UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
January 30th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 05
In This Issue
Sharing Sunday
Bring Your Dish!
Slow Movement
Fair Trade
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
Care Cmt. Notice
GAYT Wrap-Up
Broadmor Open House
Little Gym Party!
UUA "Common Read"
ABD Fellowship Dinner
Broadmor Briefing
We Share the Plate
Care List

This Sunday, February 2nd, is a Sharing Sunday!

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On the first Sunday of each month, we

Share the Plate during the offering,

Share our Lunch with each other during Potluck and  

Share our Bounty by bringing Food Items for the Food Basket!  


Your Social Justice Committee asks that we bring non-perishable food items for the food basket this Sunday, to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program. The basket is in the sanctuary, near the coffee counter at the back. Our Goal: 100 Food Items per month!


Food items are welcome at any time, but we're making a special effort to bring items on the first Sunday of each month; we will share food with the larger community as we share with our Church friends and families.

This Sunday's Potluck: Make it Green!

In a move to a more environmentally sustainable world, our Social Justice committee has suggested that we Bring Our Own non-disposable plates, cups, etc. to our monthly Sunday Potlucks. You may also want to remember to bring a bag for transporting home your dirty items! We'll continue to provide disposables for those who need them.

(In addition to being "green," bringing your own plates also saves the church money to help fulfill other goals!)

Adult RE: Awareness Through Movement Classes Continue on Saturdays 


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 is 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.

Chocolate & Coffee: Food of the Gods. And Unitarians.
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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Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

"What Does It Mean to Live a Life of Evolution?"

This February, take a journey with the Worship Committee as we spend the month wrestling with this question:  What does it mean to live a life of evolution?  

February 2nd: A celebration of our status as children of the Universe through prose, poetry and images.

February 9th: The spiritual practice of personal evolution. 

February 16th: Youth-led Service of Love. (Is there a greater evolutionary leap than being able to move from self-centered love to the greater love of being able to see the needs of others as your own?!)

February 23rd: Social Evolution and the history of our congregation's role from the 60's to the present. 


A Reminder: this Sunday we Share the Plate with New Futures Inc. Read more about it below

This Sunday in Religious Education


Peace Group

We Are Many, We Are One

"Celebrating the Chinese New Year"


Justice Group

Holidays and Holydays



Searchers Group

Building Bridges



Over-Achievers Group

Building Bridges



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

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

First UUCH Knitting Circle This Friday!


The first ever get-together of the UUCH Knitting Circle will be held at Barbara Hitt's home on Friday, Jan. 31, around 6:00 to whenever. We will be knitting and/or crocheting Care Shawls and Comfort Throws to give to our members who are going through difficult times or celebrating good times. Some of us are rank beginners (Barbara), but eager to learn how to knit or crochet, so please plan to join us whether you are an experienced knitter or a newbie. Donations of yarn are also beneficial, and anyone is welcome to join us. Please email or call Barbara, bghitt1@comcast.net, 256-881-2531, if you plan to come.

Care Committee Notice



Barbara Hitt, Care Chair, will be traveling out of the country for five weeks, from Feb. 4th to March 11th. During her absence, the following people have offered to help keep this vital part of the UUCH community there to serve as needed.


Millicent Simmons and Nancy Stetson have agreed to be the Care Committee contact people.  

Millicent: 256-551-0366

Nancy: 256-650-6116


Millicent Simmons and Lydia Hines will handle telephoning.

Lydia: 502-229-2276


Catherine Hall and Tim Miller will be available to send out email notices and requests.   

Catherine: 256-880-6465

Tim: 256-880-6792


Audrey Fox will handle the Care Shawl and Comfort Throw effort. 

Audrey: 256-417-6197


Thanks to all of you for stepping in, and thanks to everyone for the past support so many of you have provided for our UUCH members in need. It is very gratifying to have so many people offer to help in many different ways when a member of our community needs care. It makes us a very loving and caring congregation.

GAYT Roundup! Bring It On Home!


As the holiday season ends, we are tying up 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. It's time--actually, past time--to bring those contributions in.


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


1) As soon as possible, bring your GAYT box or envelope to church and leave it in the basket in the foyer. We'll be sending our collected contributions to the UUSC in the beginning weeks  of February.  


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.

An Introduction and an Invitation:
Join the Transition Team for an Open House


The Board recently created a Transition Team to facilitate the congregation's move to the new church building. Throughout the months to come, the team will be soliciting input and coordinating decision-making around the process of moving our congregational life into our new home; we hope you will be as excited about the possibilities as we are!


To kick off our work, the Transition Team would like to invite you to an Open House at the Broadmor property on Sunday, February 16, from 2 to 4 p.m.  Please take this opportunity to explore our new campus. If you have toured the buildings before, you'll be interested to see what has already been done, and everyone will have a chance to see our work in progress and participate in envisioning our congregational life in these new spaces.  


Renovation Committee Chair Brad Korb will offer a brief presentation at 2:30 p.m.; the rest of the time will be open for self-guided tours, snacks in the fellowship hall, and imagining UUCH in its new home. (Parents: All ages are welcome at this event, but the Broadmor property is currently a construction site, and children will need close supervision.) Members of the Renovation Committee will be on hand to answer questions, and Transition Team members will be eager to hear your thoughts and receive your comments.   

Save the Date:

Broadmor Open House on February 16th!

All-Ages Party at The Little Gym!
Sunday February 23rd, 4-6pm


Little Gym Logo The Children's and Youth RE Program invites all church members, friends, and guests of all ages to a party at the Little Gym in Jones Valley, on Sunday, February 23rd, 4-6 pm. (The date is changed--the party will NOT be on February 2nd.) Come on out for some family fun, games, and treats! Toddlers, children, youth, and grown-ups: ALL ARE WELCOME!


Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to be barefoot in the gym. You won't believe how much fun we're going to have. We'll have a head-over-heels good time! The address for The Little Gym in Jones Valley is 2124 Cecil Ashburn Drive. Contact DRE Erin Reid at eereid@hotmail.com   for more information.

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, 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! 

March 8th--Save the Date!


null The church's Annual Budget Drive is coming up soon, and the kick-off event for it is something that we hope to have ALL members and supporting friends attend.  So please mark your calendars for the evening of March 8th. (NOT March 1st, which was previously announced.) There will be food, fellowship, music, and expressions of gratitude to everyone who has helped us get to the threshold of a new facility with revitalized energy for growth.  More details coming soon!

ModChaliceBroadmor Briefing


Our general contractor, Lee Builders, continues to make progress at the Broadmor facility. They have replaced most of the rotten exterior soffit and fascia boards, prepared the walkway ceilings for painting, painted ceilings in two RE classrooms, and begun painting the sanctuary walls.


--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair

We Share the Plate* with New Futures, Inc.


STP logo  New Futures, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, founded in 1990, addressing the need in Huntsville and Madison County for an organization that serves homeless, intact families. New Futures Inc. operates the Marilyn Mabry Family Lodge, a homeless shelter that allows families to remain together in a safe, family-friendly environment. They are the only homeless transitional housing program in Madison County that accepts families with children up to 18 of both genders, single fathers with minor children, and single mothers with sons over age 10. By keeping families together, the Lodge will enhance the positive outcomes for all family members, and ultimately for the community of Madison County. STP 

New Futures' shelter is dormitory style, with private rooms and shared bathrooms and common areas. Through its transitional housing program, New Futures acts as a catalyst for homeless families to obtain skills, education, and successes to empower themselves and overcome extreme poverty to achieve independence. Services include a Shelter Program--90 day program, job prep, job search assistance, case management; and a Transitional Housing Program--including Education Services (including GED, Certificate & assistance), Job Placement, Job Coach/Resume Building Classes, Transportation, Counseling, and Daycare assistance. For more information, see their website:newfuturesriseabove.org


*When we "Share the Plate," all cash collected on the first Sunday of each month in the quarter (January, February, and March), along with any checks noted as "Share the Plate," will be halved with New Futures, Inc.  

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, January 26th, candles were lit for:


Kathy Fisher: "Two more friends from high school died last week, so our class lost three beloved people in a matter of days."


Mari Hinckley: "I was promoted to Creative Director of my company!" 


Rev. Alice: "Last week we learned that the aggressive nature of David's cancer has made him ineligible for any other clinical trials, or further treatment. His condition is rapidly getting worse. We are gathering family, and we ask everyone to please keep Janet and her family in their thoughts and prayers as well as us. We know there are many offers to help, and we are so appreciative. Right now we don't need anything except your love and prayers. My brother and sister-in-law will be here Thursday, and being together as family is what is most important to us at this time."


If you have pastoral care needs, please contact the Reverend Alice Syltie at revaluu@aol.com.   


Care Chair Barbara Hitt is traveling for a few months. If you need assistance from the care committee, please call Millicent Simmons (256.551.0366) or Nancy Stetson (256.650.6116).  

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, February 25th, 2014 at 7pm. Thanks for your cooperation!

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The Unitarian Universalist Church,

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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.