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.

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.

Book Clubs
The next Book Club discussion is 6:30 pm on Sunday October 22nd.  Ruthie Saunders will facilitate a discussion on Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives by Nicholas A. Christakis  & James H. Fowler.   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. November’s book will be That Old Ace in the Hole by Annie Proulx  on November 14.  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.  Classes continue on October 22, and November 5.  There will be a final class scheduled after November 19.  All classes will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will be held in the library except for the October 8 class which will be held in room 8.  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.

Short Course:  American Grace
This course on the sociology of American religion is based on the book by Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell American Grace (2010, revised 2012).  See comments under praise section at www.americangrace.org. Putnam is a distinguished political scientist at Harvard University, while Campbell is a professor of political science at Notre Dame.

American Grace is based on extensive surveys of religion and public life in America. Studies of congregations complement interview findings. The book assesses both the sociology of American religion and its directions of change. The course should assist those who are active in religious groups to understand and work with the dynamics of congregations. For instance, among other topics, we will consider such issues as why members join congregations, why they stay, and why they leave.
There will be a charge of $ 5.00 for the course, to cover the price of the copied materials and an outline of the text. The course will meet in the library for an hour and a half on alternate Sundays, starting at 1:00 PM after services. The classes will continue on   October 29, November 12, and December 3, with necessary adjustments as the course progresses. The instructor will be Don Cooper. You may email Don Cooper (preferred contact method), or call (803) 466-5087. Prospective participants should contact him before attending to see if there is room in the class.

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, which is what we will do in October.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 October 27!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.

Chair Yoga, Wednesdays
Chair Yoga will meet at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesdays, running for nine sessions before the winter break (October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29).  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 like (or, for physical reasons, cannot do) the typical yoga class. No special clothing or materials are  needed and there is no cost. Whether or not you have participated in the past, if you are interested in participating in chair yoga please contact Ruthie Saunders or call (803) 776-6608.

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.

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.