UNIverse Weekly September 2-8, 2022

UNIverse Weekly September 2-8, 2022

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 September 2-8, 2022


Sunday, September 4, 2022 “Belonging”

Please join Rev. Misha and our wonderful Youth this Sunday as they explore the topic “Belonging”.  You are in for a treat as the multitalented youth of our congregation express their diversity and deep thoughts through readings, reflections and music.

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


Nursery: Open from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

RE: Please join us in the Chalice House after the service for RE classes and playground and activity time.

Grades PK-5

RE classes will begin for grades PK- 5 at 11:20 a.m. and will end at 12:00 noon. Parents should walk their children to the arts and crafts room located in the lower level of the Chalice House. Playground and activity time will take place from 12:00 noon – 12:30 p.m. All children should be picked up from the playground no later than 12:30 p.m.

Grades 6-12 (RE Class 11:00 – 12:00 noon)

Middle School and High School students will meet immediately after the service at the front entrance to the Chalice House. RE teachers will meet you there and walk you into the building. This age group will be meeting in the upper level of the Chalice House.

Playground/Activity Time Volunteers

Come play with us! Volunteers are needed for playground and activity time. If you are interested in volunteering after the service, please contact the Director of Religious Education, Adia Fields-Udofia, at re@nwuuc.org

Chalice Lighter Registration

NWUUC welcomes children’s participation in the weekly Sunday service. Options to participate include lighting a chalice in the sanctuary, via Zoom during the service, or by submitting a video to re@nwuuc.org that can be played during the service. An LED candle can be used instead of a flame. Please use this link to sign up: Chalice Lighter Fall Registration Link


Pre-Holiday Technology Upgrade Challenge


     For several years we have researched the possibility of replacing the movable Big Screen TV with a high-definition remote control video projector and screen.  Prior to the pandemic we secured quotes from two vendors which were far above what we desired to pay. 


     In early February this year a member of the congregation approached us regarding the need for such a screen to view hymn lyrics during services.  This person also offered to donate funds to secure such a system.  Since February we and our technical team have worked with a third vendor representative from Vision Quest Design and Productions of Woodstock. 


     They did all the measurements, answered all of our questions and gave us a bid of $13,380 for the equipment and installation team along with the cost of approximately $600 for the rental/transport of a power lift needed for the technicians.  A total cost of $13,980.  That member of the congregation is donating $10,000 in hopes that others within the congregation would cover the remainder. 


     Our desire is to have the equipment installed prior to the holiday season for use during Sunday services, congregation meetings and all things that high-definition viewing can accomplish to benefit Northwest events.  The 8’x8’ screen is remote control operated and will lower to just above the windows within clear view of everyone in the sanctuary.


     Grier Page, our Finance Officer has set up within the NWUUC Contribution link listed inside the “Fund” option as AV Fund: https://onrealm.org/nwuuc/-/form/give/Operating


     If you are open and willing to take part in this challenge, please feel free to place any generous “AV Fund” contribution at that site or on your check.  We will answer any questions you may have as well as post regular updates along the way.


Thank you in advance from the Northwest Music Ministry and Tech Team!


Church Office closed Monday, September 5, 2022


Reserve Your Space at the Retreat, October 21-23

Time to plan your trip to The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, NC, for our congregational retreat October 21-23.  This is a great opportunity to connect again with fellow congregants amid the breathtaking autumn colors and vistas from the top of our mountain.

Saturday morning our minister Misha Sanders will lead us in a workshop – The Art of Connection.  There will be other activities for the children.  After lunch there will be opportunities for hiking, crafts or just relaxing! There will also be time to practice your talent for our popular Saturday night talent show, followed by a campfire and yummy S’mores. 


Registration is available on The Mountain website under retreats or through the Mountain calendar page. Registration deadline is October 7, but spaces go fast so don’t wait to register!  

www.themountainrlc.org   828-526-5838 


Questions – call Penny Raney 770-551-8817.

Northwest UUC Book Groupies

The Northwest UUC Book Groupies will resume meeting September 6, 2022, at 7 pm in Subramanian Hall or the adjacent Green Room.  We look forward to hearing about the books you want to read and the books you have already read and recommend from your summer readings!  Each year we explore a variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction. If you would like to join us please call  (770) 551-8817 or email Penny Raney ( raneypb@cs.com) with Book Groupies in the subject line and your name and phone number in the message. Please indicate if you prefer to meet in person or on Zoom.



Northwest will be hosting our first ever Death Cafe. The goal of Death Cafe is to increase awareness of death as a means of helping people make the most of their finite lives. This is not a bereavement support or grief counseling group; rather, it is a group directed discussion with no agenda, objectives or themes offered and no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action. The topics are determined by the attendees. If you are wondering or concerned about or otherwise interested in talking more about death, then please join our Death Cafe facilitated by Larry Helferich and Ashley Fournier-Goodnight on Sunday, 09/11 at 11:30 in the Chapel of the Chalice House.

Special Virtual Documentary Night

Our next Special Virtual Documentary Night will be on Sunday, September 11 at 7 pm. This event is in collaboration with Voices of Reentry. They invite formerly incarcerated people to tell their stories and, through storytelling and community dialogue, engage the public in conversation about the role we can all play in welcoming returning citizens back into our communities.

This documentary weaves together the stories of formerly incarcerated people and the community members who support them, with historical footage and expertise to provide a rich, nuanced portrait of the harms of mass incarceration and the challenges of successful reentry. They just completed this film last week so we will be some of the first to watch it! We will be joined by some surprise guests from the film for a special guest Q&A at the end of the night! You will receive the link and password to the film once you register for the event HERE on the Eventbrite page. This was requested by the filmmaker. Please let me know if you have issues accessing the film. I have attached the flyer for the event so feel free to share it and invite others you think may be interested in attending. I would encourage you to reach out to your reentry organizations The flyer is hyperlinked to the RSVP page where they will receive the film and zoom link once they have RSVPed for the event. They can also be added to the email list if they want to get the zoom link and keep up with future events.





Are you looking for ways to engage or re-engage with our beloved community?  

Wow do we ever have JUST THE THING!   

Questions about any of these roles?  We have plenty of volunteers and staff folks who would LOVE to talk to you about the expectations.  

Please reach out to Rev. Misha via email at minister@nwuuc.org.  

We’re already excited to have you on board and cannot wait to work together with you to make this beloved community even more of a collaboration of love and joy!

Virtual Documentary Night

We will have a Virtual Documentary Night on September 18 from 7-9 pm. We are meeting to talk about the documentary, The Gig is Up. This is a documentary about the real costs and false promises of the current gig economy that supports apps from Uber to Amazon and more. Here is a link to where you can watch it for free. https://tubitv.com/movies/654449/the_gig_is_up 

Here is a link to where you can RSVP.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-documentary-night-tickets-398673090947 This is also a Voting Night where we brainstorm and decide as a group what we will watch the following month, so please come with recommendations. If you need any ideas, you can search through the flyers HERE on our website, which have documentaries sorted by monthly holidays and other subjects. You can check out our Community Documentary Night website for more details.                                                        https://documentarynight.wordpress.com/ 

Womenspirit 2022: October 5-9, 2022

​We recognize and celebrate the four ages of Woman: the Maiden, whose curiosity and boundless energy propel her towards discovery; the Mother, whose endurance and nurturing comfort all; the Warrior, whose passion and strength protect what is vital for the greatest good; and the Crone, whose wisdom and patience bring a wise perspective to us all. Each passage teaches us and those around us.

​All women are welcome at UUWomenspirit, regardless of sex assigned at birth.  Here, we believe and affirm that transgender women are women.  While we recognize that we are still learning and growing, we aim to be a welcoming and inclusive place for all women who wish to celebrate the Feminine Divine.


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. 

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: Leader of Care Corp

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




Max Ericson                          09/01

Tiley Rooks                           09/02

Kyle Thomas                         09/04

Cynthia Flot                          09/07 

Marilyn Matlock                    09/08 

Jaiya Thomas                       09/10 

Lily Alford                              09/13

Isabel Ericson                       09/17

Karen Edmonds                   09/18 

Avary Lockhart                     09/23

Anniversaries (by year joined)

Constance Dierickx         09/08/1991

Michael Dierickx              09/08/1991

Tony Barbagallo              09/15/1996

Kristen Fowks                 09/15/1996

Elizabeth Hickman          09/14/1998

Dempsey Hickman          09/14/1998

Brian Freeman                09/21/2003

Pam Freeman                 09/21/2003

Linton Hopkins                09/11/2004

Nancy Wylie                    09/04/2011


Sunday, September 4

10:00am Virtual and in person Worship

11:00am Virtual and in person Coffee 

 Tuesday, September 6

7:00pm Northwest UU Book Groupies

Wednesday, September 7

12:00pm Final Newsletter Article Deadline 

7:00pm Voices of Northwest rehearsal


Leadership 2022-2023

Board of Trustees 

President: Allen Rider  

President Elect: Tony Barbagallo

Secretary: Marilyn Matlock 

Finance: Grier Page  finance@nwuuc.org

Trustee at Large: Cameron Moore

Trustee at Large: Jill Benton

Youth Trustee at Large:  Robert Niedermeyer

Immediate Past President: Lynne Dale


Ministries Team Leaders

Communications: Lil Woolf   

Community Co-leads: Judy McKinley and Kat Benoy

Gardens & Spaces Co-leads: Richard Goodnight and Larry Helferich

Justice: Dave Zenner

Learning: Veta Tucker 

Rentals: Beryl Grall-Petty

Stewardship Co-Leads: Gwen Kahn and Melissa Niedermeyer 


Rev. Misha Sanders, Senior Minister  

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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