UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
June 27th, 2013
Vol. 13 Issue 26
In This Issue
100 a Month!
Fair Trade is Good Biz
PFLAG in Huntsville
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
Your Social Justice Cmte.
Town Hall This Sunday
Invoke Your Muse
Newcomers Social
Care List
Fill'er Up! 
bags of food

The Social Justice Committee's goal is to collect and donate 100 items per month for the food basket!  Can you pick up an extra canned good, nonperishable food item, or personal care product next time you are out shopping?  Please do, and put it in the basket in the church foyer to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP). 

98% Guilt Free
Your Social Justice Committee is selling Fair Trade chocolate from Equal Exchange.  There are a variety of yummy flavors, and the proceeds will be used to help fund social justice projects.


Equal Exchange Logo


We now also have Fair Trade, Organic, "Kaffeeklatsch"
coffee for sale!  These items will be available at the back of the sanctuary after Sunday services.


About PFLAG:  

(Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.)

rainbow flag

PFLAG-Huntsville holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, July 11. Socializing and snacking start at 6:00.  Our meeting starts promptly at 6:30, with announcements and introductions. As always, we follow with our peer support. Please come if you are a parent, family member, friend, ally, or GLBT person than can provide support, or could use some support. All meetings are confidential.


Meetings are FREE and open to all who support PFLAG's purpose. If you have questions, you may call 256-683-8026, or send an email to pflag-huntsville@intelec.us


(Membership is not required to attend any meetings or events. Membership fees and donations are used to provide PFLAG resources and special events. )


 NOTE: We are now on Facebook!  Search for PFLAG-Huntsville and become a fan!


We have a variety of booklets from PFLAG National and other organizations to share with attendees and their friends and families, and supportive organizations.


We meet at the Huntsville Public Library, Main Branch located at 915 Monroe Street in Huntsville, AL 35801.  The library's phone number is (256) 532-5940.


You are welcome to bring snacks to share for our pre-meeting socializing, but be aware that the library does not allow red drinks.

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Upcoming Services

UUCH Chalice
Sunday June 30th, 2013

"A Room Full of Ministers"   

Student Minister John Czachurski

As a congregation we share the ministry of this church.  This affects what we do, how we do it, and how we think about everything we do here.  What would it look like if we came to church and saw ourselves as a room full of ministers?

This Sunday in Religious Education


Summer RE continues at CAMP UU-BE-LONG:


This Sunday, one of our favorite activites! Join the Betts family to make meal packs for our homeless outreach!


Nursery care (ages 0-3) will be provided as usual. For more information, contact Becky Ellingwood, our RE Chair.

Social Justice Meets This Sunday


justice scales
Our next Social Justice Committee meeting will be this Sunday, June 30th at 9:30 am.  We'll talk, have bagels, and get set up for the meal packs for the homeless.
All are welcome!

Chant This Sunday


om Humans all over the world use chanting for worship, mental health, enlightenment, peace, and even to gain wealth. Our group has been meeting once a month, and it's working for us!


Join Deedee Moore, Theresa Miller, and other voices in learning why this practice has become universal, and find out what chants, if any, appeal to you. If you already have a chant that is especially meaningful for you, we'd love to share it. Also feel free to bring drums & percussive instruments--it'll help us keep a rhythm going!


Next class is this Sunday Morning, June 30th, and you are welcome to join. Let's meet at 9:15 a.m. and go for an hour. Contact Deedee Moore, at the church office, for more info: uuch@uuch.org

Important Congregational Meeting   

on Property--This Sunday, June 30th  

(immediately following the Sunday service)


ModChalice The Property Sales and Purchase Committee, the Renovation Committee, and the UUCH Board have been working diligently to gather information on the Highland United Methodist Church property.  The inspection has been completed, estimates on repairs are being gathered, the Capital Campaign Wrap-up information is becoming available, and assessments of financial feasibility are being analyzed.  We have many teams with information to share with the congregation.  It is now time to share these details, and to involve the congregation again in important discussions.   


This Sunday afternoon, June 30th there will be a Town Hall Meeting. At this meeting updates on the property inspections, estimates of renovations and repairs, and financial assessments of the purchase and operation of the property will be presented.  This will be an information-packed meeting, and you will want to come participate in the discussion.   No vote will be taken, but it will be an important information-sharing meeting, and there will be time for questions and comments from the members.  It is important that we are all well informed when we make our final decision on this property.  This is the time to gather the information you need.


There will also be additional chances for people to visit the property if you haven't been or if you want to visit again.  Time and dates of these visits will be announced when they are scheduled.


Please plan on attending this meeting if possible. It will occur immediately after Sunday services and child-care will be provided.

Calling All Poets!


quillpen The Worship committee invites you to send in your original poems for a special service on July 28th. Members and friends of all ages (even children!) are encouraged to share a poem or two appropriate for worship. All submitted poems will be printed for the congregation to take home and enjoy, and many will be read during the service. Please email your submissions to Mona Smith at  monajsmith@aol.com by July 14th.

UUCH Newcomers Social
August 10th--Save the Date!


If you started attending UUCH within the past year or so, we hope you will make plans to attend the Newcomer's Social to be held on Saturday, August 10th at 6 p.m.  


This will be a casual evening of fellowship and fun complete with food, drinks and childcare, and will be held at the home of Brad, Pam and Sarah Korb. Also attending will be members of the church Board and Council, and others in leadership positions.  We look forward to this social opportunity to get to know you better, and to help you get to know us better too.


More details and invitations will be provided closer to the August 10th date.  Please save the date so we can celebrate you--our new UUCH members and friends!


Bobby Hall and Pam Korb

2013-14 Membership Co-chairs

votives Care List 


In our Circle of Candles on June 23rd, requests for candles came from: 


Gail & Howard Williams, who announced "Our daughter Rachel had her twins, Sophia and Elijah, on Tuesday (the18th). So, we have joined the ranks of grandparents. Everyone is home and doing well-and happy!"


Kathy Fisher, who said "I'm glad to report that Rose Deverley's father got his pacemaker and is doing well. He is home now."


Bonnie & Steve Herold, who proclaimed "We're so happy that our children, Rachel and Nathan, have joined us this weekend-no special occasion, just fun!"


When you fill out a Circle of Candles form to be read during the service, please indicate on the form if you do not want your concern mentioned in this newsletter.   


If you have pastoral care needs, please contact the Reverend Alice Syltie at revaluu@aol.com

UUCH 12-13 Board Members
President: Kevin Betts     

V.P.  Denise Hunter-Gilbert 

Secretary: Bobby Hall           

Treasurer: Matt Jordan  

Trustees: Jerome Belcher, Nancy Finley, & Kathy Heath 

Do you have an Agenda Item for the Board?  
The Board respectfully requests that all agenda items for the meeting be submitted to Board President Kevin Betts, no later than one week prior to the meeting, i.e. the Tuesday before.You may leave a copy of your request in his Mailbox at the church office, or contact him at

Next UUCH Board Meeting will be on July 2nd, 2013 at 7pm. Thanks for your cooperation!

From the Overlook is a publication of

The Unitarian Universalist Church,

2222 Governor's Dr. Huntsville, AL 35801

Minister: The Reverend Alice Syltie

Board Pres: Kevin Betts 


Editorial Board: Laurel Bollinger, Kathy Heath 

Newsletter deadlines are each Monday at midnight!
Please send submissions to news collator Deedee Moore at


Admin. Office Hours:  

Monday 9am- 1pm; Thursday 9am-12pm ; Friday 10:30am-2pm     

Office phone: 256.534-0508, email: uuch@uuch.org 

Minister's Phone: 256.539-9607, email: revaluu@aol.com

Web: www.uuch.org 


Sunday Services are held 10:45am to 12 noon;  

Children's Religious Education held concurrently.   

Nursery available for age 3 years and under.

For further info on any event, call the church office:
256. 534-0508.