UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
May 1st, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 21
In This Issue
Annual Meeting Set
Sharing Sunday
Bring Plates!
Too HOT for Chocolate?
Like us!
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
Transition Team!
Bountiful Budget
Awareness Through Movement
Broadmor Briefing
We Share the Plate
Care List
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
UUCH Annual Congregational Meeting will be held May 18th!
Meeting begins shortly after the worship service ends. Elections for new officers will be held. Everyone is welcome, and Members are especially encouraged to attend--we need a quorum!
This Sunday,
May 4th, is a Sharing Sunday!

On the first Sunday of each month, we

Share the Plate during the offering,

Share our Lunch with each other during Potluck and

Share our Bounty by bringing Food Items for the Food Basket!


Your Social Justice Committee asks that we bring non-perishable food items for the food basket this Sunday, to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program. The basket is in the sanctuary, near the coffee counter at the back. Our Goal: 100 Food Items per month!


Food items are welcome at any time, but we're making a special effort to bring items on the first Sunday of each month; we will share food with the larger community as we share with our Church friends and families.

This Sunday's Potluck: Make it Green!

In a move to a more environmentally sustainable world, our Social Justice committee has suggested that we Bring Our Own non-disposable plates, cups, etc. to our monthly Sunday Potlucks. You may also want to remember to bring a bag for transporting home your dirty items! We'll continue to provide disposables for those who need them.

(In addition to being "green," bringing your own plates also saves the church money to help fulfill other goals!)
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, May 4th, 2014
"Healing and Reconciliation" 
The Reverend Kerry Holder Joffrion with the Reverend Alice Syltie


Rev. Joffrion is an Episcopal priest who serves as a Specialized Ministry Consultant with the Interfaith Mission Service of Huntsville. She is also a consultant with Turning Points, an organization that works with individuals and groups to build bridges across personal, cultural, religious, and racial lines. Rev. Joffrion has worked in the area of reconciliation and healing for many years. It is a pleasure to welcome her back as a speaker at UUCH.


This Sunday we Share the Plate with UUSC's "Hundred Gardens" project. Please see the article below for more information.

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 All Belong to the Family of the Earth""


Justice Group

Holidays and Holydays

 "May the Fourth Be with You: Jedism and the Culture of Religion"


Searchers Group

Building Bridges

"Atheism and Agnosticism"


Over-Achievers Group

Building Bridges

"Atheism and Agnosticism"


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). 

News from your Transition Team 


rainbow chalice The Transition Team has been meeting regularly to process all the opportunities and challenges that come from moving to our new church home. A primary focus for our Team so far is to help facilitate the spiritual preparation that will help foster our common identity and will nurture our community throughout the move. We are focused on maintaining our strong identity as UUCH as we also grow in new and positive ways. In addition, we are attending to the important questions of how we will ritualize and celebrate this momentous occasion in the life of the church. As we prepare to move our services to Broadmor, we are exploring how we can make the new space reflect the types of worship experiences that reflect our mission, vision, and covenant.  


In order to address these issues, some practical considerations for making ready the new space, and all the other comments that have come from members of our congregation, we will be meeting with all the committees in the church structure in the coming weeks. The purpose of these meetings is to gather and share information and to ponder together the many questions that should be addressed. We have already had some input from these committees, and we have been working closely with the Renovation Committee and Finance Committee. Look for updates from these meetings as we work toward our move.


Please continue to send us your thoughts and questions to us at transition_team@uuch.org. 


We are listening to you!


Transition Team Members

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


ABD Final Results! 


This year's Annual Budget Drive (ABD) has been a huge success, resulting in a significant increase that can be used for programs and ministries and to help the church through the time of maintaining two properties.  We received commitments from 86 individuals or households totaling $194,146 to be applied toward next year's budget, which begins on July 1st. (For comparison, last year's total was $163,847.)


Many thanks to all who helped make this activity a success!  Now the process of putting together, analyzing, and approving a budget for the new fiscal year is underway, which will culminate in a congregational vote at the Annual Congregational Meeting on May 18th.  

See y'all there!

Awareness Through 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.  

The classes will begin on Saturday, May 10th 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.

Broadmor Briefing



It has been a busy week at our Broadmor facility:

  • Our HVAC contractor has started removing the old sanctuary HVAC units and has begun preparations for installation of the new units.
  • We met with our architect and potential contractors for renovation of the bathrooms and replacement of RE Wing windows.
  • We met with two more flooring companies to obtain quotes for carpet and vinyl tile installation.
  • We have hired a contractor to remove the existing flooring in the sanctuary, foyer, balcony, and RE Wing, and anticipate this activity being complete next week.
  • David Bollinger has been busy painting in the RE Wing and has completed an initial coat in the hallway and two classrooms. A third classroom and touch-up in the hallway will be performed after the flooring removal is complete.
  • In preparation for the flooring removal, a team of folks moved balcony pews and various other objects so that the floors will be accessible to the flooring removal contractor. Many thanks to George Fletcher, Bonnie and Steve Herold, Gary Hitt, and Pam Korb for spending their Saturday morning on this activity.
--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair
We Share the Plate* with "100 Gardens"


STP logo For this quarter, we will be sharing the plate with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) in support of their "100 Gardens for Haitian Families" project.


As part of Justice Sunday 2014, the UUSC is encouraging congregations, families, individuals, youth groups, community groups, and others to build food gardens in our communities, and to sponsor urban food gardens in Haiti. The UUCH Social Justice Committee has decided to support this project and to make it the recipient of this quarter's Share the Plate.   SharethePlate


For each $250 donation, one family in Haiti will receive training and materials for their gardens. The goal of this program is to help 100 Haitian families grow their own food and achieve food sovereignty and sustainability. Once families don't have to buy all their food, they are better able to cover other basic expenses, like school fees for their children. Food sustainability can be at the heart of lifelong sustainability for thriving families and communities in Haiti--and you can help make it happen!


More information on this project can be obtained from the UUSC web site.

*When we "Share the Plate," all cash collected on the first Sunday of each month in the quarter (April, May, and June), along with any checks noted as "Share the Plate," will be halved with the "100 Families" project.  

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, April 27th, candles were lit for: 


Tim Waskerwitz: "Hope that my move next week goes well. I lost my dog of 14 years, Haley Jean."


Nancy Finley:  "Becky Ellingwood's mother, Alice, is in the cardio care unit of the hospital. Becky is in New Hampshire to be with her."


Gail Williams:  "I want to thank everyone who walked in and/or donated to the Alabama Kidney Foundation Walkathon. The day was beautiful, and we had fun!"


Vanessa Miller Mantis: "I lost over 20 pounds in 10 weeks on Weight Watchers. And George starts a new job on May 5."


Cheri Smith: Isis's school, Ed White, won first place in Gatlinburg for a choir contest.


The Bollinger family:  "Please light a candle for Maren Bollinger who turned 18 and went to her Senior Prom yesterday."


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!

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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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.