UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
October 10th, 2013
Vol. 13 Issue 41
In This Issue
Needed & Welcome
Stay Hydrated!
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
HUGE Book Sale!!
ARE Book Discussion
Dig in the Dirt!
It's Campfire Time!!
Halloween Party!!
Service Auction
Run, UUs, Run!
Broadmor Briefing
Care List

Where Do Your Donations to Our Food Basket Go?

canned goods Huntsville Assistance Program 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.


So please bring in non-perishable food and/or hygiene items for our food basket collection. Your donations are welcome and needed. Our goal: 100 Items per Month!

HOT Coffee!


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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UUCH Chalice
Sunday October 13th, 2013


"Expanding Awe"

The Reverend Alice Syltie, Angel Hundley, and Denise Runnels    


This month's theme and question, "What does it mean to live a life of awe?" has already inspired members of the congregation to consider how honoring our own sense of awe might inspire others to a life of higher purpose. Come hear how expanding encounters with awe might lead you, and those around you, to a life of deeper meaning and purpose.

This Sunday in Religious Education


Peace Group

We Are Many, We Are One

"Old and Young Make Good Friends"


Justice Group

Holidays and Holydays, "Diwali" 


Searchers Group

Building Bridges,

"Indigenous Religions--The Earth Speaks"


Over-Achievers Group

Building Bridges, "The Journey Starts at Home"


Nursery care (ages 0-3) will be provided as usual.

For more information, contact Erin Reid, our Director of Religious Education (256.694.6786 or eeried@hotmail.com).  

Come Buy Books! Huge Selection!
UUCH Book Sale This Friday & Saturday!



UUCH's Giant Book Sale


Friday, October 11th, Noon til 7pm


Saturday, October 12th,  8 am-3 pm


We Asked, And YOU Delivered!
Tables packed with books of all kinds--Mystery, Science, Sci-Fi, Best-sellers, Kids books, Cookbooks, and a gigantic pile of magazines--are waiting for YOU to come up and take them home!
Prices are great, the selection is vast: you owe it to yourself to come up and Shop at this Sale!
(Thanks to Pam Korb and her crafty minions for setting up and running this sale!)

"When I get a little money
I buy books  and if any is left  

I buy food and clothes."--Desiderius Erasmus

Continuing This Sunday:
Adult RE "Sources" Series

5th Source: "Religious Humanism"



This year the Adult RE committee is sponsoring a series to examine our UU Sources.  On October 13th, the focus continues on "humanism" as part of the rich traditions of Unitarian Universalism.

The discussion will orient around the book Reason and Reverence: Religious Humanism for the 21st Century, by William R. Murry. In this book, Murry invites a vision of religious humanism that "evokes compassion, spirituality and a language of reverence while grounded in reason, community, social responsibility, science and ethics."


Copies of the book can be obtained on-line, or for anyone who may have difficulty getting the book, we have a few to lend. Look at the coffee bar at the back of the sanctuary for a book sign-out sheet.  Please read and return within a reasonable time so that others have the opportunity to read it as well. If you've not yet had time to read it, come to the discussion first and read the book afterwards!  


Jon Fox and Nancy Finley are facilitating the discussion again on Oct 13th.   Meet for coffee at 6:00 p.m.; we will start the discussion at 6:15. Everyone is welcome!  

Wednesday Mornings at Broadmor--
Want to Dig in the Dirt?


raking leaves

Next Wednesday morning, Oct. 16th, from 9-11a.m., is our last scheduled gardening day for October. Catherine Hall, Pam Korb, and others will be at our new church (3921 Broadmor St.) continuing the renovation work on the front flowerbeds. We've been thinning out the bulbs and mulching with pine straw, and we have about 3 beds left to go! If you feel like digging in the dirt with us, we would love to have your help with this last push for getting the flowerbeds clean and ready for winter.


Useful tools to bring: Work gloves, Hand digging tools,

Small shovels, Garden rakes, Short stools (or buckets) for sitting on, and/or Garden kneeler pads.


While October 16th will be the last scheduled dirt-digging date for this go-round, now that we have gardens, we will surely be out there again soon!  If it rains on Wednesday morning, we will work the next morning instead (on Thursday). If you have time, come dig in the dirt with us!  And please feel free to bring anyone you think might like to help.

Let's Take it Outside!

UUCH Camp & Cook-Out!
October 19th!

Sponsored by Interweave**


Calling All UUs! Join us October 19th on Monte Sano mountain, primitive camp site #20, for a night of foil dinners, singing, laughing, and good ole campfire fun (with s'mores of course). Come camp-out with us--or just come up for dinner and the campfire and then home to your own bed! 


Everyone is a cook at this 2nd Annual UUCH Camp & Cook-Out. We will get started with the dinners around 5pm. As we did last year, we will share in a communally prepared meal of campfire foil dinners. A veggie sign-up list can be found on the coffee bar at the back of the sanctuary at the church.  


More details will follow soon, but feel free to contact Denise Runnels (drrunnel@gmail.com) with questions in the meantime.  


The leaves are turning and the campfire is burning!

See you on Monte Sano, October 19th! 


**Our monthly Interweave "Potluck and Game Night" will not be held in October. Join us for the Camp-out! 

(Not to worry, Interweave P&G Night will be back meeting at the church again in November!)   
UUCH All-Church, All-Ages
Halloween Party! Saturday, Oct. 26th!

dancing skeleton Halloween Spooktacular!
It's a boo-tiful thing!

Ghosts & Goblins, Creatures & Critters, Kids & Adults--come one, come all to our all-church Halloween party! Saturday, Oct. 26, 6:00-9:00 p.m.


Even though the Halloween party is sponsored by Children's RE, this is an all-ages party, for children and adults alike! We'll have dancing, a cakewalk, and "best costume" contests for children and adults. Favorite dance tunes for all generations will be provided by the Music Machine DJ. Fun for everyone!  


Watch for sign-ups for bringing Halloween snacks, spooooky cakes for the cakewalk, and helping with set-up and clean-up. For more information contact Erin Reid at  eereid@hotmail.com or Becky Ellingwood at  beckyel22@gmail.com.

2013 Service Auction:
Your Community Construction Zone!


Shovel your garden, plant the seeds of friendship, and watch your church community grow! You are about to enter the Community Construction Zone! The UUCH Service Auction takes place on Saturday, November 16th. We offer the following suggestions to help you decide what to donate:

  • If you're good with a gas grill, you can donate a backyard barbeque party.
  • If you dig the dirt, you can donate your gardening skills.
  • If you're capable with the kitchen cutlery, you can donate a dinner party.
  • If you prefer a pencil, you can donate a poem.
  • If you know knitting, you can donate a handmade sweater.
  • If a goblet can make you giddy, you can donate a wine tasting party.

Remember--DO NOT proceed with caution through the Community Construction Zone! To build a community, you have to throw your heart and soul into it! Get creative and donate something new. Join forces and work with others. Please make your donation before midnight on November 10th.


There are three ways to donate:

  1. Paper--Fill out a paper donation form and drop it into the box in the foyer.
  2. Email--Send your donation info in an email to stevendherold@gmail.com
  3. Online--Donate online at www.CommunityAuctionServices.com/register/uuch2013

Don't miss the food, the fellowship, and the fun, on Saturday, November 16th. The doors open at 6PM. Door prizes will be awarded during  the evening. You must be present to win. No need to get a sitter--childcare will be provided.

See you there!

UUCHers in the Fast Lane!


Liz Hurley Ribbon Run--October 19th! 

On a beautiful Fall day, what more could you want than exercising with friends while raising money to find a cure for an illness that has touched so many in our church community?    


For the 4th year, UUCH is forming a team to enter the 10th Annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run to benefit breast cancer awareness. The race winds through downtown Huntsville, starting and ending at Huntsville Middle School.This is an all ages 5K run/walk that takes place on Saturday October 19th. This year the men's & women's events are combined, with the race starting at 8am.   

pink awareness ribbon


To register, go to www.lizhurleyribonrun.org and sign up to join team "Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville."  Cost is $20. Registration is limited to the first 6500 people. Last year they had to close registration early after they met that goal, so sign up early. You must have registered by October 8th to be officially counted on our team, but you can still register individually after that date. Look for further team announcements like where to meet on race day for our annual team photo.


Please contact Becky Ellingwood (beckyel22@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

Start stretching now!  Go Team UUCH! 



Miles for Midwives--November 16th 
The Social Justice Committee is promoting the Miles for Midwives Walk on November 16th, 2013. The walk will benefit the Alabama Birth Coalition, which is an organization founded to promote the legalization of midwifery and out-of-hospital births in the state of Alabama. Many rural counties in the state do not have access to obstetrical care. With a combined donation of $250 or more the UUCH can have its logo printed on the Walk T-Shirt. We will also have a table at the event with UUCH information. More info about the organization at
alabamabirthcoalition.org.  Please see Gail Williams to find out how to sign up for the walk and/or donate. More information will be forthcoming.
Broadmor Briefing 


ModChalice The Renovation Committee continues to make progress at our Broadmor facility with the following accomplishments:

  • Several of the front flowerbeds have been prepared for the winter by the "dig in the dirt" crew. This resulted in unearthing many bulbs that were bagged by our children and provided to members and friends this past Sunday.
  • The existing heating and cooling units in the offices, fellowship hall, and RE wing were inspected and minor repairs made 
  • The dumpster was filled with remaining debris and taken away
  • Met with an HVAC engineering firm
  • Received an offer from one of the Chalice Circles to renovate the playground as their service project

We appreciate the continued efforts by many people to help prepare the Broadmor facility to be our new church home!

 --Brad Korb, Renovation Committee Chair

Care List  


Our Circle of Candles on

October the 6th included: 


A Candle of Joy from Michael Scarborough. "David Stone has now completed a nine week course of 45 daily radiation treatments.  He has a favorable prognosis and hopes to be able to return to us soon."


A Candle of Joy from George Fletcher. "Thank you to the 18 wonderful volunteers who worked on our property yesterday--Nancy & Becky, Will, Denise R., Jason & Christi, Erin, Pam S., George, Jon & Maxwell, Brad & Pam & Sarah, Gary & Barbara, Bobby, Kip."  And a big thank you to George from UUCH for heading up the effort!


A Candle of Hope from Eleanor and John Schweinsberg. "Hope that our daughter's fiancÚ's eye surgery is successful this week."


A Candle of Joy from Kathy Fisher. "I'm so grateful my military daughter and federally employed son-in-law still have jobs! Also that the mechanic found huge and potentially fatal problems with my brakes yesterday!"

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. Barbara Hitt is Chair of the Care Committee, and may be reached at home, (256) 881.2531; on her cell, (256) 348.5845; or by email at bghitt1@comcast.net.

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 October 22nd, 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

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.