This Week’s NeUUs

Here’s the NeUUs for March 23, 2017:

  1. March 26, 2017, 10 am: Keeping Sabbath, When There Is So Much To Do
  2. Religious Education
  3. Second Hour
  4. Care Corps Update
  5. Thank You to All Who Helped with March 18 Workday
  6. Want to Represent Northwest at GA?
  7. Standing on the Side of Love Shirts Have Arrived
  8. Discuss Building Expansion with the Northwest Board, March 26
  9. Check out the Northwest Senior Network, March 26
  10. Come to the Hungry Ear Coffee House,TM April 1
  11. April Share the Plate: Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Apr. 2
  12. Join Us for a Northwest Passover Seder, April 8
  13. Other Atlanta Area UU Events
  1. MARCH 26, 10 AM: KEEPING SABBATH, WHEN THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO

Our religious community offers respite, self-care and renewal. This is the ancient wisdom of “taking Sabbath.” When it seems that there isn’t time to stop because there is so much to be done, it seems that we can’t afford time off. But this religious practice is life-giving for each of us and for our religious community as a whole.

About our Guest Speaker: Christina Branum-Martin is life-long Unitarian Universalist who grew up in First UU in Houston, a large church of 700 members. UU Youth ministry was a large part of her teen and adult years and was what first called her to ministry. She is studying at Candler School of Theology at Emory for her degree in preparation for UU ministry. She lives in Decatur, Georgia with her husband and their two daughters.

 Service Participants
Worship Leader ~ Christina Branum-Martin
Worship Associates ~ David Morgen and Adelaide Kahn
Musician ~ Dr. Grace Fowler
Song Leader ~ Lil Woolf
Sound Technician ~ James Underwood
Ushers ~ Marc von Mandel, Sandy Wiseman and Northwest Youth
Newcomer Representative ~ Jane Echols
Greeters ~ Bob Thacker and Gina Sample
RE Greeter ~ Sandy Davis
Bellwether Bookstore ~ John Weinert
Refreshments ~ Verna Barrett, Deborah Ross, Paul Ross and Sandy Davis
Nursery ~ Nancy Johnson, Dana Suite and NoShell Suite

  1. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
  • All children will be in the service through Story Wisdom and then will go to the Chalice House for Activity Time with MarKay Appel. Following Activity Time the children in PreK-5th will attend a Field Day led by Melissa Niedermeyer and the high school youth.
  • The Coming of Age Class (6th-8th) will brainstorm ideas for a community service project.
  1. SECOND HOUR (11:30 am-12:30 pm)

Sunday, March 26

  • Northwest Board Discussion: Moving Our Vision Into Action—Building Expansion, Sanctuary
  • Northwest Senior Network, Art Gallery

Sunday, April 2

  • April Share the Plate Recipient Presentation: Partners Against Domestic Violence
  1. CARE CORPS UPDATE

Anthony Nicholas Sarrecchia, father of Northwest friend Dianne Farrelly, recently died peacefully at his home in New Jersey, surrounded by all of his children. He was 76 and had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. Dianne would welcome emails and cards of condolence. Her information is accessible in Realm.

  1. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED WITH MARCH 18 WORKDAY

Saturday began with a beautiful wet morning, pleasantly cool and grey. Glenn Koller had a pot of coffee made, then Helen Borland arrived with homemade muffins, boiled eggs and other good eats. Soon, people had gathered and the day’s work began. We concentrated on the lower level of the Chalice House, the playground and the Stan Burch Memorial CUUPS Circle. The carpets were cleaned by Helen Borland, Bob Thacker and Jay Kiskel. The janitor’s closet and under-stair storage were cleaned out and reorganized. Various small repairs were made by Pam Zenner, Larry Wallis and Richard Goodnight. Anne Bennett, Bill Cox, Glenn Koller, Kristina Banks, Tom Couch and Mani Subramanian cleared fallen limbs, raked leaves and more. Ashley Goodnight cleaned the playground equipment and Richard Goodnight cleared leaves from the roof and gutters. A fine lunch was provided by Helen Borland and Harry Trendell. Afterwards, Robert Skully, Dave Zenner and Tom Couch spent the sunny afternoon grading the circle while Morning Washburn procured thirty-five bags of cedar mulch from Lowe’s with her trusty Mazda truck. All in all, an excellent day of work and comradery. Many thanks to all who came out!

  1. WANT TO REPRESENT NORTHWEST AT GA?

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of the UUA. This year, it will be in New Orleans from June 21-25. Attendees worship, witness, learn and connect, and delegates vote on policy. If you are interested in attending as a Northwest delegate, please contact Kristen Fowks at president@nwuuc.org by April 15. Northwest is entitled to four delegates to represent our congregation, plus Rev. Terry Davis, but anyone can attend the conference. Early bird discount registration ends May 1. Act quickly; the rooms closest to the events book very quickly. A general planning meeting will occur in May for everyone planning to attend GA from Northwest. 

  1. STANDING ON THE SIDE OF LOVE SHIRTS HAVE ARRIVED!

If you placed an order with Bellwether bookstore for a yellow Standing on the Side of Love t-shirt, come pick yours up in the bookstore this Sunday. If you didn’t order one, stop by anyway: we have a few extra shirts in L, XL and 2XL.

  1. NORTHWEST BOARD DISCUSSION—BUILDING EXPANSION, MARCH 26

Please join our Building Expansion Committee for an information gathering session and discussion on options for expansion. The ad hoc Building Expansion Committee was charged by the Board to gather input on what building improvements we want and need. Members Mary Perloe, John Hagler, Bill Cox, David Stewart and Kristen Fowks will be asking members and friends to participate in a survey to help us formulate a building expansion proposal that meets our needs. See our current floor plan and several ideas for fellowship space and sanctuary expansion here.

  1. NORTHWEST SENIOR NETWORK, MARCH 26

The Senior Network’s 55 members—retirees, grandparents and family caregivers—meet monthly on the fourth Sunday to discuss topics as wide ranging as Hinduism, famous UU women, cruising, African art, behavioral styles and more. Join us on March 26 in the  Art Gallery for our latest discussion. Contact Renee and Michael Burke at reneeandmike@mindspring.com to learn more.

  1. COME TO THE HUNGRY EAR COFFEE HOUSE,TM APRIL 1

On April 1, the Hungry Ear Coffee House features the delightful BJ Wilbanks. Georgia-based Wilbanks’s authentic exploration of love and the pursuit of enlightenment has been referred to as “Back Porch Soul,” fusing the musical roots of Americana, Motown and Delta Blues into an intoxicating blend of Southern Rock.

On the first Saturday of each month, our Sanctuary transforms into the Hungry Ear Coffee House.TM Doors open at 7:30 pm. Music starts at 8 pm. $5 suggested donation at the door and canned goods for the Community Assistance Center (OurCAC.org) in Sandy Springs are always appreciated. Please bring cash to purchase merchandise and refreshments served at break and support the musicians. BYOB, bring a friend, tell a friend, and be ready for a night to remember at the Hungry Ear!

  1. SHARE THE PLATE RECIPIENT: PARTNERSHIP AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, APR. 2

On April 2, we will have a Second Hour presentation by our April Share the Plate Recipient organization, Partnership Against Domestic Violence. President and CEO Nancy Friauf will discuss PADV’s important work and how we can support this outstanding organization. Nancy has worked with families and children in crisis for 30 years. She is an exceptional leader, merging deep compassion for those in need with operational and organizational capability. Please join us. 

  1. JOIN US FOR A NORTHWEST PASSOVER SEDER, APRIL 8

Get an early start on your Passover holidays at Northwest with an interfaith Passover Seder, led by Northwest friend and former member Dave Savage and Northwest member Traci Montgomery. Set-up is at 5:30; the program begins at 6:30 pm and will end around 8:30 pm.

Come for the learning, songs, and wonderful food. (When was the last time you had delicious chicken soup and fluffy matzo balls?) We will provide the brisket, matzo ball soup and traditional Seder ceremonial food items; you bring the side dishes!

This a participatory and kid-friendly experience. Friends and extended family are welcome! Tickets are $15 each for adults and teens and $5 each for children ages 5–12. Maximum immediate family charge is $40. For information or to RSVP, contact Traci Montgomery by March 31 at 530.356.0727 or squeek1234@gmail.com.

  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.

  • March 24-25: Join social justice leaders, ministers and other concerned individuals on March 24-25 at UUCA for a transformational event: Faithful Resistance: Sustainability & Resilience in 2017. This workshop will cover multi-site ministry, courageous conversations about race, leadership team development, and more. Keynote speaker Bree Newsome, activist from South Carolina, will share her story of resilience in social justice ministry. Learn more and reserve your spot here.
  • March 25: The UUCA Performing Arts Coordinating Team welcomes Annalise Emerick to the Underground stage on March 25. Annalise is a self-starting, twenty-something, singer-songwriter, and traveling independent musician whose home base is Nashville. In 2015, she won the Wildflower Festival singer/songwriter contest in Richardson, Texas, and completed a European tour. A native of Austin, Texas, she was thrilled to be selected as a 2016 Kerrville New Folk Finalist. Her first project,Starry-Eyed,  debuted at #9 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. An open mic session between Annalise’s sets provides an opportunity for local musicians to share their talents. Refreshments will be available. Doors open at 7 pm; music is 7:30-9:30 pm. Suggested donation is $10.