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. Topics will be pulled from the headlines each week.  Contact our Administrator (uucc@uucolumbia.org) to be added to our email list.

Book Clubs
The UUCC Book Club meets on the third Sunday of the month.
On August 15, at 6:30 p.m.,Joe Long will facilitate a discussion via Zoom of William F. Schulz and Sushma Raman, The Coming Good Society: Why New Realities Demand New Rights.  The UUCC Book Club is open to all members and friends of UUCC.  We welcome new and returning participants. Please contact Phil Turner (connection@uucolumbia.org) if you have questions or would like more information.

The Women’s Book Group is not meeting at this time.  Anyone with questions may email Sandy Chubon (sjchubon@sc.rr.com) or call (803) 776-0784.

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.

SUNDAY FLOWERS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS
flower bouquet

Would you like flowers in the sanctuary to recognize an upcoming birthday, anniversary, or a special memory. This can be done by making a $30 donation to the UUCC Flower Fund or if you prefer you may bring your own arrangement. Contact Linda McLeod (kitchen@uucolumbia.org) for the details on how to share in this opportunity to enhance our sanctuary and at the same time recognize a special day.

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 are meeting via Zoom these days.  If you are interested, grab your breakfast and check the link under the News menu (Meeting Info…see Eblasts or contact our Administrator for the password) from the Home Page for the link.  Please contact Phil Turner (connection@uucolumbia.org) if you have any questions..

Christian Heritage Group
The Christian Heritage Group meets on the 4th Tuesdays of the month.   Many Unitarian Universalists have come from Christian roots and experiences. While many of us have let go of dogma and doctrine which no longer nourish our spirits, we still long for some of the rituals which enriched and guided our lives. All discussion topics are welcome, whether spirituality, prayer, favorite hymns, or questions about faith and practice. The Christian Heritage Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at noon with a brown bag lunch. When we were meeting face to face, we were in the Library, but in these challenging times we meet virtually. Now we bring our brown bag to our desks. If you are curious, we invite you to join us for a session. Contact Rebecca Drennan (rebecca@creativetransformation.com) and she will send you a meeting ID number. All are welcome.

Art for All Group  
If you are interested in working on your art with others for support, encouragement and feedback, then the Art for All Group is for you. Art For All is meeting virtually twice a month.  Please contact Linda Brennison (linbrenni@gmail.com) for the contact information.

UUCC Ladies LUUnch BUUnch 
The UUCC Ladies LUUNCH BUUNCH will resume gathering on the second Tuesday, of each month at 12:00 noon beginning September 14.  We meet at various restaurants which offer a varied menu to include vegan and vegetarian selections.  We always have a good time so don’t miss out. Contact Linda McLeod (kitchen@uucolumbia.org) to sign up for this fun time of getting together. Hope to see you there!

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.

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.

UUCC Choir on Summer Break
The UUCC Choir will take a break from rehearsals for the summer months.  Stay tuned for announcements in August about our fall season!  UUCC Music Director, Anna Hamilton, extends a sincere thank you to all the singers who joined their voices in song and community for weekly Zoom rehearsals this year, participated in virtual collaborations, and shared their musical gifts in services. Please contact Anna (music@uucolumbia.org) with questions or to be added to the UUCC Choir e-mail list:

September Set / On hiatus for awhile

Knit or Knot Group/ On hiatus for awhile

Gaia’s Rising CUUPS/ On hiatus for awhile
Join the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the Library.  Contact Candace (shewhowonders2000@yahoo.com) with questions.

Dances of Universal Peace / On hiatus for awhile
DUP are moving spiritual practices honoring many faith traditions. Each dance has its own chant and motions that are taught and led. Respectful eye contact, hand-holding, and occasional hugs are part of the dances. As we move through several iterations of each dance, we become more aware of the energy of the universe flowing through us. Usually we socialize after dancing. DUP are free; we are happy to accept small donations to support the Dances.

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!