UNIverse Weekly  October 6-22, 2020

UNIverse Weekly  October 6-22, 2020

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 October 16-22, 2020 


October Worship Theme: Grief
Join Worship Associates David Morgen and John Maynard this Sunday for “Before You Know What Kindness Really Is, You Must Lose Things”. 

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 Class

The Lego© UU Sources class for students in grades 2-5 will meet on October 25th at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom. Students are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.
Meeting URL:https://rtiorg.zoom.us/j/96836572260?pwd=emdIUzBMemFWY1Z5RURjOXppRngvZz09&from=msft
Meeting ID: 968 3657 2260
Password: 312961

Youth-Led Service Planning Meeting

Middle school and high school youth are invited to meet with Rev. Misha and DRE Adia Fields-Udofia via Zoom to plan the next youth-led service. The meeting will be at 12:00 noon on October 18th. Please consider attending the planning meeting even if you are camera-shy. Your creative ideas are needed and there are opportunities to participate without being on camera during the service.

Meeting URL:
Meeting ID: 865 1493 2315
Password: NWUUC11


WE ARE SEEKING CHALICE LIGHTERS FOR OCTOBER and NOVEMBER. PLEASE SIGN UP! NWUUC welcomes children’s participation in the weekly Sunday service. Options to participate include lighting a chalice 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: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050F4AAEAC2F4-chalic


The Musical Magic of Words Series:
Philip J. Rogers, curator


A Litany of With-ness
by Phillip Lund

To the refugee family seeking a safe place
For their children’s dreams, say:
I am with you in this.

To the trans teenager longing for a world
That accepts them for who they are, say:
I am with you in this.

To the black parents wondering when
Will the lives of their children truly matter, say:
I am with you in this.

To the lonely, the frightened, the dispossessed, say:
I am with you in this.

To the bullied, the battered, the broken down, say:
I am with you in this.

To the hungry and the homeless,
To the silenced and the shamed,
To the weary and the worried, say:
I am with you in this.

To all those for whom your
Disheveled heart is aching, say:
I am with you in this.

About the Author:
Phillip Lund has almost twenty years’ experience serving congregations in the areas of faith formation and spiritual growth, first as a religious educator in Bloomington, Indiana, New York City, and Chicago, Illinois, and most recently as a congregational life consultant.


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

Each Sunday, during our virtual worship service we lift up the Joys and Sorrows which members and friends of Northwest have shared with our Care Corps team. We also invite those logged in to go to the CHAT box at the bottom of their screen to share a bit of what’s going on in their lives. 
The Care Corps is very happy to announce the addition of Ashley Fornier Goodnight to our team.  Ashley and her husband, Richard, have been with Northwest for four years now.  The Care Corps meets [virtually] next Wednesday evening and we all look forward
to welcoming her then. 

Many happy birthday wishes to Helene Johnson who turned 88 on October 13.  Helene is a Northwest treasure!

With THANKS to all of you who share in the work of keeping community,

Your Care Corps Team.

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


NWUUC Fall Auction 2020


The air is getting cooler and the leaves are starting to change — usually that means it’s time for the fall auction! Like many things this year, it won’t be the same. But, we can do a 2020 virtual version!

Please fill out this form to donate items for the auction: https://forms.gle/Ue55oP1fTUPe8cLF8 

We are asking for only socially-distant donations this year. Be creative and safe! Some examples include:

  • Home-cooked dinners and desserts
  • Artwork or home decor
  • Themed-baskets (art/craft supplies, kids’ toys, books, etc)
  • Zoom lessons (yoga, cooking, life coaching, mini-concert)
  • Gift cards or certificates

The auction will be hosted by 32 Auctions. Many of you may already be familiar with this website. If not, it is fairly easy to use. Please email Cameron Moore at stewardship@nwuuc.org with any questions!

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 

Determined work warriors for the past two weeks: John Hagler, Allen Rider, David, Dominic and Gabriel Stewart, Larry Wallis and  Morning Washburn.  Many thanks to all of you for doing the final stretch of hard, tedious labor to make our patio beautiful.  While there is no work party planned for this coming weekend, we will assess whether it is needed the following week.

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 Zazzle for T-shirts, polos, and more!

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

 Zoom Documentary Discussion
Stare Into the Lights My Pretties
7pm on Friday, November 13th


Watch the documentary Stare Into The Lights My Pretties on your own and then join a virtual discussion on Zoom!

The documentary looks at our compulsive obsession with our devices and how screen culture can affect us all physically, psychologically and socially.
Here is a link to where you can watch it for free. https://youtu.be/Q5qJjNM2Kx0

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.

UUCA Men’s Retreat at The Mountain-October 23 – 25

You are invited to join your fellow UUCA men as they gather spaciously for their annual Fall Retreat at The Mountain. Fresh air, open vistas, hiking, time in nature and brotherhood awaits you.  This weekend promises to be an enjoyable time during the peak Fall season in the NC mountains. 
The Mountain is following all best practices for keeping our guests healthy during this time. The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center remains vigilant about offering a safe and hospitable experience. COVID-19 health measures can be found on their website.
Registration Fee includes: Lodging, meals including dinner on arrival through lunch on departure and use of assigned facilities.

Cost: $190 per person
Note: In The Mountain’s efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus every participant will be given their own private bedroom, unless you inform us of the desire to be paired with another attendee as roommates. There is no additional cost for this private room upgrade.  
To register, click on this LINK.  For more information, contact Sven Lovegren: sven.lovegren@uuca.org


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


The Mountain, our UU Retreat and Learning Center outside Highlands, NC, is a wonderful resource during this pandemic times of isolation, etc, Please consider supporting their programs, some virtual, some on the mountaintop! I am taking the Understand White Privilege and Become an Anti-Racist which started September 23. There are 62 people taking this Zoom seminar and there is room for more  so you can still sign up. -Penny

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?


October Birthdays                                October Joining Anniversaries 

Ed Kilbourne  10/01
Karen Reagle  10/07
Hannah Johnson  10/09
Charlotte Alyea  10/11
Eileen Taylor  10/11
Cathryn DuBow  10/13
Helene Johnson  10/13
Gus Newman 10/13
Tony Barbagallo  10/14
Edward Lawrence 10/17
Quinn Page  10/18
Lynne Dale  10/19
Kathy Frost  10/21
Benjamin Manely  10/22
Alison Williams  10/23
Laura Hall  10/31
Penny Raney  10/22/1978
Michael Manely  10/28/2004
Shelia Manely  10/28/2004
Deborah Andrews-Gautney  10/30/2011
Helen Borland  10/18/2014
Harry Trendell  10/19/2014
Peggy Emrey  10/11/2015




Sunday, October 18, 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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