UNIverse Weekly September 4-10, 2020

UNIverse Weekly September 4-10, 2020

  September 4-10, 2020 


September Worship Theme: Imagination
Join Rev. Misha this Labor Day weekend as she explores The Legacy of Dorothy Day: Don’t Call Her a Saint!  For the login to our virtual service at 10 am go to https://nwuuc.org/zoom/ or follow the service on our Facebook page. 

Worship begins at 10 am using the link https://nwuuc.org/zoom/.  Stay tuned in afterwards for Coffee Hour.   



Dear RE Families and Volunteers:

I wanted to provide a friendly reminder to all parents and RE program volunteers that we are currently limiting in-person activities and all RE operations are virtual until further notice. This policy is in place for the safety of all program participants and volunteers.

We are all looking forward to being able to reunite and enjoy each other’s company. However, we each have to do our part to continue to protect ourselves and to protect each other. I am holding you close until we meet again. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
In faith,
Adia Fields-Udofia
Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth
Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation,
Sandy Springs, GA
Cell: 470-269-4737


WE ARE SEEKING CHALICE LIGHTERS FOR SEPTEMBER. PLEASE SIGN UP! NWUUC welcomes children’s participation in the weekly Sunday service. Options to participate include lighting a chalice live via Zoom during the service or submitting a video to re@nwuuc.org that can be played during the service. LED lighting options can be used instead of a flame. Please use this link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050f4aaeac2f4-nwuuc




The Power of the Creative Arts Series presents:
A Time for Reflection
by Philip J. Rogers, D.M.A.

     During this season of political and cultural upheaval there comes a time when we must stop, take a breath, reflect and meditate. The accompanying video clip will give each of us pearls of wisdom from a 1940 speech by actor and movie star, Charlie Chaplin. Although his 1940’s script contains the word “men” it is nonetheless indicative of how we regard “humankind” today.

     Watch and listen. It seems that with human interactions, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The message was timely 80 years ago, yet prescient considering the state of today’s world.

Let Us All Unite by Charlie Chaplin


Would you like to schedule a private meeting with Rev. Misha? Please call the main number,
770-955-1408, to set up a time.

The Care Corps continues to make phone calls in an attempt to touch base with all members as we are still practicing social distancing. If you haven’t heard from us yet, rest assured your time is coming. However, we are placing calls based on birthdays and joining anniversary dates.  If you have never put your birthday into the Realm system, we’ll never know when to wish you a happy birthday!  Now is the time to learn how to use Realm and to be able make your own calls to friends you have been missing on Sundays.  If you need help with accessing Realm, please send an email to the Tech Team at techhelp@nwuuc.org and one of our friendly tech gurus will call to help you. Remember, if you have something you want to share with us or with the congregation at large, feel free to email or call one of us—we are happy to hear from you. If you don’t want your joy or sorrow made public that is ok, too. You can trust our confidentiality.

Your Care Corps Team

From Rev. Joan
I am writing this following a meeting of Northwest’s Care Corps Team. We spoke of the challenges we face in this new church year as we endeavor to provide a caring presence, careful listening and a range of support services to members and friends who are facing life’s challenges and/or who are alone.

The Care Corps works as a team to offer a caring community and create an atmosphere of hope for NWUUC members and friends who are in need.  We’re looking to add a couple of new members to our team. If this kind of shared ministry suits you, the rewards are substantial and we’d like to hear from you. Contact me, Rev. Joan Davis, by phone (404-275-0236) or email joanarmstrrongdavis@gmail.com if you have questions or wish to request
an application.

In this human circle ,
Caring is a calling.
And all of us are called.

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 publications@nwuuc.org.

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     office@nwuuc.org


Send us your pictures!!

Last week at the worship service we had a slide show of pictures of US! It was great to see recent photos of many of us in our homes and elsewhere.  It was so well received that we’d like to continue it for a while longer, so we ask that you upload your photographs of what you have been doing this summer, whether they are pictures of you coping during quarantine, or taking a vacation away or both.  Please send pictures that include you, your families, friends and your pets in them so that we may share our collective joy. 

We want to include as many people as we can.  Please continue to upload your photographs to this Google drive link, https://forms.gle/9HmcXuR3RkEMU2fN9. If you are not able to access the drive, you may email pictures to this email address, webmaster@nwuuc.org.

New IT Help Desk


If you need help using Zoom to log into the service or a church online meeting, logging into Realm, our webpage Nwuuc.org or into our Facebook Group page, we have a team of experts who can help.   This desk is managed by Cameron Moore, Katy Lockhart, Kuru George, David Morgen and Russ Martin. To reach one of them email your questions to techhelp@nwuuc.org. One of them will respond with answers.

Shop NWUUC Merch

Check out Northwest’s new merchandise shop at www.zazzle.com/store/northwestuuc for T-shirts, polos, and more!

If you’re interested in submitting merchandise designs, please email Cameron Moore at stewardship@nwuuc.org.

Final Push

It was great to see Rev. Misha in front of our freshly painted doors last Sunday! It’s a sign of things to come as the construction has entered the home stretch!
Last week, a crew of volunteers showed up to plant 17 trees, required by the City of Sandy Springs as part of our permit. Michael Dierickx, Brian Freeman, Richard Goodnight, Tom Hartnett, Glenn Koller, David Stewart, Larry Wallis, and Dave Zenner did the hard physical work of planting the trees. Over the next two weeks, the trees will be watered every day by volunteers to ensure that they thrive.  We want to also acknowledge Dominic Stewart, our youngest volunteer who helped, to clean the parking lot and reapply mulch to facilitate passing an inspection.  (Pictured below).
Next week, the committee overseeing the construction will inspect all the work and meet with the contractor to review remaining items. Due to supply chain issues one remaining job is carpet installation, which will happen in mid-September. The carpet is the same as what is currently in the main building. The other final big job is to lay the pavers for the new patio behind the lobby and adjacent to the new Subramanian Hall. This work will be done by volunteers, but under expert direction and guidance to ensure that the finished patio is pleasing to the eye, level, and straight. The date of the work is yet to be determined but should be within the next two weeks.  We’ll be reaching out for more volunteers to help.
The Building Expansion Steering Committee is thrilled to tell you that this project is coming in on budget! However, we have not received enough of the promised funds to pay the remaining costs. The unfortunate risk we face, without these funds, is being unable to receive our Certificate of Occupancy. We are less than $4,000 away from being able to meet these necessary expenses.  Please consider a donation to get us over the finish line.








2020 Endowment Fund Update

The Endowment Fund Committee met for the first time this church year in late August. Becki Gregory was chosen as chair and Laura Hall, recording secretary. Darrick Alford continues as finance secretary. Mary Anne Ericson and Hannah Cowart round out the committee.

As of July 31, 2020, the balance in the fund was $162,622.00. In 2019, the committee agreed to distribute $50,000 over a 10-year period at a rate of $5,000 each year to the Building Expansion Fund.  The committee also approved an additional $3,507 request from the Building Expansion Committee at the beginning of the year. The total $8,507 was the maximum allowable distribution for Calendar year 2020.

Per the Endowment Fund Charter, 5% of the fair market value of the fund at the end of the year can be distributed as long as the fund total worth is above $100,000.  

The Endowment Committee will consider funding requests at the beginning of 2021. If anyone would like to request money from the fund, please do so by October 31, 2020. You can find a request form on the NWUUC web site at nwuuc.org. Click on Members. Go to Ministries and Committees. Click on 
Endowment Fund under Other Committees. You’ll find the Funding Request Form under Endowment Files. Please submit your request to Committee Chair Rebecca Gregory at Rebecca.s.gregory@gmail.com. Distributions will be considered for UU related leadership conferences and training, UUA new church development, and the NWUUC physical plant. Complete details are found in the Charter which is on the website.

As previously stated, available funds for distribution will be dependent upon the value of the fund as of December 31, 2020. The first priority will be $5,000 as previously allocated to the Building Expansion Fund.

One last note, the Endowment Fund welcomes contributions to the fund. If anyone has questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to any member of the committee.

NWUUC Book Groupies

The NWUUC Book Groupies will not be meeting in September but we will resume our monthly meetings, now on Zoom, at 7 pm on Tuesday, October 13th, to discuss White Fragility, the NY Times best seller by Robin DiAngelo and published by our UU Beacon Press. “DiAngelo explores how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.” This is a short book so, for extra “credit” or if you have already read it, we are recommending Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a memoir developed through a series of letters from the author to his son. This is an exceptional book written in Coates’s usual insightful style. 


A More Beautiful World Week

 Formerly the Sustainability & Climate Justice Conference
September 16-21, 2020
We recognize that holding an in-person event is tricky at this time, but we at The Mountain are confident that we can conduct this event with everyone’s safety and health being our top priority. Here is a link to the protocols we are implementing. Our aim is to have up to 50 in-person participants. With limiting the capacity to 50 people, which is well below 50% capacity for our campus, we will be able to gather in spaciously, utilize outdoor spaces and give individuals and small parties private accommodations.
More information HERE.

The Mountain, our UU Retreat and Learning Center outside Highlands, NC, is a wonderful resource during this pandemic time of isolation, etc. Please consider supporting their programs, some virtual, some on the mountaintop!

Understand White Privilege and Become an Anti-Racist 
Sep 23 – Oct 28

A Six-Week Series on Wednesdays from 12 noon – 1:30 
Acquire guidance and answers to these questions and more:
• What is white privilege?

• Why is it so difficult for white people to talk about racism and how can we do better?

• What is the difference between a racist, a non-racist and an anti-racist?

• How can each one of us authentically become an anti-racist?

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September Birthdays                            September Joining Anniversaries 
Tiley Rooks                                   09/02
Kyle Thomas                                 09/04
Cynthia Flot                                  09/07
Marilyn Matlock                            09/08
Jaiya Thomas                               09/10
Lily Alford                                      09/13
Kim Rask                                      09/13
Aela Sample                                 09/16
Karen Edmonds                            09/18
Avary Lockhart                             09/23
Constance Dierickx              09/08/1991
Michael Dierickx                   09/08/1991
Tony Barbagallo                   09/15/1996
Kristen Fowks                      09/15/1996
Elizabeth Hickman               09/14/1998
Dempsey Hickman               09/14/1998
Brian Freeman                     09/21/2003
Pam Freeman                      09/21/2003
Linton Hopkins                     09/11/2004
Nancy Wylie                         09/04/2011



Sunday, September 6, 10 am Worship  

Virtual Coffee 11 am


Board of Trustees 2020-2021

President                          Lil Woolf   president@nwuuc.org
President-Elect                 Lynne Dale
Finance Trustee                Pam Freeman  finance@nwuuc.org
Secretary                          Sandy Davis  board@nwuuc.org
Imm. Past President         David Stewart
Trustee at Large               Larry Wallis
Trustee at Large               Grier Page
Trustee at Large (youth)   Chloe Morgen
Ministries Team Leaders
Communications: Jenn Meunier Miller
Community: Brian Freeman 
Gardens & Spaces: Beryl Grall-Petty 
Justice: Dave Zenner 
Adult Learning Lead: Marilyn Matlock, Co-Lead: Sally Mitchell
Stewardship Lead: Cameron Moore, Co-Leads: Gwen Kahn & Melissa Niedermeyer

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

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