with questions may contact Sandy Chubon, sjchubon@sc.rr.com or (803) 776-0784.

The next book club discussion is 6:30 pm on Sunday July 23 at 6:30 pm. Joe Long will facilitate a discussion on The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature by Steven Pinker. We will meet at Joe’s home.  Please contact Ruthie Saunders if you have questions or would like more information.

September Set

September Set meets on the fourth Friday of each month.  During the summer months, the meeting time is 6:p.m.  This group is especially set up for our senior members, but all are welcome.  Please bring a dish to share and come join in the fun.

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 (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.

Chair Yoga, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Chair yoga entails about 45 minutes of real yoga but it takes place mostly seated. This group is on hiatus until the Fall and will start up if there is enough interest.   Contact Ruthie Saunders with any questions.

Art for All Group, Thursdays
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.

Writing Group, Second Tuesdays of the Month
Writers Club Poster Session

The writing group meets at UUCC on the second Thursdays of each month to share their latest writing efforts and support each other in their endeavors.  If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Christina Seel for more information.