The UNIverse Weekly October 12-18, 2018


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October 12-18, 2018 

ORDER OF SERVICE

Tikkun Olam

 

The Order of Service for Sunday, October 14

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In This Issue
 

UP FRONT

Sunday, October 14, Tikkun Olam 

Rev. Jonathan Rogers

Tikkun Olam means to heal or repair the world. What can this movement and philosophy teach us about acting for love and justice in the wider world? Join us first in service to learn about the radically loving and inclusive tradition of Renewal Judaism, and then in the streets as we march for love and inclusion in the Pride Parade.
Sunday, October 21, Leveraging Privilege (@ The Mountain)

Rev. Jonathan Rogers
TBD (@NW) Michelle Bishop

A counselor at The Mountain last year gave me this definition for privilege: a privileged identity is one you don’t have to think about. Each of us has identities both of marginalization and of privilege. How can we use the ways in which we have privilege to make our world better for everyone?
 

Sunday, October 28, BCT
Guest Speaker, Eddy Carroll, UUA Transitions Department

Beyond Categorical Thinking (BCT) is a program designed to promote inclusive thinking and prevent unfair discrimination during a congregation’s search for a settled minister. Unitarian Universalism has often been at the forefront of acceptance in ministerial leadership, and this program is a big part of why. Please help us to continue to lead the way by joining us for Saturday’s BCT workshop and the Sunday morning BCT service. (See article in “Of Interest” section below).
 

OUR NWUUC FAMILY

Care Corps

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. Jonathan Rogers, Minister, 770-955-1408 
Rev. Joan Armstrong Davis, Community Minister, 404-275-0236
Maria Drinkard, 678-644-6480
Linton Hopkins,
678-938-8858
Lil Woolf,
404-276-6189

 

(770) 955-1408    Office Hours M-F 9 am to 5 pm     office@nwuuc.org
 
Care Corps Announcements
 
A memorial service for Barbara Peterson will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, October 13th, at Northwest. Barbara was a dear friend, member, and trustee of our congregation. Please keep her husband, Bill Peterson, and their family in your thoughts.

OF INTEREST

Workday for Gardens and Spaces
Saturday, October 13, 9 am-1 pm


 

NWUUC members and friends meet monthly to work on various projects for repair, maintenance, and improvement. Contact the Gardens and Spaces Ministry Team Leader John Hagler (johnleehagler@msn.com) for details.


Barbara Peterson Memorial Service 
Saturday, October 13, 3 pm

Barbara was born on June 6, 1951 in Elmore County near the city of Wetumpka, Alabama. Her parents were Clifton and Agnes Bozeman Hollonquest. She was raised partly in Alabama and partly in Indianapolis, Indiana. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Purdue University and then a law degree from Northwestern University with a concentration in Tax law. She was married to William Theodore Peterson on March 28, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has worked in the corporate world, first in Chicago, Illinois then in in Evansville, Indiana and lastly in Atlanta, Georgia. She received an award for chairing one of the insurance trade associations in 2011. She volunteered since retiring in 2015 including serving on the board of directors at our church and helping out with the Boy Scouts of America in an underprivileged neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia.

Barbara loved dogs and raised three rescue dogs from puppyhood to maturity, Duke who lived to be 15, Dakota about 10. We adopted Romeo in 2009 and he is still a healthy but mischievous dog at age 10. The association for the prevention of cruelty to animals was her favorite charity to support.

She also made occasional contributions to the Alliance Theater, the Southwest Atlanta Arts Alliance, the Shakespeare Tavern, and the High Museum of Arts.

She is survived by her husband Bill, sisters Nell and Tina, brothers Gerry and Daryl, step children Zenaida and Zephaniah and many loving nieces nephews and friends.


EARTH MINISTRY SECOND HOUR
PART TWO: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A GREEN SANCTUARY
SUNDAY OCT. 14, 11:30, CHALICE HOUSE CHAPEL

 You don’t have to be a member of the Earth Ministry team to join in part two of the conversation on how Earth Ministry and the Northwest congregation fulfill our covenant to being a Green Sanctuary.  We will further discuss options for plans on specific projects in four areas of focus:  Worship and Celebration, Religious Education, Sustainable Living and Environmental Justice. 

Do you know how a rain garden decreases storm water runoff?  Come watch a video on rain gardens.   Do you know how to teach a young person in Religious Education how to weave a mattress for a homeless person from single use plastic shopping bags?  Come see how it’s done.  We will also talk about how inspiring it is to meet with other sustainability conscious faith congregations or to work as partners for cleaner water with a community organization.   

In September’s  “Part One” we took a backward look at becoming a Green Sanctuary in 2011. In this October Second Hour, we will focus on being green in 2018.

For more information contact: Tom or Linda Couch, Earth Ministry Co-Team Leaders at tcouch4921@aol.com.


Pride Parade
Sunday, October 14, Noon

We hope you will join us in living our message of justice and equity in the world this Sunday after worship, when we will be heading downtown to march in the Atlanta Pride Parade! Atlanta area UUs will congregate behind First Methodist; we recommend folks take MARTA to the Civic Center station and then walk toward Ivan Allen Blvd. to find us. Additional directions and a map can be found here. See you there!


Carpool To The Mountain

There will be a sign up sheet on the Community Table in the lobby Sunday, Oct.14, for anyone who wants or needs to carpool to The Mountain. This is a great way to share life stories on the way as well as help with saving our environment. There will also be a sheet of directions to The Mountain from Atlanta, what signs to look for, etc.  Don’t depend on GPS. It has been known to take a roundabout route! If you aren’t going to be at NWUUC Sunday and would like to share the ride leave a message for Penny Raney at 770 551 8817.


LUUNCH BUUNCH DISCUSSES
“THE SURPRISING HABITS OF
ORIGINAL THINKERS”

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 11:45 am

How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies “originals”:  thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. 

“The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most,” Grant says. “You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.”  Adam Grant comes to us via the TED TALKS series.

Come as you are. Reservations are not required. Bring your lunch and convene in the Art Gallery at 11:45 am.  We’ll begin with lunch, introductions, and personal updates, and the program will end at 1:15 pm. You may come late or leave early, as your schedule dictates.


BEYOND CATEGORICAL THINKING

Please join the Ministerial Search Committee on Saturday, October 27, as we participate in the Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop offered by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) for congregations involved in the search for a new minister. The Search Committee invites all congregational leaders, members, and friends to participate in this workshop.  We will meet in the lobby at 9 am Saturday for coffee and other refreshments, then begin our workshop at 9:30 am in the sanctuary. We will finish by noon.

The Beyond Categorical Thinking program is designed to promote inclusive thinking and help prevent unfair discrimination in the search process for a new minister. This program includes a three-hour BCT workshop Saturday and a Sunday morning service with Eddy Carroll, a facilitator trained by the UUA. In the workshop our members will:

  • Consider the hopes, expectations, and concerns they have for a new minister

  • Learn more about the ministerial search process, and

  • Explore how thinking categorically about people sometimes interferes with choosing the best candidate.

Come on Saturday, October 27 at 9 am in the sanctuary to participate in this UUA-sponsored workshop, led by Eddy Carroll and members of our Search Committee.  Childcare will be provided. 
 

The selection of a minister is important. The Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop is another opportunity for everyone in our congregation to be a part of that process. This experience will provide guidance for the search committee in its work. 


Launchpad Update

The transition to working with our Launchpad partners continues to grow and take on new aspects each week. One of the major benefits of this partnership will be expanded hours during which folks can reach the office by phone, and that should be set to begin at some point next week.  The NWUUC phone number is currently getting ported between telecom providers, so it’s taking some extra time, but this way we can keep the same number we have always had. In addition to daily social media content that Launch is posting to NWUUC accounts, Launchpad will begin posting the NeUUs to our Facebook page on Thursdays to provide consistent messaging and information. We are continuing to improve processes to ensure that Congregational Events are publicized on the NW calendar and our weekly publications; if your event is not showing up where it should, please let us know via the office@nwuuc.org email address, or in an email to Rev. Rogers. Behind the scenes, we are creating new processes for bill payment, payroll, supplies ordering, and other areas of congregational life that need to function well. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or the Board if you have any questions or concerns. -Rev. Jonathan

Ministerial Search Committee Survey

As part of our search for the next settled minister for Northwest, the search committee is putting together a detailed packet of information about our congregation that prospective ministers will read in order to determine whether they wish to be considered for our position. That packet asks for some detailed information about our history, our current community, and our aspirations for the future.

In order to complete that work we need input from you. In the coming weeks, we’ll host some discussions during Second Hour and in other small group settings, but the primary method through which you can provide us with your wisdom and guidance is by filling out the survey we have put together.

We need your response by October 15 to give the committee time to incorporate your feedback into the packet, which needs to be completed by the beginning of November.

Please take some time and provide us with thoughtful responses to these questions: http://bit.ly/mscsurvey18


RE This Week
 
Photo courtesy of Nancy Johnson
Nursery available during worship, coffee hour and 2nd hour
Children in worship through Story Wisdom
RE Classes till 11:30 am
Activity Time available for those participating in 2nd hour till 12:30 pm.  
 
RE Events
Mark Your Calendars

YOUTH TO JOIN IN THE PRIDE PARADE – October 14

All youth are invited to march with fellow UUs in the Atlanta Pride Parade.  We will head to the parade on MARTA and join hundreds of others from the Atlanta UU cluster congregations.  It will be a fun day! 
 

CHILDREN ARE FREE AT NWUUC RETREAT – October 19-21

There is big news to share. The Mountain Scholarship Fund has just decided to extend full scholarships to ALL children for the upcoming NWUUC retreat. Please consider registering the whole family today.  We have a fun children’s and youth program in the works. Come enjoy the weekend with us. Here is the registration link.  

https://themountainrlc.org/event/nwuuc-northwest-atlanta-fall-retreat/
 

CALL FOR CHALICE LIGHTERS 

NWUUC welcomes children’s participation in the Sunday services as Chalice Lighters.  Please sign up your child or youth to be a chalice lighter at least once each semester so NWUUC can honor them. Here is a link to sign up:

 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050f4aaeac2f4-nwuuc

Questions? Concerns? Please contact the DRE, Christina Branum-Martin

re@nwuuc.org           713-492-8374 


Holiday Bazaar
Time to start planning our annual Holiday Bazaar, to be held in early December.
 
Do you want to be part of making it happen?  Northwest needs you (I need you!)
 
Contact Helene Johnson at 404-771-9832, or helenejohnson299@gmail.com.  Also let me know if you would like to have a “booth” in the Bazaar.

 

OFFICE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR NEEDED

Do you appreciate a tidy office space? Are scheduling and calendar coordination important to you? Can you tolerate being shown pictures of Rev. Rogers’ dogs in the middle of the week? Then we have just the position for you! Northwest is seeking an Office Volunteer Coordinator who will work directly with the minister to recruit and train folks for the expanded needs of our office volunteer role. To get more information or discuss this position further, please talk with Rev. Jonathan Rogers or email him at minister@nwuuc.org.

SOUNDBOARD TRAINEES/OPERATORS SOUGHT

Expand your horizons. Learn a new skill. You can become proficient and confident at operating our sound system. Our pool of soundboard operators has shrunk, and we need more operators in the pool. Time commitment is one Sunday per month, and there is plenty of flexibility in swapping to accommodate unexpected events. No prior experience required. Training is supplied at no cost to you. (Sorry, no mileage or food reimbursement). We have checklists for startup and shutdown of the system. You can learn and explore to whatever depth you wish. Contact any of our sound board operators for a no-obligation trial run or contact Larry Wallis at 770.394.5764 or larrywallis@hotmail.com.

COMMUNITY/UU EVENTS

NWUUC RETREAT AT THE MOUNTAIN
OCT. 19-21

 
 
Our theme this year is setting the stage for our congregation’s future – NWUUC 2022: Dialogue on Diversity in Our Congregation. On Saturday morning NWUUC’s ARAOMC ( Antiracism, Anti-Oppression, Multicultural Committee) will lead us in a dialogue on understanding the systems that manifest racism, monoculturalism, tribalism, and other oppressions that exist in our society.  After lunch there will be opportunities to learn about and participate in spiritual practices like yoga, meditation,  hiking, crafts, and 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. $190/per adult for the two night weekend room and meals, youth and children 17 and under are FREE  this year!  For more information, see The Mountain notebook on the community table in the lobby or call 828-526-5838. See Mani Subramanian if you would like to know about scholarships for the weekend.

UUCA Coffeehouse
 

Modern Folk Duo
Friction Farm
Saturday,  October 27

in the UUCA Sanctuary

 

Modern-folk duo Friction Farm is a husband and wife team of traveling troubadours. Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay combine storytelling, social commentary and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes, and quirky observations. From ballads to anthems each song is filled with harmony and hope.

Friction Farm’s lyrically rich, harmony-driven songs have earned them spots as Kerrville New Folk Finalists and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists. They are winners of the South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competition and have performed as official showcase artists at the Southeast, Southwest, and Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conferences.

Performing internationally and throughout the US, Friction Farm feels at home on the road and on stage. Audiences lean into their stories, laugh at their humor, are inspired to do a little good in the world, and sing along once in a while. Hear the harmony and hope of their sound at www.frictionfarm.com

Music 7-9 pm with an Open Mic in the middle. Sign up for Open Mic when the doors open at 6:30. Admission donation $10, but no one will be turned away. Location: 1190 West Druid Hills Drive, Suite 150, Atlanta, GA 30329.

 

A Coffeehouse Production of the UUCA
Performing Arts Coordinating Team


THIS WEEK

Saturday, October 13, 9 am-1 pm  Workday for Gardens and Spaces

Saturday, October 13, 9 am coffee and refreshments, Workshop to follow 

Saturday, October 13, 3 pm-5 pm Barbara Peterson Memorial Service

Sunday, October 14, 10-11 am RE Classes, Erichsen Room

Sunday, October 14, 10 am-11 am RE Classes, Chapel

Sunday, October 14, 10 am-11 am Tikkun Olam  Rev. Jonathan Rogers, Sanctuary

Sunday, October 14, 11:30 am-1 pm Earth Ministry, Chalice House Chapel

Sunday, October 14, Noon Pride Parade (off site)

Tuesday, October 16, 6:30-8:30 pm Board Meeting, Art Gallery

Wednesday, October 17, 11:45 am-1:15 pm Luunch Buunch, Art gallery

Wednesday, October 17, 7:30-9:30 pm, Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

 

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ORDER OF SERVICE

October 7, 2018 

 

Why Anti-Racism is Important
 

The Order of Service for Sunday, October 7

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In This Issue
 
 

UP FRONT

Sunday, October 7, Why Anti-Racism is Important

Rev. Jonathan Rogers

From both moral and strategic points of view, the work of anti-racism is crucial to the future health of UU congregations. Together, let’s examine the personal and institutional stories that call us to seek racial justice and healing at this time in our history.

Sunday, October 14, Tikkun Olam 
Rev. Jonathan Rogers

Tikkun Olam means to heal or repair the world. What can this movement and philosophy teach us about acting for love and justice in the wider world? Join us first in service to learn about the radically loving and inclusive tradition of Renewal Judaism, and then in the streets as we march for love and inclusion in the Pride Parade.
Sunday, October 21, Leveraging Privilege (@ The Mountain) TBD (@NW)Rev. Jonathan Rogers

A counselor at The Mountain last year gave me this definition for privilege: a privileged identity is one you don’t have to think about. Each of us has identities both of marginalization and of privilege. How can we use the ways in which we have privilege to make our world better for everyone?
 

Sunday, October 28, BCT
Guest Speaker, Eddy Carroll, UUa Transitions Department

Beyond Categorical Thinking (BCT) is a program designed to promote inclusive thinking and prevent unfair discrimination during a congregation’s search for a settled minister. Unitarian Universalism has often been at the forefront of acceptance in ministerial leadership, and this program is a big part of why. Please help us to continue to lead the way by joining us for Saturday’s BCT workshop and the Sunday morning BCT workshop.
 

OUR NWUUC FAMILY

Care Corps

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. Jonathan Rogers, Minister, 770-955-1408 
Rev. Joan Armstrong Davis, Community Minister, 404-275-0236
Maria Drinkard, 678-644-6480
Linton Hopkins,
678-938-8858
Lil Woolf,
404-276-6189

 

(770) 955-1408    Office Hours M-F 9 am to 5 pm     office@nwuuc.org
 
Care Corps Announcements
 
A memorial service for Barbara Peterson will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, October 13th, at Northwest. Barbara was a dear friend, member, and trustee of our congregation. Please keep her husband, Bill Peterson, and their family in your thoughts.

OF INTEREST

From the Board: September

The NWUUC Board, at its September 24 meeting, welcomed back Board president Hannah Cowart, who had spent the previous two weeks on duty at the site of the Delta wildfire in northern California, using her communication skills to inform the community affected by the fire. The Board expressed thanks to President Elect David Stewart, who took care of Hannah’s duties in her absence as well as taking time and working hard on the transition to Launchpad in addition to his work on the expansion project.

The Board spent some healing time sharing our grief for the loss of Board member Barbara Peterson, who died suddenly on September 12. We spoke of valuable times we’d spent with Barbara and the enormous contributions she made so generously to NW. She stepped up for every call for help and at the same time urged us, in stressful times, to slow down and put things into perspective. We’ll miss her wisdom, warmth, and unique vision.

The Board heard reports; notable was Christina Branum-Martin’s Religious Education report that the program starts its year with 64 children enrolled and several more expected. The number of youth going to the Mountain retreat is higher than last year with 17 signed up. Christina called for volunteers for the Mountain and regular Sunday programs at NW.

Dave Stewart gave a report from the Building Expansion Steering Committee. Our architect is working on updating our drawings after we realized that a small piece of our proposed addition went over the current setback line, which has changed several times since our main building was constructed. We are still working with Engineers to find the best way to address the storm water runoff concerns.

As always, the Board covered a long list of topics across all areas of NW life, making decisions and noting progress and needs to be addressed.

We reviewed how the transition to Launchpad will help us improve several management processes and will save us significant costs on telephone service. We’re working on a list of procedures already streamlined by Launchpad and a chart of each task formerly handled by on-site staff and how it is to be handled now by Launchpad, for example.

Filling recent leadership vacancies, the Board voted to approve Jay Kiskel and Glenn Koller to the Leadership Development Committee.

The Board ratified the Leadership Development Committee’s choice of Kristan Wagner and Randy Raymond as Community Ministry Team Leaders to replace Gina and Danny Samples who resigned their positions as expected, to care for their newborn baby.

Rev. Jonathan Rogers reported that 16 people from Northwest are going to the Extended Leadership Experience this fall, and NW is hosting the October 6 session of the ExLE. “This is going to be huge for the pipeline of leadership at NW,” Rev. Rogers said.

We noted on our calendars the next Town Hall meeting of the Congregation to be held on November 11 and a celebration of life for Barbara Peterson on
October 13.


Hungry Ear Coffee House
is proud to present:

Saturday, October 6, 7:30 pm 
Ron Hipp w/Carol Statella ~Out of the Rain~ is a folk duo noted for innovative arrangements and unusual expressive power.
Cyndi Craven has been around for a while, singing songs she’s written and other people’s, too, and playing guitars, ukuleles and a weird little thing that looks a guitar that got put in the dryer.
Jonathan Brenner is an American singer-songwriter who defies easy classification. Described as “somewhere between New York and Nashville,” his music is a unique amalgam of genres.
 
Jana Wolf has honed and perfected her craft of songwriting to a fine point as can be heard on her album, Sing Your Own Blues.

 
On the first Saturday of the month doors open at 7:30 pm, when Northwest’s sanctuary once again becomes the Hungry Ear Coffee House. The performance starts at 8 pm. A $5 donation is requested and canned goods for the Community Assistance Center (CAC) are always appreciated. Bring a friend and a few extra dollars to buy refreshments during the break and to support the performers.


 Our Fifth Source
A New group
 
Randy Raymond is interested in starting a new group based on “Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit” (the fifth source from which Unitarian Universalism is drawn).

If you consider yourself a Humanist, a Freethinker, or a Religious Naturalist and you would like to be in community with others with similar beliefs, why not join our new group Our Fifth Source.  Depending on interest we can listen to and discuss presentations by members, watch videos, discuss books, have
debates, share a lunch or dinner, or do anything else our members decide would be worthwhile. Please come to the Chapel this Sunday, October 7, at 11:30 am to learn more about this group and what it offers.


October Book Groupies
Tuesday October 9, 7:30 pm
The NWUUC Book Groupies will meet Tuesday, Oct. 9th, at 7:30 pm in the art gallery to discuss In The Time Of The Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. This is a story for our time as it takes place during the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic with a good plot based on true events involving four young sisters coming to maturity and embracing political activism in the 1960s. This book reminds us that for many         people the freedom we enjoy come with a steep price.  Books are available for sale in the Bellwether Book Store.


EARTH MINISTRY SECOND HOUR
“PART TWO: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A GREEN SANCTUARY”

SUNDAY OCT. 14, 11:30, CHALICE HOUSE CHAPEL
 

You don’t have to be a member of the Earth Ministry team to join in part two of the conversation on how Earth Ministry and the Northwest congregation fulfill our covenant to being a Green Sanctuary.  We will further discuss options for plans on specific projects in four areas of focus:  Worship and Celebration, Religious Education, Sustainable Living and Environmental Justice. 

Do you know how a rain garden decreases storm water runoff?  Come watch a video on rain gardens.   Do you know how to teach a young person in Religious Education how to weave a mattress for a homeless person from single use plastic shopping bags?  Come see how it’s done.  We will also talk about how inspiring it is to meet with other sustainability conscious faith congregations or to work as partners for cleaner water with a community organization.   

In September’s  “Part One” we took a backward look at becoming a Green Sanctuary in 2011. In this October Second Hour, we will focus on being green in 2018.

For more information contact: Tom or Linda Couch, Earth Ministry Co-Team Leaders at tcouch4921@aol.com.


Launchpad Update

Hi everyone,
 
Northwest’s partnership with Launchpad continues to grow. Each new process that we are implementing is getting thoroughly tried and tested, and we are committed to not abandoning any former methods before the new ways are proven. Our electronic locks are working well so far. Your physical keys still work, and will continue to work until we have a new system 100% established, including giving access to the building to all those who need it.

This month’s payroll cycle will be the first one handled by Launchpad, and we are finalizing the new processes for payroll this week. We are also finalizing the ability for folks to print remotely to our office printer, to simplify how our orders of service and other materials to get printed each week. Our office phone number is in the process of getting transferred, and after next week, folks will be able to reach our Launchpad partners in Oak Ridge using the same number that NWUUC has always had.

Please keep your questions coming! Launchpad is handling our office@nwuuc.org email, so you can send questions there, to the Board or Rev. Rogers. 
 
With gratitude,
Rev. Jonathan Rogers

Ministerial Search Committee Survey

As part of our search for the next settled minister for Northwest, the search committee is putting together a detailed packet of information about our congregation that prospective ministers will read in order to determine whether they wish to be considered for our position. That packet asks for some detailed information about our history, our current community, and our aspirations for the future.

In order to complete that work we need input from you. In the coming weeks, we’ll host some discussions during Second Hour and in other small group settings, but the primary method through which you can provide us with your wisdom and guidance is by filling out the survey we have put together.

We need your response by October 15 to give the committee time to incorporate your feedback into the packet, which needs to be completed by the beginning of November.

Please take some time and provide us with thoughtful responses to these questions: http://bit.ly/mscsurvey18


RE This Week
Photo courtesy of Nancy Johnson
Nursery available during worship, coffee hour and 2nd hour
Children in worship through Story Wisdom
RE Classes till 11:30 am
Activity Time available for those participating in 2nd hour till 12:30 pm.  
RE Events
Mark Your Calendars

YOUTH TO JOIN IN THE PRIDE PARADE – October 14

All youth are invited to march with fellow UUs in the Atlanta Pride Parade.  We will head to the parade on MARTA and join hundreds of others from the Atlanta UU cluster congregations.  It will be a fun day! More information to come. 
 

CHILDREN ARE FREE AT NWUUC RETREAT – October 19-21

There is big news to share. The Mountain Scholarship Fund has just decided to extend full scholarships to ALL children for the upcoming NWUUC retreat. Please consider registering the whole family today.  We have a fun children’s and youth program in the works. Come enjoy the weekend with us. Here is the registration link.  

https://themountainrlc.org/event/nwuuc-northwest-atlanta-fall-retreat/
 

CALL FOR CHALICE LIGHTERS 

NWUUC welcomes children’s participation in the Sunday services as Chalice Lighters.  Please sign up your child or youth to be a chalice lighter at least once each semester so NWUUC can honor them. Here is a link to sign up:

 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050f4aaeac2f4-nwuuc

Questions? Concerns? Please contact the DRE, Christina Branum-Martin

re@nwuuc.org           713-492-8374 


Holiday Bazaar
Time to start planning our annual Holiday Bazaar, to be held in early December.
 
Do you want to be part of making it happen?  Northwest needs you (I need you!)
 
Contact Helene Johnson at 404-771-9832, or helenejohnson299@gmail.com.  Also let me know if you would like to have a “booth” in the Bazaar.
 

 

OFFICE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR NEEDED

Do you appreciate a tidy office space? Are scheduling and calendar coordination important to you? Can you tolerate being shown pictures of Rev. Rogers’ dogs in the middle of the week? Then we have just the position for you! Northwest is seeking an Office Volunteer Coordinator who will work directly with the minister to recruit and train folks for the expanded needs of our office volunteer role. To get more information or discuss this position further, please talk with Rev. Jonathan Rogers or email him at minister@nwuuc.org.

SOUNDBOARD TRAINEES/OPERATORS SOUGHT

Expand your horizons. Learn a new skill. You can become proficient and confident at operating our sound system. Our pool of soundboard operators has shrunk, and we need more operators in the pool. Time commitment is one Sunday per month, and there is plenty of flexibility in swapping to accommodate unexpected events. No prior experience required. Training is supplied at no cost to you. (Sorry, no mileage or food reimbursement). We have checklists for startup and shutdown of the system. You can learn and explore to whatever depth you wish. Contact any of our sound board operators for a no-obligation trial run or contact Larry Wallis at 770.394.5764 or larrywallis@hotmail.com.


 Greetings Members and Friends

My name is Debby Crider and I will be producing your Sunday Order of Service and the UNIverse Weekly.  Please continue sending your articles to nwuupublications@gmail.com.

 

My husband and I moved to Oak Ridge, TN from Kansas in 1988.  We have three adult sons and three wonderful Grandchildren.

 

I have 25+ years office experience with 18 of those years in the legal field. I was Office Administrator for Oak Ridge UU Church for five years and retired in 2016.  I work from home now and work for Launchpad. I produce newsletters for ORUUC, Foothills UU Fellowship and UU Christian Fellowship. I also do the books for a Fraternal Organization I belong to.  In my free time I love to garden and travel.   

 

I look forward to meeting you, 
Debby

COMMUNITY/UU EVENTS

NWUUC RETREAT AT THE MOUNTAIN
OCT. 19-21

 
Final Deadline For Retreat Sign-up
Monday, October 8th
 
Don’t let your opportunity pass to attend our All Congregation Retreat Oct. 19-21. Our reserved spaces will be released  for someone else to enjoy after Monday, Oct. 8th. Our theme this year is setting the stage for our congregation’s future – NWUUC 2022: Dialogue on Diversity in Our Congregation. On Saturday morning NWUUC’s ARAOMC ( Antiracism, Anti-Oppression, Multicultural Committee) will lead us in a dialogue on understanding the systems that manifest racism, monoculturalism, tribalism, and other oppressions that exist in our society.  After lunch there will be opportunities to learn about and participate in spiritual practices like yoga, meditation,  hiking, crafts, and 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. $190/per adult for the two night weekend room and meals, youth and children 17 and under are FREE  this year!  For more information, see The Mountain notebook on the community table in the lobby or call 828-526-5838. See Mani Subramanian if you would like to know about scholarships for the weekend.

Register online here.


UUCA Coffeehouse
 

Modern Folk Duo
Friction Farm
Saturday,  October 27

in the UUCA Sanctuary

 

Modern-folk duo Friction Farm is a husband and wife team of traveling troubadours. Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay combine storytelling, social commentary and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes, and quirky observations. From ballads to anthems each song is filled with harmony and hope.

Friction Farm’s lyrically rich, harmony-driven songs have earned them spots as Kerrville New Folk Finalists and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists. They are winners of the South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competition and have performed as official showcase artists at the Southeast, Southwest, and Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conferences.

Performing internationally and throughout the US, Friction Farm feels at home on the road and on stage. Audiences lean into their stories, laugh at their humor, are inspired to do a little good in the world, and sing along once in a while. Hear the harmony and hope of their sound at www.frictionfarm.com

Music 7-9 pm with an Open Mic in the middle. Sign up for Open Mic when the doors open at 6:30. Admission donation $10, but no one will be turned away. Location: 1190 West Druid Hills Drive, Suite 150, Atlanta, GA 30329.

 

A Coffeehouse Production of the UUCA
Performing Arts Coordinating Team


THIS WEEK

Saturday, October 6, 7 pm-10 pm Hungry Ear Coffee House, Sanctuary

Sunday, October 7, 9:45 am-11:45 am RE Classes, Erichsen Room

Sunday, October 7, 10 am-11 am RE Classes, Chapel

Sunday, October 7, 10 am-11 am Worship Why Anti-Racism Is Important Rev. Jonathan Rogers, Sanctuary

Sunday, October 7, 11:30 AM-1 PM Fifth Source, Chapel

Sunday, October 7, 11:30 AM-1 PM ARAMOC Meeting

Sunday, October 7, 11:30 am-1 pm Leadership Development Committee Meeting, Founders’ Room

Monday, October 8 Last Day to Register for the NWUUC Retreat at The Mountain

Monday, October 8, 7 pm-9 pm MTL Meeting, Founders’ Room

 

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September 28-October 4, 2018 

ORDER OF SERVICE

September 30, 2018 

 

The Power of Deceleration
 

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In This Issue
 

UP FRONT

 Worship
 

Sunday, September 30, The Power of Deceleration
Rev. Jonathan Rogers

Our relationship to progress need not be defined by a binary between full speed ahead and full speed reverse. There is a great deal of power in being able to change and grow in a manner we control ourselves, not that we cede to external forces. Let’s examine what it means to be in a faith community that leads the way to a more just and loving world, while not leaving anyone behind in the process.

Sunday, October 7, Why Anti-Racism is Important
Rev. Jonathan Rogers

From both moral and strategic points of view, the work of anti-racism is crucial to the future health of UU congregations. Together, let’s examine the personal and institutional stories that call us to seek racial justice and healing at this time in our history.

OF INTEREST

NWUUC EARTH MINISTRY

SECOND HOUR ON WHAT IT MEANS TO
BE A GREEN SANCTUARY
SUNDAY SEPT. 30 AT 11:30 am
IN CHALICE HOUSE CHAPEL

 

Come join in a Conversation Circle discussion on the topic “What It Means to Be a Green Sanctuary.” We all know Northwest UUC has solar panels and we have taken many steps toward making our buildings energy efficient.  But what does the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) require when a congregation qualifies for Green Sanctuary status as ours has done?  You may be surprised to learn it is not just the physical building that matters, but it involves partnering with environmental organizations and working alongside residents of at risk communities, as well as other actions.  Come hear comments from Earth Ministry members who were there at the inception working for Northwest’s Green Sanctuary status.  We will also learn via video from Rev. Karen Brammer, UUA’s Senior Associate for Climate Justice, about the growth of the Green Sanctuary program since its inception in 1989 when it was called The Seventh Principle Project.  We will look at handouts outlining the areas of focus required for Green Sanctuary and work on a wish list of green ideas for the future at Northwest.  For further information contact: Tom or Linda Couch, Earth Ministry Co-Team Leaders at tcouch4921@aol.com.


In The Spirit 
Tuesday, October 2, 7:30 pm
  
Are you ready for quiet, contemplative services again?

Join members Traci Montgomery and Lil Woolf as we share music, readings, candles and silent meditation once again this fall.  We plan to meet in the sanctuary each first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm. Please join us.


Hungry Ear Coffee House

is proud to present:

Saturday, October 6, 7:30 pm 
Ron Hipp w/Carol Statella ~Out of the Rain~ is a folk duo noted for innovative arrangements and unusual expressive power.
Cyndi Craven has been around for a while, singing songs she’s written and other people’s, too, and playing guitars, ukuleles and a weird little thing that looks a guitar that got put in the dryer.
Jonathan Brenner is an American singer-songwriter who defies easy classification. Described as “somewhere between New York and Nashville,” his music is a unique amalgam of genres.
 
Jana Wolf has honed and perfected her craft of songwriting to a fine point as can be heard on her album, Sing Your Own Blues.

 
On the first Saturday of the month doors open at 7:30 pm, when Northwest’s sanctuary once again becomes the Hungry Ear Coffee House. The performance starts at 8 pm. A $5 donation is requested and canned goods for the Community Assistance Center (CAC) are always appreciated. Bring a friend and a few extra dollars to buy refreshments during the break and to support the performers. 

Our Fifth Source
Sunday, October 7, 11:30 am

 

The fifth source that Unitarian Universalism draws from is: “Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.”

If you consider yourself: a Humanist, a Freethinker, or a Religious Naturalist and you would like to be in community with others with similar beliefs, why not join our new group:  Our Fifth Source .  Depending on interest we can listen to and discuss presentations by members, watch videos, discuss books, have debates, share a lunch or dinner, or do anything else our members decide would be worthwhile.  


October Book Groupies
Tuesday October 9, 7:30 pm
The NWUUC Book Groupies will meet Tuesday, Oct. 9th, at 7:30 pm in the art gallery to discuss In The Time Of The Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. This is a story for our time as it takes place during the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic with a good plot based on true events involving four young sisters coming to maturity and embracing political activism in the 1960s. This book reminds us that for many                                  people the freedom we enjoy come with a steep price.


Launchpad Update
Our transition to Launchpad is continuing and several changes have been implemented the last two weeks to help our new system work smoothly:
  • We have established the ability for Launchpad and others to print to our office printer from Tennessee and other off-site locations, thanks to President-Elect David Stewart. David has also personally installed electronic locks on our buildings, and is guiding us through the nitty-gritty of our phone system transition. Thank you, David! 
  • Launchpad has taken the wheel with our Orders of Service and the UNIverse Weekly. If you know of anyone who would like to receive the UNIverse Weekly as a hard copy in the mail, please let Rev. Rogers know or send an email to “office@nwuuc.org” and we will arrange it!
  • Launchpad has access to our Realm database and will begin helping to manage it.
  • We now have electronic locks on the main building and Chalice House, so that Launchpad can grant access to our buildings from Tennessee, when needed for deliveries, repairs, and other situations.
There will be more changes to come as we navigate this innovative partnership; please don’t hesitate to contact Rev. Rogers, the Board, or our new Launchpad partners up at Oak Ridge UU Church (using “office@nwuuc.org“) if you have questions or feedback!

Ministerial Search Committee Survey

As part of our search for the next settled minister for Northwest, the search committee is putting together a detailed packet of information about our congregation that prospective ministers will read in order to determine whether they wish to be considered for our position. That packet asks for some detailed information about our history, our current community, and our aspirations for the future.

In order to complete that work we need input from you. In the coming weeks, we’ll host some discussions during Second Hour and in other small group settings, but the primary method through which you can provide us with your wisdom and guidance is by filling out the survey we have put together.

We need your response by October 15 to give the committee time to incorporate your feedback into the packet, which needs to be completed by the beginning of November.

Please take some time and provide us with thoughtful responses to these questions: http://bit.ly/mscsurvey18


NORTHWEST CELEBRATES (ALMOST) 50 YEARS!

In 2019, Northwest will celebrate its 50th anniversary. In anticipation, the Art Gallery Committee has been working with our archivist, Jay Kiskel, to create a display depicting not only the history of our congregation, but the UU denomination in Atlanta. We have on loan from UUCA four portraits of the first four Unitarian and Universalist churches built in Atlanta. In the last Unitarian church built in 1915, stained glass windows called the Founders’ Windows were installed that honor Rev. George Leonard Chaney and his wife Isabel for their efforts to establish the first Unitarian church in Atlanta. We are fortunate stewards of these stained glass windows. Visit the Art Gallery and learn about our history.


RE Events
Mark Your Calendars

YOUTH TO JOIN IN THE PRIDE PARADE – October 14

All youth are invited to march with fellow UUs in the Atlanta Pride Parade.  We will head to the parade on MARTA and join hundreds of others from the Atlanta UU cluster congregations.  It will be a fun day! More information to come. 
 

CHILDREN ARE FREE AT NWUUC RETREAT – October 19-21

There is big news to share. The Mountain Scholarship Fund has just decided to extend full scholarships to ALL children for the upcoming NWUUC retreat. Please consider registering the whole family today.  We have a fun children’s and youth program in the works. Come enjoy the weekend with us. Here is the registration link.  

https://themountainrlc.org/event/nwuuc-northwest-atlanta-fall-retreat/
 

CALL FOR CHALICE LIGHTERS 

NWUUC welcomes children’s participation in the Sunday services as Chalice Lighters.  Please sign up your child or youth to be a chalice lighter at least once each semester so NWUUC can honor them. Here is a link to sign up:

 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050f4aaeac2f4-nwuuc

Questions? Concerns? Please contact the DRE, Christina Branum-Martin

re@nwuuc.org           713-492-8374 



 

OFFICE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR NEEDED

Do you appreciate a tidy office space? Are scheduling and calendar coordination important to you? Can you tolerate being shown pictures of Rev. Rogers’ dogs in the middle of the week? Then we have just the position for you! Northwest is seeking an Office Volunteer Coordinator who will work directly with the minister to recruit and train folks for the expanded needs of our office volunteer role. To get more information or discuss this position further, please talk with Rev. Jonathan Rogers or email him at minister@nwuuc.org.

SOUNDBOARD TRAINEES/OPERATORS SOUGHT

Expand your horizons. Learn a new skill. You can become proficient and confident at operating our sound system. Our pool of soundboard operators has shrunk, and we need more operators in the pool. Time commitment is one Sunday per month, and there is plenty of flexibility in swapping to accommodate unexpected events. No prior experience required. Training is supplied at no cost to you. (Sorry, no mileage or food reimbursement). We have checklists for startup and shutdown of the system. You can learn and explore to whatever depth you wish. Contact any of our sound board operators for a no-obligation trial run or contact Larry Wallis at 770.394.5764 or larrywallis@hotmail.com.


COMMUNITY/UU EVENTS

NWUUC RETREAT AT THE MOUNTAIN
OCT. 19-21

Join us at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, NC for our annual All Congregation Retreat Oct. 19-21. Our theme this year will be setting the stage for our congregation’s future – NWUUC 2022: Dialogue on Diversity in Our Congregation. Final registration deadline is Oct. 8 as others are waiting in line for this coveted and colorful fall weekend. On Saturday morning, NWUUC’s ARAOMC (Antiracism, Anti-Oppression, Multicultural Committee) will lead us in a dialogue on understanding the systems that manifest racism, monoculturalism, tribalism, and other oppressions that exist in our society.  After lunch there will be opportunities to learn about and participate in spiritual practices like meditation,  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. $190/per adult for the two night weekend room and meals, youth and children 17 and under are FREE this year!  For more information, see The Mountain notebook on the community table in the lobby or call 828-526-5838. See Mani Subramanian if you would like to know about scholarships for the weekend.

Register online here.

 OUR NWUUC FAMILY

Care Corps

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. Jonathan Rogers, Minister, 770-955-1408 
Rev. Joan Armstrong Davis, Community Minister, 404-275-0236
Maria Drinkard, 678-644-6480
Linton Hopkins,
678-938-8858
Lil Woolf,
404-276-6189

 

(770) 955-1408    Office Hours M-F 9 am to 5 pm     office@nwuuc.org
 
Care Corps Announcements
 
A memorial service for Barbara Peterson will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, October 13th, at Northwest. Barbara was a dear friend, member, and Trustee of our congregation. Please keep her husband, Bill Peterson, and their family in your thoughts.
 

We send our best wishes to the Sample family.  Baby Girl Sample decided she didn’t want to wait until October! Aela Grace Sample was born Sunday, September 16 at 7:35 am, at 5 lbs 8 oz, 18 inches long, to the delight of parents Gina and Danny Sample. Despite being a month early, she came out feisty and ready to party!  Cards of well wishes are welcomed.

 

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1025 Mt. Vernon Highway, NW
Sandy Springs, GA 30327

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September 21-27, 2018 

ORDER OF SERVICE

September 23, 2018 

 

“Life Lessons from Middle School
 
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UP FRONT

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Sunday, September 23, “Life Lessons from Middle School”
Rev. Marti Keller

Back to school comes early in the South, for many kids as early as August 1 this year, inspiring nostalgia for that very first day ever, with new shoes and crayon boxes.  Or perhaps dread, most especially for what school can like at 12 or 13. 

Eighth Grade, a summer critical hit movie, took on one girl’s honest experiences and what they taught her.  What were yours and how do they continue to inform your life in these times?  And the life of UU congregations? 

Sunday, September 30, “The Power of Deceleration”
Rev. Jonathan Rogers

Our relationship to progress need not be defined by a binary between full speed ahead and full speed reverse. There is a great deal of power in being able to change and grow in a manner we control ourselves, not that we cede to external forces. Let’s examine what it means to be in a faith community that leads the way to a more just and loving world, while not leaving anyone behind in the process.

OF INTEREST

Ushers Needed For Sunday
 

If you are available to help out as an usher this Sunday on a one-time basis or as a 
once a Month volunteer, please email Rev. Jonathan (minister@nwuuc.org). You will be paired with an experienced usher. Usher duties include being responsible for taking up the collection, gathering and passing out the Order of Service and hymnals, taking a headcount of adults and children, recording the headcount in the administrative office, and making sure the Sanctuary is cleaned of any Order of Service or hymnals after the service.

Northwest Senior Network   

SEPTEMBER 23, 11:30 am
 

The Northwest Senior Network will meet in the art gallery. The Senior Network is composed of adults who are retirees, grandparents and caretakers, who gather to discuss life issues, provide support to one another and plan social activities around town. The Senior Network’s regular monthly meeting is held during Second Hour on each fourth Sunday of the month in the art gallery at Northwest.

If you would like to join the group and receive notices about activities, please send your name and phone number to Renee and Mike Burke at reneeandmike@mindspring.com. Or just come to the gathering in the art gallery to meet other group members and join in the fun.


Dining for Women

 

Dining for Women will meet this month on Sunday, September 23 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the home of Mary Perloe. The program will support Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance in Malawi. Please contact Marilyn Matlock or Mary Perloe to RSVP.

For more information you can go to the Dining for Women website – https://diningforwomen.org


Volunteer Needed in the Nursery 

Come gather some sweet play time with the babies and toddlers.  The nursery needs a volunteer to play in the nursery on Sunday, Sept. 30 during the service to follow our safe congregations policy of two people in the nursery. One of our nursery assistants is out that day.  Please let the DRE know if you have an hour to help that day.  re@nwuuc.org


RE “Take Apart” Day
 

 On Sunday, Sept. 30, the Youth are leading a “take apart” day for the children in the RE program.  This will be a day to explore what is inside computers, telephones, toasters, and more.  Do you have any old things in the garage that would be fun to take apart and look inside of?  Do you have tools, such as screwdrivers, pliers, and wrenches to donate to our RE toolbox?  So far we have an expired desktop computer, an push-button telephone and a DVD player to explore.  More items and tools are needed.  Send an email to the DRE if you have things to share.  re@nwuuc.org


NWUUC EARTH MINISTRY

SECOND HOUR ON WHAT IT MEANS TO
BE A GREEN SANCTUARY
SUNDAY SEPT. 30 AT 11:30 am
IN CHALICE HOUSE CHAPEL

Come join in a Conversation Circle discussion on the topic “What It Means to Be a Green Sanctuary.”  We all know Northwest UUC has solar panels and we have taken many steps toward making our buildings energy efficient.  But what does the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) require when a congregation qualifies for Green Sanctuary status as ours has done?  You may be surprised to learn it is not just the physical building that matters, but it involves partnering with environmental organizations and working alongside residents of at risk communities, as well as other actions.  Come hear comments from Earth Ministry members who were there at the inception working for Northwest’s Green Sanctuary status.  We will also learn via video from Rev. Karen Brammer, UUA’s Senior Associate for Climate Justice, about the growth of the Green Sanctuary program since its inception in 1989 when it was called The Seventh Principle Project.  We will look at handouts outlining the areas of focus required for Green Sanctuary and work on a wish list of green ideas for the future at Northwest.  For further information contact: Tom or Linda Couch, Earth Ministry Co-Team Leaders at tcouch4921@aol.com.


In The Spirit 
Tuesday, October 2,  7:30 pm
  
Are you ready for quiet, contemplative services again?

Join members Traci Montgomery and Lil Woolf as we share music, readings, candles and silent meditation once again this fall.  We plan to meet in the sanctuary each first Tuesday of the month at  7:30 pm.  Please join us.


Hungry Ear Coffee House Concerts

is proud to present:

 

Saturday, October 6,  7:30 pm 
Ron Hipp w/Carol Statella ~Out of the Rain~ is a folk duo noted for innovative arrangements and unusual expressive power.
Cyndi Craven has been around for a while, singing songs she’s written and other people’s, too, and playing guitars, ukuleles and a weird little thing that looks a guitar that got put in the dryer.
Jonathan Brenner is an American singer-songwriter who defies easy classification. Described as “somewhere between New York and Nashville,” his music is a unique amalgam of genres.
 
Jana Wolf has honed and perfected her craft of songwriting to a fine point as can be heard on her album, Sing Your Own Blues.

 
On the first Saturday of the month doors open at 7:30 pm, when Northwest’s sanctuary once again becomes the Hungry Ear Coffee House. The performance starts at 8 pm. A $5 donation is requested and canned goods for the Community Assistance Center (CAC) are always appreciated. Bring a friend and a few extra dollars to buy refreshments during the break and to support the performers. 

October Book Groupies
Tuesday October 9,  7:30 pm
The NWUUC Book Groupies will be meeting Tuesday, Oct. 9th, at 7:30 pm in the art gallery to discuss In The Time Of The Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. This is a story for our time as it takes place during the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic with a good plot based on true events involving four young sisters coming to maturity and embracing political activism in the 1960s. This book reminds us that for many people the freedom we enjoy come with a steep price.

Kitchen Crew

After 5+ years of dutifully working in the kitchen on fourth Sundays and spoiling us with their scrumptious, legendary coffee hour treats, Deborah and Paul Ross will be pursuing other interests.  We will miss them and truly appreciate their efforts.  Happy traveling, Deborah and Paul.

Thankfully, we have a number of other busy people that have been sharing their time and talents with a NW kitchen crew for several years.  Happily, we have some new faces, too.  If you would like to help support their efforts, please remember to throw a dollar or two in the donation baskets each week.  Your contribution helps that Sunday crew recoup their refreshment costs.  Many kitchen crew members also share two hours of their time hoping to help foster community spirit.


NORTHWEST CELEBRATES (ALMOST) 50 YEARS!

In 2019, Northwest will celebrate its 50th anniversary. In anticipation, the Art Gallery Committee has been working with our archivist, Jay Kiskel, to create a display depicting not only the history of our congregation, but the UU denomination in Atlanta. We have on loan from UUCA four portraits of the first four Unitarian and Universalist churches built in Atlanta. In the last Unitarian church built in 1915, stained glass windows called the Founders’ Windows were installed that honor Rev. George Leonard Chaney and his wife Isabel for their efforts to establish the first Unitarian church in Atlanta. We are fortunate stewards of these stained glass windows. Visit the Art Gallery and learn about our history.


RE Events
Mark Your Calendars

YOUTH TO JOIN IN THE PRIDE PARADE – October 14

All youth are invited to march with fellow UU’s in the Atlanta Pride Parade.  We head to the parade on MARTA and join hundreds of others from the Atlanta UU cluster congregations.  It will be a fun day! More information to come. 
 

CHILDREN ARE FREE AT NWUUC RETREAT – October 19-21

There is big news to share. The Mountain Scholarship Fund has just decided to extend full scholarships to ALL children for the upcoming NWUUC retreat.  Please consider registering the whole family today.  We have a fun children’s and youth program in the works. Come enjoy the weekend with us. Here is the registration link.  

https://themountainrlc.org/event/nwuuc-northwest-atlanta-fall-retreat/
 

CALL FOR CHALICE LIGHTERS 

NWUUC welcomes children’s participation in the Sunday services as Chalice Lighters.  Please sign up your child or youth to be a chalice lighter at least once each semester so NWUUC can honor them. Here is a link to sign up:

 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050f4aaeac2f4-nwuuc

Questions? Concerns? Please contact the DRE, Christina Branum-Martin

re@nwuuc.org           713-492-8374 


 

OFFICE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR NEEDED

Do you appreciate a tidy office space? Are scheduling and calendar coordination important to you? Can you tolerate being shown pictures of Rev. Rogers’ dogs in the middle of the week? Then we have just the position for you! Northwest is seeking an Office Volunteer Coordinator who will work directly with the minister to recruit and train folks for the expanded needs of our office volunteer role. To get more information or discuss this position further, please talk with Rev. Jonathan Rogers or email him at minister@nwuuc.org

SOUNDBOARD TRAINEES/OPERATORS SOUGHT

Expand your horizons. Learn a new skill. You can become proficient and confident at operating our sound system. Our pool of soundboard operators has shrunk, and we need more operators in the pool. Time commitment is one Sunday per month, and there is plenty of flexibility in swapping to accommodate unexpected events. No prior experience required. Training is supplied at no cost to you. (Sorry, no mileage or food reimbursement). We have checklists for startup and shutdown of the system. You can learn and explore to whatever depth you wish. Contact any of our sound board operators for a no-obligation trial run or contact Larry Wallis at 770.394.5764 or larrywallis@hotmail.com.


COMMUNITY/UU EVENTS

NWUUC RETREAT AT THE MOUNTAIN
OCT. 19-21

 
Join us at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, NC., for our annual All Congregation Retreat Oct. 19-21. Our theme this year will be setting the stage for our congregation’s future – NWUUC 2022: Dialogue on Diversity in Our Congregation. Final registration deadline is Oct. 8 as others are waiting in line for this coveted and colorful fall weekend. On Saturday morning, NWUUC’s ARAOMC (Antiracism, Anti-Oppression, Multicultural Committee) will lead us in a dialogue on understanding the systems that manifest racism, monoculturalism, tribalism, and other oppressions that exist in our society.  After lunch there will be opportunities to learn about and participate in spiritual practices like meditation,  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. $190/per adult for the two night weekend room and meals,  youth and children 17 and under are FREE this year!  For more information, see The Mountain notebook on the community table in the lobby or call 828-526-5838. See Mani Subramanian if you would like to know about scholarships for the weekend.

There is big news to share.  The Mountain Scholarship Fund has just decided to extend full scholarships to ALL children for the upcoming NWUUC retreat.  Please consider registering the whole family today.  We have a fun children’s and youth program in the works.  Come enjoy the weekend with us.  

Register online here

 OUR NWUUC FAMILY

Care Corps

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. Jonathan Rogers, Minister, 770-955-1408 
Rev. Joan Armstrong Davis, Community Minister, 404-275-0236
Maria Drinkard, 678-644-6480
Linton Hopkins,
678-938-8858
Lil Woolf,
404-276-6189

 

(770) 955-1408    Office Hours M-F 9 AM to 5 PM     office@nwuuc.org
 
Caring Corps Announcements
 
Christopher James Grall, son of Beryl Grall Petty, passed away in his Alabama home on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. The family will receive friends at his Celebration of Life and reception on September 22 at 3 pm at Northwest.

Please keep the family of dear friend and member Barbara Peterson in your thoughts.
 
We send our best wishes to the Sample family.  Baby Girl Sample decided she didn’t want to wait until October! Aela Grace Sample was born Sunday, September 16 at 7:35am, at 5 lbs 8 oz, 18 inches long, to the delight of parents Gina and Danny Sample. Despite being a month early, she came out feisty and ready to party!  Cards of well wishes are welcomed.

 

Copyright © 2018, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
1025 Mt. Vernon Highway, NW
Sandy Springs, GA 30327

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Things are popping at Northwest this month! Check out the September UNIverse to learn about our new administrative, bookkeeping and communications service as well as the many volunteer opportunities available at Northwest and in the community. With the move to Launchpad, this will be the final monthly UNIverse. As we streamline communications, the revamped NeUUs (with graphics, thanks to the greater flexibility of Constant Contact) will become our primary news vehicle, so keep an eye out for it each week!

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