The UNIverse Weekly November 8-14, 2019

The UNIverse Weekly November 8-14, 2019

  November 8-14, 2019

The Theme for November is Giving Praise


Why Praise

The Order of Service for Sunday, November 10, 2019 
Read OOS here



Sunday, November 10, Why Praise, Rev. Jake B. Morrill
There are countless reasons in the world these days to complain. There are countless reasons to despair. Why on earth, then, would a right-thinking person develop the habit of praise? As we start this month’s theme of “Giving Praise,” we’ll tackle what may seem an obvious question: why do it, at all?





NWUUC welcomes children’s participation in the Sunday services as Chalice Lighters. Please sign up your child or youth to be a chalice lighter at least once each semester so NWUUC can honor them. Here is a link to sign up:


We are in need of volunteers from 11:30-12:30 during playground/activity time for November. Please consider signing up at least once each semester. Here is a link to sign up:



Get ready for… Soupapalooza! 

Northwest’s Music Ministry will be selling soup and a soup recipe book Nov. 3 – Dec 8 to raise funds for a projector and screen for the soon-to-be expanded sanctuary! Pick some up for an easy meal, to treat a loved one, or sponsor a soup for the Care Corps team!
Pints of soup will be $5 each, available to take home each Sunday during the fundraiser. Pre-order a print cookbook for $15 or name your price for a digital version. Cookbooks will deliver mid-December, just in time for the holiday gifting season! 
Please submit all recipes by Nov. 30 to be included in the recipe book. If you are interested in making a batch of soup please email Catalina Akins-Moore to sign up for a Sunday and receive your pint to-go containers. 

2019  Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration
November 21, 2019, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Temple Kol Emeth,
1415 Old Canton Rd, Marietta, GA 30062, United States

People of many faiths and religious backgrounds join together to celebrate life, humanity, and what connects us.  This is the 15th annual event, and our theme this year is:  Are We Our Brothers’ Keepers?  The evening consists of invigorating speakers, wonderful music sung by many choirs joining together to inspire us, supportive clergy from many faiths, teen speakers, and upon our conclusion, a dessert reception!


If you have a joy or sorrow you would like to have shared in the UNIverse please call or email Lil Woolf at 404-276-6189 or

If you are going through difficult times and would like emotional support or are in any situation where support and caring are needed contact:

Rev. Misha Sanders, Minister, 770-955-1408 
Rev. Joan A. Davis, Community Minister, 404-275-0236
Maria Drinkard, 678-644-6480
Karen Edmonds, 770-851-1354
Linton Hopkins, 678-938-8858
Valerie Johnson, 470-209-9864
Lil Woolf, 404-276-6189

(770) 955-1408    Office Hours M-F 9 am to 5 pm



Modified deadlines for the next three weeks  
UNIverse Weekly and Order of Service

Week of November 10—hard deadline for everything: Tuesday at 10 am (Debby to be out of town after noon on Wed).
Week of November 17— Noon on Tuesday (Regular schedule)
Week of November 24—Noon on Monday for Thanksgiving weekend

November Donate the Plate

The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center is our selected recipient for our November “Donate the Plate” offering in appreciation of the formative influence The Mountain has played in the lives of so many inside and outside of our congregation and our denomination.  Many of us recently attended our annual congregational retreat there and enjoyed firsthand the charm of this treasured space. The Mountain is “an exemplary retreat, camp, and learning center that celebrates Unitarian Universalist principles, inspires people of all ages, transforms lives, and builds a more compassionate world.”  In recent years The Mountain has focused on “inspiring people to build inclusive, meaningful, sustainable communities throughout their lives.”  Sunday, November 10 is the day we give our plate offerings to The Mountain and our Second Hour presentation will be lead by a Mountain representative, but check donations can be made throughout the month with “Mountain” written in the memo line.

Second Friday Documentary Night
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
Friday, November 8th, 7 pm, NWUUC Sanctuary
For documentary night we will be watching The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson. Filmmakers re-examine the 1992 death of transgender legend Marsha P. Johnson, who was found floating in the Hudson River. Originally ruled a suicide, many in the community believe she was murdered. After the film we will break out into small discussion groups. We will do multiple rounds of small group discussion, then close out the night with a whole group discussion.

This event is open to all who are open to all. The one thing we ask is that people allow others to get their full thought out and that any disagreement is voiced in a civil way.

At the end we will decide together the topic for the next month’s film. Thank you and hope to see you there!

NWUUC Book Groupies
Tuesday, November 12, 7 pm
NWUUC Book Groupies are reading Leaving Atlanta by Atlanta novelist Tayari Jones for our Tuesday, November 12 meeting at 7 pm in the Art Gallery. Tayari, whose most recent novel American Marriage was an Oprah pick, was a black child living in Atlanta during the time of the missing and murdered black male children here. Those of us in Atlanta at that time remember well the horror of those days. What was it like to be a child in the affected areas then? We  are reading this novel to find out. 

Transformational Study Group

Sunday, November 17, 11:30 am, NWUUC Chapel
All are welcome!  We will be taking a deeper dive into the concepts from one of the sermons from this month. Our goal is to foster intimate conversation, embrace one another, and encourage spiritual healing through continuous personal transformation. Together, we will celebrate a strong, diverse community and create a world fueled by unconditional love and authentic truth. 

Luunch Buunch  
Wednesday, November 20, 11:45 am


Updates from FINAL EXIT and COMPASSION & CHOICES workshop

Our Pat Levy will share with us some topics from a recent workshop jointly sponsored by Final Exit Network and Compassion & Choices. Several other organizations were also represented. The workshop included physicians from Canada, administrators from Right to Die states, and the need for four papers (not the usual three) concerning one’s final wishes.


Luunch Buunch is a lunchtime gathering of visitors, friends, and members who would like to get better acquainted in an informal environment, share any recent life experiences, and discuss current topics.


Convene in the Art Gallery at 11:45 am and bring your lunch (optional). Come as you are. Reservations are not required. We begin with introductions and personal updates, and the program will end at 1:15 pm. You may come late or leave early, as your schedule dictates.

Dining for Women
Sunday, November 17, 5-7 pm

Mary Perloe will be hosting our next potluck Dining for Women.
Address:   7655 South Spalding Lake Dr, Sandy Springs  Phone:  (404) 217-8201‬. 

You do not need to be a member of NWUU to attend and bringing a friend(s) is great. Send an email to Fran Wolff to let her know how many will be attending. If it is your 1st time, please come as our guest. 


Here’s the program we will be learning about and supporting this month:   

Project Title: WORTH: Investing in the Economic Security of Swaziland’s Female Caretakers 

Location: eSwatini (Swaziland) in Southern Africa 

Grantee Website: 

Areas of Impact: Economic Sustainability, Education, Gender Equality 

Mission of Young Heroes Foundation 

Young Heroes supports families of AIDS orphans in Swaziland. It empowers Swaziland’s most vulnerable youth and their caretakers so they may achieve their full potential through life-support grants; healthcare; HIV education, prevention, and care programs; educational support; and gender and economic empowerment programs. 

**Here is the DFW recipe page for all countries and the one eSwatini recipe listed:[0][metakey]=country&cmf[0][compare]=1&cmf[0][value]=+eSwatini&skeyword= 

It is not necessary to prepare one of the local dishes!  Please bring any dish you think we will enjoy! 

Please reply to me whether or not you can join us  and what you’d like to bring.

Beyond Coffee Meeting
Sunday, November 24, 11:30 am Chapel

Join us in the Chapel with your coffee and tea for fellowship! 

Melissa Niedermeyer, 2019 Volunteer of the Year


Northwest looks back fondly on Perry E. Johnson. Perry was a passionate and committed member of Northwest, which he and his wife Helene joined in 1977. Perry was diagnosed with advanced stage lung cancer in October 2004. On the last Sunday of his life, Perry announced that he wanted to go to church and while he was there, he spoke about how much it had meant to him to be a part of the Northwest community. The Perry E. Johnson award was created to recognize an outstanding volunteer each year in Perry’s name. Perry was often a volunteer behind the scenes and he encouraged others to become more fully engaged in Northwest. In the 15 ensuing years, we have honored volunteers who, like Perry, often work behind the scenes to keep Northwest running smoothly.


This year’s award was given to another one of NW’s unsung heroes who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes, Melissa Niedermeyer. She has made a difference in the lives of many of NW’s children and families and, by doing that, has made a major contribution to the success of our congregation. She is someone who, although she spends her days teaching high school students, has dedicated herself week after week, year after year, to the children and youth of NW.


Some of the comments about Melissa’s tireless service are:


Youth quote “When I think of all my years at Northwest, I think of Miss Melissa.”

  • RE teacher – She worked on a year-long project with Eileen Taylor and a group of 5th/6th graders studying the origins of the Golden Rule and creating art work which became the wall hanging that’s now in our sanctuary.  

  • Youth advisor

    • She started teaching the core group in 5th or 6th grade and moved up with them to the Youth Group, becoming the Youth Advisor for them and others who came to NW during these 6+ years. 

    • Melissa served, often alone or with minimal help, during these years—designing & organizing curriculums, planning social justice activities, and fund raisers.

    • She planned a summer trip for the group yearly, chaperoned and drove them.

      • Some examples are: Tybee Island where they learned about sea turtle conservation, Plains GA where they visited historical sites, this summer’s trip to Alabama to visit various civil rights historical sites and museums. 

    • She caught up several senior youth who had missed out on Coming of Age so they would have that experience prior to bridging. Much of this was done over a weekend retreat/workshop in Ellijay. 

    • She helped plan & execute several bridging banquets and services as various Youth graduated and moved on from RE.

  • She has served on the RE committee for so long we’ve lost count — more than 6 or 8 years.

    • For all these years she has made phone calls and emails to DREs and teachers along with a million odds and ends that go with the committee.

  • She has taught other RE classes throughout the years when needed

  • She has organized and lead the RE pancake breakfast forever. 

  • She was instrumental in starting Pi Day in 2012 (now an annual tradition at NW) and has continued to organize and lead it every year since. 

  • She has co-directed the annual children’s holiday pageant since 2011, organizing props and costumes, attending all practices, working on script and assigning roles.

  • She has helped organize and plan family nights for RE, including one memorable camp out in Ellijay.

  • She is currently co-leading this year’s Coming of Age Program, planning lessons, team building trips, and a winter retreat

  • She served as a member of the OWL teaching team for middle school owl.


And, she has done all of this while working 2 jobs and, along with Bruce, running a house and raising 2 kids! 

NWUUC Merch Shop… Coming soon!

Northwest is starting a Zazzle merchandise shop! Look forward to Northwest and UU-inspired t-shirts, buttons, coffee mugs, and more for sale in the beginning of December. 
If you’re interested in submitting merchandise designs, please email or see Catalina Akins-Moore.

The monthly meditative service, In the Spirit, usually held on the first Tuesday of the month, will not take place again till January 7, 2020.  We hope to see you then.

Community Small Group Survey

Northwest’s Community Ministry is starting a small group program — and we need your input! Please take a moment to complete a short survey this week to guide the team: 


HELP !!  needed


Volunteer office workers support and coordinate with NWUUC staff and our off-site partners at the Launchpad organization in performing necessary administrative tasks.  Responsibilities will include but not be limited to opening the mail, distributing the mail, monitoring the printer, and communicating appropriately with NW and Launchpad staff.  Tasks will vary based on current needs.  A history of working in an office will be valuable experience. 

Currently we are looking for volunteers who can commit to a couple of hours one day a week.  The working hours can vary based on the volunteer’s available time, but a reliable schedule for each volunteer is necessary.  Training will be provided before starting and support will be available on an ongoing basis.  

If you would like more information or have questions please contact Beryl Grall at


Would you like to help NWUUC bring in more members, help our finances, and make ourselves more known in our community all at the same time?  We are trying to establish a pre-school in the Chalice House, and need your help!

Please contact David Stewart at with questions or to volunteer.


Our great kitchen crew needs some occasional help-3rd Sunday clean-up (11:30 – 12:45 pm) and a few occasional substitutes.

Assisting in the kitchen is a great way to meet incredible people and provide an appreciated service.  Don’t have the time?  Please remember to throw a dollar or two into the donation basket to help compensate the volunteers’ food costs. Anne Bennett would love to hear from you (

Attention Gardeners!

Northwest will be holding a PLANT SALE fundraiser in the Spring.  Please consider donating any starter or established plants to the sale. Houseplants too! We will also be needing plastic plant pots- so be sure to start collecting them now!  Please see Katy Lockhart with any questions.



Friday, November 8

7:00pm November Documentary Night:
    The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson


Saturday, November 9

9:00am Workday for Gardens and Spaces


Sunday, November 10

10:00am Worship


Monday, November 11

 NWUUC Holiday- Office Closed

7:00pm MTL Meeting


Tuesday, November 12

7:00pm Book Groupies


Wednesday, November 13

7:30pm Choir Rehearsal


Board of Trustees 2019-2020
President                     David Stewart           
President Elect            Lil Woolf             
Finance Trustee          Pam Freeman         
Secretary                     Helen Borland           
Trustee at Large          Katy Lockhart              
Trustee at Large          Larry Wallis          
Trustee at Large          Chloe Morgen
Imm. Past President    Hannah Cowart  
Ministries Team Leaders

Adult Learning             Marilyn Matlock         

Adult Learning             Greg Pattison
Communications         Jay Kiskel                

Communications         Joe Keller  
Community                  Kristan Wagner            
Community                  Brian Freeman
Gardens & Spaces      Beryl Grall
Gardens & Spaces      John McManus                                   
Justice                         Dave Zenner                
Stewardship                Catalina Akins-Moore  
Worship                       Vacant

Rev. Misha Sanders, Senior Minister
Rev. Joan Armstrong-Davis, Community Minster
Adia Fields-Udofia, Religious Education Director
Dr. Philip Rogers, Music Director

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