UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
April 17th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 19
In This Issue
Good for You!
100 Wins!
Like us!
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
Potluck Friday
Grow Deep Roots
Easter Fun!
Movie Night!
Saturday "Movement"
Chili Cook-off!
Broadmor Briefing
Care List
Stock Up On Chocolate Before Summer Arrives!
EE Choc Bar
Your Social Justice Committee has Equal Exchange Fair Trade chocolate for sale in the back of the sanctuary each Sunday, but summer is coming--soon it will be too hot to ship. Better Stock Up!

We also have
Fair Trade, Organic, "Kaffeeklatsch" coffee for sale! 
With Fair Trade products, everyone wins!

 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.

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Upcoming Services

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Sunday, April 20th, 2014
"Season of Life" 
The Reverend Alice Syltie,
with Jim Scott & James Durst 


Flower Communion and Child Dedication Ceremony


This Sunday we will have very special musical celebration with our guest, Unitarian Universalist musician Jim Scott and his friend James Durst, along with Rev. Alice Syltie, the UUCH Choir, and our choir director, Pam Siegler.  


As always, we will celebrate this special season of the church year with flowers. Each person, from the youngest to the eldest, is asked to please bring a flower to be shared during our special ceremony.  


In addition, we will offer a Child Dedication Ceremony. 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 worship service next Sunday.


If you are familiar with this tradition and would like to have your baby or child dedicated, or if you have questions and would like to learn more about our tradition of dedicating children, please contact Rev. Alice Syltie.

This Sunday in Religious Education


Children and youth will participate in the multi-generational Flower Communion Service in the sanctuary.  RE classes will not be held 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). 

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.


When: April 19th, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


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.


This is also a great opportunity for our congregation to make a meaningful local contribution to the "food sovereignty" issue that was the topic of Brad Korb's sermon last weekend!


Hope to see you there!

Easter Egg Hunt at Alice & Betsy's!
This Sunday Afternoon--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! 

cookiemonster It's the MUPPETS! YAAAYYY!!!

All-Church Movie Night--Sat. April 26!


Join all ages for a screening of The Muppet Movie (original 1979 film) on Saturday, March 26th. 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 (no frog legs, please), your Muppet paraphernalia, your singing voice (and banjo), your funny bone, and your sense of adventure! Movin' right along, footloose and fancy free!


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. 

Date Change for Saturday Adult RE: Movement Class Starts Again May 10th 

UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically. We are starting another series of Awareness Through Movement® classes. 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.  


Please note that the starting date for the Awareness Through Movement class has changed. The classes will begin on Saturday, May 10th (not April 19th) and will run through June 7th.  The class will begin at 9:00 a.m. on May 10th and 10:00 a.m. the following weeks.  

Join us on May 10th at 9:00 am. 


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.

Chili Cook-off Was Hot! 


In keeping with our grand tradition, this year's Chili Cook-off was delicious and fun! Ringleaders Audrey Fox and Fran Alexander made set up seem remarkably effortless--a sure sign of good management--and many mouth-watering chili recipes were entered. This year's judges, Bonnie Herold, Karen Gann, and Natalie Lambert, had difficult but tasty decisions to make.


The entertainment began early on, as we were first serenaded by last year's winner, George Fletcher, singing a slightly modified version of a Gilbert & Sullivan classic, in which he extolled the virtues of being "The Chili King."


Here are the winners of this years contest:

Best Mild Chili: Jennifer Lyons  

Best Medium Chili:  Lyndsie Lamitie

Best Hot Chili: Monty Moore

Best White Chili: Pam Siegler

Best Veggie Chili: George Fletcher                                    

And this year's Grand Prize Winner:  

William George Fletcher! Again!  

He really IS the Chili King!


King George
King George Fletcher,
Reigns Supreme!


Thanks so much to everyone who participated!
Broadmor Briefing


Work continued this week on painting of the RE Wing hallway. A small group of people met on Saturday to prepare for the painting and then David Bollinger began spraying the hallway. Many thanks to those who gave up their Saturday morning and especially to David Bollinger for offering to use his paint sprayer on the hallway. The new paint is a big improvement!


The Renovation Committee has also been finalizing a contract with a roofing company to install a new roof over all of the buildings except for the sanctuary. We hope to get a contract signed this week so that the roofer can coordinate his efforts with the HVAC installation activity.


--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair
Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, April 13th, candles were lit for: 


Theresa Miller and the choir: "A candle of concern for Kathy Fisher who hurt her hand gardening. That shouldn't happen to a pianist! A candle of thanks to Pam Siegler and Susan Coddington on piano, and Howard Williams and Tim Miller on guitar for this morning's musical accompaniment. "


Brad Korb: "A candle of thanks to Laurel and David Bollinger, Becky Ellingwood, Melissa Horn,and Melissa Shepherd for getting started with painting the RE wing hallway at Broadmor."


The Hastings family: "A candle of concern for Kelly's mother who has been battling cancer since November. She has continued to make progress until last week when she got pneumonia in both lungs which landed her back in the hospital."


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
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be at our Governors Drive location. 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.