This Week’s NeUUs

Here’s the NeUUs for April 27, 2017:

  1. April 30, 2017, 10 am: Our Promise, Our Message
  2. Religious Education
  3. Second Hour
  4. Care Corps
  5. Office Closed, April 17-May 2
  6. Minister’s Discretionary Fund: Your Generosity Is Appreciated!
  7. News on the Building Expansion
  8. Translate Your Passion into Action with Northwest
  9. Learn More About PADV, Our April Share the Plate Recipient
  10. You Can Still Sign Up for Mountain Camp
  11. Celebrate Beltane with CUUPS, April 30
  12. Julie Gribble and Godfrey and Guy Perform at the Hungry Ear Coffee House, May 6

 

  1. APRIL 16, 10 AM: OUR PROMISE, OUR MESSAGE

As UUs, part of our promise is that we embrace diversity in most forms. Our message to the world relates in great part to that promise. Are we living our promise? Is our message clear? Is our message getting out and is it effective? We’ll explore this and more.

Service Participants
Worship Leader ~ Glenn Koller
Worship Associates ~ Lynne Dale and Emma Davis
Musicians ~ Edward Lawrence (piano), Harrison Marable (cello), Victoria Kraj (flute) and
    Jonathan Morningstar (drums)
Sound Technician ~ Bruce Niedermeyer
Song Leader ~ Lissa Newman
Ushers ~ Linton Hopkins and John Wienert
Newcomer Representative ~ John Montgomery
Greeters ~ Renee Burke and Michael Burke
RE Greeter ~ Sandy Davis
Bellwether Bookstore ~ Nancy Wylie
Refreshments ~ Deborah Ross, Paul Ross and Anne Bennett
Nursery ~ Nancy Johnson

  1. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

All children will be in the service through Story Wisdom and then will go to the Chalice House for supervised play. Following Activity Time, the children in PreK – 5th will meet during Second Hour with Sandy Davis and Brian Freeman for an activity about the promises we make to one another. 

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

Sunday, April 30

  • CUUPS Beltane Earth-centered Ritual, Gardens
  • Northwest Board Discussion: Moving Our Vision into Action, Sanctuary

Sunday, May 7

  • STP Recipient Presentation: Planned Parenthood Southeast
  • Artist’s Reception: Kim Kendall, Art Gallery
  1. CARE CORPS UPDATE

Our thoughts and prayers are with long-time member Don Langham and his children as they grieve the loss of wife and mother, Marian Langham, who died this week after a long battle with cancer. Cards of caring and condolences are welcome. A memorial service to honor Marian, a co-founder of Northwest UUC, will be held at Northwest on Saturday, May 20 at 4 pm. A reception will follow at the Langham home, which is located less than five minutes from Northwest. The address can be found in the congregational membership directory in Realm: www.onrealm.org.  

Northwest member Phil Mask died on Saturday, April 8, after a brief bout with pneumonia. He would have turned 90 years old on July 16. A memorial service will be held at Northwest on May 6 at 1:30 pm. Please keep the Mask family in your loving thoughts and prayers.

  1. OFFICE CLOSED THROUGH MAY 2

The Office Administrator will be return to the office on Wednesday, May 3. Volunteers will check the office during that time.

  1. MINISTER’S DISCRETIONARY FUND: YOUR GENEROSITY IS APPRECIATED!

Once a year at our Christmas Eve candlelight service, we collect funds for the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. Your contributions are used throughout the year to help Northwest members and friends, as well as  members of the wider community, with expenses for basic needs.

In the past year, your contributions:

  • Assisted a mother and her teenage daughter, whose apartment home was completely destroyed by a fire.
  • Covered a few nights’ stay at an extended stay hotel for persons who needed temporary shelter.
  • Helped with rent payments.
  • Purchased a MARTA Breeze card.
  • Made car repairs.

Our MDF account is getting low. Could you help with a contribution? Please make your tax-deductible checks payable to Northwest and write “MDF” in the memo line. They can be mailed to Northwest to the attention of Rev. Terry Davis or dropped by the office.

Thank you for your continued generosity! Your care makes a difference for those who need a helping hand.

  1. NEWS ON THE BUILDING EXPANSION

Based on the recent survey, the Building Expansion Exploratory Committee (Bill Cox, Mary Perloe, John Hagler, David Stewart and Kristen Fowks) reports that about 80% of our community favored an expansion to create a Fellowship Hall in the area that is currently the back porch. Additionally, a similar percentage of members and friends supported expanding the sanctuary. We are seeking a quote from a general contractor so we can provide financial context for the May 21 congregational vote on the expansion. 

As currently imagined, the Fellowship Hall expansion is expected to be larger in square footage and cost than we initially reported to the congregation, but it now includes an expansion of the bathrooms; a sprinkler system to bring the building up to current code requirements; new roofing, siding and insulation for the sanctuary; as well as other necessary minor improvements to our physical plant. We anticipate that the expanded Fellowship Hall will generate significant additional income through weddings, graduation ceremonies and other special occasion rentals for which the current space is not suitable. Please plan to attend and vote on May 21 on whether NWUUC should begin a capital campaign to fund these expansions.

  1. TRANSLATE YOUR PASSION INTO ACTION WITH NORTHWEST

In a follow-up to our discussions of what we can do as a congregation to advance our principles in these unsettling times, we conducted a congregational survey to identify what members want to do. The top action items from that survey were:

  • Sponsor an immigrant or refugee family in partnership with one of our STP-supported organizations.
  • Actively seek to create a forum for interfaith dialog at Northwest.
  • Form a letter writing community to inform and petition leaders on issues import.

David Morgen coordinates the letter writing community, which advocates for policies and laws that align with our UU principles. The group meets every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Art Gallery.

Lil Woolf is at the forefront of the immigrant/refugee sponsorship activity. Lil is contacting both of our STP recipient organizations that work in this area—New American Pathways and the International Rescue Committee—to see what sponsorship will require. 

We do not yet have a coordinator to explore interfaith forum activities. If you are willing to lead, please contact Social Justice Ministry Team Leader Tony Barbagallo.

Members interested in participating in one or more of these action areas are encouraged to join the Realm Groups that have been created and will be used to coordinate our efforts. We encourage members to form and initiate a plan on how to proceed with the action areas for their groups. These activities will fall under the umbrella of Social Justice and the SJM team will be available for guidance and support. If you need help with Realm, please contact the office administrator at office@nwuuc.org.

Please join one or more of these groups and translate your passion into action!  

  1. LEARN MORE ABOUT PADV, OUR APRIL SHARE THE PLATE RECIPIENT

In 2016 the Partnership Against Domestic Violence:

  • Answered 10,613 hotline calls
  • Housed 550 people in two shelters
  • Provided 71,639 meals to 284 adults and 266 children
  • Provided 10,000 hours of legal support

PADV helps families escape violence and rebuild their lives. It also teaches adolescents and adults how to     recognize signs of an unhealthy relationship. The mission of PADV is to end the crime of intimate partner violence and empower its survivors. We persist in this mission, though daunting. We do it because we ask ourselves – 

“If not us, who?”

“If not now, when?”  

PADV gratefully receives the donations of Northwest members, friends and visitors. In addition to giving    money, some of you have asked, “What else can I do?” In the last year, Northwest members Kester and Sonny Chau delighted shelter residents with entertainment provided through their company, Dream Friends Entertainment. Helene Johnson is donating a painting for the Hearts with Hope Gala and Auction. Their kindness and contributions have a lasting impact. Thank you, Kester, Sonny and Helene.

If you are wondering, “What else can I do?” here are a few ideas:

  • Donate money during the services in April.
  • Go to the Amazon wish list for PADV and order items to be sent directly to PADV (you will receive an acknowledgement from PADV for your records). The items on this list are to help shelter residents when they move out of the shelter.
  • Speak with Constance Dierickx, a PADV board member, to arrange a shelter tour or volunteer to cook a meal for the residents of the Fulton facility.
  • Check out padv.org to learn more about the organization and its needs.
  1. YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP FOR MOUNTAIN CAMP!

There are still spaces for summer camp for your little campers. One- and two-week sessions run June 11-July 8 for children 6-14. For 35 years, The Mountain has been providing youth with enriching summer camp programs filled with recreation, adventure, education and creativity. Sign up now before the last slots are gone!

  1. CELEBRATE BELTANE WITH CUUPS, APRIL 30

Please join Hawk’s Hoop CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans) as we celebrate the Pagan May Day on April 30. This is the season of growth, love and commitment. Bring some colored ribbons and be prepared to celebrate! We will meet on the back porch.

  1. JULIE GRIBBLE AND GODFREY AND GUY PERFORM AT HUNGRY EAR COFFEE HOUSE, MAY 6

Join us at the Hungry Ear Coffee HouseTM on May 6 for an evening of delightful music. Singer-songwriter Julie Gribble opens the set with her award-winning stories of love and life in her unique Americana/country/pop style.

Godfrey and Guy take the stage after the break to perform vocal selections ranging from Sinatra to Sting. Godfrey and Guy perform a refreshing blend of jazz classics and folk rock that showcase Lori Guy’s wide ranging vocal talent. Featuring easy swing and Latin grooves, Northwest Director of Music Tom Godfrey provides elegant accompaniments and playful solos to complement Lori’s sultry vocals. Joining Godfrey and Guy are special guests Reed Lukat (tenor sax) and Hadrian Mendoza (trumpet), who are both featured on Godfrey and Guy’s new album, You and the Night, available at www.godfreyandguy.com.

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Music starts at 8 pm. $5 suggested donation at the door. Canned goods for the Community Assistance Center (http://www.ourcac.org) in Sandy Springs are always appreciated. Please bring cash to support the performers and purchase merchandise and refreshments during the break. BYOB, bring a friend, tell a friend, and be ready for a night to remember!