UNIverse Weekly September 23-29, 2022

UNIverse Weekly September 23-29, 2022

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 September 23-29, 2022


Sunday, September 25, 2022, “Goin’ to the Chapel; Why Belonging has always mattered in these parts”

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 playground and activity time from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

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



Please join us immediately after the service on October 30th from 11:00 – 12:30 for Trunk-or-Treat and a Fall/Halloween themed potluck. What is Trunk-or-Treat? It is a fun way for all ages to celebrate Halloween. All participants are invited to dress up in their favorite costume, pop open their decorated trunks, and our children and youth will select Halloween treats from the back of your trunk. Adults who would like to participate can also collect treats and those treat bags will be donated to a local children’s shelter. Please mark your calendar and join us for this spooktacular event! 


Spoon RiverBelonging!  EncouragementThanks!

by Phil Rogers, DOM



It’s Coming… October 16

It’s Grand!  It’s Great!  It’s Timely!

BUTYou are needed to Participate


Spoon River has been an American Classic ever since its landmark debut in 1915.  Based on characters who inhabited midwestern towns, the book is a series of dramatic monologues written in free verse about one fictional town called…. Spoon River.

Contact Sally Mitchell, directorartmusicSM@att.net NOW!!




I clung on to the feeling

You and I were molded the same way

by our foundations and roots

nestled deep in the same place of belonging;

Quiet and withdrawn, in the shadows

we grew slow, dipping our leaves into a shy beam of sun

But only I dared to branch out,

come out of the shadows and search for the light

to stand in the glory and to expand.

We’re both standing in the sun now.

kk Jun 2018


     Will we as a congregation collectively dare to “branch out” from within to be the welcoming community we truly desire?  There are so many out there desirous of belonging somewhere that is truly inclusive and not exclusive.  Ponder this!




To be there to see it, the wings of geese in the lightlessness;

the blur of Hummingbirds roaring softly on summer porches,

the earthquake of thunder on evenings when you swear dusk

will never fade out.

Be for this, keep being, for there is music in all this;

Quietly it plays, almost inaudible, but the melody remains.

Be for this, and lend yourself to the perfect cacophony.

-Tyler Knott Gregson




     Thank you in advance for your generosity in making our Audio Video Project a success so our sanctuary can benefit from High-Definition Projection programs from ZOOM presentations to Congregational Meeting displays and Video presentation events.  Please designate your donations as the AV Fund.  We’re almost there!!


Endowment Committee

The NWUUC Endowment Committee is pleased to announce that it has opened the window for the receipt and review of grant requests from the Endowment Fund for calendar year 2023. 


Northwest is grateful for the generous donations and bequeaths made to the fund in prior years that now enable us to support and promote our UU Principles through Endowment Fund grants.  As outlined in the Endowment Fund Charter, the Fund is to be used for the following purposes: 

1. For scholarships or grants to members of Northwest UU Congregation for the purpose of attending UU-related leadership conferences; or such other training which enables members of this congregation to grow in faith and service to Unitarian Universalism;

2. For the wider mission of the UUA at home and overseas, including but not limited to, grants to the UUA for new church development, professional leadership, educational ministries, world mission, and capital financing; and

3. For the physical plant of Northwest UU Congregation, such as, but not limited to seed money, for capital improvements or renovations, or debt reduction.  For outreach into the community, including, but not limited to, grants to UU camps and conference centers, theological schools, social service agencies or institutions to which this congregation relates, and to special programs designed for those persons in our community who are in spiritual and or economic need. Funding requests must be submitted to the Endowment Committee Chair by October 31, 2022.  This will give the committee time to review and consider each request prior to the beginning of the distribution period in early 2023.  The total 2023 distribution amount will be determined based on the fund balance as of Dec. 31, 2022.  The Committee

anticipates approximately $17,000 for grant distributions in 2023.

Note that emergency or unusual funding requests may be submitted to the Committee for consideration throughout the year, providing that grant funds remain to be awarded.

If you are aware of a need that falls within the Endowment Fund charter, please

complete a funding request form and submit it to The Endowment Committee Chair Laura Hall at laurahallatl@gmail.com by October 31, 2022. 

You may download a form from the NWUUC website.  



Endowment Committee Members

Laura Hall, Chair  laurahallatl@gmail.com

Darrick Alford, Finance Secretary darrick.alford8@gmail.com

Rebecca Gregory   rebecca.s.gregory@gmail.com  

Hannah Cowart  hannahmcowart@gmail.com

Michael Dierickx Dierickx24@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



December 3, 2022


I’ll show you how to make something     with pretty pieces of glass. We’ll make

your choice of a mini-mosaic pendant

or ring, a decorated votive holder or a

picture frame. I’ll show you how to cut

and trim colored glass to make your

design. We’ll work in my garage. This

is an adult only project.

Offering 2 of these for the auction.



5 course farm to table dinner locally sourced within ~100 miles of Atlanta. Includes Wine Pairing (not locally sourced!).


Please use this link to submit auction items




Our online auction site is live as well and will have our first items posted this weekend!



Do you have access to a great Atlanta area property that you are willing to share with the Asheville Congregation for their annual auction? Last year NW was able to offer a trip to Asheville for our auction that we would love to be able to offer this year. The Asheville folks are looking for a comparable Atlanta-area experience close to the attractions that make our city so special. Please email Melissa Niedermeyer at melissa.niedermeyer@gmail.com if you are willing to assist the Stewardship Committee with this endeavor.

Virtual Documentary Night

Our next Special Virtual Documentary Night will be on Sunday, October 2nd at 7 pm. This event is in collaboration with Emory University’s Office of Critical Event Preparedness and ResponseThey serve as the center for Emory enterprise-wide planning and coordinated response to catastrophic events affecting Emory and the broader community. The office strives to empower our community through a variety of initiatives across preparedness, training, community outreach, education, and more to strengthen disaster resiliency.

We are meeting to talk about their new documentary, Flint’s Deadly Water. A FRONTLINE documentary, drawing from a two-year investigation, uncovers the extent of a deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak during the Flint water crisis — and how officials failed to stop it. We will be joined by Abby Ellis (Journalist, Director) and Kayla Ruble (Journalist, Producer) for a Q&A at the end of that night! Here is a link to where you can watch the film for free. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/documentary/flints-deadly-water/ 

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.





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. 



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 25

10:00am Virtual and In-Person Worship

11:00am Virtual and In-Person Coffee 

Wednesday, September 28

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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