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Sunday Schedule


9:30 am in the Library


11:00 am -12:15 pm followed by a Coffee Hour in the

Social Hall


Available during service for infants through age 2

October 28, 2012

9:30 am Forum Topic:

"What do you believe about dreams? Do dreams serve any physical or emotional purpose or have any "meaning.""

11:00 am Sermon Topic


"A Liberal Book," by Rev. Dr. Neal Jones

November 4, 2012

9:30 am Forum Topic:

"Should government be bigger or smaller?"

11:00 am Sermon Topic:

"A God of Justice," by Dr. Qiana Whitted, Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at University of South Carolina

Ministerial Musings
Don's Legacy

I think all of us are still in shock over the death of Don Mohr. It was just a few weeks ago that he courageously stood before us during Candles of Community and calmly shared with us his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. All of us, including Don, knew his time with us would be brief, but his death still came shockingly all too soon. I guess none of us really wanted to believe that he would be gone.

It will be nearly impossible for me to imagine our congregation without Don Mohr. He was as close to an Elder as we have in the UU. He and Pat have been pillars of the UUCC since 1986, when our congregation had just moved into our present building. He was the greeter who welcomed us on Sunday mornings outside our front entrance. He was the chair of the Worship Committee, planning services with guest speakers and ministers and conducting his own special services on special occasions, like his Christmas Eve services of readings and carols and his Remembrance Service each January reflecting on the lives of the famous, infamous, and unknown. Don had a background in theater, upon which he sometimes drew to stage dramatic performances for us, like his production of "Congregation of Amazons," a presentation of the women's suffrage movement.

Don volunteered in RE and taught our kids UU history. He was our unofficial repair man, trimming shrubbery, painting RE rooms, the social hall, and sanctuary, making the bathrooms accessible, and remodeling the kitchen. Earlier this year, he was promoted to construction supervisor, as he oversaw the renovations to our social hall and playground and the construction of our patio and sign, and we presented him with his own construction helmet at our building dedication service.

Don and Pat wrote and submitted the Chalice Lighter grant that secured some of the funding for our renovations from the Southeast District. He served on the UUA Commission on Appraisal, addressing issues and concerns of our denomination. He served on our Board of Trustees several times, twice as President, and he and Pat modeled a Co-Presidency which will be emulated next year by Robin Scherer and Ivy Coleman.

If our walls could talk, they would speak Don's name. He literally and figuratively touched every nook and cranny of our building. As a sacrament is something tangible that makes the sacred transparent, our building is a sacrament to Don Mohr, his dedication and leadership, his service and kindness, his humor and humility. It is altogether fitting that his ashes will be the first to be buried in our memorial garden, yet another project he oversaw.

We will remember and celebrate the life of this gentle, decent man at a memorial service this

Saturday at 2:00, and on November 11, we will receive and celebrate his final legacy to us. He and Pat have bequeathed to the UUCC $100,000 in stocks for an endowment fund. Our Board has appointed an ad hoc Planned Giving Committee that will establish a planned giving program for our congregation and define the purpose, governance, and operating procedures of an endowment fund.

To the end of his days, Don Mohr gave everything to our congregation because our congregation meant everything to him, and we will sorely miss him because he meant everything to us. Because of his generosity of time, talent, and money, the UU principles which guided his life will continue to enrich the lives of our children and future UUs who make our congregation their spiritual home -- a home Don built with his hands and heart.


We extend our concern and support to…
Pat Mohr, whose husband Don died Sunday at Richland Hospital. His memorial service will be Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2:00 at the UUCC.

Carita Barr, whose mother Marta Sjosten died on Saturday, Oct. 27, in Finland. She was 95 years old.

Bob Chubon, husband of Sandy Chubon, who is recovering from pneumonia at Richland Hospital.

Margaret Weck, who is recovering from pneumonia at Baptist Hospital.

Ruth Thacker, who is undergoing rehab at National Health Service after having knee replacement surgery.

Clay Moore, who is undergoing rehab at Life Care Center.

Richard Moore, who is recuperating at Richland Hospital from injuries after being hit by a car.

We extend our appreciation to …
Everyone who helped with the Dale McGowan appearance on Oct. 21. The planning team included Beth Johnson, Jim DuPlessis, Wendy Powell, Marcia Fletcher and Dean Smith. Other volunteers included Bethany Storlazzi, Elizabeth Harris, Alison Thirkield, Sonya Jones, Barbie Seymour, David Roof, Anita Grossman, Marilyn Miss, Brian Dudick, Mike Walker, John Crowley, Andrea Derrick, Dave Crockett, Tiffany Rushton and Kevin Eason. Thanks also to Jeff Kruse for set-up and clean-up for the event; to our childcare providers, Erin Gibson, Katie Boone and Noelle Kruse, and to our teachers—Andrea Dudick, Sarah Pregnall, Tracy McCoy, Terrence Sullivan, Sarah Corbett, Fran O’Toole and Morgan Gauthreaux—who set up and started RE classes early.

Thank You

I would like to acknowledge your generous contribution of $675.98 to the Federation of Families of South Carolina from your August Share the Plate campaign. Your support allows the Federation to provide information and support to families of children and adolescents diagnosed with or at risk of mental health disorders and co-occurring substance abuse. Your donation allows us to increase the reach of our vision throughout South Carolina to address the unique needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health disorders that they and their families may lead productive lives. Gratefully, Diane Flashnick, Executive Director.

Members of the UUCC standing on the side of love at October 2012's Gay Pride Parade.
Upcoming Events and Meetings
Update on Fall Flings Fundraising
Our Fall Flings are well underway. Thanks to your generosity, we have now reached 87% of our fundraising goal!
Fundraising goal July – Dec.: $3,750
Amount donated through 10/21: $3,270 ($2,570 donated + $700 pending)
Amount needed to reach goal: $480
Number of registrations: 107
Our last Fall Fling will be a very special one in memory of our beloved Don Mohr. Don had offered to host and direct the Wine and Cheese Cabaret with UU Poetry readings on Friday, December 7th. Even when it became clear that he would be unable to take part due to his terminal illness, he maintained his strong interest in seeing this event take place. Ann Johnson, Don’s co-host, and Morgan Maclachlan will be carrying out his wish. Please join us as we celebrate Don’s legacy through poetry readings that will, in his words, “bathe in that river of revelation and understanding that we call liberal religion”. You can sign up after the service in the Social Hall on Sunday, or by emailing Mike Sullivan or Bob Whitaker at
Sign Up Now for Fall Flings
We have an exciting and fun-filled line up of events for our 2012 UUCC Fall Flings fundraisers! Brochures with detailed information are now available. You can sign up after the Sunday service or by emailing There is something for almost every taste and age. The best way to reserve your slot is to pay when you sign up, or before the event. Your support will help us achieve our fundraising goals for the year. Questions? Please see Mike Sullivan or Bob Whitaker or contact them at the above email address.
Social Hall Art Exhibit – Art Quilts by Marie Huntt
Enjoy the textile artistry of Marie Huntt as quilt-maker extraordinaire. Hand-tied, machine washable patchwork quilts for use as wall hangings or throws. Two sizes: 40” x 56” and 18” square.
Science and Religion
Please join us at UU on Thursday, November 8 at 7pm. We will have a special guest speaker, Jim Lippard, speaking to us about Scientology. Contact Dean Smith,, with any questions.
Circle Supper Sign up for November
Circle supper sign-up sheets for Friday, November 16 are available at the Visitor Table in the Social Hall. We are doing our best to put people in different circles every month, so it's a great chance to get to know old acquaintances better and to make new friends. For any questions, contact Alison Thirkield, or 318-4855.
October Share the Plate Recipient
Half of our cash collection each Sunday this month goes to God's Storehouse, which is a faith based outreach program that assists the needy throughout the greater Columbia area. Staffed primarily by volunteers from area churches, God's Storehouse provides food, clothing and household supplies to those in crisis at no cost. If you would like to donate with a check, please make your check payable to the UUCC with "Share the Plate" in the memo line. For more information visit
Share the Plate Nominations Deadline
The Social Action Committee invites you to nominate organizations as the Share the Plate recipients for 2013. Please fill out a nomination form, found in the foyer and place it in the "Share the Plate" nomination box. Or, you may email your nominations to Sunday, October 28th will be the last day nominations will be accepted.
Freecycle Table
A big thank you to everyone who is participating in our new and improved FREECYCLE center. GO GREEN by recycling your unwanted items without a trip to the thrift store. SAVE MONEY by browsing our wide variety of FREE STUFF. Just a reminder: FREECYCLE does not accept adult clothing - only gently worn children's clothes. Also, please refrain from donating broken or dirty items. Any questions? Contact Andrea Derrick at or Barbie Seymour at
No “New to UU” Class this Month
There will be no “New to UU” Class on November 11.
CUUPS CUUPS will be celebrating the Hunters Full Moon in October. Come on out on October 25 and see what Ryan has planned for us. CUUPS members and non-members are invited and all are welcome
September Set
Our monthly September Set will be held on Friday, Oct. 26th. As usual, we will begin at 6:00 pm in the Social Hall. Since we are so close to Halloween, we invite you to dress for the occasion. Wear a costume if you like or come as you are. Bring a dish to share and join in the fun. Hope to see you there. Contact Joyce Rodgers ( or Marilyn Miss ( with any questions.
Americans United This Sunday, Oct. 28, at 6:00
Ken Ham, the founder and president of the Creation Museum, will be our guest speaker at this Sunday's meeting of Americans United of Separation of Church & State -- not in the flesh but in DVD. The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, presents the mythology of Genesis as literal history. So why are we going to hear Ham give a lecture/sermon at our AU meeting? Because he articulately represents the mindset of millions of our fellow Americans who believe in a literal Bible and who want to turn our democracy into a theocracy. It is a mindset absolutely foreign to most of us but which holds considerable sway over American religion and American politics. Many of us may dismiss and mock Christian Fundamentalism, but we do so at our own peril. We need to understand it and its threat to our civil liberties. Open to the public, this meeting will be in the social hall.
Wear Your Halloween Costumes Oct. 28
Everyone is invited to dress up for Halloween for the Oct. 28 service. We’ll have a costume parade during the service before singing the children out for the Halloween Carnival, and we’ll award prizes in several age groups after the service.
Baked Goods Needed for Oct. 28 Cake Walk
The entire congregation is invited to the Social Hall following the Oct. 28 service for our Halloween cake walk. We’re in need of cakes, pies and other baked goods for the cake walk; we’re also still accepting Halloween candy and treats for use as prizes during the Halloween carnival (RE hour). Please email if you can donate something for this fun annual event.
UUCC Book Club
Please join us Sunday, October 28 at 6:30 pm to discuss "God is Not Great" by Christopher Hitchens. The UUCC Book Club is open to all members and friends of UU and will be facilitated by Alvin Steingold. We will meet at a member’s home; please contact Ruthie Saunders for the address or if you have any questions:
Adult Religious Education – The New Jim Crow
This fall we will read and discuss “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander to discover her analysis of how crime-fighting policies such as the “war on drugs” and the prison system too often lead to a disproportionate number of Americans of color being incarcerated. Join USC’s faculty member, Dr. David Crockett, and other UUCC members for four, lively discussions - Monday evenings, October 29th and November 5th, 12th, and 19th from 6:30 until 8:00 pm.
Starting Sunday, September 30th you may purchase “The New Jim Crow” at 20% off the retail price. Just find the Adult Religious Education table in the UUCC social hall immediately after the worship service. Plus, you may sign up for part or all of this sure-to-be-lively, 4-week discussion as well as four delicious potluck suppers at 6:00 on each of those Mondays.
Have questions or comments? Contact David Crockett,, or Joyce Brannan,
In honor of Energy Awareness Month, the UUCC Green Committee is pleased to announce the next Green Seminar- A tour of South Carolina's only Gold LEED certified hotel, the beautiful Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites in West Columbia, on October 30th at 5:30pm. During this tour, you will learn how this hotel harvests rain water, uses solar powered water heaters, decorates with eco-friendly material and other ways in which they implement the principles of sustainability. Location: 110 Mcswain Drive, West Columbia, 29169. Program will last approximately 1 hour. RSVP for this seminar by October 28th by contacting Michelle Andra at (828) 545-3069 or
Landscape Committee Work Day
The landscape committee is happy to announce another fun day of gardening and fellowship. We want you to come out on Saturday November 3 from 8am to 2pm and join us. We will be enjoying each other’s company while weeding, pruning, edging, chopping, and planting. The last one was great despite the July temperatures. With fall in the air this one will be even better. Drinks and snacks will be provided thanks to your support of landscaping fundraisers. The team will be on the grounds from about 8am to 2pm, but don't think you have to stay the whole time. Stop by for an hour, or two. We also would like volunteers to go to the store, support volunteers by bringing them drinks, walking around the social hour with a signup sheet (on the 28th), and help communicate/coordinate. There is something for everyone.
Please mark your calendar, and contact Walter Patterson if you have questions/suggestions at (803)319-1438 or
Outdoor Group
Join us November 10 for our annual romantic boat cruise on the Augusta Canal. The boat unmoors at 3pm, but arrive early because your ticket gets you a tour of the old textile museum and film. Bring your favorite ardent spirits and gourmet treats, but don't bring the kids. The trip lasts about 3 hours with a potty break halfway, near the dam. Buy your ticket ahead of time online or call 888-659-8926. The season is almost over, so it is possible that they'll sell out. In the past, we have carpooled. If you're interested, let me know. As always, hope to see you there.
Blessing of the Animals
The UU Animal Ministry is proud to announce that on Sunday, November 11, at 3 p.m. Rev. Dr. Neal Jones will be performing our annual Blessing of the Animals. It will be held outdoors at UUCC on the Heyward side of the church. You are encouraged to bring your pet to be blessed as a special way of showing gratitude for his or her unique attributes and for the ways that he or she has enriched your life. Refreshments will be served. Please contact Anita Grossman at
Women’s Book Group
The Women's Book Club will meet Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm in Room 8 in the RE wing. We will discuss My Reading Life by Pat Conroy. Anyone with questions may contact Sandy Chubon, 776-0784 or
Change to November Board Meeting
The November Board meeting has been moved up to November 14 so as not to conflict with Thanksgiving.
Celebration of Art Fundraiser
Since 2008 many cuts have been made to public education programs, in SC, especially art programs. Many children do not have the opportunity to participate in music, visual, or theatre art programs. We (SC Artists group, Art in Public Places for Lexington SC, Cafe Chartier & Lexington Art Studio) are working together, with area schools, to develop an after school art enrichment program. Several Artists have volunteered their time to teach, and Lexington Art Studio is donating the space. The children will benefit from these programs with the support of local teachers and area businesses helping with promotion. The program is dependent on how many supplies we are able to collect. 2012 Celebration of Art on November 17, 5:30 to 10:30 pm, at Café Chartier and the lower level of Lexington Old Mill in Lexington SC. Join and perform, dance, sing, play, paint and much more. Deadline to participate is Nov. 1. Visit for more information. All proceeds will be used towards the purchase of much needed supplies.
Chili Cookoff Nov. 18
Dust off your best chili recipes for the Third Annual UUCC Chili Cookoff, which will be held in the Social Hall on Sunday, Nov. 18 following the Cornbread Communion Multigenerational Service. Anyone wishing to enter a chili (or two!) must turn in an entry form no later than Sunday, Nov. 11. The cost to enter is $5 per chili, and entry forms are available on the RE table in the Social Hall. Categories are vegan/vegetarian and meaty, and prizes will also be awarded for best surprise ingredient and kids’ favorite. For more information, please email
New Member Dinner November 30h!
We are very pleased to celebrate all members who have joined the UUCC since November, 2011. On Friday, November 30th, new members will be wined, dined, and welcomed by UUCC Board Members and Committee Chairs. If you've joined in the last year, please plan to join us. Contact Alison Thirkield, or 318-4855, with any questions.
Notice of Congregational Meeting
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will have a special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, December 2, 2012 immediately following the service. All attending are requested to sign in so that we can confirm a quorum and have a complete record of attendance.
Item to Be Voted On:
The election of Reverend Neal Jones as the new settled minister of our congregation.
Election shall be made by a three-fourths vote of the Members of the Congregation present at this meeting. The terms of his employment shall be set forth in a written letter of agreement approved by the Board of Trustees.
With this vote, Rev. Jones, who has worked for the last eight years on a year-by-year contract basis with the UUCC Board of trustees, would become a called UU minister, covenanting with this congregation for an indefinite period of time.
Respectfully submitted by Bob Whitaker, Secretary
UUCC Board of Trustees
October 19, 2012
UUCC Board of Trustees
Summary of September 2012 Meeting
The Board of Trustees met on September 19, 2012 from 6:36 PM to 9:01 PM. Ann Johnson, President, chaired the meeting which included several issues for discussion and action.
Financial Issues
 Linda Brennison, Treasurer, reviewed budget highlights through August 31. YTD revenues were $10,422.07 ahead of budget and expenses were $1,960.09 under, resulting in a $12,382.16 positive variance to date. YTD pledges are running 3% above the budgeted amount, and Share the Plate collections are 5% higher than budgeted.
 Mike Sullivan, Chair of the Finance Committee, reported that the mail-out of reminders on unpaid 2011/2012 pledge balances netted $5,494.50, which erased the shortfall of $4,245.99 existing at June 30. Contributions for Neal’s installation reached $3,595 as of September 16. A total of 15 Fall Flings have been organized, initiated, and publicized. Sign-up will continue after the services and online through the UUCC website.
Security Concerns
The Board considered the Columbia Police Department’s August 27, 2012 security survey, as well as security concerns raised by the DRE and other staff, and directed the following actions:
 The Building and Grounds Committee will be asked to prepare a recommendation for new exterior door locks, including costs, for the October Board meeting, and Install Columbia PD warning signs to facilitate police entry onto the premises if needed, and deter intruders.
 Have the Administrator adapt the building closing checklist to a form that the designated Board member can sign and date on Sundays.
 Have the Administrator notify the Board of any meetings scheduled after Sunday services, so that the Board member responsible for locking the building will know who is authorized to remain.
 Request the RE Committee communicate any safety and security concerns directly to the Board, and update the Board about current RE policies for approval prior to implementation.
Resignation and Replacement of Board Secretary
Ann announced the resignation of the current Board Secretary, and advised that Bob Whitaker had agreed to assume that post, which action was approved by the Board.
Executive Session
In executive session, the board unanimously approved a motion to open a brokerage account at BB&T Bank and to accept a generous planned gift of $100,000 of stock from a donor, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time.
UUA Southern Cluster
Ann invited participation and stimulation of interest to attend the Southern Cluster, to be held October 13, 2012 at UUC Augusta, Georgia.
Fees Relating to Use of Sound Equipment During Rentals
By unanimous vote, the Rental Policy was amended to include a $50 per hour charge from the renter to be paid directly to a member of the Technology Services Committee who agrees to operate the UUCC sound system for a rental event.
UUCC Congregational Retreat
By unanimous vote, the Board created an Ad Hoc Committee to plan and publicize the 2013 annual retreat at The Mountain Camp and Conference Center, Highlands, NC.
Respectfully submitted by Bob Whitaker, Secretary
Religious Education
RE Calendar
October 27-28: High School Lock-In
 October 28: Halloween Carnival during RE Hour; cake walk and
 costume contest following service
 November 4: Regular RE Classes
 November 11: Share the Pancakes Breakfast (To benefit Animal
 Protection League and 2014 Boston Heritage Trip),
Social Hall, 9-10:30 a.m.
November 11: RE Committee Meeting, Room 10, 12:30 p.m.
Upcoming RE Lessons
Oct. 28
 Halloween Carnival during RE Hour for all ages, RE Wing
Nov. 4
 Preschool: Children’s Chapel, Day of the Dead, Room 6
 K-2nd: Children’s Chapel, Day of the Dead, Room 9
 3rd-5th: Children’s Chapel, Day of the Dead, Room 5
 6th-8th: Youth Chapel, Day of the Dead, Room 8
 9th-12th: Youth Chapel, Day of the Dead, Room 10
Junior Choir Schedule
 Oct. 28: Rehearsal at 10:20 a.m. and perform during service
 Nov. 4: No rehearsal
Youth Group Schedule
Nov. 4: Worry Doll Craft and story at Family Shelter, 1-3:30 p.m.
High School Lock-In Oct. 27-28
The High School Class/Youth Group will enjoy their annual lock-in beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 and ending Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. The youth will decorate and set up for the Oct. 28 UUCC Halloween Carnival, run the carnival Sunday morning, then clean up Sunday afternoon. For more information, contact
Halloween Carnival Oct. 28
Wear your costume and get ready for Halloween fun as the High School class hosts a Halloween carnival during RE hour on Sunday, Oct. 28. Activities will include a cake walk, costume contest (for adults, too!), haunted house, carnival games with prizes, and lots more fun. Tickets are 25 cents each and most activities will charge one ticket (it will cost approximately $3 for a child to do each activity once), while the cake walk costs four tickets ($1). The cake walk and costume contest will be held in the Social Hall following the service. All proceeds from this event will go toward the summer 2014 Youth Heritage Trip to Boston.
Elementary CON Deadline Oct. 31
Registration is now open for Fall Youth CONs at the Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, N.C. Registration and payments will be handled online this year. Register online by visiting The Mountain’s website at and following the registration link. You must also register with UUCC; please visit and complete a brief questionnaire to help us plan for advisors and transportation.
Dates and deadlines for Fall CONS
 Middle School CON (6th-8th grade): Nov. 2-4; deadline to register is Oct. 17 (CLOSED)
 Elementary CON (3rd-5th grade): Nov. 16-18; deadline to register is Oct. 31
 High School CON (9th-12th grade): Nov. 30- Dec. 2; deadline to register is Nov. 14
PLEASE NOTE that CONs at The Mountain are very popular in our region and they often fill up ahead of the deadlines. Please register ASAP in order to reserve your child's space.
Cost is $100 per youth and $25 per advisor as meets the required ratio, plus $15 (payable to UUCC) for gas costs. We must have one female advisor per four female youth and one male advisor per four male youth. Additional advisors above this ratio must pay $100. Please note that you must have talked to me about being an advisor/chaperone for CON and you must submit a chaperone application before approved to chaperone a CON.
Youth CONs at the Mountain are a wonderful opportunity for UU youth from throughout the Southeast region to get together in a safe, supportive environment to live their UU values, experience nature and enjoy lots of fun with old and new friends! It's a beautiful, mountain-top site with incredible views, heated cabins with bathrooms, and delicious, healthy fare. Email for more information.
Make Day of the Dead Altars for Nov. 4
UUCC children and youth are invited to create a Day of the Dead Altar for our Children’s Chapel/Youth Chapel lesson Nov. 4. Day of the Dead Altars are typically created from shoe boxes and honor deceased family members, beloved pets or heroes. Families, please work on your altars at home and bring them to UU by Oct. 28 for our special Dio de los Muertos celebration on Nov. 4. Get creative with your altar--start with a box and paint it, cover it with pictures or fabric, or otherwise decorate it with reminders and/or photographs of those the altar honors. Learn more about Dio de los Muertos at Please note: There are a limited number of shoe boxes available on the shelf outside the DRE’s office.
Chili Cookoff Nov. 18
Dust off your best chili recipes for the Third Annual UUCC Chili Cookoff, which will be held in the Social Hall on Sunday, Nov. 18 following the Cornbread Communion Multigenerational Service. Anyone wishing to enter a chili (or two!) must turn in an entry form no later than Sunday, Nov. 11. The cost to enter is $5 per chili, and entry forms are available on the RE table in the Social Hall. Categories are vegan/vegetarian and meaty, and prizes will also be awarded for best surprise ingredient and kids’ favorite. For more information, please email