This Week’s NeUUs

Here’s the NeUUs for September 14, 2017:

  1. September 17: When One Door Closes, Another One Opens
  2. Religious Education
  3. Second Hour
  4. Help Communities and Congregations Affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
  5. Have You Made Reservations for the Retreat Yet?
  6. Racial Justice Is an Environmental Issue, September 17
  7. Celebrate Mabon, September 17
  8. Meet the Artist: Betsey Barth Withington, September 17
  9. Re-Creative BUUnch Prepares Teaching Materials, September 20
  10. LUUnch BUUnch Shares Community Knowledge, September 20
  11. Sign Up Now for Interfaith Habitat Build, September 24
  12. New Adult Social Group Starts Up, September 24
  13. Northwest Senior Network Meets, September 24
  14. Volunteers Needed for RE on October 8
  15. Fun and Finds at CAC
  16. Have a Few Minutes to Help?
  17. UU Activities Around Atlanta

 

  1. SEPTEMBER 17: WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES, ANOTHER ONE OPENS

Dashed hopes, disappointment, feelings of loss – we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t experience these following a major or minor setback. What helps us regain our footing and recover our outlook that good things still lie ahead?

Service Participants
Worship Leader ~ Rev. Terry Davis
Worship Associates ~ Lynne Dale and Emma Davis
Musicians ~ Northwest Passage: Stephanie Bullard (vocals), Tom Godfrey (vocals/guitar),
David Morgen (guitar), Ed Kilbourne (piano), Bruce Niedermeyer (bass) and
James Underwood (percussion)
Ushers ~ Laura Hall and Peggy Emrey
Sound Technician ~ Gregory Byrd
Greeters ~ Kristan Wagner and Sharon Reynolds
Newcomer Representative ~ John Maynard
Religious Education Greeter ~ Christina Branum-Martin
Bellwether Bookstore ~ Penny Raney
Refreshments ~ Glenn Koller, Priscilla Hopkins, Kaye McCall, Gina Sample and
Danny Sample
Nursery ~ Nancy Johnson, Dana Suite and NoShell Suite

  1. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (RE)

Children and youth will join the congregation through Story Wisdom and then leave for Religious Education. RE supervised activities and child care continue until 12:30 pm.

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

Sunday, September 17

  • Artist’s Reception for Betsey Barth Withington, Art Gallery
  • CUUPS Mabon Ritual, Gardens/Stan’s Circle
  • Earth Ministry Presentation, Chalice House Chapel

Sunday, September 24

  • New Adult Social Group Organizing Meeting, Chalice House Chapel
  • Northwest Senior Network, Art Gallery 
  1. HELP COMMUNITIES AND CONGREGATIONS AFFECTED BY HURRICANES HARVEY AND IRMA

Our denomination, the Unitarian Universalist Association, has created a Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund to assist congregations in repairing any damage, and to respond to the needs of their members’ and communities’ efforts to get back on their feet following this weekend’s devastating storm. You can support the fund here.

The UUA and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) continue to raise funds to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey as well. Half of the funds raised will go to UU congregations and members and half to RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services), which will work to ensure that immigrant communities have the support and access to legal services following the Texas hurricane and flooding. You can give here.

If you have other ideas for ways that we can organize as a congregation to provide aid to the victims of the flooding, please contact Social Justice Ministry Team Leader Jill Benton or another member of the ministry team.

  1. HAVE YOU MADE RESERVATIONS FOR THE RETREAT YET?

It’s time to make your reservations for the Northwest congregational retreat at The Mountain in Highlands, NC, October 6-8! Don’t miss this chance to get to know your fellow congregants better, make new friends and restore your soul.

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. Our RE Director Christina Branum-Martin will lead the children and youth in Earth-centered activities during this time. We’ll all also have time to relax with friends and family, hike, explore or just chill out in this beautiful mountain location. Got talent? Share it in the talent show on Saturday night, right before the bonfire and s’mores.

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 call 828.526.5838 x218 (Rachel, Sun.-Wed.) or X263 (Julia, Thurs.-Sun.) or go to www.TheMountainRLC.org for details and to register.

  1. RACIAL JUSTICE IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE, SEPTEMBER 17

Northwest ministry team leaders have agreed to set a goal for all ministry teams to focus on racial justice for the first semester of this education year.

In line with that goal, Earth Ministry’s initial Second Hour program will begin with a video that introduces some of the key issues and players in the environmental justice movement. We’ll start with Dr. Robert Bullard, widely considered the father of environmental justice. Then, we will hear Bernice King of The King Center comment on environmental justice and the beloved community, followed by remarks from the Sierra Club President Aaron Mair. The City of Atlanta’s Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Chief Resilience Officer, will highlight Atlanta’s continued push for environmental justice, creation of an eco-district in West Atlanta and development of a climate action plan. After the video, we will look at how the Earth Ministry can join in working on righting environmental wrongs that exist just outside our doorstep.

Contact Tom & Linda Couch, Earth Ministry Team Leaders at tcouch4921@aol.com or 706.766.7847 for more information.

  1. CELEBRATE MABON, SEPTEMBER 17

Hawk’s Hoop CUUPS invites you to join us in a ritual to celebrate Mabon on September 17. Mabon marks the middle of the harvest. It is a celebration of balance, as within nature there is an equal mix of day and night. We will meet on the back patio and progress to Stan’s Circle. 

  1. MEET THE ARTIST: BETSEY BARTH WITHINGTON, SEPTEMBER 17

Come meet artist Betsey Barth Withington and view her work in the Art Gallery during Second Hour on September 17.

Betsey provides this biographical information:  

“After retiring from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business as Director of the Undergraduate Program, I started on a new pathway, picking up paint, my brushes and canvasses along the way. My paintings are of familiar scenes from my perspective, often inspired by memories from hiking around north Georgia and a short section of the Appalachian Trail. Other paintings are based on my photography or sketches of my travels and adventures both close to home and far away. In the paraphrased words of Robert Henri (1865-1925), I paint what I feel, I paint what I see, I paint what is real to me.”

  1. RE-CREATIVE BUUNCH PREPARES TEACHING MATERIALS, SEPTEMBER 20

The Religious Education Ministry Team is starting a new group to meet monthly at 10 am on the morning before LUUnch BUUnch to gather supplies for the coming weeks for the five different religious education classes taught each Sunday. All are invited to join on a one-time or long-term commitment. This is a way to gather together, explore fun curriculum, read lovely children’s books and gather things from the art cabinets. The RE Team knows that many don’t have the time (or stamina!) to teach for an eight-week commitment, but might be available to support the Religious Education Ministry at Northwest in this very meaningful way. Can you join us? Please send an email to DRE Christina Branum-Martin at  re@nwuuc.org. Our first meeting will be Wednesday, September 20.

  1. LUUNCH BUUNCH SHARES COMMUNITY KNOWLEDGE, SEPTEMBER 20

Do you know something you would like to share with the LUUnch BUUnch group? It could be a favorite doctor you would like to recommend or a side effect you encountered from a prescription drug or a caution about a scam or any other experience you would like to share–positive or negative, serious or humorous.

Come, bring your lunch, and join in a discussion with members, friends and visitors. Get to know each other better in an informal environment. We will have some fun, discuss topics of interest, and share recent experiences. Reservations are not required.

We gather for lunch in the Art Gallery and begin the session with introductions and personal updates at 11:45 am. The topic discussion starts at 12:30 pm and ends about 1:15 pm. You may come late or leave early, as your schedule dictates. Join the discussion, learn of others’ experience and enjoy the day.

  1. SIGN UP NOW FOR INTERFAITH HABITAT BUILD, SEPTEMBER 24

Northwest is co-sponsoring an Interfaith Build with Habitat for Humanity, our September Share the Plate recipient, on Sunday, September 24. Please join us for the build in Southwest Atlanta, just south of I-20 and west of   I-75. The required safety orientation starts at 7:45 am and work concludes at 3:30 pm. We have several spots still available for the build. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Annette Boyle at nwuupublications@gmail.com to receive registration information.

  1. NEW ADULT SOCIAL GROUP STARTS UP, SEPTEMBER 24

A new social group for adults who do not yet identify as members of the Senior Network Group will be having its first meeting during Second Hour on September 24. Whether you are a Millennial, Gen X, Baby Boomer or other, join us! All who wish to attend are welcome.

Getting to know others, participating in discussions, planning activities of mutual interest and developing a support network are long-range goals for the group. Stop by to learn more and share your ideas for the group. We will meet in the Chalice House Chapel at 11:30 am. Childcare is available until 12:30 pm.

Looking forward to seeing you on September 24! If you are interested but unable to make the meeting, please contact Gina Sample at community@nwuuc.org to be added to our Facebook group.

  1. NORTHWEST SENIOR NETWORK, SEPTEMBER 24

The Senior Network welcomes seniors, retirees, grandparents and caregivers to discuss life issues, provide support to one another, and plan social activities at various times and places around town. The group meets during Second Hour on the fourth Sunday of each month in the Art Gallery. For more information, please contact 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. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR RE, OCTOBER 8

Staying in Atlanta during the congregational retreat? So are some of our children. To meet safe congregation guidelines, we need three volunteers in the Northwest nursery and another three for activity time on October 8. If you can help, please contact DRE Christina Branum-Martin.

  1. FUN AND FINDS AT CAC

The Community Assistance Center is holding its summer clearance sale September 5-15 on weekdays from 10 am-3 pm. All summer clothing is priced at just $1 and the bedding selection is stunning. The sale is at the CAC Boutique, 8607 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs.

CAC is holding its annual fundraiser, the Vintage Affair, on Saturday, October 7 from 6-10 pm. Enjoy food from local restaurants, wine tasting, live music and live and silent auctions! Tickets for the Vintage Affair and the raffle for a $5000 shopping spree are available online at www.vintageaffair.org.

  1. HAVE A FEW MINUTES TO HELP US COMMUNICATE?

Northwest needs one person to change the marquee at the entrance every Sunday or Monday. This involves changing the letters to announce the upcoming Sunday’s sermon title. We also need a person to print, fold and collate the Update and Order of Service on the second (and fifth) Thursday of each month. Each task takes a little over an hour. Please contact the office administrator at office@nwuuc.org if you are willing to lend a hand.

  1. OTHER ATLANTA AREA UU EVENTS

In the coming weeks, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta has a number of programs that may be of interest to Northwest members. All events will be held at UUCA, 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta.

September 21: All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone

UUCA Third Thursday Cinema begins its new year on September 21 at 7 pm with a documentary featuring the life and legacy of I.F. Stone, the American journalist who led a one-man crusade against government deception. One of his biggest “scoops” was in 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson and Sec. of Defense Robert McNamara engineered the Gulf of Tonkin incident to launch the war in Vietnam. Mainstream media did not cover the deception for years, but Stone got to the truth the week it happened. Created by filmmaker and TV news veteran Fred Peabody, the film explores the life and legacy of this American hero, who gave voice to the powerless and dispossessed. A $3 donation is suggested for the evening, which includes refreshments and a moderated discussion. The event is sponsored by the Peace Network. The film will be shown in room 210.

September 23:  Wine, Cheese and the Spoken Word features stand-up comic Andy Rhodes and Elizabeth Leila L’Abate. Rhodes offers humorous acting with impersonations, accents, improvisations and a touch of political humor, while poet, singer and musician L’Abate may read her poetry in the traditional way or present it with harmonium or tamboura along with shamanic singing. An open mic session will be held between the two sets, offering local poets the opportunity to share their work. Doors open at 6:45 pm; the pre-show begins at 7 pm and readings are from 7:30-9:30 pm. Wine, soft drinks, and cheese will be available. Suggested admission donation is $5. and Please note: performances may include adult content and language.

September 30: UUCA’s Underground Theatre will hold auditions for A Night of Vonnegut at 3 pm. The production needs a variety of male characters, primarily playing soldiers, ranging in age from mid-20s to mid-60s. Actresses will be considered for male roles. The audition will consist of reading a few lines from the script which will be emailed in advance.  

The performance will be one night only, 7:30 pm on October 14 at the UUCA. The roles require no line memorization or blocking, but there will be up to five rehearsals during the first two weeks of October. The roles are non-equity, non-paying. If you are interested and available, contact Liz Bigler at bigmura@gmail.com or 404 451 8616. If you can’t make the audition, contact her to make alternate arrangements.