UNIverse Weekly March, 19-25, 2021

UNIverse Weekly March, 19-25, 2021

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 March 19-25, 2021


Sunday, March 21 

Faith in Unitarian Universalism isn’t just an intellectual exercise: it’s “heart” work. This full-length worship experience features a sermon by UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, as well as vibrant music, storytelling, and other worship elements that will help us to grow in spirit, in courage, and in generosity.  

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 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 28th, at 12:00 noon. CartUUns uses short animated clips from Disney and Pixar to explore UU values.






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.

From Rev. Joan

Bob and I got away for a few days this past week. We went to Tybee
Island to visit with some friends. It was wonderful. We walked the beach,
read, had great meals. And each night before dinner, we prayed.

Our friends, Don and Bonny are Baptists and devout Christians. I’d heard
Don speak and offer prayer at a large memorial gathering some years ago.
I was blown away. It was a long prayer, almost a homily, and quite poetic.
It was also “off the cuff.” Don is an engineer, not trained clergy, but he
prays like a humble servant.

Each evening we alternated around the table to offer a blessing. Bob’s
prayers are largely in Hebrew and quite beautiful. Mine, which are usually,
“short and sweet” were less formulaic, more reflective. In fact, the week as
a whole was a reflective time for me. And, it’s good to be back.

Please keep in mind those in our congregation who are ill, hospitalized
or recovering, as well as those grieving a loss. Your prayers, healing
thoughts, cards and emails are welcome.

Ryan Wilson, nephew of Marti Wilson, has had a long recovery from
multiple surgeries.

John Weinert continues to be in a long-term rehab facility following a

Sara Swint, a longtime friend of Northwest, passed away Friday
evening, March 12, after a recent liver and abdominal cancer
diagnosis. Sara spent many Sunday mornings in the nursery with
Nancy Johnson caring for our children.

Sandy Davis lost her beloved step-father, Bob Millinor, on March 7.
Please keep Sandy and her family in your thoughts and prayers. A
memorial service will be livestreamed Saturday, March 20 at 11 am.

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


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 Dave Zenner 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 21 pledges for  $70,056!
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 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.

NWUUC Book Groupies

The NWUUC Book Groupies will meet Tuesday, April 13th, at 7 pm on Zoom to discuss Good Kings, Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum. This book was a previous Pen/Bellwether Prize winner for Socially Engaged Fiction and “follows the lives of a group of typical teenagers – alienated, funny and yearning for autonomy – who live in an institution for juveniles with disabilities”. This book “challenges our definitions of what it means to live with disability”.

If you would like to join our discussion of this book please call Penny Raney at 770-551-8817 and we will put you on our Zoom list. Also, if you would like to order a copy of this book call this same number to order. All profits on book sales go to NWUUC. 

Hawk’s Hoop Chapter of CUUPS

Celebrate the Spring Equinox with the Hawk’s Hoop chapter of CUUPS via Zoom on Sunday March 21 at 1:00 PM. Persons interested in Earth Centered Religions through the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans can visit https://NWUUC.org/zoom/  just before 1:00 PM and click on “Sunday Services” and the Zoom moderator will let you in to the ritual.

Ostara is a time to find balance in your life as the Equinox signals equal day and night.

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


Sunday, March 21
10:00am Worship
11:am Coffee Hour

1:00pm CUUPS


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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