Candles of Community
If you have a significant personal joy, sorrow or concern you would like to share, please phone (803) 799-0845 or email the Administrator (uucc@uucolumbia.org) 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.

Forum
Adults interested in discussing current issues on a wide range of topics are invited to join our In-Person Forum on Sundays at 9:30 a.m.  We will be meeting in the round library building to the side of the church.  You may also join in via Zoom.  See News/Meeting Info tabs on Home Page for connection information. Each Sunday, we shall be discussing Issues and Events of Interest.  Contact our Administrator (uucc@uucolumbia.org) to be added to our email list.

Sunday Flowers Program
Would you like to share your flowers for our Sunday service in recognition of a birthday, anniversary, or a special memory?  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  (worshipchair@uucolumbia.org). Please include your name, phone number, and the date you want. You will be contacted to confirm the date and details.

Book Club
The UUCC Book Club meets via Zoom on the third Sunday of the month.  On Sunday, October 22, join us at 6:30 for a discussion of “Behold, America: The Entangled History of “America First” and “The American Dream”, by Sarah Churchwell The UUCC Book Club is open to all members and friends.  Contact Phil Turner (connection@uucolumbia.org) if you have questions or would like more information: .

The Science and Religion Discussion Group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 8 pm in Room 8 in the RE wing..  Join us and enjoy spirited discussions about subjects where science and religion overlap.  Books are selected by consensus.  Contact Dean Smith (deanjaysmith@yahoo.com) with questions.

UU Humanist Group
Join us on the fourth Thursday of each month in classroom 8.  Discussions cover a wide range of topics of interest to humanists.  Contact Dean Smith (deanjaysmith@yahoo.com) with questions.

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

Exciting opportunity:  In addition to this long-standing Story Circle, we are now offering two additional opportunities to join a Story Circle.  Think about joining us on Tuesdays from 2:00-3:00 pm om the UUCC Library, or 7:00 to 8:00 pm on the second and fourth Wednesdays (beginning September 14th) via Zoom.  Contact Phil Turner (above) or Barbara Bates-Smith (barbarabatessmith@gmail.com).

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 usually meet at some local restaurant.  If you are interested, please contact Phil Turner (connection@uucolumbia.org) to get on the mailing list or if you have any questions..

UU Ladies LUUnch BUUnch
The UUCC Ladies LUUnch BUUnch will meets monthly. Our next get-togethe will be on Thursday, September 15 at noon in the UUCC Social Hall.  It will be a pot luck, so bring something wonderful to share.  Please send your questions or comments to either Mary Maclachlan, 803-348-4370, drmarymaclachlan@gmail.com or Joan Watterson, 803-381-7208, joan.l.watterson@icloud.com. by phone, text or email.

Exploring Spirituality Group
Come with questions rather than answers.  It will be both faith-friendly and no-faith friendly. All are invited to join us with open minds and hearts. We only ask that participants come with a spirit of curiosity, wisdom, and compassion….and sense of humor too. The second and fourth Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm in the UUCC Library.  For answers to your questions, text Rebecca Drennan at 415-377-1791.

Science and Religion Discussion Group
Spirited discussion of books about a subject where science and religion overlap. Books are selected by consensus. Meets at 8pm on the second Thursday every month. Contact Dean Smith deanjaysmith@yahoo.com.

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 (bobwhit46@gmail.com) with questions.

Harvest Hope Food Donations Needed 
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.

Gaia’s Rising CUUPS, Thursday Nights, 7:30pm
Join the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) Thursday nights at 7:30pm in the UUCC library. Contact Katy Long at katylong25@gmail.com

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, (jkross943@gmail.com) for access information.

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!