UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
February 13th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 07
In This Issue
Yes We Can!
Fair's Fair
Slow Movement Class
GOOD Gossip!
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
Broadmor Open House
Ready for Membership?
Jam Session!
RSVP for Fellowship Dinner
Little Gym Party!
UUA "Common Read"
Broadmor Briefing
Care List

canned goods

We CAN Reach 100--And We Have Proof!

In January, we collected 111 items for the HAP food pantry.  Great job everyone!


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.

Why Pay More?
Equal Exchange Logo
This Sunday, your Social Justice Committee will have Equal Exchange Fair Trade chocolate for sale in the back of the sanctuary.
We also have
Fair Trade, Organic, "Kaffeeklatsch" coffee for sale!  

Remember, Fair Trade products help ensure that:

1) Unjust labor practices, such as child slavery, are not used.

2) Farmers and workers are paid fair wages and have a voice in the organization to which they sell their products.

3) Environmental sustainability is held as an important goal.

Plus, proceeds are used to help fund Social Justice projects!

With Fair Trade products, everyone wins!

Saturday Morning:

Awareness Through Movement Class  

UUCH Adult RE focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically.

  Through February 15th, we're hosting a class on gentle movement,
led by Sally Locklear. Everyone is welcome.  Join us this Saturday morning at 10:00-11:15am.


(This class will include discussion on when to continue the program.) 

For further information, contact Nancy Finley at finleyn@uah.edu

Spread the Word!

Do you have a Facebook page? Some Twitter followers? How about a blog where you espouse your wisdom with the world? People who are comfortable with social media often share pictures of dogs or kids, opinions about sports teams, politicians or social causes. Did you ever think about sharing UUCH online? Think about how YOU first discovered Unitarian Universalism--probably a conversation with somebody you respected and trusted, right? Why not do somebody else a favor and let them know you found something here that you like?


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Upcoming Services

UUCH Chalice
Sunday, February 16th, 2014

"Love, Evolution, and the Golden Rule:
A Youth-Led Multigenerational Service"  

Join in this boisterous and thought-provoking service for all ages, led by your own UUCH youth. Through drama, music, video, and more, we will explore "love" from the wisdom of world religions, science, and our Unitarian Universalist principles. Celebrate the season of Valentines UU-style by deepening our own commitment to social justice, beloved community, and spreading love wherever we go. This service honors the final day of Standing on the Side of Love's "30 days of love."


Special thanks to DRE Erin Reid, Nick Wilbourn, youth and leaders in the Over-Achievers and Searchers rooms, and to all the children and adults who made a special surprise to share!


As a congregation-wide social justice activity, all are invited to bring an item to share with the church's homeless outreach. 


The Social Justice Committee and Religious Education Program will be holding a creative service Sunday in March where children and youth will assemble meal and hygiene packs for distribution in the community. Needed items include individual servings of canned fruit, cracker packs, pudding cups, juice boxes, canned meat (Vienna sausage), travel-sized hygiene products, and gallon-sized Ziplock bags. This will be an ongoing collection through March 16th.

This Sunday in Religious Education


Children and youth are invited to participate in the multigenerational service. There will be no RE classes downstairs.


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 eereid@hotmail.com). 

From the Transition Team: 

This Sunday--Come View Work-in-Progress at Broadmor


ModChalice This Sunday, February 16th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. for our Broadmor Property Open House.  Come join the Transition Team and the Renovation Committee as we view the work in progress at our new church home.  This will be a great opportunity to explore our new campus a bit more, hear the Renovation Committee's plans for the next few months, and participate in envisioning our congregational life in these new spaces. 


BroadmoropenhouseRenovation 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.


It is the goal of the Transition Team to help 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!  The Team will be available to hear your comments and questions at the Feb. 16th open house, but please feel free to contact them at any time at with questions and comments at transition_team@uuch.org. The Team members are Rev. Alice (Chair), Tim Miller, Erin Reid, David Bollinger, Lynsie Lamitie, Denise Gyauch, and Nancy Finley (Board Liaison).   


Broadmor Open House--This Sunday, Feb. 16th! See you there! 

Are You Ready to Become a Member?


If you've been attending UUCH long enough to know that this church community feels like your spiritual home, you may be ready to take the next step and become a member.  On Sunday, February 23rd, we will recognize several new members early in the service as they "sign the book" and officially join our church.


If you are ready to become a member or would like to find out more about the process, please contact Pam Korb (Membership chair) at bradkorb@mindspring.com by Tuesday, February 18th.


Rights and Responsibilities of Membership:

Because we are a democratic community, members are collectively vested with responsibility for the congregation. Members may vote at all congregational meetings, be elected to the governing Board, be appointed as committee chairs, and participate in all activities of the congregation.


Because we are a covenanted congregation, members have certain responsibilities to the congregation and to each other. These responsibilities are best fulfilled by:


Regular attendance at worship. Weekly worship cements the bonds of community, and keeps our attention directed to our highest values, while nurturing our spirits.


Voting at congregational meetings. Responsible participation includes imagining the needs of the entire congregation, rather than focusing only on one's own needs or desires. Consider how issues affect all members of the congregation, as well as potential members and others in the world outside the congregation.


Making financial contributions. Not only does this provide for the support of the congregation, but it also serves as a spiritual discipline.


Contributing time and talent. Congregations succeed because their members find ways to give of themselves, whether through singing, financial management, educating children, sharing their passion for social justice, organizing, cooking, greeting, maintaining the building and grounds--the list of tasks goes on and on. Finding ways to give back that nurture your own soul helps support your personal growth along with the growth of our congregation.


Spiritual growth and development. Working deliberately at your own spiritual development is a gift to yourself, to the congregation, and to the larger world.

UUCH Fabulous Friday Potluck!
Sponsored by Interweave


Extra! Extra! Read all about it! This month's Potluck and Game Night will feature an "impromptu" jam session. Musicians and non-musicians alike should have a great time. Bring your instrument be it a banjo or vocal chords. Or, if you are like me, bring food! Tim Miller, Tim Klug, and Alli Johnson will warm things up and anyone interested in joining the fun is welcome. This will be rather informal, so playing games and chatting are still expected while the music happens in the background.


chalice w/rainbow flame Interweave is an Outreach Group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) peoples and their friends and allies. We sponsor this "Potluck and Game Night" on the 3rd Friday of each month to ensure a "safe zone" for the LGBTQ, but EVERYONE that supports the LGBTQ community IS WELCOME. 


This Month's Potluck/Game night will be held Friday, Feb. 21st, from 6:30-9:00 p.m., here at the church. Contact  Denise Runnels for more information.

This is the time of year that we start planning for our Annual Budget Drive (ABD), during which we collect commitments for financial support for the next church year.


The kick-off event for that effort will be Saturday evening, March 8th, at the Weatherly Heights Baptist Church fellowship hall.  We hope to have all members and supporting friends there, so please mark your calendars to save the date!   


As we will be providing dinner for all attendees, and childcare as well, we need your RSVP! Sign-up sheets are at the church, or you may want to respond through the recent e-vite you should already have received.  


March 8th!  Save the Date! 

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, 4:00-6:00 p.m. 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.


Adult RE  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, at 6:00 p.m.


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 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! 

ModChaliceBroadmor Briefing


The Renovation Committee has developed and sent out a bid package for replacement of the sanctuary HVAC units. We have sent these bid packages out to several potential contractors and are looking forward to their responses in the next week or so.


Our architect is wrapping up his designs for the sanctuary bathroom renovation and the RE Wing window replacements. The bid packages for those activities should go out to potential contractors in the next week or so.


We encourage everyone to come see the renovation progress at the interim open house scheduled for 2:00-4:00 p.m. this Sunday, February 16th (see the related article).


--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, February 8th, candles were lit for:


Paulette Bernstein: "Celebration of a significant debut in American History: my husband Ed's Birthday!"


Millicent Simmons: "Thanks to all of you who brought food yesterday {Saturday} or helped in any way with the reception. You all were generous with your time and gifts."


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 7:00 p.m. 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 


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Admin. Office Hours: Monday 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Thursday 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Friday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.   


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 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 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.