This Week’s NeUUs

Here’s the NeUUs for May 24, 2018:

  1. Worship Service: If You’re Feeling Guilty, You’re Doing Something Right, 10 am, May 27
  2. Religious Education
  3. Second Hour
  4. Care Corps Update
  5. Clarifying Joys and Sorrows Guidelines
  6. Welcome, New Members!
  7. Participate in the Veterans History Project
  8. Don’t Turn Our Recycling into Trash
  9. Northwest Senior Network Meets, May 27
  10. Join Beyond Coffee Group, May 27
  11. Hungry Ear Coffee HouseTM Presents Gibson Wilbanks, June 2
  12. Mark Your Calendars for Good-Bye Reception, June 3
  13. Discuss One of Ours with the Book Groupies, June 12

 

  1. WORSHIP SERVICE: IF YOU’RE FEELING GUILTY, YOU’RE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT, 10 AM, MAY 27

Let it go, let it go, that perfect girl is gone! Sometimes we know that it’s good to step back from leadership roles for our own sake and for the sake of letting other leaders flourish. But that can feel so abstract, and the need for a group email to get sent out so imminent! In those moments, know that no matter how guilty it makes you feel to not step up and over-function, you are doing something healthy for Northwest.

Service Contributors
Worship Leader ~ Rev. Jonathan Rogers
Worship Associates ~ David Morgen and Willem Keller
Musicians ~ The Northwest Choir, Lori Guy (soloist) and Jim Pearce (piano)
Ushers ~ Keith Lockhart and Sandy Wiseman
RE Coordinator ~ Elizabeth Hickman
Newcomer Representative ~ Michael Burke
Greeters ~ Renee Burke and Kristina Banks
Bellwether Bookstore ~ Penny Raney
Refreshments ~ Verna Barrett, Deborah Ross, Paul Ross and Sandy Davis
Nursery ~ Nancy Johnson and Adia Fields

  1. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (RE)

Children will remain in the service until they are sung out for activity time. Activity time will end and the nursery will close at 11:30 this week and through the summer.

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

Sunday, May 27

  • Northwest Senior Network
  • Beyond Coffee

Sunday, June 3

  • Farewell Reception for Tom Godfrey
  • No Second Hour
  1. CARE CORPS UPDATE

Northwest friend Chris Appel had neck surgery this week and will be recovering at home for several weeks. Chris welcomes cards and notes.

  1. CLARIFYING JOYS AND SORROWS GUIDELINES

Joys and Concerns. A ritual we practice during nearly every Sunday worship service at Northwest. This is a way we share personal events about ourselves in a safe and caring space. It is a time to seek comfort from our friends during hard times in our lives and a time to joyously share milestones in our lives.

The Worship Associates Team and Rev. Jonathan have been discussing the nature of Joys and Concerns ritual and we want to offer some guidelines.

  • Keep it brief. A lot can be said in 60 seconds, and we ask you to speak no longer than that. Remember, this is a worship service.
  • No announcements or political statements. The lobby at coffee hour is a great place to discuss politics.
  • This sacred time should not be used to praise or pan the sermon. A word to the minister or worship associate after the service is a better time to do this.

The Worship Associates Team is renaming this ritual Joys and Sorrows because the idea is to share not only joys but someone’s personal experiences of grief, sadness or sorrow. Non-personal concerns, as troubling as they may be, are not appropriately shared in the context of the worship service. Let us all respect this time of intimate sharing to preserve it for those who revere it most.

  1. WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS!

At the service this past Sunday, we recognized our newest members who have all joined the congregation within the last year. These include:

Kristina Banks
Christopher Bollinger
Johnna Bollinger
Michael Burke
Mary Anne Ericson
Amy Hartsough
Maggie Menkus
Randy Raymond
Jeremy Zierler
Samantha Zierler

Please welcome and congratulate our new members when you see them. New members, we are so happy you have found a home at Northwest!

  1. PARTICIPATE IN THE VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT

The Library of Congress created the Veterans History Project to capture oral histories of military veterans which will be catalogued, digitized and made available to researchers. Currently most interviews are only available by visiting the library in Washington, DC, but eventually they will all be available online.

Northwest member Michael Cain has been conducting video interviews for the Veterans History Project for the past eight or nine years. Beginning on the first Sunday in June, Michael will be available during Second Hour to interview veterans from our congregation. The free-form interviews typically take about an hour, so he can only do one per week, by appointment only. Please call Michael at 678.296.7919 to reserve your time.

  1. DON’T TURN OUR RECYCLING INTO TRASH

Waste Management has informed us that they are experiencing high levels of contamination from trash in the recycling stream. Please keep in mind that NON-RECYCLABLE ITEMS CAN TURN AN ENTIRE LOAD OF RECYCLABLES INTO TRASH. Under Waste Management service terms, faulty customers may be charged $69 per yard in contamination fees. If you happen to see trash in the recycling bin, please remove it and throw it in the trash bin.  

Remember to:

  • Recycle all empty plastic bottles, cans, paper and cardboard.
  • Keep plastic bags out of recycling. Plastic bags and film get tangled in the machinery.
  • Keep food-soiled items out of recycling. They will ruin an entire recycling load.
  1. NORTHWEST SENIOR NETWORK MEETS MAY 27

The Senior Network is comprised of older adults who gather to discuss topics such as retirement, elder care, and grandparenting, provide support to one another, and plan social activities at various times and places around town. If you would like to be added to the email distribution list, please send your name and phone number to Renee and Mike Burke at reneeandmike@mindspring.com. Or just come to the gathering in the Art Gallery to meet other group members and join in the fun.

  1. JOIN BEYOND COFFEE GROUP, MAY 27

The Beyond Coffee Social Group is for those who don’t yet identify with the Senior Network, but who want to connect with others in a relaxed, informal setting. Whether you are a Millennial, Gen X, Baby Boomer, or something in between, you are welcome to join us.

  1. HUNGRY EAR COFFEE HOUSETM PRESENTS GIBSON WILBANKS, JUNE 2

Hungry Ear Coffeehouse is proud to present the soulful roots and folk/blues duo, Gibson Wilbanks on Saturday, June 2. Carly Gibson and BJ Wilbanks are taking the city by storm with their individual solo and band projects in the Atlanta area, but together as Gibson Wilbanks, these two have been called “Gregg Allman meets Bonnie Raitt.” They have combined their considerable songwriting and musical skills to create the unique and popular Southern bluesy sound. 

Cody Marlowe opens the show. American born singer-songwriter and roots-rock artist, Cody Marlowe found his inspiration at an early age in the soulful sounds of B.B. King, Merle Haggard, and the Allman Brothers. 

Doors open at 7:30 pm on May 5, when Northwest’s sanctuary once again becomes the Hungry Ear Coffee HouseTM. The performance starts at 8 pm. A $5 donation is requested and canned goods for the Community Assistance Center (CAC) are appreciated. Bring a friend and a few extra dollars to buy refreshments during the break and to support the performers.

  1. MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR GOOD-BYE RECEPTION, JUNE 3

We will have a farewell reception for Tom Godfrey, our beloved band director and former director of music, as he prepares to move to Albuquerque, NM, in June. His last service with us and Northwest Passage is June 3. Plan now to attend the service and then the reception! 

  1. DISCUSS ONE OF OURS WITH THE BOOK GROUPIES, JUNE 12

The Book Groupies will meet at 7 pm on Tuesday, June 12 in the Art Gallery to discuss One of Ours by Willa Cather, the last book in our classics series this year. This 1923 Pulitzer Prize winner is set on the prairies of Nebraska in the early 1900s and tells the story of a restless, questioning farm boy. When WWI starts up in Europe, he feels he has found the answer to his restless discontent with farm life and enlists as a soldier. Cather’s evocative and insightful writing make this an enjoyable and worthwhile read. All readers are welcome to join us and the book is available in our bookstore.