UNIverse Weekly September 11-17 2020

UNIverse Weekly September 11-17 2020

  September 11-17, 2020 


September Worship Theme: Imagination
Please join Rev. Misha Sanders on Sunday, September 13 at 10 am for her sermon, “Play It Where the Monkey Drops It.”  

The login for Zoom is  https://nwuuc.org/zoom/ or follow the service on our Facebook page. Stay tuned in afterwards for Coffee Hour.   


Lego® UU Sources

The RE Program is excited to announce a new curriculum that will be offered to students in grades 2-5. Lego® UU Sources will be offered twice a month via Zoom. Class dates for the month of September are September 13th and September 27th at 11:15 a.m.
You are invited to join us as we explore our UU Sources and have fun building with Lego® bricks.  Log into Zoom, pull up a chair, and pour out your Lego® bricks as we go on this adventure together! 
Please contact Adia Fields-Udofia, the Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth to confirm your registration or to inquire about picking up Lego® bricks from the Chalice House if you do not have a set at home. Approximately 200 bricks are recommended. Please send an email to re@nwuuc.org or call (470) 269- 4737.
The link to join the class is:
Meeting ID: 968 3657 2260
Passcode: 312961


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 AND OCTOBER. 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


Let Us Remember: A 9/11 Reflection
by Philip J. Rogers

     As music and the arts always do, they reflect cultural and societal
events that impact people and nations. This week we remember the
September 11, 2001 catastrophic event in New York that forever changed
our nation and how we must now function on a daily basis.

Attached are several music and arts reflections that occurred in 2001.
Tom Hanks speaks, Stevie Wonder with Take 6 perform as well as Bruce
Springsteen. Not so surprisingly, these songs reflect where we are today.

Tom Hanks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s99EVeDuENI&feature=share
Love’s In Need of Love Today by Steveland Morris

Good morn or evening friends;
Here’s your friendly announcer.
I have serious news to pass on to everybody.
What I’m about to say;
Could mean the world’s disaster,
Could change your joy and laughter to tears and pain.

It’s that…Love’s in need of love today;
Don’t delay, Send yours in right away.
Hate’s goin’ round; Breaking many hearts;
Stop it please; Before it’s gone too far.

My City of Ruins by Bruce Springsteen

There is a blood red circle
On the cold dark ground
And the rain is falling down
The church door’s thrown open
I can hear the organ’s song
But the congregation’s gone

My city of ruins
My city of ruins

Now the sweet bells of mercy
Drift through the evening trees
Young men on the corner
Like scattered leaves
The boarded up windows
The empty streets
While my brother’s down on his knees



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
In case you didn’t see these, they are the Joys and Sorrows from the CHAT in last week’s virtual Sunday worship service.
JOY  Hannah Cowart reports that the Stone Mountain/Tucker/Smoke Rise area Chalice Group is reeeealllly close to getting started.  Staying connected during times like these is so important!  
Sandy Davis shared that she is going back to school this week, but with a mask !!! I think that’s a JOY for Sandy.
Allen Rider shared a JOY.  Daughter in Law, Alison Kruzel is due with child anytime this month.  Congratulations to you and Karen!
A SORROW.  Allan Sanders lost his godfather, Sidney Haley, this past week. Your Northwest community grieves with you, Allen.


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.

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.








Zoom Documentary Discussion
Children Full of Life
7pm on Friday, September 11th

Watch the documentary Children Full of Life on your own and then join a virtual discussion on Zoom!

This film follows the life and teaching of Mr. Kanamori, a 4th grade primary school teacher in Kanazawa, Japan. He gives his students lessons on what he considers to be the most important principles in life: to be happy and to care for other people.

Here is a link to where you can watch it for free. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tLB1lU-H0M
This event is open to all who are open to all and is not restricted to Atlanta or the United States. Feel free to invite anyone you think may be interested in joining our discussion. Please 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.

Please email Adam Hicks bryantadamhicks@gmail.com to be added to the email list. That way you will be able to receive updates on future events as well as the zoom link and password, which will be sent out the morning of the discussion.

CUUPS Mabon Ritual

NWUUC Hawk’s Hoop CUUPS will be celebrating Mabon with a virtual ritual Sunday, September 20th at 1pm. Mabon is one of the eight Neopagan Wheel of the Year sabats and marks the Fall Equinox. The Zoom ritual will feature nature-based spirituality and eclectic Pagan mythologies with a focus on the Greek goddess Persephone. The ritual includes a virtual circle casting with the calling of classical elements and directions, the Green Man, and the Great Mother and a reflection and intention setting activity focused on the element of fire. 


Gather the Spirit: Harvesting the Power
of our UU Faith

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 7:30 PM – 9 PM

Join us for an online worship and celebration. Thousands of UUs and people of faith and conscience have already committed to #VoteLove. Sign up for event link at http://uuthe.vote/gather

Let’s celebrate what we’ve accomplished together, highlight the powerful moments, and kick off a Week of Action to reach our goal of connecting with 1 million voters before November 3. 


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 13, 10 am Worship  

Virtual Coffee 11 am 

Sunday, September 13, 11:15 am, virtual RE,  Lego UU 

 Wednesday, September 16, 7:30 pm, virtual choir


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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