UNIverse Weekly September 18-24, 2020

UNIverse Weekly September 18-24, 2020

  September 18-24, 2020 


September Worship Theme: Imagination
Please join Rev. Misha Sanders on Sunday, September 20 at 10 am for her sermon, “The Art of the Resistance.” 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


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


September 2020
NWUUC Board Meeting
Music Report
Philip Rogers, DOM

The challenges of the pandemic have required that we draw from the well of our creative resources. Music selection for the ZOOM services are relevant to the tastes and needs of the Northwest community while in some way supporting the message of the week, which at times may be a challenge. So we proceed with the best of intentions.

Maintaining the musical interests of Northwest Passage and the Voices of Northwest is a challenge during this season. We are doing our best to allay frustrations over not being able to unite instruments and voices respectively in one rehearsal and service space.

The challenge for maintaining the interest and musical needs of those within the Voices of Northwest is currently being met with a multiple song recording project where each singer is given a recorded model of their individual vocal part for each song to listen to and record onto a video format. That recording is forwarded to me as I compile it with others as video and vocal tracks for that particular song. All the vocal parts will be aligned and hopefully [fingers crossed] developed into a series of virtual choral works with the assistance of and collaboration with David Stewart as our production engineer. The timeline is highly uncertain, but it maintains vocal stability and a level of excitement among the singers who are looking forward to eventually returning to some sense of actual person to person choral normalcy whenever that may occur.

As stated last month, members of the Voices of Northwest and the youth are providing recorded or live vocal and piano solos respectively for our ZOOM services. We are also currently looking forward to preparing holiday music for November and December.


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
Like most of you, virtual worship services were a new experience for me prior to just a few months ago. When asked to do the Joys and Sorrows portion of the service I struggled to see how the ritual of the water and the stones could be effectively replicated for viewing on a screen. Actually, I think it’s proven pretty effective as we recite the same words and drop the stones in the bowl week after week.

But then, what about the interactive nature of sharing in community and what about the spontaniety? Well, we then discovered how we could use the CHAT, “that little box at the bottom of your screen.” And week after week more of you do just that. I love scrolling through the messages in the CHAT following the call for Joys and Sorrows. I love reading about what’s going on in your life, the milestones and sacred moments as well as the offers of help and the expressions of gratitude.

And here’s some of what we have from the CHAT in last week’s virtual Sunday worship service. With my thanks to all of you who share in the effort of keeping community.

A Joy. Judy McKinley is looking forward to a visit from her granddaughter, Lyra, this week.

A Joy. Liz Martin reported that her sister-in-law was in labor and there would be a new niece very soon.

Maria Drinkard shared a Sorrow. A friend and former boss passed away after a struggle with frontotemporal dementia.
Maria also shared a Joy. Sam, her grandson, turned five last week!
Grier and Toni Page shared a Sorrow. Toni’s cousin Georgedied last week.

David Morgan shared an offer of help with REALM or Zoom or other technological issues. Email him at techhelp@nwuuc.org

Gratitude. Several of you expressed gratitude for Russ Martin’s previously recorded outstanding audio and video work we get to see week after week.

And many expressed their thanks to Rev. Misha for another very fine sermon.

If you have a joy or sorrow you would like to have shared in the UNIverse please call or email Rev. Joan Davis at 404-275-0236 or joanarmstrongdavis@gmail.com.

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


Coffee Hour

Do you enjoy coffee hour each Sunday?  Are you willing to be a host from time to time?  From the beginning of our virtual Sundays we have been fortunate enough to have Liz Martin as our coffee hour host,  (thank you, Liz!) but now that she is back into intense seminary studies she isn’t able to be the host each week. 
It’s pretty easy if you have any tech skills at all, so don’t be shy!  Send your name to our IT Helpdesk at techhelp@nwuuc.org and one of us will get back to you with how-to instructions.


Patio Pavers

The newly expanded sanctuary and new fellowship hall are nearly complete! The general contractor is working through the finishing touches to prepare for final inspection. 
An exciting project that remains is the patio. We have purchased beautiful concrete pavers. By installing them ourselves we can save thousands of dollars – approximately $4,000 – and it allows us to remain within budget. 
Installation will require 20 enthusiastic volunteers, working on two days, to prepare the patio base, move the pavers from the edge of the parking lot to the patio area and lay the tiles on the gravel in a specific pattern.
Be a Patio Builder 
Week of September 21st – 6 people to prepare the surface – level and compact – date to be determined, either the 24th or 25th 
September 26th – 12 people to transfer the pavers and lay them in place – rain date October 3rd 
Patio builders will be required to wear masks and maintain safe physical distance from one another. 
Physical requirements: 
Patio builders need to have physical strength and agility sufficient to lift and move pavers and kneel while placing them on the compacted surface. This is not a good project for children, especially under the age of 16. Childcare is not possible for this event. 
How long will it take?
We hope to complete the work in two days. However, given the need to ensure safety by maintaining physical distance and wearing masks, it could take longer. 
What time should I show up?
The day of preparation work will start at 10 AM. The day we lay pavers will begin at 9:00 AM. We’ll start one group at 9:00AM and another at 12:30. We hope to complete the work to lay the pavers in one day. Please arrive in time for your group to start as instructions about what to do and how are necessary. Efficiency will be greatly enhanced if the Patio Builders show up with their group. 
What if I can help for only an hour? 
That’s perfectly fine. Some people may find the work tiring and we want everyone to work only to the limits of their capacity. That said, please plan to begin your time at 9 or 12:30 so that our work is efficient. 
Do you need help with the design? 
That part is taken care of. The pavers are arranged, on the pallets, in a design that utilizes 3 sizes of the pavers and fit into 30×50 rectangles. Prior to the 26th, the building committee will have at least one completed rectangle laid out. This will provide a starting point and a model. 
Who is in charge? 
John Hagler and Dave Zenner are the experts on this project. They will instruct each group of volunteers, at 9 and 12:30. Other members of the building committee will be on hand to answer questions of a general nature, but the technical questions should be directed to John or Dave. 
Will food and drink be available? 
Yes, lunch will be provided and snacks available throughout the day. We’ll have plenty of water and other beverages. Note: We will be using disposable plates, cups and utensils to make clean up easy. Be assured all are biodegradable. 
What should I bring? 
Patio builders will need work gloves and knee pads are advisable as well. Hats and sunscreen are also a good idea.

Are the bathrooms working? 
Yes! The new bathroom is ready for use and the others are in working order. 
Will there be a place to be inside if I must cool off? 
Yes. We will have chairs set up in Subramanian Hall for people to rest, take breaks and eat lunch. Snacks and drinks will be available the entire day. 
What happens after the pavers are laid out? 
Two things will be required for the finishing touches. 1) Cutting pavers to fill in irregularly shaped or sized spaces, using a wet saw. This will happen shortly after, but not the same day. 2) Gravel has been ordered to fill in between the pavers. However, supply chain issues have delayed delivery of the gravel and estimated dates of delivery aren’t considered reliable enough to publish. Even without the gravel, Patio Builders will be able to stand back and see the fruits of their labors right away. 
To be a volunteer Patio Builder, sign up by sending an email to 
Constance Dierickx at csuitedoc@gmail.com or Lil Woolf at president@nwuuc.org

 Pavers Delivered



Send us your pictures!!

At the worship service several weeks ago 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.

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. 


Zoom Documentary Discussion
A Class Divided
7pm on Friday, October 9th

Watch the documentary A Class Divided on your own and then join a virtual discussion on Zoom!

The film profiles the Iowa schoolteacher Jane Elliott and her class of third graders, who took part in a class exercise about discrimination and prejudice in 1970 and reunited as adults to recall the experience.

Here is a link to where you can watch it for free. https://youtu.be/1mcCLm_LwpE
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.

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. 


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?


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 20, 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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