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.”
“Like Music and Art,
love of nature
is a common language
that can transcend social
or political boundaries.”
“Music expresses that
which cannot be said
and on which
it is impossible
to be silent.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to hearing from you!
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
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.
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!
OUR NWUUC FAMILY (CARE CORPS)
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)
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