This Week’s NeUUs

Here’s the NeUUs for September 13, 2018:

  1. Worship Service: Repentance and Atonement, 10 am, September 16
  2. Religious Education
  3. Second Hour
  4. Care Corps Update
  5. Keep Sending Publication Notices to the Usual Address
  6. Northwest Celebrates (Almost) 50 Years!
  7. Ministerial Search Committee Update
  8. Check Out the Northwest Classifieds
  9. Office Volunteer Coordinator Needed
  10. Soundboard Trainees or Operators Sought
  11. Appraisal Requested on Interim Ministry
  12. Bring Your Questions to Our Town Hall, September 16
  13. Volunteers Still Needed for Habitat Build, September 16
  14. LUUnch BUUnch Discusses the Paradox of Choice, September 19
  15. Senior Network Meets, September 23
  16. Dining for Women Gathers, September 23
  17. RE Needs Items for “Take Apart” Sunday, September 30
  18. Congregational Retreat, October 19-21—Early Bird Discount Expires This Week!

 

  1. WORSHIP SERVICE: REPENTANCE AND ATONEMENT, 10 AM, SEPTEMBER 16

The Jewish High Holidays are upon us, so let us reflect on some of the most important themes of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, including repentance and atonement. These can be challenging topics to sit with and to reflect on and they can lead us to greater spiritual depth and connection if we open ourselves up to their possibilities.

Service Contributors

  • Worship Leader ~ Rev. Jonathan Rogers
  • Worship Associates ~ Lynne Dale and David Niedermeyer
  • Musicians ~ Traci Montgomery, soloist, and Northwest Passage: David Morgen (guitar), Jim Pearce (piano), Bruce Niedermeyer (bass) and James Underwood (percussion)
  • Sound Tech ~ Gregory Byrd
  • Ushers ~ Laura Hall and Peggy Emrey
  • Greeters ~ Bob Thacker and Mary Perloe
  • Bellwether Bookstore ~ John Wienert
  • Refreshments ~ Glenn Koller, Priscilla Hopkins, Kaye McCall and Catalina Akins-Moore
  • Nursery ~ Nancy Johnson and Johnna Bollinger
  1. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (RE)

Children will remain in the service until they are sung out to religious education. All classes will join the congregation for pancakes following the service. The nursery will close at 12:30 pm.

The Northwest Youth offer their annual Pancake Sunday for the congregation today. Please come celebrate our Youth program with them.

  1. SECOND HOUR (11:30 am-12:30 pm)

Sunday, September 16

  • Town Hall, Sanctuary

Sunday, September 23

  • Senior Network, Art Gallery
  1. CARE CORPS UPDATE

Christopher James Grall, son of Beryl Grall Petty, passed away in his West Blocton, Alabama, home on Sunday, August 5, 2018. The family will receive friends at his Celebration of Life and reception on September 22 at 3 pm at Northwest.

Northwest mourns the death of member Barbara Peterson, who had a heart attack on Wednesday. Please keep her husband, Bill Peterson, and their children Elena, Zenaida and Zephaniah in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. They would welcome cards as well. Details regarding the memorial service will be provided when available.

  1. KEEP SENDING PUBLICATION NOTICES TO USUAL ADDRESS

As we move toward using Launchpad full-time at Northwest, it is important that all submissions to weekly news—either the Sunday Update, Order of Service or the online NeUUs—continue to be sent directly to nwuupublications@gmail.com. Please bear with us as we work through this transition.

  1. 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.

  1. MINISTERIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE UPDATE

At the end of August, Northwest’s Ministerial Search Committee met for eight hours with Rev. Ann Marie Alderman, our transitions coach from the UUA. During this time, we assigned tasks based on our preferences, skill sets and previous experiences and created a Ministerial Search Committee Covenant. We discussed spiritual types, which applies to both individuals and congregations. The four types are head, heart, mystic and hands.

We have met twice since our meeting with Rev. Ann Marie and are formulating a short questionnaire that we will ask everyone to take so that we can have congregational input in this important search. The congregation will also be asked to participate in a “Beyond Categorical Thinking” visit, which requires a facilitator. This will take place the last weekend of October and will include a Saturday workshop and Sunday service.

The Ministerial Search Committee is committed to keeping the congregation informed of the process as much as possible. We have also made a commitment to maintain confidentiality, so we ask that you respect that commitment and not ask for specific details on the search. Committee members include Jeremy Zierler, Elizabeth Hickman, Lil Woolf, David Morgen, Helen Borland, Maria Drinkard and Kuruvilla George.

  1. CHECK OUT THE NORTHWEST CLASSIFIEDS

Thanks to Michael Burke, we now have a new bulletin board located near the kitchen door where you can post adds for your goods, services, rentals, cars for sale, free cycle, etc. Please limit your notes to 4” x 6” or smaller.

  1. 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. 

  1. 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.

  1. APPRAISAL REQUESTED ON INTERIM MINISTRY

The Interim Ministry Appraisal group requests feedback from the congregation on how our interim minister (Rev. Jonathan) is performing, and how our congregation is faring during this time. We solicit your feedback, pro or con, as to whether your individual needs and expectations are being met, and similarly for the congregation as a whole. Your comments can be anonymous or identified, as you prefer. This appraisal is one of an ongoing series. Our appraisal will be shared with Rev. Jonathan Rogers as part of the process.

Send your feedback via email or call any of our group members:
Bob Thacker, rmthacker@comcast.net, 404.550.0715
Larry Wallis, larrywallis@hotmail.com, 770.394.5764
MarKay Appel,  markayappel@bellsouth.net, 678.537.1917
Younger members can talk with Chloe Morgen directly.

  1. BRING YOUR QUESTIONS TO OUR TOWN HALL, SEPTEMBER 16

Do you have questions for your Northwest leaders? Join the Northwest Board of Trustees and Building Expansion Steering Committee on September 16 following the service for a town hall meeting. The Ministerial Search Committee will also be there with an update on the process of finding a new settled minister.

  1. VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR HABITAT BUILD, SEPTEMBER 16

During the month of August, we kicked off the new church year by Sharing the Plate with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat utilizes volunteer labor and community financial donations to build affordable homes that are made attainable for low-income homebuyer families through no-profit, no-interest loans.

We are now gearing up for Habitat’s Interfaith Build. On September 16, members and friends of Northwest will work with members of other faith communities to construct a home in Southeast Atlanta for a family of three. The home is designed with the needs of the environment and the surrounding community in mind and will be constructed of sustainable materials.

If you are interested in joining the effort, please contact Northwest member Jill Benton (jill_benton@fd.org) to obtain the registration link and volunteer waiver forms. This is an amazing experience and a great opportunity to get to know and work alongside members of Northwest and other faith communities.

  1. LUUNCH BUUNCH DISCUSSES THE PARADOX OF CHOICE, SEPTEMBER 19

The topic for this session will be how more choice makes us less happy. Our TED Talk presenter, psychologist Barry Schwartz, takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. He offers startling insights into modern life, showing how freedom of choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied. The effect shows up in choice of clothing, choice of mate and many other contexts.  Schwartz studies the link between economics and psychology.

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. The program will end at 1:15 pm. You may come late or leave early, as your schedule dictates.

  1. SENIOR NETWORK MEETS, SEPTEMBER 23

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.

  1. DINING FOR WOMEN GATHERS, SEPTEMBER 23

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.

  1. RE NEEDS ITEMS FOR “TAKE APART” SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

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, a push-button telephone and a DVD player to explore. More items and tools are needed. Send an email to DRE Christina Branum-Martin at re@nwuuc.org if you have things to share.

  1. MAKE YOUR RESERVATION NOW FOR THE CONGREGATIONAL RETREAT, OCTOBER 19-21—EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT EXPIRES THIS WEEK!

Join us at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, NC, for our annual congregational retreat October 19-21. Our theme this year will set the stage for our congregation’s future—NWUUC 2022: Dialogue on Diversity in Our Congregation. On Saturday morning, Northwest’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, yoga, journaling, 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.

The cost for the two-night weekend room and meals is $170/per adult until September 19, then it increases to $190; $70 for youth 8-17; children 7 and under are FREE.

For more information, see The Mountain notebook on the What’s Happening table in the lobby or call 828.526.5838. Contact Mani Subramanian at mani_ruth@yahoo.com if you would like to know about scholarships for the weekend.