UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
January 9th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 02
In This Issue
Yes We Can!
Fair Trade
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
GAYT Wrap-Up
ARE Movement Class
"New UU" Class
All-Church Movie Night!
OWL Begins
UUA "Common Read"
Broadmor Briefing
Care List

We CAN Reach 100!

bags of food  

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).
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!
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Upcoming Services

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Sunday, January 12th, 2014

"Night Magic"

The Reverend Alice Syltie and the
Huntsville Feminist Chorus     


The Huntsville Feminist Chorus will sing selections from their recent Solstice concert, themed "Night Magic," exploring the lessons of the deep winter dark and the sparkling light of rebirth available in all our lives. The chorus will share an array of reflective and playful songs, each with its own special character, including a round by Unitarian Universalist composer Jim Scott. 

This Sunday in Religious Education


Peace Group

We Are Many, We Are One

"Differences Are Interesting"


Justice Group

Holidays and Holydays

"Milad ul-Nabi, Muhammed's Birthday"


Searchers Group

Building Bridges

"Introduction to Eastern Religions"


Over-Achievers Group

Building Bridges

"Introduction to Eastern Religions"


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). 

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 on Saturday Mornings:

Awareness Through Movement Class


UUCH Adult RE focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically.  From now through February 8th, we are hosting 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. Join us each Saturday morning at 10:00-11:15am.    


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
This Sunday Before Church!


rainbow chalice At 9:15 on the next two Sundays, we will offer the second and third sessions of the New UU class.  Each session stands alone, so if you missed the first session last week, the remaining sessions will still be beneficial.  Guided by the UU Tapestry of Faith Curriculum, this 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 plan to attend on Sunday morning, January 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.

It's Practically Perfect in Every Way!

All-Church Movie Night!
Saturday, January 18th


Join all ages for a screening of Mary Poppins on Saturday, January 18th. We will gather at the church at 6 pm with snacks and treats; show time is 6:30 pm. Bring themed refreshments to share: tea on the ceiling anyone? Dust off your chimney sweep gear, tape up your kite, find your best box of chalk, and enjoy a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious evening!


This event is sponsored by the Children and Youth RE program. All are invited! Contact DRE Erin Reid for more information at eereid@hotmail.com.

OWL Begins January 19th


The first session of Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education programs for youth ages 11-12 will be Sunday, January 19th, 12:30-2:30 PM at the church, sponsored by the Children and Youth Religious Education Program. This kick-off session is a joint orientation meeting for parents/guardians and youth who will participate in the program. Families who wish to participate in the program must attend this meeting.

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. OWL classes will be led by a committed team of trained facilitators. Read more about OWL at  http://www.uua.org/re/owl/.


If you are interested in participating in OWL, but have not yet enrolled, please contact DRE Erin Reid at eereid@hotmail.com by January 17th.

Upcoming Adult RE Discussion:
2013-2014 UUA "Common Read"


Increasingly, Americans are choosing to dine at restaurants that offer organic, fair-trade, and free-range ingredients for reasons of both health and ethics. Yet few of these diners are aware of the working conditions at the restaurants themselves. But whether you eat haute cuisine or fast food, the well being of restaurant workers is a pressing concern.


As the guest at your table campaign comes to a close the Adult RE committee invites you to join in as we discuss what it means for us to be guests at the tables in restaurants across this country. We will discuss the 2013-2014 UUA Common Read, "Behind the Kitchen Door" by Saru Jayaraman on Sunday evening February 23rd.


You can find a print version of the book at the UUA Bookstore (Click Here), Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Books a Million. An eBook is also available if you prefer 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. Keep an eye out for more  details to come. And START READING! 

Broadmor Briefing


ModChalice Our General Contractor has begun work! Lee Builders, the general contractor we hired in December, began work at the Broadmor facility this week. They will be doing a variety of interior and exterior work on the facility including carpentry, painting, electrical and general construction tasks helping us get the facility ready for our use.


This past Saturday, several UUCH volunteers tackled some ceilings and ductwork that needed to be removed prior to the installation of the new sanctuary HVAC equipment. The final HVAC design is almost complete and we will be soliciting bids for the sanctuary HVAC installation in the next few weeks. Having volunteers perform some of the demolition work saved the church several hundred dollars that we would have had to pay an HVAC contractor to perform. Many thanks go out to the following for their efforts: George Fletcher, Will Garrison, Gary Hitt, Jason Hundley, Brad Korb, Tom Meier, and Paul Wieland.

--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair 
Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, January 5th, candles were lit for:


Alli Johnson: "Please keep my Dad in your thoughts and prayers as this Wednesday he will undergo another open heart surgery to repair two clogged arteries."


Barbara and Gary Hitt: "Barbara's brother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer the day after Christmas."


Jack Long: "Jack seems to be over the stomach bug that he has been fighting since August."


Kate Sparks: "It's my father's birthday today."


The Betts family: "We welcomed a new baby girl into our family on 12/31, two weeks early. Her name is Wren Marie, and baby and Mom are both doing great. As Sage pointed out, she was an 'early bird!'" UUCH congratulates all the Betts and looks forward to welcoming little Wren Marie into our church family.


Howard Williams: "Howard's father passed away on Monday." UUCH extends our sympathy to you and your family, Howard.


Deedee Moore:  "Deedee suffered a cardiac event on Friday. She had a stent put in at the cardiac ER, spent two nights in the hospital, and is home and doing well." UUCH is certainly relieved that you are okay, Deedee. We need you!


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

Next UUCH Board Meeting will be on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 at 7pm. Thanks for your cooperation!

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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 


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Admin. Office Hours: Monday 10am- 1pm; Thursday 9:30am-12pm; Friday 10am-2pm.   


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.