UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
April 10th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 18
In This Issue
100 Wins!
Good for You!
Like us!
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
Chili Cook-off!
Potluck Friday
Grow Deep Roots
Saturday "Movement"
Easter Fun!
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).


HAP is an interfaith network of Madison County congregations providing volunteers, information, and financial resources to help those in need.  HAP focuses on those who need temporary assistance.  HAP provides not only food boxes but also assistance with rent/ mortgage and utility bills.


From the HAP website:

"HAP's primary goal is to help clients have a better life. This does not always mean paying their bill will be the answer. We endeavor to meet many needs whether they are emotional, financial, or spiritual. All of our clients are interviewed in person and as much time as is needed to 'peel back the onion' and get to the core of that person's particular problem is taken. We may need to refer this person for financial counseling, marital counseling, drug/alcohol addiction, or medical assistance. We are a major referral source for services available within Madison County. All persons interviewed are encouraged to find a church family regardless of their denomination preference."


To read more about the Huntsville Assistance Program, please visit their website.

Social Justice is Delicious!
  Equal Exchange Logo  
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!

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Upcoming Services

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Sunday, April 13th, 2014
"Plant Seeds, Harvest Justice" 
Brad Korb


This Sunday, in collaboration with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's Justice Sunday, we are invited to reflect on the idea--and the social movement--of food sovereignty (the ability to control the food you eat). Whether in local U.S. communities or in low-income communities around the world, growing resistance to the corporate control of our food choices is creating openings for new ways to organize the production and distribution of food. Building on our understanding of food justice and ethical eating, how are Unitarian Universalists engaging with this added dimension of food sovereignty, both in our own communities and around the globe? Brad will discuss the food access and control issues using his experiences in Haiti along with other examples from around the world.

Child Dedication Service on April 20th  

In our Unitarian Universalist tradition we honor new life and welcome children into the world in a special Ceremony of Dedication.  In the words of Shelley Denham's song "we dedicate our hearts and minds to the spirit of this child."  This special Dedication and Naming service will be part of our Flower Communion Service on Easter Sunday, April 20th.   If you would like to have your baby or child dedicated, or have questions about this, please contact the Reverend Alice Syltie for information. 

This Sunday in Religious Education


Peace Group

We Are Many, We Are One

 "We Remember What is Important"


Justice Group

Holidays and Holydays

 "Buddha's Birthday"


Searchers Group

Building Bridges

"The Quakers: Lamb and Lion"


Over-Achievers Group

Building Bridges

"The 1800s: 5 New Religions"


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). 

Chili Cook-off is This Saturday Night!


The UUCH Annual Chili Cook-off is upon us! 
This Saturday, April 12th!

We have 21 tickets left! Contact Denise Hunter-Gilbert for your ticket to delicious fun!

Tickets are $5 each for those 13 and older; Kids 3-12 are $3 each, with a family cap of $15.  

(Childcare provided, as usual.)

And of course, Chili Chefs eat free!!


Chili cooks-bring in your entry by 5:00 p.m. this Saturday, for judging that begins at 5:30 p.m.

Sides, chili fixings, crackers, baked potatoes, and little kid food will be provided.

 Entertainment is being organized by Susan Coddington.


Want to help?

The hospitality committee would appreciate donations of cornbread or desserts. If you would like to help arrange, set up, and decorate, please join us up at the church Saturday morning, 10:00 a.m. And clean-up help after the event is always welcome!  


King George
Last year's winner, George Fletcher, has but a few short days left to revel in his magnificent glory! 


Who Will Win the Coveted Red Ladle?

UUCH Fabulous Friday Potluck

Sponsored by Interweave


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, April 18th, from 6:30-9:00 p.m., here at the church.  

Contact Denise Runnels for more information.
Spring into Action--Saturday, April 19th!
Volunteer with Deep Roots of Alabama


gardening-things.jpg Deep Roots of Alabama is kicking off a Farm2School program at Morris Elementary, and they need our help!  Come out to organize the greenhouse, start seedlings, etc.  It should be fun work!  If you plan to come, please let Tonia or Kevin Betts know at (256) 882-9891 or kevin.m.betts@leidos.com.  Or, you can just show up!  If you have gardening tools, they may be helpful.


What: Deep Roots is a Huntsville-based organization working to teach gardening skills and good nutrition in our community, particularly in under-resourced areas.


Where: Morris Elementary--just west of the Botanical Gardens--4801 Bob Wallace Ave.


Why: Morris Elementary is an under-resourced school, and the Farm2School program will provide healthy veggies and an opportunity to learn gardening to Morris students.


Questions?: Please call Tonia at (256) 882-9891


Hope to see you there!

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.

Easter Egg Hunt at Alice & Betsy's!
April 20th! 


You and your family are invited to spend Easter Sunday afternoon with your fellow UUs in a day of relaxation and fun while welcoming the beginning of spring. (Rain or shine!)


What:  Easter Egg Hunt

Who:  Everyone is invited!

When:  Sunday, April 20th, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Where:  Alice Dilbeck and Betsy Applegate's home, in the Monrovia area.


Suggestions for what to bring:

Yourself and family--Eggs for the hunt (plastic filled and "real")--Baskets for gathering eggs--Goodies to share for munching--Lawn chairs and musical instruments.


We'll have badminton, croquet, activities for all ages, and "sitting-on-the-porch-talking-as-we-watch-others-expend-a-lot-of-energy." What could be more fun?!


The landscape surrounding Alice and Betsy's home is in transition. Children are advised to wear or bring play clothes to fully enjoy the outdoor activities. Grassy areas are aplenty, but there is more red dirt at the moment than before. We don't want to spoil anyone's Easter best!


Directions to Alice Dilbeck's and Betsy Applegate's home are on the name tag table at the church, or you can call (256-534-0508) or email Deedee at the church office (uuch@uuch.org) for a copy.




We're egg-cited!  

We'll be HOPPY to see you! 

Broadmor Briefing


The Renovation Committee was very excited about the volunteer turnout and amount of work done at the Broadmor property work day last Saturday.  More than 35 people showed up on a cool but pretty Saturday morning to contribute their time and energy towards the renovation of the Broadmor facility.


We completed all of the major tasks that the committee wanted to complete including removal of all pews from the sanctuary, removal of the coat rack in the foyer, preparing the RE Wing hallway for painting, replacing the smoke detectors throughout the facility, sprucing up the exterior landscaping, and several smaller projects.  It was a great day and we appreciate all your efforts and support!

--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair
Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, April 6th, candles were lit for:


Nancy Finley: "A candle of joy for the wonderful and tireless leadership of Brad Korb as he organized our workday yesterday at Broadmor."


Brad Korb: "A big thank you to the 35 people who came out and worked at the Broadmor property workday yesterday! We accomplished all of our main goals!"


Barbara Hitt: "A candle of thanks to Millicent Simmons, Nancy Stetson, Catherine Hall, and Deedee for handling the Care Committee during my two months of travel. We really missed our church family while we were gone and are glad to be back!"


Paula Henderson: "My mother is a 27 year survivor of breast cancer. On Thursday she will undergo a second mastectomy for a new tumor."


Wanda Snoddy and Amanda Schuber: "Please keep Wanda's Dad in your thoughts. He fell 2 weeks ago, and we are now managing several complications. We have entered the ranks of the sandwich generation--caring for aging parents and young children at the same time.


Becky Ellingwood: "A candle of sorrow for the family of Danny Bryant, long time hairdresser to the Ellingwood girls."


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 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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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.