UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
April 24th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 20
In This Issue
Chant Group Vacation
100 Wins!
Too HOT for Chocolate?
Like us!
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
Meet your Transition Team!
Movie Night!
Awareness Through Movement
Social Justice News
Broadmor Briefing
Care List
Chant Class on Hiatus Until Fall
Chant Group is taking a break! Our Chanting class will start up again in the Fall--at a new time--in a new place!

 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).

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

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!

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Upcoming Services

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Sunday, April 27th, 2014
"Freedom Calls" 
The Reverend Alice Syltie


My Unitarian Universalist ministers' Sharing Circle chose Freedom as the theme for April."What does it mean to live a life of freedom?" is the question we asked one another.  While Unitarian Universalists typically place a high value on freedom, asking this question led to other questions about freedom. Is there a difference between freedom from and freedom to? Where in your life would you like a little more freedom? Can freedom be a burden?  Along with Denise Gyauch, Angel Hundley, Alli Johnson, Pam Siegler, and the UUCH Choir, we will explore thoughts and questions about freedom through personal reflection, songs and stories.
This Sunday in Religious Education


NOTE: In addition to their regular RE lessons for the next two weeks, children and youth will participate with their RE leaders in creating their room's year-end creative presentation for the Religious Education Appreciation service on Sunday, May 11th. All children and youth are invited to take part in this special multi-generational service that celebrates Unitarian Universalist religious education and our special year together. 


Peace Group

We Are Many, We Are One

 "We Give Flowers to Friends (Hawaiian Lei Day)"


Justice Group

Holidays and Holydays

 "Earth Day"


Searchers Group

Building Bridges



Over-Achievers Group

Building Bridges

"The Quakers--Lamb and Lion"


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). 

We Are Listening

A Message from your Transition Committee  


I hope the warmer temperatures, returning green leaves, and colorful blooms of spring are lifting your spirits, as they are mine.  When the Spring Cleaning Bug hits, most of us have a surge of energy and a desire to get things in ship-shape condition. Accomplishing a small task can be invigorating.  When the task is huge, we may soon feel overwhelmed.    


The task at hand for our congregation is one that could lead to all of these emotions.  For months church members, and even friends, have been working to prepare the property on Broadmor for our upcoming move.  There are many small tasks that we can tackle easily and reap great rewards.  There are others that are daunting and could easily overwhelm us. Together we have embarked on an adventure with many unknowns. That's the beauty and the challenge of being a church.  We are always walking into the mystery.  It is our mission, vision and covenant that guide us and hold us on the path. They are the signposts we created together.  Lately I have been reviewing them frequently.    


Numerous committees in the church are working on different aspects of the transition from our secluded mountain home to our new home in the middle of a Huntsville city neighborhood. One group of people is attempting to keep the big picture in mind, and coordinate as well as possible the various aspects of moving from our current space to the new location.  What better name for that group than the Transition Team? And we are listening to all of you. Every comment made during the Open House was recorded and the team has reviewed the list, categorized the comments, and is distributing them to the appropriate committees for consideration. The Transition Team will gather committees for further opportunities to make recommendations or decisions from a sense of the whole. Our goal is to discern how our move will help us achieve our purpose as a congregation.   


As more and more of the repairs and renovations are completed, we will begin to see how our new building accommodates our vision and how we have moved in our own development as a congregation. This past Sunday was another reminder of why we are moving.  Lack of accessible seating left some members standing throughout the service.  When we gather as a whole community, there are just too many of us to fit in the sanctuary.      


Be watching for updates from your Transition Team.  And feel free to E mail us at transition_team@uuch.org. 


We are listening to you!


Transition Team Members

Rev. Alice Syltie, Chair, David Bollinger, Nancy Finley, Denise Gyauch, LynsieLamitie, Tim Miller, and Erin Reid

Walk-a-thon for Kidney Foundation 

The Alabama Kidney Foundation Walk-a-thon is being held this Saturday, April 26th at Westminister Christian Academy, 237 Johns Road, in Huntsville. The AKF helps area dialysis patients who need assistance with finances and education.

UUCH has a team walking again this year and we will be meeting between 9:00 and 9:15 a.m. If you would like to walk--or sponsor one of the walkers with a donation--please see or call Gail Williams at 256-880-2925,

We end up with a great team picture--and we'll be holding a big sign with the church's name on it!
cookiemonster It's the MUPPETS! YAAAYYY!!!

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


Join all ages for a screening of The Muppet Movie (original 1979 film) on Saturday, April 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 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.

Social Justice News


There will be no April meeting of the Social Justice committee. Our next meeting will be Sunday, May 25th.


Thank you to everyone who came out to volunteer with Deep Roots at Morris Elementary last Saturday.  


We had a great group, great weather, and a great time planting lots of things!   



A special thanks to Lisa White, Emma, and Meg for bringing along Meg's Girl Scout Troop!  

Broadmor Briefing



UUCH signed a contract for the roofing replacement last week. Our contractor, Finishing Solutions, has ordered the roofing and gutter material and is coordinating the timing of their activity with our HVAC contractor since both will be working on the roof at the same time.

Removing the pews was a major undertaking by our volunteers!


The Renovation Committee has been soliciting bids for removal of the sanctuary carpet and vinyl tiles in the RE Wing. We anticipate signing a contract for that activity this week. We have also been working with our architect to finalize plans for the foyer flooring and lighting, sanctuary carpet, and RE Wing flooring.  


--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair
Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, April 20th, candles were lit for: 


Katie Smith: "Sorrow for Kim Pillarski Hall, our friend from UU Knoxville, who lost her husband last month and her father this week. And her mother is not well. Please keep her in your thoughts."


Malcolm and Vickie Goodman: "Today is our 29th wedding anniversary. We were married on a beautiful spring day in 1985, and it has been a wonderful life together."


LaDawn Edwards: "My brother has secured steady employment and has good prospects for full-time, better paying, more enjoyable employment. Thanks for all the positive thoughts."


Robert Gregory: "Six weeks past partial shoulder surgery-doing Super! Happy to finally have the sling off; no tennis though, until September."


Elan: "I am visiting from Eugene, Oregon. It is my joy that this is the tenth UU church I've visited in 10 weeks!"


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, May 27th, 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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Office phone: 256.534-0508, email: uuch@uuch.org.

Minister's Phone: 256.539-9607, email: revaluu@aol.com.

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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.