UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
November 21st, 2013
Vol. 13 Issue 47
In This Issue
Fair Trade Chocolate!
Food Basket
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
Chant this Sunday
More Pageant Participants
Community Thanksgiving
Stocking Stuffers Needed
Christian Sources
OWL Parent Meeting
Midwives Walk Worked!
Auction Action Heroes!
Broadmor Briefing
Care List
Fair Trade Chocolate is back!
Equal Exchange Logo
This Sunday, Equal Exchange Fair Trade chocolate will again be for sale in the back of the sanctuary.

In addition to the yummy chocolate bars, we will be selling hot cocoa, baking cocoa, and chocolate chips for the upcoming holiday baking season and cool weather.  Proceeds are used for social justice projects, and our congregation's purchase of Equal Exchange products supports UUSC.


we also have
Fair Trade, Organic, "Kaffeeklatsch" coffee for sale!  
With Fair Trade products, everyone wins!
We CAN Reach 100!
canned goods
The Social Justice Committee's goal is to collect and donate 100 items per month. 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).
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Sunday November 24th, 2013

"The Welcome Table"  
The Reverend Alice Syltie    


This Sunday we add to the years of memories as we celebrate our Traditional Bread Communion Service. This is a multi-generational service and you are invited to bring bread to share with the congregation.  Our favorite breads usually have a story.  If the bread you bring has significance to your own family, or to your ethnic, cultural, or religious heritage, you are invited to share that story during the service.    

This Sunday in Religious Education


Children and youth will participate with their families in the multi-generational worship service in the main sanctuary.  RE classes will not be held. 


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).  

Chant This Sunday


ohm Humans all over the world use chanting for worship, mental health, enlightenment, peace, and prosperity. Our group, sponsored by the Adult RE program, meets on the last Sunday of each month, and new chanters are always welcome. Come up and meet with Deedee Moore, Theresa Miller, and other voices to see why this practice has become universal, and find out what chants, if any, appeal to you.


Our next gathering is this coming Sunday Morning, November 24th, 9:15 a.m. We chant for about an hour. 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 helps us keep a rhythm going! Contact Deedee Moore, at the church office, for more info: uuch@uuch.org.

  Christmas Pageant--Parts Still Available!


Christmas Bells 

We had a successful casting session last Sunday. Children and youth who were not able to be present are still welcome to join in the pageant fun!  Parents/guardians may email DRE Erin Reid and indicate what part your child/youth would like to play.  Parts available are: shepherds, lambs, camels, angels--and any animal!


The Annual Christmas Pageant will be performed during the Worship Service on Sunday, December 15th, 2013. Children who participate in the pageant should:

  • be at least 4 years old (we have parts for adults too!)
  • be able to attend a short rehearsal during RE on Sunday, December 8th
  • be able to arrive at church early (10:00 a.m.) on the day of the pageant (Dec. 15th) for a quick run-through
  • be able to supply simple costume items (e.g., bath robes, etc.--no sewing or elaborate costuming required). NOTE: We have some cloth robes, both colorful and white, that were recently added to our costume collection, which might be useful for angels, magi, or shepherds!

For further information, contact Erin Reid at (256) 694-6786 or eereid@hotmail.com. THERE ARE PARTS FOR EVERYONE!

Community Thanksgiving Service
Sunday, November 24th,
at Faith Presbyterian Church


The Southeast Clergy Cooperative, of which I am a part, is helping organize this City-Wide event.  If you would like to be part of the combined choir, they will gather to practice at 4:15pm that Sunday.  Bill Hovik, Director of Music Ministry at Faith Presbyterian, will be directing the choir.  The song will be the John Rutter version of "For the Beauty of the Earth."  If you have questions about the choir, you can contact Bill at whovik@presby.org.  All are welcome to attend and support the effort to bring people together across the many divides that separate us.   Hope to see some UUCH folks there.    --Rev. Alice




Sunday, November 24th at 5:30 p.m.

Hosted by Faith Presbyterian Church,  

5003 Whitesburg Drive, Huntsville, Alabama


The Service will be followed by a reception where all bursting with grateful hearts can gather.


Organized by the Southeast Huntsville Clergy Cooperative

Co-sponsored by the City of Huntsville  

With the Support of Area Congregations, Ministers and Cooperatives.


Led by Area Public Officials and Religious Representatives

Offering a Tapestry of Music, Readings, Reflections, Prayers, and Litanies which Reflect our Diversity and Unity.   


The Wonder Of It All:  Gratitude and Generosity.


"For we are drawn together and are now ready to be knit together by a common stake in these United States and in our cherished community."



We seek in our joint Thanksgiving a fusion of stubborn creative differences.

We celebrate wisdom, justice, and generosity, all at the core of our heritage and our common hope.

We stand ready to meet the challenge before all of us--to find common ways to jointly contribute from our own life to the good of all.

We declare our gratitude for being entrusted and called to serve as good stewards of the earth, this land, and this home called Huntsville. 


Join us as we celebrate the spiritual and cultural realities of gratitude and generosity and our common national heritage of being a thankful people ...  

and crown God's good with love endured, from sea to shining sea.

Holiday Stocking Stuffers Needed


candycane-burst.jpg On December 3rd, the Alabama Kidney Foundation volunteers will stuff Holiday stockings for over 1,000 dialysis patients who live in N. Alabama. For some this is their only holiday present.   

Items needed:

Travel size dental supplies--toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss

Travel size toiletries--shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc.

Candy canes, peppermints, and Tootsie rolls.  

Pens, post-it notes, magnets, stress balls, etc.   

Items can brought to the church by December 1st and deposited in the container in the foyer. Social Justice co-chair Gail Williams will make sure our donations get to the assembly site. All donations will be appreciated!


It you would like to help stuff stockings, come to the Main Library (915 Monroe Street, Downtown) on Dec. 3rd from 3:30-5:30pm.  You may also take your donations directly to the library that afternoon.
Adult RE "Sources" Series:
Christian Teachings


The Adult RE "Sources Series" to examine our Six UU Sources continues in December with our source that draws from Christian teachings. Our previous sources workshops have been very interesting with lively discussion, and you are encouraged to join us even if you have missed these earlier workshops. We will base this discussion on Zealot, by Reza Aslan, a book exploring the historical Jesus through both biblical and extra-biblical sources. Aslan presents the historical Jesus as a political radical executed for sedition, whose apocalyptic vision centered on social justice and equality. The book has received both high praise and high criticism, depending upon the reviewer--let's see what it has to say to Unitarian Universalists!


You can find both print and eBook versions of the book at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, or if you are unable to get a copy for yourself we will have a few on the coffee bar at the back of the sanctuary that can be checked out. Of course, we should have ample talking points even if you can't get the book read before the discussion.  Dr. Laurel Bollinger and Denise Runnels will facilitate this discussion.  Dr. Bollinger has taught courses at the graduate level in the Bible as Literature, and looks forward to this conversation! We will meet Sundays December 8th and 15th at 6pm. Please contact Nancy Finley at least one week before the discussion if you need childcare.

Save the Date: Parent Meeting for OWL Participants (Ages 11-12) on Dec. 8th


The Children and Youth Religious Education Program will host Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education programs for youth ages 11-12 in January 2014.  The facilitators will offer a parent meeting December 8th, 12:30-2:30 PM, at the church to give parents/guardians vital information related to the program.  Parents/guardians who are interested in enrolling their youth in OWL must attend this meeting.  Childcare will be provided downstairs.  This meeting is for parents and guardians only.

OWL offers a beautiful curriculum in keeping with UU values for building holistic identity and sexuality awareness in young people.  OWL fosters authenticity, safety, age-appropriate understanding, self-worth, and, in general, provides the tools a young person needs to make healthy choices. The class will be led by a committed team of trained facilitators.

OWL class size and the number of families we can accommodate at the orientation are limited.  Please RSVP to DRE Erin Reid at eereid@hotmail.com by December 6th.

Read more about OWL at http://www.uua.org/re/owl/

Miles For Midwives a Great Success!



Thank you to everyone who came out Saturday for the Miles for Midwives walk.  UUCH was well-represented by Cheri Smith, Isis Trice and her friend Corrie, LaDawn Edwards, Gail Williams, Theresa Miller, and the Betts family.  We distributed info about UUCH and had fun, too!


Thank you also to everyone who donated money to allow us to become sponsors of the walk.  We raised over $500 to benefit the Alabama Birth Coalition!


And, finally, great job to new members Anna and Peter Bertone for all their work to help organize the walk!

Service Auction Successfully Constructs Community, Raises Roof!


The Service Auction last Saturday evening was a rousing success! Attendees enjoyed a delicious selection of foods and beverages on the buffet tables. The room was decorated with colorful road-work signs and caution tape to reinforce our "Construction" theme. Our generous donors contributed a record 135 items for us to bid on. We set new records for attendance and the number of active bidders. The fundraising result was spectacular too, with more than $11,800 being raised. That goes a long way toward supporting the varied programs of the church. We hope everybody enjoys the good fellowship that comes along with the many dinners, events, and services you donated and purchased!


Special thanks go to our talented volunteers. We couldn't have done it without your dedication.


Graphic Design--Erin Reid

Publicity--Steve Herold, Deedee Moore, David Bollinger

Catalog Prep--Greg Howard, Audrey Fox, Pam Korb, Eleanor Schweinsberg, Jo Broussard

Room Setup and Decorations--Pam Korb, Jerome Belcher, Kathy Heath, Eleanor Schweinsberg

Volunteer Coordinator--Eleanor Schweinsberg

Food--Jon and Audrey Fox, the Hospitality Committee

Beverages--Jo Broussard

Registration--Alice Dilbeck, Denise Runnels

Auction Night Data Management--Betsy Applegate, Kip Shepherd, David Bollinger

Table Monitors--Bonnie Herold, Ed & Paulette Bernstein, Becky Ellingwood, Jane Welty, Eleanor Schweinsberg

Auctioneer--Ward Welty

Spotters--Alice Dilbeck, Bobby Hall

Runners--Sarah Korb, Quinn Hunter-Gilbert, Maxwell Fox, Louis Fox, Sage Betts

Cleanup--Thanks to all who stayed after to cleanup.


Thank you, UUCH, for all your great energy that made this a very successful event.




Finance Chair

  UUSC'S Guest At Your Table Program


UUCH kicked off our participation in the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's (UUSC) Guest at Your Table program this past Sunday. The Guest at Your Table program is an annual tradition in which congregation members learn about several people with whom UUSC is working. This year, the UUSC is featuring people who have empowered others to realize their human rights. These people are your "guests" and we ask you to share your blessings with them to support our shared mission. By welcoming a "guest at your table," you are helping nurture a spirit of gratitude and the UU values of justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. Guest at Your Table fosters understanding and awareness of UUSC's human rights work and our shared belief in social justice.


You can learn about human rights leaders empowering others through the Stories of Hope booklet that was distributed this past Sunday. If you missed getting a copy of this on Sunday, additional copies are available at church. Consider reading or discussing a story when enjoying meals with family and friends. These stories will connect you to real people who are involved in the daily struggle for human rights. Telling the stories of their hopes, dreams, and achievements is a meaningful way to bring these special guests into your home.


Make a regular practice of giving contributions to your "guests," perhaps at mealtimes or other household gatherings. At the end of December, you can 1) return your donations to UUCH, 2) mail your donations to UUSC using the envelopes provided at church, or 3) donate online at  https://guest.uusc.org/uuch . If your final gift totals $100 or more, it will be eligible to be matched dollar for dollar through a grant from the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, N.Y., doubling the impact of your efforts!


The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is guided by the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the principles of Unitarian Univer­salism, which uphold the inherent worth and dignity of all people. UUSC strengthens workers' rights; pro­tects the right to safe, affordable water; defends civil liberties and democratic processes; and preserves the rights of people overlooked in times of disaster and armed conflict. UUSC is an independent human rights organization and receives no financial support from the UUA or the federal government.

ModChalice Broadmor Briefing


The Renovation Committee is meeting this week with the Aesthetics Team and our architect, Greg Kamback, to discuss the three consulting tasks that Mr. Kamback will be performing for us. Those three tasks are to make recommendations on  

1) a facility-wide color palette, 2) flooring types/colors in various area of the facility, and 3) improvements to the foyer to make it more welcoming.


The members of the Aesthetics Team are Kristy From-Brown, Deedee Moore, Melissa Shepherd, and Nancy Stetson.


--Brad Korb, Renovation Committee Chair

Care List  


On Sunday, November 17th, our Circle of Candles included:

A Candle of Sorrow for Jon Fox: "My sister Amy is in my thoughts as she must give up her successful MS therapy due to a potentially fatal side effect for which she is increasingly at risk."


A Candle of Joy for Tonia Betts: "Thank you to everyone who came out yesterday for the Miles for Midwives walk--Cheri, Gail, LaDawn, Theresa, Isis, Corrie, and the Betts family. Thank you to all who donated to allow UUCH to be a sponsor."  And UUCH thanks Tonia Betts for organizing the UUCH team and effort for this event.


A Candle of Joy for Paula and Eric Henderson: "Paula's son Cameron accepted his first job at a great firm in Nashville. We are all thrilled, and Mom is especially relieved that he won't be too far away."


A Candle of Joy for Cheryl Barr: "Sad to have moved from BAUUC in Houston, Texas. Happy to have found a new church home here in Huntsville."


A Candle of Joy for Bette Keane: "Happy 30th birthday to my son Zack on the 13th!"


A Candle of Joy for Mari Hinckley and Erin Miller: "Our first show with the Cherry Sparkle Burlesque Company went beautifully last night."


A Candle of Joy for Jon Fox: "Deeply grateful for all who shared food, drink and time for the Service Auction!"  And UUCH thanks the Fox family for all of their time and effort in making the food and hospitality at the Service Auction very special!


A Candle of Concern for Denise Gyauch: "My friend Ian will be in surgery tomorrow and starting dialysis later this week."


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 Thursday, November 21st, 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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Admin. Office Hours:  

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



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.