UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
May 22nd, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 24
In This Issue
Awareness Through Movement
The Magic 100
Coffee Orders
Like us!
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
Social Justice Meets
Summer RE and YOU
Broadmor Briefing
Care List
Awareness Through Movement on Saturday Mornings


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.  


These classes are held on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m., and will run through June 7th.  

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.
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).

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

Coffee Orders for the Summer Months

Fair Trade coffee will be available during the summer months by order only. If you would like to purchase Kaffeeklatsch coffee to benefit the Social Justice program, place your order on Sunday, and the coffee will be available the next Sunday. Please write your order on the notebook at the back of the sanctuary, specifying regular or decaf and indicating whether you want your coffee in whole bean or ground for drip, French Press, or espresso. Please see Kathy Heath or Tonia Betts if you have any questions.

EE Choc Bar
Your Social Justice Committee still 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!

With Fair Trade products, everyone wins!

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Sunday, May 25th, 2014

"To Question is the Answer" 

The Reverend Alice Syltie  

We Unitarian Universalists are a curious group. Last Sunday we invited you to submit questions related to Unitarian Universalism, or being a Unitarian Universalist, to be answered by Rev. Syltie during the sermon portion of this Sunday's worship service. There may still be time for a few more questions, if they are submitted by Email by Friday morning.

This Sunday in RE


Bring your favorite games to play and to share with your friends at church.

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). 

Social Justice Meets This Sunday

justice scales Our next Social Justice Committee meeting will be this Sunday, May 25th, at 9:30 a.m.  Everyone is welcome, and we'll have bagels!  If you have questions or need child care, please contact Tonia Betts at 256 882-9891.

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!


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,  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! 


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.    


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!

Broadmor Briefing



Our roofer, Finishing Solutions, began replacing the roof over all areas of the church except for the sanctuary. A slope will be added to the areas of the roof that were previously flat to ensure that water will no longer pool on the roof.


Nancy Finley has been preparing for and coordinating painting parties to finish painting in the RE Wing. If you are interested in joining one of these parties, please contact Nancy. Many thanks to Nancy for leading this effort!


The Renovation Committee met with our architect and potential general contractor to discuss the contract for the bathroom renovation, window replacement and supply-water plumbing replacement.  We look forward to signing a contract for this effort very soon. 


--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair
Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, May 18, candles were lit for: 


Bette Goodman: "I am joyful and grateful for the beautiful wedding ceremony that Sparky and I shared with family and friends here at the church on Saturday, May 10th."




Jack Long: "Echo and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary on May 1st in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We renewed our vows in a small, small Catholic church."


Paulette and Ed Bernstein: "Paulette's parents have moved back to Athens. Other family members are still in the repair and rebuilding process due to the April 28th tornado damage."


Quinn Hunter-Gilbert: "A candle of joy to see Ms. Ilene Sparks here again. I always see her at every service, and her commitment to this community amazes me."


Nancy Finley: "A candle of joy for the wonderful people that came out to paint at the Broadmor property on Friday night--Morgan Justice, Becky Ellington, Erin Reid, Alli Johnson, Pam Siegler, Lynsie Lamitie, Gary Hitt, Will Garrison, and Bobby Hall. They showed their true colors!"


Mari Hinckley: "A dear friend's mom had a stroke."


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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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.