UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
July 4th, 2013
Vol. 13 Issue 27
In This Issue
Sharing Sunday!
Green Potluck
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
Another Look at HUMC
Social Justice News
Invoke Your Muse
Newcomers Social
We Share the Plate
Care List

This Sunday,  

July 7th, is a Sharing Sunday!

On the first Sunday of each month, we

Share the Plate during the offering,

Share our Lunch with each other during Potluck and  

Share our Bounty by bringing Food Items for the Food Basket!  


Your Social Justice Committee asks that we bring non-perishable food items for the food basket this Sunday, to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program. The basket is in the church foyer. Our Goal: 100 Food Items per month!


Food items are welcome at any time, but we're making a special effort to bring items on the first Sunday of each month; we will share food with the larger community as we share with our Church friends and families.


This Sunday's Potluck:  

Bring Your Own

In a move to a more environmentally sustainable world, our Social Justice committee has suggested that we Bring Our Own non-disposable plates, cups, etc. to our monthly Sunday Potlucks. You may also want to remember to bring a bag for transporting home your dirty items! We'll continue to provide disposables for those who need them.

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Sunday July 7th, 2013

"The Right Way to Right Speech"   

UUCH Readers' Theatre

UUCH's Readers' Theater returns with another adaption of a story from the Reverend Erika Hewitt's "Story, Song and Spirit," a book for multigenerational services. The story to be shared is "The Right Way to Right Speech," which is based on a traditional Jewish folktale, blended with the Buddhist concept of "Right Speech," which is the basis for the Unitarian Universalist program of "Right Relationships." My goodness, what an interconnected web we weave...and read.


Readers are: George Fletcher, Mona Smith, Lisa White, Sandy Moore, and Bobby Hall.


Also this Sunday, we Share the Plate with the Community Free Clinic. For more information, please see the article below.

This Sunday in Religious Education


Summer RE continues at CAMP UU-BE-LONG:


Game Day!  

Bring your favorite games to play with your RE friends! Heather Kyemba will be there to coordinate the activities!  


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

HUMC Property Visit: Monday, July 8th



The Methodist Conference has agreed to extend the time UUCH has to respond to them until July 19th.


Following up on Sunday's Town Hall information, PSPC and the Board would like to touch base with the congregation on the Highlands United Methodist Church (HUMC) property at 3921 Broadmor with an evaluation form and additional visit. 


The HUMC evaluation form will be distributed to members and friends via email.  You can complete a printed copy after this Sunday's (July 7th) service.  Or you can do it after the HUMC visit on Monday, July 8th, at 5:30 p.m.  Or you can reply in email.  If you receive only printed copy of the newsletter, you will need to make arrangements to pick up a hard copy at church or at the visit. Because of the tight deadline for the PSPC and the Board to make a recommendation to the congregation concerning this property, we ask that all forms (electronic or hard copy) be returned as soon as possible, preferably by the end of the day on Monday, July 8th. 


This plan allows a visit once more for anyone interested and accommodates those out of town who are in touch by email.  We hope this plan fits into a tight summer schedule filled with other summer fun and vacations. 


Please call me (256-426-4153) if this plan does not work for you and you have feedback to share with us. 



Betsy Applegate,  

for the Property Sales & Purchase Committee

Social Justice News


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Amazing Alchemy--Changing Chocolate and Coffee into Meal Packs

Thank you to all who have purchased fair trade coffee and chocolate in the last months.  The Social Justice Committee used the profits to purchase food to make meal packs for the homeless.  Last Sunday, the children and youth enjoyed assembling over 180 packs of canned meat, canned fruit, pudding, juice, crackers, and granola bars.


Thank you to Gail Williams, Theresa Miller, and Jerome Belcher for braving Sam's to buy the provisions.  Thanks also to Deedee Moore and George Fletcher for being the Big Bad Meal Pack Inspectors!  And finally, thank you to Brian Cutler and Tom Moss for distributing the packs among the homeless community.


Fair Trade Chocolate on Hiatus Until Fall

Due to our fabulously warm Alabama summers, it is neither economical nor environmentally friendly to ship chocolate in the summer.  Therefore, the Social Justice committee will begin selling fair trade chocolate again when cooler temperatures return.  However, we will still be selling delicious, fair trade Kaffeeklatsch coffee--thank goodness coffee beans don't melt!


UUCH Approaches Boy Scout Troops

As most of us know, the Boy Scouts of America have come under fire from some religious groups for their recent decision to allow gay boys and young men to be Scouts.  While the policy may not go as far as we would like (gay troop leaders are not permitted, for instance, nor may any BSA employee be gay), it is a step in the direction of social justice that we wish to affirm (see here for a statement on the issue from our UUA President, Peter Morales).  Several members of our congregation expressed the desire to reach out to the Boy Scouts here in Huntsville to explore the possibility of allowing any local troops displaced by their changed policy to meet in our building.  On behalf of the Social Justice committee, Tonia Betts contacted the Huntsville Boy Scout Council to ask about their status.  While no troops are currently in need of meeting space, the invitation and support was greatly appreciated at the Boy Scout Council!

Calling All Poets and Songwriters!


quillpen The Worship committee invites you to send in your original poems and songs 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

SharethePlateThis Sunday, We Share the Plate*
with the Community Free Clinic

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The Community Free Clinic has been open in Huntsvillle since 1999. The mission of TCFC is to provide quality free healthcare, education and medications to thousands of people in Madison County without health care benefits. The goals and objectives of the CFC are to improve the quality of life of those with few health options through medical treatment and health education.


The clinic is a volunteer-driven organization. Local physicians donate their time to see patients who have no health insurance and who cannot otherwise afford to be seen by a doctor. A dispensary is located on site where prescriptions are filled as needed for patients' treatment.


The Clinic sees patients who are residents of Madison County. Patient eligibility is verified with two pieces of identification, one of which must have a current photograph and verification of income. Without these forms, the Clinic has the right to refuse treatment.


The Clinic is located at 410 Sivley Road, Huntsville, AL 35801. For further information, call the clinic at (256) 533-2910, or go to http://www.hsvfreeclinic.org


*When we "Share the Plate," all cash collected on the first Sunday of each month in the quarter (July, August, and September), along with any checks noted as "Share the Plate," will be halved with the Community Free Clinic. Thanks in advance for your generosity! 

votives Care List 


In our Circle of Candles on June 30, requests for candles came from: 

Echo Long, who said "My daughter Willow had a stroke, but is on the road to recovery."

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: Jerome Belcher   

Trustees: Nancy Finley, Kathy Heath, & Laurel Bollinger  

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 23rd, 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 


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

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

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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.