UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
December 26th, 2013
Vol. 13 Issue 52
In This Issue
Chocolate & Coffee!
Your Donations Help
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
Chant this Sunday
GAYT Wrap-Up
ARE Movement Class
"New UU" Class
Care List
Hot Chocolate for Cold Weather!
EE Choc Bar
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. 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!
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.
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Upcoming Services

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Sunday December 29th, 2013

"Memories of Comfort and Joy:
Childhood Reflections On Christmas"    


Join Vanessa Miller Mantis and the Worship Committee to reflect on fond childhood memories of Christmas. We will continue to celebrate the holiday season on the 5th day of Christmas with songs and stories. We will reflect on what we want to take with us from the holiday season to keep in our hearts all year long. 

This Sunday in Religious Education


Game Day! Bring your favorite board game to play with your friends in RE!

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). 

Chanting This Sunday



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

Next class is this coming Sunday Morning, December 29th, and you are welcome to join. We'll meet at 9:15 a.m. and go for 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'll help us keep a rhythm going! Contact Deedee Moore, at the church office, for more info: uuch@uuch.org.
Wrapping Up a Guest At Your Table


As the holiday season ends, so does our participation in the Guest at Your Table (GAYT) program which is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). Hopefully you were able to pick up a GAYT box and/or the Stories of Hope booklet with a white envelope inside. The Stories of Hope booklet helped put some faces to the many grassroots organizations that the UUSC supports within the United States and around the world, and helped us visualize the Guests we support through our contributions to the UUSC.


There are three ways that you can send in your contribution to the UUSC's Guest at Your Table program:


1) Bring your GAYT box or envelope to church and leave it in the basket in the foyer.


2) Mail your GAYT envelope or check directly to the UUSC at:

Guest at Your Table


P.O. Box 808

Newark, NJ 07101-0808


3) Charge your contribution on-line at the website: https://guest.uusc.org/uuch.

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



We received preliminary plans for the new sanctuary HVAC system this past week and the Renovation Committee is reviewing the details. We will have a meeting with the engineering firm, Total Design Engineering, in early January to finalize the HVAC design. Then, we'll begin the process of soliciting bids to implement the new sanctuary HVAC system!


Our general contractor, Lee Builders, will also begin work in early January, so additional evidence of progress will be visible soon!


--Brad Korb, Renovation Chair

Care List  


Sunday, December 22nd, Candles were lit for joys!


Mari Hinckley and Kristabelle Hinckley-Bates: "On the 30th of December, Kristabelle will be SIX!!!"


Bob and Jefflyn Weed: "We just learned that our new grandchild will be a girl. Let the shopping begin!"


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     

Vice-President:  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 President: Kevin Betts 

Editorial Board: Laurel Bollinger, Kathy Heath 


Newsletter deadlines are each Monday at midnight!
Please send submissions to news collator Deedee Moore at
uuch@uuch.org .  


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.