The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been positively identified in Michigan. In order to protect our congregation and do our part to slow the spread of the disease, all congregation events, worship services, and meetings will be temporarily canceled, effective Friday, March 13th and through March 31st. We will not hold in person worship services this Sunday, March 29th.
Northwest Community Care We have a team of volunteers who are making regular phone calls to help us stay connected with one another during this health pandemic. Please fill out the NWUU Community Care Form if you need additional assistance. If you become ill and would like support with meals delivered to your home, please contact Kimi, Joshua, or Ben. You can also sign others up, if you know they would like a call and don't use email. NWUU Community Care Form Zoom Connections Now is the time to stay connected. You are invited to connect with Kimi in a Zoom Call. Click to join --> https://zoom.us/j/2483544488 Tuesday, March 24
6:30 PM Vespers Service Half Hour of Just Readings
7:00 PM Support Group How Are You Coping?
Wednesday, March 25
6:30 PM Vespers Service 15 Minutes of Just Readings
6:45 PM Drop-In Call No Agenda
Thursday, March 26
11:00 AM Coffee and Conversation What’s the Best Advice You've Ever Gotten?
Friday, March 27
2:30 PM Mid-Afternoon Service Half Hour of Just Readings
Online Worship Services We will continue providing our worship services online using Zoom. We recommend that you join early and to use a laptop or desktop with a webcam. You can also download the Zoom app onto your tablet or smart phone device via your app store. PDF Instructions: How to Connect to Zoom Join by phone only: Call: 646-558-8656 Enter Meeting ID: 745 451 412 Join by computer or tablet: Click --> https://zoom.us/j/745451412
Send Us a Picture for Our Services We are working on improving our online service. One of the suggestions was to make the imagery less busy, more soothing, and more personal. To that end, Joshua would love to include some still photos of the NWUU family behind the music/meditation and possibly other places in the service. If you have photos that you would like to submit for inclusion, please send them to email@example.com. Depending on how many we get, you may see yours this Sunday or future Sundays.Please confirm all people portrayed in the pictures have given permission to use their photo in online services which will possibly also be recorded. Spiritual Resources Kathy Henry and Karen Hager share a passion for creating greater peace and harmony in an anxious, troubled world. Click Open Peaceful Heart--> https://www.openpeacefulheart.com/call-for-love-recordings
Youth Programs Soulful Home Parents are encouraged to check out Soulful Home activities & fun for the March theme of Wisdom. Click --> March 2020 Soulful Home Packet
NWUU Parents Facebook Page Children are very welcome to attend the 10:30 am Sunday Zoom service with you. Please check out NWUU Parents on Facebook as posts will be increased. Click -->https://www.facebook.com/groups/254541224670330/ Coming Up (We will let you know dates/times when we are ready)
Storytime with Jan on Facebook Live – will be done on NWUU Parents Facebook page.
Possible storytime with other adults or kids
Childrens’ meditation with Kimi
Children & Youth may post a video on NWUU Parents to “show & tell” or demonstrate a
Coming of Age Class to be rescheduled on Zoom for our 8th graders
We are working on ways to let children and teens connect in other ways with each other. Please let Jan Price know if you would like to help host something and have some ideas.
Programs and Operations Small Groups and Committee Meetings Small Groups and Committees are still planning to meet via Zoom. Committee Chairs and Small Group Leaders will receive Zoom links later this week.
Pledge Payments During this challenging time, to ensure that we continue to fulfill upon our mission, let us make sure we maintain a positive cash flow and that our pledge income stream is not adversely affected. To that end, if you are able, please consider paying your pledge early, or at the least, arrange with your bank for an auto-payment to be made on a regularly scheduled basis to the church. Alternatively, you may donate via text message to 248-574-8034, with the amount of your donation and the keyword "pledge" (e.g., "25 pledge"). Click --> https://northwestuu.breezechms.com/give/online Plate Collection If you can, please consider making a donation towards our shared plate collection so that folks who are facing financial hardship can continue receiving emergency funds. Half of the plate collections during the month of March will go towards the Southfield Emergency Needs Fund. The Southfield Department of Human Services offers short-term support services for Southfield residents. Text to 248-574-8034 with the amount + plate, ex. 10 plate. Click --> https://northwestuu.breezechms.com/give/online
Programs and Operations Staff Contacts: Kimi Riegel: firstname.lastname@example.org, 248-730-5464 Ben Gabel: email@example.com, 248-622-7848 This is a challenging time for our nation and the congregation, and truly for all people. It is in times like these that we need to rely even more heavily upon each other as a source of comfort and compassion. I am reminded of the words of Mr. Rogers: "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" May we have the ability to see the helpers around us, and the grace to be a helper when we can. Yours in love and faith, Rev. Kimi Riegel firstname.lastname@example.org, 248-730-5464 **Please pass this information on to anyone who needs it but does not use email**
Worship Services: Sundays at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Childcare available 8:45 a.m. to Noon
Northwest UU Congregation is a growing, multi-generational, multi-cultural congregation grounded in the history and heritage of liberal religion. We are young and old, straight and gay, disabled and not, diverse in color, ethnicity, and class. We walk varied paths (spiritual, religious, atheistic, and agnostic) to find meaning and purpose in our lives, and we are united in our belief in the worth and dignity of all people, and the obligation to express our faith through acts of justice and compassion. We come together in friendship and caring to support one another through the many changes of our lives, to give and receive both love and hope. We hope you'll join us as we create a diverse, spirit-growing, justice-seeking community that is true to the ideals of each of us. Services begin 10:30 a.m. from June through September 2nd. The 10:30 service is complemented by Sunday school classes for our youth.
There is a 9:00 a.m. service most Sundays from mid September to mid June. Check the congregation calendar to confirm. The 9:00 a.m. service is a contemplative service with childcare available.
Greeters are in the Atrium to welcome visitors prior to the 9:00 a.m. service starting at 8:45 a.m., and prior to the 10:30 a.m. service starting at 10:00 a.m. Please come in through the red doors. You'll be greeted and offered a name tag when you enter. You may then go into the sanctuary and sit while waiting for the service or stay in the atrium and meet others.
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The Staff: Minister Kimi Riegel, Director of Religious Education Jan Price, and Church Administrator Ben Gabel can be reached at 248-354-4488