UNIverse Weekly September 9-15, 2022

UNIverse Weekly September 9-15, 2022

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 September 9-15, 2022


Sunday, September 11, 2022 “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?”

Please join us this Sunday, 9-11, as we continue our theme of belonging, in light of how our world changed after September 11th, twenty-one years ago. Is trauma bonding real? Is it healthy? How can we choose to make it healthy?  How can our collective trauma foster deeper connections and true beloved community? 

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.

We will have an ice cream party from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Grades PK-5

RE classes will begin for grades PK- 5 at 11:10 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, for 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 Trustee, 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!



Kudos to NW’s Work Team! 

 Last Saturday 6 folks helped beautify our home in the woods.  Richard Goodnight, John Hagler, and Larry Wallis cleared out the large retention pond near the Chalice House; blew the walkways and parking lot; and created a better water passage under our wooden bridge.  Fearless Morning Washburn was up on the roofs blowing leaves and washing the skylights.  Larry Helferich tackled the never-ending weeding, picking up pinecones, etc., and Anne Bennett pulled out a lot of invasive English Ivy and (very carefully) some poison ivy.

If you’d like to help with any NW maintenance tasks, please let us know.  We have jobs that need to be done weekly like blowing leaves and cleaning up the church front lawn and playground.  Other less frequent jobs include removing spiderwebs and weed whacking the front lawn & Mt. Vernon Hwy sidewalk grass strip.  We also have occasional needs like pruning, removing invasive plants, and cleaning windows.  If you are interested in enjoying NW’s fresh air and birds while providing a much appreciated service, why not join us? We’d love to hear from you!  Contact Anne Bennett (anne.bennett@gmail.com)


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 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.

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/ 

NWUUC Book Groupies

The NWUUC Book Groupies will meet on Zoom Tuesday, October 4th at 7 pm to discuss Klara and The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, a Nobel Laureate and author of Never Let Me Go, Remains of The Day and When We Were Orphans. It is claimed this book will change your view of the world as the effects of artificial intelligence are portrayed and examined. According to NPR’s Maureen Corrigan this is “a masterpiece …one of the most affecting and profound novels Ishiguro has written …”. Copies of this book are available in our Bellwether Bookstore.

If you are interested in attending this Zoom meeting please let Penny Raney know, 770 551 8817 or raneypb@cs.com, with Book Groupies in the subject line, in order to be emailed the Zoom link or call in #.

Creative Makers ALERT!

Northwest UU Congregation will have a

Makers’ Market on Sunday, October 9

If you make original stuff, we would love you to share it with the rest of the Congregation (and, hopefully, the community of Sandy Springs!) We will provide a table and tablecloth; cashiers will handle the sales (15% goes to Northwest). Your creations could be edible!

Let Helene helenejohnson299@gmail.com or

Nancy thenancyhelene@aol.com know, so we can begin

promoting the event. Send pictures, if possible.



The Stewardship Committee proudly announces that the Northwest annual auction is live and in person from beautiful Subramanian Hall on November 12 this year, and we are planning a gala evening filled with hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and fabulous items with experiences to make your own!


Want to have an exciting and fun-filled LIVE event with all of your NW friends? Auctions aren’t awesome without neat things on which to bid. Please check your attics and basements and donate your gently used treasures.  Are you an artist or extremely clever and crafty?  Please consider offering the coolest expressions of your art for someone to bid on and love!  Do you have a gathering or dinner idea that only you are able to throw in the niftiest way? Offer it for auction and gather your friends to enjoy your hospitality!  Do you have a second home or a vacation getaway to share?  Consider how much joy you could bring to others while simultaneously raising funds for our home in the woods!


Please watch the newsletter and your email for additional instructions on how to donate your lovely items and entertaining experiences for our exciting auction event!  We appreciate you- see you all November 12.





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!

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. 

A Joy from Gwen Kahn that two of her three children, Sydney and Alexander, are at their respective universities. Both are adjusting to their new lives; Sydney is in the Penn marching band and living in the band house with other band geeks at the University of Pennsylvania, while Alexander is at Georgia State University.  

Anthony Kahn, Gwen’s son, sang with his school choir last Sunday as they sang the National Anthem for the opening of the Braves baseball game.

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, 404-275-0236

Maria Drinkard, 678-644-6480

Karen Edmonds, 770-851-9295

Ashley Fournier-Goodnight, Team Leader, 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





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 11

10:00am Virtual and in person Worship

11:00am Virtual and in person Coffee 

11:30am Second Hour-Death Cafe

7:00pm Virtual Documentary Night

Wednesday, September 14

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  

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

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




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