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February 27, 2022

GATHERING BELL
Please take your seats and silently center yourselves for worship.

OPENING CHIME

ANNOUNCEMENTS Jessica Kross, Worship Leader

PRELUDE “Ancestors, Sky People,” by Harmony Grisman and Mischa Saez

* CONGREGATIONAL COVENANT
Love is the doctrine of this congregation,
The quest for truth is its sacrament,
And service is its prayer.
To dwell together in peace,
To seek knowledge in freedom,
To serve others in community,
Thus do we covenant with one another.

WELCOME

CHALICE LIGHTING   Joe Long

OPENING WORDS “Because I could not stop for Death,” by Emily Dickinson

MUSICAL MEDITATION “Rhapsody on Ukrainian Themes, No. 2, Op. 18” by Mykola Lysenko

CANDLES OF COMMUNITY
If you have a significant personal joy, sorrow or concern you would like to share, please phone or email the administrator by noon Friday. You may also share your joy or concern personally. We will have 7 candles (representing our seven principles) in a basket on the table in the foyer. When you arrive, take a candle and light it when invited to do so.  Because of time constraints, we ask you to be brief.

SILENT MEDITATION

SHARING OUR ABUNDANCE  
Half of our cash collection each Sunday this month goes to the SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center, which fights for low-income South Carolinians to overcome social, economic, and legal injustice. If contributing by check, please write “Share the Plate” on the memo line.

OFFERTORY “May Your Life Be As a Song”
(by Jim Scott, from Yuri Zaritsky)

SERMON.    “Death Kindly Stopped for Me” Rev. Stephen Robinson

CLOSING MUSIC “Great Spirit's Hands,” by Mamuse, performed by Tapestry

CLOSING WORDS

* EXTINGUISHING THE CHALICE  

* CONGREGATIONAL BENEDICTION
     Laminated copies are in the seat backs.
 May the blessings of truth be upon us; May the power of love direct us;
     And may the peace of this community sustain us, till we meet again.

Tapestry is Anna Hamilton and Elizabeth Harris
Celeste Wiest, cajon and djembe

* Please Stand

The nursery is available before and during the service for children ages 0-3
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Next Sunday at the UUCC
9:30 am Forum Topic: “Is religion ‘necessary’ anymore?”
11:00 am Sermon Topic: “Sermon On the Amount,” Rev. Stephen Robinson

Welcome Visitors
If you would like more information about our faith, you can find it in this order of service, as well as in our foyer. After the service, please feel free to speak with members of our Membership Committee, who have red “Ask Me” ribbons attached to their name tags. We will visit outside near the patio.  Visitors are encouraged to please complete a visitor’s card in the back of the chairs and place it in the collection plate later in the service. An email address is appreciated.

Membership at the UUCC
Have you been attending the UUCC for a while and considering making the congregation a larger part of your life? If you are interested in joining or have questions about membership, please contact membership@uucolumbia.org.

View the Order of Service on Your Phone!
We have an exciting new option rolling out! You will now be able to access our weekly Order of Service on our website through scanning a QR code with your phone, visiting bit.ly/UUCC-OOS, or finding it as the last dropdown under Worship on our website. I hope you will help make this a success so we can save paper, time and have less things that need to be touched each Sunday. The same link will work every Sunday.

CYRE Class Every Sunday (in-person)
You are invited to join us every Sunday we meet in person for engaging ritual, learning and reflection for youth of all grades 4-18. We will always meet outside on the patio, weather permitting. Questions regarding your youth? Want to volunteer as an adult advisor/ teacher for a Sunday? email Mckenzie at reassist@uucolumbia.org.

Sign Easter Card for Our Romanian Partner Church Today, Following Service
The Romanian Partner Church Committee invites members and friends of UUCC to sign our 2022 Easter card to our friends in Beszterce, Transylvania. Look for it at the table on or near the patio for the next three weeks. Our cards mean a lot to them. If you are only attending virtually, but want to add your name, let Jean Capalbo know: jacapalbo@aol.com

Cancelled: Today’s Social Action Meeting

Cupcakes and Coffee Kickoff, Sunday, March 6
On Sunday, March 6, we will be celebrating the kickoff of the 2022/2023 UUCC Pledge Drive. Please join us for
cupcakes, coffee, and tea in the Social Hall and on the patio immediately after the service. Can’t wait to see you!

Ladies LUUnch BUUnch, Tuesday, Noon on March 8, at Miyo’s
Exciting news! The Ladies LUUnch BUUnch will be meeting at Miyo’s, 3250 Forest Drive, on Tuesday, March 8 at 12
noon. We are now able to meet in a real live restaurant with reservations for our own private dining. Miyo’s has a
varied menu with plenty to offer both vegan and vegetarian. Don't miss this chance to finally get together. It's been two
years since we have been together in a restaurant so hope you will be with us. Please contact Linda McLeod
at kitchen@uucolumbia.org so we can count you in!

UUCC Choir Rehearsals Resume In-Person, Outdoors
You are invited to sing! The UUCC Adult Choir will resume in-person rehearsals outdoors on the UUCC patio. All in-
person rehearsals will require social distancing and masks. Join us before the service 9:30-10:30 am on Sundays March 6
and March 20. All are welcome and no prior experience is necessary. A link will be shared so singers who would like to
participate virtually can attend on Zoom. Contact Anna Hamilton to be added to the UUCC Choir e-mail list for detailed
information and access to virtual rehearsal links: music@uucolumbia.org.

UUCC Book Club, Sunday, March 20, 6:30pm
Join us for a discussion of Yes to Life: In Spite of Everything, by Viktor Frankl. The UUCC Book Club is open to all
members and friends. Contact Phil Turner if you have questions or would like more information:
philturner2009@gmail.com

UUCC Yard Sale, Friday May 6 & Saturday May 7
If you have items you need to bring before the week of the sale, they can be stored in the basement after services on Sundays beginning February 20, as long as you let Jean or Pat know in advance. Do not drop off items without first contacting Jean or Pat.
Items should be wrapped in plastic or in plastic boxes if humidity would harm them. If you need one of us to be at the church another day, please email or call us to schedule a time. We will accept just about any clean and working items except clothing & shoes. If you can hold onto things until May 1, they can be delivered to the social hall during scheduled times the week before the sale,
We can’t do this without lots of help. In April, we will be sending out requests for volunteers to organize & run the sale. We’ll get more details about it to everyone too. Meanwhile, if you have questions or need to schedule a time to bring in an item, please contact Jean Capalbo, email: jacapalbo@gmail.com; phone: 928-202-0286 or Pat Mohr, email: patmohr60@gmail.com; phone: 803-463-3504

Virtual Story Circle, 10-11am Wednesdays
Story Circle will continue on Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00 a.m. All welcome. Questions? Call Barbara Bates Smith at
828-421-7685.

UUCC Men’s Breakfast Group, 2nd Thursday, 9am
The UUCC men’s breakfast group will meet at a local restaurant or a member’s home at 9:00 a.m. on the second Thursday
of each month. If you are interested, please contact Phil Turner for more information: philturner2009@gmail.com

Sunday Flowers Program
Would you like to share your flowers for our Sunday service in recognition of a birthday, anniversary, or a special
memory? Our Sunday flowers program has changed so you will now provide your own floral arrangement. Just let us
know the date you would like to place flowers in the sanctuary by sending an email to the Worship Committee
at worshipchair@uucolumbia.org. Please include your name, phone number, and the date you would like to bring your
flowers. You will be contacted to confirm the date and details.

February Share the Plate Recipient
Half of our cash collection this month goes to the SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center, which fights for low-income South Carolinians to overcome social, economic, and legal injustice. Their goal is to influence policymakers to ensure the law is fair, to educate the public and their advocates about the law, and to assist attorneys in bringing systemic litigation where the law is unfair. Sue Berkowitz will represent SC Appleseed during service on February 27. If sending a check please write “Share the Plate” in the memo line or you can give by clicking here. Please be sure to select “Share the Plate.”

Harvest Hope Food Donations Needed
Now that we are back to in-person Sunday services we can again support the good work that Harvest Hope is doing to
feed hungry people in the Midlands. Please bring your donations, such as any canned food items; rice; pasta; disposable
baby diapers. Do NOT bring expired food, opened items, glass containers, or fresh produce. The Harvest Hope
grocery cart can be found under the windows in the social hall.

UUCC Accepts Contributions Electronically
You may give by either going to our website, uucolumbia.org, and clicking here. If you should have any questions or need help, please contact our Administrator, Andrea Dudick, at uucc@uucolumbia.org or 803-799-0845, between the hours of 6am-Noon, Monday-Friday. Thank you for your generosity.


THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM
Grateful for the religious pluralism that enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. We covenant to affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity, and compassion in human relationships
  • Acceptance of one another & encouragement of spiritual growth in our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part

 

The Mission of our Congregation is:

  •  to nurture and respect each other in our spiritual growth and pursuit of meaning,
  • to create a welcoming and engaging environment through which we work for positive change in our community and the world.

2701 Heyward Street
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 799-0845
Webpage: http://www.uucolumbia.org
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Church Staff

Board of Trustees

President: Pat Mohr
President-Elect: Deb Matherly
Secretary: Beth Ann Rocheleau
Past President: Rev. Rod Brown, ex officio
Treasurer: Ginny Verne
Finance: Linda Brennison, ex officio
Members at Large: Jean Capalbo, Caroline Eastman, Emilio-Perez-Jorge, Tiffany Rushton, Jonathan White

Affiliated Community Minister: Rev. Dr. Pippin Whitaker