UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
March 20th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 15
In This Issue
Easter Egg Hunt
Bunnies Heart Fair Trade
Yes We Can!
Like us!
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
ABD Looking Good
Potluck & Game Night
SJ News
Writing as Spiritual Practice
Broadmor Work Day
Chili Cook-off!
Saturday "Movement"
Broadmor Briefing
Care List
UUCH Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

We have once again been invited to spend Easter Afternoon (Sunday, April 20th) playing at the Applegate/Dilbeck Manse. (As Becky Ellingwood says, "Betsy & Alice--They're a couple of good eggs.")

We'll have age-appropriate egg hunts, games, music, a delicious dessert potluck, and relaxing fun. More information, including directions to their home, will be made available closer to the date. Mark your calendars!
Easter Bunny Loves Fair Trade, Too! 
Check out the cute packages of Equal Exchange fair trade
chocolate Easter Eggs on the back counter. They are $6 a package and proceeds are used for social justice projects. Help the Easter Bunny be socially minded!
Your Social Justice Committee has Equal Exchange Fair Trade chocolate for sale in the back of the sanctuary each Sunday.
We also have
Fair Trade, Organic, "Kaffeeklatsch" coffee for sale! 
With Fair Trade products, everyone wins!


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, March 23rd, 2014
"Even here I am at home" 
Denise Gyauch, Intern Minister 

As we heard in last week's sermon about flood stories, life can sometimes get scary, but we're all in the same boat. This week, we will further consider the value of coming to terms with the vulnerability of life and the problems inherent in trying too hard to avoid it by seeking safety. Could it be that vulnerability is actually our surest source of peace and even power?

This Sunday in Religious Education


It's a Creative Service Sunday!  The Social Justice and RE Committees will lead children and youth in assembling meal and hygiene packs for Huntsville homeless outreach. Thank you for all the generous donations!


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). 

Annual Budget Drive Going Strong


Appropriate to our theme "At a New Threshold," our Annual Budget Drive is looking hopeful to become one of the best we've ever had!  At this point we have $146,516 from 54 pledges.  This is about 80% of our monetary goal with 58% of our hoped-for pledges returned.  We have 5 new pledges, and those who are renewing pledges from last year have increased their commitment amounts by an average of over 20%!  


Thanks so much to each of you for your generosity and enthusiasm, and special thanks to all our visiting stewards and to the ABD team for their hard work.  We are still fairly short of our number of pledges goal, so keep those commitment forms coming in!


Tim Miller, ABD Chair

Jon Fox, ABD Co-Chair

UUCH Fabulous Friday Potluck  Sponsored by Interweave  

chalice w/rainbow flame

Let's Play! Interweave is an Outreach Group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) people 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, March 21st, from 6:30-9:00 p.m., here at the church. Contact Denise Runnels for more information.

Social Justice Meets This Sunday

justice scales
Our next Social Justice Committee meeting will be Sunday, March 23rd at 9:30 a.m.  We'll discuss activities for the spring and summer, and then we'll set up for the children's meal pack assembly for the homeless.  Everyone is welcome, and we'll have bagels!  If you have questions or need child care, please contact Tonia Betts at 256 882-9891.
Adult RE "Sources" Series Continues:
Writing as Spiritual Practice



The final session of the Adult Religious Education "Writing as Spiritual Practice" series will be
March 30th at 6:00 pm!
All are welcome to participate! 


This series continues 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 are exploring 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 sharing, if you choose. You do not have to have previous writing experience to participate in this series, just a willingness to play!


Erin Reid and Anna Weber are facilitating 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. Everyone is welcome.


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

Save the Date: April 5th
All-Church Work Day at Broadmor



Attention Everyone! It is time for another fun workday at the Broadmor property. We will be gathering on Saturday, April 5th to roll up our sleeves and accomplish some of the tasks needed to get us closer to moving to our new church. There will be varied tasks for everyone at many different skill levels. Can you paint? Can you do paint prep-work, like taping? Can you use a screwdriver? Can you gather pine needles? Can you move pews? Can you make coffee and help with refreshments? All together we can make it happen! We'll start at 9:00 a.m., and will finish around 12:00 p.m. Drinks and light snacks will be provided.Workday


Here are some of the jobs we hope to accomplish:

  • Paint the RE Wing Hallway
  • Unbolt and move pews to prepare for carpeting
  • Paint awnings
  • Install new smoke detectors throughout the building
  • Exterior cleanup (branches, pine needles, mulching, etc.)
  • Remove chancel rails

Please bring work gloves, screwdrivers, cordless drills, paint brushes and rollers, rakes, step ladders, crow bars, and other basic tools. Children will be under their families' supervision during these activities. Childcare with space for rest and play will be provided for small children as needed. Remember, the address for our new church is 3921 Broadmor Road. For further information, please contact Brad Korb, Renovation Chair, at bradkorb@mindspring.com. See you there!

Fire Up Your Crockpots for the Annual UUCH Chili Cook-off!

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Calling all chili lovers! Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 12th, unlock your Secret Recipe, and rev up your taste buds for an evening of flavor devoted to tomato, bean, and spice! Who will win the coveted Red Ladle? 
In order to better accommodate the adoring food fans, admission will be limited to 90 ticketed diners and chefs.
All chefs entering a crockpot full of chili (mild, medium, hot, white, or vegetarian) will receive one free ticket. Everyone else 13 or older pays $5 each. Kids 3-12 are $3 each with a family cap of $15. (Childcare provided, as usual.)


Chili should be delivered by 5:00 p.m. for judging that begins at 5:30 p.m. Music and other live entertainment is being organized by Susan Coddington.
Sides, chili fixings, crackers, baked potatoes, and little kid food will be provided. The hospitality committee would appreciate donations of cornbread or desserts. See Denise Hunter-Gilbert for tickets, on sale now. It's a small price to pay for such a legendary culinary competition!

Adult RE on Saturday Mornings: Movement Class Starts Again April 19th 

UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically.  We are starting another series of Awareness Through Movement® classes on Saturday, April 19th. Those who came to the first series found it very enjoyable, relaxing, and useful. The class focuses 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.  



Everyone is welcome! 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. 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 from April 19th to May 24th at 10:00-11:15 a.m.      


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.

Broadmor Briefing


The Renovation Committee has received 3 bids from potential HVAC contractors and we are currently reviewing those proposals. At the same time, we are working with our architect to update the bid package for the sanctuary bathroom remodel and RE Wing window replacement. We also continue to talk with potential contractors and receive bids for fire protection hardware replacement (emergency lights, exit signs, and fire extinguishers), parking lot sealing, and carpet replacement.


The Renovation Committee is sponsoring a property workday at the 3921 Broadmor facility on Saturday, April 5th. Reference the related article above for details and we hope to see you there!

--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair
Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, March 16th, candles were lit for:


Kathy Fisher: "Please hold Doak Mansfield in your thoughts and prayers in the passing of his mother last week."


Nancy Finley and Becky Ellingwood: "Pat Norman, the sister of Rose Norman, passed away this morning. She was a good friend to many and a strong animal advocate."


Denise Runnels: (in absentia) "Even though I am in Seattle today, I feel exceptionally loved, and I'm already having a wonderful birthday so far."


Bette Keane:  "We celebrated my daughter Laurissa's birthday yesterday, and Sparky's daughter Caley is four days past her due date. Baby Cecelia should be here any time."


Barbara Hitt:  "My amazing mother turned 96 this week, and is still going strong. She lives in Wyoming, and we work the USA Today crossword puzzle together every day on the telephone."


Ryan and Anna Weber: "Congratulations to Laurel Bollinger for making Full Professor at UAH." David Bollinger says "Laurel received her promotion to Full Professor on Friday. She has worked hard for many years to achieve this title and her whole family is proud!"


Lynsie Lamitie:  "Alli completed her degree in Business Information Systems with a minor in Operational Management last weekend. :>)"  


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, April 22nd, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be at our Governors Drive location. Thanks for your cooperation!

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Children's Religious Education held concurrently.   

Nursery available for age 3 years and under.

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