UNIverse Weekly May 13-19, 2022

UNIverse Weekly May 13-19, 2022

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May 13-19, 2022


Sunday, May 15, 2022, “Thanks Again” 

Please join us as we dedicate our Sunday gathering to the important work of showing appreciation for each other!  We will recognize our hard-working, heart-led congregants for all the ways YOU all keep this beloved community running.  

We will also joyfully acknowledge those new members who have joined us in this past church year! 


We will be in-person in the sanctuary, as well as online in our Zoom room or follow on our Facebook page.  


Please join us after the service next Sunday, 22nd for playground and activity time. We will have an arts and crafts activity as well as time to enjoy fun games on the playground with friends. 


“Music Is Love! Love is Music!

by Philip J. Rogers, D.M.A


“You don’t love someone

for their looks, or their

clothes, or for their fancy car,

but because they sing

a song only you can hear.”

-Oscar Wilde



“Like Music and Art,

love of nature

is a common language

that can transcend social

or political boundaries.”

-Jimmy Carter



“Music expresses that

which cannot be said

and on which

it is impossible

to be silent.”

-Victor Hugo



We will recognize our newest members this Sunday in a New Member Welcoming ceremony during Worship. We joyfully welcome:


What’s Happening On Campus


David Stewart and some dedicated volunteers have been working hard planting 20 trees behind the Chalice House as the requirements for a buffer for our preschool are being completed.  Dave Zenner and Anne Bennett moved the boulders in front of the church.  Michael Dierickx, Dave Zenner, David Stewart and Richard Goodnight planted 20 trees that will need to have continuous watering.  These workers also arranged to put post holes in the ground in preparation for the 8′ privacy fence.

The next step will be putting in gravel, posts, and then concreting them in, as well as planning building renovations and hiring a director.  We are making great strides toward getting our preschool ready!  Many thanks to this dedicated team!!

Larry Wallis is happy to announce that Comcast has completed the upgrade to our Wi-Fi connections and our zoom sessions will now be much more stable.  Thanks to Beryl Grall for arranging this progress!

Sunday Coffee Hour is resuming

and Kitchen Volunteers are needed

 Sunday Coffee Hour is back with a delightful surprise – a NEW COFFEE STATION in our beautiful social hall.  But we need more volunteers to help make this enjoyable after-service interaction time possible – especially 3rd, 4th, and occasional 5th Sundays.  Critical substitutes are very welcomed!  Can you manage to help with set-up or clean-up?  Please contact Anne Bennett at anne.bennett@gmail.com.  Looking forward to hearing from you!

Circle Supper



Our 8th Circle Supper is sold out! Make plans now for our June supper, Saturday, June 18. And while you’re at it, consider Hosting one of these dinners. No cooking; the party comes to you.

Watch for your eVite early next week and sign up to reserve your spot. Please call Judy McKinley or Kat Benoy if you need to know more.

Virtual Documentary Night


The next Virtual Documentary Night will be on Sunday, May 15th at 7 pm.  We were originally supposed to be discussing the documentary Life and Debt, however it is now unavailable. Therefore, we will be discussing the documentary that came in second in last month’s vote, We Are Many. In 2003, up to 30 million people, many of whom had never demonstrated before in their lives, came out in nearly 800 cities around the world to protest against the impending Iraq War. Here is a link to where you can watch it for free. https://tubitv.com/movies/641980/we_are_many  

We are also having a Special Virtual Documentary Night in May in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This will be on Sunday, May 22nd. This event is in collaboration with the Plant Based Emory, a student-led organization from Emory University. We are meeting to talk about the film, Milked. Māori activist Chris Huriwai goes deep into dairy land and takes on the giants of New Zealand’s most powerful industry, revealing how the sacred cash-cow industry has been milked dry. His journey exposes not only the sustainability crisis and the dangerous denial of impending agricultural disruption, but also what New Zealand and other countries can do to change their fate. Here is a link to where you can watch it for free. https://youtu.be/MCwpsMtmMhM 

As always, contact Adam Hicks at communitydocumentarynight@gmail.com for the link to the discussion or to get on his mailing list.

Mark your calendars now for our annual Congregational Meeting, May 22, following the worship service.  We will vote on new leadership and our 22-23 budget as well as hear reports from the President, Minister and Staff. Details will be forthcoming.

Mountain Homecoming

The end of May every year is when our temperatures here in Atlanta are often in the high 80’s and low 90’s, always a shock after our breezy days in the 70’s. That’s one of the reasons it is a delightful time to go to our Mountain Retreat Center for the annual Mountain Homecoming event and Memorial Day weekend May 27-30. Many activities are planned for all ages, but registration closes May 13th so visit themountainrlc.org or call 828-526-5838 now!

Kids Summer Camp at The Mountain

Time to think about summer camp for the kids at The Mountain, our UU retreat and learning center outside Highlands, NC in their 42nd year of offering camp! Registration is open till June 1st for 1-2 week camp for ages 6 – 17 starting June 12. There are also some camp staff positions open. For information visit themountainrlc.org or call 828-526-5838 for more camp information and info on other upcoming events like the annual Mountain Homecoming event over the Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30.

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Participants worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. 

In 2022, we will have the option of meeting online or in-person! For those who enjoyed the convenience and accessibility of remote participation, General Assembly will continue to offer virtual attendance with robust programming and enhanced delegate discussion tools. For those who have been missing the physical experience, GA 2022 will also feature face-to-face interactions, hanging banners, a browsable exhibit hall, meals with friends old and new, local site attractions, and more! Join us June 22 – 26, 2022 online or in-person in Portland, Oregon.

Would you like to be a delegate? Northwest can send 4 delegates to GA based on our membership size.  If you would like to be considered to be one of our four delegates, please submit your name to the Board before May 17.  You can be a delegate in person or virtually.


Annual Congregational Fall Retreat

Planning has begun to resume our Annual Congregational Fall Retreat to The Mountain, our UU Retreat and Learning Center on top of a mountain in the Scaly Mountain-Highlands area of North Carolina. We have reserved spaces for Oct. 21-23, the third weekend in October when the leaves are usually at their peak color. Please put these dates on your calendar and watch for updated info in this newsletter on our plans for that weekend.

If you would like to be involved with our planning, please contact Penny Raney at 770- 551-8817. WE would love your input!


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. 


Congratulations to Hannah Cowart who recently graduated from her master’s program at GSU!


Marti Wilson
(and nephew Ryan)

Michael Cain 

Richard McComas 

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,

Ashley Fournier-Goodnight, 903-278-1923

Brian Freeman, 404-626-0298

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




05/02         Valerie Johnson

05/03         Wesley Hickman

05/03         Rebecca Reeves

05/08         Nancy Johnson

05/10         Darrick Alford

05/15         Becky Ferguson

05/19         Jack Edmonds

05/19         Marian Lynch

05/19         Greg Pattison

05/19         Marla Stein

05/21         Renee Burke

05/21         Barbara Dondiego

05/21         Adia Fields-Udofia

05/22         Kristina Banks

05/23         Deb Andrews-Gautney

05/29         Shelley Hartnett

Anniversaries (by year joined)

05/23/1971      Carmen Noakes

05/11/1980      Karen Lawrence

05/18/1986      Sally Mitchell

05/05/1991      Shelley Hartnett

05/05/1991      Tom Hartnett

05/26/1999      Barbara Kilbourne

05/26/1999      Ed Kilbourne

05/11/2002      Marti Wilson

05/17/2004      Lynne Dale

05/30/2010      Nathan Barbagallo

05/30/2010      Jordan Dale

05/30/2010      Cole Hickman

05/30/2010      Katie Kilbourne 

05/06/2012      Sharon Reynolds

05/27/2012      Nicholas Barbagallo

05/05/2013      John Hagler

05/26/2013      Cynthia Flot

05/18/2014      Julie Rooks

05/06/2017      Judy McKinley

05/06/2017      John McManus

05/22/2018      Nora Schlesinger

05/22/2018      Phil Schlesinger

05/19/2019      Allan Sanders


Saturday, May 14

Circle Supper

Sunday, May 15

10:00am Worship Service In-person and Zoom

11:00am Virtual and In Person Coffee Hour

7:00pm Virtual Documentary Night

Wednesday, May 18

5:00pm Final Newsletter Article Deadline


Board of Trustees 2020-2021

President: Lynne Dale  president@nwuuc.org

President Elect: Allen Rider

Secretary: Sandy Davis  board@nwuuc.org

Finance: Grier Page  finance@nwuuc.org

Trustee at Large: Cameron Moore

Trustee at Large: Jill Benton

Trustee at Large: Marilyn Matlock

Youth Trustee at Large:  Robert Niedermeyer

Immediate Past President: Lil Woolf


Ministries Team Leaders

Communications: OPEN

Community Co-leads: Kat Benoit, Judy McKinley 

Gardens & Spaces: Beryl Grall-Petty

Justice: Dave Zenner

Learning Co-Leads: Veta Tucker and Sally Mitchell

Stewardship Co-Leads: Gwen Kahn and Melissa Niedermeyer                                      stewardship@nwuuc.org


Rev. Misha Sanders, Senior Minister  minister@nwuuc.org

Rev. Joan Davis, Community Minister joanarmstrongdavis@gmail.com

Adia Fields-Udofia, Religious Education Director  re@nwuuc.org

Dr. Philip Rogers, Music Director  music@nwuuc.org




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