UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
May 8th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 22
In This Issue
Annual Meeting Set
Get It While You Can!
The Magic 100
Like us!
Upcoming Services
Summer RE and YOU
Awareness Through Movement
Witty Knitters!
Potluck & Game Night
Broadmor Briefing
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!
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!
bags of food

 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).


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, May 11th, 2014

"Good Churches Make Good Neighbors:

An All-Ages Celebration of Religious Education" 

With Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, the Reverend Alice Syltie, 
and the Children and Youth RE Program 


Join in a lively, multi-generational worship service that celebrates our year in Children and Youth Religious Education, exploring the rich diversity of world religions, our Unitarian Universalist sources, and the deep commonalities that connect all people. Children and youth will help lead our liturgy, sharing what they have learned and accomplished this year, and we will recognize our dedicated RE teachers and volunteers for their care and commitment. All ages are welcome! We hope that all of our youth and young adults will attend to participate in our annual bridging ceremony. The choir will also offer a special song for all ages that celebrates global diversity--all our many colors--and shows gratitude to our mothers in honor of Mother's Day. 


No RE classes will be held downstairs, but nursery care will be provided as usual. For more information, contact Erin Reid at eereid@hotmail.com.    

Summer RE: We Want YOU!


In the summer months, the Children and Youth Religious Education Program takes a special turn from the regular fall and spring curricula. We invite UUCH members and friends to plan a class session for the children and youth. You'll be part of a teaching team as either the lead teacher or a helper, and we'll be sure to have a regular RE teacher there as support. Even children and youth can partner with an adult to lead a session!


gourd-instruments.jpg We invite you to sign up to lead a session that shares a special talent, hobby, skills, or learning area of yours. Here are some topics to get your creative juices flowing: music, finger painting, scrapbooking, nature walks, gardening, yoga, orange-pink-thread.jpg science, paper airplanes, drawing, Lego, origami, fossils, friendship bracelets, mythology, sidewalk chalk, pottery, cookie-making. The possibilities are limitless!!  We can benefit from your expertise, and you'll benefit too. This year, activities will include special craft projects to carry into the RE space in our new church! 


claydragon Leaders will prepare a topic/activity that is adaptable to children ages 4 to 12. Senior high youth are invited to participate as leaders and helpers, or to attend the regular worship service upstairs. Because of our exciting program growth, we'll need even more leaders and helpers this summer than before! So, don't be shy! We have room for the sharing of your gifts.    


chalice hands There's nothing like spending time with the children and youth at our church. Their energy, creativity, and intelligence are contagious. And they benefit from interacting with caring adults who make an investment in them. This is what multi-generational community is all about!


For the next month, we'll have a poster standing in the church lobby where you can sign up for a summer Sunday session. Or, you can contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, at eereid@hotmail.com. What's a joy to you can be a joy to others. Come on down with the children to play!

Awareness Through Movement Class Starts Again This Saturday, 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.


Knit Wits Meet May 16th!


The Knit Wits, UUCH's Knitting Circle, is meeting at Jefflyn Weed's house on Friday, May 16th. Jefflyn says she will be "open for business" from 6:00 p.m. on, and will provide light refreshments, so feel free to come by when you can get there. The purpose of the aptly named Knit Wits (all very clever and witty people!) is to get together to knit/crochet Care shawls/throws/baby items to show our support for UUCH members facing difficult situations or celebrating a new family member. It is a very relaxed way to spend an evening chatting with like-minded folks, and you do NOT have to know how to knit or crochet to join us. We have members who give excellent and extremely patient help to newbies. If you plan to join us, please email Barbara Hitt at  bghitt1@comcast.net or Jefflyn Weed at  jefflynweed@gmail.com.  Either can give you directions to Jefflyn's home.


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, May 16th, from 6:30-9:00 p.m., here at the church. Contact Denise Runnels for more information.

Broadmor Briefing



Tile flooring in RE Wing and carpet in sanctuary has been removed. What an amazing difference!


Last week, we received bids for the bathroom, plumbing and window replacement tasks that our architect is coordinating for us. We are currently working with the architect and prospective general contractor to finalize the scope and contract.


Our HVAC installer, Hutchens Company, continues to make progress with the new sanctuary HVAC systems and our roofer, Finishing Solutions, expects to begin the roofing replacement next week.


--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair
Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, May 1st, candles were lit for: 


Brad and Pam Korb:  "Tom Meier's grandmother, Virginia Fisk Polen, passed away yesterday. Tom was able to spend the last four days with his grandmother. She would have been 101 next month."


Katie Smith and Matt Jordan: "Recent medical tests for Katie produced good news, not-so-good news, and many questions. Hoping a visit to a rheumatologist on the 13th at Vanderbilt will provide some answers."


Ed Bernstein: "Paulette's mother and stepfather safely survived the tornado in West Limestone County. They are staying with us until their home is repaired."


Sandy Moore: "A candle of joy for my 89 year old mother who helped me with my yard work yesterday."


Bobby Hall:  "Recently chosen as 'teacher of the quarter' at Virginia College."


Hastings family: "Chris and Kelly officially opened their business this week. Good Lifestyles is up and running."


Quinn Hunter-Gilbert: "Only 15 days until the end of school!"


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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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.