UNIverse Weekly April 23-2919-22, 2021

UNIverse Weekly April 23-2919-22, 2021

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 April 23-29, 2021


Sunday, April 25  “A Season of Grace” 

As we watch the changing of the season, and Spring comes forth in all its glory, how do we understand grace and its place in our spiritual path? Thoughts on meaning and practice.   Join Worship Leader Tony Barbagallo and Worship Associate Brian Freeman this Sunday at 10 am as they continue our April theme of Grace.

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 June. 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



It’s All About Grace!
by Philip Rogers
“Happiness cannot be traveled to,
owned, earned, worn or consumed.
Happiness is the spiritual experience
of living every minute
with Love, Grace, and Gratitude.”
Denis Waitley
“If you look at life with any honesty and intelligence,
it’s clear that human nature is dark, vile, selfish, and despondent.
But I also see a force in human nature, namely Grace,
that sometimes works against our natural moral entropy.”
-Scott Derrickson
“The way to true joy in life… is through Grace.”


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

A resource to recommend:
Over the past year we have all had our share of grief and loss. And, while
there are many resources to help most of us through such times, I recently
found the need to seek out resources for families dealing with grief and loss
with children.

sesamestreet.org has a huge library of such resources, originally
developed for military families. Some feature the muppets and are for
adults, while others are for children of various ages. There are also two
minute clips with adults and children across the age span in dialogue. They
are all excellent.
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.

John Wienert continues to be in a long-term rehab facility following a fall.
Ryan Wilson, Marti Wilson’s nephew, is at home recovering from a year-
long hospitalization at Kennestone hospital. He is doing okay. He is
working from home.

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


Report from the Board President


This week has been a time of steady improvement for Rev. Misha, as
her report from the neurologist on Tuesday that healing is taking place on
schedule. Her bruises are abating but she still requires a lot of rest as her
body slowly returns to normal. We are all keeping her in our hearts and
thoughts and look forward to her return to our pulpit—whether virtually or
during a parking lot service. Cards of encouragement are always welcome,
but no phone calls, please.

This Sunday our Worship Associates and Tech Team will be doing a
regularly scheduled lay-led service with Tony Barbagallo and Brian
Freeman leading it. The current plan for next week, May 2, is to have our
second parking lot service with Rev. Misha, the Youth WA’s, as we
celebrate flower communion.

A final decision on the purchase of HVAC units has been made and
installation will take place next week. The final expense is $14,290. Many
thanks to Gardens and Spaces MTL Beryl Grall and Trustee Larry Wallis
for all their hard work in making this happen. We will all enjoy the climate
controlled facility once we are back in our beloved space!

Our pledge drive is officially over and we have secured $171,555 in
pledges for next year. We are appreciative of all those who have pledged,
many of whom have increased their pledges. Yet this still leaves us just
under $30,000 short of our goal. If you have not yet pledged, please
consider doing so asap. The Board will have to make hard decisions as to
what will have to be cut from the budget we have tentatively drafted so that
a balanced budget can be presented at our annual congregational meeting
May 23.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend (on Zoom) our annual
congregational meeting Sunday, May 23 at 11 am after the worship service.
We will be voting not only on the budget but also on new leadership for the
Board, MTLs and Leadership Development. We’ll also have reports from
our professional staff. Complete information will be sent soon.

I appreciate all who continue to support Northwest in many ways as
we see the light at the end of the Covid tunnel and look forward to being
together in person again.

In Faith,
Lil Woolf



Liz Martin Project

My dear NWUUC friends! I am taking a seminary class that involves looking at rituals through a sociological lens…and I’m hoping you’ll help me out with a project by filling out the *short* linked survey about CHALICE LIGHTING at NWUUC. 
(Side note: if you’ve been around NWUUC for a long time and have seen the practice change and evolve over the years, I would love to talk to you…I’m not sure how much historical background is needed for the paper, but I’m interested in this facet.)

Chalice Lighting Ritual at NWUUC
A short survey that can be completed anonymously and will only be shared with my professor (and possibly the NWUUC worship committee if it seems helpful in any way).

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
Tuesday, May 11 at 7 pm

At our next Zoom meeting the NWUU Book Groupies will be reading another Pen/Bellwether Prizewinner for Socially Engaged Fiction. And West is West by Ron Childress spins the tale of an Air Force drone pilot and a Wall Street algorithm expert who discover how their roles in a flawed system have affected many lives around the globe as well as their own. Truly a morally chilling tale about the unexpected consequences of modern technology.

All readers are welcome but if you plan to attend please let Penny Raney know at 770-551-8817 so we can send you the Zoom link!

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 protocols are being put in place. For all the latest news, visit The Mountain website.



Peg Gary 04/04

Michael Burke 04/05

Melissa Niedermeyer 04/05

David Niedermeyer 04/06

Ruth Subramanian 04/06

Jesse Williams 04/11

Priscilla Hopkins 04/13

David Self 04/13

David Morgen 04/15

Stephanie Bullard 04/22

Ellington Chau 04/26

Anniversaries (by year joined)

Charlotte Alyea 04/25/1982

Jack Edmonds 04/12/1987

Karen Edmonds 04/12/1987

Donna McComas 04/30/1995

Richard McComas 04/30/1995

David Morgen 04/21/2007

Kaye McCall 04/22/2007

Joan Armstrong-Davis 04/21/2010

Stephanie Dietz 04/10/2011

Maria Drinkard 04/15/2012

Pam Zenner 04/15/2012

Katy Lockhart 04/10/2016

Keith Lockhart 04/10/2016

Jill Benton 04/17/2016

Marty Bush 04/17/2016

Kristina Banks 04/15/2018

Michael Burke 04/15/2018

Mary Anne Ericson 04/15/2018

Amy Hartsough 04/15/2018

Randy Raymond 04/21/2018

Kara Shaw 04/14/2019


Sunday, April 25
10:00am Worship  

11:00am Coffee Hour


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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