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The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
July 18th, 2013
Vol. 13 Issue 29
In This Issue
Food Basket
Coffee for Justice
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
Interweave Fun!
Social Justice News
New to UU?
Board Report
Care List
Where Do Your Donations End Up?
bags of food   
Your Social Justice Committee asks that we bring non-perishable food & hygiene items for the food basket, to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP).

HAP is an interfaith network of Madison County congregations providing volunteers, information, and financial resources to help those in need.  HAP focuses on those who need temporary assistance.  HAP provides not only food boxes but also assistance with rent/mortgage and utility bills.


Our Goal: 100 Food Items per month!
The basket is in the church foyer. Thanks for your generosity!
A Win-Win


Fair Trade, Organic, "Kaffeeklatsch" coffee for sale!  Bags of coffee are available at the back of the sanctuary after Sunday services.


Proceeds are used to help fund Social Justice projects--everybody wins!
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Sunday July 21st, 2013

"Standing On the Side of Love"--Music Celebrating Love & Acceptance for Everyone! 

Ken Sizemore, UU Musician, Singer, and Songwriter

Ken has been performing folk and early pop music all over the country for more than 40 years. As a folk singer and guitarist, Ken plays the "classic" folk music of the 50s, 60s, and 70s--songs by such artists as Peter, Paul, and Mary; The Kingston Trio; Pete Seeger; Woody Guthrie; and many others. While based in Nashville, Ken performed as a solo artist, as part of the folk duo "Judith and Ken," and with the folk trio "The Folk Revival." He has performed in thousands of concerts, clubs, listening rooms, coffee houses, banquets, and festivals throughout the United States. Ken moved to Panama City in 1999 and continues to perform all over the Southeast, sharing his diverse repertoire and support for UU principles.

This Sunday in Religious Education


Summer RE continues at CAMP UU-BE-LONG:


Heather Kyemba brings us "Circus Games!" George Fletcher will be Heather's able assistant.


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

Monthly Interweave Potluck & Game Night is This Friday: Everyone is Welcome!


chalice w/rainbow flame UUCH's Interweave is an Outreach Group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) people and their friends and allies. On the 3rd Friday of each month, we hold a "Potluck and Game Night" to eat, play, and have a good time in a "safe zone" for the LGBTQ. We hope that our allies will come out and join in the fun so that we have a good mix of LGBTQ and A's participating.


This Month's Potluck/Game night will be held Friday, July 19th, from 6:30-9pm, here at the church.

Contact Denise Runnels for more information.

Social Justice News


justice scales No Social Justice Meeting in July

The SJ committee will take a summer break this month.  Our next meeting will be Sunday, August 25th at 9:30 a.m. 


Food Basket Round-up! 

In June, we donated 62 items to HAP.  Thank you to all who brought items in this summer-slow-time.  Let's keep up the good work!  Our goal: 100 items per month.


Another Gardening Day at Deep Roots

What is Deep Roots of Alabama? Deep Roots of Alabama is a Huntsville-based organization working to bring nutritious food and community building to under-resourced areas through community gardening. 


We will have another volunteer day at one of the Deep Roots Community Gardens on Saturday, August 17th.  We'll meet at 9 am and work for an hour or two (since it may be pretty warm).  We had a fun day last time, so please come out for this great cause!  More details to come.

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 Newcomers' 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

UUCH Board Report from July 2, 2013


gavel Due to scheduling difficulties, the June meeting of the Board was delayed until July 2nd. As a result of a motion at the Annual Business Meeting, the Board has revised and approved the minutes for the 2012 Annual Business Meeting; a copy will be available for review at UUCH (or contact Bobby Hall if you would like a digital copy).


The slate of committee chairs for the next church year was approved as submitted by the Nominating Committee; there are two committees currently without a chair: Care and Publicity. The Board is working to fill those positions quickly.


UUCH has been presented with an opportunity to have a candidate for UU ministry fulfill her internship here. Rev. Syltie is investigating that possibility.


As usual at recent Board meetings, we spent quite some time talking about the possibility and challenges of buying the property on Broadmor. The end of our time for Due Diligence work is quickly approaching. Progress is being made, but a date for a congregational vote has not yet been set.

votives Care List 


In our Circle of Candles on July 14th, requests for candles came from: 


Alice Dilbeck & Betsy Applegate, who "welcome their first grandchild, Cullen Nicholes. Cullen lives in Richmond, Indiana with his parents, Rachel Reavis and Will Nicholes."

Vicki Oehmen, whose candle represented "Joy that my cousin Bill Versteeg is now in remission from non-Hodkins lymphoma. Also in remembrance of my cousin Lydia Whitford who lost her battle with breast cancer a year ago."

Ken & Lydia Hines, who shared this joy: "Going to visit our son in Seattle for his 40th birthday."   


Mona Smith, Kathy Heath, and Ed & Paulette Bernstein all asked for candles in remembrance of our longtime member and good friend Bill Wilson, who passed away on July 13th. Mona said "We remember him especially for his poetry, and as our auctioneer for the service auction." Kathy asked "Please keep his family in your thoughts."


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 13-14 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 30th, 2013 at 7pm. Thanks for your cooperation!

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Minister: The Reverend Alice Syltie

Board Pres: Kevin Betts 

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

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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.