This Week’s NeUUs

Here’s the NeUUs for August 17, 2017:

  1. Message from Our Minister
  2. August 20: Wondering About Wonder Woman
  3. Religious Education
  4. Second Hour
  5. Meet People, Have Fun, Become an Usher
  6. Capital Campaign Video Now Available for Viewing
  7. Come to the Pancake Brunch, August 20
  8. Join the Middle Ages, August 20
  9. Enjoy the Ingathering Community Brunch, August 27
  10. Don’t Miss Out on the Retreat—And the Early Bird Discount!
  11. Save the Date for the Fall Auction, October 21
  12. Build with Habitat and Northwest, September 24
  13. Get Your Tickets for the Empowering Refugees Atlanta Dinner at Northwest, September 30

 

  1. MESSAGE FROM OUR MINISTER, AUGUST 17, 2017

Dear Northwest Members and Friends,

This past weekend, I sent a text to my nephew Sam, who is a rising senior at UVA and living in Charlottesville. It read, “Watching the news . . . are you okay? Hoping you are safe. Love, Aunt Terry and Aunt Gail.”

Sam responded that he was . . . and that he had been part of the peaceful counter-demonstration that Friday evening.

Sadly, as we all have seen and read this week, racism and bigotry nevertheless found both voice and victims in Charlottesville. The white nationalists, neo-Nazis, KKK and their supporters who descended on this college town were there to spread their message and the violence of white supremacy and hate . . . words and actions I believe we must continue to resist visibly and loudly if we are to claim our religious heritage and identity as Unitarian Universalists.

I’m aware that there have already been conversations at Northwest about what we might say and do as a faith community in response. I hope to join you in these discussions when I return on August 22 and that, together, we will take loving and courageous actions for change.

In faith,

Terry

Rev. Terry Davis

  1. AUGUST 20: WONDERING ABOUT WONDER WOMAN

A short history of this summer blockbuster film and comic book character – and what relation she might have to the real aspirations and reality for women and girls (and the men around them)!

Service Participants
Worship Leader ~ Rev. Marti Keller
Worship Associates ~ Glenn Koller and Ella Morgen
Musician ~ Will Fowler
Ushers ~ Laura Hall and Peggy Emrey
Sound Technician ~ Gregory Byrd
Greeters ~ Charlotte Alyea and John Montgomery
Newcomer Representative ~ Kristina Banks
Religious Education Greeter ~ Christina Branum-Martin
Bellwether Bookstore ~ Sandy Davis
Refreshments ~ Northwest Youth, Glenn Koller, Anne Bennett, Melissa Niedermeyer,
  Pamela Freeman, Gwen Khan, Sandy Davis, Tom Hartnett and David Morgen
Nursery ~ Nancy Johnson, Dana Suite and NoShell Suite

  1. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

The children will be in the service through Story Wisdom and then will leave for Religious Education and youth groups.

Parents, please pick up children in the Chalice House as worship ends, so you can enjoy the pancake brunch together.

  1. SECOND HOUR (11:30 am-12:30 pm)

Sunday, August 20

  • Pancake Brunch, 11 am, Lobby
  • Middle Ages Planning Meeting, 11:30 am, Chalice House Chapel

Sunday, August 27

  • Ingathering Community Potluck Brunch, Lobby
  • Senior Network, Art Gallery
  1. MEET PEOPLE, HAVE FUN, BECOME AN USHER

Northwest’s Usher Team is searching for volunteers to help fill a few open Usher spots starting in September. This is a very easy and fulfilling way to get involved with the Northwest community. You will have the opportunity to greet current Northwest members and newcomers each Sunday with an Order of Service and hymnal as well as take up the offertory collection. Please reach out to Marc von Mandel at mvonmandel09@gmail.com for more information.  

  1. CAPITAL CAMPAIGN VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING

The 2017 capital campaign was launched on Sunday, August 6, with great fanfare and enthusiasm. There were toasts by the leaders of the campaign and a great video produced by our own famous Jay Kiskel. You really don’t want to miss the video. To view click here. Better yet, view it on the large screen in the lobby at Northwest on Sunday. Then, look for your beautiful brochure by mail if you don’t have it already. As Lynn Dale suggests, stretch yourself by doubling what you were planning to give to meet our $700,000 goal. Questions? Contact Mani Subramanian at 678.488.0524 or mani_ruth@yahoo.com.

  1. NORTHWEST YOUTH INVITE ALL CONGREGANTS TO A PANCAKE BRUNCH, AUGUST 20

Our RE youth will host a pancake brunch for the congregation following the service this Sunday, August 20. Get to know more of our young people and give your view of our future an optimism boost!

  1. JOIN THE MIDDLE AGES! AUGUST 20

Join us after the Pancake Brunch in the Chapel of the Chalice House to help plan Northwest’s newest community group! We’re looking for contributors for a gathering place for anyone that has graduated from Religious Education, but doesn’t feel ready to join the Seniors Group. Whether you’re hitting the job market, hitting the dating scene, raising a toddler, raising a teenager, or any other milestones along the way, you’re welcome to join. Please stop by to learn more and share your ideas for the group!

  1. ENJOY THE INGATHERING COMMUNITY POTLUCK, AUGUST 27

Join us for our annual Ingathering Sunday and “it’s good to get together” Northwest potluck lunch. Please bring a food item to share. Adding an identifying food label and putting your name on your container is appreciated!

Potlucks are fun, but they require extra set-up and cleanup hands. Please let Anne Bennett (anne.bennett@gmail.com) know if you are willing to assist our fabulous Kitchen Crew. See you next week immediately following the Water Appreciation service!

  1. DON’T MISS OUT ON THE RETREAT—AND THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!

Don’t miss out on the best deal for the upcoming NWUUC congregational retreat at The Mountain in Highlands, NC, October 6-8. Join us for the workshop Saturday morning – Active Hope: How To Face The Mess We’re In without Going Crazy – based on the work of eco-philosopher Joanna Macy. Meanwhile, our RE Director Christina Branum-Martin will lead the children and youth in Earth-centered activities. We’ll all also have time to relax with friends and family, hike, explore or just chill out in this beautiful autumn location. Got talent? Share it at the talent show on Saturday night, right before the bonfire and marshmallow roast.

Reduced rates are available through Wednesday, September 6. For more information, check the lobby bulletin board or The Mountain notebook on the What’s Happening table or ask Penny Raney or Mani or Ruth Subramanian. You can go to www.TheMountainRLC.org for details and to register.

  1. SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NORTHWEST FALL AUCTION, OCTOBER 21

Mark your calendar for the Northwest Auction! This event is always a blast and you don’t want to miss it.

We will gather to socialize, have dinner and then . . . off to the bidding fun! While you have time, think about a donation. What do people really love?  

  • Events – dinners, theater, movies
  • Classes and lessons – music, cooking, knitting, woodworking
  • Unique objects – art and jewelry

Every year we hear, “this was so much fun!” Plan to join us. Details to follow soon.  

  1. BUILD WITH HABITAT AND NORTHWEST, SEPTEMBER 24

A reminder that NWUUC will be participating in an Interfaith Build, for the third year in a row, on Sunday September 24. The build will take place in Southwest Atlanta, just south of I-20 and west of I-75. This is an all-day event, and you have to be there first thing in the morning to get the safety briefing in order to participate.

We have a limited number of spots available. Please email Tony Barbagallo at tbarbaga@bellsouth.net to confirm your interest. If you have already told Tony that you are interested, please email him also to make sure he doesn’t give your place away. 

  1. GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE EMPOWERING REFUGEES ATLANTA DINNER, SEPTEMBER 30

Plan now to attend the dinner to benefit refugee families on Saturday, September 30 in our lobby. A delicious Middle Eastern dinner will be prepared and served by one or two families. We will have a chance to talk with the families who have done the cooking after dinner.

Seating is limited to 50 adults and the cost is $50 per person. Tickets are only available online through Eventbrite: Empowering Refugees Atlanta NWUUC. Get your tickets soon; only 10 remain. Ticket sales end on September 11. Contact Mark Perloe at mperloe@ivf.com for more information.