UNIverse Weekly March, 12-18, 2021

UNIverse Weekly March, 12-18, 2021

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 March 12-18, 2021


Sunday, March 14, Pi Day!
It is a proud tradition of our NWUUC youth to have an annual celebration of Pi Day!  Please join us for our Youth-led worship, in which we talk about the universal language of math, the dazzling miracles of science, and how much fun it is to celebrate Pi(e)! What’s churchy about that?  Well…we hope you’ll join us and see for yourself! (Even better if you try to have a pie on hand to eat with us during worship!). And don’t forget to set your clocks ahead so you don’t miss a minute of this service!
The login for Zoom is https://nwuuc.org/zoom/ or follow the service on our Facebook page. Stay tuned in afterwards for our Coffee Hour at 11 am.


Call for Chalice Lighters

We are seeking chalice lighters for March and April. NWUUC welcomes 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-chalice

Card Shower for Sydney Kahn

Please join us in supporting Sydney Kahn as she completes her first semester as a college student. Our Northwest family is invited to participate in a card shower in her honor. We will shower her with UU love and support by sending her a card with a positive message and words of encouragement as she adjusts to college life.  I am sure that she could use a bit of UU encouragement during this time. Her mailing address has been updated in Realm. Please consider participating as she could use our support during this exciting time in her life. You can also contact our DRE, Adia Fields-Udofia, at re@nwuuc.org to receive her mailing address.

RE Zoom Class K-5
Children and youth in the RE program in grades K-5 are invited to participate in a virtual RE class with High Street UU Congregation entitled CartUUns on Saturday, March 14th, and March 28th, at 12:00 noon. CartUUns uses short animated clips from Disney and Pixar to explore UU values.




 Women’s History Month Tribute 2021:
Margaret Bonds, Composer/Arranger
[Source: http://guides.lib.fsu.edu/c.php?g=353115&p=2383521 ; http://www.afrovoices.com/bonds.html]
     Margaret Bonds (1913 – 1972) – a composer, pianist, and teacher from Chicago, Illinois.  Her early studies were with her mother who attended the Chicago Musical College which led to obtaining a tuition waiver in piano and composition with composer Florence Price while a high school student.  She then studied at Northwestern University where she obtained the Bachelor and Master of Music in 1933 and 1934.  Margaret did additional graduate work at the Juilliard School, where she returned several times for various courses throughout her life.  

     While studying at Northwestern she encountered significant prejudice and discrimination for the first time, but took comfort from her discovery of the poetry of Langston Hughes.  She later set many of his poems to music and corresponded with him extensively.  It was around the same time that Margaret acquired the young Ned Rorem as a piano student.  Years later, as a celebrated composer, Rorem cited Ms. Bonds as an important influence.  The two remained close associates during their professional careers.
     In the 1940s Margaret moved to New York City and remained there until the late 1960s.  While there she assumed active leadership roles in numerous churches, choral, musical theater, and other musical associations.  She took additional courses in composition and choral conducting at Juilliard and had hoped to study with Nadia Boulanger, but Boulanger told her she had no need to study with anyone.  In 1967, after the death of Langston Hughes, Margaret accepted an invitation to join the Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center and Repertory Theater and spent the last five years of her life there. 
     Ms. Bonds was primarily a composer of vocal music.  Her many works for solo voice include both art songs and popular songs, as well as numerous arrangements of spirituals, which informed her large-scale works for voice, chorus and orchestra including several cantatas, a Mass, and a Credo.  Her dramatic works include incidental music for numerous stage plays in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, a ballet, and a children’s operetta.
Performance Sample:
Leontyne Price performs the Margaret Bonds arrangement of
“He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands”


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

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, Senior Minister, 770-955-1408 
Rev. Joan A. Davis, Community Minister, 404-275-0236
Maria Drinkard, 678-644-6480
Karen Edmonds, 770-851-1354
Ashley Fournier Goodnight  903-278-1923
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


Once again it is time to change our clocks (Spring Forward!)
Saturday night to be ready for DST, Daylight Saving Time,
which begins at 2 am Sunday morning.
Don’t be late for the Sunday Service.

Message from the Board President 


As you see elsewhere in the UNIverse, we are once again launching our annual pledge drive.  This year we are looking forward to September 2021 when we hope to be back together in our new space—the expanded sanctuary and the new Subramanian Hall. A larger space brings the possibilities of new people joining us, more rentals taking place and more fun worship and fellowship events for us to enjoy. Please be generous in supporting this pledge drive.

Our new spaces have new HVAC systems, but the rest of the building is operating on older systems. Two of these older systems, for the Lobby and the Art Room, need repair or replacement.  Our bylaws, as they currently stand, allow the Board to spend up to $4,999 without seeking input from the congregation. The replacement and/or repair of these two units will total in the  range of $10,000-12,000. We are now in the process of obtaining firm quotes. There is value in moving promptly, both to take advantage of seasonal savings and to avoid equipment shortages which will soon occur because of current manufacturing shutdowns caused by the coronavirus.

Our Gardens and Spaces Guru, Beryl Grall, along with at-large Board member Larry Wallis and all-around handyman John Hagler, have been assessing the situation and have thoroughly investigated five different vendors, with input from president-elect Lynne Dale—a formidable team with much expertise.  They will soon be making a recommendation to the Board for the vendor they believe to be our best option.  We have approximately $49,000 in our reserve fund—the fund that we won’t dip into except for dire emergencies or major repairs that can’t be covered out of our Operating Budget.  This is one of those occasions. 

Once the vendor is chosen and presented to the Board for approval we will send a notice of a special congregational meeting with the required two weeks notice of the meeting, which will be for the sole purpose of approving the expenditure for the HVAC replacement and repair.  It will be a short meeting after a Sunday service.  For this type of meeting, approval of a large expenditure, it is necessary per the bylaws to have a quorum of 40% of the congregation voting.  With our current membership listed as 168 that means we need 68 people to vote, whether on the virtual call or by proxy.    Detailed information will be sent to you two weeks before the meeting.  Please plan to participate in this important vote.

Thank you. 
Lil Woolf, Board President

From Melissa Niedermeyer–Stewardship Ministry 


The theme of our pledge drive this year is “going confidently in the direction of our dreams.” I am happy to report that many of you have already confidently headed in that direction by sending in your pledge for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, and we have already received pledges from some of the congregation for $56,656. 
The Stewardship Committee has set a pledge goal for the year 2021-2222 of $200,000; this is a lofty goal and a large number,  but think of the dreams we can build together at Northwest if we have the will and the commitment to reach this goal. Consider how we would feel if there were no Northwest and the people who make up our staff: our wonderful minister, our excellent director of music and our dedicated RE director and other staff members who make it possible. 

In the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”, JImmy Stewart’s character George Bailey was shown in a dream sequence what the lives of others would have been without his existence. George found that his absence mattered, and that the lives of many people had been touched by him.  George’s cinematic example is an exercise in understanding and appreciating what matters most in life and how our individual presence and commitment is both a gift to our community and ourselves, and that relationship is precious.

As stated, the theme of this year’s pledge drive is “Going confidently in the direction of our dreams.”  Our theme is actually a paraphrase of a quote by the American philosopher Henry David Thoureau.  By going confidently towards all that we as a congregation have been imagining and dreaming of once we are all back together with our church family, answers the wishes of all the hearts zooming away each Sunday morning when they could be in bed still sleeping.  Thoreau also reminded his readers that “if you build castles in the air, you must put foundations under them.”  As a congregation, we put foundations under our dreams when we say yes to committing our time and treasure to our home in the woods.  As you answer the call to pledge, think about what you love and value about the Northwest community and remind yourself of your hopes and dreams for your church home when we return together to minister to each other and to the needs of those around us.  

To make your pledge you can go to our website or scan the QR code on the postcard you received in the mail.  From all of us in the Stewardship Ministry, thank you!

Cameron Moore
Melissa Niedermeyer
Gwen Kahn

Flower Fundraiser


Support Northwest by purchasing seeds and plants online!  Help us meet our fundraising goal this year. Flower bulbs make great gifts!  Seeds ship now and all other orders will ship later in March.   http://nwuuc2021.fpfundraising.com

General Assembly:
The UU Association’s Annual Meeting
Theme this year:  
Circle ‘Round for Justice * Healing * Courage

This year, like last year, will be a 100% virtual GA, held June 23-27, 2021.  Attending in person is, of course, the most fun way to attend, but last year’s virtual session was phenomenal, and we expect it will be even better this year.  Northwest is allotted four delegate positions, based on our membership size, and in addition, our minister also is automatically a delegate.  But you can attend and not be a delegate—you just don’t get to vote.  If you are interested in attending as a delegate please submit your name to the Board at board@nwuuc.org.  If you want to register ($200) or check out the entire program, click here.  Registration is open now!


For many, singing in the choir is a key part of coming together as UUs at General Assembly. This year, instead of joining our voices in person, let’s join our voices in a virtual choir! Each singer will record a video of themselves singing, and those individual videos will be edited into one glorious combined video to be premiered during GA. Advance registration is required and space is limited.

Zoom Documentary Discussion
7pm on Friday, March 12th
The Origami Revolution

Watch the documentary The Origami Revolution on your own and then join a virtual discussion on Zoom!

This documentary is about how the art of origami is reshaping the world, affecting drug development and future NASA space missions. Here is a link to where you can watch it for free. https://vimeo.com/250448152

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.

Covid Vaccine Information Update

The Covid Vaccine information has a new number, 844-554-4024. Text VAX to this number, or visit https://discodroid.ai/vaxapp/, and the system will alert you when appointments open up in the following counties: DeKalb, Fulton, Clayton, Gwinnett, Rockdale and Newton.

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 now, masks!

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

  Visit https://www.themountainrlc.org/mountaincamp

Spots for Mountain Camp are limited this year and are filling up.
Many Covid -19 protocals are being put in place. For all the latest news, visit The Mountain website.


Becki Gregory 03/01
Tammy Clabby 03/07
Nancy Johnson 03/08
Paul Ross 03/09
Jay Kahn 03/14
Jax Bush 03/20
Harper Bush 03/27
Cole Hickman 03/30

Anniversaries (by year joined)
Beryl Grall-Petty 03/10/1985
Jay Kiskel 03/20/1988
Becki Gregory 03/08/2009
Deborah Ross 03/26/2013
Paul Ross 03/26/2013
Morning Washburn 03/05/2017


Friday, March 12
7:00pm Documentary Night 

Sunday, March 14
10:00am Worship

Tuesday, March 16
7:00pm Board Meeting


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




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