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.

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 Clubs
The UUCC Book Club meets on the third Sunday of the month.
Join us for a discussion of The Brilliant Abyss: Exploring the Majestic Hidden Life of the Deep Ocean, and the Looming Threat That Imperils It, by Helen Scales.  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.

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.

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..

Ladies LUUnch BUUnch,
The Ladies LUUnch BUUnch tries to get together once a month.  This is a wonderful time to get together with old friends and make new friends. Hoping to see you for this special gathering. Please email Linda McLeod at bonneylass44@gmail.com if you hafe 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 Choir Rehearsals Move to Hybrid Scheduling, Sundays at 9:15am
You are invited to sing! The UUCC Adult Choir will continue rehearsing on Zoom Thursdays, 6:00-6:45pm.  In-person rehearsals will resume with a varied schedule for the remainder of 2021.  All in-person rehearsals will require social distancing and masks.  Join us on Sunday mornings from 9:15 – 10:15am outside on the UUCC patio for in-person rehearsals.  All are welcome and no experience is necessary. Contact Anna Hamilton (music@uucolumbia.org) to be added to the UUCC Choir e-mail list for detailed information and access to virtual rehearsal links.

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.  Note: no meeting on Thursday, May 19.  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.

September Set / On hiatus for awhile

Knit or Knot Group/ On hiatus for awhile

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!