Making Connections

Nurturing minds, hearts, and relationships.

Northwoods Connections

The Northwoods’ Membership Committee has designed a program to foster member connection and strengthen our church community. With COVID-19 keeping us physically distanced for now, many of these groups meet virtually. Here are your options as part of Northwoods Connections.

Discussion Groups:  

Members will exchange ideas through their preferred communication method.  Topics may be a monthly theme or based on group interests.  Expect to have “conversations” at least once a month, or throughout the month.  

Pick your group based on the means of communication:

A) Facebook
B) Zoom
C) Reply-All Email
D) Group Text 
E) Distanced Meet Up:  These in-person, safe meetings will follow church guidelines for in person gatherings. Each member of this group will host at least one meet-up; for example, at a public park.

 

Don’t need that sort of connection?  Then opt for:
F) Occasional Email Contact: You will receive occasional emails throughout the year with announcements and updates beyond the Beacon Bits. 

 

 Click here to tell us how you want to be connected. 


Millbend Coffeehouse Concerts

We are Thrilled to announce that Millbend Coffeehouse is finally re-opening after an 18 month Pandemic induced hiatus.

Millbend Coffeehouse is a non-profit venue hosted by Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church. Open the 2nd Saturday of every month, with occasional extra concerts, we are dedicated to bringing the finest in national and local acoustic/folk songwriters and performers to our informal and intimate setting. We are a smoke free and family friendly environment. In our relaxed atmosphere you can meet the entertainers and obtain copies of the hard to find CDs of these fine performers.

Suggested donations vary. All profits from the gate go to local charities/causes — which are determined by audience vote at each concert, with the winners announced at the Intermission.

Visit the Millbend Coffeehouse website for information on performers and tickets. 


Drum CircleSee the source image

Drumming happens on the Friday closest to the full moon in the Northwoods UU sanctuary at 7pm. There is optional smudging beforehand to help us transition from the ordinary to the sacred. We have plenty instruments to share, so come with a willing heart or with something of your own to shake or pound on. Wear a mask. Chairs are provided and will be placed in socially distanced groups according to the RSVPs received. Watch this space for the next date. 


Book Clubs

Courageously Coed Book Club: Meets the second Monday in person.

The Coed Book Club invites anyone who likes to read and discuss novels to join us. We have in common a love of reading and talking about books—appreciating good writing that offers a glimpse into the lives, worlds and ideas of others. We also appreciate the communal experience of the group and getting to know each other in a different setting at Northwoods.

Contact Susan Powers for information: susanpowers2008@gmail.com for the reading list and Zoom login information.

The Men’s Book Club: Meets meets regularly on the first Saturday of each month in person.

The Men’s Book Club reads a wide variety of both fiction and nonfiction books. We have about 15 members who are mostly retired professionals. We select the books once a year by voting on nominations from the members. Each month a different person leads the discussion of that month’s book.

For more information contact Wally Gardner: wgardner49723@gmail.com. A copy of the 2022 reading list can be found here

The Women’s Book Club: Meets on the third Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom

The Women’s Book Club has been meeting monthly since 2001. We select books every 3-4 months based on a democratic voting process. Meetings run approximately 90 minutes followed by an optional lunch gathering at a local restaurant.

For reading lists and Zoom login information, please contact Shirley Locke: swlocke@gmail.com.

Dismantling White Supremacy Book Group: Our newest book group, DWS meets to discuss nonfiction works covering topics such as race inequity, mass incarceration, white supremacy, and racial bias  in society and within ourselves. As we work as a community to be more actively anti-racist, we also commit to doing the individual work of rejecting the unconscious white supremacy culture in which we live. This group provides a space for processing and learning as we move toward the goal of Beloved Community that is welcoming to all. The group began by reading “How To Be An Anti-Racist” by Ibram X. Kendi, and future selections will be selected with input from the group as a whole.

For more information, Contact Rev. Sarah at sarah@northwoodsuu.org.


Men’s Group

It is vital for men to share fellowship. Men who gather regularly with friends or men’s groups are happier and lead longer, more meaningful lives. The NUUC Men’s Group is an opportunity for men to come together for mutual support and learning. We practice fellowship with a purpose—we pursue and encourage social justice action, and study the impact that men have on the lives of others. The group meets monthly and is open to all who identify as male.  For more information contact David Shontz at peterkin_2000@yahoo.com.

 


This Sunday at Northwoods

For information about Sunday services and meetings,click here


Need Help?

Do you find yourself needing support? Do you need to share your thoughts or feelings? Our Lay Ministry, Pastoral Care, and Healthy Congregations teams are here to help.Click here to learn more

Need to schedule an online appointment with Rev. Sarah? The following appointments are available:

Program/Planning Session – 60 or 30 Minutes
Pastoral Care – 60 or 30 Minutes
Chat/Check-in – 15 Minutes

Make an Appointment Here


Spiritual Practice Opportunities

For information about participating in spiritual practice opportunities, click here