UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
December 19th, 2013
Vol. 13 Issue 51
In This Issue
Your Donations Matter
Fair Trade Chocolate!
Holiday Break
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
Solstice Service this Friday
ARE Movement Class
"New UU" Class
Broadmor Briefing
Care List

Do You Have a Guest At Your Table?
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.
For more information, please pick up a "Stories of Hope" brochure on the table in the church foyer, or go uusc.org/guest
bags of food
We Can
Reach 100!

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).   

To read more about the Huntsville Assistance Program, please visit their website.
Bake Some Fair Trade Cookies!
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!
Happy, Busy Holidays!
There will be no Social Justice meeting, no Interweave potluck, and no Council or Board meetings in
See you next year!
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Upcoming Services

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Sunday December 22nd, 2013

"Stories and Songs for a UU Christmas"    
The Reverend Alice Syltie 
and Denise Gyauch, Intern Minister 


Has anyone ever asked you why you, a Unitarian Universalist, celebrate Christmas? Or have you ever just wondered about that yourself? If, even after last Sunday's beautiful Christmas Pageant, you are still searching for the answer to this question, you may find it as we share stories and songs of the season reflecting our UU heritage. Children, Youth, and Adults are invited to join in the fun of learning and reveling in our UU connection to contemporary celebrations of Christmas.

This Sunday in Religious Education


Children and youth will participate with their families in the musical, multi-generational service in the main sanctuary.  

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). 


Winter Candlelight Solstice Service

Friday Dec. 20, 2013

Music for centering at 6:45 pm

Service begins at 7:00 pm


Take refuge from the commercialism of the season and enter a space of peace and wonder. Let the music of the harp, a chorus of voices, and the wisdom of the ages nurture your spirit as we approach the Winter Solstice.

Adult RE Hosts Classes on  

Awareness Through Movement


UUCH Adult RE focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically.  Starting in January, we will host a class on gentle movement that can assist us in being more comfortable and pain-free in our everyday activities.  Come learn how to use the core of your body to improve movement, balance, and chronic pain.  


This verbally guided Awareness Through Movement class is for anyone who wants more ease and comfort in their movements. Class is drop-in, no experience necessary, and will be led by Sally Locklear. Everyone is welcome.  Wear comfortable, loose clothing, and bring a bath or beach towel to use as head support for comfort in side-lying. Saturday morning at 10:00-11:15 starting January 4, 2014.   


For further information, contact Nancy Finley at finleyn@uah.edu.  If you need childcare for this event, please contact Nancy at least a week before the event.

"New UU" Class Starts January 5th


rainbow chalice What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist?  Guided by the UU Tapestry of Faith Curriculum, this three-part series explores important themes in UU congregational life such as worship, theology, history, covenant, faith development, social justice, and membership.   


This program focuses on introducing newcomers to Unitarian Universalism, but those who have been at UUCH for a while will also be able to share and connect with others as we explore our own beliefs and how they intersect with the UU tradition.  Everyone is welcome! 


So mark your calendars now for the Sunday mornings of January 5th, 12th and 19th for this chance to learn and share.   Meet for coffee or tea at 9:00 a.m.; discussion starts at 9:15.  Pam Korb and Nancy Finley will facilitate the discussion.  Contact Pam Korb (bradkorb@mindspring.com) for further info.  If you need childcare during these classes, please contact Pam at least a week before the event.

Broadmor Briefing



This week, we signed a contract with Lee Builders to perform as a general contractor for a variety of renovation tasks at the Broadmor facility. Lee Builders will be replacing rotten wood on the building exterior, filling in abandoned subfloor air registers, painting on both the interior and exterior, adding handrails on exterior steps, replacing an exterior door, improving exterior drainage, improving exterior lights, and several other smaller tasks.


The Renovation Committee also continued working with our architect and HVAC design engineers. We'll have more to report on those activities in the coming weeks.


--Brad Korb, Renovation Chair

Care List  


Sunday, December 15th, Candles were lit for:


Susan Coddington: "My Aunt Phyllis passed away Wednesday. She was a wonderfully feisty woman who I will miss very much."


The Miller & Mantis Familes: "Allie, Vanessa's twin sister, is expecting twins in May! We are delighted to get to see her and her family next week for Christmas."


Paul Wieland:  "My mother, Carolyn Wieland, celebrated her 96th orbit of the sun this past week."


Pam Korb: "My dad's surgery went well on Monday. He went home on Friday where he'll continue recovering for several weeks. I'm grateful for all your prayers and positive thoughts."


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

There will be no Board meeting in December. Next UUCH Board Meeting will be on Tuesday, January 28th, 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.