UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
March 6th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 10
In This Issue
DST Begins!
Yes We Did!
Meal-Pak Collections
Fair's Fair
Prom Dress Drive
Like us!
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
Fellowship Dinner March 8th
Adult RE in March
Broadmor Briefing
Broadmor Briefing
Care List

Spring Forward!

Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m. So set your clocks forward an hour before you hit the hay on Saturday night!


We CAN Reach 100!

In February, we collected 99 items for the HAP food pantry, plus lots of items for the meal packs for the homeless. 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.

Please Contribute for Creative Service Sunday

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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.


Affordable Luxury.
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!
EE Choc Bar
With Fair Trade products, everyone wins!
Manna House Prom Dress Drive

Clean out your closets, help the Manna House, and make a teen's prom dream come true!
Last year Great Labels Boutique in Madison raised over $2,000 for Manna House through its Prom Dress Drive. Any and all formal wear, dress shoes and accessories are accepted. The girls will be able to buy dresses for just $10 at Great Labels starting March 15th.

Please help Manna House provide Easter dinner for more than 2,000 people as you give your gently used dresses a new life.
For more information contact LaDawn Edwards at 319-431-7461 or sapphirestar@live.com

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Upcoming Services

UUCH Chalice
Sunday, March 9th, 2014
"At a New Threshold" 
The Reverend Alice Syltie and
Denise Gyauch, Intern Minister 

The theme for this year's Annual Budget Drive describes, literally and figuratively, our current location. A threshold is a vulnerable place to be. What lies on the other side is unknown to us. How will we step forward into uncertainty? What lessons from the past will guide us through? What will we make of the opportunities awaiting us? We've been preparing to cross this threshold for a long time. Together we will consider this exciting and daunting portal.   
This Sunday in Religious Education


Peace Group

We Are Many, We Are One

 "All Kinds of Families Are for Caring and Sharing"


Justice Group

Holidays and Holydays



Searchers Group

Building Bridges

"Islam, Part 1"


Over-Achievers Group

Building Bridges

"Islam, Part 1"


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). 

The Annual Budget Drive is ramping up and is almost in full swing!  Canvassers have been trained, and the details for the Fellowship Dinner are falling into place.  The ABD leadership team members have given their own financial commitments, and the commitments of the visiting stewards (canvassers) are being gathered this week.  Everyone should have received, or will be receiving today, the mailing that includes their invitation to participate in the personal visit activity and information to help think about their own commitment.  Expect a call soon from your canvasser!  Please contact Tim Miller at 256-880-6792 or at tim.miller.hsv@gmail.com if you do not receive a mailing this week and/or a call by the end of next week.


Don't Forget--This Saturday: 
Annual Budget Drive Kickoff Dinner

March 8th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Weatherly Heights Baptist Church,

1306 Cannstatt Drive, Huntsville

For any Cancellations or Additions, please call Bonnie Herold at (256) 289-1374

Adult RE "Sources" Series:
Writing as Spiritual Practice


quillpen In March, Adult Religious Education will continue the examination of our Six UU Sources with a focus on the first source, "the direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life." We will explore direct experience through creative writing as a form of personal spiritual practice. The emphasis is on writing as a vehicle for deepening one's connection with life. Through language, sensory image, voice, rhythm, and the ability to notice the quirky details of existence, writing--and the deep self--can come alive!  All sessions will include opportunities for writing--and for sharing, if you choose. You do not have to have any previous writing experience to participate in this series, just a willingness to play!


Erin Reid and Anna Weber will facilitate this series. Anna Weber teaches poetry and creative writing at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Erin Reid is the Director of Religious Education at UUCH and recently completed her MFA in Creative Writing. Anna is a poet, and Erin concentrates on fiction. We will meet Sundays March 9th, 16th, and 30th at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Participants may want to bring a notebook or writing pad to use over the duration of the series. 


Please contact Erin Reid at least one week before the discussion if you need childcare (eereid@hotmail.com).

Put On Your Happy Feet!
All-Church Movie Night--Sat. March 15th!


Join all ages for a screening of Happy Feet on Saturday, March 15th. We will gather at the church at 6:00 p.m. with snacks and treats; show time is 6:30 p.m. Bring themed refreshments to share, your best penguin dance moves, and your smiler!


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.
Broadmor Briefing


Renovation activities continue, with the painter priming both the exterior areas where wood has been replaced and the covered walkway structures.


The Renovation Committee continues to have discussions with potential HVAC contractors and have facilitated visits by three contractors. Our architect has developed--and sent out for bid--the package for renovation of the sanctuary bathrooms and RE wing window replacements.

--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair
Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, March 2nd, candles were lit for:


Morgan Justice: "I was accepted to the University of Virginia's sociology PH.D program this week! Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey with me. I couldn't have done it alone." 


Paulette and Ed Bernstein: "We're celebrating Paulette's grandson's 3rd birthday this weekend!" 


Rev. Alice: "A joy to welcome my friend and colleague, the Reverend Rosie Rimrodt, from Bloomington-Normal Unitarian Universalist Church in Illinois."


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 UUCHBoardPresident@uuch.org.

Notice: Next UUCH Board Meeting will be on
Thursday, March 20th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. The Board will be meeting at our new church building at 3921 Broadmor Road. 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.